CORONAVIRUS, Politically & Financially

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Not the time for the "you're/they're trying to hurt my guy" . . ..
smh. Not really my 'guy'. I agree with the policy of putting Americans first before any outside interest. I support people that that want interest rates determined by the free market rather than the Federal Reserve. Anyway, Everything the MSM is doing will easily be spun in Trump's favor. Fear is a tactic, please remember! The seasonal flu has impacted more individuals

Every election cycle:
2004 - SARS it disappeared afterwards
2008 - Avain flu it disappeared afterwards
2010 - Swine flu it disappeared afterwards
2012 - MERS it disappeared afterwards
2014 - Ebola it disappeared only to resurface
2016 - Zika virus it disappeared
2018 - Ebola again smh


How Trump spins this so called 'crisis' - Look, this aint George Bush. Look for billions & billions in stimulus to prop up the markets "before the election". Also, Look for the Federal Reserve to cut rates once again to inject more money into the economy as early as next month.
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Chinese official blames coronavirus outbreak on US military
By Bob Fredericks
March 12, 2020 | 4:35pm

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A Chinese government spokesman has tried to blame the US army for the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization this week.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claimed Thursday that the US military might have brought the COVID-19 virus to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak emerged in December.
“When did patient zero begin in US? How many people are infected? What are the names of the hospitals? It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan. Be transparent! Make public your data! US owe us an explanation!” Zhao tweeted in English in one of a series of tweets critical of the US.
The comments appear to be retaliation in a war of words with Washington. Chinese government officials bristled when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to the coronavirus as the “Wuhan virus,” and decried when President Trump called it a “foreign virus” that started “in China.”
The contagious illness has now infected more than 125,000 people in at least 118 countries and territories, according to figures from the WHO Thursday afternoon.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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We see this with the military where a person is wounded by a sniper by rushing to aid this person, more people die. You might have to let them go. The same thing with COVID-19, it wants you to funnel into a hospital/fever clinics and spread itself.

Testing people is pointless, because it measures you at a single point in time when the virus is spreading dynamically through the community. You can test negative today, walk out and get infected than spread it to other people believing you are safe. The only way is to shut down schools, and other community events. If you found out you did have COVID-19, than congratulations you might have spread it to a HCW that was tending to elderly patients.

The U.S. healthcare system is woefully inadequate/laissez faire when it comes to dealing with infectious dieases. It is a model based on the doctor being immunized through vaccines.


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GOP coronavirus stimulus bill unveils $1,200 checks for public

New York Post
By Steven Nelson
March 19, 2020 | 8:02pm

Senate Republicans unveiled a massive stimulus bill Thursday to blunt the economic crash caused by the coronavirus, including large direct payments to millions of Americans.

The approximately $1 trillion package would give a $1,200 tax rebate to people who earned $75,000 or less last year.
The rebate gradually decreases for higher incomes and people earning more than $99,000 would get nothing — a slightly higher cap than anticipated.

Lower-income people would get less as well, with a minimum rebate of $600 if their income was at least $2,500. The 247-page bill also proposes a $500 per child rebate.

“Recovery checks of up to $1,200 will be put into the hands of most taxpayers, providing cash immediately to individuals and families,” the Senate Finance Committee said in a statement.

President Trump requested that the legislation include the direct payments to boost consumer purchasing. The White House requested two $1,000 waves of checks to all taxpayers, but some Republicans viewed the idea skeptically.

Republican senators told reporters earlier in the day that the rebates — often referred to as “checks” — likely would be transmitted electronically.
Some Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, objected to direct payments in favor of boosting unemployment insurance pay.
The package also includes $300 billion in small business loans, which would be forgiven if the firms don’t lay off workers.

Another $58 billion in loans would go to airlines suffering a demand plunge worse than after 9/11, with another $150 billion of loans and loan guarantees to other businesses.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unveiled the package Thursday, but notably shared no specific figures on the Senate floor. He said the bill was a starting point for talks with Democrats.

“Bipartisan discussions must begin immediately and continue with urgency,” McConnell said. “We need to have the American people’s backs. This legislation is a significant next step and the Senate is not going anywhere until we take action.”

Shortly after the announcement, White House economist Larry Kudlow and legislative affairs director Eric Ueland arrived on Capitol Hill to meet with senators.

McConnell said “we look forward to meeting with our Democratic counterparts tomorrow.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has argued for the stimulus to focus on the unemployed. Many GOP senators also support a boost in temporary unemployment pay to people laid off as a result of local governments ordering businesses closed.

Schumer on Thursday also proposed a $400 billion Marshall Plan-style hospital funding boost.

On Thursday, the Senate voted 90-8 to pass another massive coronavirus response package that was crafted by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). That deal established free COVID-19 testing, massively boosted funds for states by increasing federal Medicaid payments and required many businesses to expand paid sick leave. It also included $1 billion in food aid and $1 billion in unemployment funds.

Early this month, Congress passed an initial $8.3 billion response package funding medical supplies, vaccine research, and government response efforts.



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50 Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic

1. First of All, Don't Panic!
Be prepared, be vigilant, be informed. But don't be panicked. We will get through this together, even if we have to temporarily remain apart. Measures like the ones you're about to read about have worked in China, where the virus first started (and where they recently logged a full day with zero reported new local infections), and South Korea.

2. Then Again, Don't Think You're Immune
At the same time, now isn't the time to be complacent. If you're young, you can still develop COVID-19 and serious complications—Millenials are being hospitalized—and spread coronavirus to people who are more vulnerable, like the elderly and immunocompromised, even if you're symptom free.

3. We'll Start With the Obvious: Don't Forget to Wash Your Hands
This is the most important protection against COVID-19. Wash your hands after being out in public, after you use the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and before preparing or consuming food—basically, as often as is practical.

4. Don't Touch Your Face
Germs are most often introduced into our body when we touch our eyes, nose or mouth, experts say.

5. Don't Wash Your Hands for Less Than 20 Seconds
Anything less would be uncivilized—and will leave germs on your hands, experts say. Do it for 20 seconds or more, or as long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday"—or the theme from Full House or the Imperial March from Star Wars. Whatever it takes to get you through.

6. Always Wash Your Hands With Soap
Studies show that during handwashing, soap creates a chemical reaction that removes germs from your hands more efficiently than water alone. Don't use too little or too much—too much soap can prevent thorough rinsing of germs from your hands—and rinse and dry completely.

7. Don't Sneeze or Cough Openly
Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow—some call it "The Batman Sneeze"—or into a disposable tissue.

8. Don't Touch Door Handles (If You Can Help It)
Researchers have found that coronavirus can live for two to three days on hard surfaces like door handles. That's why it's especially important to wash your hands regularly, and push doors with your arm or elbow when possible.

9. Adhere to Social Distancing Recommendations
Social distancing guidelines come from a place of knowledge—they've prevented other novel viruses (like the flu of 1918) from exacting an even greater toll.

10. Don't Attend Large Gatherings
This week, the White House recommended that gatherings be limited to 10 people or fewer.

11. Don't Go to Restaurants and Bars
Many localities have closed bars and restaurants to everything but carryout and delivery

12. Don't Shake Hands
Not to encourage antisocial behavior, but now's a good time to substitute a handshake for a wave or an elbow bump.

13. Don't Hoard Face Masks
The CDC doesn't advise that healthy people wear them. And buying up supplies may keep them from the people who really need them: Healthcare workers.

14. Don't Hoard Food
There's no need to panic-buy food. Officials from around the U.S. and world have said there is no shortage in the food supply, and grocery stores will be restocked.

15. Don't Go to an ER Unless You're Seriously Ill
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, it's best to call your healthcare provider for advice. Don't go to an ER unless you're having trouble breathing; you might infect others there.

16. Don't Drink Too Much Alcohol
It's a scary time, but overindulging in alcohol isn't the answer. Drinking too much can raise blood pressure and reduce immunity, two factors that could make you more susceptible to COVID-19 and complications.

17. Don't Sleep Less
Sleep is a time when our immune system recharges, and a lack of quality sleep has been associated with other serious diseases. Aim for seven to nine hours a night.

18. Don't Let Anxiety Take Over
If you're feeling anxious, turn off the news and social media. Breathe deeply for a few minutes. Practice techniques that reduce anxiety and stress, including mindfulness, meditation and exercise.

19. Don't Forget to Check in With Others
"Social distancing only applies to physical space, not all human connections," said doctors from Johns Hopkins on March 17. "If you know someone who can't go outside, like an older person, call them regularly."

20. Don't Stop Exercising
Even though gyms may be closed in your area, daily exercise is key to staying healthy. Luckily, working out at home is easier than ever, thanks to apps and sites like Beachbody, Openfit, Aaptiv and Fitbod. Several gym chains have online workouts too.

21. Don't Eat Poorly
Stress eating could turn COVID-19 into the new version of the Freshman 15. Don't let it; that will only compromise your overall health.

22. Don't Share Bogus Information
We all want our friends, loved ones and community to stay informed about COVID-19, but make sure any information you share comes from major news sources, hospitals and health organizations like the CDC and WHO.

23. Don't Totally Avoid Nature
Going outside during social distancing is "more than okay. It's a good idea," the Johns Hopkins doctors said. "Just keep your distance from others. Walking, hiking and biking are good. Contact sports are a no-no. Exercise is physically and mentally important, especially in stressful times."

24. Self-Quarantine If You Suspect You've Been Exposed
This is key to slowing the spread of the virus, experts say. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions.

25. Self-Isolate If You Suspect You've Been Infected
If you're ill with COVID-19, it's important to occupy a separate bedroom from other members of your family if you can, and avoid sharing towels, bedding, glasses, plates and silverware until you're recovered.

26. Don't Touch Shopping Carts
… without wiping them down with an antibacterial wipe, or washing your hands as soon as you get home, that is.

27. Don't Touch Elevator Buttons
If you can help it, press these germ magnets with a knuckle or the side of your hand; it'll lower the chances you'll transfer

28. Don't Stock Up on Simple Carbs
When you're buying groceries, go for complex carbs, not white bread and flour, baked goods and processed foods.

29. Disinfect Your Cell Phone
Even in normal times, they can carry seven times more germs than the average toilet seat. Wipe them down with disinfectant daily.

30. Don't Feel Helpless to Help Others
These are unforeseen circumstances, but staying at home doesn't mean you're powerless to help others. Michigan Health has a great list of things you can do, from donating to food and diaper banks to helping the homebound.

31. Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hand Towels
Experts recommend washing your kitchen hand towels after two days of use, in hot water, with a bit of bleach or a product with activated oxygen bleach.

32. Don't Take Ibuprofen
Some European doctors have reported that taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen seems to make COVID-19 worse in some cases. They recommend taking acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead. This is controversial, but it's worth asking your healthcare provider and following their advice.

33. Don't Use Hand Sanitizer That's Less Than 60% Alcohol
Experts say 60% and above is necessary to kill germs.

34. Don't Skip a Vitamin D Supplement
Among other benefits, Vitamin D boosts the immune system.

35. Don't Skip the Flu Shot
If you haven't gotten one, it's not too late. It won't protect against COVID-19, but it will help protect you against the seasonal flu, which can have similar symptoms.

36. Don't Let Your Blood Pressure Rise
If you're on medication or a lifestyle-change regimen for high blood pressure, don't discontinue them. High blood pressure has been associated with worse outcomes for people who contract COVID-19.

37. Don't Skip the Veggies
As always, try to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible—they contain vitamins, minerals and compounds that can boost your immune system.

38. Don't Handle Cash (If You Can Help It)
Initial reports indicate that cash might help spread coronavirus. Pay with plastic whenever possible.

39. Don't Touch a Public Screen Or Keypad (Without Washing Your Hands)
The checkout screens at grocery stores and keypads at banks and ATMs were notoriously germy even before the coronavirus outbreak. Bring a pen with you and use the non-writing end to press keys and give your signature.

40. Don't Go to Religious Services
Right now is the time to avoid crowds in general. Attend services online, or in a virtual group hangout.

41. Don't Use a Community Pen
Bring your own writing utensil with you anywhere you might need to use one—to the bank, doctor's office or other essential places.

42. Don't Blame Others
Viruses don't belong to one country or discriminate about who they infect. Blaming one country or group of people for COVID-19 isn't emotionally healthy or constructive.

43. Don't Have Elective Health Procedures
A number of localities, including New York City, are canceling elective, non-essential health procedures to reserve resources for coronavirus cases. Ask your healthcare provider if any of your upcoming procedures are urgent or can be rescheduled

44. Don't Take a Cruise
Cruises have proven to be an effective vector for transmitting a number of viruses, including coronavirus. If you have one booked, now's a good time to reschedule or choose another diversion.

45. Don't Take Children to Playgrounds
While many parks and playgrounds remain open, playground equipment is rarely (if ever) disinfected.

46. Don't Go Out When You're Sick
If you feel ill, stay home.

47. Disinfect "High-Touch" Surfaces
Take a minute to wipe down other frequently touched surfaces such as computer keyboards, remote controls and light switches.

48. Don't Pay $96.14 For a Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
Don't encourage scalpers. Handwashing works better.

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49. Don't Close-Talk
There will be time for establishing intimacy later. If you run into a friend on the street, try to stay three feet apart for the time being.

50. And Sorry About This One: Don't Visit the Grandparents (or Your Grandkids) In Person
Older people are more susceptible to complications from COVID-19. Move any visits to FaceTime for the time being.

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Rand Paul becomes first senator to test positive for coronavirus

Rand Paul becomes first senator to test positive for coronavirus

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Sunday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first senator to announce they had contracted the disease.

“Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events,” Paul tweeted.



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The Trump Administration is holding firm on his demand that the coronavirus relief package include $500 billion to be given to corporations at their discretion. Progressive critics condemned the program as a corporate “slush fund” and demanded that any bailout money for businesses come with strict oversight and conditions, such as strong worker protections against layoffs and a permanent ban on stock buybacks. SAY NO TO THE TRUMP CORPORATE "SLUSH FUND!"


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Priorities USA begins $6 million blitz of anti-Trump coronavirus ads

One of the Democratic Party's main 2020 super PACs is attacking President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus outbreak with new TV ads airing in four key swing states.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump.
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The new ad from Priorities USA Action, which plans to spend $6 million on TV and digital ads condemning Trump’s response to Covid-19, began running in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida on Tuesday and features Trump quotes juxtaposed against a graph showing the number of positive coronavirus tests in America.

At the end of the ad, footage plays of Trump saying, during a Rose Garden press conference at the White House, “I don’t take responsibility at all."

The ad marks a new front in the political battle over government response to the coronavirus. There has been relatively little TV advertising on the pandemic so far, with some scattered ads showing up in the Kentucky Senate race and the West Virginia governor's race so far. In a statement, Priorities USA chairman Guy Cecil said Trump had "repeatedly misled the American people and exposed us to unnecessary danger."

The series of ads targeting Trump’s handling of the coronavirus are part of a $150 million commitment from Priorities USA to run ads slamming Trump on health care in Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona ahead of the Democratic National Convention in July. The PAC's coronavirus ad campaign comes amid a lull among the Democratic candidates on the airwaves. As several states’ primaries remain in flux, neither Bernie Sanders nor Joe Biden has purchased TV or radio airtime since the March 17 elections in Florida and Arizona.

Priorities USA is also out with a second TV ad highlighting Biden’s experience in the executive branch along with two other digital ads with similar themes are also out on the airwaves in battleground states.