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CDC director says masks are more effective against COVID-19 than a vaccine. Months earlier, he said the opposite.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that masks are the most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — even more effective than a vaccine.

Director Robert Redfield, testifying before a Senate committee, urged everyone in America to wear masks in public, saying the pandemic could be controlled in six to 12 weeks if everyone complied.

“These face masks are the most important, powerful public health tool we have,” Redfield said. “And I will continue to appeal to all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings. I’ve said it, if we did it for six, eight, 10, 12 weeks, we’d bring this pandemic under control. These, actually — we have clear scientific evidence that they work, and they are our best defense.

“I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine, because immunogenicity may be 70% and if I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me. This face mask will,” Redfield continued.

The messaging from the federal government about face masks has been — and continues to be — all over the map. In February, Redfield testified before Congress and was specifically asked if healthy people should wear masks.

Redfield answered, “no.”

Redfield and other top public health officials have repeatedly stressed to the public that the purpose of masks is not self-protection, but rather preventing a person from spreading the virus to others. His Wednesday comments directly contradict that and could further undermine public confidence in a pending vaccine that people are already wary of.

“Most face masks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and do not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.” Redfield wrote on Aug. 25. “The role of face masks is for patient source control, to prevent contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes.”

Adding to the confusion, President Donald Trump defended the fact that he doesn’t often wear masks during a televised town hall event Tuesday night.

“A lot of people don’t want to wear masks,” Trump said. “A lot of people think that masks are not good.”

Immediately before he said that, the president criticized Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who has no governmental role or authority, for not instituting a national mask mandate.

“Well, I do wear them when I have to, and when I’m in hospitals and other locations,” Trump said. “But I will say this: They said at the Democrat convention they’re going to do a national mandate. They never did it, because they’ve checked out and they didn’t do it. And a good question is, you ask why Joe Biden–they said we’re going to do a national mandate on masks.”

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CDC: Get Ready For Your Vaccine By November 1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that their untested vaccine will be ready on November 1. States have been told to prepare the public and have a plan to distribute a coronavirus vaccine to “hundreds of millions” of Americans.

Donald Trump has been pushing for a COVID-19 vaccine under Operation Warp Speed, and so far, there seems to be one thing in common: the vaccine won’t be held to the already meager safety standards of other vaccines, and it will be rushed as the coronavirus has become political.

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“This timeline of the initial deployment at the end of October is deeply worrisome for the politicization of public health and the potential safety ramifications,” said Saskia Popescu, an infection prevention epidemiologist based in Arizona. “It’s hard not to see this as a push for a pre-election vaccine.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has notified public health officials in all 50 states and five large cities to prepare to distribute a coronavirus vaccine to health care workers and other high-risk groups as soon as late October or early November, according to a report by The New York Times.

Over the past week, both Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, who heads the Food and Drug Administration, have said in interviews with news organizations that a vaccine may be available for certain groups before clinical trials have been completed, if the data is overwhelmingly positive.

Public health experts agree that agencies at all levels of government should urgently prepare for what will eventually be a vast, complex effort to vaccinate hundreds of millions of Americans. – The New York Times.

There is a silver lining when considering an early vaccine release. Since Trump is the one pushing this vaccine, the left may not be lining up to get it.  People may open their eyes to what a vaccine is, and question this one especially. As of right now, this is not a mandatory vaccine, but try not to bank on it staying that way forever.

For those who tell me I have an “anti-Trump” bias: I actually have an anti-tyranny bias.  This has nothing to do with Trump other than he’s the one “in control” right now. The same criticism would be applied to anyone else trying to shove an unwanted vaccine on the population of the globe. My goal is not to pander to your feelings, but to wake you up to the reality and gravity of the situation.

We are living under totalitarian rule and Trump is the current “leader.” If you have a problem with me bringing this fact to your attention, apologies for triggering you with the truth. Trump is the one who is in charge of Operation Warp Speed, and that came out his own mouth. Wake up.  The vaccine is coming. They are pushing this vaccine for a reason.

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CDC & Fauci CONFIRM: COVID-19 Scamdemic Was A HOAX!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admitted on their website that the entire coronavirus scamdemic was a huge lie and massive mainstream media hoax. Only 6% of COVID-19 deaths reported were actually from the virus. Dr. Anthony Fauci also had some interesting remarks about asymptomatic carriers too.

Fauci said asymptomatic carriers aren’t the problem either, and that has never been the case EVER in any epidemic. (Notice how no one is calling this a pandemic anymore.)

“In all of the history of respiratory born viruses of any type, asymptomatic tbeen the driver of outbreaks. The driver of outbreaks is ALWAYS a symptomatic person. Even IF there’s a RARE asymptomatic person that might transmitan epidemic is NOT driven by asymptomatic carriers.” –Dr. Anthony Fauci, authoritarian leading the coronavirus task force

So why all the fear of normal healthy people? We are living through a totalitarian nightmare. In Hawaii, all motorist ar now being forced to submit to coronvirus tested if you are on a certain highway. This is tyranny, folks. Wak up. If you have no control what does into your body (vaccine, nose swab, etc.) than you are not free, so stop pretending you are.

How much is 6%? Not much in a nation with a population of well over 300 million. The mainstream media has already started working in overdrive to say these statistics don’t mean you shouldn’t be living a life full of fear glued to your TV for the latest fear porn numbers. The coronavirus that governments shut down the entire globe for was responsible for a mere 9,000 deaths in the United Staes.

All other cases had other comorbidities and contributing causes (such as car accidents):

Truth is treason in the empire of lies. But don’t worry.  Trump has the military ready to deliver a vaccine in a “powerful way” to all Americans, even though this was all a gigantic lie based on their own numbers. So the real question is why is Trump pushing this vaccine so hard, so fast, with force from the military, and what the hell is in it?

This was a scam from the very beginning and unfortunately, far too many Americans fell for it. Just because this information is out there now, doesn’t mean the the New World Order will stop. Wait for something worse.  Brace yourself, because those in power will not be relinuishing it easily so we can have our lives and freedom back. The rest of this year could get rather intense, especially since we’ve been promised a horrific election and a “dark winter.”

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Time is Running Out: Australia Secures a COVID Vaccine Deal With Big Pharma

The Australian government has secured a deal for a COVID-19 vaccine with big pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Under the deal, the Australian government would manufacture the vaccine and offer free doses to all citizens.

Time is running out!  The vaccine is coming.

British-based AstraZeneca is developing the vaccine in partnership with Oxford University, with advanced trials now underway with thousands of volunteers across multiple countries. “The Oxford vaccine is one of the most advanced and promising in the world, and under this deal, we have secured early access for every Australian,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a statement released late Tuesday local time. “If this vaccine proves successful we will manufacture and supply vaccines straight away under our own steam and make it free for 25 million Australians.”

The goal is to vaccinate every human being on earth with a coronavirus vaccine, and no one really knows all of what’s in these shots. Apparently, the deal is still in the early stages. Both parties have signed a Letter of Intent. A final formal agreement at a later stage will layout more concrete details like pricing and distribution. However, the Australian government has previously indicated that it will spend billions of dollars on its vaccine strategy.

Plans like these have more than likely been in the world for far longer than we are being led to believe.  The goal has always been to vaccinate, track, trace, and surveil the entire global population turning everyone into tax cattle for the sole purpose of serving the elitists.

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Under the Trump administration, Operation Warp Speed is kicked into overdrive. The military will be used to vaccinate the public and the Pentagon has partnered with the CDC in order to make this a dystopian reality.

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AstraZeneca released early results of its closely watched Phase 1/2 trial in late July, which suggested that its vaccine candidate was safe and induces an immune response.

The Phase 2/3 trials will now aim to prove whether the vaccine protects people against the novel coronavirus. Results are expected later this year, and will depend on the rate of infection within the trial communities, AstraZeneca said.

The company has already reached agreements with several governments and organizations to produce at least 3 billion doses of the vaccine, with the first deliveries starting as early as September, it said on its website. -CNN

While everyday human beings are impoverished by the edicts of governments, AstraZeneca is raking in billions from those same governments.

Time is running out.

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Trump administration takes over COVID-19 data reporting from the CDC, hoping to increase speed

Hospitals will begin sending COVID-19 data to a centralized Trump administration database rather than to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the administration seeks to increase the speed of data reporting, NBC News reported.

Before this change, hospitals sent COVID-19 data to the CDC, which reported the information publicly — but with a lag of a week or more. Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, said that won’t cut it anymore.

“The President’s Coronavirus Task Force has urged improvements for months, but they just cannot keep up with this pandemic,” Caputo said, according to NBC News. “Today, the CDC still provides data from only 85 percent of hospitals; the President’s COVID response requires 100 percent to report.”

The CDC’s data reporting lag time has resulted in some public confusion about exactly where the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. stands at any given point. For example, when the CDC reports a certain number of deaths for a specific week, that doesn’t mean all the deaths occurred that week, even though media reporting doesn’t always reflect that reality.

Caputo told NBC News that the CDC will still be involved in the process, but a wider government involvement in the data reporting will speed things up.

“The new faster and complete data system is what our nation needs to defeat the coronavirus and the CDC, an operating division of HHS, will certainly participate in this streamlined all-of-government response,” Caputo said. “They will simply no longer control it.”

Increases in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in some places, especially California and Texas, have led city and state officials to consider or re-implement lockdown policies.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) warned that more lockdowns might be necessary if current trends aren’t reversed. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) closed all indoor restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, museums and bars, and schools in San Diego and Los Angeles will be online-only in the fall.

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CDC estimates there may have been 10 times more COVID-19 cases than the official statistics reflect

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates that there may have been 10 times more COVID-19 cases in the U.S. than the number that is reflected in official statistics, based on the results from antibody studies.

“The traditional approach of looking for symptomatic illness and diagnoses obviously underestimated the total number of infections,” Redfield announced last week, Time reported. “Now that serology tests are available, which test for antibodies, the estimates we have right now show about 10 times more people have antibodies in the jurisdictions tested than had documented infections.”

How did they estimate this? The estimate comes from the results of serology studies from six locations: the western part of Washington state, New York City, south Florida, Connecticut, Missouri, and Utah.

The surveys found the actual number of cases, based on the number of people in whom they found antibodies, was 11 or 12 times higher in Washington, NYC, south Florida, and Utah. It was 6 times higher in Connecticut and 24 times higher in Missouri.
Further studies in more locations are being conducted to provide more insight on the true scope of the virus.

What does this mean? Media reports in recent weeks have focused on increases in the number of new COVID-19 cases. The U.S. currently counts about 2.6 million total COVID-19 cases.

If the CDC estimate is even close to being accurate, and there have more than 20 million cases, the recent uproar over new positive tests becomes less meaningful, especially if the number of new deaths stays flat or continues to decrease over time even as cases increase

If there have been 20 million cases in the U.S., then the mortality rate is much lower than previously thought, and millions more people than previously known have contracted the virus and not even gotten sick, let alone had to go to a hospital or faced severe and potentially deadly illness.

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The CDC just changed its stance on surface transmission of COVID-19 — again

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published guidance that suggested COVID-19 was not easily transmitted on surfaces. Friday, the CDC has changed that guidance somewhat, Fox News reported.

What they said last week: The CDC website said last week that COVID-19 “does not spread easily” from “touching surfaces or objects.” That put it in the same category as animal-to human transmission.

This revelation was a big deal to people who had been nervous about the potential of catching the coronavirus from touching groceries or shopping carts or countertops. Also, previous CDC guidance had said COVID-19 survived on some surfaces for days.

What they say now: “After media reports appeared that suggested a change in CDC’s view on transmissibility, it became clear that these edits were confusing,” a CDC statement read.

Now, the CDC says it “may be possible” to contract COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

“This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads,” the statement said.

Now, it is quite unclear what the actual risk of surface transmission is.

Government confusion: This isn’t the first time the public has received mixed messages from the government on crucial COVID-19 information. The messaging around the use of masks has been inconsistent.

In February, Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted that masks “are not effective in preventing the general public from catching coronavirus.”

In March, Dr. Anthony Fauci said on “60 Minutes” that the general public “should not be walking around with masks.”

In April, when the virus outbreak was worsening in the U.S., President Donald Trump recommended the use of cloth face coverings outside the home. But, he made it clear that he would not be following that recommendation, and there’s no evidence that a cloth mask is effective.

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Internal CDC document projects daily death rate to nearly double over the next month

While dozens of states across the country begin easing lockdown restrictions, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document obtained by the New York Times paints a pessimistic picture about how the pandemic will progress over the next month.

According to the internal document from the CDC, the number of daily new COVID-19 cases is projected to increase from 25,000 per day now to 200,000 per day by June. In the same time period, the number of daily deaths is expected to increase from 1,750 to 3,000.

“There remains a large number of counties whose burden continues to grow or are in an elevated incidence plateau, including in the Great Lakes region, parts of the Southeast, Northeast, and around Southern California,” the document states.

The CDC reportedly disavowed the report, according to the Washington Post, even though its logo is on the slides. The creator of the model that produced the projections, Justin Lessler of Johns Hopkins, said it was an unfinished projection and that he didn’t know how or why it was put into presentation form and distributed to the media.

The White House issued a statement distancing itself from the CDC document and its projections.

“This is not a White House document nor has it been presented to the Coronavirus Task Force or gone through interagency vetting,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said, according to Axios. “This data is not reflective of any of the modeling done by the task force or data that the task force has analyzed. The president’s phased guidelines to open up America again are a scientific driven approach that the top health and infectious disease experts in the federal government agreed with. The health of the American people remains President Trump’s top priority and that will continue as we monitor the efforts by states to ease restrictions.”

Trump’s public predictions for the total number of deaths during this COVID-19 outbreak have varied significantly. After predicting a best-case scenario of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths, the president later projected 50,000 deaths. Sunday night, however, he again said the death toll could reach 100,000.

The persistence of the coronavirus even in the face of widespread lockdowns, combined with economic pressure for governments to allow businesses to reopen, could lead to further rejection and protest of lockdown restrictions by individuals and business owners who question the effectiveness of the mitigation efforts of the past two months.

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CDC warns that second wave of coronavirus could be worse — Dr. Birx shoots down the possibility

The chief of the CDC warned that there could be a second wave of coronavirus that is much worse than the first, but Dr. Deborah Birx shot down the possibility when questioned by reporters Tuesday.

The alarming warning from CDC Director Robert Redfield was made in an interview with the Washington Post.

“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” said Redfield.

“And when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean,” he explained. “We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time.”

When Dr. Birx, the coronavirus task force response coordinator, was asked to address the concerns by Fox News’ Bret Baier, she appeared to downplay the possibility and cited expected advancements in treatment that would prevent a second wave worse than the first.

“We were very clear in the guidelines that we believe we can monitor, again, monitor communities at the community level by using the influenza-like illness, and the syndromic, respiratory and gastrointestinal components of this particular virus,” she explained.

“Obviously when we have flu, we’re going to, and we’re working on an algorithm, that you test for flu, then you test for covid, and making sure that we are building the testing capacity to be able to do that,” she said. “On the surface, a patience when they come in with early flu and early covid can look very close to identical, so we need to have testing in place to be able to separate and ensure those patients receive the best treatment.”

Birx also said that she expected to have additional treatment options for covid-19 patients at that time.

A second waive

When pressed by another reporter, Birx furrowed her brow and didn’t appear to agree with the assessment from the CDC.

“I don’t know if it will be worse, I think this has been pretty bad,” she responded.

“When you see what happened in New York, that was very bad,” she continued. “I believe that we’ll have early warning signals both from our surveillance that we’ve been talking about in these vulnerable populations. We’re going to continue that surveillance from now all the way through to be able to give us that early warning signal.”

Birx went on to praise Americans’ ability to do what they need to in order to protect themselves and their families in the face of the threat from the pandemic.

Here’s the entire task force media briefing:


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Predicting the coronavirus: An examination of all the national models, what they predicted, and when

Over the last several weeks, Americans have been inundated with a profusion of projected figures regarding the coronavirus pandemic in wild diversity. With just a quick internet search, one could find death toll projections ranging from tens of thousands to well over 1 million, all of which cite “models” put together by “experts.”

When looking at all the models, the question becomes: Is there a trend? In order to answer that question, TheBlaze analyzed information from several of the major models predicting the extent of the outbreak in America looking for key data such as the date the model was published, the number of U.S. deaths it predicted, and whether social distancing efforts were taken into account.

What did we learn?

After our analysis, we have concluded that, generally speaking, as later models have taken social distancing efforts into account, their projected death tolls have reduced significantly.

Early models predicted a grim outcome but often explicitly said that the numbers might be much lower if mitigation measures, including social distancing, were implemented.

Since social distancing measures have been put into place, generally speaking, the models have been revised downward and began taking into account the likelihood that social distancing would continue. The revisions since then have been relatively minor.

It makes sense that the early models would not take social distancing into account because governments didn’t start enacting intervention measures until mid-to-late March, by the time early models had already been published.

Below are the models we analyzed, listed in chronological order according to the dates they were released:

Think Global

  • Date: March 10
  • Author: Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and the former director of the CDC during the Obama administration.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 1.64 million (worst-case scenario)
  • Hospital usage: N/A
  • Social distancing taken into account? No.

Additional information: Frieden’s model bases projections on the case fatality ratio of COVID-19 and the percentage of the population infected. In projecting the worst-case scenario of more than 1.6 million deaths, Frieden assumes the case fatality ratio to be 1% and that 50% of the population will be infected. He adds that “aggressive action [community mitigation measures] could minimize the impact of the virus in the United States.” Thus, this model was explicitly based on the assumption that no social distancing would occur.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Date: March 13
  • Author: Matthew Biggerstaff, along with other officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 200,000 to 1.7 million
  • Hospital usage: 2.4 million to 21 million people in the U.S. could require hospitalization.
  • Social distancing taken into account? No.

Additional information: The projections were based on four different scenarios presented by Biggerstaff on a phone call with experts from universities around the world. The scenarios were depicted in terms of percentages of the population and then translated into absolute numbers by independent experts. In regard to social distancing measures, the New York Times reported that the model’s “worst-case figures would be staggering if no actions were taken to slow transmission,” indicating that the larger death toll figures assumed no social distancing intervention.

Imperial College of London

  • Date: March 16
  • Author: Dr. Neil Ferguson, along with a team of researchers at Imperial College.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 2.2 million
  • Hospital usage: 30x the supply (with no social distancing) and 8x the supply (with social distancing).
  • Social distancing taken into account? In the report, yes, but not for the estimated 2.2 million death total. In the report, Ferguson noted that “optimal mitigation policies (combining home isolation of suspect cases,
    home quarantine of those living in the same household as suspect cases, and social distancing of the
    elderly and others at most risk of severe disease) might reduce peak healthcare demand by 2/3 and
    deaths by half.”

Additional information: The Imperial College model was the key factor that triggered a sudden shift toward stricter social distancing measures in the U.K. and the U.S. But it should be noted that on March 25, Ferguson drastically reduced his model’s expected death toll in the U.K. from 510,000 to 20,000 or fewer. He added at that time that he did not expect the country’s health care system to be overwhelmed by the pandemic. Though he did not give an update on U.S. projections, it is reasonable to assume that the projected death toll for the U.S. would be drastically reduced, as well. Ferguson said that new information about the virus’ transmissibility caused him to rework the model. He also pointed to the success of social distancing efforts, but this claim is difficult to prove as the efforts had only just been enacted.

University of Massachusetts – Amherst

  1. Date: March 18
  2. Authors: Thomas McAndrew and Nicholas Reich, who compiled estimates from 18 infectious-disease-modeling researchers.
  3. Total U.S. deaths: 195,000 by the end of the year
  4. Hospital usage: N/A
  5. Social distancing taken into account? The authors did not ask experts to account for social distancing measures, though they had the option to account for measures in their answers.

Additional information: The 18 disease-modeling experts, largely from universities in the U.S., were asked to complete a survey detailing their expert opinion on the trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. The surveys were administered over five weeks, ending with a final survey administered March 16-17. The collective results featured a broad range of projected deaths from 19,000 to 1.2 million. However, experts did generally expect “(i) the number of COVID19 cases to continue to rise, (ii) that a second wave of infections will occur in the fall, and (iii) that COVID infections could cause 200K deaths in the US by the end of 2020.”

The Coronavirus Task Force Model

  • Date: March 31
  • Author: The White House coronavirus task force led by health experts Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 100,000 to 240,000
  • Hospital usage: N/A
  • Social distancing taken into account? Yes, Dr. Fauci stressed that even with ongoing social distancing efforts, it is possible that nearly a quarter-million Americans could die.

Additional information: Task force members announced the model during a White House press briefing on March 31, suggesting that the death toll would have been 1.5 million to 2.2 million without intervention, but with intervention the projected death toll is 100,000 to 240,000. The task force came up with its figures by “combining the Imperial College in London model with a half-dozen other models from leading epidemiology teams around the world,” according to NBC News. Also during the briefing, President Trump announced that he would extend his social distancing guidelines at least until the end of April.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

  • Date: Last updated April 5 (first edition was released March 26)
  • Author: Dr. Christopher Murray, along with team of researchers at the University of Washington.
  • Total U.S. deaths: 81,766, with a peak daily death toll of 3,130 on April 16.
  • Hospital usage: On the projected peak usage date, April 15, the U.S. will need 24,828 ventilators and 140,823 hospital beds, including 29,210 ICU beds.
  • Social Distancing taken into account? Yes, model assumes full social distancing through May.

Additional information: The IHME model is a preferred model of the White House coronavirus task force, and is often cited during task force press briefings. In addition to the national death toll projection, the IHME model also predicts peak daily death tolls for individual states as well as hospital resource information, such as how many hospital beds, intensive care unit beds, and ventilators are in supply and will be required in each state. On April 6, the IHME revised its estimates downward (to the totals displayed above), finding that “need for hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators needed to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic are less than previously estimated,” according to a news release.

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CDC director expects ‘much lower’ death toll than predicted by the models used to justify shutdown policies

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday that he expects significantly fewer deaths from COVID-19 than the numbers predicted by models, ABC News reported.

The projection models being used by the Trump administration to guide policy led President Donald Trump to declare that the best-case result was between 100,000 and 240,000 people dying of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus from China.

What did Redfield say? “If we just social distance, we will see this virus and this outbreak basically decline, decline, decline. And I think that’s what you’re seeing,” Redfield said. “I think you’re going to see the numbers are, in fact, going to be much less than what would have been predicted by the models.”

Are the models accurate? The Trump administration has used a worst-case scenario projection from the Imperial College model to manage expectations for the death toll. That model predicted 2.2 million Americans could die of the virus if no mitigation efforts occurred.

In contrast, Trump said, with social distancing and stay-at-home orders across the country, we can get that death toll down to potentially fewer than 200,000.

Another well-known model, the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model, recently revised its death projection down to 81,766 from 93,531 the week before.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has repeatedly said models are only as good as the assumptions they’re built on — that includes assumptions about when COVID-19 first got to the U.S. (it could be earlier than we know) and how deadly the disease is (it’s hard to tell with so little reliable data on the number of infections).

Keep an eye on NYC: The numbers coming out of New York City over the last week show flattening of the curve in terms of the number of deaths, number of new cases, and a decrease in number of new hospitalizations, as well as an increase in the number of discharges of COVID-19 patients.

New York City is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., and there have been fears that it would take much longer to slow the escalation of cases and deaths, but that might be happening more quickly than expected.

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Biden camp earns ‘four Pinocchios’ from WaPo for blatant lie about Trump silencing a CDC official

The campaign for Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden received “four Pinocchios” from the Washington Post for recently claiming that President Trump silenced a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official who spoke out about the dangers of COVID-19.

The former vice president — who has been noticeably absent from the public eye in recent weeks — posted a video on his Twitter account Monday, in which a campaign aide alleged that CDC official Dr. Nancy Messonnier was sidelined by the Trump administration after raising the alarm about the inevitable spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

“Anyone who raised an alarm about [the dangers] — a red flag — was silenced,” Biden campaign aide Ron Klain alleges in the video. “Look no further than Dr. Nancy Messonnier, a career official at the Centers for Disease Control, who was the first to raise the alarm.”

“Starting the next day, Dr. Messonnier no longer appeared at public briefings of the White House coronavirus task force. The president and the White House sent a clear message to scientists in the government — there would be a price for speaking out and speaking up,” Klain suggested.

The fact-check is in

The Post’s Glenn Kessler called the claim “simply wrong” and a “false narrative.”

Kessler went on to note that at a news conference the day after Messonnier’s comments, Anne Schucat, Messonnier’s superior, joined Trump and other coronavirus task force officials.

“If you look closely, you will see there is a woman standing next to Trump. Who’s that? Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director — and Messonnier’s superior,” Kessler said.

Replacing Messonnier with her superior was part of an obvious trend regarding the coronavirus briefings: Trump was ramping up the seriousness of the briefings by involving higher-ranking officials. Kessler said as much in the fact-check column:

At the Feb. 26 news conference, Trump announced that Vice President Pence was taking charge of the task force. (Previously, Azar had run it.) From then on, briefings were held at the White House, not the Department of Health and Human Services. Trump headlines each one. One would presume either the director or deputy director would be onstage with the president, not a lower-ranking official.

“Meanwhile, far from being silenced, Messonnier kept doing her telephone briefings with reporters — on Feb. 28, Feb. 29, March 3 and March 9. She also appeared in four videos shared on social media including on March 14,” Kessler added.

“The video created a false narrative. The Biden campaign earns Four Pinocchios,” the fact-check concluded.

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VIDEO: Denver neighbors hold a ‘social distancing dance party’ in the street to beat back the coronavirus isolation blues

As community life has come to a screeching halt across America amid the coronavirus outbreak, residents of a Denver neighborhood found a creative way to beat back the social distancing blues — by holding a neighborhood dance party.

One neighborhood resident caught the dance party on video and posted it on Twitter.

“Meanwhile on my block: Social-distancing neighborhood street dance party. 4 songs, 14 minutes of fun and community — while 6 feet apart,” the caption for the original tweet read.

In the clip, you can see people of all ages in the street, dancing with each other while remaining 6 feet apart. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the virus is usually transmitted person-to-person “between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).”

Many cities and towns around the country have closed down bars, restaurants, and shops in hopes of stemming the community spread of the coronavirus. Schools have sent students home and businesses have asked employees to work remotely.

The CDC issued updated guidelines Sunday, recommending that event organizers cancel or postpone events consisting of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.

President Trump also issued guidelines from the White House Monday that advised all Americans to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people and avoid discretionary travel for the next 15 days.

As of Tuesday morning, more than 4,500 in America had tested positive for the virus, resulting in more than 90 deaths.

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The government stopped Seattle doctors from getting ahead on coronavirus testing for weeks — then more than 20 people died from it

Perhaps the biggest story about coronavirus, besides the spread of the virus itself, is how the government has responded to it — and whether that response was swift and strong enough.

In Seattle, the hardest-hit city in the United States so far, doctors suspected that the virus was more widespread than previously thought as early as late January, but they say state and federal government officials prevented them from testing samples for coronavirus.

What’s the story?

Dr. Helen Chu, an infectious disease expert in Seattle, found out about the first American coronavirus case in late January. That spurred questions about how widespread the virus might already be in Seattle.

Chu was on a team that had been conducting flu research, so they had many samples from patients in the area who had exhibited flu symptoms. They wanted to repurpose those samples for coronavirus testing, but they needed government approval. That’s where they hit a wall. From the New York Times:

To repurpose the tests for monitoring the coronavirus, they would need the support of state and federal officials. But nearly everywhere Dr. Chu turned, officials repeatedly rejected the idea, interviews and emails show, even as weeks crawled by and outbreaks emerged in countries outside of China, where the infection began.

Government officials were concerned that the doctors wanted to run coronavirus tests on patient samples without patient consent. Also, the lab was not certified for clinical work. But the doctors believed an emergency situation called for greater flexibility.

Defying orders

By late February, Chu and her team decided to ignore the government’s restrictions and conduct the coronavirus testing anyway. They quickly found more positive tests.

“It must have been here this entire time,” Dr. Chu thought at the time, according to the Times. “It’s just everywhere already.”

The cost of lost time

In the days that followed, several Washington state residents would die from coronavirus. The death toll in the state is now 31.

(H/T: Hot Air)

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Former CDC chief says visits to nursing homes should be restricted amid coronavirus outbreak

A former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a recent op-ed that visits to nursing homes ought to be restricted due to concerns about the continued spread of the new virus.

In a CNN opinion post published Sunday evening, former CDC chief Dr. Tom Frieden wrote that “[n]ursing homes and other long-term care facilities are ground zero” for the virus’ spread and noted that most of the deaths in the United States have been traced back to a nursing home in Washington state:

This is not unexpected. There have been influenza and other disease outbreaks in nursing homes in the past. Influenza causes severe nursing home outbreaks even though we have influenza vaccines and medications — tools we lack for Covid-19. Residents in nursing homes are older and sicker and live in close quarters. Staff at these facilities are also at high risk. They are in close contact with many residents every day, and infection control is often suboptimal.

The facility that Frieden is referring to is the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington. On Sunday, the Seattle Times reported that at least 13 residents of the center who had died after being taken to the hospital had tested positive for the virus, according to facility spokesman Tim Killian. Killian also said that 70 of Life Care’s 180 employees are showing symptoms of the virus, according to the newspaper.

On Sunday, the King County Council released a statement saying that the total number of coronavirus deaths in the county had reached 17, 16 of which were “associated with Life Care Center.”

A World Health Organization study of the new virus conducted last month found that “at highest risk for severe disease and death include people aged over 60 years and those with underlying conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer.” The same study also found that the virus’ mortality rate goes up with age, “with the highest mortality among people over 80 years of age.”

Frieden went on to write that “threat of rapid spread within long-term care facilities means that if we make the tough decision, now, to immediately restrict visits, we may be able to prevent many more outbreaks like the one in Kirkland.” He also said that staff of such facilities should not come to work if they are sick “and that they receive paid leave, so they have no economic incentive to come to work if ill.”

But what about families who want to see their elderly loved ones despite the conditions created by the ongoing outbreak? As a remedy for such situations, Frieden proposed that “we should facilitate virtual visits until we know more and can do more to protect the most vulnerable.”

President Barack Obama put Frieden at the head of the CDC in 2009 and he resigned as part of the transition to the Trump administration in early 2017. He was arrested in 2018 on sexual harassment charges, later pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

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Quarantined nurse goes viral for claim that she’s being denied coronavirus testing — but the CDC tells a different story

A nurse in California who got sick after treating a coronavirus patient is now in quarantine — and she claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preventing her from being tested to confirm whether or not she contracted the virus known as COVID-19. The CDC tells a different story, however.

The nurse’s claim: In a statement read by National Nurses Union President Deborah Burger, an anonymous nurse said the CDC refused to approve her to receive a coronavirus test because she allegedly didn’t wear the proper protective gear.

After caring for a patient who tested positive for coronavirus, she became sick. So her doctor approved her for a test, and a county official agreed. When they called the CDC, the nurse claims, they hit a wall.

“They said they would not test me because if I were wearing the recommended protective equipment, then I wouldn’t have the coronavirus,” the nurse alleges. “What kind of science-based answer is that? What a ridiculous and uneducated response from the department that is in charge of our health in this country.”

The nurse said the CDC called back later and said she would have to wait in line for a test since they are limited in number and prioritized by the severity of illness. That answer was also not satisfactory to the nurse.

“This is not the ticket dispenser at the deli counter; it’s a public health emergency!” she said. “I am a registered nurse, and I need to know if I am positive before going back to caring for patients.”

The CDC responds: In a statement to Blaze Media, the CDC denied that it would refuse to allow test a health care worker who had been exposed to the virus.

“CDC is not aware of this individual case and can’t respond to specifics,” the statement read. “However, CDC would most definitely recommend a health care worker who had contact with a confirmed case and then became ill be tested. At all times, clinicians have discretion to test patients based on their individual assessment of that patient’s illness and risk of exposure. Our clinical team working with state and local health departments to assess Persons Under investigation has not said no to any request for testing.”

What’s really going on? It sounds like the issue here is one we’ve already been painfully aware of — there is still a serious shortage of coronavirus tests, and as a result the ones that are available have to be rationed out and prioritized. In addition to creating a situation where there are likely many more cases than we have the ability to confirm, it also means people who get sick and suspect they have the virus may have to wait for confirmation if they’re able to manage their symptoms.

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The CDC wanted to drop released coronavirus quarantine patients off at a shopping mall in San Antonio

The city of San Antonio filed a lawsuit Monday to stop a plan by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to drop some patients released from coronavirus quarantine off at a local shopping mall, according to the Associated Press.

The patients had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which spent about two weeks docked in Yokohama, Japan, with more than 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19. After returning to the U.S., they were again quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

The CDC’s plan

More than 100 passengers were quarantined at Lackland, and 122 were released Tuesday (seven remain in quarantine). Those from out of state were transported to the airport to return home, and those from other places in Texas were set up with rental cars.

The CDC’s plan for San Antonio residents, however, was to drop them off at North Star Mall. From the AP:

PassengerTerri Feil of Houston said a CDC official told them in a conference call Sunday that the mall, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from the base, was chosen to avoid the media.

Feil said only people who were not going to the airport were to be dropped off at the mall. The Feils showed The Associated Press a text message they said was from the CDC indicating they were to be dropped off at the entrance by The Cheesecake Factory.

“My husband was asking, ‘Who made this decision?'” said Feil, adding that the couple’s son was driving from Houston to pick them up.

A CDC spokesperson would not address the specifics of the release plan in an email to the AP.

“Many factors were taken into consideration when determining how best to return the evacuees to their communities as safely as possible,” CDC spokeswoman Carol Williams said in an email, the AP reported.

More issues for North Star Mall

News of the drop-off plan comes just after a woman who was mistakenly released from quarantine visited North Star Mall and the airport before officials realized she had tested positive for COVID-19 and got her back into isolation.

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Coronavirus CRIMINALS: CDC Deliberately Released Infected Patient in San Antonio While Positioning Itself to Financially Benefit From an Exploding Epidemic

This article was originally published by Mike Adams at Natural News. 

The CDC just deliberately released an infected coronavirus patient in San Antonio, Texas. The number of “accidental” releases of infected patients, the nearly four-week withholding of diagnostic test kits and the downplaying of the severity of the outbreak can no longer be explained away as coincidence. This appears to be a deliberate, planned strategy to spread the coronavirus across America, cause nationwide chaos and get more funding and medical martial law powers for the CDC itself.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a patient from isolation in San Antonio, Texas, after two tests returned negative for the new coronavirus, but the person later tested positive,” reports The Epoch Times.

So the CDC messed up yet again, failing to make sure the person was truly cleared of coronavirus before releasing him into the general public. The CDC later attempted to cover this catastrophic error by saying, “Following the patient’s release, results of a subsequent sample were received, and determined to be weakly positive. Out of an abundance of caution, CDC decided to bring the individual back into isolation at a local medical facility.”

The CDC is now using transgender-like language to describe virus test results

For starters, from a virology point of view, there’s no such thing as “weakly positive.” Testing for the coronavirus produces a binary result. It’s either positive or negative. Is the CDC seriously going to start telling us people are now “sort of positive” or “kinda negative” or other such nonsense? Suddenly the CDC sounds like a transgender high school student explaining how he/she fluidly transitions between 47 different genders by merely wishing for socially acceptable virtue-signaling transitions.

This latest mistake is on top of the CDC deliberately withholding coronavirus testing kits from the entire country for nearly four weeks, allowing the virus to exponentially multiply with near-zero surveillance about which communities are already infected.

According to truly bombshell new research that studied the mutation rate of the coronavirus in the wild, the coronavirus has been spreading for six weeks in Washington State, infecting as many as 1,500 people in that state alone.

It was only the independent media — like NaturalNews.com — that sounded the alarm on the near-total lack of coronavirus testing across the country, pointing out that it’s impossible to detect infections if you don’t test for them. I even coined the term, “Don’t Test, Don’t Tell,” which has since been echoed by many others. (Source: My article from Feb. 25)

Former FDA director Gottlieb warns “thousands” are already infected in America

We’ve now reached the point where, according to former FDA director Scott Gottlieb, there are “thousands” of infections in America right now. Before Gottlieb said that, I publicly estimated anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 coronavirus infections in the United States right now. Gottlieb says it’s “low thousands.” Via ZeroHedge:

Former FDA Director Scott Gottlieb, who has been far more vocal than the current FDA director thanks to his regular appearances on CNBC and other cable news channels, warned during an interview on CNBC Monday morning that the public shouldn’t trust the administration’s rhetoric.

The fact is, things are far from ‘okay’, Gottlieb said. Now that the government is expanding testing, the US case count will ‘grow rapidly’. The public should start stocking up on supplies and preparing for widespread disruptions. Gottlieb warned that the number of cases in the US has probably already reached the ‘low thousands’. Hundreds could be confirmed by the end of the week.

Note the stark contrast between Gottlieb and current FDA / CDC officials who are universally lying to the American public and even telling people it’s bad to buy food, hand sanitizers or medical masks.

The Trump administration is floundering over this issue and U.S. government propaganda currently appears almost indistinguishable from communist China’s own propaganda parade. (Will the U.S. soon start hiding coronavirus deaths? Probably…)

The CDC stands to receive billions in new funding as the coronavirus explodes across America

Every U.S. government agency prioritizes its own survival and expansion over everything else. Throughout U.S. history, events have been staged to rapidly increase federal funding as part of a problem-reaction-solution cycle that’s often rooted in deliberately staged “emergencies.”

For example, the ATF received a huge influx of new funding after staging the David Koresh / Waco, Texas raid in the 1990s. The entire thing was rigged, staged for CNN’s camera and carefully controlled to create an emergency where none existed. Koresh could have easily been arrested on the street while out shopping for groceries, but instead, the ATF staged a murderous raid that deliberately killed dozens of women and children.

Similarly, the Oklahoma City federal building bombing was quite literally plotted by the FBI to increase funding for the FBI. They recruited the scapegoat, provided the explosives, evacuated their own offices and even planted explosives in the federal building there, all to create blood and gore for the cable news cameras so that more funding could be approved to combat “extremists” in America, all under Bill Clinton of course. To this day, the FBI is the single most prolific source of terror plots across America, and that fact is openly confirmed by the New York Times, the Kansas City Star and other mainstream media outlets.

Similarly, the Disneyland measles outbreak from a couple of years ago was staged to push for mandatory vaccines in California (SB 277, Richard Pan), and now the CDC is actively allowing coronavirus to escape confinement as part of a malicious plot to cause infections to spread across America. The primary beneficiary of the outbreak? The CDC itself, which could receive billions in new funding. (Apparently, a $6.5 billion annual budget isn’t enough.)

What’s even more insane is the fact that this COVID-19 coronavirus is the product of biological weapons development programs that were funded by the NIH itself to the tune of nearly $700 million.

So the taxpayers funded this weapon system, and now that it has been unleashed upon the world, the very same “death science” government bureaucrats who caused the problem will demand billions in new funding to solve it.

You need to watch this bombshell interview with Prof. Francis Boyle to learn more:

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CDC coronavirus test-kit lab may have been contaminated; US lagging behind other countries in testing

The Trump administration has ordered an investigation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after a Food and Drug Administration diagnostic scientist found possible contaminants during a visit to a CDC lab in Atlanta that produces coronavirus test kits, according to Axios.

Timothy Stenzel, the director of the FDA’s Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, visited the facility last week as pressure mounts on the government to meet growing demand for coronavirus test kits. While he was there, Axios reported he “happened to stumble upon the inappropriate procedures and possible contaminants.”

Officials have not released the specific details of Stenzel’s concerns, but the production of the test kits has been moved out of the Atlanta facility.

“Upon learning about the test issue from CDC, FDA worked with CDC to determine that problems with certain test components were due to a manufacturing issue,” FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told Axios. “We worked hand in hand with CDC to resolve the issues with manufacturing. FDA has confidence in the design and current manufacturing of the test that already have and are continuing to be distributed. These tests have passed extensive quality control procedures and will provide the high-level of diagnostic accuracy we need during this coronavirus outbreak.”

A statement from the Department of Health and Human Services did not shed more light on what exactly the problem is in the Atlanta lab. From Axios:

“HHS/CDC have been transparent with the American people regarding the issue with the manufacturing of the diagnostic and will be transparent with the findings of this investigation.” (But the administration was not transparent about the senior FDA official’s concerns about the conditions and procedures in the Atlanta laboratory.)

The United States is not testing at nearly the volume of other countries which have been hit harder by coronavirus, although an increasing number of cases in the U.S. has put pressure on government officials to ramp up testing.

About 3,600 people have been tested in the U.S. Testing has mostly been limited to people who have traveled to Wuhan, China, or to people known to have had contact with someone who traveled there. But in the past week, several cases with no apparent connection to Wuhan have been diagnosed in the U.S.

The U.S. has opted to produce its own test kits, rather than accept the test kits being distributed to other nations by the World Health Organization. Last month it was reported that labs have had issues validating the CDC tests.

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Ominous Warnings About The Very Rapid Spread Of The Coronavirus

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog. 

Is a widespread coronavirus outbreak inside the United States inevitable?  After weeks of generally optimistic statements, officials are now warning us to prepare for the worst.  Over the past several days we have seen the number of confirmed cases outside of China escalate dramatically, and this has really rattled global financial markets.

After being down more than 1,000 points on Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell another 879 points on Tuesday.  U.S. stocks have lost more than 1.7 trillion dollars in value in just two days.  Much more importantly, a wave of tremendous panic is starting to sweep across America, and it looks like this crisis is just getting started.

Usually, officials at the CDC choose their words very carefully so that they do not needlessly alarm the public.  With that in mind, I would like for you to consider three statements that the CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier made about a potential outbreak inside the United States during a press conference on Tuesday…

#1 “It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country anymore but a question of when this will happen.”

#2 “Disruption to everyday life may be severe.”

#3 “We are asking the American public to prepare for the expectation that this might be bad.”

Can you ever recall a top CDC official ever making statements this ominous?

I certainly can’t.

In addition, Messonnier warned that it may soon become necessary for schools and businesses to greatly restrict person to person contact

The CDC outlined what schools and businesses will likely need to do if the COVID-19 virus becomes an epidemic outbreak in the U.S. Schools should consider dividing students into smaller groups or close and use “internet-based tele-schooling,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call. “For adults, businesses can replace in-person meetings with video or telephone conferences and increase teleworking options,” Messonnier said.

On a temporary basis, such measures would not be too disruptive, but what if this virus just keeps spreading month after month?

We are potentially facing a scenario that is truly unprecedented, and it is becoming increasingly clear that officials have lost confidence that they will be able to contain this virus.  In fact, one former U.S. official told USA Today that “the horse is out of the barn”…

Dennis Carroll, former director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Health Security and Development Unit, credited China’s “extraordinary control measures” with delaying the spread of the virus. But he said avoiding a pandemic is “very unlikely.”

“The dramatic uptick of cases in South Korea, Iran and Italy are reflective of a self-sustaining spreading of the virus,” Carroll, who now leads the Global Virome Project science cooperative, told USA TODAY. “And a clear message that the horse is out of the barn.”

At this point there are still only a few dozen confirmed cases in the United States, but authorities are bracing for the worst.  If you can believe it, San Francisco Mayor London Breed just declared a state of emergency because of this virus…

Mayor London Breed declared a local emergency in San Francisco Tuesday amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite there being no confirmed cases among the city’s residents.

“Although there are still zero confirmed cases in San Francisco residents, the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness,” Breed said in a statement. “We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm.”

And after being quite apathetic about this outbreak at first, people all over America are suddenly realizing that they should be preparing for a potential pandemic.

In fact, Silicon Valley investor Geoff Lewis created quite a stir when he asked for advice on stockpiling food.  The following is the question that he posted on Twitter that caused so much of an uproar

If one were hypothetically stockpiling four months of shelf stable food, what would folks recommend (optimizing for keto friendly)?

We haven’t seen anything like this in the United States in a very long time.

But we haven’t even had a single death from this virus in our country yet.  How crazed will people get when victims start dropping dead in the streets like they have been in Wuhan?

There is now talk that the IOC could potentially cancel or postpone the Olympic Games in Tokyo.  At one time such talk would have seemed crazy, but this is how serious this outbreak has become.

In Iran, the number of confirmed cases has now jumped to 95, although many people believe that the true number is far, far higher.

During a press conference on Monday, Iran’s deputy health minister attempted to downplay the seriousness of this outbreak, but on Tuesday we learned that he has been infected too

Iran’s deputy health minister said he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is in self-quarantine at his home just a day after he appeared at a news conference in Tehran where he sought to quell fears about the outbreak. Iraj Harirchi, the head of Iran’s counter-coronavirus task force, announced the illness in a video online while vowing that authorities would continue working to control the spread.

Apparently not wanting to be outdone, one of the officials in South Korea that was overseeing the response to this outbreak decided to jump off a bridge

But in Seoul took on a more morbid tone Tuesday following reports in the local press that a civil servant from the Ministry of Justice’s Emergency Safety Planning Office jumped off a bridge in Seoul at around 5 am local time Tuesday.

The official was one of several individuals charged with overseeing the government’s response to the virus. As cases soar and hysteria mounts, we suspect this news won’t exactly help quiet the public’s nerves.

Suicide is never the answer to anything, and we should all be praying for that man’s family.

In Italy, the number of confirmed cases has grown by more than 15 times since Friday…

Over in Italy, the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 300 to 322, while the number of dead climbed to 10, according to Italian emergency chief Angelo Borrelli, who said the newly deceased were over the age of 80. That’s up from just 20 confirmed cases on Friday.

Newly deceased were over 80 years old, says at press conference in Rome Tuesday. The new infections include three cases in southern Sicily region, Italian Civil Protection official Borrelli said.

All of a sudden, people all over Europe are wanting to avoid Italians because of the potential of catching the virus.  In most cases that fear is irrational, but we do know that an Italian just spread the virus to a hotel in Spain’s Canary Islands

Hundreds of staff and tourists staying at a hotel in Spain’s Canary Islands were put under lockdown on Tuesday, El Pais newspaper reported. One person who had stayed at the establishment was later found to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

I lived in Italy for a few years as a child, and I have a great love for the country.

It is so sad to watch what is happening over there, but the same things are going to start happening here.  In fact, Dr. Messonnier has told the public that now is the time “to begin preparing” for a massive outbreak…

“People are concerned about this situation – I would say rightfully so,” Messonnier said. “But we are putting our concerns to work preparing. Now is the time for businesses, hospitals, communities, schools and everyday people to begin preparing as well.”

If you do prepare and all of this turns out to be a false alarm, at least you will be ready for the next crisis that is coming.

But if you don’t do anything to prepare and things get really, really bad, it could end up costing you dearly.

If this virus starts spreading across the United States like wildfire, you and your family will want to minimize contact with the public as much as possible.  So stock up on the things you will need now because when things start getting really crazy the stores will be cleaned out very quickly.

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Coronavirus Found to Have up to 24-Day Incubation Period; CDC Releasing Wuhan Evacuees in Texas, Nebraska, and California After Just 14 days

This article was originally published by Mike Adams at Natural News. 

The CDC has already flown hundreds of American evacuees from Wuhan, China to various cities across the United States, including San Antonio, Texas, and Omaha, Nebraska. There, evacuees are being quarantined for 14 days, after which they will be released to return to their homes.

This 14-day quarantine is based on an assumption that this nCoV coronavirus has a maximum 14-day incubation period. But what if that assumption was wrong?

What if some patients actually experienced a 24-day incubation period before showing symptoms?

If that were the case, the CDC would be releasing people into the population 10 days too early, effectively contributing to the outbreak.

Guess what? That’s exactly what’s happening, according to a science paper published on the MedRxIV website, backed by the British Medical Journal and Yale. The study, entitled, “Clinical characteristics of 2019 novel coronavirus infection in China,” is noted as a “preprint” which “has not been peer-reviewed,” but the study notes that incubation periods for the coronavirus vary from zero days to 24 days.

The study was based on 1,099 patients with lab-confirmed 2019-nCoV, gathered from 552 hospitals in 31 provinces, through January 29, 2020, explains the abstract. We’ve posted a backup copy of the original PDF here, just in case MedRxIV removes it or stealth edits the paper.

The median incubation period was noted as 3.0 days. The conclusion of the paper is not good news for the world:

The 2019-nCoV epidemic spreads rapidly by human-to-human transmission. Normal radiologic findings are present among some patients with 2019-nCoV infection. The disease severity (including oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, blood leukocyte/lymphocyte count and chest X-ray/CT manifestations) predicts poor clinical outcomes.

Notably, only 1.18% of the patients studied by the researchers had any direct contact with wildlife. Almost everyone in the study caught the virus from other people, underscoring the human-to-human transmission that’s exploding across China.

If the incubation period lasts up to 24 days, then governments all over the world are releasing infected patients after insufficient quarantine

Although we feel great remorse for any human being trapped in medical quarantine, the entire purpose of the quarantine is to isolate infected people for the full duration of viral incubation. If quarantines do not cover the full range of expected incubation durations, then they will inevitably release some number of infected people into the general population.

Although a 14-day quarantine will no doubt cover the vast majority of possible carriers, if even 1% of patients demonstrate incubation periods lasting significantly longer than 14 days, that’s still enough to spark an outbreak in the general population.

This is on top of the fact that the CDC just admitted earlier today they made a mistake in the lab and “accidentally” released a person from a quarantine center in California long before the 14-day quarantine requirement. As Zero Hedge reports:

Dr. Anne Schuchat, a top official at the CDC, told reporters in Washington, admitted that “it turns out there was probably a mix-up and the original test wasn’t negative.”

First off, what’s with the doublespeak? Why not just say the first test was positive? Instead, they have to say, “was not negative” which is a double negative. So the pandemic language police are alive and well at the CDC, it seems, where even mentioning the word “positive” is now forbidden. And we’re supposed to trust these people to be transparent?

Secondly, does anybody really believe this release of a possibly infected person was an accident? By all accounts, it seems like the CDC is trying as hard as it can to distribute potentially infected people all across the country, literally chartering commercial jets to land American evacuees from Wuhan in cities like Omaha and San Antonio. So the CDC is either lying or just flat-out incompetent. Perhaps both. But it makes no sense to distribute returning evacuees across several facilities in several states (and then release them after just 14 days instead of 24 days).

If you don’t believe the U.S. government is preparing for a pandemic, ask why the U.S. military is preparing 11 quarantine centers across the United States:

JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI (HNL)
Great Lakes Training Center Navy Base, IL (ORD)
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, TX (DFW)
March ARB, CA (LAX)
Travis AFB, CA (SFO)
Dobbins ARB, GA (ATL)
Fort Hamilton, NY (JFK)
Naval Base Kitsap, WA (SEA)
Joint Base Anacostia, DC (IAD)
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ (EWR)
Fort Custer Training Center (DTW)

As Michael Snyder writes:

If this coronavirus outbreak is not a serious threat, then why is the U.S. government preparing to quarantine victims all over America? As you will see below, 11 U.S. military bases located close to major airports are being converted into “quarantine centers” for potential patients. When I first learned about this, I was greatly alarmed, because we have all seen what is going on in China right now. People are literally being physically dragged out of their homes and are being forcibly relocated to “mass quarantine camps” with hordes of other very sick people. Sadly, many of them will never come out of those camps alive. If this virus starts spreading like wildfire here in the United States, is it possible that something similar could start happening here?

The answer, of course, is yes.

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