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Even a Military-Enforced Quarantine Can’t Stop the Virus, Study Reveals

This article was originally published by Jeffrey A. Tucker at The American Institute for Economic Research. 

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a study that goes to the heart of the issue of lockdowns. The question has always been whether and to what extent a lockdown, however extreme, is capable of suppressing the virus.

If so, you can make an argument that at least lockdowns, despite their astronomical social and economic costs, achieve something. If not, nations of the world have embarked on a catastrophic experiment that has destroyed billions of lives, and all expectation of human rights and liberties, with no payoff at all.

AIER has long highlighted studies that show no gain in virus management from lockdowns. Even as early as April, a major data scientist said that this virus becomes endemic in 70 days after the first round of infection, regardless of policies. The largest global study of lockdowns compared with deaths as published in The Lancet found no association between coercive stringencies and deaths per million.

To test further might seem superfluous but, for whatever reason, governments all over the world, including in the US, still are under the impression that they can affect viral transmissions through a range of “nonpharmaceutical interventions” (NPIs) like mandatory masks, forced human separation, stay-at-home orders, bans of gatherings, business, and school closures, and extreme travel restrictions. Nothing like this has been tried on this scale in the whole of human history, so one might suppose that policymakers have some basis for their confidence that these measures accomplish something.

A study conducted by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in cooperation with the Naval Medical Research Center sought to test lockdowns along with testing and isolation. In May, 3,143 new recruits to the Marines were given the option to participate in a study of frequent testing under extreme quarantine. The study was called CHARM, which stands for COVID-19 Health Action Response for Marines. Of the recruits asked, a total of 1,848 young people agreed to be guinea pigs in this experiment which involved “which included weekly qPCR testing and blood sampling for IgG antibody assessment.” In addition, the CHARM study volunteers who did test positively “on the day of enrollment (day 0) or on day 7 or day 14 were separated from their roommates and were placed in isolation.”

What did the recruits have to do? The study explains, and, as you will see, they faced an even more strict regime that has existed in civilian life in most places. All recruits, even those not in the CHARM group, did the following.

All recruits wore double-layered cloth masks at all times indoors and outdoors, except when sleeping or eating; practiced social distancing of at least 6 feet; were not allowed to leave campus; did not have access to personal electronics and other items that might contribute to surface transmission; and routinely washed their hands. They slept in double-occupancy rooms with sinks, ate in shared dining facilities, and used shared bathrooms. All recruits cleaned their rooms daily, sanitized bathrooms after each use with bleach wipes, and ate preplated meals in a dining hall that was cleaned with bleach after each platoon had eaten. Most instruction and exercises were conducted outdoors. All movement of recruits was supervised, and unidirectional flow was implemented, with designated building entry and exit points to minimize contact among persons. All recruits, regardless of participation in the study, underwent daily temperature and symptom screening. Six instructors who were assigned to each platoon worked in 8-hour shifts and enforced the quarantine measures. If recruits reported any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, they reported to sick call, underwent rapid qPCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, and were placed in isolation pending the results of testing.

Instructors were also restricted to campus, were required to wear masks, were provided with preplated meals, and underwent daily temperature checks and symptom screening. Instructors who were assigned to a platoon in which a positive case was diagnosed underwent rapid qPCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, and, if the result was positive, the instructor was removed from duty. Recruits and instructors were prohibited from interacting with campus support staff, such as janitorial and food-service personnel. After each class completed quarantine, a deep bleach cleaning of surfaces was performed in the bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, and hallways in the dormitories, and the dormitory remained unoccupied for at least 72 hours before reoccupancy.

The reputation of Marine basic training is that it is tough going but this really does take it to another level. Also, this is an environment where those in charge do not mess around. There was surely close to 100% compliance, as compared with, for example, a typical college campus.

What were the results? The virus still spread, though 90% of those who tested positive were without symptoms. Incredibly, 2% of the CHARM recruits still contracted the virus, even if all but one remained asymptomatic. “Our study showed that in a group of predominantly young male military recruits, approximately 2% became positive for SARS-CoV-2, as determined by qPCR assay, during a 2-week, strictly enforced quarantine.”

And how does this compare to the control group that was not tested and not isolated in the case of a positive case?

Have a look at this chart from the study:

Which is to say that the nonparticipants actually contracted the virus at a slightly lower rate than those who were under an extreme regime. Conversely, extreme enforcement of NPIs plus more frequent testing and isolation was associated with a greater degree of infection.

I’m grateful to Don Wolt for drawing my attention to this study, which, so far as I know, has received very little attention from any media source at all, despite having been published in the New England Journal of Medicine on November 11.

Here are four actual media headlines about the study that miss the point entirely:

  • CNN: “Many military Covid-19 cases are asymptomatic, studies show”
  • SciTech Daily: “Asymptomatic COVID-19 Transmission Revealed Through Study of 2,000 Marine Recruits”
  • ABC: “Broad study of Marine recruits shows limits of COVID-19 symptom screening”
  • US Navy: “Navy/Marine Corps COVID-19 Study Findings Published in New England Journal of Medicine”

No national news story that I have found highlighted the most important finding of all: extreme quarantine plus frequent testing and isolation among military recruits did nothing to stop the virus.

The study is important because of the social structure of control here. It’s one thing to observe no effects from national lockdowns. There are countless variables here that could be invoked as cautionary notes: demographics, population density, preexisting immunities, degree of compliance, and so on. But with this Marine study, you have a near homogeneous group based on age, health, and densities of living. And even here, you see confirmed what so many other studies have shown: lockdowns are pointlessly destructive. They do not manage the disease. They crush human liberty and produce astonishing costs, such as 5.53 million years of lost life from the closing of schools alone.

The lockdowners keep telling us to pay attention to the science. That’s what we are doing. When the results contradict their pro-compulsion narrative, they pretend that the studies do not exist and barrel ahead with their scary plans to disable all social functioning in the presence of a virus. Lockdowns are not science. They never have been. They are an experiment in social/political top-down management that is without precedent in cost to life and liberty.

[The earliest version of this article misstated the conditions of the control group. They were equally locked down with those who participated in the study. The difference between the two concerned testing frequency and the isolation response. This does not affect this article’s conclusion; indeed it strengthens it: even under extreme measures, the virus spread, and more so with the extra measure intended to control the virus. Nearly all infections were without symptoms.]

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More Fauci Warnings: Expect “A Whole Lot Of Pain” This Winter

As the elitists continue to roll out their New World Order agenda, Dr. Anothny Fauci keeps talking about how much “pain” the public is going to go through this winter due to this scamdemic. Fauci continues to talk about bad and dark this winter will get, so expect these elitists to pull off something sinister.

Alert: The New World Order Is Coming

“If things do not change, if they continue on the course we’re on, there’s gonna be a whole lot of pain in this country with regard to additional cases and hospitalizations, and deaths,” Fauci said in an interview Wednesday evening on “The News with Shepard Smith.”

In an interview on Wednesday with CNBC, Fauci said that the United States is “going in the wrong direction” as coronavirus cases allegedly rise in 47 states and infected patients overwhelm hospitals across the country. It certainly feels like these people are going to make life difficult soon.

“They never had the kind of hospital and intensive care facility and flexibility that some of the larger hospitals in larger cities have,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “They’re concerned that if the trajectory continues, they may be in a position where they are going to be strapped for things like intensive care beds,” said Fauci.

The COVID-19 “Dark Winter” PsyOp: Question Everything…

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Those Who Planned The Enslavement of Mankind Warn Of “A Dark Winter” For Us

The people who think they have power over everyone continue to talk of a “dark winter.” They will probably attempt to pull off another lockdown. It is now up to the public what we will accept. We also implore all military and law enforcement to take a long hard look at what you are going to be asked to do:

David Icke To LEOs & Military: “Look Your Children In The Eye” & Tell Them YOU Enforced Tyranny

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“Twindemic”: Coronavirus & The Flu

We have been warned. Another “scamdemic” dubbed the “twindemic,” an increase in both coronavirus and flu infections, is all over the news. The fear is being ramped up as the mainstream media claims “experts” expect to see a surge in cases of both illnesses this fall and into winter.

If you haven’t braced for the potential of a horrifically tyrannical winter, now is the time to do so. As Ritchie from Boston often says: “these dudes are doing this.” They will do what it takes to get the New World Order, and Americans are far from unified. That means we won’t be able to stop this. Too many are going along with the NWO, casting a vote like it matters are worried about who wins the next (s)election.

But there’s a bigger problem looming, and it’s the expansion of tyranny we are all living under right now.  Ans the powers that should not be are already telling us what to expect, for those paying attention:

Cases of respiratory viruses like the one that causes COVID-19 tend to rise in the fall and winter months as temperatures drop and people spend more time indoors. Most pandemic models predict a surge starting in the fall and worsening into the winter that could rival or even surpass the worst days of the spring. One well-regarded forecast sees a “most likely” scenario of more than 3,000 deaths a day in December and nearly 400,000 cumulative coronavirus-related deaths by the end of the year.

That timeline coincides with the typical course of flu season, which on its own causes about 37,000 deaths a year in the U.S. The combined risk of the coronavirus and flu virus has led some experts to warn of a “twindemic” that could overwhelm the country’s health care capacity. –Yahoo News

In case you forgot, the overwhelming of the healthcare system was the reason given for the first lockdown. In order to prevent hospitals from having too many people to treat, we all had to lock ourselves away and give up our livelihoods for an overexaggerated outcome that never even came close to fruition. Since people were convinced the first time, it looks like they are using the same excuse the second time, in combination with the flu, ramping up the fear of both.

Wake up. This is manipulation and predictive programming. They are advertising their plans and they want a “twindemic.”

CDC Director Robert Redfield called “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, that we’ve ever had.”

Despite warnings about the risks of the coming months, many parts of the country are lifting lockdown restrictions on businesses and welcoming children back to schools. Yahoo News

They are going to blame the second wave and teindemic on people who didn’t want locked down under totalitarian dictatorship for a cold so severe, they have to test you to see if you have it.

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“Twindemic”: Coronavirus & The Flu

We have been warned. Another “scamdemic” dubbed the “twindemic,” an increase in both coronavirus and flu infections, is all over the news. The fear is being ramped up as the mainstream media claims “experts” expect to see a surge in cases of both illnesses this fall and into winter.

If you haven’t braced for the potential of a horrifically tyrannical winter, now is the time to do so. As Ritchie from Boston often says: “these dudes are doing this.” They will do what it takes to get the New World Order, and Americans are far from unified. That means we won’t be able to stop this. Too many are going along with the NWO, casting a vote like it matters are worried about who wins the next (s)election.

But there’s a bigger problem looming, and it’s the expansion of tyranny we are all living under right now.  Ans the powers that should not be are already telling us what to expect, for those paying attention:

Cases of respiratory viruses like the one that causes COVID-19 tend to rise in the fall and winter months as temperatures drop and people spend more time indoors. Most pandemic models predict a surge starting in the fall and worsening into the winter that could rival or even surpass the worst days of the spring. One well-regarded forecast sees a “most likely” scenario of more than 3,000 deaths a day in December and nearly 400,000 cumulative coronavirus-related deaths by the end of the year.

That timeline coincides with the typical course of flu season, which on its own causes about 37,000 deaths a year in the U.S. The combined risk of the coronavirus and flu virus has led some experts to warn of a “twindemic” that could overwhelm the country’s health care capacity. –Yahoo News

In case you forgot, the overwhelming of the healthcare system was the reason given for the first lockdown. In order to prevent hospitals from having too many people to treat, we all had to lock ourselves away and give up our livelihoods for an overexaggerated outcome that never even came close to fruition. Since people were convinced the first time, it looks like they are using the same excuse the second time, in combination with the flu, ramping up the fear of both.

Wake up. This is manipulation and predictive programming. They are advertising their plans and they want a “twindemic.”

CDC Director Robert Redfield called “the worst fall, from a public health perspective, that we’ve ever had.”

Despite warnings about the risks of the coming months, many parts of the country are lifting lockdown restrictions on businesses and welcoming children back to schools. Yahoo News

They are going to blame the second wave and teindemic on people who didn’t want locked down under totalitarian dictatorship for a cold so severe, they have to test you to see if you have it.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin Descends Into A War Zone

The violence has been ongoing but turned deadly early this morning when a confrontation between demonstrators and a group of men armed with guns. This occurred at protests and riots over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, in which one person was injured and two were killed.

The city has seen several nights of rioting, following the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake. A curfew was imposed on Tuesday night and police ordered residents to stay off the streets, according to a report by RT. National Guard troops were also deployed to the Kenosha’s courthouse for a second night after Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order doubling the Guard’s presence in the city from 125 to 250 personnel.

In a separate incident, a man with a gun opened fire after being chased by a group of demonstrators. At least one person was shot in the arm.

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Stay alert and be prepared. Know what’s going on but refuse to feed the fear.  The difficult times could just be beinning. Brace yourself and make sure your are well prepped for massive societal unrest and social upheaval like we have never seen.

These are the times that try men’s souls, Thomas Paine infamously said. We are descending quickly into a totalitarian regime from one that was already fascist (a merere between the government and the corporations) and socialist. The fall as fast, and the United States is gone. Sorry. It is. There will be no going back.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It simply means we have to make sure that once this system crashes under its own weight, we don’t allow anyone power over anyone else for any reason or any amount of time. We can have a future of freedom, but it’ll require self-reflection, morality, and personal responsibility; three things Americans drarely, if ever, do.

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Woman is brutally murdered after community leader suggests citizens settle disputes without calling police

A Brooklyn woman is dead after she reportedly attempted to settle a dispute with a group of people without the help of the New York City police.

What are the details?

According to the New York Post, 33-year-old Shatavia Walls approached a group of people who were reportedly illegally setting off fireworks on July 4.

Walls, according to her mother, was “just following the advice of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams,” who suggested citizens settle disputes through “community policing,” and without the aid of trained law enforcement officials.

Walls approached the group, and asked them to stop firing off the explosives in the area in which children were playing.

This apparently didn’t sit well with the group, as at least one person from the group reportedly began to chase Walls with a gun, and shot at her while she sought safety in her mother’s apartment building.

Walls, who was not injured at the time, was able to recover the shell casing as well as the suspect’s driver’s license, which was dropped while fleeing.

Walls’ mother, Helen Testagros, said her daughter immediately reported the incident to New York City police, but insisted that the department took no action at the time.

The department instead said that it did not learn of the incident until July 7 — after the same suspect reportedly shot Walls eight times after she confronted a second group of people who were illegally setting off fireworks three days after her first encounter with revelers.

What else?

Adams has repeatedly called for citizens to mediate nonviolent disputes without the help of police in order to cut down on the amount of police-on-citizen crimes.

“Stopping fireworks cannot turn into fireworks between the police and the community,” Adams said in June remarks directed at increasing complaints of illegal fireworks detonations. “We want a good community response to dealing with a nuisance. … This is a non-violent act, so those three numbers that we all dial — 911 — get over that.”

“She watched the news,” Testagros, Walls’ mother, told the outlet of her daughter’s decision to confront the group. “Yes, she heard it. It was probably in the back of her mind. It’s not a good idea. You don’t know who you are approaching. These kids are not respectful anymore. … They’re more ruthless.”

She added that the suspect fired shots at her daughter until the gun’s chamber was depleted.

“[Walls] was on the ground shot. And [the suspect] kept shooting until the gun went ‘click, click, click,'” she recalled.

In a statement about the incident, Adams said, “My heart goes out to the family of Shatavia Wells on this horrific accident. Gun violence has hurt too many innocent people in our city from 1-year-old Davell Gardner to this dynamic young lady. Dangerous people are shooting innocent people for senseless reasons. I renew my call for cracking down on the scourge of illegal guns.”

He added, “Our call is to continue building an ecosystem of public safety that includes community response and police. Whenever someone exhibits violence, we should call the police, but whenever we can communicate peacefully with our neighbors, we should do so.”

Trump blasts uncivilized behavior

On Monday, President Donald Trump addressed Wells’ murder in remarks to reporters at the Oval Office.

“I love New York,” Trump said. “[But] look at what’s going on over there. The woman who was shot because she said, ‘Could you please not light off firecrackers?’ And they turned around and shot her eight times and she died. That’s not our civilization, that’s not about us.”

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Horowitz: Why do politicians ignore the futility and collateral damage of lockdowns?

Imagine administering a dose of chemotherapy to a healthy patient with no sign of cancer? After all, it can only help, right? That has been the attitude of our government as it continues to push lockdown policies and the trickle-down panic that flows from them – without any evidence that they help mitigate the virus and without any regard for their side effects.

California never really emerged from its original lockdown, yet Gov. Gavin Newson is now reinstituting the closure of many businesses. Evidently, a few dozen people carefully spaced in a gym or salon are a greater threat than thousands of people jammed pack in uncontrolled protests.

The Houston mayor is calling for another lockdown as well, with no mention of the fact that George Floyd had the largest funeral held in his city (while everyone else had to be buried without a proper funeral) and Houston police began contracting the virus in greater numbers right after the protests.

But they all fail to learn the lessons of the first lockdown – in that they don’t work to stop the deaths and they cause so many more excess deaths from the inimical side effects.

Lockdowns kill more people from the side effects

According to a recent published by Jama Network, there were 87,000 excess deaths from March 1 to April 25, but only 56,246 (65%) were attributed to COVID-19. What happened to the remaining 31,000 excess deaths? Until now, supporters of lockdown like Dr. Anthony Fauci have attributed those excess deaths to an undercount of the virus death toll. However, the study’s authors found that “The 5 states with the most COVID-19 deaths experienced large proportional increases in deaths from nonrespiratory underlying causes, including diabetes (96%), heart diseases (89%), Alzheimer disease (64%), and cerebrovascular diseases (35%).”

Clearly, as we observed during the peak of the lockdown, so many people were scared to come in for other urgent treatments as a result of the fear generated by lockdown policies. Also, thanks to the suspension of other medical maintenance procedures and critical but not emergent surgeries, people likely died from untreated ailments.

The numbers were particularly jarring in states like California and Texas, which saw 55% and 64% of its excess deaths respectively attributed to non-COVID-19 deaths. These were states where the virus barely spread during April but the lockdown likely shut down and scared off other medical care like it did in the harder hit states. Thus, for much of the country outside of the northeast until May, the lockdown was the bigger plague than the virus.

When the economic and mental health factors are coupled with the denied care, one study estimated that 65,000 people would die per month of lockdown. Also, given that the victims of lockdown, on average, were younger than those of the virus, they estimated that the lockdown, over its entire duration, has caused the loss of 1.5 million life years, as compared to 800,000 life years from the virus itself. Do we really want to continue propagating a feedback loop of panic that results in more deaths for a strategy that is completely unproven?

Lockdowns simply don’t work to stop a virus

Whether you compare state to state or country to country, there is absolutely no correlation between positive results and lockdowns, especially after the virus had already become so pervasive. Lockdowns have been in place in so many states like California and yet the virus still spread. Other states like Wisconsin haven’t had restrictions for two months because of a state Supreme Court ruling and has had very few hospitalizations or deaths.

J.P. Morgan conducted a data analysis on a scatter diagram of all 50 states and found that “reopening dates also don’t predict infections and hospitalizations.”

“There are no easy answers for why US infections have soared recently; reopening dates, mobility changes and other empirically measured behaviors do not lead to higher infections in any statistically consistent way,” wrote the major financial institution in its latest economic assessment.

The reality is that the timing of the spike occurred way too late to blame on the late April/early May openings. On the other hand, they have coincided perfectly with the mass protests, and in the case of the border states, with Mexico’s peak from its first round. Miami’s mayor admitted the demonstrations played a major role in the resurgence in Florida, which, unlike northeastern states, did not achieve enough immunity to withstand such ubiquitous mass gatherings. Either way, people are forgetting that the virus will always spread to any place that has not already achieved 15%-20% seroprevalence, irrespective of human factors.

The virus does not go away simply because of a lockdown. Countries like Israel and Australia are learning that now. They are similar to America’s south and west in the sense that they locked down early before the virus spread much (unlike in America’s northeast where it was too late). However, lockdowns don’t kill the virus. They kill many citizens from the collateral damage and just delay the ability to achieve herd immunity with a less vulnerable population.

This is why Sweden is pretty much done with the virus, having achieved de facto herd immunity without having shut down the country and without suffering all of the collateral deaths. Their only fault was failing to protect senior care facilities. Nearly 90% of all deaths were among those over 70 years old and there were more than twice as many deaths among those over 90 than under 70. It’s likely that many of them were going to die within a few months or actually died of old age, but thanks to Sweden’s liberal coding of COVID-19 deaths, they were included in the count. This is why a view of their excess deaths this year compared to past years shows almost no significant epidemic to speak of.

Sweden’s numbers are getting better every week and they are now in a period of negative excess deaths. Again, all without any lockdowns or mask mandates. Now, they are in better shape than every other country that forestalled herd immunity at a very painful cost to their medical care, mental health, and economy.

For such tough chemotherapy as a lockdown, shouldn’t we have to see results? How many more states can continue intermittent lockdowns and mask mandates for months while the cases continue to spread before we realize that this is a farce?

What we should really do is shield the vulnerable and avoid large gatherings like mass riots. That way we can achieve herd immunity through the less vulnerable and without spreading it too rapidly as to overwhelm the system. Yet, these are the two things most governors failed to do, and in the case of 26 million protesters, they actually encouraged and facilitated the greatest mass gatherings in recent memory – in midst of a pandemic they believe should lock us in our homes. Are we going to allow these mendacious politicians to get away with this libel against our liberty and lives?

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ALL GRAVY: OUR GOLD PORTFOLIO GOES NUTS!

This article was contributed by James Davis with Future Money Trends. 

GOLD IS TRADING ABOVE $1,820/ounce, as I’m writing this, so the cartel MUST BE either asleep or positioned in gold and silver themselves.

It’s been close to NINE YEARS since we’ve seen gold priced this high USD-wise, but there is no sense that this is a bubble. For one, silver has BARELY MOVED since 2015, up only 40%, while gold has risen by around 70%.

Secondly, reflation is here!

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

The GDX index is now 20% above its 2016 peak level but still WELL BELOW its 2011 highs. The bull market is only beginning. The GDXJ, which truly indicates the phase investors are in when it comes to sentiment, has just BROKEN OUT above 2016’s top, but it has to TRIPLE IN PRICE to go back to 2011 highs.

My point is quite simple: I’M STAYING INVESTED.

Our portfolio is looking amazing and stocks that we’ve featured in the past 12 months are RECORDING BEAUTIFUL DAYS.

We will be providing FULL UPDATES on all of our current profiles soon. Here’s a snapshot of the highlights:

  1. Franco-Nevada, which was profiled in June 2019, is up 69%.
  2. Sprott Inc., whose share price has been consolidated 10:1, is up 67%.
  3. Our favorite OPTIONALITY PLAY, which we profiled for as low as CAD$0.38 IN 2016 and again at the beginning of 2020 for CAD$1.37, has already KISSED THE CAD$2.49 MARK just a few days ago! In THIS LINK, you will find one of the company’s MOST FAMOUS investors explaining why he loves it (timestamp

There are several other companies we’re PREPARING FULL BRIEFINGS on as we speak. They will be lengthy and detailed.

It’s clear that we want to be invested in precious metals at the moment:

  1. Goldman Sachs predicts $2,000/ounce within the next 12 months. The investment bank also forecasts silver hitting $21 during this same timeframe.
  2. Bank of America IS TOPPING its Wall Street rival with a $3,000/ounce thesis in 18 months.

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

We are absolutely getting a REBOUND IN SENTIMENT for the overall economy.

In our view, we mostly attribute this to the fact that death cases are sinking. America alone is developing 130 types of drugs/vaccines/cures, and because of record-testing capabilities, people are treated within the first five days, which is critical.

As economies get back on their feet, we expect the changing CONSUMER BEHAVIOR to offset profits for many industries, but we don’t expect any disruption in mining precious metals.

Therefore, companies that either (1) produce metals through mining or (2) are advancing a promising project can rise in price by multiples, and they will!

It’s been a very long time since gold equities and silver equities were in a CONFIRMED BULL MARKET. Enjoy the ride.

This is going to be MESMERIZING, and Future Money Trends will feature the most attractive risk/reward setups in financial publication history!

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Doug Casey on COVID Brainwashing: “Look, Hysteria Is The Problem; Not The Flu Itself”

Recently, gold bug and investor Doug Casey sat down with Kenneth Ameduri of Crush the Street. Casey jumped right in saying the breakdown of the United States under the boot of tyranny is “actually predictable.”

Casey says Western civilization peaked around World War 1, just after the Federal Reserve took over the monetary supply. Yet at the same time, technology improved. So in some ways, things have gotten better, but in the ways that matter, things have gotten worse. Now, people are easily programmed to believe what the TV tells them to, thanks to technological advancement. Yet, both global warming and COVID are “phony” as far as Casey is concerned.

Casey then discusses more in detail the COVID hoax.  When Ameduri asks about the cases going up, but fatalities going down, Casey says the case numbers are meaningless. He says we should focus on the deaths, which are being “greatly overreported.” In fact, we showed documents from the government back in April that prove they need the death toll to be as high as possible to exact tyranny on people through fear. “Look, hysteria is the problem; not the flu itself.” He adds, “this is hysteria comparable to the witch trials of the late 17th century.”

Casey says this whole situation was done as a form of “people control.” The government, who will issue your immunity passport, will decide what you can and cannot do based on whether or not you’ve gotten the mandatory vaccine. He says it’s possible to experience even more tyranny as the vaccine is rolled out. “The worst people, not the best people, get into government.” It’s all predictable he says.

We’ve all heard the saying: “power corrupts, and ultimate power corrupts ultimately.” That saying has always been true.

The best way to protect yourself is by buying physical gold or silver. Casey is betting on economic and financial chaos more than inflation or deflation.  The whole system is set to absolutely self-destruct.

Casey says that there’s a good chance the Democrats will win the White House in 2020. He says there are two reasons. One, Democrats are promising a lot more free stuff. And two, they are much better at stuffing the ballot boxes. I personally, disagree with Casey on this one. I think the winner will be whoever the New World Order, aka, the International Banking Cartel, chooses to win. Presidents are selected, not elected, especially now when we have no semblance of a government “by the people.”

“Look, it’s gonna end very badly,” Casey says of the government’s management of the economy.

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The High Cost Of Locking Down America: “We’ve Seen A Year’s Worth Of Suicide Attempts In The Last Four Weeks”

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream. 

Locking down much of the country may have helped to “flatten the curve” a bit, but it has also had some very serious consequences that public health officials did not anticipate.  Humans were created to be social creatures, and forcing us to isolate ourselves from one another for weeks on end has turned out to be quite problematic.

This has especially been true for those that live alone.  Today, the U.S. has a higher percentage of one-person households than ever before, and keeping those individuals totally isolated in their own homes is not that different from putting prison inmates in solitary confinement for an extended period of time.  In both cases, it can be just a matter of time before people mentally break.

Even before this pandemic came along, the suicide rate in the United States was already soaring, and now the number of suicides is spiking like we have never seen before.  Just consider what Dr. Mike deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California says is happening in his area

“We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time,” he said. “I mean we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”

And suicide helplines all over America are seeing an enormous increase in the number of people calling in…

Many crisis centers are reporting 30% to 40% increases in the number of people seeking help. The helpline at Provident is experiencing a tenfold increase compared with this time last year, when no national disaster was occurring.

In addition to being isolated in their own homes, Americans have also been bombarded by endless coverage of this pandemic by the mainstream media, and this has definitely helped to fuel a lot of anxiety

In all, 66% are watching and consuming more news than ever before, which is particularly puzzling considering that 68% also admitted that COVID-19 coverage gives them considerable anxiety. It’s not just anxiety either; 65% said they feel overwhelmed by coronavirus news, 56% just get plain angry, 67% feel burnt out, 59% experience fearfulness, and 50% can’t help but feel hopeless after hearing the nightly news.

And of course Americans are not just watching more news than ever before.  According to Comcast, the average U.S. household has actually been watching 66 hours of TV a week during this pandemic…

New research from telecomms firm Comcast has revealed viewing time has soared as a result, with households watching an extra eight-plus hours of TV each week – equivalent to the time spent on a full days’ work shift.

This means the average household now watches 66 hours of TV a week, up from 57 hours a week in early March.

Watching endless hours of television is one of the worst possible things that you can do for your mental health.

If you put garbage into your mind, you are going to get garbage out.

And allowing the corporate media elite to endlessly feed hour after hour of “programming” directly into your mind is incredibly self-destructive.

In addition to binge-watching television, many Americans have also been dealing with this crisis by turning to drugs and alcohol

Findings by The Recovery Village, a Florida-based network of addiction treatment facilities, reflect an “expected” increase in substance use during the pandemic, with Americans reporting a 55% rise in alcohol consumption in the last month. When it came to illicit drugs, 36% of Americans reported increased use of marijuana and prescription opioids, among others.

Needless to say, this is more self-destructive behavior that is just going to fuel even more anxiety, depression, and despair.

Yes, this pandemic has been bad.  There have been more than 1.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States so far, and about 100,000 Americans have died.

But this isn’t the worst thing that we are going to face.  In fact, it isn’t even close.

So if we can’t handle what is happening right now, how in the world are we going to be able to handle what is coming?

The good news is that this pandemic is causing a lot of people to wake up and reflect on what really matters.

Prior to COVID-19, a lot of Americans were living for their careers.  But this crisis has demonstrated how rapidly those jobs can disappear.  There is absolutely no loyalty in the corporate world today, and most corporations will not hesitate to lay off workers once they start bleeding money.  At this point, more than 38 million Americans have already lost their jobs, and more job losses are coming in the weeks and months ahead.

Other Americans were living for the pleasures of this life before this pandemic came along.  But now bars, clubs, and movie theaters all over the country have been shut down, professional sports leagues have been paralyzed, and this virus has even transformed dating into a hazard that many people simply don’t want to deal with.

So many of the things that we once valued so highly have been taken away, and maybe that is precisely what we needed.  Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan created quite an uproar when he made this point very strongly on Instagram…

“Word up, can you handle the truth my brother only love HH,” wrote Hogan, who has 1.5 million followers on Instagram. “In three short months, just like He did with the plagues of Egypt, God has taken away everything we worship.

“God said, ‘you want to worship athletes, I will shut down the stadiums. You want to worship musicians, I will shut down Civic Centers. You want to worship actors, I will shut down theaters. You want to worship money, I will shut down the economy and collapse the stock market. You don’t want to go to church and worship Me, I will make it where you can’t go to church.

“‘If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  I wrote an entire book urging people to start focusing on what really matters, because true hope will not be found in the temporal things that the world is constantly chasing.

And it has definitely been encouraging to hear that many young people have taken this crisis as an opportunity to start thinking about spiritual issues more

A majority of teens and young adults say they are praying more or thinking about spiritual issues more than they were prior to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.

The poll of 800 high school students and 800 post-secondary students found that 67 percent said they’re either praying more often or thinking about spiritual issues more compared to the time before the virus.

There is hope, but it won’t be found on a television screen, at the bottom of a bottle or at the end of a needle.

So please don’t give up.  Despite all of the craziness in our world today, the best chapters of your life can still be ahead of you.

But if you keep feeding your mind endless hours of media “programming” and you keep chasing the things that they tell you to chase, all that is ahead of you is more pain, more anxiety, more depression, and more despair.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing those books you help to support my work. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but due to government regulations I need those that republish my articles to include this “About the Author” section with each article. In order to comply with those government regulations, I need to tell you that the controversial opinions in this article are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the websites where my work is republished. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. Those responding to this article by making comments are solely responsible for their viewpoints, and those viewpoints do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Michael Snyder or the operators of the websites where my work is republished. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and anyway that you can share these articles with others is a great help.  During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all many people as we possibly can.

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The panic and fear among the people who cannot be bothered to read the actual statistics about this pandemic is what should concern most preppers.  In fact, this virus has been so overhyped that the Army’s field hospital in Seattle, an “epicenter” of the pandemic has closed after three days without seeing one single COVID-19 patient.

According to a report by Military.com, the hastily built field hospital set up by the Army in Seattle’s pro football stadium is shutting down without ever seeing a patient. This is being done “so the service can shift resources where they’re more urgently needed”, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee said.

Medical equipment at the CenturyLink Field Event Center is being returned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for use elsewhere, but the governor cautioned against reading too much into the move. Governor Inslee wants people to remain in a panicked state of emergency and dependent on the government’s salvation.

Don’t let this decision give you the impression that we are out of the woods,” Inslee said in a statement intended to push the official narrative of fear on Wednesday. “We have to keep our guard up and continue to stay home unless conducting essential activities to keep everyone healthy.” Washington state saw the first coronavirus death in the U.S. on February 29. Stay panicked and remain in fear, Inslee says.  “But we haven’t beat this virus yet and, until we do, it has the potential to spread rapidly if we don’t continue the measures we’ve put in place, he said.

The state asked FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to convert the football stadium “before our physical distancing strategies were fully implemented and we had considerable concerns that our hospitals would be overloaded with COVID-19 cases,” Inslee said.  Even though the hospitals have the capacity to handle patients getting sick with the virus.

The decision to close the Seattle field hospital comes amid early signs that the number of new cases could be hitting a plateau in New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in the U.S., and other states.

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Epidemiologist: Coronavirus Could Be “EXTERMINATED” If Lockdowns Are Lifted

At a news conference Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “Overall, New York is flattening the curve.”

We were never dealing with a pandemic in the general sense. We were always dealing with a tyrannical power grab by every governor in this country and at the head of that, was Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Fauci was so wrong about this virus he should be permanently discredited.  Yet Americans continue to fall in line and obey his orders to their own personal economic detriment.

The unprecedented government response and mass panic will have lasting negative effects for all Americans. Many more will be destroyed financially and all will lose most of what’s left of our basic human rights.

Dr. Ron Paul On Coronavirus Panic: The Real Danger “Is The Government’s Overreaction”

The good news is that you can find toilet paper on some online retailers again. I’ll continue to do my best to link items that were bought in a panic over the past month to help those who may need them. Toilet paper still seems to be the hottest commodity of 2020.

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More People Died Of Suicide Last Week In Tennessee Than COVID-19

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As we previously warned, this pandemic will bankrupt and kill more people from suicide than the virus will. When you sacrifice people’s livelihoods, you create a difficult situation of desperation for many who will see no other way out.

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Coronavirus Crisis: The Virus Will Bankrupt More People Than It Kills

We are about to have a mental health crisis during an economic depression that will be tough to live through.  The virus is no longer the problem.  The government’s reaction has been the problem and even some politicians have figured it out. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs revealed in a weekly update that our solution to this pandemic has not been a good one. “Thus far, our reaction to COVID-19 has been to sacrifice the global economy,” said Jacobs. “The truth is: a sick economy produces sick people.”

Most people don’t want to hear the truth, unfortunately, and the longer state governments insist on businesses being closed and an economy shut down to combat what’s looking like a fairly insignificant virus for most of the population, the aftermath will worsen.  Each day that drags on will make the next few years more difficult.

“Last year, our medical examiner performed autopsies for 199 confirmed or suspected suicides from across the region, with 83 of those coming from Knox County. Over the past 48 hours, that office has now examined nine suspected suicides, eight of which are from Knox County alone. For Knox County, that’s almost ten percent of last year’s total number in the past two days alone,” Jacobs added.

We’ve said it before and it needs to be said again, we should no longer be preparing for a pandemic, but social unrest, violence, and economic depression. he longer the economy is shut down, the more horrific the future social unrest will be. Jacobs is questioning the tyrannical measures and authoritarian power grabs by politicians.

Jacobs called the suicide numbers “utterly shocking” and said he is questioning if the government is taking the right approach in responding to COVID-19. “Is what we are doing now really the best approach? How can we respond to COVID-19 in a way that keeps our economy intact, keeps people employed, and empowers our people with a feeling of hope and optimism, not desperation and despair?” he said.

“That’s startling and disturbing and really, really challenging to think about how some of the things we have to do as a community right now could be contributing to these things,” she said. “The more important message today that I want to deliver is that now more than ever we need to be kinder and gentler with ourselves and with each other. If there’s anybody out there who’s struggling, I encourage you to reach out.”

We want to thank Jacobs for standing up against all the other tyrants out there using this virus as an excuse to commit economic suicide and impoverish millions of people. Now let’s face reality: it’s time to reopen the economy and salvage what’s left if we can.  The longer this drags on, the direr our situation becomes.

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AAPS: State Lockdowns Aren’t Having an Impact in COVID-19 Deaths

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The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons have said that the lockdown measures forced on all of us are not having an impact on COVID-19 deaths.  In a detailed article, author Martin Dubravec, a Medical Doctor, Allergist, and Clinical Immunologist at
Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Cadillac, Michigan wrote:  “The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious crisis not to be taken lightly.  Our response to it should not make it worse.”

Those words should resonate with every single person that gave up their basic dignity and human rights to comply with government commands. The authoritarians have expanded their power and don everything they can to make this time as painful as possible on the American public while using the mainstream media to promote their narrative and instill fear into everyone. It’s time this facade ends and it’s fantastic to see doctors from highly regarded organizations standing up and speaking truth to power

According to Dr. Dubravec’s assessment, one way to look at this would be to compare the COVID-19 deaths in states that do and do not have stay-at-home orders in place.  Although these comparisons have their limitations, nonetheless, the statistics speak for themselves and can be used to assess the effectiveness of a lockdown policy.

As an example, let’s compare Michigan with states that do not have a stay-at-home order.  When adjusted for population, here is the breakdown of COVID-19 deaths per population of the state as of today:

As of April 5, 2020  Source:  https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

Now let’s compare states that have a lockdown order compared with a neighboring state that does not:

Not only does the above data show that lockdowns are having no impact, but continued restrictions of residents raises the risk of increased suicide, drug abuse, domestic violence, and civil unrest, among other issues.

Please also note the following statistics when looking at deaths from Coronavirus:

Hopefully, this will help put the entire situation into perspective and those who are living a life submerged in fear can wake up and realize that they’ve been programmed by the mainstream media’s desperate attempt to create a panicked society so the government can take over completely and finish enslaving us permanently.

Face things with logic, not fear. Look for real solutions, not fear-based panic-driven ones. Fear has caused a toilet paper shortage. Level-headed preparedness already had a solution for that.

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Researchers revise coronavirus model used by White House to show lower death estimate, earlier peak

A model predicting the coronavirus contagion in the United States has been revised to show a lower number of deaths expected an an earlier peak date.

The numbers are compiled by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and are used by the White House to help guide the national coronavirus response.

The new number of expected deaths is 81,766, with a higher range of 136,401 and a lower range of 49,431, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Previously the coronavirus task force said that the U.S. could expected between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths.

The IHME model has also moved up the estimated date of the peak for the contagion to April 16. On that day, 3,130 deaths are expected nationwide.

At the time of this writing, there have been 9,619 deaths in the United States due to the coronavirus.

The model similarly decreased the number of expected need for acute-care beds, intensive-care beds and ventilators.

“As we obtain more data and more precise data, the forecasts we at IHME created have become more accurate,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, who helped created the model, in a statement.

“And these projections are vital to health planners, policymakers, and anyone else associated with caring for those affected by and infected with the coronavirus,” he added.

Here’s more about the coronavirus model:


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NFL agent Buddy Baker told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that his parents — Stuart Baker, 74, and Adrian Baker, 72 — were married 51 years and were “virtually inseparable.”

“They were never in different places, and they were rarely in different rooms,” Baker told the show.

That all changed, he told “GMA,” three weeks ago when they visited their doctor, who said they may have a slight case of pneumonia but should be fine. But Baker’s mom and dad began feeling worse and finally went to a hospital March 19, he told the program.

“My dad was admitted, and my mom was sent home,” Baker told “GMA,” adding that his father had asthma while his mother had no underlying heath issues.

‘Worried about my mom being by herself’

Baker noted to the program he was concerned about his mother being alone while his dad was hospitalized, as they weren’t used to being apart.

“So we were really worried about my mom being by herself … we would go see her, and she was very weak and really wasn’t walking great,” he added to GMA.

Soon Baker’s father tested positive for COVID-19, was transferred to intensive care — and few hours later he got a call from the hospital saying that his dad “wasn’t going to make it,” the program noted.

Concerned that his mom would have an anxiety attack upon hearing the news, particularly in her weakened and worsening state of health, Baker told “GMA” the family brought her to the hospital as a “precautionary measure.”

The news gets worse

Baker added to the program that about 45 minutes after his mother was admitted, the hospital told him her condition was deteriorating.

“In the timeframe of about five to six hours, I was informed on the phone by two separate doctors, that each one of [my] parents were [most likely] not going to make it,” he told “GMA,” while noting that he was still hopeful about his mother.

“[My] mom on Wednesday woke up for a few minutes and kind of waved at us through the glass,” Baker recalled to the program. “We didn’t go in the room, and it just got worse every day.”

The next day a doctor said neither would survive and their organs were shutting down, he told “GMA.”

Together again

Upon receiving the news, Baker told the program that hospice paperwork was completed so his parents, now sedated, would be taken off ventilators and finally be together again in the same hospital room.

“They actually sent up a picture of them holding hands,” Baker said on the program.

On Sunday, they were taken off the ventilators and died six minutes apart, Baker noted to “GMA.”

‘We live in a world of, ‘It can’t happen to me”

“We live in a world of, ‘It can’t happen to me, it can’t happen to us, it can’t happen to my family.’ Well, it happened to us,” Baker said in a Twitter post. “I’d like to take this time to make people start thinking about making a change.”

Baker said he “started thinking, ‘This has got to stop. We’ve got to work to stop spreading this virus,'” and that people need to end thoughts of “I’m too young, I’m too healthy” and accept the fact that “it could happen to somebody in your family.”

“There’s nothing that can be done, unfortunately, to bring our parents back,” he added to the program. “But we can hopefully save other people’s lives … by doing things to stop the spread of this virus.”

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Some States Are Now Intercepting Travelers From Other States And Forcing Them Into Quarantine

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Some said this “can’t happen here.” It’s happening. The cure has become worse than the problem. We are living in a totalitarian state.

China Is Literally Dragging People Out Of Their Homes And Sending Them To “Mass Quarantine Camps”

Department of Defense: The Military Has MASS Quarantine Camps Set Up In The U.S.

Coronavirus Keeps Spreading: Forced Quarantines & Mass Camps for the Infected in the U.S.

All of a sudden, people all over the country are very afraid of travelers from New York, Louisiana and other COVID-19 “hotspots” across the nation.  In fact, as you will see below, some states are now trying to intercept travelers from other states and force them into quarantine.

Measures that would have been unthinkable just a few short weeks ago have now become a reality, and things are likely to get even crazier in the days ahead.  If this pandemic is causing this much fear already even though less than 3,000 Americans have died so far, what will the level of fear be if 30,000 or 300,000 Americans die?

Unfortunately, many experts are now warning that the death toll will eventually get very high in this country.  For example, on Sunday Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that he expects to see more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. alone

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top expert on infectious diseases, predicted Sunday that the United States will end up with “millions” of cases of coronavirus and up to 200,000 deaths by the time the pandemic ends, though he cautioned that any projection of mortality statistics could “easily” end up being wrong.

“Looking at what we’re seeing now, I would say between 100,000-200,000 [deaths],” Fauci said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

This virus spreads so easily from person to person, and once it gets loose in a city it can spread like wildfire.

Right now, New York City is being hit harder than anywhere else in the country.  At this point close to 700 members of the NYPD have tested positive for the virus, and the public transportation system is being flooded with calls from sick employees

The MTA’s 24-hour hot line for workers with coronavirus symptoms is constantly crashing because it’s being flooded with calls — and higher-ups are bracing for a mass sickout, transit insiders told The Post.

Bus and subway employees already called out sick at three times the normal rate last week, prompting the MTA to dramatically reduce service.

Overall, the death toll in New York has reached nearly 1,000, and many believe that what we have seen so far is just the beginning.

Needless to say, hospitals are rapidly being overwhelmed, and basic medical supplies are being used up fast.

Fortunately, a lot of outside help is coming in.  On Sunday, I was greatly encouraged to learn that Samaritan’s Purse is actually putting up a field hospital in Central Park

Dozens of people worked in a drizzle to erect the facility for an expected influx of COVID-19 patients at the epicenter of the US coronavirus pandemic.

Samaritan’s Purse, a US-based Christian global relief agency, is setting up the hospital on the park’s East Meadow lawn, where workers in face masks unloaded a white tarp and other equipment on the grass. The site is right across from one of the facilities in the Mount Sinai hospital group.

But as other states have watched the nightmare that is currently unfolding in New York, they have become greatly alarmed, and some have even taken measures to try to prevent New Yorkers from spreading the virus to their communities.

Beginning on Friday, authorities in Rhode Island started stopping vehicles “with New York plates”, and any New Yorkers that were discovered were forced into “14 days of self-quarantine”…

Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.

“Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Governor Gina Raimondo said. “That risk is called New York City.”

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo found out about this, he went ballistic, because it specifically discriminated against citizens of his state.

So Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo later expanded the directive to include anybody coming into Rhode Island from any other state…

Gov. Gina Raimondo instead has expanded the order to include ‘any person’ coming to Rhode Island from another state to ‘immediately self-quarantine for 14 days’.

The directive, signed late Saturday, does not apply to health workers or those working in public safety. It reads: ‘Any person coming to Rhode Island from another state for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.’

Of course, Rhode Island is basically the size of a postage stamp, and so not that many people are too worried about what they are doing.

But Florida is a much bigger deal.

Florida has already been forcing anyone flying in from New York to self-quarantine for 14 days, and on Friday Governor Ron DeSantis expanded that directive to include anyone traveling into the state from Louisiana

New Orleans is experiencing a coronavirus surge of more than 1,000 infections linked to the Mardi Gras celebration in February, sending Louisiana’s total number of cases past 3,300 as of Saturday. DeSantis wants to intercept any Louisiana travelers from “seeding” the virus in Florida.

It’s about a three-hour drive from New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida, and panhandle officials had expressed concerns to him about travelers fleeing the Bayou State and carrying the virus into Florida.

In fact, a highway checkpoint has already been set up on Interstate 10 so that police can monitor who is coming into the state…

“Look, we’re either trying to fight this virus or we are not,” DeSantis said of his plan that includes a checkpoint on Interstate 10 at the Alabama line and National Guard members greeting travelers from the New York City area at airports.

In the days ahead, more states may start implementing such measures.

So if you are still not where you want to be to ride out this pandemic, you need to get there as quickly as possible.

We still don’t know how bad this crisis is going to become.  It may fizzle out with just a few hundred thousand deaths globally, or we may end up with a nightmare scenario in which millions die.

We just don’t know yet.

But those that are running things are starting to act like we are facing a worst-case scenario, and that should deeply alarm us all.

For instance, I was quite surprised to learn that officials from U.S. Northern Command have isolated themselves inside the giant Cheyenne Mountain facility in Colorado

‘To ensure that we can defend the homeland despite this pandemic, our command and control watch teams here in the headquarters split into multiple shifts and portions of our watch team began working from Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, creating a third team at an alternate location as well,’ Air Force General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, head of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD, said during a Facebook Live town hall with those under his command.

Perhaps such a move is warranted during a time of great crisis, but what really got my attention was the following statement that O’Shaughnessy made…

‘My primary concern was … are we going to have the space inside the mountain for everybody who wants to move in there, and I’m not at liberty to discuss who’s moving in there,’ O’Shaughnessy added.

Ummm, what?

Apparently so many people were clamoring to get inside Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station that he was concerned that there wouldn’t be room for them all?

I don’t like the sound of that at all.

We live in very strange times, and they are about to get even stranger.

I hope that you are somewhere safe, and I hope that you are well stocked up for the long, dark months that are ahead of us.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing those books you help to support my work. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but due to government regulations, I need those that republish my articles to include this “About the Author” section with each article. In order to comply with those government regulations, I need to tell you that the controversial opinions in this article are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the websites where my work is republished. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. Those responding to this article by making comments are solely responsible for their viewpoints, and those viewpoints do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Michael Snyder or the operators of the websites where my work is republished. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and anyway that you can share these articles with others is a great help.  During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all many people as we possibly can.

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‘Who’s the sh*thole country now?’: Correspondent mocks US as COVID-19 infections rise

Several media outlets reported Thursday that the U.S. now has more cases of coronavirus than any other country in the world has been hit with, ignoring the fact that numbers from the Communist Party of China — the country from where the virus originated — cannot be believed or confirmed.

Regardless, one journalist reacted to the news of America becoming the new COVID-19 epicenter by asking, “Who’s the sh*thole country now?”

What are the details?

On Thursday, The New York Times reported that “in the United States, at least 81,321 people are known to have been infected with the coronavirus, including more than 1,000 deaths — more cases than China, Italy, or any other country has seen,” according to their own data.

Julia Ioffe, a correspondent for GQ Magazine, posted The Times’ story and asked her 230,000-something Twitter followers in an apparent gloat: “Who’s the sh*thole country now?”

Ioffe’s “sh*thole country” comment is in reference, of course, to a report from The Washington Post two years ago, which cited unnamed sources claiming that during a meeting about “immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries” President Donald Trump asked, “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?”

Mocking the United States did not go over well on Twitter for Ms. Ioffe. But her post is still proudly posted on her account.

Turning Point USA’s Benny Johnson replied, “People are sick and dying. Frontline medical professionals are working 24/7. Americans are risking their lives to help each other. You are a sh*thole person.”

Another Twitter user pointed to a Johns Hopkins University and World Bank graph showing that COVID-19 cases per million inhabitants indicated that Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Iran (whose numbers are also disputed), and South Korea all showed higher total cases than the United States.

That same user also shared a recent Gallup poll showing that U.S. adults overwhelmingly approve of the coronavirus response by U.S. hospitals, their state governments, and their employers by more than 80%. President Trump was given a 60% approval rating in that poll, and Congress was at 58%.

Only the media was given a negative approval rating, at 44%.

This writer’s perspective

We all know that the numbers from China aren’t accurate, but regarding the topic of this article, it doesn’t matter. Cheering on an epidemic in the United States is beneath contempt.

Trying to dunk on President Trump for clicks is one thing. It’s a popular thing to do in many circles — I can understand that, and I understand why. But using his alleged words to trash America is disgusting.

We need unity right now, and we need encouragement, and we need optimism. We’re seeing it across our country, and there are countless stories of citizens, businesses, and organizations making enormous contributions of time and resources to desperately stave off this epidemic and to help those impacted by it the most.

I’m so proud of my country, even when I’m frustrated with its politics. And I’ve been even more proud of its people during this crisis. The fact that comments like Ms. Ioffe’s are accepted in mainstream media is, to me, an indication of why the media has lost so much respect. Deservedly so.

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TRUMP: Suicides From The Coming Economic Depression Will FAR SURPASS Those From The Virus

Social distancing rules may be relaxed sometime soon to prevent “tremendous death” from the economic depression that could end up worse than the coronavirus itself, President Donald Trump said.  But even a few more weeks of closures will almost certainly usher in an economic depression and the suicides that come with it.

The 2008 Great Recession resulted in more than 10,000 suicides.  If the economy is “closed for business” much longer, that number could be dwarfed by the number of people who can no longer survive without a livelihood. “People get tremendous anxiety and depression and you have suicide over things like this, when you have a terrible economy, you have death,” President Donald Trump said Monday at the White House daily press briefing according to a report by RT. Trump added that those suicides would “definitely be in far greater numbers than we’re talking about with regard to the virus.”

At this point, we are simply swapping some deaths or others.  The bottom line is that people don’t have lives if they don’t have livelihoods and the chance to live out their dreams in freedom. Trump did say that all of the lockdowns will “end very soon.”  Some reports show, however, that it could be Easter before the government allows us to have our illusion of freedom back.

“This was a medical problem, we’re not going to let it turn into a long-lasting financial problem,” he added, urging Congress to pass the $2 trillion stimulus bill urgently and without partisan politicking, as workers and employees across the U.S. were hurting from lockdowns and quarantines.  Although this is already a financial problem for many, as many of the businesses that closed during the lockdown will never reopen, their owners and employees losing their livelihoods for the foreseeable future.  That’s hardly a solution. The U.S. economy was not meant to shut down, and the longer it is, the greater the impact will be.

Trump said the administration’s thinking had evolved due to receiving better numbers on the mortality rate from COVID-19, which was initially thought to be at five percent, but now seems to be much lower, below one percent.

Trump added that he was not considering further travel bans, whether on entry into the U.S. or on moving between the states. He also noted that even when things get back to a semblance of normalcy, there would be tradeoffs in behavior after “the invisible scourge of the virus is gone.

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Leaked COVID-19 Documents: Hospitals Prep For 96 Million Infections & 480K Deaths

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Leaked medical conference documents have warned that hospitals across the United States are preparing for 96 million coronavirus infections.  Not only that, but the same document wants hospitals to make preparations for 480,000 deaths from this outbreak.

the American Hospital Association (AHA) conference in February reveal that US hospitals are preparing for:

– 96 million coronavirus infections
– 4.8 million hospitalizations from the infection
– 480,000 deaths in the United States

According to Business Insider, these leaked documents are telling. Dr. James Lawler, a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, presented the harrowing “best guess” estimates of the extent of the outbreak to hospitals and health professionals as part of the AHA webinar called What Healthcare Leaders Need to Know: Preparing for the COVID-19 on February 26.

These documents paint a bleaker picture for those who are over the age of 60. According to the leaked documents:

People aged 80 and over have a 14.8% chance of dying if they contract the infection, the slides revealed. The risk declines with youth, though those aged 70-79 and 60-69 are still placed at a significant risk, with 8% and 3.6% mortality rates respectively.  –Business Insider

Additionally, it’s worth noting that Dr. Lawler’s estimate of 480,000 deaths would indicate a death rate of just half a percent (0.5%), which is significantly lower than death rates being reported by the WHO (3.4%) and the nation of Italy (5%). If the death rate in the United States reached just 2% while 96 million Americans are infected, that would result in 1.92 million deaths.

The United States has fewer than one million hospital beds, and they are typically around 75% occupied by existing patients, unrelated to the coronavirus. Natural News has calculated that U.S. hospital beds will be overrun by May 30th if nothing is done to stop the exponential spread of the coronavirus.

Mike Adams, aka, the Health Ranger at Natural News, has a new video out presenting the math and statistics found in these leaked documents.

 If you want to die, heed the advice of Mike Pence and do nothing to prepare for the pandemic. The Surgeon General also hopes you stop buying protecting gear so that you get infected and die more quickly, thereby making more protective equipment available to the government which is stockpiling like mad at this very minute. –Mike Adams, Natural News

 

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Leaked COVID-19 Documents: Hospitals Prep For 96 Million Infections & 480K Deaths

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Leaked medical conference documents have warned that hospitals across the United States are preparing for 96 million coronavirus infections.  Not only that, but the same document wants hospitals to make preparations for 480,000 deaths from this outbreak.

the American Hospital Association (AHA) conference in February reveal that US hospitals are preparing for:

– 96 million coronavirus infections
– 4.8 million hospitalizations from the infection
– 480,000 deaths in the United States

According to Business Insider, these leaked documents are telling. Dr. James Lawler, a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, presented the harrowing “best guess” estimates of the extent of the outbreak to hospitals and health professionals as part of the AHA webinar called What Healthcare Leaders Need to Know: Preparing for the COVID-19 on February 26.

These documents paint a bleaker picture for those who are over the age of 60. According to the leaked documents:

People aged 80 and over have a 14.8% chance of dying if they contract the infection, the slides revealed. The risk declines with youth, though those aged 70-79 and 60-69 are still placed at a significant risk, with 8% and 3.6% mortality rates respectively.  –Business Insider

Additionally, it’s worth noting that Dr. Lawler’s estimate of 480,000 deaths would indicate a death rate of just half a percent (0.5%), which is significantly lower than death rates being reported by the WHO (3.4%) and the nation of Italy (5%). If the death rate in the United States reached just 2% while 96 million Americans are infected, that would result in 1.92 million deaths.

The United States has fewer than one million hospital beds, and they are typically around 75% occupied by existing patients, unrelated to the coronavirus. Natural News has calculated that U.S. hospital beds will be overrun by May 30th if nothing is done to stop the exponential spread of the coronavirus.

Mike Adams, aka, the Health Ranger at Natural News, has a new video out presenting the math and statistics found in these leaked documents.

 If you want to die, heed the advice of Mike Pence and do nothing to prepare for the pandemic. The Surgeon General also hopes you stop buying protecting gear so that you get infected and die more quickly, thereby making more protective equipment available to the government which is stockpiling like mad at this very minute. –Mike Adams, Natural News

 

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Over 8,000 in California, hundreds in Massachusetts being monitored for coronavirus

Thousands in California and Massachusetts are being monitored for coronavirus in preparation for an outbreak in the U.S., officials from each state have reported.

What are the details?

More than 8,400 people in California are being monitored for COVID-19, or commonly known as coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday, also confirming that 33 people in the state have contracted the virus.

On Wednesday, the state reported the first coronavirus contraction without a known cause in the U.S., leading to speculation that a “community spread” may be starting. The patient had not recently traveled to a foreign country and had not been exposed to another known infected person, authorities said.

“We are not overreacting but we are not underreacting,” Newsom said in the news conference. “Yesterday’s case generated a lot of attention, but we all knew this was inevitable.”

The news follows an announcement from Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel that over 600 in that state have been quarantined while being monitored following their return from China.

The Massachusetts individuals — 608 in total — have voluntarily placed themselves under a 14-day quarantine in their homes, according to Bharel. Of the quarantined individuals, 377 have completed the monitoring with no symptoms, but 231 are still completing the process and are being monitored.

Bharel stressed that the health risk for the area “remains low,” and that there is currently no “community-level spread” in the state.

“We’re preparing for whatever comes our way here in Massachusetts,” she added. “People should live their lives normally, and go about their normal activities.”

Health officials say an epidemic in the US is inevitable

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to prepare for the spread of the disease in communities across the country, saying it is not matter of if — but when.

Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said that “as more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder.”

Messonnier also said that two out of three “requirements” for a “pandemic of new disease” have been met, and thus Americans should start to prepare for a mass spread.

“It’s not a question of if this will happen, but when this will happen, and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” she added, warning that “disruption to everyday life might be severe.”

To date, the disease has infected over 80,000 around the world and has resulted in over 2,700 deaths. While most of the infections and fatalities have occurred in China, experts fear that the virus will begin to spread rapidly to the rest of the world.

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Joe Biden Lies AGAIN! Says 150 Million Killed By Guns Since 2007

When democrats open their mouths, lies come out. It just happens.  And Joe Biden is no different.  The presidential candidate and former Vice President said that 150 million people have been killed by guns since 2007.

What’s odd here, is that guns just don’t go out and start murdering people. So to say they have killed anyone is erroneous at best and a propagating to the emotionally weak at worst. The other thing that happened (that’s not really so strange): no other democrat or moderator called out Biden after made the false claim in the democratic presidential debates. The Washington Examiner stated that that was because misinformation and factual errors are par for the course in the Democrats’ anti-gun narrative.

The United States government, of which Biden is an establishment member has killed more people than any private sociopath could.  But if you Google “how many people has the U.S. government killed,” you get unsurprising results, and very few of them.  It’s more than obvious that that information is not available to the general public and that’s because they know we’d turn on them if they told us just how diabolical they really are. (They are manufacturing your consent.) The U.S. military-industrial complex is a mass-murdering machine of war and death, and that’s simply not debatable.

What we do know for a fact, is that democide (death by government) has killed over 260 million people the 20th century, and on a path to far surpass that number in the 21st century.

Democide: Government Killed Over 260 Million in the 20th Century, Poised to Kill Billions More in the 21st

So for Biden to claim half the U.S. population has been killed by guns, is laughable. What’s worst, is Biden, who was part of the administration the drone bombed countless innocent people, including children, is saying the problem is the general public. He’s not the murderous psychopath, that’s everyone else because he fabricated the numbers to prove it.

Anti-gun activists also routinely use imaginary or misleading language in the gun debate. As Adams notes, there is no such thing as “rapid-fire magazines” or “gas-assisted receiver firearms,” and it is not, in fact, easier to buy an AK-47 than it is to buy cough medicine.

All of this is to say, Biden’s debate stage error about half the U.S. population dying from guns isn’t just one gaffe in a vacuum — it’s standard Democratic fare when talking about guns.

Self-Defense Is A Basic Human Right: A Website That ENDS The Gun Control Debate For Good

This is R. J. Rummel’s fourth book in a series devoted to genocide and government mass murder, or what he calls democide. He presents the primary results, in tables and figures, as well as a historical sketch of the major cases of democide, those in which one million or more people were killed by a regime. In Death by Government, Rummel does not aim to describe democide itself but to determine its nature and scope in order to test the theory that democracies are inherently nonviolent.

The underlying principle is that the less freedom people have, the greater the violence; the more freedom, the less the violence. Thus, as Rummel says, “The problem is power. The solution is democracy. The course of action is to foster freedom.”

Death by Government is a compelling look at the horrors that occur in modern societies. It depicts how democide has been very much a part of human history. This riveting account is an essential tool for historians, political scientists, and scholars interested in the study of genocide.

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Most Americans Are Not Taking This Coronavirus Outbreak Seriously, And That Is Potentially Very Dangerous

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

We still don’t know if this coronavirus outbreak will become a horrific worldwide pandemic or not, but what we have seen so far is definitely very alarming.  People have literally been dropping dead in the streets, the Chinese government has locked down major city after major city, and the virus kept spreading very rapidly on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan even though a strict quarantine was instituted.

Scientists that have studied the virus are telling us that it “could be 20 times more lethal than the flu”, and it binds to human cell receptors much more easily than the SARS virus did.  Unfortunately, because the epicenter of this crisis is on the other side of the globe, most Americans are simply not paying much attention to it.  In fact, most of the people that my wife and I have been talking to and hearing from don’t think that the coronavirus is much of a threat to the United States at all.

And if the coronavirus does start to become a problem in this country, a new survey has found that most Americans are quite confident that the government can handle it

More than three in four Americans say they are very confident or somewhat confident in the US federal government’s ability to handle a coronavirus outbreak, a Gallup poll has found, a higher level of confidence than in previous health scares.

Gallup said the results were from a February 3 to February 16 poll that began just days after the Trump administration announced it would suspend entry of foreign nationals who had been to China in the previous two weeks.

Hopefully, this coronavirus outbreak will not explode in North America and our normal lives will not be disrupted.

But considering what is happening over in Asia, it would definitely be prudent to take some precautions.  Unfortunately, most Americans are not really doing much of anything to prepare for a potential pandemic at this point.

If a pandemic does not materialize, that won’t be a problem.  But if this virus starts spreading like wildfire in the U.S., we are going to have a massive crisis on our hands.

The time to stop an outbreak from happening is at the very beginning, and the lack of urgency about this virus that we are witnessing from local health officials around the country is absolutely stunning.

According to NBC News, there are thousands of Americans that are currently “under voluntary self-quarantine”.  These individuals have either recently traveled to China or they have recently had contact with someone that was infected.

As you might assume, a “voluntary self-quarantine” is not mandatory.  Instead, NBC News says that it is “strongly encouraged”

Self-quarantining isn’t mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged.

It’s up to the state and local health departments to decide how to manage residents under self-quarantine.

So anyone that doesn’t want to participate can feel free to mix with the general public as much as they want.

Isn’t that great?

And since it is “up to the state and local health departments to decide how to manage residents under self-quarantine”, there is no single set of standards that is being followed.

In other words, state and local health officials are free to make things up as they go along.

We aren’t talking about a small number of people either.  In fact, more than 5,000 people are under self-quarantine in California alone

The California Public Health Department said there are more than 5,400 such people in the state. In Washington state, 745 people have been asked to self-quarantine. Georgia health officials identified about 200 travelers.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said more than 300 people were referred for monitoring.

All it takes is a couple of “super spreaders” to get a real good outbreak going, and to see such a lack of concern about preventing the spread of this disease is quite disheartening.

And this lackadaisical attitude has even extended to actual victims that have been confirmed to have the virus.  The CDC specifically warned against putting infected people on the same flight with non-infected people, but the U.S. government did it anyway

Fourteen Americans who tested positive for the Coronavirus were flown back to the US on a flight with over 300 people who were not infected, despite objections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The flight was filled with people who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, which had been quarantined due to an outbreak of the virus.

Reading this sort of thing makes you want to tear your hair out.

Despite such extreme negligence, hopefully everything will be okay.  But it should be noted that the CDC is telling hospitals that now “is the time to open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order”

“This is the time to open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, a top official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged hospitals last week as an outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus ravaged much of China.

“For instance,” she continued, health-care providers need to plan for a “surge at a hospital, the ability to provide personal protective equipment for your workforce, the administrative controls and so forth that you might put place in a health care setting.”

Anyone that assumed that this crisis would be largely confined to China has been proven wrong.  At this point, we have already seen significant outbreaks erupt in several other countries in Asia.  In fact, there are now six other nations where “community spread” is taking place…

  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Perhaps the most notable outbreak on that list is in South Korea.  According to the Guardian, 31 brand new cases were announced on Thursday…

The South Korean city of Daegu was facing an “unprecedented crisis” after coronavirus infections that centred on a controversial “cult” church surged to 38 cases, accounting for nearly half of the country’s total.

The city of 2.5 million people, which is two hours south of the capital Seoul, was turned into a ghost town after health officials said the bulk of country’s 31 new cases announced on Thursday were linked to a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.

If we don’t want the same thing to happen here, we need to take this virus very seriously.

Unfortunately, that is simply not happening, and all of us could end up paying a great price as a result.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse BlogEnd Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The EndGet Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing those books you help to support my work. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but due to government regulations, I need those that republish my articles to include this “About the Author” section with each article. In order to comply with those government regulations, I need to tell you that the controversial opinions in this article are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the websites where my work is republished. This article may contain opinions on political matters, but it is not intended to promote the candidacy of any particular political candidate. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. Those responding to this article by making comments are solely responsible for their viewpoints, and those viewpoints do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Michael Snyder or the operators of the websites where my work is republished. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and anyway that you can share these articles with others is a great help.

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Compared To SARS, This New Coronavirus “Is Up To 20 Times More Likely To Bind To Human Cell Receptors”

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream. 

The more scientists study this new coronavirus, the more alarming it becomes.  When this outbreak first emerged, officials told us that it was very unlikely that it could be transmitted from human to human.

When that was shown to be obviously wrong, officials started claiming that human to human transmission would be “limited” as we saw during the SARS epidemic.  Of course, that was completely wrong too, and now we know that this new coronavirus actually spreads like wildfire among human populations, and that is because it is much different from the SARS virus.  In fact, brand new research conducted by scientists at the University of Texas at Austin has discovered that this coronavirus “is up to 20 times more likely to bind to human cell receptors”

The deadly new coronavirus is up to 20 times more likely to bind to human cell receptors and cause infection than severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), a new study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin has found.

The novel coronavirus and Sars share the same functional host-cell receptor, called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).

According to this new study, the “high affinity of 2019-nCoV S for human ACE2 may contribute to the apparent ease with which 2019-nCoV can spread from human to human”, and that statement should definitely send a chill down your spine.

The speed with which this virus spreads has been absolutely stunning, and the latest numbers that we have indicate that it has a reproduction rate which is almost unprecedented.  The following comes from Natural News

The reproduction rate (R0) of the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) – meaning the number of other people that one infected person could potentially spread it to – has been steadily rising over the past several months. Early on, it was in the 1.0-2.0 range. Then, it changed to as high as 6.6. Now, the latest science says we’ve breached 7.05.

What this means is that one infected person could spread the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) to seven other people, who could then each spread it to seven other people themselves. In other words, one infected person infects seven other people, who then collectively infect 49 other people, who then infect 343 other people, who then infect 2,401 people, and on and on it goes.

And even if you get this virus and eventually recover, there is a chance that you could get it again fairly quickly

Li QinGyuan, director of pneumonia prevention and treatment at China Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, said a protective antibody is generated in those who are infected.

“However, in certain individuals, the antibody cannot last that long,” Li said. “For many patients who have been cured, there is a likelihood of relapse.”

Needless to say, all of the information that I have just shared with you is really bad news.

This is an exceedingly dangerous virus, and the potential for a horrific global pandemic is definitely there.

But Chinese President Xi Jinping insists that the outbreak is slowing down in his country and that his government “is witnessing positive changes”

Xi said, “the battle has reached a crucial time” and China had “mobilized the entire country, and adopted the most comprehensive, rigorous and thorough prevention and control measures,” Xinhua reported.

“Thanks to those arduous efforts, the situation is witnessing positive changes,” Xi said.

Hopefully he is correct, but at this point, there is a tremendous amount of skepticism about the official numbers coming out of China.  In fact, even the White House has expressed skepticism about the numbers.

It would definitely be welcome news if the Chinese were actually getting this outbreak under control, but if that is the case then why did they just bring 40 industrial incinerators into Wuhan?…

China has reportedly deployed 40 industrial incinerators to the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak Wuhan.

Chinese media reports that the furnaces have been shipped to the city amid ongoing fears the death toll is being covered up.

NTD reports that the cabins are for the disposal of animal carcasses, while China Ship news reports the incinerators are for medical waste.

We know that funerals have been banned in the affected areas and that the government is mandating that all bodies be burned.

And we also know that dead bodies have been piling up at crematoriums in Wuhan even though they have been burning bodies 24 hours a day.

So are these industrial incinerators being brought in to help burn the backlog of dead bodies?

We don’t know, but that is what a lot of people suspect.

Meanwhile, this outbreak continues to escalate all over the globe.  Just a few hours ago, we learned that the number of confirmed cases in South Korea has risen to 46

The number of coronavirus cases in South Korea rose to 46 on Wednesday, after 15 new cases were reported, including a cluster of nearly a dozen centred on the southeastern city of Daegu.

Of the new cases, 13 were in Daegu and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, said the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), and eleven were believed to be linked to a single patient, a 61-year-old woman.

And I was quite surprised to learn that Iran has reported two deaths due to the coronavirus…

The 2 Iranians who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 have died, according to several foreign media reports cited by Reuters.

As we reported earlier, a health ministry spokesperson said both cases were found and isolated in the city of Qom, where the two were treated in quarantine. Their conditions were said to be relatively stable earlier.

There are very few areas of the globe that have not been hit yet, and the number of cases outside of China continues to rise at an exponential rate.

Here in the United States, the number of confirmed cases is still fairly low, but the secrecy with which some officials are treating this outbreak is quite curious.  The following example comes from Natural News

According to the Tampa Bay Times, “state health officials say they can’t disclose how many people have been tested for the virus… state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said the Florida Department of Health is not authorized to publish the number of people in the state being tested for the virus out of privacy concerns.”

But that’s a lie.

Publishing aggregate numbers without any personally identifiable information doesn’t violate any law or regulation related to personal health privacy.

Hopefully, those officials are just being overly protective and they aren’t trying to cover something up.

Because the American people deserve the truth, and they haven’t always been getting it during this crisis.

I am still hoping that President Trump is correct and that this outbreak will start to fade once winter ends and warmer temperatures arrive.  But all of the scientific research that has been conducted so far indicates that this is an extremely dangerous virus, and we should all be taking this outbreak very seriously.

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