Coronavirus news from the USA


This 13 March 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump‘s Not A Doctor, But He Plays One On TV | NowThis

‘I’m not a doctor, but—’ Trump keeps giving his medical opinion to the American people and the consequences could be deadly.

In US news and current events today, Trump has repeated that he’s ‘not a doctor’ — so why does he keep giving his advice to Americans?

INSIDE TRUMP’S BOTCHED RESPONSE By the time President Donald Trump first spoke publicly about the coronavirus, it may already have been too late. At Davos in Swiss Alps on Jan. 22, he said: “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” In the 11 weeks since that interview, the coronavirus has infected more than 500,000 Americans and killed at least 20,000. Life-saving medical equipment was not stockpiled. Travel largely continued unabated. Vital public health data from China was deemed untrustworthy. A White House riven by rivalries and turnover was slow to act. Urgent warnings were ignored by a president consumed by his impeachment and reelection. [AP]

FAUCI: EARLIER MITIGATION EFFORTS COULD HAVE SAVED LIVES Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that imposing social distancing measures earlier to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as he reportedly recommended to the White House in February, “could have saved lives.” Trump signaled he’s had enough of Fauci’s truth, retweeting a “fire Fauci” message. [HuffPost]

REPUBLICAN GOV. DISPUTES TRUMP CLAIM Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) again contradicted Trump’s rosy reviews of the federal government’s ability to provide states with the vital medical equipment needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Hogan, chair of the National Governors Association, said on ABC’s “This Week” that governors still have “tremendous needs,” and that it was inaccurate to suggest otherwise. [HuffPost]

NURSING HOME CORONAVIRUS DEATHS SOAR PAST 3,300 More than 3,300 deaths nationwide have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, an alarming rise in just the past two weeks. Because the federal government has not been releasing a count of its own, the Associated Press has kept its own running tally based on media reports and state health departments. The latest count of at least 3,321 deaths is up from about 450 deaths just 10 days ago. [AP]

The last 16 days of Robert Beaupre’s life.

How a premier U.S. drug company [Biogen] became a virus “super spreader.”

INDICATORS SUGGEST RISE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE KILLINGS As the U.S. tracks the mounting death toll of the coronavirus pandemic, there is another list of casualties that is steadily rising, mostly hidden from view: victims of domestic violence. For weeks, experts have warned that domestic violence would increase during the outbreak, as victims are forced to shelter with abusers and crucial support services are out of reach. Now, there are some preliminary warning signs that lethal domestic abuse is already on the rise. [HuffPost]

JUDGE: ALABAMA CAN’T BAN ABORTIONS AS PART OF COVID-19 RESPONSE A federal judge ruled that Alabama cannot ban abortions as part of the state’s response to coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction sought by clinics to prevent the state from forbidding abortions as part of a ban on elective medical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thompson said abortion providers can decide whether a procedure can wait. [AP]

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  2. — BEGIN FAIRY TALE —

    Once upon a time, quite recently actually, there was an emperor, at least a would be emperor, who busied himself entirely with aggrandizing himself, and demanding that all his courtiers and subjects constantly lavish high praise upon him.

    And when there came word from a distant foreign land about a dreadful new plague spreading rapidly, the emperor at first completely disregarded the danger, chastising his advisors for even bringing up the idea of preparing for it’s arrival in the kingdom. And they were all afraid to press him on it, lest he announce on the spot, “You’re fired,” as he was wont to do.

    But, lo, it came to pass that infections did indeed begin to appear in the kingdom. And while the emperor told his subjects that “Fifteen cases will soon be down to zero,” and “We have it totally under control,” two weavers of right wing tall tales approached him with a proposal that appealed to him very much.

    “We shall fashion for you a glorious new hazmat suit, from materials so magical that they will be invisible to any stupid people around you, and the magic will protect all your subjects as well,” they said. And they elaborately went through the motions of measuring the emperor, and of constructing this marvelous hazmat suit, and after stripping him naked, pretended to dress the emperor in the imaginary protective garment.

    And the emperor proclaimed that a tremendous procession be prepared for him, and that his people must gather together in crowds, for him to show off his new hazmat suit. And even though more and more dead bodies were piling up on the street, to the point that the parade had to step over them, most were afraid to admit the terrible truth.

    Until a small child cried out, “But the emperor has done nothing to protect us at all.”

    And unfortunately, his people did not all live happily ever after. Many, many more of them died than would have if the emperor had not been so self-centered and stupid himself.

    — END FAIRY TALE —

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