VIRUS NEWS: Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and body aches. Some folks also experience upset tummies.
Testing facilities are overwhelmed and prioritizing hospital patients and medical personnel. If you aren’t sick or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, don’t ask to be tested.
A new test is going to be available fairly soon that will allow people to collect their own nasal swabs. This will reduce risk to medical personnel and save on PPEs (masks, gloves, gowns) that are in such short supply.
All labs are now required by law to report their COVID-19 results to the CDC.
Mortality continues to be zero for children under 14 and is very low for young and middle-aged adults.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams warns that the pandemic is not near its end at all. “I want America to understand: This week, it’s going to get bad.”
Prayers for the New York City area, which is experiencing a COVID-19 infection rate of about 1 in 1,000. Oy.
Trump says he wants to reopen America as soon as possible to prevent massive job losses. He assures us that he’s listening carefully to the doctors about when and how and that local situations will be dictated by state governors, not the feds.
Some Asian-Americans report being harassed by people who are angry about the Chinese Coronavirus. Trump said, “That’s unacceptable. It has to stop.” I couldn’t help being reminded of how often his predecessor pandered to aggressive African-Americans who were harassing white people, telling us we had to all be understanding of their feelings.
A few countries in Africa have identified cases. With the lack of resources and poor quality of health care in many areas of Africa, this could get ugly very fast. Or, as President Trump mentioned in his Monday briefing, the fact that malaria medication is commonly used there may reduce the spread. And/or the climate may work to their advantage, since viruses don’t like heat or sunshine. Only time will tell.
A 95-year-old grandmother is the oldest known patient in Italy to recover from the coronavirus. “I’m fine,” she says. “They were good people who looked after me well, and now they’ll send me home in a little while.”
When the flight attendants learned they had seniors on the plane whose graduation ceremonies have been canceled due to the virus, they held an impromptu ceremony for them. It wasn’t quite the cap and gown, Pomp and Circumstance event they’d anticipated, but hey, it was unique!
- My listening to the President’s Task Force briefing for March 23rd.
MAIL: I am so grateful we are still getting mail, especially my Netflix. Me needz mein Netflix! I’ve wondered about the safety of the packaging, which has been touched by multiple people.
The research is not complete or definitive, but it looks like the CCP virus may be able to survive on paper and cardboard for 24 hours at ideal temperatures (which mail rarely enjoys).
It’s obviously a good idea to be cautious, particularly with the outer packaging that’s been with the delivery person in the immediate past, and to wash your hands thoroughly after disposing of everything.
And, obviously, the higher risk you are and the faster your packages arrive, the more cautious you might want to be.
MALARIA DRUGS: New York hospitals were planning to start administering them on Tuesday, but one report has already come out of Florida. The patient was nearly dead from the CCP Virus. Barely able to speak or breathe, his doctor said there was nothing more they could do, so he said goodbye to his wife and three children.
Then they heard about the malaria drugs that Trump has fast-tracked through FDA off-label use for COVID-19. The doctors said they were untested; the man said, “What have I got to lose?”, and he received a dose. It wasn’t all smooth sailing. He had a couple of bad episodes during the first few hours, for which he was given Benadryl and some other drugs.
But then he says, it was “like nothing ever happened.” He had no fever or pain. And he could breathe again. His doctors believe the two adverse episodes he experienced were not a reaction to the medicine but to his body fighting off the virus.
ABORTION: Technically, it’s an elective procedure, but in New Jersey, it was exempted from the “no non-essential surgeries” order. It was included in the order in Ohio, Louisiana and Texas, but in Ohio, the clinics are refusing to comply.
NEW YORK: Gov Cuomo has ordered all non-essential businesses to close, issued a 90-day moratorium on evictions and mortgage payments, and extended the deadline to file taxes. [Constituent email]
Tompkins County has 16 cases and has established a free testing site in the parking lot of The Ithaca Mall. Individuals who can be tested include those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have been near a person with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
BIDEN: On Monday, Quid Pro Joe tried to look presidential with a 15-minute address about the pandemic. The editorial board of Issues & Insights called the effort “an unmitigated disaster.” According to their analysis, not only was his delivery leaden, slurred, and stumbling, but also the content was terrible.
He started by calling for unity, then attacked Trump, pushing lies he’s told before that have all been debunked. Then, he said we need to move fast, even as his own party blocks a virus aid bill they want to stuff it with unrelated political pork. He also spent a chunk of time complaining about a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Obamacare law that is making its way through the courts.
On Tuesday, Biden appeared on ABC’s “The View” from his own home in Wilmington, Delaware. When co-host Sara Haines asked him, “Are you at all concerned, as President Trump said, we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself?”, Biden replied, “We have to take care of the cure that will make the problem worse no matter what,” said Biden. Huh?
If I was a Democrat, I’d want to be putting my wrists in the nearest gas oven.
KLAVAN: “It’s time for the news bosses to either find a cure for Trump Derangement Syndrome or force the infected to shelter in place.”
ITA. I got so fed up with the TDSing idiots in the White House press corps yesterday! They kept cycling back, over and over, to the same question about Trump’s plan to reopen that had been asked and answered again and again.
I got the distinct feeling they were desperately trying to get someone, anyone, but preferably a medical person, to give them an anti-Trump sound bite about the president’s plan to reopen the country as soon as possible. I could see them salivating over headlines about how Trump is going to kill us all with his evil orange-ness.
Thankfully, the task force members remained professional and refused to take the bait.
A WHOLE LOTTA WOMAN: Must Watch!! [10:34] – Two guests made this episode a tissue alert special event. It featured Major Michelle Curran, the only female member of the elite Thunderbirds, and seven-year-old Amelia, who has always dreamed of growing up to be a Thunderbird pilot … but who did not know Major Curran would be there!
GRAMMY NOTES: The Mascots are having therapy sessions online. And Mama Buzz has organized fun art projects. In Texas, the grands decorated their entire driveway with colored chalk art. 🙂
I MIGHT BE FUNNY: Janeane is one of my favorite Facebook friends. Me and 368,626 other people, none of whom are related to her.
However, when she told her family that one of her memes had been featured on NBC News, “they didn’t even roll their eyes once. One of them may have even looked slightly IMPRESSED. That’s when I know I finally made it.”
More on her quarantine blogging below.