Bits & Bytes

FYI: I’ve been working harder than ever at this lately and, frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m taking some time off. If you want the best info, watch the daily Task Force Briefings and/or go to Stay home and stay well. I’ll see you when my brain cells recover! – CtH

4/6 TASK FORCE BRIEFING: The main message the Task Force has today is, Keep on keeping on! Consolidate your necessary trips to the market. Send one person and do all the shopping at once. This is particularly important in hot spots. Also, PRAY for our health care workers and the victims and their families.

MITIGATION! MITIGATION! MITIGATION! Remember that you can be infected and contagious without having any symptoms at all.

Dr. Birx said that her 10-month-old granddaughter had a fever of 105°F this past weekend. Because of the need for her to avoid catching the virus, she couldn’t go to help her daughter. I can only imagine how hard it was for her to stay put. I need a tissue.

We’re not at the peak yet, but it’s coming and we can keep the number of cases and deaths as low as possible by staying home as much as possible and by maintaining social distance, washing hands, wearing masks, and avoiding face touching when we have to go out.

I’ve been tracking the two counties whose border my home is on. Today, there are 109 cases. The curve is unbelievably low and slow for an extremely contagious virus, BECAUSE we’re all doing mitigation. Check your local area here:

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About 3,000 Americans died of COVID-19 since yesterday. Keep in mind that the 3.21% if of identified cases. It’s certainly a smaller percentage of the actual cases, but we won’t know this number until the scientists succeed in creating an antibody test, it gets tested and approved, then manufactured in enormous quantities so we can find out how many people who have actually had it while experiencing only had moderate (didn’t need a hospital), mild (thought it was a cold), or no symptoms at all.

The Abbot Labs rapid test is now out in an Ultra Fast version. Five minute results! The more of these that get out, the better our data will be. But it has to be manufactured and shipped, which takes time. However, all the decision-making is based on the data. The better the data, the better the decisions can be.

Keep this in mind whenever you hear some armchair quarterbacking about how this has been handled. These people are in the trenches, doing the best jobs they can with the information they have. But the information isn’t complete and it has been evolving all along.

The Navy hospital ship in New York harbor was originally slated for non-COVID-19 patients, but because everyone is staying home, the hospitals just aren’t needing their beds for their normal kinds of business. For example, the roads are empty, so no car accidents. Net result: The Navy hospital ship is being turned over to virus patients for New York and New Jersey which are both viral hot spots. In addition, the military has built 18 field hospitals! And now thousands of medical members of the National Guard have been deployed to help local health care workers.

President Trump is the right man in the right place at the right time. I am continually impressed by how gracious and generous he is. Among others, he praised 3M for the deal they negotiated to get us a lot of masks and then he thanked Joe Biden for the excellent phone call they had. Now, me, I’m still annoyed with 3M and wouldn’t care to speak to Slow Joe about anything. Fortunately, I’m not in charge of anything but this blog and my kitchen.

  • California is temporarily reactivating retired health care workers who are willing and able to help.
  • Banks are working well to arrange the small business relief loans that the aid package is financing.
  • Our trade deal with China kicked in on April 1. They’re buying billions of dollars worth of food from our farmers.

President Trump says, “We’ve been awed and inspired by the health care workers he calls, “Our intrepid heroes.” He also praised all the private businesses and individuals who have stepped up to help. “We will win this battle!”

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There was a lot of nasty questions at the briefing about some Inspector General who claims several hundred hospitals are complaining about long delays in testing. The person who handles that stuff in person with hospitals and labs says he didn’t learn about this until the 8 am news, yet the report claimed the IG knew about it more than a week ago. The IG, who came out of the Obama administration, had a moral obligation to help fix the situation rather than waiting to make it into a gotcha news story. Disgusting!

Reporters complained about Trump not imposing a national Shelter-in-Place order, because the Constitution gives the states the right to manage their own emergencies and the governors are doing a great job. THEN, the reporters complained that Trump has not stopped the states that have put up state border stations to stop incoming traffic (of which there is very little). So, the states aren’t doing enough; you should stop that! The states are doing too much; you should stop that! Sheesh!

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TESTING: These numbers do not include tests done by labs that have not reported. IOW, the numbers are higher. We are doing far more testing per capita than any country in the world.

NEW ORLEANS: Video from March 26 [2:38] You know how Democrats are always shrieking that whatever Republicans want to do will kill people? Well, I’m thinking that something Democrats did is actually killing people. Specifically, they pooh-poohed President Trump’s warnings about COVID-19 and actively encouraged people to go to crowded places.

More specifically, the Democratic mayor of New Orleans did not cancel Mardis Gras. As of April 3, the New Orleans area now has the highest COVID-19 death rate in the United States. The two hardest hit areas are St. John the Baptist Parish and Orleans Parish; the latter encompasses New Orleans. Louisiana’s death rate can also be partially attributed to the relatively poor health of its residents; the state has high levels of diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and heart disease.

NEW YORK: Video Apr 7 Regents exams are cancelled [:33]For four days in a row, hospitals in New York state have discharged more COVID-19 patients than they have added. On April 4, hospitals discharged 1,709 COVID-19 patients, while admitting 574 new ones.

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LAURENCE TRIBE: Twitter @ tribelaw Dan Bongino calls this guy “Nancy Pelosi’s surrogate brain.” According to Dan, when Tribe tweets out a new way to spin something, Pelosi repeats it within a day or two. He may have invented and is certainly pushing hard on what will almost certainly be the Dem’s primary talking point from now until election day.

That is, Trump is an evil, awful man who totally mismanaged the COVID-19 crisis because he’s incompetent and wanted to make money off our suffering. It’s not clear to me how he can simultaneously be incompetent AND savvy enough to make money off it, but whatever. Nobody ever accused Democrat sheeple of have functioning brain cells.

I started to explore this guy’s Twitter account, but I didn’t even finish looking at what he tweeted TODAY. The sheer nastiness is so disgusting; I feel like I need a bath.

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GRAMMY NOTES: Photo – Bootz and Bunny are giving each other their flu shots. Later, I got a text from Mama Buzz says, “Bootz and Bunny are teaching their toys that Easter isn’t about eggs and candy, it’s about HOPE.” ♡♡♡ Also, Papa Buzz got his COVID-19 test back. He’s negative! The kids are so thrilled they can hug him again!

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