Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Smelson's C19 News Post 4.28.2020

Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/28/2020


Cuomo Presser

  • May 15th – Un-Pause action by new York.
  • CDC guidelines dictate 14 day decline prior to Phase 1.
  • No attractive nuisances to bring in infected people from out of the area.
  • Sets some clear guidance to keep the spread rate below 1.1.
  • Wonders why the intelligence and diplomatic community failed to predict and warn about this earlier.
  • Protect and respect essential workers. They’re putting themselves at risk so everyone else can stay home.
  • In order to avoid attractive nuisances the coordination about what opens when needs to be regional, not just county/state.

Trump Briefing in the East Room – I don’t believe this was actually a press briefing.

  • This was a salute to the small business owner.
  • Says there are several small business owners from across the country in attendance. Why are they travelling?
  • There is applause. This is not a press briefing.
  • Trump said infrastructure will be separate from the funding in the next step in the CARES Act.

I turned it off.


Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome – but if you don’t #nottooprettytomaskup

Monday, April 27, 2020

Smelson's C19 News for 4.27.2020

Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/27/2020

Cuomo Presser
  • Number of deaths, intubations, hospitalizations are either down or on the decline.
  • Number of cases is up. More testing, more cases.
  • Continuing to ramp up testing will allow us to move toward reopening.
  • Doing it slowly and thoughtfully is the process.
  • Going to keep Javitz and Westchester Country Center as hospitals for now. We can’t have events anyhow, and we don’t want to have to have them rebuilt if we need them in the fall.
  • NY is buying the products from farmers that they were going to throw out and distribute it to food banks.
  • Regarding this being a blue-state bail-out that he’s asking for, he says if you want an accounting, go ahead and tally it up. Not only will you lose, but it will be 100% opposite of what you’re saying it is. You’re going to lose, and it’s not even going to be close. Go ahead.
Trump tweet below – Note, the Nobel Prize has nothing to do with literature/journalism and it’s spelled Nobel. This kind of shores up the estimations of his lack of knowledge that most people get in grammar school.

Trump Presser
  • Held in the rose garden – looks cold.
  • Thanks American citizens for social distancing.
  • Restates number of beds, ventilators, every Governor has more ventilators now than they know what to do with.
  • Blames the Governors for not knowing about testing capacity in their states. (This is untrue. The Federal labs were not letting the states use their labs and there were not enough of the reagents and swabs available for the states to do it themselves.)
  • Introduces a bunch of executive from drug and grocery stores.
  • I was very fortunate that I got it right about closing the borders.
  • Regarding his tweet that blue states are inflating their mortality numbers, he totally skirts the question.
  • Trump says the deficit was way down because he put massive tariffs on china. (This is not true. The deficit in August ’19 was 63 billion more than it was in May of ’19.
  • Regarding instruction AG Barr to investigate Civil Rights violations due to C19 rules. He said you’d have to ask AG Barr that question.
  • Closing businesses also costs lives. There’s been a study. It causes tremendous amounts of problems including deaths.
  • When asked why we’re just reaching the number of tests today that we were told we’d have 6 weeks ago says it represents a misunderstanding on the media and public’s parts of the difference between having a test and being able to administer a test.
  • He defends General Flynn and says what happened to him should never happen again in the United States, and what happened to the President of the US should never happen here.
  • I built the greatest economy in the history of the world. I built it. It wasn’t our fault, what happened.
  • Intimates that it possibly wasn’t incompetence on the part of the Chinese. Says it might have been something else.
  • If I wasn’t President you would be at war with North Korea. I hope he’s fine. I know how he’s doing but I can’t talk about it.
  • Says he’s not considering changing the date of the election.
  • Disregards a question about Kim Jong-Un, doesn’t let the reporter finish asking it.

That’s about all I could take. Thanks for reading.

Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome – but if you don’t #nottooprettytomaskup

Friday, April 24, 2020

Smelson's C19 News for 4.24.2020

Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/24/2020


This is Trump’s exact quote from yesterday’s press conference. Don’t think for a second he was being sarcastic. Watch the video here: Trump Video


“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out, in a minute. Is there a way we can do something like that? By injection, inside, or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that. You’re going to have to use medical doctors, right? But it sounds interesting to me.”


Cuomo Presser

  • Hospitalizations down. Intubations are down. 1,300 new cases. 422 deaths.
  • The virus was in NY with 13,000 flights in after the virus started spreading in China and Europe. When you say it started in China, assume that the virus was on a plane to NY the next day.
  • Who’s job is it to warn us against global pandemics. The President says it’s the WHO. It can happen again. In the meantime, let’s keep moving forward.
  • NY State was not in trouble financially before this happened.
  • There is no law to allow states to declare bankruptcy. Senator McConnell, pass the law, I dare you. If you have the courage of conviction, if you’re a man of your word, pass that bill.
  • It is your duty as a citizen to vote. He issued an executive order to allow mail-in voting and is sending applications to every citizen.
  • We will reopen and rebuild – not what was, but better and smarter.
  • Declines to answer what he things of Trump’s recommendations about disinfecting people with bleach or other disinfectants.
  • NY has bailed out KY every year. Mitch McConnell is a taker, not a giver. NY is the #1 contributor to the federal pot. Kentucky is #3 in taking from the federal pot. (I apologize for my #2 quote yesterday. That was from 2018.)
  • Pass a bill allowing states to declare bankruptcy and let’s watch the economy and the stock market take off.
  • A reporter thanks Cuomo for taking questions. She says a colleague in Arizona has told her that they’re not getting any information from the state government.

Hogan Presser

  • We’ve been successful in flattening the curve in comparison to other states.
  • In accordance with the guidelines issued MD is not yet able to lift restrictions.
  • We’re dramatically increasing testing.
  • Other than keeping Marylanders safe, there is nothing more important than getting people back to work and getting our small businesses open. He says they’re going to do everything they possibly can in a safe way.
  • Goes into various advisory panels/groups he’s assembled to help reopening.
  • Life is not immediately going back to normal. Until a vaccine is developed the way we work is going to be significantly different.
  • All should continue to practice physical distancing.
  • MD Strong Roadmap to Recovery is available here: MD Recovery

Trump Presser

  • He signed the PPP.
  • No Fauci, no Birx at the conference.
  • Goes over the list of countries we’re shipping ventilators to.
  • We had the greatest economy the world has ever seen.
  • FDA approved an at-home C19 test kit.


  • FDA has been working around the clock.
  • We are very much paying attention to safety and validity for these tests.
  • 220 labs have begun testing patients around the country. (Is that all?)
  • Working around the clock to develop therapeutics.
  • Manufacturers must self-validate their tests. There is a difference between authorized and approved. (I’ll have to look that up. You should too on the FDA website).


  • We assured the Governors that this is one team and one mission.
  • Testing is in the forefront in our minds.
  • 1 million Americans have been tested.
  • We are implemented a testing strategy that is supported at the fed level and managed at the state level.

Trump did not take any questions. Not shocking. Yesterday was an embarrassment and will not soon be forgotten.



That’s about all I could take. Thanks for reading.


Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome – but if you don’t #nottooprettytomaskup

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Smelson's C19 News 4.23.2020


Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/23/2020


Through Out the Day


Cuomo Presser

  • The belief is that the people will behave appropriately when they have the facts.
  • Hospitalization rate is down again.
  • Hospitalizations, intubations, are down, new cases are flat. Deaths are down.
  • 9% of people NY tested were positive. They conducted the tests outside shopping venues, so the rate should be higher as sick people aren’t out shopping.\
  • NYC has the highest rate of positives for antibody test - 21%.
  • Senator McConnell suggest that maybe the states should declare bankruptcy.
  • If you don’t fund the states the national economy will collapse.
  • McConnell said this is a blue state bailout.

Trump Presser

  • Numbers of hospitalizations are down in 40+ states.
  • We’re very close to a vaccine.
  • We’re going to hear new things today that we’ve never heard.
  • Air Bridge flights are flying. We’re getting equipment of only the highest level. It’s incredible. Incredible gear.
  • There is a pent up demand in our country.


  • We’re making meaningful progress.
  • We’re going to hear encouraging news about what heat and sunlight can do to the C19.
  • Went over the plans that have been submitted by several states to get reopened.

Bill Bryant DHS Science/Tech

  • Solar light, temperature, and humidity are detrimental to the virus.
  • Half-life of the virus at 70 degrees 20% humidity on non-porous surfaces is 18 hours.
  • Aerosolized in the summer it’s 1.5 minutes.
  • Recommendations:
    • Heat and humidity are unfavorable for the virus
    • Move activities outside
    • Use disinfectants
  • (None of these things seem new with regards to viruses)
  • It would be irresponsible of us to say that the summer is going to kill the virus.


  • We’re going to get the light inside the body. There’s a way we can do that.
  • We’re going to use disinfectants inside the body right, there’s a way to do that? We’ll have to have medical doctors take a look at that.
  • I’ve been mentioning that it might go away with heat and light. People didn’t like that. The fake news media didn’t like that.
  • Says the McConnell’s suggestion that states declare bankruptcy is very interesting, but didn’t want to talk about it. (Fact – KY is the 2nd most dependent state on fed money. They get $2.61 back for every dollar they pay in. NY Receives $.90 for every dollar they pay in.)  
  • If we did 350 million tests, 1 for every person, the media would say, “Why didn’t you test everybody twice?”
  • Says he disagrees with Fauci saying we’re not where we need to be on testing.
  • Starts talking about the money from Harvard when asked about Mitch McConnell calling the aid a Blue State Bailout.
  • Says the states that have the problem seem to be democrat.
  • We’re going to do the right thing for our country.
  • He wants to speak to the medical doctors to see if light and heat can be applied for a cure.


  • Fevers are good because it means your body is fighting the virus, but not in this way.


  • Attacks a reporter for a while.
  • He doesn’t want to say a time when a vaccine will be ready because if he doesn’t hit it the fake news media will make him look bad.
  • He thinks the report on Kim Jong-Un was incorrect. It was reported by a network.
  • He doesn’t want to say when the last time he spoke with Kim Jong-Un. I have a great relationship with him. It’s CNN that said he was sick and it’s fake news.
  • Refuses to answer question from CNN.
  • We’ve got a sleepy guy in the basement of a house who won’t do debates because of the coronavirus. He’s not moving around. He’s not doing too much.
  • We had the greatest economy the world has ever seen. Highest employment.
  • If we didn’t close it we would have lost a million people. Take a look at the travesty.
  • We’ve gotten very little credit for the great job we’ve done because of the dishonest media.
  • Biden’s been getting a pass. Nobody gives us credit for the job we’ve done.
  • Had we not gone through a fake Russia Russia deal, a hoax, a witch hunt that was illegal, it was an illegal witch hunt.
  • If we had an honest press this country would be even greater.



That’s about all I could take. Thanks for reading.


Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome – but if you don’t #nottooprettytomaskup

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Smelson's C19 Update for 4.22.2020


Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/2212020


Through Out the Day


Cuomo Presser

  • Day 53 since NY closed
  • Total hospitalizations are down.
  • Intubations are coming down, number of new cases being admitted is down.
  • Number of people who died in NY yesterday was 474.
  • We get reckless today, you’ll see the hospitalization rate go up in 3, 4, 5 days.
  • Only the truth matters.
  • We met at the White House and spoke the truth and came up with a plan.
  • I don’t care what you think about my politics and I don’t care about yours.
  • Now is not the time for baby steps. The action has to be proportionate to the issue. We need funding for the states.
  • Draws conclusions between pollution and C19 rates coinciding with minority neighborhoods.
  • You feel it’s a violation of your rights to not work? Go work as an essential worker. They’re hiring.

Hogan Presser

  • MD has 14,775 confirmed cases. 3,875 of those are in PG County. 631 deaths.
  • Talks about the reopening of Laurel Medical Center (They’ve got an awesome sledding hill in front of that hospital. Locals take note.)
  • 76K tests have been done in MD.
  • Fed Ex Field now has drive through testing centers as do Vehicle Inspection Centers.
  • We now can do 20K tests per day.
  • A second plane from South Korea came in today.
  • The Fed agreed to allow the states to access their labs on Wednesday (I believe it was actually Monday).

Trump Presser

  • Trump says the director of the CDC was misquoted about the virus returning in the fall.
  • Says the Washington Post and CNN are fake news and misquoted him.
  • He didn’t say it was going to be worse, he said it was going to be more complicated. (That’s super different).
  • Here is what Redfield actually said, "There's a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,"Redfield told the Post. "And when I've said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don't understand what I mean. We're going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time."
  • Redfield then said he was quoted accurately in the press conference. Trump says, “But the headline was wrong.”. He thinks the American public will confidently get flu vaccines this fall. The headline was, “CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating.” In the article Redfield says, “Having two simultaneous respiratory outbreaks would put unimaginable strain on the health-care system.
  • Birx then gets up and refuses to answer the question of why she retweeted the quote if it was inaccurate.
  • Birx says what Redfield meant is that we need to keep following the guidelines.
  • Trump tries to get Birx to say that it probably won’t come back in the fall. She refuses.
  • If it comes back in the fall, it won’t be coming back like it was, and if it does it will come back in small doses. Nothing like what we’ve just gone through. (Trump is not an epidemiologist. Birx and Redfield have some experience in the field).
  • If we have embers, it’s a little pocket, and it’s going to go out fast.
  • Trump says no one will believe what a good job he’s done because of the fake news media.
  • Nobody thought this could be done. The fake news is unhappy that we’ve done it. You should be saying what a great job we’ve been doing, but you don’t say this.
  • It would be great if you wrote the truth.
  • We’re making great strides on testing, testing, the famous testing. We’ve got excess testing capacity in many states.
  • Told the Governor of Georgia that he disagreed strongly with his decision to reopen certain businesses. At the same time, he must do what he thinks he’s right.
  • Says he thinks it’s too soon.
  • Thunderbirds and Blue Angels will by flying over cities. It’s very dangerous. Dangerous work. We’re paying tribute to our front-line workers.
  • July 4th we’ll be doing what we did at the mall. It was a great success even though it was raining. It was raining as hard as I’ve seen it rain…..in a while.
  • We had the greatest economy the world has ever seen.
  • He’s stopped immigration in order to make sure that American workers are first in line.


  • We’re seeing some turn-around, some flattening, and some coming down.
  • What has happened is that the mitigation program worked. It got us to where we are today.
  • The program is not one that is, “Turn the lights on in America, we’re finished.” It’s not going to work that way.
  • Says not to leapfrog over the federal guidelines.
  • We will have Coronavirus in the fall. (Contradicting Trump).
  • Whether it’s going to big or small, it’s going to depend on how we behave.
  • If I were advising the Governor of Georgia I would advise him not to just turn the switch and go. Leapfrogging into phases where you shouldn’t be I would advise him not to do that.
  • Pets can get infected. There’s no evidence that the virus is transmitted from a pet to a human.


  • We’ll have 530 miles of wall by early next year.
  • Mocks the Governors for their ventilator requests.
  • He said that four weeks ago they asked the Governors who needs a ventilator and one Governor said he wanted 25. That was it.
  • He says that some people don’t believe in testing. Some people want testing just so they can make him look bad if he can’t produce them.


  • Refuses to provide the maps and documents regarding the locations of the testing facilities that they rubbed in the Governor’s faces. Says the data is proprietary.

That’s about all I could take. Thanks for reading.


Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome – but if you don’t #nottooprettytomaskup

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Smelson's C19 news for 4.21.2020


Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/212020


Through Out the Day


Cuomo Presser

  • Hospitalizations are flat from yesterday, net change is down, change in intubations is down, number of new diagnosis is down.
  • Deaths in NY are just under 500 for 4/20.
  • We’ve paid a tremendous price to control this beast.
  • Don’t go backwards. Plan the re-opening. Be ready to surge and flex to address local clusters.
  • Allowing outpatient treatment/surgeries in hospitals in some counties.
  • Explains the supply chain issues with the various test system/component manufacturers.
  • Says he fully takes responsibility for the locations and allocations of testing, but the Fed needs to help the manufacturers with their supply chain problems.
  • Praises Governor Hogan for thinking outside the box to secure the testing supplies from South Korea.
  • The fed should have been taking the responsibility for doing it. States shouldn’t have to negotiate with other countries to secure these things.
  • He’s going to re-open NY on a regional basis.
  • Regarding testing – I get it that everyone wants to distance themselves from it, no matter what everyone is going to say you didn’t do enough. This is where the fed needs to step in for the supply chain issues.

Trump Presser

  • $482 billion funding package was passed by the Senate.
  • $25 billion in the package for testing support. (Why is this needed if the fed isn’t supposed to get involved?)
  • $310 billion for PPP.
  • $50 billion for EIDL loans.
  • Over 1 million businesses with fewer than 10 workers received loans.
  • The intent of this money was not for big companies with cash reserves. Trump says he’s going to ask Harvard to return the money they received.
  • There is a certification and FAQs going out about this loan program.


  • For full transparency (we didn’t have to do that) we put up a website so you can see where the money is going.
  • He’s closed the country to immigration for 60 days to those seeking permanent residency.
  • Digs at Cuomo and says he’s got more testing in that state than he even knew. (Bull shit is stinking up this subject.)


  • When the President brought up the guidelines they were based on science. It is important to continue to follow the guidelines. It is important to continue social distancing.
  • This is to continue through all three phases.
  • We’re continuing to see outbreaks in nursing homes and confined spaces.
  • She reassures us that they’re working on the 30, 60, 90 days plan with regards to this coming back in the fall.
  • We’ll have early warning because of the surveillance.
  • We’re good because Americans have been good about being careful and doing what the President’s guidelines state.
  • If there’s a way that people can social distance and do these things, then they can do those things. I don’t know how, but people are very creative (tattoo parlors, hair and nail salons).
  • The instructions were very clear, and very carefully thought out and only 6 points. In Phase 1 the first step was to maintain social distancing.
  • We have told people very clearly about the expectations of Phase 1.

FDA Director Hahn

  • Trump has asked us to remove all barriers to finding tests and treatments.
  • Issued a policy in March to allow tests to get to market.
  • They’ll be pursuing manufactures sending in non-FDA approved tests.
  • The information on the hydroxychloroquine is inconclusive coming from the VA. Too small a sample, not a clinical blind study.


  • He’s willing to look at the data regarding what appears to be more deaths associated with patients taking hydroxycholoquine and zpcack.
  • He praises himself for his relationship with Kim Jong-Un in that we’d be at war with North Korea if anyone else was in office.
  • He wouldn’t put much stock in any reports about Kim Jong-Un’s health that came from CNN because he doesn’t put a lot of stock in them.
  • He thinks he read that we’ve done more testing than everyone else combined. You never hear about that in the news.
  • Immigration executive order is a strong order. It’s a big circle.
  • We had the greatest economy in the world, and then one day we had to shut it down.
  • Right now we have to have jobs for Americans.
  • We had the most successful economy.
  • The Governors of Georgia and Florida are very capable.
  • You know, it’s like fires. We’ve become very good at this. I’ll be speaking to the Governor of Georgia in a little while.
  • I would say you keep away until it’s gone. Gone gone. It’s gonna be gone some day.
  • We have almost 170 miles of border wall up and it’s going up fast. Mexico has 27,000 soldiers on the border wall.
  • The farmers will not be affected by the immigration order.
  • The farmers were out of business. You remember that.
  • What do you have to say about the people protesting the CDC’s orders? I’ve seen them. The people want to get back to work. They’re practicing social distancing. I’ve seen them.
  • Nobody ever heard of a thing like this. Have you ever heard of a thing like this?
  • I want the Governors to do it. If we see them doing something we don’t like we’ll come down on them.
  • We can’t break our country over this.
  • I can’t say what the Intelligence service told me about the source of the virus.
  • He’s not sure he agrees with not being able to use golf courses in Florida.
  • My children run them (his properties), and I love my children. I wish them well.
  • OANN lofts a softball about his polling numbers.


That’s about all I could take. Thanks for reading.


Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome – but if you don’t #nottooprettytomaskup

Monday, April 20, 2020

Smelson C19 News for 4.20.2020

Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/20/2020
Through Out the Day
Happy 4/20 dudes!
  • US surpasses 40K deaths
  • Belgium has the highest per-capita death rate of 490/million vs. the US with 119/million.
Cuomo Presser
  • We’re seeing down trends in hospitalization, intubations,
  • Looks like we’re past the plateau. How long will it take? Nobody knows.
  • Three day average of deaths is still around 500.
  • The question shouldn’t be when and what do we reopen. We should learn from this and reimagine what we want society to be.
  • How do we do it better? We’re better after 9/11. We’re better after Superstorm Sandy.
  • Let’s use this time to make a plan to make everything better.
  • Federal funding needs to not only be for airlines, businesses, hotels, and financial industries, it needs to go to the states so they can fund their workers. All the essential workers are state/local employees.
  • It’s not an either/or, it should be an AND.
  • Proposes Federal bonus for front-line workers.
  • Our actions will determine our future and we won’t need to wait for the history books. Whatever we do know will be shown to us in two weeks.
  • The President is right that testing is up to the states in that the states will implement the test and coordinate the testing.
  • There is a supply chain issue with the national manufacturers providing the necessary equipment/chemicals for the tests. It’s not a money issue. The states can pay for the testing supplies. There is no availability due to the supply chain issues.
  • The best way the federal government can help is to unravel the testing supply chain. The supplies are proprietary. (Could invoking the DPA make the patents null?)
  • First trial results of the hydroxychloroquine tests will be sent to the FDA and CDC from NY’s hospitals today.
  • Made a deal with South Korea called Operation Enduring Friendship. This led to the acquisition of testing equipment with enough capacity to test 500K people.
  • Hogan’s wife was involved. Made a personal plea to S. Korean company.
  • This was the first Korean Air flight to ever land at BWI.
  • End of the prepared remarks - Most importantly, I’d like to thank my wife, the First Lady, and first Korean First Lady of any state. She was the champion of this operation.
  • Says the meeting with the federal Coronavirus Task Force was unproductive because all of the Governors knew what was available as far as labs go and that they are all Federal Labs, including things like Ft. Deitrich and NIH, that the Governors had previously requested testing capacity from but were refused.
  • He diplomatically refused to blame the Fed, saying he was thankful for what had been done by them so far.
Trump Presser
  • Tells everyone they need to maintain their stay-at-home plans and follow the guidance of their Governors.
  • Hundreds and hundreds of labs are ready, willing and able. He says Hogan didn’t understand the list, didn’t understand what was going on. (Not true. He knew, but wasn’t receiving help from the federal labs).
  • Says the press didn’t cover the ventilators fairly.
  • Shows a story by Rich Lowrey – how the media completely blew the Trump ventilator story. Shows another that’s titled, “The Ventilator Story That Wasn’t.”
  • Editorial – he wouldn’t have made the ventilators if he wasn’t shamed into it by the press.
  • He brought on the General form the Army Corp of Engineers in charge of building ad-hoc hospital spaces.
  • Talks about the wall at the southern border, how well constructed it is.
  • Shows the list of locations that Governors can use for testing. Over 5,000.
  • Says some day the history books will tell the true story. You won’t hear that now because of the fake news media.
  • Several times states how we’re on top of the ventilator game, not that we needed. Now it’s testing, testing, testing.
  • Says Hogan didn’t need to go to South Korea for tests, he just needed to get a little knowledge.
  • Trump says he didn’t get any of the CARES money.
  • Says they not only gave the Governors a list, but gave them a map so they can get the testing they need.
  • Says DeSantis called and said they’ve conducted over 270,000 tests. He was very pleased with that. Florida has over 21 million residents.
  • Pence assured the Governors that all of the Federal labs are open for their use.
  • There is enough testing capacity for every state in America to go to Phase 1 once they meet that criteria of 14 days of reduced cases and sufficient hospital capacity.
  • Says the fed will continue to support all efforts to secure the necessary equipment.
  • We told the Governors we’d support their efforts of social distancing and mitigation that have been so effective in this fight.
  • When asked why Hogan had to go overseas to get tests Pence says he wouldn’t begrudge him for ordering test then brings up the map of testing facilities again. What he assured them then and is assuring them now is they will open up those testing facilities. Note the future tense.
  • Current hot spots are Boston and Chicago.
  • Shows pictures of the testing machines.
  • Says she’s sure that the military bases/federal health operations will allow Governors to use their testing facilities.
  • Shows maps with dots illustrating all of the testing facilities.
  • Editorial: The Governors knew about these, but were not allowed to use them for testing.
  • We have asked every Governor to follow the reopening guidelines. (Except when Trump is tweeting for liberation).
  • We’re ready for Phase 1 and we’re not just planning for today. We’re planning 30/60/90 days out.

That’s about all I could take. Thanks for reading.

Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome – but if you don’t #nottooprettytomaskup

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Smelson C19 News For The Weekend 4.19.2020


Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/19/2020


Through Out the Day


Northam with Tapper on CNN

  • This is time for leadership and truth.
  • He was pleased to sign seven pieces of gun legislation that will keep his citizens safe.
  • Virginia had 500 new cases today.
  • He’d like to see two weeks of key numbers trending down before reopening.
  • Question about testing capacity - Jake, that’s just delusional to make statements like that. We don’t even have enough swabs.

Hogan with Tapper

  • Now is the worst possible time to reopen.
  • My goal is to try and get reopened as quickly as possible.
  • We have increasing numbers every day in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • We have a detailed plan based on the federal guidelines and we’ve got detailed plans to reopen.
  • Question about testing capacity – I think this is probably the number one problem in America and has been since the start of this crisis. The administration is trying to ramp up the testing, but trying to push this off and saying that Governors need to just get to work is completely false. There are shortages on swabs and reagents. It is not accurate to say there is plenty of testing out there.
  • It’s not helpful to encourage demonstrations against the President’s own policies. To then encourage people to protest the exact policies that the President put in place isn’t helpful.

Whitmer with Tapper

  • Michigan has the 3rd highest death count in the country even though we’re the 10th most populous state.
  • As tough as this moment is, it will be devastating to have a second wave.
  • Question about testing capacity – swabs and reagents aren’t readily available. It would be incredibly helpful if the fed would implement the DPA to get these supplies.

Trump Presser

  • Says the labs are only at 30% (everyone needs the quick test from Abbott)
  • Trump shows the swab. Says they’ve shipped a lot and the Governors don’t know where they are.
  • No country is close to us.
  • Calls The Wall Street Journal a highly respected journal. Shows an article about himself.
  • Read the praise about himself to the press.
  • Reads how it took him a while to get aroused. Not kidding.
  • The Governors wanted total control over opening, but now they want the government to do the testing. He’s mistaken. They need help with the allocation of supplies, they don’t want the federal government to come in and do the testing.
  • Goes into his usual schtick – millions of people would have died. We shut down the whole country. Nobody’s ever seen anything like this.
  • Thanks Governor Cuomo, great relationship there. He’s worked very well with us.
  • He praises Newsome and says he said what he wanted to say, and he doesn’t let the press force him into saying something he didn’t want to say.
  • Puts a video on showing Cuomo that has no sound, then shows the wrong clip.
  • Continues on rambling about supply chain and what platform he ran on.
  • Goes into all his trade agreements.
  • Decides to read something he just found today, watching television. February 19th there was a Democratic debate in Las Vegas. The Pandemic wasn’t mentioned. (So what? They weren’t in charge of pandemic response.)


  • Tells the public to continue to heed the guidance of their Governors and mayors. (That means where a mask if you go out and stay home when you can regardless of what Trump tweets).
  • There will be a conference call tomorrow with all of the Governors to discuss the current status of testing equipment, determine where it is, and how to distribute it. (This is what should have happened much earlier in the game).

Trump Presser 4/19/20

  • When asked what he had to say about protestors he said some Governors have gone too far. He’s with everybody.
  • Specifically mentions the Governor of VA with regards to the 2nd
  • Says he’s got a list of Governors to talk to 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.
  • Avoids specifically addressing a question about his “Liberate” tweets.
  • Goes back to the video with Cuomo which now has audio and apparently the clip he wanted to show.
  • CBS reporter picks at the scab of when did you know and why did you wait so long to institute the guidelines.
  • Editorial – reporters should think about how they treat puppies. You rub his nose in it once and then you stop. These reporters are really kind of rabid about it. I know some people will disagree, but that’s my thought.
  • Trump keeps saying how his administration and citizens have done such a great job flattening the curve and listening to the government, yet he’s not willing to disapprove publicly of the protesters and tweets things like “Liberate Michigan.”
  • Goes into Flynn, Cohen, how they were railroaded. Calls the investigators human scum.
  • Blames the faulty CDC test on Obama.
  • The stockpile was empty, the ventilators were bad, we even have Space Force!
  • Governors could get the equipment for testing themselves.
  • Reporter brings up Trump’s praise of Xi early on. Says you know who was duped? You, You were duped. You, Obama, and we stopped it.
  • You people are so pathetic at CNN.
  • I closed it long before Pelosi.
  • That's why your ratings are so bad. You're pathetic.
  • Yeah, I'm not a fan of Mitt Romney (on why he was left out of the re-opening task force). 

Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you

Friday, April 17, 2020

Smelson's C19 News 4.17.2020


Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/16/2020


Through Out the Day

  • Michael Cohen is being released from prison. Read about that here: Cohen
  • Oz says 2% mortality for opening schools is acceptable.
  • Trump was on Tweeting about liberating states. WTF? He will downplay that in the presser tonight, saying it was just a positive pep talk.

Cuomo Presser

  • Hospitalizations are down. Net change in hospitalizations are down. ICU admissions are down. Number of intubations is down.
  • Number of new cases is still @ 2K per day.
  • Number of deaths is up. They are a trailing indicator.
  • People’s actions flattened the curve. No government, no state, the American people flattened the curve.
  • We don’t have a testing system that can handle the volume we need to get opened.
  • The reagents required for rapid Abbott Labs machines are made in China. China is being pulled by countries all over the world to provide them.
  • We cannot do it without federal help.
  • The state can’t reopen without federal funding. The last three bills have not provided the funding the states need.
  • The Fed is passing the buck without passing the bucks.
  • Talks about how we got better after 9/11, how we take off our shoes at airports now. (I’m not sure I agree this is better.)
  • Argues that the relief funds should be allocated by how C19 affected the state.
  • Response to the President – He’s sitting home watching TV. Maybe he should get up and go to work. Let’s keep emotion and politics out of this.
  • The projections NY was operating under came from Trump. Maybe he should read his own reports.
  • Were we foolish for relying on your projections Mr. President? We relied on YOUR projections.
  • I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. Am I supposed to send a bouquet of flowers? The government was very helpful with PPE, ventilators, Javitz, the ships.
  • He (Trump) says he’s done enough. None of us have done enough. It’s not over.
  • Went into a great little skit while he was mimicking Trump’s excuses.
  • I don’t need the President to tell me I’m the Governor. I don’t need him to read me the Constitution, maybe he should have read the Constitution prior to saying he had the power to reopen the states.
  • Didn’t you read your own stockpile projections Mr. President? You had 10K ventilators. Where was your stockpile?
  • Why didn’t you show as much consideration for your states as you do to your big business buddies in the airlines?
  • The President is doing nothing. He’s saying it’s up to the states. He’s saying there’s a beautiful puzzle. It’s not a puzzle. It’s a map, and those lines are states. The states created the federal government. They hold the power. All he’s doing is walking in front of the parade, but he has nothing to do with the timing of the parade.
  • There are two things states need from the federal government – Help with testing, and funding to do it.
  • How many times am I going to say thank you? Thank you for doing your job. You’re the President.
  • If you don’t like your projections, fire your director of CDC and fire your Coronavirus Task Force. Cuomo then reads the CDC projections – 2.4-21 million Americans hospitalized. That was on March 13th. The CDC. March 13.
  • Read your own report next time before you criticize.
  • Ouch – Cuomo was on f’n fire. Trump is going to fire back tonight for sure.
  • NY has a cash shortfall of 10-15 billion dollars.
  • Cuomo interrupts the discussion on finance to bring up the CDC projections again and says we built more beds than we needed, and our only mistake was believing your projections and believing your numbers. We won’t make that mistake again.
  • Cuomo interrupts again later and has them project Navarro’s memo, that Trump says he didn’t read. He says, “If I were you I’d fire them all. You’re fired. You know that TV show he did? You’re fired.” If he wants to fire someone for their projections, fire those three: The CDC, Peter Navarro, and whoever’s on the Coronavirus Task Force.

Hogan Presser

  • Thanks the President for coordinating the state/federal distribution of PPE and ventilators.
  • Case numbers and deaths are continuing to increase.
  • Hogan says the face coverings isn’t about violating your rights, it’s about protecting others. Not wearing face coverings infringes on your neighbor’s rights.
  • ShopRite and Amazon in MD are waiving delivery fees for SNAP recipients.
  • Schools are closed through May 15th.
  • They’re trying to figure out how to recognize graduations and hand out diplomas.

Trump Presser

  • Says he had interesting conversations with his faith leaders today.
  • 80 million Americans who have direct deposit have received payments.
  • USDA is going to purchase directly from farmers and get the products to the people in need.
  • Goes into the number of tests, more than any other country. It’s not even close. We’ve tested more than any other country. We have the best, most robust, accurate tests.
  • The Governors are responsible for testing.
  • We’re helping people with swabs now. We were with ventilators. We’re the king of ventilators now. They’re big, expensive, and highly complex.
  • There has been partisan false information about our testing capacity.
  • It would be false reporting to say we don’t have enough capacity.
  • The media will be accepting of these figures when they get to see the end result.
  • In New York I did just a spectacular job at the Javitz center.
  • Says it was a good faith effort by NY but it wasn’t needed.
  • We’ve already got enough capacity for testing for states to begin opening up.
  • I wish I could tell you what other leaders of powerful countries say to me, quietly, off the record.


  • Tests only mean your negative right now.
  • The antibody test gives a broader view. We’re assuming you’re protected if you have the anti-bodies.
  • We don’t know how long the protection lasts.
  • Testing is only a part of a multi-faceted approach we’re going to take.
  • Testing isn’t everything.
  • Early on, we had a problem. We had a problem that had to be corrected and it was corrected. It was a technical problem.
  • Right now we understand that there are situations that were correctable and are still being corrected. We need to bridge the gap.
  • There were situations where there were no swabs, or no reagents, or they were told they weren’t allowed to have the test. Many of these issues were already corrected, and more are being corrected.
  • If you have a supply that meets demand, but it can’t connect, then we have a problem.
  • He says with better communication they can make it happen.


  • CDC has called around to figure out exactly what’s missing from everyone’s capacity to test and they’re helping them get what they need.

Editorial – What has been bugging everyone is the lack of transparency. Why does Trump keep insisting that there are enough tests while all of the Governors are saying there aren’t? Fauci has bridged that gap and Birx further clarified it, however the bottom line is that Trump was wrong and refused to walk his statement back.


  • The last thing I could watch was him blabbering nonsensically about things that had nothing to do with the question being asked by reporters.


Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome – but if you don’t #nottooprettytomaskup

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Smelson's C19 Update for 4.16.2020

Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/16/2020

Through Out the Day
  • The news is out about the testing machine for the quick tests. Apparently the Abbott Labs test machines are out there, everywhere, but here’s the catch. Remember that great HP photo printer you bought that came with miniscule demonstration ink cartridges? Then you tried to buy the color cartridges for actual use but couldn’t find them because it was just released and they were sold out everywhere? Yeah, same problem. Re-agent cartridges and swabs are in short supply. They were sent out with enough supplies to run 150 or so tests. These machines, and supplies, are going to be crucial in getting states re-opened for business. Read about it here: Abbott Tests
  • A nursing home in Baltimore, Futurecare Lochearn, has 200 beds and 129 of the residents have tested positive for Coronavirus, in addition to 41 of the staff members. Read about it here: Futurecare
  • I have spent my day, between webinars and customer calls, trying to convince a lot of intellectually challenged people that the requirement to wear a face covering when you can’t maintain 6’ of distance between themselves and other people, is not a governmental assault on their rights or some vast left-wing conspiracy. It’s been exhausting. Wear a mask. Save your granny…or someone else’s, or me frankly. Pretty simple.
Cuomo Presser
  • Hospitalizations are down. ICU admissions are down. Intubations are down.
  • The number of new diagnosis is still around 2K per day.
  • Daily death is down to 606.
  • The slow down gives NY the opportunity to reevaluate how they’re running their healthcare system and reload.
  • The what/how/when is going to be done on a business by business basis based on their importance and risk. Smart.
  • Setting up the testing that will allow all of this to proceed is the key.
  • It makes more sense to have a coordinated national effort to secure and distribute testing supplies.
  • We turn on the faucet a little bit and we watch the meter. If we see the number go up, we turn the valve back a little bit. Have to keep the number of people one person infects to less than one. We’re at .9. If we go up to 1.2 we overwhelm healthcare services.
  • NY is continuing to pause, in conjunction with their 7 neighboring states, until 5/15.
  • What determines the rate of infection? You do. Wear a mask when you’re out in public and can’t stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • He knows there is a lot of opposition to masks. He’s aware. This is not a government conspiracy to control citizens. If you don’t think that 600 people a day dying is a conspiracy come see him. He’ll show you the bodies. It’s not about protecting you. It’s about protecting other people.
Trump Presser
  • The balance is delicate. We must have a working economy.
  • His guidelines will allow the Governors to implement a phased and deliberate approach to reopening. Link to the phases/guidelines here: Phases
  • Praises Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci for their contributions.
  • We took the greatest economy in the history of the world and closed it.
  • Need to establish clear scientific metrics on testing.
  • Governors will be empowered to take a diverse approach based on their circumstances.
  • If they need to remain closed, we’ll allow them to do that. If they’re ready to open, we will support them.
  • Medical research is at the heart of our strategy.
  • 35 clinical trials are under way.
  • We’ve done more testing than any other country in total and on a per-capita basis.
  • 120K tests in a single day have been reported and our numbers are actually going up.
  • The drop in the utilization of commercial labs is dropping as on-the-spot testing is coming up.
  • Border control and travel restrictions are more important than ever in order to get Americans back to work.
  • Says we have the capacity for wide-spread testing in order to get through the phases. (This is not true today).


  • The guidelines for opening up America are based on science.
  • Goes over the metrics of what should be examined as areas re-open.
  • Whoever put together her PowerPoints needs some training.
  • Guidelines are fairly straightforward.
  • 14 days of decreasing illness/hospitalization.
  • Return to work in phases.
  • Minimize all non-essential travel.
  • We're going to be using metrics (when asked about tests and the lack thereof).
  • Reminds us that it’s not going to be like a light switch.
  • It’s a very large country and there are different places with different dynamics.
  • There are going to be some places ready to open almost immediately.
  • There are multiple check points of safety.
  • Some things are not going to be the same as they were.
  • We won’t get back to normal until we have a vaccine.
  • There may be some setbacks.
  • A number of Governors are ready to open.
  • Many sporting events will start without fans.
  • Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota are mentioned as being very different.
  • Says the loan program was executed flawlessly. (I don’t share that view).
  • Declines to say which states have hit the gating requirements for Phase 1 of the reopening plan.
  • Some states have gotten too much credit for what they’ve done.
  • The testing has been so incredible.
  • 29 states are in the ball game to open relatively soon.
Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome – but if you don’t #nottooprettytomaskup

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Smelson's C19 News 4.15.2020

Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/15/2020

Through Out the Day
  • NIH says vaccine may be available in 8 months.
  • Fisher Island Florida, the zip code with the highest per-capita income in the United States, has apparently purchased enough tests so that everyone on the island, including the help, can be tested. It’s nice to have it like that. Read about it here: Fisher Island.
  • Before you give me your interpretation of your facts just give me the facts. Here are the facts – no filter, no opinion.
  • Hospitalizations are down as well as ICU admissions and intubations on a 3 day average.
  • The good news is that we can control the spread.
  • There are +2K people a day coming in and being diagnosed as C19 positive.
  • CDC has changed guidelines regarding deaths to include probably C19-related. This is done by local health depts/coroners. This is to address people who died at home and elsewhere other than in ICUs.
  • Thanks the workers for making sure that the hospitals weren’t overwhelmed. Thanks the Army Corp of Engineers. Note: He doesn’t take credit overtly or covertly.
  • NY is all-in on helping the FDA work on a vaccine.
  • Whatever drug or therapy needs to be tested NY is there to help.
  • Reopening will be based on public health safety.
  • The single best tool to calibrate opening based on public health is wide-spread testing/tracing/isolating.
  • NY has developed it’s own anti-body test and they can do 2K per day. They can scale up to 500K per week if FDA approves.
  • No one is to blame. Just how do we know do it and scale up quickly? States cannot do this on a national scale. 50 states competing against each other and the fed for the components required to test is not the answer and is not learning the lesson of what we did before.
  • The states need funding to manage the testing/tracing in order to reopen.
  • Phased re-opening will require determinations of essential status and risk of contact within the business place.
  • Over 10K cases and 300+ deaths.
  • He’s ready to plan the gradual roll-out of recovery.
  • Seeing positive signs in MD. May be plateauing.
  • It’s required to wear a face mask whenever in a retail establishment or using public transportation. It’s also required that all personnel in these retail establishments wear face coverings. This takes effect Saturday.
  • Many counties already have these rules in place.
  • Four steps to recovery
    • Need testing capacity expanded to 10K per day
    • Increasing hospital surge capacity by 6K beds
    • Ramp up supply of PPE
    • Building a robust contact tracing program
  • MD has expanded it’s strike team capability to send health care professionals for help at assisted living facilities and orphanages.
  • Says additional federal assistance is required for funding. We will not be able to do all of the things we have to do. It will take longer to get back to work and force a reduction in critical services provided at the state level.
  • Recognizes Jimmy Bell, his ASL translator, as an unsung hero. He receives a Governor’s Citation for his service.
  • Contact tracers have been very successful in MD because so many people have been staying home.
  • Right now is not the moment to let up.
Trump Presser
  • Pretty much a campaign speech about how his judges have been held up.
  • Confirms withholding funds from WHO.
  • Says the WHO made a tragic mistake, may have known what they were doing.
  • Says the shelves in stores will be full unlike the shelves he inherited. The cupboards were bare.
  • Did a lot of calling with a lot of smart people.
  • Broadband for the middle of our country they haven’t had broadband in a very long time. They forgot about them.
  • Some states will open prior to the May 1 deadline.
  • Trump says he will exercise his authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress so he can appoint judges. (It is within his power. It certainly has never happened before).
  • Says he doesn’t know anything about his name being on the relief checks.
  • Borders are being controlled by states. Testing may be done at these borders.
  • 29 states are in very good shape.
  • Says Democrat partisanship has prevented the next part of the CARES act from passing.
  • Trump accuses NY of inflating numbers with heart attack deaths. Says we have more cases because we do more reporting.
  • Beats the WTO and WHO horse again towards the end. It’s dead. We’ve been treated so badly by these organizations. We pay $4-500 million a year.
  • 9 states with fewer than 1000 cases
  • Each individual state/metro area will be evaluated individually.
  • Continue to follow the guidelines.
  • There will be generalized guidelines put out but the individual Governors and Mayors will have to make decisions.
  • Says we will continue to offer our services around the globe. Her way of saying we’ll continue to spend on world health, just not through the WHO.
  • For some reason they invited survivors of C19 to the White House from all over the country. That’s weird.
  • Goes into how much appreciation Cuomo showed to the President.

Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Smelson's C19 news for 4.14.2020

Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/14/2020


  • Says the curve has been flattened in NY if we continue to be careful.

  • God did not stop the spread of the virus. Our behavior stopped the spread.

  • Testing is key to reopening.

  • Phased re-opening, expanding the list of essential businesses, is the plan forward.

  • Cuomo beat around the bush when asked directly, twice, about the capacity for testing in NY.

  • Cuomo brings up The Constitution and the balance of power between states and the fed. He says the reality is exactly the opposite of what Trump said yesterday. The President shouldn’t even think of going there.

  • If he ordered me to reopen in a way that would endanger the health of NY citizens I wouldn’t do it.

  • Says Trump needs to act in a cooperative manner, not a dictatorial manner.

News on the rapid testing

  • The Abbot machine exists.

  • The machines are out in the public but there is a particular test that needs to accompany the machines and these are in very limited supply.

  • 556K of the tests have been sent out.


  • NY has reached the apex, the curve is coming down.

  • ICU admissions, intubations are down.

  • Continues to call for social distancing.

  • Discusses how the 7 states he’s partnered with have to work in concert.

  • Refutes the statement by Trump about the President’s powers over the states and his involvement in the determination about how and when to reopen the economy.

  • Explains the basics of our governmental structure. The balance between the state and federal governments are the basis of our Constitution. We don’t have a king.

  • The states gave certain powers to the fed. Mentions ascendancy, reproachments, and how federal control of the states is repugnant.

  • Discusses Trump tweets this morning discussing how he’s not happy with Governors and he mentions mutiny. Cuomo says this is not the time for politics.

  • Cuomo says sometimes its better to walk away from a fight than engaging. The President will have no fight with me. I will not engage.

  • Get past yourself and think about society, and your family.

  • Wonders how we’re going to get re-opened if we can only test 50K people per month.

Obama in his Joe Biden Endorsement.

  • If you didn’t watch it, please do. Here is a link: Obama
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-s3ANu4eMs">Obama

  • Leadership, honesty, empathy, humility and grace are needed on the national level, and that’s why he’s endorsing Joe Biden.

  • He’ll surround himself with people who understand how to run a government, and think of the people rather than themselves.

  • The vast economic inequalities in the US existing before this pandemic, but the pandemic brought them to light. The people who truly make our economy run have been underpaid and economically stressed for too long.

  • People who will be graduating college with the highest unemployment in history are going to need support, and faith in the future. We need to do more than tinker around the edges with tax credits.

  • One thing everyone has come to realize by now, is that the current administration isn’t interested in progress. They’re interested in power.

  • They’ve ignored the bedrocks of our democracy.

  • This crisis has reminded us that good government matters. That facts and science matter. That the rule of law matters. That’s having leaders who are informed and honest, that seek to bring people together, rather than drive us apart, matter. This election matters.

  • Editorial – I miss Obama. It’s amazing how quickly you forget what a real self-aware, intelligent, empathetic leader sounds like. I think when Trump was saying that there’s a reason Obama hadn’t come out to endorse Joe yet he had no idea what Obama was waiting for. Obama, per his post months ago, was waiting for the primaries to show who the winner would be and he committed to endorsing whomever the party chose. That’s why Obama was waiting to endorse Biden.

  • Trump Presser

    • Holds the conference in the Rose Garden.

    • Instructed his staff to halt funding for the WHO.

    • Explains the failures of the WHO and why he’s withholding funding.

    • Blames a lot of what China did/didn’t do on the WHO.

    • Goes into how no patient has been denied a ventilator and then says who ridiculous it was that a state asked for 40K ventilators.

    • Blames the states for not being prepared.

    I ran to My Big Greek Café in Kensington to get some dinner and had the press conference on the entire time. It took me 45 minutes and nothing of real substance was stated.

    • Trump talked about a bunch of corporate people who were going to presumably be on the committee to determine how best to get American back to business.

    • Made it clear that he doesn’t like being told what he can and can’t do with regards to executive authority as it applies to getting states reopened. Stated that he would use he power, if necessary to prevent states from opening too soon, not to force them to open earlier than he thinks they should.

    And….that’s a wrap….except for this list of the people/companies who are going to be involved in the re-opening of America:

    Office of the Press Secretary

    April 14, 2020

    President Donald J. Trump Announces
    Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups

    Today, President Donald J. Trump announced many of the esteemed executives, economists, scholars, and industry leaders who together will form various Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups.  These bipartisan groups of American leaders will work together with the White House to chart the path forward toward a future of unparalleled American prosperity.  The health and wealth of America is the primary goal, and these groups will produce a more independent, self-sufficient, and resilient Nation.


    ·  American Farm Bureau Federation – Zippy Duvall

    ·  Sysco Corporation – Kevin Hourican

    ·  Tyson Foods, Inc. – Dean Banks

    ·  Perdue Farms, Inc. – Randy Day

    ·  Cargill, Inc. – David MacLennan

    ·  Archer-Daniels-Midland Company – Juan Luciano

    ·  Corteva Agriscience – Jim Collins

    ·  Tractor Supply Company – Hal Lawton

    ·  Seaboard Corporation – Steven Bresky

    ·  Grimmway Farms – Barbara Grimm

    ·  Mountaire Farms – Ronnie Cameron


    ·  Bank of America – Brian Moynihan

    ·  JPMorgan Chase – Jamie Dimon

    ·  Goldman Sachs – David Solomon

    ·  Citigroup – Michael Corbat

    ·  Wells Fargo – Charles Scharf

    ·  U.S. Bancorp – Andrew Cecere

    ·  Morgan Stanley – James Gorman

    ·  Grand Rapids State Bank – Noah Wilcox

    ·  Southern Bancorp – Darrin Williams


    ·  International Union of Operating Engineers – Jim Callahan

    ·  North America’s Building Trades Union – Sean McGarvey

    ·  Laborers’ International Union of North America – Terry O’Sullivan

    ·  International Brotherhood of Teamsters – Jim Hoffa

    ·  National Electrical Contractors Association – David Long

    ·  Bechtel – Brendan Bechtel

    ·  Fluor – Carlos Hernandez

    ·  National Association of Home Builders – Jerry Howard

    ·  Associated Builders and Contractors – Michael Bellaman

    ·  Associated General Contractors – Stephen Sandherr

    ·  AFL-CIO – Richard Trumka

    ·  GH Palmer – Geoff Palmer


    ·  Lockheed Martin – Marilyn Hewson

    ·  Honeywell – Darius Adamczyk

    ·  Northrop Grumman – Kathy Warden

    ·  Raytheon – Gregory J. Hayes

    ·  General Dynamics – Phoebe Novakovic


    ·  ExxonMobil – Darren Woods

    ·  Continental Resources – Harold Hamm

    ·  Chevron – Mike Wirth

    ·  Southern Company – Tom Fanning

    ·  Alabama Power – Mark Crosswhite

    ·  ConocoPhillips – Ryan Lance

    ·  Occidental Petroleum – Vicki Hollub

    ·  Kinder Morgan – Steven Kean

    ·  Hess Corporation – John Hess

    ·  Perot Group and Hillwood – Ross Perot Jr.

    Financial Services

    ·  Blackstone – Stephen Schwarzman

    ·  Paulson & Co. – John Paulson

    ·  Citadel LLC – Kenneth Griffin

    ·  Elliott Management – Paul Singer

    ·  Vista Equity Partners – Robert Smith

    ·  Fidelity Investments – Abigail Johnson

    ·  Mastercard – Ajay Banga

    ·  Visa – Al Kelly

    ·  Chubb – Evan Greenberg

    ·  Sequoia Capital – Doug Leone

    ·  Stephens, Inc. – Warren Stephens

    ·  Charles Schwab – Chuck Schwab

    Food & Beverage

    ·  National Restaurant Association – Marvin Irby

    ·  McDonald's – Chris Kempczinski

    ·  Darden Restaurants – Gene Lee Jr.

    ·  Coca-Cola – James Quincey

    ·  PepsiCo – Ramon Laguarta

    ·  Chick-fil-A – Dan Cathy

    ·  Subway – John Chidsey

    ·  Bloomin’ Brands – David Deno

    ·  YUM! Brands – David Gibbs

    ·  Papa Johns – Rob Lynch

    ·  Wendy’s – Todd Penegor

    ·  Waffle House – Walt Ehmer

    ·  Starbucks – Kevin Johnson

    ·  Wolfgang Puck

    ·  Thomas Keller

    ·  Jean-Georges Vongerichten

    ·  Daniel Boulud

    ·  M Crowd Restaurant – Ray Washburne

    ·  Jimmy John’s Founder - Jimmy John Liautaud


    ·  NewYork-Presbyterian – Jerry Speyer

    ·  HCA Healthcare – Sam Hazen

    ·  Ascension Health – Joseph R. Impicciche

    ·  CommonSpirit Health – Lloyd H. Dean

    ·  Community Health Systems – Wayne Smith

    ·  Trinity Health – Benjamin Carter

    ·  Cardinal Health – Mike Kaufmann

    ·  McKesson – Brian Tyler

    ·  3M – Mike Roman

    ·  Procter & Gamble – David S. Taylor

    ·  Abbott Laboratories – Robert Ford

    ·  Johnson & Johnson – Alex Gorsky

    ·  Merck – Kenneth Frazier

    ·  Pfizer – Dr. Albert Bourla

    ·  Eli Lilly and Company – Dave Ricks

    ·  Thermo Fisher Scientific – Marc Casper

    ·  Gilead Sciences – Daniel O’Day

    ·  AbbVie – Richard Gonzalez

    ·  Regeneron – Leo Schleifer

    ·  Biogen – Michel Vounatsos

    ·  Roche Diagnostics – Matthew Sause

    ·  Anthem – Gail Boudreaux

    ·  UnitedHealth Group – David Wichmann

    ·  Aetna – Karen Lynch

    ·  Cigna – David Cordani

    ·  Humana – Bruce Broussard


    ·  Las Vegas Sands Corp. – Sheldon Adelson

    ·  Marriott – Arne Sorenson

    ·  Carnival – Micky Arison

    ·  Hilton – Christopher Nassetta

    ·  Hyatt – Mark Hoplamazian

    ·  Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – Geoff Ballotti

    ·  Intercontinental Hotels Group – Elie Maalouf

    ·  Royal Caribbean – Richard Fain

    ·  Norwegian Cruise Lines – Frank Del Rio

    ·  Treasure Island Hotels – Phil Ruffin


    ·  Caterpillar – Jim Umpleby III

    ·  Deere & Company – John May

    ·  Cummins – Tom Linebarger

    ·  Dow Inc. – James Fitterling

    ·  Emerson Electric Company – David Farr

    ·  General Electric – Larry Culp

    ·  Tesla – Elon Musk

    ·  Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – Mike Manley

    ·  Ford Motor Company – Bill Ford

    ·   General Motors Company – Mary Barra

    ·  National Association of Manufactures – Jay Timmons

    ·  Pernod Ricard – Ann Mukherjee

    Real Estate

    ·  Simon Property Group – David Simon

    ·  Caruso – Rick Caruso

    ·  Vornado Realty Trust – Steven Roth

    ·  Related Companies – Stephen Ross

    ·  Blackstone – Jon Gray

    ·  Irvine Company – Don Bren

    ·  Starwood Capital Group – Barry Sternlicht

    ·  Witkoff Group – Steve Witkoff


    ·  Walmart – Doug McMillon

    ·  Home Depot – Craig Menear

    ·  Home Depot – Ken Langone

    ·  Home Depot – Bernie Marcus

    ·  The Kroger Co. – Rodney McMullen

    ·  Lowe’s – Marvin Ellison

    ·  Target – Brian Cornell

    ·  CVS Health – Larry Merlo

    ·  Rite Aid – Heyward Donigan

    ·  Walgreens – Stefano Pessina

    ·  Amazon – Jeff Bezos

    ·  Menards – John Menard

    ·  Best Buy – Hubert Joly

    ·  Life Time – Bahram Akradi


    ·  Apple – Tim Cook

    ·  Google (Alphabet Inc) – Sundar Pichai

    ·  Oracle – Larry Ellison

    ·  Oracle – Safra Catz

    ·  Salesforce – Marc Benioff

    ·  SAP – Jen Morgan

    ·  Microsoft – Satya Nadella

    ·  Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg

    ·  IBM – Arvind Krishna

    ·  Intel – Bob Swan

    ·  Qualcomm – Steven Mollenkopf

    ·  Cisco – Chuck Robbins

    ·  Advanced Micro Devices – Lisa Su

    ·  Broadcom – Hock Tan

    ·  Micron – Sanjay Mehrotra


    ·  Liberty Media – John Malone

    ·  Verizon – Hans Vestberg

    ·  T-Mobile – Mike Sievert

    ·  Charter Communications – Thomas Rutledge

    ·  Comcast – Brian Roberts

    ·  Altec – Lee Styslinger


    ·  FedEx – Fred Smith

    ·  United Airlines – Oscar Munoz

    ·  UPS – David Abney

    ·  J.B. Hunt – John Roberts III

    ·  YRC Worldwide – Darren Hawkins

    ·  Crowley Maritime – Tom Crowley Jr.


    ·  NBA – Adam Silver

    ·  MLB – Rob Manfred

    ·  NFL – Roger Goodell

    ·  UFC – Dana White

    ·  PGA – Jay Monahan

    ·  LPGA – Mike Whan

    ·  USTA – Patrick Galbraith

    ·  MLS – Don Garber

    ·  WWE – Vince McMahon

    ·  NASCAR – Lesa Kennedy

    ·  NHL – Gary Bettman

    ·  New England Patriots – Bob Kraft

    ·  Dallas Cowboys – Jerry Jones

    ·  Dallas Mavericks – Mark Cuban

    ·  WNBA – Cathy Engelbert

    ·  NWSL - Lisa Baird

    Thought Leaders/Groups

    ·  John Allison

    ·  Kay Coles James

    ·  Condoleezza Rice

    ·  Art Laffer

    ·  Steve Moore

    ·  Steve Forbes

    ·  Larry Lindsey

    ·  Catherine Reynolds

    ·  Jim DeMint

    ·  Bill Hagerty

    ·  Scott Gottlieb


    Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome

    Monday, April 13, 2020

    Smelson's C19 News for 4.13.2020

    Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/13/2020

    Cuomo Presser

    • The curve continues to flatten.

    • Reopening the economy needs to be done in a cooperative effort.

    • Each Governor in their group (NY, NY, CT, RI, PA, DE, will appoint a person to coordinate methodical, scientific progression/planning/reporting/coordinating.

    • It’s nice to know that Governors have the same conference call skills as most of the rest of us. 8)


    • Says he’s been working on the reopening plan for over 30 days.

    • Governors are taking the lead on the decision to reopen and will continue to do so.

    • Says they’ll be coordinating with some very smart people at the nation level, like Drs. Fauci and Birx regarding reopening.

    • Says according to the constitution this isn’t up to the Fed.

    • Letting people get back to work in an unsafe manner will not get our economy back.

    • We’ve got to listen to the doctors and scientists.

    • Tell Anderson Cooper that the last thing we need now to be talking about what went wrong or what wasn’t done let’s talk about what we can do today.

    Trump Presser

    • Fauci starts by saying that of course we could have saved more lives if we started mitigation earlier. This is true.

    • Says that both times he and Birx went to Trump with advice he took it.

    • Fauci scolds a reporter for asking that he wasn’t clarifying these items voluntarily.

    • Trump – I have statistics, I like to write them down because there is so much fake news.

    • Goes into how he was brutalized by the press.

    • Shows a video with clips from various outlets saying Coronavirus isn’t going to be big deal. Mostly from Fox. Feels like a campaign video.

    • This video was an attempt to show how he has been doing a great job.

    • He mislead on his audio quote from Maggie Haberman regarding how it was the right thing to shut down access to the US from China. She immediately tweeted about how it was taken out of context. She was saying it was a Mission Accomplished point for him and he didn’t take any further action for a month.

    • We (Trump and his team) did like, a great job.

    • Says Pence told him his call with the Governors was like a 10.

    • Remember this, the Times story was a fake.

    • Trump says he got far better clips than what they showed in the video.

    • Everything we did was right.

    • Says the media is fake for confronting him about the entire month of February.

    • Take credit for coming up with the idea of decontaminating masks. I haven’t fact-checked that one, but feel free to post a link if you feel so inclined.

    • We inherited a stockpile where the cupboards were bare.

    • The President of the United States has the authority to do what the President wants to do.

    • They can’t do anything without the approval of the President.

    • We inherited a broken system.

    • When asked why there are no consequences for China he said, “How do you know there are no consequences for China? You’d be the last person I’d tell.”

    • Pence – we’re going to give the states guidance and leadership.

    • Trump – The states will cooperate perfectly.

    • Goes into how meal deductibility is going to save the restaurant industry.

    This was all I could take.

    Still no explanation as to what’s the problem with the 15 minute tests and no one is asking. Birx says she’s begging the labs to get them online. Not sure why they’re not online and what they’re missing.

    Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome

    Friday, April 10, 2020

    Smelson's Good Friday Covid-19 News

    Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/8/2020

    Miscellaneous News Throughout the Day
    • Fauci says antibody tests are just days away
    • These tests are currently being validated by the FDA.
    • Melinda Gates – we haven’t recognized as a global community that we’re a global community.
    • There are countries in Africa that have 5 hospital beds per 1 million people as opposed to European countries is 4,000 beds per million. This could devastate most of the continent.
    • ICU admissions are down for the 3rd
    • Deaths are down 22 from yesterday.
    • 7,844 deaths in NY so far.
    • The curve has turned for NY and social distancing needs to be kept up.
    • Says the tri-state area is willing to partner with the fed for getting testing up to scale to reopen the economic engine.
    • He’s requesting that Trump use the DPA to get the testing supplies up to scale.
    • They need a stimulus bill that isn’t a political pork-barrel bill.
    • Says Trump was right to question WHO on pandemic warning signs.
    • 331 deaths from C19 in the National Capitol Region.
    • Has created strike teams of health care professionals to assist the most susceptible people in-place, i.e. at nursing homes, care facilities, and the like, to prevent them from having to go to hospitals.
    • Has established a facility at BWI to clean/sterilize PPE for reuse.
    • State has instituted a spending freeze for anything other than C19-related expenses and personnel expenses.
    • State has instituted a hiring freeze.
    • It is very unlikely that any bills requiring increased spending will be signed into law.
    • 95% of Marylanders have been able to successfully filed for UI online.
    • June 2nd elections in MD will be completed primarily by mail.
    • The Easter Bunny has been proclaimed an essential worker, so you’ll be getting your Easter candy.
    • He chokes up a little when he’s talking about missing Easter with his family. It takes a strong man to show vulnerability.
    • Will be having a meeting next week to discuss WHO funding.
    • Talks about how many more lives were saved with social distancing vs. doing nothing. I still want to know who suggested that.
    • Working on building the stockpile of ventilators that the states should have had.
    • Ventilators will be sent to other countries so we can help other countries.
    • Biggest market increase in 50 years over the last 4 days.
    • Praises the mayors of DC, Baltimore, Philly for bringing all resources to bear.
    • We’re flattening the curve nationally.
    • We need to continue to stay in/consolidate trips to shop/pharmacy.
    • This is not the time to feel that we should be pulling back at all.
    • Many randomized trials are in process. It will take many months to determine which are effective.
    • Thanks all the officials working around the clock.
    • Pence praises religious leaders for keeping things shut down over Easter.
    • Requests that reporters be nice because it’s Good Friday.
    • Gas is as cheap as it was in the 1950s.
    • Mexico didn’t agree to cut oil production, going against OPEC and the US.
    • Said Mexico would make it up to us at a later date, maybe in another form. (Wall anyone?)
    • Avoids the question about how will we know the invisible enemy is in retreat if we don’t have widespread testing.
    • Birx comes on to answer the testing question – RNA testing is required and the assay is complicated.
    • We need to examine what the test loads will be.
    • Testing is just part of our strategy. The other has to be alerts to syndromic activity (flu symptoms)
    • The issue is to build a testing strategy and combine it with strategic surveillance.
    • We don’t want to promise until we have it.
    • OANN 15 Million dollar bounty on Maduro of Venezuela, China has offered financial support to Venezuela.
    • Acosta asks if Trump will listen to the experts when it comes to suggestions on reopening. He says he listens to them and he has great respect for them.
    • Administration has discussed reduced fees with credit card companies.
    • Restaurants that have been paying insurance need the companies to pay up. He would like to see insurance companies pay if its fair.
    • There’s not a lot of issues with testing.
    • You don’t need testing in Idaho and Kansas and other states where not a lot of cases showed up in order to open them up.
    • Reporter calls out the Surgeon General for using ethnic colloquialisms. Asks if he has any response to people being offended by that. Didn’t even make it to the next press conference. D’oh!
    • Surgeon General says ALL Americans need to refrain from smoking, drugs, drinking.
    • Fauci says Jerome did it beautifully and it wasn’t offensive at all.
    • Google and Apple announce that they’re working jointly for contact-tracing programs. Trump says that we’re looking at it but there are privacy concerns.
    • Florida Governor DeSantis says people under 25 don’t die from Coronavirus. Fauci says that is incorrect.
    • We’re being tough at the southern border because of drugs and human trafficking. Because of the 165 miles of wall they’re now using waterways. (Where’s Crockett and Tubbs when you need them?)
    Still no discussion as to what’s the problem with the 15 minute tests and no one is asking.

    Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    Smelson's Covid-19 News for 4.9.2020


    Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to. Updates for 4/8/2020


    Miscellaneous News Throughout the Day

    • There is confusion about who is in charge in the fed regarding response to supplies.
    • DC/Baltimore/Philly are the next projected hot spots.
    • DC expects 1 in 7 residents to contract C19.


    • Best case scenario was 100-240K deaths.
    • They are at 90K bed capacity currently.
    • NY has enough beds to cover some of the scenarios, but not all.
    • The flattening of the curve is what occurred because of how you practiced social distancing.
    • It is essential that we keep the curve flattened because we won’t be able to handle result.
    • Number of people admitted to ICU is at its lowest daily point since 3/18.
    • 799 deaths in NY 4/8, highest number per day yet.
    • Rapid testing is going to be the bridge to getting back to work.
    • Remember that the 1918 Influenza came in three waves. We’re on wave one.
    • Wuhan and South Korea are now experiencing wave two.
    • NY has set up an emotional help support hot-line.

    Linkedin Editors Live

    • Danny Meyer
      • Decided to shut down because he saw the danger to his staff and guests
      • Donated all food to employees and meal kitchens
      • Felt the best thing to do was to allow his employees to collect unemployment
      • Doing weekly Zoom conferences with all of his employees
      • Provides updates on what’s going on and what resources are available for finding new jobs, working with UI, health care, child care, emotional care
      • Started the USHG Hugs Fund – cut his compensation to zero and contributed it to seed the fund. Sold $400K worth of gift cards and put that all into the fund.
      • Has granted out over $500K to his team already as a result of that fund.
      • 660K restaurants in the US which makes it the 2nd largest employer in the country
      • 90-95% of their revenue goes right back into the economy –think about how that spirals out. Everyone they do business with isn’t participating in the economy.
      • When hospitality comes back it will be different due to the need to social distance.
      • Says the PPP is a good plan. The machinery is completely overwhelmed though.
      • Absent the right type of federal policy a lot of restaurants will go out of business.
      • In the near-term business models will need to change just to get open. It won’t
      • We’re going to have to recruit teams back, determine how best to execute change to take-out/pickup.
      • Need to determine how best to implement a health-passport like we did post-9/11 to get on planes. Humans crave safety.
      • There are foods people are used to getting for takeout.
      • For every single business there are going to be pared-down menus.
      • You’ll have to figure out what travels well. Has to be a mind-set change as from what’s beautiful a la minute to what is going to travel well in a compostable container.
      • Pre-9/11 did you think you’d have to have your driver’s license to get into an office building? Things are going to have to change


    Trump Presser

    • Starts with the airline business. They’ll be having discussions with them over the weekend. It’ll be good for a lot of people.
    • Just spoke with Putin and Salomon. Discussed OPEC.
    • We’ll be opening very, very, very, very soon. (That’s a quote)
    • Pfizer has found something they think will keep the virus from replicating.
    • 19 therapies/treatments are currently being tested and 26 more are in the active planning for clinical trials.
    • Passed more than 2 million tests. More than anywhere in the country. (That’s a quote)
    • Fed announced another 2.3 trillion dollars for recovery.
    • Expanding the PPP. Need the Dems and Reps to come together to make this happen.
    • Student loan payments are waived for six months.
    • The speech he read would have sounded better if anyone else was reading it. Sorry.
    • Trump says we have the best testing system in the world but there are certain sections of the company that are in great shape. Do we need extensive testing to get the country back to work? No. Would it be nice to have? Yes.
    • He has had good, proper feelings about a lot of things over the years. He thinks the economy will come back.
    • We’re looking at a much lower level than the level of 100,000.
    • We’re going to have a big bounce, rather than a small bounce. We’re going to open up strong and more successfully than before.
    • Says that NAFTA was the worst deal any country ever had.
    • Says he looks forward to seeing the reporters tomorrow. ??


    • Working around the clock to get the tests out.
    • 450K cases and 16K+ deaths.
    • All of us understand that these aren’t just numbers, they’re lives. Our hearts go out to all of the families who have lost loved ones.
    • Individual payments will go out to families with direct deposit by the end of next week.
    • Testing sites will transition from federal to state should the states want that.
    • He urges everyone who is feeling an emotional burden to reach out to the resources available.
    • He urges every American to continue using the social distancing guidelines.


    • Positive test rates for males is much higher than for women. If you have symptoms you should be tested. Engage your health care providers.


    • Even though we’ve got a record number of deaths the number of hospitalizations is coming down. Social distancing is working.

    Once again, no one will answer the question about the fast testing. Where are we on this? What is lacking in order to use the machines? Is it a discrepancies in guidance from the CDC or FEMA that is prohibiting their use?


    Once again, thank you for reading. Do not take anything written here as gospel and certainly don’t make any financial decisions based from the information provided. Stay as tuned-in as you can. Support your local businesses as much as you can. Lastly, #staythefuckhome