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

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