Monday, April 6, 2020

Smelson's C19 News 4.6.2020

Once again, I watch it so you don’t have to.
 
Navarro, Assistant to the President, Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, says that he’s a social scientist and that his credentials should be considered as relevant as Dr. Fauci’s. when it comes to determining the efficacy of drug therapies for C19 treatment.
 
Cuomo - Current data suggest NY is plateauing. Their engine is at redline and cannot be sustained, but if people continue to aggressively socially distance this may be as bad as it gets. In order to keep this from getting worse NY schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed until 4/29. He denied that NYC is considering mass graves in public parks at this briefing, but NYC Council Health Committee chair Mark Levine tweeted that they may be doing exactly that soon. Read that here: Levine
Hong Kong and South Korea let their guard down and had resurgences of C19. Now is not the time to let our guard down. Cuomo increases max fine to $1K from $500 for violating social distancing rules.
 
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved into the ICU in London.
 
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is asking the White House to quit sending mixed messages to the public about Easter services. They’ve announced a curfew for non-essential personnel from 9:00pm to 6:00am.
 
Trump presser - talked about how none of the Governors on the call were negative. They were all very positive about everything their federal government has been doing for them. We’ve used the DPA very strongly and powerfully. So powerfully we don’t really have to use it very often. We’re sending very big, very big powerful planes loaded with supplies. Apple is making face shields for health care workers. They only come in one size and they break if you drop them. (Just kidding). Pence says there were no negatives. Mike is the greatest. Everybody appreciates Mike. Special man.
The next week, week and a half with be the surge. That’s what the experts tell me. (He’s listening to experts?)
Even the Governor of Illinois Pritzker is a happy man. He may not be happy when he talks to the press.
Says the payroll protection loans have been fantastic. Very little problems. They’ll ask Congress to refill the funds immediately when they run out.
Did I hear the word Inspector General? It’s wrong. It’s wrong. (Apparently it was the Principal Deputy Inspector General at HHS Christi A. Grimm). Here’s a copy of that report: HHS Report
Reporter asks about Wells Fargo and B of A no longer taking applications. He says would you ask that in a nicer way? You could start out with saying, It’s gotten off to a great start but there are some glitches. It’s such a positive event and we have such an unfair media in this country.
Trump says the commander of the ship shouldn’t have sent the letter because it could be leaked to the fake news media.
Oooh, a reporter brings up the report and provides her name. Trump asks when she was appointed. (January 2020 Not sure how it’s pertinent, but that’s when). Trump is informed of this and says we’ll take a look at it. This is a great example of reporters backing each other up on the fly.
We’re the federal government, we’re not supposed to stand on street corners doing testing. Just take a look. The tests were old, obsolete. You should say great job instead of asking such horrid questions.
Trump starts in on a reporter because the HHS IG was hired originally by the Obama administration. Trump assumes, incorrectly, It was Clinton. Calls the reporter a third-rate reporter and says he’ll never make it. The reporter was Jon Karl, Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News and also happens to be the President of the White House Correspondents Association.
Reporter informs him that the IG was hired in 1999.
Calls Chuck Schumer a total light-weight.
Goes into the bs about sending Dem governors 10X the ventilators they asked for who then go to the press saying they’re not getting what they asked for.
We had the greatest economy in the history of the world…..again.
 
Dr. Birx says #statythefuckhome (she didn’t really say fuck). We need to have solidarity of commitment to respect the sacrifice of the people working to help everyone. We need to take care of each other now as Americans. Consolidate trips to the store and pharmacy. Only send one person in the family.
 
We’ve reached almost 11,000 deaths in the US.
 
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

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