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When people complain about Trump changing positions on the danger from the Coronavirus note what the experts were saying

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“This is not a major threat for the people in United States, and this is not something the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about” - Dr. Fauci to @gregkellyusa, Jan 21, 2020

With government health care, the government makes decisions on who lives and dies: Italians over 80 'will be left to die' as country overwhelmed by coronavirus

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 22:28
Battlefield triage in Italy. From the UK Telegraph:
Coronavirus victims in Italy will be denied access to intensive care if they are aged 80 or more or in poor health should pressure on beds increase, a document prepared by a crisis management unit in Turin proposes. Some patients denied intensive care will in effect be left to die, doctors fear.The unit has drawn up a protocol, seen by The Telegraph, that will determine which patients receive treatment in intensive care and which do not if there are insufficient spaces. Intensive care capacity is running short in Italy as the coronavirus continues to spread. The document, produced by the civil protection deparment of the Piedmont region, one of those hardest hit, says: "The criteria for access to intensive therapy in cases of emergency must include age of less than 80 or a score on the Charlson comorbidity Index [which indicates how many other medical conditions the patient has] of less than 5." The ability of the patient to recover from resuscitation will also be considered.One doctor said: "[Who lives and who dies] is decided by age and by the [patient's] health conditions. This is how it is in a war."

Given how Biden calls Trump racist for "China virus" retweet, remember when Biden used terms Ebola or Zika?

Sat, 03/14/2020 - 15:37
Even as recently as this week, Trump has been attacked by the media and former Vice President and leading Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden as “racist” for retweeting a reference to COVID-19 as the “China virus.” But what about Biden referring to the Ebola virus by that name? Ebola was named after a river in Arica.
"This has all led to a number of immediate crises that demand our attention from ISIL to Ebola to Ukraine–just to name a few that are on our front door–as someone said to me earlier this week, the wolves closest to the door," Biden said.Or how about him using the term Zika? The Zika virus name came from a forest in Africa.
“Give us an up-or-down vote, straight, on Zika,” Biden said at an event on Capitol Hill with fellow Democrats from the Senate and House of Representatives. 

Trump campaign responding to Biden's comments on solving the Coronavirus problem

Sat, 03/14/2020 - 03:04
“In the past, Joe Biden has shown terrible judgment and incompetence in the face of public health issues," Murtaugh said. "The Obama White House had to publicly apologize for and clean up after Biden when his irresponsible remarks caused panic during the swine flu outbreak in 2009. Just weeks ago, he was openly critical of President Trump’s early move to restrict travel from China to the United States in response to the coronavirus – a decision which medical experts agree helped impede the spread of the virus to this country. Yesterday his campaign actually raised the vile conspiracy theory that the President purposely allowed the coronavirus to spread.  In times like this, America needs leadership and Biden has shown none. President Trump acted early and decisively and has put the United States on stronger footing than other nations. His every move has been aimed at keeping Americans safe, while Joe Biden has sought to capitalize politically and stoke citizens’ fears.”

Just keeping track of COVID-19 predictions

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 20:38
Some pretty amazing predictions about the death total from the Coronavirus. I am willing to bet that these estimates are massively too high.

From the New York Times:
Between 160 million and 214 million people in the United States could be infected over the course of the epidemic, according to one projection. That could last months or even over a year, with infections concentrated in shorter periods, staggered across time in different communities, experts said. As many as 200,000 to 1.7 million people could die. . . .From Bernie Sanders:Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., warned on Thursday that the potential deaths and economic impacts of the coronavirus were "on a scale of a major war." "Nobody knows what the number of fatalities may end up being or the number of people who may get ill, and we all hope that that number will be as low as possible," Sanders, a 2020 presidential candidate, said during a speech from Vermont. "But we also have to face the truth and that is that the number of casualties may actually be even higher than what the armed forces experienced in World War II. In other words, we have a major, major crisis and we must act accordingly." . . . The U.S. military saw more than 400,000 deaths and nearly 700,000 wounded as a result of World War II. . . .From a former Obama administration official:Slavitt is the former Medicare, Medicaid & ACA head for Obama.