Trump says coronavirus vaccine coming along 'rapidly,' appoints Pence to head task force

  

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Trump says coronavirus vaccine coming along 'rapidly,' appoints Pence to head task force
Trump also hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, calling her "incompetent" after she challenged his response to the virus. "I think she's not thinking about the country; instead of making a statement like that, where I've been beating her routinely at everything ... she should be saying we should work together," Trump said. The president announced he was putting Vice President Mike Pence "in charge" of coronavirus prevention efforts, effective immediately.

It’s great to see Trump unlike the opposition in Congress remain calm and take a measured ad real response to this issue and problem.  VP Pence will do a great job in leading to a solution to this problem.  


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As Americans' fears grow of a possible  coronavirus  outbreak in the U.S., President Trump was addressing the nation in a Wednesday evening news conference at the White House to discuss how his administration was handling the virus threat -- saying that a vaccine is being developed "rapidly" and "coming along very well."

However, Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said later at the press conference that a vaccine would not be applicable to the epidemic for a "year to a year-and-a-half," due to delays from testing, development, production, and distribution.

Trump also hit back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, calling her "incompetent" after she challenged his response to the virus. "I think she's not thinking about the country; instead of making a statement like that, where I've been beating her routinely at everything ... she should be saying we should work together," Trump said.

The president announced he was putting Vice President Mike Pence "in charge" of coronavirus prevention efforts, effective immediately. The White House had reportedly considered naming a virus czar to be the point person on the disease.

"Because of all we've done, the risk to the American people remains very low," Trump said. "We're ready to adapt, and we're ready to do whatever we have to."

The president revealed that of the "15" Americans confirmed to have the virus, eight have "returned to their homes to stay in their homes until fully recovered, one is in the hospital, and five have fully recovered; and one is, uh, we think in pretty good shape, and is in between hospital and going home." Trump later said the person was "pretty sick and hopefully will recover."

So far, there have been 60 confirmed cases of  coronavirus  in the U.S. in total. That figure includes individuals who have been repatriated to the United States, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar later clarified at the podium. 15 people were in the initial set of cases, three came more from evacuation flights, and 42 from the Diamond Princess ship that was quarantined by Japanese health authorities earlier this month.

Azar warned that the "degree of risk has the potential to change quickly."

Even as he reassured Americans that "great quarantine facilities" have been set up, Trump noted that the scale of the virus has been somewhat misrepresentated. He said he was "shocked" and "amazed" when he spoke to medical experts to hear that the flu kills from 25,000 to 69,000 people per year. By contrast, only 2,700 people globally have been confirmed killed by coronavirus, although China and other countries are likely not reporting accurate numbers.


"We're ready to adapt, and we're ready to do whatever we have to." — President Trump

The U.S. is the most prepared country in the world to handle an epidemic, Trump said, citing Johns Hopkins University.

Separately, Trump said the stock market was foundering "because of this," but also in part because the public is worried one of the Democrats running for president might win and impose socialist policies.

Earlier in the day, after two days of the stock market tumbling, Trump blamed the media and Democrats for causing undue alarm and harming American financial markets. On Twitter, he singled out MSNBC and CNN for “doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible."

"Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action," Trump continued. "USA in great shape!

In advance of his primetime address, Trump played down the mortality rate for a pathogen. His top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, echoed Trump’s outlook, saying Tuesday that the U.S. had “contained” the threat of a domestic outbreak. Trump's and Kudlow’s comments were apparently at odds with warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials who said that American communities need to prepare now for when the disease starts spreading domestically.

But reports in South Korean media and the Los Angeles Times said a Korean Air cabin crew member who tested positive for the disease may have worked on flights between Seoul and Los Angeles -- a development that could have exposed Americans and people coming into America to the virus that takes up to 14 days after exposure to trigger symptoms, according to the  CDC .

On Capitol Hill, senior lawmakers called for a bipartisan spending package that would give federal, state and local officials more resources. Congress in recent years took a similar approach with the opioid epidemic, pumping out federal dollars for treatment and prevention. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York unveiled an $8.5 billion coronavirus proposal.

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James Denaro monitors stock prices at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


Democrats did not mince words on the matter. "The Trump administration is absolutely bungling the response to coronavirus, putting our public health and our economy at risk," Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said earlier this week. "This is why we need a real plan and an adult in charge."

“Trump is putting American lives at risk every day, ignoring science, claiming the virus will ‘miraculously’ disappear by April and relying on ‘warm weather’ to end the spread of the virus,” presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s campaign said in a press release. “It is clearer than ever that the country needs a leader with real experience managing a crisis.”

There have been renewed signs that the economy will continue to be affected internationally. Microsoft on Wednesday its supply chain is being hurt by the virus outbreak in China and the company will return to normal operations at a slower pace than expected.

The tech giant had predicted it would make between $10.75 billion and $11.15 billion in revenue from its personal computing segment in the January-March quarter. But Microsoft now says the supply chain for its Windows business and Surface devices “are more negatively impacted than previously anticipated.”


And last week, Apple warned investors that it won’t meet its second-quarter financial guidance because the viral outbreak in China has cut production of iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based company said all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities in China have reopened, but production is ramping up slowly. The company said demand for iPhones was also down in China because Apple's retail stores are closed or operating with reduced hours.

Broadly, major U.S. stock indexes gave up early gains and closed mostly lower Wednesday, extending the market’s heavy losses for the week. The benchmark S&P 500 fell for the fifth straight day after swinging between a 0.6 percent loss and 1.7 percent gain. Smaller company stocks bore the brunt of the selling. The bond market continued to flash warning signs as long-term Treasury yields fell further below short-term yields.

Worry about economic fallout from the virus outbreak that originated in China has fueled a sharp sell-off this week that’s wiped out the market's gains for the year.

“The messaging by the White House is unhelpful,” said Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University. “What the White House is doing is conveying a sense of overconfidence. ... Of course, we do want to maintain calm with the public, but it flies in the face of facts. There is strong likelihood that we will see an outbreak in the United States and that we could see community transmission."

Trump's public efforts to project calm masked a behind-the-scenes focus. During his 36-hour visit to India, Trump received briefings from staff and periodically checked the impact on Wall Street, tweeting at all hours to try to reassure Americans and the markets about the spread of the virus.

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President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump, step off Air Force One upon arrival, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is returning from India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Trump reportedly expressed deep concern to aides about the impact on the markets, according to White House officials and Republicans close to the West Wing. Trump has tied his fortunes to Wall Street more closely than any of his recent predecessors and has made a strong economy his No. 1 one argument for reelection.

As the media coverage of the virus has increased, Trump has grown concerned that even fears of an outbreak would stagger Wall Street, leading him to wonder aloud if Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was the right person to lead the administration’s response, the officials said.

“Americans want to see their president taking charge and showing leadership, and that is exactly what President Trump is doing," said Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany. “In restricting travel and implementing quarantines, President Trump has taken unprecedented action to protect American citizens from the coronavirus.”

Fox News' Andrew O'Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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MAGA
1  seeder  MAGA    7 months ago

Trump's public efforts to project calm masked a behind-the-scenes focus. During his 36-hour visit to India, Trump received briefings from staff and periodically checked the impact on Wall Street, tweeting at all hours to try to reassure Americans and the markets about the spread of the virus.

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President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump, step off Air Force One upon arrival, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is returning from India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump reportedly expressed deep concern to aides about the impact on the markets, according to White House officials and Republicans close to the West Wing. Trump has tied his fortunes to Wall Street more closely than any of his recent predecessors and has made a strong economy his No. 1 one argument for reelection.

As the media coverage of the virus has increased, Trump has grown concerned that even fears of an outbreak would stagger Wall Street, leading him to wonder aloud if Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was the right person to lead the administration’s response, the officials said.

“Americans want to see their president taking charge and showing leadership, and that is exactly what President Trump is doing," said Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany. “In restricting travel and implementing quarantines, President Trump has taken unprecedented action to protect American citizens from the coronavirus.”  https://thenewstalkers.com/community/discussion/49601/trump-says-coronavirus-vaccine-coming-along-rapidly-appoints-pence-to-head-task-force

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1  Tessylo  replied to  MAGA @1    7 months ago

So he's concerned about its impact on the markets but not about the people it has killed/will kill/infect?  Ensuring the CDC and public health agencies have the proper support/staffing?  

 
 
 
Jordan G
3  Jordan G    7 months ago

I have no reason to believe anything coming from Trump, who lies about all things, big and small.

 
 
 
MAGA
3.1  seeder  MAGA  replied to  Jordan G @3    7 months ago
 
 
 
lady in black
4  lady in black    7 months ago

Why did Crooked donnie do this...because he is incompetent, so now he puts Pence in charge who is just as incompetent.

Didn't Crooked donnie also say that this would be gone by April....he is a complete and utter moron

In 2018, the Trump administration fired the government’s entire pandemic response chain of command, including the White House management infrastructure. In numerous phone calls and emails with key agencies across the U.S. government, the only consistent response I encountered was distressed confusion. If the United States still has a clear chain of command for pandemic response, the White House urgently needs to clarify what it is n ot just for the public but for the government itself, which largely finds itself in the dark.
In the spring of 2018, the White House  pushed  Congress to cut funding for Obama-era disease security programs, proposing to eliminate $252 million in previously committed resources for rebuilding health systems in Ebola-ravaged Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Under fire from both sides of the aisle, President Donald Trump  dropped  the proposal to eliminate Ebola funds a month later. But other White House efforts included reducing  $15 billion  in national health spending and cutting the global disease-fighting operational budgets of the CDC, NSC, DHS, and HHS. And the government’s  $30 million  Complex Crises Fund was eliminated.
In May 2018, Trump  ordered  the NSC’s entire global health security unit shut down, calling for reassignment of Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer and dissolution of his team inside the agency. The month before, then-White House National Security Advisor John Bolton  pressured  Ziemer’s DHS counterpart, Tom Bossert, to resign along with his team. Neither the NSC nor DHS epidemic teams have been replaced. The  global health section of the CDC  was so drastically cut in 2018 that much of its staff was laid off and the number of countries it was working in was reduced from 49 to merely 10. Meanwhile, throughout 2018, the U.S. Agency for International Development and its director, Mark Green, came repeatedly  under fire  from both the  White House  and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And though Congress has so far managed to block Trump administration plans to cut the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps by  40 percent , the disease-fighting cadres have steadily eroded as retiring officers go unreplaced.
 
 
 
Jordan G
4.1  Jordan G  replied to  lady in black @4    7 months ago
Didn't Crooked donnie also say that this would be gone by April....he is a complete and utter moron

Donald Trump : Trump, Feb. 10: “And by the way, the virus. … It looks like by April, you know in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away — I hope that’s true. But we’re doing great in our country. 

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
4.1.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to    7 months ago
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This is going to be completely worth whatever punishment comes my way:

 
 
 
r.t..b...
4.1.3  r.t..b...  replied to    7 months ago
removed for context by charger
 
 
 
JohnRussell
5  JohnRussell    7 months ago

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President   Donald Trump’s   decision to task   Mike Pence   with heading up the federal government’s coronavirus response triggered an immediate backlash as critics noted the vice president’s record of doubting scientific evidence and his role in exacerbating an HIV outbreak in Indiana while he was governor.

Trump said Pence has “a certain talent for this” and specifically cited the “Indiana model” in the Wednesday evening press conference where he named his VP to run the coronavirus response. But as this extensive  New York Times  report   detailed in 2016, the staunch conservative Pence’s health policies helped ignite a massive public health crisis in his state when he shut down a needle exchange program that had severely curtailed the spread of HIV. Virus infection rates exploded, and Pence — two days after he said he would pray on the matter — relented and reinstated the program.

Pence, who was once a conservative talk-radio star, also has a track record of   questioning science , as when he wrote an op-ed in 2000 falsely claiming “smoking doesn’t kill,” decades after numerous academic studies and health research had linked smoking to higher rates of mortality.

That background prompted a number of politicians and public figures express both dismay and alarm at Pence’s role in leading the country’s response to a potential pandemic. Joining the backlash to Trump’s choice of Pence was Democratic primary frontrunner, Sen.   Bernie Sanders .

Trump’s plan for the coronavirus so far:

-Cut winter heating assistance for the poor
-Have VP Pence, who wanted to “pray away” HIV epidemic, oversee the response
-Let ex-pharma lobbyist Alex Azar refuse to guarantee affordable vaccines to all

Disgusting.   pic.twitter.com/98HVjUVY8C

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders)   February 27, 2020
When Mike Pence was governor of Indiana, his public health record was so stellar that his state policy led directly to a large HIV outbreak. — Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes)   February 26, 2020
Mike Pence is for conversion therapy. Mike Pence said smoking didn’t cause cancer. Mike Pence doesn’t believe climate science. Mike Pence questioned whether or not condoms worked. So, 😬 — Brian Schatz (@brianschatz)   February 26, 2020
Mike Pence’s role in the worst HIV outbreak in Indiana history is literally a case study in public health on the harm that can be done by public officials. Mike Pence’s incompetence is literally a case study.

Read more here in   @HRC ‘s The Real Mike Pence:   https://t.co/avNaF5uJgO   https://t.co/kM7TGiU1f7

— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️‍🌈 (@cmclymer)   February 26, 2020
“He’s got a certain talent for this,” Trump says of Pence, who was just named to lead the government’s coronavirus approach.

As Indiana governor Pence allowed an HIV outbreak in Scott County to spread to epidemic proportions because he slow-walked approval for needle exchanges.

— Katie Rogers (@katierogers)   February 26, 2020
Trump fired the actual experts in pandemic response two years ago and doesn’t trust anyone with actual expertise so now Mike Pence, who wrote columns doubting that cigarettes caused cancer, is in charge of the coronavirus. — Judd Legum (@JuddLegum)   February 26, 2020
Thoughts and prayers, folks. Thoughts and prayers.   https://t.co/PaFXxTGXAL — Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse)   February 26, 2020
Trump just made Mike Pence his coronavirus czar. This is the same exact type of thing he criticized Obama for during the ebola outbreak in 2014.   pic.twitter.com/VwPDvcRltv — Hunter Walker (@hunterw)   February 26, 2020
Mike Pence, who was Indiana’s governor during the worst HIV outbreak in the state’s history, is now in charge of the coronavirus response.

Welp, we had a good run y’all.   https://t.co/QMKLG9YJcc

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill)   February 27, 2020
America is a driving force in fighting epidemics, and now the director of that fight is Mike Pence, a guy who’s scientific knowledge consists of how many times you have to pray before you’re cured of being gay. — Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton)   February 26, 2020
Pence is in charge?
That’s about as comforting as being gay in Indiana.   https://t.co/Hf2lGjZ2Ye
— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin)   February 26, 2020
Trump names Mike Pence as the Coronavirus Czar rather than CDC Director Robert Redfield or Surgeon General Jerome Adams. A physician should be in charge of the nation’s coronavirus response, not some dude who quarantines himself from other women when dining out.   #coronavirususa — Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu)   February 26, 2020
Oh good. Trump is putting   @VP   in charge of the   #CoronavirusOutbreak . Mike Pence, the guy who once said, “despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.” Just the perfect man for the job. — Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08)   February 26, 2020
My dad (a doctor) had signs in every bathroom in our house that said, “Handwashing prevents infection!” with a teddy bear and a heart. I wouldn’t mind seeing those signs everywhere now. More effective than Pence. — Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_)   February 27, 2020
Coronavirus czar Mike Pence recommends keeping a safe distance from any infected women and also uninfected women — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow)   February 26, 2020
 
 
 
JohnRussell
5.1  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @5    7 months ago

Having someone who doesnt believe in science as the head of a committee to combat a transmittable disease is just bizarre.

 
 
 
lady in black
5.1.1  lady in black  replied to  JohnRussell @5.1    7 months ago

Pence will just tell everyone to pray it away....crooked donnie is a fucktard

 
 
 
devangelical
5.1.2  devangelical  replied to  lady in black @5.1.1    7 months ago

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MAGA
5.1.4  seeder  MAGA  replied to  devangelical @5.1.2    7 months ago

Death wishing, even for public figures is not allowed here.  

 
 
 
devangelical
5.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @5.1.3    7 months ago

>poof< / >poof<......... create enough vaccine to save the chinese population and then hold it while all trade policies are renegotiated and US debt to china is totally cancelled.

 
 
 
Tessylo
5.1.6  Tessylo  replied to  Split Personality @5.1.3    7 months ago
'100 million Chinese quarantining " in place".'

And that's not going to have any effect on anything, right?

 
 
 
r.t..b...
5.1.7  r.t..b...  replied to  devangelical @5.1.5    7 months ago
then hold it while all trade policies are renegotiated and US debt to china is totally cancelled.

Let's not.

This is one of those instances where the problem we are globally facing transcends the daily debate about one's nationality, one's leaders, or one's political persuasion. Let the people best able, namely the WHO and the CDC, take the lead and let us hope we have the common sense to temporarily put aside any political debate and work together to minimize the effects and eventually eradicate the problem.

If that is the case, perhaps we can learn from the example and put that same sense of commonality into practice once we inevitably get back to the politics. A potential silver-lining to come out of this as we collectively work to solve the latest epidemic.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.1.8  Trout Giggles  replied to  lady in black @5.1.1    7 months ago

tots and pears will cure everything

 
 
 
Split Personality
5.1.9  Split Personality  replied to  MAGA @5.1.4    7 months ago

How does wishing someone get, what Mr. Trump and Mr. Limbaugh contest is a common cold,

with a 98% survival rate, death wishing?

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
5.1.10  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Split Personality @5.1.9    7 months ago
How does wishing someone get, what Mr. Trump and Mr. Limbaugh contest is a common cold,with a 98% survival rate, death wishing?

I wouldn't mind knowing the answer to that, myself.

 
 
 
devangelical
5.1.11  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @5.1.9    7 months ago
How does wishing someone get, what Mr. Trump and Mr. Limbaugh contest is a common cold, with a 98% survival rate, death wishing?

... that fact is lost on the room temperature IQ crowd of sycophants that have claimed a potential worldwide pandemic is now somehow a left wing conspiracy, according to the propagandists that litter conservative AM radio like a constipated dog that was just fed a laxative before being turned loose in a dog park.

>poof< / >poof< / >poof< - gee, that has to be a NT record.

 
 
 
MUVA
5.1.12  MUVA  replied to  devangelical @5.1.11    7 months ago

Lie not what he said.

 
 
 
devangelical
5.1.13  devangelical  replied to  MUVA @5.1.12    7 months ago

derp

 
 
 
MAGA
5.2  seeder  MAGA  replied to  JohnRussell @5    7 months ago
 
 
 
Dulay
6  Dulay    7 months ago

It was reported today that Trump wants to take $37 million from the  Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to use for the Coronaviris response. 

"After dithering for weeks as the coronavirus spread, the Trump administration has now decided to pay for its belated response by cutting funding for heating assistance for low-income families." 
—Evan Hollander, spokesman for House Appropriations Committee Democrats

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/26/trump-reportedly-trying-siphon-37-million-heating-assistance-poor-fund-coronavirus

 
 
 
MAGA
6.1  seeder  MAGA  replied to  Dulay @6    7 months ago
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We are currently at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as part of our ongoing investigation of the coronavirusoutbreak for “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” We are receiving unprecedented access to the National Quarantine Center at the university, as well to the doctors and nurses who treat the patients and run the facility.

There are now 15 patients under a coronavirus quarantine at the National Quarantine Center. They all came from the failed quarantine on the cruise ship Diamond Princess off the coast of Japan.

Thirteen the 15 have tested positive for the coronavirus. Two of these are in the biocontainment unit. At least one person has developed the severe pneumonia characteristic of this novel coronavirus officially named COVD-19. This patient was finally transferred into regular quarantine Wednesday.

The patient has been enrolled in a clinical trial where he either receives the anti-viral drug remdesivir or a placebo. He is reportedly getting better. The second patient in biocontainment is getting better as well and will be out soon.

The medical professionals treating these patients are heroes, caring for the patients while at the same time studying the coronavirus closely. They are making extremely useful determinations that no one else has made before.

The conditions in the quarantine rooms are good. Jeri Seratti-Goldman, one of the patients who has not tested positive for the coronavirus (her husband Carl was in biocontainment), told us that the food is good and she benefits from sticking to the same daily routine that she follows at home. She works out on a treadmill and then works on her computer.

“Keeping busy has helped my psyche quite a bit,” Seratti-Goldman said. “Keeping a positive attitude and knowing that this is all out of our control, so I just have to roll.”

image.jpg“I was not frightened until yesterday,” she said, referring to “my good friends from St.  George, Utah, Mark and Jerri Jorgenson. Jerri was the first to contract the virus. Mark was diagnosed and he got a positive yesterday. I guess this is the first time I’ve been frightened. In my head I was hoping that tomorrow was day ten. … Bummed that he tested positive and there is still a possibility for me to test positive.”

“Three people a day come in at breakfast lunch and dinner, they give you your meals and check temperature,” Seratti-Goldman continued. “And that’s the only contact I have.” She suffered a broken tooth and the staff had to go out and get her some Bondo because there was no way to have anyone come in and fix it.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, indicated in an interview with us that the virus appears to be more contagious than the flu and therefore very difficult to contain.

image.jpgGold is looking to the response in countries like South Korea, Japan and Italy, which have much better-developed health care infrastructures than China’s, to predict whether the novel coronavirus will evade travel restrictions and take route in the U.S. He is not alone.

Dr. Michael Wadman, chairman of emergency medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and co-director of the quarantine unit, told us in an interview that the key symptoms of the new virus are cough, shortness of breath and chest congestion. This is different than is the case with other respiratory viruses that cause more sinus or throat symptoms, or the flu, which is most often characterized by fever.

Dr. Andre Kalil – top researcher in Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and in charge of the current research for the anti-viral drug remdesivir – believes the drug is a promising treatment for the new coronavirus.

Kate Boulter, lead nurse for the biocontainment unit, and nurse Grant Fabry met with us in the biocontainment unit “brain room” and demonstrated how personal protective equipment works. They pointed out that they are being extra cautious at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, but the basic uniform of disposable N95 respirator mask, gown, gloves and face shield should be sufficient. They work as a team to disrobe after each encounter so no virus can possibly be spread.

Perhaps most impressive of all is nurse Shelly Schwedhelm, the director of the National Center for Health Security and Biopreparedness at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is kind, compassionate, extremely knowledgeable, and has run this excellent program from the time of Ebola (the center took care of Ebola patients) and before.

Luckily, the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is rapidly expanding and the quarantine program will soon have hundreds of beds. In the meantime, the center provides a paradigm, reaching out around the country to other major medical centers seeking guidance in quarantining contagious patients.

Unfortunately, as Shelly said, this information may prove crucial sooner rather than later, as the coronavirus continues to spread through communities. Or, as Sarah Connor famously said in “The Terminator,” “a storm is coming.”

Fox News' Kyle Rothenberg contributed to this op-ed.

 
 
 
Tessylo
6.2  Tessylo  replied to  Dulay @6    7 months ago

'It was reported today that Trump wants to take $37 million from the  Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to use for the Coronaviris response. '

How about all those billions for the 'wall'?

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
6.2.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Tessylo @6.2    7 months ago

It was reported yesterday that Trump thought about suing CNN and MSNBC for spreading fake stories about the Coronavirus on purpose...just to make him look bad.  

The great news is that we are in great hands with Pence at the helm.  Blithering idiot hands the reigns over to another blithering idiot.

In other news, someone needs to tell Trump's favorite buddy Rush Limbaugh that he had better be masking it when he steps out.  His foolish behind is at the top of the 'most likely to get it' list.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
6.2.2  Tessylo  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @6.2.1    7 months ago

Of course tRump completely blindsided his HHS Director by handing it over to prick Pence.  

 
 
 
devangelical
6.2.3  devangelical  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @6.2.1    7 months ago
someone needs to tell Trump's favorite buddy Rush Limbaugh that he had better be masking it when he steps out

gosh, I certainly hope that anybody that has just visited china skips CPAC in DC.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
7  sandy-2021492    7 months ago

Maybe firing the Pandemic Response Team wasn't such a good idea after all.  Who woulda thunk?

 
 
 
MAGA
7.1  seeder  MAGA  replied to  sandy-2021492 @7    7 months ago

"Because of all we've done, the risk to the American people remains very low," Trump said. "We're ready to adapt, and we're ready to do whatever we have to."

The president revealed that of the "15" Americans confirmed to have the virus, eight have "returned to their homes to stay in their homes until fully recovered, one is in the hospital, and five have fully recovered; and one is, uh, we think in pretty good shape, and is in between hospital and going home." Trump later said the person was "pretty sick and hopefully will recover."

So far, there have been 60 confirmed cases of  coronavirus  in the U.S. in total. That figure includes individuals who have been repatriated to the United States, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar later clarified at the podium. 15 people were in the initial set of cases, three came more from evacuation flights, and 42 from the Diamond Princess ship that was quarantined by Japanese health authorities earlier this month.

Azar warned that the "degree of risk has the potential to change quickly."

Even as he reassured Americans that "great quarantine facilities" have been set up, Trump noted that the scale of the virus has been somewhat misrepresentated. He said he was "shocked" and "amazed" when he spoke to medical experts to hear that the flu kills from 25,000 to 69,000 people per year. By contrast, only 2,700 people globally have been confirmed killed by coronavirus, although China and other countries are likely not reporting accurate numbers.


"We're ready to adapt, and we're ready to do whatever we have to."  — President Trump 

The U.S. is the most prepared country in the world to handle an epidemic, Trump said, citing Johns Hopkins University.

Separately, Trump said the stock market was foundering "because of this," but also in part because the public is worried one of the Democrats running for president might win and impose socialist policies.

Earlier in the day, after two days of the stock market tumbling, Trump blamed the media and Democrats for causing undue alarm and harming American financial markets. On Twitter, he singled out MSNBC and CNN for “doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible."

"Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action," Trump continued. "USA in great shape!  

https://thenewstalkers.com/community/discussion/49601/trump-says-coronavirus-vaccine-coming-along-rapidly-appoints-pence-to-head-task-force#cm1262259

 
 
 
Dulay
7.1.1  Dulay  replied to  MAGA @7.1    7 months ago

Polly want a cracker? 

 
 
 
MAGA
7.1.2  seeder  MAGA  replied to  Dulay @7.1.1    7 months ago
 
 
 
Dulay
7.1.3  Dulay  replied to  MAGA @7.1.2    7 months ago

Trump was a blithering idiot during that press conference. You must be proud. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
7.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Dulay @7.1.3    7 months ago

He's always a blithering idiot, nothing new.  

 
 
 
MAGA
7.1.5  seeder  MAGA  replied to  Tessylo @7.1.4    7 months ago

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Tacos!
8  Tacos!    7 months ago

With all the outrage, you'd think we were piling bodies up in the streets.

 
 
 
MAGA
8.1  seeder  MAGA  replied to  Tacos! @8    7 months ago

Sadly, for some people out there that would be just fine if that’s what it would take in order to prevent Trump getting re elected.  

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
8.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  MAGA @8.1    7 months ago

OK guys, you do realize that Pence has no qualifications for the job, right? And you also know that the death rate in Iran is 14% because they too are ill-prepared. We have our first case of coronavirus, from a person who didn't leave the US, so that means patient zero is out and about.

The CDC says we are OK for now, but not if we have a full-blown outbreak. Please excuse me if I think a real doctor should be leading this team.

 
 
 
Dulay
8.1.2  Dulay  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @8.1.1    7 months ago

The CDC doesn't even have an accurate reliable test yet or a testing regiment. They have no clue how many people are infected here. 

 
 
 
MAGA
8.1.3  seeder  MAGA  replied to  Dulay @8.1.2    7 months ago
 
 
 
Raven Wing
8.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @8.1.1    7 months ago
Please excuse me if I think a real doctor should be leading this team.

I totally agree. And, hopefully, Pence will put a well qualified doctor to head up the team. If not, and he wants to try to get a lot of applause as the great unqualified head of the team, he will risk the disease spreading unnecessarily.

This is a serious matter, and Pence will show his level of intelligence and concern. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. And I do hope that it will not be an unnecessary failure.

 
 
 
Snuffy
8.1.5  Snuffy  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @8.1.1    7 months ago

I don't believe you must have a doctor leading this position as this is really managing resources. You need doctor's and scientists to lead the work but not so much to lead resources.

 
 
 
MAGA
8.1.7  seeder  MAGA  replied to  Raven Wing @8.1.4    7 months ago

One would think by the reaction of some that our Vice President is either the only one on the panel or is making all the decisions there....TDS runs deep even to the VP it seems.  

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
8.1.9  Sean Treacy  replied to  Snuffy @8.1.5    7 months ago

Yes, that’s like saying put a farmer in charge of Famine relief. 

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
8.1.10  Larry Hampton  replied to  Sean Treacy @8.1.9    7 months ago

I'd say it's more like putting the captain in the driver's seat during a storm.

 
 
 
Dulay
8.1.11  Dulay  replied to  Raven Wing @8.1.4    7 months ago

Based on Pence ignoring the recommendations of medical experts during the HIV 'epidemic' in southern Indiana, I for one don't trust his judgement on ANYTHING having to do with the medical health of the American people. 

 
 
 
Dulay
8.1.12  Dulay  replied to    7 months ago

Actually, the CDC is vastly understaffed. Trump hasn't hired the needed CDC staff since the hiring freeze. 

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
8.1.13  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to    7 months ago

Because they have to understand the implications of what the doctors are reporting.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
8.1.14  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  MAGA @8.1.7    7 months ago
One would think by the reaction of some that our Vice President is either the only one on the panel or is making all the decisions there....TDS runs deep even to the VP it seems.  

Really? Can you explain this tweet from then just Donald Trump saying the same thing in 2014:

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Was he having ODS? He wasn't wrong then, but apparently he has forgotten the common sense of the situation. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
8.1.15  Sean Treacy  replied to  Larry Hampton @8.1.10    7 months ago

I'd say it's the opposite. It'd be like removing the Captain and  putting the engineer in the driver's seat during in a storm because the engineer is in charge of the repairing the motor.  

A czar would be required to  mobilize resources and get them to where they are needed. The important skill is in managing and  mobilizing bureaucracies and moving resources. Those are not skills associated with doctors.

 
 
 
Split Personality
8.1.16  Split Personality  replied to  Larry Hampton @8.1.10    7 months ago

512

OOh the irony!

Pence =   not  a doctor,  no infectious disease control experience

Azar    =   not  a doctor,  no infectious disease control experience

Coronavirus whistleblower told to take dead end transfer or be fired

Actual CDC world renowned infectious disease control specialist told not to make any more public statements.

 
 
 
Tessylo
8.2  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @8    7 months ago

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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
8.2.2  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Tessylo @8.2    7 months ago

What a hoot!!

 
 
 
MAGA
8.2.3  seeder  MAGA  replied to  Tessylo @8.2    7 months ago
 
 
 
MUVA
8.3  MUVA  replied to  Tacos! @8    7 months ago

They can only hope.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9  Buzz of the Orient    7 months ago

While all of you are discussing this, I'm LIVING it.  The only thing I ask is that you don't pay attention to the bullshit rumours, false news and misinformation about what is happening.  I've heard stories as far fetched as 60,000 dead,the virus was created in a lab and released in Hong Kong to stop the rioting, and the winner was that weed will cure the virus.  Get your info from WHO and the CDC - they're the only sources that are reliable.

 
 
 
devangelical
9.1  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9    7 months ago

patience. the US will develop a vaccine and leave the formula where the chinese can easily steal it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  devangelical @9.1    7 months ago

Do you use a fork to eat? Ever write anything on paper?  Light off fireworks or fly a kite for your kids to enjoy?  Did you know that those were all inventions stolen from the Chinese?

I don't need your vicious comments..

 
 
 
Tessylo
9.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1.1    7 months ago

Why are you taking them personally Buzz?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Tessylo @9.1.2    7 months ago

Why do you care?

 
 
 
Tessylo
9.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1.3    7 months ago

Why do you care?

 
 
 
devangelical
9.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1.1    7 months ago
Do you use a fork to eat? Ever write anything on paper?  Light off fireworks or fly a kite for your kids to enjoy?  Did you know that those were all inventions stolen from the Chinese?

... maybe they should have filed US patents on those things. got anything else they've done in the last 500 years?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Tessylo @9.1.4    7 months ago

I care because I'm married to a Chinese woman whose whole extended family are good and respectful people and I resent Chinese people being insulted, especially by someone whose comments are usually disrespectful.

So why do YOU care?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  devangelical @9.1.5    7 months ago

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devangelical
9.1.8  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @9.1.5    7 months ago
maybe they should have filed US patents on those things.

bwah ha ha, I crack myself up.

 
 
 
MAGA
9.1.9  seeder  MAGA  replied to  devangelical @9.1.8    7 months ago

You won’t get an argument about that from us!  

 
 
 
devangelical
9.1.10  devangelical  replied to  MAGA @9.1.9    7 months ago

us? got a frog in your pocket?

 
 
 
devangelical
9.1.11  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1.7    7 months ago

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Dean Moriarty
11  Dean Moriarty    7 months ago

He should have appointed Hillary.  She did such a great job when Bill put her in charge of healthcare reform. 

 
 
 
devangelical
11.1  devangelical  replied to  Dean Moriarty @11    7 months ago

at her age she probably won't live long enough to be villainized for another 30 years by those that have been bought and paid for by the medical insurance industry.

 
 
 
MAGA
11.1.1  seeder  MAGA  replied to  devangelical @11.1    7 months ago

I’m happy with my private health insurance.  Aren’t you?  

 
 
 
devangelical
11.1.2  devangelical  replied to  MAGA @11.1.1    7 months ago

thrilled, since it's a premium plan that I don't have to pay for. I love how rightwing created corporate tax law shell games work. my CPA is a republican crook, just like your hero.

 
 
 
Texan1211
11.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @11.1.2    7 months ago
hrilled, since it's a premium plan that I don't have to pay for. I love how rightwing created corporate tax law shell games work.

Which Republican wrote the tax code you are able to take advantage of?

 
 
 
devangelical
11.1.4  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @11.1    7 months ago

villainized

huh? oops, vilified. I'm slipping.

it may be time for me to register as a republican, hump a playboy bunny, get a twitter account, stiff a few contractors, declare bankruptcy several times, get sued a couple thousand times, scam some veterans, and then run for a national political office.

 
 
 
devangelical
11.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Texan1211 @11.1.3    7 months ago
Which Republican wrote the tax code you are able to take advantage of?

that sounds like a nice big google research project for anyone that constantly demands proof, yet never provides any for others when asked.

 
 
 
Texan1211
11.1.6  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @11.1.5    7 months ago
Which Republican wrote the tax code you are able to take advantage of?
that sounds like a nice big google research project for anyone that constantly demands proof, yet never provides any for others when asked.

What do you need proof of? Why don't you ask?

If you didn't know, fine.

It would be a little hard for me to look up seeing as how you didn't mention any part of the tax code that you used to take your legal deduction or credit. It isn't like the tax code is 30 pages, you know.

I find it odd to criticize the very policies you use to benefit yourself while railing against them. Seems a wee bit hypocritical to me.

 
 
 
MUVA
11.1.7  MUVA  replied to  Texan1211 @11.1.6    7 months ago

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Texan1211
11.1.8  Texan1211  replied to  MUVA @11.1.7    7 months ago

removed for context

 
 
 
devangelical
11.1.9  devangelical  replied to  MUVA @11.1.7    7 months ago

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devangelical
11.1.10  devangelical  replied to  Texan1211 @11.1.8    7 months ago

I'm in none of those professions. construction is my primary field of expertise.

 
 
 
Texan1211
11.1.11  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @11.1.10    7 months ago
I'm in none of those professions. construction is my primary field of expertise. 

Fantastic!

I didn't state you were in any profession, nor is it at all relevant to what is being discussed.

 
 
 
MAGA
 
 
MAGA
12  seeder  MAGA    7 months ago

The Trump task force is working hard on the case and the President will speak soon today about the issue.  

 
 
 
lady in black
12.1  lady in black  replied to  MAGA @12    7 months ago

Is he going to call the first death in Washington a hoax, if he does, here's proof....he's the worst president this country has ever had.

Coronavirus live updates: First US death reported in Washington state, officials say

https://news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-live-updates-4-unrelated-133448422.html

 
 
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