Coronavirus II

Update: 11:12 a.m.

Loudoun County officials announced Tuesday that county government will be suspending some of its public-facing operations for one to two days to prepare for social distancing protocols.

Meanwhile, Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams on Monday night informed parents the school system will be closed at least through April 10.

Addressing the commonwealth Tuesday morning, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said the commonwealth is following federal guidelines urging people to avoid gatherings of 10 people or less. 

Northam did not impose a mandate for restaurants to cease operations.

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Update: March 16, 5:29 p.m.

Virginia has reported another death as result of the coronavirus, according to state health officials. 

Like the first death reported over the weekend, the victim was a man in his 70s who died from respiratory failure.

Earlier Monday, Loudoun County declared a local emergency to help free up resources to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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Update: March 16, 10:51 a.m.

County officials say there are now five presumptive positive cases of coronavirus from Loudoun County. Click here to read more.

Local nonprofits have sprung to action during the crisis. You can read more about what they're doing here.

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Update: March 15, 9:13 p.m.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Sunday banned all public gatherings of more than 100 people statewide and ordered a two-week shutdown of municipal offices in an area of southeast Virginia that has been hit by a cluster of coronavirus cases, including the state's first death from the virus.

The statewide number of cases on Sunday was listed at 45. The number of cases in Loudoun County remained at three.

A day after announcing the county's libraries and Adult Day Centers would remain open, local officials changed course and said those services would be cancelled beginning Monday. Click here to read more.

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Update: March 14, 6:04 p.m.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has announced the first death from coronavirus in Virginia.

Also Saturday, Loudoun County officials announced new measures they're taking to combat the pandemic. Click here to read more.

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Update: March 13, 9:51 p.m.

Loudoun County Health Director David Goodfriend says the county's third coronavirus case has no identified contact with a known coronvavirus case and has not traveled to a high-risk location, meaning community transmission cannot be ruled out.

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Update: March 13, 5:16 p.m.

Loudoun County officials say a third local resident has tested presumptive positive for coronavirus.

The third person has been described only as a man in his 30s.

The county's Health Department is reportedly investigating the source of infection for the third person, who is being treated at a local hospital, according to the announcement.

The previous two Loudoun coronavirus cases were linked to a church in Washington, D.C., where a rector was carrying the virus.

A Loudoun County spokesman could not immediately say whether community transmission -- an instance where the infected person had no known contact with another confirmed case or did not travel to a country significantly affected by the pandemic -- has been ruled out.

Information from Loudoun County about the coronavirus can be found at loudoun.gov/coronavirus.

Local officials announced the third case roughly an hour after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency.

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Update: March 13, 3:06 p.m.

Virginia public schools will be closed for at least the next two weeks, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) ordered Friday afternoon.

"I recognize this will pose a hardship on many families, but closing our schools for two weeks will not only give our staff time to clean and disinfect school facilities, it will help slow the spread of the virus," Northam said in a prepared statement.

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Update: March 13, 1:39 p.m.

Thirty people in Virginia have tested positive for the coronavirus, with 17 of those residing in northern Virginia, according to the state Department of Health.

No new coronavirus cases in Loudoun County have been announced Friday, leaving the total number of local residents with the disease at two.

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Update: March 13, 10:42 a.m.

Over the past 24 hours, numerous governmental entities and agencies have announced plans to combat the spread of coronavirus.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and other first responders held a briefing Thursday afternoon to talk about some of the measures they're taking, including cancelling fingerprinting at several stations, keeping a distance when possible when interacting with the public and cancelling tours of the Adult Detention Center. You can read more about first responders' plans by clicking here.

Meanwhile, Loudoun County Public Schools, which has cancelled classes for the next week, announced meal service will continue for students in need.

Additionally, Inova Loudoun Hospital has changed its visitation policy. The new visitor procedures include:

-Visiting hours are restricted to two times per day: 10 a.m. to noon, and 6 to 8 p.m.

-Visitation is limited to two visitors per patient at any given time.

-Visitors under the age of 18 are strongly discouraged from entering our facilities.

-Visitors entering an Inova facility will undergo a verbal screening. Individuals answering “yes” to any screening questions will be asked to delay their visit until they are well.

-Visitation will not be allowed for suspected or confirmed patients with COVID-19 or those with active respiratory illness. 

Inova has launched a response plan to maintain the safety and well-being the community, hospital officials said. More information can be found by clicking here.

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Update: March 12, 3:43 p.m.

The second presumptive positive case in Loudoun is a male in his 40s, according to county officials. The “presumptive positive” test result was returned to the Health Department late Wednesday night.

The person was identified through the Health Department’s follow-up investigation and is a known close contact to the first case.

Additionally, county officials say there are two outstanding tests awaiting results from the state lab and an unknown number of outstanding tests awaiting results from private labs.

Additionally, the Associated Press reports:

(AP) -- Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of confirmed cases among Virginians grew to 17.

Northam advised all Virginians to avoid large gatherings “for the time being.” He said he was canceling all state conferences and large events for the next 30 days and urged local governments and private organizers to follow suit. He also announced new restrictions on travel for state workers.

“The situation is fluid, and it is changing rapidly,” Northam said at a press conference with other state officials and top lawmakers.

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Update: March 12, 1:25 p.m

Loudoun County has a second presumptive positive case of coronavirus, according to Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large).

"Both persons were exposed by a known source" Randall said on social media. "In other words, we know they were in direct contact with a person from outside Loudoun County who has COVID 19. They are both self quarantined."

Randall continued, "At this time there is no plan to shut down county government. However, we expect to scale back some county functions to avoid large gatherings. We are monitoring and evaluating on a daily basis."

County officials reminded local residents who are symptomatic that they should not go to the ER and should instead call their health care provider. Anyone who doesn't have a private care provider should call the Health Department at 703-737-8300.

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Update: March 12, 10:56 a.m.

Loudoun County Public Schools has cancelled classes for March 12 through March 20. Superintendent Eric Williams says no one directly connected to the school system has tested positive for coronavirus. Read more here.

The Times-Mirror reached out this morning to county officials, including Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend, to see if there remains just one confirmed case in Loudoun. We are awaiting a response and will update this entry when we hear back.

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Update: March 10, 3:57 p.m.

Virginia is now confirming eight cases of COVID-19, according to the Associated Press.

And Loudoun County officials a couple hours ago wrapped up a press conference on the county's handling of the outbreak. The session came several hours after the county's first presumptive positive case of coronavirus.

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Correction, 7:22 p.m.: The Associated Press previously reported there were nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That figure is currently eight.

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Update: March 10, 12 p.m.

The positive test result is considered presumptive pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

County officials will hold a news conference today at the government center at 1:30 p.m. The news conference will be televised live on Comcast Government Channel 23, Open Band Channel 40 and Verizon FiOS Channel 40. It will also be livestreamed at loudoun.gov/webcast.

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Update: March 10, 10:16 a.m.

Five people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Virginia, state health officials said.

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Original report: March 9, 1:35 p.m.

There were no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Loudoun County early Monday afternoon, but local officials are taking a number of precautions to guard against the virus spreading locally.

Here's a rundown of where things stand locally midday Monday.

-On Sunday night local officials announced a Loudoun County first responder is “self quarantined” after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The first responder has not exhibited any symptoms of the virus.

-Loudoun County Public Schools is taking several precautions, including suspending all LCPS-sponsored international travel through June 30.

-The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold a public briefing on the situation at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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The county has established a coronavirus information web page, which can be found by clicking here.

CDC’s Preventive Actions:

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

-Stay home when you are sick.

-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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(68) comments

Skyprince

JS, you are splitting hairs. If you listen to the rally said the coronavirus was a hoax made up by democrats. Whether he called the virus a hoax, is not consequential here, the fact that he told his illiterate supporters there, that the virus was a hoax like he thinks the Russia probe was.

He was warned that we were not ready for a pandemic as far back as January 2017. Stop believing the POTUS (Pinoccio of the US!) And you should not waste your vote in November, Virginia will be cobalt blue!

And btw, I am a pilot and was in Puerto Rico just before and after the hurricane, and I can tell you for sure that Dear Leader Trump dropped the ball in sending aid to PR and they will not forget this. i was there a few months ago and it looks like a Third World Country still thanks to lack of enough aid by Trump.

pual mase

Sky prince, If deranged people like you are flying planes, I’ll definitely avoid flying

LetsBreal

I'm pleased this president is taking a flame thrower to government regulation. We have way too much of it and it kills the agility this country needs to have, not only for this pandemic, but for us to compete in the global economy in general. The policy makers have been spending their days writing zillions of pages of policy, laws, regulations, guidelines, frameworks, position papers, and other nonsense. It's brought us to a point where we have almost no room to act and common sense is stopped because "the rules don't allow..." We are at a point where legislation and regulation are used as weapons to drive competitors out of business. Enough! Slash and burn, Mr. President.

js

Skyprince if you are going to complain about Trump at least get the story right. Trump did not call the Coronavirus a Hoax

From NBC NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — President Donald Trump accused Democrats of “politicizing” the deadly coronavirus during a campaign rally here on Friday, claiming that the outbreak is “their new hoax” .......

“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” Trump said. “They have no clue, they can't even count their votes in Iowa.”

“This is their new hoax,” Trump continued, adding that attacking the White House’s response to the coronavirus had become the Democratic Party’s “single talking point.”

js

Once again a Major Democrat praises Trump and his handling of the Coronavirus from CNBC

New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo praised President Donald Trump during a press conference on Tuesday for his work in helping New Yorkers combat the coronavirus, which originated in China.

“I spoke to the president this morning again. He is ready, willing, and able to help,” Cuomo said. “I think the president was 100% sincere in saying that he wanted to work together in partnership and in a spirit of cooperation. Steps he has taken our evidence of that.”

“His team has been on it. I know a team when they are on it. I know a team when they are not on it,” Cuomo continued. “His team is on it. They have been responsive late at night, early in the morning. And they’ve thus far been doing everything that they can do, and I want to say thank you, and I want to say that I appreciate it, and they will have nothing but cooperation and partnership from the state of New York.”

Jeanne T

So did Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (gasp), though not a "major" Democrat.

Skyprince

you can debate till the cows come about who or what killed the pandemic office, who cares? The bottom line that is hard facts, "go to the tape" is that Moron Trump denied that the CV was a problem Look at what he said at his SC rally, "a hoax" is what he called it.

Also he claimed that when the temps heat up, it will go away..ask those in Indonesia, right on the equator how that is going. They have many cases...so much for Dr. Trump's view on this.

Also, his quote that the CV will magically go away one day...this is the GOP leadership? If he had any cajones, he would have forced the ignorant governor of Florida, DeSantis to close the spring break beaches. College kids have the brains of ants, and if the governor did not close the beaches, than Trump should have.

He can call himself a "war time President" if it makes him feel good, but history will not view his poor leadership harshly.

And please, Mr. "Bobblehead" Pence, stop your pandering of "Mr. Trump", "Mr. President" what a dolt...his IQ is about my shoe size, 9!!

I saw clips of Fox drones the other night, Hannity calling the media the "mob", really, now the world's media is the mob? Can't you be any more of an idiot?

Someone ought to put together a CD or DVD of all the Fox anchors and the stupid things they have been saying it and release it in November 2020, so normal, sane people can witness for themselves how wrong they are. Mike Wallace must be spinning in his grave at how is son, Chris, stays with Fox....so sad...Chris is actually a pretty good journalist, unlike Hannity, Ingraham, Carlson etc. They are shills, nothing more.

LetSanityPrevail

It is clear you have a political agenda. We are in a time of crisis and a time to unit. Your comments add nothing to the situation except for showing how partisan and demented you really are. The team the President has put together is doing a great job (or do you deny their contributions and talent). There will be plenty of time to review in retrospect what could have been done better, but for now why don't your just stop with your DNC talking points and negativity.

Jeanne T

Here's an excerpt from a 2007 article in Clinical Microbiology Reviews (it's 35 pages to print) , “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus as an Agent of Emerging and Reemerging Infection":

"Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus (SARS-CoV) is a novel virus that caused the first major pandemic of the new millennium (89, 180, 259). The rapid economic growth in southern China has led to an increasing demand for animal proteins including those from exotic game food animals such as civets. Large numbers and varieties of these wild game mammals in overcrowded cages and the lack of biosecurity measures in wet markets allowed the jumping of this novel virus from animals to human (353, 376). Its capacity for human-to-human transmission, the lack of awareness in hospital infection control, and international air travel facilitated the rapid global dissemination of this agent."

It concludes:

"Coronaviruses are well known to undergo genetic recombination (375), which may lead to new genotypes and outbreaks. The presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb. The possibility of the reemergence of SARS and other novel viruses from animals or laboratories and therefore the need for preparedness should not be ignored."

2007. What did the Centers for Disease Control do with this information? I'm assuming they were aware of it.

js

Skyprince Yes I am for real when I see the governors In person-in person making the statements as mentioned before so please read what I said correctly and don't question me when I see them saying Trump gave them what they needed when they needed it

LetsBreal

Correcting amerigirl's constant hit & run misinformation here: "No, the White House did not 'dissolve' its pandemic response office. I was there." by Tim Morrison, Washington Post, March 16th, 2020

Skyprince

JS are you for real? You are saying watch Fox for real news? I got news for you, I have some friends who work for Fox and they tell me that they will never air stories from the reporters that don't trash the left. It will have to be rewritten to smear the left. Oh yeah, that is fair and balanced...NOT. Shame Hannity, Laura "I am really a man" Ingraham and Smucker Carlson are not journalists, they opinionists, like listening to you your old uncle Bill. They only attract low IQ people who believe them. Real news? Ha...look at the results tonight...you should take heed....Biden will crush Trump. We will not forget that Trump turned down the WHO help in January, and refused to listen to docs in Seattle in January who reported this virus was there. He called it a democratic hoax...look at what happened in Seattle. Trump the Grump should have been proactive then...not wait till now. He gives himself a 10, sure on a scale of 0-100 maybe. Nobody believes that except for his addled mind and you gullible supporters.

LetsBreal

Should have been proactive? You mean proactive while democrats were spending their entire work days revving up their impeachment narrative and gotcha hearings?

pual mase

must be tough living in delusional state. there is more honestly in a day of Fox news that the last three years of liberal propaganda from CNN, MSNBC,NBC, ABC, etc.

Seems like you are over the edge and may never find your way back to reality.

Supporting your outlandish claims with stories from friends and misleading, unjustified Trump-bashing claims is just more liberal talking point nonsense.

Jeanne T

To begin with, Skyprince, news should not be "fair and balanced". News, Skyprince, should be truthful and objective. Opinions belong on the editorial page, not the front page. What do you think of that?

hardworkingamerican

Well debbie, I hope you are talking to everyone here. I have personally worked with needy programs to help those that had no way to work or anyway to repair their transportation get it repaired and get to work. I give faithfully and generously to important charities that help to support people's way of life and the right to have life. It is not politics, it is attacks on the very fabric of what it is to be a cohesive group that works together. I and others did not start this, the Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Stroyk, Pages, Obama's, Clintons, Steels of the world started this with their Russian paid fake garbage. People need to be caring and supportive and yet AG on these threads does nothing but preach hate. Time for people to get over their TDS and realize that America is worth saving and not giving it up to the other countries in the world without a fight. We the American people did not create this or start this, it was China which the administration has been fighting when others didn't, we are just reacting to it and when posters like AG blame everything on Trump it proves how sick they really are. I at this very moment, or should I say right after this response, will go back to working to help support over 365 business employees and small business owners to help them and others get through this. What has AG done? I agree, but this TDS that the sore losers have to get over must go. Making America the greatest country in the world is a good thing and only means that Americans will be cared for in these difficult times. This AG poster blame is always on Trump and the "trumpettes" as she calls them has got to go. Maybe there should be more censorship on people like her. Keep America Strong, Keep America Great, Keep America Alive, and above all else, help those in need, because every life is precious.

countyresident

Hardworking: AG is 100% Monday morning quarterbacking and hyperbole. A troll for sure

LoudounClear

I don't think you can argue that our national leadership (in the form of the Trump administration) has dropped the ball bigly in this pandemic. We are woefully behind the curve and we'll pay for this incompetence. Sad to be sure but not something I raise to score political points. There's nothing political about this but I do know for certain when November rolls around, I want to see some other administration in charge of this problem and the many that will follow from it.

pual mase

We are fortunate that we have the Trump administration and the Pence led task force with the best health experts in the world to lead us through this unprecedented crisis.

To argue otherwise is based on incurable political bias, overexposure to liberal media or lack of understanding and realism.

pual mase

I appreciate your comments....thanks!

LetSanityPrevail

hardworkingamerican, this may be a blessing in disguise. It has finally started to dawn on most that the relinquishing of our manufacturing of critical items necessary for the security and well being of our country to other countries is not good policy. I can see a situation where we will now encourage corporations to produce our own pharmaceuticals, our own hi-tech components and strategic items. Bringing this back to the US will provide much needed higher paying jobs in manufacturing as well as construction to build and renovate our manufacturing capabilities. This will in turn require upgrades of infrastructure. My sense is that once this passes our economy, our security and health sector will be stronger than ever. I too am tired of the politicization of this crisis. There has been so much misinformation and bashing of our elected officials and our Government organizations like CDC, NIH, NIAIDS etc. that you almost get the sense that there are those who enjoy seeing this crisis.

Jeanne T

So I just got off the phone with my financial advisor, who works for one of the top independent financial engines in the nation. They are always immediately on top of these things, making the appropriate adjustments in their clients' portfolios. This is what we discussed:

We'll get through this. They expected this but not so quickly. We're in an "in case of emergency break glass" type of situation situation. What the Feds are doing has to be big and impactful. 2/3 of our economy is based on Americans spending money, and because of the sequestration Americans aren't spending as much money now, either because they can't or they won't. The sooner the Government steps in the better. He told me that this will probably mean higher taxes because of the Government's intervention. This is a global emergency, like WWII, and we have to make prudent decisions. We're in a recession (which they also expected, sooner or later), but as he reminded me, we've always come through recessions.

No one likes to lose money. I try to not panic when I see my portfolio drop, but the company that manages my portofolio is excellent at immediately adjusting the investments. The market has lost 32 percent, the worst since 1987. In my case, my portfolio has lost 18 percent (it still stings, believe me!!), but that is significantly less than the overall market losses. But my advisor said the recovery should then be that much better.

So here's an idea: Why don't we all try to help each other in some way instead of allowing (yes, allowing, and it's a deliberate choice to do that) your political disagreements take precedence over how you treat others? There is a time and place for disagreements, but it is not now. This is a good test of how we treat each other, and also how prepared (or not) we are when there is a crisis like this. We are seeing the true nature of people when they are going crazy in the stores and emptying shelves like there is no tomorrow. But the thing is, human beings, unlike animals, can control their behavior and attitudes. Your true character is revealed in crisis. I saw a funny story the other day out Thailand, where a mob of monkeys were attacking one monkey who had the last banana. Normally, tourists feed the monkeys but there aren't any tourists right now. I thought, are we acting like the monkeys, or are the monkeys acting like us?

Use this time productively. My husband and I are reevaluating how we spend on groceries and what we need to do to have even a couple of months of essential foods (as well as medicines, cleaning supplies, etc.), which is always wise. We're pretty much OK right now, but how can we prepare ourselves so that in any future emergencies we aren't panicking and running to the stores to get what we need? I realize this is different for everyone based on your living circumstances, but everyone can do some preparation, even if it is more limited than what others can do. And if you are used to eating most of your meals out, for goodness sake learn to cook!! Many people don't cook so they are completely lost if restaurants close. (By the way, you can make your own hand sanitizer using aloe vera and rubbing alcohol. :-) But I digress.)

The only thing I will add is this: Whatever you are trusting in can be taken from you in a moment. Don't place your trust in money or things. Make your life count. Do you really think that when you're on your deathbed (and that day will come for all of us) you want your last thought to be, "I'm so glad I attacked my political enemies"?

debbbie

We are facing one of the most serious health and economic collapses in modern times while many of you are arguing politics. If arguing national politics makes you feel better, I guess I can understand that (note: very unlikely you are changing anyone's opinion). But, at least somewhere along your day, I hope you consider offering a helping hand to a needy neighbor or family member, or just offer some form of empathy or compassion to those going through a job loss, etc.. Maybe it's just a smile. It can go along way :)

Jeanne T

Very good advice! I also posted this, but it hasn't yet shown up.

WesternSky

"Loudoun" is not very specific. What town or area do they live? Which stores are close to their neighborhoods. Etc. I don't want to know anything more specific -- but 'Ashburn' or "Chantilly" should be helpful

hardworkingamerican

We do not use the term "coonman" it was a nickname he gave himself. Whatever anyone says about Trump that is negative is because of the very hate that is not supposed to happen here. Trump was called a racist for acting so quickly in shutting down influx from Europe. This President is the greatest President we have ever had. The hate from you and the left to the First Lady and the First Family to the supporters of the current President is pathetic. Barack Insane Obama had over 1,000 people die in the USA with the Swine Flu, before he did anything other than golfing. Quit attacking the President as most of you have since he announced his candidacy. Stop attacking Americans, stop attacking the citizens that are rightfully supporting the most amazing response to this, insanity and concern. Stop wishing harm to come to us as you supported with Maxine Water's call to attack Trump supporters where they work, live and play. Stop cheering when GOP ball players are shot on the field by a Bernie Sanders supporter. Stop turning the other way when Quid Pro Quo Joe says he is running for the senate and calls someone in Michigan "you are a piece of s...t". Stop attacking our country and preaching harm to the huge success of Donald Trump like it is an evil thing that America is bring things back to America. What is wrong with you people? If you hate this country so much then by all means please leave and don't come back.

Qwertyuiop

Let’s just gloss over the fact that COVID-19 is literally 1,000 times more deadly than H1N1[sleep]

LetsBreal

Around 37,000 people die in the U.S. each year from the regular flu (average over the last nine years). See Table 1: Estimated Influenza Disease Burden, by Season — United States, 2010-11 through 2018-19 Influenza Seasons - from the CDC website. Also, H1N1 in 2009 had around 12,500 deaths in the U.S. - Do not cherry pick selected numbers for maximum effect. It's ghoulish.

Qwertyuiop

Cherry-picking would have been saying that it is estimated that without a vaccine, 70% of the population will be infected with COVID-19. The fools who ignoring social distancing will make sure this happens. Let’s be generous and say half that are estimate actually become infected (down to 35% of the US population) and have a mortality rate of 1% (which is much lower than the 3% average since real numbers are ghoulish). That has us DOWN to 1.3 million fatalities. It’s not the fatality rate that’s the problem, it’s the transmission rate.

LetsBreal

"The premature travel ban to and from China by the current administration is just an excuse to further his ongoing war against immigrants. There must be a check and Balance on these restrictions." - Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), 12:10PM - 5 February 2020 on Twitter

ace10

And then ole Chuckie went on to threaten sitting members of the SCOTUS. Since he claims to be a firearm owner, I do hope that somebody with standing in NY files a Red Flag report against him. People who are that crazy obviously shouldn't be able to enjoy their rights under the US Constitution.

js

MAGA not crazy facts but rather real facts that looking at anything but a liberal rag will tell you as well as TV. But if all you look at is CNN you will never hear try some real news and look at FOX as both governors had live appearances. No wonder you get everything wrong as CNN and others just skip over these articles for keeping up there agenda. I look at both sides before I say anything

js

Amerigirl Please give it a rest Trump was roundly criticized for cutting off travel with China in the beginning that he was over reacting but how many lives did that save!! and how much spread of the virus did that stop? Even two western governors, both Democrats in California and Washington have said Trump is doing a good job with and giving them everything they need and on time. You sound like the PR governor complaining Trump did not get them any help, after the hurricane, or he was lying about it when the cooked Dems were hiding this stuff in warehouses and found out about it 2 yrs later. And they hid it to resell for a profit give it a rest!!

LetSanityPrevail

JS, I agree with you. It is amazing. All of the President's critics have no alternative solution. Having worked in Bio-tech, pharma and research organizations I can tell you that you can't just wave a magic wand and create a vaccine or cure. It is was that simple cancer would have been cured already. All that is being done is being done. Again, the majority of people who have succumbed to the virus had underlying health issues or were elderly. Once the smoke settles we are going to find that many of those who have succumbed were either smokers, lived in areas that had high pollution or who had underlying conditions. Yes it is more contagious than seasonal flu, yes it does have a higher mortality rate, but let's get real. What more can be done? The pharma companies are working on vaccines but it takes time to develop, test and distribution. We should expect more of these types of epidemics in the future as more and more population mix and interact so either we live our lives in fear we just face the fact and continue to live our lives as best we can taking precautions where we can. So to all the critics please stop unless you can offer a fact based and experienced solution.

amerigirl

Of course, you do. It was not anyone but the president who thought there was that type of magic wand. It was him that said we would have a vaccine in a few months and had to be corrected. Most of the public is well aware of that. So, who exactly are you trying to say doesn’t know this? Who has said anything, other than trump, about a vaccine ready that soon? The criticism of him has nothing to do with the vaccine it has to do with his denial of the virus as being serious and his response time. The biggest complaint is about test kits. A teacher from Fairfax county took his daughter in to be tested and was told to take her home because they didn’t have enough and they were saving them for older people. How can countries so much smaller than ours test at 10 times the rate we are capable of?

LetSanityPrevail

Amerigirl, if someone has a better approach let them speak up. The test kit issue is one of limited resources and the call to test the elderly makes sense with limited resources since they have the highest mortality rate. As the number of kits increases more people will be tested, but limited resources requires triage. I think the constant harping about the President, the administration, the health care systems should wait until the crisis passes.

amerigirl

Sanity, the test kit issue had more to do with trump dismantling the Pandemic Reponse Team and cutting funding to the Global Health Security Agenda. In 2018 the director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health did say at the time that, without additional funding, its Division of Global Health Protection “will have to scale its global health security portfolio to focus efforts based on existing resources”. Trump falsely charged the Obama administration's response to the H1N1 swine flu outbreak as a "full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now." But you know what, Obama had over 1 million tests done by this time during the H1N1. Trump has, on numerous occasions, accused the Obama administration of implementing a rule change that complicated testing. However, no such rule was ever put in place, He is just trying to cover his own butt. Yesterday he said in a tweet that "testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!" Again, giving a false sense of security to the American people. The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded grants to two companies developing tests that can show results in under an hour. These tests won't be available for about six to 12 weeks. Of corse he turned that important speech into a false narrative towards a campaign rally by accusing Biden of showing "terrible judgment and incompetence in the face of public health issues."

Do you know where the older people that the test are reserved for got the virus? There shouldn’t be limited resources that cause the requirement for triage. Maybe you don’t like the harping but I don’t like the lying. If it is not recognized that down playing the situation was the wrong thing to do then we will be destined to repeat it.

sterlingcl

I agree. Trump’s early move to cut off travel from China was panned as racist and xenophobic, even by the candidates on the left. Now, they’ve all backtracked on that. Let the president do the job, we come together as citizens and humans, follow health professionals guidance (wash your hands, cover your coughs) and we’ll be okay.

amerigirl

the only person who had those words was Biden and he was not talking about the virus at the time, he was talking about trump, just trump. So who is it you think said those things?

js when you put out such crazy facts you should give people a citation so they can go read about it themselves. If it was just one of the rightwing wankers ranting on Infowars or some spot of that sort, we ought to know it. Thanks.

Jeanne T

Why are you reading infowars?

amerigirl

Jeanne, you don't read infowars, it is a broadcast by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones According to Wikipedia, InfoWars is a far-right American conspiracy theory and fake news website owned by Alex Jones. It was founded in 1999, and operates under Free Speech Systems LLC. Jones peddles colloidal silver-infused toothpaste, mouthwash, creams and supplements that he claims are a “stopgate” against the corona virus,

amerigirl

Not a chance, people need to know the risks. Trump said Democrats “loudly criticized and protested” his announced travel restrictions, and that they “called me a racist because I made that decision.” Trump lied, no surprise, only 2 Dems spoke out and so did repubs, and nobody called it racist as he said. Prior to the US travel restrictions, China began suspending outbound flights. Trump said the travel restrictions “saved a lot of lives” and reduced U.S. COVID-19 cases to “a very small number.” But experts say there isn’t enough data to make that determination. In a Feb. 25 tweet, Trump claimed that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer “didn’t like my early travel closings.” Schumer has never said anything about it, he has been critical of other aspects of how trump has handled it. It was trump that said Democrats’ concerns about coronavirus “their new hoax,” Funny how he excluded the UK and Ireland from his travel restriction when he has 2 properties there, they have infected people. If you want to talk about Puerto Rico, let me inform you that they still have not gotten all the money they were supposed to get. HUD was authorized to administer nearly $20 billion to the island's hurricane relief efforts. The money is intended to help Puerto Rico respond to the devastating hurricanes that ravaged it in 2017, but the island has so far only received $1.5 billion by last January which is “unlawful withholding of funds”. He didn’t get it moving until Feb. when a judge order it released because of the earthquakes. You are just one of those people that if anything is what you don’t like then it has to be the Dems fault. What about all the trucks of much needed goods that sat because there was no roads or ways for them to be distributed? Do you think they could have authorized air deliveries since there so many roads were destroyed? The warehouse you talked about was the responsibility of the top emergency official, who was fired for that. What makes him a democrat? And who said it was going to be resold?

Jeanne T

"Jeanne, you still don't seem to understand what a search engine is."

Well, actually, I do, and I also know how they work, amerigirl. My preferences are Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, and Bing. Telling me that I don't know how search engines work when you do not know me, and simply because I prefer search engines other than Google is patently absurd, and you know it.

pual mase

More selective "facts" to support your Trump bashing. Funny how you provide context, excuse nuance and provide clarification when defending Dems, then take Trump out of context, and assume the worst interpretation when Trump says something.

For example, you neglect to mention the rampant corruption in Puerto Rico when discussing US taxpayer funds. You claim Trump wasn't called a racist yet you omit the Dem chorus calling him xenophobic, missing the point of the original comment and deflecting with a misleading comment.

Does CNN pay you for your propaganda?

amerigirl

Let's see if they print this, they omitted my reply yesterday.

No rest when people should know the truth. Who criticized him for cutting travel with China? Trump said Democrats “loudly criticized and protested” his announced travel restrictions, and that they “called me a racist because I made that decision.” None of the party’s congressional leaders and none of the Democratic candidates running for president have directly criticized that decision, though at least two Democrats have, but so did republican Maryland governor Larry Hogan. Trump touted his travel restrictions and noted that Obama “never did close the borders.” Paul A. Offit, chair of vaccinology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania said “The flu is constantly mutating – it usually happens in pig and humans in southeast Asia – it is really hard to stop that. Unless you ban all travel anywhere in the world to the United States you would have had trouble. That is true with all flu pandemics. I don’t think a travel ban would have ever made a difference.”

The dems that call him a racist aren’t talking about the corona virus, just about him in general. Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson on Monday also had criticism of Republicans who he said were downplaying the threat from coronavirus. “People you trust, people you probably voted for, have spent weeks minimizing what is clearly a very serious problem. It’s just partisan politics,’ they say. ‘Calm down. In the end this was just like the flu and people die from that every year. Coronavirus will pass. We get it. But they’re wrong,” Carlson added. “It’s definitely not just the flu.”

If you watched trumps yesterday when he declared it a National Emergency you may have picked up on the response he got when he said that he had done better than previous administrations. A reported told him that by this point in the H1N1 outbreak the Obama administration had done over 1 million tests. Once he heard that he just started talking over her and dismissed her completely.

What does Puerto Rica have to do with this virus? What make you say it was Dems that did that? You are completely wrong.

Jeanne T

"Jeanne, you don't read infowars, it is a broadcast by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones According to Wikipedia,"

No, amerigirl, I don't read "infowars", and I know what it is. Does that surprise you? Thank goodness Google helped you formulate your answer.

Jeanne T

amerigirl, more good news! Israel sent 200 coronavirus test kits to Gaza on Friday! (Let's hope they don't get rockets in return!) Because......"viruses and diseases have no boundaries". Just thought you might like to know. Cheers, and don't panic! (Oh, and I didn't have to utilize Google to find the report!) [beam]

amerigirl

Jeanne, 200 corona virus test kits to Gaza , that is good news. Hopefully as countries don't need their kits they will help out other countries with any extras.

pual mase

if you want truth to prevail, stop printing lies

Matthew

The “internet” told me so, therefore, I am right and you are wrong ... can’t make this up folks, lol. If you doubt me “google” it ...

Matthew

Brilliant idea coming ... wait for it ... Pence should just type in “cure to Covid 19” in his google search.

Doug Glatt

Why are we so worried about the number of test kits? Lets get down to the main question, what is the treatment? Except if you are a senior or have a health condition, I believe the answer is, rest and fluids, just like the flu. So why are we so concerned about testing, when we know what the treatment is?

Jeanne T

And the test kits need to be given first to those with symptoms.

tolerantleft

I'll be more will die from abortions than covid 19 in the commonwealth this year

sterlingcl

Yes and so will more people from smoking and smoking related illnesses. Perspective is very important when herd mentality foments panic.

MAGA Morons Are Governing America

America is realizing the Trump and the derp state are not going to help us get through this challenge. You can't gaslight a virus. Marinating in the propaganda of Fox News doesn't help either. We actually need science. We need to pay attention to expertise. We should be funding public health. November can't get here soon enough...

LetSanityPrevail

What planet are you from? We do fund public health and our CDC and NIH are probably the best research organizations in the world. Clearly you have never worked in biotech or the field of virology. This is a novel virus, it takes time to understand the transmission method and the structure before you can create any type of vaccine. The fact that there are already prospective vaccines ready for testing after only a few months is amazing. Since you seem to have all the answers what is your solution?

Jeanne T

Israel has been developing a vaccine from the beginning as well.

I'm from the planet that doesn't appreciate an incompetent government that can't get a handle on the threat posed, keeps putting out disinformation, and can't do as well as Korea, for example, in getting tests out to the public. You might find this all just fine but many don't.

Jeanne T

You need to stop listening to FOX News.

amerigirl

Smart people need to stop listening to FOX news

Jeanne T

And "scare" it is. This is being overblown, as in "Never let a crisis go to waste."

amerigirl

Sure, until you get it. There is a reason it is a pandemic. Trump playing this down and people believing him is just going to get more people sick or killed.

LetSanityPrevail

Jeanne, you can't reason with people who have so much hate in their heart. Facts don't matter to them. The truth is that the panic is worse than the actual disease. Too many people think you just snap your fingers and a cure is found. It is not that simple and if it was the 100s of billions of dollars we have poured into cancer research would have already found a cure. I am continually amazed by the comments of some people on this blog who seem to live in a fantasy world.

Jeanne T

You're right. It's impossible to have a discussion with someone for whom Google and Snopes are the final arbiter of truth.....as if Google is the only search engine on the internet.

amerigirl

Jeanne, you still don't seem to understand what a search engine is. Google will only take you to sites you "search" for, like government sites for tax prep etc., and give you a list to pick from. Google does not give you answers. Snopes is a fact checking site that is independent and has a staff of researchers to get to the truth. It’s a common phrase to say “google it” you’ve probably heard it if you watch TV sitcoms. It is impossible to have a conversation with someone that is trying to condemn you for something they don’t even understand. Yes, there are lots of search engines, I have Duckduckgo on my laptop, and Bing on my tablet. Generally, they give you the same information. So why would it matter which search engine you use? Most computers have a main search site to use.

amerigirl

Sanity, there are many haters on these posts with lots of hate, they call names use terms like “coonman” referring to the governor, blame Dem’s for everything they don’t like and call other commenting people names. Who thinks that you can snap your fingers and find a cure other than trump who said they were gong to have it very soon?

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