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World Health Organization Upgrades COVID-19 Status, Sparking Concerns

We’ve entered new territory with COVID-19, and the world is taking notice.

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There is plenty of information available regarding the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus that is currently dominating headlines the world over, but not all of it is accurate, that’s for sure.

Thanks to the saturation of social media into our daily lives, misinformation and disinformation is running rampant online as of late.  From inflated death tolls to hokey miracle cures, the internet is alive and well with snake oil and speculation these days.

So, who can be trusted in times like these?  For many, the answer to that question is the World Health Organization, whose most recent declaration on the subject of the virus is alarming to say the least.

The COVID-19 viral disease that has swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.

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“This is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Eight countries — including the U.S. — are now each reporting more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19, caused by the virus that has infected more than 120,000 people worldwide.

“In the past two weeks, the number of cases of COVID-19 outside China has increased 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has tripled,” Tedros said.

The WHO has also intimated that the number of cases will rise in the coming weeks, thanks to the nature of the illness itself.

In the United States, where COVID-19 has yet to make a devastating impact, an abundance of caution remains the most powerful preventative measure available.  Schools and companies are adjusting their operations to allow for telecommuting and in-house education, while a number of major music festivals and corporate conferences are pulling the plug for safety.

The CDC in Atlanta has repeatedly insisted that all Americans wash their hands thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, in an attempt to keep the virus from spreading.

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Officials Admit that COVID Scare Put 80 Million Kids at Risk by Halting Regular Vaccinations

Officials now admit that the coronavirus shutdowns have put millions of kids at risk of disease.

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Officials now admit that the coronavirus shutdowns of doctors offices and hospitals have put millions of kids at risk of disease because their regular vaccinations have been disrupted.

Now, whether you believe in vaccinations or not it not the question here. The fact that these medical authorities are 100 percent behind regular regimes of childhood inoculations and vaccinations is the point. And the fact that they knowingly put the lives of 80 million kids at risk over this coronavirus hysteria is the point here.

Sure, you may be what they call an “anti-vaxer.” But your personal feelings aside, these doctors — who fully believe in vaccines — purposefully denied them to kids for the last several months. If they believe in vaccines, then they are now guilty of putting kids at risk by denying them these shots.

Because their regular vaccination routines were ended, up to 80 million children under a year old could be at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio, medical experts now admit.

More than half the 129 nations reporting to the World Health Organization now say that vaccinations for infants and toddlers were at least partially disrupted if not completely ended because of fears over the coronavirus.

Vaccination campaigns for cholera, measles, meningitis, polio, tetanus, typhoid, and yellow fever have been severely disrupted all across the globe.

“Disruption to immunization programmes from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unwind decades of progress against vaccine-preventable diseases like measles,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director general, said in the WHO report.

Per CNBC:

The reasons vaccine services have been disrupted varied. Some parents are reluctant to leave home because of restrictions on movement, lack of information or because they fear Covid-19 infection, according to the report.

Many health-care workers are unavailable because of restrictions on travel or because resources have been redeployed toward the coronavirus pandemic response. UNICEF reported that planned vaccine deliveries have been delayed because of global lockdown measures and the decline in commercial flights and the limited availability of charters.

Many countries have also suspended vaccination campaigns intended to prevent other diseases such as cholera, measles, meningitis, polio, tetanus, typhoid and yellow fever, due to risk of Covid-19 transmission, global health officials said in the report.

Mass vaccination campaigns for polio and measles have been hit the hardest, with measles campaigns suspended in 27 countries and polio campaigns put on hold in 38 countries.

Again, you personally, dear reader, may be against vaccinations. But these people are not against them. And this means that in their minds they knowingly put the lives of millions of babies at risk.

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Copper State Coronavirus Surge has Medical Experts Alarmed

Trouble is brewing out west.

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While much of the nation’s attention has been wrested away from the global COVID-19 pandemic by the death of George Floyd, the virus continues to spread and wreak havoc from coast to coast.

New York City was America’s COVID hot spot for months, thanks to an unmatched population density and the innate hustle and bustle of The Big Apple.  But now, thousands of miles away, a surge in cases is causing alarm for citizens and healthcare authorities in Arizona.

Experts around the country and in Arizona are raising alarms about the state’s COVID-19 situation because cases and hospitalizations have increased for the past two weeks.

The increase in cases can’t solely be attributed to increased testing in Arizona, experts say.

Instead, it looks like the state is trending upward in a way that is concerning and could need another stay-at-home order to curb the spread.

“I would go so far as to say alarming,” said Dr. William Hanage, an epidemiology professor at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “The only sort of crumb of comfort that I can find is that I think, in general, it’s sort of easier to social distance in Arizona than it is in some places.”

While the virus isn’t particularly deadly when speaking in general terms, certain populations of Americans are at a much higher risk for complications, including the elderly and the immunocompromised.

In several hospitals, the situation was growing dire.

Arizona’s largest hospital system warned over the past week that its intensive care units are filling up, ventilator use was on the rise and capacity was reached for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment.

“We have seen a steady climb of COVID-19 cases in Arizona over the last two weeks,” Banner Health tweeted Monday. “This trend is concerning to us, and also correlates with a rise in cases that we are seeing in our hospital ICUs.”

Officials are also concerned that the recent push to reopen several states’ economies could contribute to this uptick in sickness.

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Gov. Cuomo On Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths: It’s Trump’s Fault

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New York Gov. Cuomo doubled down on his state’s now-scrapped nursing home policy that critics say contributed to thousands of coronavirus deaths and instead blamed the problem on President Trump and his administration.

“New York followed the president’s agencies’ guidance,” he said, per Fox News. “What New York did was follow what the Republican Administration said to do. That’s not my attempt to politicize it. It’s my attempt to depoliticize it. So don’t criticize the state for following the president’s policy.”

TDW:

New York governor Andrew Cuomo is still defending his administration’s policy of sending COVID-19 positive individuals into nursing homes and other adult care facilities with populations at risk of contracting the deadly virus. This time though, he found a convenient target to blame for the illnesses and deaths: President Donald Trump.

At a press conference Saturday, Cuomo claimed that he was only following the president’s directives when he issued his nursing home plan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has, indeed, issued some guidance on coronavirus and nursing facilities, according to the network, but it refers largely to those individuals who might have been accepted at an adult care facility before the pandemic began, and does not appear to reference COVID-19 positive patients specifically.

Instead, the CDC guidance say that, “nursing homes should admit any individuals that they would normally admit to their facility, including individuals from hospitals where a case of COVID-19 was/is present.” The CDC also required that “any newly admitted and readmitted resident with a COVID-19 case to be placed in a designated COVID-19 care unit, while those who have met the criteria to have recovered can return to a regular unit in the nursing home,” according to Fox News. More

So what’s new about this? The liberal New York governor Andrew Cuomo has done what all liberals do and has attempted to blame others for his own inept actions. The really sad thing about his deflection is, some will actually believe him.

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California Doctors Have Seen More Suicides Than Coronavirus Deaths

Once again, Trump is right. Closing down society is worse than the virus itself.

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California doctors say they’ve seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since the lockdown began.

Most of the suicides have been younger people dealing with unprecedented levels of stress related to job loss and isolation in the midst of several months of quarantine measures, according to health workers at the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, located 25 miles east of San Francisco.

Washington Examiner:

Doctors in Northern California say they have seen more deaths from suicide than they’ve seen from the coronavirus during the pandemic.

“The numbers are unprecedented,” Dr. Michael deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told ABC 7 News about the increase of deaths by suicide, adding that he’s seen a “year’s worth of suicides” in the last four weeks alone.

DeBoisblanc said he believes it’s time for California officials to end the stay-at-home order and let people back out into their communities.

“Personally, I think it’s time,” he said. “I think, originally, this was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients. We have the current resources to do that, and our other community health is suffering.” More

For the first time in their lives, a lot of the pampered young people are facing hard times. Instead of helping them the Governor is giving illegals money.

What is wrong with these people? It’s only been two months, for heaven’s sake. The pioneers who built this country faced hostile natives, bear and cougar attacks, famine, drought, disease, life-threatening accidents with no doctors or hospitals, extreme weather that would shutter them in for entire seasons. Modern civilization has forgotten how to survive, and this epidemic is nothing in comparison.

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15 Days After Lockdown Ease, Georgia Sees Lowest Day Of COVID Hospitalizations

Narrative fail!

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Republican Governor Brian Kemp said Saturday that Georgia has its lowest number of hospitalized patients positive for the novel coronavirus since hospitals across the state started reporting the number in early April.

“Today marks the lowest number of COVID-19 positive patients currently hospitalized statewide (1,203) since hospitals began reporting this data on April 8th,” Kemp posted to Twitter on Saturday. “Today also marks the lowest total of ventilators in use (897 with 1,945 available). We will win this fight together!”

Daily Wire:

Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia celebrated the state’s lowest number of hospitalized novel coronavirus patients and the fewest number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators on Saturday, 15 days since the Republican loosened lockdown restrictions in the face of persistent attacks from the mainstream media and the public disapproval of President Donald Trump.

Respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 “typically appear an average of 5-6 days after exposure, but may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure,” per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), UC San Diego Health notes.

As noted by The New York Times, Kemp reopened large parts of Georgia’s economy on April 24, adding, of course, COVID-19 precautions, like screening workers for fever.

According to a daunting CNN headline published April 28, “Georgia’s daily coronavirus deaths will nearly double by August with relaxed social distancing, model suggests.”

“Kemp allowed for the reopening of hair and nail salons, barber shops, massage businesses and gyms under new safety standards. He allowed restaurants and theaters to reopen with new restrictions Monday,” the CNN report said. “With the assumption of relaxed social distancing, the model predicts that the number of Covid-19 deaths per day in Georgia will jump from 32 people dying on May 1 to a projected 63 people dying per day by August 4.” More

So much for the doomsday experts. Governor Brian Kemp deserves some big applause for not backing down. Somebody had to step out and be the front runner. He did it and proved he has a backbone! Others are now following his lead. Congratulations Georgia!

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Victor Davis Hanson: The ‘Credentialed Class’ Keeps Getting It Wrong On Coronavirus

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Conservative commentator and historian Victor Davis Hanson criticized the expert elite for basically getting everything wrong during the Coronavirus pandemic, destroying the world economy and countless lives as a result.

Victor Davis Hanson said that it makes no sense that the United States adopted a one-size-fits-all approach to the pandemic considering that none of the models have turned out as predicted and just three states – New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – account for most of the country’s deaths.

“I think people realize something that their officials don’t. I’m speaking from California where next week we are supposed to have 25 million cases and 1 million dead; we have only 50,000 cases and 2,200 dead; it’s off by a huge magnitude,” Hanson began. “One size does not fit all. Even the monstrosities of the bureaucracies in Europe, the EU, doesn’t try to say that Germany’s policy will apply to Spain or Italy’s policies will apply to Germany. It doesn’t work that way. And we are a very diverse country.”

“Just three states: Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey account for about 55% of all the deaths and, yet, they only have about 11% of the population,” he continued. “But California and Texas and Florida, they have about 30% of all the people in the United States and they’ve had about 5,500 deaths, so they are just radically different situations. This one-size-fits-all doesn’t work.”

He added that the experts need to stop with the generalizations about the whole country and instead start focusing on why the outbreak hit those three states so badly.

“We need to focus on those three states and ask ourselves why 11 or 12% of the population has suffered 55% of the fatalities,” he said. “Is it the weather? Is it population density? Is it elevators and subways? The credentialed class has been wrong on almost everything and the people have lost confidence because they don’t address these basic practical questions that people want answered for.”

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Dozens Dead After Lockdown Measures Delayed Heart Surgeries

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At least 35 people died while waiting for treatment after hospitals were cleared for coronavirus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott: “Decisions on delayed treatments were made by teams of doctors and other medical professionals as per pandemic plans written years ago.”

“Unintended consequences” is a phrase progressives don’t seem to understand.

Daily Wire:

Tens of thousands of medical procedures have been postponed in Ontario, Canada, anticipating a novel coronavirus patient surge that has yet to come, a report from the independent Financial Accountability Office (FAO) found late last month.

Delayed heart surgeries, for example, have already resulted in around 35 deaths, a University Health Network (UHN) report states.

“A report has been released today by UHN with respect to cardiac deaths and it has been estimated that approximately 35 people may have passed away because their surgeries were not performed,” Health Minister Christine Elliott acknowledged last Tuesday, according to Toronto Star.

“Any death that happened because of COVID-19 — whether directly or indirectly — is a tragedy,” Elliott continued. “We feel for those families who’ve lost family members — whether it has been from cancer death, cardiac death or a COVID-19 death. But these were decisions that we had to make. The decisions were made by medical personnel.” More

Will these deaths be classified as “coronavirus related?” Socialized Medicine is deadly incompetent? Who could have possibly known?

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