Has COVID-19 become an excuse for everything? 

It seems that almost every company or governmental entity I have called for assistance the last few months always starts with the disclaimer, “due to the COVID-19 pandemic…”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic…:

…you may experience a longer wait time.

…we will not be able to take your call.

…we are limiting inquiries via email only.

…we are unable to guarantee you will receive a response at all.

…we won’t be able to do this.

…and we won’t be able to do that.

Please tell me why customer service should be affected…, when these people are on the phone and can work safely from their homes?

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” —Benjamin Franklin

David Lazarus, Business Columnist for The Los Angeles Times reports, “Among the various things the COVID-19 pandemic has changed, and not for the better, is customer service. Just ask anyone who has tried to contact California’s Employment Development Department with questions about unemployment benefits.”

That goes for the Unemployment Benefits Departments in any state, as well.

“A study last year in the Harvard Business Review found that the average American consumer spends 13 hours a year stuck on hold trying to resolve problems.”

And that seems like a conservative estimate to me.

“A third of disgruntled customers have to make two or more calls to resolve their issue, the study said. Many just give up.”

“More than three-quarters of consumers come away ‘less than satisfied’ with a company’s customer service.”

“And to no one’s surprise, the study found that in many cases, companies design their customer service departments to prevent irate customers from solving their problems.”

Now wait a minute there, Mr. Lazarus, I am surprised by this.

Why would a company design their customer service to prevent customers from solving their problems?

‘“This structure, we argue, keeps a lid on the amount of redress customers are willing to seek,’ the researchers determined. ‘In other words, by forcing customers to jump through hoops, the organization helps curb its redress payouts.’”

Ohhh, I can see that…, but not all customers seeking help are looking to get money back.

What about these customers?

“The Harvard Business Review study found that the larger a company’s market share, the less it cares what customers think of it, in any case. It cited in particular ‘airlines, internet, cable and telephone service providers.’”

‘“This may help us understand why some of the most hated companies in America are so profitable and why customer service, unfortunately, remains so frustrating,’ the study concluded.”

And the COVID-19 pandemic was just sitting there as an excuse too good to pass up.

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The latest China virus propaganda, courtesy of Esquire Magazine.

According to Jack Holmes of Esquire magazine, “The Hot New Conservative Talking Point on COVID-19 Is Extremely Wrong.”

Is it?

Is it really, Jack?

Is it really “extremely wrong?”

“The weekend’s big talking point for people more concerned with propping up the president’s campaign than grappling with reality was that a new CDC report found 94 percent of people who have been recorded as dying from COVID-19 have also had other causes of death listed.”

I’m not sure exactly how this can be viewed as, “propping up the president’s campaign,” unless exposing the truth about the China virus accomplishes this.

And you, Mr. Holmes, and your liberal friends, seem to be the ones “grappling with reality.”

Well, I guess you’re not really “grappling…,” it’s more like intentionally twisting reality.

“The thinking from some exceptionally large brains in the conservative media was that this meant only six percent of the recorded COVID deaths are actually deaths due to COVID, so that a big chunk of the 183,000 recorded deaths in the U.S. somehow shouldn’t count.”

Well, I gotta tell you, Jack…, 100% minus 94% does leave us with 6%, now doesn’t it?

And, these “large brained” people you speak of are not implying that the China virus had nothing to do with the deaths of the 94%…, they’re just correctly pointing out that only 6%, or 10,980 people died solely from the virus, with no underlying conditions, which would be about .0033% of the US population.

Even the entire 183,000 number is only .0555% of the US population.

Remember that .5 would represent one half of 1 percent.

Again, who do you feel is “grappling with reality,” Mr. Holmes?

Comparatively, in 2020, an estimated 606,520 people will die of cancer in the United States.

That’s 3 times the COVID related number, and 55 times the COVID only number.

And, the number of people who die from heart disease are pretty similar to the cancer numbers.

Holmes continues by saying, “This hasn’t yet spread as widely yet as some other right-wing tropes [please note that ‘trope’ is new liberal buzzword, meaning a ‘figurative idea’], but these days, you have to take it all seriously—and nip it in the bud early.”

Yes, we know Jack…, you gotta nip those nasty facts in the bud early, and put the proper liberal spin on them as soon as possible!

“It’s understandable that the president’s partisans would prefer not to confront his actual record on the pandemic.”

Now wait one darn minute there, Jack.

Who says, “The president’s partisans would prefer not to confront his actual record on the pandemic?”

I mean bsides you, of course?

Most people, who support The President, which would include me, feel he has done a good job dealing with the pandemic. It is the democrat governors and democrat mayors who have mishandled the handling of the China virus in my opinion, while Biden condemned President Trump’s early flight restrictions from China, and Pelosi and DeBlasio encouraged their constituents to ignore the virus and go out and have a good time.  You know, your friends, Jack.

Mr. Holmes then goes on to say, “Much like he’d [The President would] rather dwell on—and encourage—the unrest in the nation’s streets.”

I’m not sure where this bit of liberal propaganda BS came from, but it does give us clearer view as to where you’re coming from, Jack, if indeed we needed a clearer view.

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It’s ALL about the money (and power), honey.

Yes…, it’s all about the money (and power), honey…, and a rich man’s jokes are always funny.

And it’s all about the priviledged leftist elites gaining more control over our lives, while they live above the law.  Exhibit A would be democrat speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi.

In this case, the China virus is the vehicle being used by various global, corporate, and government entities to either gain more money, more power, or both.

It all seems quite clear.

And let’s be very clear…, the safety of the American people is not the real concern here.

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Let’s examine the circumstances surrounding a drug called hydroxychloroquine.

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Hollie McKay of Fox News reports, “It has become one of the most controversial words [one of the most controversial names actually] in the world: hydroxychloroquine.”

“For several weeks, the primarily anti-malaria drug has been touted by President Trump and others as a vital aid in treating those suffering from coronavirus, [although] there is not yet a Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment.”

Ah, yes…, the good old FDA.

No political or monetary undercurrents swaying that arm of “the swamp!”

“So, is there any possible correlation between countries where the drug is routinely administered due to high malaria rates and lower cases of COVID-19? It’s too early to tell, medical professionals say, but it’s part of the investigation process.”

I guess some doctors and scientists are just better at putting two and two together than others.

‘“If you look [at the] countries where malaria is more prevalent and countries where COVID-19 infections are prevalent, you will find a striking difference. This correlation needs to be explored further as this is not just a mere coincidence,’ Dr. David Nazarian, a Beverly Hills-based physician, diplomate at the American Board of Internal Medicine and founder of My Concierge MD, told Fox News.”

I’m sure an effort to discredit Dr. Nazarian has already been launched.

And, fine…, go ahead and explore it all you want, but in the meantime why not utilize this safe drug that seems to have produced positive results?

“The drug initially burgeoned on the scene with an FDA thumbs-up in 1955 [that’s 65 years ago] and has been used as a proven remedy in the treatment of malaria, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.”

People have been using this drug safely for 65 years!

But now, all of a sudden, the left, and their cadre of doctors and “experts,” and the liberal propaganda, fake news media are calling the drug “dangerous,” and even saying it should be banned from use.

Why would that be?

You have to ask yourself, why would they be torpedoing this drug that has been used safely for 65 years?

65 years!!!

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“After a very small preliminary study conducted in France in the early weeks of COVID-19, Trump and other physicians pinned it as an aid in preventing the virus’ cells from entering the body’s cells, thus possibly helping clear the infection sooner.”

“Under Trump’s urging, the federal agency passed an emergency order last month, enabling doctors to administer hydroxychloroquine, which goes under the brand name Plaquenil, to coronavirus patients where they deemed appropriate, in practice referred to as ‘off-label prescribing.’”

“While much data is missing from the global coronavirus pie, given the lack of testing and in many cases government accountability to present accurate facts and figures, some science professionals have drawn elemental summations that while countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and swaths of Europe have been battered by the virus, places with high malaria incidences have not — at least not yet.”

“Malaria, an infectious disease that impacts both animals and humans, takes root mostly in the tropical and sub-Saharan pockets of the planet.  The continent of Africa is by far the most impacted.”

“In its most recent malaria assessment, released in December, the World Health Organization points to Africa as having endured some 93 percent, or 213 million of all the 228 million cases documented in 2018.”

“Specifically, 19 countries ferry 98 percent of the world’s malaria onus — all located in Sub-Sahara Africa and India. Six countries accounted for over half of all malaria infections globally: Nigeria at 25 percent, the Democratic Republic of Congo at 12 percent, Uganda at 3 percent, and Mozambique, Niger and Cote de’ Ivoire all at 4 percent. According to the World Atlas, the other plagued places include Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger.”

“So, where do these nations lie when it comes to coronavirus rates? Here are the numbers of coronavirus cases recorded in these countries so far:

Nigeria: 254 cases, 0 deaths (population 191 million)

Democratic Republic of Congo: 0 cases (population 81.3 million)

Uganda: 52 cases, 0 deaths (population 43 million)

Mozambique: 17 cases, 0 deaths (population 29.7 million)

Cote de’ Ivoire: 0 cases (population 24.3 million)

Ethiopia: 55 cases, 2 deaths (population 105 million)

Malawi: 8 cases, 1 death (population 18.6 million)

Niger: 278 cases, 11 deaths (population 21.5 million)

Pakistan: 4,194 cases, 60 deaths (population 197 million)

India: 5,480 cases, 164 deaths (population 1.3 billion)”

“Nazarian pointed out that the confirmed infection of coronavirus in these countries is around 0.1 percent.”

These numbers were as of April 8, 2020.

“Critics have been quick to opine, however, that Trump is hawking a medicine for coronavirus victims without science-stamped ‘conclusions’ pertaining to its effectiveness or safety as a treatment for the novel pathogen.”

‘“If someone thought the drug was protective against transmission, they might take fewer precautions, and the risks to others might then paradoxically increase,’ cautioned Dr. Stanley Weiss, a professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. ‘This is a well-known concern in vaccine trials, where behavior change and potential risks need to be carefully weighed against efficacy.’”

Wow…, that’s pretty weak, Dr. Weiss.  Can’t you do better than that?

“Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has cautioned that hydroxychloroquine is far from being a ‘knockout drug’ and the American Medical Association, the American Pharmacy Association and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy have also remained wary — even issuing a joint letter warning doctors about prescribing it for the purpose of fending off the coronavirus.”

I don’t think anyone has claimed it was a “knockout drug,” Fauci.

I don’t think there ever will be a “knockout drug” for the China virus, nor does anyone else…, so, why even go there?

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“Moreover, Dr. Attila Hertelendy, a professor in emergency and disaster management at Georgetown University, underscored that while there is some preliminary evidence from in-vitro studies that suggest the combo could inhibit coronavirus activity, ‘there is scant empirical evidence to support using antimalarials as an effective and safe treatment for the masses.’”

Yes, we know Doc…, there is “there is scant empirical evidence” to support most of the things all of you “experts” have been recommending.

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“When pressed about the dangers, Trump has bluntly responded, ‘I’m not a doctor, but I have common sense.’”

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Like I said earlier, “I guess some doctors and scientists [and presidents] are just better at putting two and two together than others.

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‘“Hydroxychloroquine is a relatively well-tolerated medicine that has been around for many years, and most people tolerate it without any side effects,’ Nazarian said.”

And that is the truth…, but the truth can be suppressed and misrepresented and ignored to the point that it is not perceived as the truth, at least by by some, any longer.

Linda Nordling for the Sciencemag.org website, points out that, “Although Africa reported its millionth official COVID-19 case last week, it seems to have weathered the pandemic relatively well so far, with fewer than one confirmed case for every thousand people and just 23,000 deaths so far. Yet several antibody surveys suggest far more Africans have been infected with the coronavirus—a discrepancy that is puzzling scientists around the continent. ‘We do not have an answer,’ says immunologist Sophie Uyoga at the Kenya Medical Research Institute–Wellcome Trust Research Programme.”

They say they don’t have an answer, but they attempt to account for this situation with every other explanation possible, other than the possible benefits of hydroxychloroquine.

“So, what explains the huge gap between antibody data on the one hand and the official case and death counts on the other?”

“Part of the reason may be that Africa misses many more cases than other parts of the world because it has far less testing capacity.”

“Marina Pollán of the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid, who led Spain’s antibody survey, says Africa’s youthfulness may protect it.”

Mahmoud Elkazzaz, of Damietta University, on researchgate.net, adds that, “[Africa’s] sunshine could protect against coronavirus by boosting vitamin D levels, study finds.”

“They believe vitamin D may help modulate the response of white blood cells to the virus, preventing them from releasing too many inflammatory cytokines – a problem known to afflict patients with severe forms of the disease.”

“We cannot neglect the role of alcoholic beverages, of which its usage is high in European countries [as opposed to Africa], inhibiting the conversion of retinol to retinoic acid [which aids in fighting the disease].”

The FDA’s own website now states, “FDA cautions against use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for COVID-19 outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems.”

BUT this, “Does not affect FDA-approved uses for malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.”

So, it’s perfectly okay for some people to take the drug, but others are at risk, depending on why you’re taking the drug?

The FDA then went further in a June 15, 2020 update, “Based on ongoing analysis and emerging scientific data, FDA has revoked the emergency use authorization (EUA) to use hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat COVID-19 in certain hospitalized patients when a clinical trial is unavailable or participation is not feasible. We made this determination based on recent results from a large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients that found these medicines showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery.”

Then, Sharyl Attkisson, reported that, “Medical journals retract study that claimed hydroxychloroquine is dangerous.”

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“The key study claiming hydroxycholoroquine is dangerous has been retracted by the New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet.”

“The journals say after the study was published, more than 100 scientists took issue with it, and it turns out the data cannot be confirmed.”

“Among other things, the scientists criticized the methodology of the study. They also questioned why the authors refused to identify any of the hospitals that contributed patient data, or even to name the countries where the hospitals are located.”

“The study’s lead author was Dr. Mandeep R. Mehra, a Harvard professor.”

So, is this the kind of credible research that all of these “experts” were calling for?

I guess “credible research” just means research that backs-up your desired narrative, in this case.

It would also not surprise me one bit to find out that Pelosi, Fauci, and all the rest of them were taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure, while at the same time beating The President up over it, and denying it to the rest of us just out of spite to President Trump.

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Remember the credo of the liberal elite…, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

In the end, it all comes back to money, which just happens to correlate with the democrats desire to keep the virus scam going.

No “cure” can be allowed before the vast amounts of money to be made from a vaccine are realized, and no “cure” can be allowed while we still have a President Donald Trump.

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Covid craziness!

I’ve got a real problem with all of the hypocrisy and double standards being thrust upon us by “the experts,” and various dictatorial governors in our country, regarding their response to the China virus.

For instance…, why is it okay to pack people onto a plane, or into an airport during “the pandemic,” but not okay to responsibly attend church, responsibly attend a funeral, attend a wedding, or even just visit someone in a hospital?

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If you’ve been on a plane, you know you can’t even sit in your seat without physically coming in contact with the people sitting next to you in many cases, unless you’re in first class.

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And wearing a mask is not even mandated on planes by the CDC!

What?!

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How is this okay?

Is this what you call “following the science?”

Why is it okay to pack people onto a plane during “the pandemic,” gather in groups of thousands to “protest,” or pack into a Walmart, but it’s not okay to responsibly go to a gym, attend a sporting event, or go to school, in most places?

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The two owners of the Atilis gym, in Bellmawr, New Jersey, have been ordered to pay $130,000 for defying Governor Murphy’s executive closure order there, and they are being fined an additional $15,000 each day that it remains open in violation of the governor’s order.

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This after their gym doors were boarded-up by the state and their water and electric were shut off.

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Is this gym really that much of a China virus deathtrap?

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And this is happening in America?

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It seems like this is becoming more an issue of governmental control rather than an issue of public health.

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Now we hear, according to Amy McGorry of Fox news, “The odds of catching novel coronavirus on an airplane with infected passengers appear to be relatively small, though still possible, according to a new report.”

“The report is consistent with other research findings, one expert told Fox News.”

Ahhh, the anonymous “expert.”

But what is this “novel” coronavirus term?  This is the first time I’ve heard the word “novel” used in conjunction with the China virus.

According to Baton Rouge General, a part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, “Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A ‘novel’ coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”

“Dr. Aaron Glatt, chief of Infectious Diseases of Mount Sinai in New York, told Fox News that, “Airplane trips, especially if they are of a longer duration, have the potential to transmit infection from an infected person to the people sitting in their immediate vicinity.”

Reeeeally?!

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Well, thank you for that bit of expert analysis, professor!

‘“If one chooses to fly during the pandemic, I recommend that people mask and social distance as possible in the airport and on the plane. Certainly, someone ill or recently exposed to COVID should not be traveling on a plane,’ Glatt said.”

Now, there is some reasonable and common sense advice.

Why can’t we apply this advice to any of our activities involving social gathering?

What if we take the Dr.’s advice and apply it to going to the gym?

It would sound like this:

If one chooses to go to a gym during the pandemic, I recommend that people mask and social distance as possible in the gym. Certainly, someone ill or recently exposed to COVID should not be going to the gym.

Now, doesn’t that sound reasonable?

Like I said…, we can apply this advice to any social scenario, and life could go on like it always has.

 

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I hate to say “I told you so,” but…

… I told you so!

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“You have to follow the science!” they all cried.

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“This virus can survive on surfaces for up to 6 hours the scientists declared!”

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Then, later, they said, “Well, the virus really doesn’t live long on surfaces or gets transferred that way as a rule.”

Then we have the whole mask thing.  For months, scientists said wearing a mask was required…, then they said the benefits from wearing a mask were debatable.

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But now we hear Science’s piece de resistance.

Now we get Science’s great big “oooops.”

Drumroll, please…

“The asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is ‘very rare,’ The World Health Organization (WHO) says.”

WAIT…, WHAT?!

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OH, NO, those words just didn’t come out of some WHO doctor/expert/scientist’s filthy mouth!

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William Feuer and Noah Higgins-Dunn of CNBC report that, “Preliminary evidence from the earliest outbreaks indicated the virus could spread even if people didn’t have symptoms.”

“But the WHO says that while asymptomatic spread can occur, it is ‘very rare.’”

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So, let me get this straight.

We shut down our economy, we lost 40 million jobs, we spent trillions and trillions of dollars, we imprisoned ourselves for months, we were kept from contact with loved ones in the hospital, we were kept from contact with our loved ones when they died, we were not allowed to gather for weddings, funerals, graduations…, because of something that occurs “very rarely?”

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I mean, people were viewed as potential murderers for daring to walk around without a mask…, all because people were misled by the “scientists/doctors/experts.”

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Like I said…, I hate to say “I told you so,” but I told you so.

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If you refer to my prior blogs about the virus, you’ll see I was skeptical about the Armageddon-like media hype and propaganda from the very beginning.

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Following common sense is always preferred to following “science.”

We see proof of this again, and again, and again.

I hate to blow my own horn, but I knew this day would come and that I would be able to call out the liberals and their scientists/doctors/experts for what they really are…, SCAM ARTISTS and LIBERAL TOOLS.

Please note that global warming/climate change crowd has their own collection of scientists/doctors/experts who really are SCAM ARTISTS and LIBERAL TOOLS, as well.  Just thought I’d throw that in there.

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OK…, back to the virus!

‘“Coronavirus patients without symptoms aren’t driving the spread of the virus,’ World Health Organization officials said Monday, casting doubt on concerns by some researchers that the disease could be difficult to contain due to asymptomatic infections.”

‘“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,’ Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said at a news briefing from the United Nations agency’s Geneva headquarters. ‘It’s very rare.’”

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Well, thank you Dr. Van Kerkhove…, thank you very much.

And what the hell is “zoonosis,” anyway?

I’ve never heard of this before, so I looked it up.  It turns out “zoonosis” deals with “diseases which can be transmitted between humans and animals.”

Anyway…, ‘“What we really want to be focused on is following the symptomatic cases,’ Van Kerkhove said. ‘If we actually followed all of the symptomatic cases, isolated those cases, followed the contacts and quarantined those contacts, we would drastically reduce’ the outbreak.”

So, governments and people should be treating this disease just like we treat every other disease, huh?

Hmmm, that’s odd.

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“More research and data are needed to ‘truly answer’ the question of whether the coronavirus can spread widely through asymptomatic carriers,’ Van Kerkhove added.”

Ah, yes!

The old cry of the scientists/doctors/experts that “more research and data are needed!”

Again…, that’s odd!

Because we all know, there can NEVER be enough research and there can NEVER be enough data.

“If asymptomatic spread proves to not be a main driver of coronavirus transmission, the policy implications could be tremendous.”

REEEEEEEAAAAAALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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And like I said before, could these “implications” include:

Shutting down our economy?

Losing 40 million jobs?

Spending trillions and trillions of dollars we don’t have?

Imprisoning ourselves for months?

Being kept from contact with loved ones in the hospital?

Being kept from contact with our loved ones when they died?

Being not allowed to gather for weddings, funerals, and graduations?

All because of something that occurs “very rarely?”

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Somebody please give William Feuer and Noah Higgins-Dunn the coronavirus booby prize of the month!

“Tell ‘em what they’ve won, Chuck!”

“Well, Mr. Erickson…, William Feuer and Noah Higgins-Dunn have won an all-expenses-paid trip to Wuhan, China…, the birthplace of the virus!

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“That’s exciting, Chuck!  Maybe we could afford to send some of our liberal mayors and blue state governors along with them…, you know, as like a consolation prize?! And we could send a fake news media entourage along as well to cover the whole thing!

Aren’t I just loaded with good ideas?!

Please help me promote myself, Mr. Erickson, as a potential senior advisor in President Trump’s next administration…, so I can help President Trump make America great again!

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If you really loved me, you’d take your mask off for me.

According to Zachary Kussin for The New York Post. “A new study from researchers at Harvard University says that hooking up carries some risk for transmitting COVID-19 from one partner to the other, and recommends – among other practices – wearing a face mask while doin’ it.”

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So, Harvard needed a study to figure out that ‘hooking up carries some risk for transmitting COVID-19 from one partner to the other?”

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Brilliant!

Carry on.

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“The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, ranked frisky situations based on how likely it is to catch coronavirus while in the act.”

“Frisky situations?”

Has the Annals of Internal Medicine published anything since 1955?

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“Researchers recommend wearing a mask for the riskiest sexual scenario: Sex with people other than those with whom one is quarantined.”

Now, I’m not what you’d call a sexual expert, but I am pretty sure there are many, many sexual scenarios that are riskier than having sex with people other than those with whom one is quarantined.

Just sayin’.

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“If you have an out-of-house coronavirus crush, the study says that – besides keeping your mask on – you should avoid kissing, as well as any oral-to-anal act, and anything that involves semen or urine. Shower before and after, and clean the space with alcohol wipes or soap.”

These scientists are all really just romantics at heart, aren’t they?!

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“The study also mentions that having sex with people who are together in quarantine is safer, but there is still a risk.”

You don’t say.

Did these guys enlist Captain Obvious in their study?

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“For instance, if one partner goes outside to run an errand and is exposed to the virus, they can transmit it to the other. Even if that person is ultimately an asymptomatic carrier, they can still infect the other.”

Wow.  Thank for clarifying that situation for us all!

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“The safest approach to sexual activity, according to the researchers, is not having any.”

Reeeeeally?!

I’m just speechless at the clarity of this scientific determination!

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“Abstinence, they say, is ‘low risk for infection, though not feasible for many.’ Another option, they add, is masturbation.”

Oh…, these guys are good!

This just keeps getting better and better!

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“Other recommendations have come out since the coronavirus outbreak in the US, with some of them providing graphics to enhance the lessons.”

Lessons?

Graphics?

This is all getting way too weird.

“In April, the Oregon Health Authority released a sex guide that went viral, just weeks after the same happened to one released by the NYC Department of Health.”

Here are a couple of the “Sex with coronavirus” videos, in case you’re interested.

https://youtu.be/cDA9ty2aADQ

https://youtu.be/iA6ZKzwaHvg

Stay thirsty my friends…, but don’t share that bottle!

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COVID-19, China, The World Health Organization, and the rest of the world.

According to Barnini Chakraborty of Fox News, “The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to lavish China with praise for their handling of coronavirus crisis.”

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“Valentine’s Day may have been three months ago, but the sometimes too-close-for-comfort relationship between the World Health Organization and China is still burning bright.”

“WHO officials renewed their praise for China and its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, citing Beijing’s ‘openness’ to the prospect of scientific inquires involving foreign experts into the origins of the contagion.”

Well, isn’t that special?

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“WHO’s emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said he has ‘day-to-day’ discussions with colleagues in China and commended the country for working well with other nations eager to understand the animal origins of COVID-19.”

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‘“I am very pleased to hear a very consistent message coming from China, which is one of openness to such an approach,’ Ryan said.”

Thanking China for their openness and cooperation at this point is like thanking the NAZIs for appearing at the Nuremberg Trials!

BAM!

“At a Geneva news conference Monday, Ryan said he didn’t believe a date had been set for an international mission to be sent to China to explore the origin of the virus, ‘but we look forward to doing that as soon as possible.’”

“The symbiotic relationship China enjoys with the WHO has been repeatedly criticized by the United States.”

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I wouldn’t go as far as to say, and generalize that “this relationship has been criticized by the United States.”

President Trump and certain conservatives have criticized this relationship.

The democrats and their friends in the liberal propaganda media tend to side with the WHO regarding China’s behavior.

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“President Trump has called the WHO a ‘pipe organ’ for China in its handling of the deadly outbreak that’s infected 5.5 million people and killed more than 347,000 worldwide.”

“Trump also pointed to unsubstantiated claims that the virus was created and/or leaked from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the crisis. Lab officials, the WHO and China have denied the claims.”

You don’t say?

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“China has reported a total of 4,634 deaths from the disease among 82,992 cases.”

Wait…, what are those numbers again?

So, the virus began in Wuhan, China, and they’ve only had 82,992 cases and 4,634 deaths in China vs, 5,500,000 cases and 347,000 deaths around the rest of the world?

New York City alone has had 199,968 cases and 21,362 deaths!

Please think about those numbers.

That means even though the virus started in China, they’ve only experienced 1.5% of the cases and 1.3% of the deaths?

I’m sorry, but either they’re way under-reporting their numbers, or they knew what they were dealing with much earlier and from the start.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the Director of WHO, and not a medical doctor.  He is the first non-physician in the role.

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Tedros has said that China “bought the world time with their actions,” even though China banned domestic travel within their own country, but allowed flights to go all over an unsuspecting world, spreading the virus far and wide.

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That action alone should be considered a biological act of war against the world by China.

I’m sorry, but how else can this be viewed?

And China certainly didn’t buy the world any time.

They sentenced 350,000 innocent people to death, and that number is still growing.

But our own, esteemed, Dr. Fauci praises Tedros and feels he’s doing a good job.

Doing a good job as being a front man for China, perhaps, but that’s about it.

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And the United States plays the fool again…, pumping over $115 million dollars annually into this bogus organization, while China pays $57 million, and other countries pay much less than that.

Just another case of, “thank you, sir, may I have another?”

And, of course, the democrats and the liberal propaganda media are criticizing President Trump for even suggesting we cut our funding to the WHO, or at least lower our level of funding.

Really, whose side are these people on?

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New York City is an absolute disgrace.

The song about New York City goes, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”

The question is, who really wants to “make it there” anymore?

A state and a city being run by irresponsible, liberal, socialist, fools, tends to encourage all of those with any brains to migrate elsewhere.

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Besides all of the ill-conceived, liberal, social, educational and administrative policies…, New York City residents pay dearly for the privilege of living there.

New Yorkers, of course, start out by paying federal income tax, most in the 12% to 22% range, or an average of 17%.

Next, we go to the state income tax.  Most pay in the 6.2% to 6.5%, or an average of 6.35%.

Then we have New York City income tax, which only a few cities in America have.  The New York City income tax rate ranges from 3.1% to 3.9%, or an average of 3.5%.

So, that give us a combined average income tax rate of 26.85%.

Keep in mind that states like Texas and Florida have NO state or local income taxes!

So, we’re at 26.85% so far.

But let’s not forget property tax!

The property tax rate is 20.4%!  And even if you’re not a property owner, you are indirectly paying that rate through your rent for the property owner.

And last, but not least, we have the sales tax.

New York City has a sales tax of 8.875%!

Now that’s a lot of tax!

AND YET, NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY ARE TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT!

The actual debt for New York City is $91.56 billion!

New York State’s debt is close to $150 billion!

Unbelievable.

Like I SAID EARLIER…, A state and a city being run by irresponsible, liberal fools.

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And now they (“they” meaning the New York State liberals, the New York City liberals, and the federal House and Senate democrats) want all of the rest of us to bail out these liberal cesspools via disguised money in the next coronavirus relief bill.

These democrat politicians just have no shame.

Anyway, so, what do the people of New York City get for all of that tax money?

They get a mayor, Bill de Blasio, who is a hot mess, and his administration which is one big hot mess as well.

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The latest example of disgusting liberal behavior was exhibited by the New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

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And what a gem she is!

According to Fox News, via a story originally published in the New York Post, “The New York police sergeants union described city health commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot as a ‘b—-‘ Wednesday in response to revelations that she told an NYPD official she didn’t give ‘two rats a$$es’ about cops getting safety masks.”

Oh, how wonderful!

This is coming from a person who was handpicked by Mayor de Blasio, to be the city’s health commissioner…, offering her advice and wisdom to the 8.4 million people who live in New York City.

She obviously represents the de Blasio administration’s feelings towards police officers, and the NYPD overall, quite well.

‘“Truth is this b—- has blood on her hands but why should anyone be surprised the NYPD has suffered under de Blasio since he became Mayor,’ the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) tweeted in response to The Post’s exclusive story revealing Barbot’s decision.”

“The health commissioner said in a mid-March phone conversation with NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan, ‘I don’t give two rats’ a$$es about your cops,’ in response to the mask request, sources said.”

‘“I need them for others,’ Barbot said.”

In other words, Cops are expendable and are dead last on her list of considerations.

“Instead of the 500,000 masks Monahan sought to help protect his force, Barbot said she could only cough up 50,000, according to sources.”

“Shortly after the SBA’s tweet, the union’s president, Edward Mullins, sent a statement calling for Barbot’s ouster.”

Your disdain for New York’s finest is obvious Dr. Barbot.

Your lack of knowledge pertaining to the coronavirus is quite obvious as well.

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I wonder how quickly you’d be running to find one of these Neanderthal cops if you found yourself out on the streets in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, or Downtown Brooklyn, or Ozone Park in Queens?

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Your lack of any respect or consideration for your city’s police force is both sad and pathetic.

At least the rest of us can all take comfort in knowing you live in the city you deserve.

 

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“The Heroes Act?” 

Calling the democrats’ latest “coronavirus relief legislation” “The Heroes Act” is a disingenuous disgrace.

A more befitting name would be “The Bend Over Act!”

Nancy Pelosi and all of her anti-American cohorts are definitely not letting this crisis go to waste.

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They apparently intend on trying to take full advantage of it in the name of coronavirus relief.

This is definitely one of those “wolf in sheep’s clothing” kind of deals.

According to Robyn Shapiro, on the Economic Liberties website, ‘“This bill delivers charity in place of justice, and Congress should vote it down,’ said Economic Liberties’ Executive Director Sarah Miller. ‘While the need for humanitarian assistance is urgent…, [it] doesn’t address the roll-up of power happening throughout the economy that results in systemic exploitation of workers, consumers, small businesses, taxpayers, and communities.”

“The bill…, bails out corporate lobbyists and corrupt mortgage servicers. It funnels money to monopolistic insurance company executives. And it has no constraints on private equity firms currently using public money from the Federal Reserve to cherry pick corporate assets on the cheap.”

“Our economy is being restructured whether we like it or not,’ added Miller.”

“Problematic provisions in the bill include:”

“A Corporate Lobbyist Bailout: The bill makes Paycheck Protection Program funds available to 501(c)6 trade associations, which is the institutional vehicle for corporate lobbying.”

“A Dark Money Group Bailout: The bill extends Paycheck Protection Program funds available to 501(c)4 trade associations, which is the institutional vehicle for dark money political spending.”

“Tax Cut for the Wealthy: This bill includes a repeal of the State and Local Tax Deduction, which primarily benefits the wealthy.”

Yes, this provision primarily benefits states and cities with extremely high taxes, such as New York, California and Illinois.  Oh, and what a coincidence…, these are all blue states through and through.

“Bailout of Mortgage Providers: This bill extends Federal aid to mortgage providers, who were the thinly capitalized entities at fault for the foreclosure crisis. These providers have fought attempts at reform of their industry to make their business safer and are now demanding a no-strings-attached bailout.”

Oh, yes, please…, let’s not forget to “bailout” all of our impoverished mortgage providers!  Excuse me please while I go throw up!

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“Subsidies for Health Insurance Monopolies.”

Insurance companies…, another group of money grubbers, who should be the last ones to get any help from anyone…, much less the very people they screw on a regular basis…, the taxpayers!

So, let’s quickly recap those beneficiaries of “The Heroes Act,” of which we are so fond: lobbyists, mortgage providers, insurance companies and elitist and wealthy liberals.

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And these “problematic provisions in the bill” are just the tip of the iceberg.

According to Lisa Mascaro of the Associated Press, in the Philadelphia Examiner, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities [including $915 billion in flexible aid which can be spent for any purpose], “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals.”

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So, 33% of all of this money would go to states and cities.

‘“We must think big, for the people now,’ Pelosi said from the speaker’s office at the Capitol. She said, ‘Not acting is the most expensive course.’”

Ya…, we know what “people” you’re talking about, and it ain’t “We The People!”

“The bill will offer a fresh round of $1,200 direct cash aid to individuals, increased to up to $6,000 per household, and launches a $175 billion housing assistance fund (5.8%) to help pay rents and mortgages.”

According to the Tax Foundation.org website, that would amount to $667 billion – $915 billion.

That’s less…, way less than a third of the relief money here.

Be still my heart!

Some of us will be lucky enough to get $1,200.  Woohoo!  Please Nancy…, throw down a few more crumbs to all of us peons.

Oh, and new “housing assistance fund!”  How exactly does someone get some of that money and what hoops must one jump through to get it?

So, we’ve got a trillion dollars going to states and cities, somewhere south of a trillion going to the crumb crunchers…, which leaves over a trillion to go where?

“It [the bill] adds a 15% increase for food stamps, and for businesses, it provides an employee retention tax credit,” if your business is fortunate enough to survive at all.

“There’s $200 billion (6.7%) in ‘hazard pay’ for essential workers [in] the front lines of the crisis.”

I really have a hard time seeing any of our truly “essential workers” ever getting any of this money.

“There are other new resources, including $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service.”

There is $10 billion allocated for the 2020 Census.

And $10 billion set aside for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hey…, artists can get the virus too you know!

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“For the November election, the bill provides $3.6 billion to help local officials prepare for the challenges of voting during the pandemic.”  This translates to $3.6 billion to push  for voting by mail.

“The popular Payroll Protection Program, which has been boosted in past bills, would see another $10 billion to ensure under-served businesses and nonprofit organizations have access to grants through a disaster loan program.”

So, for all of the struggling small businesses, the democrats only allocate $10 billion, or 0.3%.

Wow…, what a relief!

“For hospitals and other health care providers, there’s another $100 billion (3.3%) infusion to help cover costs and additional help for hospitals serving low-income communities.”

“There’s another $600 million in funding to tackle the issue of rapid spread of the virus in state and federal prisons.”

Is this really a $600 million problem?

This “Heroes Act” spends a lot of time covering the concerns of illegal immigrants, amnesty for said illegal immigrants, concerns about legal immigrants, and especially those in the medical field…, even though many of the current doctors and nurses are being furloughed from their jobs.

Then we have all of the concern surrounding marijuana…, an integral part of coronavirus relief!

The word “cannabis” is mentioned 68 times in this legislation.

Really?

“Covid-19” is mentioned only 24 times!

In any regard, this “Heroes Act” can be found in all of its glory out on the doc.house.gov website.  Check it out for yourself.

So, to our list of favorite beneficiaries of “The Heroes Act,” which already contains: lobbyists, mortgage providers, insurance companies and elitist and wealthy liberals…, let’s add: irresponsible state and city liberal governments,

I’m not kidding about any of this.

“Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer warned that if [President] Trump and congressional Republicans ‘slow walk’ more aid they will be repeating President Herbert Hoover’s ‘tepid’ response to the Great Depression.”

Sure Chucky!  We all remember President Hoover!

NOT!

And not many of us can relate to The Great Depression either.

I don’t think The President or the republicans have any problem with any real “aid” regarding the coronavirus situation…, it’s all the other garbage they have an issue with.

‘“To those who would suggest a pause, I would say the hunger doesn’t take a pause, the rent doesn’t take a pause,’ Pelosi said late Monday on MSNBC. ‘We have a big need. It’s monumental.’”

Thank you for all of your hollow and underhanded words as well, Nancy.

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The only this “monumental” here is the monumental nature of your idiotic, socialistic, desires.

If you’d like to see my suggestion for some REAL coronavirus relief, check out my blog from May 5, 2020, titled, “If we’re going to hand money out, let’s REALLY hand some money out!”

https://mrericksonrules.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/if-were-going-to-hand-money-out-lets-really-hand-some-money-out/

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COVID-19…, what’s the bottom line?

You’re worried so much about dying from the coronavirus that you’re willing to barricade yourself in your house for months and bring our national economy to its knees, but these other causes of death in the US are just an afterthought?

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What extreme measures do we institute to combat these other causes of death in the US?

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Don’t get me wrong…, this is a serious health consideration…, and losing all of these people to the virus is very sad…, but are losing these people to the virus any sadder than losing people to these other causes?

According to Medical News Today.com:

“Around 74% of all deaths in the United States occur as a result of 10 causes.”

Over the past 5 years, the main causes of death in the U.S. have remained fairly consistent.”

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 2,813,503 registered deaths in the United States in 2017.”

“All figures and percentages provided here come from the most recent data from the CDC, collected in 2017.”

 

  1. Heart disease deaths in 2017: 647,457

Percentage of total deaths: 23.5%

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. This is the case in the U.S. and worldwide.

 

  1. Cancer deaths in 2017: 599,108

Percentage of total deaths: 21.3%

 

  1. Unintentional (accidental) injury deaths in 2017: 169,936

Percentage of total deaths: 6%

 

  1. Chronic lower respiratory disease deaths in 2017: 160,201

Percentage of total deaths: 5.7%

Chronic lower respiratory disease refers to a group of lung conditions that block the airflow and cause breathing-related issues. These diseases include:

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

bronchitis

emphysema

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  1. Stroke and cerebrovascular disease deaths in 2017: 146,383

Percentage of total deaths: 5.2%

Cerebrovascular diseases develop due to problems with the blood vessels that supply the brain.

Every year, more than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke. The risk of stroke varies with race, ethnicity, and age.

 

  1. Alzheimer’s disease deaths in 2017: 121,404

Percentage of total deaths: 4.3%

In the U.S., an estimated 5.8 million people currently have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This figure may rise to 14 million people by 2050 as life expectancy continues to increase.

Alzheimer’s is also the only cause of death in the top 10 that medical experts cannot cure, prevent, or slow down.

 

  1. Diabetes deaths in 2017: 83,564

Percentage of total deaths: 3%

Diabetes is a condition wherein the body can no longer control blood glucose, which leads to dangerously high levels of blood glucose. This is called hyperglycemia.

Persistent hyperglycemia can damage the body’s tissues, including those in the nerves, blood vessels, and eyes.

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

The bodies of people with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin at all, so these people need to supplement their supply. The bodies of people with type 2 diabetes cannot use insulin effectively.

Diabetes can cause serious health complications, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and the need for amputation of the lower extremities.

 

  1. Influenza (the flu) and pneumonia deaths in 2017: 55,672…, and we have and have had a vaccine for the flu!

Percentage of total deaths: 2%

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  1. Kidney disease deaths in 2017: 50,633

Percentage of total deaths: 1.8%

 

  1. Suicide deaths in 2017: 47,173

 

As an added note, at least 15,292 people were fatally shot in The United States in 2019 as a result of gun violence.

 

According to the Statista.com website, these are the daily number of coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths compared to influenza and all causes of death in the United States as of May 6th, 2020:

Average deaths/day by all causes (2019), 7,969.7

Average deaths/day by influenza (2018-2019), 161.3

Average COVID-19 deaths/day since first case in U.S., 912.2 (That would extrapolate over a year to roughly 333,000, although the death rates have been on the decline and would probably end up being much lower than that.

 

As of the time of this blog, there have been a reported 80,900 deaths credited to the coronavirus, although I tend to believe this number may be slightly inflated.

I’m just putting this information out there, since I’m not seeing this data from any other media outlet.

I just feel it’s important to put this current coronavirus health emergency into perspective.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS, UNLESS THE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARED TO PAY ALL OF OUR MORTGAGES, ALL OF OUR RENT, ALL OF OUR UTILITY BILLS, ALL OF OUR FOOD BILLS, ETC., THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE CANNOT CONTINUE TO LIVE UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES.

THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE.

PLEASE NOTICE THAT ALL OF THE PEOPLE DEMANDING WE GO ON IN THIS “STAY AT HOME” MODE DO NOT HAVE THESE PROBLEMS. THOSE IN GOVERNMENT ARE ALL RECEIVING REGULAR PAYCHECKS FROM PRECISELY THE PEOPLE THEY ARE ECONOMICALLY STRANGLING TO DEATH!

VIRUS CONCERNS OR NOT…,

THE CURE CANNOT BE WORSE THAT THE DISEASE.

THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE.

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