I told you Tuesday about the New York Times reporter who lifted President Trump’s words of context (“Try getting it yourselves”) to make it appear that he told state Governors that they were on their own when it came to obtaining medical equipment to deal with the COVID-19 virus. Here is what he actually said:
“We are backing you in terms of equipment and getting what you need. Also, though, respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment, try getting it yourselves. We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point-of-sale is much better, much more direct if you can get it yourselves.”
Trump himself seems to be so fed up with the media’s endless attempts to undermine, attack, second-guess, badmouth and misquote everything he’s says and does to keep Americans safe that he used part of his coronavirus update press conference yesterday to call out the Times for its deliberately misleading story, which he quite accurately described as “false,” “bad journalism” and “totally disgraceful.”
Answer to reader on anti-viral drug research
By Mike Huckabee
After seeing a discussion on Laura Ingraham’s Monday show about existing antiviral drugs such as chloroquine, reader “Dru” wrote to ask me what I thought about the promise of these drugs to treat novel coronavirus. Now, I am not a scientist and don’t even play one on TV, but I can offer you some background. In fact, in yesterday’s Evening Edition, I linked to a story out of Australia about the good results obtained with existing antiviral drugs. Calling this treatment a “cure,” as the headline does, seems premature; however, they are ready to move on to a widespread human trial on what they call “this first wave of patients.” Here it that story if you didn’t see it last night.
Chloroquine is already widely used as an antimalarial drug and an anti-inflammatory agent, and it also has shown anti-viral activity against several other similar viruses, such as Zika. So it would certainly make sense to test it against the novel coronavirus. There’s a lot of misinformation going around online right now –- “Yes, it's a cure!!! No, it’s a scam!!!” –- but here’s a published study that might help put the issue in perspective. It was done in 2009 in response to the SARS epidemic, which showed for the first time that coronaviruses were capable of causing serious respiratory illness.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is fast becoming the voice of the fight against COVID-19, said Tuesday that it may be several weeks before we know how successful the effort to stem the spread has been. He also urged younger people not to assume that because they’re at the lowest risk of suffering too much from contracting the disease that they can ignore the warnings about prevention, because even if they don’t get very sick, they’ll help spread it to people who are at high risk from it.
Dr. Fauci also said there are many things we just still don’t know about how contagious it is or how it spreads, although we are learning more every day. There was a report that one of the first patients in the US, a woman who returned from China with it, was found to have had contact with 372 people before being isolated, and out of all those, the only one who also contracted it was her husband. That’s at least encouraging that it seems unlikely you would catch it from being in the near proximity of a carrier. However, we’re still not certain how it spreads, and in too many cases, it’s spread without detection, so it’s still best to keep up that “social distancing” and stay home if you can.
In other words, maybe don’t engage in your regular Spring Break activities…
A lot of people are saying that the world will not be the same after the pandemic scare is over. Some say this will plunge us into a recession or depression, while some on the left think it will help them finally get government-run health care in America.
But in today’s MUST-READ article, Michael Walsh at the Epoch Times predicts that there will actually be some major positive changes that were long overdue, and some of them might surprise you.
Reminder: Many small businesses and entrepreneurs are being hurt by all the coronavirus shutdowns. If you’d like to help your local businesses survive, remember that many of them have online stores where you can purchase products for delivery. Or you can buy gift cards from local businesses and restaurants now and use them once this is over.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"But they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint."
- Isaiah 40:31
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