President Trump Press Briefing – Coronavirus Taskforce – 1:30pm ET

President Trump will be delivering remarks from the briefing room at the White House.  Anticipated start time 1:30pm ET.  Update – Video Added

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291 Responses to President Trump Press Briefing – Coronavirus Taskforce – 1:30pm ET

  1. Lumina says:

    Lovely, 1st death in US in Washington State…their press conference is at 1pm PST…Last night there was a high school student & a lady who had returned from S Korea that presumptively tested positive…
    https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/department-health-confirms-first-coronavirus-death-washington-state/XIDPHMLVOJAAREQ5YCL75367PU/

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      With all the sanctuary city stuff going on in places like Seattle it’s no wonder that undocumented people may be infected with the new coronaFlu. This fatality was perhaps an elderly person who recently snuck into the country from the Orient? So far no details from the authorities in Washington state, wonder why?

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      • laurisand says:

        the Gov, Jay Inslee, is having a press conference at 1 pm, local time. but we do have info here locally.

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      • laurisand says:

        the Gov, Jay Inslee, is having a press conference at 1 pm, local time. but we do have info here locally.

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      • FrankieZee says:

        I wouldn’t trust any info coming from these Communists Blue States. They would flat out lie to hurt Trump.

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      • Adele Virtue says:

        supposedly it is a 19 yo who went to school yesterday and now classmates are under quarantine. His test results came in before classes started so it is only 14 or so under watch now. the results were presumed positive. With so many false positives and false negatives out there it is a wonder anyone tests correctly.

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        • zekness says:

          the PCR is not perfect…but it is sufficiently accurate for screening purposes….I’ll post some more information and a video to show how this test is performed and how results are interpreted. It’s really interesting stuff…even if you’re not a geek about health science.

          Anyway, of the PCR comes back “negative” or “positive” there are other factors that are included in a decision point to go to the next level. And that would be sending samples of mucous, tissue, etc to one of the 140 labs (there are not all in atlanta)….It is the equipment in those labs that a precise direct unambiguous test is conducted. Not counting transit time to the lab, the test is completed in about 10 hours, max 18 hours. So you get a turnaround inside of a day time. Counting transit time to the lab, the delay can be up to 2 days for a result turnaround.

          And not all PCR require a lab test to confirm….one aspect of the screening is contact tracing..if the individual has prior contact then it will be assumed they are infected, even if the PCR comes back negative. And lab tests are required. On the other hand, if the PCR comes back positive, but there is not contact trace history, then again, the lab test is required. If the PCR comes back positive and there is evidence of contact trace, again, lab test is required. this is standard 101 for all emerging disease control protocol.

          the only time a lab test is not required, is if the PCR comes back negative, there is definitely no contact trace, the person has never been in a risk situation, a CT shows no unusual lung features, and there is no elevated temp. Now, you might be wondering, why would the PCR test even be done in such a case ? good question..it’s very rare, and it’s done at the early stages of emerging disease control…it establishes a control group. it is also something that is done to test the organization and make sure the “chain” is working….want to know things are solid and fix anything that isn’t working. BTW, this is how they determined in near real time, the initial PCR tests were not reliable and that one component of the test needed to be fixed. It has. Another reason for performing a PCR when there is really “no reason” to do it, is to clear large groups of people who had recently traveled from countries/regions of concern. It’s a measure of overkill on purpose. You just don’t want to take the risk people are asymptomatic and assume they are good to go. This continues to be the method for clearing travelers back from impacted areas and will likely continue to be the case.

          As more hotspots and outbreaks happen INCONUS, where there no direct contact tracing established, PCR screening is done randomly in the most logical groups and places..targeted, but also randomly. Again, a good strategy.

          One comment about Islee….the man is a complete idiot and a fool and a liar.

          Oregon is putting down some of the most swift work to deal with this situation and has been for over 72 hours now.

          I wish there was a law that allows for switt punishment for any official abusing their office to intentionally mislead the public about a health issue.

          the man is creating panic in oregon..for a political reward.

          what a damned ass%ole!

          ps. I’ll post some info and the video later this evening I mentioned….

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        • Pegm says:

          Channel 6 just stated it was a middle aged man. Maybe one of these days we will know for sure.

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      • spoogels says:

        SEND THEM TO ALCATRAZ TO QUARANTINE

        To Take On the Coronavirus, Go Medieval on It

        Quarantines and restrictive measures served a purpose in the old days. They can now, too.

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    • TMonroe says:

      They don’t give a profile of the deceased person, including age and whether immune system issues were present

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  2. simplewins says:

    POTUS is doing the right thing by having this press conf. now. He will going to Cpac later, and they will slam him for being insensitive or some crap. Which they will probably do anyway, but at least he is trying to keep everyone calm.

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  3. dufrst says:

    The latest globalist plot to take down Trump? I hate to be conspiratorial but too many coincidences. The trade deal with China, which was a major victory by Trump is soon followed by this epidemic centered in China. Now we have spread in the US and the media trying torment panic to cause a global recession. The Fed has sat on its hands pretending there’s nothing to see. While the Dems try to politicize this whole affair and take advantage of it all by nominating a socialist right on time in case this globalist plot prevails.

    Thankfully, no weapon that has formed against our VSG has prospered! Trump is in his element in the midst of “chaos” and he will, with God’s help, once more defeat the evil forces arrayed against him but it won’t be easy because the enemy is relentless! However, Trump has already called them out. First Russia, then impeachment, now this panic.

    Don’t be afraid. March will be a challenging month but Trump is moving swiftly and decisively. Come April, I believe we will reap the whirlwind. MAGA!!

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    • Publius2016 says:

      CDC statement while 45 was in India proves this is DEEP STATE! their problem is BLOWBACK!

      If 45 wanted to play politics, he’d identify Wuhan 400 as GeoPolitical BioWeapon from China…he’d win 2020 in LANDSLIDE VICTORY but 45 is about USA past present future!

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    • Rj says:

      Do people truly believe in coincidences when it comes to anything in politics or government ?
      China was put into submission via trade deal and now this with the help of deep state and globalist….. Can you smell what is cooking ?

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      • buzzybee says:

        Sure seems to be some interesting ‘coincidences’. Kind of like the coincidences of deaths of certain people just before they go public with information.

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    • buzzybee says:

      I hope so. I am sick of the poisonous tactics of the dysfunctional Left.

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      • buzzybee says:

        oops, I did it again…forgot my reply gets moved further down. My reply was to dufrst in hoping things will be better in April. Because, again, I’m sick of the poison from the dysfunctional Left. Although I’d sure be happy to see some improvement by St. Patrick’s day. That’s a few weeks away. A lot can happen in a few weeks.

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  4. jrapdx says:

    The President is certainly going to counter the media hysteria over “pandemic” spread of coronavirus about to engulf the US. Giving these press conferences is one way to get the message out. VP Pence will probably report on what his task force is doing.

    BTW has China completely collapsed? Was looking pretty wobbly last few days, Xi must be very nervous with Chinese economy in the toilet. PT probably won’t comment on that.

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    • FrankieZee says:

      China is ruined when you compare them to 3 or 4 years ago. This virus will only expedite US companies bringing manufacturing back here. Anybody with half a brain watching these last 2 press meeting on this virus, sees that Trump is acting just like a true leader should.

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      • jrapdx says:

        Can’t disagree in the slightest re: President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus threat. Regarding China, the devastating effects of the virus are almost providential insofar as expediting PT’s agenda for repatriating industries to America. Not that we wish suffering on the ordinary people of China, but neither should Americans suffer for the mistakes of the Chinese communist regime.

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  5. dufrst says:

    When you see this bs, know that the globalist foes are working hard to make this a panic!

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  6. Patience says:

    Let’s hear what the professionals/task force AND the President say.
    >Later we’ll hear the spin

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  7. janie says:

    Of course, sadness always for the loss of any (well most) human life. But this quote from the Washington State Governor was something – “We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus.”

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    • roccoboy1 says:

      Agreed that of course the death is a tragedy, but I cannot help but feel that these local health officials etc ramp it up for maximum panic. So Washington releases notice ahead of a press conference indicating a death. No age, sex, history- just press conference in three hours. Why? To incite maximum speculation and panic until the press conference? What do you want to bet if this was a young person they would have put their age in the press release.

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      • Lumina says:

        https://komonews.com/news/local/two-new-cases-of-coronavirus-including-student-in-snohomish-county
        Last night they said 2 people had presumed positive test results, they are quarantined at home. In this article it mentions at the end … ” Another patient with “extreme flu-like” symptoms checked into a Bellevue hospital Friday and will be tested for possible coronavirus, according to a hospital spokesperson.

        The spokesperson said a patient is currently in isolation at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. The patient came to the hospital Friday morning while experiencing “extreme flu-like” symptoms, the spokesperson said.

        The isolated patient will undergo tests for coronavirus.”

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    • FrankieZee says:

      Will he fix people dying from the flu?

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    • dottygal says:

      What about the “regular” flu virus? Last year 34,200 people in the U.S. died from the flu. WHO said 290,000 to 650,000 people worldwide die from the flue annually.

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    • Adele Virtue says:

      maybe if Inslee had not made Washington a sanctuary state this would not have happened. We have people from all over walking around and we do not know where they ahve come from. Open borders is a national security risk but inslee and the dems do not care. Let them in they say. Oh I did read that the 9th circuit backtracked on their decision they made yesterday concerning return to Mexico. Seems that when DOJ told them there were over 25K waiting at the border and Mexico announced it had the coronavirus the 9th had second thoughts of an open border.

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      • buzzybee says:

        This is a very good point, Adele. Open borders with illegals who have been streaming in for years, unchecked for whatever diseases they may carry, measles being one of them, have certainly compromised our national security. The leftwing dems have no common sense. Their crazy policies put all of us at risk i.e. terrorists, drug thugs, diseases, etc.!

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  8. gingergal says:

    Is it a coincidence that after the rally last night when Trump announced there were no deaths, that there is a death the very next day?

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  9. Co says:

    Shut the boarders down, every single entry point!!

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    • webgirlpdx says:

      A lot of Chinese can come through the Canadian Border from Vancouver, BC (big Chinese enclave), Gov. Inslee. What exactly are you doing about that?

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    • GrantsLounge says:

      Been saying this for a week. It’s a two-fer, i.e. illegal immigration AND health risks.
      Use this situation to leverage securing the border.

      On another point, Im thinking the the Federal Bureaucracy is the disease.
      Check the article at propublica.org on the CDC bumbling testing efforts.

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      • buzzybee says:

        Yes, Grants, I agree. I’m inclined to think the Federal Bureaucracy is the disease while the corruption and bumbling are the symptoms.

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  10. suejeanne1 says:

    https://enewspaper.latimes.com/desktop/latimes/default.aspx?edid=742d54b5-4614-44c3-8dfc-5366856b9767

    article in today’s “Los Angeles Times” regarding the Coronavirus in Chinese prisons, by Alice Su and Emily Baumgaertner

    from the above article:

    Experts from a World Health Organization team that visited China this month have praised the country’s response for its efficiency and scale.

    “If I had COVID-19, I’d want to be treated in China,” WHO public health expert Bruce Aylward said in Geneva on Tuesday.

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  11. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • James F says:

      I understand the need to reserve masks for “health care workers” so why aren’t they just buying them all up?

      But telling people they are not effective for the general public but effective for health care workers just makes people cynical.

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      • dutzie60 says:

        A mask alone will not do much to protect you unless you have googles, gloves, covering for your clothes and all other protection used in hospital.

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        • Janie says:

          From above, “Stop buying masks”. Whenever before I have seen someone with a mask, I figure either they have something they could give me, or they have a condition that makes them vulnerable to what I could give them. So I keep extra space, and I bet others are more careful around too. Even that has a preventative effect, if medically it doesn’t.

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      • Don McAro says:

        Wow what if we have to take care of our families…what do we do?

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      • twohawk says:

        The health powers that be, along with the FBI and govmnt entities have commandeered mask factory in Texas. Week before last, the public could buy, now, since it’s the only US factory, they have a note on their website that all future shipments are going to US coronavirus management teams.

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      • mimbler says:

        I was thinking the exact same thing James!

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      • Joebkonobi says:

        I don’t believe they said not effective. Said not needed at this point. Medical professionals will be in direct contact with potentially affected people, thus the need masks and are a higher priority at this moment.

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      • Masks are mainly to prevent the spread from the worker to the patient .It prevents spittle and keeps the worker from touching his or her mouth and nose. It also helps to prevent droplet contamination from the patient.
        This is how they work ,they are not a virus filter.

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    • wendy forward says:

      OK, but I want one of those totally cool bird-beak 14th century plague Dr. masks.

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    • boogywstew says:

      Maybe once or twice a decade I get the flu. I always get over these things faster than anyone I know. I’ve never smoked, haven’t drank in over 20 years and I don’t take any recreational or prescription drugs. I still work in construction at 67 years of age and do a lot of major car repairs on my vehicles and the ex GF’s. I got the flu (?) the last week in January and worked 2 long days installing a vinyl floor while running a 102 F temp. (Customer was a monster) I didn’t seek medical attention and got through it with home remedies but it was the worst flu I ever had. I am now very curious since I probably caught this flu from my ex GF who works with immigrant toddlers in their homes. Did she and did I just go through the Coronavirus? Is it possible this good looking virus, and it is pretty, has been part of our yearly flu season but medical professionals weren’t focused on it? I also wonder if I didn’t have the Coronavirus would I have any enhanced resistance to the Coronavirus?

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  12. Patience says:

    Thank you, President Trump for speaking of the MANY Americans who have given so much…., who have lost their lives and limbs….

    Especially important to note prior to the ‘virus’

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  13. patti says:

    THEN AND NOW
    Fact-Check: Obama Waited Until ‘Millions’ Infected and 1000 Dead in U.S. Before Declaring H1N1 Emergency

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/fact-check-obama-waited-until-millions-infected-and-1000-dead-in-u-s-before-declaring-h1n1-emergency/

    CNN reported at the time:

    Since the H1N1 flu pandemic began in April, millions of people in the United States have been infected, at least 20,000 have been hospitalized and more than 1,000 have died, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [emphasis added]

    Furthermore, the CDC’s Frieden fretted at the time that efforts to create a vaccine had stumbled:

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  14. Tl Howard says:

    Speaking extemporaneously about serious issues is not our POTUS’ strength, IMO. I wish he’d stick to a script. He has a habit of changing comparative modifiers from sentence to sentence, causing confusion and allowing his enemies to attack him, sometimes attack him successfully.

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    • realeyecandy1 says:

      Wish the Afghanistan agreement would have at least been on teleprompter. I agree, he does not speak extemporaneously

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    • MAGADJT says:

      I understood him just fine as did most people. Why don’t you write a letter to the WH with your concerns; I’m sure they will give it serious attention.

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      • realeyecandy1 says:

        I have actually written to him many times and received autographed photos and nice letters. No attack on him as you seem to try to insinuate. I understood him fine but the fact that we got a TRUCE in a huge war IMHO could be worded more flowery My humble opinion so flame on if it makes you happy :))

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      • Publius2016 says:

        45 speaks American First! Funny thing about Dimms, they always try to understand others through their rose colored glasses…

        45 speaks freely and always requires context…

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      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I agree, MAGA. The President handled the situation well and spoke simply and clearly for all to understand. With the concerns about the virus and the passing of an American due to the virus, his tone was perfectly subdued.

        “Flowery” words are not needed.

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        • Tl Howard says:

          One can contradict one’s self or cause some confusion with or without, as you term them, ” ‘flowery’ words.”

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          • boogywstew says:

            “rvsueandcrew” didn’t term any words,”flowery”. “realeyecandy1″did in their 2:10 PM post which Sue was responding to and that explains Sue’s use of quotation marks around “flowery” just the same as you and I did.

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    • J Gottfred says:

      IMO Trump is at his best when he is off script. One knows exactly what is on his mind, unlike Obama who could never deviate from written focus tested rhetoric

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  15. Tl Howard says:

    Almost all the CA cases are the result of the State Dept. allowing those Japanese Princess American travelers to return to the US.

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    • keeler says:

      Notable shift in tone today.

      Seems like containment was not an option. I suspect the US response has been focused on trying to slow the spread as much as possible, buying time to stockpile necessary resources, infrastructure, and information, as well as trying to prepare the public for wider spread.

      Questions just started…. unbelievable and disgusting. First one was political hit asking, of all things, about the politicization of the outbreak.

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    • zekness says:

      not all of them, but certainly most of them..for now..what we know now.

      there is likely going to be other “community related” hotspots…if the whistleblower reports are accurate (that undertrained, non-disciplined AFS people were not controlled…we shall see)

      then there is the problem that is worth monitoring for: that this disease in china very likely occured well before the Dec report. Very likely. There is evidence to support this probability with a significant outlier of “pneumonia” in the western china “border” that joins the the eastern mongolia interior. It’s poorly developed, few health care facilites exist and the cause of death is pnuemonia and the rate of it was not trivial. It could be coincidental, as each winter season brings new events related to all manner of health threats, and other “flu” virus. But the outliers are showing pneumonia for almost identical features of COVID-19…By extension, we would expect some may have traveled from there to larger centers in china proper, and then on to the US and abroad. Now, there is some comfort in the knowledge that thus far, we have not seen outbreaks that line up to an earlier spread in this scenario….and that’s great news. But it might also (low probability) be that COVID-19 persists in incubation for a much longer period, or that mild symptoms as we are seeing do not realize illness for people who seek medical care and thus have gone unreported.

      this is the real danger of any kind of novel virus. In a sense, the mild long incubation period is both a two edged sword. This one spreads swiftly..many people do not get ill beyond the mild, and also the factor of time…..so you could have this virus being spread quite far until it reaches a population group or groups that are more vulnerable to it. Not all humans, region to region, have the same kinds of immune responses.

      This is the unknown ….but there is some evidence to understand and monitor for a much earlier outbreaks. If the deaths start to climb, it’s probably a good strategy to start doing PCR screens for all centers of travel and commerce and random contact tracing…just to see if this thing is out there in areas where it might be asymptomatic or under-reported….as the cases show in eastern mongolia were in the Sept-Dec 2019 period.

      this could be occuring in other areas. It’s important to determine that now, because if these cases are spreading..even mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, this means eventually its going to hit some people, some place really hard.

      I am sure the emerging disease researchers are looking for this and inspecting unusually high pneumonia cases that fit the same features as COVID-19….that should be the best first start to understand where to start PCR in the contact tracing…even a random sample…just to rule out what may be happening.

      I think germany and some other counties are already doing this….random PCR in areas most likely to have been in community spread scenarios….It’s expensive and the public information is really critical to not get people hysterical, but it’s a solid plan to mitigate having a really really bad scenario where playing catch the mouse after a serious outbreak almost always allows a larger pandemic that is much harder to control.

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    • TWOHAWK says:

      Only we didn’t repatriate 8200 from the cruise ship. But, that is a real number Newsom says they are monitoring.

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  16. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • another face in the crowd says:

      I’m confused by the 22 number used when the John Hopkins tracking site list the following as of a few minutes ago.
      68 confirmed US cases
      1 death
      7 recovered
      (68-1-7=60 currently infected)
      Has there been a great increase of recovered that has not gotten reported yet?
      Or are they not including the Diamond Princess numbers? (if so then 7 new cases since the CDC number of 15 was last updated?)

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      • Dixie says:

        On the Johns Hopkins website, The Diamond Princess numbers are broken out from the U.S. numbers; labeled as “Diamond Princess” Cruise ship, Others. They are showing 10 recovered.

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    • Clydeen says:

      It should also apply to Americans who have visited Iran in the last 14 days. Such as….maybe John Kerry?? He should be restricted from the US for…oh,,say 50 years? That should help keep us safe!

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  17. Tl Howard says:

    I don’t think we should be relying on the Italian officials to screen people in Italy who are trying to come here.

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    • zekness says:

      we aren’t….coordination does not mean relying on any one point of monitoring…

      every single international airport and shipping port is actively monitoring for travelers…right here in the US and almost all foreign nation states. In some countries there is a lock down right now in place that limits travel in and out to impacted areas, not just china. In cases, where travelers are permitted in this lock down, enforced PCR screening..it’s not perfect, but it exactly what you would expect given the risk right now. Should the outbreaks trend up and more hotspots occur and evidence of true community spread (meaning screening didn’t catch those infected), then much more travel restrictions will happen. we aren’t there yet but if I have to place a bet, the good money so to speak is that this is going to become necessary in the next several days and weeks ahead.

      there is a coordinated effort and just about every nation state has taken the necessary steps to do what they can with the resources available.

      this disease (like many other before it) will expose the weak or poorly adapted nation states for this sort of threat and it will show which nations are much more capable.

      over time, we will see this as travel advisories and restrictions are enforced.

      Family member was scheduled for a europe vacation this summer. That plan has been put in suspension until more is known and this thing plays out.

      My view right now, essential critical travel only. Unless its absolutely necessary there is no reason to take a risk. But that is just me. I kind of a very risk averse personality so this comes natural so to speak.

      for instance, I don’t have many friends who are democrats. I just don’t like the odds. (pun intended)

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    • Mary Van Deusen says:

      I don’t think we want to send our people into contagion in Italy to screen people coming here. Let the Italians do a first level screening and it simplifies things here when we have to do the next level screening. People will still slip by two screenings, but far fewer.

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  18. Don McAro says:

    Does anyone have the full text comment from South Carolina when the President mentioned the Hoax…Cant find it anywhere and anywhere I’m looking its condensed for maximum damage

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  19. CNN_sucks says:

    Way to go, Mr President. Don’t let these hacks take over the narrative. Go for offense.

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  20. JohnCasper says:

    The President announces the end of the Afghan debacle will soon be here.

    This should have been President Bush 16 years ago.

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  21. Mary Johnson says:

    I remember 10 years ago when the swine flu hit in the US. 65 million infected, over 250,000 hospitalized, over 12,000 died but I don’t remember all the media hype. Obama didn’t even declare an emergency until 6 months after the flu started. This is all BS!

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  22. Co says:

    Secretary Azar is spot on, Limit travel to and from. The President and Vice President has got this. It is funny in not a (Haha) way that the people of China cannot complain to their leaders asking WTF and contrast the American People that have minimal exposure to the Corona are banging their fist, screaming and blaming President Trump. Notice they do not have Rosenstein’s sister from the CDC at this presser.

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  23. T2020 says:

    Notice the protests in Kong are gone??? There are no coincidences.

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  24. Reserved55 says:

    Effing Communist reporterette.

    It was not misinterpreted. It’s a straight up lie.

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  25. Reserved55 says:

    The Communist continue to politicize a serious situation.

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    • James F says:

      The most socialist medicine on the planet is responsible for starting this.

      Communist China chernobyled it from the start.

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    • keeler says:

      “Mr President, are you sorry for politicizing this issue?”

      Q&A begins with a political operative asking a political question.

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      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Are you sorry for beating your wife?

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        • zekness says:

          and when did you quit?

          it’s the oldest trick and so worn out.

          I’ve forwarded a suggestion to the WH and the President.

          What I have recommended is that before each and every single presser, he make a boilerplate set of rules before answering questions.

          a. There will be no stupid, leading questions, or gimic argument fallacies entertained.
          b. any reporter that violates these rules will be asked to leave and will not be invited or allowed to ask the president any questions. Repeated violations will result in a ban. I will just NOT call on you at all and I will not respond to any of your questions.
          c. You are more than welcome to scrutinize this administration and ask tough questions. I welcome them. However, I will not permit any reporter from this point forward to engage in silly, misleading traps, or attempting to frame an issue based on pure BULLSH$T.
          d. Your are MY GUESTS. I do NOT have the obligation to even talk to any of you. My office can, as we have done before, simply put out routine daily press notes and announcements.
          e. You may not like my politics. You may not even like me. But you WILL respect a level of decorum and professionalism towards the office of the President of the United States. I encourage you all to that your duty ultimately is to report facts, ask fair questions that do not create and manufacture BULLSH%T. I also encourage you all that Americans are evaluating YOU and how YOU conduct your protected right under the constitution to freely ask question and to dissent even from the US Government. I just ask that you do so responsibly and take a moment and a deep breath and consider carefully what kind of effects most of your BULLSH$T has on the everyday citizen of this country. You OWE these people the best, more informed, and falsifiable set of facts you can report. That’s a job I think many of you need to really understand is vitally important to performing solid journalism.
          f. IF the current state of YOUR efforts are noticed, I will be open to more press engagements and even allow some of you into the whitehouse and have meaningful thorough interviews that I believe we all would really like to have.
          g. One of the developments I will be looking for to determine if you reporters are sincere is to report accurately what happened to me and your complicity in realizing one of the most corrupt wide-spread attempted coups in modern history. I will be looking for you and for your fellow reporters to acknowledge the problems you created and I will be looking for you to show some level of responsibility for manufacturing the BULLSH%T over the last 4 years. We will start with that. Should you fail to report accurately and transparently about how YOU not only unfairly and deliberately created a mountain of utter BULLSH%T that you KNEW was false…then, and only then, will I even consider giving any of you the time of day or any level of access. You have not earned it. The American people deserve better. And they voted FOR ME…NOT YOU!
          h. If your employer wants to fire you because you want to do the right thing, you may contact my office directly, and I will provide as much federal services and legal protections you may need to protect yourself from retribution. You may also contact several federal and state agencies for whistleblower protections and I am going to pass the information out so that you know I am being sincere and genuine. I believe in the power of the press. Unfortunately, what many of you have been doing is not press. IT”S BEEN BULLSH%T.

          my staff will now hand out the crying towels and safety blankies…feel free to get it all out.

          next time we meet, be best.!

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  26. lettruthspeak says:

    Meanwhile more people dying every day from the flu, including a heart surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic who got a flu shot, but the flu is old news, and the disastercrats are okay with whomever succumbs to it and dies.

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    • Tl Howard says:

      I think it’s understandable that most people are not simply saying, “Oh, it’s just like the flu.”

      First, many people in higher risk categories–middle aged, elderly, people w/ other conditions (think of the millions of people in this country, including millions of high school students who have type 2 diabetes, millions who don’t even know they are diabetic)–realize that they have no immunity to this since it is “novel”.

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  27. tuskyou says:

    Before POTUS began speaking I told my husband that the person who died is either very young, very old or already medically compromised. People need to use logic! Because of HIPPA we’ll probably never know the person’s medical history and the media lie about it.

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    • Reserved55 says:

      Trump addressed it. An elderly woman with medically compromised condition.

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      • tuskyou says:

        Yes, exactly. That’s the point. An elderly person with preexisting medical condition could die from a cold/flu. Not surprising at all.

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      • Janie says:

        Ok for the first time on Coronavirus, I am very alarmed. I am anxious, I am frightened.

        /sarc

        Because the woman that died (sad) was apparently in her fifities and they are referring to that as elderly! Hey I am in my 50’s and I haven’t thought of myself as elderly… yikes…

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  28. Reserved55 says:

    Kindergartners asking inane questions.

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  29. Aeyrie says:

    I found this article today. I don’t know anything about this source, having never seen it before. The article is about the Chinese possibly having foreknowledge of the virus because they drilled on it a month before. It also implicates other organizations and governments including ours. Does anyone know anything about The Freedom Articles website? Have any of you seen anything else that would support or refute this story?

    https://thefreedomarticles.com/chinese-government-foreknowledge-coronavirus-drill-30-days-wuhan-games/

    This video of an interview with Jennifer Zeng was in the list of sources:

    https://archive.org/details/youtube-AsKvEC0KV0

    Wow. Just stunning. I’m having a hard time finding words, Treepers.

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    • Mark says:

      Government completely unprepared. Testing is a joke. They have to send samples to the CDC and wait days for an answer? Why haven’t test kits been distributed everywhere? Because there aren’t enough and CDC is holding them. Very few tests done many people are carrying this. Not enough masks. This is a disaster. I’m not blaming Trump but this is not prepared.

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    • A2 says:

      I’ve cited numerous sources on this. Fairly common knowledge. Caixin is excellent on the cover up. And that’s a PRC source. They have been censored, but can read about their report here. (I posted the original before it was censored ).

      Excellent Caixin piece on COVID-19: who knew what and when

      https://thechinacollection.org/excellent-caixin-piece-covid-19-knew/

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  30. wendy forward says:

    I love our team! Adults in the room.

    I have no interest in listening to the lunatic children trying to throw feces at POTUS so taking a break until CPAC.

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  31. MAGADJT says:

    Borrom line in my opinion is that no existing Trump supporters and very few (if any) swing voters are going to see this as POTUS fault and subscribe blame to him. As long as he is out publicly talking about the steps government is taking to contain the virus, people will give him credit for the effort.

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  32. rashomon says:

    Some propagandists in the audience need their press passes repealed.

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  33. Troublemaker10 says:

    VSG POTUS is giving an excellent press conference today. Very presidential and shows command of handling Coronavirus situation with professional medical personnel in charge. We are in excellent hands.

    Hope he does these updates as needed.

    It also allows him to cover other top issues that the media would ignore. This is very good for Trump and the nation.

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  34. Troublemaker10 says:

    VSG POTUS is giving an excellent press conference today. Very presidential and shows command of handling Coronavirus situation with professional medical personnel in charge. We are in excellent hands.

    Hope he does these updates as needed.

    It also allows him to cover other top issues that the media would ignore. This is very good for Trump and the nation.

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  35. Tl Howard says:

    The announcement of the Taliban deal should have been made separate from a presser on this serious medical issue and dammit, POTUS should have known that.

    I feel it takes away from the info imparted on the virus and he KNOWS the press will be aggressive.

    This has gone from topic to topic with that important panel of people behind him. This isn’t rookie, just bad judgement.

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    • tuskyou says:

      I have a different view. I think he’s trying to illustrate the big difference between our healthy strong military men and women dying in stupid endless wars versus 1 elderly medically compromised person dying from coronavirus. In other words calm down and let’s keep our priorities straight.

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    • Co says:

      If he had given a separate presser None of the channels would have reported it.This way they have to listen. This is NOT poor Judgement, this is running a topic secondary to a topic being exploited . they have got this!

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      • Tl Howard says:

        I disagree with your statement that a separate presser wouldn’t have been covered. If he gave one on, say, Monday, that room would have been as packed as it is now. Would the alphabet networks have interrupted their late morning soaps, probably not, but the cable ones, yes. In fact, since he doesn’t give pressers much any more, the alphabets might have carried it, in part.

        We all know that the networks pick clips to show on their nightly news shows and their morning talk/news shows. They’ll do the same with this presser today.

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      • Blue Wildflower says:

        President Trump does not have time to play games with the American people.

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    • Guyski says:

      How many people first heard of the ‘Taliban deal’ because President Trump mentioned it?

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    • Dekester says:

      Why?

      The Audience for this was massive. It was covered n its entirety on CNN and Faux. Also did you notice that numerous nationalities were selected by PDJT. S.Korea, Russia, Turkey, China, Mexico, Brazil and possibly others.

      A separate briefing…wouldn’t have been covered at all.

      PDJT is a master communicator.

      God bless PDJT

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    • Troublemaker10 says:

      I disagree. It is common when giving a press conference on a specific topic to mention some other event that just happened of major national importance . Ending the Afghanistan war involvement is huge news for the nation.

      The presser update on Coronavirus was detailed and professional.

      Trump never avoids valid questions during Q&A. He is very transparent in that order. So no problems with multitude of topics on questions.

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    • WhiteBoard says:

      BS – he knows this corona crap will dissipate in 2 months.

      and its an evil act to see the media and politcal opponents hype this up to support short selling of stocks (401 K robbery) on to have the profit later (selling the stocks back to the 401K)

      you really want to let the dem and media stomp on his ability to message now until election? THERE IS NO SEPERATE MEDIA PLATFORM TIME OTHER THAN THIS. this is where EVERYONES EYES are ( the ones who HATE HIM)

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    • sunnyflower5 says:

      And, the Peace Deal will get it’s own attention in the days and week ahead —When the President meets with Taliban and our troops start returning HOME.

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  36. Reserved55 says:

    John Bolton, eleventy!!!!!

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  37. Tl Howard says:

    Pence handles the charge with equanimity. Good for him.

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  38. Tl Howard says:

    Gee, all we need is Sam Donaldson and Dan Rather to ask the next questions.

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  39. Right to reply says:

    Trump should state…As the Democrats are so concerned about this virus. I have decided to speed up the building of the wall to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in and infecting Americans. I will also abolish sanctuary cities that attract illegal immigrants and spread the virus. All medicines will now be manufactured in the USA, and not China…Amen

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  40. realeyecandy1 says:

    Pence is fantastic

    Liked by 2 people

    • Dekester says:

      Agreed, if he has PDJT mentoring and keeping him honest. IMO will make a terrific President.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Landslide says:

      Everyone has a role that they are best in. Pence’s calm demeanor works here. As for the motivator needed to rally voters nationwide, I can’t see it happening. Good man, though.👍🏻

      Liked by 2 people

      • Dekester says:

        Fair enough, but I was thinking more the Evangelical vote, his record as a successful Governor of a Mid West State.

        The caveat being him open to PDJT advising him and having a compatible V.P. at his side.

        Stay safe, and God Bless PDJT.

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  41. Troublemaker10 says:

    About that journalist bashing Pence…..

    I posted this link in yesterday’s thread. Near the end Dr Drew is asked about Pence and gives a glowing defense of Pence in handling health issues as Governor. Says he was first in the country to take control of issues and infers he set the gold standard for other governors to follow. He said people who criticize Pence don’t know what they are talking about .

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    • Reserved55 says:

      I saw a video of him telling TV anchors to shut the hell up because they haven’t a clue of what they’re taking about.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Blue Wildflower says:

      I think they want to try to punish him as a Christian. They want to put a question in people’s mind about HIV and did he ignore it to hurt gay people. It is just a ignorant democrat trick that is not working.

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      • zekness says:

        the truth is…in the early stages of the disease, HIV/AIDS (it didn’t have that name yet) a WIDELY held public view was this was

        first: some monkey disease
        second: only gay men could get it.

        this was how this was viewed….from every party, many churches, and many otherwise academic and secular circles.

        One might as well drag up someone, anyone, any race, sex, religion, politician, citizen, white, blue color..

        you could throw a rock and hit 6 people who blamed this disease on monkeys and gay men.

        this was the reality.

        very very few, were intellectually honest and experienced to understand this was a virus disease …and those assigning it to monkey’s and gay men were just ignorant about what a virus is…how it spreads…and that is exactly what happened.

        so, was pence right or wrong? yes, and yes. just like every single other person during that time.

        Again, this level of dishonesty about the realities of history is a defect of the media and politics.

        Look I think homosexuality is a perverse unnatural disease..it’s a special kind of sin. I do believe this to be true. But, I have never, not once every believed or supported this idea that somehow the homosexual people somehow managed to create a virus…That group of perverts is akin to a virus in society and everything that is good and natural and consistent. But these people don’t have some super power to design a virus. It just doesn’t work like that.

        Pence is getting hit, because his views are similar to mine. He views homosexuality and normalizing it as unnatural and dangerous…dangerous because institutionalizing SIN is against his faith and righteous obedience to God. It’s just that simple.

        this is why they attack him over this now. the want him to say out loud what most of us actually believe about homosexuality. It’s not correct to support any of that behavior …a disease is a completely different issue entirely. The corrupt wants to conflate his religious views to be some sick intention he doesn’t care about human life.

        If they only knew how much Pence actually does care…if they only knew.

        god knows

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    • zekness says:

      isn’t DR. Drew competing against shiftstains in the next cycle.

      Drew was hitting Schiff pretty hard on the homeless situation in his district.

      perhaps its a good moment to send Dr. Drew some “love” from CTH and welcome him to the realities to help him fully develop a successful campaign against Schiff…

      Of course I would LOVE to see a conservative run against Schiff, but I think the district is so lopsided left that’s not very realistic.

      I’m not particularly a big fan of Dr. Drew…but he seems reasonable, talented, and not corrupted by the DC swamp…

      I think we should make the effort to provide him with all the tools we have at our dispose to help him take down a common enemy.

      thoughts?

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  42. Nigella says:

    Being a Christian Woman I can’t say here what I really think of the braying hyenas who are supposedly the “press”

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  43. Nigella says:

    Don’t know if it’s been mentioned here, but over 70 people have died in Washington State of the “regular” flu so far this season

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  44. Lumina says:

    Too bad this isn’t in prime time….
    Last questioned yelled out…:”Is it safe to travel in Washington state?”….ugh…..do I pack my bags now to flee? (Sarcasm…)

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  45. PInky1920 says:

    Stupid f’n leftists.

    Sure, I’m gonna NOT vote for PT because of this; just look at the six-pack of malignant hyenas they’re trying to foist on us.

    Sure, I’ll vote for one of THEM, they appear to really have it all together; I WOULD rather die of a damn virus than be subjected to their gross incompetence and assininity. I don’t even know if that’s a word, but if fits.

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  46. NJF says:

    watched on fox. now there are going to the guy on scene, and he’s the jerk that asked the hoax question. go figure. he also reworded POTUSs answer when recounting back on air. smh

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  47. Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

    Part of today’s media hype is meant to deflect from Biden’s poor performance in the South Carolina Primary. The state was supposed to be his firewall against crazy Bernie and the other outright communist contenders. He was planning on winning the state by a large margin. Today’s the day, let’s see what happens.

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  48. bertdilbert says:

    Contrast how Trump is handling the corona virus verses how Obama would have. Obama would never have moved to curtail travel with China with a bold decision. Trump does not wait with his finger in the air to test which way the political wind is blowing.

    Obama would have waited until the polls showed that such a move had full public support.

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  49. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Home run presser. Could not have been better, particularly given the sad news from Washington state.

    That was awesome. The more of these the Task Force does, the sooner the market panic and Dem talking points will fade.

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  50. Clara says:

    We must demand to know at once the fatality rate for SMOKERS vs NON-SMOKERS.

    As of yesterday, the New England Journal of Medicine was reporting that there has so far been ZERO fatalities for children under the age of 15 from coronovirus. This is extremely unusual for any deadly disease that is not sexually transmitted. However, children generally are non-smokers. Could this explain it?

    Additionally, we know that the death rate for adult men in China is nearly twice that of adult women, which some experts already are noting may be due to the much higher rate of habitual smoking among males vs. females in China.

    In general, Chinese men have among the highest smoking rates of any population worldwide. Iranian men, who are also falling victim to the virus at alarming rates, also are habitual smokers.
    Hong Kong, by contrast, has among the lowest smoking rates of any nation in the world. The coronovirus has not gained any traction there so far.

    These may all be coincidences. Or they may point to something very unique about this virus, in that it may threaten primarily smokers. If true, we need to confirm this ASAP, so that we can target prevention and treatment toward those who are most at risk, rather than aiming our limited resources at the entire population.

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    • mimbler says:

      I’ve also read that just breathing the polluted China air is the equivalent of a pack a day habit. So in a sense, they are all “smokers”

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    • zekness says:

      smoking…inhaling high temperature fumes, carbonized organic materials from the tobacco leafs creates about 40 KNOWN carcinogens. In addition, SMOKE kills the lung cells that function to respirate oxygen and carbon dioxide. The effects are that the human body is in a constant state of repair and the immune system is not near natural optimal performance.

      so, yes, any respiratory disease is going to have a significant effect on smokers…

      having said that….and not taking anything away from the significance of it wrt this disease and general health..young people have terrific immune systems. But not the very very young….alternately, as the human body ages, the immune system erodes and does not function as well as it did in early age.

      what makes this disease severe for some and not others are from a variety of factors…and smoking is certainly going to be a big negative…

      some have speculated that this higher proportion of middle age males in china that smoke, and smoke heavily than any other class of humans in the population helps to explain some of the statistics that show they have a higher mortality rate. But that only works if you ignore the other kinds of diseases that cause respiratory disease. In those others, we do not see this statistical evidence they are more prone to mortality from those. So there is something else going on other than smoking to explain the variance….

      I tend to speculate with confidence it is the virus…that there is something peculiar going on at the cell level and rna level that causes an immune response for males but no so much for females. This would make this corona virus very very special. And it could be a silver lining discovery.

      One priority to determine what makes females immune response more successful in killing the virus is being researched right now. If they find what that is, it makes should help determine what kinds of weakness exists specifically with this virus …all viruses have some kind of vulnerability. The statistics show women do not have the mortality rate of men. So looking there is important to find what is actually going on. It’s not a trivial difference in statistical differences, so we know there is something going on here that did not exist with SARS and MERS, where the virus on those events were equal opportunity killers. I would suspect that women might actually be a higher incubation period and a longer asymptomatic feature.

      Or this could be explained with a culture that exists in china. Women are not treated equally socially. And so, there may be underreporting or women unwilling to go get medical care..this might also explain some of this statistical difference….lots of unknowns.

      but yes, smoking is always going to make a person less healthy and compromised than not smoking at all. For this disease or any other to be fair.

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