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Covid-19 obesity risk, Kaiser study reveals risk to men and young, Greater risk of death than related factors such as diabetes or hypertension

Covid-19 obesity risk, Kaiser study reveals risk to men and young, Greater risk of death than related factors such as diabetes or hypertension

“Having obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”…CDC

“Severe obesity puts those with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at particularly high risk of death, more so than related risk factors such as diabetes or hypertension”… Kaiser Permanente study

“This is a wake up call. About 42% of adults in the U.S. are considered obese. This puts people at a highrer risk for Covid-19 complications and other health issues.”…Citizen Wells

 

From AJMC August 12, 2020.

“Kaiser Study: Severe Obesity Boosts Risk of COVID-19 Death, Especially for the Young

“Severe obesity puts those with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at particularly high risk of death, more so than related risk factors such as diabetes or hypertension, according to a study of patient records that researchers from Kaiser Permanente published today.

The study, appearing in Annals of Internal Medicine,1 showed that obesity is especially dangerous for men and younger patients who contract COVID-19, and that obesity stood out from racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic disparities when isolated from those factors.

Data from the 6916 patients in the study show that compared with those at normal body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 to 24 kg/m2, the risk of death more than doubled for patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 to 44 kg/m2 (relative risk of 2.68; 95% CI, 1.43 to 5.04) and nearly doubled again for those with a BMI of 45 kg/m2 (relative risk of 4.18; 95% CI, 2.12 to 8.26).

“This risk was most striking among those aged 60 years or younger and men,” the authors wrote.

In an accompanying editorial, David A. Kass, MD, a cardiologist at John Hopkins University, wrote that these findings, when taken with prior research, “should put to rest the contention that obesity is common in severe COVID-19 because it is common in the population. Obesity is an important independent risk factor for serious COVID-19 disease.”

“His assessment was stark: COVID-19 makes it hard to breathe, and excess fat only makes this worse.

“As a cardiologist who studies heart failure, I am struck by how many of the mechanisms that are mentioned in reviews of obesity risk and heart disease are also mentioned in reviews of obesity and COVID-19,” Kass wrote. Things like sleep apnea and increased inflammation are all at work, damaging lungs and particularly the air sacs that do the heavy lifting in the respiratory system.

Not only does being severely obese make it harder to breathe, but the adipose tissue fuels mechanisms that act like magnets for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19.

“Fat deposited in skeletal muscle may be sought after by top-end steakhouses but, in vivo, it compromises muscle metabolic efficiency, nutrient uptake, and performance,” Kass wrote. “It requires more muscle force to displace the diaphragm downward when a substantial fat mass lies below it. Abdominal obesity also makes it more difficult to breathe in a prone position that is favored to improve ventilation in patients with COVID-19.””

Read more:

https://www.ajmc.com/view/kaiser-severe-obesity-boosts-risk-of-covid-19-death-especially-for-the-young

 

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Mark Anthony Urquiza obese went to karaoke bar, Obesity preexisting condition greatly increases Covid-19 risk, Did daughter Kristin warn father of his health risk?

Mark Anthony Urquiza obese went to karaoke bar, Obesity preexisting condition greatly increases Covid-19 risk, Did daughter Kristin warn father of his health risk?

“Having obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”…CDC

“Long before Covid-19 happened, we already had an epidemic in the US. Obesity.”...Citizen Wells

“This is a wake up call. About 42% of adults in the U.S. are considered obese. This puts people at a highrer risk for Covid-19 complications and other health issues.”…Citizen Wells

 

First, I am sorry for the Urquiza family loss.

However the father, Mark Anthony Urquiza, was already at a high health risk due to his obesity prior to the Covid-19.

The daughter, Kristin, is now supporting corrupt career politician Joe Biden based on a false precept. However, that is a natural progression for those unable to hold themselves accountable.

From Biz Pac Review.

“Daughter exploits Trump-supporting dad, who was obese and died of Covid 19, for Dems’ convention”

“Urquiza outrageously declared that the president was responsible for the death of her father, Mark Anthony Urquiza, who died in June. She contended that Trump’s remarks were somehow responsible for her father’s own decision back in May when he ignored the fact that he was in an at-risk category for the coronavirus and visited a karaoke bar when the stay-at-home order was lifted in Arizona.

“He had faith in Donald Trump,” Urquiza said of her father. “He voted for him, listened to him, believed him and his mouthpieces when they said that coronavirus was under control and going to disappear. That it was OK to end social distancing rules before it was safe. That if you had no underlying health conditions, you’d probably be fine.”

Though lockdown orders may have been lifted, older adults had been considered at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as seen in many of the pandemic’s first victims.”

Read more:

https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/08/18/daughter-exploits-trump-supporting-dad-who-was-obese-and-died-of-covid-19-for-dems-convention-961547

From Citizen Wells August 2, 2020.

“In the US it is always someone else’s fault.

If you are arrested by the police for breaking the law it is the police fault.

If you get Covid-19 it is Trump’s fault.

However, long before Covid-19 happened, we already had an epidemic in the US.

Obesity.

The elephant in the room.

Nobody wants to talk about it including the fake news media.

Recently I learned of the death from Covid-19 of a young woman in her mid twenties. The mother stated that her daughter had no pre existing conditions.

The photo of the young woman appeared to reveal that she was overweight.

This is a wake up call.

From Houston Methodist.

“Anyone can get infected with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But, as we continue to learn more about this new disease, it’s becoming increasingly clear that some people are more vulnerable to severe illness than others — including those who are very overweight.

“People may not realize this, but obesity in and of itself is a risk factor for being hospitalized or placed in the ICU as a result of COVID-19,” says Dr. Kyle Stephens, weight loss surgeon at Houston Methodist. “And this is particularly concerning since we also know that about 42% of adults in the U.S. are considered obese.””

Read more:

https://citizenwells.com/2020/08/02/obesity-epidemic-preceded-covid-19-pandemic-and-contributes-to-complications-and-death-42-percent-of-us-adults-obese-27-increased-risk-factor-40-bmi-doubles-risk/

 

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Covid-19 lies destroyed, 1.3 % of Covid pneumonia flu deaths for week ending July 4, Deaths plummeted, Cases indicative of increased testing, Prove less fatal

Covid-19 lies destroyed, 1.3 % of Covid pneumonia flu deaths for week ending July 4, Deaths plummeted, Cases indicative of increased testing, Prove less fatal

“The (American) press, which is mostly controlled by vested
interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion.”… Albert Einstein

“There were 58,148 total deaths the week ending 2/1/2020, pre Covid-19, in the middle of winter and flu season. There were 15,221 total deaths the week ending 6/20/2020”…Citizen Wells

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

All you hear from the lying fake news media and ill informed politicians is about the uptick in Covid-19 cases.

Well duh! Of course.

From day one they have screamed about the need for more testing.

All this proves is that Covid-19 is less fatal to folks under 55 with no severe pre existing conditions and folks not in unprotected nursing homes.

For the week ending July 4, 2020, of the deaths from Covid-19, pneumonia and flu, only 1.3 % were from Covid-19!!

From the CDC for the week ending July 4, 2020.

…………Total
…………Deaths…. Covid-19

0-24 …..143 ……….0
25-34…. 219……… 0
35-44…. 299……… 5
45-54….. 639……. 13
55-64… 1,558……. 12
65-74… 2,498……. 51
75-84…. 3,303…… 41
84-on…. 4,655…… 55

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm#AgeAndSex

From The Blaze.

“Horowitz: The media’s coronavirus con: Would you rather be Florida/Texas or NY/NJ?

From listening to the mindless tropes from fact-free media headlines, one would think that all the Southern states are now at least as bad as New York was in March, if not worse; that the virus is intensifying; that it’s all taking place in states that didn’t lock down properly or long enough; and that the virus re-emerged because lockdowns were lifted, despite the funny timing of this “surge.” As such, only indefinite lockdowns can save us.

In fact, most of the surge is superficial and illusory, built on numerous accounting gimmicks. In addition, the virus is weakening more than ever; even the worst states are better than New York was; the superficial surge affects the states that were never hard-hit – both lockdown and non-lockdown states alike; the timing does not coincide with the reopening but with other factors; and the biggest factors driving it – border medical tourism, illegal alien agriculture workers, and possibly rioters – are completely ignored by the same people who are screaming “Coronavirus!” in a crowded theater.”

Read more:

https://www.theblaze.com/op-ed/horowitz-the-medias-coronavirus-con-would-you-rather-be-florida-texas-or-ny-nj?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200707Trending-HorowitzNYNJTXAZ&utm_term=ACTIVE%20LIST%20-%20TheBlaze%20Breaking%20News

From Rush Limbaugh.

“COVID Deaths Plummet, But the So-Called News Remains Negative”

“The number of deaths associated with COVID-19 are way down. It’s why they’re not being reported. The game here is to scare you into siding up with a new lockdown. They want you to hear all these brand-new numbers of cases as deaths. But deaths are down. The curve was flattened.”

“RUSH: Okay. So back to the theme, we don’t know what to believe. The news is conflicting with seemingly every report. We’re being inundated with news reports daily, hourly, on the record number of cases. We are, thus, to assume that those cases equal death, either now or eventually. And yet the actual percentage, number of deaths is declining, is declining so rapidly that the CDC says we may not even be near epidemic, much less pandemic, circumstances here.

Now, contrast that. Here’s some headlines from just the past couple days in the Drive-By Media. CNN: “As Trump gaslights America about coronavirus, Republicans face a critical choice.”

NPR: “Despite rising coronavirus cases, Trump’s focus appears to be elsewhere.”

Slate.com: “The economy is not going back to normal.”

From the BBC: “Coronavirus, FDA chief refuses to back Trump’s vaccine prediction.”

CNN: “U.S. is still knee-deep in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Fauci says.”

New York Times: “How America lost the war on COVID-19.”

Not a single hint of optimism. Just a never-ending, relentless pessimism about COVID-19 politicized to the max to make Trump look like a fool or a sociopath. That’s the express purpose. And it extends to issues beyond the virus in terms of what’s true, what isn’t, and most of it isn’t.”

Read more:

https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2020/07/07/covid-deaths-plummet-but-the-so-called-media-remains-negative/

Covid-19, pneumonia and flu all diseases that should be taken seriously.

But we don’t go around screaming “the sky is falling” every flu season.

Deaths are the apples in the apples to apples comparisons and reveal the ultimate impact of these diseases.

 

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Covid-19 facts not fake news lies, 43% of deaths in nursing homes, Gov Cooper et al enabled “protesters” failed public, Deaths not cases

Covid-19 facts not fake news lies, 43% of deaths in nursing homes, Gov Cooper et al enabled “protesters” failed public, Deaths not cases

“The (American) press, which is mostly controlled by vested
interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion.”… Albert Einstein

“There were 58,148 total deaths the week ending 2/1/2020, pre Covid-19, in the middle of winter and flu season. There were 15,221 total deaths the week ending 6/20/2020”…Citizen Wells

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

Cases of Covid-19 are up.

That is all the lying fake news media wants you to hear.

Why? It is all about removing President Trump.

Now the truth, facts, reality check from Citizen Wells.

The true arbiter of the impact on our health is death.

Something we can use as an apples to apples comparison.

In any given year, Americans dies from a myriad of diseases and accidents.

https://citizenwells.com/2020/04/01/no-wuhan-covid-19-us-problem-ny-nj-problem-typical-year-almost-3-million-deaths-647k-heart-disease-600k-cancer-flu-pneumonia-7th-end-shutdowns-cure-worse-than-disease/

Also, as reported at Citizen Wells, the vast majority of Covid-19 deaths happen to older folks and those with preexisting conditions.

https://citizenwells.com/2020/05/11/covid-19-wuhan-virus-deaths-facts-over-fake-news-age-55-over-92-age-65-over-80-high-percentage-in-long-term-care-aka-nursing-homes-governors-lousy-job/

Now let’s look at the latest data from the CDC, week ending June 20, 2020.

There were 271 Covid-19 deaths for the week ending 6/20/2020 with 90 % being age 55 or over.

Total deaths for the week were 15,221.

Peak Covid-19 deaths occurred the week ending 4/18/2020.

There were 16,343 Covid-19 deaths.

93 % of those were age 55 and over.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm#AgeAndSex

It is clear that Covid-19 deaths have plummeted despite the increase in recorded cases.

It is also clear that the vast majority of the deaths have happened to older Americans and those with compromised health.

What we do not yet know is the impact of “protesters”, thugs, rioters and modern day Nazis given carte blanche to gather and create bedlam by governors like NC Roy Cooper, the same governor who referred to the Ace Speedway gatherings as a “Imminent Hazard.”

Time will tell.

“Since some of our earliest news about Covid-19 came out of a nursing home in Washington State, we had a proper heads up.

Conclusion: governors and states apparently have done a poor job of protecting our most vulnerable populations in nursing homes and probably overreacted in regard to the rest of the population.

The fake news media has not helped.

https://citizenwells.com/2020/05/11/covid-19-wuhan-virus-deaths-facts-over-fake-news-age-55-over-92-age-65-over-80-high-percentage-in-long-term-care-aka-nursing-homes-governors-lousy-job/

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Greensboro News Record fake news on Trump and WHO worse than Washington Post, NR omitted truth from WAPO article, News Record awarded 5 Orwells

Greensboro News Record fake news on Trump and WHO worse than Washington Post, NR omitted truth from WAPO article, News Record awarded 5 Orwells

“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”… William Tecumseh Sherman

“The function of the press is very high. It is almost Holy. It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or suppress the news is a breach of trust.” …. Louis D. Brandeis

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

Let me be clear.

I do not subscribe to the left mouthpiece fake news Greensboro News Record.

I did deliver and collect for them when I was 12.

I do intend to piss on their metaphorical grave when they go under which should be soon.

Imagine being more biased and fake news then the Washington Post.

Here is the most recent example.

From the Greensboro News Record print edition April 20, 2020 quoting the Washington Post.

“Americans at WHO told Trump about virus threat

More than a dozen U.S. researchers, physicians and public health experts, many of them from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were working full time at the Geneva headquarters of the World Health Organization as the novel coronavirus emerged late last year and transmitted real-time information about its discovery and spread in China to the Trump administration, according to U.S. and international officials.

A number of CDC staffers are regularly detailed to work at WHO in Geneva as part of a rotation that has operated for years. Senior Trump-appointed health officials also consulted regularly at the highest levels with the WHO as the crisis unfolded, the officials said.

The presence of so many U.S. officials undercuts President Donald Trump’s charge that the WHO’s failure to communicate the extent of the threat, born of a desire to protect China, is largely responsible for the rapid spread of the virus in the United States.

The administration has also sharply criticized the Chinese government for withholding information.

But the president, who often touts a personal relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping and is reluctant to inflict damage on a trade deal with Beijing, appears to see the WHO as a more defenseless target.”

Read more:

https://www.greensboro.com/washingtonpost/uncategorized/americans-at-world-health-organization-transmitted-real-time-information-about-coronavirus-to-trump/article_9440b2e3-06e7-525d-a813-d0f1bf81301e.html

From the Washington Post and left out of the News Record article:

“”In a statement provided to The Washington Post after online publication of this article, Caitlin B. Oakley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, confirmed that in January, HHS had 17 staff members, including 16 from the CDC, at the WHO, “working on a variety of programs, including covid-19 and Ebola.” She emphasized that the staff members were not “decision-makers.”

“Furthermore, I’d add that just because you have Americans embedded in WHO providing technical assistance does not change the information you are getting from WHO leadership,” Oakley said in an email. “We have learned now that WHO information was incorrect and relied too heavily on China.” Questioning why the WHO “did not press China harder,” she said that “the lack of transparency aided and abided by WHO leadership hampered understanding of the virus and delayed the global response.”

China “stalled for weeks” in allowing WHO experts to visit in January and February, Oakley said, “and the WHO never criticized them for the delay and even praised China for its ‘transparency.’ ””

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“A G-7 statement issued after the call supported the need to review the WHO’s performance. “We cannot have business as usual and must ask the hard questions about how [the pandemic] came about,” said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, standing in for virus-stricken Prime Minister Boris Johnson. But he stressed that a post-crisis review should be “driven by science.”

In announcing the funding cutoff, Trump said last week that the WHO parroted incorrect Chinese statements and “failed to investigate credible reports . . . that conflicted directly with the Chinese government’s official accounts.” He criticized “the inability of the WHO to obtain virus samples” that China continues to refuse to supply.

A Senate aide who has tracked the issue said “there was clearly an effort” by China “not to provide transparent data and information” in the early stages of the outbreak.

“We were looking to WHO to provide that information, and they did not. It was unclear as to whether they didn’t get that transparency from the Chinese, or that they chose not to share what they did get under pressure from the Chinese,” said the aide, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.”

Read more:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/americans-at-world-health-organization-transmitted-real-time-information-about-coronavirus-to-trump-administration/2020/04/19/951c77fa-818c-11ea-9040-68981f488eed_story.html

The Washington Post bears some responsibility for the News Record fake news. Indeed their heading is misleading:

“Americans at World Health Organization transmitted real-time information about coronavirus to Trump administration”

For what really happened, examine the timeline of WHO and US interaction here.

From The Epoch Times:

“The WHO has said that Chinese authorities first informed it about the outbreak on Dec. 31, 2019. While that would have been a golden opportunity to mitigate the spread of the virus worldwide, the WHO conveyed none of its information to the world that day.”

“On Jan. 2, The Epoch Times reported on the efforts of the CCP to block information about the outbreak and the high levels of anxiety spreading throughout the city.

A Wuhan Health Commission directive prohibited all medical facilities in the city “from publicizing medical information without permission,” and online discussions about the outbreak were quickly censored. On Jan. 1, Wuhan police said that they had detained eight locals who had spread “rumors” about the outbreak.

As it turned out, at least some of the suppressed whistleblowers were doctors who had tried to warn colleagues about the new virus.

Panicked locals cleared Wuhan pharmacies of surgical masks and over-the-counter preventive Chinese medicines. China expert and physician Tang Jingyuan warned a government coverup might exacerbate the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the WHO remained silent.”

Read more:

https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-communist-subversion-of-who-undermined-global-pandemic-response_3313092.html

 

For its continued efforts to be the mouthpiece for the left and fake news, the Greensboro News Record is awarded 5 Orwells.

 

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Coronavirus Covid-19 originated in Wuhan lab, China efforts to compete with US, Source: “costliest government cover-up of all time” 

Coronavirus Covid-19 originated in Wuhan lab, China efforts to compete with US, Source: “costliest government cover-up of all time”

“Compare, for example, numbers from leading causes of death in US-published by the @CDCgov for 2017–not to mention hundreds of thousands of abortions. Meanwhile, #DomesticViolence is escalating. Job losses will trigger suicides from despair. People can’t meet basic needs.”...Attorney Sidney Powell

“How many Americans suffering from other illnesses cannot see a doctor now? How many Americans will lose their jobs, their life savings, their retirement prospects, and their incalculable feeling of self-worth? How many will succumb to depression, drug or alcohol abuse, and suicide? How many will lose their homes, divorce their spouses, or suffer abuse? How many will never recover in their careers? How many small businesses, including the vital ones of doctors, dentists, and veterinarians, will vanish from your community? How many young people will “fail to launch”?”…Mises Wire

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

From Fox News.

“Sources believe coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab as part of China’s efforts to compete with US

There is increasing confidence that COVID-19 likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory, though not as a bioweapon but as part of China’s attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States, multiple sources who have been briefed on the details of early actions by China’s government and seen relevant materials tell Fox News.

The sources believe the initial transmission of the virus was bat-to-human, and that “patient zero” worked at the laboratory, then went into the population in Wuhan.

The “increasing confidence” comes from classified and open-source documents and evidence, the sources said. Fox News has requested to see the evidence directly. Sources emphasized — as is often the case with intelligence — that it’s not definitive and should not be characterized as such. Some inside the administration and the intelligence and epidemiological communities are more skeptical, and the investigation is continuing.

What all of the sources agree about is the extensive cover-up of data and information about COVID-19 orchestrated by the Chinese government.”

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Zero Hedge: “deaths surge in US”, Really?, Half of deaths in NY and NJ, CA has 215, 19 states have 11 or less, Yellow journalism aka sensationalism

Zero Hedge: “deaths surge in US”, Really?, Half of deaths in NY and NJ, CA has 215, 19 states have 11 or less, Yellow journalism aka sensationalism

“The (American) press, which is mostly controlled by vested
interests, has an excessive influence on public opinion.”… Albert Einstein

“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” …Edward R. Murrow

“The function of the press is very high. It is almost Holy.
It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which
the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or
suppress the news is a breach of trust.”... Louis D. Brandeis

 

I expect this from CNN and the rest of the fake news media.

I used to expect more from Zero Hedge.

“Global Coronavirus Cases Edge Toward 1 Million As Deaths Surge In US & Europe”

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/global-coronavirus-case-total-edges-toward-1-million-deaths-surge-us-europe-live

Look at the data!

California, which has a population greater than New York and New Jersey combined, has 215 deaths from Wuhan Covid-19.

19 states have 11 or less.

Consider the following cases and deaths by state:

Utah 1,011 7
Oregon 736 19
Oklahoma 721 30
Minnesota 689 17
Kentucky 687 20
Idaho 668 9
District of Columbia 586 11
Arkansas 584 10
Rhode Island 566 10
Iowa 547 9
Kansas 494 10
New Hampshire 415 4
New Mexico 387 6
Delaware 368 11
Maine 344 7
Vermont 321 16

 

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No Wuhan Covid-19 US problem, NY NJ problem, Typical year: almost 3 million deaths, 647k heart disease, 600k cancer, Flu/pneumonia 7th, End shutdowns!, Cure worse than disease

No Wuhan Covid-19 US problem, NY NJ problem, Typical year: almost 3 million deaths, 647k heart disease, 600k cancer, Flu/pneumonia 7th, End shutdowns!, Cure worse than disease

“Compare, for example, numbers from leading causes of death in US-published by the @CDCgov for 2017–not to mention hundreds of thousands of abortions. Meanwhile, #DomesticViolence is escalating. Job losses will trigger suicides from despair. People can’t meet basic needs.”...Attorney Sidney Powell

“How many Americans suffering from other illnesses cannot see a doctor now? How many Americans will lose their jobs, their life savings, their retirement prospects, and their incalculable feeling of self-worth? How many will succumb to depression, drug or alcohol abuse, and suicide? How many will lose their homes, divorce their spouses, or suffer abuse? How many will never recover in their careers? How many small businesses, including the vital ones of doctors, dentists, and veterinarians, will vanish from your community? How many young people will “fail to launch”?”…Mises Wire

 

I waited to write this. To let the dust settle.

I am all for erring on the side of caution.

I was ok with shutting down schools early. Although not ok with stating far out in the future ahead of facts.

I am ok with common sense precautions like limiting crowds and social distancing.

I can now state with near certainty, based on the facts and more common sense, that we need to end nationwide shutdowns.

One size does not fit all.

This is a large country that is mostly not like the NY City metro area. I.E., not too densely populated and better prepared.

Below is the chart of annual deaths in the US by cause:

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

  • Heart disease: 647,457
  • Cancer: 599,108
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
  • Diabetes: 83,564
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm

Flu and pneumonia are 7th.

There are 189,356 cases of Wuhan Covid-19 disease in the US with 4,073 deaths.

Over half of the cases and almost half of the deaths are in NY and NJ.

New York and New Jersey have the problem and the rest of the nation should not pay for their mistakes.

I believe we should help them.

I have long believed that humans should not live packed together like sardines.

That has always led to disease and crime

Severe measures such as shutdowns should be a local decision.

The governor of NC for example, Roy Cooper, should not now dictate a statewide shutdown.

NC has a population of over 1o.5 million with only 12 Wuhan Covid-19 deaths.

The cure is worse than the disease.

From Mises Wire.

“The shutdown of the American economy by government decree should end. The lasting and far-reaching harms caused by this authoritarian precedent far outweigh those caused by the COVID-19 virus. The American people—individuals, families, businesses—must decide for themselves how and when to reopen society and return to their daily lives.

Neither the Trump administration nor Congress has the legal authority to shut down American life absent at least baseline due process. As Judge Andrew Napolitano recently wrote, business closures, restrictions on assembly and movement, and quarantines are not constitutionally permissible under some magic “emergency” doctrine. At a minimum, the federal government must show potential imminent harm by specific infected individuals at some form of hearing or trial.

These due process requirements are not suspended.

State and local officials may claim, or even possess, lawful police powers to shut down their communities. We offer no analysis of such powers or claims under the myriad of state constitutions and authorizing legislation. But they should resist exercising these powers. The governor of Virginia, in particular, deserves admonition for unilaterally imposing a lengthy period of virtual house arrest.

We do not know, and cannot yet know, how many Americans will become sick or die from the virus. We do know that predictions regarding infection and death rates are highly unreliable. Even actual deaths attributable to COVID-19 are not so easy to count, as Italy has discovered. Age, general health, and comorbidity are difficult variables to assess, and people may die “with” the virus but not “from” it. It is also very difficult to assess the lethality of the virus relative to previously known types of flu and colds.”

Read more:

https://mises.org/wire/end-shutdown

 

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Wuhan China flu aka Coronavirus Covid-19 observations and lessons, America’s finest hour?, Safety over profit and people over fear

Wuhan China flu aka Coronavirus Covid-19 observations and lessons, America’s finest hour?, Safety over profit and people over fear

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,”...Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men”…Edward R. Murrow

“In this entertainment, sports centric culture of ours, one of the actions that has impressed me most is the quick action to cancel sporting events in the interest of public safety while subordinating the money interest.”…Citizen Wells

 

Natural disasters are inevitable. A part of life on Earth.

Something like the Wuhan virus was coming sooner or later.

I, like many of my friends and associates are concerned about the origins and possible intents of the virus.

Was this designed and planned by the Chinese to impact the US?

I do not know.

But it did cross my mind.

For the moment I am in survivor mode.

Encounters from yesterday prompted me to ponder a variety of things and to write this article.

First, to satisfy the concerns of many, and to honor a long time commenter, is the following information:

“Now, regarding what you’ve heard about this virus and how it got going. It did NOT originate at the ‘live market’ in Wuhan; bats were not being sold there at the time, but it IS a bat virus. I got a report from an ‘insider’ in China who said that they’d be killed if discovered. This is what they said: There is a researcher in Wuhan (one of the very few labs on the planet that works with viruses) and any researcher-being who they are-wants to make an amazing discovery, publish papers and be well known. This researcher was able to isolate the virus and have it jump from bat to human. The next project was transmission from human to human and obviously, that was successful. The researcher published a paper. It was read by some. It has since disappeared. Bioweapon? Unlikely. ‘Escape from the lab’ a la Stephen King’s ‘The Stand?’ Probable. Why this research? Unknown.”

Within hours of receiving the above, I met a young man who is a friend of a relative. Someone who I had heard much about but never spoken to. A very level headed, intelligent person.

A few minutes into the conversation, he stated his belief about the origin of the Wuhan China virus. He believed that it was developed by the Chinese in retaliation for Trump’s tariff measures. Something that had crossed my mind.

This needs to be investigated after the emergency is over.

Now for the most important thing to be written.

I went to Harris Teeter for some grocery items yesterday. Not a lot. I stay pretty well stocked under normal circumstances, buying in bulk sale items.

The folks at Harris Teeter, as usual have done a great job of trying to keep the shelves full. I was pleasantly surprised and purchased what I needed.

I thanked them for their efforts. I urge you to do likewise.

They are a shining example of Americans doing their jobs in the face of adversity and America’s ability to keep the supply chain rolling.

Of course I was focused on my task.

Two conversations stick out:

  1. A woman in my age group and I discussed ice cream and grandkids. It turns out that she is unable to see hers because of a quarantine situation.
  2. In the checkout line behind me the younger woman had an overflowing cart. She has 3 teenage boys. We talked about kids and remote schooling and one thing or another. When leaving I stated I enjoyed talking to her and she said she did too because she had few people to talk to.

Perhaps I should have spent a few more minutes speaking with the first lady.

As I have aged I have tried to be more aware of the person who is checking me out in a store or assisting me with more empathy. To slow down and interact.

Not everyone wants to interact but it does not matter.

Perhaps we all should reach out to our fellow Americans as we are increasingly being isolated.

We are all in this together and should behave as Americans have done in other hard times.

Lastly, I am thankful for President Trump.

Aside from his being a strong leader, the following 3 things stand out:

  1. The strong economy that we entered this crisis with.
  2. His insistence on protecting the borders and limiting travel early.
  3. His efforts to get manufacturing back in the US and out of China.

A long time UNC TV personality recently stated that this crisis could be the World War II for the younger generation.

How we handle this will be a defining moment in American History.

Let’s hope that we look back on it with pride.

Wells.

 

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