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Monday, March 23, 2020

An Arizona man is dead and his wife is hospitalized after they poisoned themselves by ingesting chloroquine phosphate. This comes after Trump touted chloroquine several times this past week including calling it a game changer on the fight against Covid-19 despite and claimed the US government has already ordered millions of units to treat the disease. Trump made these claims despite Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stating the drug has not been tested in any clinical trials in regards to treating Covid and said any evidence of benefits is strictly antecdotal.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Bank of America released a shocking prediction that as many as 3 million Americans will file new unemployment claims this week. This estimate comes after Goldman predicted somewhere between 1 million and 2.25 news jobless toss week and a day after the US Labor Dept reported new jobless claims increased 33% last week.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Trump's easy to win trade war is making it more difficult for US healthcare providers to obtain needed supplies. Trump levied taxes on nearly $5 billion of medical goods from China, that is more than 1/4 of all US medical supply imports. And even though Trump insists no one could foresee such a crisis arising (or maybe he's seen it coming all along), the Health Industry Distributors Association saw just such a possibility in 2018 when the organization cautioned that healthcare products on the proposed list are critical components of our nation's response to public health emergencies and then in Congressional testimony in 2019 stated "Tariffs on critical health care products put a risk to our nation's public health preparedness." The White House does seem recognize the damage they have done and quietly relaxed some of the taxes earlier this week but the damage may already be done as China has found other customers and countries have begun restricting medical exports.

Rep Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fl) and Ben McAdams (D-UT) both announced that tested positive for COVID-19. They have both been experiencing symptoms and have been under self-quarantine but both voted on the House floor as early as this past Saturday. In addition to those two, Rep. Steve Scalise announced he is has placed himself under self-quarantine because he had an extended meeting with Diaz-Balart last week.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

After spending 2 months down playing the seriousness of the corona virus and even calling it a hoax being carried out by the Democratic party and various news organizations, Trump is now claiming to have seen it coming. In response to a question if he's now taking a more serious view of the virus Trump replied "This is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic. All you had to do was look at other countries." He then went on to say that he has "always viewed it as very serious."


Meanwhile in St Louis.

"St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson says the victim is a woman in her 30s who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday."

Is this what people like Trump and Patrick want more of? Because this is what they will get if we follow the direction they are pointing

"Trump did not pull the hopeful drug therapy from thin air"
Did someone claim he did? But what he did pull out of the air is that the FDA has already approved the drugs use as a treatment for Covid-19.
"The FDA has been so great. They " they've gone through the approval process; it's been approved. And they did it, they took it down from many, many months to immediate. So we're going to be able to make that drug available by prescription or states."

"the news came out of Germany and Italy."
We know. We heard Dr. Fauci too and we also heard him downplay the significance of the reports because it's a very small sample size and has not been done conducted as part of controlled studies. You know, science.

"As far as clinical trials, we do not have time. It takes months we do not have."
This is a lie. Controlled trials are already underway and the FDA has processes to fast track approvals as well as expanded access/compassionate use exceptions.

"Chloroquine is not without risk...Choroquine is toxic, dosage is the difference between therapeutic and fatal."

Then why did the President not say that? Can you list a single positive result that was likely to come about from him mentioning it at this time? What was his statement ever going to achieve other than creating false hope, hoarding/price gouging and risky use by unqualified people like the man and wife in this story? Why did he specifically mention this drug out of the dozens of compounds that are currently being evaluated as possible treatments. Sure would be interesting to see his financial statements to find out if he has any investments in companies that could benefit from this sudden surge in demand/price.

Someone please explain to me how Trump's statements about Choroquine are in any way at all a responsible statement for a US President to be making.

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