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.
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.
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.
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."