The China Virus Pandemic: COVID-19 Response and Recovery
A comprehensive resource page on the deadly SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant — updated daily.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This resource page by Mark Alexander is updated regularly. It is informed in large part by Alexander’s three decades as an Executive Branch senior FEMA/DHS national security reservist appointee under the last five administrations.)
The first cases of COVID-19 (CV19) disease, a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome illness caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant, were recorded in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in November 2019 – though there were most certainly earlier cases. For at least two months, under the direction of communist dictator Xi Jinping, officials with the People’s Republic of China actively concealed evidence of the emerging novel coronavirus, priming a global pandemic. China’s reports on CV19 deaths in Wuhan and elsewhere, were, and remain, spurious, and the low fatality data being reported for Beijing, Shanghai and other mass-urban centers, defies any credibility. For that reason, the information provided on this resource page does not rely to any degree on information provided by China. However, the mainstream media continue to report China’s data as if it was factual.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been tracking and preparing for the disease since the earliest reports were confirmed by the United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on 31 December, 2019 – believed initially to be the most reliable source of health information for China. However, Tedros, an Ethiopian member of the radical communist People’s Liberation Front, was elevated to his WHO position by XI’s communist government in 2017, and manipulated information about CV19 at Xi’s behest.
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is the latest in a series of pandemic threats originating in China over the last decade.
- COVID-19 Response Timeline
- Are We Prepared?
- Understanding the Threat – Fatality versus Mortality Rates
- Treatment and Vaccines
- Will Temporarily Shuttering the Economy Work?
- Will Social Distancing and Quarantines Work?
- What You Need to Know
- What You Need to Do
- Stay Informed!
- The China/WHO Disinformation and Coverup
- CV19 Made in China — Send Xi the Bill
- The China RX Threat
- Politicizing Pandemic in an Election Year
COVID-19 Response Timeline
What follows is a timeline of WHO information regarding COVID-19 (CO “corona” VI “virus” and D “disease), and the decisive early actions taken by Donald Trump and his administration after the WHO reported China’s initial disclosure of the virus on 31 December 2019. Once data on the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant causing COVID-19 (CV19) disease was available from the WHO, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took action to mitigate the spread of the disease into the United States based on the best models available. However, the accuracy of those models was severely compromised by the China/WHO suppression of outbreak data. That suppression included censoring social media, removing any references to Wuhan and viruses.
(Note: Some of this timeline information was retroactively posted as it was not known on the date it occurred.)
01 January: Wuhan China health officials issued an urgent internal notice about the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and Hubei Province authorities ordered all labs sequencing the virus to destroy their samples and keep that secret. Eight Chinese doctors who saw that notice and bravely posted warnings about the novel coronavirus, were detained by Xi Jinping’s state security forces, and their laboratories were ordered to destroy samples of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
03 January: Xi Jinping’s government issued a similar national order for the secret destruction of SARS-CoV-2 virus samples. Wuhan’s Dr. Li Wenliang, among the first to warn about the outbreak, was forced by Xi’s state security forces to sign an official confession admitting he spread "false rumors” about CV19.
CDC Director Robert Redfield sent a message to the director of the Chinese CDC, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus.
05 January: CDC Director Redfield sent an additional message to the Chinese CDC Director, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus outbreak
06 January: The CDC issued a level I travel notice for Wuhan, China due to initial WHO reports about coronavirus.
07 January: : The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.
08 January: The CDC issued its first warning to doctors about the Chinese Virus.
10 January: Though Xi Jinping was aware of the the SARS outbreak, he permitted millions of Chinese to take Lunar New Year vacations, “the largest human migration on the planet.”
11 January: China reports its first death. The CDC updated a Level 1 travel health notice for Wuhan, China.
14 January: Top Chinese officials were aware of the pending epidemic in Wuhan, but concealed that information from the world, and increased actions against anyone attempting to warn about the disease.
The WHO issued this public health assessment: “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in Wuhan, China.”
15 January: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ceremonially used gold pens to sign articles for her House impeachment charade, then led a procession to deliver the documents to the Senate.
Notably, four months earlier in September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), who described Pelosi’s inquisition as a “governmental shutdown,” declared: “It’s a long and unproductive road. Where does it go ultimately? Nowhere… The problem with that is it means nothing else is really going to get done of substance between now and then, and we have so many real issues to deal with.” How prophetic given that New York would soon become the epicenter of the CV19 epidemic.
17 January: The CDC began implementing public health entry screening at the 3 U.S. airports that received the most travelers from Wuhan — San Francisco, New York JFK, and Los Angeles.
19 January: The first documented U.S. COVID-19 case was confirmed in Snohomish County, Washington. However that case was certainly not “patient zero” as hundreds of thousands of Chinese were traveling into the U.S. in the months prior to any acknowledgment from China about the virus and disease.
20 January: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and spokesperson for the administration’s CV19 response and recovery plan, announced the National Institutes of Health is already working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.
21 January: The CDC’s Nancy Messonnier estimates “This is an evolving situation and again, we do expect additional cases in the United States.” The CDC activated its emergency operations center to provide ongoing support to the coronavirus response.
22 January: Senate Democrats begin open arguments for impeaching Trump.
President Trump made his first public mention of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in an interview, noting optimistically based on very little data: “We do have a plan, and we think it’s going to be handled very well. We’ve already handled it very well. The CDC has been terrific. Very great professionals. And we’re in very good shape. And I think China is in very good shape, also.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) advised the administration he believed all travel should be stopped between the U.S. and China, and warned that Xi’s CCP regime was engaged in a systematic coverup about CV19 outbreak. According to Cotton: “Once again, a deadly virus is emanating from China. Hundreds have fallen ill in Asia and at least one confirmed case has reached the United States. It’s imperative that the CCP be fully transparent and share information so we can stop this disease from spreading. … In the past, the CCP has lied, falsified statistics, and suppressed information about outbreaks in order to cover for its own incompetence.” Clearly, Sen. Cotton is owed a debt of gratitude for sounding an early alarm.
23 January: China enforces a complete quarantine in Wuhan Province over the Chinese New Year. The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the Food and Drug Administration to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test. That notwithstanding, at a press conference, WHO Director-General Tedros said he “would like to thank the government of the People’s Republic of China for its cooperation and transparency.”
The CDC sought a “special emergency authorization” from the FDA to allow states to use its newly developed coronavirus test.
24 January: President Trump, unaware that Xi Jinping was directing China’s CV19 coverup, asserted: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”
The first classified Senate briefing on CV19 was only attended by a few senators – most of whom were distracted by the ongoing impeachment.
25 January: The State Department announced plans to evacuate U.S. citizens from Wuhan and other areas of China, noting they will be quarantined for 14 days once they return.
26 January: To his credit, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer in a press conference, indicating he thought the Department of Health and Human Services should prepare a public health emergency declaration in order release funds from the Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund. Five days later, the Trump administration issued the declaration.
27 January: President Trump offers to send Xi Jinping disease experts to assist with the outbreak. HHS declared a Public Health Emergency giving state and local health departments flexibility to request and reassign personnel to respond to CV19. The CDC issued a level III travel health notice urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China due to the coronavirus. The White House Coronavirus Task Force started meeting to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President.
28 January: WHO’s Director-General Tedros declared on behalf of the WHO, “We appreciate the seriousness with which China is taking this outbreak, especially the commitment from top leadership, and the transparency they have demonstrated, including sharing data and genetic sequence of the virus.”
Sen. Cotton sent letters to the Secretaries of State, HHS and DHS, warning “no amount of screening [at entry points] will identify a contagious-but-asymptomatic person afflicted with the coronavirus.” A day later he warned in Senate testimony, that CV19 was going to be “the biggest and the most important story in the world,” but his concerns were drowned out by the Democrat’s House/Senate impeachment charade, which dominated the political and news cycles.
29 January: President Donald Trump impanels and empowers the White House Coronavirus Task Force headed by Vice President Mike Pence, to “coordinate and oversee the administration’s efforts to monitor, prevent, contain, and mitigate the spread” of COVID-19 disease. He appointed Dr. Deborah Birx as the response coordinator, and the working group includes Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert R. Redfield, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Stephen Hahn, and White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Chris Liddell, among others.
WHO’s Tedros praised Chinese authorities, who he claimed, “identified the pathogen in record time and shared it immediately, which led to the rapid development of diagnostic tools.” Tedros added, “They are completely committed to transparency, both internally and externally.”
30 January: After delay and obfuscation since 22 January, WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom issued a CV19 global Public Health Emergency. Announcing that declaration, Tedros, declared: “The speed with which China detected the outbreak, isolated the virus, sequenced the genome, and shared it with WHO and the world are very impressive, and beyond words. So is China’s commitment to transparency and to supporting other countries. … China is actually setting a new standard in terms of outbreak response. We would have seen many more cases outside China by now, and probably deaths, if not for the government’s efforts.” Tedros added, “As you know, I was in China just a few days ago, where I met with President Xi Jinping. I left in absolutely no doubt about China’s commitment to transparency and to protecting the world’s people.”
At the same time, Tedros announced: “The [WHO] Committee does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available,” even though it had internal evidence there were already 12,167 CV19 cases in China, and 170 deaths.
A WHO emergency committee member stated: “The Committee emphasized that the declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern should be seen in the spirit of support and appreciation for China, its people, and the actions China has taken on the frontlines of this outbreak, with transparency, and, it is to be hoped, with success.” The WHO’s emergency committee released a statement declaring it “welcomed the leadership and political commitment of the very highest levels of Chinese government, their commitment to transparency, and the efforts made to investigate and contain the current outbreak.”
31 January: The Trump Administration declared the coronavirus a public health emergency. The Department of Homeland Security took critical steps to funnel all flights from China into just 7 domestic U.S. airports.
Despite Tedros insistence that a travel ban was not necessary, President Trump ordered travel restrictions which barred foreign nationals who had been in China, who posed a risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2, from entering the U.S. He also ordered quarantines for incoming Americans who been in China’s Hubei province, and issued an advisory warning Americans not to travel to China. An average of 8,200 Chinese were flying to the United States each day.
That same day, responding to the administration’s travel restrictions, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condemned the restrictions and re-issued her call for passage of the Demos’ No Ban Act to prevent Trump from imposing what she said was “such biased and bigoted restrictions.” Pelosi declared, “The Trump administration’s expansion of its un-American travel ban is a threat to our security, our values and the rule of law.” (There were 219 House Democrat co-sponsors of the No Ban Act. On 13 March, Pelosi quietly withdrew her legislation to prevent travel bans.)
Sen. Cotton noted, “I commend the president greatly for ultimately making the right decision contrary to what the so-called experts were telling him.” He said however, “One consistent thing I had seen in the literature from past outbreaks is that the FDA and especially the CDC is unfortunately somewhat slow to act in these circumstances.” In retrospect, Cotton faulted entrenched bureaucracies for not responding faster to the emerging pandemic: “The CDC should not have acted like know-it-all bureaucrats who had the only medical and scientific expertise to develop tests. We have lots and lots of very capable labs all around the country. The FDA should not put all of its eggs in the CDC basket… They were slow to use their emergency-use authorization. Dr. Fauci said it’s not the president’s fault. It would have happened to any other president. But it was a lost opportunity, given the time the president bought everyone with the travel [restriction].”
The Patriot Post alerted our readers: “Officially, the communist Chinese government claims about 220 deaths and 10,000 infections. Our sources indicate that the actual rates of infection and deaths in China are much higher, and, in fact, official reports may only represent 5-7% of the actual dead and infected. The so-called ‘pop-up hospitals’ that were constructed across Hubei Province where the outbreak originated doubled as isolation morgues.” In retrospect this will likely prove understated as the deaths in China may be 100-1000 times the “official death counts.”
01 February: Responding to the travel restrictions, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden protested, “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fear-mongering to lead the way instead of science.” (He would not alter his opinion on the travel ban until 3 April.)
02 February: The Department of State issued a “do not go” travel warning advisory for China. The CDC expanded enhanced entry screening to eight major airports across the nation.
03 February: In a speech to the WHO executive board, Director-General Tedros Adhanom declared: “If we invest in fighting at the epicenter, at the source, then the spread to other countries is minimal and also slow. If it’s minimal and slow, what is going outside can also be controlled easily. So the number of cases we have now, 151, is actually small, and it’s growing only slowly. … If not for this strategy and China’s efforts, the number of cases outside China would have been very much higher.” Tedros also praised Xi Jinping, whom he had met with a week earlier: “I was very impressed in my meeting with President Xi at his detailed knowledge of the outbreak, his personal leadership, and his commitment as reflected in the words he told me. We will take serious measures at the epicenter, at the source, in order to protect our people, and also to prevent the spread of the virus to other countries.”
It is not inconceivable, in fact likely, that Xi viewed the CV19 epidemic in China as a fortuitous means of augmenting his central state population planning – a way to help dispense with the bubble of older Chines citizens who are creating a financial burden on the younger generation, the numbers of which have contracted due to China’s 1979 “one child” policy, enforced until China reverted back to its “two child policy” in 2015.
Meanwhile, the CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the outbreak, but were denied entry by the Chinese government.
04 February: In his State of the Union remarks, President Trump noted: “Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.” That was before the administration confirmed that Xi Jinping had ordered his government to cover up the CV19 outbreak for two months, before reporting it to the WHO on 31 December.
During that speech, Speaker Pelosi prepared the official transcript of Trump’s SOTU so she could ceremonially tear it up after he concluded his remarks.
Earlier in the day, The New York Times opined that Trump’s travel ban was “racist”: “The Racism at the Heart of Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’”
05 February: The Trump Administration and health officials briefed lawmakers on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response efforts.
The Washington Post editorial board condemned the Trump administration’s restrictions, asserting, “Mr. Trump’s goal is to shut off the spigot of plucky, hopeful and ambitious people who aspire to become Americans.”
06 February: The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs. While it was originally thought the first SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus death in the U.S. was on 29 February, autopsies in April revealed the first confirmed death was much earlier on 06 February in California. Regarding the revised date of the first death, Northeastern University disease analyst Alessandro Vespignani notes that the Santa Clara death “was a kind of smoking gun that things actually started in January.” (As I noted earlier, I estimate the virus was here in November, and new evidence suggests there were cases here in December – before the WHO announced the China cases.
07 February: Heroic Chinese CV19 whistleblower Li Wenliang died at the age of 34, presumably, of CV19 disease while in a Chinese state medical facility.
08 February: A U.S. citizen dies in Wuhan – the first death of an American.
09 February: The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington. The Trump administration has, appropriately, left decisions about regional responses to CV19, to state and local officials, best equipped to evaluate the needs of their areas with the full assistance of the federal government.
11 February: The WHO announced that the disease cause by novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will be called “COVID-19.”
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expanded a partnership with Janssen Research & Development to “expedite the development” of a coronavirus vaccine.
12 February: Coronavirus cases begin to surge in South Korea. A CDC team was prepared to travel to China still denied entry by the Chinese government.
13 February: According to CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield: “There’s been good communication with our colleagues to confirm asymptomatic infection, to confirm asymptomatic transmission, to be able to get a better handle on the clinical spectrum of illness in China. What we don’t know though is how much of the asymptomatic cases are driving transmission.”
14 February: The CDC began working with five labs to conduct “community-based influenza surveillance” to study and detect the spread of coronavirus.
18 February: HHS announced it would engage with Sanofi Pasteur in an effort to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and to develop treatment for coronavirus infections.
21 February: Coronavirus cases begin to surge in Italy.
22 February: A WHO team of international disease experts is permitted entry into Wuhan, China.
24 February: The Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress requesting at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Nancy Pelosi toured Chinatown in her San Francisco district, declaring: “It’s exciting to be here, especially at this time, to be able to be unified with our community. We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places…but we do want to say to people ‘Come to Chinatown, here we are, we’re, again, careful, safe, and come join us.”
25 February: The CDC’s Nancy Messonnier warns that, as a result of the emerging information about CV19, “Disruption to everyday life might be severe.” HHS Secretary Azar testified before the Senate HELP committee on the Administration’s coronavirus response efforts.
26 February: Trump expresses his optimism that “within a couple of days [new cases] are going to be down to close to zero.” While that remark represented Trump’s hopes, and his effort not to foment panic and fear it was clear to the CV19 Task Force that would be far from accurate.
27 February: The CDC alters its testing protocols after the first CV19 case of unknown origin meaning the patient had no known contact with anyone with CV19. That implies the virus may be more contagious than originally estimated.
The Washington Post accuses Sen. Tom Cotton of “repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked” regarding Cotton’s assertion the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus may have originated in China’s P4 biolab in Wuhan. It would take almost two months before WaPo would acknowledge – without actually mentioning Cotton’s name – that the virus may have come from the Wuhan P4 biolab. (For the record, I have spoken with a Chinese geneticist who came to the U.S. two decades ago as part of an international team working on the human genome project – and has spent all his years since doing just that. He knows the P4 Wuhan Institute lab well – and based on her career as a geneticist, believes their are four factors about the SARS-CoV-2 virus that imply it was altered.)
29 February: The Trump Administration: Announced a level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy and South Korea and barred all travel to Iran, and entry of foreign citizens who visited Iran in the last 14 days. Under the direction of the White House Task Force and CDC, almost all states have declared emergencies.
The first CV19 death in the U.S. was thought to be in King County, Washington, but autopsies in April revealed the first death was much earlier on 06 February in California.
The FDA authorized certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.
02 March: Just prior to New York City becoming the national epicenter of CV19 infections and deaths, at a press conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who among others, had previously made fateful decisions leaving New York unprepared, declared: “Once you know the facts, once you know the reality, it is reassuring, and we should relax, because that’s what’s dictated by the reality of the situation. … What happened in other countries versus what happened here, we don’t even think it’s going to be as bad as it was in other countries.”
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio also downplayed the CV19 threat: “We have a lot of information now, information that is actually showing us things that should give us more reason to stay calm and go about our lives. This is not, so far, something that you get through casual contact. There has to be some prolonged exposure. And I think it’s really important to get that information out to all New Yorkers. … I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives and get out on the town despite Coronavirus.”
New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot informs residents: “We know that there’s currently no indication that it’s easy to transmit by casual contact. There’s no need to do anything special in the community.”
It is important to note that Cuomo, de Blasio and Barbot all had the same information the CDC was providing to the CV19 Task Force. Despite the fact that urban centers have a long history of being the epicenters of pandemics, New York City was very slow in responding.
03 March: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, still parroting China’s reports as if factual, announced: “In the past 24 hours, China reported 129 cases, the lowest number of cases since the 20th of January. Outside China, 1848 cases were reported in 48 countries. 80% of those cases are from just three countries: the Republic of Korea, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Italy.” Meanwhile, coronavirus cases begin to surge in Spain.
The Biden campaign is fact checked for editing a video to make it appear President Trump called the CV19 disease a “hoax.” Biden was also fact checked for a false claim, joining the Demo/Leftmedia spin asserting Trump “cut the funding” of the CDC. In fact, the Obama/Biden Administration sought cuts to the CDC budget in five of its eight years.
The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, “subject to doctor’s orders.”
04 March: The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the coming months to respond to the outbreak. But the extent of China’s CV19 coverup still not clear, President Trump declares: “President Xi is working very, very hard in China…Their numbers have gotten much better with respect to the coronavirus, very much better.” Secretary Azar announced that HHS was transferring $35 million to the CDC to help state and local communities that have been impacted most by the coronavirus.
05 March: According to the WHO’s Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove: “We know that that [asymptomatic transmission] is possible, but we do not believe that that’s a major driver of transmission.”
06 March: President Trump signed an $8.3 billion congressional bill providing urgent funding for vaccine development, for state- and local-government prevention efforts and for other immediate response and recovery needs.
CV19 Task Force leader Mike Pence warns, “We don’t have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward.”
08 March: Since the CV19 outbreak, more than 325 Chinese nationals have been arrested by ICE in January and February, as they illegally crossed our border from Mexico. In 2019, 2,060 Chinese illegals were apprehended crossing our southern border, and it is estimated that more than 12,000 crossed undetected.
09 March: President Trump called on Congress to pass a payroll tax cut over coronavirus.
10 March: President Trump and VP Pence met with top health insurance companies and secured a commitment to waive co-pays for coronavirus testing.
11 March: President Trump, who had already taken mitigating actions on 31 January to retard the CV19 spread into the U.S., and subsequent actions, banned all travel from 26 European countries, despite considerable pressure to exempt our allies from the restrictions. On 14 March he would expand that ban to include the UK and Ireland. He delivered a national address, reminding us: “We have the best economy, the most advanced healthcare, and the most talented doctors, scientists, and researchers anywhere in the world. We are all in this together. We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation and one family. As history has proven time and time again, Americans always rise to the challenge and overcome adversity.” He announced additional travel restrictions on foreigners who had visited Europe in the last 14 days.
Trump directed the Small Business Administration to issue low-interest loans to affected small businesses and called on congress to increase this fund by $50 billion. He also directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses, & provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.” He met with American bankers at the White House to discuss coronavirus.
The WHO upgraded its warning to a Global Pandemic declaration. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom noted, “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” meaning primarily other third-world countries where national preparedness and response capability is very limited and recovery can take months or years.
Meanwhile, New York Mayer Bill de Blasio said he is “telling people to not avoid restaurants, not avoid normal things that people do. If you’re not sick, you should be going about your life.” But after President Trump’s address de Blasio blamed Trump for “minimizing what has now become a global pandemic.”
13 March: President Trump declared a National Emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat CV19, and accelerate response and recovery. The declaration was partly to assuage the “viral fear pandemic” fomented by the mainstream media over the previous month, as well as to assist with the state and local response — massive closures and shutdowns of public and private institutions, which have and will continue to have a devastating impact on our economy and the job and income stability of tens of millions of Americans and, by extension, their families.
This was a major step to reducing government regulatory and bureaucratic barriers to response and recovery, and, combined with the legislative recovery funding bills, it provides significant economic assurances for state and local governments and businesses nationwide. That was an important measure, and while there are no “good options” for dealing with this epidemic, some options are better than others, and this administration is very capable at discerning the difference and implementing those options.
Trump issued an order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.
14 March: The Coronavirus Relief Bill passed the House of Representatives.
15 March: As more data emerged about the domestic spread of CV19 cases, particularly in Seattle and New York, the Trump administration implemented its 15 Days to Slow the Spread plan to protect those who were most at risk for CV19 disease, and to further help flatten the anticipated spike for demand on medical facilities. According to the President: “Our guidance urges Americans to take action for 15 days to help stem the outbreak…and we’re asking everyone to work at home, if possible, postpone unnecessary travel, and limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people. By making shared sacrifices and temporary changes, we can protect the health of our people and we can protect our economy, because I think our economy will come back very rapidly.”
16 March: President Trump held a tele-conference with governors to discuss coronavirus preparedness and response. He also participated in a call with G7 leaders who committed to increasing coordination in response to the coronavirus and restoring global economic confidence.
HHS announced it is projected to have 1.9 million COVID-19 tests available in 2,000 labs this week. Google announced a partnership with the Trump Administration to develop a website dedicated to coronavirus education, prevention, and local resources. All 50 states were contacted through FEMA to coordinate “federally-supported, state-led efforts” to end coronavirus.
17 March: A federal plan warns that the new CV19 pandemic “will last 18 months or longer” and may come in “multiple waves” of infections. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with lawmakers to discuss stimulus measures to relieve the economic burden of coronavirus on certain industries, businesses, and American workers. The Treasury Department contributed $10 billion through the economic stabilization fund to the Federal Reserve’s commercial paper funding facility; deferred $300 billion in tax payments for 90 days without penalty, up to $1 million for individuals & $10 million for business. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between USDA, Baylor University, McLane Global, and Pepsi Co. to provide one million meals per week to rural children in response to widespread school closures.
The Chinese government revoked press credentials for American journalists, include those with the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, as punishment for news filings on China’s efforts to cover up the CV19 spread in China.
Joe Biden is fact checked for false claim declaring President Trump disbanded the National Security Council team in charge of pandemic response. That team was reorganized in 2018 as part of a global health realignment.
18 March: President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act and then appointed Rear Admiral John Polowczyk as the head of the supply chain task force. Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides free testing and paid sick leave for workers impacted by the coronavirus. FEMA has been activated in every region at its highest level of response. The U.S. Navy will deploy USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships.
The President announced the temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential traffic. The administration developed a plan to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to increase the number of necessary supplies needed to combat coronavirus. FEMA was activated in every region at its highest level of response. The U.S. Navy deployed USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy hospital ships to the East and West Coasts. All foreclosures and evictions were suspended for a period of time. Additionally, HHS temporarily suspended regulations that prevent doctors from practicing across state lines.
19 March: President Trump announced that his administration was approving Remdesivir for emergency use for patients as a national clinical trial, and mentioned encouraging progress shown by anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for fighting coronavirus. The State Department issued a global level 4 health advisory, telling Americans to avoid all international travel due to coronavirus.
20 March: The U.S. and Mexico agree to mutually restrict nonessential cross-border traffic and announced the CDC will invoke Title 42 to provide border patrol with tools to secure the borders. Secretary Azar announced the CDC is suspending all illegal entries to the country based on the public health threat, via Section 362 of the Public Health & Security Act.
Secretary Mnuchin announced at the direction of President Trump that tax day will be moved from April 15 to July 15 for all taxpayers and businesses.
21 March: Biden’s campaign is fact checked on a false claim that a top official at the Centers for Disease Control was “silenced.” According to the Washington Post: “No excuse for claiming Dr. Messonier was silenced.”
22 March: President Trump delivers remarks to the nation encouraging all Americans: “I want to assure the American people that we’re doing everything we can each day to confront and ultimately defeat this horrible, invisible enemy. We’re at war. In a true sense, we’re at war and we’re fighting an invisible enemy.”
23 March: President Trump signed an executive order invoking section 4512 of the Defense Production Act to prohibit the hoarding of vital medical supplies. Attorney General William Barr announced the Justice Department held a National Task Force meeting on hoarding and price gouging. Each of the 93 U.S. Attorney General offices is designating a lead prosecutor to prevent hoarding.
New York City becomes the CV19 epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. Trump announced the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Guard are constructing four hospitals and four medical centers in New York.
24 March: Senate Republicans propose a resolution condemning China for “making mistakes” in its reports about the pandemic. Democrats are resisting the resolution because that would divert their target for responsibility: Donald Trump.
25 March: Reinforcing his encouragement and optimism, President Trump stated: “I would love to have the country opened up and raring to go. Our people are full of vim and vigor and energy. They don’t want to be locked into a house or an apartment or some space. It’s not for our country, and we are not built that way. … You can destroy a country this way, by closing it down. We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu, but we don’t turn the country off. … [But] our decision will be based on hard facts and data. Rest assured, every decision we make is grounded in the health, safety and well-being of our American citizens.”
But on the urgent need for a plan to slowly reopen the closed sectors of our economy, Trump said, “I think that would be a great thing for our country. We’re all working very hard to make that a reality. Easter (12 April) is a very special day for a lot of reasons. What a great timeline that would be.”
President Trump reaffirmed that the Task Force is reviewing exit strategies from the current partial economic shutdown, as that is not a sustainable option. The formulation of a strategy is considered in more detail in “The 'War on Virus’ — Our Exit Strategy. Implementing this exit strategy will be the most difficult and complex policy decision by any president in decades. But To be clear, the question is not "if” most Americans will be exposed to SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but “when.” It is assumed most of us will be exposed, so sheltering in place is flattening the line of exposure and thus, hospitalization for some, but it is not, ultimately, protecting us against eventual exposure. So the next question in planing an exit strategy is, for those who are not at risk of serious CV19 disease, when should they go back to work? (Trump missed an opportunity to announce a “Back To Work Task Force,” which would reassure the nation that priority is taking shape.)
In New York, Gov. Andrews Cuomo’s Coronavirus Task Force issued what would amount to a death sentence for the state’s most at-risk population. Despite having full knowledge that the elderly were a very high-risk group (as noted above), Cuomo’s State Health Department decreed: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.” That edict also decreed that elder-care facilities “are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.” Two days later on 27 March, Cuomo released 1100 felons from New York prisons over concern for their health.
26 March: President Trump held a phone call with China’s dictator, Xi Jinping, to discuss the the CV19 outbreak and spread. Details of that call were not disclosed.
A record-shattering 3.28 million Americans filed jobless claims this week, the first full week of the “Great Distancing” mandates. (Here is a novel viral proposal: How about the House and Senate pass resolutions to stop their government paychecks (with no back-end reimbursement) until all Americans are receiving paychecks again?)
After a week of delays, Democrats stopped obstructing the House and Senate emergency CV19 funding. Pelosi had padded the spending bills with special interest projects unrelated to CV19, while falsely claiming, “Everything we’re suggesting just relates to COVID-19.” House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) declared of all the unrelated spending, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.” The Senate and House approved and President Trump signed the massive $2.2 Trillion economic recovery package for hardest his business sectors and employees of those businesses.
In a significant development regarding the pandemic modeling used by the Task Force, Dr. Deborah Brix noted a significant revision in the “recent report out of the UK … that said there would be 500,000 deaths in the UK and 2.2 million deaths in the United States.” She added, “They’ve adjusted that number in the UK to 20,000. Half a million to 20,000. We are looking at that in great detail to understand that adjustment.”
The original UK report predicting 2.2 million deaths in the U.S. (with no mitigating actions), weighed heavily in the modeling used by the CV19 Task Force for its measures to partially shut down our economy. That study’s Imperial College of Medicine authors originally estimated that basic mitigating efforts would only cut its dire death predictions by 50%. But now, those researchers have revised the UK death toll to 20,000 given current UK mitigating action, and indicate that most of those would be people so sick that they would have died by the end of the year regardless of CV19.
27 March: President Trump signed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. He appointed Office of Trade and Manufacturing policy director Peter Navarro to serve as the Defense Production Act Policy Coordinator.
Trump and his CV19 Task Force initiated contracts with 10 ventilator manufacturers in order significantly increase production. The objective was to produce more than 100,000 by the end of June. The administration also launched Project Airbridge, a public-private partnership to fly the most essential personal protective gear into the U.S. from around the world.
In a futile effort to ease tensions with China in order to obtain more reliable information from Xi, Trump’s social media managers posted this note: “Just finished a very good conversation with President Xi of China. Discussed in great detail the CoronaVirus that is ravaging large parts of our Planet. China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the Virus. We are working closely together. Much respect!” More to the point, a day later Don Trump Jr. posted: “Anyone praising China’s ‘leadership’ in responding [to] the virus should be scorned for being the authoritarian/communist propagandist that they are.”
Emory University began enrolling participants for a phase one clinical trial, sponsored by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), of a new, potential coronavirus vaccine.
28 March: The CDC issued new guidance for residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to avoid non-essential domestic travel for 14 days to StopTheSpread of CV19 within the U.S.
29 March: The CV19 Task Force takes extraordinary action by issuing a 30-day extension of its recommended partial economic shutdown measures until 30 April, in order to reduce CV19 deaths and illnesses to a pace that does not overwhelm medical capabilities, which are now at stretched to limits in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Washington and California. Task Force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, made clear, “No state, no metro area, will be spared.”
President Trump announced that Cigna and Humana are waving co-pays for coronavirus treatment. HHS accepted 30 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine, donated by Sandoz, and one million doses of Chloroquine, donated by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, for clinical trials and possible treatment of coronavirus patients.
30 March: President Trump announced that one million Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results. Secretary Azar announced that HHS took steps to accelerate a clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Janssen Research & Development. The FDA has approved Battelle’s N95 mask sanitization process for use to decontaminate tens of thousands of masks per day. On coronavirus testing, Secretary Azar announced that the U.S. is currently testing nearly 100,000 samples per day.
Joe Biden repeated his claim that he wrote an Op/Ed on 17 January calling attention to the “Luhan province” virus before acknowledging to his MSNBC host it is “probably best I don’t” keep talking. Actually his campaign cobbled together something for the media on 27 January.
31 March: “I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. … This could be a hell of a bad two weeks.” President Donald Trump in reference to the coming surge in testing and corresponding deaths associated with COVID-19 disease. Dr. Anthony Fauci reiterated, “Models are as good as the assumptions you put into them. As we get more data as the weeks go by, that could be modified.” Dr. Deborah Birx added, “It’s communities that will [slow the spread]. There’s no magic bullet. There’s no magic vaccines or therapies. It’s just behaviors.”
At his daily press conference, Trump was asked by a Leftmedia agitator, “What do you say to Americans who are upset with you over the way you downplayed this crisis over the last couple of months?” Trump aptly replied: “I want to keep the country calm. I don’t want panic in the country. … I want to have our country be calm and strong and fight and win. And it will go away.”
The State Department issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory for global international travel.
01 April: President Trump’s now endless and vacuous CV19 press briefings, as if this were a reality TV show, have set him up to be the face of all the CV19 misery, and bear the political blame and consequences for the current economic crisis. Yes, the real blame for this crisis belongs on account with Xi Jinping and his ChiComs, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for Trump to escape that blame.
For the record, let me state again that balancing the CV19 mitigation efforts with the economic and social consequences has been extremely challenging, and formulating and implementing a mitigation plan and an exit strategy is the most difficult and complex policy decision faced by any president in decades. Let me also restate that, to the Trump administration’s great credit, our nation was in a better position to take this enormous economic hit than it would’ve been under the status quo of Hillary Clinton had she been elected. Until a month ago, we had the strongest economy in U.S. history. Trump is also well equipped by his considerable business experience to evaluate an effective path forward. But there is an increasingly high bar he must clear to escape bearing the burden for the economic collapse.
02 April: Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who distracted the nation with their impeachment charade while the CV19 while the pandemic was ramping up, announce they want to distract the nation with another investigation of President Trump while we are economically idled and the body count surges. Asked if he was distracted by the spurious Pelosi/Schumer impeachment proceedings in January, Trump responded, “I certainly devoted a little time to think about it, right. [But] I don’t think I would have done any better had I not been impeached…I don’t think I would have acted any faster,” given what the administration knew then.
Pelosi, announced her plans for a “bipartisan commission” to investigate the Trump administration’s CV19 Task Force failures. Pelosi insisted the committee was necessary because “we want to make sure there are not exploiters out there.” In other words, it’s another political charade, but this one is shamelessly designed to exploit the misery of America by blaming Trump in order to take him down in the November election.
President Trump responded: “I want to remind everyone here in our nation’s capital, especially in Congress, that this is not the time for politics. Endless, partisan investigations have already done extraordinary damage to our country in recent years.” In a letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer, the President appropriately eviscerated him for his efforts to politicize the pandemic.
Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to direct 3M to produce more N95 respirator masks and to help 6 companies (General Electric, Hill-Rom Holdings, Medtronic, ResMed, eRoyal Philips, and Vyaire Medical) get the supplies they need to make ventilators. The President ordered the Federal Government to cover the costs of all National Guard operations in states with recently approved disaster declarations.
Secretary Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza announced that the Paycheck Protection Program, created by the CARES Act to provide $350 billion in loans to small businesses, will be launched. HUD announced it was immediately making $3 billion of CARES Act funding available to help America’s low-income families and most vulnerable citizens across the nation.
Secretary Pompeo announced that the State Department has now brought home 30,000 Americans stranded overseas as a result of coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
The Trump Administration issued recommendations to nursing homes to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
03 April: Almost 95% of all Americans are under state lockdown mandates, as 42 states issue stay-at-home orders. According to the Department of Labor, weekly jobless claims double to a record 6.6 million Americans filing for unemployment.
Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum blocking the export of N95 and other respirator masks, surgical masks, PPE gloves, and surgical gloves to ensure they are available in the U.S. – designating them as “scarce” under the Defense Production Act. The CDC issued guidelines recommending the use cloth masks to help stop the viral spread. Trump insisted on the measure based on evidence from South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The Army Corps of Engineers is working with states to assess 750 requests for temporary hospital facilities, having completed 673 already. Trump announced that 9,000 retired Army medical personnel have volunteered and are assisting the federal response to the coronavirus.
The President met with energy execs from Phillips 66, Devon Energy, Continental Resources, Hilcorp Energy, Occidental Petroleum, The American Petroleum Institute, The Energy Transfer Partners, Chevron, and Exxon Mobil to discuss coronavirus’ impact on the energy industry.
04 April: The WHO reports more than one million cases worldwide, but there are likely far more cases than that in China alone – and as we have previously reported, perhaps more than a million deaths in China. The UN’s World Health Organization comes under increased scrutiny for its part in China’s delayed pandemic reporting.
President Trump announced that 1,000 members of the Defense Department’s Medical Corps will be deployed to New York to assist in the fight against coronavirus.
Republican members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to hold China accountable: “China, like many authoritarian regimes, tightly controls its internal information flow and media. Misinformation from China over the past several months has severely crippled global action to combat the global pandemic and undermined efforts by the State Department to work with other nations around the world to bring a swift end to this crisis. Chinese disinformation efforts have worsened the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and led to indescribable suffering around the world. It is essential the U.S. government works to combat this string of Chinese misinformation.”
Trump announced that the U.S. government has repatriated over 40,000 Americans from 75 countries.
05 April: The Patriot Post reviews George W. Bush’s demand for pandemic preparedness in 2005. n 2009, the Obama/Biden Administration’s HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before Congress, warning that the supplies of H95 respirator masks in the U.S. were inadequate, and that the U.S. did not have adequate stockpiles or the manufacturing capacity to meet the required protocol regarding H95 respirator masks in the case of a health emergency. The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News have reported that the Obama/Biden Administration responsible for the N95 masks depletions from the national stockpile.
Joe Biden called on President Trump to enact the Defense Production Act and appoint a supply chain commander. However the President already invoked the Defense Production Act on 18 March and named Rear Admiral John Polowczyk as the head of the supply chain task force on 24 March.
06 April: The FDA authorized Inovio’s potential coronavirus vaccine for a clinical trial, wile 10 potential coronavirus therapeutic agents are in “active trials” with another 15 potential therapeutics in plans for clinical trials.
New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now promoting the use of a combination of antibiotic and anti-malarial drugs Zithromax and Chloroquine (hydroxychloroquine). That is the same drug combination that President Trump noted weeks ago as a possible treatment. (Trump’s reference related to a 2005 report by the National Institute of Health: “Chloroquine is a Potent Inhibitor of SARS Coronavirus Infection and Spread.”) That mention resulted in Trump being excoriated by the Leftmedia for spreading “misinformation.” (Hydroxychloroquine is NOT an antiviral, but a powerful anti-inflammatory which is used for Lupus and arthritic conditions. The benefit with CV19 is the anti-inflammatory action against the cytokine storm that fills the lungs requiring a ventilator. Like H5N1, it’s lung damage – bilateral pneumonia – that results in most CV19 deaths.)
The Army Corps of Engineers is building 22 field hospitals and alternative care sites in 18 states.
07 April: Today is “World Health Day,” commemorating the founding of the United Nation’s World Health Organization in 1948. Celebrating the WHO in the middle of a global pandemic is tragically ironic, given that WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom did not declare a global Public Health Emergency until the China Virus was already global. We now know that Tedros conspired with China’s communist dictator, Xi Jinping, to cover up the outbreak, and had Xi and Tedros informed the world just three weeks earlier than their 31 December notification, that would have reduced the viral spread by 95%. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was already in the U.S. well before the WHO announcement. Indeed, China’s willful and deadly deception set a catastrophic “new standard in terms of outbreak response.”
Regarding World Health Day, President Trump noted the WHO “they called every shot wrong, they didn’t want to say where [coronavirus] came from.” Trump added, “For many years,” he noted, “we’ve been funding the World Health Organization. We’re going to look at it now.”
More to the point, Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said: “The WHO is complicit in the coronavirus pandemic. Not only did they praise the Chinese Communist Party’s troubling response, they amplified their disinformation about human to human transmission of coronavirus, continued to ignore Taiwan, and went so far as to criticize the President for his life-saving measure to ban travel from China early on. The corrupt WHO needs to stop pushing the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda and return to their mission of protecting global health.”
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) accused WHO Director-General Tedros of “parroting [China’s] propaganda,” adding, “China put us in this position because of their lies and the cover-ups and the complicit World Health Organization.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said: “[Tedros] has consistently bent to the will of the Chinese Communist Party. [WHO] has lost the credibility necessary to be effective, and a reevaluation of its leadership is rightfully called for.”
08 April: At the White House daily press briefing, a reporter asked: “Last week, your top experts were saying that we should expect 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in this country. You’ve been talking about how it looks like maybe things are plateauing. Are these numbers now being revised downward? I know you don’t want people to stop social distancing and that sort of thing, but what can you tell us about the numbers? Are they being revised down?”
Dr. Deborah Birx responded: “We believe that our healthcare delivery system in the United States is quite extraordinary. I know many of you are watching the Act Now model and the IHME model from — and they have consistently decreased the number, the mortality from over almost 90,000 or 86,000, down to 81,000 and now down to 61,000. That is modeled on what America is doing. That’s what’s happening.”
Of note, data from New York City, the epicenter of the CV19 outbreak, indicates that the majority (65.6%) of those who have died there, had serious underlying health conditions. Moreover, a third of the deaths (32.6%) are listed as “underlying conditions pending” with only 1.9% being listed as “no underlying conditions.”
More than 27,000 National Guard service members were activated across the country to assist in the coronavirus response.
09 April: Democrats in the House and Senate begin a second round of blocking business loans to help small business survive the CV19 economic impact by padding the bills with special interest mandates for their constituencies.
Over 2 million coronavirus tests have been completed and there are currently 19 potential coronavirus therapies being tested and another 26 potential therapies in active planning for clinical trials.
In the Leftmedia’s relentless effort to carry water for the Democrats’ “blame Trump” mantra, ABC News reported: “As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China’s Wuhan region.” ABC claimed its unnamed sources had access to a Defense Intelligence Agency report from the National Center for Medical Intelligence. While there were undoubtedly reports about the possibility of a virus outbreak in November, the ABC report is completely unsubstantiated. Colonel Shane Day, Director of the DIA’s National Center for Medical Intelligence issued the following statement: “As a matter of practice the National Center for Medical Intelligence does not comment publicly on specific intelligence matters. However, in the interest of transparency during this current public health crisis, we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a National Center for Medical Intelligence Coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct. No such NCMI product exists.”
10 April: Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduces his partisan “Commission on the COVID-19 Pandemic” bill with Senate co-sponsors Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA). According to Schiff, “It’s clear we’ll need a bipartisan commission to ensure we’re better prepared for the next pandemic.” Translation: “It’s clear we need a partisan commission to hang this pandemic around Trump’s neck ahead of the 2020 election.”
11 April: More than 29,600 National Guard Troops have been activated and 4,700 active duty medical personnel have been deployed to nine states
12 April: A deal brokered by President Trump was announced between The OPEC countries, Russia, and the U.S. to cut production and stabilize the oil market amid dual disruptions from coronavirus and the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
In a case study of typical Leftmedia obfuscation to smear President Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci sets the record straight regarding CNN’s claim he was critical of the administrations effort to initiate mitigation efforts to slow the CV19 case rates.
As to CNN’s false assertion that Trump was at fault, Dr. Fauci was clear: “The first and only time that Dr. Birx and I went in and formally made a recommendation to the president to actually have a, quote, shutdown in the sense of not really shutdown, but to really have strong mitigation…the president listened and went to the mitigation. The second time that I went with Dr. Birx into the president and said 15 days are not enough, we need to go 30 days…at that time the president went with the health recommendations and we extended it another 30 days.” He stated further regarding difficult recommendations he and Birx made to the President: “The travel was another recommendation when we went in and said we probably should be doing that, and the answer was yes. And then another time it was we should do it with Europe, and the answer was yes, and the next time we should do it with the UK, and the answer was yes.”
13 April: The influential CV19 death modeling from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), whose forecasts inspired political and media panic and motivated official social and economic lockdowns, revised their predictions. In an updated forecast the IHME is now predicting no “zero deaths in July and August” in the U.S. from COVID-19, assuming the CDC safety guidelines are maintains.
Based on emerging documentation of China’s organized CV19 outbreak coverup, Dr. Anthony Fauci condemned China for lying about human-to-human transmission of the virus last December: “Early on we did not get correct information, and the incorrect information was propagated right from the beginning.” He noted this was why, back on January 21, he told the American public that the coronavirus was “not a major threat for the people in the United States.”
The USDA released a “one-stop-shop” resource guide to help farmers, rural communities, and others know what resources and assistance are available to them as a response to the coronavirus.
The Department of Commerce and Census Bureau announced adjustments to the 2020 Census operational schedule to protect census workers and the American people during the coronavirus outbreak.
The U.S. government now has 28 million doses of hydroxychloroquine stockpiled.
14 April: Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, announced that military and intelligence agencies have been investigating if the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was China’s P4 super laboratory in Wuhan – the first official acknowledgement of that investigation. Gen. Milley stated: “It should be no surprise that we’ve taken a keen interest in [the origin] and we’ve had a lot of intelligence agencies take a hard look at that. I would just say at this point it’s inconclusive although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural. But we don’t know for certain.”
In other words, any official announcement that the SARS-CoV-2 source is the Wuhan Institute’s P4 lab, will be left to President Trump, as the implications for our relationship with China are dire. But there may never be an “official conclusion” because of national security implications.
On the other hand, The Washington Post acknowledged that the origin of the deadly SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causing COVID-19 disease could be the Wuhan Institute of Virology. There is more evidence that the WIV’s National Biosafety Laboratory, China’s only P4 (Pathogen Level 4) super laboratory, has been engaged in research on the Ebola, Nipah, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses — and, yes, coronavirus variants. Notably, Patriot Post sources asserted early on that poor safety standards at the P4 lab could account for the origin of the CV19 viral pandemic.
15 April: President Trump announced that he was going to suspend all U.S. support for the World Health Organization.
16 April: President Trump announced the administration’s plan to bring the economy back on line, with state governors and their local officials determining the specifics of what they need to do and when. As expected, jobless claims have now risen to 22 million. That number will continue to surge in weeks to come as the ripple effect unemployment detrimentally impact the financial stability of tens of millions of additional Americans.
19 April – Patriots Day: On excessive measures by some governors who have gone to extremes limiting Liberty, Trump said, “I really believe that they’re being unreasonable. I just think that some of the governors have gotten carried away. … Some have gone too far, some governors have gone too far.” Regarding the sporadic protests over state closures, Trump added, “Their life was taken away from them. These people love our country, they want to get back to work.”
22 April: The total number of jobless claims since the China Virus pandemic partial economic shut down began five weeks ago, is now 26.4 million. The U.S. has now erased all job gains since the Great Recession of 2008.
23 April: Speaker Pelosi and her Democrats voted to create her “bipartisan” House investigation panel, ostensibly to review the government’s actions in response to CV19. In other words as noted when she proposed this panel, another partisan inquisition aimed solely at undermining President Trump’s reelection bid. The bill creating the “Commission on the COVID-19 Pandemic” was sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA).
To that end, a day later Schiff, Pelosi’s lieutenant for their failed impeachment spectacle, set the tone for their “investigation” charade saying: “I don’t think [the House impeachment managers] had any idea how much damage [Trump] would go on to do in the months ahead. There are 50,000 Americans now who are dead in significant part because of his incompetence.” Ironically, it was Schiff’s distracting impeachment that was sucking all the air out of the Beltway in January, and that contributed more to American deaths than anything the Trump administration did or didn’t do. When Pelosi originally proposed her next inquisition, Trump responded: “I want to remind everyone here in our nation’s capital, especially in Congress, that this is not the time for politics. Endless, partisan investigations have already done extraordinary damage to our country in recent years.”
24 April: Attorney General William Barr issues a warning that states and local governments should not infringe civil rights when issuing their lockdown orders. According to AG Barr acknowledge: “There is no denying that they have imposed tremendous burdens on the daily lives of all Americans. Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public. But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. We must therefore be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected.” He also announced the Department of Justice will review excessive order complaints.
25 April: Georgia is one of the first states among those which enforced shutdowns, to reopen its economy in stages.
The consequence of states reopening is going to be higher infections and deaths – unless warmer weather subdues the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is important that Americans understand that nothing about the virus has changed — it is still out there claiming casualties, and it will continue to do so until an effective vaccine, combined with effective treatments and herd immunity, can slow it. And … it will reemerge again next fall.
26 April: Bill Gates, now promoting himself as a global healthcare mogul, when asked if China should be held responsible for the CV19 pandemic, praised China: “I don’t think that’s a timely thing because it doesn’t affect how we act today. China did a lot of things right at the beginning. Like any country where a virus first shows up, they can look back and see where they missed some things.” Gates needs a reality check – starting with a review of this timeline. To the point, White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro has concluded: “This is a war. It’s a war that China started by spawning the virus, by hiding the virus, by hoarding personal protective equipment during the time it hid the virus.”
The Guide to Opening America outlined three phases for state governors to use as a reference point.
Phase One: All vulnerable individuals (the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions) should continue to self-quarantine. When in public, individuals should continue social distancing and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. Non-essential travel should be avoided. Schools and youth camps will remain closed. Businesses should encourage teleworking and common areas should be closed. Restaurants, gyms and movie theaters can reopen under strict social distancing and cleaning procedures.
Phase Two: All vulnerable individuals should continue to self-quarantine. When in public, individuals should maximize physical distancing as best as possible, and avoid gatherings of more than 50 people. Non-essential travel is permitted. Schools and youth camps can reopen. Businesses are still encouraged to use teleworking, and common areas should remain closed. Restaurants, gyms and movie theaters can operate under less strict social distancing, but should maintain vigorous cleaning protocols.
Phase Three: Vulnerable individuals can resume normal activities, but should avoid crowds. Trips to nursing homes can resume. Businesses and worksites can resume normal operations. Bars, gyms, movie theaters and restaurants can resume normal operations with limited social distancing while maintaining strict cleaning protocols.
27 April: President Trump again, sets himself up for criticism with careless rambling communications at the latest of his endless and vacuous CV19 briefings. As I noted previously in “Mr. President, Don’t Be the Poster Child for CV19 Misery,” the president should start those briefings by focusing for a few minutes on his administration’s progress against the virus, then turn to the progress supporting businesses’ recovery efforts — something he actually knows something about — and then leave the room. He has set himself up to be the face of the CV19 failures.
28 April: The Director of National Intelligence chides The Washington Post for falsely claiming President Trump had early intelligence about the CV19 threat.
29 April: Concerns about pandemic litigation are being evaluated as personal injury and class action lawyers line up to pad their pockets with relief funds.
30 April: Evidence is mounting that there is a “ChiCom-Leftmedia Propaganda Loop” assisting China’s CV19 coverup. There are two liabilities the ChiComs are trying to avoid – when and where the virus emerged – and their media blitz methods follow a well-established strategy to admit nothing, deny everything and make counter-allegations. American media outlets are propagating the Chinese propaganda.
01 May: It is now apparent that measures taken to ensure hospitals across the nation were not overwhelmed by CV19 infections, have now put the nation’s healthcare providers at risk of bankruptcy.
04 May: There is now substantial corroborative evidence that China’s P4 Lab was certainly the origin of the SARS-CoV-2. “All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely.”
05 May: New York authorities reported an additional 1700 deaths of nursing home patients, adding to the enormous total already accumulating as a result of Andrew Cuomo’s death sentence for his state’s most vulnerable population. Meanwhile Cuomo was duped out of $69 million by a California individual posing as a medical device producer.
06 May: Republican governors receive high marks for their handling of the crisis. However, as governors begin to restore their economies, it is imperative that they tell the American people that, if all we have been told about the lethality of the CV19 virus is true, there will be a surge of infections.
California Gov. Gain Newsom is not forthcoming about a $1 billion deal he made with China.
07 May: Trump speculates about winding down the CV19 Task Force but reverses course and indicated it will remain intact indefinitely. There are serious questions being raised about CV19 infection and death data in the U.S. and worldwide, with India, world’s second-most-populated country, reporting few deaths.
08 May: The unemployment rate rose to a record 14.7% and payrolls dropped by an unprecedented 20.5 million workers. However, the number of Americans no longer looking for work combined with those who are only able to find part-time jobs is also at an all-time high of 22.8%. That report and other data is raising concerns about the health consequences caused by the economic shutdown.
09 May: There were new revelations from Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service that Chinese officials demanded that WHO chief Tedros help deflect concerns about the risks of CV19 disease. According to Der Spiegel, “The BND’s verdict is harsh: At least four, if not six, weeks have been lost in Beijing’s information policy in the fight against the virus.” Recall that on 14 January, Tedros issued a statement saying, “Preliminary investigations conducted by Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who has now taken on the primary role of exposing Xi Jinping’s agenda to conceal the outbreak, said: “There’s no question that Xi Jinping and senior officials in the Chinese Communist Party were pressuring the WHO all the way back to December to undersell the risk of this virus. They knew in China early on, probably as early as the early days of December, and that this virus was both highly contagious in humans and very deadly for certain people. Yet they wanted to save face. In addition to saving face, they wanted once they realized this virus was going to cripple their own economy, that it did not remain limited to China.”
According to White House trade policy adviser Peter Navarro: “We know that patient zero in China was about mid-November, it was in Wuhan. We know that ground zero had the P4 weapons lab, where the virus likely came from. For the next two months, we know that China hid the virus from the world behind the shield of the World Health Organization.”
The evidence about Xi demands from Tedros are known to U.S. intelligence agencies but the administration is withholding release of that information because of pending trade negotiations between President Trump and Xi.
10 May: In a press conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blames his state health director, Howard Zucker, for implementing the deadly policy that nursing homes must admit patients with CV19 disease – six weeks after Cuomo implemented the previous policy. He announced new regulations reversing the policy and Cuomo now insists: “We’re just not going to send a person who is positive to a nursing home after a hospital visit. This virus uses nursing homes. They are ground zero. It’s a congregation of vulnerable people.”
11 May: Almost 20,000 people have died in New York City – if NYC was a country, it would rank sixth in the world in total deaths, behind France and ahead of Brazil.
12 May: German intelligence agencies report evidence that Xi Jinping’s regime conspired to use the WHO as part of its coverup. The Chinese Communist propaganda machine issues counter-allegations with “reality checks” in order to deflect the now global awareness that Xi Jinping’s coverup of the CV19 outbreak has had an enormous human and economic consequences.
13 May: Dr. Anthony Fauci stirs the fear pot warning of “needless suffering and death” if we reopen too soon … whenever that is.
15 May: Evaluations of Georgia’s reopening infection rates better than widely predicted.
18 May: Gov. Andrew Cuomo endeavors to cover his tracks after implementation of his deadly nursing home policy.
20 May: Trump tees up his first round of plans for holding China accountable for the CV19 coverup.
21 May: Evidence continues to mount raising questions about the CV19 infection and death projections.
26 May: The latest CDC revisions on CV19 fatality rates indicate it may be as low as 0.3%, raising further concerns about the heavy human and economic cost of the shutdowns.
Dr. Michael Ryan, the head of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, absurdly praised China’s “openness” with this pandering assertion: “I think the authorities in China, governments around the world, and ourselves are very keen to understand the animal origin of the virus itself. And I am very pleased to hear a very consistent message coming from China, which is one of openness to such an approach.”
27 May: Obama economist warns that is economic recover is underway this summer, that will be bad for Democrat election prospects. “We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country.”
28 May: The BIG Question: What If there are NO Huge CV19 Spikes in Opening States? After tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs, if there are not significant increases of infections as states reopen, then our nation has paid an enormous price based on flawed projections from a handful of bureaucrats.
Even the primary medical adviser to the White House Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, declared last Friday, “We can’t stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health.” He added, “I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go.”
He has also toned down his projections about a second wave this fall: “We often talk about the possibility of a second wave, or of an outbreak when you’re reopening. We don’t have to accept that as an inevitability,” he explained, adding, “When people start thinking about the fall, I want people to really appreciate that it could happen, but it is not inevitable.”
What has tempered Fauci’s tone-deaf pandemic tune may have been a letter from 600 physicians nationwide to the White House insisting that the “national shutdown” end. The letter warned: “Millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youth it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.”
29 May: While the MSM focused its attention on the CV19 deaths milestone, estimated now at 100,000, there was little attention paid to the other milestone this week: Jobless claims have surpassed the 40 MILLION mark.
01 June: Recall when Dr. Anthony Fauci declared, “There is no reason to be walking around wearing a mask.” While we believe the eficacy of masks is well documented for anyone who may be sick – and who should be staying home – there are now questions about masking in general. According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Universal Masking in Hospitals in the Covid-19 Era,” this observation about the broader implications of masking is of interest as it pertains to the use of masks outside of hospitals: “We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”
02 June: A new internal German government report strongly condemns the country’s response to CV19 as far too costly, placing significant pressure on German politicians and bureaucrats to defend what now increasingly appear to be indefensible actions closing down the economy. By extension, that report is putting the same pressure on other western nations.
03 June: After the death of a black man due to gross police negligence, Democrat claims of “sustemic racism](https://patriotpost.us/alexander/71292-talking-with-a-democrat-about-systemic-racism-and-other-social-issues-dot-dot-dot-2020-06-10)” and the resulting protests and riots, were exacerbated by frustration associated with the lockdowns. Dr. Kenneth Eisold, a psychoanalyst, said, “No doubt in my mind that the pandemic has eroded people’s capacity to tolerate additional frustration and anxiety. I also suspect that the riots reflect an unconscious protest against the lockdown.”
04 June: While we may never get a full accounting, it is clear that some percentage of deaths being attributed to CV19 disease, were most certainly not the result of coronavirus. Because the government incentivized a COVID diagnosis by guaranteeing full reimbursement for any patient who dies of any cause who has also been diagnosed with CV19 disease, patients who died of other causes are being counted among the CV19 deaths.
05 June: In a shocking but welcome indication of an economic turnaround expected by none of the economic experts, the U.S. added 2.5 million jobs in May, but we have a long way to go for full recovery.
06 June: China and WHO Earn Trump’s Ire The president rebukes China over Hong Kong overreach, and the U.S. will leave WHO. Political Editors · Jun. 1, 2020 https://patriotpost.us/articles/71040-china-and-who-earn-trumps-ire-2020-06-01
09 June: Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, has raised significant questions about the justification for shutting down nations over asymptomatic spread: “From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual. We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. They’re following asymptomatic cases. They’re following contacts. And they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare.”
12 June: As more states reopen following the CV19 lockdowns, as we estimated must be the case if the Coronavirus was as virulent as predicted, the number of coronavirus infections has increased. Just how much of this rise is directly related to wider testing rates or increased transmissions rate will continue to be debated, though it’s obvious that increased testing will reveal more infections.
Among the states the never closed, South Dakota’s governor Kristi Noem defied the East Coast experts and kept her state open. “The people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety,” Noem quaintly insisted. “As soon as the president said, ‘We all need you to stay home for 15 days,’ people in South Dakota did,” said Noem. “We didn’t tell them they had to. We didn’t close any businesses. But people here just said, ‘Our president’s asking us to stay home — we’re going to stay at home.’ And so we still saw a decline of people out and about doing things. Personal responsibility.” South Dakota’s response can serve as a template for states with mostly rural populations.
16 June: Reliable data from various studies demonstrates that the vast majority of the most serious CV-19 cases in the United States were among the elderly and those with preexisting conditions, as originally anticipated by the CDC. A review by Stanford medical professor John Ioannidis found that 80% of Americans who died of CV19 were older than 65. Additional data found that Americans over 85 are 2.75 times more likely to die from CV19 than those 75 to 84 and 16.8 times more like than those 55 to 64. As treatments have improved, the mortality rate in general has dropped, with those under 45 making up less than 2% of total deaths.
17 June: The House GOP Foreign Affairs Committee released its report on the World Health Organization’s role in allowing for the global spread of the COVID disease pandemic by assisting China’s efforts to conceal the outbreak. The report demands the removal of WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebresesus, and requests an international probe into the CCP’s response.
(Check back for Timeline Updates)
Reviewing the early measures taken by the Trump administration, and recommendations to state and local officials nationwide, far from the Democrat political narrative as parroted by the mainstream media that the administration did not act fast enough, it is clear that the Trump administration took every reasonable precaution and action to mitigate the spread of CV19 in the United States.
The CDC and the Trump administration’s CV19 Task Force issued and reissued reasonable guidelines to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. State and local governments officials have taken additional actions they believe necessary for their circumstances – many of which I believe are excessive. I believe we are going to find, as I have previously noted, that those CDC guidelines would have generally been adequate for most states and localities, to balance the health risks with the economic impact risks — although those guidelines alone would have resulted in more deaths because of the “idiot factor,” those who won’t abide by even the most basic CDC guidelines. As the nation reopens, the number of CV19 illnesses and deaths is going to increase, primarily because of that idiot factor.
But in the end, hindsight being (mostly) 20/20, we may look back in six months and either see hundreds of thousands of deaths, or hopefully fatality numbers revised dramatically lower. If lower, politicians Left and Right will claim that crippling our economy saved millions of lives, and we all owe them a great debt of gratitude – regardless of the price we paid for the cure.
However, the real test of whether the federal, state, and local actions were right-sized for the cure will be a comparison to Third World CV19 deaths, where “social distancing” was virtually impossible. To the extent we can obtain reliable data from nations other than China, those data sets will represent the “control groups.” If the percentage of deaths in those nations is dramatically higher than in the U.S., as expected, then the actions we’ve taken may be deemed appropriate. If the fatality rates were not significant multiples of the U.S. rate, that would imply the actions we have taken were too exaggerated. While I don’t expect that outcome, we will see.
Are We Prepared?
Leading the government’s CV19 response and recovery strategy, Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar are heading the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Pence stated, “I promise you: We will continue to bring the full resources of the federal government to bear to protect the American people. … We’re all in this together. This is not the time for partisanship. This President will always put the health and safety of America first.”
Taking additional measures, Azar has empaneled a task force to ramp up response to the spread of this contagion. Azar declared, “Americans should note this is a potentially very serious public health threat.”
The U.S. leads the world in our ability to respond and mitigate the CV19 threat.
The CDC is, according to the latest Global Health Security Index, far ahead of all other national health organizations, especially regarding potential pandemic threats. The CDC is always watching viral pathogens for early warning signs of epidemic potential in the U.S.
For the record, the GHS Index lists these rankings for the U.S.: Overall: #1, Prevention: #1, Detection and Reporting: #1, Rapid Response: #2, Health System: #1, and Compliance with International Norms: #1.
By comparison here is how China ranks: Overall: #51, Prevention: #50, Detection and Reporting: #64, Rapid Response: #47, Health System: #30, and Compliance with International Norms: #141.
The CDC began tracking CV19 cases as soon as the disease was on its radar (much earlier than the now-ubiquitous media reports), and began testing thousands of citizens suspected of infection as soon as test kits were available. Early on, the CDC increased the isolation period for those who are suspected of being infected to 14 days, and the Trump administration restricted foreign nationals from China and other outbreak nations from entering the U.S. The U.S. also established CV19 quarantine sectors near major urban centers and in rural areas in many states.
It is no small irony that last November, as the first CV19 cases were emerging in China, the CDC was advertising for Public Health Advisors – Quarantine Program in Dallas, El Paso, and Houston, TX; Seattle, WA; Anchorage, AK; Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, CA; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Honolulu, HI; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and San Juan, PR.
While domestic concern about the viral threat leading to COVID-19 disease is certainly warranted, some perspective on other influenza infections this season is in order.
The CDC estimates that between 1 October 2019, through 7 March 2020, the influenza A strain has infected more than 50 million people, with almost 670,000 requiring hospitalization, and between 22,000 to 55,000 deaths in the U.S. The influenza B/Victoria viral strain alone, had caused more than 8,000 U.S. deaths by the end of January.
In fact, the flu kills, on average, 25,000-50,000 Americans annually. (Did you get your flu shot this season?) Thus, this has been a “good year” on average (thus far) — but infectious-disease deaths associated with CV19 could far exceed the 2017-18 flu season, when the CDC estimated the U.S. flu death toll was 80,000.
The Coronavirus Task Force development of a mitigation strategy to limit U.S. deaths from CV19 is critical, as is the development of an exit strategy on the other side of mitigation.
Balancing the CV19 mitigation efforts with the economic and social consequences will be extremely challenging, and formulating and implementing this strategy, and eventually an exit strategy, will be the most difficult and complex policy decision by any President in decades.
Understanding the Threat – Fatality versus Mortality Rates
The WHO estimates that the global fatality rate for the coronavirus is about 3.4%, but that figure should not be confused with the mortality rate, the latter being the percentage of deaths in the total at-risk population – much lower. It will likely be late March before we have nationwide data that will provide a more accurate understanding of COVID-19 mortality in the U.S. HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir estimates the mortality rate will be between 0.1% and 1%.
Regarding the mainstream media’s dramatic daily updates on coronavirus infections and deaths in February and early March, the MSM failed to distinguish between the “fatality rate” and the “mortality rate,” which are very different. Likewise, they failed to connect increased testing with increased diagnosis. In other words, the dramatic increase in cases is not just a reflection of virology, how contagious the virus is, but is also related to increased testing — the more testing, the more cases discovered.
The MSM’s grossly irresponsible “death toll” fatality percentage reports are based on the number of deaths (numerator) divided by the number of confirmed cases (denominator), which is accurate, but very dramatic. However, the fatality rate is not the mortality rate. The CDC calculates mortality rates based on the number of deaths divided by the total at-risk population. Most viral outbreaks in the U.S. have a mortality rate in the 0.1%-0.3% range, much lower than the fatality rates based solely on positive test samples – which do not take into account all those who have had the virus but were not tested because they were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms.
On media negligence, health commentator Dr. Drew Pinsky, summed it up: “I don’t claim to know what’s motivating the media, but their reporting is absolutely reprehensible. They should be ashamed of themselves. They are creating a panic that is far worse than the viral outbreak. The bottom line, everybody, is to listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci. … Stop listening to journalists! They don’t know what they are talking about!”
That is understated.
As the number of completed tests increase in March, the fatality and mortality rates will initially both decline. But as the death rate increases faster than testing rate, the fatality percentage will increase until measures recommended by the CV19 Task Force reverse that pace.
NIAID director Dr. Fauci, the administration’s CV-19 spokesperson, notes: “The mortality for seasonal flu is 0.1%. The mortality for this is … probably closer to 1%. But that’s 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.”
Infectious-disease and epidemiology specialist Dr. Mike Tildesley explained the discrepancy when calculating the CV19 mortality rate was a lack of data on the number of people in the at-risk population, including those experiencing mild symptoms or those showing no symptoms at all and thus, not seeking treatment. According to Tildesley: “The estimates that we are seeing for mortality rate [are] the ‘case fatality rate,’ which is defined as the number of deaths owing to a disease divided by the total number of people diagnosed with the disease. … Should the number of people infected but not diagnosed be high, then the true mortality rate could be significantly lower than the quoted case fatality rate.” He added that it was “difficult to say definitively whether the true mortality rate is 1% or even lower than that,” due to the fact we have not yet begun to quantify the number of mild cases.
Most coronavirus infections have mild symptoms and most patients recover quickly. The COVID-19 variant is more virulent than previous coronaviruses, like the variant responsible for the 2002 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS 2002) and 2012 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS 2012) outbreaks. By comparison, SARS 2002 and MERS 2012 resulted in limited deaths.
CV19 disease is symptomatically similar to the flu. Likewise, the means of spreading the virus is similar to influenza and other respiratory pathogens. The virus that causes CV19 is able to survive outside the body on metal, glass, or plastic surfaces for longer than some viruses, which makes disinfecting important. This explains how infections can occur with no known direct contact with an infected person.
Regardless of mitigating efforts, I estimate CV19 infections had spread nationwide by mid-February, and will result in many more infections and deaths this season. CV19 will likely be more lethal than the 0.1-0.5% mortality rates of seasonal flu bugs in the U.S.
With increased testing, we are going to learn a lot more about who needs to be isolated, what age groups are most impacted, what age groups are requiring hospitalization, etc. That information is critical. (Of course, that will also lead to another round of political and media finger-pointing on the availability of tests.)
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield says that CV19 “is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year.” In other words, ultimately the vaccine is the antidote.
The virus causing COVID-19 has mutated into two strains, and one may be much more aggressive. The “S-type” appears to be milder and less infectious, but the “L-type” is more contagious and accounts for 70% of cases. Unfortunately, though human vaccine trials began in March, if successful the vaccine will still take 8-12 months before it is widely available.
Treatment and Vaccines
One of the physicians who has been a Patriot Post resource for years, is a former Army doc and an exceptionally gifted medical analyst. He graduated from a highly esteemed medical school at age 20 and completed seven medical specialty fellowships.
He offered the following assessment on the prospects for CV19 treatment and vaccines: “Health care providers from around the world are collaborating as never before to improve treatment results. Anti-viral, antibiotic, inhaled medication and connective tissue disease medications have all shown promise and the world’s medical community has embraced the challenge. We get daily updates from our Seattle, French and Italian colleagues from the trenches on what is working and what is not (avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs!). Outcomes are improving. We are utilizing this information to treat our sickest patients.”
Regarding hopes of a quick vaccine, he notes, “Vaccine is many months away and double-blinded treatment protocols are not being considered (who wants to be in the no treatment group!). A vaccine requires a stable locus on the virus (no mutation that would delete the antigen), safety and efficacy data, as well as the ability to mass produce the vaccine. This process usually takes 2-5 years and very few of these ever make it to market Approximately 87% of would-be vaccines never make it to human testing. We are attempting to greatly accelerate the process, but only so many corners can be cut if we are to have a safe and effective product. It is worth mentioning that we have had the SARS virus around for over a decade and have yet to develop a vaccine for it. A daunting task, but with many brilliant minds, the human spirit and a healthy dose of prayer; we shall overcome.”
As for the vaccine now being administered in Seattle, the original epicenter of CV19 in the U.S., he adds, “While the vaccine doses being administered there are being used under a ‘compassionate need’ basis, it will take time to know if that vaccine has any effect on prevention.”
In other words, successful treatments and vaccines are not likely to emerge soon.
Notably however, beyond treatment and vaccine development, regarding the rise and decline of CV19, Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist Michael Levitt, believes the virus spread will be much more manageable than current risk assessments trumpeted by the mass media.
According to Levitt, “What we need is to control the panic…we’re going to be fine. The real situation is not as nearly as terrible as they make it out to be.” His analysis indicates that CV19 in the U.S., will follow a similar pattern to that in Asia, and will peak sooner than thought. Let’s pray that assessment is correct. (Note, we do consider CV19 data from South Korea to be a credible Asian source.)
(For more on the efficacy of vaccines, visit this resource page.)
Will Temporarily Shuttering the Economy Work?
For years, national-security planners have modeled pandemic scenarios.
Last November, as the latest coronavirus mutation emerged in China, Johns Hopkins and the Gates Foundation sponsored a tabletop pandemic scenario called Event 201, in which they projected 65 million deaths.
The coincidence in the timing of the Event 201 exercise and the current pandemic has been a factor driving some of the pandemic fear. That necessitated the release of a disclaimer statement: “To be clear, the Center for Health Security and partners did not make a prediction during our tabletop exercise. For the scenario, we modeled a fictional coronavirus pandemic, but we explicitly stated that it was not a prediction. Instead, the exercise served to highlight preparedness and response challenges that would likely arise in a very severe pandemic. We are not now predicting that the nCoV-2019 outbreak will kill 65 million people. Although our tabletop exercise included a mock novel coronavirus, the inputs we used for modeling the potential impact of that fictional virus are not similar to nCoV-2019.”
But the question now, as the nation shuts down over the real deal, is this: Is the COVID-19 cure worse than the disease? Is the partial shutdown of our economy the right-sized solution?
The Coronavirus Task Force development of a mitigation strategy to limit U.S. deaths from CV19 is critical, but the development of an exit strategy on the other side of mitigation is equally critical.
Hindsight is (mostly) 20/20. We may look back in six months at hundreds of thousands of deaths. We may not.
But the fallacy of the national shutdown of many business sectors is that if the virus and its subsequent mutations don’t subside when the temperature gets warmer, and some infectious-disease specialists believe this virus may be resistant to seasonal temperatures, then do we shut the country for a month, or a year until vaccines are prepped? As I have noted, a significant percent of our people are going to be exposed to the disease regardless.
Will the vaccines keep up with the mutations? Are we going to shut the nation down with the emergence of every Chinese coronavirus mutation?
It should be noted that a major factor in the current shuttering of private and public institutions is litigation fear. If Congress wanted to do something novel, indemnify the country against lawsuits associated with infections and deaths.
And a key question in a rapid economic decline is, can the nation avoid civil unrest?
Fear can lead to panic buying of consumer products, which leads to immediate shortages. What the MSM is not reporting — because most reporters have no clue how a business or our economy function — is that manufacturers and distributors don’t warehouse stockpiles of anything other than building seasonal inventories. The best business practices, including “just in time” inventory management, necessitates that supply lines be lean, meaning the avoidance of excessive inventory accumulation. Thus, it does not take much of a surge for product demand to cause a shortage of basic products in the best of circumstances, and it does not take much fear-driven over-demand to empty shelves of products like toilet paper.
In the worst of circumstances, production and distribution can cause supply-line interruptions of essential goods and impeded restocking. It can also result in the interruption of essential services, especially medical services. If factory workers who produce goods, truckers who deliver products, or inventory managers in retail facilities who stock them are afraid to come to work, the supply line can be disrupted. If medical and other safety providers are overloaded because of material shortages or personnel availability, that can lead to service interruptions. The combination of supply line and service interruptions can result in panic and chaos, which can lead to civil unrest. Note that Civil unrest in urban centers can occur rapidly.
I know this for certain. Our nation survived The Great Depression, and we will survive The Great Distancing. But will history prove that our actions to mitigate and recover from The Great Distancing turn out to be as ineffective as our efforts to mitigate and recover from The Great Depression?
Will Social Distancing and Quarantines Work?
It is important to understand that social distancing and quarantines will not contain the virus. The purpose of these measures is not containment; it is to reduce the spread of the contagion to a medically manageable level.
To better understand the motives behind “self-quarantines” and “social distancing,” these measures serve primarily two objectives.
First, it is assumed that about half of Americans will contract the coronavirus variant causing CV19 illness, and a fraction of those will require significant medical attention. The “R” value infectious rate of this contagion is substantially higher than the more virulent influenza. The infection rate of this contagion is estimated to be 2.5 — each infected person passes the infection to 2.5 people versus the 1.3 infectious rate of typical seasonal influenzas. The exponential rate of infection between the former and latter R values is vastly different.
Thus, the objective of increasing individual isolation here is to “flatten the infection curve” in order to retard the exponential rate of spread — how fast we get it. In other words, it’s not to reduce the infections but to spread the demand on our ability to provide medical attention over a longer period of time.
To be clear, the isolation quarantine measures being taken by citizens at higher risk — those over age 60 and those with medical conditions that make recovery more difficult — will greatly reduce the infection rate. But again, the coronavirus variant will remain in circulation nationwide for a long time, especially if it is not slowed by warmer weather as is often the case with seasonal flu epidemics. Wide distribution of effective vaccines is still at least 8-10 months out, if not longer.
The second motive behind increasing individual isolation is equally important. Retarding the rate of infectious spread allows more time to develop and ramp up medical-treatment protocols.
And third, in the event that seasonal warming lowers the infection rates of this viral contagion as it does with most influenza outbreaks, this also buys time until warmer seasonal temperatures arrive. This may account for why there are currently more pandemic hotspots north of the equator.
The CDC guidelines (linked below) are the primary resource for these measures, but NIAID director Dr. Fauci has encouraged Americans, particularly Millennial and elderly citizens, to take these measures seriously.
According to Dr. Fauci: “I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing. We feel that with rather stringent mitigation and containment, without necessarily complete lockdown, we would be able to prevent ourselves from getting to where, unfortunately, Italy is now. … With regard to domestic travel bans, we always talk about it, consider everything. But I can tell you that has not been seriously considered, doing travel bans in the country. … I don’t see that right now or in the immediate future. Everybody has got to get involved in distancing themselves socially. … Everything is on the table. … I would like to see a dramatic diminution of personal interaction. … Whatever it takes to do that, that’s what I would like to see. … The virus is not a mathematical formula. There are going to be people who are young who are going to wind up getting seriously ill. So, protect yourself.”
He noted, “For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. … The vast majority of people recover. People with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three weeks to six weeks to recover.”
Regarding the notion that the recommendations are overkill or overreacting, Fauci added, “If you think you’re in line with the outbreak, you’re already three weeks behind. So you’ve got to be almost overreacting a bit to keep up with it. … People need to understand that things will get worse before they get better. … What we’re trying to do is to make sure they don’t get to the worst-case scenario.”
Dr. Fauci is an academician/physician and government-agency head — which is to say his views, while very informed from the medical perspective, are not tempered by other realities, like the economic implications for American workers and their families.
The key question about “hunkering down” is, for how long? Are we going to flatten the infectious-spread curve so long that we flatline the economy?
That being said, historically, there is a good case study for social distancing, though it was not called that at the time. Regarding the aforementioned 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the infection and death rates in two cities is demonstrative of the effectiveness of social distancing.
As soldiers were preparing to depart for WWI, the city of Philadelphia determined that it would not cancel its public events and parades, and officials delayed taking other measure to limit the viral spread. Meanwhile the city of St. Louis decided it would cancel its public events and parades. And after detecting its first cases, St. Louis city officials closed schools, public buildings, and churches, and banned gatherings of more than 20 people. They also ordered staggered work shifts and limited use of public transportation.
The outcome: St. Louis had half the per capita death rate of Philadelphia.
What You Need to Know
First for reliable medical perspective…
I have several longtime and trusted friends whom I have consulted over the years on potential epidemic issues. They are career disease specialists — former military physicians (two Navy, one Air Force, and one Army) who understand the government response context, and who have now been in private practice for decades. Collectively, they agree on the following assessment as of this writing.
The COVID-19 variant will spread nationwide and it will likely be worse than some previous seasonal influenza contagions — but hopefully the spread will be contained by mass awareness of preventive measures for contracting and passing the virus. Those at greatest risk are people over 65, particularly if you have heart disease, lung disorders, diabetes, or other physical ailments, most notably those with vulnerable or suppressed immune systems. If you are in an “at risk” category, take appropriate actions to limit the potential for exposure.
The key threat is that CV19 is contagious prior to symptoms, the incubation period appears to be longer than most influenza infections, and we don’t yet have effective antiviral therapy, though we hope it is coming soon. These are the obvious reasons why the non-medical impact will be significant, and why it may be more difficult to contain. As noted previously, CV19 is able to survive outside the body on metal, glass, or plastic surfaces for days in some environs, which makes disinfecting important.
My friends add that mortality rates with past viral epidemics have varied widely, especially with regard to age groups, so it’s difficult to compare overall mortality statistics. We don’t yet have a firm understanding of the mortality implications, although it could be substantially higher than most viral epidemics. For numerous reasons, CV19 is not as bad as the 1918 influenza epidemic, but it will likely be much worse than H1N1 in older adults.
To reiterate, this year, U.S. deaths related to CV19 disease could far exceed the 2017-18 flu season, when the CDC estimated the U.S. flu death toll was 80,000.
As also noted above, the virus causing COVID-19 has mutated into two strains, and one may be much more aggressive. But we don’t know the extent of the disease spread because testing protocols have delayed our active surveillance of the spread. By the end of March, we should have a better handle on the spread. Like all virulent seasonal viral outbreaks, it has already spread nationwide. The daily drama “spread and death” media headlines are, in part, the result of the fact that we are ramping up testing for it.
It is safe to care for a family member who is infected if proper precautions are taken to prevent cross-contamination.
Second, the infectious-disease specialists provided some context…
How will this compare with other high-profile diseases in the past decade and century? Global deaths from the Ebola epidemic originating in 2014 are estimated now at more than 13,200. But worldwide deaths from the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu outbreak, while officially put at 18,449, are estimated by one CDC study to be as high as 284,000. The vast majority of these deaths occurred in third-world nations where containment and treatment are rudimentary. Most deaths were at both ends of the age spectrum — the young and old.
Notably, pandemic and disease in previous generations have taken far more souls, especially in times of war when people from vastly different geographical origins are brought together. More than 400,000 of the estimated 620,000 deaths in the War Between the States were due to “camp diseases.” In the 20th century, there were 5.1 million combatant deaths in the four years of World War I, but the 1918 H1N1 avian-type influenza virus, commonly referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” infected an estimated 500 million people globally, and as many as 75-100 million people died in that pandemic — almost 5% of the world’s population — in two years. About 675,000 of those deaths were in the United States. In World War II, disease in the Pacific campaign claimed far more casualties than combat.
And an alarming footnote, we are seeing the reemergence of some diseases in urban poverty centers that were thought long gone. In a 2019 report about the diseases festering in just one major urban center, Los Angeles’s 53-square-block skid row, Eric Johnson notes, “Near-forgotten diseases are popping up on the streets that harken back beyond the Great Depression.” According to Dr. Drew Pinsky: “We have not seen conditions for humans like this since medieval times. Period. And that’s a fact. … Tuberculosis is exploding. Non-tuberculosis acid-fast bacilli — exploding. And then the rat-borne illnesses, plague and typhus … and then we had typhoid fever. … Here we go, everybody. Everything you found in your history books, we got it! It’s coming.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Fransisco district is much worse.
What You Need to Do
On a personal note, I have always exercised great respect for the wellness of others. For my entire adult life I have taken basic measures to honor others when I am sick, always avoiding direct contact and close proximity. We should all approach this outbreak as if we already have it and protect others accordingly. On an additional personal note, I have found that raising my body temperature when sensing the onset of a cold or flu — over dressing, increasing the heat level in our home, increasing activity — has always helped me to shorten the time of a cold or virus infection.
Here is essential advice for not contracting or passing any contagion: Basically, wash your hands frequently. Use hand sanitizers and avoid touching your face, particularly your nose and eyes if your hands are not sanitized. Hand sanitizers should contain at least 60% alcohol. The implementation of so-called “social distancing” means avoiding enclosed spaces in close proximity to others, especially in large groups. Social distancing does NOT mean you don’t go outside and enjoy the day. If you are symptomatic, stay away from other people and seek medical attention. If not symptomatic, avoid people who are.
Personal Hygiene Basics to Prevent Contraction and Spread (advice either directly or adapted from James Robb, M.D., Fellow of the College of American Pathologists):
Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater-than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.
NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, or elbow bump.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unsanitized hands.
Community members 60+ years of age and those with other risk factors should limit exposure to others and shelter in place.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick to protect others. If one of your children is sick, keep the whole family home.
Avoid public transportation and large congregations of people.
Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc.
Open doors with your closed fist or hip — do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. That’s especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
Keep sanitizer available at each of your business or home entrances. Keep sanitizer in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands. (At fuel pumps, use a paper towel or disposable glove to grasp the nozzle.)
If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have no disposable tissue. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
Stay informed using reliable information sources.
As for the threat posed by COVID-19 and other emerging diseases that can mutate into forms that are readily transferable between humans, what should you do to stay informed about how to prepare and respond?
To stay informed and respond responsibly, visit this guide to review actions by each state.
The CDC has the most current resource pages on the COVID-19 threat and basic preventive measures. For the most current information on the viral threat in the U.S. see these CDC pages:
National CV19 Response page for general information.
What You Should Know for risk assessments and updates.
COVID-19 Symptoms and conditions requiring immediate medical assistance:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
Prevention and Treatment for basic hygiene and health measures.
Hospital and Physician Clinical Guidance for treatment facilities.
Daily U.S. infection and fatality data daily updates.
Johns Hopkins has a COVID-19 Information page.
If you are interested in country-by-country realtime database on the spread and toll of COVID-19, it is being tracked at the Johns Hopkins coronavirus interface.
Foremost, be prepared for the next threat. As I wrote back in 2006 in “The REAL Pandemic Threat,” when I held a national-security position with the Department of Homeland Security, “Clearly, there are significant pandemic threats posed by viral infections that mutate into much more contagious forms and can spread regionally, nationally, and internationally, causing significant loss of life. Your primary defense against such contagions is your capacity to shelter in place. What originates in China or Africa one week can be in your suburb the next.”
We encourage you to visit each of these pages, because national preparedness begins with individual preparedness, and individual preparedness is the firewall against a “fear pandemic.” You may not be able to do much preparation now, but you can certainly be prepared for the next pandemic threat.
We encourage you to [keep up with our latest COVID-19 posts and, moreover, keep calm…
President Trump noted in his address to the nation: “No nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States. We have the best economy, the most advanced healthcare, and the most talented doctors, scientists, and researchers anywhere in the world. We are all in this together. We must put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify together as one nation and one family. Everybody has to be vigilant and has to be careful. But be calm. As history has proven time and time again, Americans always rise to the challenge and overcome adversity.”
And regarding preparation, based on my years serving in a national-security capacity, one silver lining at the end of this current threat cycle is that it provides a national government case study for evaluation of preparedness, response, and recovery, and, notably, how the America people respond to the challenge posed by this threat. Emergency-management personnel are mapping how this unfolds at national, state, and local levels.
I would add for those who are in judicious contact with others, maintain an infectious and confident smile and pass it along!
The China/WHO Disinformation and Coverup
Let me be clear: I believe nothing the communist Chinese regime is reporting about the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant or its handling of COVID-19 disease. China claims it identified the first case on 17 November, but one can fairly assume there were many cases prior to that date that were either not identified or not disclosed. There is abundant evidence that the ChiComs attempted to conceal evidence of CV19 for much of November and December, until it notified the World Health Organization on 31 December.
The evidence that dictator Xi Jinping’s regime systematically covered up the viral outbreak continues to mount, affirming the conclusion that coverup resulted in the CV19 global pandemic now underway.
As we noted on this page on 31 January, “Officially, the communist Chinese government claims about 220 deaths and 10,000 infections. Our sources indicate that the actual rates of infection and deaths in China are much higher, and, in fact, official reports may only represent 5-7% of the actual dead and infected.” The so-called “pop-up hospitals” that were constructed across Hubei province where the outbreak originated doubled as isolation morgues. Given the lethality of SARS-CoV-2, the death toll among Red China’s almost 1.4 billion people, most of whom are impoverished, is many times higher than the official data from Xi Jinping’s communist regime.
China’s reports on CV19 deaths in Wuhan are spurious, and the low fatality data being reported for Beijing, Shanghai and other mass-urban centers, is absolutely not credible. The distance from Wuhan to Shanghai is 515 miles; to Beijing is 715 miles; to New York is 7,450 miles. China claims fewer deaths in Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing combined, than the CDC is reporting in New York City.
Predictably, Xi’s politburo has aggressively spread disinformation about the outbreak.
The Red Chinese directorate of disinformation, the “Information Department” of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been actively involved in the cover-up, which has been facilitated by their American media comrades – especially those who are beneficiaries of Xi’s Chinese funding.
(Consequently, we shouldn’t expect the MSM to lead any in-depth investigations into the origins of SARS-CoV-2.)
In fact, Chinese Ambassador Lin Songtian declared recently, “Although the epidemic first broke out in China, it did not necessarily mean that the virus is originated from China, let alone ‘made in China.’”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) confirmed these Chinese assertions: “The Chinese military portal Xilu.com recently published an article baselessly claiming that the virus is ‘a biochemical weapon produced by the U.S. to target China.”
Red Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang continues to put a smiley face on Xi’s actions, declaring: “China’s experience … has set an exemplary standard. President Xi’s visit to Wuhan sent out the message of sure victory to the world.” Laughably, Geng insisted that the government has been “acting with openness, transparency, and a high sense of responsibility to global health security.” The communist government has even published and distributed a book about how well it handled the outbreak — and it has been translated into English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic.
Tragically, there is no truth to any of Geng’s assertions. And Li Wenliang, the Chinese doctor in Wuhan who was punished by Xi’s government for his initial warnings about the spread of CV19, has now, conveniently for Xii’s regime, died.
Peter Tsang, director of the China Institute at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies, says: “China is in the midst of its most intensive propaganda operation in living memory, in trying to project its success in dealing with the virus. There is now an imperative for the statistics to be low, and now we have statistics that serve the political imperative.”
As noted by Michael Auslin, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is waging a ferocious, global propaganda campaign designed to deflect blame for the origin and spread of the COVID-19 outbreak from Wuhan, China. Moreover, Beijing is trying to take advantage of the pandemic to increase its global standing and influence. There are three main reasons why the world must hold the CCP accountable for the first global pandemic in a century. … Beijing freely chose to deny the truth of COVID-19, and its governing malpractice and incompetence helped unleashed a pandemic on the world. For the sake of morality, political governance, and the future, the world must speak truth to power, remember the facts, and condemn the CCP’s actions.”
As for Xi Jinping’s disinformation campaign, Auslin notes: “Beijing’s war aim is simple: shift away from China all blame for the outbreak, the botched initial response, and its early spread into the broader world. At stake is China’s global reputation, as well as the potential of a fundamental shift away from China for trade and manufacturing. Also at risk is the personal legacy of General Secretary Xi Jinping, who has staked his legitimacy on his technocratic competence. After dealing with the first great global crisis of the 21st century, the world must fundamentally rethink its dependence on China. … In the longer run, they must look to reform globalization by prudently reshaping their economies and societies in the shadow of future crises.”
Responding to China’s global disinformation campaign and efforts to blame the U.S., President Trump emphasized, “It’s not going to happen — not as long as I’m President.”
Our sources in the intelligence community conclude that this well-organized disinformation campaign is designed to help the communist politburo counter and deflect any claims by the World Health Organization or the U.S. that the release is associated with the PRC’s P4 labs in Wuhan.
Beyond the massive disinformation campaign, there are serious questions being raised about the origin of SARS-CoV-2, and China’s deliberate effort to cover up the original outbreak and subsequent spread in China.
Among the [earliest concerns about the questionable origins of this deadly pathogen were those raised by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). Cotton is a conservative Harvard undergrad and law graduate, who then became a decorated Army officer serving tours in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. I trust his assessment implicitly.
On 22 January, Cotton advised the Trump administration that all travel should be stopped between the U.S. and China, and he warned that Xi’s CCP regime could be covering up information about CV19.
The next week, Cotton sent letters to the administration’s secretaries of State, HHS, and DHS, warning “no amount of screening [at entry points] will identify a contagious-but-asymptomatic person afflicted with the coronavirus.”
On 29 January, the day President Trump formed his White House Coronavirus Task Force, Cotton warned in Senate testimony that CV19 was going to be “the biggest and the most important story in the world,” but his concerns were drowned out by the Democrats’ impeachment show, which dominated the political and news cycles.
It was that week that Cotton first made the connection between SARS-CoV-2 and the Wuhan Institute of Virology: “We know that just a few miles away from that food market [where the disease was first contracted] is China’s only biosafety level 4 super laboratory, which researches human infectious diseases.”
The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory at the Wuhan Institute is known to be engaged in research on the Ebola, Nipah, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever viruses — and, yes, coronavirus variants. And the institute has clear ties to the PRC’s bioweapon programs.
Sen. Cotton did not claim that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain was bio-engineered or intentionally released. The SARS-CoV-2 viral strain causing CV19 illness is considered to be of “natural origin,” though there are now questions about that assumption. But the connection is beyond coincidence. There is sufficient evidence that the Chinese had isolated and researched the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus variant and knew the consequences if it were released.
Cotton’s warnings clearly influenced the decision by the Trump administration to launch the CV19 Task Force and issue the China travel ban. He affirmed Trump’s decision, saying, “I commend the president greatly for ultimately making the right decision contrary to what the so-called experts were telling him.”
Cotton continued to lead the charge to determine the facts about Xi’s coverup and the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, prompting The Washington Post to accuse him in February, of “repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked.” (WaPo has yet to retract that smear, even in the face of mounting evidence that Cotton was absolutely correct.)
In a Wall Street Journal op/ed, Sen. Cotton reiterated: “Beijing has claimed that the virus originated in a Wuhan ‘wet market,’ where wild animals were sold. But evidence to counter this theory emerged in January. Chinese researchers reported in the Lancet [medical journal] 24 January, that the first known cases had no contact with the market, and Chinese state media acknowledged the finding. There’s no evidence the market sold bats or pangolins, the animals from which the virus is thought to have jumped to humans. And the bat species that carries it isn’t found within 100 miles of Wuhan.”
Cotton noted further: “Wuhan has two labs where we know bats and humans interacted. One is the Institute of Virology, eight miles from the wet market; the other is the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, barely 300 yards from the market. Both labs collect live animals to study viruses. Their researchers travel to caves across China to capture bats for this purpose. Chinese state media released a mini-documentary in mid-December following a team of Wuhan CDC researchers collecting viruses from bats in caves. The researchers fretted openly about the risk of infection.
Predictably, after Cotton shined a bright light on China’s P4 labs in Wuhan, Xi’s politburo began aggressively spreading disinformation about the outbreak, even insisting the SARS-CoV-2 virus was a U.S. military bioweapon planted in Wuhan.
The Wuhan Institute’s Yuan Zhiming, secretary of the lab’s Communist Party committee, insists, "There is no way this virus came from us,” and claims Cotton is “deliberately trying to mislead people.” The same denials have been parroted by Shi Zhengli, the lab’s chief bat virus researcher, who claimed in a study that the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing CV19 was only 96.2% identical to the viral strain she and her team had worked with. Insisting she could be trusted, she said, “I advise those who believe and spread rumors from harmful media sources … to shut their stinking mouths.” Another Harvard-educated lawyer, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who served on the Senate Armed Services and Judiciary committees, confirmed the evidence: “[T]his was a virus that was being studied at the lab…and the natural imprint if there’s an outbreak right next to where they’re studying this virus is somehow it escaped, presumably accidentally, that some safety protocol wasn’t followed. We don’t know that, but China doesn’t want that question answered for the world to know.”
As for the WHO and its leadership, Cruz said: “[Tedros] has consistently bent to the will of the Chinese Communist Party. [WHO] has lost the credibility necessary to be effective, and a reevaluation of its leadership is rightfully called for.”
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stated succinctly, “This is one of the worst cover-ups in human history, and now the world is facing a global pandemic. … The WHO is complicit in the coronavirus pandemic. Not only did they praise the Chinese Communist Party’s troubling response, they amplified their disinformation about human to human transmission of coronavirus, continued to ignore Taiwan, and went so far as to criticize the President for his life-saving measure to ban travel from China early on. The corrupt WHO needs to stop pushing the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda and return to their mission of protecting global health.”
Gordon Chang, national-security analyst and author of The Coming Collapse of China, declared, “This an all-out assault on the United States. … We all need to unite.”
While nobody in the Trump administration is publicly claiming a connection between CV19 and the Wuhan Institute of Virology (yet), National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien affirmed Cotton’s assessment of suppression. “This outbreak in Wuhan was covered up,” said O'Brien. “There’s lots of open-source reporting from China, from Chinese nationals, that the doctors involved were either silenced or put in isolation … so that the word of this virus could not get out. It probably cost the world community two months [of prep time].”
According to O'Brien, “If we’d had those [two months] and been able to sequence the virus, and had the cooperation necessary from the Chinese — had a WHO team been on the ground, had a CDC team, which we’d offered, been on the ground — I think we could have dramatically curtailed what happened both in China and what’s now happening across the world. … We’ve sent our condolences to China, but now we’re in a place where we’re having to deal with the crisis here.”
O'Brien’s WHO assumption now seems implausible, because WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, who was elected to his position with China’s backing, has been running interference for Xi Jinping’s propaganda campaign to deny responsibility for the outbreak. According to analysts, Dr. Henry Thayer and Lianchao Han, “Tedros apparently turned a blind eye to what happened in Wuhan and the rest of China and, after meeting with Xi in January, has helped China to play down the severity, prevalence and scope of the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Thayer and Lianchao note: “What we now know about the outbreak in China largely is because of the work of Chinese journalists and netizens who refused to be silenced. Over 41 investigative reports by journalists have been deleted and banned. Citizen journalists such as Chen Qiushi, Fan Bin and Li Zehua are still in police detention. The world will not know the full truth until they are released and free to explain how the CCP allowed the pandemic to happen.”
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) joined the call for a Congressional investigation into the WHO’s “role in helping Communist China cover up information regarding the threat of the Coronavirus.”
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) called on Tedros to resign: “I’ve never trusted a communist. And their cover-up of this virus that originated with them has caused unnecessary deaths around America and around the world. The WHO needs to stop covering for them. I think Dr. Tedros needs to step down. We need to take some action to address this issue. It’s just irresponsible. It’s unconscionable what they have done here while we have people dying across the globe.”
Regarding China and the WHO, McSally said, “China put us in this position because of their lies and the cover-ups and the complicit World Health Organization.”
In late March, as the CV19 Task Force implemented a 30-day extension of its mitigation efforts, continuing the shutdown of major economic sectors, Sen. Cotton reiterated: “The Chinese Communist Party is still lying today, as they were in December and January, and that’s why what could have been a local problem in Wuhan turned into a global pandemic… As for what happened in that biosafety Level 4 laboratory, that super lab in Wuhan, we still don’t know because the Chinese CP refuses to come clean.”
Adding gross insult to the tragic injury of China’s brazen indifference, at the same time the CV19 Task Force is responding to the epidemic in the U.S., the National Security Council confirmed that Chinese intelligence services are attempting to hack HHS databases. NSC spokesman John Ullyot said, “We are aware of a cyber incident related to the Health and Human Services computer networks, and the federal government is investigating this incident thoroughly.” Responding to the attack, HHS Secretary Azar said, “We had no penetration into our networks. We had no degradation of the functioning of our networks.”
On a personal note, over the course of my career I have been confined twice as a “guest” by the USSR, once house-arrested and once in Moscow central jail. My perspective on tyrannical socialist regimes is informed in no small measure, by those arrests and the overwhelming power of the state over the citizens of Russia. Right now ALL Americans are experiencing the consequences of communist tyranny. It’s the “Xi Virus” – and NEVER forget it.
CV19 Made in China — Send Xi the Bill
On 30 March, President Trump issued the following warning in reference to the coming surge in testing and deaths resulting from COVID-19 disease: “I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead. … This could be a hell of a bad two weeks.”
On the other side of this pandemic looms this fact: There is a clear and indisputable liability case to be made against China — one that should include remuneration of the economic costs to our nation and other penalties. I proposed that President Trump send communist dictator Xi Jinping the bill for the catastrophic damage caused by the CCP’s abject and willful negligence in allowing CV19 to carpet-bomb our nation and its people — and all those worldwide. (More on that below.)
That systemic institutional negligence began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in November 2019 — though there were most certainly earlier cases of this virus.
How many deaths, both here and worldwide, would have been spared if Xi and his ChiComs had not deceived the world?
The most damning evidence of China’s wanton and abject negligence is a study by pandemic researchers concluding that had Xi or his World Health Organization cronies informed the world three weeks earlier had done so, it could’ve reduced the spread by 95%. The numbers are staggering.
As I’ve previously noted, it is not inconceivable, in fact likely, that Xi viewed the CV19 epidemic in China as a fortuitous means of augmenting his central state population planning – a way to help dispense with the bubble of millions of older Chinese citizens who are creating a financial burden on the younger generation, the numbers of which have contracted due to China’s 1979 ‘one child’ policy, enforced until China reverted back to its ‘two child policy’ in 2015.
I am not suggesting (yet) that the release of SARS-CoV-2 virus was intentional, just that from the statist perspective of the ChiComs, it has arguably provided some benefits – both within China and in terms of China’s global power.
I’m certain that all of Xi’s ChiCom central committee members are quietly taking great pleasure in the consequences of the CV19 pandemic outside of China, particularly how it has sidetracked President Trump’s vital efforts to restore fair trade with China while implementing policies responsible for creating the strongest economy in world history.
CV19 Task Force leader Mike Pence made clear the implications of China’s conspiracy to conceal the outbreak: “What appears evident now is that long before the world learned in December that China was dealing with this…the outbreak was real in China.” Task Force coordinator Deborah Birx added, “The medical community interpreted the Chinese data as: This was serious, but smaller than anyone expected because I think probably we were missing a significant amount of data, now that what we see happened to Italy and see what happened to Spain.”
More to the point, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, declared, “Without commenting on any classified information, this much is painfully obvious: The Chinese Communist Party has lied, is lying, and will continue to lie about coronavirus to protect the regime.”
Trump declared that China will be held accountable “when they lose things like the manufacturing capacity that we’ve outsourced to them or when other democratic governments around the world respond to their people who know that China is responsible for this virus.”
But there may be a more direct way to send China the bill.
As President Trump and Congress return to the deepening well of national debt to authorize the treasury to print trillions of dollars in relief payments to be mailed nationwide, recall that at the end of 2019, when China was still concealing the pandemic it seeded worldwide, it held $1.07 trillion in U.S. debt.
That’s almost 16% of the $6.7 trillion in treasury bills, notes, and bonds then held by other countries.
One way to seek some remuneration for China’s liability is to send Xi Jinping the bill for the catastrophic damage caused by China’s abject and willful negligence. President Trump should therefore construct a “default option” on debt held by China as a liability offset for the debt our nation is now incurring as a result of China’s willful and catastrophic deception. We should also seize Chinese assets in the U.S., including equity holdings in U.S. companies.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump said correctly: “The United States government [will] never have to default because you print the money. I hate to tell you. So there’s never a default.” Of course, printing money, which is exactly what we’re doing to help American wage-earners and businesses through the current government-induced partial economic shutdown, is inflationary.
Thus, in addition to seizing Chinese assets and equity holdings in the U.S., the President should offer Xi Jinping the option of forgiving the U.S. debt held by China. And when Xi balks, as he certainly will, I suggest President Trump authorize the U.S. Treasury to print $1.07 trillion in “trade dollar notes” as repayment for the debt currently held by China. Then Xi can keep those notes in reserve to use as toilet paper during the next pandemic.
As Trump has declared, “China is responsible for this virus.” And one way or the other, China must pay.
(Personally, I’d like to see Xi executed in Tiananmen Square!)
The China RX Threat
The impact of COVID-19 on our economy and that of the world is significant.
One concern that has been clear for some time — more so in the midst of the current pandemic — is the realization that the United States is very dependent on the Chinese for many or our pharmaceutical supplies. One reason more consumers are not aware of that vulnerability is that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and health supplements, are not required to note country of origin – to note “Made in China.” In fact, the U.S. must take all necessary measures to ensure our nation does not continue to have this vulnerability.
According to his recent Senate testimony, Scott Gottlieb, a physician and former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, outlined our strategic reliance on China for pharmaceuticals: “About 40 percent of generic drugs sold in the U.S. have only a single manufacturer. A significant supply chain disruption could cause shortages for some of many of these products. [In 2019], manufacturing of intermediate or finished goods in China, as well as pharmaceutical source material, accounted for 95 percent of U.S. imports of ibuprofen, 91 percent of U.S. imports of hydrocortisone, 70 percent of U.S. imports of acetaminophen, 40 to 45 percent of U.S. imports of penicillin, and 40 percent of U.S. imports of heparin, according to the Commerce Department. In total, 80 percent of the U.S. supply of antibiotics are made in China.”
In fact, the FDA estimates that 80% of the active ingredients found in America’s pharmaceuticals are produced in other nations — primarily China, a country labeled by our Department of Defense as an “adversary.”
For the record, the last U.S. plant manufacturing the antibiotic penicillin closed in 2004. Today, China is the largest exporter of the chemicals required to make ciprofloxacin, the primary anthrax antidote.
Rosemary Gibson, author of China RX: The Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine, asserts, “Imagine if China turned off that spigot. China’s aim is to become the global pharmacy to the world — it says that. It wants to disrupt, to dominate, and displace American and other Western companies.”
Indeed, in 2015, in its “Made in China 2025” national objectives, China declared its intent to be the world’s leader in bio-medicine, among 10 other high-tech manufacturing sectors.
National-security analyst John Adams notes: “I have no doubt that [the Chinese] would consider weaponizing their dominance of the pharmaceuticals market if they felt that that would give them an advantage over us strategically.” At will, they could withhold supplies of antibiotics or degrade the quality of other pharmaceuticals.
The Trump administration has been taking aggressive measures to “balance trade” with China, including returning many critical manufacturing sectors to the U.S. The RX threat provides reason that one more manufacturing sector must be returned to our shores, or to U.S. allies, for production.
Politicizing Pandemic in an Election Year
It is predictable but disgraceful that some political leaders and their mainstream-media publicists are using the epidemic and resulting mass hysterics as political fodder. That should be met with the strongest condemnation from ALL quarters.
The politicization of this threat, and the resulting “viral fear pandemic,” has dire consequences for the economy and by extension job stability for working men and women.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams condemned the media spin, saying, “We really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people — no more bickering, no more partisanship, no more criticism or finger-pointing.”
After the Trump administration took action to impose travel restrictions on China and other Asian nations in January, those restrictions were actually criticized. But when asked about the implementation of those restrictions, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the long-time director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responded, “There’s no question that if we had not done that in a timely way, there would’ve been many more travel-related cases from China. … To block them from coming in was unquestionably the right move. Even though it was a controversial move, it was the right move.” Likewise, Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the nation’s top epidemiologists, said that Trump’s early enforcement of travel restrictions “bought us time and space” to prepare for the virus.
Notably, some of Trump’s critics also accused him of “muzzling medical experts.” But Dr. Fauci told reporters, “I’ve never been muzzled and I’ve been doing this since Reagan.”
Then Trump was criticized for not ensuring enough tests were on hand. In fact, Trump took measures to suspend the considerable regulatory obstacles to testing and other emergency needs.
According to Roger D. Klein, M.D., J.D. with the Regulatory Transparency Project’s FDA and Health Working Group: “Overregulation of diagnostic testing has played a major role in this delay. The FDA has not allowed the experienced and highly skilled professionals at public-health, academic and commercial laboratories to set up their own laboratory developed tests (LDTs), and no manufactured test kits have been authorized for sale in the US. In Europe, several companies, at least one US-based, have regulatory approval to sell test kits there. The FDA’s regulation of laboratory tests has been a longstanding concern. This includes moves to regulate LDTs, despite the existence of stringent alternative-regulatory and oversight mechanisms. In general, the FDA has exercised ‘enforcement discretion’ with respect to LDTs. With coronavirus testing, the FDA’s abandonment of enforcement discretion may have proved deadly.”
To be clear, while tests are not vaccines, antidotes or cures – they certainly are instructive in determining viral spread and how to retard it. But the Democrat and mainstream media finger pointing about testing serves nothing more than a political agenda.
Some issues about our national response to CV19 should be fairly debated at the proper time, in hindsight and after-action reviews. But politically-motivated conclusions about those issues can’t be fairly assumed now.
The most reasonable people can become swept up in hysteria. The fear citizens feel is real. That’s understandable given the inescapable media blame-gaming and political churn regarding the CV19 spread and deaths.
As CV19 viral infections and deaths accumulate — and they will continue to do so — politicians have attempted to indemnify themselves from voter liability, regardless of the burden they have created across the nation for working men and women and their families. And in May, when the threat has subsided and the fear dissipated, the politicos and their Beltway-media echo chambers will be preening their feathers, reminding you that if you survived the CV19, you owe them an eternal debt of gratitude for saving your life, regardless of the price you and the rest of the nation paid for the cure. The truth is, every media talking-head fomenting the fear and those politicians who are using it as political fodder should be exiled to Wuhan.
When Americans begin to figure out the economic consequences of the state and local actions that have shuttered schools, businesses, and events, there will be political HELL to pay. Thus, the Left will begin to crank up its finger-pointing machines, especially using “coronavirus policy leaks” as fodder for blaming Trump.
All the coming political self-congratulations, spin, and finger-pointing aside, the response to coronavirus is certainly a case study of the mostly negligent media-driven panic in decades, and it’s indicative of the degree to which the MSM can drive fear and panic. The resulting viral CV19 fear pandemic is the biggest burden ever dumped on American workers. They and their families are absorbing the financial shock of this monumental malfeasance, and the nonstop 24/7 news cycle is responsible.