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Riddle News: Covid-19 Feb 2020

10 21 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a special series reviewing the Trump Response to Covid-19.

In my book Trump an Outsider’s View I have a timeline showing the Trump Administration’s action right up to August 31, 2020. The Timeline begins November 17, 2019 with the first known case and provides a daily look worldwide on the cases and deaths. I am enclosing excerpts from February here:

2 February

  • The CDC expanded enhanced entry screening to eight major airports across the nation.

3 February

  • President Trump issues travel ban against China.
  • Presidential Candidate Joe Biden criticized the move as did other Democrats.
  • [Words were bandied around like ‘panic’ and ‘racism’. In other words, according to the liberals at the time his actions were unwarranted. Note: what if he’d initiated stronger actions?]
  • The CDC had a team ready to travel to China to obtain critical information on the novel coronavirus but were in the U.S. awaiting permission to enter by the Chinese government.

4 February

  • President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.

5 February

  • The Trump Administration and health officials briefed lawmakers on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response efforts.

6 February

  • The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.

7 February

  • President Trump told reporters that the CDC is working with China on the coronavirus. 

9 February

  • The White House Coronavirus Task Force briefed governors from across the nation at the National Governors’ Association Meeting in Washington.

11 February

  • 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

  • The U.S. shipped test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus to approximately 30 countries who lacked the necessary reagents and other materials.
  • The CDC was prepared to travel to China but had yet to receive permission from the Chinese government.

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…to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine and…treatment

25 February

  • HHS Secretary Azar testified before the Senate HELP committee on the Administration’s coronavirus response efforts.

26 February

  • President Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to head it [task force] up. He also appointed Deborah Dix (U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator), Jerome Adams (Surgeon General), Larry Kudlow (Director of the National Economic Council), and Steven Mnuchin (Secretary of Treasury).
  • President Trump discussed coronavirus containment efforts with Indian PM Modi and updated the press on his Administration’s containment efforts in the U.S. during his state visit to India.

28 February

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed certified labs to develop and begin testing coronavirus testing kits while reviewing pending applications.

29 February

  • The FDA changed its protocols and began allowing public health agencies, hospitals, and private companies to develop tests and perform testing, and by mid-March private companies were shipping hundreds of thousands of tests. The FDA initially had very restrictive guidelines on who was allowed to be tested (see the March 5 details for more on this).
  • The Trump Administration announced a level 4 travel advisory to areas of Italy and South Korea. In addition, all travel to Iran was now banned and the entry of foreign citizens who had visited Iran in the previous 14 days were barred from entering the United States. 

[February would later come to be called a “LOST month” primarily because there wasn’t a great deal of action taking place or the actions critics wanted. However, critical decisions and arrangements were made during this time that would prove decisive in future months. Sometimes it’s the quality of action not the quantity that’s important.

Total cases 68, deaths 1, Death Rate 1.5%]

Special Notice

If you watch TV and read the paper, you are aware of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases both abroad and here in the United States. They are calling it the second wave.

However, you need to take a closer look. It is not so much of a second wave as it is a continuation of the first wave. It is now hitting rural America. If you insist on calling it a second wave, I won’t argue with you. But to include it into the worldwide resurgence is simply not ethical.

I wrote a book, Trump an Outsider’s View, that covers Covid-19 and the Death Rate rather thoroughly. I still track the Death Rate and it is now down to 2.68%! That’s another 0.02% drop. And it is still going down. Dr. Fauci and others agree that the Trump Administration saved thousands of lives by restricting China travel in January, a fact which embarrasses Biden who opposed the restrictions. This is interesting since Dr. Fauci seems to now be in Biden’s camp (probably because he’ll have job security with Biden).

Another factor to be considered. Many liberals claim that the President said this and said that. I don’t have the time to argue each point. The truth is that action speaks louder than words. Both January and February were months of action that were wise and often.

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