Riddle News: Covid-19 March 2020

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10 22 2020

Welcome to Riddle News which is published every Monday and Friday. This is a Special review of 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 March here:

3 March

  • The CDC lifted federal restrictions on coronavirus testing to allow any American to be tested for coronavirus, “subject to doctor’s orders.”
  • The White House announced President Trump donated his fourth quarter salary to fight the coronavirus.

4 March

  • The Trump Administration announced the purchase of approximately 500 million N95 respirators over the next 18 months to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
  • 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.

5 March

  • On March 5, the FDA said anyone with a doctor’s order could be tested. As of March 25, at least 418,000 tests had been conducted, and by April 2 the number had reached 1,280,000.

6 March

  • President Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak. The bill provides $7.76 billion to federal, state, & local agencies to combat the coronavirus and authorizes an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.

9 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 announced travel restrictions on foreigners who had visited Europe in the last 14 days.
    • He also 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 further directed the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for affected individuals & businesses & provide $200 billion in “additional liquidity.”
    • In addition, he met with American bankers at the White House to discuss coronavirus.
  • [But it appears that the primary reason is the speed at which it spread. According to WHO only 3.4% of people with Coronavirus have died. That is extremely low compared to other diseases.]

13 March

  • President Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.
  • President Trump announced: Public-private partnerships to open up drive-through testing collection sites.
  • He announced a pause on interest payments on federal student loans.
  • He announced an order to the Department of Energy to purchase oil for the strategic petroleum reserve.
  • The Food & Drug Administration: granted Roche AG an emergency approval for automated coronavirus testing kits. And issued an emergency approval to Thermo Fisher for a coronavirus test within 24 hours of receiving the request.
  • HHS announced funding for the development of two new rapid diagnostic tests, which would be able to detect coronavirus in approximately 1 hour.

15 March

  • President Trumps begins voluntary shutdown for 15 days
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to plan to construct new facilities, including leased hotels and other buildings, and to convert them for use as hospitals and intensive care units.
  • President Trump held a phone call with over two dozen grocery store executives to discuss on-going demand for food and other supplies.
  • 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, & local resources.
  • All 50 states were contacted through FEMA to coordinate “federally-supported, state-led efforts” to end coronavirus.

16 March

  • President Trump held a tele-conference with governors to discuss the coronavirus preparedness and response.
  • President Trump participated in a call with G7 leaders who committed to increasing coordination in response to the coronavirus and restoring global economic confidence.
  • President Trump announced that the first potential vaccine for coronavirus has entered a phase one trial in a record amount of time.
  • President Trump announced “15 days to slow the spread” coronavirus guidance.
  • The White House advised against any gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • The FDA announced it was empowering states to authorize tests developed and used by labs in their states.
  • Asst. Secretary for Health confirmed the availability of 1 million coronavirus tests and projected 2 million tests available the next week and 5 million the following.

17 March

  • President Trump announced CMS will expand telehealth benefits for Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Relevant Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act penalties will not be enforced.
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is on “standby” to assist federal & state governments.
  • President Trump spoke to fast food executives from Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Burger King to discuss drive-thru services recommended by CDC.
  • President Trump met with tourism industry representatives along with industrial supply, retail, and wholesale representatives.
  • 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.
  • Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between USDA, Baylor University, McLane Global, and Pepsi Co. to provide one million meals per weak to rural children in response to widespread school closures.
  • The Treasury Department contributed $10 billion through the economic stabilization fund to the Federal Reserve’s commercial paper funding facility.
  • The Treasury Department deferred $300 billion in tax payments for 90 days without penalty, up to $1 million for individuals & $10 million for business.
  • The Department of Defense announced it will make available to HHS up to five million respirator masks and 2,000 ventilators.

18 March

  • President Trump announced temporary closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential traffic.
  • President Trump plans to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to increase the number of necessary supplies needed to combat 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.
  • President Trump announced all foreclosures and evictions are suspended for a time.
  • Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed 1 million masks are now immediately available. 
  • The Army Corps of Engineers is in NY consulting on how to best assist state officials.
  • HHS temporarily suspended a regulation that prevents doctors from practicing across state lines.
  • President Trump spoke to doctors, physicians, and nurses on the front lines containing the spread of coronavirus. 
  • 130 CEOs of the Business Roundtable to discuss on-going public-private partnerships in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

19 March

  • In the United States the Department of State advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel.
  • President Trump announced very encouraging progress shown by anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine for fighting coronavirus. 
  • Carnival Cruise Lines will make ships available for use as hospitals in impacted areas to use for non-coronavirus patients. 
  • Vice President Pence announced tens of thousands of ventilators have been identified that can be converted to treat patients.
  • The State Department issued a global level 4 health advisory, telling Americans to avoid all international travel due to coronavirus.
  • President Trump directed FEMA to take the lead on the Federal Government’s coronavirus response & visited FEMA HQ with Vice President Pence for a video call with Governors.

20 March

  • The U.S. and Mexico agree to mutually restrict nonessential cross-border traffic.
  • 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.
  • President Trump spoke with Sen. Schumer about coronavirus response & stimulus measures. 
  • Held a call with over 12,000 small business owners to discuss relief efforts. 
  • Announced the CDC will invoke Title 42 to provide border patrol with tools to secure the borders.
  • The Department of Education announced it will not enforce standardized testing requirements for the remainder of the school year.  
  • DOE will allow federal student loan borrowers to stop payments without penalty for 60 days.
  • Secretary Azar announced FEMA is coordinating and assisting coronavirus testing at labs across the country.
  • 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 Azar sent a letter to all 50 Governors that the federal government is buying and making available 200,000 testing swabs.

21 March

  • Vice President Pence announced to date over 195,000 Americans tested for coronavirus and have received their results.
  • The Trump Administration announced HHS placed an order for hundreds of millions of N95 masks through FEMA.
  • The FDA announced it had given emergency approval to a new coronavirus test that delivers results in hours, with an intended rollout of March 30.
  • Adm. Giroir confirmed 10 million testing kits had been put into the commercial market from March 2 through March 14.

22 March

  • President Trump approved major disaster declarations for Washington State and California.
  • President Trump announced Governors will remain in command of National Guard forces & the federal govt will fund 100% of operations cost. 
  • He directed the federal govt to provide 4 large federal medical stations with 2,000 beds for CA & 1,000 beds for NY & WA.
  • President Trump confirmed his Administration was working with Peru & Honduras to return Americans stranded in both countries as a result of travel restrictions.
  • Vice President Pence announced the testing backlog will be resolved by midweek. 
  • The VP also announced that to date, over 254,000 Americans have been tested for coronavirus and received their results.
  • President Trump announced that the USNS Mercy will be deployed to Los Angeles.
  • FEMA issued guidance for tribal governments to seek federal assistance under the President’s emergency declaration.

23 March

  • President Trump signed an executive order invoking section 4512 of the Defense Production Act to prohibit the hoarding of vital medical supplies.
    • VP Pence announced 313,000 Americans were tested for the coronavirus & received results. 
    • FEMA established a supply chain stabilization task force, so Americans get supplies they need. 
    • HHS will have commercial labs prioritize testing for hospitalized patients.
  • The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy announced a public-private consortium to advance coronavirus research. 
    • Provide access to computing technology and resources for researchers.
  • Attorney General 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.
  • President Trump announced HHS is working to designate essential medical supplies as “scarce” to prohibit hoarding of these items.
    • The Treasury Department announced it is working with the Federal Reserve to lend up to $300 billion to businesses and local governments.

24 March

  • President Trump muses over lifting shutdown. Because of the economic impact of the shutdown the President, who has the responsibility for both medical and economic decisions, wanted to mitigate impact as much as possible.
  • President Trump announced the Army Corps of Engineers & the National Guard are constructing four hospitals and four medical centers in New York.
  • President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for the state of Iowa related to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Vice President Pence confirmed FEMA sent New York 2,000 ventilators. 
  • The VP announced individuals who have recently been in New York should self-quarantine for 14 days.

29 March

  • President Trump extends voluntary shutdown through April due to medical expert’s concerns.

[March was a very active month highlighted by an explosion of the numbers of cases and deaths, the shutdown of the country, and New York becoming the epicenter. the total cases were now over 200,000 and deaths were 4,076. This is a death rate of 2%.]

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 2.66%! 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. You can twist his words, but it is much harder to twist his actions (and not get caught!).

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News Covid-19

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09 18 2020

Welcome to News which is published every Monday and Friday.

Although my book Trump an Outsider’s View is already available for purchase or Pre-Order (today is last day), I continue to follow the stats. If you read the paper, you might get the picture that things are still bad and getting worse.

Not So!

But there are still new cases.

True, but the number of true cases is going down. That’s a good thing not a bad thing. But the true story lies in the death rate.

Death Rate?

Yes. I published my newest book Trump an Outsider’s View on September 11. The eBook is currently in Pre-Order and will be released tomorrow. In both versions I had the following stats:

Total cases: 6,438,739

Total deaths: 192,834

Death Rate: 2.99%

Compare those numbers to today’s (September 18, 2020):

Total cases: 6,670,496

Total deaths: 197,447

Death Rate: 2.96%

How do you determine Death Rate?

You divide the total deaths by the total cases. This gives you a running average. When viewed over a long period of time (say January to September 18) it mitigates the delay factor people talk about.

A Closer Look

When you run the numbers, you find that during that seven-day period new cases went up by a total of 231,757 and new deaths went up by 4,613. Convert that to daily, and you get an average of 33,108 new cases and 659 new deaths.

That is considerably below the numbers for the height of the pandemic.

What does that mean?

It means the pandemic is slowing down. Now that the cases are also on a downtrend, the Death Rate is no longer plunging as it was from June 1 through September 11, but it still is moving downward.

But the News Media has changed its focus.

Now the focus is on the economic damage done by the virus. But as with the death rate the media is behind on the economy. Although they state that Americans applying for jobless benefits fell last week to 860,000, the emphasis is on the historic highs that number represents.

Again, they report that jobless claims fell by 33,000 but the article emphasizes the high numbers in relation to last year. In other words, they can say they reported positive news which is true. But they wrapped it in negative news. The truth is that the economy is slowly (that is, slower than we want) ramping up.

Employment is rising and unemployment is sinking. And that is far more important news than the fact we have hit record breaking levels. Yes, we did but that primarily took place in months past. We are now seeing the American economy on an upward climb. It is slower than we want but there is no reason to believe it won’t speed up.

Speaking for myself, I expect the economy to be stronger by election day than it has been for a while now. I also expect the new cases and new deaths to be lower perhaps in the 1% Death Rate. That doesn’t change the tragedy of even one death, nor does it excuse the Democrats for first denying the Pandemic (and accusing Trump of racism) in the beginning nor their use of the pandemic to further political aims.

We will still see Democratic opportunism and negativism, but I am glad we have a President who is optimistic about America and its future.

The clouds of the pandemic are dispersing, and the sunlight is shining through. It is time to smile again!

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Ron’s Lit Tip 09 01 20

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Today’s Issue: Revelations from new book

Welcome to Ron’s Lit Tip. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I will share a tip with you.

Normally I give you a tip about writing. But today I’m taking a slightly different tack.

The time is coming when my new book Trump An Outsider’s View will be available for purchase. I thought that today I would share some facts from the book that you may not know. Since we are still in the Covid-19 Pandemic I’ve selected certain entries to display. They will be highlighted in bold.

Fact #1. Did Trump call Coronavirus a Fraud?

Actually, this is not in the book, but I thought I would include it here. This is the famous tweet that got the liberals so upset. The tweet occurred on February 28, 2020 at a Trump rally in South Carolina.

The Democrats and other liberals have since said that he said, ‘The coronavirus, this is their new hoax’. It is true he said in his tweet, ‘the coronavirus’, it is also true he said, ‘this is their new hoax’. But he did not say, ‘The coronavirus, this is their new hoax’.

These were two different statements within the tweet and the content was different in the tweet.

Fact #2. Did Trump not take the virus seriously?

In my book I color coded the Trump Administration’s response.

When you go through the Covid-19 Timeline, which began in November 2019, you will find the administration began its response on January 3, 2020. See the excerpt below:

The United States HHS Secretary Alex Azar was alerted on January 3 that CDC director Robert Redfield sent an email to the director of the Chinese CDC, George Gao, formally offering to send U.S. experts to China to investigate the coronavirus.

On the same day, the Trump Administration began initiating restrictions regarding China. Here it is:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a level I travel notice for Wuhan, China due to the spreading coronavirus.

Whatever President Trump said or tweeted, his Administration acted promptly. But in this politically charged year, that was conveniently forgotten.

Fact #3. What was the death rate at the end of August and what does it mean?

The death rate for the year-to-date as of 8pm August 31st is 3.05%.

There are numerous charts out there and differing people or organizations providing the numbers. I chose to use the Florida Department of Health daily numbers reported in the newspaper. I also used W.H.O. numbers for daily year-to-date reporting. The highwater mark for the virus was at the end of May when 5.8% of cases were deaths. The actual statement appears at the end of May and I am showing it below.

At this time, the total cases were 1,776,785 and total deaths were 103,781 for a death rate of 5.8%.

The final count for this book was 6,028,012 cases and 183,563 deaths for a death rate of 3.05%.

I was inspired to write my book by observing the events and discovering that the news media wasn’t being entirely honest. So, I started researching and following the stories within. The result is a book told from my perspective and based on facts not fear. You never know what you will discover when you start digging.

Lit Tip: Events happening around you are excellent sources for stories.

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Monday News & Comments 08 24 20

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Today’s Issue: Epicenter of Covid-19

Welcome to Monday News & Comments.

This morning I read an article that was critical of the way Florida has been handling Covid-19. To read that article you would think that Florida is the Epicenter of Covid-19 in the United States. That is not true!

What is true is that Florida cases peaked higher than New York, but the real story is in the deaths. In New York you saw body bags being stacked and stored, but in Florida there’s been nothing like that.

In SE Florida you have what we call the epicenter for Florida. It includes Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach. That area leads the nation in cases per capita. Another area is the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area. And as mentioned above Florida surpassed New York in cases per capita. This has caused experts to label Florida the new epicenter of Covid-19. But let’s take a deeper look.

Florida has had 600,571 cases and 10,462 deaths for a Death Rate of 1.74%.

New York has had 460,460 cases and 32,967 deaths for a Death Rate of 7.16%.

Again, experts keep warning us that the numbers of deaths lag the case rise. Let’s assume they are correct, after all they are the experts. But New York’s numbers of deaths to cases has been extremely high from the beginning! Remember the body bags? They were hit early and hard.

In Florida’s situation the case load has been high for awhile now. There is no doubt the case load is much higher than New York’s, but it has not been nearly as deadly. When you compare the two states by death count you discover that Florida is less than 1/3 New York’s death count (10,462 / 32,967 = 31.7%) yet Florida’s cases are much higher (600,571-460,460 = 140,111 or 30.4% higher).

I contend that while cases per capita may be helpful to the experts, it is misleading to us average folks. It creates panic. It should raise concern because even 1 death is tragic, but the truth is that Florida is considerably safer than New York. You might get sicker down here, but your chances of survival are higher.

This throwing numbers around belongs in the lab not the newspaper or local news. It creates unnecessary panic. Getting sick (and they say for young adults it’s equivalent to a bad case of flu) is not to be feared. No one wants to get sick which is a good argument for wearing masks and practicing social distancing. But the death rate is encouraging news, especially since the time span now covers almost eight months!

But broadcasting these numbers on national TV is almost criminal. It creates a problem that is bigger than the facts, creates panic, keeps businesses shut down, and makes it hard for people to return to a more normal life.

We need more responsible reporting and less finger pointing.  

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Friday News & Commentary 08 07 20

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Today’s Issue: Biden & Trump

Welcome to Friday News. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays I share tips while on Friday and Monday I report the news.

Biden vs. Trump Polling

We’re approaching the Democratic Convention and, as might be predicted, the media has Biden well ahead of President Trump in the polls. Are they right?

Good question. I’m not a fan of polls, but I do watch them. In my opinion the Rasmussen poll is the most accurate because it is the only poll that is based on Likely registered voters.

In it, Biden leads by single digits with a +/- 5%, essentially a tie. But it is way too early in the campaign. We will have a clearer picture after the conventions.

Why is Biden hiding in his basement?

It’s his strategy. And to some extent it is working at least as far as fundraising is concerned. But there is an old saying that ‘you can’t hide forever’. When the convention takes place, he is going to be saddled with an extreme left agenda which he will have to come out and explain.

He can’t expect his Vice-Presidential candidate to hold the water. He will have to speak up. That is problematic.

Is Trump in Trouble?

The media says yes, but a more realistic answer is probably no. With over 90% approval from Republicans and his poll numbers in other areas surging, he seems to be in a strong position. The worst of the virus and the riots seem to be past. The truth regarding the Trump Administration regarding Covid-19 or anything else lags behind the lies and innuendoes, but it will come out.

My own forthcoming book due out late August or early September details much of his administration’s history regarding Covid-19 and it is different from the news media’s view. I include daily reports, a monthly chart on death rate, and a comparison between the U.S. and World death rates.

Note: Death Rates are generally not reported by the media; they report deaths. But the death rate is the most important data.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Covid-19 Death Rate

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Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today is Friday News Day and I am looking at Covid-19 Death Rate.

Surging numbers, Record high deaths, Alarming rise in deaths

Do these statements sound familiar to you? They should. You read and hear about them daily in your newspapers and television. It is in essence classic misinformation.

Aren’t the Numbers Accurate?

Yes. But when you state the number 140,000 deaths that sounds like an awful lot. It brings pictures of body bags to mind. But is that a fair and accurate presentation?

The Picture Presented does not Agree with the Facts

The truth is that the death of one person for any reason is a tragedy. But we need more truth in reporting.

During the same time period (over 8 weeks) that deaths have been described as surging the death rate has been plunging. That’s right, plunging!

At the end of May the U.S. death rate stood at 5.8%, its highest point for the year. But as of July 31, the death rate had plunged to a low 3.4%.

But the Death Rate lags the Rise in Cases

That is true. But we are talking over 8 weeks! Originally you heard talk about 2 weeks delay, then 4 weeks, and now even higher. Every day we hear about new highs in deaths and yet a lower death rate. So far, the death rate has not leveled off but is still plunging. There is no evidence that it will go up. Yet the media is in panic mode.

What Does That Mean?

It means that the focus on the number of cases and deaths is misleading. When dealing with large numbers you need to keep things in perspective. Thus, the need to take a serious look at the death rate. We need to mourn the loss of life but operate using common sense.

Tip of the Day: It is time for common sense.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Coronavirus

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Coronavirus.

In the interest of transparency, I am not a doctor, nurse, or in anyway associated with medical degrees or work. But I am concerned about the reporting done on this virus. While it may contain a great deal of facts, it is misleading.

When you turn on TV news or read the newspaper you are hit with the rise in cases and deaths which, in my opinion, creates a false narrative. Yes, the cases and deaths are rising, but is that where the focus should be?

The fact is that it has been weeks since the cases started its new surge, and the death rate, the most important stat, has plummeted. From a high of 5.8% it is now 3.8%. Another fact. Do you remember the body bags in New York? We don’t see them anymore.

Could it change for the worse? Perhaps, but consider this:

This pandemic didn’t go away and then return, it shifted from older folks to younger, more resilient people, such as young adults, teens, and children. The news media either ignores this fact or dismisses it as not relevant.

Any disease is important, so I am not dismissing Covid-19, but the overblown coverage of it is disturbing. While any death is terrible, the death rate due to Covid-19 has been going down since the end of May. Actually, it plunged. Yet the media is still in panic mode and misleading people about the masks (see blog Masks or No Masks). Local media does a better job, but national media is atrocious.

 I think it is time for less urgency and more calmness. Yes, encourage social distancing and wearing of masks, but get off the mandate train. Let’s take a a calmer, saner approach.

Tip of the Day: Be calm. This too shall go away.

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