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3D Printers vs Coronavirus

3D printers are quickly becoming the hero machines in the fight against the Coronavirus.  Not only are they being employed to make masks, face shields and even swabs for testing, but 3D printers are now producing ventilators.  Several companies and individual inventors and engineers are accomplishing this in nations like the United States, UK, Germany and Poland.  Known as 'Open Source Ventilators', these are simplified devices, often referred to as, "ventilators of last resort".  They may not have fancy LCD displays and other trimmings, but they are capable of keeping victims of COVID-19 alive.  Being open source designs, anybody with a 3D printer can download the data from the Internet and produce working models.

 

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Schumer Ignorance

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been sleeping on the job.  During an interview yesterday morning, he called for the Trump administration to put a "military" leader in charge of the logistic fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  Schumer claims that federal resources, like ventilators, are not being produced fast enough nor being distributed wisely.  Governor Andrew Coumo of New York State has been complaining about a lack of ventilators.  He has demanded that all 20,000 ventilators from federal stockpiles be sent to his state.  Even though there are other 'hot spots', like New Jersey, Michigan and Louisiana also in need of additional equipment and supplies.  But Schumer has been too distracted by trying to politicize the Coronavirus pandemic.  About two weeks ago, President Trump assigned Rear Admiral John Polowczyk, logistics expert for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, to the White House Coronavirus Response Task Force.  

 

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Very Tough Two Weeks Ahead

President Trump and Doctors Fauci and Birx are warning that the next two weeks may be "very tough".  During yesterday's daily White House briefing, Trump and his key Coronavirus Response Task Force members explained why the nationwide social distancing guidelines were extended till April 30.  Using graphs and charts, America was given the grim numbers as to what may happen shortly.  Some computer models show a potential death rate from the COVID-19 pandemic may cost our nation 100,000 to 240,000 dead.  States like Michigan, Louisiana and Illinois are expected to have sharp peaks in cases and deaths by April 10.  Pennsylvania and other states will peak by April 16.  Alabama and others may peak around April 20.  

 

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Coronavirus Study Wrong

The Coronavirus study which became the basis of the Imperial College of London computer model was wrong.  VERY WRONG!  Drafted by an epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, (NOT historian Nial Ferguson), the study predicted dire infection and death rates for the UK and the United States.  The subsequent computer model predicted some 500,000 deaths in the UK and over 4 Million deaths in America.  The model assumed that at least 20 percent of the populations of both countries would become infected.  But, reality paints a different story.  Based on data from China, South Korea and now Italy, the potential infection rates are now much lower, so much so that new predictions are that the UK may only have some 20,000 deaths due to the Coronavirus.  Not much more than a typical flu season.

 

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Senate Agrees To Stimulus Plan

Early this morning at about 1:30am, the U.S. Senate reached an agreement on a $2 Trillion dollar stimulus plan.  The Coronavirus relief bill should be voted on later today, then move to the House of Representatives.  The $2 Trillion dollar package includes some $250 Billion for direct payments to most American adults of $1,200 each for those earning $75,000 or less.  Those earning up to $99,000 per year will get less.  A family of four should get about $3,400 in early April.  The bill stalled over the weekend when Senate Democrats tried to add other items into the package, such as $35 Million dollars for the Kennedy Center, tax rebates for wind and solar power, and other typical Liberal agenda stuff.  Nancy Pelosi then warned that she will put together an even worse bill in the House.  But public reaction to this nonsense seems to have had an affect.  

 

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NY Gov Coumo Greed, Stupidity

New York Governor Andrew Coumo is getting greedy for ventilators.  He wants the federal government to send all 20,000 from our national stockpile to his state immediately.  Forget the rest of the states whose governors are also begging for more of everything.  Coumo seems to think that only New York deserves to live and survive the Coronavirus pandemic.  FEMA has already tapped some 3,000 HHS ventilators from the emergency stockpile and shipped them to several states.  New York City, alone, got 400 of those, with 1,600 to the rest of the state.  An additional 2,000 will be going to NY today.  The Army Corps of Engineers has already deployed to New York State to repurpose four large buildings into make-shift hospitals.  The US Navy is also preparing to send one of its two hospital ships to NYC.  Some 600 military doctors, nurses and medical technicians are also deployed to NY state.  But Coumo is greedy for more.

 

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America Hunkers Down

As Monday, March 16 dawns, America is hunkering down.  Thousands of school districts, colleges and businesses are closing for the next few weeks.  Many will be closed for the next 2-4 weeks, others are already telling folks not to show up for 8 weeks.  A wave of panic buying has emptied store shelves, much like what happens when hurricanes approach a coastline.  During a press conference yesterday, President Trump informed the nation that he has been assured by the major retail stores and primary food supply chain companies, like Conagra and General Mills, that they will continue to provide products during this national emergency.  That there is no need to over-buy.  Later, principle department heads announced that high, through-put testing will in full swing this week across the country.  Some 2,000 private medical testing labs will be able to process coronavirus tests.

 

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Trump Declares National Emergency

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency this afternoon in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  Invoking the Stafford Act of 1988, the President is mobilizing a nationwide emergency, releasing at least $50 Billion dollars in FEMA funds to states and local governments.  The Trump administration is temporarily waving numerous federal regulations and guidelines, freeing hospitals to take whatever necessary steps to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.  Trump has also ordered all state governments to activate emergency command centers and for hospitals to also activate existing emergency plans.  The White House is also coordinating with many private corporations to expedite testing equipment and methods.  Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Target will allow for many of their locations to serve as 'drive-thru' testing sites.  Google is setting up a website for online screening to advise citizens if they need to be tested and where to go.  

 

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China Blames US For Coronavirus

A Chinese government official, Lijian Zhoa, of the Information Ministry, is blaming the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on the United States.  On Thursday, Zhoa, the ministry's deputy director-general, is publicly claiming that the coronavirus outbreak was started by the U.S. Army as part of a germ warfare attack.  If this was not so serious, it would be laughable.  Meanwhile, our own Democrat politicians and their allies in the Fake News Media are having a  hissy-fit if anyone, particularly President Trump, refers to COVID-19 as the "Wuhan Virus" or a "foreign virus".  Apparently, doing so is racist and or xenophobic according to the white-knuckle crowd.  I suppose they never heard why Ebola, Zika or Rocky Mountain Fever are called what they are.  Diseases are often named after where they originated geographically.

 

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Trump Address On Coronavirus Pandemic

President Donald Trump gave an Oval Office address to the nation about the Coronavirus outbreak.  The World Health Organization, WHO, declared today that the COVID-19 outbreak is now designated as being a pandemic.  What this means is that WHO considers it very likely that nearly all countries will have at least one, confirmed case of the Coronavirus.  As of today, some 114 nations have at least one case.  Worldwide, over 118,000 cases have been confirmed, the majority, over 88,000, have been in China.  In the United States, we now have over 1,100 cases confirmed, and at least 31 have died.  To prevent a serious outbreak in the United States, President Trump will suspend all flights from continental Europe for 30 days starting Friday.  There will be exceptions if US-bound passengers have been thoroughly screened.  

 

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