Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Day Twenty Three

Surviving C-19 Day 23
April 23, 2020 7 AM
95 Days since first US infection

Global Infected           2,580,729                   2,639,243                                                            
Increase Infected       87,766                        58,514

Global Dead                178,371                      183,820
Increase Dead             7,219                         5,449

US Infected                 825,306                      842,624                
Increase Infected       37,346                        17,318

US Dead                      45,075                        46,785
Increase Dead            2,711                         1,710

US Tested                4,163,464                      4,482,434
US Population        328,200,000                  328,200,000

Increase Tested     136,892

The numbers look comparatively good this morning, global infection rates lower, but of course they are not counting Africa, India, or China really because they are not forthcoming and have not adequately tested so their numbers are likely far lower.  India, can you imagine testing in India, in the swarms of Calcutta, or in the rural areas of Africa?  In the past instituting vaccines in such places was nightmarish and many diseases exterminated here exist there in the wilds among humans.

C-19 is here for the long run, it is an evolved lifeform seeking to survive on earth, just like us.  We have grown used to a lack of competition.  That is why my plan is three years in this fucking box of a room, because I am a bug on the windshield of C-19.  So we have gone from a 9-11 event a day to ½ an 9-11 event a day.

Today is a bad day here, a pain rules day.  I am disabled and have been for many years now, so the alone in isolation thing; that is my normal.  Since becoming disabled I have collected debilitating conditions on top of my disability, so if I am not in pain from one thing I am from another.  I am not on nor ever have been on the opiate express.  Today it’s my chest, it often is.  U.C. gives me random attacks like arthritis, it enflames my joints and guess what?  Your breastbone is a joint, isn’t that lovely?  So I get a dull ache there, which grows more and more intolerable, eat Ibuprophin and Acetaminophen and hopes the pain ends.  Most times it subsides, sometimes it does not.  Today has been of those days.

The aches and pains I get are extra-abdominal symptoms of U.C., an extra inflammatory response to nothing.  U.C. has never yet had the root cause discovered, it is suspected to be an error in the immune system, but they do not know why or how and have no cure for it, so they treat the symptoms of it.  COPD is another of my conditions, eternal cancer watch for which the symptom is chest ache, guess I will that one, like heart issues, I won’t be able to tell them apart from my normal aches, until it’s a wee bit late.

So doing this every day, it often hurts.  Today it hurts like hell.

Morning Legacy Headlines
6 killed after severe storms sweep through Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana
World’s first Syria torture trial opens in Germany
UK economy to shrink after historic collapse in business activity, figures show
Hoping for 80% Chances of Success, Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Picks up as Germany & UK Start Trials
Coronavirus: UK plans to test 300,000 for immunity
China coronavirus cases might have been four times official figure, says study
Peru to release 3,000 prisoners under coronavirus amnesty
Four police officers killed after being hit by a truck during motorway vehicle stop
Australia calls on G20 nations to end wet wildlife markets over COVID-19 concerns
Polls show Trump trailing Biden in battlegrounds of Michigan and Pennsylvania
Doctors warn coronavirus causing sudden strokes in some younger patients
U.S. sees 1,738 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins
Trump Tells Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp He’s Reopening State ‘Too Soon’
SpaceX successfully launches latest batch of 60 internet-beaming satellites to orbit
Las Vegas mayor offers city as ‘control group’ to see how many die of COVID-19 without social distancing
Under pressure, Harvard says it will reject US relief aid
Coronavirus: Caution urged over Madagascar’s ‘herbal cure’
Residents of Syrian village hurl stones at U.S. convoy
WHO chief says “virus will be with us for a long time”
Alarmed as COVID patients’ blood thickened, New York doctors try new treatments
Italy’s Virus Death Toll Tops 25,000
Ansel Elgort’s nude Instagram photo helped raise thousands for coronavirus relief
New York City to freeze bodies of COVID-19 victims
Coronavirus: CO2 emissions likely to fall 6% due to outbreak
Coronavirus: More tigers and lions test positive at US zoo
Boris Johnson “absolutely needed” to be in intensive care says nurse who looked after him
Too poor to buy, too scared to meet: Palestinians face joyless Ramadan
UN chief: Pandemic is fast becoming a ‘human rights crisis’
Spain records another 440 coronavirus deaths
Worldwide Digital Video Game Spending Hits All-Time High of $10B in March
Two cats become first known companion animals in US to test positive for COVID-19
WHO says it hopes U.S. will reconsider funding, but focus is on ending pandemic
Global migrant worker remittances to fall 20% amid coronavirus scare
France’s Macron says now not the time for pandemic probe
UK coronavirus death toll rises to 18,100 as 759 more die including 26-year-old die
South Korea finds patients testing positive post-recovery from coronavirus barely infectious
Chinese Agents Spread Messages That Sowed Virus Panic in U.S., Officials Say
Trump orders US Navy to ‘destroy’ any Iranian gunboat that harasses American ships at sea
‘Our house is on fire’: Greta Thunberg’s Earth Day call to action
Daily coronavirus deaths in Spain remain stable: 440 in the last 24 hours
Coronavirus: Treasury seeks to borrow £180bn over three months
‘We are in prison’: France opens nursing homes, exposes pain
Dennis Rodman says he’s praying for Kim Jong Un: ‘I hope it’s just a rumor’
Flooding will affect double the number of people worldwide by 2030
Merkel urges Germans to show resilience for long-haul coronavirus battle
2 pet cats test positive for COVID-19 in New York, USDA says
Iran, like wider Mideast, relies on deliveries amid pandemic
Spain records another 440 coronavirus deaths
China reports 10 new COVID-19 cases amid concerns over accuracy of tests
China President Xi says to boost investments, employment
Britons ‘to be told to wear masks at work and on public transport
Trump’s move to pull WHO funds could make the pandemic worse
Public can wear scarves instead of masks, UK scientists to say
Botswana’s president, lawmakers out of quarantine after testing negative for coronavirus
South Africa coronavirus: Lockdown deployment, WHO lauds response strategy
‘They must be shot with Kalashnikovs’
Corona crisis: debates over higher taxes are now poison – WELT
PX column: GOP congressmen willing to ask White House to forgive $45M streetcar loan, help Cincinnati permanently close rail line
China vs Hong Kong battle restarts despite Covid-19 lockdown
Combating coronavirus: Resounding faith of UAE residents in government, shows survey
Combating coronavirus: New gadgets designed to fight Covid-19
Clashes predicted over trillion-euro Covid-19 aid as EU meets online
Coronavirus: Uruguay reopens some rural schools
Head of vaccine agency says he was ousted for resisting hydroxychloroquine
‘Retaliation plain and simple’: Vaccine agency top Doc fired by Trump administration files whistleblower complaint

Dr. Rick Bright was removed as head of BARDA, the federal agency that is helping develop a vaccine for the coronavirus.  Dr. Bright was ousted after resisting widespread adoption of a drug (Hydroxychloroquine) promoted by President Donald Trump as a treatment for Covid-19.  Dr. Bright insisted that “the billions of dollars allocated by Congress to address the Covid-19 pandemic” be invested “into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit.”

“I am speaking out because to combat this deadly virus, science — not politics or cronyism — has to lead the way; rushing blindly towards unproven drugs can be disastrous and result in countless more deaths. Science, in service to the health and safety of the American people, must always trump politics; sidelining me in the middle of this pandemic and placing politics and cronyism ahead of science puts lives at risk and stunts national efforts to safely and effectively address this urgent public health crisis,.”

Dr. Bright was removed as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, BARDA.  Dr. Bright and his lawyers also called for investigations of his abrupt transfer out of his post at time when the United States is the global epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under Trump said “He (Dr. Bright) was very good at running that agency [BARDA], and I think it’s a loss to see him step out of that job right now, that’s a position that’s really critical to trying and getting some of these therapeutics [treatments for coronavirus] over the finish line.  It’s an unfortunate to see a loss of continuity in that position at really a critical time from a public health standpoint in the history of that agency.”

Bright’s attorneys, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, said in a prepared statement that “the Administration’s removal of Dr. Bright from his position as director of BARDA is retaliation plain and simple.  The results from the Administration’s refusal to listen to the experts and to sideline those like Dr. Bright who point out any errors in the government’s response will continue to be catastrophic for the American people,” said Katz and Banks, whose law firm specializes in representing whistleblowers.  We will request that the Office of Special Counsel seek a stay of Dr. Bright’s termination and that Dr. Bright be permitted to remain in his position pending the OSC and IG’s investigation of this unlawful forced transfer.”

In his statement Wednesday, Bright wrote, “My professional background has prepared me for a moment like this — to confront and defeat a deadly virus that threatens Americans and people around the globe.  To this point, I have led the government’s efforts to invest in the best science available to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.  Unfortunately, this resulted in clashes with H.H.S. political leadership, including criticism for my proactive efforts to invest early into vaccines and supplies critical to saving American lives. I also resisted efforts to fund potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections.  Specifically, and contrary to misguided directives, I limited the broad use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, promoted by the administration as a panacea, but which clearly lack scientific merit,” he said.

Trump has suggested that those drugs could be effective in treating Covid-19 patients. 

Trump said “I never heard of him” when asked about Bright’s allegation.

An analysis released Tuesday found that there was no benefit to using that drug to treat the coronavirus, and, in fact, that there were more deaths among Covid-19 patients in American veterans hospitals who received hydroxychloroquine compared with those who were given standard care.”

Afternoon Legacy Headlines

4.4 million more people file for unemployment in coronavirus crisis
Doctors finds disturbing trend of strokes in young coronavirus patients
Man who led US drug agency removed from his post
Coronavirus in cats
Deadly tornadoes slam the South
Doctors trying to understand COVID-19 symptoms left with more questions
Some Covid 19 patients who recover now on dialysis
COVID-19 patient reunites with doctor who helped save her life
Pregnant on the front lines
Trump, CDC’s Redfield contradict each other over 2nd wave of virus being worse
Wildlife appearing to thrive during pandemic
EU leaders look to financing recovery, and the possibilities beyond
Covid19: Migrants cleaning up UK hospitals
Blue waters see pink flamingos fly by Mumbai
France faces wearing of masks on public transport
Show EU the money: leaders discuss joint financing of recovery
COVID-19 in Turkey: What’s behind the numbers?
French band together to help disenfranchised communities hit by Covid-19
Vaccine trials begin on young and healthy volunteers
Covid-19 lockdown reveals many faces of Paris suburbs
Covid-19: EU leaders to discuss options for trillion-euro pandemic fund
World’s Muslims contend with Ramadan in the time of confinement
EU leaders meet to discuss coronavirus recovery
Ramadan 2020: How to practice faith in times of Covid-19
Covering Coronavirus: Our reporters’ perspective
New Warning Of Coronavirus Second Wave Amid Debate Over Reopening
‘We Need Policy Changes’: Gore Endorses Biden During Virtual Town Hall
NJ Gov. Murphy: McConnell ‘Utterly Irresponsible’ To Suggest States Go Bankrupt
‘Terrible Failure’: Trump Blasted For Poor Leadership During Coronavirus Pandemic
Protesters Hold Drive-In Rally To Voice Support For Reopening Virginia
Protestors Rally In NC; Wisconsin GOP File Suit Over Order
Pandemic Diaries: A Day In The Life Of A Bronx Paramedic Amid Coronavirus
Mayor de Blasio: ‘We’re Going To Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday’
De Blasio: Daily Number Of NYC Hospitalizations Down But ‘We’re Not There Yet’
L.A. Street Vendors, Banned From Selling because of COVID-19, Get Lifeline From Community Group
Manufacturing Is ‘Lifeline’ Of China’s Economy After Coronavirus, Xi Says
Nun Drives Farm Tractor Spreading Disinfectant To Combat COVID-19
Brazilian Circus Proves Show Must Go On Despite Coronavirus
Meat Plant’s Coronavirus Cases Spreading Rapidly To Surrounding Community
Michael Moore Reacts To Coronavirus Protests Backed By Trump Allies
Coronavirus News: The latest on the covid-19 outbreak – 4/23
Andrew Cuomo: McConnell’s Bankruptcy Suggestion For States Is ‘Really Dumb’
Kudlow says businesses shouldn’t be liable for health risks after reopening
House approves resolution for a select committee on coronavirus
New York Gov Cuomo provides updates on state coronavirus numbers
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s brother dies of COVID-19
Pompeo says US needs to take a ‘real hard look at WHO’
Ingraham: The truth about hydroxychloroquine
Hannity: Democrats exploit pandemic to push far-left wish list
Gov. DeSantis on how Florida went from high risk to flattening the curve
Tucker: Rich colleges get bailed out while American people suffer
Tucker: Are coronavirus lockdowns working?
Biden is desperate to get back into the 2020 dialogue: Karl Rove
Apparent tornado hits southern Oklahoma
Aid continues for virus-stricken US carrier crew
California sees deadliest day of virus outbreak
Residents survey possible tornado damage in Texas
NYC tour guide makes ends meet after layoff
Storage PODS modified to COVID-19 medical rooms
Ocasio-Cortez: Legislate like rent is due May 1st
Cuomo: Survey shows wide exposure to virus in NY
Lockdown stops Greek zoo from showing off newborns
Brussels ‘love bus’ delivers hope during pandemic
General Motors workers step up to make masks
Boston nurse released after COVID-19 infection
House committee holds hearing on CARES Act issues
Coronavirus: Health claims debunked
How close are we to a coronavirus vaccine?
Coronavirus: The latest from Europe
Coronavirus: How will the developing world cope?
Elderly couple separated by border closing meet outside every day
Evaluating Trump’s plan to reopen the country amid coronavirus
Curbing the spread of coronavirus disinformation online
How film producer Scott Budnick is lobbying governors for criminal justice reform
“London Calling”: Boris Johnson under fire for response to coronavirus crisis
New York study finds 13.9% with coronavirus antibodies, Cuomo says
U.S. unemployment claims reflect depth of economic crisis amid coronavirus
Elizabeth Warren’s brother has died from coronavirus
Producer Scott Budnick says coronavirus “shouldn’t be a death sentence” for inmates
White House offers conflicting info on potential for coronavirus comeback in the fall
What is the carbon footprint of working from home?
How to navigate your finances if you are furloughed or laid off
Beyoncé gives Disney fans a surprise performance
He served the longest prison sentence before exoneration
Michelle Obama for VP in 2020?
Another 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits
Wuhan resident: A second wave is ‘absolutely’ coming
This is what life on Mars could be like
Brazil’s plan puts the Amazon rainforest at risk
Nevada governor responds to Las Vegas mayor’s remarks
Anderson Cooper presses Las Vegas mayor over wish to reopen
Ex-vaccine chief says he was removed after questioning drug Trump praised
Mayor Of Hard-Hit Albany, Georgia, Weighs In On Governor’s Reopening Decision
App Recognizes Community Needs And Gives Neighbors Ability To Help
Coronavirus-Detecting Drones Stir Privacy Concerns
At Least 2 Cats Test Positive For Coronavirus: What Does It Mean For Your Pets?
Dr. Anthony Fauci: ‘We Will Have Coronavirus In The Fall’
New Numbers Are Expected To Show 4.3 Million More Americans Out Of Work
Trump Now Says He ‘Disagrees Strongly’ With Georgia Governor’s Plan To Reopen
Former NFL Star Anquan Boldin Talks Mission To Help Minority Communities
Maxine Waters Dedicates Relief Bill To Sister Who Is Dying Of Coronavirus

Italy 80 ventilators per one million people.

India 11 ventilators per one million people.

Pakistan <10 ventilators per one million people.

Afghanistan <10 ventilators per one million people.

Kenya 5 ventilators per one million people.

Nigeria 0.8 ventilators per one million people.

Italy struggled to find enough vents and rushed to build more, it is also a fragment of the population of India or greater Africa.  I imagine the same problem exists in more or less the same way in Central and South America and throughout the worlds Island nations.  Of course there are also the new numbers which indicate that 88% of people who go on ventilators die on that ventilator.  A ventilator is a last ditch attempt to save people from C-19, only the wealthy nations have them in abundance.

Trump’s denial syndrome was on full view, “We’re coming out of it and we’re coming out of it well.”  Contradicting, one after the other, three medical experts on C-19 and their statements about it and the second wave they expect, which Trump kept derailing and downplaying between each ones talking points.  Trump still seems to be in denial of the viral reality we face.

“I’m the president and your fake news.” was Trump’s response to a hard question he did not want to answer.

I am an unwilling collector out ‘outlier’ symptoms.  In medicine diseases and ailments present with certain symptoms, that is how they are identified, and treated in some cases.  However many others also have ‘outlier’ symptoms, that is rare symptoms which nonetheless are associated with disease ‘X”.  I seem to collect those, I have a bunch from U.C.  So now I am hearing of eye symptoms with C-19 and have suffered itchy eyes ever since I got the RS virus.  ‘Is that another outlier symptom?’ runs through my brain.  

In the midst of C-19 most folks are missing this: World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley: “We are facing a global human catastrophe.”  Before COVID-19 became an issue, David Beasley was telling world leaders that “2020 would be facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.” That’s because of wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, locust swarms in Africa, frequent natural disasters and economic crises including in Lebanon, Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia.  Beasley, who is recovering from COVID-19, said “about 30 million people who literally depend on us to stay alive”;  if those 30 million people can’t be reached, “our analysis shows that 300,000 people could starve to death every single day over a three-month period” — and that doesn’t include increased starvation due to the coronavirus.  In a worst-case scenario, we could be looking at famine in about three dozen countries, and in fact, in 10 of these countries we already have more than one million people per country who are on the verge of starvation.”

Maine infected           907                               937
Increase Infected       19                                 30

Maine Dead               39                                    44
Increase Dead            3                                     5

While I wonder about my eyes and ‘outlier’ symptomology in my pain environ, 30 more of my fellow Mainers were diagnosed and 5 more of my fellow Mainers died.

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