Viral Stupidity: Will PC Democrats Kill NYC…and CONUS?

I am so fit to be tied I could just spit.  Just when I thought democrats couldn’t get anymore stupid, this headline in the  Washington Times catches my eye:

“Smart move or grave mistake? NYC keeps schools open.”

What God’s name is their demagogic logic?  Well, says the story “They’re keeping the nation’s largest school system open to ensure that health and emergency workers aren’t tied down with kids at home…” 

WTF??? Why does NYC ONLY elect imbeciles?  Is it a requirement?

Here we have a crystal-clear example of how left-wing, political bullshit – serving an agenda of “political convenience and correctness” is doing its best to kill America. 

Consider some facts:

Sorry about convenient meals for kids programs which would be shut. Tought, that.  But everyone needs to step up in tough times – including and especially parents who have a responsibility from birth to age 18 to care for those they brought into the world.

We view this PANDEMIC as ultra-serious – as we have consistently said since day one.

Looks to us like the democrat agenda is in full-swing in NYC.

Secret?  Sure:  First responders already know that when TSHTF they need to be ready with plans for their childcare options.  Anmd wives/spouses, loved one.  The job comes first.   The runaway tax-bandits of New York’s Nanny-State have shown their true colors again.

New York politicians are taking an active role in helping COVID kill Americans.

Granted that’s hard for a rational person to grasp…but we have multiple pandemics in play right now.  One, nominally, is COVID-19.  The others are Media Hysteria, Political Stupidity, and Inept Leadership (and in both parties).

Don’t know if you’ve got the “upstairs horsepower” to generalize this, but here’s how we see it:

America is like an airplane in flight.  We have suffered a major upset of normal flight configuration…the aircraft is out of control and a Crash may be imminent. (Or, hadn’t you noticed the markets?)  Now we have self-righteous of both parties making absolutely bogus political decisions on what anyone with a spreadsheet can see are unconscionable decisions. The politicians are working to ensure the Crash.

Today’s Spreadsheets

You know my son is a firefighter/EMT/HazMat/infectious disease tracker.  So obviously, I run out numbers for him on a daily basis.  Here are some numbers you need to know:

Caution:  Don’t get complacent because the number of new cases rate dropped a bit today:  It’s the weekend and reporting is noisy from a statistical standpoint.

Looking at the Global Case count and projecting 5 Days:

Then, projecting deaths at the 3.5% mortality rate (noisy) it looks like this into late summer globally:

By Labor Day, the global death count could be 285-million.  Optimistically, let’s call it half that (142.5-million) because not everyone will be infected.  Germany is worrying a much higher rate, 70%, but we will think in terms of 142.5-million.

There are 7.6 billion people in the world, .330 billion (330-million) in the US, so our share of the pain could run upwards of 6-million.  CDC has copped to 1.87-million in their worst case outlooks –  so far

Good News for My Son’s Department

My son’s fire departement is semi-rural on the east slopes of the Washington Cascades.  Population of the county is around 76,000.  Here’s the outlook I’ve given him for coming weeks:

As you can see, right there are likelyonly 1 or 2 carriers/cases in a small county.  Even less here in Anderson County Texas with a population of under 60,000.

That’s why we are not completely freaked:  Low pop density is a good thing.

Still, you can see that the case count will be ramping up quickly now and shortly thereafter, the deaths will be along.

Which is why being ready to self quarantine is important and has been since we ramped up coverage in early February.  Speaking of which:

An Urban Self-Check

We want to puke at the lack of media work and coverage on how bad this could be.  You may remember we started pushing out date and frequency forecasts in mid February.

Here, on Feb 25, you will see we were forecasting that by March 16 we would be at 101,343 and deaths would be 3,413.  As it turns out, we were about 40 percent low, but then again, we didn’t know how stupid public officials would be (he said, gesturing in the direction of NYC again…).

Remarkably, the Mortality rate number we forecast early-on  – 3.368% – isn’t that far from what’s shown  in the larger sample today (3.533%).

We are in no way presenting that our work is any better than more mathematically-based outlooks, but our ball park numbers – from almost a month ago – have been specific and head & shoulders above what other so-called “media experts” have been using.  We give dates and numbers for what they’re worth.

In  real journalism you put in all the caveats, but in order for people to make useful plans,specificity is required.  Generalities are what get people killed.  (*That and bad decision, with another nod to the northeast…) Information needs to be specific both in number and in the timeframe.  Otherwise its useless.

One last thing on point:  Make sure in your news intake you stick to KNOWLEDGE and run from statements of BELIEF.  KNOWEDGE is based on FACTS and this other thing…science.  Beliefs are based on human bullshit. Can;t anyone in NYC run a forecast??? FMTT!

It’s time now to hunker down, watch the numbers like a hawk, and see whether (as we posed early) the US FedGov can out-print a freefalling economy.

Drop by Monday for more as we update the “fight for control of the aircraft” as the plane’s ultimate impact with the ground looks to us like it’s becoming more inevitable.

Oh…and when more cases come, be sure to thank the political expediency gang in NY for at least part of of the horror.

When it’s over, we need a Bioweapon version of Nuremberg Trial and we need a wall.

Crimes against humanity are NEVER in style.  Hear that, New York?

Write when you get rich,

57 thoughts on “Viral Stupidity: Will PC Democrats Kill NYC…and CONUS?”

  1. Why George the people ran to elect these clowns that are in office many times over and over again,so they can’t really complain when it comes back to bite them in the backside,We have a two party system that is basically a one party system and ever since World War Two ended both parties have run a steady stream of propaganda and are still running it, and the people bought into it as being right from the good Lord himself.

    .Now we have Trump who’s a few bricks short of a full load knowing back in mid-January about this virus but rather then taking action played it down because it might hurt his re-election chances,and on the other side the only one who has half a brain they refuse to give any airtime to, like Ron Paul when he ran and no the people wouldn’t get behind him either, instead voting for people like Bush and Obama.In Washington state the state health care workers had to go it alone because the Federal Government refuse to see it for what it was,and now Trump wants to refinance our debt which he has contributed to ever since he’s took office. Its a bloody mess and the whole system has to go and I agree that both Bush and Obama should be tried for war crimes and Trump isn’t turning out any better,this draw down in Afghanistan is only down to the number when he took office and the next one will be 14 months from now and will never happen.!!

    • “Clowns” have the only chance to get democratically elected, because we crave entertainment to a sick extend ;-).

    • Your post reeks of untruths. It was the globalist owned press that didn’t get behind Ron Paul so most of the American people never heard about him, just like Tulsi Gabbard. Those of us that did support him and attended his rallies watched the press diminish him in every capacity they could. Our system is purchased. We have no real choices. If the hatred for Trump is any indication of his possible threat to the new world order consider him knocked down in the fifth round behind all the false BS attacks he has undergone since running for President. I guess that 2 brick short of a full load President must have represented an awful threat to the powers that be.

      • Totally agree with your summation. The best indicator of a threat to the Deep State cabal is the extent they will go in their attempts to diminish or destroy it, as they have Trump. The CDC has known we were overdue for the next pandemic years ago, as did every previous president. Now its all Trump’s fault if you are prone to believe BS.

    • George,

      First off, the Washington Times? Isn’t that about the equivalent of getting your news from Brietbart?

      Anyhoo, while NYC has its share of idiot politicians just like any large city, the problem with shutting down NYC schools is a true Catch-22

      1) If you don’t lock down the city, you never flatten the curve.
      2) At the same time, according to NBC News (, roughly 75% of all kids in NYC public schools are eligible for free or reduced meals – i.e. tens of thousands of kids depend on school meals every day. Do we just let them go hungry?
      3) Additionally, regardless of the reason they find themselves in the situation they’re in (also due to the fact that the US is one of the only developed nations on earth w/o mandatory paid leave or universal healthcare), you have a huge population that now finds themselves in a situation where they either work and bring in income or stay home w/ their kids and bring in no income.

      Just out of curiosity, what’s your thought on what some school districts have done in keeping cafeterias open for a few hours a day for the kids who have nothing else to eat?

      Also, wouldn’t you say that this pandemic is putting a blinding spotlight on all the ways that we as a society have temporarily plastered over the cracks and now it’s coming back to bite us in the ass? Like, maybe if we were a bit more of our brothers’ keepers and had a functioning government this wouldn’t be _as_ bad?

      Cheers from Tokyo (where we have our fair share of idiotic politicians as well),


      • It was in the NY Post and other places, as well. You (as the other reader who whined) need to look at posting data. My comments on piss-head were Sunday AM and his walk-back was Sunday night.

        This is a NRT (near real-time) event.. Drop your beliefs, read fine print and stick to facts. Thanks.

      • Ray, can’t George make his own decisions? Why does the Twitter In Chief’s comments bother you? I thought you were proud of Trump and ALL of his loathsome imbecilic comments.

        Shame on you, so unpatriotic to disparage our President’s enlightening bits of wisdom that he so generously and graciously shares with the American Public.

      • No, dude. You are entitled to your utter arrogance and conceit.

        You are not entitled to a readership for it, and are, indeed, obviously incapable of earning your own readership.

        I guess that explains why you flame George’s site.

        It’s not your message, but your utter disrespect and condescension toward those who’re your betters.

  2. G,

    My kids are out of school now, too. Their scheduled spring break wasn’t till the last full week of March, but on last Friday, the schools told the kids to pack up everything and they’d do online work, and whatever the teachers were able to get printed out duringthat last hour of school on Friday. Literally, the Northern Spencer Co. school corporation (Indiana) gave the teachers an hour notice, and that was that. They don’t go back till April 6 now. Three weeks no school. Hard to say if that’s going to do what they’re out to do. From my understanding, this thing can linger, spread, and keep on going. As for the kids, mine are fortunate that I do not have to deal with a work schedule outside the home. Most of their friends do not have this advantage, and will haveto fend for themselves.

    The very concerning part if this that I currently have is that my husband works a job that have fine print detailing a “lock in,” in case of catastrophic events. Events like a pandemic. So now I sit here wondering when he goes back to work on Monday if he’ll get to come home. The lock in requirement is for as long as it takes. Hopefully, it won’t come to that, but if it does, I suspect it’d be a few weeks at minimum. I checked in with a friend who’s husband works there as well, and she’s already prepping for when he’s stuck there, too. For us, that isn’t too hard to do as rural life means you should always keep some supplies around anyways.

    • ‘Hadta look to see where you were. I passed through both Shoals and Evansville last year, but am unfamiliar with your area, except to speculate it’s pretty country, and not very densely populated. However, I’d guess you’re too close to EU and they don’t want an aid or sub bringing it into the system.

      NSS has an eLearning program in-place already. Three weeks may be long enough for them to work out all its bugs, to make it a viable learning platform. Sux for your SO though. Is he a sketch artist or computer artist (does he do “hand work” or computer-generated work?)

      • Ray, he works at a powerplant and his particular job is to make sure nothing goes wrong and the power plant doesn’t go boom. He keeps the rest of the people working there safe. Since everyone is pretty adament about keeping the lights, heat & air going, his job isn’t going to get shut down, unless they permanently close the power plant (that’s a real possibility–but a story for another time). It also means that to ensure that the power doesn’t go out, all employees there will be locked in, after making certain none are ill (pandemic concerns). Hence my worry about the possibility of coming weeks without him. I’m all about doing things for myself, but two is always better than one, and I much prefer he were at home when we need him.

  3. I copied this off a tweet, makes sense to me…

    A quarantined boat is an ideal …natural laboratory to study a virus…”

    Diamond Princess stats:

    3,711 people on board
    705 tested positive for the coronavirus
    6 died
    All 6 were more than 70 years old.

    Fatality rate: 0.85 percent.


    I’ve no idea if they tested all on board or just those who seemed sick, I don’t know how long they were on the the ship between the first case & getting off.

    But, it does look like an ideal environment to get some honest numbers about this virus.

    • statistical analysis is flawed as the target demographic are 70+ years old, but .85 percent of the passengers were not 70+ years old. Of the population 70+ years old, how many died?

      As I remind friends, I’m an older man with underlaying medical conditions. It’s not if. It’s when.

      • Beyond 85+ not worth living in my opinion, because ther’is just too much pain for which here is practically little help ;-((.

    • ALL were tested. The real question is: Was the testing done with the defective and horribly inaccurate Chinese test kits, or did we ensure reliable testing was done…?

  4. Oregon schools are now all closed until April 1st. Our district will be handing out a to go breakfast and lunch for needy children at a back door.

    What scares me is UK Daily Mail today states that all seniors 70 and older will be required to self-isolate for FOUR MONTHS whether they are healthy or not. I’m 82 and don’t have any relatives here.

    Multnomah County OR has closed all libraries down. There is one case in the whole large county,

    • My township’s schools are still open (I’d guess this will change before Wednesday) but all other-towns’ schools and rural schools are shuttered & online. The school PTB are now paying bus drivers to drive their route in their favorite pickup or SUV, and do the “meals-on-wheels” thing, since money for their salary, fuel, and the food was allocated for the school year back in October, so it’s already paid for (f-you Pelosi, and your attempt to steal tax revenue to do this nationwide! It’s already paid for, everywhere, until June or August, or later, depending on the School Corp…)

  5. George, as per the Princess cruise “death model” the mortality rate of total infected is far lower than the Chinese or US models to date , standing at approx 0.5 and I believe all 7 deaths were 70 or older. (I know that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy). While the Princess model is not perfect as it was not set up using a control group I would guess it is pretty close as all passengers and crew were considered with no changes in population (except by death) over the length of the study. Did the study end prematurely by reason of the ship docking?? Don’t know the answer to that but I’d guess/hope the passengers are still being followed by CDC?? (At least I’d like to think so.)

  6. In the U.S. military, officers and non-commissioned officers (senior enlisted ranks) alike are all schooled in developing courses of action (COAs) for planned operations and their most likely derivative branches for potential outcomes. I Would expect this type of contingency planning from the CDC and other civilian health organizations for Co-VID-19, but that does not mean it is actually happening. At a fundamental level, CoVID-19 (aka Wuhan coronavirus) is behaving much like a classically war-gamed bioweapons attack. We’re talking scenarios that have been gamed many time over from the Cold War to Crazy Kim’s NorK current bio-weapons possibilities. Additionally, 1918 Spanish Flu, SARS and MERS all provide relevant historical data for how one might anticipate this nasty bug behaving within modern populations. Add the current spread maps of the Co-VID-19 contagion in China, Iran, Italy and parts of Europe to the various databases and I firmly believe senior national officials know precisely what to expect next in this event. Once AI computer Analysis of the ages, sexes and health status of all the current CoVID-19 victims are crunched, local, state and federal officials may even be able to forecast who is at the most at risk of dying from the contagion. Personally, this outbreak is surreal. I’ve served on major exercise ‘white cells,’ where I arbitrated ‘nukes, bugs and gas’ attack effects. I’m seeing my exercise nightmares become reality. And the reality is that the bug must run its course. Whether this Spring or the coming Fall/Winter, it will reap the weak and the vulnerable – UNLESS a viable vaccine becomes available in very short order. The simple fact is 80% of Ure readers will contract the virus eventually. Of those, 3.4% will meet their maker before the rest of us. So “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die!” I interpret that as live, don’t cower in fear and don’t stress about things we cannot control. Control the things that you can.

    • I’m expecting a significant rise in the number of reported cases in the U.S. next week, because CDC distributed 2.2mln test kits today. As quick & accurate diagnosis becomes possible, “known” cases will spike. I also expect the spike to last through March, to about the end of the first week of April, crash to near-zero, then spike again as people notice the few cases and discard the precautions by which they’re now living.

      Sound about right…?

    • Coronavirus vaccines rarely make it out of animal testing cause they kill everything. And Coronavirus mutates too much so said vaccine would be useless anyway.

      Rumors have it that china did some human testing of a Coronavirus vaccine back around dec1 2019

      After the October event 201 Coronavirus pandemic conference.

      Bill gates once had a ted talk about reducing population with vaccines

      Chinese government loves elegant solutions. Blame pollution related pneumonia on a novel Coronavirus and kill pollitical dissidents. “We had to arrest him cause he is spreading Coronavirus” “They died of this new Coronavirus”

      You must be locked up for a month to survive Coronavirus. You must submit to all kinds of random useless oppression to limit the spread of corona virus.

    • ““eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die!” I interpret that as live, don’t cower in fear and don’t stress about things we cannot control. Control the things that you can.”

      I’ve been saying this all my life, because what else is there to do??

    • Strange but the last I read those silly war games over around the Russian border are still on,20,000 men so I hear all to bring more cases of the virus back home with them,perhaps those old generals should look at the fact that they aren’t immune to the virus but that requires thinking so don’t bet that those will be called off.!!!

    • Get your LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT in place WITH medical directives and share it with those that need to know.

  7. “RESULTS: When the infection rate of the close contacts and the sensitivity and specificity of reported results were taken as the point estimates, the positive predictive value of the active screening was only 19.67%, in contrast, the false-positive rate of positive results was 80.33%. The multivariate-probabilistic sensitivity analysis results supported the base-case findings, with a 75% probability for the false-positive rate of positive results over 47%.”

    Just sayin’…breath, isolate, wait for it…

  8. I’m not a Bolshevik but I suspect our major to fall into that category. However, the problems we have encountered seem to be beyond anyone’s pay grade. ;-) We should have let this thing run it’s course.

    Just returned from my daily 2-mile walk, and I could have easily counted the # of people crossing 5th & 42nd. The largest hotel on TQ empty w/o activity; So was another big one on 42ns street.

    I think this situation may end what we have called capitalism, imho!
    Here I am, too old to prep, and too old to move — but during my long life common folks never listened to me, and neither will they listen to GU. So sorry about that — take care everyone and stay healthy!

    • “We should have let this thing run it’s course w/o interference, imho!”

      We are here from the Government to help — was there ever a nastier joke? Not in my opinion!! Look at our recent historyl, pls..

    • Too old? And you walk two miles daily? You might want to just do as you wish – since you really can. Fear is the mind killer. Time to joyfully sail forth on the seas of the unknown. Good luck!

      Just for my own info: How many non-Asian people in midtown do you see wearing masks?

      • NMM, those “two miles daily” don’t come easy @90.

        I have not seen any non-Asian people in midtown wearing masks as of yesterday. Most seem to enjoy their day during beautiful wheather and blooming street trees. Stay healty!

    • You can still get out of Dodge for a few months. Come to Texas as a winter Texan. We be friendly here.

  9. It’s a double-edged sword, George. Dr. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policies at the University of Minnesota was bringing this same point up on Joe Rogan’s interview #1439. It Italy the healthcare workers are working even though they are CV-19 positive and they work until their symptoms begin to prevent them from doing so. I guess their kids stay with someone while they’re working and quarantining themselves. World emergencies only happen once in a while and the rest of the time you can pretend to have a life of your own.

    • “Italy the healthcare workers are working even though they are CV-19 positive and they work until their symptoms begin to prevent them from doing so.”

      It’s the same thing here…

      The only ones that have sick time options in the vast majority of industries is the executive branch and govt. Offices. The rest they could care less what is going on you get your butt to work.
      After I banked as much sick time and vacation time that they would allow. Rather than nm loose it they would let us donate those hours to others that needed them because of illness (catastrophic.. I heard that policy has been eliminated) for years I was giving away 40 hours of vacation and the two days of sick time.
      The majority of businesses don’t even offer benefits to the part time sector.

  10. The numbers indicate that everyone who isn’t in a bubble will have been exposed to COVID-19 well before the end of the year. I am not sure that delaying restart of schools after spring break for longer than two weeks is going to have any real impact on the outcome by year’s end. I think the Brit’s are taking a similar approach.

    Based on the New York response, it looks like most of us will be getting exposed to Covid-19 sooner rather than later. That may be seen as the path of greatest economic efficiency by the elites. Whether the operating environment is being sanely managed or not, it is what it is.

    Laying in supplies like vitamin C, fever suppressors, and maybe some of the medicinal mushroom extracts are probably your best bet. I still haven’t seen anything to indicate colloidal silver is of any use. That doesn’t mean I don’t have some in stock. I have always used systemic digestive enzymes for viruses, but haven’t heard them mentioned. They work well with the mushroom extracts. I expect pharma and the talking head doctors to be of something less than no assistance. The CDC is acting in the role of Vietnam era whiz-kid body counters, and not much more. See you on the other side is the most relevant catch phrase.

  11. Schools are being exposed for the charades they are.

    Feeding troughs and day care and pension centers.

    Look at them torch the markets Friday and today.

  12. Thou hast spake and quoted as follows:
    “Smart move or grave mistake? NYC keeps schools open.”

    Ideology over-rides logic for them.

    It isn’t sane or Scientific, but one behaves in accord with what one believes, and NOT necessarily in accord with objective Reality.

    Never expect anyone to act outside their ideology.

  13. “What God’s name is their demagogic logic? Well, says the story “They’re keeping the nation’s largest school system open to ensure that health and emergency workers aren’t tied down with kids at home…””

    I take this as an admission that schools no longer teach anything of value, and instead have been reduced to mere “daycare centers.”

    I’d be willing to bet the vast majority of those 1.1mln school children have access to a computer (or smartphone) — maybe not their own, but a computer nonetheless. For that matter, I’d also be willing to bet the majority of junior high and high school kids would be willing to make a few bucks, using someone else’s computer (say, one of those ubiquitous “healthcare workers”) to do, and to print out their homework, while they BABYSIT THAT PERSON’S primary school KIDS!

    Yeah, it’s an inconvenience. It is not nearly as inconvenient as having a kid (or six) camp out, SEVEN HOURS A DAY, in a petri dish, then bring home COVID-19 or watch their teacher die from it.

    Don’t smoke cigarettes while swimming in a pool of gasoline.

    Simple problems, simple solutions…

    • “those 1.1mln school children have access to a computer (or smartphone) — maybe not their own, but a computer nonetheless.”
      In Alaska.. my sister home taught her kids. The state supplied the books and the curriculum.. tests and online classes. They paid her a small fraction of a teachers salary to teach them.,( she said that policy changed) anyway they got the vast majority of their studies online. The classes that they needed that she wasnt qualified to teach she had them get college courses that covered requirements. The lab works etc. Hands on required material done through private tutoring.

      Since this started.. the schools around here are adopting a similar strategy by offering online classes. The kids just bought a web cam so that the teachers can answer the kids questions. One child will use their smart phone rather than a computer..
      Options are being.put In place..

      That brings me to a lot of the colleges.. many offer their courses online. MIT has their whole courseware catalog online.
      Want a degree it will still cost you but you can take a class get graded for free. You just dont get the wall paper .

    Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to zero as part of wide … › business › 2020/03/15 › federal-reserve-sla…
    9 mins ago – Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to zero as part of wide-ranging emergency intervention. The Fed, led by Chairman Jerome H. Powell, effectively cut its benchmark by a full percentage-point to zero. The ultra low interest rates are expected to remain until the U.S. economy recovers from the coronavirus downturn.

  15. Just took a quick trip to the (National Chain) drug store here. Truck delivery to stores Saturday night, overnight stocking, and Sunday (today) is flyer ‘Sale Day’. Crowds in aisles, no shopping carts, people stocking up on EVERYTHING as if they might soon be trapped at home for a few weeks. Unbelievably… absolutely no Vitamin C products of any kind! No Tylenol or generics at all. Flu symptom remedies sold out, too. Toilet paper, Lysol spray, disinfectant wipes…. fugettaboutit!

  16. From:

    Shanghai Government Officially Recommends Vitamin C for COVID-19
    by Andrew W. Saul

    (OMNS Mar 3, 2020) The government of Shanghai, China has announced its official recommendation that COVID-19 should be treated with high amounts of intravenous vitamin C. (1) Dosage recommendations vary with severity of illness, from 50 to 200 milligrams per kilogram body weight per day to as much as 200 mg/kg/day.

    These dosages are approximately 4,000 to 16,000 mg for an adult, administered by IV. This specific method of administration is important, says intravenous therapy expert Atsuo Yanagisawa, MD, PhD, because vitamin C’s effect is at least ten times more powerful by IV than if taken orally. Dr. Yanagisawa is president of the Tokyo-based Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy. He says, “Intravenous vitamin C is a safe, effective, and broad-spectrum antiviral.”

    Richard Z. Cheng, MD, PhD, a Chinese-American specialist physician, has been working closely with medical and governmental authorities throughout China. He has been instrumental in facilitating at least three Chinese clinical IV vitamin C studies now underway. Dr. Cheng is presently in Shanghai continuing his efforts to encourage still more Chinese hospitals to implement vitamin C therapy incorporating high oral doses as well as C by IV.

    Dr. Cheng and Dr. Yanagisawa both recommend oral vitamin C for prevention of COVID-19 infection.

    An official statement from Xi’an Jiaotong University Second Hospital (2) reads:

    “On the afternoon of February 20, 2020, another 4 patients with severe new coronaviral pneumonia recovered from the C10 West Ward of Tongji Hospital. In the past 8 patients have been discharged from hospital. . . [H]igh-dose vitamin C achieved good results in clinical applications. We believe that for patients with severe neonatal pneumonia and critically ill patients, vitamin C treatment should be initiated as soon as possible after admission. . .[E]arly application of large doses of vitamin C can have a strong antioxidant effect, reduce inflammatory responses, and improve endothelial function. . . Numerous studies have shown that the dose of vitamin C has a lot to do with the effect of treatment. . . [H]gh-dose vitamin C can not only improve antiviral levels, but more importantly, can prevent and treat acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress (ARDS).”

  17. Comrade de Blasio relented tonight, and decided to close the NYC schools.

    Sometimes it just takes a few million angry parents, teachers, and local pundits to get a politician to “see the light…”

  18. No George all schools in NYC are to be closed this week,as other major cities are closing theirs.Living in upstate N.Y all of the schools are closed along with any meetings,the county seat is closed along with any county offices, in fact living in a rural area/county even our county is under emergency.Talking to the oldest boy who is an independent driver he said he’s been told that the only loads going out are medical supplies other than those nothing.!!!

  19. From the WTF Department:

    CBP seized a parcel at LAX today, which contained counterfeit COVID-19 test kits, shipped from the UK into the United States.

    I mean really, WTF!??

    • It’s all a business model..

      Online.. all research on the design and construction has started to be removed from public view as well. My guess is to stop panic and keep people from spinning fear to make money.
      The snack cake distributor said his business is booming..

  20. NYC must have heard you George. Decision reversal there closes schools now. Hawaii case count now up to 7… claims they are all ‘travel related’. But the state is preparing for community spread. Schools have extended spring break and preparing for distance learning. Public gathering places being shut down.

    Hawaiian Airlines has shut down 3 routes to Australia and New Zealand due to 14-day quarantine entry requirements in those countries.

    And still the cruise ships come a-docking.

  21. The true exponential curve on this is every 14 days going up 10x number of cases, your calculations are way too conservative and linear.

  22. Are you daft? NYC has closed schools, restaurants, events???? Before any other US city. You may not be the village idiot, but you are the runner-up.

    • You need to learn to read (must be another democrat?):

      My post was early Sunday. The De Blasio walk-back was Sunday night.

      Learn not to stick your foot in it around here. There are people smarter than you (and de Blasio, lol_)

    • Um, no. Stroll past the ivory tower or read an actual newspaper once in a while, please. The entire State of Ohio was shut down before NYC closed or curtailed anything — that is, ALL bars, restaurants, schools, convocations, conventions, sporting events, meetings, and social gatherings anywhere, of any kind.

      Ohio was most-notable, but not alone.

      Comrade deBlasio is several weeks behind the curve.

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