During the current coronavirus lockdown, I’d pay good money to see just one public official be asked:
“How many lives are you willing to sacrifice to prevent one coronavirus death?”
Thomas Sowell has repeatedly written that in a world of scarcity there are no solutions, only tradeoffs. The lockdown debate has thus far focused on that tradeoff as one between saving lives versus a temporary blip in the economy.
In the weeks since the unprecedented multi-state lockdowns, the US Healthcare system has been left with an opaque patchwork of the very same ‘arbitrary directives’ against which the AHA cautioned. The lockdown orders and elective procedure bans were instituted with the intent to save lives. However, our failure to pivot on the bans once lockdowns helped blunt the impending crisis has financially crippled our hospitals and private practices, led to mass furloughs, and essentially denied healthcare to those who need it most.
Osteopathic physicians are suing Nevada’s governor and the state’s pharmacy board over their decision to ban the use outside of hospitals of two relatively safe, well-established anti-malarial drugs to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus.
Homeland Security official: ‘I can tell you that bleach will kill the virus in five minutes, isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds, and that’s with no manipulation, no rubbing’
“I think once this is over we’ll be able to look back and see – did China and the WHO say and do everything to alert the rest of the world to the nuances of this virus, because when it first explodes, someone had to have known that there was human to human transmission,” she added.
It’s a story that has been making headlines across the United States: Did Californians develop herd immunity after possibly being exposed to novel coronavirus last year?
The general argument made by Dr. Wittkowski is that lockdown orders prolong any efforts in developing so-called herd immunity, which is our only weapon in “exterminating” the novel coronavirus outside of a vaccine, and that could optimistically take longer than 18 months
After the H1N1 (swine flu) epidemic hit in April 2009, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) expedited approval of vaccines. Five months later, on September 15 2009, four different vaccines were approved. Why should approval take over a year this time but only 5 months in 2009? Apparently, NIH is planning to slow walk the COVID-19 vaccines through the usual approval process, which requires three sequential phases:
A top official with the World Health Organization appeared to feign connection issues when a reporter asked about Taiwan and implied it was not a part of China.
A reporter with Radio Television Hong Kong was interviewing senior WHO adviser Bruce Aylward, a Canadian doctor. Aylward seemed to redirect and divert questions about Taiwan during the interview that went viral on social media.
Last week, a lawyer reportedly serving as a special counsel to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer published a leaked letter that falsely indicated a shortage of ventilators and intensive-care beds at the Henry Ford Health System had forced staff to leave some Wuhan virus patients to die. While the hospital has since made clear that it has ventilators and beds at all of its Michigan locations, the incident suggests the governor’s office is either over its head in handling the pandemic, purposefully playing politics during the crisis, or both.