Andrew Cuomo: Use of Hydroxychloroquine ‘Anecdotally’ Positive in New York Hospitals

The use of hydroxychloroquine has been “anecdotally” positive for patients with the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a press briefing Monday.

At the briefing, the governor noted that the antimalarial drug had reportedly helped many people infected with the disease, but official scientific data was yet to come:

Cuomo stated:

There are a lot of people who are relying on this, who were relying on it. People with lupus, etc. The tests in the hospital, they won’t say that they are… they’re too short a period of time to get a scientific report. You know, hospital administrators, doctors, want to give… have a significant data set before they give a formal opinion. Anecdotally, you’ll get suggestions that it has been effective, but we don’t have any official data yet from a hospital, or a quote unquote study, which will take weeks if not months before you get an official study.

There has been anecdotal evidence that it is promising, that’s why we’re going ahead. Doctors have to prescribe, but there are some people who have pre-existing conditions where it doesn’t work, or they’re taking medication that’s not consistent with this treatment. But anecdotally its been positive.

“We’ll have a full test once they have a large enough sample and data set,” he stated.

The federal government had promised to increase the supply of the drug, which would allow New York to lift its 14-day limit on how much people could buy, according to the governor.

“We’ve allowed usage of the hydroxychloroquine with the Zithromax packs in hospitals at their discretion. The federal government is going to increase the supply to New York pharmacies,” he explained.

Monday, a Democrat state representative from Detroit, Michigan, credited the antimalarial drug and President Trump for saving her life during her recent battle with the coronavirus.

Rep. Karen Whitsett began taking hydroxychloroquine after her doctor prescribed it to her on March 31. She said relief came “less than two hours” after starting the treatment.

Whitsett noted that she was familiar with the drug because of her previous battle with Lyme disease and added that she would never have thought to ask for the drug if the president had not touted its benefits.

“It has a lot to do with the president … bringing it up. He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority,” she commented.

Sunday during a White House press briefing, President Trump defended his continued push for doctors to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to coronavirus patients despite criticism from the media.

“I’m trying to save lives,” he said, adding, “If it doesn’t work, it’s nothing lost by doing it. Nothing.”

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FNC’s Carlson on U.S. Coronavirus Response: ‘There Has to Be a More Balanced Course Than the One We’re on Now’

Monday for his Fox News Channel’s show monologue, Tucker Carlson questioned the efficacy of the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has come at such a high cost for the American economy.

Carlson pointed to several measures, including some extreme, that are being floated by policymakers.

According to Carlson, it is unclear whether or not those will work in combatting the spread of COVID-19.

CARLSON: So if you’ve been sick, you know that Intensive Care is not something that doctors recommend lightly. Boris Johnson is clearly in danger tonight. And that’s a bad sign. Johnson is in his mid-50s and hail enough to lead a country.

If this can happen to him, a lot of us should be worried and we are worried — worried enough to endure things that just a month ago would have seemed preposterous.

Last week, Dr. Michael Ryan, he is a leader at the World Health Organization announced that in response to the spread of this virus, authorities may have to enter people’s homes and remove family members, presumably by force.

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DR. MICHAEL RYAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, W.H.O. HEALTH EMERGENCIES PROGRAMME: In most parts of the world, due to lockdown, most of the transmission that’s actually happening in many countries now is happening in the household at family level.

In some senses, transmission has been taken off the streets and pushed back into family units.

Now, we need to go and look in families to find those people who may be sick and remove them and isolate them in a safe and dignified manner.

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CARLSON: Just so you know, we’re coming to your house, seizing your children and “isolating” them in a safe and dignified manner, whatever that means.

Now, that’s not something under normal circumstances, officials casually drop during briefings, it is the kind of statement that might trigger violence. People don’t respond well when you threaten to take their kids.

But Ryan said it like it was no big deal, and that’s how the media treated it. His threat didn’t make headlines in any of the major newspapers in this country. That’s the kind of moment we’re in.

So how long will this moment last? Well, on Friday, Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, predicted that the first in a series of lockdowns will go on until June.

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ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: One of the things that just concerns me, it is not one of those immediate concerns, but, you know, this draws out through the summer and then then the cold weather comes around, and then there’s another wave of it. How do you as a leader, how do you think about this?

MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI (D), LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Early on, when people said, is this just going to be a few days or a couple of weeks? I said, no, I think it’s at least two months. And I said, if we’re successful in this, we can expect a second spike in the late fall or early winter. That’s how viruses work.

We better steal ourselves for a second and maybe even third round of this. But we also need to be nimble enough to know we’re not going to flip a switch one day in turn the economy back on.

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CARLSON: A quote, “second and maybe even third round” of lockdowns, that’s a long time.

Former Obama official, Jason Furman, who is now an economist at Harvard predicts the disruption may be even more severe than that, “We should certainly be prepared for a meaningful level of deliberate suspension of economic activity for the rest of the year.”

Well, it would be nice to know that there’s a good reason for all of this, and of course, everyone wants there to be a good reason, sincerely.

Yet the arguments for a prolonged national lockdown are starting to sound strained. In a much discussed article on “Medium” recently, two academics from Pittsburgh argued that lifting the lockdown at all even many months from now, would be negligent, “As long as a large majority of the population remains uninfected, lifting containment measures will lead to an epidemic almost as large as what happened without having mitigations in place at all.”

Well, that sounds plausible when you read it. In fact, it sounds like science, but is it science? A large majority of the population remains uninfected they say, but is that true? We don’t know if it is true.

As of today, nobody can say what percentage of the American population is infected or has been infected. There haven’t been large scale randomized tests conducted here.

We don’t even know when the disease first arrived in the United States. There’s informed speculation that this strain of coronavirus has been here since late November or December.

Authorities traced the first confirmed case to January 15th in Washington State, an unnamed 35-year-old Chinese immigrant who landed in the United States after visiting his family in Wuhan and wound up in a hospital outside Seattle. Apparently, he recovered.

Now, depending on how you count, the virus has been circulating among us for up to four months now. For most of that time, there was no systematic attempt to quarantine the population.

How many Americans were infected over that period? Again, we don’t even have a ballpark number for that. But the number could be enormous because the virus turns out to be much easier to transmit than we thought it was.

On Friday, you may have noticed, the C.D.C. issued new guidance on mask use. The government now recommends wearing “cloth face coverings” in public. Why did they make that change? Because researchers are learning more about how this virus moves from person to person.

Scientists now believe the coronavirus can be transmitted by someone who shows no symptoms merely by speaking. Remember when they told you that hand washing was the key to staying safe? That recommendation was based on the belief that virus lived mostly on surfaces. And that’s not the case.

We’re still not exactly sure how the virus is spread, but among some populations, and this is interesting to know, it appears to be astonishingly widespread.

An article in the Italian media last Thursday, for example, described a blood drive in a village in Lombardy. That’s the northern part, the most infected part of the country.

Of the 60 people who showed up to give blood, 40 tested positive for coronavirus. None had shown symptoms of it. None knew they had it.

Keep in mind that Lombardy has been strictly locked down by government orders since March 9th. That’s almost a month ago. Yet about seven percent of this group got it anyway.

A report from Hong Kong in February suggested that a woman diagnosed with the coronavirus may have infected others 10 floors away in the same apartment building, even though she never came into contact with any of them.

Health officials concluded the virus likely traveled through plumbing pipes to different apartments. And it wasn’t a wild guess, in 2003, an outbreak of SARS spread the same way.

So it’s starting to look like the coronavirus is more transmissible than we expected or we’re told. The good news is it also seems far less lethal overall, people are still dying in large numbers. Not all of them are sick or old and that’s terrifying to watch.

But as the data trickle in, there’s evidence that many infected people are not sick. Iceland has tested a larger percentage of its population than any country in the world. They’ve tested about five percent of all citizens. The United States by comparison is tested 0.3 percent.

So far, about half those who’ve tested positive in Iceland have been completely asymptomatic. So given all of this what is a wise response to this pandemic?

Historically, health officials have used quarantines to contain infectious diseases. Until now, a quarantine consisted of separating the sick from the general population, and then doing everything possible to protect the especially vulnerable. In this case, that would include the elderly and immunosuppressed among other groups.

We have a pretty good idea that targeted quarantines work. They’ve been used for centuries around the world. But that’s not what we did. Instead, the United States and many other countries instituted mass quarantines in which governments shut down entire nations for long periods. That’s never happened before.

Now, mass quarantine makes sense if you’re fairly certain it will prevent mass infection. But are we certain of that? Well, despite what you might hear on television, we are not certain of that, still. In fact, there’s some indications it hasn’t been as effective as we’d hoped it would be.

Italy imposed one of the toughest lockdowns in Europe, almost a month later, as we just told you, an overwhelming majority of at least one town has been infected with the virus anyway.

Now, it’s possible to imagine that a mass quarantine might stop transmission of a virus, it might work if it actually separated people. If citizens were forced to stay in their homes and not have any interaction with other people. But we’re not doing that in the United States. We never will do that here.

Too many Americans live alone for one thing. People would starve to death. Instead, the directive we’re living under is this, stay home, except to buy food. The one place you can go is the supermarket, where by the way everyone else in your neighborhood has been this week.

From an epidemiological standpoint, this is lunacy. If you wanted to infect an entire population, you’d encourage everyone in a specific zip code to meet regularly in one enclosed location. It doesn’t make sense.

Authorities must know it doesn’t make sense. That’s obvious. But instead of changing course, or fine tuning, they’re doubling down hoping that vehemence will compensate for bad science.

Here’s the Mayor of Los Angeles just last week.

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GARCETTI: If you’ve observed recurring violations of the safer at home order, please continue to let us know at coronavirus.lacity.org/businessviolation.

You know the old expression about snitches, well, in this case, snitches get rewards. We want to thank you for turning folks in and making sure we are all safe.

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CARLSON: So you just saw the mayor of our second biggest city offering to pay citizens to snitch on their neighbors, for, among other things, daring to go to work.

Working is one activity we’ve decided should not be allowed. Jogging, fishing, golf, fine. Being employed — a massive threat to public health.

We’ve decided that offices are somehow more dangerous than supermarkets — far more dangerous, so no one has today bothered to explain how. The result of this, by some estimates, more than 17 million Americans are unemployed right now. That’s the highest number in the history of this country.

A year from now — and we should think about this, how will all of us feel about the decisions we’ve made in the face of this pandemic? Is there a single person who sincerely expects the coronavirus itself will hurt more people in the end than the damage we’re causing in our response to it? Probably not.

Mass unemployment is almost certain to cause far more harm, including physical harm to the average family than this disease.

In 1967, two psychiatric researchers decided to rank traumatic life events in order of how profoundly they affected people’s health. Stress can kill you, we know that and they wanted to determine which kinds of stress were the most dangerous.

The doctors found that losing a job ranked high on the list of health degrading traumas. Joblessness came in well above death of a close friend to put it in some perspective.

If you ever found yourself unemployed with dependents to take care of, you understand this. Unfortunately, many of our policymakers don’t understand. They’ve never been in that position. They never will be.

Our professional class doesn’t have much interest in middle class job loss or its consequences, we know that because they’ve essentially ignored it for decades, not to mention the family disintegration and the drug epidemic it has spawned.

So far, about 10,000 Americans have died from the Wuhan coronavirus. That number will rise and it will likely include people you know, that’s a tragedy. But it’s not the only tragedy in progress in this country.

In 2018, more than 67,000 Americans died of drug overdoses. The year before, more than 70,000 died. That’s more than the entire population of the towns most of us grew up in. And those totals are far lower than the real number according to people who study the question.

The drug epidemic has permanently changed the demographics of this country, but for some reason, CNN has not kept a running tally of drug casualties on the screen. Why is that? Well, you know why? It’s not their peer group. It doesn’t seem real. They’re not that interested. And the same thing is going on now.

If the coronavirus shutdown was crushing college administrators or nonprofit executives or green energy lobbyists, it would have ended last week. Instead, it’s mainly service workers and small business owners who have been hurt and they’re not on television talking about what they’re going through. You need to look closely to see their suffering.

Over the weekend the head of Indiana’s family and Social Services Administration announced the calls to the state’s mental health and suicide prevention hotline had gone from about 1,000 to 25,000 a day.

Calls to Indiana’s addiction hotlines have risen dramatically as well. Reports of domestic violence have spiked in this country and in fact, around the world. In France, they rose 32 percent in a single week.

Someday, we will get the numbers on the child abuse going on during this lockdown, and we’ll all feel sick to our stomachs.

Once again coronavirus is not the only bad thing that’s happening in America right now, horrifying as it is. We should never minimize the danger of this pandemic or minimize our obligation to respond to it wisely. We’ve been saying that on the show for months.

No thoughtful person wants to reopen baseball stadiums tomorrow or book a cruise to Shanghai. But there has to be a more balanced course than the one we’re on now.

For most people, going to work cannot be more dangerous than buying produce at Safeway twice a week. And if it is more dangerous, tell it — tell us how it is more dangerous and be specific when you describe that. Otherwise, it’s time to start caring about the entire population. Healthy people are suffering badly, too.

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Denver Doctor: Hydroxychloroquine and Antibiotic Successfully Treated Coronavirus Patients

A family practitioner in Denver, Colorado, said he has used hydroxychloroquine combined with an antibiotic to treat several patients for coronavirus and that they “all did well.”

Dr. Constantine Tsamasfyros, who has been in practice for almost 50 years, told a local CBS affiliate that he “prescribed a combination of hydroxychloroquine (also known as Plaquenil) and an antibiotic called azithromycin to about a dozen patients over the last few weeks.”

“They all did well,” Tsamasfyros said in an interview. “They seemed to reverse their symptoms in a day or two.”

The doctor said he “absolutely” believes the medicine worked.

“If they’re drowning, you either pull them out of the water or at least throw them a rope to come out,” Tsamasfyros said, according to CBS4:

The medication has been used for years to treat malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. But in March, a French researcher in Marseilles, Dr. Didier Raoult, claimed he had successfully treated COVID-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine.

Other researchers and doctors have expressed skepticism over the methodology of the French study noting a lack of controls and checks and balances. The drug can also have significant side effects and can cause fatal heart problems.

Tsamasfyros said he began prescribing it to patients with coronavirus symptoms three to four weeks ago, since there was nothing else available.

“On an outpatient basis there is really nothing to offer our patients,” Tsamasfyros said. ”Until we have something documented or better this is a fallback and we should not be depriving our patients.”

“You certainly don’t want to deprive a patient that might be drowning in an inflamed lung situation of any kind of help or assistance,” Tsamasfyros said, adding that despite the debate about the drugs he said “common sense” and science informed his decision.

Tsamasfyros told CBS4 that he told patients about the possible side effects.

The doctor said because he is on the front line treating coronavirus patients, if he is infected he will use the drugs himself.

When asked if he would continue to treat coronavirus patients with the drugs, Tsamasfyros said “absolutely.”

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Mnuchin: We Don’t Need Bill in Order to Move Supply Chains Back to U.S.

On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stated that he doesn’t think Congress needs to pass a bill in order to move supply chains from China to the U.S.

Mnuchin stated, “I don’t think we need that in a bill. I think that Americans understand that we want to make sure that critical supplies, we can make in the USA, for the USA. So, that’s something that’s been in the president’s agenda from the campaign. That’s something we’ll continue to execute upon. And I don’t think we need legislation to do that. I think companies understand that and we understand that.”

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Donald Trump: World Health Organization ‘Really Blew It’ on Coronavirus

President Donald Trump blamed the World Health Organization on Tuesday for failing to properly prepare for the spread of the Chinese coronavirus.

“The W.H.O. really blew it,” Trump wrote. “For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China-centric.”

Trump joins a growing chorus of Republicans criticizing the globalist body for being too favorable to China during the coronavirus outbreak, and even echoing state propaganda.

Sen. Rick Scott, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee announced Monday on Fox News he would investigate the World Health Organization for doing “work for communist China.”

“We will be giving that a good look,” Trump said.

Trump said he was glad he enacted a travel ban, despite the WHO telling his administration that it was not necessary.

“Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on,” Trump wrote. “Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?”

Trump’s decision to condemn the World Health Organization differs from Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has admitted problems with the WHO in the past but has backed director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as an “outstanding person.”

“Obviously over the years, anyone who says that the WHO has not had problems has not been watching the WHO,” Fauci said in March. “But I think that under his leadership, they’ve done very well. He has been all over this.”

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lendell Torches Critics With South Park Meme

Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, mocked leftist critics with a South Park meme on Monday after they erupted last week when Lindell praised God during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing and encouraged Americans to read their Bibles.

Lindell, who had already responded to the left-wing outrage after he made the remarks on March 30, continued to mock critics with a meme posted to his Twitter account last night.

The meme features a screenshot from South Park episode “Molestation Demonstration” — which is the first episode of season 10 — of a detective using a doll to ask a classroom full of students if a school employee had inappropriately touched them.

The meme that Lindell tweeted out stated: “Show me on this doll where the MyPillow CEO hurt you by mentioning God and the Bible.”

Left-wing critics exploded last week after Lindell said the following during the press conference:

God gave us grace on November 8th, 2016, to change the course we were on.  God had been taken out of our schools and lives.  A nation had turned its back on God.  And I encourage you: Use this time at home to get — home to get back in the Word, read our Bibles, and spend time with our families.

Our President gave us so much hope where, just a few short months ago, we had the best economy, the lowest unemployment, and wages going up.  It was amazing.  With our great President, Vice President, and this administration and all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that’s stronger and safer than ever.

The Daily Wire highlighted some of the remarks that left-wing critics made in response to Lindell’s remarks:

  • Vox’s Aaron Rupar tweeted, “The My Pillow guy Mike Lindell says this: ‘God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on. God had been taken out of our schools & lives, a nation had turned its back on God. I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word. Read our Bible.’”
  • CNN executive editor Ram Ramgopal: “In case you were wondering what My Pillow is doing in a time of coronavirus.”
  • Ali Velshi of MSNBC: “Trump just called the ‘My Pillow’ guy up to the podium in the Rose Garden. You cannot make this stuff up.”
  • Newsweek columnist Seth Abramson: “Dear Trumpists, *this* is why media doesn’t want to cover your God-Emperor’s coronavirus rallies: because the g*ddamned My Pillow CEO was holding forth from the lectern on a day that 500+ Americans died and 20,000+ got sick from the virus the briefing was *intended* to focus on.”
  • Scott Dworkin, Deputy Director for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and the 2012 Democratic National Convention: “Now Trump is having the My Pillow guy speak. This is absurd. #StopAiring Trump.”
  • MSNBC’s Joy Reid: “Not a prank. Ok perfect. Everything is fine.”
  • Sam Stein of the Daily Beast and MSNBC: “I’m a proponent of TV carrying Trump’s presser. But allowing corporations to use them as advertising platforms seems like the exact opposite of news.”

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Wisconsin Defies Coronavirus To Uphold American Democracy — And Liberals Are Furious

Nancy Pelosi was pouting.

The liberal lieutenant governor of Wisconsin was cursing.

And Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in a snit with her conservative colleagues on the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, masked voters were going to the polls in the Badger State, standing in long, socially distant lines to exercise their right to vote after their own governor tried to call off Tuesday’s primary, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Even in the middle of a pandemic, democracy pushes on.

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Tuesday’s election in Wisconsin includes not only the Democratic presidential primary, according to the Journal-Sentinel, but also statewide issues like a state Supreme Court election and a referendum on expanding rights of sex crime victims.

Voters will also be deciding on local races.

It’s an election that almost didn’t come off as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who had previously supported staging the election, as the Journal Sentinel reported in March, tried to cancel the voting on Monday – an 11th hour decision that failed in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court.

It was a major turnaround for Evers, who had previously publicly acknowledged that he had no authority to try to post postpone an election.

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“My ability to move that date is non-existent,” Evers said on March 20, according to Wisconsin Radio.

He also said it might be pointless because the pandemic situation is so unpredictable.

“Moving this date is not going to solve the problem,” he said then. “We could move it to June. It [the coronavirus] could be worse in June. It could be worse in May.”

Almost no one can argue with that unfortunate fact, and as recently as Friday, according to the Journal-Sentinel, Evers reiterated his position, saying, “my hands are tied.”

But somehow, 72 hours later, Evers had decided his own logic didn’t work and, on Monday, tried to cancel the election.

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Veteran Milwaukee radio host Dan O’Donnell called Evers out on the decision.

Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature – veterans of fighting Democratic tactics going back to the Democrat attacks on former Republican Gov. Scott Walker and long before — cried foul and took the case to court.

They won in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, 4-2, with one justice abstaining because he’s on Tuesday’s ballot, the Journal Sentinel reported.

A last ditch effort by Democrats to meddle with the election was shot down Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 5-4 that a federal district court had overplayed its hand by extending the deadline for mailed-in ballots to be received by April 13.

“The Court would prefer not to do so, but when a lower court intervenes and alters the election rules so close to the election date, our precedents indicate that this Court, as appropriate, should correct that error,” the ruling stated.

Wisconsin Democrats were furious. The state’s lieutenant governor, a disgrace of a Democrat named Mandel Barnes, actually took to Twitter to call his own state’s election a “s**t show.”

Naturally, liberals – from the House speaker’s office on Capitol Hill to Ginsburg’s office at the Supreme Court — are miserable.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Pelosi called the high court’s ruling “undermining our democracy.”

Ginsburg, author of the dissenting opinion to the high court ruling, was only slightly less caustic.

“While I do not doubt the good faith of my colleagues, the Court’s order, I fear, will result in massive disenfranchisement,” Ginsburg wrote.

First of all, libs always claim there will be “massive disenfranchisement” if election rules are followed – or new ones implemented to ensure the integrity of elections, like voter ID.

Second of all, the situation in Wisconsin is a perfect example of the results of the kind of poisonous politics Democrats have been playing for years – a microcosm of the situation on the national level.

After Walker won the governorship in 2010, he had to fight off a virtual insurrection in the state capitol in 2011 (glorified by the likes of The New York Times), then a recall election in 2012 that gained national news coverage because it pitted a new kind of conservative against old-line, statist liberals.

In a way, it was a harbinger of the Trump impeachment of late last year and early this year – and had the same root cause: Democratic unwillingness to accept democracy.

Beginning with Donald Trump’s upset of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats on a national level have adopted the #Resistance politics that were rolled out in Wisconsin – with the result that the national political scene is as polarized as the Madison capitol was when labor workers and public school teachers were paralyzing life in the Wisconsin capitol to protest Walker’s victory at the ballot box.

That kind of atmosphere could be deadly for a nation now grappling with the kind of pandemic it hasn’t seen in the modern world.

Yet a Democratic governor in Wisconsin on Tuesday tried to used that pandemic to stop an election when he’d already acknowledged he no authority to do so.

Democrats on the national stage, in the form of Nancy Pelosi & Co., have already shown they cannot be trusted not to use the excuse of a pandemic to try to warp the government established by the founders into some hellish version of socialism on American shores.

Basically, the United States is made up of two major political parties — and one of them is not a reliable partner in a hazardous time. In fact, — and without a great deal of exaggeration — it’s a back-stabbing, duplicitous partner that would like nothing better than the complete overthrow almost over everything decent people hold dear.

And there’s nothing to be done about it but defeat it — soundly at the ballot box.

To do that, there needs to be an election.

Tuesday’s victory for democracy in Wisconsin could be dangerous for the heroic voters who take – and magnificently heroic poll workers who make it possible.

But it’s the democracy we have. And as Benjamin Franklin said after the Constitutional Convention in 1787’s Philadelphia, the United States has “a Republic. If you can keep it.”

On Tuesday, Wisconsin defied the coronavirus and its own Democrats to show the country how that’s done.

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While Media Fearmongering Over Antimalarial Drug, Doctors Use It To Treat Thousands of New Yorkers

Here’s a project to take your mind off the existential dread many of us are feeling right now: Go to your favorite mainstream media outfit and type in the search term “hydroxychloroquine.”

For those of you tuning out all things coronavirus, this is an anti-malarial drug that President Donald Trump is under fire for promoting during his daily news briefings on the crisis. The establishment media are not a fan of these news briefings or hydroxychloroquine, as that search will quickly prove.

Sample headlines: “Hydroxychloroquine: The unproven ‘corona drug’ Trump is threatening India for” (BBC), “‘What do you have to lose?’: Inside Trump’s embrace of a risky drug against coronavirus” (The Washington Post), “Ignoring Expert Opinion, Trump Again Promotes Use of Hydroxychloroquine” (The New York Times), “Touting untested medicinal treatment, Trump adds, ‘What do I know?’” (MSNBC).

Well, what do doctors know? Probably a bit more than Trump in this department, I think we’d all concede — and in New York state, which has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, they’re using it to treat thousands of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

According to Fox News, an official with the state Department of Health confirmed it has shipped enough hydroxychloroquine “to treat 4,000 patients to date” to 56 hospitals in the state.

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The University of Albany’s School of Public Health is looking at how patients respond, and it could have results in just a matter of weeks.

“Time is of the essence,’’ Albany Public Health Dean David Holtgrave said.

Meanwhile, the NYU Langone Medical School is studying whether hydroxychloroquine can be used to prevent infection, courtesy of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Currently, there is no proven way to prevent COVID-19 after being exposed,” Anna Bershteyn, assistant professor with the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone and co-principal investigator for the study, told Fox News.

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“If hydroxychloroquine provides protection, then it could be an essential tool for fighting this pandemic. If it doesn’t, then people should avoid unnecessary risks from taking the drug.”

In that study, 2,000 adult volunteers who don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 but were in close contact with others who have been diagnosed with the disease (or have a pending diagnosis) are being recruited. The participants will receive either a vitamin C placebo or hydroxychloroquine.

In a news release, NYU Langone said it would provide answers as to whether this strategy was effective by summer.

“If so, the strategy could give health officials a much-needed boost in slowing person-to-person transmission,” the school said.

While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has shown considerable tepidity toward the drug, he approved a study last month where what Fox News described as “last-ditch” COVID-19 cases would receive hydroxychloroquine in combination with antibiotic azithromycin.

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Some studies have shown hydroxychloroquine has benefits, some haven’t. All of these studies are small and haven’t had a control group, both of which are problematic.

As for how the drugs might work, the theory is that the virus enters host cells through an acidic compartment. Hydroxychloroquine alters the acidity of this compartment. This potentially makes it more difficult for the virus to enter host cells, where it replicates.

The key word is “theory.” There has been no time to conduct large-scale tests on the drug for coronavirus.

While generally safe, the drug has several side effects that could be risky, including an irregular heartbeat and vision problems. Other side effects could include vomiting, tinnitus and hair loss.

Hydroxychloroquine is still considered the best, most practical potential pharmaceutical treatment we have for COVID-19 at the moment, however, with a poll of over 6,000 doctors across the world rating the anti-malarial drug as the most effective treatment against the infection, according to The Washington Times.

Doctors warn hydroxychloroquine isn’t a magic bullet against the disease, but it seems to be the best thing we have right now. Which raises the question, why are the media and the left up in arms over this?

If the drug doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. If it has some meliorative benefit, even if a small one, hydroxychloroquine could make a major difference in the fight against coronavirus, either as a treatment or a prophylactic.

Doctors in New York state certainly think highly enough of it to give it a shot.

Yes, Trump might have played up the drug during his news conferences, but he made it clear that it might work or not work. “What do you have to lose?” is his constant refrain, even if he’s referred to the treatment as “a very special thing.” He’s also said that individuals who have coronavirus should have the right to try the drug after consultation with their doctor.

For this, apparently, we’re going to put the president in the pillory again and throw rotten fruit at him.

Again, these attacks on the drug’s efficacy have little to do with its pharmaceutical potential and everything to do with the guy promoting it.

To be fair, the media attack Trump plenty, but it’s curious to see one article in which the drug is portrayed as dangerous and potentially deadly only to see another that laments that the numerous people who use it for conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are facing shortages because of the coronavirus.

Nobody at the editorial desk seemed to realize the stories about the numerous people who had been taking the drug safely for years undermined the idea that this was some medical crapshoot that could end up costing lives. (The Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, it must be noted, describes hydroxychloroquine as a “relatively safe and well-tolerated agent for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.)

Hydroxychloroquine isn’t going to be a miracle drug, but there’s science behind it. As for it being unproven, every drug used against coronavirus right now is unproven. Let the studies run their course and then we can make a decision.

Until that time, we shouldn’t savage a treatment option merely because of its most enthusiastic promoter.

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House Republican Demands Congress Defund WHO Until Chief Tedros Resigns

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) on Tuesday introduced a resolution demanding Congress withhold funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) until its Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured), resigns from his post.

The measure, which is co-sponsored by over 20 Republicans, also calls for a wide-ranging investigation into WHO’s alleged role in assisting the Chinese Communist Party cover up its handling of the deadly coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan, China.

“The WHO helped the Chinese Communist Party hide the threat of COVID-19 from the world and now more than 10,000 Americans are dead, a number that is expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks,” Reschenthaler said in a statement. “The United States is the largest contributor to WHO. It is not right that Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars are being used to propagate China’s lies and hide information that could have saved lives. This bill will hold the WHO accountable for their negligence and deceit.”

According to a Fox News audit, the United States gives hundreds of millions of dollars to the WHO annually:

The United States is the single largest contributor to the WHO. The most recent invoice from the WHO to the United States, which is one of many countries that fund the organization, was for nearly $116 million per year. The United States also voluntarily gives between approximately $100 million and $400 million more per year to the WHO for specific projects — contributions that totaled over $400 million in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available.

The introduction of the measure comes after President Trump lambasted the WHO, calling the United Nations-backed organization “very China centric” for its advice not to enact a travel ban to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The W.H.O. really blew it,” the president wrote on Twitter. “For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look. Fortunately I rejected their advice on keeping our borders open to China early on. Why did they give us such a faulty recommendation?”

In January, the WHO claimed “preliminary investigations” by the Chinese authorities found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus in Wuhan. It also urged countries to keep borders open despite designating the outbreak a global emergency.

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Colorado Man Handcuffed in Front of His 6-Year-Old Daughter at Park For ‘Violating Social Distancing Order’ (VIDEO)

The criminals are being released from prison and being replaced with peaceful, law-abiding citizens who dare go outside.

A 33-year-old Colorado man was handcuffed in front of his wife and 6-year-old daughter for allegedly violating a social distancing order.

33-year-old Matt Mooney said his young daughter was terrified the police were going to arrest him after the cops swarmed his family.

The father reassured his daughter they were doing nothing wrong by playing tee-ball in the park, however the police cuffed him in front of the little girl.

KDVR reports:

Matt Mooney feels Brighton police owe him a huge apology. The 33-year-old says he was handcuffed at Donelson Park in front of his 6-year-old daughter Sunday afternoon after police told him he violated the state’s social distancing guidelines.

Mooney told the FOX31 Problem Solvers he refused to provide his identification to three police officers because he was confident he wasn’t doing anything unlawful by playing tee-ball with his wife and daughter at the park.

“She’s like, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested.’ At this point I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way they’re going to arrest me, this is insane.’ I’m telling her, ‘Don’t worry, Daddy’s not going to get arrested. I’ve done nothing wrong. Don’t worry about it,’ and then they arrest me.”

The incident was recorded by former Brighton City Councilman Kirby Wallin.

“He’s being taken by the Brighton police for playing softball with his daughter in an empty park,” Wallin said.

In an interview with the Problem Solvers, Wallin said, “I find it hard to believe with all the things going on in our communities, the only way to resolve a situation like this was to handcuff a father in front of his daughter.”

The sign at the park said: “in groups of no more than 4 persons, parks remain open for walking, hiking, biking, running and similar activities.”

Mooney said he was at the park with his wife and 1 daughter (less than 4 people) and that it was the police who were violating the social distancing order.

“During the contact, none of the officers had masks on, none of them had gloves on, and they’re in my face handcuffing me, they’re touching me,” he said.

The father was released by the cops after spending about 10 minutes in the back of a patrol car.

“If we’re going to go ahead and start arresting people for no reason in front of their 6-year-old daughter, you’re just going to cause more problems later on,” he said.

The Brighton police department said in a Facebook post on Sunday it is conducting an investigation into the incident.

“The Brighton Police Department is conducting an investigation into a situation that occurred late this afternoon at Donelson Park. This is an active investigation and so we are unable to provide additional information until the investigation is complete.”

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