It's all about SARS-CoV-2 this week

I’m hoping everyone is staying safe and only go out for what you need. Essentials only

During the various news conferences [itself not good as reporters are so close to each other] why are the people on the stage saying to keep a distance from others but aren’t doing so themselves?

Did Donald Trump [and Vice President Mike Pence] get tested? He claims he was tested Friday night [March 13th] but a few from the White House said he doesn’t need to be tested. Meanwhile everyone including Trump, staff and reporters had their temperature taken before entering a press briefing on Saturday [March 14th] and one was told not to enter the briefing. He has tested and was negative.

The new test gives results in 4 hours. If Trump supposedly took the test at night then he should have had the results in the middle of the night. Over 12 hours later, no results.

Google will not be publishing a national-scale website for coronavirus testing anytime soon, contrary to claims made by Trump during a press conference.

Instead, a health-focused subsidiary owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, intends to launch a small-scale website next week to begin to triage California-based patients. “What we’re building is a triage tool that will live on ProjectBaseline.com, and we plan to pilot it in California next week,” said Carolyn Wang, a spokesperson for the Alphabet subsidiary, Verily.

With the Trump Administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended the Senate Republicans coming up with a proposed $1 trillion economic stimulus plan to battle the coronavirus without any input from Democrats, saying bipartisan negotiations were skipped in favor of speed.

“Actually, it’s speeding it up. We just passed yesterday a bill, it was written in the Democratic House of Representatives,” McConnell said. What does one bill got to do with the other? One is $1 trillion and the other one I’m sure is way less.

“We are beginning to review Senator McConnell’s proposal and on first reading, it is not at all pro-worker and instead puts corporations way ahead of workers,” in a joint statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

He is an idiot. Trump tweeted “[New York Governor Andrew] Cuomo wants ‘all states to be treated the same.’ But all states aren’t the same. Some are being hit hard by the Chinese Virus, some are being hit practically not at all. New York is a very big ‘hotspot’, West Virginia has, thus far, zero cases….” Ummm “Chinese Virus”?

At one point in a press conference, West Virginia had no infection cases. This prompt Trump to say that they are doing something that states like New York aren’t doing. Well, New York has a few big cities and has many times the population as West Virginia. West Virginia has since had their first case.

“This has never been done before” Trump says in the same press conference regarding what some states are doing. Damn. I hope so! But he is saying it for different reasons.

“Fastest development in history” is what Trump said at another press conference in regards to testing a new vaccine. I’m not sure if I’d want it that fast with limited testing. I don’t want a second nose.

And at another press conference, Trump is such a classy guy. He claimed that at least one reporter’s network called him a racist early in the pre-epidemic period when Trump commented then about blocking Chinese people from entering the US. Later on he rambled about what he calls fake news.

And he repeated the same thing on another day. He went further by saying a network is dumping fake news even though the network has multiple sources. But when he says “many experts” in his comments, we know that is fake.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) closed at 19,732.40 on Trump’s Inauguration Day. Within the past 2 weeks [as of Wednesday] all the gains were wiped out plus about 600 points.

Trump says he has a 100% approval rating for handling the coronavirus epidemic [according to him – no actual poll of course] and [as usual] more than 50% in overall approval [would love to see which – if any – poll had this result other than Rasmussen]. When a reporter asked him about these polls, Trump replied that the pollsters were “respectable” and ignored the remainder of the reporter’s question.

Right-wing personalities — such as Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh — told their audiences that news coverage of the virus was hysterical and aimed at hurting Trump politically. The often-dismissive messaging from Fox News hosts was notable, given that the viewers who make up the network’s audience skew older and are, thus, more vulnerable to the disease.

Limbaugh, among others, floated a conspiracy theory that the virus was created in a Chinese lab — despite having no real evidence to support the allegation. According to Pew Research, 37% of Republicans or those who leaned toward the GOP responded that they believed the virus was created in a lab, compared to 21% of Democrats or those who leaned Democratic.

Gallup’s poll, conducted between March 3 and 13, found that only 42% of Republicans were “very worried” or “somewhat worried” about the virus. In comparison, 73% of Democrats expressed that level of concern. Pew Research found that 79% of people who said they turned to Fox News for their news believed the media had exaggerated the risks of the virus.

In case you were wondering, Trump doesn’t have the ability to change federal law created by Congress. Not by executive order. Not in any way. Only Congress can change federal law. And if you think Congress, where Democrats control the House, is going to cancel (or even change) the date of the election, well, that is not going to happen. That includes during a national emergency or even in the extreme situation in which Trump proclaims martial law.

So if conspiracy theories start coming out of the woodwork – primarily by the right wing [media] who feel that Trump may lose – sometime this summer or early fall, they can forget it. As from a 150+ year old Supreme Court case, martial law does not supersede or suspends the constitution.