I'm pleased to report that at President @realDonaldTrump's request, all the insurance companies at the @WhiteHouse today agreed to waive all copays on coronavirus testing and extend coverage for coronavirus treatment in all of their benefit plans. pic.twitter.com/42cC1fUb6u
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) March 10, 2020
Updated March 10, 2020
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CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States. In addition to CDC, many public health laboratories are now testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.
COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*
Total cases: 647
Total deaths: 25
Jurisdictions reporting cases: 36 (includes District of Columbia)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.
According to the CDC, 528 of the cases which have been reported are still under investigation.
The states which have been hardest hit at New York with 142 reported cases, Washington State with 162, and California with 135.
My state of birth, Tennessee, has 5 cases reported, driving the Demcrats in my Hometown of Memphis to wrap themselves in garbage bags to go out in public and to spray their children down with Lysol and Clorox.
And, as Forrest Gump said, “That’s all I’ve got to say about that”.
The state in which I live, Mississippi, does not have any cases reported.
Conservative Talk Show Legend, Rush Limbaugh, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (I love writing that!) made the following astute observation on yesterday’s program…
You know, watching the coverage of this and the ongoing effort to create a panic — and let’s make no mistake here that that’s exactly what is happening here — I finally came up with what I think is a good analogy. The coronavirus is like a hurricane several days away from making landfall.Take your pick of any hurricane out there in recent memory — if you want to use Katrina, any hurricane — and then remember how the media covers it. “It’s going to devastate wherever it’s headed. It’s gonna just obliterate! It’s a Cat 5. It’s going to mean total destruction.” No one knows the strength when it hits, despite their predictions. No one knows where it’s gonna hit. No one knows when.
Our forecasts have gotten better, but it’s still a gigantic crapshoot, particularly the farther out at sea the hurricane is. But the media knows that it’s gonna deliver clicks, it’s gonna deliver hits, it’s gonna deliver massive headlines, it’s gonna create massive attention by the public. It will deliver eyeballs — and they know they can blame Trump, right up until the moment they can’t. They know.
They know and they salivate over the chance to blame Trump. You’ve got an oncoming hurricane here. The outer bands have begun to strike the Continental United States. The evidence is there! They’ve got the reporters out on the beaches out on the Outer Banks, for example, of North Carolina, and they’re showing us the waves are about six inches higher than usual.
“See, it’s coming! It’s coming! There may be a flood here, a flood there. The initial reports of damage are coming in, and it all means it’s gonna be a grand disaster.” The Drive-Bys are all collected out on the beach. Their cameras are pointed westward, eastward, wherever it takes to get this hurricane, any indication of it whatsoever. The same thing was true of the impeachment hearings. The same exact thing was true of the impeachment hearings.
All we had was hearsay evidence.
We had endless speculation.
The same thing was true with the Russia-Trump collusion story. There was never any evidence, there was never a shred of evidence, and yet look at what we were told was coming. The walls were closing in on Donald Trump! We had these endless anonymous sources from the intelligence community who were telling us that it was only a matter of time before the evidence would be forthcoming.
Hearsay evidence before the impeachment hearings, endless speculation.
It was the same thing with the Mueller report.
The coronavirus is one of those moments for the Drive-By Media, and just as a hurricane is an opportunity to blame people who don’t believe in climate change — man-made climate change. Just as a hurricane is exaggerated and built up and lied about before anybody knows its true strength and nature in order to advance a political agenda (i.e., climate change), coronavirus is being used to advance the agenda that Donald Trump:
A. Doesn’t care about you; he only cares about himself.
B. Donald Trump is incompetent.
C. Donald Trump’s not taking it seriously enough.
D. You might die; it’s all gonna be Donald Trump’s fault.
E. It’s an opening for the Democrats!
It’s an opportunity for the Democrats, just like impeachment was an opportunity for the Democrats, like the Mueller hearings an opportunity for the Democrats, and a gigantic hurricane is an opportunity for the Democrats and the climate change crowd. So the coronavirus is one of these moments.
This is the pattern. This is what Drive-By Media is. This is the utter definition. You’re looking at it here. The problem for them is, they have been wrong every time during the Trump administration. They have been wrong about every dire prediction they have made, and they have made these predictions with ontological certitude.
Per usual, Rush is absolutely correct.
The problem is that in their attempt to bring down the President, the MSM is scaring a lot of average Americans half to death.
Monday, my wife, having had enough of watching me go to work last week while seriously ill, after being up all night coughing and running fever, took advantage of both of us being off for a few days to chauffeur me to the doctor’s office.
One of my longtime doctor’s nurse practitioners, a very smart and nice young lady, asked me what was going on.
Being a severe asthmatic, I already knew: asthmatic bronchitis.
So, she listened to my chest and looked at the chart to see what my temperature and blood pressure were and smiled at me and said, “You’re right.” I then had a couple of x-rays to make sure that it was not pneumonia.
Needless to say, I got a Steroid Sinus Cocktail shot and was sent home with some more prednisone and an antibiotic to knock it out.
I told her about the column I write everyday and I asked her about what effect the coronavirus was having on their office in East Memphis.
She said that a great number of their elderly patients and some not so elderly were calling in wanting Coronavirus Vaccines which have not even been developed, yet.
She also agreed with me that the flu kills more Americans on a yearly basis than the coronavirus will and that the reports of the virus were being used as a political weapon.
As my wife and I were leaving the office, I was looking at the average Americans sitting in the waiting room.
I was wondering what kind of people would use a virus as a political weapon, affecting the lives of innocent Americans, without giving them a second thought.
And then, I remembered how Lenin, Stalin, and Mao acquired power through fear.
And, I just shook my head as I got into our car and we headed to the pharmacy.
Until He Comes,