CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 14th

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 1,934,754 (up from 1,862,254 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 120,438 (up from 114,980 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 456,776 (up from 431,666 yesterday)
  • US has 587,173 Confirmed cases and 23,644 deaths, up from 560,433 cases and 22,115 deaths yesterday
  • US now leads the World in both total Cases and Deaths from COVID-19, but is 15th in Deaths per 1 Million people, and 19th in Cases per 1 Million
  • 1st Death in Wyoming - Officially All 50 States Now Have at Least 1 Death Attributed to COVID-19
Is COVID-19 Body-Shaming Americans? https://www.zdnet.com/article/nyu-scientists-largest-u-s-study-of-covid-19-finds-obesity-the-single-biggest-factor-in-new-york-critical-cases/
  • Novel-Coronavirus is upsetting the politically-correct "Woke" crowd by targeting overweight people for more dangerous infections and higher fatality rates compared to leaner, healthier Americans.
  • Researchers studied thousands of New York cases and found that being overweight or obese was the greatest risk factor for COVID-19 critical infections requiring hospitalization, slightly higher than age and significantly higher than smoking, diabetes or cancer.
  • Turns out that being fat and "out of shape" isn't just a cosmetic or lifestyle choice after all, but appears to actually be unhealthy and puts people at higher risk of death from infections...or so says science.
  • So far, no comment from Dove Soap or the hundreds of other "woke" brands that have promoted the "It's OK to be overweight" PC-narrative for the past 10 or so years.
Mutations in SARS-Cov-2 May Derail Vaccine Development https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3079678/coronavirus-mutation-threatens-race-develop-vaccine
  • Every known virus has mutations, most of which do not impact how the virus functions.
  • Novel viruses like SARS-CoV-2 undergo 1 mutation for about every 2,700 victims...each unique host increases the risk that the virus will mutate (part of the reason it's important to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to new victims).
  • So far, there are over 2,000 known strains/mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19. At least 2 strains have been shown to have different levels of virulence in humans.
  • Every new mutation of the virus is just as likely to be harmless as it is to make it more dangerous - mutations are completely random. Viruses don't "try" to mutate to become more dangerous, they merely adapt to each unique biochemical environment.
  • A new strain discovered in India showed changes in the mechanism used to bind the virus to human cells which could render current vaccine research futile.
  • Researchers had been targeting vaccines at the same cell-binding process that allows SARS-1 to infect healthy cells, but the new mutation could upend their assumptions.
  • The new strain found in India appears to bind to cells differently, which could make current vaccine approaches moot.
  • Researchers did point out that the strain found in India has not yet been found in any other location, so it is not yet widely spread. The mutation also could be an affectation of how the virus was grown for research purposes.
  • Researchers in India have sent the new strain to the CDC and EU-CDC for further testing.
1 Tyrant in DC vs 1,000 Tyrants All Over the Country - Mayors & Governors Test Freedom vs Emergency Powers https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/13/the-coronavirus-is-exposing-little-tyrants-all-over-the-country/
  • Not following Trump's lead of honoring basic civil rights, COVID-19 has exposed thousands of mini-Tyrants all over America.
  • Some mayors and governors are using the pandemic to exercise arbitrary and unlimited power over their fellow citizens.
  • Governors appear to believe they can order citizens to do (or not do) just about anything under the guise of protecting public health and safety.
  • Local and state governments have issued decrees about what people can and cannot buy in stores, they have arrested parents playing with their children in public parks, yanked people off public buses at random, removed basketball rims from private property, ticket churchgoers, and in one case try—and fail—to chase down a lone runner on an empty beach.
  • Several states, cities or counties have banned the sale of firearms and ammunition - violating the 2nd Amendment, or the sale of alcohol, violating the 21st amendment.
  • In one example, following a confusing, similar order in Vermont, the Governor of Michigan has ordered businesses to stop sales of "non-essential" items, including gardening supplies and seeds. https://www.michiganradio.org/post/garden-centers-large-stores-must-close-under-governors-order, https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/04/10/whitmer-stay-home-michigan-lottery/5129316002/
  • Meanwhile, Lottery tickets can still be purchased at grocery and convenience stores all over the state. Michigan receives about 8% of its annual revenue from the sale of lottery tickets.
With 60s-Style Sit-Ins Banned, Americans Resort to Group "Drive-Bys" to Protest Government Edicts https://www.foxnews.com/politics/coronavirus-stay-at-home-orders-protests-economy
  • At least 15,000 cars and trucks are expected to descend on Michigan's state capital on Wednesday to protest what they're calling Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's tyrannical new guidelines to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state.
  • The so-called "drive-by" demonstration – in order to maintain social distancing - aims to bring traffic to gridlock in Lansing and protest the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order by Whitmer.
  • Her orders mandate what businesses could stay home, what some businesses could sell and order people in her state against any gatherings – no matter the size or family ties.
  • "Quarantine is when you restrict movement of sick people. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people," Meshawn Maddock, an organizer of the protest with the Michigan Conservative Coalition, told Fox News. "Every person has learned a harsh lesson about social distancing. We don't need a nanny state to tell people how to be careful."
  • Similar 'drive-by' or 'park-in' protests are planned in North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, and Michigan.
  • With gas prices nationwide near all-time lows due to lack of demand, this is one form of protest most Americans can afford.
Bucking the Trend, Governor Abbot, TX, Moves to Re-Open Economic Activity https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-gov-abbott-says-he-plans-to-announce-safe-and-healthy-strategies-to-reopen-state-economy
  • Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday foreshadowed a potential executive order later this week to begin the process of reopening the state's economy.
  • This as President Trump publicly advocates for the U.S. to get back to business as quickly as possible amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The comments from Abbott come after he said on Friday last week that he planned to sign an executive order "about reopening Texas businesses ... in a way that will be safe for that economic revitalization."
  • "At the same time we cannot ignore the impact economically that the coronavirus has caused," Abbott said in his Monday remarks. "Later this week I will outline both safe and healthy strategies where we can begin the process of going about reopening businesses in Texas and revitalizing the economy."
  • Insiders indicated to Fox News that the executive orders would likely include allowing workers who are younger and have no underlying health conditions to return to work.
COVID-19 Survivors May Not Have Long-Term Immunity https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/13/who-officials-say-its-unclear-whether-recovered-coronavirus-patients-are-immune-to-second-infection.html
  • Researchers from the WHO and CDC echoed earlier studies from China, Hong Kong, and the US that it's yet unknown if survivors of COVID-19 develop long-term antibodies that render them immune.
  • While many patients who survive episodes of COVID-19 do test positive for Coronavirus anti-bodies, not all patients do.
  • Additionally, many survivors show such low anti-body count that researchers doubt they'd have sufficient antibodies to fight off repeat infections.
  • Finally, researchers warn that many other known Coronaviruses, including the Common Cold and SARS-1, only infer temporary immunity after recovery, lasting months but then fading in efficacy, and SARS-CoV-2 is too new for scientists to know to any certainty if survivors are permanently immune to reinfection, temporarily immune, or have any lasting immunity at all.
Pandemic Will Peter-Out by Summer, Says New Model https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/13/health/us-coronavirus-updates-monday/index.html
  • An influential coronavirus model cited by the White House predicts the pandemic will "peter out" in May, but experts are wary about its assumption that there will be no resurgence of the virus in the summer months.
  • The model, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, was created by Dr. Christopher Murray, who told CNN Monday the country can essentially stop coronavirus transmission this summer.
  • "The one thing we absolutely know for sure is that social distancing measures work," Murray said. "It leads to a situation where every case is infecting less than one other case, and that means if you keep the course, you'll get transmission essentially down to zero."
  • Murray cited Italy and China as places where this was happening already. "There is no reason to expect that won't happen in the US," he said.
  • Critics of the model pointed out that in China, Hong-Kong, Korea and Japan, when social-distancing measures have been relaxed, new outbreaks have also emerged.
  • Murray's model has been cited by the While House COVID-19 Task Force and President Trump as recently as yesterday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci's arrogance is out of control and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is one of the only members of Congress calling him out to his face. Last week, Glenn Beck exposed the truth about what happened leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, who the top players in government and science were, and what their real response was in the first days of the pandemic during a live special, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie." Sen. Paul joined Glenn on the radio program to review some of the facts uncovered during the special and to explain his next steps moving forward in Congress.

Paul said it's "amazing" that so few on the opposite side of the political aisle seem to care about the dangers gain-of-function research poses to the world. COVID-19 has a 1% mortality rate yet it still managed to cause massive destruction around the world, he said. So, what if the next mistake results in a leaked virus with a 50% mortality rate? Because scientists are researching viruses as dangerous as that, Sen. Paul explained, and some — including Fauci — believe the risks are worth it.

"It is kind of amazing, particularly that no one from the opposite side of the aisle seems to care at all about the dangerousness of this virus and that it might have come from a lab, and in all likelihood did come from a lab," Paul said. "Not one Democrat is curious at all. You know, you would think that Democrats have at least some sensibilities about the danger of things. They tend to be the ones who want to regulate away the things that could be dangerous in the workplace. Yet they don't seem to care about something that could kill millions and likely did kill millions of people. This virus has a 1% mortality and killed 5 million people so far, around the world. Can you imagine if the next one that comes out of the lab has 15% or 50% mortality? And they are doing experiments, as we speak, with viruses that have 50% mortality, and Fauci seems to have no problem with this. He says we weigh the risks verses the benefits of the research, and he comes down on the side that the risks are worth it."

"All of humanity could be wiped out if they make [another] tragic error," Glenn responded. "This is not something that the elites should be the ones making the decision. We should all be involved in these decisions. There's no bigger decision to make than, 'should we be playing around with things that don't exist necessarily in nature that have jumped to humans?' Should we be playing around with these things, making [dangerous viruses], so in case it jumps to humans, we can kill it with a vaccine? This is insanity. Insanity. Especially with arrogance coupled to it."

Sen. Paul went on to point out the additional dangers of allowing any one person to have too much authority, particularly, as in the case of Dr. Fauci, a person with casual disregard for both science and individual liberty.

"Fauci not only has a casual disregard for science, but also for individual liberty. You combine the two — ignoring the science, and then having no regard at all for individual liberty — and you have a really dangerous situation. But it's also dangerous because we've centralized the authority," Paul explained.

"Look, I have opinions on where the virus came from. I have opinions on how to treat it. But they're my opinions, you don't have to take them. If you agree with me, you can listen to my opinions. With Dr. Fauci, it's not the same. He has opinions, but he wants you to be forced to do as he says. So it is the difference between coercion and freedom. And in freedom, there are many choices. But the real danger is, as we centralize authority, ultimately you get authoritarianism. And I think that he could easily be a medical dictator, if he were allowed to be."

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation, or watch Glenn's special, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," on YouTube or BlazeTV.com now.

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COVID-19 changed everything. The way we live our lives, how we operate our businesses, how we see each other. And now, the federal government is sinking its tendrils even deeper, threatening the fabric not only of our bodily autonomy, but of the republic.

Our American way of life may never be the same. To save it, we must understand the key fundamentals of the pandemic that transfigured our society into the nightmare it is today. What is the COVID-19 origin story? Who are its top players in government and science, pulling the strings? What was their REAL response in the first days of the pandemic? The answers to these questions are frightening.

Emails, documents, and federal contracts tell a dark story that is still dominating our lives. It's time to cast a light on the shocking truth. Because only with the truth can we emerge from the darkness of this "pandemic" and take back the liberty stolen from us.

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"We're living in a corrupt country," O'Reilly said. For the first time in American history, the corporate media has worked directly with a political party to win elections, he suggested. So, with that kind of power, what comes next?

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