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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 15th

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: 2,014,006 (up from 1,934,754 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 127,594 (up from 120,438 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 491,824 (up from 456,776 yesterday)
  • US has 614,246 Confirmed Cases and 26,064 deaths, up from 587,173 cases and 23,644 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
  • Officially All 50 States Now Have at Least 1 Death Attributed to COVID-19
  • Note: Traffic-related fatalities in the US were down by 23% in March compared to same month 2019 (CDC)
WHO Didn't Heed December Warnings From Taiwan - Because Taiwan Doesn't Exist https://www.foxnews.com/world/taiwan-releases-december-email-showing-unheeded-warning-to-who-about-coronavirus
  • In December 2019, epidemiologists in Taiwan issued urgent memos to the WHO about numerous cases of atypical pneumonia in Wuhan, China.
  • The memos suggest human to human transmission and urged WHO action to prevent further testing to find the pathogen.
  • WHO ignored warnings from Taiwan and continued to reiterate China's false talking points — that "there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission" of the novel pathogen even as late as Jan 14.
  • Just two days earlier, by January 12th, more than 700 people were hospitalized and as many as 102 had died in Wuhan.
  • In addition, WHO failed to mandate that Chinese officials share the viral strains that would have allowed diagnostic tests to have been produced significantly earlier worldwide, Taiwan said.
  • The WHO has come under fire because it refuses to include Taiwan in any official communications, panels or research studies, formally refusing to recognize that Taiwan even exists.
Trump Announces Intent to Withhold Funding From WHO https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/14/trump-calls-for-halt-to-us-funding-for-world-health-organization-amid-coronavirus-outbreak.html
  • The U.S. will suspend funding to the World Health Organization while it reviews the agency's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday,
  • According to Trump, the International health agency made mistakes that "caused so much death" as the coronavirus spread across the globe.
  • "Today I'm instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the WHO's role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus," Trump said at a White House press conference.
  • The US provides as much as 40% of the WHOs annual operating budget of over $1 Billion per year.
  • Trump also noted that the WHO spent more on travel than it did on medical research in 2018, the last year for which a budget was presented to the UN.
  • It's unclear exactly how the Trump Administration will withhold funding, since UN/WHO funding comes from Congress, not the White House.
Peak?: 2,407 COVID-19 Deaths Yesterday https://news.trust.org/item/20200414214724-hfp57
  • Death toll in the US increased yesterday after New York included at-home COVID-19 fatalities for the first time, with over 270 new deaths yesterday attributed to the virus from people who died at home in New York City.
  • New York City's health department said the total death toll is now over 10,000, including the 3,700 total deaths added on Tuesday, including a backlog of several thousand people who'd died at home and previously weren't counted as COVID-19 deaths.
  • Health officials have cautioned that deaths are a "lagging indicator" and do not mean that the sweeping stay-at-home restrictions are a failure.
  • The peak in Deaths across the US has been expected this week, according to the US CDC.
Death Toll in Europe Likely Much Higher Than Official Numbers https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-death-toll-in-europe-likely-far-higher-than-first-reported-11586896486?tesla=y
  • Discrepancies in how countries count COVID-19 deaths compared to US CDC or WHO standards make numbers unreliable.
  • Some countries only count deaths as COVID-19 if there are no underlying or known health conditions (US/UN standard is to consider COVID-19 as the cause of death even if a Comorbidity-factor exists)
  • Many countries have yet to count deaths that occurred at home, even in instances with hundreds of at-home deaths in small villages.
  • Some towns have taken to burning bodies or burying in mass graves as hospital systems are overwhelmed, so official numbers may never be known.
  • An estimate by the Wall Street Journal indicates undercounting EU deaths from COVID-19 by as much as 50% if official CDC/WHO standards were applied.
Is Social Distancing Really Happening? https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/not-just-35-staying-at-home-tiny-4-3-changed-mobility-behavior-to-fight-virus
  • A study of anonymized mobile phone data shows only about 35% of Americans are following stay-at-home orders across the US.
  • The study included thousands of mobile phones tracked from all 50 states.
  • On average, Americans were still taking about 2 non-work-related trips out by car per day, researchers said.
  • Utah, Colorado and New Mexico were the worst offending states, with over 2.5 non-work trips out of the house by car each day.
  • Texas was among the most compliant states, with just below 2 trips out per person per day so far in April.
  • Top destinations for non-work trips included fast-food restaurants, grocery stores and hardware/home-improvement stores.
Air Conditioning Systems May Help Spread Virus https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3079986/does-air-con-help-spread-coronavirus-chinese-study-3-families
  • Study of 10 cases among 3 families who ate in a single restaurant in China suggests AC systems may help spread aerosolized droplets.
  • Direction of airflow from air-conditioning ventilation found to be the key factor in what was believed to be oral droplet transmission.
  • Air flow from AC systems effectively 'push' the respiratory droplets around, spreading them further than previously expected.
  • Rate of spread among the 3 families cannot be explained by simple respiratory droplet transmission alone, based on review of closed-circuit video footage.
  • Restaurants were also advised by the researchers to increase the space between tables to at least 10-12 feet apart once allowed to reopen.
  • The research was revealed in an early-release article for the July edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the peer-reviewed journal published by the Centres for Disease Control of the United States.
CDCs Plan To Re-Open America https://www.thehour.com/news/article/CDC-FEMA-have-created-a-plan-to-reopen-America-15200830.php
  • Any state reopening must meet four conditions:
    • The incidence of infection is "genuinely low."
    • A "well functioning" monitoring system capable of "promptly detecting any increase in incidence" of infection.
    • A public health system that is "reacting robustly" to all cases of COVID-19 and has surge capacity to react to an increase in cases.
    • A health system that has enough inpatient beds and staffing to rapidly scale up and deal with a surge in cases.
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