CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 17th

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: 2,197,161 (up from 2,094,897 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 147,512 (up from 135,569 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 557,596 (up from 520,946 yesterday)
  • US has 687,210 Confirmed Cases and 34,641 deaths, plus 13,369 Active Cases in Serious/Critical condition
  • Of all global confirmed cases that have had an outcome of either Recovered or Dead, 21% of COVID-19 victims have died
China Revises Wuhan Death Rate Upward by 50%, WHO To Praise "Transparency" https://apnews.com/599338c54097ab68a1f2eda09c2d8a3b
  • Those of us who have been calling "BS" on China's COVID-19 numbers have been 100% vindicated.
  • The Chinese Communist Party issued a revision indicating they are 90% positive their original Case Fatality Rate was off by only 50%, adding 1,300 new deaths to their official count.
  • There is also a 99% probability that the WHO will issue a statement praising the transparency of the CCP for having the bravery to admit their original numbers were about as accurate as guessing the outcome of a coin-flip.
  • The hashtag "China Lied, People Died" [#chinaliedpeopledied] has been replaced, and now the hashtag "China made stuff up and so the rest of the world finally woke up to the fact that the CCP is an enemy to all mankind so we should buy American made products instead" is now trending on Twitter [#chinamadestuffupandsotherestoftheworldfinallywokeuptothefactthattheccpisanenemytoallmakindsoweshouldbyamericanmadeproductsinstead].
Vegas Card Dealers To Wear Masks & Gloves in Bid to Reopen Casinos https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/04/16/vegas-dealers-to-wear-masks-casino-patrons-to-get-temps-checked-in-reopening-plan/
  • Under the major's new proposal, dealers would wear masks and gloves, chairs would be moved further apart at Blackjack tables, and customers would have temperatures checked via what she called "noninvasive" means.
  • "This shutdown has become one of total insanity in my opinion," said Mayor Carolyn Goodman. "For there is no backup of data as to why we are shut down from the start. It makes no sense. It's not scientific."
  • When confronted with the scientific fact that COVID-19 is contagious when carriers are pre-symptomatic (i.e. before they exhibit a temperature)...the mayor's office had no comment.
Pandemic Will LIkely Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Children Who Never Become Infected https://www.foxnews.com/world/united-nations-warning-coronavirus-lockdowns-could-kill-hundreds-thousands-children
  • UN Warns that 10s of thousands of children will likely die due to the economic impact of COVID-19 shutdowns.
  • "Economic hardship experienced by families as a result of the global economic downturn could result in hundreds of thousands of additional child deaths in 2020, reversing the last 2 to 3 years of progress in reducing infant mortality within a single year," the U.N. report said.
  • The United Nations estimated that between 42 million to 66 million children could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the crisis, adding to the 386 million already in extreme poverty in 2019.
  • The report added that 188 countries had closed schools nationwide, affecting more than 1.5 billion children, according to Reuters.
  • "The potential losses that may accrue in learning for today's young generation, and for the development of their human capital, are hard to fathom," the U.N. said.
  • The UN reiterated its call for a 10% global GDP tax that each country would pay directly to the UN to help stamp-out child-killing poverty worldwide.
Guidelines for Reducing Social Distancing Rules Released by White House Task Force https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-announces-new-coronavirus-guidelines-for-opening-up-america-again
  • The plan calls for three Phases of reduced social and economic restrictions, each with a 2-week period in between showing that COVID-19 spread was stable and not increasing.
  • The strategy would enable states or even counties to determine where they are on the curve and follow their own path to reopen schools, businesses and other events.
  • News of the plan follows orders from New York, California and numerous other states that Social Distancing and Stay At Home orders would be extended through May 15th.
  • Guidelines for all 3 phases included the recommendation that people wear face-masks while out in public.
California Governor States "Curve Arguably Flattened" https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/04/16/governor-newsom-curve-has-arguably-flattened-california-nears-900-covid-19-deaths/
  • 27,036 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in California, which represents a 47.7 percent increase from the 18,309 people who had tested positive when Newsom briefed the press last Thursday.
  • "You have successfully bent and arguably flattened the curve in the state of California," Newsom said.
  • "We continue to need to maintain our vigilance, guided not by political decision-making, guided by data, guided by facts, guided by science, guided by health professionals all throughout the state of California."
  • Officially, California's Shelter-in-Place orders are set to expire May 3rd.
  • California would review its status per the new Federal guidelines issued by President Trump to determine if it is ready to enter Phase I of re-opening its economy, Newsom indicated.
Anti-COVID-19 Paint Soon Available https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/3080294/japans-nippon-paint-develops-anti-coronavirus-coating-protect
  • Nippon Paint's Antivirus Kids Paint has been developed in partnership with US-based Corning company.
  • 5 million yuan worth of the new product has been donated to four hospitals in Hubei province, the company said.
  • It has been successfully tested in the US by Texas-based Microchem Laboratory and can render inactive almost 100 percent of Feline Calicivirus, an upper respiratory infection in cats.
  • The product has been under development since 2017, the company said.
  • The US Environmental Protection Agency has approved Feline Calicivirus as a suitable proxy for detecting human norovirus, rhinovirus and coronavirus.
  • According to the World Health Organisation, SARS-CoV-2 might stay on surfaces for up to several days. People can catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces or objects, and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
  • No word yet when the paint might be available in the US as consumer safety testing and certification was still ongoing.

Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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It's high time to leave the partisan politics behind and focus on the facts about face masks and whether or not they really work against COVID-19.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck spoke with Drs. Scott Jensen and George Rutherford about the scientific evidence that proves or disproves the effectiveness of mask wearing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Then, Dr. Karyln Borysenko joined to break down where the massive political divide over masks came from in the first place.

"I think if we were to talk about this a couple months ago, I might have said, 'Well, there's the science of masks, and there's the emotions of masks.' But, unfortunately, there's something in between," Jensen said. "I would have thought that the science of masks would have to do with the physics of masks, so I did a video a couple months ago where I talked about the pore side of a cotton mask or a surgical mask."

He explained that properly worn masks can help reduce the spread of virus particles, but cautioned against a false-sense of security when wearing a mask because they are far from providing complete protection.

"If you have a triple-ply mask, the pore size will end up being effectively five microns. And five microns, to a COVID-19 virus particle, is 50 times larger. That's approximately the same differential between the two-inch separation between the wires of a chain-link fence, and a gnat," Jensen explained.

"But now what we're seeing is if we have some collision of COVID-19 viral particles with the latticework of any mask ... if you're breathing out or breathing in and the viral particles collide with the actual latticework of a mask, I think intuitively, yes, we can reduce the amount of virus particles that are going back and forth."

Dr. Rutherford said masks are essential tools for fighting COVID-19, as long as you wear them correctly. He laid out the three main reasons he believes we should all be wearing masks.

"So, we're trying to do three things," he said. "First of all, we're trying to protect the people around you, in case you are one of the 60% of people who have asymptomatic infection and don't know it. The second thing we're trying to do is to protect you. The third thing we're trying to do is, if you get infected, you'll get infected at a lower dose, and then you're less likely to develop symptoms. That's the threefer."

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