CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 20th

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: 2,418,980 (up from 2,197,161 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 165,761 (up from 147,512 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 633,376 (up from 557,596 Friday)
  • US has 746,265 Confirmed Cases and 40,766 deaths, up from 687,201 cases and 34,641 deaths Friday
  • US currently has 13,566 people in Serious or Critical Condition
  • US is 13th in Fatality Rate per 1 Million people, behind Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Italy, UK and Belgium
Droning On and On https://www.dailywire.com/news/this-is-crazy-chinese-made-drones-are-monitoring-streets-in-20-states-to-enforce-social-distancing-u-s-officials-are-concerned-about-spying
  • At least 20 states in the US are using Chinese-made aerial drones to ensure we're following Social Distancing regulations.
  • Drones were donated to law enforcement agencies by DJI, a Chinese tech company that dominates the civilian drone market with over 65% market share.
  • In 2018-2019, the US Department of Interior and Department of Defense both banned the use of DJI drones after it was discovered that the smartphone software used to fly the drones sends data back to parent-company DJI in China.
  • DJI has numerous ties to the Chinese Communist Party, including having CCP members on its board of Directors, according to the NY Times.
New York Now Officially a City of Rats https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/bill-de-blasio-new-york-citys-tattletale-in-chief
  • In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, Mayor Bill DeBlasio encouraged New Yorkers to tattle on fellow citizens who aren't following social distancing guidelines by taking a picture of the alleged violation and texting it to city officials.
  • "Thank you to everyone who has done this the right way, but we still know there's some people who need to get the message," de Blasio said.
  • "And that means sometimes making sure the enforcement is there to educate people and make clear we've got to have social distancing. So, now it is easier than ever — when you see a crowd, when you see a line that's not distanced, when you see a supermarket that's too crowded, anything, you can report it right away so we can get help there to fix the problem."
  • So far, the New York rat-hotline has received over 1,000 alleged reports of New Yorkers violating social distancing orders.
As Much as 60% of PPP Cash Went to Publicly Traded Companies https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/19/business/small-businesses-ppp-loans-chain-restaurants/index.html
  • Congress had authorized $350 Billion via the Payroll Protection Program for Small Businesses.
  • Analysis now indicates that much of that cash went to chain restaurants, franchises, hotels, etc who are part of larger publicly traded companies.
  • Franchise locations, including some that are technically owned and operated by larger publicly traded companies, qualified as small businesses because they are separate companies owned by larger companies.
  • In one instance reported by CNN, one hotel chain received nearly $370 Million in loans for 10 hotel locations where each individual hotel is run as a separate LLC, even though the parent company has 12,000 employees and wouldn't qualify as a small business (capped at 500 employees or less).
  • Less than 10% of the PPP loans ended up going to small businesses that employed fewer than 50 employees, according to CNN's analysis.
Here Comes The Sun https://www.yahoo.com/news/sunlight-destroys-coronavirus-very-quickly-new-government-tests-find-but-experts-say-pandemic-could-still-last-through-summer-200745675.html
  • SARS-CoV-2 is easily destroyed by UV light, government study confirms.
  • Most Coronavirus studies are easily destroyed by exposure to sunlight, including SARS-CoV-2.
  • UV light cripples the lipid-based membrane of the virus very easily, including UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C spectrums.
  • UV-A and UV-B light both penetrate the earth's atmosphere and reach the surface. Both UV-A and UV-B cause cancer and can cause eye damage in humans.
  • UV-C light from the Sun does NOT penetrate the earth's atmosphere, but UV-C does kill Coronavirus. UV-C light is completely harmless to human skin and eyes according to a study by the National Institutes of Health in 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29426899
  • UV-C light bulbs are available in the US.
Time To Close Grocery Stores? https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/19/business/grocery-stores-coronavirus-pickup-delivery/index.html
  • Despite masks, temperature checks, gloves, etc more than three dozen grocery store workers have died from COVID-19.
  • Some experts, union leaders and small grocery owners believe it has become too dangerous to let customers browse aisles, coming into close range with workers.
  • Grocery stores are still flooded with customers, and experts say it's time for large chains to go "dark" to the public and convert to curbside pickup and home delivery for food and other essential goods.
  • "Careless customers" are "probably the biggest threat" to workers right now, according to Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers' union.
  • The union said 85% of its grocery store member workers surveyed said that customers are not practicing social distancing in stores, not wearing facemasks or not standing more than 6 feet apart.
Evidence of WHO & CCP Cover-Up Growing https://www.foxnews.com/world/how-complicit-is-who-china-coronavirus-cover-up
  • U.S. officials are 100 percent confident China went to great lengths to cover up after the virus was out, according to government sources cited by Fox News.
  • Additionally, the US Government now believes that the World Health Organization was either complicit in the coverup or looked the other way. Publicly, the WHO has insisted that there is no evidence it originated in the laboratory.
  • The holes in the information disseminated from the UN body – the only international group tasked with global health – are growing.
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, doctors in Wuhan were aware the virus could spread between humans as early as the beginning of December, with patients falling ill despite having had no exposure to the wet market.
  • Epidemiologists from Taiwan had sent urgent memos to the WHO in December, warning of human to human transmission and of an atypical pneumonia associated with the virus.
  • As of January 14th, the WHO was still parroting Chinese Communist propaganda that there was no evidence of human to human transmission.
  • It is now confirmed the Chinese knew of human to human transmission as early as December 8th, 2019.
Chinese Produced News Article in Arabic Blames US for COVID-19 https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/18/china-falsely-telling-arab-world-us-source-coronav/
  • A News program produced by a Chinese Communist Party media outlet openly blames US for Coronavirus outbreak.
  • A media research group has released the transcript of a China-produced Arabic-language news report to show how Beijing's propaganda machine is blaming the coronavirus on America.
  • The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which monitors TV and social media in the Arab world, focused on a March 17 broadcast of "China View" on Beijing's Global Television Network Arabic (CGTN), which overall has 14 million viewers.
  • The Middle East is an increasingly ripe target for China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative to build ports, highways and even cities to gain inroads into the oil-rich region and to compete with the U.S.
  • On the March 17th show, a Chinese scientist Ms V speculates that "Initially, many thought that the beginning of the virus' emergence was from one of the seafood markets in Wuhan, but Chinese researchers reported in new research that the transmission of the new coronavirus had started since at least December outside this market," she says in the piece.
  • "The virus may have transmitted from a source to the seafood market, where the rapid spread of transmission began due to the presence of a large number of close contacts within this place, and the research also reported that the virus had started spreading after the Wuhan International Military Games ended in October 2019. So, it is expected that the 'patient zero' in China has come from outside China," she continued.
  • There is no evidence for this propaganda, according to researchers.
  • On the "China View" program, according to MEMRI, "Ms. V" also attributed some of these claims to an outside news source from a U.S.-aligned nation.
  • She also indicated that some "leading scientists" believe COVID-19 was actively spreading in North Carolina in Summer, 2019, according to the Washington Times.
Latest Victim of COVID-19: Chinese 5G https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/uk-seeks-to-drop-huawei-contract-over-china-coronavirus-transparency
  • The UK and France now seeking to ban Chinese telecom giant Huawei from providing hardware or service as part of their 5G roll outs.
  • Previously only the US & Canada had moved forward with a hard ban on the inclusion of Chinese technology in 5G platforms.
  • "We need to devise a proper, realistic exit strategy from relying on Huawei," Conservative MP Damian Green told Bloomberg News. "Our telecom providers … need to know the government is determined to drive down Huawei's involvement to zero percent over a realistic timescale."
  • "The mood in the parliamentary party has hardened," said Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative Party's chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. "It's a shared realization of what it means for dependence on a business that is part of a state that does not share our values."
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has discouraged allies around the world from partnering with Huawei, arguing that China's spy services will exploit the next-generation wireless technology.
  • Huawei has denied cooperating with Chinese intelligence and urged the United Kingdom to not reverse its position.

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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