CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 24th

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 2,734,102 (up from 2,658,794 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide 191,189 (up from 185,440 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 751,408 (up from 730,039 Yesterday)
  • The US has 886,709 Confirmed Cases and 50,255 Deaths, up from 849,114 cases and 47,784 deaths yesterday
  • The US has now tested 4,775,625 people, with 19% of tests showing positive for SARS-CoV-2
Symptoms of COVID-19 Increase https://www.foxnews.com/health/cdc-triples-number-of-possible-coronavirus-symptoms
  • The CDC has added muscle pain & weakness, headaches and loss of taste or smell as symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
  • The Center's website indicated that these symptoms were added because they were occurring with 'regularity' among confirmed infected patients nationwide.
  • Its website says fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell could all be symptoms that appear between two and 14 days after exposure.
  • As many as 25% of victims are experiencing a loss of taste or smell.
  • Doctors are still studying other symptoms that patients have complained about, including what are known as "COVID toes," which include small bumps or lesions on toes or feet.
Here Comes The Sun: UV Light Effective Against SARS-CoV-2 https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-coronavirus-sunlight-heat-and-humidity
  • The Trump administration confirms testing by the DHS science and technology directorate that UV light, heat and humidity all have a powerful effect in accelerating the death of the virus on exposed surfaces.
  • The findings are consistent with research on other forms of Coronavirus and may help accelerate further preventative measures that can be undertaken to slow further spread of the disease.
  • Doctors are now more confident that there should be a respite from the spread of the virus during warmer, sunnier months of summer.
  • Additionally, the confirmation that UV light is effective at destroying the virus should accelerate the use of UV-C lightbulbs in public spaces.
  • As reported by The Blaze earlier this week, UV-C light is harmless to human skin and eyes, but is still effective at destroying viruses.
Virus May Have Spread Much Earlier Than Previously Reported https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/us/coronavirus-early-outbreaks-cities.html
  • According to the Northeastern University model, there could have actually been about 28,000 infections in major cities by early February, when officially the US only had a handful of cases.
  • The model estimates all infections, including those in people who may experience mild or no symptoms and those that are never detected in testing.
  • Other disease researchers said the findings of Dr. Vespignani's team were broadly in line with their own analyses.
  • The research offers the first clear accounting of how far behind the United States was in detecting the virus. And the findings provide a warning of what can recur, the researchers say, if social distancing restrictions are lifted too quickly.
  • Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said last week that American health officials had been successful in tracking the first known cases and their contacts in the United States before the outbreak got out of control.
  • This week, health officials in Santa Clara County, Calif., announced a newly discovered coronavirus-linked death on Feb. 6, weeks earlier than what had been previously thought to be the first death caused by the virus in the United States.
  • Still, the model is being challenged by some who suggest that if the Virus had been that widespread in early February, more hospital visits and deaths would be apparent in medical records.
  • The CDC is said to be reviewing the findings and has yet to comment officially.
Canada the Latest Victim of China's Defective Equipment 'Gifted' by the CCP https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3081335/coronavirus-canada-says-1-million-k95-masks-china
  • Public health authority says respirators failed to meet federal standards for use by front-line health professionals.
  • The KN95 is a Chinese model similar to the N95, a crucial type of personal protective equipment used to defend nurses, doctors and other health workers.
  • Several other countries, including Denmark, Belgium and Italy had also reported that ventilators, respirators and other Personal Protective Equipment provided by China was defective.
  • In one instance, ventilators provided as a gift by the Chinese government were shipped without power control units installed, meaning they couldn't be turned on.
  • China has become the source of around 70 percent of Canada's imports of PPE, with much of the rest coming from the US, Britain and Switzerland, a senior Canadian source told POLITICO this week.
  • Some have accused China of moving to 'corner the market' on PPEs during the early days of the COVID-19 Pandemic, including massive orders of Indian cotton and Brazilian rubber in January, two key ingredients used in N-95 mask production.
Study of 783 COVID-19 Patients Taking HydroxyChloroquine: No Safety Concerns https://covidpep.umn.edu/updates
  • "On April 22, 2020, the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the COVID-19 post-exposure prophylaxis trial has reviewed the cumulative safety data from 783 participants in the ongoing hydroxychloroquine prevention trial.
  • The DSMB has identified no safety concerns or efficacy concerns at this time.
  • Testing is still ongoing to validate that patients receiving hydroxychloroquine have a 50% reduction in total hospitalization and earlier discharge rate than victims not receiving treatment.
Low Oil Prices May Trigger Regime Change https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15923/iran-struggle-oil-price
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has tried to put a brave face on the latest setback to hit the regime, claiming that Iran is unlikely to suffer as much as other countries from the oil price drop because it is less reliant than others on crude exports.
  • If that were truly the case, then Tehran would not be asking the IMF for a bailout, and Mr Rouhani, together with Javad Zarif, Iran's Foreign Minister, would not be begging Washington to remove sanctions.
  • The truth of the matter is, for all the regime's attempts to claim it has everything under control, that the country is teetering on the brink of collapse, and the ayatollahs are fast running out of options to save themselves.
  • Iran has requested $28 Billion in initial bailout loans from the IMF.
  • According to recent estimates by the IMF, Iran needs global oil prices to reach the highly unlikely benchmark of $195 a barrel just in order to meet its budget requirements for 2020.
  • Current predictions suggest oil prices are likely to remain around the $19 a barrel mark, the ayatollahs are facing the prospect of an economic Armageddon: the oil slump means there is little prospect of a revival in the country's economic fortunes for the foreseeable future.
  • Official Inflation in Iran is running at 35%, but estimates by some analysts indicate the number is closer to 100% inflation for 2020.
  • Other countries, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, are also heavily reliant on oil revenues and are facing massive budget shortfalls due to sustained lower oil prices.
Thousands of People Still Quarantined on Cruise Ships Off Florida https://www.wesh.com/article/cruise-ships-thousands-stuck-off-florida-coast/32256662
  • Major cruise lines are having trouble getting crew members back to homes on the other side of the world amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Up to seven ships at a time are moored to Port Canaveral docks or lying at anchor off Cocoa Beach and have been for over a month.
  • They can have up to 2,500 crew members, and no one gets off unless they're taking a flight home per official US policy.
  • "While you would think initially that you would move a couple hundred off at a time, it hasn't been that easy," John Murray, Port Canaveral's CEO said.
  • Several destination countries, including Indonesia and Malaysia, have travel bans restricting all flights from the US.
Japanese Mayor Suggests Men Should Do All Grocery Shopping https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/24/asia/japan-coronavirus-osaka-mayor-hnk-scli-intl/index.html
  • The mayor of Japan's third-largest city is facing a public backlash after he suggested men are better suited to grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic, because women take too long and contribute to overcrowding at supermarkets.
  • The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Japan has spiked in recent weeks -- dashing hopes that the government's initial virus response had succeeded in controlling its spread. As of Thursday,
  • On Thursday, Osaka mayor Ichiro Matsui implied male grocery shoppers would reduce the potential spread of the virus as they would spend less time in stores.
  • "Women take a longer time grocery shopping because they browse through different products and weigh out which option is best," Matsui told reporters at a coronavirus press conference in Osaka on Thursday.
  • "Men quickly grab what they're told to buy so they won't linger at the supermarket -- that avoids close contact with others," added Matsui.

This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



As Glenn explains in this clip, the Obama administration's "7 Pillars of Color Revolution" are all playing out – just weeks before President Donald Trump takes on Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November election.

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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.