CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: March 19th

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: 225,237 (up from 202,272 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 9.276, up from 8.012 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 85,823 (up from 82,813 yesterday)
  • 176 Countries have confirmed cases (up from 167 yesterday) 7 more have suspected cases
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) down from 6% yesterday and down from 19% just 3 weeks ago
  • US has 9,464 Confirmed Cases and 155 Deaths, up from 6,524 cases and 116 deaths yesterday
Desperation (or Stupidity) Kills More People That COVID-19 - Iranians Drinking 100% Alcohol to Kill Virus https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-18/alcohol-poisoning-kills-100-iranians-seeking-virus-protection
  • In one province, at least 64 people died of Alcohol poisoning and hundreds more were hospitalized by drinking pure ethyl alcohol, according to Bloomberg News.
  • An Iranian website had posted an article quoting a local Cleric that implied ethyl alcohol could kill Coronavirus.
  • In that same Province, COVID-19 had killed 31 people as of yesterday.
  • In total more than 1,000 Iranians have been hospitalized and more than 100 are dead due to alcohol poisoning.
  • Officially, Iran has a total of 1,135 COVID-19 Deaths through this morning, although many analysts believe the actual number of Iranian deaths is 10 times higher.
US Company Launches At Home Test by Mail & Telehealth Video Conference https://time.com/5805953/home-covid-19-test-everlywell/, https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/everlywell-announces-monday-launch-of-solution-to-get-tested-and-diagnosed-for-covid-19-from-home-1029010306
  • Everlywell, an at-home medical testing company based in Austin, TX launches first of its kind COVID-19 home testing kit.
  • The Company specializes in at-home testing for allergies, metabolism, HIV, Thyroid function, and over 35 other conditions.
  • Home test kits include instructions as well as a video-conference based consultation with a registered-nurse to ensure proper use of the kit.
  • The kit is then mailed to LAB, results are emailed to customers.
  • The kit will be available next week for a total price of $129 including shipping and consult.
  • Initially, the company will launch 30,000 test kits, but expects to be able to test over 250,000 per week by mid-April.
Two Members of US Congress Test Positive for COVID-19 https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/politics/mario-diaz-balart-coronavirus/index.html
  • Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) and Ben McAdams (D) become first members of Congress to test positive for COVID-19
  • "On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms including a fever and headache. Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19," his office said in a news release Wednesday night.
  • The Florida Republican said in a statement that he is "feeling much better" but urged the public to take the virus "extremely seriously."
  • Later on Wednesday evening, Ben McAdams, a Utah Democrat, said he too had been diagnosed and was Quarantined away from his family to keep them safe from being infected.
US Government Plan Leaked, Anticipates 18 Month Battle To Defeat COVID-19 https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-virus-plan-anticipates-18-month-pandemic-and-widespread-shortages/ar-BB11ktjA
  • A federal government plan to combat the coronavirus warned policymakers last week that a pandemic "will last 18 months or longer" and could include "multiple waves," resulting in widespread shortages that would strain consumers and the nation's health care system.
  • The 100-page plan, dated Friday, the same day President Trump declared a national emergency, laid out a grim prognosis for the spread of the virus.
  • The plan outlined a response that would activate agencies across the government and potentially employ special presidential powers to mobilize the private sector (those he evoked yesterday, Wednesday)
  • The plan was shared with key members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate on Friday last week as part of a briefing at the White House.
  • Key shortages would be across Medicine & Drugs as well as some shortages in food supplies (especially specific brands) as Global supply chain disruptions would prevent imports from many countries.
  • "State and local governments, as well as critical infrastructure and communications channels, will be stressed and potentially less reliable. These stresses may also increase the challenges of getting updated messages out and coordinating guidance to these local jurisdictions directly," the plan stated.
Over 200 Americans Stranded on Italian Cruise Ship With Dozens Sick https://www.foxnews.com/health/coronavirus-dozens-sick-italian-cruise-ship-carrying-over-200-americans
  • The Italian Costa Luminosa cruise ship stranded at sea with over 200 U.S. citizens onboard due to the coronavirus has recorded dozens of "sick" crewmembers and passengers, according to ship logs obtained by the Miami Herald on Wednesday.
  • At least 24 crew members are sick and are isolated.
  • More than 50 passengers are also classified as sick, or are roommates of passengers who are classified as sick, the paper reported. All passengers showing symptoms are being isolated.
  • The "sick" designation doesn't mean they have COVID-19, but the vessel has been at sea shortly after some disembarked passengers tested positive for the virus.
  • The vessel, carrying over 1500 passengers, is nearing France and hopes to dock there today.
Oil Drops to Below $20/Barrel Amid Massive Oversupply and Shrinking Demand https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/business/crude-oil-prices-coronavirus/index.html
  • $20/barrel marks the lowest price in nearly 20 years.
  • At $20/barrel, US Shale producers are taking an average net-loss of $8/barrel over production costs.
  • In oil-dependent countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, etc. the implications are far worse: those nations rely on State or Sovereign oil income to actually run the country (state-owned oil = government income).
  • According to estimates from the World Bank, Saudi Arabia's "Revenue per Barrel" needs for break-even government budgets is $82/barrel. Russia's is $68/barrel and Iran's is $64.
  • At $20/barrel, many countries risk complete government default on sovereign bond payments and may require massive bailouts from the IMF or World Bank to cover bond payments to debt holders.
Island Nation New Zealand Completely Seals Borders to Non-Kiwis https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12318284
  • Restrictions would completely close the country to non-New Zealanders.
  • Exceptions can be made to spouses or children of New Zealanders who are outside the country, but strict 14-day Quarantine would be enforced.
  • New Zealand has only had 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19, all of which were identified during Quarantines required due to overseas travelers returning to New Zealand.
  • There is no known Community Spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Big Brother Cast Told About COVID-19 On Live TV https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/big-brother-germany-cast-told-about-coronavirus-pandemic-on-live-tv/ar-BB11nGcf
  • The 14-Member cast had been in complete media isolation due to the format of the show.
  • The crew was forbidden from discussing the Virus with contestants until yesterday.
  • The 14 contestants, who have been secluded in Cologne, Germany, since February 10, were told about the widespread coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Big Brother host Jochen Schropp told the cast that "a disease called Covid-19 had spread across the world" and "reached Europe."
  • Some contestants burst into tears while others questioned the greater effects the pandemic would have on the world, including the economy.
  • The group was also allowed to receive video messages from their family and friends.
  • Producers have yet to determine if the season will be canceled or production will continue.

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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