Glenn Beck: Lawrence O'Donnell is a coward

GLENN: We have the new theme from the Lawrence O'Donnell show.

(Music playing)

GLENN: He was basically calling GOP GOP's Michael Steele a minstrel that was

just dancing for his master. So I think this should actually be the new theme.

Can we we should just, we should start it here for the for NBC. You know,

Lawrence, why don't you just send Michael Steele a pair of white gloves,

seriously. Man, if Lawrence could just dress Michael Steele up as a lawn jockey,

wouldn't that be great? You'd use that, maybe you'd just make that Lawrence, why

don't you just make that into your logo of your show. You just have Michael

Steele, you know, in the little corner of the for your logo. Just, that would be

I don't think that would be racist at all to say.

STU: Wouldn't be racist. I just it would crowd out the masturbation theme a

little bit, and that's an issue.

GLENN: Okay, stop. You know, the interesting thing here is I'm going to continue

to torture him because that is exactly what the left does. I don't think that

Lawrence O'Donnell is a racist, I don't think he meant that it was a minstrel

show. I don't think he meant that reference at all, but they would never, ever

give that credit to anyone else. Ever. Ever.

PAT: Nobody on the right would ever get the benefit of the doubt.



MSNBC’s O’Donnell to Steele: ‘Mr. Chairman, I Sincerely Apologize’

GLENN: No. And he immediately came out and


he apologized and said I didn't mean it that way, blah, blah blah. And what

would they do? They would continue to say, it doesn't matter; I know what's in

his heart. So Larry, we know what's in your heart. You're an evil, evil racist,

bigoted man.

STU: (Laughing).

STU: And he did actually apologize, Pat?

GLENN: Yeah, he did.

STU: Really?

PAT: Yeah, he did.

GLENN: But he only apologized after he had to.

PAT: Well, he got a call immediately, he talks about this, and he even plays we

have the audio.

GLENN: Oh, you do?

PAT: Yeah, if you want to hear it.

GLENN: But if we play it, only Lawrence O'Donnell has heard this happened on the

show?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Only Lawrence O'Donnell heard this.

STU: Assuming he wasn't wearing noise cancelling headphones.

GLENN: He may have.

STU: If he was, then no one heard it.

GLENN: Yeah, he may have. All right. Go ahead.

VOICE: We actually prerecorded the interview with Michael Steele a few hours

before the show. So he did not have a chance to hear those words in that

introduction.

GLENN: Wait, you mean the words of when he called him a minstrel, just dancing

for his masters?

PAT: Right.

STU: This is great. He pretapes the interview, then talks tough in the intro

like he's this big tough guy.

GLENN: Sarah, what would be an appropriate song to lead the Lawrence O'Donnell

show every night? Do you have any, any suggestions at all?

(Music playing).

GLENN: Huh, all right. This would be an interesting selection. Go ahead.

O'DONNELL: At 10:00 p.m. he called me and left this voice mail.

STEELE: Hey, this is Chairman Michael Steele calling. I wanted to touch bases

with you and follow up on the interview yesterday. First, the disappointment

that you would refer to me in effect as a slave to the RNC by referring to the

RNC and the, you know, leadership of this party as my mastor

GLENN: Hold on just a second, just a little just a little Al Jolson for

Lawrence. Hey, Larry, we all love going back to 1930 whatever, when race

relations were the way apparently you want them to be. All right, go ahead,

Michael Steele.

STEELE: I'm not really appreciated, you know. I've had to put up with that crap

my entire political life, you know. Really disappointed in your reference there

and would appreciate a correction to the record because you can imagine if, umm,

the RNC referred to Barack Obama as a, you know, a slave to the Democratic Party

or more appropriately as you put it

GLENN: A minstrel dancer.

STEELE: you know, the Democratic Party is masters to Barack Obama, you would be

hitting the roof on the air. So I think we need to check that.

O'DONNELL: I called him back immediately and apologized for using the word that

he found offensive. Those of us who are not descended from slaves can never know

the full impact of the word "Master" in the ears of an African American man.

Michael Steele told me, quote, sort of stung. He could not have been more

gracious and forgiving. He also told me, quote, the interview was a lot of fun;

I loved our give and take; I will be back on the show. I invited him on the show

tonight so that I could apologize to him directly in front of everyone who had

seen the interview. He said that wasn't necessary and that the apology on the

phone was more than anyone else had done who had sleighted him in the past. He

shared with me a bitter memory about a congressman who four years ago in the

heat of a campaign publicly accused Steele of slavishly reporting the Republican

Party.

PAT: Oh, boy.

O'DONNELL: Michael Steele is still waiting for a personal apology on that one.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

O'DONNELL: As to the rewrite, what I should have said is

GLENN: Yes.

O'DONNELL: as the first congressional election during his party chairmanship

approaches, Michael Steele is dancing as fast as he can trying to charm

independent voters and tea partyers

GLENN: Hold on just a second.

O'DONNELL: while never forgetting.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. So he should still use the dancing minstrel thing.

He's still a dancing minstrel. Charming people. Okay, all right, Larry. I think

you've learned your lesson. Yes, go ahead.

O'DONNELL: His job title, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

PAT: All right.

STU: By the way, who

GLENN: Turn this up. This is the best part.

(Music playing)

GLENN: Now, Lawrence, Lawrence O'Donnell talks about the slavishly the reference

there. Can you help us out with that?

STU: Yeah, there was a congressman who called Michael Steele, said he was

slavishly supporting the Republican Party, and that was a completely racist mark

by Republican Steny Hoyer who came out and really

PAT: Steny Hoyer's a Democrat.

STU: You say these things over the line, Pat. Don't defend him because he's a

Republican.

PAT: No, I'm not.

STU: Steny Hoyer, he shouldn't have said it.

PAT: He's not a Republican.

STU: Steny Hoyer?

PAT: He's the majority leader in the House for the Democrats.

STU: Currently?

PAT: Yeah, currently the majority leader.

STU: Wow.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. I'm wondering if Lawrence O'Donnell thinks that...

thinks that maybe Michael Steele could dance and do this, the whistling thing?

That's pretty cool. I'd vote for any candidate.

PAT: Huh?

STU: Nice.

GLENN: That was you, Pat?

PAT: Yeah. But I wasn't dancing at the same time.

GLENN: Wow. What candidate do you want me to vote for?

PAT: Christine O'Donnell?

GLENN: Really?

GLENN: Yes.

GLENN: She wants to ban she wants to ban masturbation.

PAT: I know. That's because it's evil, but I want you to vote for her anyway.

GLENN: How are you going to have the masturbation police come in? I heard it on

the Lawrence O'Donnell show.

PAT: They are going to break down doors all over the country.

GLENN: Really?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And you're for that?

PAT: And just shoot people.

GLENN: And you're for that?

PAT: Of course I'm for that.

GLENN: Are you a Fabian socialist?

PAT: No, but I'm just, I'm a person who's got moral values.

GLENN: So I don't understand the connection there. You're just for anybody with

moral

PAT: I'm just for anybody who is doing something that evil to be shot dead.

GLENN: Huh, really?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: I didn't know that.

PAT: Yeah. It's in the Bible. I'm still in the Bible here. I'm still in the

Bible text.

STU: Thank you, Jeremiah, for that.

GLENN: I appreciate that.

PAT: Sure.

GLENN: When you said it was in the Bible, I thought it was like that other guy

that wanted to make sure that your wife only answers to you in Florida, you

know, that Grayson is losing to. You know.

STU: That's right.

PAT: Yeah, by what, seven points?

PAT: Seven points.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Does he even need to have his name on the ballot or can it just be Allan

Grayson: The other person.

STU: Right.

GLENN: The other person, not Allan Grayson.

STU: You know when you're an incumbent and you're rocketing up to 36% from your

own constituency, you are a good you are doing well.

PAT: On fire.

STU: You're doing well.

GLENN: By the way, MSNBC, I don't know if the rights to this music still

available. I mean-- but you should check into them for the Lawrence O'Donnell

show. But they're also doing something else very special. Can we play the

Declaration of Forward, their new ad campaign. And listen to this.

(Ad campaign playing)

GLENN: They're showing all pictures of...

VOICE: We hold these truths to be self evident.

GLENN: Yes, what are they?

VOICE: That all men and women have certain unalienable rights.

GLENN: Given by who?

VOICE: Life.

GLENN: Life.

VOICE: Liberty.

GLENN: Liberty.

VOICE: Pursuit of happiness.

GLENN: Yes, but who gave them?

VOICE: And the freedom to believe that while history has gotten us this far...

our best days are still ahead.

GLENN: Yes. Yes?

VOICE: We are the United States of "come as you are."

GLENN: What?

VOICE: Our differences are what unite us. So starting today maybe ideas that

advance our country, no matter who or where they come from.

GLENN: Oh, even communism?

PAT: As long as they come from progressives. Lean Forward.

GLENN: Lean Forward.

STU: Who is that an ad for?

PAT: MSNBC.

GLENN: MSNBC. That is their new ad campaign, it's called Lean Forward.

STU: They intentionally did that?

GLENN: Yes, it is the Declaration of Forward is what they're calling it and, you

know, that all men have certain inalienable rights.

PAT: They just do.

GLENN: Created equal.

PAT: They just do.

GLENN: They just do.

PAT: Okay?

GLENN: And our differences are what unite us.

STU: You are missing the part where they corrected the Founding Fathers, though,

because the stupid racist, hating Founding Fathers were just men.

GLENN: Can we use it for a stupid racist hating kind of people?

STU: We probably do, yeah.

GLENN: Oh, here it is.

STU: I hear it now.

GLENN: That's like Lawrence O'Donnell, the bigot?

STU: No, they said men and women are created equal because the hateful Founding

Fathers left out the women.

PAT: Yeah, because they hated all women.

STU: And they correct them by getting rid of that stupid creator part and we

didn't need that.

PAT: That's only for superstitious people.

STU: Exactly.

GLENN: Lean Forward. We can make progress. Ah, okay, all right.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Well, thank you, MSNBC, and go masturbation.

Our sponsor this half hour

STU: That's another slogan possibility.

GLENN: It is, it is.

STU: There's a lot there.

GLENN: Lean Forward... and masturbate.

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: Can I tell you something? Jesus would be very disappointed in my

broadcast today and so would Gandhi.

STU: Probably.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: But they would be laughing at least.

GLENN: Yeah. You no. No, they wouldn't.

STU: They wouldn't find it amusing as us.

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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: 1,030,324 (up from 950,638 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 54,226 (up from 48,289 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 219,896 (up from 202,631 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization and lower than Spain, where 18% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 245,380 Confirmed Cases and 6,095 Deaths, up from 215,344 cases and 5,112 deaths yesterday
  • The US currently has 228,874 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1% of the US Population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
White House to Recommend All Americans Wear Face Masks in Public https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/02/coronavirus-facemasks-policyreversal/
  • The White House is poised to urge Americans to wear cloth masks or face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, in a reversal of earlier advice.
  • President Trump said Thursday at a coronavirus task force briefing that "a recommendation is coming out," but "I don't think it will be mandatory. If people want to wear them, they can."
  • Later, however, a White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to relate internal discussions, said that the guidance being considered is "narrowly targeted to areas with high community transmission" and that the matter remains under discussion.
  • A new Memo from the CDC states: "In light of new data, along with evidence of widespread transmission in communities across the country, CDC recommends the community use of cloth masks as an additional public health measure people can take to prevent the spread of the virus to those around them."
  • The recommendations represent a major change in CDC guidance that healthy people don't need masks or face coverings.
  • The news comes as Laredo, TX joins more than a dozen American cities or Counties that have mandated the use of face masks for all persons in public spaces such as grocery stores or shopping centers. Violaters without a facemask risk up to a $1000 fine. https://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-city-fine-people-who-dont-cover-faces-outside-coronavirus
  • Similar provisions are being considered for the entire State of California, according to Governor Gavin Newsom's office.
Anti-body Tests Getting Accelerated Availability https://news.yahoo.com/antibody-tests-key-ending-covid-19-lockdowns-162305617.html
  • Unlike Vaccine testing and production which could take months or years, SARS-CoV-2 Antibody tests could be available in the US in a few weeks.
  • Such tests could be key in enabling the partial lifting of lockdown and shelter-in-place orders, as authorities could determine who might already have immunity to the virus and could return to work.
  • "If we can determine someone's already had the virus and now has immunity and is no longer contagious to others, that's what we're looking for here," said Anthony Fauci in Thursday's White House COVID-19 Task Force update.
  • However, it should be noted that researchers have yet to determine if anti-body production renders people permanently or only temporarily immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.
  • While some Virus immunities, such as Chicken Pox, are generally permanent immunities, others, such as SARS-1 and Rhinovirus (the common cold) grant only short-term, multi-month immunity...which is why people can get a cold each year.
  • Most known Coronavirus immunities in humans are not permanent, researchers have noted. Influenza, for example, grants only seasonal immunity and can be caught again only a few months later.
Lord Have Mercy...Hospital Ships Sit Empty https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/nyregion/ny-coronavirus-usns-comfort.html
  • The much-touted Navy Hospital Ships in New York and Los Angeles sit 95% empty as of Thursday evening.
  • In New York, The USNS Comfort's 1,000 beds are largely unused, its 1,200-member crew mostly idle. "We're waiting for patients," one nurse was quoted by the New York Times.
  • Only 20 patients had been transferred to the ship, officials said, even as New York hospitals struggled to find space for the thousands infected with the coronavirus.
  • Another Navy hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, docked in Los Angeles, has had a total of 15 patients, officials said.
  • "If I'm blunt about it, it's a joke," said Michael Dowling, the head of Northwell Health, New York's largest hospital system. "Everyone can say, 'Thank you for putting up these wonderful places and opening up these cavernous halls.' But we're in a crisis here, we're in a battlefield."
  • What's the issue? In classic government style: Red Tape.
  • On top of its strict rules preventing people infected with the virus from coming on board, the Navy is also refusing to treat a host of other conditions. Guidelines disseminated to hospitals included a list of 49 medical conditions that would exclude a patient from admittance to the ship.
  • Ambulances cannot take patients directly to the Comfort; they must first deliver patients to a city hospital for a lengthy evaluation — including a test for the virus — and then pick them up again for transport to the ship. With 911 call centers already massively over-capacity, ambulances aren't available to take non-infected persons to each ship.
  • Meanwhile, across New York hospitals are overrun. Patients have died in hallways before they could even be hooked up to one of the few available ventilators in New York. Doctors and nurses, who have had to use the same protective gear, again and again, are getting sick.
  • "So many people are dying that the city is running low on body bags," Dowling said. "The Coroner's office told our administrator to start double-wrapping bodies in sheets for the time being."
In Hopeful Sign, University of Pittsburgh Researchers May Have Found COVID-19 Vaccine https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/scientists-believe-they-found-potential-coronavirus-vaccine/
  • Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine believe that they've found a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus.
  • The researchers announced their findings Thursday and believe the vaccine could be rolled out quickly enough to "significantly impact the spread of disease," according to their study published in EBioMedicine.
  • The vaccine would be delivered on a small, fingertip-sized patch. When tested on mice, the vaccine produced enough antibodies believed to successfully counteract the virus.
  • The scientists say they were able to act fast because they had already done research on the similar coronaviruses SARS and MERS.
  • The Trump Administration ordered the FDA to fast-track the next phase of Animal trials for the experimental vaccine.
  • Officials did warn that even if successful, human trials and ultimate production could still be as many as 12-18 months away.
  • "It's early, but this is a very positive result," the lead scientist said in an interview. "We're well on our way."
Vermont, Maryland Make Buying Seeds to Grow Food Illegal https://www.eagletimes.com/covid_19/large-retailers-stop-in-person-sales-of-nonessential-items-in-vermont/article_c1d0e43c-7432-11ea-8ca9-a30ed891d9fd.htmlimage.png Canada's Farmers Warn of Food Supply Impact Due to Non-Essential Designation https://ipolitics.ca/2020/04/02/the-sprout-canadian-farmers-worry-for-food-supply/, https://business.financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/agriculture-sector-scrambling-to-offset-consequences-of-covid-19-crisis
  • Canada's government issues a list of industries and jobs it deemed essential, including food delivery, shipping & logistics, medical care, energy production & delivery.
  • One industry that was glaringly absent: agricultural production.
  • Like the US, Canada's agricultural industry relies on migrant and seasonal workers to plant and harvest foods, especially key fruits and vegetables that must be picked by hand.
  • Industry representatives have begun to petition the government to include Ag production an essential service so travel restrictions can be relaxed to allow workers to travel into Canada and use of public transportation systems to get to where planting activities must occur soon to allow for Fall food harvests.
  • Canada's Federation of Independent Grocers also extended a warning to the Government that it projects food costs in Canada could rise by as much as 90% in the coming months due to COVID-19 related disruptions. https://nationvalleynews.com/2020/04/01/grocers-group-warns-rising-food-costs-come/
Industry Expert Warns Illness Among Agricultural Workers Could Threaten US Food Supplies https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/markets/an-outbreak-among-farm-workers-would-be-catastrophic/ar-BB1257dl
  • Much of the US food supply chain is staffed by low-wage workers, many of them undocumented immigrants with limited ties to health services.
  • The Pew Research Center has estimated that about one-quarter of U.S. farmworkers are undocumented.
  • A 2019 U.S. Department of Labor survey estimated that the share of field workers who are undocumented is closer to half of all farmworkers.
  • The food processing industry also has high numbers of undocumented workers, as do many of the nation's smaller grocers and fast-food restaurants.
  • Immigrant farming communities are often close-knit, with laborers living and working in close proximity, with workers sharing hotel rooms and even make-shift Tents with cots, to save on costs.
  • As the California-based Western Growers Association states, "Social distancing is difficult or perhaps impossible in certain settings such as harvesting, transport (of workers) and housing."
  • One California grower told National Public Radio that if the coronavirus penetrates the agricultural community, "it will spread like wildfire."
  • The news comes as Mexico only recently restricted movements and travel, issuing shelter-in-place orders for 90% of the country.
  • The Trump Administration recently eased restrictions on H-2a Ag Worker visas, but industry experts warned many workers planned to stay in Mexico or other Central American countries due to travel restrictions now in effect in those countries. https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-03-27/state-department-eases-requirements-for-h2a-visa
  • The Western Growers Association currently estimates a 30% reduction in labor force this year, which may be further impacted if COVID-19 spreads among workers who live and work in tight close quarters.
LA Mayor: "Snitches Get Rewards" https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/03/31/coronavirus-los-angeles-eric-garcetti-snitches-get-rewards/
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new guidelines for construction sites that continue to operate during the coronavirus pandemic while encouraging the community to report businesses that violate the Safer at Home order.
  • Garcetti said that since the stay at home order was put in place, the city has been told about construction sites that have not been following the guidelines set out in that order.
  • "You know the old expression about snitches, well in this case snitches get rewards," Garcetti said. "We want to thank you for turning folks in and making sure we are all safe."
  • As of Tuesday afternoon, Garcetti said "business ambassadors" from the city had visited 540 businesses that had not complied with the Safer at Home order. Of those, 144 were visited by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department to ensure compliance with the order.
  • So far, Four businesses have been referred to the city attorney's office for misdemeanor filings.
  • The story comes as business owners across the US have been cited and even arrested for violating House Arrest orders, many turned in by way of anonymous calls to police departments. https://apnews.com/343ed4a8e95dfc8f8dda87b9e450ca57
In Germany, Hundreds of Citations Handed Out Based on Anonymous Reports and Emails to Police Departments https://news.trust.org/item/20200402160625-8y12u
  • (Headline Bloomberg News) Germans snitch on neighbors flouting virus rules, in an echo of the Stasi past
  • Law-abiding Germans are zealously helping police crackdown on people flouting new social distancing rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus by reporting on strangers, neighbors and friends.
  • In a country where denunciation was commonplace under the Communists in East Germany and Hitler's Nazis, police forces across the country are getting tip-offs on anything from "corona parties" to people driving to weekend cottages.
  • Rules introduced in March forcing restaurants, pubs and sports facilities to shut and banning gatherings of people have given police plenty of work. With the number of corona cases and deaths climbing fast, there is no sign of easing enforcement.
  • Since March 14, police in the German capital have ordered 830 pubs, shisha bars and other establishments to shut and recorded 898 crimes.
  • "We are getting tip-offs from the public about open restaurants or large gatherings of people in parks," said a spokeswoman, adding officers were, as always, ready to deal with information from the public.
  • Forces around Germany are in a similar situation. Munich police took up to 150 calls every day last week from citizens reporting alleged breaches of corona rules, according to Spiegel Online.

For weeks now, our political leaders and the media have been repeating the World Health Organization's claim that non-medical-grade face masks don't work when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. So, why are infectious disease experts now reconsidering their guidelines?

According to the New York Times, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robert Redfield, said the guidance on wearing non-medical masks is "being critically re-reviewed, to see if there's potential additional value for individuals that are infected or individuals that may be asymptomatically infected."

In actuality, they didn't trust the American people to do the right thing and prioritize healthcare workers to receive masks first, opined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday. But they do work, and "if we're going to open the country up, we are going to all have to wear face masks," he said.

Listen to the clip to hear more details:

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Face Masks DO Work, US Cases Per Capita, and WHO Lies for Communist China youtu.be

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William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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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: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.