CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: March 12th

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: 127,809 (up from 126,611 yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 4,641 (up from 4,365 yesterday)
  • 68,327 Patients Have Recovered from COVID-19 Worldwide
  • 125 Countries Have Confirmed cases (up from 120 yesterday), 4 more have suspected cases
  • 11% of Active Cases are Considered Serious (Requiring Hospitalization), down from 12% yesterday, with 4% requiring ICU
  • US has 1,336 Confirmed Cases - and 38 Deaths
  • All 50 States Have at least 1 Confirmed Cases or 1 Presumptive Case Except Alabama, Maine, Idaho, Alaska and West Virginia

President Trump Bans Travel From Mainland Europe for 30 Days https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-makes-statement-on-coronavirus-wednesday-evening-watch-live-stream-today-2020-03-11/
  • UK travel not currently affected.
  • Ban limits human travel, cargo-only travel will not face restrictions at this time.
  • Order is effective as of today, March 12th, 2020.
  • President Trump indicated he would consider other travel bans from any hot spots as a means to follow CDC recommendations to prevent bringing more infected persons into the US.
  • Inbound travel to the US now restricted for over 1/3 of the world's population, including China, the EU, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Iran
Dr Anthony Fauci To Congress: COVID-19 is 10 Times More Lethal That The Flu https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/11/top-federal-health-official-says-coronavirus-outbreak-is-going-to-get-worse-in-the-us.html
  • "I can say we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
  • Fauci said COVID-19 is at least 10 times "more lethal" than the seasonal flu, even if the mortality rate drops far below the World Health Organization's current estimate of 3.4%, according to CNBC news.
  • The COVID-19 outbreak is just weeks old in the U.S. How much worse it gets depends on two things, Fauci said: 1) containing the influx of infected people coming from other countries and 2) containing local outbreaks within the U.S. via Social Distancing and Isolation of the sick.
  • "Bottom line is it's going to get worse," Fauci concluded.
US Stocks Officially Enter a Bear Market https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/10/dow-futures-point-to-a-loss-of-more-than-400-points-after-tuesdays-surge.html
  • US Stocks are down more than 20% from all-time highs reached just 3 weeks ago on February 12th.
  • The news comes as President Trump proposed cutting all US payroll taxes to 0% for the rest of the year, as well as Small Business Loans and the largest cash infusion into financial markets by the Fed since the 2009 Financial Crisis.
President Trump's Approval Rating Also Lower https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/trump-approval-ratings-nosedive-amid-coronavirus-outbreak
  • Daily tracking poll stood at +1 net approval rating (approve minus disapprove) on February 25th.
  • Flip to a -11 yesterday represents a 12 point swing in the online and phone-based survey.
  • The President's handing of Coronavirus cited as a major reason for the shift in voter attitudes.
Joe Biden Staffer Accuses Trump of Deciding to Let Coronavirus Get Out of Hand https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/03/11/joe-biden-staffer-claims-trump-decided-to-let-coronavirus-get-out-of-hand/
  • Senior Staffer, Digital Director of Biden's campaign tweeted, "Sure seems like this is getting out of hand and Donald Trump decided to let it be this way."
  • The tweet comes as Trump asked all Americans to "put politics aside, stop the partisanship, and unify as one nation and one family."
  • Calls for the staffer to apologize have gone unanswered by the Biden campaign.
WHO Finally Calls COVID-19 a Pandemic https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/who-declares-coronavirus-outbreak-a-global-pandemic
  • Surprising exactly zero people, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom made the announcement on Wednesday.
  • "This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus," Tedros said. "We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear."
  • "This is not just a public health crisis. It's a crisis that will touch every sector, so every sector and every individual must be involved in the fight," Tedros added. He said that countries needed to "strike a fine balance between protecting health, minimizing economic and social disruption, and respecting human rights."
New Obstacles to Testing in the US: Lack of Crucial Reagent Chemicals https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/10/coronavirus-testing-lab-materials-shortage-125212, https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/10/shortage-crucial-chemicals-us-coronavirus-testing/
  • In the latest challenge to US CDC efforts for widespread testing, the Chemical Reagent used to confirm the RNA presence of the virus is in short supply.
  • German-based Chemical giant Qiagen, with labs in Germany and Spain, is reportedly working 24/7 to ramp up production, citing global demand is simply far higher than current manufacturing capabilities.
  • The American Enterprise Institute indicated it estimates the US can currently run about 15,000 testing kits per day, but each kit relies on reagents at labs to confirm COVID-19. Through March 11th, approximately 8,554 Americans had been tested, compared to over 210,000 in S Korea, 61,000 in Italy and 26,000 in the UK.
Between 70 Million and 150 Million Will Become Infected with SARS-CoV-2, Congressional Doctor Projects https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/11/up-to-150-million-americans-are-expected-to-contract-the-coronavirus-congressional-doctor-says.html
  • Closed-door briefing with Senior Congressional staffers was held on Wednesday, March 11th by Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Monahan made the comments during a closed-door meeting Tuesday that included Senate administrative office staff and personnel from both parties, but no senators, according to NBC News.
  • Monahan stressed the need for Social Distancing and Isolation, urging staffers to let employees and volunteers work from home whenever possible and to limit physical contact with others.
  • Dr. Marc Lipsitch, professor of Epidemiology at Harvard, said earlier this month that he believes about 40% to 70% of the world's population could eventually become infected with the virus, and of those, about 1% will die.
Fighting to Make 1% a Reality - Case Fatality Rate of 1% is a Goal, Not Automatic!
  • A 1% Case Mortality Rate for COVID-19 is not automatic. 1% or less is Achievable and Possible but assumes infected people get critical medical care.
  • Each person has a role to play to help the world ensure the death rate is 1% or less.
  • Your role is simple: Don't spread the disease. Prevent yourself from being exposed and prevent spreading it to others.
  • The goal is to delay, as much as possible, the peak of infections so as to not overwhelm Medical infrastructure.
  • As we have seen in China, Iran and Italy, Case Fatality Rates of 3.5% (China), 8% (Iran) and 6% (Italy) are probable with COVID-19 once Hospital systems become overwhelmed.
  • The goal for each American is simply this: Do everything you can to not get infected - Wash your hands, don't touch your face, clean surfaces regularly, socially distance yourself from others, etc.
  • And if you do get sick: Stay HOME! Don't go out, isolate yourself as much as possible. And if you must go out, wear a surgical mask or respirator to lower how much virus you're shedding to others.
  • No masks do not reduce your infective rate to zero, but they can capture most droplets you breathe or cough out, significantly reducing how much virus each person spreads.

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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