CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: March 9th

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: 110,617 (up from 100,242 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 3,831 (up from 3,408 Friday)
  • 62,397 Patients Have Recovered from COVID-19 Worldwide
  • 109 Countries Have Confirmed Cases (up from 94 Friday) 4 more have Suspected Cases
  • 13% of Confirmed Cases are considered Serious (Requiring Hospitalization, down from 16% Friday), with 4% requiring ICU
  • US has 554 Confirmed Cases, and now 22 Deaths
  • Confirmed Cases in the 27 US States, with 6 More Tracking Suspected cases
Italy Has Closed Down 16 Provinces Including Milan & Venice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcJDpV-igjs
  • Dr. Richard Hatchett stated in a news interview in the UK on March 7th: "This is the most frightening disease I've ever encountered in my career, and that includes Ebola, it includes MERS, it includes SARS...It's frightening because of the combination of infectiousness and a lethality that appears to be manyfold higher than flu."
  • "There were three cases identified in Italy just two weeks ago. Today there are over 7,000."
  • "I don't think it is a crazy analogy to compare this to World War II. The World Health Organisation is using those kinds of terms. They have seen what this virus is capable of doing."
  • Dr Hatchett joined other Epidemiologists in warning not to compare COVID-19 to the seasonal flu. "It's at least two to three times more infectious and at least 10 times as deadly... There is no comparison."
Debunking Coronavirus Myths https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
  • The World Health Organization has launched a website to combat myths about COVID-19 circulating online.
  • Among the myths being busted:
    • No, eating raw garlic will not prevent Coronavirus infection.
    • No, taking a really hot bath will not prevent infection or kill Coronavirus.
    • Likewise, Cold and Snow are not cold enough to kill Coronavirus.
    • Coronavirus cannot be spread by mosquito bites.
    • No, hand dryers and hair dryers do not get hot enough to kill Coronavirus.
    • No, spraying your body with Alcohol, Bleach or Hand Sanitizer will not kill Coronavirus already in your body.
    • No, regularly rinsing your nose with Saline will not prevent Coronavirus infection.
    • No, having sex with someone who had COVID-19 and has recovered will not prevent Coronavirus infection.
    • No, pets cannot get sick from Coronavirus (note: study from Japan did indicate Dogs can be carriers of the virus, unknown if they can pass it to humans)
US Case Count Expected to Spike Dramatically This Week As Large Scale Testing Gets Underway
  • In January, doctors at the CDC decided to reject the WHO standards for Coronavirus testing (noting the 30% false-negative rate seen in Chinese tests)
  • Tests produced by the CDC in early February were designed to test for SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19) as well as SARS-CoV-1 (SARS) and MERS-CoV-1 (MERS) were faulty and had to be replaced.
  • By today, March 9th, more than 2.2 Million new test kits will have been sent to regional laps and hospitals, according to the US Surgeon General
  • Large scale testing is expected to dramatically increase the case count in the US. There are currently over 1,200 suspected cases across 33 states
COVID-19 at CPAC
  • Senators Ted Cruz and Paul Gosar in self-quarantine after interacting with a man who later tested positive for COVID-19
  • CPAC & ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp also interacted with the infected individual. Schlapp also appeared on stage and shook hands with President Donald Trump
Farr's Law and COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/03/08/coronavirus-going-to-hit-its-peak-and-start-falling-sooner-than-you-think/
  • COVID-19 May burn itself out naturally.
  • Farr's law was formulated by Dr William Farr in 1840 indicates that Epidemic outbreaks follow a bell-curve pattern.
  • Almost all epidemics follow this pattern, including a sharp increase in cases at the beginning of the cycle, a peak, and then a decline in cases and a return to baseline.
  • The pattern exists because human beings modify their behavior to avoid getting sick, and those who do get sick seek medical attention.
  • China, which had its first cases in December, peaked in late January or early February, and now is in the decline of spread phase because of modified behavior (Quarantines, social distancing, medical care, etc).
  • US is about 45-50 days behind where China sits, still in the 'up' phase of the Bell Curve.
  • Farr's law indicates that our Peak in cases should be in April/early May, and then a decline through June/July.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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