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.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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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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