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Joe Biden’s staff must’ve written this op-ed on life after COVID-19 for him. It’s impossible to picture him empathizing with young people like that. In the op-ed, Biden wrote about the need for social distancing and how life wasn’t fair to young people. Then he spoke to people aged “20-54.”

But based on recent data from the Centers for Disease Control, it’s also clear that adults of all ages, including younger people, need to practice social distancing and self-isolating for their own personal protection. Of the cases in the U.S. thus far, almost 40 percent of COVID-19 infections that required hospitalization were among people aged 20-54.

That statistic is worthless by itself. How many of those young people who were hospitalized had compromised immune systems? What percent of those that were hospitalized were near the upper end of that age range? A 20-year-old’s immune system isn’t as compromised as a 54-year-old’s immune system.

That paragraph is mostly there to frighten people. It isn’t there to inform people. To inform people, there needs to be greater specificity. That’s missing from Biden’s op-ed. What isn’t missing from Biden’s op-ed are scare tactics:

People under the age of 60 are not immune to coronavirus. Young people are not assured to only experience a mild case if you catch it. There are no guarantees that you will not die from it. Increasingly, we are hearing heart-rending stories of deaths from people in their 20s and 30s.

That’s why we all have to follow the CDC guidelines to minimize the risk of our own exposure to the virus, and to slow its spread to others. Wash your hands. Stay at least six feet away from other people at all times. And yes, stay home. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family and neighbors. Do it to save the lives of those you’ve never met.

Thanks, Joe. We’ve been doing that for over a month. Leadership is about telling us what we need to do a month+ after we need to do it.

This is like Sleepy Joe accusing President Trump of xenophobia when President Trump shut down travel with China on January 31. According to Dr. Fauci, that decision saved lives and bought the US time. Next, Biden plays the con-job card:

This virus is already threatening economic impacts that could rival the Great Depression, and we are going to rely on the energy, the innovative spirit, and boundless capacity of our young people to help rebuild our economy when it’s over. We’re going to have to figure out how to get more help to folks who were left out of this bill. For example, I support forgiving at least $10,000 in student loan debt per person right now to provide meaningful relief. It’s the responsibility of all those in Congress to act now to ensure that our young people get a fair shot.

It isn’t just young people who have the gift of innovation. Smart people of all ages participate in innovation. What’s required is capitalism and competition.

A few Fridays ago, President Trump brought together CEOs of major companies in the Rose Garden at the White House to talk about ramping up testing for COVID-19. CEOs and presidents of companies like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target and other companies pledged to donate parts of their parking lots to do drive-through testing so they didn’t need to tie up space in clinics. About 15 minutes into this video, multiple CEOs spoke about their companies’ contributions:

In other words, President Trump did 2 weeks ago what Joe Biden is just thinking about today. In a crisis, time matters. Peter Navarro has coined a new phrase that’s appropriate for this. He’s talked about doing things at “Trump time.” In other words, getting things done faster than government is used to moving. Amen to that.

Let’s implement Trump time. Let’s vanquish Biden’s scare tactics.

Dr. Debbie Birx just talked about her experience with the virus task force. While Sleepy Joe Biden, now the prohibitive favorite to be the Democrats’ presidential nominee, has ignorantly shot his mouth off like a attention-seeking school child, adults like Dr. Birx have gotten important work done. In that work, they’ve helped protect hundreds of lives.

In his attempt to score partisan points, Biden said “We should not ‘fall back on xenophobia. Labeling COVID-19 a foreign virus does not display accountability for the misjudgments that have taken thus far by the Trump administration.” Presumably, Sleepy Joe isn’t talking about shutting down travel with China or Europe. Unfortunately, the man who will be the Democrats’ nominee has made himself look like an idiot on those fronts:

What was Biden saying? Days before the Trump administration finalized the travel restrictions, in an editorial Biden warned against “reactionary” travel bans, claiming it “would only have made things worse” with Ebola. Biden then accused the president of “demonstrated failures of judgment.”

It’s apparent that Sleepy Joe, the Democrats’ soon-to-be-nominee, prefers the virus get to the United States unchecked so it can kill hundreds, if not thousands, of people. Buffoons think that way. Leaders like President Trump react when crises arise. Then medical experts like Dr. Fauci praise leaders like President Trump:;

“Clearly early on we made a travel ban with regards to China that was a very smart move right there because what that did was prevent a major influx from China,” Dr. Fauci added.

How has President Trump led? Let’s ask Dr. Birx for her opinion:

“I’ve been a lab person. I’ve been a vaccine developer. I’ve been a doctor. I’ve been all those things,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, another expert on the White House task force. “But I have never in my lifetime of government service worked with the CDC in a way that every time a state or local government calls and says, ‘I have this barrier, I need a modification to the regulations.’ That has happened almost daily.”

That’s what it means to work at ‘Trump speed.’ In other words, President Trump acts like a businessman, clearing obstacles and optimizing performance. That wouldn’t happen if a lifelong politician were running the show. Thank God we have a businessman at the helm, not Sleepy Joe. I’m thankful for experts like Dr. Birx, who is doing an outstanding job. Finally, let’s be thankful for Dr. Fauci:

About 3 minutes into this speech, former VP Joe Biden made statement that’s still frightening:

Biden said “Banning travel from Europe or other parts of the world may slow it but, as we’ve seen, it will not stop it.” That statement isn’t frightening because it’s wrong. It’s frightening because of this article, which says “Are public health officials overreacting to the threat posed by the virus that causes the disease COVID-19? It’s absolutely necessary, because it’s worked in the past, says medical historian Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., a University of Michigan expert who has studied the effects of similar responses to past epidemics. ‘An outbreak anywhere can go everywhere,’ he says. And right now, ‘We all need to pitch in to try to prevent cases both within ourselves and in our communities.'”

Markel then explains “The tall, skinny curve is bad – it means that a lot of people will get sick at once, in a short period of time because we don’t take enough steps to prevent the virus from spreading from person to person. Most people won’t get sick enough to need a hospital. But those who do could overwhelm the number of beds and care teams that our nation’s hospitals have available.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out that a hospital that gets filled with lots of very sick patients at the same time isn’t likely to have as many of them survive as if a smaller amount of patients arrive at the clinic or hospital. Simply put so VP Biden can understand it, “flattening the curve” gives physicians the highest odds of treating patients successfully. Put differently, flattening the curve saves lives.

While that doesn’t “stop it”, slowing it down matters. That’s probably beyond Biden’s intellectual capacity but that’s why I’m thankful that he’s a former vice president, not the current president.

“If you don’t have as many cases coming to the hospitals and clinics at once, it can actually lower the number of total deaths from the virus and from other causes,” [Markel] says. “And, importantly, it buys us time for university and government scientists, and industry, to create new therapies, medications and potentially a vaccine.”

Following the Biden Plan potentially leads to more fatalities than by following the Trump Strategy. Health experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Debbie Birx and others have testified that President Trump’s travel ban with China saved lives.

I’ll trust experts like Fauci and Birx rather than trusting a blowhard politician like Joe Biden.

Cutting through the fog of misinformation about COVID-19 is imperative if we want to make rational decisions. In our quest to make rational decisions, this article is essential reading. Think of it as a call to rational thinking thanks to verifiable data from a trustworthy source. Let’s get started.

The article starts by saying “With nearly every news website, broadcast, blog, social media outlet and publication wallpapered with coronavirus coverage, information—and, sadly, misinformation—about it abounds. That slew of coverage is seemingly spawning fear, which makes focusing on facts currently known about the outbreak all the more urgent, in our view. Now, we aren’t epidemiologists or physicians. Neither of us studied medicine. We don’t even play doctors on TV. But part of what we do is analyze media—our team covers dozens of outlets daily from around the world. That means we have collectively read hundreds of articles on the subject—and found some significant overlap across various experts about what is true and what isn’t.”

What we know

As of March 6, Johns Hopkins University’s dashboard (which you can view here) cites 101,781 coronavirus diagnoses—260 in America. However, there are a few caveats to this. One, that doesn’t deduct the number of patients who have recovered or, tragically, died. Hopkins counts 55,866 patients as having recovered from the virus. 3,460 have died. Hence, these data show 42,455 persons currently known to have coronavirus globally—238 in the US.

This article was written on 3/6/2020 so its information is dated. Still, it’s worth reading through.

Limited testing worldwide means officials only identify those patients with the most severe symptoms. When Elisabeth (article co-author Elisabeth Dellinger) got swine flu in 2009, she was not part of the official tally because she stayed in bed and had fever dreams instead of checking in at a clinic. That the disease is likely more widespread than data suggest may seem frightening, but it brings us to another critical point to consider: The coronavirus death rate is likely overstated—potentially by a lot.

Some in the media, thankfully not all, have been irresponsible, by essentially hollering AIR RAID then whispering test. This misinformation has one main source: the anti-Trump political media.

I’m just saying

The misinformation coming from people with political motives shouldn’t be trusted. That isn’t to say it’s all misinformation. It’s just saying that the percentage of misinformation from these people is high. Let’s start with this information:

Wow! You mean that acting with common sense changes outcomes? That’s what Dr. Drew and Dr. Oz are telling us. Further, following the CDC’s guidelines is imperative. Think of that as our starting point. Let’s add that President Trump’s task force is doing an outstanding job with this. That isn’t what the politicized media is saying but that’s the truth. Vice President Pence is the right man to lead the task force even though he isn’t an MD. That’s why he’s got brilliant doctors on the task force. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Robert Redfield and Dr. Debbie Birx are brilliant doctors. Trust them. They don’t spew misinformation like Jim Acosta will.

This page should be the first page you read each day. It’s filled with information that’ll protect yourself and family. It’s filled with information about who’s most at risk, what you can do to mitigate the risks, what steps should be taken to reduce the odds of getting COVID-19. Follow these recommendations and you’ll likely have nothing to worry about.

If you do get COVID-19 symptoms, report them to your physician ASAP. When they give you instructions, follow them perfectly.

It’s time to stop panicking about COVID-19. Americans are a can-do people. We’ll get through this just like we’ve gotten through everything else that life’s thrown at us. If the liberal media want to panic, that’s their right. I’ve got more important things to do.

UPDATE: Chuck Schumer is spreading hysteria for purely partisan purposes. What’s needed is calm. Sen. Schumer is peddling panic. Apparently, he’s more interested in partisanship than he’s interested in statesmanship.

“I mean what was missing from the president’s talk is how he is actually going to deal with the spread of the coronavirus. That’s the bottom line,” Schumer said. “Well, what’s he going to do? So far we’ve seen statements belittling the problem, contradictory statements, statements that don’t address the problem.”

The CDC is putting out information that provide structure for people to follow. This is information that We The People need to act on.

If President Trump didn’t start thinking about the economic impact of COVID-19, Sen. Schumer wouldn’t hesitate in criticizing President Trump for not caring about the people. The simple truth is that Sen. Schumer is just a bitter partisan who hasn’t put the people first. That’s my definition of a total loser.