Earlier in the year,at the beginning the pandemic, I noticed on social media that the president was getting grilled on the fact that he didn’t act fast enough. I posted on Facebook,somewhat sarcastically, that there were many on the the other side that downplayed this. I immediately was attacked for my post, not from activists, but from extended family. I was trying to get the point across that, there was enough blame to go around. It ended with a retort from one extended family member, that I wouldn’t understand the seriousness of this until one of my family died. This backlash was frightening.
This Covid 19 pandemic has been a political football of massive proportion.
Let’s start with the obvious. Was this administration negligent in the handling of the Covid-19? According to his political rivals, a definite yes.
However, lets examine some timeline facts.
I have highlighted the Democratic timelines as I have had great difficulty finding these points on the internet. President Trumps comments, not so much.
Jan 14th-the World Health Organization says that Chinese authorities had found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission. It also notes “ limited human-to-human transmission, potentially among families is possible.
Jan 18th and Jan 30th-Alex Azar his health and human services person warned trump about the danger of coronavirus.
Jan 22nd– President Trump states
“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine”
Jan 28th-Alex Azar holds a coronavirus press briefing and informs the public that the HHS has been monitoring the virus since December. A Department of Veterans Affairs official circulates a warning to government public health experts about the outbreak.
Jan 29th– Peter Naverro warned trump and said you need to get ahead of this
President Trump announces the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, chaired by HHS Secretary Alex Azar. While the White House’s announcement says, “the Task Force will lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus,”
Jan 30th-the World Health Organization declares the outbreak a global health emergency.
January 31-Trump issues an executive order blocking entry to the US from anyone who has been in China in the last 14 days. It does not apply to US residents and family members or spouses of US residents or citizens.
The order becomes effective on February 2.
Jan 31st- Tweet From Vox news-
What is this #coronavirus? Its a part of a family of viruses that attack the respiratory system. Should I travel during the outbreak.?
The CDC and State Department advise avoid traveling to China for now.
Is this going to be a deadly pandemic?. No!
Jan 31st- Nancy Pelosi issued new no ban act in attempt to put restrictions on trumps travel ban
Jan 31st- Joe Biden said: “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria xenophobia, hysterical xenophobia, and fear-mongering to lead the way instead of science.”
Feb 1st- Washington Post headline in Health section-Get a grip, America. The flu is a much bigger threat than coronavirus, for now.
Feb 7th-New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot-
We’re telling New Yorkers, go about your lives, take the subway, go out, enjoy life.”‘
“The important thing for New Yorkers to know is that in the city currently, their risk is low and our city preparedness is high,” Barbot said. “We know that this virus can be transmitted from one .individual to another, but that it is typically people who live together. There is no risk at this point in time…about having it being transmitted in casual contact.”
Feb 9th- New York City Councilman Mark Levine, “In powerful show of defiance of #coronavirus scare, huge crowds gathering in NYC’s Chinatown for ceremony ahead of annual #LunarNewYear parade. Chants of “be strong Wuhan!”
If you are staying away, you are missing out!”
Feb 10th– President Trump-“It looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away – I hope that’s true.”
Feb 24th- administration requests 2.5 billion dollars from congress to fulfill CDC , NIH and FDAto combat the virus and the spread of the virus. Nancy Pelosi did not bring the request to the floor the next day. Not even that week. Only issue the federal government voted on that week was on flavored tobacco. Wasn’t till the next week did she bring it to the floor.
Feb 24th- Nancy Pelosi remarks in Chinatown
I’m here today, particularly, to say thank you to the community for the sense of family values and sense of community that they provide.
But also to say to everyone: we should come to Chinatown. Precautions have been taken by our city. We know that there is concern surrounding tourism, traveling all throughout the world, but we think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come.
Feb 26th-The mayor said of the New York city’s 1,200 hospital beds: “We’ve got a long time to ramp up if we ever had anything like that [kind of crisis]. So, the capacity we have right now is outstanding given the challenge we’re facing right now.”
He added: “We can really keep this thing contained.”
Mar 2nd -Gov. Andrew Cuomo sought to calm the nerves of New York residents worried about the confirmed case of coronavirus. Somebody used the expression ‘this is like the flu on steroids.’ OK?” Cuomo said. “Eighty percent of the people, when infected with the coronavirus, will self-treat and self-resolve. They’ll think they have the flu because it’s the same type of systems.”
He continued, “About 20% will get ill, and again, as the mayor said, I’ve said, everyone on this table has said, the people who are in ‘danger,’ the most danger [are] immune-compromised, debilitated people, senior citizens, like the normal flu.”
Mar 10th-Mayor Bill De Blasio-If you’re under 50 and you’re healthy, which is most New Yorkers, there’s very little threat here. This disease, even if you were to get it, basically acts like a common cold or flu.”
Mar 13th-President Donald Trump declares the novel coronavirus a national emergency, which unlocks billions of dollars in federal funding to fight the disease’s spread.
Mar 13th- President Donald Trump on Friday deflected blame for his administration’s lagging ability to test Americans for the coronavirus outbreak, insisting instead — without offering evidence — that fault lies with his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Mar 19th-Trump put the blame on Beijing: “It would have been much better if we had known about this a number of months earlier,” adding: “It could have been stopped right where it came from, China,” and, “The world is paying a very big price for what they did.”
March 25th- Governor Cuomo’s state Department of Health said that nursing homes must readmit residents sent to hospitals with the coronavirus, and accept new patients as long as they are deemed “medically stable.” The homes were also barred from testing new or returning residents for the coronavirus, which might have indicated whether residents were infectious. New York ranks second, closely behind New Jersey, among states with the highest number of known deaths in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The vast majority of those deaths — more than 6,200 people died after being confirmed or suspected of having the virus — happened in nursing homes. But New York’s numbers do not tell the whole story: The state Health Department only counts residents who physically died within a nursing home, and omits those who contracted the virus and went on to die in a hospital or other facility. New York is in the minority in reporting deaths in this way; California’s count, for example, includes most nursing home patients who were transferred to hospitals and died. (This excerpt is from The New York Times article entitled ” Does Cuomo share the blame for 6,200 Virus deaths in N.Y. nursing homes.)
May 6th- Governor Cuomo begins the “unprecedented” action of closing down the New York Subway system from 1am – 5am to disinfect for the Covid 19 virus. Not a moment to soon as over 18,000 new york city residents have already succumbed to the disease.
The latest: Anthony Fauci praises New York’s coronavirus response: They did it correctly. New York has seen more than 400,000 cases of coronavirus and nearly 28,000 deaths. Look at he timeline above.. Where is comon sense? Just take the time frame of disinfecting the subways that had been transporting millions of New Yorkers since the beginning of the pandemic.
Then there is the controversy on the hydroxychloroquine that the president had mentioned as a possible treatment for Covid-19. The backlash by the media was over the top to say the least. The issue has gone from being a dangerous irresponsible solution to a credible one in less than 2 months. (I reference a recent article from Newsweek published on 7/23/,2020, by Harvey A. Risch, MD PHD, Professor of Epidemiology, Yale school of Public Health. )
“I am fighting for a treatment that the data fully support but which, for reasons having nothing to do with a correct understanding of the science, has been pushed to the sidelines. As a result, tens of thousands of patients with COVID-19 are dying unnecessarily. Fortunately, the situation can be reversed easily and quickly. I am referring, of course, to the medication hydroxychloroquine. When this inexpensive oral medication is given very early in the course of illness, before the virus has had time to multiply beyond control, it has shown to be highly effective, especially when given in combination with the antibiotics azithromycin or doxycycline and the nutritional supplement zinc.” Physicians who have been using these medications in the face of widespread skepticism have been truly heroic. They have done what the science shows is best for their patients, often at great personal risk. I myself know of two doctors who have saved the lives of hundreds of patients with these medications, but are now fighting state medical boards to save their licenses and reputations. The cases against them are completely without scientific merit. Since publication of my May 27 article, seven more studies have demonstrated similar benefit. In a lengthy follow-up letter, also published by AJE, I discuss these seven studies and renew my call for the immediate early use of hydroxychloroquine in high-risk patients. These seven studies include: an additional 400 high-risk patients treated by Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, with zero deaths; four studies totaling almost 500 high-risk patients treated in nursing homes and clinics across the U.S., with no deaths; a controlled trial of more than 700 high-risk patients in Brazil, with significantly reduced risk of hospitalization and two deaths among 334 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine; and another study of 398 matched patients in France, also with significantly reduced hospitalization risk. Since my letter was published, even more doctors have reported to me their completely successful use.
Some would say the media demonizes everything this administration does.. This lends credence to that viewpoint.
In closing, I would like to remind my fellow citizens, how the democratic congress held the Covid-19 rescue packages hostages as well as the American Citizen. Granted, it is my perspective,however I ask you to see the superfluous add ons. You tell me what these have to do with getting relief to us.
$10,000 in federal student loan debt forgiveness for every borrower Elimination of $11 billion in Postal Service debt Permanent expansion of Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits Requiring corporations to pay a $15 minimum wage as a condition for aid: $300 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) $300 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) $35 million for the Kennedy Center Permanent reforms to election law: these provisions would implement permanent changes to election law by expanding early voting, absentee voting, and voting-by-mail policies. While some changes may be necessary for the election in November, it is not clear why these modifications are extended into perpetuity or why they should be implemented now, as opposed to after the crisis has subsided. Child Tax Credit expansion: this provision would expand the Child Tax Credit through the year 2025 — long after the coronavirus crisis is expected to last. The credit would increase from $2,000 to $3,000, become fully refundable, and provide an additional $600 for children under the age of 6. This is a highly-consequential policy change with effects far outside any likely COVID-19 crisis period. These are not all stipulations, but just some of the obvious.
Pls do not standby and do nothing, go to the “for more info” button, which is located to the right on your PC and at the bottom of the blog on I Pads and smart phones. You’ll find your state and contact information and social media for all congress and the senate. Stand up for your rights and get involved. NOW!
Thank you for getting involved in this conversation. God Bless America and Godspeed.