“Systemic Racism” Is A Racist Term

Do we really believe there is such a thing as systemic racism?

It’s a term that was created (by the Left) that states racism as a behavioral phenomena, is part of our character unwillfully decided, inherent to our character as a people predispostioned to such behavior.

That’s a clinical way of saying all white people are born racist and there’s not much you can do about it. 

That would be like me saying that all black people are born with an inherent distrust of white people, they can’t help it. It has been “built into their DNA.”

Does that sound racist? It sure does. But because we have accepted the premise that all white people are born racist, some on the progressive Left have determined racism isn’t a willful decision. It’s the same argument that says all men are, by nature, sexual addicts who prey on women, or think about it all of the time because it is instinctive. It’s like saying all Jews are inherently cheap, or shrewd, or that all blonde women are systemically stupid.

To say white people are inherently or systemically racist is exactly what racism is, a stereotype in which we ascribe certain characteristics as being instinctive, or not actively chosen and therefore cannot be controlled.

But how can something systemic in human behavior be evil or beyond our free will? Is all behavior built into to us? Does free will have any influence on outcome? Can one choose not to be racist, or is it predetermined at birth because a few hundred years ago my great-great-great-grandfather owned a slave?

Is systemic racism even a scientific fact?

If it isn’t, it soon will be, I assure you. One day the folks over at DSM will come up with some kind of behavioral term for people who exhibit a “predisposition to avoiding social intercourse with members of a different skin color.”

The term ‘systemic racism’ is a racist term. Americans of any color being fixed with a systemic characteristic is false. To suggest certain people are “just born a certain way” is exactly what racist stereotyping is, labeling.

Isn’t that what discrimination is all about? Judging someone on presumed characteristics you ascribe to people based solely on their race?

In any country where there is a majority or one color or another, the lesser group is right to feel a little outnumbered; the good news our country has made tremendous gains towards racial equity and equality. America has more than paid the price for the racial injustices we have inflicted, out of ignorance, to our fellow brothers with whose hands have built together this wonderful country.

But recognizing racial differences is quite natural and plays to our social instincts. It’s why we wear tattoos, a calling to our ancestral past where markings determined which tribe you belonged to, and commonalities ensured tribal safety, this social mechanism has continued for hundreds of thousands of years. Racism is mostly cultural, bigotry is taught, but even then, it simply can’t be brush-stroked and made to apply to all people, which is what using the term systemic seeks to do. That’s where we get into labeling based on uniform prejudice.

When the first Planet of the Apes movie was being filmed in Los Angeles in 1968, filmmakers remarked that, in between takes, the extras dressed as gorillas would form groups, while the chimps and orangutans followed suit. It’s not racism, it’s social tribalism; a perfectly natural social construct evolved by the desire to feel safe. It’s science.

When I was growing up in poor neighborhoods in South Gate, Watts and Lynwood California, I was in the minority, and I felt insecure. But it didn’t make me feel like all of my schoolmates hated white people, it was just that there were more of them than me, and kids, boys, pick on the weak. Once I made a few friends it was okay, but I ceratinly didn’t walk around with a chip on my shoulder saying the world was against me because I was white.

If you apply systemic racism as a label to all white people then you are in fact guilty of the same crime shown in the very nature by which you generalize one group of people.

That former President Obama said on National TV on 60 Minutes that “all white people have racism built into their DNA” was the worst kind of racist statement, one he got away with because he was Black, he was President, and he was charming, This lie continues to be pushed.

Today, the lie has been made a truth because no one dares question its validity for fear of being called a racist, like man-made climate change can never be debated because you would be a denier, as stupid ape-man who is probably a stupid religionist. Systemic racism is now accepted as truth by consensus by a large majority of people. That is not a progressive society.

Progressive societies embrace hard facts and truth, they don’t pander to virtue because it makes them feel less guilty about suffering in the world, or more caring about thier world by feeling bad about others who are “oppressed;” and if black people want white people to feel sorry for them, then yes, keep pushing the systemic racism thing. It will get you lots of sympathy to be sure, but that and a dollar won’t get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks, unless it becomes “systemic racism day,” and all people of color get free coffee as a way of saying “we’re sorry.”

Has Covid-19 Peaked?

I will make no claim other than I am using science to display how COVID 19 may be fading fast, at least in most developed countries. The jury is still out on Brazil, India, and Russia, but the statistics show that what we have seen in the early countries that were hard hit by the coronavirus, the worst seems to be over, with the caveat that perhaps there could be a second wave, even though there has yet to be a substantial second wave that equaled the first.

Based on CDC and WHO data from June 2, 2020, and in looking at daily deaths (the only real number that counts), we can see a downward trend almost uniformly.

Starting with the U.S.:

(note the six-day cycle where there is a brief peak and then it drops down for five or six days, decreasing in intensity in each cycle:

Sweden, the sole developed European country that did not go into lockdown, but instead, had faith its citizenry would follow social distancing guidelines, they too, seem to have peaked:

And then there’s Belgium, per capita the hardest hit country:

The UK, which is still reeling from an intense month of high death counts, is finally easing:

Italy can finally breath a sigh of relief:

The French are almost ready to start kissing again:

Hotspots like Brazil and India are worth watching. Brazil is still seeing triple digit deaths but its peak was two weeks ago:

We’ll know by late June where India is heading because if the peak remains May 29 for a sustained period, that could be good news while the country tries to adhere to strict lock down measures to “flatten the curve.”

113 countries have had less than 100 deaths from COVID (assuming the records are correct), and 39 countries have reported no deaths. The virus has been circulating since (we think) January, perhaps even early December, which makes the stronger case that community spread is what is happening with the SRS-CoV-2 virus as it makes its way around the world.

Let’s hope so. There is a lot of work ahead.

There is No Good Choice

James Watkins |Editor

It’s like this for most Americans.

We are frustrated because we know that as we shelter-in-place and social distance, the spread of coronavirus is controlled; we save lives. We have seen that our medical centers and hospitals can handle even a worst case scenario like the one we witnessed in the tri-State and New England area when the first wave hit. 

But we also watch as our once-great economic workhouse slows to a crawl. 

Just 4 months ago people were working, making money, enjoying what looked like a bright economic future. Now we are unemployed and worried about our kids and our own well-being. 

One day you hear a report that the curve is flattening, but then you hear that going out is risky still and people will die if you do. But then we cower and can’t go back to work because our leaders are telling us it is illegal.

How then, do we make the right choice? None of us wants to be responsible for being unwitting spreaders of this invisible virus. And besides, what to believe? One day we are told the virus can stay on metal surfaces for a week, then, the CDC says, well, maybe not. We are told our masks are good, then told they are bad because they collect bacteria and we touch our faces. You just can’t win.

The pundits on the left say it’s Trump’s fault. That his poor leadership is costing lives. 

On the right we are told to fight for our rights, that people have a right to work and be free to move about, even with a deadly virus lurking.

What to believe?

I watch the numbers every day. As a broadcaster I just got tired of certain numbers being reported and others being excluded. One side (the media) stokes fear, the other side (right-wing talk show hosts) stokes anger.

I use Worldometer, which is a collection vessel for all of the CDC’s around the world. It’s not perfect, but it comes close. The data is updated instantly and most other government agencies use it, including the World Health Organization, and Johns Hopkins.

Here are some things that I have observed in countries that have extremely high death counts:

  • Bad air
  • heavy smoking
  • older population concentrated in close quarters
  • high or dense population where you have five or six people living in the same home
  • high amounts of people who are nutritionally poor or with cardiovascular or diabetic problems
  • terrible medical infrastructure

The U.S. will probably not see too many “hot spots;” New York/New Jersey is the exception only because it has a massive public transportation system and a highly condensed population area which makes it impossible for people to NOT come into contact with one another. New York, like London, experience high death counts for this reason.

In places like LA, or elsewhere in highly populated areas you may see continuous periodic concentrations of COVID deaths in nursing homes, or among a much older population sets (senior citizens who have been kept alive by statins and hypertension medication) but in the general public, coronavirus, until there is a vaccine, will be just like influenza in the years to come. Thankfully (the CDC data bears this out).

Most of America will adjust just fine. 

It is a huge deception to show growing cases of the United States. We are a nation  of fifty small countries, little mini-States that eventually will get COVID 19; the numbers will rise as we see it spread, but this does not mean death counts or medical facilities will experience the same high rates as cities like New York or Boston.

Proof?

  • There were no major outbreaks following Spring Break, which the experts predicted
  • There was no outbreak in Wisconsin after public voting, which is what the media reported would happen based on some “expert opinion.”
  • There was no outbreak in New Orleans among the poor people as we expected beacuse this is what the exerts predicted.
  • There was no outbreak in Seattle, which actually saw the first cases of coronavirus and is a gateway city from Asia to the U.S.
  • We saw no outbreak in San Francisco, despite the fact that over 150,000 people in the Bay area are of Chinese descent, with a probable assumption that some people freely travel between China and San Francisco for business or personal reasons.
  • Coronavirus has been spreading since January, most major metros in the U.S probably have community spread, cases are rising, but death counts are not rising in the same proportion as cases because we are testing more people faster. The fatality rate is actually dropping in proportion to known cases

Weak governments and weak, or poor countries will be hard hit if they have no proper medical infrastructure. Brazil, Mexico, Russia, India, Pakistan, Countries with 5 million plus cities with high rates of impoverished people are likely suspects of future outbreaks.  Obvious. Not always exact however, because, as we have seen, places like Bangladesh and India have not see a huge explosion- yet. What are we witnessing in these countries is desperate economic issues that will lead to dysentery, suicide and death by starvation or malnutrition.

Economically we must reopen. The world must reopen, despite the virus. Work is intrinsic to life. Even during the plagues people worked. They had to because they couldn’t just sit idle and die. There were no government bailouts and handouts. There was no such thing as a “first responder.” You were lucky if someone showed up to remove the body before the dogs and pigs could get to it first.

My Grandmother told me during the Spanish flue (what she called yellow fever) said people didn’t talk about it. They accepted death because soldiers had just returned from Europe and the country lost a lot of solders to begin with, so no one know how bad the flu was until it passed – and it did. She said they “just dealt with it.”

There should never have been a politicization of this virus. It is a testament of our lack of leadership. Shame also on a compliant media that just can’t help themselves to spreading alarming information in a way that is meant to frighten people into compliance. 

The coronavirus, in addition to killing people, has exposed our best – and worst natures; our characters are being tested.

I will leave you with this. How you deal with this virus will tell you a lot about your own character. It will tell you, for example, how much you rely on the government or others to make decisions. It will also tell you how afraid you are of life – and death.

The coronavirus will also tell you how resilient and faithful you are to being courageous in the face of fear. Are you running to grab toilet paper or are you checkin on your neighbors to make sure they are okay?

Sadly, I had assumed that character was a much more common trait.

In just four months we have people now hating each other based on whether they wear a mask or not. Enemies created by a simple piece of cloth covering your mouth.

When this is all over many of us will be shocked at how badly we behaved.

THE MEDIA IS DRIVING A FALSE NARRATIVE OF LIFE VS. THE ECONOMY

Opinion by Lee Habeeb | Newsweek

A popular nail salon in the small Mississippi town where I live let its customers know it was reopening last week. Things would be different, the salon announced, as it adjusted to new safety protocols. What would not change, it promised, was the great service. Within hours, the salon was booked for days. I was lucky to get an appointment. So was my 15-year-old daughter.

We’ve been doing daddy-daughter nail days for as long as I can remember. It’s a small thing to some, but not us. It’s one of many rituals we’ve cultivated to deepen our bond. Rituals that make life meaningful and beautiful.

Some folks in town think this kind of activity amid the coronavirus pandemic is risky and frivolous. Even reckless. But the women in the salon—and the one man in the place, me—disagree.

I sat down with a young lady who’s done my nails before, and it was clear she was grateful to be back working. She’d gone two months without a job, and things were hard, she told me without a hint of self-pity. She has kids and had nearly exhausted her savings.

But it wasn’t just the money she missed. She missed the pride in doing a good day’s work and providing for her family. That pride had been stripped from her. It was finally back.

Like the young mother in my nail salon, most Americans get meaning from work. Anyone who’s been out of work for an extended time will tell you what happens when we don’t add value to the world. Or find a way to make a contribution. We feel useless. Uselessness can turn to hopelessness. And worse.

More than 36 million Americans are without work due to lockdowns, a soul-crushing number. Jamie Stewart, a 37-year-old from Bonita Springs, lost her job as a shift manager and bartender in a local Florida resort. She recently rented a room in her home to make ends meet and signed up for food stamps to cover her weekly grocery bills. “My mental health has deteriorated to a point that I don’t recognize myself anymore,” she told a reporter for the Associated Press.

Millions of Americans don’t recognize themselves anymore. Or our lives. And it isn’t greed that drives our desire to return to the business of life. It’s a biological need. We human beings are hardwired for work.

Millions of businesses have been shuttered, too. And it’s not money that motivates most entrepreneurs I know to reopen their businesses. Money wasn’t the reason they started their businesses in the first place. Some did it because they felt called to do it. Some did it to satisfy a deep need to own something in their life—or solve a problem in the community they serve. Some did it to be free from a boss or bureaucracy. Others to prove someone wrong. Others still did it for reasons they don’t understand, and perhaps never will. But it’s something the world can’t live without, that drive of entrepreneurs to create something from nothing. Including work for the rest of us.

Many sank their life savings into their businesses. Others put their homes on the line. Taking those risks with your life, and being responsible for other lives, is not for the weak of heart. For all of those businesses owners teetering on the edge of insolvency, their desire to return to life is about much more than money. Their lives hang in the balance.

But it wasn’t just work and commerce that was stripped from our lives. It was many of the social aspects of life that give it meaning. Sports like baseball, softball and all the leagues we form as Americans—and poker, bridge and bingo, too—were taken from us. Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion halls were closed. Public schools and private schools were closed, which also put an end to after-school activities like band and theater. Restaurants and bars, places we congregate with friends and family, were closed. So were Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and Al-Anon meetings across the nation.

These dimensions of American life—our social and commercial energy—mesmerized a French political scientist when he visited America in the 1830s. “Americans of all ages, all conditions, all minds constantly unite,” Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in Democracy in America. “Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations in which all take part, but they also have a thousand other kinds: religious, moral, grave, futile, very general and very particular, immense and very small; Americans use associations to give fêtes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools. Finally, if it is a question of bringing to light a truth or developing a sentiment with the support of a great example, they associate.”

This was so very different from the way countries in Europe did life, he noted. “Everywhere that, at the head of a new undertaking, you see the government in France and a great lord in England,” Tocqueville added, “count on it that you will perceive an association in the United States.”

It was an entirely different way not only of organizing a nation, but the habits of life itself. All of it not only surprised Tocqueville, but impressed him. “I often admired the infinite art with which the inhabitants of the United States managed to fix a common goal to the efforts of many men and to get them to advance to it freely.”

It’s not the pursuit of money that drives those of us clamoring to return to normal life. It’s the pursuit of a good life. And church plays the biggest role in that pursuit for many Americans, myself included. “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them,” Jesus Christ told his flock. From worship music to sermons, church is that rare space we get to put our worldly worries aside and focus on something bigger than ourselves. Luckily for my family, our church has an online presence, and we’ve been able to gather in our home and be nourished. We’ve been respectful of local laws, despite the misgivings many of us share about the abridgment of our most sacred freedom—our right to worship freely.

The truth is that when critics in the news media or on social media ridicule Americans who believe it’s time to start a safe return to life, and accuse us of putting commerce over life, they’re presenting a false narrative. Life versus commerce is not the choice before us. It’s life versus life.

When real meaning is stripped from life, and done so because of fear, that too can become infectious. Fear, as we all know, can kill life. Kill our spirit. And kill the truth.

“This virus is going to do what it’s going to do,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, one of America’s leading epidemiologists, told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press. “What we can do is only nibble at the edges. And I think it’s not a good message to send to the public that we can control this virus in a meaningful way.”

Osterholm is not a U.S. Chamber of Commerce spokesman or an acolyte of President Donald Trump. He’s director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “What we have to tell people honestly, what they want to hear, they don’t want it sugarcoated and they do not want it coated in fear,” he continued. “But somewhere between now and tomorrow, next year, we’re going to see 60 to 70 percent of Americans ultimately infected with this virus. What we have to do is figure out how not just to die with the virus, but also how to live with it. And we’re not having that discussion.”

Osterholm was right. We want to learn to live with this virus. Just as we’ve learned to live with other deadly risks around us.

“We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, mountains and prairies, because we are made of sugar candy,” Winston Churchill reminded English-speaking people across the globe during WWII, back when we were fighting a virus called totalitarianism. Millions volunteered for dangerous duty in Europe and the Pacific in that war. More than 400,000 American lives were lost. But our resilience was honed. Our spirit grew.

My mom lost her only brother in France not long after D-Day. She grew up in the Great Depression, and she wasn’t inclined to coddle us growing up. She gave us space to fall and fail, to break legs and arms—and even some rules. Always, her goal was to turn her children into resilient grown-ups.

When my daughter told us a few years ago that she wanted to jump horses competitively, we took a breath. It wasn’t merely an expensive sport, but a dangerous one: She wouldn’t just be jumping what are essentially high-hurdles in tight quarters with sharp turns. She’d be doing it on top of a four-legged animal that’s over 16 hands tall (67 inches in people height), weighs over 1,000 pounds and has a mind of its own.

She’s been thrown many times. Always, she gets up—each time a little more resilient. She will be thrown many more. Some people think we’re crazy. But we’ve encouraged the endeavor because life itself will throw her to the ground many times. She is learning to live with risk.

America has been thrown to the ground by this virus. But what’s keeping us down now is our own fear of the unknown, reinforced by a craven media hellbent on scaring the daylight out of us and keeping us locked up indefinitely.

Some who are at risk will need to be cautious in the coming weeks and months as the nation reopens. Those of us not at risk should be cautious, too. But my family is ready to rise out of our bunker and get back to the life we love. So too, I imagine, are most Americans.

Lee Habeeb is vice president of content for Salem Radio Network and host of Our American Stories. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife, Valerie, and his daughter, Reagan.

Moderna Gets Clearance to Start Phase 2 Trial on CCP Virus Vaccine

Courtesy The Epoch Times

Drugmaker Moderna has obtained clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to run a larger trial of its CCP virus vaccine candidate.

The state of the phase two trial is “imminent,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a statement. The trial will include 600 participants.

The biotechnology company hopes start a phase three study as early as this summer.

Developed in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Moderna’s vaccine uses a messenger RNA and contains none of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus from China, instead carrying a sequence of the virus.

The mRNA, or genetic molecules, are supposed to trigger an immune response by having the body’s cells express a virus protein.

The phase one trial shifted to higher dosing and older age groups last month after starting on Marcy 16 at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. According to the trial listing, which appears out of date, researchers were still recruiting for phase one.

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is helping speed up development of the candidate. BARDA in April awarded Moderna up to $483 million to support later clinical trials and scaling up manufacturing. Moderna has in the past received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Moderna, based in Massachusetts, said it was hiring up to 150 new employees this year to support the project. It also partnered with Lonza, a Swiss drugmaker, to boost production of the experimental vaccine, with a goal of making up to 1 billion doses.

Manufacturing could start as early as July and approval could come as early as next year.

There are no vaccines or proven treatments for the CCP virus or the disease it causes, COVID-19.

The virus primarily causes severe illness in the elderly and those with underlying health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, or cancer.

A significant portion of people who become infected never show symptoms while others experience mild or moderate symptoms and recover at home through rest and symptom treatment.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, chills, and aches and pains.Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber

Zinc-Hydroxychloroquine Combination Effective in Some COVID-19 Patients: Study

Courtesy The Epoch Times

Treating COVID-19 patients with zinc in addition to hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin led to a higher rate of discharge from hospitals and a lower likelihood of dying, according to a new study.

Researchers at New York University’s School of Medicine reviewed records from roughly 900 patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

About half received zinc sulfate in addition to hydroxychloroquine, a treatment typically used against malaria and lupus, and azithromycin, a common antibiotic. The other half received the two treatments without zinc.

Patients receiving the triple-drug treatment were 1.5 times more likely to recover enough to be discharged from hospitals and were 44 percent less likely to die, when compared to the other group.

“We found a statistically significant decrease in mortality among patients who received zinc as part of their treatment regimen. This is the first study, to our knowledge, that showed a clinical difference in patients with COVID-19 who received zinc,” Joseph Rahimian, one of the researchers, told The Epoch Times in an email.

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50% of All Covid-19 Deaths Are in Nursing Homes

James. R Watkins

In what is being called a staggering new statistic, a new study delves into the number of COVID-19 related deaths in each State, and where they are occurring. We already know that older people are at much greater risk of dying from Coronavirus; we also know that people with serious underlying health problems are also at risk. This latest report shows the percentage of people in the U.S. who are in health-care facilities, versus people who are dying in the general population.

Phil Kerpen, who gather the data and published his findings HERE, says more than half of all deaths (52.2%) are occuring in nursing homes in each state.

Obviously the tragic news is our most vulnerable are the most susceptible to dying from COVID-19; the better news is that if most fatalities are occurring outside of the general population, then the fatality rate is far lower among the general population than previously believed, hence the need for extreme lockdown policies in many counties in several States could ease much quicker based on these latest confirmed findings.

For example, last week we reported that more than half of all deaths in California are in nursing homes, according to a published report in Lancet. The Kerper study confirms the same is true across all States. The implications follows that general population fatality rates are essentially half.

Using simple man, this means the COVID-19 fatality rate in California is not .010, but half of that, .005 (the common flu has a .10 fatality rate)

The study also includes source links:

Nursing Home COVID Deaths by State
by @kerpen and @nosmhnmh
Change from yesterday’s sheet
Data Reporting Statuslast updateNursing home deathsState deaths on dateTotal Deaths Minus Nursing Home DeathsNursing Home Share of DeathsTotal Nursing Home Residents 2017COVID nursing home deaths as % of all 2017 nursing home residentshttps://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/number-of-nursing-facility-residents/Nursing home deathsState deaths on dateTotal Deaths Minus Nursing Home Deaths
Reporting states total, NY doubled to compensate for exclusion of hospital deaths34,65866,37431,71652.2%1,182,8092.9%
Reporting states total excluding NY23,75244,73420,98253.1%1,081,2912.2%
AlabamaReporting – media4-May10729618936.1%22,4820.5%https://www.wsfa.com/2020/05/03/over-test-positive-covid-alabama/00
AlaskaNot Reporting00
ArizonaNot Reporting00
ArkansasReporting – media10-May32915935.2%17,4390.2%https://www.ksla.com/2020/03/17/daily-report-arkansas-dept-health-monitoring-covid-/00
CaliforniaConflicting reports8-May12762,5851,30949.4%101,0301.3%https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/SNFsCOVID_19.aspx00
ColoradoBest data – Wed6-May53092139157.5%16,0783.3%00
ConnecticutBest data – Thu6-May1,6272,7181,09159.9%22,6537.2%https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/05-2020/Governor-Lamont-Coronavirus-Update-May-700
DelawareReporting5-May1211876664.7%4,1812.9%https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/delaware-plans-start-universal-testing-long-term-care-facilities00
District of ColumbiaReporting4-May7225818627.9%2,3803.0%00
FloridaBest data – daily11-May7141,7351,02141.2%72,7411.0%https://www.floridadisaster.org/news-media/news/20200508-florida-department-of-health-updates-new-covid-19-cases-announces-sixty-nine-deaths-related-to-covid-19/11143
GeorgiaBest data – daily – staff8-May6721,39572348.2%33,0432.0%https://dch.georgia.gov/00
HawaiiNot Reporting00
IdahoNot Reporting00
IllinoisGood data – Fri8-May1,5533,2411,68847.9%66,6432.3%https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/long-term-care-facility-outbreaks-covid-1900
IndianaBest data – Mon11-May5841,51192738.6%38,6821.5%https://twitter.com/StateHealthIN/status/1259875922859233284/photo/1164297133
IowaNot Reporting00
KansasM-W-F Gov briefing8-May851526755.9%14,6570.6%https://www.facebook.com/pg/GovLauraKelly/videos/?ref=page_internal00
KentuckyBest data – daily – staff10-May17830412658.6%22,7600.8%https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/covid19/LTCupdate.pdf00
LouisianaMedia4-May7381,9911,25337.1%26,1692.8%https://www.nola.com/news/coronavirus/article_e6e378e2-8e0f-11ea-a09d-fffe300
MaineReporting (KFF)7-May35622756.5%5,9470.6%00
MarylandBest data – Wed – staff6-May8041,33853460.1%24,4143.3%00
MassachusettsBest data – daily10-May3,0014,9791,97860.3%38,6737.8%https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-response-reporting00
MichiganOnly cases for now00
MinnesotaBest data – daily11-May47259111979.9%24,7551.9%https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html#death18135
MississippiBest data – daily – staff11-May19343524244.4%15,9501.2%https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html253
MissouriNot Reporting00
MontanaNot Reporting00
NebraskaMedia57862966.3%11,3940.5%00
NevadaBest data – daily – staff8-May6329323021.5%5,3361.2%https://app.powerbigov.us/view?r=eyJrIjoiNDMwMDI0YmQtNmUyYS00ZmFjLWI0MGItZDM0OTY1Y2Y0YzNhIiwidCI6ImU0YTM0MGU2LWI4OWUtNGU2OC04ZWFhLTE1NDRkMjcwMzk4MCJ900
New HampshireMedia8-May911182777.1%6,4421.4%https://twitter.com/KlandriganUL/status/125888293185196442000
New JerseyBest data – daily11-May4,8909,3104,42052.5%44,03311.1%https://covid19.nj.gov/#live-updates355520
New MexicoMedia6-May761628646.9%5,6931.3%https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/coronavirus/state-confirms-first-santa-fe-death-from-covid-19/article_258b12ae-8fd1-11ea-afd3-d7bb9ee7818d.html00
New YorkBad data – still excludes residents who die at hospital11-May5,45321,64016,18725.2%101,5185.4%*NY is the only state to exclude deaths of nursing home residents who die at a hospital. Do not compare with other states.50162112
North CarolinaBest data – Tuesday & Friday 4 PM11-May32355022758.7%35,7630.9%https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19/covid-19-nc-case-count#key-metricsis-north-carolina-slowing-the-spread-112312
North DakotaNot Reporting00
OhioGood data – Wed – staff6-May4991,10260345.3%73,8260.7%missing data prior to April 15 (excluded from denominator for uniformity, 123 total deaths)00
OklahomaReporting – KFF7-May11125314243.9%18,3610.6%https://oklahoman.com/article/5661567/coronavirus-in-oklahoma-grim-milestone-reached-in-nursing-home-deaths00
OregonBest data – Tue – staff5-May681134560.2%7,3170.9%00
PennsylvaniaBest data – daily – staff11-May2,5523,7311,17968.4%76,6523.3%https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx23241
Rhode IslandReporting – weekly, press10-May31441910574.9%7,8174.0%https://www.golocalprov.com/news/7-Major-Coronavirus-Developments-RIs-Nursing-Home-Patients-Dying-Twice-t344915
South CarolinaReporting – twice weekly8-May10732021333.4%16,9930.6%https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/LTCFs-05.04.2020_rev.pdf00
South DakotaNot Reporting00
TennesseeBest data – daily11-May8725116434.7%26,4810.3%https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html088
TexasMedia8-May478104256445.9%92,2500.5%https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/amp/Which-nursing-homes-have-coronavirus-outbreaks-15257923.php00
UtahReporting – KFF6-May26583244.8%5,1780.5%00
VermontNot Reporting00
VirginiaBest data – daily11-May50385034759.2%27,5951.8%1411-3
WashingtonMedia2-May50782431761.5%15,9933.2%https://apnews.com/9ea665c7979b4590eedab0e491f45e5500
West VirginiaReporting – daily9-May33532062.3%9,2510.4%https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx00
WisconsinReporting11-May17340923642.3%24,2390.7%https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/deaths.htm495

How NYC is Skewing America’s COVID-19 Numbers

by Tyler O’ Neil | PJMedia.com

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s delayed response to the coronavirus pandemic may turn out to be the most consequential failure in the country. Not only does the New York City area skew America’s overall numbers when it comes to coronavirus cases and deaths, but recent genetic studies suggest that New York also served as a hub for the spread of the virus across the United States.

New research reported in The New York Times indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York City through much of the United States before the city instituted social distancing requirements to stem the tide. Coronavirus spread from New York to states as far afield as Louisiana, Ohio, Idaho, Wisconsin, Texas, Arizona, and even the West Coast, according to geneticists who tracked signature mutations of the virus, travel histories of infected people, and models of the outbreak from infectious disease experts.

“We now have enough data to feel pretty confident that New York was the primary gateway for the rest of the country,” Nathan Grubaugh, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health, told The New York Times. While travel from other cities like Seattle also sparked infections across the country, New York City was the primary launching pad of the coronavirus in the U.S.

“It looks like most of the domestic spread is basically people traveling out from New York,” Dr. Kari Stefansson, founder and chief executive of deCODE Genetics, a leading genome analysis firm based in Reykjavik, Iceland, told The Times.

Overall, Dr. Grubaugh estimated that viruses spreading from New York account for 60 to 65 percent of the infections identified across the country.

To illustrate just how large that shift would be, and just how much the New York City area is skewing the U.S.’s coronavirus statistics, PJ Media ran some numbers using the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus statistics and the CIA’s World Fact Book estimates for July 2020.

The thirteen New York City area counties of Queens, Kings, Bronx, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, New York, Hudson, Essex, Middlesex, Richmond, Bergen, and Union have 351,044 confirmed coronavirus cases, roughly 28 percent of the U.S.’s total of 1,244,119. These counties also account for 23,921 coronavirus deaths, roughly 32 percent of America’s total 74,844 deaths (these numbers are likely inflated due to the practice of funeral homes writing “COVID-19” on death certificates even without a confirmed coronavirus death).

If the New York City area does account for between 60 and 65 percent of coronavirus cases elsewhere across the U.S., that represents between 535,845 and 580,499 cases. That means only between 312,576 cases and 357,230 cases came from other entry points, including hotspots like Seattle, Wash., or Miami, Fla. In other words, only between 25 percent and 29 percent of all U.S. coronavirus cases originated from places other than the New York City area.

The vast majority of U.S. coronavirus cases either happened in the Tri-State Area or came from the Tri-State Area.

But it gets worse: this has a huge impact on how the U.S. stacks up with other countries. Many media outlets have breathlessly repeated that America has the most coronavirus cases of any country in the world, along with the most deaths. In terms of raw numbers reported, this is true, but countries like ChinaIran, and Russia have vastly underreported their caseloads, so any such comparisons must be taken with a grain of salt.

Here’s How Much Downstate New York Is Skewing the United States’ Coronavirus Numbers

Comparisons should take population into account, and the U.S. does not have the most cases or deaths per capita. Here are the countries with the most cases per million people:

1. Ireland: 4,477 cases per million.

2. Spain: 4,407.

3. Belgium: 4,285.

4. Switzerland: 3,766.

5. USA: 3,736.

6. Italy: 3,482.

7. Britain: 3,151.

8. Portugal: 2,672.

9. France: 2,564.

10. Netherlands: 2,469.

Similarly, the U.S. does not lead the other countries in deaths per million people, either.

1. Belgium: 701 deaths per million.

2. Spain: 517.

3. Italy: 483.

4. Britain: 465.

5. France: 380.

6. Netherlands: 312.

7. Sweden: 304.

8. Ireland: 281.

9. Switzerland: 226.

10. U.S.A.: 225.

What’s the Real Story Behind Continuing Lockdowns?

Yet if the New York City area were its own country, it would rank high at the top, both for cases per million and for deaths per million. In terms of coronavirus cases per million, America drops to eighth place without the New York City area.

1. NYC: 17,552 cases per million.

2. Ireland: 4,477 cases per million.

3. Spain: 4,407.

4. Belgium: 4,285.

5. Switzerland: 3,766.

6. Italy: 3,482.

7. Britain: 3,151.

8. U.S.A.: 2,682.

9. Portugal: 2,672.

10. France: 2,564.

In terms of deaths per million, New York City again blows other countries out of the water — and without the New York City area deaths, America no longer ranks in the top ten.

1. NYC: 1,196 deaths per million.

2. Belgium: 701.

3. Spain: 517.

4. Italy: 483.

5. Britain: 465.

6. France: 380.

7. Netherlands: 312.

8. Sweden: 304.

9. Ireland: 281.

10. Switzerland: 226.

The U.S. would rank eleventh, with 153 deaths per million.

Yet, thanks to the recent research showing how the New York City area infected the rest of the country, PJ Media can estimate the number of cases per million America would have without the New York hotspot. Taking the lowball estimate that the Tri-State Area is only responsible for 60 percent of U.S. coronavirus cases outside the New York area, the U.S. would have 357,230 coronavirus cases — driving the rate per million down to 1,073.

This lower number would put America’s number of cases per million not just down below the Netherlands (2,469) and Sweden (2,462), but below even Russia’s misleading figure (1,248) and Iran’s deceptively low count (1,213).

It may not have been possible to prevent the coronavirus’ spread from New York to the rest of America, but these figures shine a light on just how much the New York City area skews America’s numbers during this pandemic. These figures should also remind Americans that Bill de Blasio originally opposed a coronavirus lockdown in the Big Apple. While the lockdowns may not be effective in other parts of the country, this data suggests New York City was the most important place for a lockdown, and de Blasio pushed against it.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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Doctor to Senators: Coronavirus Fatality Rate 10 to 40x Lower than Estimates that Led to Lockdowns

The coronavirus infection fatality rate is lower than initially predicted, perhaps similar or even lower than the seasonal flu’s 0.1 percent for some segments of the population, a couple of doctors confirmed in testimony before a Senate panel on Thursday.

Breitbart News has highlighted some studies that took into account mild or asymptomatic infections and found that the ongoing pandemic is more widespread but less deadly than early estimates.

One of those studies placed the coronavirus illness’s (COVID-19) infection mortality rate as low as 0.1 percent, similar to that of the flu.

A death rate that takes into account the estimated number of mild or asymptomatic infections is known as the infection fatality rate.

At least two medical experts testified about the coronavirus infection mortality rate during a hearing held Thursday by the Republican-led Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Thursday

In written testimony, Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said, seemingly referring to the infection death rate:

By now, multiple studies from Europe, Japan, and the US all suggest that the overall fatality rate is far lower than early estimates, perhaps below 0.1 to 0.4%, i.e., ten to forty times lower than estimates that motivated extreme isolation.

Edwin Mora@EdwinMora83 · 

@SWAtlasHoover to @HSGAC: “By now, multiple studies from Europe, Japan, and the US all suggest that the overall fatality rate is far lower than early estimates, perhaps below 0.1 to 0.4%, i.e., ten to forty times lower than estimates that motivated extreme isolation.” 1/2Edwin Mora@EdwinMora83

“Smart, safe re‐entry cannot be delayed by fear or hypothetical projections, because we have direct data on risk and experience with managing it. The goal of the strict isolation has been accomplished.”

Echoing Atlas, Dr. John Ioannidis, a Stanford University professor of medicine, epidemiology, and population health, as well as of biomedical data science and statistics, explained the difference between “infection fatality rate” and “crude fatality rate” in his written testimony, noting:

Shelter-in-place and lockdown orders were justified initially, when announcements declared a new, contagious virus with 3.4% fatality rate and no asymptomatic infections. Prospects of 60 million deaths worldwide led to comparisons against 1918 influenza. However, currently we know that asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic infections are very common. The numbers of people infected are far more than those documented to-date with [the laboratory analysis technique known as] PCR [Polymerase Chain Reaction] testing. Infection fatality rate is accordingly much lower than the crude fatality rates derived from dividing the number of deaths by the number of documented [confirmed] cases.

The fatality rate from COVID-19 is highly dependent on age and modulated by the presence of [underlying medical issues]. For children and young adults, it appears that infection fatality rate is lower than seasonal influenza, and for middle age adults it is about the same.

Dr. Ioannidis did warn of a potential second wave and a possible rise in the infection fatality rate among vulnerable segments of the population, namely people in nursing homes and on the frontlines of the battle against coronavirus.

He testified:

Of course, a second wave cannot yet be excluded. Its occurrence and potential magnitude can only be speculated with mathematical models, but models have not been very successful so far in COVID-19 predictions. Therefore, we need to proceed with caution in lifting lockdown and monitor the impact of any changes in policy measures with real data, as opposed to just using models.

Infection fatality rate can increase sharply, however, when nursing homes are massively infected and when unprepared hospitals are overwhelmed and the infection spreads to hospitalized patients (nosocomial infection). This explains the paradox why COVID-19 is typically a very mild, benign infection, but it also has the potential to become devastating in specific settings.

Not all witnesses agreed that the infection fatality rate was similar or lower to the flu’s 0.1 percent.

Dr. Tom Inglesby, the director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, testified that the infection fatality rate is higher than the flu’s, noting in his written testimony:

Most studies that have been done calculate the infected fatality rate to be in the .5 to 1% range. For example, this Lancet analysis concluded that there was an infected fatality rate of .66% in China. If .5% of 233 million people were to die from this illness in the US, that would be 1,165,000 deaths.

Dr. Inglesby also appeared to disagree with the assessment by Atlas and Ioannidis that lockdowns have achieved their intended purpose.

Atlas, the former chief of neuroradiology at the Stanford University Medical Center, told Senators:

We also know that total isolation prevents broad population immunity and prolongs the problem. … Smart, safe re‐entry cannot be delayed by fear or hypothetical projections, because we have direct data on risk and experience with managing it. The goal of the strict isolation has been accomplished.

Dr. Ioannidis added:

While lockdowns were justified initially, their perpetuation may risk many lives. Mental health can be affected with increases in depression, suicides, domestic violence and child abuse. Gun sales have increased. Famine is becoming a global threat.

Meanwhile, Dr. Inglesby spoke against allowing the disease to spread relatively unencumbered until the population achieves “herd immunity,” an approach followed by Sweden.

Inglesby testified:

Epidemiological estimates are that it will require on the order of 70% of the population to be infected to achieve herd immunity. 70% of the US population is about people 233 million people. … It is likely that the infected mortality rate would go up substantially under conditions where the virus were allowed to spread rapidly in the US with no social distancing.

Inglesby’s colleague, Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist Caitlin Rivers told a Democrat-led House Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday that not one U.S. state should be reopening at this time.

If We Are Not Careful We Can Become China Overnight (Beware of the CTI)

I am trying to understand how 90 million people in China rule with an iron fist over the country’s 1.4 billion people, most of whom live in or below poverty. 

But then, all I have to do is look at our own country and I can see how such a minority of Leftist rule could emerge and bring the same dire socialist nightmare to our shores.

Today’s CCP is much more terrifying, and it makes it almost impossible for the people ever to rise up.

The CCP can use all kinds of tech to control people’s lives, and these are the same elites who believe it is morally acceptable to extract organs from living prisoners who are guilty of only believing in God. China is one vast concentration camp, and with technology, there is  almost no escape. And it wants to take over the world.

They are the ruling elite, a congregation of many city-state communist dictators who all serve equally in making sure the people are managed in order to remain in power, who turn members in their own communities to snitch on one another, and reports on anyone who complains about the State, or is critical of the Party.  And now, they have an extra reason to pry. COVID19. 

I say this because things can change quickly in the U.S.

The immediate concern is the power grab being made by our elected officials who are doing away with our civil liberties in the U.S. by making it illegal to move about because you might get someone sick.

What’s worse are the people who seemingly endorse the State taking action against citizens under the guise of “being safe” even though millions and millions are suffering because of the lockdown and because the extreme safety measure we agreed to to flatten the curve until we could get a handle on the Covid-19 virus.

Was shelter-in-place a trick? Are we really going to slide into a socialist State for a year and have the government essentially take over and ruin the economy, people’s lives, businesses, industries and the like?

If, because of these incompetent leaders, socialism becomes the motis operandi of the United States after this pandemic, we are lost. Political leaders want more government control, and they are seizing this opportunity in ways I couldn’t even imagine six months ago, and the media , predictably so, is in line with the progressive Left as they pit citizens against each other by using fear of the virus to divide and scare people into submission to what is now a police-state in the freest country on earth!

Ventura County Health Director Dr. Robert Levin declared a force of Contact Trace Investigators be trained right now who would soon be tracking, and retrieving people who have coronavirus and are not self-isolated or quarantined, using trained local citizens who will show up in hazmat suits, and ask you to “come with them for your own safety.”

Is this what we want to see on our news at night? How scared are you of dying that you think the government should do this in order to “save us” from coronavirus? And if it is any indication, I would say people pretty much got used to disrobing every time we went to the airport. Some of us seem a little too eager accept a limited police-state environment if it means we can feel safe.

But we have to push back against a police-State. If we truly invite this kind of social control into the American way of life, where you have citizens extracting citizens with a force of law for having a flu, you will never get those freedoms back. There will always be the next flu, or the next threat you might pose. Maybe one day they will start picking up people for hate crimes, or thought crimes, or hate speech, or being racist, or violating someone’s gender rights. 

This is that fork in the road we have come to in America where we have to decide what kind of country we want to continue be, which direction we want to go in. Do we want complete government control and security to feel safe? Or do we want to hang on to our civil liberties and freedoms because we know once we lose them we are nothing more than batteries to the State, just like they are in China, ruled by an elite few who tell us some people are just more equal than others and that they are there to protect us, only this time we call them Contact Trace Investigators, otherwise known as the CTI.