Flushing out the necessary from politics
President Trump and the line-up that stands behind him at the podium are hard to watch sometimes. As Trump provides his updates he misspeaks then experts have to clean-up..
The President has a speechwriter. Once the speech is approved and it is fed to a teleprompter for the President to read to the audience. Trump appears to have a bad habit to go off-topic. If he would follow the speeches, the country would be less confused, and harassment of excellent reporters would not appear on public television.
Worldwide spread of COVID-19
Why is the virus spreading so fast
A primary reason the virus is spreading so fast is:
- lack of information
- poor distribution of information
US intelligence agencies issuing opinions about COVID-19
In January and February of 2020, the US intelligence agencies were issuing “ominous opinions” about the global danger. At the same time, President Trump and others in the White House were delivering messages queuing down the COVID-19 message to the public. According to the data, the United States has a total of 896 cases of COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths.
President promoting older Malaria drug as a solution
President Trump has said in a couple of media announcements that he is excited about a malaria drug as the “cure.” According to Bloomberg, “A tiny trial may or may not have helped people in France fight of Coronavirus.
Also, the FDA has said it needs more study.” Unfortunately, Trump has been retweeting a post about the “drug hydroxychloroquine.” The tweet was made just after his comments that “the drug, hydroxychloroquine, is a game-changer.”
Novartis, a Swiss company, has stated they will donate several million doses of the drug hydroxychloroquine if it is approved. Some important information:
- Novartis will donate enough doses of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat several million patients in the fight against the Coronavirus if it wins approval, the Swiss company said on Friday.
- There are no vaccines or treatments approved for the disease
- Currently, there is a 1,500-person trial, led by the University of Minnesota, to see whether hydroxychloroquine can prevent or reduce the severity of COVID-19.
- Novartis makes the malaria drug, which is also used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, at its Sandoz unit in the United States.
What is happening in the world of “gasoline”
If you have not noticed, the price of gas should be dropping. In some placed in the country, gas has dropped as low as $0.99. When was the last time you remember gas prices lower than $1.00. When I was growing up in Saudi Arabia, we could by gasoline for $0.25 back in the day.
All of the above information is a warm-up to some important safety information. You should take to heart when filling up at the gas station. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has been “giving guidance” to retailers and food establishments about sanitizing to prevent COVID-19.
On March 10, Dr. Matthew Curran (FDACS Director of Food Safety), he said, “Whether in the grocery store or at the gas pump, we want to remind businesses to wipe down hard surfaces before use. ” An alternative for consumers when buying gas is to use gloves. The problem is there is no evidence the information got out to the public.
President Trump and many government officials have adopted the use of “social distancing” as a means to prevent people from spreading COVID-19. In my opinion, what we need to do is be physically distant from others.
- We must not congregate in crowds
- Going to church on-line is a great option until this virus danger is over
- Siblings can play outside in their own backyard, but should not play with neighbors (Sanjay Gupta)
- Elderly who are at risk must stay isolated.
We are social people. There are many apps including Nextdoor, Facebook, Messenger just to name a few that allow us to be “Socially Close.” Within Facebook there are numerous groups; something for everyone. If you like playing games, there are ways to set up games on the Internet or Facebook. It is possible to play games with friends such as chess and mahjong, as well as card games.