Washington State Declares Emergency Amid Coronavirus Death and Illnesses at Nursing Home
A person in the Seattle area died. Two others tested positive for the virus in a long term care center where dozens of people have reported feeling ill.
New York Times
By Mike Baker, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Karen Weise

March 1, 2020, 
Unexplained Coronavirus Cases in Three States Raise Specter of Spread
By Mike Baker, Sheri Fink, Thomas Fuller and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
 Feb. 29, 2020

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Officials in California, Oregon and Washington State said on Friday that people had tested positive for the coronavirus without a known explanation for how they became ill.
Adrian Obando with his children at a park in Vacaville, Calif., near a hospital where a woman was treated before she tested positive for the coronavirus.Credit...Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Rick Lodwick in the parking lot of a store in Solano County, Calif.Credit...Jim Wilson/The New York Times
Hand sanitizer was mostly sold out at a big-box store in Vacaville.Credit...Jim Wilson/

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SEATTLE — Troubling new signs that the coronavirus is spreading in the United States emerged on Friday, as cases not explained by overseas travel or contact with a person known to be infected were reported in California, Oregon and Washington State.
Officials from the three states announced that their testing had found new cases: a high school student from north of Seattle; an employee of an elementary school in Oregon, near Portland; and a woman in Santa Clara County, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Sixty-five cases of the virus have been reported in the United States, but until this week, all of the cases could be explained by overseas travel or contact with someone who had been ill. The three new cases on Friday, and a case earlier in the week, in California, were the first in the United States where the cause was mysterious and unknown — a sign, experts warned, that the virus, which has killed more than 2,800 people worldwide and sickened tens of thousands of others, might now be spreading in this country.
“If we were worried yesterday, we are even more worried today,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “Now we have to ask: How widely, really widely, is this virus out there?”

As word emerged of the unexplained cases, local officials scrambled to trace everyone who had come in contact with those who were ill. California health officials said they were increasing testing. And in Washington State, officials suggested that people needed to prepare for the possibility of schools closing and businesses keeping workers home.
“We’re going to be increasingly recommending that people try and avoid crowds and close contact with other people,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Public Health Seattle & King County, said. “We may get to a point where we want to recommend canceling large public gatherings — social events, sporting events, entertainment — until we get over a hump of what might be a large outbreak.”

In some of the new cases, officials described situations where those who were ill may have had contact with many people in recent days.

The student in Washington State who tested positive for coronavirus, according to state officials, had visited two health clinics and gone to his school in Snohomish County, Henry M. Jackson High School, on Friday before the diagnosis, although he did not attend classes.
Dr. Chris Spitters, health officer of the Snohomish Health District, said he suspected that the teenager probably got sick from someone with a mild form of the illness who did not seek care. “I think we’re going to find as time goes on that there’s more of that,” Dr. Spitters said.
In Oregon, a state that had not reported any previous cases of coronavirus, officials said an employee of Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego appeared to have contracted the virus more than a week ago.

Oregon health officials said their public health laboratory, which began testing samples on Friday, had detected the positive case; the sample will also be tested at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation, as will the new cases from Washington and California.
In California, a woman from Santa Clara County with chronic health conditions who was hospitalized for a respiratory illness was reported on Friday to have tested positive for infection with the virus. Two days earlier, officials in Solano County, Calif., 90 minutes from Santa Clara County, had announced the first case in the nation with no clear ties to any previous case or overseas travel.
In counties in and around each of the new type of cases, officials were bracing for what it might mean for everyday life. Some school districts were adding cleaning staff, scrubbing buildings and preparing for absences from school. Emergency medical officials were weighing new protocols. And some businesses were contemplating what working from home might mean for their operations.

One of the cases appeared in Santa Clara County, where Google and Apple have their headquarters and which also includes San Jose, the 10th-largest city in the nation.

“This has become very real for everyone in our community,” Sam Liccardo, the mayor of San Jose, said on Friday evening as he prepared to meet with city staff about the implications. “There’s certainly a lot of concern and the concern is justified.”
Emergency medical workers in San Jose who answer calls from people with coronavirus-like symptoms will now be instructed to wear protective clothing, he said. “We are going to need to take every reasonable precaution without resorting to panic or finger-pointing.”
For weeks, local and state health departments across the country have been stretched thin by the coronavirus outbreak, and the cases of unknown origin signaled a new front in their efforts. “Most public health departments can respond to one case or two cases,” Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, a public health professor at Johns Hopkins, said. “But it’s going to be many more than that.”

On Friday, California health officials said they had greatly expanded their ability to test for the virus, and experts said the public health response in the affected counties should include examining specimens of people who may have been hospitalized for or killed by a respiratory illness in recent weeks.
“This case does signal to us that it’s now time to shift how we respond to the novel coronavirus,” Dr. Sara Cody, the public health director for Santa Clara County, said. “Now we need to add other public health tools to the mix,” including looking systematically for the disease to understand its scope and magnitude, she said.

In Solano County, where the first U.S. case of unexplained origin was announced earlier in the week, local officials have fielded calls from scores of concerned residents.
“I’m middling alarmed,” said Rick Lodwick, as he tossed a jumbo pack of sanitizing wipes into the back of his car in the parking of a big box store in Vacaville.

“When I heard it was here, I thought, ‘We’re going to have trouble,’” Mr. Lodwick said.

Solano County, northeast of San Francisco, is a place of cattle ranches, biotechnology research facilities, a military base and vineyards. An investigation was started into all contacts the sick woman from the county might have had with friends, neighbors and medical workers.
“People are concerned and they’re paying attention,” said Jeremy Craig, the city manager of Vacaville. “But I don’t think there’s a panic.”
Restaurants were full on Friday, the manager of a movie theater said there had been no decline in ticket sales, and it was very rare to see someone wearing a mask.

Dr. Bela T. Matyas, the public health officer in Solano County, said officials had begun monitoring dozens of people with whom the woman who fell ill there had interacted in recent weeks — including relatives, co-workers and others she might have had contact with through her job — and had asked them to quarantine themselves at home. At least 124 nurses and other health care workers were under self-quarantine, a nurses’ union reported.
The woman was later taken by ambulance to the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. At that hospital in recent days, some workers seemed deeply concerned about possible exposure.
“I’m worried how this will affect my baby,” said Vickie Poncalo, a cashier at the hospital’s cafe who is seven months pregnant.
“Should we be wearing a mask and worrying that people are walking around here?” she asked. “Should I even be here?”
Mike Baker reported from Seattle, Thomas Fuller from Vacaville, and Sheri Fink and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York. Reporting was contributed by Julie Checkoway from Sacramento, Joe Purtell from Vacaville and Amy Harmon, Roni Caryn Rabin, Reed Abelson, Knvul Sheikh and Dana Goldstein from New York.

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A patient is removed from Life Care Center of Kirkland, a nursing home, by emergency medical workers and the Kirkland Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.Credit...Grant Hindsley for The New York Time

SEATTLE — Concerns about the coronavirus intensified across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, after a person from the Seattle area died and as two new cases emerged inside a nursing care center in Kirkland, Wash., where dozens of other people were reported to be feeling sick.
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington declared a state of emergency, and said officials were considering canceling sporting events, closing schools and taking any other steps needed to slow the spread of the virus. “If — and this is a big if — there is a social distancing strategy that becomes necessary, the emergency declaration would give us some legal authority,” Mr. Inslee said.
At two schools that have had ties to cases, in Oregon and in Washington, officials announced that they were shuttering buildings for several days, and ordering deep cleanings.
And in Kirkland, where a health care worker in her 40s at the Life Care Center, a long-term nursing home, and a resident of the center, in her 70s, were reported on Saturday to have tested positive for the virus, health officials expressed alarm at the possibility of more cases. Among 288 residents and workers at Life Care, more than 50 people — 25 health workers and 27 residents — have shown symptoms of respiratory illness or have been hospitalized for pneumonia, local health officials said.

“We are very concerned about an outbreak in a setting where there are many older people,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, the health officer for Public Health in Seattle and King County. A team of federal health workers was dispatched to Kirkland to assist local workers, and many more coronavirus tests were expected to be conducted in the coming days.

UPDATE:
See more recent news about the coronavirus outbreak in our live briefing.
Older people are much more likely to face serious illness if infected with the coronavirus. They are also much more likely to die. An analysis of Chinese patients found that nearly 15 percent of infected people over age 80 died; of those in their 70s, 8 percent died.
On Saturday afternoon, workers in plastic protective gear and masks could be seen rolling a patient, also in a mask, to an ambulance outside the nursing home, a low slung building on a side street tucked among small condo complexes, and surrounded by pine trees. Officials said that testing for the virus was being conducted at an area hospital, and that it was not open for visits from patients’ family members or vendors as a precaution.
Nancy Butner, the northwest divisional vice president for Life Care Centers of America, said that many of the residents were showing only respiratory symptoms that were not necessarily tied to the coronavirus. In an interview, she said that residents were mostly staying in their rooms, and that despite public health officials’ warnings of a possible “outbreak” at the nursing home, the mood inside was relaxed.
“We are encouraging people to remain in their rooms,” she said. “We have the equipment and supplies to take care of them, and people are doing what they need to do.”
Chad Bergevin, who lives opposite the center, said he had learned of the situation in a text message from a neighbor. “It was like, ‘Wow, this is literally less than a football field away from my house,’” he said, adding that he was surprised to see people still seeming to come and go near the center. “I’m sorry, if it were me, I’d have the place on lockdown,” he said.
The indications of a possible spread, and the involvement of a nursing home marked a new, urgent phase in the response to the virus in the United States, where 70 cases have been reported, and until Saturday, none had been fatal. Most of the cases could be explained by overseas travel or contact with someone who had been ill. This week, though, new cases, in California, Oregon and Washington, were the first in the United States in which the cause was mysterious and unknown — a sign, experts warned, that the virus, which has killed more than 2,800 people worldwide and has sickened more than 86,000 others, might now be spreading in the United States.
In the Northwest, especially, health officials were putting in place new precautions given the new cases. They were already discussing the possibility that they might recommend cancellations of public events. They began warning that life in the coming weeks may undergo dramatic change.
By Saturday, 10 people have been treated in Washington State, including the first case of coronavirus that was diagnosed in the United States, a man in his 30s who had traveled in China and has since recovered; several patients were treated at a Spokane area hospital after returning from a cruise ship in Japan; and the first known coronavirus fatality in the United States, a man in his 50s whose death was announced Saturday.

In announcing the death at a news conference, President Trump said the victim was a “wonderful woman” in her 50s, but local officials later said the patient had been a man in his 50s. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later said that the patient was, in fact, a man, and that the agency had incorrectly described the patient as a woman.
Few details were known about the man who died, except that he had underlying health conditions and had been a patient at a hospital in Kirkland. He was not known to have traveled abroad, or to have had contact with anyone who had tested positive for the virus, adding to growing signs that the coronavirus may be spreading in the United States. He also had no known connection to the nursing home, officials said.
The new cases added to the fears of some residents. Noelle Salazar, an author in Bothell, Wash., was recovering from a surgery, and realized that she had been in the same hospital as the man who died.
“We weren’t in the same section, but it’s not comforting,” she said while recuperating at home. “I’m a little on edge right now for sure.”

Like many Americans, she has begun to take extra precautions in recent days: She wiped down her shopping cart at a grocery store for the first time, bought extra vitamins and nonperishable food and canceled a Pilates class to avoid getting too close to others.
Around the region, it was clear that residents were bracing. At a big-box store north of Seattle on early Saturday, checkout lines were unusually long, snaking down aisles with carts loaded with all sorts of supplies.
In Oregon, a state that until Friday had not reported any cases of the coronavirus, officials say an employee of Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego, a suburb of Portland, appeared to have contracted the virus more than a week ago. The school would be closed for several days, and was being cleaned, but parents said they were uncertain and scared.

Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said that she expected more cases, and that her state might take more aggressive action if the outbreak got more severe. But, in the meantime, she said people did not need to take drastic action.
“I’m wanting to convey to Oregonians, and frankly folks on the entire West Coast: stay calm, continue on your daily lives and follow public health precautions,” Ms. Brown said.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state health officer, said a broader closure of schools was an option the state could pursue at some point. “If we do notice spread in our community or multiple cases, that is certainly something we would consider on a case-by-case basis,” Dr. Sidelinger said.
Back at the school in Lake Oswego, parents were weighing how to go forward.

“I really don’t know how to process it at this point,” said Danielle Gaustad, a mother of three children, ages 3, 5 and 18. Her 5-year-old, who attends Forest Hills Elementary, had pneumonia several weeks ago, and her 3-year-old has severe asthma. “When people don’t understand an illness, and clearly no one understands coronavirus at this point, everybody gets scared,” Ms. Gaustad said.
Though the school has said it intends to reopen in a few days, Ms. Gaustad said she would not allow her children to go back to school this week. “I don’t know when I will, honestly,” she said. “It’s scary.”

Mike Baker reported from Seattle, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York and Karen Weise from Kirkland, Wash. Knvul Sheikh contributed reporting from New York, Claire Cain Miller from Lake Oswego, Ore., and Mitch Smith from Chicago.

The most common coronavirus concerns, answered by doctors
LINDSAY HOLMES

Mar 4th 2020 
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There’s a lot of fear surrounding the coronavirus. The pathogen, which is spread through respiratory droplets, has infected people across the globe and here in the United States with the disease officially known as COVID-19.
Many doctors have been fielding questions from patients about the virus for weeks, and as more information comes out, the concerns from the general public will likely continue.
It’s totally normal to feel anxious in the face of a possible pandemic. However, the No. 1 thing most experts stress right now is there is no need to panic.
That said, information is always helpful (and can even abate some fears when there’s a lot of confusion). We asked medical workers to share some of the most common questions they’ve been getting about the coronavirus and their answers. Read on so you can feel better prepared:

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CORONAVIRUS INFECTION?
Dr. Linda Anegawa, an internist with virtual health platform PlushCare, said the main symptoms often appear similar to the flu’s, “such as fever over 100.5, cough, malaise, and occasionally nausea, diarrhea. In more severe cases, shortness of breath, chest pain and pneumonia will be apparent.”
“If you have a cold, you can be reassured that you probably don’t have COVID-19 if you just have upper respiratory symptoms and a fever less than 100, without any shortness of breath or severe coughing,” Anegawa said.

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL?
Dr. Eudene Harry, a board-certified physician in emergency medicine and medical director for the Oasis Wellness & Rejuvenation Center in Orlando, Florida, recommended following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines up until the time of travel. Harry said people are advised to avoid visiting what are considered “Level 3” areas where there’s widespread transmission, like China, Italy, Korea and Iran.
As of publication, the CDC does not have a travel health notice for the United States, meaning that domestic travel is relatively low risk. That could change, but right now there’s no reason to be very alarmed about stateside travel, said Dr. Shira Doron, an infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at Tufts Medical Center.
“It is impossible for us to predict what the prevalence of the virus will be in any given country or part of the U.S. at any future date,” she said. “Community transmission is now occurring in the United States, so at some point soon it may be no more risky to leave the country than to stay where you are. Some public health experts advocate restricting travel as a means to stop the global spread of the disease, but that is a public health measure not aimed at individual safety.”

WILL I GET SICK FROM GOING ON AN AIRPLANE?
Planes may seem like a giant, flying petri dish at the moment, but as Harry points out, “airplanes are well ventilated and have medical-grade HEPA filters.”
The likelihood of transmission on a general flight isn’t high enough yet for experts to recommend avoiding all air travel. If you’re traveling somewhere that’s considered low risk, like in the U.S., the CDC recommends practicing good hygiene by washing your hands frequently and avoiding contact with sick people. You can also wipe down common surfaces like your seat and tray table.

SHOULD I WEAR A FACE MASK?
If you’re not sick, there is no need to wear a face mask. Yes, seriously.
Reports show there’s already a shortage of masks, which health care workers and those who are dealing with an illness do need. Plus, casual use of a face mask may not even do much, anyway.
“It may provide a false sense of protection and perhaps lead to not incorporating the measures that have been shown to be effective,” Harry said. “Face masks are recommended for people who have respiratory infection to prevent droplets from spreading from them.”

WILL THE FLU SHOT PREVENT ME FROM GETTING THE CORONAVIRUS? SHOULD I STILL GET ONE?

No, the flu shot won’t shield you from the coronavirus. Yes, you absolutely should still get one if you haven’t already.
“While the flu shot won’t directly protect you ... contracting the flu can make you more susceptible to contracting other illnesses including the coronavirus infection,” Harry said.
Not only that, the flu shot will limit the number of severe flu cases that need to be treated by doctors and emergency medicine workers. That can free them up to help other sick people, including those with the coronavirus.

WE’RE TRYING TO GET PREGNANT RIGHT NOW. SHOULD WE HOLD OFF?
Not necessarily. Think about your timing in the same way you’d consider it with other illnesses like the flu, said Dr. Kristin Dean, a physician with Doctor on Demand.
“The COVID-19 illness, just like other viral illnesses such as influenza, may put pregnant women at higher risk of having more serious symptoms if they do get ill. However, this is not a reason to avoid pregnancy,” she said.
“Jst like we do not recommend that women avoid getting pregnant each year during flu season, we are not recommending that women do not get pregnant due to the coronavirus disease,” she continued. “Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant should take precautions to avoid getting sick, like staying away from others who are known to be ill and washing their hands frequently.”

I AM FEELING SICK AND SCARED I HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you wake up feeling sick one day, don’t automatically assume you have the coronavirus yet.
“At this time, most regions of the United States have not been identified to have local spread of COVID-19,” Dean said. “This means that those at highest risk for having the illness would be people who have had known exposure to COVID-19 or have traveled to an area of local spread.”
That said, if you have traveled to an affected area, come in contact with someone who has, or suspect you’ve been exposed to it, you should contact your doctor. This also goes for other illnesses like the flu.
“If they are displaying mild symptoms, it may be best to talk to a doctor via telemedicine to avoid exposing other people to the illness you have, whether it is the flu, a common cold or the coronavirus disease,” Dean said.

Whatever you do, try not to panic.
“Most cases of COVID-19 will be mild and resolve on their own similar to the flu,” Anegawa said. “It’s best to stay home and out of public. However, if you have any severe symptoms such as a very high fever, severe cough or shortness of breath, it would be wise to seek in-person care.”

ONCE YOU GET THE ILLNESS ARE YOU IMMUNE TO IT?
Medical experts believe that you may have temporary immunity against the coronavirus, not unlike other illnesses like the common cold.

However, viruses tend to mutate and change quickly over time as they move through populations. This could change it into a version that immune systems don’t recognize, therefore making it a possibility you could get sick if you catch it, Live Science reported.

IS THERE A CURE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS?
There is no cure for COVID-19. Treatment for the virus right now involves addressing the symptoms, including lots of rest and medicine like Tylenol for fever. Some doctors in hospitals are also using anti-viral drugs, Live Science reported. There is no vaccine yet.
Again, most cases of COVID-19 are mild, and experts suggest recovery will be similar to that of the flu (though some research suggests that you still may be able to spread it for a few days after you’re recovered). However, people with conditions that compromise their immune systems, those with respiratory issues, and those over the age of 65 are at a higher risk for more severe complications. That’s why, if you are not one of those individuals and you are infected, it’s vital you stay away from people for their protection.
And don’t fall for scams claiming to have a cure. Those include supplements or any other healing product that wellness “influencers” or “gurus” post on social media.
“There is currently no cure, and that includes herbs and other things you may have heard about on the internet,” Harry said. “Treatment is supportive until you recover.”

HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM THE ILLNESS?

Healthy habits go a long way in reducing your risk for any illness, including the coronavirus.
Wash your hands with warm, soapy water and scrub for at least 20 seconds. (Sick of singing happy birthday to yourself? This hilarious Twitter thread gives you some better alternatives.) Wipe down surfaces, especially your phone. Wash your hands. Try to limit how often you touch your face, especially in areas like your nose and eyes. Sneeze and cough into your elbow. Oh, did we mention you should wash your hands?
“The same basic preventive measures that you take for any other virus such as cold or flu is also effective in preventing coronavirus disease,” Dean said.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Tests Negative; Drastic Changes to Daily Life in Spain and France

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Spain and France have announced countrywide restrictions, and the White House physician says President Trump’s test came back negative.
RIGHT NOW
Two New York State Assembly members have tested positive for the virus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says.


新冠病毒疫情最新消息

Here’s what you need to know:

President Trump tests negative for the coronavirus.
Spain moves toward a nationwide lockdown and France closes most businesses.
New York, Louisiana and Virginia have reported their first deaths from the virus.
A cruise ship is heading to France after two former passengers tested positive in Puerto Rico.
Georgia is pushing back its primary, but other states still plan to vote on Tuesday.
Israel turns to digital surveillance of the infected, and many countries tighten restrictions.
Mr. Pence did not immediately share new details on a testing website from Google.
President Trump tests negative for the coronavirus.

Adrian Obando with his children at a park in Vacaville, Calif., near a hospital where a woman was treated before she tested positive for the coronavirus.Credit...Jim Wilson/The New York Times

WHO declares that coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic
NICOLE WINFIELD AND MATT SEDENSKY
Mar 11th 2020  AP


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ROME (AP) — Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who heads the U.N. agency, said the WHO is “deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity” of the outbreak. He also expressed concern about “the alarming levels of inaction.”
“We have, therefore, made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic," he said at a briefing in Geneva.
"All countries can still change the course of this pandemic. If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response," Tedros said.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. THE PREVIOUS STORY IS BELOW.

Italy weighed imposing even tighter restrictions on daily life and announced billions in financial relief Wednesday to cushion economic shocks from the coronavirus, its latest efforts to adjust to the fast-evolving health crisis that silenced the usually bustling heart of the Catholic faith, St. Peter’s Square.
In Iran, by far the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, the senior vice president and two other Cabinet ministers were reported to have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Iran reported another jump in deaths, by 62 to 354 — behind only China and Italy.

In Italy, Premier Giuseppe Conte said he would consider requests from Lombardy, Italy's hardest-hit region, to toughen the already extraordinary anti-virus lockdown that was extended nationwide Tuesday. Lombardy wants to shut down nonessential businesses and reduce public transportation.
These additional measures would be on top of travel and social restrictions that imposed an eerie hush on cities and towns across the country from Tuesday. Police enforced rules that customers stay 1 meter (3 feet) apart and ensured that businesses closed by 6 p.m.
Milan shopkeeper Claudia Sabbatini said she favored stricter measures. Rather than run the risk of customers possibly infecting each other in her children's clothing store, she decided to close it.

"I cannot have people standing at a distance. Children must try on the clothes. We have to know if they will fit,’’ she said.
Conte said fighting Italy's more than 10,000 infections — the biggest outbreak outside of China — must not come at the expense of civil liberties. His caution suggested that Italy is unlikely to adopt the draconian quarantine measures that helped China push down new infections from thousands per day to a trickle now and allowed its manufacturers to restart production lines.
China's new worry is that the coronavirus could re-enter from abroad. Beijing’s city government announced that all overseas visitors will be quarantined for 14 days. Of 24 new cases that China reported Wednesday, five arrived from Italy and one from the United States. China has had over 81,000 virus infections and over 3,000 deaths.

For most, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for a few, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illnesses, including pneumonia. More than 121,000 people have been infected worldwide and over 4,300 have died.
But the vast majority of people recover. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover
In the Mideast, the vast majority of the nearly 10,000 cases are in Iran or involve people who traveled there. Iran announced another increase in cases Wednesday to 9,000. Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency said they include Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, who had not been seen in photos of recent top-level meetings. Fars said Iran's ministers for cultural heritage, handcrafts and tourism, and for industry, mines and business were also infected.

Cases in Qatar jumped from 24 to 262. Kuwait announced a two-week shutdown of the country.
For the global economy, virus repercussions were profound, with increasing concerns of wealth- and job-wrecking recessions. U.S. stocks sank again in early trading Wednesday, wiping out most of a huge rally from a day earlier as Wall Street continues to reel from worries about the coronavirus.
The Wall Street plunge followed a steep decline by markets across Asia, where governments there and elsewhere have announced billions of dollars in stimulus funds, including packages revealed in Japan on Tuesday and Australia on Wednesday.
Italy's government announced Wednesday it was earmarking 25 billion euros (nearly $28 billion) to boost anti-virus efforts and soften economic blows, including delaying tax and mortgage payments by families and businesses.
Britain’s government announced a 30 billion-pound ($39 billion) economic stimulus package and the Bank of England slashed its key interest rate by half a percentage point to 0.25%.

Normal life was increasingly being upended.
With police barring access to St. Peter’s Square, emptying it of tens of thousands of people who usually come on Wednesdays for the weekly papal address, Pope Francis instead live-streamed prayers from the privacy of his Vatican library.
In France, the government's weekly Cabinet meeting was moved to a bigger room so President Emmanuel Macron and his ministers could sit at least 1 meter (more than 3 feet) apart
Athletes who usually thrive on crowds grew increasingly wary of them. Spanish soccer club Getafe said it wouldn't travel to Italy to play Inter Milan, preferring to forfeit their Europa League match rather than risk infections.
Olympic champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin said she would be limiting contact with fans and fellow competitors, tweeting that “this means no selfies, autographs, hugs, high fives, handshakes or kiss greetings.”


In the U.S., the caseload passed 1,000, and outbreaks on both sides of the country stirred alarm.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe iden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who are vying to take on President Donald Trump in the presidential election, abruptly canceled rallies Tuesday and left open the possibility that future campaign events could be impacted, too. Trump's campaign insisted it would proceed as normal, although Vice President Mike Pence conceded future rallies would be evaluated “on a day to day basis.”

In Europe, deaths soared among Italy's aging population. Authorities said Italy has suffered 631 deaths, with an increase of 168 fatalities recorded Tuesday. In Spain, the number of cases surged past the 2,000-mark on Wednesday. Belgium, Bulgaria, Sweden and Albania announced their first virus-related deaths.

“If you want to be blunt, Europe is the new China," said Robert Redfield, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Also sounding the alarm at a Congressional hearing in Washington was Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“Bottom line, it's going to get worse," he said.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that if the virus is not halted by vaccines and cures, up to 70% of the country’s 83 million people could ultimately become infected, citing estimates that epidemiologists have been putting forward for several weeks. Germany has some 1,300 confirmed infection. Merkel’s comments fit a pattern of government officials using sobering warnings to try to get people to protect themselves, most notably by washing their hands and not gathering in large numbers.

Dozens of cases have been tied to a conference in Boston, and leaders in multiple states were announcing curbs on large events. Colleges emptied their classrooms as they moved to online instruction and uncertainty surrounded the upcoming opening of the major league baseball season and college basketball’s championships. Even the famed buffets of Las Vegas were affected, with some of the Strip’s biggest being closed as a precaution.

“It’s terrifying,” said Silvana Gomez, a student at Harvard University, where undergraduates were told to leave campus by Sunday. “I’m definitely very scared right now about what the next couple days, the next couple weeks look like.”

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Barry reported from Soave, Italy; Leicester reported from Paris. Associated Press writers Maria Cheng in London; Jamey Keaten in Geneva; Sylvie Corbet in Paris; Geir Moulson in Berlin; Pan Pylas in London; LLazar Semini in Tirana, Albania; Matt Sedensky in Bangkok; Joe McDonald and Ken Moritsugu in Beijing; Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo; Tales Azzoni in Madrid and Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this report.

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From ‘Wuhan-400’, the deadly virus invented by Dean Koontz in 1981, to the plague unleashed in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, novelists have long been fascinated by pandemics.

According to an online conspiracy theory, the American author Dean Koontz predicted the coronavirus outbreak in 1981. His novel The Eyes of Darkness made reference to a killer virus called “Wuhan-400” – eerily predicting the Chinese city where Covid-19 would emerge. But the similarities end there: Wuhan-400 is described as having a “killrate” of 100%, developed in labs outside the city as the “perfect” biological weapon. An account with more similarities, also credited by some as predicting coronavirus, is found in the 2011 film Contagion, about a global pandemic that jumps from animals to humans and spreads arbitrarily around the globe.

But when it comes to our suffering, we want something more than arbitrariness. We want it to mean something. This is evident in our stories about illness and disease, from contemporary science fiction all the way back to Homer’s Iliad. Even malign actors are more reassuring than blind happenstance. Angry gods are better than no gods at all.

In Homer’s Iliad, the Greeks disrespect one of Apollo’s priests. The god manifests his displeasure by firing his arrows of contagion into their camp. The plague lasts nine days, brief by modern epidemiological standards. When the Greeks make amends and sacrifice sheep and goats to Apollo, the plague is cured.


Dean Koontz's novel 'The Eyes of Darkness' (1981) made reference to a killer virus called “Wuhan-400”

Seven centuries later a plague struck Periclean Athens, killing a quarter of the city’s population and setting the city-state on a path to military defeat at the hands of Sparta. Thucydides, the Athenian historian, has a simple explanation for the epidemic: Apollo. The Spartans had cannily supplicated the god and he in return had promised victory. Soon afterwards, Sparta’s enemies started dying of the plague. Hindsight suggests that Athens, under siege – its population swollen with refugees, everyone living in unsanitary conditions – was at risk of contagion in a way the Spartan army, free to roam the countryside outside, clearly wasn’t. But this thought doesn’t occur to Thucydides. It can only be the god.

Between then and now there have been prodigious advances in medical science. We understand contagious disease vastly better, and have a greater arsenal of medicine and hygiene to fight it. But in one respect we haven’t advanced at all. We still tend to see agency in our pandemics.

Disease has no agency. Bacteria and viruses spread blindly where they can, their pathways facilitated by our globalised world. We, meanwhile, bring to the struggle our ever-improving drugs and hygiene. With Covid-19, experts insist, your two best bets are: wash your hands often, touch your face never. But people do not warm to the existential arbitrariness of this. Just as the Peloponnesian plague was seen as evidence that the gods were angry with Athens, so HIV was seen by a deluded minority as God’s judgment on homosexuals. Of course, HIV spreads wherever it can and cares nothing for your morals or sexual orientation.

This attribution of agency is clearest in the many imaginary plagues science-fiction writers have inflicted on humanity. In place of gods we have aliens, like those in Alice Sheldon’s chilling and brilliant short story “The Screwfly Solution” (1977). A new disease provokes men to begin murdering women en masse. At the story’s end we discover an alien species had introduced a brain infection so that the human race will destroy itself and the aliens can inherit the emptied planet. It’s a story about what we now call “toxic masculinity” and it says: it’s not gods we have angered, but goddesses.

Sometimes the alien plague is less picky. In HP Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space (1927; recently filmed, starring Nicolas Cage) an alien infection arrives via meteorite, wastes the land and drives people mad. In Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain (1969) potentially world-ending contagion falls from outer space. This bug repeatedly mutates as Earth’s scientists try to combat it. We’re doomed – or would be, if it weren’t for the tale’s germus ex machina ending, in which the alien spontaneously mutates into a benign form.

If it’s not aliens behind our world-threatening plague, then it is probably that other SF stalwart, the mad scientist. Dozens of zombie franchises start with a rogue scientist infecting the population with a genetically engineered bioweapon virus. In Frank Herbert’s The White Plague (1982) a geneticist, pushed into insanity by the murder of his family, creates a pathogen that kills all humanity’s females. A cure is eventually found, but not before the world’s population balance has been shifted to leave thousands of men to every woman.

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In Joanna Russ’s feminist masterpiece The Female Man (1975), “Whileaway”, a gender-specific virus has wiped out all the men, creating an effective utopia for women left behind, procreating by parthenogenesis and living in harmony. By the novel’s end it is hinted that the man-destroying plague was actually engineered by a female scientist. Never mind the antibacterial handwash: it is patriarchy that we need to scrub out.

So characteristic is assigning agency to pandemics in today’s culture that a video game such as Plague Inc (Ndemic Creations 2012) styles its players not as doctors attempting to stop the spread of a pandemic, but as the sickness itself. The player’s mission is to help their plagues spread and exterminate the human race. In HG Wells’s seminal War of the Worlds (1898) and in its various modern retellings, including Independence Day (1996), the virus is on our side, destroying alien invaders that lack our acquired immunity.

One of the most striking twists on this conceit is Greg Bear’s novel Blood Music (1985). A scientist, angry at being sacked by his lab, smuggles a virus out into the world in his own body. It infects everybody, becomes self-aware, and assimilates everybody and everything to itself: human beings and their infrastructure melt down into a planetwide sea of hyperintelligent grey goo. It sounds unpleasant, but it’s actually a liberation: the accumulation of concentrated consciousness, our own included, punches through a transcendent new realm. The plague becomes a kind of secular Rapture.

If on some level we still think of contagion as the gods’ anger, these stories become about how we have angered the god – about, in other words, our guilt. When Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver planned their reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise, they decided an agent, a neuroenhancer spliced into simian flu, would both raise the apes’ level of intelligence and prove fatal to humans. The resulting movie trilogy (2011-17) was more than just a commercial hit; it proved an eloquent articulation of broader environmental concerns. The few surviving humans move through the film’s lush rejuvenated forestscapes, compelled to confront avatars of humanity’s generational contempt for the natural world.

The plague that has destroyed us has uplifted these animals, given them wisdom, and they are angry with us – why wouldn’t they be? It’s a common genre trope. The scientist in Alistair MacLean’s The Satan Bug (1965) is an environmental fundamentalist who hopes his germ will wipe out humanity. The mad scientists from Channel 4’s TV drama Utopia (201314) and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake trilogy are both driven by the same animus.

Having invested ourselves with the crown of all creation, coronavirus arrives to puncture our hubris. Think of the computer intelligence Agent Smith in The Matrix (1999), played with sneering panache by Hugo Weaving: humans, he tells Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus, are incapable of developing a natural equilibrium with their environment: “You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed.” In this telling, we are the virus.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus in the U.S. climbed to six Monday and the disease spread to ever more countries and world capitals, even as new cases in China dropped to their lowest level in six weeks.
A shift in the crisis appeared to be taking shape, as hundreds of patients were released from hospitals at the epicenter of the outbreak in China and the World Health Organization reported that nine times more cases were reported outside the country than inside it over the past 24 hours.
At the same time, the virus popped up for the first time in New York, Moscow and Berlin, and clusters of the disease surged around the world. In the U.S., health officials announced four more people died, bringing the total to six, all in Washington state, where researchers said the virus may have been circulating undetected for weeks.
The global death toll pushed past 3,000, and the number of people infected topped 89,000, with fast-expanding outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO's chief of emergencies, pointed out that even regions that have taken less aggressive measures than the extraordinary lockdowns implemented by China have managed to keep the virus in check. Ryan said that because COVID-19 is not as easily transmitted as the flu, “it offers us a glimmer ... that this virus can be suppressed and contained.”
Around the world, the virus reshaped people's routines, both at home and at work, from the millions of Japanese schoolchildren facing four weeks without class to special voting booths for Israelis under quarantine. Mobile hospitals were planned in Iran, and the “Mona Lisa” hung in a vacant room of the shuttered Louvre in Paris.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that the world economy could contract this quarter for the first time since the international financial crisis more than a decade ago.
“Global economic prospects remain subdued and very uncertain,” the agency said.
Wall Street nonetheless opened higher after the worst week for stocks since the 2008 crisis.
In New York City, a health care worker who had returned from Iran was in quarantine at home, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He said the city is ramping up preparations and cautioned against panic. The virus has reached at least 10 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The fear, in my opinion, is outpacing reason at this point,” Cuomo told “CBS This Morning.”
Four Americans who were quarantined in Nebraska after being exposed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan were released. “My only question is, will my friends shun me after this?” said one of the, Joanne Kirkland.
Malaysia, Tunisia, Senegal, Jordan and Portugal were among the newest places to detect the virus. More than 60 countries, including nine of the 10 most populous, have reported infections.
Even as alarms grew louder in much of the world, positive signs emerged from China, where the outbreak started two months ago. China reported 202 new cases, its lowest daily count since Jan. 21, and the city at the heart of the crisis, Wuhan, said 2,570 patients were released.
At the largest of 16 temporary hospitals that were rapidly built in Wuhan in response to the outbreak, worries over the availability of supplies and protective gear eased, along with the pressure on the medical staff.
Dr. Zhang Junjian, who leads a temporary hospital in Wuhan with a staff of 1,260, said optimism is high that the facility will no longer be needed in the coming weeks.
“If nothing special happens, I expect the operation of our makeshift hospital ... could complete its historical mission by the end of March,” Zhang said.
But in other places, problems continued to multiply.


“Just about everywhere, the cases are rising quite quickly in a number of countries,” said Ian Mackey, who studies viruses at the University of Queensland in Australia.


South Korea, with the worst outbreak outside of China, said it recorded 599 new cases Monday, bringing the total to 4,335. The death toll rose to 26. To cope, the country said hospitals will be reserved for patients with serious symptoms or preexisting conditions, with mild cases now routed to other designated facilities.
“If we continue to hospitalize mild patients amid the continued surge in infections, we would be risking overworking medical professionals and putting them at greater risk of infections,” said the country’s vice health minister, Kim Gang-lip.
South Korea extended the shutdown of its schools two more weeks to March 23. And the leader of a church that has blamed for being the source of the country’s largest cluster of infections bowed in apology.
“We also did our best but weren’t able to contain it fully,” said Lee Man-hee, the 88-year-old leader of the Shincheonji church, which some mainstream Christian groups reject as a cult.

In the Middle East, a worsening situation in Iran was accompanied by concern for its top leaders after a member of the council that advises the Islamic Republic's supreme leader died of COVID-19. Iran has confirmed 1,501 cases and 66 deaths, but many believe the true number is larger. Its caseload surged more than 250% in just 24 hours.
Major Shiite shrines in Iran remain open despite civilian authorities’ calls to close them. The holy cities of Mashad and Qom, where Shiites often touch and kiss shrines in a show of faith, have had high numbers of infections. The Revolutionary Guard said it will install some mobile hospitals in response, and authorities have been cleaning the shrines and spraying down streets with disinfectant.
“We will have two difficult weeks ahead,” said Ali Raibiei, a spokesman for the Iranian government.
In Europe, leaders braced for worsening caseloads after the count surged in France, Italy and to a lesser degree Spain over the weekend. Italy’s infections ballooned 50% in 24 hours to 1,694. Health officials in northern Italy sought to bring doctors out of retirement and accelerate nursing students' graduations to help an overwhelmed public health system.
The Louvre, the world’s most popular museum, remained closed as its 2,300 workers expressed fears of contracting the virus from visitors arriving from all over the world. At Fashion Week in Paris, attendees greeted each other with elbow touches instead of kisses. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s outstretched hand was rebuffed by her interior minister at a meeting.

Japan closed schools for most of the country's 12.7 million children until the end of the month, creating difficulties for some families.
Mika Nakajima, a museum employee and single mother with a 15-year-old autistic son, said she has already used up her paid vacation days to take care of her aging parents and her son and fears losing her job.
“It's a difficult time for families with ordinary children, but it's much harder for those who have children with disabilities or who need attention and care,” Nakajima said. “Some other forms of support are needed.”

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A supply shortage is looming that could keep laboratories around the United States from meeting the ballooning demand for coronavirus testing.


For weeks, doctors and labs have complained that there weren’t nearly enough test kits to take samples from all the patients who showed signs of infection. That shortfall is easing after a botched rollout, but is not over.
Laboratories warn that they are running low on supplies used to extract viral RNA from nasal swabs — supplies that are not included in the kits.
Some lab directors have also had trouble getting the virus samples needed to validate their tests. And many are worried about a possible shortage of reagents, the chemicals used in the tests.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that labs could test one swab per patient, rather than two, cutting the chemical demand in half.
Qiagen, a major manufacturer of the RNA extraction kits, said in a statement this week that it was increasing production in sites in Germany, Spain and Maryland.
The C.D.C. and the Food and Drug Administration have said they are aware of potential shortages and are monitoring supplies, but it is not clear what they might do to address the problems.

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(Natural News) Over the last two weeks, I have repeatedly warned that the nCoV coronavirus strain is right now being harvested by enemies of America (North Korea, Iran, China, etc.) and readied for deployment as a weapon system against the United States of America. Until today, I seem to have been the only person in the world who dared point out the obvious.
But now, the executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, speaking at a Senate Home Security committee just yesterday, confirmed this obvious point, saying, “We have to plan for the possibility that we have thousands of cases.”
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Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said that the coronavirus was likely to infect about two-thirds of the German population.


But her top medical adviser, Dr. Lothar Weiler, who appeared with her, added that, “we don’t know how fast that will happen.” One of the country’s top virologists recently said that it could take a year or two, or even longer, for that many people to become infected.
At a news conference, Ms. Merkel said: “Given a virus for which there is no immunity and no immunization, we have to understand that many people will be infected. The consensus among experts is that 60 to 70 percent of the population will be infected.”
The heart of her message was that Germans should take precautions to ensure that the health system can handle the high number of people who could fall seriously ill. She urged people to stay at home as much as possible.
“How we respond matters,” Ms. Merkel said. “We are playing for time.”
“We are at the start of a development that we cannot yet see the end of,” she told reporters in her first public appearance to address the epidemic, which has already infected more than 1,600 people in Germany. “But we as a country will do whatever is necessary to do, working within the European bloc.”
That readiness includes flexibility on spending, especially to help the small and midsize enterprises that are losing business, she said.
“We won’t ask every day, ‘What does this mean for our deficit?’” said Ms. Merkel.
Major events, including all large cultural performances in Berlin, Munich and elsewhere, have either been canceled or will take place without spectators.
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What Is Covid-19 Trying to Teach Us?
Counter Punch - MARCH 13, 2020 by H. BRUCE FRANKLIN

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Some people see the world as an infinite number of prize fights, each with one winner and one loser. For them life is an unending series of these zero-sum games. Unfortunately, one of these people is the President of the United States.
One example of something that is not a zero-sum game is a global pandemic. Someone else’s sickness is for me not a gain but a threat. No nation gains from the toll in another nation. To fight against the contagion, the main weapon is cooperation, on all levels, from interpersonal to international. On the international level, sharing resources and information is essential, because any vulnerability of any nation threatens the people of all other nations.
The nations fighting one another in World War I thought the opposite. So each one, including the US, treated the growing epidemic of 1918 as a military secret. The existence of the killer virus became public only because Spain, which was not one of the warring nations, refused to censor news about the disease. Estimates of death from the 1918 pandemic range from 17 million to 100 million. The war directly killed 53,000 Americans. The virus killed between 500,000 and 675,000 Americans. A deeper look would reveal that the ravages of the war, together with the perverted culture of war, were the pandemic’s greatest enablers, if not its causes.

Today we no longer fight wars on the grand scale of World Wars I and II, the Korea War, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War, at least for a couple of decades. We mainly fight what are called, euphemistically, low-intensity wars and trade wars. The United States in particular has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to destroy the economy and infrastructure of entire nations, even such developed nations as Venezuela and Iran, using only subversion, bribery, boycotts, sabotage, disinformation, and tariffs.
This raises some questions too big to answer well in a brief essay. Question 1: Didn’t this present preferred war-fighting strategy in fact destroy the Soviet Union, making the United States the winner of the Cold War? There were three attempts to use conventional armies to destroy to the Soviet Union. First was the coordinated invasion, launched in 1918 by Britain, France, the US, Japan, Australian, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Serbia, Italy, Poland, Greece, and Romania. Second was the series of invasions by Japan, beginning in 1931 and ending with the Soviet destruction of Japan’s 6th Army in the historic Battle of Khalkin Gol in August 1939. Finally came the invasion by the Nazi juggernaut that had just easily conquered all its European adversaries. The USSR defeated even this military colossus in the decisive battle of World War II. Yet forty-five years of the Cold War left the USSR a dismembered giant corpse. Thus the second question: Could the strategy of Cold War destroy China, the latest contender to be the world’s largest and most technologically advanced nation? Even before Covid-19 arrived, Trump’s economic and political warfare against China was seriously damaging the Chinese economy as well as inflicting significant damage on its own. This leads to the most important question.
There was certainly a loser in the Cold War. But was the United States a winner? Looking at our abysmal health care statistics (including life expectancy, infant mortality, obesity, drug addiction, and suicide), our collapsing infrastructure, our disgraceful public education and public ignorance, the grotesque inequality between the one percent and everyone else, and our dysfunctional political system, one might ask: What did we win? And what would our nation look like today if, instead of the Cold War, we had extended the wartime cooperation with the USSR? The only certain outcome of the Cold War is that both Russia and the United States each still possess a doomsday weapon that continually threatens to wipe out human civilization and perhaps our species.
Which brings us back to today’s bleak scene of crashing stock markets, a tragic-comic US election, and a disease threatening our personal freedom, our social pleasures, and our lives. China, seriously weakened by the US trade and political wars, made the same mistake as the World War I belligerent nations: trying to keep Covid-19 a secret. The Trump administration, among many other blunders and gaffes, is now making a worse and truly incomprehensible mistake: maintaining the tariffs and the rest of the trade war.
It is making the same mistake in relation to Iran. Before Covid-19 hit, the US had succeeded in wrecking much of Iran’s economy and infrastructure, leaving that nation unable to contain the disease. The zero-sum game thinking behind this US policy hardly helps us win the game of death the virus is playing against us.
Trump’s continuation of his trade war with China is also directly damaging the US and global economies, thus significantly exacerbating the crash of stock markets at home and around the world. This should be obvious to Washington policy makers, but perhaps not to someone who inherited 412 million dollars and proceeded to go bankrupt multiple times.
Trump is now blaming the stock market crashes on the media and Democrats for allegedly exaggerating the dangers of the virus. Covid-19 is certainly the event that triggered the crashes and it will certainly worsen the recession that now threatens. But remember that before the virus struck, there were already numerous warnings of both wildly overvalued markets and a possible recession looming in the months ahead. US manufacturing indices were already contracting. The Trump Administration was handing out tens of billions of dollars to bail out American farmers, to make up for their loss of markets due to Chinese retaliation. The yield curve had already inverted twice, usually a reliable indicator of coming recession. Long-term interest rates were so low that they were giving the lie to stock market’s wild euphoria (which often precedes a major selloff or crash). Trump desperately sought to keep the markets fat and happy and to postpone any recession until after his reelection. That’s why he was furiously bullying to Fed to cut interest rates drastically. He even urged the Fed to push into negative yield territory.

Now think back to late 2007 and 2008, when eight years of Republican recklessness in war and finance came perilously close to destroying the global banking system and did succeed in crashing the markets and plunging the nation, and the global economy, into what’s now called the Great Recession, the worst recession since the Depression of 1929 and the 1930s. The only one major nation that steered clear of recession was China. While demand was collapsing around the world, it was China, acting like some super engine, that pulled the global economy out of the quagmire. Continuing to wage economic war against China today is thus suicidally insane.

Neither Covid-19 nor a major recession poses a threat to our survival as a species. We do, however, face two existential threats, both created by our species, and each featuring our nation in the lead role. At the very moment when only global unity and cooperation can save us from threats of nuclear holocaust and environmental devastation, deadly nationalism is tearing our species apart. Can Covid-19 teach us that those two great menaces to our existence are also not zero-sum games? That our species either wins or we, as well as many other species, all lose?

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California has issued a statewide 'stay at home' order, while other states have shutdown bars and restaurants. Here are all the places taking drastic measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.Rosie Perper

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Public-health experts and government officials have stressed the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of airborne infections.
As of March 19, the US had confirmed more than 14,000 cases of the disease COVID-19, including over 200 deaths.
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Several US cities and states have taken major steps meant to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, including shutting down nightclubs, canceling holiday festivities, and forcing restaurants to serve food by delivery or takeout only.
As of March 19, the US had confirmed more than 14,000 cases of the disease COVID-19, including over 200 deaths.
Public-health experts and government officials have stressed the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of airborne infections. The term refers to bread measures meant to keep people away from one another, including canceling sporting events, closing schools, having employees work from home, and maintaining distance from sick people.
On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put forward new guidelines recommending that all gatherings and events of 50 people and more be postponed until May. It stressed that large gatherings included "festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies."
The CDC said the recommendation "does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses," but local and state governments are already heeding the CDC's advice.

On March 16, President Donald Trump said Americans should "avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people" in order to stop the disease spread. 
And on March 19, California became the first US state to order all residents to stay at home.
Here are some of the measures local and state governments are taking to limit public gatherings.

On March 19, California became the first US state to issue a statewide 'stay at home' order.

Was the Corona Virus Man Made in Chinese Lab?
By  Steven Ahle  - February 16, 2020

https://davidharrisjr.com/steven/was-the-corona-virus-man-made-in-chinese-lab/

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Republican Senator Tom Cotton suggested that since we know that a few of the first people with the virus never went near the food market where Chinese officials claim is where the virus started, perhaps we should dig a little deeper. Senator  Cotton pointed out the fact that the food market is only a couple of miles from China’s only bio-safety Level Four Super Laboratory that researches human infectious diseases. The Corona Virus has now infected at almost 70,000 people, leading to over 1,600 deaths.  Theories on how the virus started are abundant, including people eating bats. The disease is showing up in many countries by people who have visited China recently. Doctors and scientists are trying to figure out how contagious the disease is and how easy it is to contract.

Senator Tom Cotton:  So Maria, here is what we do know.   

This virus did not originate in the Wuhan animal market

 Epidemiologists who are widely respected from China published a study in the international journal Lancet have demonstrated that several of the original cases did NOT have any contact with that food market. 

The virus went into that food market before it came out of that food market.  So we don’t know where it originated…  

We also know that only a few miles away from that market is China’s only bio-safety Level Four Super Laboratory that researches human infectious diseases.

Gordon G. Chang@GordonGChang
One day--and I hope that day will be soon--we will find out how the #coronavirus epidemic started. For the moment, however, #China's #XiJinping is doing a good job blocking investigation in #Wuhan. He should read the words below. #COVD19 https://twitter.com/BillyHallowell/status/1229070690483163137 …
Billy Hallowell✔@BillyHallowell
Powerful.

There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.... Luke 12:2-3

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Health minister is first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus PA Mar 10th 2020 


https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2020/03/10/health-minister-is-first-mp-to-be-diagnosed-with-coronavirus/?ncid=webmail&guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYW9sLmNvbS9hbXAtcHJveHkvYXBpL3dlYm1haWwtYW9sdG9kYXktZW4tdWsvP3NzbD10cnVlJnRzPSZyZXRIc3Q9JnRjYj0wMDk2ZWYmdGNhZD0wMDk2ZWYmdGNhPTAwOTZlZiZmb250Q3NzPSZzZW5kQ29uZj0x&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGvbsgNHtM2gqyrPNGWrFsuRxDP5XPJpv-02Edt8FhEuULk4Fs1256eZ_oLp7nUuExr8mctGVcVpRSX0ltIhgL9T6PRQrxZ1BVH1TAsxe9k6tCv_tijtmcU3uLlWwmjjPn6NNWVdaNFzwPp1qN9xoEPaaVIDY5MG5njstank5jZv

Health minister Nadine Dorries has become the first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus.
The Conservative MP confirmed she was self-isolating after testing positive, while officials were working to identify how she came into contact with the virus.
In a statement on Tuesday evening, Ms Dorries said: "I can confirm I have tested positive for Coronavirus.
"As soon as I was informed I took all the advised precautions and have been self isolating at home.
"Public Health England has started detailed contact tracing and the department and my parliamentary office are closely following their advice.
"I would like to thank PHE and the wonderful NHS staff who have provided me with advice and support."

[Health minister is first MP to be diagnosed with coronavirus]
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "really sorry" to hear she had contracted the virus.
"She has done the right thing by self-isolating at home, and both NHS and PHE staff have been brilliant. We all wish her well as she recovers," he added.
Matt Hancock

✔@MattHancock
1/2:
Really sorry to hear Nadine has tested positive for coronavirus. She has done the right thing by self isolating at home, and both NHS and PHE staff have been brilliant. We all wish her well as she recovers.858
10:40 PM - Mar 10, 2020


Hand sanitizer was mostly sold out at a big-box store in Vacaville.Credit...Jim Wilson/

Listen: Woman Calls Wuhan Hospital to Try to Get Help for Her Sick Husband: “No medical staff anymore. They are dead or sick!”
By  Dean Garrison - February 11, 2020


https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/11/listen-woman-calls-wuhan-hospital-to-try-to-get-help-for-her-sick-husband-no-medical-staff-anymore-they-are-dead-or-sick/

Below you will hear an audio of a woman calling a Wuhan hospital and pleading for her sick husband.
If we are to trust the translation, you will hear this starting at the 1:57 mark.
We don’t have doctors!
What lining up for injection?
If you can line up for injection you are lucky enough!
No medical staff anymore.
They are dead or sick!
What can lining up for injection solve?
You are lucky to be able to line up for injection.
Several of us nurses have been locked up in quarantine.
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What a grim picture this paints of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Here’s the audio/video with subtitles.
Tens of millions have been reported quarantined.
Almost 1000 have died if we can trust the official numbers.

Is this an Armagedden-level pandemic?
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CDC is distributing possible coronavirus carriers all across U.S. cities, including San Antonio, Omaha and San Francisco
In explosive interview, author of Bioweapons Act, Dr. Francis Boyle confirms coronavirus is an “offensive biological warfare weapon”

What a Coincidence! Coronavirus VACCINE just announced
I am a political writer and people come to my websites to read about Trump and Dirty Democrats.
I can’t, however, hear an audio like this and justify ignoring it.
The audio might be totally fake but I suspect it’s not.
There are too many leaks coming out of China now and this Coronavirus pandemic seems many times worse than we are hearing in the mainstream.
My first allegiance is to the people of America.
My family is currently discussing what we can do to prepare and yours should to.

In 2020 we all need to start thinking like crazy preppers.
UPDATE: This is from Tim Brown at The Washington Standard. He and I trade articles a lot. Tim contacted a source he has in China.
EDITOR’S NOTE:  I VERIFIED WITH MY SOURCE IN CHINA THAT THE TRANSLATION IS CORRECT, ALTHOUGH HE ADMITS THAT SOME OF WHAT IS SAID IS DIFFICULT TO MAKE OUT. HE ALSO SAYS THE WOMAN ANSWERING THE PHONE SOUNDS FRUSTRATED AND THAT WHAT SHE IS SAYING TO THE WOMAN THAT CALLED COULD BE TO GET RID OF HER DUE TO HOW BUSY THINGS ARE. I’LL LET THE READER JUDGE.

UPDATE: AFTER GOING TO SEVERAL SOURCES IN CHINA, MY SOURCE SAID ANOTHER MAN WHO SPEAKS FLUENT CHINESE SAID, “I MAY DOUBT THIS IS NOT TRUE. THE GOVERNMNET IS VERY SENSITIVE ABOUT THE ISSUE. AND THEY WON’T MAKE UP NEWS THIS TIME CUZ IT’S RELATED TO A COUNTRY. I MAY THINK SOMEONE MAY MAKE UP THE AUDIO. CUZ IF SOMEONE IS HAVING FEVER THEY WILL IMMEDIATELY REPORT TO AN APP THAT THE GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND PEOPLE WILL TAKE THEM TO THE DESIGNATED HOSPITALS IMMEDIATELY. WON’T VIA PHONE OR NURSE.”

I told Tim that I do not necessarily believe his source (2nd part). I have heard too much to the contrary.
80 million people are now quarantined, last I heard. Are we supposed to believe that the Chinese government is going to send rides to everyone who is sick?
However, if things are as bad as the “nurse” says, now did she even have time to answer the phone and talk to this woman?
There are lots of things that do not add up, but I am 100% certain we are not getting the truth from any government sources.

When have we ever?
Dean Garrison is Publisher of DC Clothesline and DC Dirty Laundry

FBI Raids Home of Clinton Foundation Whistleblower
By Dean James - February 6, 2020
POSTED BY: DEAN JAMES

https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/06/fbi-raids-home-of-clinton-foundation-whistleblower/

As we’ve reported for years, if you cross the Clintons – bad things happen.
Have you ever heard of Vince Foster?
Anyways,  Richard Pollock at The Daily Caller News Foundation reported that the home of an FBI informant and man who blew the whistle on the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One scandal was raided by the FBI.
PolishPatriot @PolishPatriotTM

Back in 2018, the FBI raided the home of a protected whistleblower, who alleged wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation during the sale of Uranium One to the Russians
That’s unheard of.
FBI agents raided the home of a recognized Department of Justice whistleblower who privately delivered documents pertaining to the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One to a government watchdog, according to the whistleblower’s attorney.
The Justice Department’s inspector general was informed that the documents show that federal officials failed to investigate potential criminal activity regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and Rosatom, the Russian company that purchased Uranium One, a document reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation alleges.
The delivered documents also show that then-FBI Director Robert Mueller failed to investigate allegations of criminal misconduct pertaining to Rosatom and to other Russian government entities attached to Uranium One, the document reviewed by TheDCNF alleges. Mueller is now the special counsel investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
“The bureau raided my client to seize what he legally gave Congress about the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One,” the whistleblower’s lawyer, Michael Socarras, told TheDCNF, noting that he considered the FBI’s raid to be an “outrageous disregard” of whistleblower protections.
Sixteen agents arrived at the home of Dennis Nathan Cain, a former FBI contractor, on the morning of Nov. 19 and raided his Union Bridge, Maryland, home, Socarras told TheDCNF.
The raid was permitted by a court order signed on Nov. 15 by federal magistrate Stephanie A. Gallagher in the U.S. District Court for Baltimore and obtained by TheDCNF.
A special agent from the FBI’s Baltimore division, who led the raid, charged that Cain possessed stolen federal property and demanded entry to his private residence, Socarras told The DCNF.
“On Nov. 19, the FBI conducted court authorized law enforcement activity in the Union Bridge, Maryland area,” bureau spokesman Dave Fitz told The DCNF. “At this time, we have no further comment.”
Cain informed the agent while he was still at the door that he was a recognized protected whistleblower under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act and that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz recognized his whistleblower status, according to Socarras.
Cain further told the FBI agent the potentially damaging classified information had been properly transmitted to the Senate and House Intelligence committees as permitted under the act, Socarras said. The agent immediately directed his agents to begin a sweep of the suburban home, anyway.
Frightened and intimidated, Cain promptly handed over the documents, Socarras told TheDCNF. Yet even after surrendering the information to the FBI, the agents continued to rummage through the home for six hours.
“After asking and getting my approval to do so, DOJ IG Michael Horowitz had a member of his staff physically take Mr. Cain’s classified document disclosure to the House and Senate Intelligence committees,” Socarras told TheDCNF.
“For the bureau to show up at Mr. Cain’s home suggesting that those same documents are stolen federal property, and then proceed to seize copies of the same documents after being told at the house door that he is a legally protected whistleblower who gave them to Congress, is an outrageous disregard of the law,” he continued.
Cain came across the potentially explosive information while working for an FBI contractor, Socarras told The DCNF.
Cain met with a senior member of Horowitz’s office at a church close to the White House to deliver the documents to the IG, according to Socarras.
Cain sat in a pew with a hoodie and sun glasses, Socarras said. Cain held a double-sealed envelope containing a flash drive with the documents. The IG official met him and, without saying a word, took the pouch over Cain’s shoulder and left.
The law protects whistleblowers who are government contractors and requires the IG to share such potentially damaging information with the attorney general — who at the time was Jeff Sessions.
The two law enforcement officials directed the documents be sent to the Senate and House Intelligence committees for their examination, according to Socarras, who said that a high-level IG official hand-delivered the documents to the the two intelligence committees.
“I cannot believe the Bureau informed the federal magistrate who approved the search warrant that they wanted to search the home of an FBI whistleblower to seize the information that he confidentially disclosed to the IG and Congress,” Socarras told TheDCNF.

The whistleblower act is intended to protect whistleblowers within the intelligence community, which includes the FBI.
Unbelieveable.

Again, never cross the Clintons or you WILL get screwed one way or another.

Clinton Foundation
Wall Street Journal: Obama’s DOJ Tried Vigorously to STOP FBI’s Clinton Foundation Investigation

https://dcdirtylaundry.com/wall-street-journal-obamas-doj-tried-vigorously-to-stop-fbis-clinton-foundation-investigation/

Bombshell: UKRAINIANS Donated More Than ANY Other National Group to THE CLINTON FOUNDATION
https://dcdirtylaundry.com/bombshell-ukrainians-donated-more-than-any-other-national-group-to-the-clinton-foundation/

Clinton Foundation took massive payoffs, promised Hammond Ranch and other publicly owned lands to Russians along with one-fifth of our uranium ore
https://dcdirtylaundry.com/clinton-foundation-took-massive-payoffs-promised-hammond-ranch-and-other-publicly-owned-lands-to-russians-along-with-one-fifth-of-our-uranium-ore/

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Louie Gohmert on Death of Obama Whistleblower: ‘He Was Gonna Name Names Of People That Put This Country At Risk… & He Ends With A Bullet In Him?’
https://dcdirtylaundry.com/louie-gohmert-on-death-of-obama-whistleblower-he-was-gonna-name-names-of-people-that-put-this-country-at-risk-he-ends-with-a-bullet-in-him/

Louie Gohmert on Death of Obama Whistleblower: ‘He Was Gonna Name Names Of People That Put This Country At Risk… & He Ends With A Bullet In Him?’
Mark Sidney - March 2, 2020
From Mark Sidney at Illicit Info OPINION Blog


Opinion| Unless you have been living on the dark side of the moon recently you have likely heard about the sudden and tragic death of famous Obama Department of Homeland Security whistleblower, Philip Haney.
Haney, who blew the preverbal whistle on the Obama admin’s DHS and their alleged efforts to stop damaging and inconvenient information about threats from radical Islam INSIDE the United States from the American people.
When Mr. Haney’s death first broke we reported:
‘Mr. Haney had told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, back in 2016, that he was ordered by the Obama administration to scrub the record of Muslims in the US with terrorist ties.

Philip Haney had claimed that during the Obama years, political correctness had forced the killing of the investigation. People has since asked if the scrubbing had not occurred, if we would have been able to stop the San Bernardino Christmas terrorists.’
We covered the Law Enforcement Today article which explained that ‘In 2018, Haney told Intercessors for America prayer activists that he had been working on a “special assignment” in Minnesota to stop Rep. Keith Ellison from being elected Minnesota’s Attorney General. As we approach the 2020 elections, friends of Haney’s told us he was planning on doubling down on efforts to “protect America from progressive leftists socialists”.’
The LET article also stated that people close to Haney were seemingly perplexed by the initial reports suggesting the whistleblower has shot himself:
‘‘Friends of Haney told us that they spoke with Haney earlier this week and he’d “never been happier”. They’ve suggested there’s absolutely no way he would have taken his own life… and reinforce that he’s had many enemies since he blew the whistle on the Obama administration.’
Now, the initial reports that Haney has committed suicide … by shooting himself in the chest, on the side of the road on an off the beaten trail road have been recanted.
Now Congressman Gohmert is saying that he plans on revealing the information that Haney was sitting on. Furthermore, the Congressman seemed to suggest that Haney knew his life was in danger as the two men had a pact where by if one of them ‘committed suicide’ the other would make the sensitive info they were preparing to release public.

Rep Gohmert said the following on the floor of the House this week:

“I had a friend I met here years ago. His name is Phil Haney and he was one of the kindest, most patriotic, competent people I’ve ever known in my life… We had a mutual pact. If it’s said that either one of us end up having committed suicide then the other is going to make sure that truth wins out… He saw things that were a threat to this country, he said something, and he was severely punished for it, because apparently the Obama administration had some radical ties that they did not want anybody, including Philip Haney, to expose… He was gonna name names of people that put this country at risk…and he ends with a bullet in him?”’

Vlad Tepes has the entire speech.
I pray that we are finally at the point where people in America no longer just believe law enforcement, the TV and MSM press when they tell us that someone who is working to expose powerful people (on either side of the isle) ‘commits suicide.’
Now, of course, these things do happen from time to time, however when a death is ruled a suicide before any investigation, it raises a serious red flag, in my mind at least.
Hopefully we will find out not only what happened to Mr. Haney, but also what it was that he was working on when he met his demise. Please join me in praying for Philip’s family and the safety of Congressman Gohmert, as they go through this terrible time.

Whistleblowers
Obama DHS Whistleblower Phil Haney Shot Dead, Called Suicide, But Friend Says He Warned Her He Could Be ‘Suicided’ a Month Ago

https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/23/obama-dhs-whistleblower-phil-haney-shot-dead-called-suicide-but-friend-says-he-warned-her-he-could-be-suicided-a-month-ago/
FBI Raids Home of Clinton Foundation Whistleblower
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/06/fbi-raids-home-of-clinton-foundation-whistleblower/
False Flags, Neuroweapons & FBI Fusion Centers With NSA Whistleblower Karen Stewart
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/04/false-flags-neuroweapons-fbi-fusion-centers-with-nsa-whistleblower-karen-stewart/
Who Killed the Google Election Rigging Whistleblower’s Wife?
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/01/22/who-killed-the-google-election-rigging-whistleblowers-wife/
Wife of Google “Election Medding” Whistleblower Dead in Car Crash at 29
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2019/12/31/wife-of-google-election-medding-whistleblower-dead-in-car-crash-at-29/

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US senators defend selling shares before coronavirus crash
By Richard Cowan, David Morgan and Susan Cornwell
Reuters •March 21, 2020

https://news.yahoo.com/u-senators-defend-selling-shares-032856942.html

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican senators defended themselves on Friday against heavy criticism, including calls they resign, for selling large quantities of stocks before the coronavirus-induced market meltdown and after closed-door briefings on the outbreak.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr sold up to $ 1.7 million worth of stock on Feb. 13 in 33 separate transactions after offering public assurances the government was ready to battle the virus. His financial filings were first reported by ProPublica.
Senator Kelly Loeffler also sold millions of dollars in weeks after lawmakers were first briefed on the virus, according to public filings.
Media reports about Burr and Loeffler, who has denied wrongdoing, prompted calls they leave office and other criticism from people as disparate as a progressive Democratic lawmaker and a conservative commentator.
Burr made public comments by Republican President Donald Trump's early assurances that the country could easily deal with the outbreak. Trump has since taken a markedly more serious tack.
But the senator told a private Washington luncheon two weeks after the coronavirus was much more aggressive "than anything that has been seen in recent history," according to a recording obtained by National Public Radio.
The comments predated Wall Street's series of avalanches.
In a statement Friday, Burr said he only managed to make his decision on the Feb. 13 stock sales.
"Understanding the assumption many could do in hindsight, however, I spoke this morning with the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and asked him to open a complete review of the matter with full transparency," Burr said.
Senate Ethics Committee Chairman James Lankford declined to comment.
Loeffler sold up to $ 3.1 million in specializing in 27 transactions from Jan. 24 through mid-February, as first reported by The Daily Beast. The report published the day before the health committee. She also made two purchases.
They have not been involved in the investment decisions for their portfolio.
"This is a ridiculous and baseless attack," she wrote on Twitter.
Trump said the senators should "possibly" be investigated.
"They told them nothing wrong. I found them, the whole group, very honorable people," he told reporters. # 'STOMACH-CHURNING'
Criteria on both political spectrum called Burr and Loeffler to consider resigning or at least explaining the sales.
"Senator Burr owes North Carolinians an explanation," fellow North Carolinian and Republican Senator Thom Tillis wrote on Twitter. "His self-referral to the Ethics Committee for their review is appropriate, there needs to be a professional and bipartisan inquiry into this matter."
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, "It is stomach-churning that the first thoughts of these Senators had to be dire & classified #COVID briefing was how to profit from this crisis." Ocasio-Cortez is a prominent member of the party's progressive wing.
Conservative Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson told viewers on Thursday: "Maybe there is an honest explanation for what (Burr) did. If there is, he should share it with the rest of us immediately.
Republican Senator James Inhofe and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein also sold stock, according to filings, but, like Loeffler, both said they were not involved in the transactions.
He said he had most of his stock and not been involved in investment decisions. Feinstein's money is in a blind trust.
The activist group Common Cause filed complaints with the Justice Department, Securities and Exchange Commission and Senate Ethics Committee demanding investigations of all four senators.
The controversy swirled as senators from the Republicans have made a $ 1 trillion opening bid.
The Republican proposed included checks for up to $ 1,200 each for many Americans, and hundreds of billions of dollars in loans for small businesses and industries.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wanted a deal by the end of Friday. That would allow a Senate passage on Monday, sending the bill to the House of Representatives and clearing the way for Trump to sign it into law early next week.
Negotiations are potentially compounded by the White House.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was optimistic. "It's going fabulous. It's the best bipartisan work we've ever had," he told reporters, elbow-bumping Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.
Democrats said they were wary.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill was skewed in favor of corporations, and includes tax cuts for multinational corporations and restrictions on sick leave Congress just expanded.
"Senator McConnell's bill is not pro-worker at all. It puts corporations ahead of people. We need workers first," Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Susan Cornwell, Richard Cowan, Susan Heavey, Lisa Lambert, David Morgan and Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Patricia Zengerle and David Morgan; Editing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis)

'China is to blame because the culture': Republican senator mistakenly blames China for MERS and swine flu epidemicsDavid Choi
Mar 18, 2020

https://www.businessinsider.com/republican-senator-mistakenly-blames-china-for-mers-and-swine-flu-2020-3?r=US&IR=T


​Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas did not find the term "Chinese virus" controversial when describing the novel coronavirus.
"Well, I think China is to blame because the culture where people eat bats, and snakes, and dogs, and things like that," Cornyn said to a reporter. "These viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people and that's why China has been the source of a lot of these viruses like SARS, like MERS, the Swine Flu."
Illnesses like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) did not originate from China. The Swine Flu, otherwise known as the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, was first discovered in humans in the US, according to the CDC.
Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California, the first Chinese-American woman to serve in Congress, said in a statement to Insider that Cornyn's comments were "disgusting."
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Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas echoed other lawmakers in his party and President Donald Trump and said he did not find the term "Chinese virus" controversial when describing the novel coronavirus.
Asked by a reporter on Wednesday whether describing the novel coronavirus as Chinese was acceptable, Cornyn replied, "That's where it came from."
"Well, I think China is to blame because the culture where people eat bats, and snakes, and dogs, and things like that," Cornyn said. "These viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people and that's why China has been the source of a lot of these viruses like SARS, like MERS, the Swine Flu."
"And now the coronavirus," Cornyn added. "So I think they have a fundamental problem. And I don't object to geographically identifying where it's coming from."
But while SARS, also known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, is a virus transmitted by an animal and was first identified in China in 2002, other illnesses like Mid

MERS, which had a patient fatality rate of 30-40%, was discovered in Jordan in 2012. All of the cases have been linked to "countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Swine Flu, otherwise known as the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, was first discovered in humans in the US. Scientists linked gene segments in the virus with other influenza viruses amongst pigs, in this case, North American pig herds and Eurasian pig herds, the CDC said. The CDC estimated that by 2010, there were over 61 million cases and over 270,000 hospitalizations due to the virus, and 12,469 people were killed.
Republicans, including Trump, have described the coronavirus as the "Wuhan virus" and the "Chinese virus." Scientists believe the pandemic originated from a wildlife market in Wuhan, China; however, activists have urged the media and others "to ensure accurate and fair portrayals of Asians and Asian-Americans," and avoid fueling xenophobia amid the outbreak.
Several hate crimes and acts of discriminatory behavior against Asian Americans were documented across the US in recent weeks. An Asian man who declined to be identified was walking with his 10-year-old son in New York on Saturday, when he alleged 44-year-old Raoul Ramos screamed at him for not wearing a mask, according to The New York Post.
Other lawmakers railed against characterizing the coronavirus based on its purported origins. Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California, the chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the first Chinese-American woman to serve in Congress, described Cornyn's comments as "disgusting."

"Disparaging an entire ethnic group and culture like this is bigotry, plain and simple," Chu said in a statement to Insider. "Blaming Chinese people en masse for the spread of this disease is the exact same bigoted line that was used to justify the Chinese Exclusion Act over a century ago."
"Republicans have been warned by health experts, by Trump administration officials, by Asian American organizations and constituents," Chu added. "At this point, Republicans have made a calculation that it is in their best interest to use people of Chinese ethnicity as a scapegoat, and people's lives will be in danger until they stop."
Cornyn, in his original statement, said he disagreed with critics who opposed the phrasing.
"I don't think we're not talking about Asians," Cornyn said. "We're talking China, where these viruses emanate from.

Global stocks dive on pandemic impact, US travel ban
BY YURI KAGEYAMA AP BUSINESS WRITERMARCH 12, 2020

https://www.kansascity.com/news/article241122276.html

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,000 points on February 27, deepening a global market rout caused by worries that the coronavirus outbreak will wreak havoc on the global economy. BY META VIERS | ASSOCIATED PRESS

TOKYO
Global stocks plunged Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a travel ban on most of Europe and offered little in the way of new measures to contain the economic impact of the virus outbreak.
European markets sank, with shares in airlines like Air France and Lufthansa down about 10%. Wall Street futures were down about 5%, likely putting the S&P 500 in a bear market when trading starts, like the Dow a day before.
Global markets began falling again after Trump’s address to the nation late Wednesday, in which he announced vast travel restrictions on Europe that aim to limit the virus from spreading but will further hurt the travel industry.
His move also raises the specter of more drastic measures by governments that will hurt business between the world’s top economies.

Trump hinted at plans for tax cuts and other economic relief, has yet to unveil details. Lawmakers have resisted his proposal for a cut to payroll taxes.

“The market judgement on that announcement is that it’s too little too late. And while travel restrictions on people coming from Europe are good from a health point of view, from the point of view of the economy, it’s very, very bad news,” said Michael McCarthy of CMC Markets.
Investors are also looking ahead to the European Central Bank’s policy meeting, expecting it to cut interest rates and offer more monetary stimulus, though experts say it is governments that must act to help the economy.
In Europe, France’s CAC 40 dropped 5.8% to 4,342, while Germany’s DAX slide 5.9% to 9828. Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 5.5% to 5,554 and Italy’s FTSE MIB sank 5.1% to 17,009.
The future contract for the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 5.2% while the S&P 500’s lost 4.9%.
On Wall Street overnight, the Dow fell into bear market territory, with a loss that dragged it 20% below the record set last month. The broader S&P 500, which professional investors watch more closely, is a single percentage point away from falling into its own bear market, which would end the longest bull market in Wall Street history.
In Asia, Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 dived 4.4% to 18,559.63, its lowest close in four years. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dropped 7.4% to 5,304.60. South Korea’s Kospi dipped 3.9% to 1,834.33. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 3.7% to 24,309.07, while the Shanghai Composite index shed 1.5% to 2,923.49.
Thailand’s benchmark plunged 10% in the afternoon session, triggering a 30-minute halt to trading. It fell further after trading resumed, losing 11%. The Philippine market lost 10%, also resulting in a trading halt. In both cases the declines were the worst single-day losses since the 2008 financial crisis. India’s Sensex swooned 8.6%.
The recent decline has been one of Wall Street’s swiftest retreats of this magnitude. The fastest the S&P 500 has ever fallen from a record into a bear market was over 55 days in 1987.
Vicious market swings are becoming routine as investors rush to sell amid uncertainty about how badly the outbreak will hit the economy.
Some economies were already slowing before the viral outbreak even began to cause massive disruptions, first in central China where the virus originated and gradually across Asia.
Investors would like to see coordinated action from governments and central banks to stem the threat to the economy from the virus. Lower interest rates and government spending won’t solve the crisis — only containment of the virus can — but they can spur business activity and help prop up demand.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus, but the fear is that the global economy could tip into a recession, with slowdowns in production and a plunge in business activity as people stay home instead of traveling, shopping or dining out.
Many analysts expect markets to swing sharply until the number of new infections stops accelerating. In the United States, the number of cases has topped 1,000. Worldwide, more than 126,000 people have been infected, and over 4,600 have died.
Treasury yields, one of the loudest alarm bells on Wall Street about the economic risks of the crisis, remain well below 1%, with the yield on the 10-year Treasury at 0.71% from 0.83% late Wednesday. That’s a sign of diminished demand for safe investments.
In other trading, benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.97 to $31.01 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost $1.38 to $32.98 per barrel on Wednesday. Brent crude, the standard for international pricing, gave up $2.46 to $33.33 per barrel.
The dollar weakened to 103.80 Japanese yen from 104.53 yen on Wednesday. The euro fell to $1.1222 from $1.1271.
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Katie Tam and Phoebe Lai in Hong Kong contributed.
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Living at the End of the World
by HOWARD LISNOFF -MARCH 20, 2020 - Counter Punch


The coronavirus spreads like a kind of modern plague across the global landscape. The view from my study window is of the gently rolling hills of the Berkshires in the foothills of the Appalachians. Today, they are lightly dusted with snow that will vanish in the warmer air by mid afternoon. Here, looking toward my neighbor’s apple orchard always allows and invites introspection and the separation from the world, which is good for writing.  Close by are the Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut, where Philip Roth stood at his writing podium and produced some superb works of literature amid the small farms indigenous to the area. Clear the land of trees, rocks, and brush, and the farmland is fertile.
Disease and epidemics (and pandemics) are not all that unusual. What is unusual, however, is how science has been attacked for political gain, especially here in the US by the political right, and those attacks have brought us a science denier in the White House and his enablers in Congress.This epidemic of science denial affects millions in a way that many believed the bulwarks of modernity would protect us against.
We can’t fully understand the interplay of variables that produced this virus, but the pandemic has been loosened upon the world and many governments that were supposed to provide for the common good can’t leave the starting line. Something as simple as test kits for determining where the disease is and how it spreads are not generally available in the numbers needed to track the progression of the virus. Epidemiologists know that if a pandemic’s course is accurately measured, then actions such as self-isolation and social distancing are easier to accomplish. If the pandemic is not identifiable and closely measured, then more lives will be lost. I thought that our collective intellectual and ethical development was further along than is obvious now.
This pandemic encourages pause and reflection because we are cut off from the bombardment of distractions and placed in environments where we depend on ourselves and a few others. The reality of the moment confronts in a singular way.
As a leftist, the movements and people involved in them parade by like the seasons outside of this window.  The antiwar movement during the Vietnam War, the anti-nuclear movement of the early 1980s (and beyond), the antiwar movement in the face of the first Gulf War, the environmental movement, the women’s movement and the movement for gay rights, and the myriad of protest movements that followed upon the heels of the race to stop militarism and the far right following September 11, 2001. And always the movement against racism that seems to be an almost immoveable social, political, and economic presence in the US and around the world. Now immigrants from war and other forms of human destructiveness demand yet another movement for social justice.
Trump and his sycophants want to save wealth above people. “Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Administration Sees $850 Billion Stimulus,” New York Times March 17, 2020). With headlines like “White House Takes New Line After Dire Report on Death Toll,” New York Times, March 17, 2020), just where does quickly vanishing hope lie?
It seems to me (one of protester-singer-songwriter Pete Seeger’s favorite pronouncements) that the most successful protest movement was the Vietnam antiwar movement. Maybe it was street-level involvement that cemented that movement in history. I don’t know. It took those on the right exactly two decades to irradiate the Vietnam Syndrome and make war something the majority could enthusiastically support.
It was like jumping on the Earth and having it jump back (to paraphrase protester Abbie Hoffman). Maybe if a person is lucky, he or she gets that one chance.
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Coronavirus economic relief package could total $ 2 trillion, Kudlow saysLauren Egan
NBC News •March 21, 2020

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the new economic  emergency package  to combat the coronavirus pandemic could total more than $ 2 trillion.  
"The package is coming in at about 10 percent of GDP," trillion.
"We're just trying to cover the right bases," he said, declining to provide any further details.
Lawmakers spent all Friday meeting in the Capitol to hammer out a deal, but failed to reach Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's ambitious midnight deadline to come to an agreement. They reconvened Saturday morning to finish negotiations.
White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as well as Kudlow, were at the Capitol to participate in the bipartisan negotiations.
The Congressional Budget Office, the nonpartisan agency that analyzes cost estimates of legislation, according to Ueland.
"I'm hopeful that we understand more about unemployment insurance today, including its cost, its potential scope and some of these technical challenges that we have outlined," Ueland said.
Saturday afternoon, making way for a final vote to take place as early as Monday.
Legislation rarely moves this fast in Washington, especially for a bill of this size. However, businesses are forced to close their doors.
"We need to work with uncommon speed and make this next bill what it needs to be," Schumer said on Friday.
Schumer, Verity McConnell criticized for not delaying the processes.we by Democrats INTO Bringing negotiations from the very '' Been UH BEGINNING from the Case with previous coronavirus browns, not * fortified GOP's initial proposal Gave Too Much to industry bailouts and not Enough to unemployment insurance, Paid Leave and resources for hospitals.  
The scope of unemployment insurance continued to be a sticking point for Republicans and Democrats as they worked to come to a deal.
Some Republicans, including Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Josh Hawley of Missouri, also took issue with the GOP proposal that would provide less money in direct payments to low-income Americans.      
Whatever agreement Senators reach will also need support from the Democratic controlled House. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi kept in close contact with Schumer and Mnuchin from her San Francisco district throughout the negotiation process,
The House, whose members are at home, will need to decide how they plan to vote on the bill. Two members announced earlier this week that they have been diagnosed with the coronavirus , forcing a handful of their colleagues who have been in contact with them for a recommended two week period. 
House Majority Leader Hoyer, D-Md., Said he was exploring remote voting options in order to reduce the spread of infection, but no clear decision has been made. 
 

As Coronavirus Testing Increases, Some Labs Fear a Shortage of Other Supplies
Lab directors and federal officials are keeping a close eye on the supply of other materials needed to conduct the tests.


Nurse Becky Barton emerged from a tent with a coronavirus test kit at a drive-through site for testing in Seattle on Monday.Credit...Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

A worker at the German biotech company Qiagen demonstrated a testing device for infectious diseases at a plant in Hilden, Germany. The company said it was trying to meet the demand for tests and was ramping up its production in Germany, Spain and Maryland.Credit...Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images
By Katie Thomas -March 11, 2020
Laboratories around the country are now facing potential shortages of key materials and chemicals needed to run tests for the novel coronavirus, as cases spread to more than two-thirds of the states and the global pandemic strains testing resources even further.
Some lab directors say they are already beginning to run low of the supplies needed to extract RNA from nasal swabs, a crucial initial step that is separate from the millions of test kits that the federal government has promised to ship to every state. Others say they are weighing whether to borrow some materials from other research labs that aren’t involved in creating or running coronavirus tests.
And some lab directors are worried about the future availability of the reagents, or chemical ingredients, used in the tests themselves. Several labs have also said that they have had trouble getting virus samples that are needed to validate the tests to make sure they are properly identifying positive samples.
Public health officials and health care providers have clamored to get enough tests following a botched rollout of testing kits by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and a delay by the Food and Drug Administration in allowing independent labs to develop their own test — that led to weeks of delays in detecting the spread of the virus in the country.
“The lack of testing in the United States is a debacle,” said Dr. Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We’re supposed to be the best biomedical powerhouse in the world and we’re unable to do something almost every other country is doing on an orders of magnitude bigger scale.”
Today, public health labs in every state say they are running the tests, and academic and commercial labs have been scrambling to increase their capacities to check for the virus.
But Washington, New York and California are leading states with hundreds of cases, as officials warned again on Wednesday that the numbers will continue to rise.
People are also reporting that they still can’t get tested, in some cases because doctors and hospitals are evaluating patients based on their symptoms and whether those are indicative of the virus or regular flu.

The RNA extraction kits “are usually things we wouldn’t ever even wonder if they were running out, because they’re always around,” said Michael Mina, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “But in this case, because everyone in the world is trying to extract RNA right now, they seem to be low.”

At the University of California, Los Angeles, the chief of the microbiology section of the medical center’s clinical lab was so concerned about his supply of RNA extraction kits made by the company Qiagen that he recently sent an email to colleagues at the university’s research labs asking if they had any. “While our investigators were eager to help, none were using the kit in their labs,” said Elaine Schmidt, a spokeswoman for the medical center.

Eric Blank, the chief program officer at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, said his group has also been hearing about back orders of the extraction kits and other supplies. Now that independent labs are able to run their own tests, “it is increasing at a very rapid pace,” Mr. Blank said. “It just depends on how rapidly the manufacturers of some of these other ancillary materials needed to run the tests can ramp up their production.”

Qiagen, a major manufacturer of the RNA extraction kits, said in a statement this week that because of the coronavirus outbreak, demand is “challenging our capacity to supply certain products” and that it was increasing production in sites in Germany, Spain and Maryland.

Roche, another supplier of lab materials and equipment, said in a statement: “Our manufacturing network has robust business continuity plans for dealing with the impact of a potential health crisis and is actively assessing and monitoring this evolving health situation.”

The F.D.A. and C.D.C. have also said they are watching for potential shortages. The F.D.A. said this week it was “monitoring this issue and has heard from some manufacturers with questions about alternative reagents, extraction methods and platforms.” It said it was offering guidance to labs and updates on the issue on its website.

But the extraction kits are not the only supply item with uncertain availability. The American Society for Microbiologists said Tuesday that it was “deeply concerned” about a potential shortage of the reagents needed to conduct the tests as well as other materials. “Increased demand for testing has the potential to exhaust supplies needed to perform the testing itself,” the society said.

On Monday, the C.D.C. revised its guidelines to allow for the collection of one specimen swab instead of the previously required two, a move that the society said would cut the required amount of testing reagents in half.

Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the C.D.C., told Politico on Tuesday that the agency was keeping an eye on the supply of materials needed to do the tests. But, when asked how the agency would deal with a shortage of RNA extraction kits, he said: “I don’t know the answer to that question.”

Integrated DNA Technologies, which is manufacturing coronavirus test kits for the C.D.C., said in a statement that beginning next week, it expects to be able to provide enough shipments of C.D.C. kits that would allow for five million tests a week. The company added that “is accustomed to scaling up to meet customer demand and does not anticipate needing to hire additional staff.”

Labs have also said they have had a difficult time getting so-called positive controls, or samples of the virus to ensure the tests are working properly.

“We have requested these from a couple of vendors, but it has taken some time to get registered to have the controls shipped,” said Dr. Jim Dunn, the director of medical microbiology and virology at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, which is now running its own test for coronavirus for the hospital’s patients.

Veronique Greenwood and Denise Grady contributed reporting.

Rick Cotton, who had been overseeing the Port Authority’s response to the virus, has self-quarantined at his home and will be working remotely, the governor said.Credit...Scott Heins/Getty Images

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The death toll from the coronavirus in the U.S. climbed to six Monday and the disease spread to ever more countries and world capitals, even as new cases in China dropped to their lowest level in six weeks.

​People wear masks to help guard against the Coronavirus on a street in downtown Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Iran's health ministry raised Sunday the death toll from the new virus to 8 people in the country, amid concerns that clusters there, as well as in Italy and South Korea, could signal a serious new stage in its global spread. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Dave Hodges interviews Mike Adams about where the coronavirus pandemic will be headed next… and it isn’t pretty
Saturday, March 14, 2020 by: Mike Adams
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(Natural News) Article and interview via The Commonsense Show (Dave Hodges):

https://dcs.megaphone.fm/REP7402712972.mp3?key=4258e7b49abe784413c989ebb656edb7

At the CSS You Tube and our Megaphone site, I have recently done a series of recent podcasts in which I made it clear that the public, without verifiable data, should trust nobody and their Coronavirus analysis. This entire process has been politicized and is filled with unscientfic propaganda.

The administration’s entire focus is on the preserving the current economic gains. The Democrats behavior has been what one would expect. Their view towards human life could best be described as one of depraved indifference. I frequently ask a question of my guests: “What would the Democrats NOT do to get elected?” The answer I always here is, “There is NOTHING that the Democrats won’t do!” This means that they do not care how many innocent people would have to die to advance their agenda. Were you aware that Pelosi even tried to “sneak” in a federally funded set of abortions into the Coronavirus stimulus bill? Initially, Trump wanted to jump start the manufacture of critical, life-saving medications here in the United States so China could not effectively blackmail the United States. Schumer and Pelosi, no friend of the American people, initially opposed this attempted life-saving practice. Again, key Democrats would stop at nothing to gain a political advantage even if it costs you your life. 

With all the confusion and blatant misinformation surrounding the true nature of the present pandemic, I asked Mike Adams to appear on my show and we would try to make sense out of all the disinformation that the American people are being inundated with.

Mike Adams and myself are both trained researchers. Before retiring, I had previously taught research and statistics at the college and university level for years, having written two course in statistics. Mike has had decades of experience field testing products, treatments, etc. He is an expert in the so-called “scientific method”. In the following interview, Mike Adams and myself combined forces to take both a micro and a macro look at the present Coronavirus crisis. Mike Adams has also developed Coronavirus software which accurately predicts the spread of the virus when the appropriate variables are plugged in. And I promise, Mike and myself make the complicated simple and easy to understand.
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ATP Tour suspended for six weeks due to coronavirus pandemic
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The ATP has announced a six-week suspension of the men’s tour because of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

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By Eleanor Crooks, PA Tennis Correspondent
PA Media: Sport12 Mar 2020, 

​The ATP has announced a six-week suspension of the men’s tour because of the coronavirus pandemic.
News had come earlier on Thursday from the mayor of Miami-Dade County that the Miami Open would not take place, and a statement from the ATP confirmed no tournaments will be held until the end of April at the earliest.
That includes another Masters event in Monte-Carlo along with tournaments in Barcelona, Houston, Marrakech and Budapest.
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✔@atptour
The ATP has announced a six-week suspension of the men’s professional tennis tour due to public health & safety concerns over COVID-19.

If the situation allows, the tour will resume with low-key tournaments in Munich and Estoril beginning on April 27, followed a week later by the Madrid Open.
The second grand slam of the year, the French Open, is due to begin in Paris on May 24.
The suspension also includes the current Challenger tournaments in South Africa and Kazakhstan.
Britain’s Jack Draper, who was playing his second-round match in Potchefstroom, was 5-4 up in the deciding set against Germany’s Tobias Simon when the match was halted for rain. A conclusion on Thursday would be permitted but no further matches will be played.
ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said: “This is not a decision that was taken lightly and it represents a great loss for our tournaments, players, and fans worldwide.
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The ATP Challenger Tour has been suspended for six weeks, effective immediately.
This week's tournaments in Nur-Sultan and Potchefstroom will not be completed. https://twitter.com/atptour/status/1238110655921762306 …
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The ATP has announced a six-week suspension of the men’s professional tennis tour due to public health & safety concerns over COVID-19.
14:57 - 12 Mar 2020
“However, we believe this is the responsible action needed at this time in order to protect the health and safety of our players, staff, the wider tennis community and general public health in the face of this global pandemic.
“The worldwide nature of our sport and the international travel required presents significant risks and challenges in today’s circumstances, as do the increasingly restrictive directives issued by local authorities.
“We continue to monitor this on a daily basis and we look forward to the Tour resuming when the situation improves. In the meantime, our thoughts and
well-wishes are with all those that have been affected by the virus.”
There was profound shock when the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was called off on Sunday on the eve of the tournament.
Kirsten Flipkens
✔@FlipperKF
Im feeling so useless!! What are we practicing for? For Guadalajara? For Miami? For French Open? For.. what? [😑] Also, IF Guadalajara is a go.. Do I want to go there? Not sure if I can get back to Belgium with more and more rumours about closing borders??
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But such has been the escalation of the crisis that Thursday’s announcements were expected, and the ball is now in the WTA’s court to follow suit, with a number of players questioning why decisive action has not been taken sooner.
The Miami Open, which had been due to start on March 23, is a combined ATP and WTA tournament and is one of the biggest events outside the slams.
A statement from mayor Carlos A Gimenez said: “Miami-Dade County is under a state of emergency, as we deal with the public health threat of COVID-19.
“Although we do not have community spread at this time, we want to take the preemptive steps to keep it that way.
Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
✔@MayorGimenez
Although we don’t have community spread cases of COVID-19 at this time, we want to take the preemptive steps to keep it that way. That’s why I’m canceling several public events, including the @MiamiYouthFair. For a more complete list click here: https://www.miamidade.gov/releases/2020-03-12-mayor-covid-events.asp …
14:01 - 12 Mar 2020 · Miami, FL
“Therefore, I have decided to suspend the operation of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, the Miami Open tennis tournament, the MIA 5K run, and all major events at the American Airlines Arena.
“The March 22 NASCAR race at the Homestead Miami Speedway is postponed at this time. NASCAR officials will decide whether or not to hold the race without fans.”
The ATP statement concluded that it is “carefully reviewing” the situation regarding ranking points.
The International Tennis Federation, which runs the lower tiers of the professional game as well as the junior and senior circuits, followed the ATP by announcing there will be no tournaments on any of its tours until April 20 at the earliest.

Trump, NIH, CDC, HHS all collude to avoid testing asymptomatic Americans in order to keep coronavirus infection numbers artificially low
This is an interview where Mike Adams and myself separate fact from fiction and provide the most-up-to-date analysis of what exactly the American people and the world are facing and in the process of the interview, we will answer several key and controversial questions. 
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Will COVID-19 Kill Globalization?
by JOHN FEFFER - MARCH 10, 2020

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At a dinner party in mid-February, an architect told me that he was having a problem finishing his building projects. It was the carpets.
Most wall-to-wall carpeting for big construction projects in the United States, he explained, comes from China. The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan — and the subsequent shutdown of many Chinese factories — was having a ripple effect across the global economy all the way down to the carpeting in U.S. buildings.
The global spread of a new pathogen has exposed the fragility of modern life. As it moves around the world, the coronavirus has compromised the circulatory system of globalization, dramatically reducing the international flow of money, goods, and people. The disease has done so rather economically, by infecting fewer than 100,000 people so far. Extrapolation and fear have done most of the work for it.
In the world of things, the coronavirus has infected the global supply chains that connect manufacturers and consumers.

Port traffic in Los Angeles, the largest U.S. port, declined by 25 percent in February. Container traffic in general was down over 10 percent last month.
Manufacturers that depend on the sourcing of components in far-off countries had already been rethinking their participation in the global assembly line because of tariffs, the costs of transport, and increased automation. This “reshoring” will get a boost from the disruptions of the coronavirus.
People, too, are not moving around as much. Airline service in and out of emerging hot spots — South Korea, Italy — has been cancelled. Airline ticket sales last week were down 10 percent over the same period last year. The cruise industry, after outbreaks on a couple big ships, has taken a major hit.

After blithely ignoring the coronavirus outbreak in China for most of February, markets took a major dive in the final week of the month. The stock market lost $6 trillion in value last week, its worst showing since the financial crisis of a decade ago. This is testament to both the persistence of the disease and the incompetence of certain national leaders, notably Donald Trump. Despite the intervention of the Federal Reserve and other central banks, market volatility continues.

It might seem ridiculous to expect that a pathogen, even one that spreads at the rate of a pandemic, could reverse an economic trajectory that’s more than a century in the making. But the coronavirus outbreak coincides with attacks on economic globalization from many different quarters.

Environmentalists, for instance, have long been skeptical of unrestrained global economic growth. The threat of climate change has sharpened that critique and placed it squarely in the middle of mainstream debate.

Meanwhile, worsening economic inequality has called into question the capacity of economic globalization to lift all boats in a rising tide. Even the IMF has acknowledged the pernicious impact of this inequality (but without engaging in the necessary institutional overhaul to address the problem).

Finally, a slowing of global economic integration over the last decade suggests that the world may already have passed peak globalization.


On top of these systemic challenges, a rising political populism has targeted the global economic elite as the enemy of “the people.” Donald Trump challenged this elite and their orthodoxy of free trade by imposing tariffs on allies and adversaries alike and by withdrawing U.S. participation in big trade pacts, like the Trans Pacific Partnership.


The trade war he began with China has had perhaps the greatest impact. It has hit both economies hard, with job loss, higher bills for consumers, and lost markets for manufacturers and farmers. The recent agreement between Beijing and Washington notwithstanding, most of the tariffs remain in place.
Meanwhile, the UK finally pulled out of the European Union this year, which was a victory for economic nationalists. Populists elsewhere have railed against what Steve Bannon calls the “Davos class.” Neoliberal orthodoxy has given way to pronouncements of America First, Brazil First, and the like.

Such a setback is not necessarily fatal. Globalization has been challenged before by financial crises, pandemics like the Hong Kong Flu, even the specter of Y2K.
This time around, however, the failure of the global community to establish new rules of the road for the economy, the environment, and health care is creating a perfect storm of international disfunction. If something with a relatively low mortality rate like the coronavirus — between one percent and four percent, compared to 50 percent for Ebola — can do such a number on the global economy, perhaps the patient was already suffering from some pretty dire underlying conditions.

Pandemic
When people travel, they bring all sorts of luggage, including pathogens.
Thus was the great era of exploration also the dismal era of genocide. Explorers to the New World brought a panoply of diseases like smallpox and measles that were new to the indigenous communities.


The colonial invaders subjected the Americas to war and slavery.


But it was those diseases that were largely responsible for a catastrophic reduction in populations up and down the Americas.


As many as 56 million people, or 10 percent of the world population at the time, died by the beginning of the 1600s.


The mortality rate for the indigenous communities was an astonishing 90 percent.

In exchange, the explorers returned to their native countries with syphilis, a horrible disease to be sure, but it didn’t radically depopulate Europe.

Pandemics are closely associated with the movement of traders and soldiers


Roman soldiers returning from Mesopotamia were responsible for the plague that ravaged the empire in the second century AD, one of several pandemics that helped end Rome’s global dominance.


The bubonic plague of the fourteenth century began in China and reached Europe via merchant ships carrying flea-infested rats. In the modern era, soldiers returning home from fighting in World War I spread the Spanish flu, killing up to 50 million people.

This last pandemic was one of the factors behind the collapse of the first wave of modern globalization.


Prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the world had never been more tightly connected with steamships, trains, and the telegraph serving as the connective tissue.


Trade as a proportion of GDP stood at 14 percent on the eve of the war.

The devastation of World War I followed by the flu epidemic dealt a heavy blow to world trade and economic integration.


The global economic depression of the 1920s, the rise of various types of nationalism, and a second world war ensured that, by 1945, trade as a proportion of GDP had dropped to a mere 5 percent.

Modern globalization is made possible by modern medicine.

A couple of pandemics have broken out since 1945, but they haven’t disrupted the global circulatory system.


In the ancient Akkadian language, the word for epidemic disease meant “certain death.” Only recently have medical professionals been able to handle outbreaks of disease on such a scale.

Thanks to a second wave of globalization, trade would rise again to the levels it registered in 1914 — but only by the late 1980s. With the collapse of the Soviet bloc, a third wave of globalization removed more barriers to the movement of goods and money. Even China, a nominally Communist country, joined the World Trade Organization at the end of 2001. It has since offered its own version of globalization through the Belt and Road initiative that places China at the center of a burgeoning network of trade and finance.

The coronavirus, by itself, will not put an end to this most recent wave of globalization. Like the flu pandemic of 1918, it could contribute to a trend of greater fragmentation.


Or, by serving as a reminder of how the health of humanity has been mutually dependent across borders for millennia, the latest outbreak could prompt a rethinking of how the world works together.

Things Fall Apart?

China will prove pivotal in determining which direction the world heads.

At the moment, economic pundits in the West are exhibiting a degree of schadenfreude at Beijing’s difficulties. Kenneth Rapoza, for instance, argues in Forbes that “The new coronavirus Covid-19 will end up being the final curtain on China’s nearly 30 year role as the world’s leading manufacturer.” The global assembly line was already shifting away from Chinese sources as a result of Trump’s tariffs, so the pandemic only reinforces this trend.

China could still come out a winner in all of this. No longer dependent on low-end manufacturing, it could invest its surplus capital into an even greater push toward higher value-added production, particularly in the digital sphere. This shift could facilitate a major reduction in the country’s carbon footprint as well.

Much depends on the U.S.-China relationship. Long before the coronavirus crisis, the U.S. policy elite had already moved away from supporting engagement with China. China was already prepared for disengagement. It had laid the groundwork for an alternative globalization, denominated in the renminbi and financed by the country’s considerable trade surpluses. Many countries in China’s vicinity opted to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative and receive financing from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

At the very moment that China and the United States need to forge a new consensus on economy and environment, the two countries are heading in different directions. And that will make it very difficult for the international community, such that it is, to come up with global solutions to what are increasingly global problems such as climate change and pandemics.

Because of the coronavirus, China has rediscovered how dependent it is on the rest of the world — to buy Chinese products, to supply Chinese consumers, to provide raw materials for Chinese business, to service Chinese tourists.

China’s projected growth rate for 2020 has been revised down from 6 percent to 5 percent, but it might drop even further. Sociologist Walden Bello has long argued that the Chinese economy is in fact quite fragile — with overcapacity in the manufacturing sector, a real-estate bubble, high rates of debt, and growing inequality.

With the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing was hoping it could grow its way out of these problems. That strategy depends on a number of unknown variables, which in the short term include the persistence of the pandemic and the results of the upcoming presidential election in the United States.

The coronavirus is a wake-up call for both Beijing and Washington. The new status quo of a revived Cold War between the two hegemons is unworkable. It’s time for another wave of globalization, but this time one that reduces carbon emissions, proceeds more equitably, and strengthens the capacity of international institutions to fight pandemics.

It won’t happen without U.S.-China cooperation. And that won’t happen without a different U.S. president and a different approach in Beijing.

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John Feffer is the director of Foreign Policy In Focus, where this article originally appeared.

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A fictional plot from a 1981 Dean Koontz novel predicted that a virus originating in Wuhan would cause a global biological pandemic, but despite the creepy similarities to real life, Snopes soon concluded after an “investigation” that the parallels were “mostly false.”
In his thriller The Eyes of Darkness, the best-selling author describes a man-made bioweapon created at a research center in Wuhan, China that is developed “to wipe out a city or a country.”
“They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan,” a character says in the novel.

https://www.newswars.com/1981-dean-koontz-novel-predicted-virus-outbreak-originating-in-wuhan/

Meanwhile, in reality, a study by scientists at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China concluded that “the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”
While the virus in the book is far deadlier than the coronavirus, there are several similarities.

“I will say it’s damned near perfect. Long incubation, asymptomatic spread, infectious as hell,” another character says in the book.
A Snopes investigation of the matter concluded that the claim Koontz predicted the 2020 coronavirus outbreak was “mostly false” because in his story, the virus has a 100% fatality rate.
In addition, in the original version of the book, the biological weapon was named Gorki-400 and was changed to Wuhan for later editions published after 1989.
Once again, by applying such stringent measurements to declaring the prediction “false,” Snopes has mischaracterized the issue.
Yes it is weird that Koontz accurately predicted a virus emerging out of Wuhan that would cause a global biological pandemic.
That doesn’t mean Koontz had any foreknowledge of a conspiracy, but despite Snopes’ best efforts to throw cold water on the issue, it does make his plot eerily prescient.
Meanwhile, in another book called End Of Days: Predictions And Prophecies About The End Of The World, author Sylvia Browne predicted a “pneumonia-like illness” that would sweep the world in 2020.

“In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments,” she wrote. “Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again 10 years later, and then disappear completely.”
No doubt Snopes will “investigate” that too and dismiss it completely.

The Coronavirus 5G Connection and Coverup
By Makia Freeman - Last Updated on February 24, 2020
https://thefreedomarticles.com/coronavirus-5g-connection-coverup-vaccines-transhumanism/

AT A GLANCE...
THE STORY:

The China Coronavirus COVID-19 rose to public attention late December 2019, but certain events October 2019 either planned for or precipitated it – such as the rollout of 5G in Wuhan.

THE IMPLICATIONS:
What is the coronavirus-5G connection? Is this bioweapon an excuse for mandatory vaccination, including DNA vaccines, which can be injected using a technique very similar to the EMF pulsed waves of 5G?

The China Coronavirus 5G Connection
is a very important factor when trying to comprehend the coronavirus (formerly abbreviated 2019-nCoV, now COVID-19) outbreak. Various independent researchers around the web, for around 2-3 weeks now, have highlighted the coronavirus-5G link despite the fact that Google (as the self-appointed NWO Censor-in-Chief) is doing its best to hide and scrub all search results showing the connection. The coronavirus 5G connection doesn’t mean the bioweapons connection is false (it’s not a case of either-or), but rather broadens the scope of the entire event. Wuhan was one of the test cities chosen for China 5G rollout; 5G went live there on October 31st, 2019, almost exactly 2 months before the coronavirus outbreak began. Meanwhile, many scientific documents on the health effects of 5G have verified that it causes flu-like symptoms. This article reveals the various connections behind the coronavirus phenomenon, including how 5G can exacerbate or cause the kind of illness you are attributing to the new virus. The rabbit hole is deep so let’s take a dive.

5G – A Type of Directed Energy Weapon

For the deeper background to 5G, read my 2017 article 5G and IoT: Total Technological Control Grid Being Rolled Out Fast. Many people around the world, including concerned citizens, scientist and even governmental officials, are becoming aware of the danger of 5G. This is why it has already been banned in many places worldwide, such as Brussels, the Netherlands and parts of Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Germany, the UK, the USA and Australia. After all, 5G is not just the next generation of mobile connectivity after 4G; it is a radical and entirely new type of technology – a military technology used on the battlefield that is now being ‘deployed’ (military term) in the civilian realm. It is phased array weaponry being sold and disguised as primarily a communications system when the frequency bands it uses (24GHz – 100+GHz including MMW [millimeter waves]) are the very same ones used in Active Denial Systems, i.e. crowd control. Even mainstream Wikipedia describes Active Denial Systems as directed energy weaponry; it disperses crowds by firing energy at them, causing immediate and intense pain, including a sensation of the skin burning. Remember, directed energy weapons (DEW) are behind the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11 and the fake Californian ‘wildfires’.

Numerous scientists have warned of the dangerous health effects of 5G. For instance, in this 5G Appeal from 2017 entitled Scientists and Doctors Warn of Potential Serious Health Effects of 5G, scientists warned of the harmful of non-ionizing RF/EMF radiation:
“Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general wellbeing in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plants and animals.”
If you listen to Mark Steele and Barrie Trower, you’ll get an idea of the horrifying effects of 5G. In this interview, Trower echoes the above quote by stating how 5G damages the immune system of trees and kills insects. He reveals how in 1977, 5G was tested on animals in hopes of finding a weapon. The results were severe demyelination – stripping the protective sheath of nerve cells. Some nations are now noticing a 90% loss of insects (including pollinating insects like bees) which congregate around lamp-posts where 5G is installed.

Wuhan Military Games and Event 201 Simulation
If you dig deep enough, some disturbing connections arise between 5G and the men who have developed or are developing vaccines for novel viruses like ebola, zika and the new coronavirus COVID-19. In a fantastic piece of research, an author under the pen name of Annie Logical wrote the article Corona Virus Fakery And The Link To 5G Testing that lays out the coronavirus 5G connection. There is a ton of information, so I will break it all down to make it more understandable.
From October 18-27th 2019, Wuhan hosted the Military World Games and specifically used 5G (for the first time ever) for the event. Also on October 18th, 2019 in New York, the Johns Hopkins Center in partnership with World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201 – “A Global Pandemic Exercise” which is a simulation of a pandemic. Guess what virus they happen to choose for their ‘simulation’? A coronavirus! Guess what animal cells they use? Pig cells! (COVID-19 was initially reported to be derived from a seafood market, and the fish there are known to be fed on pig waste). Event 201 includes the UN (since the WEF now has a partnership agreement with UN), Big Pharma (Johnson and Johnson), Bill Gates (key figure in pushing vaccines, human microchipping and Agenda 2030) and both China and America’s CDC. Participants in Event 201 recommended that governments force social media companies to stop the spread of ‘fake news’ and that ultimately the only way to control the information would be for the WHO (World Health Organization, part of the UN) to be the sole central purveyor of information during a pandemic.

Inovio, Electroporation and 5G
As reported on January 24th, 2020, US biotech and pharmaceutical company Inovio received a $9 million grant to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. Inovio got the money grant from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), however they already have an existing partnership with CEPI; in April 2018 they got up to $56 million to develop vaccines for Lassa Fever and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). CEPI was founded in Davos by the governments of Norway and India, the Wellcome Trust … and the participants of Event 201: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the WEF. CEPI’s CEO is the former director of BARDA (US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority) which is part of the HHS. Inovio claimed they developed a coronavirus vaccine in 2 hours! On the face of it such a claim is absurd; what is more likely is that they are lying or that they already had the vaccine because they had the foreknowledge that the coronavirus was coming and was about to be unleashed.
So who owns and runs Inovio? Two key men are David Weiner and Dr. Joseph Kim. Weiner was once Kim’s university professor. Weiner was involved with developing a vaccine for HIV and zika (you can read my articles about zika here and here where I exposed some of the lies surrounding that epidemic). Kim was funded by Merck (a large Big Pharma company) and produced something called Porcine Circovirus (PCV 1 and PCV 2). As mentioned above, there is a link between pig vaccines/pig DNA and the coronavirus; Annie Logical notes that it “has long been established that seafood in the area is fed on pig waste.” Kim served a 5-year tenure as a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council – yet another organ pushing the New World Order One World Government under the banner of Agenda 2030 Global Governance.
Weiner is an employee and advisor to the FDA, is considered a DNA technology expert and pioneered a new DNA transference method called electroporation – a microbiology technique which uses an electrical pulse to create temporary pores in cell membranes through which substances like chemicals, drugs or DNA can be introduced into the cell. This technique can be used to administer DNA vaccines, which inject foreign DNA into a host’s cells that changes the host’s DNA. This means if you take a DNA vaccine, you are allowing your DNA to be changed! As if vaccines weren’t already horrific enough … but here’s the kicker: electroporation uses pulsed waves. Guess what else uses pulsed waves? 5G! This is either a startling coincidence or evidence or a sinister coronavirus 5G-connection. Annie writes:
“[T]he same action that 5G technology uses in pulsed waves and the coronavirus was reported to have started in an area in China that had rolled out 5G technology! So we can see how geneticists using scientists are tampering with the building blocks of our existence and what is disturbing is that Prof Wiener is a HIV pioneer and we know that soon after the Polio vaccines were given to millions in Africa that HIV emerged. They have perfected the art of injecting animal or bird DNA into human chromosomes which alters our DNA and causes things like haemorrhaging, fever, cancers and even death.”

Speaking of HIV (which is not the same things as AIDS, but that is another story), remember also that a group of Indian scientists put out their research that the virus was manmade and had HIV inserts. They found that 4 separate HIV genes were randomly embedded within the coronavirus. These genes somehow converged to create receptor sites on the virus that were identical to HIV, which was a surprise due to their random placement. They also specifically stated that this was not likely to happen naturally (“unlikely to be fortuitous in nature”). In yet another example of egregious censorship, these scientists were pressured to withdraw their work.

5G and Electroporation DNA Vaccines – Both Producing Pulsed EMF Waves
Consider the implications of this for a moment. The technology exists to use EMFs to open your very skin pores and inject foreign DNA into your bloodstream and cells. This is an extreme violation of your bodily sovereignty, and it can have long-term effects, because of genetic mutation – changing your very DNA which is the biological blueprint and physical essence of who you are.
What if 5G mimics electroporation? What if 5G can do on a large scale what electroporation does on a small scale? We already know that 5G has the potential to be mutagenic (DNA-damaging). The frequencies that 5G uses, especially 75-100GHz, interact with the geometrical structure of our skin and sweat ducts, acting upon them like a transmission reaching an antenna, and fundamentally affecting us and our mood.

What if 5G is being used to open up the skin of those in Wuhan so as to allow the new bioweapon coronavirus to infiltrate more easily?

Mandatory Vaccines, Depopulation and Transhumanism
So, what’s at the bottom of the coronavirus-5G connection rabbit hole? I would suggest we find mandatory vaccine agenda, the depopulation agenda and transhumanist agenda (via DNA vaccines). The key figures and groups who appear to have planned this already have the vaccine in place, just as they did for the other epidemics that fizzled out (SARS, ebola and zika). Weiner even has links to HIV/AIDS, and if you dive into that as Jon Rappoport did, you find gaping holes in that story.

It’s the same epidemic/pandemic game played out every 2-3 years. There’s a couple of versions. In the first version, you invent a virus, hype it up, get people scared, do ineffectual and inconclusive tests (e.g. like the PCR test which measures if a viral fragment is present but doesn’t tell you the quantities of whether it would actually causing the disease), inflate the body count, justify quarantine/martial law and brainwash people into thinking they have to buy the (toxic) vaccine and introduce mandatory vaccination. You don’t even need a real virus or pathogen for the version. In the second version, you create a virus as a bioweapon, release it as a test, pretend it was a natural mutation, watch how many people it kills (which helps with the eugenics and depopulation agendas), again justify martial law, again justify the need for mandatory vaccines and even pose as the savior with the vaccine that stops it. As a variation on this second version, you can even develop a race-specific bioweapon so as to reduce the population of rival nations or enemy races as a geopolitical strategy. This article suggests that the coronavirus targets Chinese people/Asians more than others, and certainly the official death count attests to that, although it’s always hard to trust governmental statistics. Annie Logical gives her take:

“The con job goes like this.
Step 1) poison the population purposely to create disease that does not and would never occur naturally
Step 2) parlay the purposely created disease as being caused by something invisible, outside the realm of control or knowledge of the average person
Step 3) create a toxic vaccine or medication that was always intended to further poison the population into an early grave
Step 4) parlay the vaccine or medication poisoning as PROOF the disease, which never existed, is much worse than anticipated
Step 5) increase the initial poisoning, which is marketed as a fake disease, and also increase the vaccine and medication poisoning, to start piling the bodies into the stratosphere
Step 6) repeat as many times as possible upon an uninformed population because killing a population this way (the art of having people line up to kill themselves with poison……known as a “soft kill” method) is the only legal way to make sure such eugenic operations can be executed on mass and in plain sight.“

DNA vaccines are a disturbing new advancement for transhumanism. After all, the objective of the transhumanist agenda is to merge man with machine, and in doing so, wipe out what fundamentally makes us human, so we can be controlled and overtaken by a deeply sinister and negative force. It’s all about changing us at the fundamental level, or attacking human sovereignty itself. DNA vaccines fit right in with that – literally changing your DNA by forcefully inserting foreign DNA to change your genetics, with consequences no one could possibly fully foresee and predict.

One Last Coronavirus-5G Connection
Finally, I will finish with another coronavirus-5G connection. The word coronavirus itself refers to many kinds of viruses by that name, not just COVID-19. Guess who owns a patent for a coronavirus strain that can be used to develop a vaccine? The Pirbright Institute.  And guess who partially owns them? Bill Gates! As you can read here Pirbright is being supported in their vaccine developement endeavors by a British company Innovate UK … who also funds and supports the rollout of 5G. Innovate UK ran a competition in 2018 with a £15 million share out to any small business that could produce vaccines for ‘epidemic’ potential.

The Motivation to Hype and the Motivation to Downplay
History has shown that in cases of epidemics (or fake epidemics) there is almost always a morass of conflicting reports and contradictory information. In such situations, it can be very difficult to get to the bottom of the matter and find the truth. The conflict stems from the different motivations of nations, governments and other interested groups. Essentially, there are 2 main motivations: the motivation to hype (exaggerate and use fear to grab attention, sell something, make a group look bad/incompetent, make people scared, make the public accept mandatory vaccination and martial law) and the motivation to downplay (cover up and hide the true extent of the damage, morbidity or mortality so as to appear competent and in control, to lessen possible anger, backlash or disorder). Sometimes, these 2 motivations may drive the behavior of the same group, e.g. in the case of the Chinese Government, it has the motivation to hype (to get people afraid so they easily follow its draconian quarantine rules) and the motivation to downplay (so as to appear in the eyes of its people and the rest of the entire world to have the situation under control, to ensure saving face, credibility and a good reputation).

Final Thoughts on the Coronavirus 5G Connection
Governments around the world have experimented with bioweapons both on their own citizens and foreign citizens, and even sold that research to other governments for their own benefit (e.g. Japan’s notorious Unit 731 which developed bioweapons in China, only to hand over that research to the US after losing World War 2). See Bioweapons: Lyme Disease, Weaponized Ticks, Plum Island & More for a brief history of the USG’s usage of weaponized ticks which resulted in Lyme Disease. The evidence that COVID-19 is a bioweapon is overwhelming – and so is the evidence that 5G is involved to either cause the flu-like symptoms/pneumonia people have been experiencing, and/or to exacerbate the virulity of the virus by weakening people’s immune systems and subjecting them to pulsed waves of EMF to open up their skin to foreign DNA fragments (including viruses).
In this kinds of story, there are no major coincidences – only connections and conspiracies waiting to be uncovered.
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Makia Freeman is the editor of alternative media / independent news site The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com. Makia is on Steemit and FB.
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"Ive analyzed the entire genome sequence of this virus (Wuhan Coronavirus) and compared it to the entire genome sequences of all the other Coronaviruses that we have data for, and this weird element that doesn't belong there; I've found that it actually did match a vector technology that was published in 1998 in the proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
This vector technology is a mechanism by which molecular biologists insert new genes into viruses and bacteria.
Now it's really unusual to find a vector technology sequence in a virus that's circulating in humans, and so naturally, one thing we can say, I think for certain, is that this particular virus has a laboratory origin. So we can rule out a natural origin." ....James Lyons-Weller, PhD, Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge 

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Rep. Matt Gaetz to self-quarantine after coronavirus exposure at
Italy expands lockdown, Israel tightens entry to halt virus
COLLEEN BARRY AND ADAM GELLER
Mar 9th 2020
CPAC

Travel chaos erupts as Italy quarantines north to halt virus

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/03/09/italy-expands-lockdown-israel-tightens-entry-to-halt-virus/23945204/

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — The battle to halt the coronavirus brought sweeping new restrictions Monday, with Italy expanding a travel ban to the entire country, Israel ordering all visitors quarantined just weeks before Passover and Easter, and Spain closing all schools in and around its capital.
Even as workers in Beijing returned to their jobs and new infections in China continued to subside, Italians struggled to navigate the rapidly changing parameters of the nation's self-imposed lockdown.
The fears fanned by the virus sent Wall Street stocks tumbling to their biggest drop since 2008, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 7.8 percent. Global oil prices suffered their worst percentage losses since the start of the 1991 Gulf War.
“Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real,” said World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The great advantage we have is the decisions we all make as governments, businesses, communities, families and individuals can influence the trajectory of this epidemic.”

More than 113,000 people have tested positive for the disease and over 3,900 people with the virus have died, most of them in China. More than 62,000 people have already recovered. But Italy's intensifying struggle to halt the virus' spread emerged as a cautionary tale.
“There won't be just a red zone,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, in announcing that a lockdown covering about 16 million people in the north would be expanded to the entire country starting Tuesday.
Italian doctors celebrated one small victory after the first patient diagnosed with the illness, a 38-year-old Unilever worker, was moved out of intensive care and began breathing on his own. But the virus' rapid spread was forcing them to operate like war-time medics, triaging patients to decide who get access to scarce ICU beds.

“Unfortunately we’re only at the beginning,” said Dr. Massimo Galli, head of infectious disease at Milan’s Sacco hospital.
Travelers at Milan’s main train station had to sign police forms self-certifying that they are traveling for "proven work needs,’’ situations of necessity, health reasons or to return home. They also needed to provide identity documents, contact numbers and an exact reason for travel from the financial hub.
Across Italy, museums and archaeological sites were closed, weddings were canceled and restaurants were told to keep patrons a meter (more than 3 feet) apart. Officials ordered ski lifts across the country to close, even those outside the quarantine zone, after students whose classes were canceled began organizing trips to winter resorts.
Italy reported a big jump in the number of people who have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total to 9,172 cases and 463 deaths, more than any country except China.

Inmates at more than two dozen Italian prisons rioted against restrictions on family visits and other containment measures, and six died after they broke into the infirmary and overdosed on methadone.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass alone at the Vatican hotel where he lives, live-streaming the event, but he did resume some meetings.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the WHO, people with mild illness get better in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. In mainland China, where the virus first exploded, more than 80,000 people have been diagnosed and more than 58,000 have so far recovered.

But that came only after Chinese officials put massive quarantines in place. Around the virus spreads, officials are embracing less strict, but still aggressive measures.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government has decided to quarantine anyone arriving from overseas for 14 days. The decision comes barely a month before Easter and Passover, typically a busy travel period.

In Ireland, officials canceled all St. Patrick's Day parades in a bid to slow the virus' spread, including the one on March 17 in Dublin that typically draws half a million to its streets.
Spain's health minister on Monday announced that all schools in and around Madrid, including kindergartens and universities, will close for two weeks after a sharp spike in new virus diagnoses. The rising caseload “imply a change for the worse,” the minister, Salvador Illa, said.
Trying to send a message of confidence in the economy, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife walked on Paris’ Champs-Elysees avenue but kept a one-meter security distance from passersby. “I’m shaking hands using my heart,” he said as he waved to people from a distance.
China's slow re-emergence from weeks of extreme travel restrictions offered a grim sense of the longer-term effects the virus can have on a country's economy.
“Our business is one-fifth of what it was before,” said Cheng Sheng, who helps run a stand in Beijing that sells sausages and noodles. “There’s much less foot traffic. There are no people.”
Infections were reported in more than half the world’s countries, and flashpoints were erupting around the globe.
“We are working for valuable time, time in which scientists can research medicines and a vaccine” and in which governments can help stock up on protective equipment, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country has reported over 1,100 cases and, as of Monday, its first two deaths.
In Iran, state television said the virus had killed another 43 people, pushing the official toll to 237, with 7,161 confirmed cases. But many fear the scope of illness is far wider there.
In the United States, where more than 600 infections have been reported, the Grand Princess cruise ship docked in Oakland, California, after days idling at sea while dozens of those aboard were tested.

Fleets of buses and planes were ready to whisk the more than 2,000 passengers to military bases or their home countries for a 14-day quarantine. At least 21 people aboard have been confirmed to have the infection.
In Washington, the Capitol's attending physician's office said “several” members of Congress had contact with a person who attended a recent political conference and subsequently developed COVID-19. They “remain in good health,” the office said. Two members of Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar, said they are isolating themselves after determining they had contact with the person
Countries showed a willingness to take tough steps to try to stop the virus' spread.
After earlier closing its land borders, Saudi Arabia cut off air and sea travel to and from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, South Korea, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. All Saudi schools and universities closed beginning Monday.
Qatar cut off travel to 15 countries and said it would shut down schools and universities beginning Tuesday.
Organizers of the annual Holocaust remembrance march in southern Poland postponed it this year due to coronavirus fears, and soccer authorities said at least four major matches — in France, Germany and Spain — would take place with no fans.
China reported 40 new cases of the virus, its lowest number since Jan. 20. More than three-quarters of the country’s surviving virus patients have been released from treatment. South Korea reported 165 more cases, bringing its total to 7,478.

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Geller reported from New York. Associated Press writers Ken Moritsugu in Beijing; Lori Hinnant in Paris; Tong-hyung Kim in Seoul, South Korea; Maria Cheng and Carlo Piovano in London; Nicole Winfield in Rome; and Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
contributed to this report.

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Cover-Up? Filming Dead Coronavirus Victims in China Will Land You in Jail
By JD Heyes - February 11, 2020

https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/11/cover-up-filming-dead-coronavirus-victims-in-china-will-land-you-in-jail/

(Natural News) We’ve told you before that news and information coming into and out of China is tightly controlled by the Communist government in Beijing, so there is very little “rogue journalism” that takes place.
With that in mind, the Chinese government is really sensitive about bad news getting out as well as any information that makes Communist leaders look bad or incompetent.
As such, it’s been really tough to trust anything Beijing has said in regards to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “Official” reports stating the number of sick and dead have to be looked at with skepticism because all information is tightly regulated. 
Plus, almost on a daily basis now we see reports from trusted media sources that make us even more skeptical of what the Chinese government is telling the world regarding the virus’ spread.
As The Epoch Times reported earlier this week, a ‘citizen journalist’ from Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus epidemic began, was paid a visit by Chinese police after documenting something they didn’t want him to see or broadcast:
For days on end, [Fang Bin] had been driving around the town, documenting every step of the way with his phone to show the life in a now locked-down city.
On the morning of Feb. 1 alone, he had visited five hospitals where doctors hustled about in the packed halls and frantic patients groaned and sobbed. At the fifth hospital, he counted eight dead bodies from a funeral van, all within the five minutes after he arrived at the hospital. Inside, a sick man moaned and gasped for breath by the bedside of his father, who had already turned lifeless. Fang uploaded all of these moments to the internet.
About 7 p.m. local time, six masked men wearing HAZMAT gear visited him and demanded to take his temperature.
“You’ve been to dangerous places,” one of them said to him. “We have to find out whether you are infected or not.”
‘There should only be one voice’
The men claimed to be on-duty medical officers and that he was a “hazard” to others because he visited hospitals were patients sickened by the coronavirus were being treated. They broke into his home and ignored his repeated protests that he had no temperature — that he was fine.
But the half-dozen men weren’t there for him, per se; they were there to confiscate a laptop computer, a desktop computer, and his cellphone. And before long, Fang found himself at a police station, The Epoch Times reported.
Police interrogators accused him of “igniting a nuclear bomb” with images and video he reportedly uploaded to social media. He was accused of taking more from “foreign forces” before they threatened to keep him in quarantine for “creating fear” (yes, that’s a real crime thing in China, apparently).
“There should only be one voice, otherwise it will create chaos,” police told Fang.
In other words, only the government should be speaking to the world about the coronavirus China has unleashed on the world; that way, the propaganda can be carefully crafted and unchallenged.
Eventually, Fang was released and was given back his phone. But clearly, what happened to him was a warning: Don’t be uploading the truth to the Internet or it’s likely you’ll ‘disappear’ somewhere for a while, and maybe permanently.
In a post Feb. 3, he told followers that he had received thousands of friend requests on WeChat, a popular Chinese messaging platform (that is, of course, closely monitored by the government). It took him hours to respond to all of them, he said, noting that the Chinese state-run media warned of serious consequences for anyone who “spread rumors” about the virus.
It all smacks of dishonesty, of course, and it’s no wonder why the Chinese government simply cannot be trusted to be honest about the pandemic spreading throughout the country and beyond.

The spread of the coronavirus across more than 100 countries now qualifies as a global pandemic, World Health Organization officials said on Wednesday, confirming what many epidemiologists have been saying for weeks.
Until now, the W.H.O. had avoided using the term, for fear that people would think the outbreak was unstoppable and countries would give up on trying to contain it.
“Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chief of the W.H.O., said at a news conference in Geneva.
“We cannot say this loudly enough or clearly enough or often enough,” he added. “All countries can still change the course of this pandemic.”
There is evidence on six continents of sustained transmission of the virus, which has infected more than 120,000 people and killed more than 4,300. The pandemic designation is largely symbolic, but public health officials know that the public will hear in the word elements of danger and risk.
According to the W.H.O., an epidemic is defined as a regional outbreak of an illness that spreads unexpectedly. In 2010, it defined a pandemic as “the worldwide spread of a new disease” that affects large numbers of people. The C.D.C. says it is “an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people.”
The last pandemic declared by the W.H.O. was in 2009, for a new strain of H1N1 influenza.

Washington, Kentucky, New York and other states move toward stronger measures.

In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said a ban on large events was imminent. Churches and college campuses shut their doors. New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest such celebration in the world, was postponed.
And in Washington State, where the virus has hit Americans hardest, Gov. Jay Inslee said on Wednesday that people should no longer sit shoulder-to-shoulder in local bars. In the era of the coronavirus, he said, such socializing has become “just totally unacceptable.”
Governments around the country were rapidly embarking on new containment efforts on Wednesday as the number of known U.S. cases of coronavirus infection rose to more than 1,200, a day after jumping by more than one-third. People in 42 states and the District of Columbia have now tested positive for the virus, and there have been at least 37 related deaths.
Nowhere have the moves become more drastic and more urgent than in the Seattle area, where the state banned public gatherings of 250 people or more in three counties. Within hours, several local school districts with a combined enrollment of about 100,000 students said they would close for at least two weeks; a Patti Smith concert was postponed; and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle canceled all public masses, becoming the first Catholic archdiocese in the country to do so.
In San Francisco, where Mayor London N. Breed announced a ban on group events of more than 1,000 people, the San Francisco Giants announced that their exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics scheduled for May 24 would not take place at Oracle Park. Ohio’s governor said he would impose a similar ban after new evidence concluded that the virus was spreading through community transmission in the state.
“People are going to say, ‘Oh my God, really, you’re doing that?’” Governor DeWine told reporters. “You’re going to look back on it in a week and say, ‘That wasn’t a difficult decision.’”
In New York, the state and city universities and colleges, with about 700,000 students in all, will shift primarily to online classes starting on March 19, Gov. Andrew m. Cuomo said on Wednesday. Many other colleges have canceled in-person classes, and some have told students not to return after their spring breaks.
The now-canceled St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan is one of the city’s largest recurring public events, drawing roughly 150,000 marchers and two million spectators.
‘It is going to get worse,’ a leading American scientist says.

Workers assembling a coronavirus diagnosis and test center outside of the University Hospital in Mannheim, Germany, on Wednesday.Credit...Uwe Anspach/DPA, via Associated Press

Rick Lodwick in the parking lot of a store in Solano County, Calif.Credit...Jim Wilson-The New York Times

Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the C.D.C., appearing before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.Credit...Pete Marovich for The New York Times

Health Ranger Profile and History

"I'm so impressed with the work that you're doing and the information you're disseminating, it's just vital for people to get this sort of information."

- Michael T. Murray, author of the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods

 
Mike Adams, the "Health Ranger," is an outspoken consumer health advocate, award-winning investigative journalist, internet activist and science lab director.

He is the founder and editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet's most-trafficked natural health news website. He is also the creator of CounterThink.com, FoodInvestigations.com, HealingFoodReference.com, HonestFoodGuide.org and several other websites covering natural health topics.
Adams has received accolades and testimonials from several key influencers in the natural health space, including Dr. Michael T. Murray and raw food pioneer David Wolfe (see testimonials, below).
Mike Adams is widely recognized as having a strong technical aptitude that has allowed his websites to achieve very high degrees of success on the internet. He is also widely known to be a highly influential writer and presenter.

BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY
Adams was born in 1967 in Lawrence, Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree. In college entrance exams and graduate school entrance exams, Adams scored in the 99.9th percentile across all U.S. students. He aced the English, Mathematics and Science sections of college entrance exams, scoring 100% on 3 out of 4 sections earning numerous offers of scholarships from various universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (which he chose not to attend).
Adams chose not to attend graduate school but was offered numerous scholarships to do so. Instead, he decided to launch his own software company in 1993. That software company went on to become a multi-million-dollar entity that provided email technology solutions to many Fortune 500 firms and specialized in email alert technologies for universities and government offices.
Adams sold the software company in 2003 and launched Natural News (then NewsTarget.com). Natural News went on to become the internet's most trafficked natural health news website, reaching millions of unique readers each month.
Mike Adams lived in Taiwan for two years and is nearly fluent in spoken Mandarin. Adams was also a resident of Ecuador for two years, from 2008 - 2010, where he built a 20-acre food forest containing over a hundred food-producing trees. He speaks conversational Spanish.
Adams currently resides on a ranch in Austin, Texas. There, he and his wife raise chickens and goats, practicing permaculture and self-sufficiency.

LIFESTYLE
Adams has no criminal record and has never been arrested. He avoids alcohol, smoking, coffee and all recreational drugs. He has never used recreational drugs in his entire life.
Adams is not known to appear on the social scene and usually spends time in nature rather than socializing. He is occasionally spotted in public at the Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas.
Adams is well trained in hand-to-hand combat, firearms and self defense. He has authored numerous courses on self defense and personal protection.

EDUCATION
Mike Adams has a four-year bachelor of science degree from a prominent university in the Midwest. He has minors in mathematics and economics.

Adams began to attend college before graduating from high school. His early college coursework included microbiology and genetics. Adams has a strong academic background in the sciences.
Adams also studied anthropology, literature, logic, labor law, Greek history, computer science, international trade, classical "Adam Smith" economics and music composition and theory. (He now follows Austrian economics and is an avid reader of LewRockwell.com and DailyReckoning.com)
Adams composed music for several university theatrical productions and was offered a job by a large university as the head of sound design for the theater department. (He turned it down.)
As a child, Mike Adams was found to extraordinarily gifted in music composition. He began studying piano and keyboard at the age of five. He took on percussion studies at age six. By age twelve, he was creating elaborate keyboard compositions and publicly performing at music talent competitions.
In his teens, Adams acquired electronic music equipment (sound modules, tone generators, keyboards) and began to compose multi-track music pieces as a hobby. His composition and music abilities were put to good use in his activism videos against GMOs, vaccines and other topics.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Mike Adams has personally authored over 2,000 articles, including investigative articles, satire and op-ed. His writings have been collectively read by over 100 million people over the past decade.
His articles demonstrate a diverse range of knowledge on many subjects, including psychology, anthropology, cosmology, U.S. history, philosophy, economics, money and finance, nutrition, politics, civil rights, plant biology, intellectual property law, chemistry, physics, quantum phenomena, agriculture, linguistics, microbiology, neurolinguistics and more.
Mike Adams has conducted over 1,000 interviews and is known for being able to delve into details on almost any conversational topic.

TECHNICAL PROJECTS

Adams was the youngest person he knew who owned a personal computer. In the fifth grade, he frequently wrote computer code on paper during class. In the seventh grade, Adams was accused by one of his teachers of "practicing witchcraft" for bringing a computer to school and demonstrating how a floppy disk worked. (This was long before the internet and before most people had even seen a computer.)
Adams owned a Rubik's cube in the 7th grade and astonished classmates by solving it in under a minute. His record solve time was 26 seconds, a respectable number even in today's "speedcubing" competitions using far more advanced algorithms.
By the age of 14, Adams was an accomplished computer programmer. Entirely self-taught on the computer, he developed his own algorithms for programs that drew mathematically-complex shapes on the screen. In high school, he wrote one of the first "cannon wars" video games for the Apple IIe computer, a game that was widely pirated across his school district. (This was Adams' first experience of having his advanced creative work stolen by others.)
Throughout his twenties, Adams continued to develop high-level computer algorithms. At the age of 25, he built an evolutionary stock market trading system that learned from its own mistakes to develop "trading systems" that beat market averages by over 20% annually. He never commercialized the system and found himself caught up in the growth of his software company instead.
Adams wrote the internet's first permission-based email newsletter distribution software in 1993. This became the basis for the launch of his technology company which he later sold to pursue Natural News. His software was, at its peak, in use by over 100 Fortune 500 firms.
The content management system currently powering Natural News was designed, programmed and deployed by Mike Adams. It is based on a non-server-side "static" HTML system designed for the key purpose of making NaturalNews.com nearly immune to DDoS attacks (distributed denial-of-service). To date, Natural News has never been taken offline by DDoS.
Unique to Natural News is a relational keyword algorithm system that has been once of the secrets behind Natural News' extraordinary presence on search engines. NaturalNews.com reportedly receives over 100,000 clicks per day from organic Google search engine results. This is accomplished purely on content, as Adams disavows all "black hat" techniques and has never spent any money advertising Natural News.
Mike Adams is also the key architect and engineer behind the 2013 launch of the SCIENCE.naturalnews.com website, which is based on relational "signal detection" algorithms that identify statistical relationships among concepts in the fields of health, medicine and environment. SCIENCE.naturalnews.com currently publishes 10 million scientific abstracts originally derived from the National Library of Medicine. The complex algorithms and computer code created by Adams to drive the science website would have normally taken a company millions of dollars to achieve.
Mike Adams also designed and engineered the technology behind NaturalPedia.com, a database of hundreds of thousands of quotes from over 1,000 books on health and nutrition. All the quotes found on the website are discovered algorithmically. There is no human editing involved in the content that appears on the site. The site helps promote authors and books and only offers selected quotes from each book, not full text of books. It is used as a reference research website by journalists, bloggers and researchers.
Adams' technical specialty is in the use of computer science algorithms to parse written text. Over the years, he has developed numerous algorithms for finding hidden signals in large bodies of text. Adams possess the technology to monitor trends and make predictions about bank runs, epidemic disease, race wars and other issues reflected in human communications on the 'net. To date, he has not deployed such a technology and has not announced any plans to do so.

PATENTS

Adams has authored a patent application in 1995 for a Google Glass-like device but says he did not have the funds to afford the patent application process. His patent envisioned the device being used in a context that is called "augmented reality" today, where virtual avatars would guide and teach wearers by appearing to interact with the real world around them.
Today, Adams has conceptualized a breakthrough camouflage technology that would allow battlefield soldiers to be "virtually invisible" on the battlefield. The technology specifically "suppresses all visual evidence of movement" using a novel approach that overcomes nearly all weaknesses of modern-day, pattern-based camouflage. Adams has not developed a prototype but calls the technology "Predator Camouflage" and hopes to develop a working prototype before the year 2020. It is called "Predator" camouflage because to the observer, the subject appears to be "see-through," especially when moving.
"The problem with all present-day camouflage," says Adams, "is that you are only hidden as long as you do not move. The instant you begin to move, you become visible. In Predator Camouflage, your movement actually enhances the effectiveness of the camouflage, making you more invisible than if you were motionless."

PHILOSOPHY
Adams describes his personal life mission as "protecting the diversity of life" in the universe. The personal philosophy of Mike Adams includes these concepts:


All humans and animals are conscious beings with a spirit and some degree of free will.


Consciousness is the underlying unifying force of the universe, and all living systems are connected.
Our universe was "engineered" by a greater creative consciousness, possibly a highly advanced civilization of intelligent beings. Our universe is just one of many that exist.
Advanced intelligent beings have visited the Earth in pre-history, as is evident in the clues left behind in monuments and vast ancient airfields.
Mankind is arrogant and self-destructive. Modern civilization will not survive on its current path. A great collapse is inevitable due to economic, resource or social reasons.
Modern science is currently run by a "cabal" of closed-minded, dogmatic "intellectual monopolists" whose mission is to block the advancement of real science and protect the profit interests of drug companies, vaccine manufacturers and chemical companies. Science has been hijacked by corporate interests at the expense of progress.
Mankind is an infant species behaving like little children with dangerous tools and weapons.
Mankind is not alone in the universe. There is intelligent life throughout the cosmos.
In terms of practical, day-to-day philosophies, Adams believes:
The right to bear arms is a sacred right of self defense that shall be defended at all cost.
Liberty must be protected for farmers, individuals, parents and other members of society. The Bill of Rights is a "human rights" document.
Parental consent outweighs the interests of the state when it comes to medical issues like vaccines and chemotherapy.
The for-profit medical system that exists today is highly destructive to human civilization and threatens the very future of it. The system rewards keeping the population in a never-ending state of disease and suffering rather than finding ways to prevent or cure disease.

INFLUENCES
As a child, Mike Adams was taught gardening by his mother, and he actively participated in sowing, growing and harvesting edibles well into his teens.
As a teenager, Adams worked on his grandfather's farm, operating farm machinery including the cutting, raking and baling of hay. He also worked around Black Angus cattle and learned to respect and admire many different animals.
Adams' literary influences are primarily centered on science fiction writers such as Heinlein and Asimov. In addition to literary influences, Adams' counter-culture view of the world was strongly influenced by two comedians: George Carlin and Richard Pryor. "George Carlin taught me to question everything," Adams says. "And Richard Pryor taught me the value of explaining philosophical concepts in an entertaining way."
Adams was also strongly influenced by a number of mentors including a physician (see below), a music composer, a highly successful business entrepreneur, a worldly philanthropist and museum co-founder, and a computer science inventor / engineer. (These all refer to different people.)
Adams also credits his high school track coach and English composition teacher for nurturing his talents and teaching him self-discipline. His English composition teacher was pivotal in teaching Adams the joy of writing, a factor which strongly influenced his college education and ultimately led to his current position as a prominent global influencer of public opinion via Natural News.
Several members of Adams' family were killed by the cancer industry.

VOLUNTEERISM AND HELPING CHILDREN
"Mike Adams is one of America's great journalists and freedom fighters. His ability to deliver important leading edge nutrition and healing information is unparalleled in all of journalism."
- David Wolfe, author of The Sunfood Diet Success System
At the age of 15, Adams taught a computer summer camp in Kansas City, Kansas, helping introduce hundreds of young kids to the world of computers. This class was conducted on Apple IIe computers, which were popular before the introduction of the Mac in 1984.

Adams was also a frequent volunteer at nursing homes, where he helped bring water to nursing home patients and helped keep them company by listening to their life stories.
In college, Adams learned juggling and stage magic (sleight of hand), and performed in front of children's groups and fundraising groups, wowing children with seemingly amazing feats of dexterity and magic.
While in school at his university, Adams befriended a homeless man from the UK who was an expert in street juggling. The man taught Adams how to juggle seven rings between the two of them, and Adams turned in a lackluster semester of poor grades while learning to juggle flaming batons. Later in life, Adams would post a video of himself juggling "poi" (glowing balls on long cords).
In Arizona, where Adams lived for some time, he gave nutrition presentations to local high school students in an effort to raise their awareness of what they were eating.
Adams has, over the years, donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of emergency preparedness food to churches and the American Red Cross.

ACHIEVEMENTS
Mike Adams is widely credited for bringing the message of GMOs, juicing, organics and nutrition to the liberty movement. His presence at the InfoWars studio and his frequent appearances on Alex Jones strongly influenced the awareness of these subjects across the liberty movement. This is also evident in the fact that mere weeks after Adams announced his intention to build aquaponics systems for food production, ads promoting aquaponic production systems began to appear across many liberty websites, including Infowars.com.
Adams was the author and director of a comprehensive investigation of fake (imitation) blueberries used in foods throughout the processed food industry. A 2011 mini-documentary created by Mike Adams and published by Natural News received over 2.8 million views on TV.naturalnews.com and caused many food manufacturers to reformulate their foods to use real blueberries rather than fake ones. (http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=7EC06D27B1A945BE85E7DA8483025962)
In 2013, Adams conducted a detailed forensic visual analysis of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets and published the photos on Natural News. These photos revealed Chicken McNuggets to contain "strange fibers" that had previously not been known to exist in McNuggets. (http://www.naturalnews.com/041646_chicken_mcnuggets_forensic_food_analysis_strange_fibers.html)
Mike Adams was the first and only investigative journalist to expose the fake academic credentials of raw food "guru" Aajonus Vonderplanitz. Through careful research, Adams was able to document the source of Aajonus' falsified academic credentials and publish an exhaustive exhibit of supporting documents that effectively silenced Aajonus and helped prevent him from harming more victims with reckless "doctor" advice. (http://www.naturalnews.com/036076_Aajonus_Vonderplanitz_doctorate_nutrition.html) In doing this, Natural News effectively blew the lid on the epidemic of fake academic credentials across the raw food community. (Aajonus later died in a mysterious accident in September, 2013.)
Mike Adams was the first investigative journalist to expose the Adya Clarity detox scam, where a product containing over 1200 ppm aluminum dissolved in sulfuric acid was imported into the United States as battery acid, then sold through a series of internet webinars to consumers who were encouraged to drink "shots" of the substance. A Health Ranger investigation published by Natural News was able to blow the whistle on the scam, resulting in over two million dollars worth of refunds being issued by the product's top U.S. distributor. (http://www.naturalnews.com/034005_Adya_Clarity_consumer_alert.html)
Adams was the first journalist to expose the fake acai berry scam (http://www.naturalnews.com/031280_acai_berries_scam.html), which eventually led to the FTC shutting down the acai operation and levying multi-million-dollar judgments against six individuals and their operating companies (http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/01/fakenews.shtm).
In terms of freedom activism, Mike Adams achieved tremendous global exposure for his 2011 parody music video entitled, "Don't Touch My Junk," which made fun of TSA agents using Monty Python-style animation. The video went on to receive over 300,000 views on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhEMRSp7vaY), even after it was flagged as "inappropriate" and restricted from being viewed by users who were not logged in.

Adams led the coverage of the now-famous California "raw milk raids" which saw Rawesome Foods and its founder James Stewart arrested and imprisoned for the "crime" of distributing raw milk to individuals and moms. (http://www.naturalnews.com/033220_Rawesome_Foods_armed_raids.html)
Adams was a major driver in the "no patents on human genes" campaign that ultimately led to the U.S. Supreme Court handing a major defeat to a company that claimed ownership of the BRCA genes used for testing breast cancer in women. (http://www.naturalnews.com/040760_supreme_court_gene_patents_myriad_genetics.html)
Adams was the first investigative journalist to break the exclusive story of the GlaxoSmithKline whistleblower Blair Hamrick speaking out as the U.S. Department of Justice's $3 billion settlement with GSK was announced. (http://www.naturalnews.com/036499_Glaxo_whistleblower_bribery.html) As part of this breaking news, Adams scored an exclusive interview with Blair Hamrick.
On the vaccine front, Adams helped expose the falsified vaccine science fraud committed by Merck, as described by two virologists who went public with evidence of the company's fraud. (http://www.naturalnews.com/036328_Merck_mumps_vaccine_False_Claims_Act.html)
Adams led the nationwide backlash against the city of Oak Park, Michigan, which had threatened a young mom named Julie Bass with 90 days of jail time for growing a vegetable garden in her own front yard. (http://www.naturalnews.com/032960_Julie_Bass_home_gardening.html) With Adams at the helm, Natural News led a consumer activism campaign to barrage the city of Oak Park with complaints until they agreed to drop the charges against Julie Bass. The city ultimately agreed to drop the charges and Julie Bass was able to continue growing her vegetable garden (http://www.naturalnews.com/033175_Julie_Bass_Oak_Park.html). As part of the campaign, Mike Adams (the Health Ranger) published a parody video which depicted Oak Park city manager Kevin Rulkowski as being a vindictive, South-Parkian "prick" (http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=3A4B88066D390F0EA7C2664E371269D3).
On the parental rights front, the Health Ranger was a leading voice of support for Detroit resident Maryanne Godboldo whose home was SWAT raided for her refusal to put her young daughter on psychiatric drugs. (http://www.naturalnews.com/032090_Maryanne_Godboldo_health_freedom.html)
Mike Adams was the leading voice of outrage in the case of the Michigan DNR (Department of Natural Resources) ordering small, local pig farmers to shoot and destroy their own pigs. (http://www.naturalnews.com/035585_Michigan_farms_raids.html) This story, like many Natural News stories, received global news coverage and was featured on DrudgeReport.com.

Mike Adams is widely credited with being a prime moving force behind large-scale shifts in consumer behavior, including:
Awareness of GMOs and the increasing support for GMO labeling
Awareness of BPA and the consumer avoidance of products containing BPA
Awareness of heavy metals in imported foods, and increased suspicion of "organic" foods from China
Increased consumer skepticism of the questionable safety claims of vaccine manufacturers and chemotherapy providers

FINANCIAL PREDICTIONS

Mike Adams has a remarkable track record of making accurate predictions about impending economic crashes and market corrections.
In 1998, he began warning about the coming "dot-com crash," even while the rest of the world thought the stock market would go up forever and that the "old rules of economics" no longer mattered. The dot-com crash happened in 2001, and many stocks lost 99% of their value virtually overnight.
Adams also publicly warned readers about the impending housing bubble well before it unraveled in 2006. In January, 2006, Adams accurately warned, "This bubble market cannot stay propped up for very long... When people aren't buying a house for a place to live or as a long-term investment vehicle to rent out, you know the market is overheated. When you hear a lot of people talking about "making money on their house", then you know there's a big bubble." (http://www.naturalnews.com/016241_housing_bubble_real_estate.html)
In 2013, during the meteoric rise of bitcoin valuations, Mike Adams publicly and boldly predicted a bitcoin crash was imminent and urged holders of bitcoin to get out. On April 8th, 2013, he warned of a "disastrous bitcoin crash" and characterized the valuations as a "speculative bubble." (http://www.naturalnews.com/039830_bitcoin_bubble_crash.html)
On April 9th, 2013, Adams spelled out the mathematics behind the looming bitcoin crash, predicting that "fear will kick in and sellers will pile on... fear will turn to panic..." (http://www.naturalnews.com/039848_bitcoins_speculative_bubble_market_crash.html)
Within 24 hours, the bitcoin market crashed by over $1 billion, losing 50% of its value in one day (http://www.naturalnews.com/039865_bitcoin_crash_prediction_mike_adams.html). Bitcoin cultists immediately blamed Adams for "causing the crash," asserting that he commanded such power over the virtual currency economy that his mere words could cause a $1 billion loss in less than 24 hours.

HEALTH CRISIS
Mike Adams was raised on the "standard American diet" and grew up being treated with antibiotics, vaccines and pharmaceuticals. He was active in sports and ran track during all four years of high school.
By age 30, Adams' health was in a disastrous state, and he suffered from chronic back pain, high cholesterol, depression, hypoglycemia and borderline type-2 diabetes.
This health crisis resulted in Adams attempting to learn what was causing his hypoglycemia, where, as he describes it, "I would feel like passing out just two hours after eating breakfast."
The first book on health that Adams read was Sugar Blues by William Duffy. The book opened his eyes to the possibility that he had not been told the truth about health by his doctor, his schoolteachers and the community. After this, Adams went on to read hundreds of other books on nutrition, holistic medicine and healing. His favorite authors were Dr. Gary Null and Dr. Michael T. Murray. He later embraced more holistic books by authors such as James Duke and Elson Haas.
The knowledge he gleaned from the study of these books eventually coalesced into the launching of Natural News in December, 2003 (then NewsTarget.com). Since then, Adams has dedicated his life to investigating and sharing the truth about health, foods, nutrition, disease prevention and the corruption and criminality of drug companies and government regulators.
One of his very first stories was on the benefits of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. A representative from Dr. Bronner actually contacted Adams and congratulated him on the story.

In 2006, Adams was declared to be in a state of "perfect health" by his naturopathic physician. Adams regularly visits chiropractors and routinely consumes superfoods and nutritional supplements to maintain a high state of cognitive and physical health. He is a supporter and customer of the Life Extension Foundation.
Adams is frequently seen in YouTube videos with a large glass mason jar holding a milkshake-looking green substance. As he once explained on the Alex Jones Show, this is his "chocolate avocado smoothie recipe" made with almond milk, avocados, raw cacao and various superfood powders.

HEALTH RANGER APPEARANCES
Mike Adams has appeared on many radio shows and TV shows, including:
The Dr. Oz Show
The Alex Jones Show
Coast to Coast AM
The Robert Scott Bell Show
The Bright Side with Ben Fuchs
Geraldo At Large

National Public Radio (local affiliates)

In addition, Adams has been a keynote public speaker at numerous public events, including speaking at preparedness trade shows, medicinal herb conferences, GMO rallies and the Health Freedom Expo. Adams is widely considered to be a highly entertaining and informative public speaker. He rarely speaks publicly, however, as his current work is focused on forensic food investigations.

MUSIC VIDEOS
Adams is a prolific song writer, musician and performer. He has recorded and published several music videos, and in 2012 he adopted the musician name of "Amethios" (www.Amethios.com)
His music videos include (listed from oldest to newest):
I Want My Bailout Money
http://www.naturalnews.com/I_Want_My_Bailout_Money.html
S.S.R.Lies
http://www.naturalnews.com/SSRIs_S_S_R_Lies.html
Don't Inject Me (the Swine Flu Song)
http://www.naturalnews.com/Dont_Inject_Me_The_Swine_Flu_Vaccine_Song.html
Vaccine Zombie
http://www.naturalnews.com/vaccine-zombie.html
Just Say No to GMO
http://www.naturalnews.com/NoGMO.html
Don't Touch My Junk
http://www.naturalnews.com/Dont_Touch_My_Junk.html
Doin' Alright
http://www.naturalnews.com/Doin_Alright_Song.html
Heaven Can Wait
http://www.naturalnews.com/Heaven-Can-Wait.html
Dumb and Lazy
http://www.naturalnews.com/dumb_and_lazy_song.html
Just Label It (the GMO song)
http://www.naturalnews.com/just-label-it-song.html

COMEDY PARODIES

Mike Adams is a prolific producer of parodies that poke fun at corporations or public figures with the aim of pointing out their hypocrisy.
Here are a few of the parodies Adams has produced:
TSA Help Wanted (banned by YouTube)
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=979D7B9F44BA6EAE0DF65B3DE6E4EE33
General Mills Mind Games
http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=851519FA1AC72A56F7205D2285CC66CF
Criminal Gardening in Oak Park, Michigan
http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=3A4B88066D390F0EA7C2664E371269D3
Don't Touch My Junk
http://www.naturalnews.com/Dont_Touch_My_Junk.html

GAIAM TV EPISODES
In 2013, Adams announced a 12-episode contract with GAIAM TV, a network often described as "the Netflix of conscious media."
Adams co-stars in "Secrets to Health" with Ed Group, founder of Global Healing Center. (www.SecretsToHealth.TV)
The episodes are non-scripted and feature Mike Adams and Ed Group explaining fascinating scientific facts about food and health with the use of a variety of props and live demonstrations.
The first four episodes covered phosphoric acid in sodas, fake food ingredients, electropollution and GMOs. They began airing in late September, 2013.
Subsequent episodes are currently slated to cover Fukushima radiation, indoor air pollutants in homes, sodium fluoride and other topics.

BOOK CONTRACT
In 2013, Adams was awarded a book contract with a "major New York publisher" and is currently working on a book that he promises will be "explosive" and will "rock the food industry and force the FDA and USDA to change their regulatory practices."
Adams has a history of pioneering breakthrough projects that really have changed the world. The book is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2014. The exact topic of the book is currently unknown but followers of Adams have noted that his company recently purchased the domain name FoodForensics.com

SPECIAL REPORTS
Adams is the author or co-author of over a dozen special investigative reports. Those reports are all available free of charge on the web. They include:
25 Amazing (and Disturbing) Facts About the Hidden History of Medicine
http://www.naturalnews.com/RR-25-Amazing-Facts-About-Hidden-History-Medicine.html
25 Amazing (and Weird) Facts About How Food is Made and Where it Comes From
http://www.naturalnews.com/RR-25-Amazing-and-Weird-Facts-About-Food.html
25 Amazing Facts About Food
http://www.naturalnews.com/RR-25_Amazing_Facts_About_Food.html
Nutrition Can Save America!
http://www.naturalnews.com/report_Nutrition_Health_America_0.html
Breast Cancer Deception
http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_Breast_Cancer_Deception_0.html
The Healing Power of Sunlight & Vitamin D
http://www.naturalnews.com/rr-sunlight.html
How to End Cruelty to Animals, People and Nature
http://www.naturalnews.com/ReaderRegistration.html
The Ten Most Important Emerging Technologies For Humanity
http://www.naturalnews.com/ReaderRegistration.html

FORENSIC FOOD LABORATORY
Although Mike Adams did not choose an academic route to acquiring knowledge beyond his university degree, he has read hundreds of books, listened to dozens of continuing medical education (CME) seminars, and watched instructional DVDs taught by college professors on numerous topics, including chemistry, physics and philosophy. His work is widely considered to be "beyond doctorate level" in many areas, including computer science and nutrition science.
Adams is the director of the Natural News Store facility which is certified organic by the USDA. As part of this function, Adams helps formulate nutritional products, assesses raw materials for suitability and quality, and adheres to USDA standards for organic food production, labeling, marketing and raw materials tracking.
In 2013, Adams announced he was heading up the Natural News Forensic Food Laboratory, a food investigations lab located in Central Texas. Adams has partnered with a private lab to use their facilities which are then re-branded the "Natural News Forensic Food Lab."
Interestingly, Adams conducts all the research himself and has attained training and certification to operate a growing list of laboratory testing equipment, including ICP-MS, HPLC, digital microscopes and other instruments. Adams is trained in so-called "EPA methods" for sample preparation, digestion, dilution and quality control calibrations for testing equipment.

Adams has promised "astounding" new findings from the Natural News Forensic Food Lab by the end of 2013.

TESTIMONIALS ABOUT MIKE ADAMS

"You are a great ally and a non-GMO hero. Thank you so much for everything -- your generous donation, your rap video, news coverage, etc. You light people on fire. It's a great gift to the world, and you've been a great gift to our work."
- Jeffrey Smith, executive director, Institute for Responsible Technology
"I'm so impressed with the work that you're doing and the information you're disseminating, it's just vital for people to get this sort of information."
- Michael T. Murray, author of the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the Textbook of Natural Medicine and other books
"Sometimes you just know you are in the presence of a special person who really cares about others. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Adams recently and knew instantly why this fearless 'Health Ranger' is so admired by millions of people. He is not only a brilliant communicator but he is passionate about awakening people with the truth."

- Suzy Cohen, R.Ph., Author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist, www.DearPharmacist.com
"Mike Adams is one of the few real investigative reporters out there. This honest man took the responsibility on his own time and money to investigate the multitude of issues surrounding the destruction of the private food club in Los Angeles California called Rawesome Foods. I owe much to this man for defending the actual "Truth" by spending many months uncovering the lies and false claims made by many people. He is an independent thinker who continues to work every day to help raise the awareness of many of the current issues plaguing our society today. His articles inform and educate in a time where finding the truth is becoming more difficult to attain."
- James Stewart, founder of Rawesome Foods
"Mike Adams is a friend of mine and a man of integrity. Mike comes from the heart and shoots from the hip. In his Natural News.com online magazine, Mike offers insights, facts, humor, and shocking news that truly enlightens his readers to the ways we are being hoodwinked by big business in America. He takes a hard stand against the out-of-control-use of pharmaceutical drugs and offers safe and natural alternatives. Mike walks his talk and is a true inspiration to me."
- Jay Robb, Clinical nutritionist, bestselling author, creator of Jay Robb Proteins, and CEO of Jay Robb Enterprises Inc.
"I ended up listening most of the three hours of Mike Adams. What an incredible job that guy did. I gotta say of all the fill-in hosts, and they all do a great job, I think Mike does the best job, and it's just good to know there's other people out there that really get it and are so articulate, and just are so effective. And he's such a gentleman..."
- Alex Jones, April 11, 2012 on the live broadcast of the Alex Jones Show
"Mike Adams is one of America's great journalists and freedom fighters. His ability to deliver important leading edge nutrition and healing information is unparalleled in all of journalism. Over the years, not only have I learned to respect and consider Mike Adams' opinion in all areas of nutrition, I have also found the scientific facts he references about his subject matter to be consistently accurate. I am honored to know Mike Adams personally. Every time I get to read his words or see him speak, he makes my day The Best Day Ever! He can do the same for you!"

- David Wolfe, author of The Sunfood Diet Success System, Amazing Grace, Eating For Beauty, and Naked Chocolate, founder of SunFood, www.thebestdayever.com, and the non-profit www.ftpf.org
"I met Mr. Mike Adams face to face at the Anaheim Health Expo. After reading the Natural Health newsletters for so long, I was fascinated to meet the face behind all that wealth of information. It was truly one of the best days of my life to meet a man of such passion and integrity. Mr. Mike Adams has helped millions (perhaps billions) of people worldwide with the valuable information about keeping healthy and not falling pray to the unethical "Big Firms." Best of all, he does this without asking for money. Now that's dedication. I wish that more people would have the level of intensity that Mr. Mike Adams has to get the knowledge in our hands and help us get healthy and stay healthy. I have recommended ALL my friends to sign up for this important newsletter."
- Dr. Jack Singh, founder and president, the Organic Food Bar company (www.OrganicFoodBar.com)
"Worldwide liberty lovers have seized the moment and we are waking up millions and millions of people... but the millions of other activists across the planet are waking up even more people, and one of those activists out there having a huge effect with his weapon the truth is Mike Adams of Natural News."
- Alex Jones, InfoWars Nightly News, March, 2012

Here’s a Coronavirus Reality Check! The U.S. Government is Setting Up 11 Military Bases as “Quarantine Centers”
By Michael Snyder - February 11, 2020

https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/11/heres-a-coronavirus-reality-check-the-u-s-government-is-setting-up-11-military-bases-as-quarantine-centers/

If this coronavirus outbreak is not a serious threat, then why is the U.S. government preparing to quarantine victims all over America?  As you will see below, 11 U.S. military bases located close to major airports are being converted into “quarantine centers” for potential patients.  When I first learned about this, I was greatly alarmed, because we have all seen what is going on in China right now.  People are literally being physically dragged out of their homes and are being forcibly relocated to “mass quarantine camps” with hordes of other very sick people.  Sadly, many of them will never come out of those camps alive.  If this virus starts spreading like wildfire here in the United States, is it possible that something similar could start happening here?
The vast majority of the confirmed cases are still in China, but over the last couple of weeks the number of cases in the rest of the world has escalated dramatically.
Back on January 20th there were only 4 confirmed cases outside of China and now there are 464.  At this point there are victims in at least 28 different countries, and that number is almost certain to keep growing.
The reason why the virus has already spread to so many nations is because it is highly contagious.  Scientists have discovered that it can be transmitted from person to person very easily, it has an incubation period of up to 24 days, and it can survive on smooth surfaces for up to 9 days.
If this coronavirus starts spreading very rapidly in the western world it is going to create a tremendous amount of panic.  Many are still trying to compare this virus to the common flu, but that is a huge mistake.  China would never lock down major cities for weeks on end for the flu.
Obviously something really big is happening, and the U.S. government is preparing for a worst case scenario.  According to the Miami Herald, 11 military bases inside the United States are currently in the process of being transformed into “quarantine centers”…

ELEVEN MILITARY BASES NEAR MAJOR AIRPORTS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE SETTING UP QUARANTINE CENTERS FOR POSSIBLE CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SAID.
THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ASKED THE PENTAGON FOR QUARANTINE SPACE IN CASE BEDS FILL UP AT OTHER CORONAVIRUS CENTERS AROUND THE COUNTRY, ACCORDING TO A DOD STATEMENT.


Is this an indication that the threat that this virus poses to our country is far greater than we are being told?
The Department of Defense has released a statement about this new program, and in that statement the 11 military bases were specifically identified…

JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI (HNL)
Great Lakes Training Center Navy Base, IL (ORD)
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, TX (DFW)
March ARB, CA (LAX)
Travis AFB, CA (SFO)
Dobbins ARB, GA (ATL)
Fort Hamilton, NY (JFK)
Naval Base Kitsap, WA (SEA)
Joint Base Anacostia, DC (IAD)
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ (EWR)
Fort Custer Training Center (DTW)


Hopefully not all of those facilities will be needed, but things are certainly looking more grim with each passing day.
For example, the number of confirmed cases on a cruise ship anchored off the coast of Japan nearly doubled on Monday.  Of the total number of people that have been infected, at least 24 of them are Americans…
THERE ARE AT LEAST 24 AMERICANS AMONG THE 135 PEOPLE INFECTED WITH THE WUHAN CORONAVIRUS ABOARD THE DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP, ACCORDING TO INFORMATION FROM PRINCESS CRUISES AND A CNN TALLY.
JAPANESE AUTHORITIES ARE STILL TESTING HUNDREDS OF PASSENGERS ON BOARD THE SHIP, WHICH HAS BEEN STUCK AT A HARBOR SOUTH OF JAPANESE CAPITAL TOKYO FOR ALMOST A WEEK NOW.

Once the quarantine of that cruise ship is over, those Americans will certainly want to return home.
Will they be allowed to do so, or will they be required to go to one of these quarantine centers first?
Elsewhere in the country, people are being put in “self quarantine” until officials believe that it is safe for them to resume their normal lives.  According to local officials, this is being done to “an unspecified number of people in Bexar County” right now…

A NUMBER OF TEXANS HAVE BEEN PUT IN ‘SELF QUARANTINE’ IN THEIR HOMES IN CASE THEY HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS AFTER RECENTLY RETURNING FROM CHINA.


OFFICIALS IN THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO CONFIRMED THAT AN UNSPECIFIED NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN BEXAR COUNTY WERE BEING CONFINED TO THEIR HOMES FOR 14 DAYS.

THEIR QUARANTINE PERIOD BEGAN AT 10AM SUNDAY, NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO REPORTED.

Hopefully they know what they are doing, because if this virus gets out of control it could potentially sweep across America like wildfire.
We have already seen what has happened in China, and we definitely do not want that to happen here.
The Chinese have implemented extreme measures in a desperate attempt to slow the spread of the virus, but so far the most effective thing that they have done to reduce the numbers is to literally change the definition of a “confirmed case”.  The following comes from Zero Hedge…

AS REPORTED BY LOCAL MEDIA THIS MORNING, THE CHINESE NATIONAL HEALTH COMMISSION QUIETLY CHANGED ITS DEFINITION OF CORONAVIRUS “CONFIRMED CASE” IN THE LATEST GUIDELINE DATED 7/2. AS A RESULT, GOING FORWARD PATIENTS WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS BUT HAVE NO SYMPTOMS WILL NO LONGER BE REGARDED AS CONFIRMED. AS ALEX LAM OBSERVES, “THIS INEVITABLY WILL LOWER THE NUMBERS.”

Of course there has been a tremendous amount of skepticism about the numbers that China has been giving us from the very beginning, and so this latest move isn’t that surprising.
But no matter how much China tries to spin things, there is no hiding the fact that this is a very serious outbreak, and it will almost certainly continue to intensify in the weeks ahead.
At this point, even the director-general of the World Health Organization is admitting that “we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg”…

TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS, DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, WARNED THAT THE NUMBERS MAY NOT TELL THE ENTIRE STORY.

“THERE’VE BEEN SOME CONCERNING INSTANCES OF … SPREAD FROM PEOPLE WITH NO TRAVEL HISTORY TO CHINA,” TEDROS SAID. “THE DETECTION OF A SMALL NUMBER OF CASES MAY INDICATE MORE WIDESPREAD TRANSMISSION IN OTHER COUNTRIES. IN SHORT, WE MAY ONLY BE SEEING THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.”

As I discussed yesterday, humanity is now facing a “perfect storm”, and what we have witnessed so far is just the beginning.
Personally, I am still hoping that this outbreak will fade.  I don’t know if this is the sort of extremely deadly global pandemic that so many experts have been warning could happen one day, but without a doubt it is definitely clear that a lot of people are dying over in China.
Will the final death toll from this outbreak eventually number in the thousands or the millions?
I don’t know, but all of us should definitely continue to monitor the latest developments on a daily basis.

Coronavirus
Cover-Up? Filming Dead Coronavirus Victims in China Will Land You in Jail
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/11/cover-up-filming-dead-coronavirus-victims-in-china-will-land-you-in-jail/

BEIJING FALLS TO CORONAVIRUS — 80 cities now under quarantine in China, impacting hundreds of millions of people
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/11/cover-up-filming-dead-coronavirus-victims-in-china-will-land-you-in-jail/

Conflicting statements from Chinese government regarding scope and spread of coronavirus prove Beijing’s Communist leaders are lying
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/09/conflicting-statements-from-chinese-government-regarding-scope-and-spread-of-coronavirus-prove-beijings-communist-leaders-are-lying/

Listen: Woman Calls Wuhan Hospital to Try to Get Help for Her Sick Husband: “No medical staff anymore. They are dead or sick!”
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/11/listen-woman-calls-wuhan-hospital-to-try-to-get-help-for-her-sick-husband-no-medical-staff-anymore-they-are-dead-or-sick/

CDC “Intelligence Officer,” anthrax researcher and African vaccine deployment expert openly admits the coronavirus pandemic is beyond control and will spread globally
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/09/cdc-intelligence-officer-anthrax-researcher-and-african-vaccine-deployment-expert-openly-admits-the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-beyond-control-and-will-spread-globally/

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Coronavirus: Dean Koontz novel from 1981 predicted outbreak, internet sleuths claim
‘The Eyes of Darkness’ features a conversation about a pandemic that hits a bit too close to home in 2020
Adam White @__adamwhite
Friday 28 February 2020


https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/coronavirus-dean-koontz-eyes-of-darkness-conspiracy-wuhan-china-symptoms-a9364386.html

A 1981 novel by horror writer Dean Koontz predicted the coronavirus outbreak, it has been claimed.
Buried in the book The Eyes of Darkness, which revolves around a grieving mother investigating the mysterious circumstances of her son’s death, is a peculiar reference to a killer virus known as “Wuhan-400”, the name of the city where the coronavirus originated.
The excerpt features a character discussing biological warfare, calling the virus “the perfect weapon”.
“A Chinese scientist … defected to the United States, carrying a diskette record of China’s most important and dangerous new biological weapon in a decade,” the character says.
“They call the stuff ‘Wuhan-400’ because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan.” 
“Wuhan-400 is the perfect weapon,” he says.

Spotted by author Nick Hinton, the extract has since gone viral, launching a number of bizarre conspiracy theories as to the origins of the coronavirus.
“That’s creepy af”, one Twitter user wrote.
Another wrote: “That’s crazy. He probably didn’t have a clue when he was writing it.”
Koontz, a prolific US novelist best known for works including Demon Seed and Odd Thomas, has yet to respond to the discovery.
The disease, meanwhile, continues to spread around the world. More than 2,800 people have been killed by the virus worldwide, leading to concerns about a pandemic.

Disaster recovery workers preparing to clean and disinfect the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., on Wednesday. The nursing home has become the center of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.Credit...Ted S. Warren/Associated Press

 Washington State Declares Emergency Amid Coronavirus Death and Illnesses at Nursing Home

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/29/us/coronavirus-washington-death.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article

A patient is removed from Life Care Center of Kirkland, a nursing home, by emergency medical workers and the Kirkland Fire Department on Saturday afternoon.Credit...Grant Hindsley for The New York Times
SEATTLE — Concerns about the coronavirus intensified across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, after a person from the Seattle area died and as two new cases emerged inside a nursing care center in Kirkland, Wash., where dozens of other people were reported to be feeling sick.
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington declared a state of emergency, and said officials were considering canceling sporting events, closing schools and taking any other steps needed to slow the spread of the virus. “If — and this is a big if — there is a social distancing strategy that becomes necessary, the emergency declaration would give us some legal authority,” Mr. Inslee said.
At two schools that have had ties to cases, in Oregon and in Washington, officials announced that they were shuttering buildings for several days, and ordering deep cleanings.
And in Kirkland, where a health care worker in her 40s at the Life Care Center, a long-term nursing home, and a resident of the center, in her 70s, were reported on Saturday to have tested positive for the virus, health officials expressed alarm at the possibility of more cases. Among 288 residents and workers at Life Care, more than 50 people — 25 health workers and 27 residents — have shown symptoms of respiratory illness or have been hospitalized for pneumonia, local health officials said.
“We are very concerned about an outbreak in a setting where there are many older people,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, the health officer for Public Health in Seattle and King County. A team of federal health workers was dispatched to Kirkland to assist local workers, and many more coronavirus tests were expected to be conducted in the coming days.
UPDATE:
See more recent news about the coronavirus outbreak in our live briefing.
Older people are much more likely to face serious illness if infected with the coronavirus. They are also much more likely to die. An analysis of Chinese patients found that nearly 15 percent of infected people over age 80 died; of those in their 70s, 8 percent died.
On Saturday afternoon, workers in plastic protective gear and masks could be seen rolling a patient, also in a mask, to an ambulance outside the nursing home, a low slung building on a side street tucked among small condo complexes, and surrounded by pine trees. Officials said that testing for the virus was being conducted at an area hospital, and that it was not open for visits from patients’ family members or vendors as a precaution.

Nancy Butner, the northwest divisional vice president for Life Care Centers of America, said that many of the residents were showing only respiratory symptoms that were not necessarily tied to the coronavirus. In an interview, she said that residents were mostly staying in their rooms, and that despite public health officials’ warnings of a possible “outbreak” at the nursing home, the mood inside was relaxed.

“We are encouraging people to remain in their rooms,” she said. “We have the equipment and supplies to take care of them, and people are doing what they need to do.”

Chad Bergevin, who lives opposite the center, said he had learned of the situation in a text message from a neighbor. “It was like, ‘Wow, this is literally less than a football field away from my house,’” he said, adding that he was surprised to see people still seeming to come and go near the center. “I’m sorry, if it were me, I’d have the place on lockdown,” he said.
The indications of a possible spread, and the involvement of a nursing home marked a new, urgent phase in the response to the virus in the United States, where 70 cases have been reported, and until Saturday, none had been fatal. Most of the cases could be explained by overseas travel or contact with someone who had been ill. This week, though, new cases, in California, Oregon and Washington, were the first in the United States in which the cause was mysterious and unknown — a sign, experts warned, that the virus, which has killed more than 2,800 people worldwide and has sickened more than 86,000 others, might now be spreading in the United States.
In the Northwest, especially, health officials were putting in place new precautions given the new cases. They were already discussing the possibility that they might recommend cancellations of public events. They began warning that life in the coming weeks may undergo dramatic change.

By Saturday, 10 people have been treated in Washington State, including the first case of coronavirus that was diagnosed in the United States, a man in his 30s who had traveled in China and has since recovered; several patients were treated at a Spokane area hospital after returning from a cruise ship in Japan; and the first known coronavirus fatality in the United States, a man in his 50s whose death was announced Saturday.
In announcing the death at a news conference, President Trump said the victim was a “wonderful woman” in her 50s, but local officials later said the patient had been a man in his 50s. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later said that the patient was, in fact, a man, and that the agency had incorrectly described the patient as a woman.

Few details were known about the man who died, except that he had underlying health conditions and had been a patient at a hospital in Kirkland. He was not known to have traveled abroad, or to have had contact with anyone who had tested positive for the virus, adding to growing signs that the coronavirus may be spreading in the United States. He also had no known connection to the nursing home, officials said.

The new cases added to the fears of some residents. Noelle Salazar, an author in Bothell, Wash., was recovering from a surgery, and realized that she had been in the same hospital as the man who died.
“We weren’t in the same section, but it’s not comforting,” she said while recuperating at home. “I’m a little on edge right now for sure.”
Like many Americans, she has begun to take extra precautions in recent days: She wiped down her shopping cart at a grocery store for the first time, bought extra vitamins and nonperishable food and canceled a Pilates class to avoid getting too close to others.

Around the region, it was clear that residents were bracing. At a big-box store north of Seattle on early Saturday, checkout lines were unusually long, snaking down aisles with carts loaded with all sorts of supplies.
In Oregon, a state that until Friday had not reported any cases of the coronavirus, officials say an employee of Forest Hills Elementary School in Lake Oswego, a suburb of Portland, appeared to have contracted the virus more than a week ago. The school would be closed for several days, and was being cleaned, but parents said they were uncertain and scared.
Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said that she expected more cases, and that her state might take more aggressive action if the outbreak got more severe. But, in the meantime, she said people did not need to take drastic action.
“I’m wanting to convey to Oregonians, and frankly folks on the entire West Coast: stay calm, continue on your daily lives and follow public health precautions,” Ms. Brown said.
Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state health officer, said a broader closure of schools was an option the state could pursue at some point. “If we do notice spread in our community or multiple cases, that is certainly something we would consider on a case-by-case basis,” Dr. Sidelinger said.

Back at the school in Lake Oswego, parents were weighing how to go forward.
“I really don’t know how to process it at this point,” said Danielle Gaustad, a mother of three children, ages 3, 5 and 18. Her 5-year-old, who attends Forest Hills Elementary, had pneumonia several weeks ago, and her 3-year-old has severe asthma. “When people don’t understand an illness, and clearly no one understands coronavirus at this point, everybody gets scared,” Ms. Gaustad said.
Though the school has said it intends to reopen in a few days, Ms. Gaustad said she would not allow her children to go back to school this week. “I don’t know when I will, honestly,” she said. “It’s scary.”
Mike Baker reported from Seattle, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York and Karen Weise from Kirkland, Wash. Knvul Sheikh contributed reporting from New York, Claire Cain Miller from Lake Oswego, Ore., and Mitch Smith from Chicago.

The Coronavirus Outbreak
Coronavirus Live Updates: Airlines Suspend Travel to Milan
With two more cases in Washington State and one in Rhode Island, the total in the United States has reached 73. In the Dominican Republic, a tourist visiting from Italy tested positive.
RIGHT NOW
Delta Air Lines said it would suspend flights between New York and Milan.
Health care workers transported a patient Saturday at Life Care Center of Kirkland, a nursing home in Washington State. Dozens of people there have shown symptoms of respiratory illness, officials said.Credit...Grant Hindsley for The New York Times
A photograph provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a laboratory test kit for the coronavirus.Credit...CDC, via Associated Press
Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island addressed the state’s first “presumptive positive” coronavirus case at a news conference on Sunday.Credit...Steven Senne/Associated Press
The Louvre closed on Sunday for a coronavirus meeting.Credit...Yoan Valat/EPA, via Shutterstock
The Milan Cathedral remained closed to the general public on Sunday.Credit...Andrea Mantovani for The New York Times
Government officials temporarily closing down a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus last week.Credit...Ryu Hyung-Geun/Yonhap, via Associated Press
The Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan.Credit...Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Image

In Tehran on Saturday. Iran has been at the center of the virus’s spread in the Middle East.Credit...Vahid Salemi/Associated Press


Xi Jinping, China’s leader, having his temperature checked in Beijing last month.Credit...Ju Peng/Xinhua, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/01/world/coronavirus-news.html?emc=edit_na_20200301&ref=cta&nl=breaking-news&campaign_id=60&instance_id=0&segment_id=21771&user_id=63d5933dfe45b40fe893856b67f830ab®i_id=108559300
Two more cases are reported in Washington State
Officials in Washington State confirmed on Sunday two more cases of coronavirus in King County, bringing the total in the county to six and the number in the United States to 73.

The two patients, men in their 60s, were in critical condition, King County officials said.

“This number is expected to rise as more people are tested and results confirmed,” public health officials in Seattle and King County said in a statement on Sunday.

Washington State has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus, and researchers who studied two cases there say that the virus may have been spreading for weeks, with the possibility that up to 1,500 people may have been infected.

The state became the site of the country’s first coronavirus death on Saturday.
The number of confirmed cases worldwide crossed 87,000 as of Sunday, with more than 7,000 cases outside mainland China, where the outbreak began late last year. The virus has now been detected in at least 60 countries.
The coronavirus case of one patient in Washington State, a teenager, only came to light after he went to a clinic on Feb. 24 to be tested for the flu and his sample was shared with the Seattle Flu Study, which tested it for a variety of pathogens, including the new coronavirus.
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The Dominican Republic confirms its first case.
The Dominican Republic confirmed its first case of coronavirus — in a tourist visiting the country from Italy.
The patient is a 62-year-old man who is in a stable condition. He has been taken to an isolation room in a military hospital near the capital, the country’s health minister, Rafael Sanchez, said at a news conference.
Another tourist, a 56-year-old man from France, is under observation at a hospital and awaiting test results for coronavirus.
On Friday, the Dominican Republic canceled all flights from Milan for 30 days. The government also said that all travelers retuning from Italy would have to undergo epidemiological reviews at airports.

Rhode Island reports its first case.
Rhode Island on Sunday reported its first “presumptive positive” coronavirus case, a man in his 40s who had recently traveled to Italy, France and Spain, state officials said at a news conference on Sunday.
It was the first case in the United States that officials had linked to travel in Europe.
The man was being treated in the hospital on Sunday, and his immediate family had quarantined themselves at home, the officials said.
The patient had not been to work and had limited travel in Rhode Island since returning from Europe, according to the state’s health department. State officials said that they were trying to reach at least 40 people who had come in contact with the man and were asking those people to quarantine themselves for 14 days since their contact.
Only people who exhibited symptoms would be tested, the officials said.
“We fully anticipated standing before you at some point to make the announcement we are making today,” said Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the director of Rhode Island’s health department. “We are not seeing widespread community transmission in Rhode Island.”

Louvre closes for coronavirus meeting as cases rise in Europe.
Long lines of visitors were locked out of the Louvre in Paris on Sunday after the museum, the world’s most visited, said it was holding a staff meeting about the coronavirus outbreak.
The Louvre said on Twitter that “the museum cannot open at the moment” because of an informational meeting on the public health situation linked to coronavirus prevention measures.
A spokeswoman told reporters that the museum, in central Paris, was expected to reopen after the meeting among management, employees and the staff doctor, but it later said on Twitter that it would remain closed.
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The move came as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continued to rise in Europe.
Italy, the center of the outbreak on the continent, has a total of 1,694 confirmed cases and 34 deaths. France has reported 100 cases and two deaths. And Germany said on Sunday that cases there had risen to 117, including 66 in North Rhine-Westphalia, its most populous state.
Ireland reported its first case, the country’s Health Protection Surveillance Center said on Twitter on Sunday, while in neighboring Britain officials said that the number of cases there had risen to 35. A school in Reading, in southeastern England, said on Saturday that a staff member had tested positive, forcing the school to “shut for some days to allow for a deep clean,” the school’s head teacher said in a message to the pupils’ parents.
In Norway, two more staff members at Oslo University Hospital tested positive for the virus, a hospital spokesman said on Sunday, raising the total number of cases in the country to 17, while Sweden has confirmed its 13th case.
In the Czech Republic, three people, including an American girl, tested positive and were being treated at Na Bulovce Hospital in Prague, a spokesman said.

Airlines suspend travel to Milan.

Delta Air Lines said it would suspend daily flights between New York and Milan, becoming yet another travel business to alter its operations in light of the outbreak in Italy.
Delta’s announcement came one day after American Airlines said it would suspend flights to Milan from New York and Miami, citing a “reduction in demand.”
The outbreak in and around Milan has resulted in new local safety measures and mass tourist cancellations, leaving the usually dynamic city eerily deserted.
The airlines’ suspensions came as President Trump on Saturday announced elevated restrictions on foreign travel to the parts of Italy most affected by the virus.
Delta said it planned to resume flights between Milan and New York in early May, and American said its flights would resume on April 25. The airlines said travelers affected by the suspensions could rebook their flights after service began again, or could get a refund.
The coronavirus has already upended global travel. Several U.S. airlines announced in late January that they would suspend service to China through the end of March or April.

U.S. plans ‘radical expansion’ of testing equipment.
After weeks of stalled testing for the coronavirus, the United States now has enough diagnostic kits to test 75,000 people, with more on the way, Alex M. Azar II, the health and human services secretary, said Sunday.
“Within the next week or two, we’ll have a radical expansion even beyond that of the testing that’s available,” he said on Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” one of several appearances by Mr. Azar and Vice President Mike Pence on the Sunday morning news shows.
The administration has faced widespread criticism for a slow and scattered delivery of testing materials to states, where only 12 labs are capable of diagnosing the virus.
Mr. Pence, who was appointed Wednesday to lead the Trump administration’s response to a possible outbreak of the virus, said on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that federal health agencies were working with a “commercial provider” to send out another 50,000 kits soon. He sought to defend the White House’s handling of the response, saying he was “more confident than ever that we are bringing the whole-of-government approach.”
Strict federal standards for testing possible new cases have also delayed testing. Doctors in California, where one new and unexplained case of the virus appeared last week, said that they could not test that patient for almost a week because of the federal criteria, which include displaying symptoms after recent travel to China.
Frustrated with the pace of testing, Hawaii last week began working to buy test kits from Japan, and officials in New York City began working with New York State to independently develop a local test, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Seoul seeks a murder inquiry into leaders of a church linked to the outbreak.
Seoul seeks a murder inquiry into leaders of a church linked to the outbreak.
Officials from the city of Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday asked prosecutors to investigate the founder of a church at the center of the country’s coronavirus outbreak and other top leaders of the sect on murder and other criminal charges.
Officials believe that the church has contributed to the country’s rising death toll from the virus — which reached 18 as of Sunday — by failing to provide disease-control officials with an accurate list of church members and by interfering with the government’s efforts to fight the outbreak.
In a Facebook post, Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul said the church’s behavior was tantamount to “murder through to willful negligence.”
Officials say that nearly 60 percent of the 3,736 confirmed cases in South Korea are in members of Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu or people who came into contact with them.
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to begin a formal investigation into the founder, Lee Man-hee, and other sect leaders.
Shincheonji officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. The church has said it was fully cooperating with the government, calling itself the victim of a “witch hunt.”
South Korean officials also said on Sunday that some church members had visited the Chinese city of Wuhan in January. The global outbreak is believed to have begun in a seafood and poultry market in Wuhan.
Officials in South Korea have been trying to figure out how the virus reached the congregation. The church has acknowledged having members in Wuhan, but it said none of them had visited South Korea since December.

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Washington State Declares Emergency Amid Coronavirus Death and Illnesses at Nursing Home
A person in the Seattle area died. Two others tested positive for the virus in a long term care center where dozens of people have reported feeling ill.

Remaining Diamond Princess passengers and crew are cleared, Japan says.

A Japanese official said on Sunday that all of the passengers and crew members from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who spent more than two weeks quarantined onboard had been cleared of the coronavirus, but a man who was a passenger on the ship has become the first in Australia to die of the virus.
The cruise ship, on which hundreds of Americans were passengers, represents the largest concentration of coronavirus cases outside China, with several hundred infections.
Japan’s health minister, Katsunobu Kato, said in a press briefing on Sunday that 238 crew members would be quarantined for 14 days at a government facility in Saitama Prefecture outside Tokyo.
The ministry says that 149 crew members contracted the virus onboard the ship. Hundreds of other crew members have been evacuated to their home countries.
The health minister also confirmed that an eighth public official who worked onboard the cruise ship during the quarantine had tested positive on Friday.
Early Sunday, a 78-year-old man who had been a passenger on the Diamond Princess died of the coronavirus at a hospital in Perth, Australia, the first known death from the illness in that country, officials said.


The man’s wife, who had also been on the cruise ship and was later discovered to have the virus, was in stable condition, said Andrew Robertson, the chief health officer at the Western Australia Department of Health.
Australia has reported 25 confirmed cases of the virus, nine of which were associated with the Diamond Princess. Fifteen of these patients have recovered.
“We still need to make the point very clear that there isn’t community spread within Australia,” Mr. Robertson said. “This very tragic case is still related to the Diamond Princess.”
“The public shouldn’t be panicking at this stage,” he said.


Cases are up to 385 in Iran, and flights are blocked to and from Iraq.
Iran, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, said on Sunday that 385 new cases had been detected in the country this weekend, raising its total number of officially confirmed cases to 987, state news media reported.
The continued rise in infections has prompted the United States to ban all travel to Iran and bar entry to foreign citizens who have visited Iran in the past 14 days.
An Iranian health ministry spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpur, said on Sunday that the country’s death toll from the virus had risen to 54, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Iran has temorarily closed schools and universities and canceled public events like concerts in an effort to curtail the virus’s spread. But secrecy and confusion over the outbreak in the country have fueled suspicions that its number of cases is far higher than officially acknowledged.
In neighboring Iraq, the government grappled with how tightly to shut down daily life as some international flights were suspended.
Turkish Airlines on Sunday suspended flights to and from Iraq, saying initially that the suspension was for 24 hours but later suggesting that it could last at least three or four days.
The suspension of flights came as something of a surprise in Iraq, since the country has relatively few coronavirus cases, with 19 confirmed by the Health Ministry on Sunday. Yet despite the presence of health teams at all of the country’s airports, and the use of masks by all passport control officers as of Saturday, a day earlier hardly any were wearing masks, according to Jawad al Musawi, an orthopedist and member of Parliament.
Efforts to shut down gathering places such as cafes have proved difficult, but on Sunday the government closed or partly closed many ministries, focusing on those that have extensive contact with the public. The government said the ministry closings would last at least a week.

Michael Bloomberg will address the outbreak in a prime-time ad.
Michael Bloomberg will deliver a three-minute recorded address on the coronavirus outbreak in an ad on network television Sunday night, according to his presidential campaign. The move is an effort to draw a direct contrast with President Trump and present Mr. Bloomberg as the best Democratic alternative.
It was not immediately clear how much of Mr. Bloomberg’s personal fortune he spent on the elevated platform. The ad is set to air around 8:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS and NBC, and media executives estimated that it could cost the campaign $1.25 million to $3 million, depending on whether the networks charged a premium for a last-minute purchase.
Before its scheduled airing, the Bloomberg campaign released the video of his remarks, pitching it as an “unprecedented candidate address.”
“At times like this, it is the job of the president to reassure the public that he or she is taking all the steps necessary to protect the health and well-being of every citizen,” Mr. Bloomberg says in the recorded address.
“The public wants to know their leader is trained, informed and respected,” he says. “When a problem arises, they want someone in charge who can marshal facts and expertise to confront the problem.”

Xi Jinping says China must do better.
China’s initial response to the coronavirus epidemic was marred by policy stumbles that fueled public anger, the nation’s leader, Xi Jinping, said in published speech excerpts that laid out his ideas for strengthening the country’s defenses against such outbreaks.
Mr. Xi’s comments, drawn from two internal speeches that he made in February, were published on Saturday in Qiushi, or “Seeking Truth,” the ruling Communist Party’s leading journal. They seemed intended to highlight the policy and legal changes that Mr. Xi intends to push to confront the epidemic.
Those include banning the trade in wildlife that scientists believe may have let the coronavirus jump from animals into the human population; more effective monitoring of potential epidemics; and stronger coordination to direct emergency medical supplies when an outbreak happens.
While praising the Chinese government’s response to the crisis, Mr. Xi also acknowledged problems, using blunter language than he had in previous public comments on the epidemic.
“Some localities and departments were at a loss in how to react to this sudden epidemic,” Mr. Xi said. “Some protective measures went through abrupt changes, and in some areas there was even lawless and criminal conduct that seriously impeded containing the epidemic, and there was public dissatisfaction about this.”
Mr. Xi did not elaborate on what he meant by criminal conduct. Chinese news media outlets have reported cases of officials neglecting stricken families, as well as crude, unhygienic efforts to transfer patients.
After more than a month of emergency measures that have locked down cities, towns and villages, and shut down much transportation, commerce and industry, China appears to be taming the new coronavirus that emerged late last year in Wuhan, a city in the country’s center. On Saturday, China officially recorded 573 new infections, and another 35 deaths, from the virus.

One notable thing was what Mr. Xi did not say.
Many Chinese people, including health experts, have said that the epidemic illustrated the risks to public health created by official censorship, which early in the epidemic led to doctors being silenced by the authorities after they discussed the outbreak with colleagues. One of those doctors, Li Wenliang, himself died from the virus, making him into a martyr-like symbol of the costs of speaking out.
But Mr. Xi gave no indication that loosening censorship was on his agenda. The government, he said, would continue to crack down on “concocting and spreading rumors” — the accusation that the police in Wuhan leveled against Dr. Li.
Reporting was contributed by Sheri Fink, Choe Sang-hun, Motoko Rich, Knvul Sheikh, Alissa J. Rubin, Mike Baker, Michael Crowley, Keith Bradsher, Raymond Zhong, Iliana Magra, Tess Felder, Norimitsu Onishi, Noah Weiland, Mihir Zaveri and Mitch Smith.


The Coronavirus Outbreak
Answers to your most common questions:

Feb. 26, 2020
What is a coronavirus?
It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to more dangerous conditions like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.

How worried should I be?

New outbreaks in Asia, Europe and the Middle East are renewing fears of a global pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned this week that Americans
should brace for the likelihood that the virus will spread to the United States.
How do I keep myself and others safe?

Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.
What if I’m traveling?
The C.D.C. has warned older and at-risk travelers to avoid Japan, Italy and Iran. The agency also has advised against all nonessential travel to South Korea and China.
How can I prepare for a possible outbreak?
Keep a 30-day supply of essential medicines. Get a flu shot. Have essential household items on hand. Have a support system in place for elderly family members.
Where has the virus spread?
The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has sickened more than 80,000 people in at least 33 countries, including Italy, Iran and South Korea.
How contagious is the virus?
According to preliminary research, it seems moderately infectious, similar to SARS, and is probably transmitted through sneezes, coughs and contaminated surfaces. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures.
Who is working to contain the virus?
World Health Organization officials have been working with officials in China, where growth has slowed. But this week, as confirmed cases spiked on two continents, experts warned that the world was not ready for a major outbreak.

Maher: Trump Is ‘Going to Declare
Martial Law’ over Coronavirus
IAN HANCHETT
28 Feb 2020

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On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that when the coronavirus outbreak becomes severe, President Trump is “going to declare martial law.”
Maher said, “Now since Trump, I think, is not going to leave anyway, might as well run Bernie. He’s not. And by the way, when the virus gets bad, he’s going to declare martial law. Watch that.”
Maher added, “That could happen. That could totally happen.”
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MARTIAL LAW HOW YOU WILL BE AFFECTED
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There is much speculation about martial law being imposed in the EU following government / mainstream media over-hyping the corona virus outbreak. Yet, in China, infection rates have dropped significantly.  All hospitals built to respond to the virus have been closed. Staff are celebrating (RT March 10, 2020)
Here in the West however, life can be whatever passes for normal at suppertime but one can wake up in a police state. There are clear signs that government, aided by mainstream media, is using the artificial crisis as a firecracker to stampede and contain the their citizens.
The first thing that happens isn’t actually written down. In the run-up to social upheaval or the prospect of Martial Law, people freeze like rabbits caught in the glare of an approaching car’s headlights.
Martial Law is self-imposed. Consciously or subconsciously people pull their heads in. All semblances of ordinary communications are suspended. Organisations, that could be helpful, find their oxygen is cut off by a drop in donations and across the board support. Government overreacts and so do the timid.  The regime is already getting its way without lifting an eyelid.
In the event of civil disorder or even in anticipation of counter-reaction, now in France, Italy and Spain, public gatherings are limited and travel restrictions are imposed.
As in China, the internet and its traffic will be restricted to citizens who have proved their support for the regime. Access to social media will be restricted. This is already happening as social media remove the accounts of tens of millions of potentially anti-globalist users. Blogs, news platforms like The Ethnic European will be taken down.
It is not possible to predict exactly what restrictions will be imposed under Martial Law. This will vary from country to country, region to region.
Is there a template to be drawn upon as to what martial law or ‘a state of emergency’ means or might mean for ordinary citizens?
Martial Law, State of Emergency or The Special Powers Act gives authorities the power to limit public rallies and curb the media.
Usually, under Martial Law curfews are introduced, civil rights are suspended and military law often extended to include the general public. This will include curfews, travel restr
Martial Law was imposed in mainland Britain during both World Wars. Until 1972, a large part of the British Isles, Northern Ireland was subject to Martial Law.  The crackdown was dubbed the State of Emergency. A rose by any other name is a Deadly Nightshade. Many will be surprised that the following applied in the British Isles until Martial Law remained in place until 1972.

Arrest without warrant.
Imprison without charge or trial: deny recourse to habeas corpus or court of law.
Enter and search homes without warrant; with force, day or night.
Declare a curfew. Prohibit meetings, assemblies (including fairs and markets) and processions.
Permit punishment by flogging.
Deny claim to a trial by jury.
Arrest persons if desired to act as witnesses. Forcibly detain then and compel them, under penalties, even if answers incriminate them. Such a person is guilty of an offence if he refuses to be sworn or answer a question.
Do any act involving interference with the rights of private property.
Prevent access of relatives or legal advisers to a person imprisoned without trial.

Prohibit the holders of an inquest after a person’s death.
Arrest a person who ‘by word of mouth’ spreads false reports or makes false statements. (Such are interpreted by the government, i.e. the Police).
Prohibit the circulation of any newspaper. (Blog, News Platform).
Prohibit the possession of any film or gramophone record.
Arrest a person who does anything ‘calculated to be prejudicial to the preservation of peace and not specifically provided for in the regulations. (As the regime sees fit to interpret such acts).

This is the British Special Powers Act 1922 – 1972 Northern Ireland which was not repealed until 1972. This is what Martial Law looks like red in tooth and claw.
Is Martial Law the solution? The Troubles in what was essentially British territory involved numerous riots, mass protests and acts of civil disobedience, and led to segregation and the creation of no-go areas. More than 3,500 people were killed in the conflict, of which 52% were civilians, 32% were members of the British security forces, and 16% were members of paramilitary groups. Like this story? Share it with others.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom: 56% of Calif. could get infected[Business Insider]
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom: 56% of Calif. could get infected
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Mar 19th 2020 8:31PM
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday that 56% of people living in California — about 25.5 million people — could contract the coronavirus in the next eight weeks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The projection was included in a letter sent to President Donald Trump asking that a Navy hospital ship be sent to Los Angeles to help with the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19. 
"This resource will help decompress the health care delivery system to allow the Los Angeles region to ensure that it has the ability to address critical acute care needs, such as heart attacks and strokes or vehicle accidents," Newsom wrote in the letter as reported by the Chronicle.
There are 978 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, with 19 deaths. California has been among the states hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak.

It also has a sizable homeless population. Those living on the streets are more at risk of contracting infectious diseases, such as the coronavirus. Newsom also said Wednesday that more than 60,000 of the state's 100,000-plus homeless community could be among those infected in the next two months.
On Wednesday, the governor also told the California National Guard to prepare for potential activation into local communities to help with the coronavirus outbreak.

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The Coronavirus Man-Made - 5G Connection and Coverup
By Makia Freeman - February 24, 2020

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AT A GLANCE... THE STORY:
The China Coronavirus COVID-19 rose to public attention late December 2019, but certain events October 2019 either planned for or precipitated it – such as the rollout of 5G in Wuhan.
THE IMPLICATIONS:
What is the coronavirus-5G connection? Is this bioweapon an excuse for mandatory vaccination, including DNA vaccines, which can be injected using a technique very similar to the EMF pulsed waves of 5G

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​​Coronavirus  Man-Made
The same action that 5G technology uses in pulsed waves and the coronavirus was reported to have started in an area in China that had rolled out 5G technology!
“[T]he same action that 5G technology uses in pulsed waves and the coronavirus was reported to have started in an area in China that had rolled out 5G technology! So we can see how geneticists using scientists are tampering with the building blocks of our existence and what is disturbing is that Prof Wiener is a HIV pioneer and we know that soon after the Polio vaccines were given to millions in Africa that HIV emerged. They have perfected the art of injecting animal or bird DNA into human chromosomes which alters our DNA and causes things like haemorrhaging, fever, cancers and even death.”

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10 Things to Know for TodayThe Associated Press
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Conflicting statements from Chinese government regarding scope and spread of coronavirus prove Beijing’s Communist leaders are lying
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(Natural News) China’s Communist government tightly — and by that we mean completely — controls the flow of information into and out of the country.
That means there is no such thing as a “free press” in China, only the semblance of an ‘independent’ media that is regularly spoon-fed whatever information the government wants to divulge.
This authoritarian ‘media’ system works both ways: Not only do the Communists control what information is released, they also control what information is not released. 
And, we are learning when it comes to the government’s statements regarding the coronavirus outbreak, Beijing’s leaders are having a difficult time keeping their stories straight, which, political analysts note, is a really good indication that they are lying to the world (and their own people).
As reported Wednesday by The Epoch Times, Chinese state media released two different reports Feb. 3 that made contradictory statements regarding the supply of diagnostic kits for the “novel coronavirus.”
According to one report, “At State Council’s press conference on Feb, 3, Tian Yulong, chief engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, announced that by Feb. 1, the daily output of the diagnosis kits had reached 773,000, which is 40 times the number of suspected patients. Therefore, China’s medical facilities now have a sufficient supply of diagnosis kits.”
But the other report quoted one medical expert as claiming that there is actually a shortage of diagnostic kits in Wuhan City, where the coronavirus outbreak began.
“Li Lanjuan, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and one of the medical experts at the National Health Commission, led a team to Wuhan to engage in the rescue work,” the report said. “In an interview with China Central TV (CCTV) on Feb. 3, Li said that there is currently a shortage of diagnosis kits in Wuhan. Therefore, not everyone [who exhibits symptoms of the novel coronavirus] can receive the diagnostic test.”
The conflicting reports indicate that the number of “suspected coronavirus patients” is actually much higher than the government’s official figures, The Epoch Times reported.


Maintaining legitimacy is more important than keeping citizens alive
The site noted further: 

Also, the key issue is that many suspected patients are intentionally turned away by hospitals. Those who have not been confirmed will not be given a hospital bed, and they will not be counted into the official figures. If they die undiagnosed, they will not be counted in the death toll or fatality rate, either.
The site noted further that “many patients” perished before they were actually diagnosed with the infection, and that includes Huangshi City Mayor Yang Xiaobo. Officials said he “died from severe pneumonia,” but that’s not accurate, according to reports.
Observers claimed that if this retired high-ranking official was not confirmed to have had the virus by doctors, it’s a sure bet that ordinary citizens won’t be given the opportunity to prove their illness via testing.
In a separate report, Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, noted that Chinese government officials may be keeping two sets of pandemic numbers, as ‘leaked’ infection figures put it at 154,000 victims and deaths approaching 25,000 — far higher than official numbers. 
Zero Hedge reported, “As Taiwan [News] reports in a report first spotted by user @TheHKGroup, over the weekend, Tencent ‘seems to have inadvertently released what is potentially the actual number of infections and deaths, which were astronomically higher than official figures,’ and were far closer to the catastrophic epidemic projections made by Jonathan Read.”
Taiwan News added, “Netizens also noticed that each time the screen with the large numbers appears, it shows a comparison with the previous day’s data which demonstrates a ‘reasonable’ incremental increase, much like comparisons of official numbers. This has led some netizens to speculate that Tencent has two sets of data, the real data and ‘processed’ data.” 
So, why fake the numbers? Because the Chinese Communists fear losing the truth and support of the people more than they fear a few thousand deaths from a virus Beijing obviously has not yet figured out how to contain.

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Head of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Tests Positive for Coronavirus


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Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is one of the most prominent U.S. officials to have contracted the virus.[Rick Cotton, who had been overseeing the Port Authority’s response to the virus, has self-quarantined at his home and will be working remotely, the governor said.]
Rick Cotton, who had been overseeing the Port Authority’s response to the virus, has self-quarantined at his home and will be working remotely, the governor said.Credit...Scott Heins/Getty Images

By Matthew Haag and Patrick McGeehan

March 9, 2020

Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the region’s major airports, bridges, tunnels and bus terminals, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced on Monday.

Mr. Cotton is one of the most prominent public officials in the United States to have contracted the virus.

Mr. Cuomo said that Mr. Cotton, who had been overseeing the Port Authority’s response to the virus, had self-quarantined at his home and would be working remotely.THE LATEST
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“He has been at the airports, obviously, when many people were coming back with the virus,” Mr. Cuomo said at a news conference. Mr. Cuomo suggested that Mr. Cotton might have been infected as part of his work on behalf of the authority at Kennedy International Airport, noting that it “was one of the main airports for people coming in on those overseas flights.”

Reached at his New York City apartment on Monday morning, Mr. Cotton, who is in his mid-70s, said that he had no obvious symptoms of the virus but declined to comment further. “I’m in self-quarantine at home at the moment,” he said.

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His wife, Elizabeth W. Smith, who is the president of the Central Park Conservancy, has also tested positive for the virus and was working from home, a spokeswoman for the organization said on Monday afternoon.
“She was tested after experiencing mild symptoms over the weekend,” the spokeswoman said. “As a precaution, a dozen members of Smith’s administrative team are also self-quarantined for two weeks. No other staff has tested positive for the virus.”


The Central Park Conservancy is a nonprofit that helps renovate and refurbish the 843-acre park in Manhattan.
The Cottons are now among the 142 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State, which has some of the highest number of cases in the country, many of them concentrated in suburban areas of New York City. Thousands of students were not in class on Monday as school districts and colleges, including Columbia and Hofstra Universities, tried to limit the coronavirus outbreak.

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Mr. Cotton decided to have himself tested for the coronavirus after learning that someone he knows outside the Port Authority had tested positive for it, according to a colleague who talked to Mr. Cotton on Monday.
He received the result of his test on Sunday night, said the colleague who did not have clearance to discuss the matter publicly beyond what was in the agency’s statement.
Mr. Cotton had not visited any of the Port Authority’s airports or other public facilities in the last few days. He worked at his office in the World Trade Center on Friday and met with some members of his staff there that night.
Some of those staff members were isolating themselves at home on Monday, but none were sick, Port Authority officials said. Senior officials who had worked near him were being tested for the coronavirus, the governor said.
A Port Authority spokeswoman said that agency employees who were in “close contact with him in recent days” were also working from home on Monday. She did not say how many employees that involved.
Mr. Cotton also attended a breakfast on Thursday morning at the Modern, a restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan. Known as the Excellence in Transportation breakfast, it is an annual event hosted by the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University.
A spokeswoman for Union Square Hospitality, which operates The Modern, said that out of “an abundance of caution,” the restaurant would be closed on Monday evening for a “deep cleaning to fully sanitize the restaurant” before reopening on Tuesday.
Mitchell L. Moss, the director of the Rudin Center, said that Mr. Cotton was one of several prominent transportation officials in attendance, including Patrick J. Foye, the chairman and chief executive of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Polly Trottenberg, the city’s transportation commissioner.
Mr. Foye, whose agency operates New York City’s subways and buses, said on Monday that he had not met Mr. Cotton in person “in some time.”
“By all indicators, he appears to be in great health,” Mr. Foye said at a news conference.
New York state’s health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, said the “Department of Health has determined that the earliest possible date of concern for transmission was Friday,” according to a statement provided by Dani Lever, a spokeswoman for Mr. Cuomo.
Mr. Moss said he learned of Mr. Cotton’s positive test only after Mr. Cuomo’s announcement, which led to a flood of calls and texts to Mr. Moss’s phone. He said he and his staff were working from home on Monday as a precaution, but that he did not know of anyone else who attended the breakfast who was sick or had tested positive for the virus.
Mr. Moss said the news about Mr. Cotton should not scare commuters or travelers who use the Port Authority’s facilities because Mr. Cotton was the chief executive of the agency that runs them, not an operational manager.
“He’s the executive director,” Mr. Moss said. “He’s not collecting the tolls, he’s not piloting the planes and he’s certainly not driving the buses into the Port Authority.”
The broadcast journalist Katie Couric said on Monday that she saw Mr. Cotton on Saturday, the day before he received the results.
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Ms. Couric said in an email that she saw Mr. Cotton on the street in the morning in a chance encounter. She said they had a short conversation but did not touch.
Given their brief encounter, Ms. Couric said, her doctor and state and federal health officials told her she likely had a “very low risk” of getting the virus and did not need to self-quarantine.
Nonetheless, she said, she would work from home the next several days and watch for possible symptoms.
“Their instructions were to continue practicing good hygiene, and to simply monitor my health,” Ms. Couric said.
Mr. Cotton had worked as a lawyer for about two decades at NBC Universal, where Ms. Couric was a longtime host of NBC’s “Today” show. She said they were longtime friends.
Some members of Mr. Cotton’s staff learned of his test results just before Mr. Cuomo made the announcement. It was not clear how many of them would be tested or how many had been quarantined.
“I could have been in contact with Rick Cotton,” the governor said, who added that he had not tested positive for it.
The Port Authority operates the New York City area’s major airports — including La Guardia, Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International Airports — and employs more than 7,000 people.
La Guardia is not an international airport like Kennedy, which is the primary gateway to New York City for international visitors and travelers.
Mr. Cotton, a friend and ally of the governor, has run the agency since 2017. Mr. Cuomo appointed him to the position.
Mr. Cotton’s office is in the headquarters of the Port Authority at 4 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, the office complex that the agency built and rebuilt after it was destroyed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Christina Goldbaum and Jesse McKinley contributed reporting.

Matthew Haag covers the intersection of real estate and politics in the New York region. He previously was a general assignment and breaking news reporter at The Times and worked as an education reporter at The Dallas Morning News. @matthewhaag
Patrick McGeehan writes about transportation and infrastructure for the Metro section. He has been a reporter for the Times since 1999 and has covered Wall Street, executive pay, transportation, the New York City economy and New Jersey. @NYTpatrick

A top federal health official gave lawmakers a stark warning on Wednesday that the coronavirus would continue to spread in the United States, and said that fans should be barred from big gatherings like National Basketball Association games.
“The bottom line: It is going to get worse,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the House Oversight Committee.
“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” he added. “If that means not having any people in the audience as the N.B.A. plays, so be it.”
Dr. Fauci sought to rebut the claim — repeated often by President Trump — that the coronavirus was no worse than the flu.
“People always say, ‘Well, the flu does this, the flu does that.’ The flu has a mortality of 0.1 percent. This has a mortality of 10 times that,” Dr. Fauci said.
A supply shortage is looming that could keep laboratories around the United States from meeting the ballooning demand for coronavirus testing.
For weeks, doctors and labs have complained that there weren’t nearly enough test kits to take samples from all the patients who showed signs of infection. That shortfall is easing after a botched rollout, but is not over.
Laboratories warn that they are running low on supplies used to extract viral RNA from nasal swabs — supplies that are not included in the kits.
Some lab directors have also had trouble getting the virus samples needed to validate their tests. And many are worried about a possible shortage of reagents, the chemicals used in the tests.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that labs could test one swab per patient, rather than two, cutting the chemical demand in half.
Qiagen, a major manufacturer of the RNA extraction kits, said in a statement this week that it was increasing production in sites in Germany, Spain and Maryland.
The C.D.C. and the Food and Drug Administration have said they are aware of potential shortages and are monitoring supplies, but it is not clear what they might do to address the problems.

BREAKING NOW: SCIENTISTS CONFIRM CORONAVIRUS MAN-MADE…CONTAINS ‘PSHUTTLE-SN’ SEQUENCE PROVING LABORATORY ORIGIN
Experts believe may be Chinese vaccine experiment gone wrong — watch & share this link!
BREAKING NOW: SCIENTISTS CONFIRM CORONAVIRUS MAN-MADE…CONTAINS ‘PSHUTTLE-SN’ SEQUENCE PROVING LABORATORY ORIGIN
Experts believe may be Chinese vaccine experiment gone wrong — watch & share this link

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Alex Jones breaks down a scientific study showing how the coronavirus has “key structural proteins” of HIV, indicating the virus is man-made and was developed in a laboratory setting

Original article by Mike Adams of Natural News appears below:
Two days ago, a paper published in the Biorxiv.org journal presented findings that indicated the coronavirus appeared to be engineered with “key structural proteins” of HIV. The paper, entitled, “Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120
and Gag,” concluded that the engineering of coronavirus with such gene sequences was “unlikely to be fortuitous in nature,” providing strong scientific support for the theory that the coronavirus is an engineered bioweapon that escaped laboratory containment in China.

The coverage of this paper by Zero Hedge led to a firestorm of denials by governments, health authorities and the CIA-controlled media, not surprisingly. Any suggestion that the coronavirus was engineered as a bioweapon had to be immediately eliminated. The prevailing panic by the establishment sought to blame this outbreak on Mother Nature — i.e. bats, snakes, seafood, etc. — rather than the human beings who are playing around with deadly biological weapons that are designed to extinguish human life.
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Breaking Now: Scientists Confirm Coronavirus Man-Made…Contains ‘pShuttle-SN’ Sequence Proving Laboratory Origin
Experts believe may be Chinese vaccine experiment gone wrong -- watch & share this link!
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Within hours, Twitter slapped down a permanent ban on Zero Hedge, making sure the independent publisher could no longer reach its Twitter audience. After all, the first casualty in any pandemic is the truth, and Jack Dorsey is not only an enabler of pedophiles and child rapists, he’s also an authoritarian tyrant who wants to make sure the public is completely isolated from any “non official” reports about this pandemic. (Jack Dorsey has sided with communist China, in other words. Is anyone surprised?)
Under the intense pressure, the authors of the original paper have now withdrawn the paper and intend to revise it. The publication that originally carried the paper now has a warning message stating, “This article has been withdrawn. Click here for details.” (See original source link here.)
In addition, the publisher has posted a message warning that all the science papers it posts as “preliminary reports” that “should not be regarded as conclusive,” especially when the science establishment is panicked that its official narratives might be crumbling by the hour.
No doubt the authors of this particular paper have been sufficiently threatened to revise their conclusions, and an update of their original paper will soon be posted that effectively denounces everything they stated in the original paper. The criminal wing of the science establishment strikes again, of course, and this tactic of threatening scientists with loss of funding, being blacklisted or even physically threatened and killed is not unusual at all. The CDC, NIH and even the EPA have long histories of threatening scientists with being harmed or killed if they don’t fall in line with the prevailing lies of the establishment. In some cases, they’ve even imprisoned scientists for fraud after those individuals refused to retract their papers. This has been especially common in research areas such as HIV / AIDS, pandemics and vaccines. Any scientist who finds fault with the establishment is destroyed, imprisoned or murdered.
In fact, I’ve interviewed one of the science victims of this, named Judy Mikovits, PhD. Watch my full interview here, but keep reading below first, because there’s a lot more to this story that will shock you:

PSHUTTLE-SN SEQUENCE PROVES THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WAS DEFINITELY ENGINEERED IN A LAB
Now, stunning new evidence has emerged that proves the coronavirus was definitely engineered in a laboratory and may have been deliberately injected into patients as part of a Chinese vaccine experiment gone wrong.
As detailed by James Lyons-Weiler, PhD, founder of the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge and author of 57 peer-reviewed publications, an analysis of the gene sequence for the coronavirus finds a peculiar sequence called “pShuttle-SN.” This sequence is is the remnant of a genetic engineering sequence that’s used to insert genes into viruses and bacteria. It provides irrefutable “open source” proof that the coronavirus now circulating in the wild was engineered in a laboratory. Every lab that has the gene sequence can see this for themselves. It’s right out in the open, which is why we describe this revelation as “open source.”
“One thing we can say for certain is that this particular virus has a laboratory origin,” states Lyons-Weiler in a bombshell interview with Del Bigtree of The Highwire (see video below, via Brighteon.com, since the video would be banned everywhere else).
This genomic evidence does not, however, prove whether it was produced as a bioweapon or as a vaccine experiment. It could be either one, according to Lyons-Weiler:
In fact, if you then take that sequence and compare it to other proteins, we find that it’s actually a SARS protein that was put into a coronavirus for the purpose of making the vaccine work better. That’s why this element is in there, to create a more reactogenic vaccine.
There’s bombshell after bombshell in this interview, especially at the 27:59 and 33:57 marks. Watch it exclusively at Brighteon.com, given that this information is of course being banned everywhere else by the anti-human tech giants, all of which are now siding with communist China to cover up the truth:

IF IT WAS A VACCINE EXPERIMENT GONE WRONG, THEN THE WORLD IS IN REAL TROUBLE, WARNS ANALYST
Why does it matter whether the origin was a Chinese vaccine experiment vs. a bioweapon? As previous research has revealed, when these SARS insertions into the coronavirus are introduced into animal as part of a vaccine, they create heightened fatalities when patients are exposed to other coronavirus strains.
In effect, being vaccinated with this particular strain of coronavirus causes individuals to be more easily killed by the common cold and other non-pandemic coronavirus strains that are circulating in the wild.


This is confirmed in the following science paper published in the PLoS ONE science journal: Immunization with SARS Coronavirus Vaccines Leads to Pulmonary Immunopathology on Challenge with the SARS Virus.
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Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Will Suspend Travel From Europe; N.B.A. Is Pausing Season After Player Gets Virus


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Financial markets plunged; Italy ordered nearly all businesses to close; and the World Health Organization declared a pandemic as the virus spread.

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President Trump said he would suspend most travel from Europe starting Friday. The 30-day restriction will not apply to U.S. permanent residents and will not affect travel from Britain.
Here’s what you need to know:
President Trump says restricting travel from Europe is necessary.
The N.B.A. suspends its season after a player gets the virus.
Italy orders businesses to close, tightening its lockdown.
Stocks plunge as world leaders grope for an economic response.
Tom Hanks says he and his wife have the coronavirus.
New York City postpones its St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


This is a global pandemic, the W.H.O. says.
President Trump says restricting travel from Europe is necessary.
President Trump announced on Wednesday night that he was taking action to stem the spread of the coronavirus by suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days, beginning on Friday. The restrictions do not apply to Britain, he said.
Speaking from the Oval Office, Mr. Trump also said health insurance companies had agreed to extend insurance coverage to cover coronavirus treatments as well as waive related co-payments.
Mr. Trump added that he planned to soon announce emergency action to provide financial relief for workers who fall ill or need to be quarantined. He said he would ask Congress to take legislative action to extend that relief but did not detail what that would be. He said he would instruct the Treasury Department to “defer tax payments without interest or penalties for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted.”
The president, sitting behind the Resolute Desk with his arms crossed, finally appeared to be acknowledging the severity of the virus, calling it a “horrible infection” and acknowledging that Americans should cut back on travel that was not necessary.
It signaled a break from the business-as-usual attitude he had been trying to project as recently as Tuesday, when he urged Americans to “stay calm” and said the virus would soon go away. But Mr. Trump continued to anticipate a fast end date to the spread of the coronavirus, even as medical experts have warned that the pandemic will worsen.

“This is not a financial crisis,” he said. “This is just a temporary moment in time that we will overcome as a nation and a world.”
The address capped a day when concerns about the threat of the virus seemed to reach a new pitch and measures to protect vulnerable populations began to upend regular life across the country. Many schools announced they would close indefinitely, some nursing homes banned visitors, and workplaces across the country urged their employees to work from home.

The N.B.A. suspends its season after a player gets the virus.

The N.B.A. will suspend its season after a Utah Jazz player was found to have tested positive for the coronavirus, the league announced on Wednesday. The league said the suspension would take effect after the completion of Wednesday’s schedule.
In Oklahoma City, a game between the Thunder and the Jazz was seconds away from starting when the Thunder’s head medical staffer sprinted onto the court to talk to referees. Players from both teams then left for their locker rooms.
Earlier Wednesday, the N.C.A.A. announced that its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments — the grandest annual exhibition in U.S. college sports — will be played with “only essential staff and limited family attendance.”
“While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how Covid-19 is progressing in the United States,” Mark Emmert, the N.C.A.A. president, said in a statement.
The move will allow the games to go on for the benefit of television audiences, but in a dramatically different playing atmosphere that is certain to change the tenor of the tournaments.

Italy orders businesses to close, tightening its lockdown.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy on Wednesday ordered almost all businesses nationwide to close as infections and deaths from the new coronavirus continued to soar, two days after he announced stringent travel restrictions.
Pharmacies, grocery stores, banks and public transit will be allowed to operate, but any other commercial enterprise that is not vital — restaurants, bars, most stores, cafes, beauty salons — must close to limit the contagion, Mr. Conte said in an evening address to the nation.
Italy had already imposed controls unlike anything seen in a modern democracy, banning public gatherings and telling a nation of 60 million people to halt travel except for work or emergencies. But in Italy and across Europe, the epidemic has spread at a speed that has left countries scrambling to come up with containment plans.
Mr. Conte did not say when the new order would go into effect, but many businesses had already closed, either based on their own judgments or in expectation of a government decree.
“If the numbers keep going up, which is not at all improbable,” Mr. Conte said, it would mean not that new measures were needed, but that Italians should stick to those already imposed. “We must be lucid, measured, rigorous, responsible.”

The benefits of Italy’s sacrifice will not be seen for weeks, he warned.
Italy reported more than 2,300 new cases on Wednesday, driving its total to more than 12,000, with 827 deaths — the second-worst outbreak in the world, after China. Italy has more than half the cases in Europe.
Across Europe, the number of confirmed infections jumped by almost a quarter from Tuesday to Wednesday, reaching more than 22,000.

Stocks plunge as world leaders grope for an economic response.
The floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 6 percent on Wednesday, bringing an end to an 11-year bull market.Credit...Richard Drew/Associated Press
The coronavirus outbreak ended one of the longest winning streaks in the financial markets’ history on Wednesday, as major stock indexes plunged and global policymakers grappled with the growing economic crisis.
The widely followed S&P 500 was off nearly 5 percent for the day, and the Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 6 percent, putting it more than 20 percent below its peak in February — the threshold for a bear market.
The full economic toll of the outbreak will not be clear for months. But there is mounting evidence that it will be severe.

Airlines are warning of empty planes and huge financial losses. A sharp drop in oil prices is threatening to put energy companies out of business and thousands of American drillers out of work. Supply-chain bottlenecks are forcing factories around the world to cut output, even as a slump in consumer confidence is raising doubts that there will be demand for their goods once production resumes.
Policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic appeared unwilling or unable to mount an aggressive response to the crisis. A rate cut by the Federal Reserve last week failed to calm financial markets. A similar move by the Bank of England on Wednesday was equally ineffectual.
Governments in Europe were struggling to manage their budgets even before the virus struck, limiting their ability to spend heavily to keep their economies afloat. The United States was on fairly firm economic footing before the virus hit, with low unemployment and strong consumer spending — but cracks were already showing. The trade war with China hurt manufacturers and farmers, leaving the economy even more dependent on consumer spending.
As recently as a week ago, few economists thought a recession was likely. Most thought that any damage from the virus would be brief, and that the economy would experience a sharp, “V-shaped” recovery. Forecasts have become significantly gloomier, however, as the virus has spread in the United States and as the effects around the world have become more pronounced.
Britain’s government promised nearly $39 billion in stimulus to its economy on Wednesday, including about $6.5 billion for the country’s frayed National Health Service and other public bodies. The government’s crisis committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss social distancing strategies for tackling the virus, which could mean more people working from home, school closures and restrictions on large-scale gatherings.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announced about $2.8 billion in spending to counter the economic fallout. Israel has imposed a mandatory 14-day isolation of anyone entering the country, abruptly choking off tourism

Tom Hanks says he and his wife have the coronavirus.
The Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks announced on Wednesday night that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Mr. Hanks, 63, is one of the most famous celebrities to contract the virus that has spread throughout the globe.
Mr. Hanks, who is in Australia to film a movie about the life of Elvis Presley, wrote that he and Ms. Wilson, also an actor, had gotten tested after feeling tired with body aches and feverish temperatures. The couple will remain isolated for as long as public health requires, Mr. Hanks wrote.
“Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?” Mr. Hanks wrote in the statement, which was accompanied by a photograph of a lone medical glove in a hazardous waste container.
Hanks is playing the role of Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s eccentric manager, who groomed the famous singer to stardom in the 1950s. Production on the film, which is being directed by Baz Luhrmann, is set to begin filming on Monday.

Australia has had more than 120 cases confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday.
New York City postpones its St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest such celebration in the world, was postponed on Wednesday night over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
The announcement, made by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, follows the cancellation of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago and Boston. On Monday, Ireland canceled all parades nationwide.
The parade, traditionally held on March 17, draws an estimated 150,000 marchers and two million spectators a year to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, including many police and military groups, firefighters, Irish musicians and student groups from across the United States. It is one of the city’s largest recurring public events.

This is a global pandemic, the W.H.O. says.
Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Spread of the Outbreak
The virus has infected more than 126,100 people in at least 110 countries.

Health care workers transported a patient Saturday at Life Care Center of Kirkland, a nursing home in Washington State. Dozens of people there have shown symptoms of respiratory illness, officials said.Credit...Grant Hindsley for The New York Times

U.S. virus death toll climbs to 6 as crisis eases in China

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the coronavirus has infected the global supply chains that connect manufacturers and consumers. 

CDC “Intelligence Officer,” anthrax researcher and African vaccine deployment expert openly admits the coronavirus pandemic is beyond control and will spread globallyBy Mike Adams- February 9, 202
https://www.dcclothesline.com/2020/02/09/cdc-intelligence-officer-anthrax-researcher-and-african-vaccine-deployment-expert-openly-admits-the-coronavirus-pandemic-is-beyond-control-and-will-spread-globally/

(Natural News) As the totally discredited mainstream media continues to pretend that the coronavirus pandemic isn’t real, the truth is starting to emerge from establishment scientists who are warning the world that this outbreak cannot be contained.
One of those individuals is Nancy Messonnier. She works for the CDC and previously served as an “Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer” with the Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases (DDID) under the CDC. (The current director is Dr. Jay C. Butler, see CDC description here.)
Messonnier was recently quoted in a Bloomberg News article, stating, “We are preparing as if this were the next pandemic,” and reiterating that it, “would be impossible” to fully contain the virus and prevent the outbreak from spreading. Word-for-word, from Bloomberg:
Total containment isn’t in the cards, said Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “Given the nature of this virus and how it’s spreading, that would be impossible. Our goal is to slow this thing down… We are preparing as if this were the next pandemic.”

Notably, this quote contradicts the official denials being aggressively pushed by the CDC, WHO and the totally dishonest, anti-human mainstream media. According to those “authoritative sources,” the coronavirus pandemic is no big deal, is completely under control, and poses no threat to western nations. Anyone who contradicts that official narrative is immediately branded a “conspiracy source.”
It begs the question: Why is Nancy Messonnier admitting the truth that nearly all other “official” sources are denying?
The job history of Messonnier reveals a fascinating theory that might explain all this. Let’s take a look…
Messonnier is a product of the military wing of the CDC, with a history of working in the areas of biological weapons and mass vaccination programs in Africa

We’re not saying that Messonnier is a bad person with evil intent, but Messonnier is a product of the military wing of the CDC. Her previous title was “Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer” with the Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases (DDID). If that sounds like a military branch, that’s because it is. The entire CDC is essentially a military operation, and CDC officials wear full blown military uniforms and follow a military code of conduct.

The very existence of the CDC is wildly unconstitutional, of course. The CDC claims the authoritative power to medically kidnap anyone at any time (see their justification under law, here) and yet no one at the CDC answers to the American voters. The head of the CDC is not elected, and voters have no power to recall anyone at the CDC who might be corrupt or a danger to the public. This doesn’t mean everyone at the CDC is evil. Like most corrupt, anti-human organization, the CDC is organized with oblivious low-level and mid-level workers who are isolated from the anti-human agenda of the top-level operators who are driven by pure evil and an intense desire to extinguish human life.
Messonnier appears to be one of the isolated, mid-level scientists who no doubt believes she’s trying to help humanity and just carry out good science in the public interest. Here’s a CDC photo of Messonnier, wearing civilian clothes. She looks friendly enough:

As Messonnier’s profile page explains, she was part of the anthrax bioweapons deployment response that Francis Boyle says was a U.S. government biological warfare weapons research program involving the deep state’s release of anthrax in America:

Dr. Messonnier also has been a leader in CDC’s preparedness and response to anthrax, including during the 2001 intentional anthrax release and in evaluating simplified schedules for use of licensed anthrax vaccine.
That same page also describes her work with the CDC in Africa, where vaccines have been used as depopulation weapons for decades, in an attempt to reduce the world population and use Africans as human guinea pigs to determine which vaccines cause the most severe infertility and spontaneous abortions. See this bombshell article on WHO-approved vaccines used in Kenya being found to contain infertility chemicals, and the Kenyan Catholic Bishops Association sounding the alarm. Also see this exclusive Natural News article on how scientists tried to spike food exports with infertility chemicals in the 1970s, during the Richard Nixon administration, as confirmed by the New York Times. Nixon’s science advisor Lee DuBridge was part of that effort, and their goal was to export food to Africa that would cause mass infertility across the continent.
Scientists like Messonnier are typically lied to by the higher-ups, so it’s likely that Messonnier has no idea what’s really in the vaccines or why the “science establishment” has been trying to achieve global depopulation for decades. She probably thinks she’s helping people while she’s actually running a program that’s working to exterminate them. (Actually, in the minds of most mainstream scientists, “helping” people and “exterminating” people is the same thing. Many believe that reducing human population is the way to save humanity due to climate change.)


From her profile page:
She played a pivotal role in the successful public-private partnership to develop and implement a low cost vaccine to prevent epidemic meningococcal meningitis in Africa. More than 150 million people in the African Meningitis Belt have been vaccinated with MenAfriVac since 2010, with remarkable impact.
No doubt Dr. Messonnier would disagree with the characterization offered here, as she probably sees her own work as “saving humanity” by spreading vaccines everywhere, but the whole “African vaccines” agenda has always been about depopulation and infertility. That’s why Bill Gates infamously claimed that increasing vaccination programs could help reduce world population by 10 to 15 percent. Whether Messonnier is plugged in at the highest levels of all this is questionable. My best guess is that she’s probably just a hard-working mid-level scientist who believes she’s going good and has no idea what’s really in the vaccines (and why all the African women become infertile for a few months after receiving the vaccine). There’s a lot of compartmentalization in the CDC, where the lower levels of the hierarchy are kept isolated from the top-level goals, most of which center around depopulation, infertility and eugenics (focused on reducing populations in African nations, primarily).

For the record, I am publicly inviting Messonnier to write her own article that we will publish at Natural News, but there’s little question the CDC would never allow her to participate in that offer. Nevertheless, the offer is genuine. We’d like to hear from CDC scientists who seem to have the courage to tell the truth about this coronavirus pandemic.

Messonnier seems to be honestly trying to warn the world about the coronavirus pandemic
When it comes to Messonnier’s statement about the coronavirus outbreak, any honest assessment must conclude she’s actually trying to warn the world and tell the truth here, even as her own agency (the CDC) is lying to the public while fiercely battling behind the scenes to prevent this pandemic from exploding across America. My best guess is that Messonnier is probably an overall honest person — even if unknowingly working as part of an evil industry with an anti-human agenda — and that at the time Bloomberg News interviewed her, she hadn’t yet received the memo that ordered all CDC officials to lie to the public about coronavirus.
In effect, she told the truth because she’s probably a truthful person, in terms of her own worldview and personal philosophy. Like a lot of scientists, she’s of course oblivious to the real agenda behind the “death science” industry (i.e. vaccines, bioweapons, genetic engineering, etc.), but she’s probably not actively part of that agenda at all, at least in her own mind.
Instead, she’s an expert in bioweapons, vaccines and infectious diseases. She can do the math, and she sees where this goes with the exponential growth rate. Notably, a 20% daily increase in infections (which is roughly what we’re seeing now) will double the total number of infections about every 3.6 days according to the “rule of 72” estimates, or roughly twice per week. (The exact answer is closer to 3.8 days, by the way.) This means if there are 10,000 infected people today, there will be 40,000 infected a little over one week later. That’s the pure math on this, and Messonnier can probably do math, even if the average CNN “journalist” is mathematically illiterate. By the way, most people can’t do math at all, which is why the average person doesn’t understand why a 20% daily increase will compound to a nearly 400% aggregate increase in a little over 7 days, perhaps 8 days. If this seems baffling to you, look up the “rule of 72” to understand compound interest rates, which will help explain why this math checks out. Compounding interest / exponential growth is a very powerful phenomenon.

Messonnier seems to be telling the truth, even if the CDC is lying to the public
The bottom line in all this? My best assessment is that Messonnier is telling the truth about the coronavirus and trying to warn the world. She knows that the CDC is already aware this virus has broken containment. She’s fully aware the best strategy now is mitigation, and she understands that the United States will become a battleground for trying to reduce the impact of this virus as it spreads across cities like Los Angeles, Miami and Houston (among others).
Messonnier works for an evil organization but is not an evil person herself. She’s a sharp scientist and knows her subject matter. She’s not a politician and doesn’t want to get wrapped up in the politics. She wants to help save lives and she knows a lot about bioweapons and infectious disease. Yes, she’s been lied to by her own employer about vaccines, and she probably believes that vaccines are perfectly safe and have zero side effects, which just goes to show you that even very intelligent people can be wildly misinformed about reality.
Personally, I hope we hear more from Messonnier, but she’s likely already been ordered by higher-ups to stop talking to the media. After all, the CDC can’t have the American public learning the truth about all this: That the United States of America is almost certain to be eventually impacted by the same virus that’s right now devastating China, especially given the fact that the U.S. still can’t control its own southern border. Once this virus becomes endemic in Mexico, it’s game over for all of North America.

The CDC still has a chance to contain the first wave in the USA, but the window of opportunity is shrinking fast
In any case, that’s my best assessment of all this. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below. No doubt some readers will claim I’m being too nice to Messonnier in all this, but based on the information I have so far, she seems to be trying to tell the truth. That’s incredibly difficult when you work inside an evil, anti-human organization run by criminals and lunatics. That description, by the way, applies to the CDC, WHO, FDA and just about every federal agency you can name.
We are, indeed, living in very strange times. And just to keep things interesting, somebody dropped a genetically engineered biological weapon into the heart of China, and now we all get to figure out how to survive the next couple of years as this thing burns through the world population.
Stay tuned to NaturalNews.com for more honest, authentic updates on all this. There is still a very small chance the USA may contain at least the first wave of this virus, and there’s no doubt the CDC is fighting hard to track and isolate all those who have been exposed. The odds that they will have a perfect success record in all this, however, are shrinking fast, especially as the virus continues to demonstrate self-sustained replication in many countries outside of China.
My best guess right now is that the CDC has a 50/50 shot at containing this first wave, delaying the spread of the coronavirus in the USA for many months. That estimate is subject to immediate change as new numbers emerge, however. And there’s very little chance the USA can defend against a determined biological terrorism attack that exploits this “open source” bioweapon which can now be very easily harvested, replicated and deployed by a radical Islamic terror group or nation, by the way.

The terror wave of this pandemic seems inevitable. It will only take enemy nations a few months to read that attack, and sending infected “human weapons” into the United States undetected is child’s play.
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Coronavirus
One AI-Powered Simulation Predicts That Coronavirus Will Kill Up To 52 Million People. HYPE? Watch This Drone Footage from Hunan

https://dcdirtylaundry.com/one-ai-powered-simulation-predicts-that-coronavirus-will-kill-up-to-52-million-people-hype-watch-this-drone-footage-from-hunan/

Editor’s Note: After Michael Snyder’s article I have posted video footage of a drone flying over Hunan. Hunan is a province in China that boasted a population of over 67 million people as of 2014. I’m sure that number has grown since.
Could it be possible that we are right on the verge of one of the worst pandemics in human history?  For years, the experts have been warning us that one is coming.  In fact, Bill Gates has repeatedly warned that this is one of the greatest potential threats that humanity is facing.  We don’t know if this coronavirus outbreak will evolve into the sort of deadly pandemic that Gates was talking about, but without a doubt when the next great global pandemic strikes we could potentially see tens of millions of people die.  In fact, somewhere between 50 million and 100 million people died during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 when the population of the world was much smaller.  The following comes from Wikipedia.
The 1918 influenza pandemic (January 1918 – December 1920; colloquially known as Spanish flu) was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus, with the second being in 2009.[1] It infected 500 million people around the world,[2] including people on remote Pacific islands and in the Arctic. The death toll is estimated to have been 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million (about three to five and a half percent of Earth’s population at the time), making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history.[3][4][5]

So it is not unimaginable that we could see another pandemic that would kill a similar number of people.
With that in mind, I would like to share with you what an AI-powered simulation created by a technology executive named James Ross has found.
According to Ross, his simulation is projecting that this coronavirus outbreak will kill up to 52 million people…
An AI-powered simulation run by a technology executive says that Coronavirus could infect as many as 2.5 billion people within 45 days and kill as many as 52.9 million of them. Fortunately, however, conditions of infection and detection are changing, which in turn changes incredibly important factors that the AI isn’t aware of.

And that probably means we’re safer than we think.
Probably being the operative word.
Personally, I don’t think that the numbers will be anywhere close to that.
But the fact that his model has been right on the money day after day so far is quite alarming…
The results so far have successfully predicted the following day’s publicly-released numbers within 3%, Ross says.
If this AI-powered simulation continues to accurately forecast the trajectory of this outbreak, approximately 2 million people will be dead 30 days from now, and after that the numbers really start skyrocketing.
But once again, I don’t think that we will see that sort of an exponential increase in the numbers.  There are so many factors that a computer model simply can’t anticipate, and one of them is the fact that this virus is mutating very rapidly…
Novel coronavirus is already demonstrating an exceptional ability to mutate, according to Chinese scientists, which means that fighting it just got a whole lot more difficult.
In a process described as “striking,” coronavirus is able to substantially alter itself on the fly, morphing into new forms as it passes from one person to another – including within the same family of people.

person to another – including within the same family of people.

These mutations could make the virus less dangerous, but it is also possible that they could make the virus even more deadly.
We will just have to wait and see what happens.
What we do know is that it has been spreading very, very easily from person to person.
In fact, Chinese officials are claiming that one man caught the virus after standing next to an infected woman for just 15 seconds…
A Chinese man has caught the killer coronavirus within just 15 seconds of standing next to an infected woman at a market.
The unidentified 56-year-old, known only as ‘patient five’, stood close to ‘patient two’ – a 61-year-old carrier of the deadly SARS-like infection.
Jiangbei Health Commission, the man’s local authority, revealed neither patient wore a face mask to protect themselves.
If this virus really does spread that easily, then we are in a massive amount of trouble.
At this point, we are being told that global officials are “soberly preparing for the growing risk of a worldwide pandemic”.  Initially it was hoped that the virus could be contained in China, but now new cases are popping up around the globe on an hourly basis.
Two suspected cases have just been identified in South Africa, the Germans just confirmed their 13th case, Japan has reported 41 new cases on a quarantined cruise ship, and someone just dropped dead from the virus in Dubai.
Meanwhile, the number of cases continues to rise steadily in Asian countries such as Taiwan and Singapore…
Three new coronavirus cases were reported in Taiwan, bringing the total to 16, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Welfare. In Singapore, two additional coronavirus cases were confirmed, increasing the total number in the country to 30, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.
But the vast majority of the cases and deaths are still in China, and what is currently unfolding in that nation is like something out of a science fiction movie.
Chinese officials hope that by putting cities with a combined population of over 50 million people under a strict quarantine that it will help prevent the virus from spreading elsewhere.

Hopefully they are right, but what if that doesn’t work?
Some authorities are convinced that it is already too late.  For example, just consider what one CDC official recently said…
Total containment isn’t in the cards, said Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “Given the nature of this virus and how it’s spreading, that would be impossible. Our goal is to slow this thing down… We are preparing as if this were the next pandemic.”

That certainly doesn’t sound good at all.
Most people don’t realize this, but we live at one of the most critical times in human history, and this virus has the potential to change everything.
I still don’t know if this is the horrifying global pandemic that we have been warned about or if one isn’t coming until later.  But many voices that I highly respect are strongly urging people to get prepared for the worst.  For example, this is what Mike Adams is saying…
Denial is not a treatment for a pandemic. Denial doesn’t stop the spread. In fact, it encourages it. That’s why the left-wing media, the tech giants, the WHO and the governments of the world are all now complicit in the worsening of this pandemic. They refuse to even tell the world what’s happening, and they pretend they can somehow cover this up long enough that no one will notice when their own friends, family members or co-workers start dropping dead in cities all around the world.


Just like Mike Adams, I believe that this virus is an extremely serious threat.
However, I am still hoping that the measures that global authorities are taking will help and that this outbreak will eventually fizzle out.
But at this point the number of cases continues to keep rising with each passing day, and we would be quite foolish to ignore what the experts are trying to tell us.

Editor’s Note: Video below Michael Snyder’s bio.

About the Author: I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The End, Get Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) By purchasing those books you help to support my work. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but due to government regulations I need those that republish my articles to include this “About the Author” section with each article. In order to comply with those government regulations, I need to tell you that the controversial opinions in this article are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the websites where my work is republished. This article may contain opinions on political matters, but it is not intended to promote the candidacy of any particular political candidate. The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. Those responding to this article by making comments are solely responsible for their viewpoints, and those viewpoints do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of Michael Snyder or the operators of the websites where my work is republished. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help.

From Activist Post, here’s the promised video:
In its latest video on the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, the New York Times managed to fly a drone over the city of Wuhan, which has been under quarantine/lockdown orders from Beijing for more than a week.
The footage is haunting – like something out of an apocalyptic horror movie.
Roughly 80% of virus-related deaths have occurred in Wuhan since the outbreak began. But there’s reason to believe the death toll – particularly in Wuhan – might be much higher.

 
Article source: Zerohedge.com

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This Coronavirus Outbreak Is Causing A Lot Of People To Go Completely Nuts

China launches biological warfare agenda; covertly infiltrates Wuhan evacuation plane with “Trojan horse” carrier of the coronavirus to infect all passengers headed to Taiwan
In explosive interview, author of Bioweapons Act, Dr. Francis Boyle confirms coronavirus is an “offensive biological warfare weapon”
Multiple vaccine corporations are working on a coronavirus jab as Big Pharma gets ready to cash in on a bioweapon built by genetic engineers

Coronavirus In The USA - New York Times

The Coronavirus Outbreak .. How Is the U.S. Being Affected? - Feb. 29, 2020
A person in King County, Washington, near Seattle, has become the first known death in this country after contracting the coronavirus

At least 65 people in the U.S. have been infected with the virus, with some newer cases not believed to be connected to recent overseas travel or contact with a person known to be infected.
If you live in California here’s what you need to know.
An outbreak would test the American education system. Few schools have detailed plans to teach online if schools were closed for long periods.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that Americans should brace for the likelihood that the virus will spread in the U.S. Some lawmakers questioned whether the nation is prepared.
Can a state force a city to house coronavirus patients? A federal judge ruled that Costa Mesa, Calif., does not have to, at least for now.
The outbreak has left some Asian-Americans feeling an unsettling level of public scrutiny.
A look at how local health departments are struggling to monitor thousands of people returning to the U.S. from China.
A woman returning from Wuhan, China, gave us a look at life inside a coronavirus quarantine center in the U.S.
An Omaha hospital that drew attention for treating Ebola patients is now playing a key role again.
Most experts agree: To protect yourself wash your hands and avoid touching your face.
We want to hear from parents, teachers and administrators about how their schools are preparing for the virus.

Mask hoarders may increase the risk of an outbreak in the U.S. Health care workers risk infection if they cannot get the protective gear.

 Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: The Latest
 Now more than 140 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York
By Azi Paybarah
 New York Times
It’s Tuesday.
New York Times

Weather: Cloudy and windy, with a chance of afternoon showers and a high in the mid-60s.
Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Purim.
Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.Justin Lane/European Pressphoto Agency
There are now more than 140 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York State, which has among the highest number in the country.
As fears over the virus grow, Mayor de Blasio is encouraging people to work from home and to avoid crowded subway trains. Schools are canceling classes. More New Yorkers are isolating themselves at home.
Yesterday, New Jersey declared a state of emergency. And Governor Cuomo announced that the state’s prisoners are making hand sanitizer.

A top transit official is among the confirmed cases.
Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, tested positive for the coronavirus, Mr. Cuomo said yesterday. The Port Authority oversees numerous airports, bridges, tunnels and bus terminals in the New York area, making Mr. Cotton one of the most prominent officials in the United States to contract the virus.

[The head of the Port Authority tested positive for the coronavirus.]
“I’m in self-quarantine at home at the moment,” Mr. Cotton told The Times. His wife, Elizabeth Smith, president of the Central Park Conservancy, also has the virus and is working from home, a spokeswoman for the conservancy said.
Other new cases in the city include a 75-year-old Queens man, a 68-year-old Brooklyn man and 22-year-old Brooklyn man.
A 7-year-old girl in the Bronx has also tested positive; she is isolated at home and “doing well,” the mayor said. Also, according to a spokeswoman for a New York Fire Department union, an emergency medical worker has the virus.

[Confusion over quarantines feeds anxiety.]

City public schools are open, but other institutions have closed.
Mr. de Blasio said there were no plans as of yesterday afternoon to close the city’s nearly 1,800 public schools. But some other schools and districts, including universities and colleges, were proceeding more cautiously.
[Here’s a list of school closings in New York and New Jersey.]
As of yesterday, Barnard College and Columbia University, both in Manhattan, had canceled classes through today and were planning to hold classes online for the rest of week. Yeshiva University, also in Manhattan, said that some classes would resume remotely tomorrow and others on Monday.
Fordham University, which has campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, canceled classes through at least today, and planned for online classes later in the week.
Just north of the city, Scarsdale public schools were closed through March 18.

New York State inmates are making hand sanitizer.
Mr. Cuomo said that because of the price gouging and shortages, inmates would produce up to 100,000 gallons of hand sanitizer per week for CorCraft, the state’s prison-based product company.
[The governor’s fix for the sanitizer shortage: 100,000 gallons made by prisoners.]
The sanitizer will be distributed to government offices, schools, transit locations and prisons, the governor said. He called the floral-scented substance “superior” to similar products on the market, citing its alcohol content: 75 percent.
The move was not universally welcomed. In a statement, the Legal Aid Society noted that inmates themselves might not be able to use the hand sanitizer — it could be considered contraband because of the alcohol content.

Metropolitan Diary: After her
Dear Diary:
Last spring, I spent a long weekend in New York with my mother. One morning, we went to a cafe in SoHo for breakfast.
As we went inside, I held the door for a slim older woman with long gray hair who was wearing flannel and a black beanie.
As the woman walked inside ahead of us, my mother hit me in the back.
“Emma, do you know who that was?” she said.
“No,” I said honestly.
“That,” she said, “was Patti Smith.”

— Emma Romell



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Australian officials admit it’s now impossible to keep coronavirus out of the country… while U.S. administration still lying to the public by claiming it’s all under control

Tuesday, March 03, 2020 by: Ethan Huff
Tags: Australia, badmedicine, Brendan Murphy, China, coronavirus, covid-19, disease, epidemiology, global emergency, infection, infections, novel coronavirus, outbreak, pandemic, Public Health, virus, Wuhan, Wuhan coronavirus

https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-03-australian-officials-admit-impossible-to-keep-coronavirus-out-of-country.html

(Natural News) The chief of medicine in Australia has come forward to admit that keeping the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) out of his country is no longer a possibility, and that it will just have to be dealt with when that time comes.
In a recent press conference, Professor Brendan Murphy explained to reporters that while Australia banned all air travel from virus-struck Iran, it did not ban travel from South Korea, Italy, or other travel hotspots where the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) is spreading, which is why Australia is now facing the strong possibility of a major outbreak.
“It is no longer possible to absolutely prevent new cases coming in, given the increasing changes in epidemiology around the country,” Murphy is quoted as saying.
Because Iran is considered a “high-risk” area for the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) with cases spreading all across the regime, the Australian government deemed a full-scale travel ban to be an effective deterrent strategy. Italy and South Korea, on the other hand, have only localized cases that, according to their respective governments, are localized and confined.
“In the case of Iran, it’s such a high risk that a travel ban is worth doing because it will slow down the number of cases,” Murphy added.
“In Italy and South Korea, where they have large outbreaks but they are confined and (have) been localized, the risk, the proportionality of putting in a travel ban was not justified in terms of its benefits to the health protection of the Australian community.”

Listen below as Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, gives a Health Ranger Store emergency pandemic update:

Australia warns citizens not to travel to Italy, South Korea if at all possible
While Australia hasn’t implemented a full-scale ban on all travel in and out of Italy and South Korea, it is advising its own citizens to avoid travel to both of these countries if they can, or at least to exercise a high degree of caution while moving about in these places.

Australians should especially avoid the 10 affected towns in the north of Italy, and anyone returning to Australia from either Italy or South Korea must not go back to work for at least two weeks to avoid potentially infecting their coworkers.
“As a healthcare worker, or as a residential aged care worker, you should not attend your regular work for 14 days,” stated Australian Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. “That is an additional level of protection which has been advised by the chief health and medical officers and accepted by the Australian government.”
Meanwhile, Australia is reporting its first community transmission case of the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) in a New South Wales (NSW) health worker who did not travel anywhere overseas within the past three months.
This individual, along with another 41-year-old woman, have both tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), bringing the total number of disease cases in Australia to at least 30.
The 41-year-old woman who contracted the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) is said to have caught it from her 43-year-old brother who recently returned from a trip to Iran. The 53-year-old health worker, on the other hand, caught it from an unknown source.
“NSW health has begun work to determine what contact there may have been to have given him transmission of the virus,” stated NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard. “We’re taking all the necessary steps to find out how the individual managed to acquire the virus.”
Australia currently has measures in place calling on anyone who may have come in contact with this man to self-quarantine at home for at least two weeks.
For more related news about the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19), be sure to check out Pandemic.news.

Sources for this article include:
TheEpochTimes.com
TheGuardian.com
NaturalNews.com
https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-03-australian-officials-admit-impossible-to-keep-coronavirus-out-of-country.ht

Samples awaiting virus testing at Northwell Health Labs in Lake Success, New York, on Wednesday.Credit...Johnny Milano for The New York Times

​​Garlic and red wine to protect the body from viruses
There were two prisoners in a french prison, when the bubonic plague was rampant, and every prisoner was dying with bubonic plague ... as well am millions dropping dead on the streets of Paris
But these two prisoners were not getting bubonic plague they were even asked to help the authorities to pick up the dead bodies off the streets of people who had died with bubonic plague because these two prisoners were not getting bubonic plague
The two prisoners were asked why they seemed to be immune from butonic plague when everyone is dying around them
They replied.. " well it is very simple ... we got hold of some cheap red wine and  fresh garlic in it and left it for a few days to ferment and the combined  red wine and  fresh garlic .. .... fermented for a few days creates an amazing anitioxidant and anti bodies that helps ones immune system fight off any bad virus..."
I collapsed in the snow in the middle of the worst UK winter about 10 years ago when I was applying for Asylum in the UK
I had the most terrible flue and had no right to see a doctor because I had no national insurance number.....
So I had to find a way of curing myself from  the most terrible flue
So I virtually crawled to the nearest shops and purchased a cheap bottle of red wine and some garlic..
I cut the garlic up into small pieces and put the garlic into the red wine bottle... and let it ferment for a couple of days..
then I started taking small amounts a few times a day.. and it cured me within a week

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Scientist says Covid-19 is man made and was released from Wuhan lab

BY LLB REPORTER AT 12:18 PM MARCH 2, 2020

BUSINESS NEWS, WORLD NEWS
https://londonlovesbusiness.com/scientist-says-covid-19-is-man-made-and-was-released-from-wuhan-lab

A Taiwanese scientist has claimed Chinese microbiologists probably created coronavirus in Wuhan, China.
Based on the virus unusual structure it is most likely “man made” and there is a theory coronavirus was somehow leaked or released from the Institute of Virology in Wuhan China, said Professor Fang Chi-tai from the National Taiwan University (NTU).
Professor Fang said China’s track record with safety standards and laboratory management has been questioned in the past.
The Professor claims it was very possible that the Wuhan Chinese scientists created the deadly virus by simply adding four amino acids to an existing bat virus, which therefore makes it much easier to transmit to people.


Professor Fang added, “The mutations found in the novel coronavirus are unusual in an academic sense.
“It is indeed possible that it is a man-made product.


“From an academic point of view, it is indeed possible that the amino acids were added to COVID-19 in the lab by humans.”


In February Chinese scientist announced the true cause of the spread of coronavirus, who broke cover and said the oubreak started in a science laboratory in Wuhan yards away from a wet market.
A scientist told how a sick bat attacked the researchers and bled on them and urinated on another, they were then forced to quarantine themselves for 14 days.
Biologists Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao published a pre-print entitled “The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus.”
The report describes how “the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
“We noted two laboratories conducting research on bat coronavirus in Wuhan, one of which was only 280 metres from the seafood market.
“We briefly examined the histories of the laboratories and proposed that the coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory.
“Our proposal provided an alternative origin of the coronavirus in addition to natural recombination and intermediate host.”
The scientists in Wuhan said, “In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus.
“In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
“Safety levels may need to be reinforced in high risk bio-hazardous laboratories.
“Regulations may be taken to relocate these laboratories far away from city centres and other densely populated places.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "really sorry" to hear she had contracted the virus.

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"Ive analyzed the entire genome sequence of this virus (Wuhan Coronavirus) and compared it to the entire genome sequences of all the other Coronaviruses that we have data for, and this weird element that doesn't belong there; I've found that it actually did match a vector technology that was published in 1998 in the proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

This vector technology is a mechanism by which molecular biologists insert new genes into viruses and bacteria.

Now it's really unusual to find a vector technology sequence in a virus that's circulating in humans, and so naturally, one thing we can say, I think for certain, is that this particular virus has a laboratory origin. So we can rule out a natural origin." ....James Lyons-Weller, PhD, Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge 

Dave Hodges interviews Mike Adams about where the coronavirus pandemic will be headed next… and it isn’t pretty
Saturday, March 14, 2020 by: Mike Adams

https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-14-dave-hodges-interviews-mike-adams-coronavirus-pandemic.html
Tags: Collapse, coronavirus, Dave Hodges, interview, outbreak, pandemic, panic, SHTF
https://dcs.megaphone.fm/REP7402712972.mp3?key=4258e7b49abe784413c989ebb656edb7

Dow ends down over 900 points in wild Friday action, as stocks book worst week since 2008 amid coronavirus panic
Mark DeCambre
MarketWatch•March 21, 2020

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-tries-for-first-back-to-back-gain-as-investors-watch-for-further-traction-on-coronavirus-stimulus-package-2020-03-20?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo
March 21, 2020 at 10:27 a.m. ET
A big 11% skid in crude-oil prices may have helped to hasten selling on Wall Street late in the session
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U.S. stock indexes finished another bruising week with sharp losses as panic over the coronavirus outbreak refused to abate, amid the acceleration of the global death toll. Investors haven’t yet been comforted by the government’s response to limit the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic, whose severity and duration is unclear, and an early Friday rally faded fast.
Some volatility in Friday’s trade may be attributed to the so-called quadruple witching, the simultaneous expiration of single-stock options and futures and index options and futures.

How are major benchmarks performing?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -4.54% fell 913.21 points, or 4.6%, at 19,173.98, representing the lowest level for the blue-chip gauge since Oct. 10, 2016, even after the index touched an intraday high at 20,531.26 on Friday. The S&P 500 index SPX, -4.33% closed at 2,304.92, down 104.47 points or 4.3%, marking its lowest level since Feb. 8, 2017. Meanwhile, the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -3.79% shed 271 points to end at 6,879.52, a decline of 3.8% after hitting a high at 7,354.44 on the session.
For the week, the Dow lost 17.3% weekly decline, the S&P 500 was set to fall 14.98% on the week, while the Nasdaq was looking at an 12.64% weekly drop.
The Dow is off 35.1% from its Feb. 12 peak, while the S&P 500 is 32% and the Nasdaq is down nearly 30% from their Feb. 19 peaks, according to Dow Jones Market Data.
What’s driving the market?
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., hurried to assemble a second bailout package to help lessen the current and anticipated economic pain from the pandemic, but not fast enough for Wall Street, with stocks marking their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis.
“Late into an extraordinary week we are feeling a little bit better about the escalating economic policy response to the virus crisis though it is nowhere near complete and we worry that essential next steps are not secured yet,” wrote Krishna Guha, vice chairman of Evercore ISI, in a Friday research note.
More than 14,000 cases have been confirmed in the U.S. along with over 200 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Globally, more than 245,000 cases have been confirmed.
On Friday, President Trump said that interest on student loans would be waived temporarily and earlier, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the U.S. tax filing day in the U.S. would be moved to July 15, extending the deadline from April 15.
Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, on Thursday introduced a stimulus package that could top $1 trillion and would include direct payments of $1,200 for individuals and with married couples eligible to for $2,400, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Senate proposal comes as reports show that jobless claims could soar to more than 2 million by next week, according to a research report analysts at Goldman Sachs.
A Thursday a report on claims from those seeking unemployment benefits showed that 281,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance for the first time in the March 14 week, the highest since 2017.
Attempts to soften the blow to businesses and individuals also come as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all nonessential businesses to close and said residents should stay home amid the pandemic. California on Thursday also ordered its roughly 40 million residents to remain at home to help limit the spread of the pathogen.
US stock market volatility has not been this extreme since Black Monday in 1987 and Black Monday in 1929 even as the Federal Reserve bought at least $300 billion in securities this week to provide liquidity. For the Dow Jones Industrial Average it has been the worst four week stretch on record with a fall of 33.87% over the last four weeks according to Dow Jones Market data.
See: Here’s a breakdown of the Fed’s rescue programs to keep credit flowing during the pandemic
In economic news, sales of previously owned U.S. homes surged in February to a 5.77 million annual rate, according to National Association of Realtors data released Friday, representing the fastest pace in 13 years.
See:Mortgage rates surge to highest level since January even though the Fed just brought interest rates to 0%

How are other markets trading?
The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note TMUBMUSD10Y, 0.854% fell 20.7 basis points to 0.91% on Thursday.
West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. gauge of oil prices CLK20, +4.46% was $2.69, or 10.7%, lower at $22.53 a barrel after its sharpest daily gain on record on the New York Mercantile Exchange, punching higher from its lowest level since 2002 on Wednesday.
In precious metals, gold futures for April GCJ20, +1.11% rose $5.30, or 0.4%, to settle at $1,484.60 an ounce on Comex. For this week, prices for the most-active contract lost 2.1%, according to FactSet data.
The ICE U.S. dollar index, DXY, -0.78% which tracks the greenback’s performance against a basket of currency trading peers, rose 0.1%, adding to a string of gains.
Japan’s Nikkei Index NIK, -1.03% was closed in observance of the Vernal Equinox. Meanwhile, China’s CSI 300 000300, +1.78% gained 1.8%, while the Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, +1.60% closed up 1.6% and the Hang Seng Index HSI, +5.04% in Hong Kong surged 5.1%, while Korea’s Kospi Index 180721, +7.44% closed 7.4% higher.
The Stoxx Europe SXXP, +1.82% traded 2.6% higher, while the FTSE 100 FTSE, +2.46% added 1.8%.

Which stocks are in focus?
Shares of FedEx Corp. FDX, -0.55% closed down 0.6% in Friday action, reversing an earlier gain as delivery companies were seen as performing well during the coronavirus outbreak.
Shares of Amazon.com AMZN, -1.85% was down 1.9% after gaining 2% earlier.
Shares of meal-kit company Blue Apron APRN, -29.21%, however, fell 30% on the day but up 345% for the week.
https://news.yahoo.com/m/b762360a-608e-38a4-8457-59dbce469dd5/dow-ends-down-over-900-points.html
U. S. stock indexes finish another bruising week with sharp losses as panic over the coronavirus outbreak refused to abate, amid the acceleration of the global death toll..

​​Coronavirus  Man-Made

The same action that 5G technology uses in pulsed waves and the coronavirus was reported to have started in an area in China that had rolled out 5G technology!

“[T]he same action that 5G technology uses in pulsed waves and the coronavirus was reported to have started in an area in China that had rolled out 5G technology! So we can see how geneticists using scientists are tampering with the building blocks of our existence and what is disturbing is that Prof Wiener is a HIV pioneer and we know that soon after the Polio vaccines were given to millions in Africa that HIV emerged. They have perfected the art of injecting animal or bird DNA into human chromosomes which alters our DNA and causes things like haemorrhaging, fever, cancers and even death.”

BREAKING NEWS
U.S. stocks tumbled more than 2% as investors weighed government responses to the coronavirus fallout.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Investors are vacillating between the threat that the coronavirus poses to the global economy and the hopes that governments will unveil a series of measures to help businesses.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/business/stock-market-today.html?emc=edit_na_20200311&ref=cta&nl=breaking-news&campaign_id=60&instance_id=0&segment_id=22085&user_id=c5ed3af7cf6db33805e8b866043ab876&regi_id=101483702 


BREAKING NEWS
The coronavirus is likely to infect up to 70 percent of the German population, Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

In her first public appearance to address the pandemic, which has already infected more than 1,200 people in Germany, Ms. Merkel said that her government was following the advice of medical experts. She urged citizens to do the same.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/world/coronavirus-news.html?emc=edit_na_20200311&ref=cta&nl=breaking-news&campaign_id=60&instance_id=0&segment_id=22082&user_id=c5ed3af7cf6db33805e8b866043ab876&regi_id=101483702  

Fake news: Chlorine dioxide won’t stop coronavirus

https://eu.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/31/fake-news-corona-virus/41121279/

Fake news: Chlorine dioxide won’t stop coronavirusBeatrice Dupuy, Arijeta Lajka and Amanda Seitz  Associated Press
Published Jan 31, 2020

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts:

CLAIM: Chlorine dioxide will help get rid of the new virus from China.

THE FACTS: As news spread about the new coronavirus outbreak, social media accounts began promoting the idea that drinking chlorine dioxide or using related products with names like Miracle Mineral Solution – or MMS – would help wipe out the virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against ingesting the bleaching agent. “We understand people are concerned about the spread of the novel coronavirus and we urge people to talk to their health care provider about treatment options, as well as follow advice from other federal agencies about how to prevent the spread of this illness,” the FDA said in a statement to The Associated Press. Social media users began circulating the false claim on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube shortly after the first case of the virus was reported in the U.S. By Friday, virus had infected almost 10,000 people globally in just two months, with more than 200 deaths in China. Chlorine dioxide has been falsely touted by fringe groups online as a “miracle” cure for autism. The FDA has been warning against drinking chlorine dioxide since 2010 after the agency received several reports of consumers drinking products containing the chemical. The agency warns that it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and symptoms of severe dehydration.

CLAIM: FEMA proposes “martial law to contain coronavirus”

THE FACTS: Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed that there are no plans to enact martial law in the U.S. In recent days, a false story circulated on social media claiming that FEMA was proposing martial law to contain the respiratory illness spreading around the world. Martial law would transfer power to the military. “This article is not true,” FEMA said in an email sent Tuesday to The Associated Press, adding that they have not advocated for martial law. The false claims about martial law have circulated on Facebook since Jan. 23. “Acting FEMA Director Pete Gaynor on Wednesday offered President Trump a startling solution, Martial Law in the United States, to prevent the spread of a lethal Chinese Coronavirus that infected hundreds and killed at least 17 people in the Communist nation,” the post said. False posts also circulated on Twitter. “Those who are ‘awake’ and aware completely understand the dormant plans for martial law and widespread FEMA detention camps in America,” a Twitter user falsely claimed.FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 file photo, construction workers labor at the site of the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital being built in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province.
AP


CLAIM: Image shows the first building of Huoshenshan Hospital in the Chinese city of Wuhan constructed in just 16 hours and completed Monday.

THE FACTS: Chinese state media shared an image Monday that circulated widely on Twitter, implying that it showed a hospital constructed in just 16 hours to deal with thousands of new patients who have contracted the new virus from China. The photo, which shows a building with large windows in front with a white staircase at the side, is a stock image of a prefabricated office sold from China. The image is used regularly on sites of businesses that sell prefabricated homes, offices or hotel space. The Associated Press obtained photos of crews working to construct Huoshenshan Hospital on Tuesday.

CLAIM: 14 states have no paper ballot record of your vote.

THE FACTS: For the 2020 elections only one state, Louisiana, will not keep a paper ballot record of any votes. Eight other states rely on a mixed system, where some counties will keep a paper record of ballots and others will not. Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard posted a video Wednesday on her social media account, in which she misleadingly claimed that 14 states have no paper ballot record of votes cast. Gabbard called it the “greatest threat to our democracy,” warning that it could entirely shape the results of the 2020 election. Her comments, which were not fully accurate, asked people to share the claim on Twitter and Facebook. The information Gabbard provided was outdated and doesn’t provide a full picture of how voters’ ballots will be recorded in the upcoming election. Her campaign did not respond to a request for comment by the AP. States and counties around the country record votes differently. During the 2018 election, there were 14 states where voters might have gone to the polls and cast votes that weren’t backed up on paper. That’s been whittled down to nine states heading into the 2020 election. Currently only one state – Louisiana – keeps no paper trail of votes at all. Counties in eight states – Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas – use a hybrid system that may or may not document the votes on paper, said Warren Stewart, a data analyst at Verified Voting, which tracks the election systems counties across the country use. “Many states have a variety of different systems in different counties,” Stewart said. In those states, some counties do not produce paper receipts of votes. In the case of New Jersey, for example, only one county records votes by paper. In Oklahoma, all counties use a paper ballot record system except for voters with disabilities who might cast a vote on an electronic system. It’s worth noting that there is no federal regulation requiring paper ballot backups. Gabbard introduced legislation last year that would provide states with funding to ensure votes are recorded on paper. Experts have warned that systems without a paper ballot backup could be hacked in the election. Last year, an analysis by the Brennan Center of Justice at New York University’s School of Law found that as many as 12 percent of voters might cast a ballot without a paper backup in the 2020 election.

CLAIM: Video captured fatal crash of helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant.

THE FACTS: The video shows a helicopter crash in the United Arab Emirates in December 2018. On Jan. 26, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed when their helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California. Shortly after the crash, video showing a helicopter going into a tailspin in rugged terrain and then crashing into a canyon began circulating on social media, described as showing the crash of Bryant’s helicopter. One tweet circulating the video with the comment, “R.I.P @kobebryant died videos,” had nearly 3 million views by Monday afternoon. The video actually shows the Dec. 29, 2018, crash of a rescue helicopter in Ras al-Khaimah, in the northeastern region of the United Arab Emirates. All four crew members died in the crash. According to AP reporting, the Augusta 139 helicopter crashed near the world’s longest zipline at UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais, in Ras al-Khaimah. A number of media outlets and social media accounts published video at the time of the 2018 helicopter crash, capturing it from various angles.Published 5:33 PM EST Jan 31, 2020


The Virus and Capitalism
by ROB URIE - MARCH 20, 2020-0 Counter punch

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/20/the-virus-and-capitalism/

The U.S. is in the midst of a full-blown public health crisis made worse by systemic political dysfunction. The benchmark Imperial College study suggesting that up to two million people in the U.S. could die from the coronavirus epidemic assumes that the U.S. has an adequate healthcare system— that no one dies from not getting treatment. It doesn’t. Without one, expected deaths are much higher. Should the U.S. experience be similar to Italy or Wuhan to date, add another eleven million* dead to the worst case scenario.
The point here isn’t to create fear or panic, but to illustrate the difference in outcomes that a robust government response can make. In trying to corner the market for virus test kits, Donald Trump assured that few, if any, would be available. In like fashion, House Democrats passed a paid-time-off bill so fraudulent that even Pravda-on-the-Hudson, the New York Times, called them on it. The official plan to date is financial, to bail out Wall Street and the airlines, a payroll tax cut and token checks to the masses, and hope that it all works out.
In lieu of providing an adequate level of healthcare to address the pandemic, which even hardened D.C. hacks know can’t be conjured out of thin air in a timely enough fashion, what is left is ‘social distancing.’ This is polite speak for quarantines variably undertaken. China was able to reduce the mortality rate after Wuhan by 4/5ths through a combination of draconian quarantines and a rapid buildout of healthcare provision. However, the infection rate reportedly began rising as soon as the quarantine measures were relaxed.

The strategy of ‘flattening the curve,’ of slowing the spread of the virus so that the healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed at any one time, could bring the mortality rate in the U.S. down by matching healthcare need to capacity. But implied in the structure of the economic stimulus is a couple of weeks at home watching Netflix and then it’s back to the races. This is a low probability outcome. Eighteen months, the anticipated duration of the pandemic if effective action to mitigate it is taken, means that a radically changed world will emerge from the other side.
The idea being floated by Wall Street that pandemics are ‘black swans,’ unanticipated and unanticipatable events that legitimate extraordinary responses like government bailouts of private enterprises, suggests that history be made a required subject in business schools. Here is a partial list of epidemics and pandemics. They are so common that a functioning society would have thousands of permanent staff that do nothing but plan for them. And they are one of several thousand reasons why a functioning society would have a functioning healthcare system.
To understand why Wall Street should be left to rot this go around, look back to January 1980, when the current bull market can be estimated to have begun. The S&P 500 has to fall by another 2/3rds, from 2,400 to 910, to get to the normal valuation level (CAPE P/E = 8.5) at which this epoch of finance capitalism began. Understand, the S&P 500 at 910 wouldn’t represent a crisis, just a more reasonable valuation level. The financial crisis, to the extent there is one, is due to systemic leverage, the same problem that Wall Street faced in 2008.
The pandemic is but the catalyst for current financial troubles, not the cause. As was warned in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, etc., the Obama Administration’s bailouts were to make rich people rich again, not to ‘save the economy.’ So, here we are ten years later and the previously bailed out are once again telling us that the Federal government has to bail out corporations and the rich to ‘save the economy.’ ‘The economy’ is indeed in trouble, but it is in trouble because of the fragility created to benefit corporations and the rich, not because stock prices have fallen.

If ever there was a time for bold government action, this is it. The problem is that four decades of neoliberalism have instantiated the ethos that the role of government is to make rich people richer. Naomi Klein call this ‘disaster capitalism.’ I defer to Marx and Lenin. The idea that bailouts for corporations benefit workers begs the question: if the goal is to help workers, why not give the money to workers? It is the CEOs and corporate boards that loaded up their companies with debt to raise the value of their stock options that made these corporations so economically fragile.

More broadly, through the self-serving mythology of rugged individualism, capitalism has been used to shape and reshape social relations. This makes its dependence on serial bailouts both ridiculous and pathetic. Conceived several centuries ago to shift power from Aristocrats to a burgeoning business class, without a large and intrusive government to prevent consolidation and self-dealing, it quickly creates a new Aristocracy to close the door behind it. What is left is the privileged, remote and self-dealing oligarchy that now stands before us.
During ‘normal’ times, when this oligarchy isn’t acting to destroy other nations and the world, malgovernance for its own benefit is made the ordinary working of government. For instance, the U.S. military is wildly overfunded while the healthcare system is structured to let the people die at a politically acceptable pace. During ‘not normal’ times, a hierarchy of privilege is set in motion. First, save the wealth of the rich through bailouts. Second, secure the rights of corporations to profit from catastrophe. Last, let the people die at a politically acceptable pace.
A pandemic forces the afterthought— the pace at which the people are allowed to die, to the fore. The U.S. is currently working through bailouts to secure the wealth of the oligarchs and corporate monopoly plays to profit from catastrophe. Threatening to overturn the applecart is people dying at a politically unacceptable pace. The edifice of unenlightened self-interest risks being exposed. A few days without a paycheck and the rent doesn’t get paid. Without the rent, the landlord can’t pay the mortgage. Without the mortgage being paid, the bank goes under.

Suddenly the ‘richest country in the history of the world’ looks like some crappy third-world backwater. The social brutality of working paycheck to paycheck is transformed from individual to systemic failure. Bailouts for the rich expose how they got rich in the first place. And corporate chieftains scrambling to extort profits from sick and dying people exposes the class dynamic by which the rich get rich— by making poor people poor. The risk for the rich is that the logic of the guillotine begins to make sense. The risk for the rest of us can be counted in the sick and dying.

The coronavirus pandemic was both predictable, in that pandemics have been regular occurrences throughout human history, and it is external to how social organization is conceived under capitalism. Neoliberalism is a theory of governance without governing, of letting nature, in the form of markets, decide. Letting nature decide in a pandemic means the passive acceptance of mass deaths, which ties to the neoliberal refusal to create a functioning healthcare system. Political economy premised on individual desires is antithetical to the social nature of a pandemic. As with environmental degradation, it produces the logic of collective suicide.
The official American response to the pandemic has been exceptional only in the sense that markets have failed so spectacularly. The insipid, bi-partisan house ideology hasn’t worked because capitalism doesn’t solve social problems. It isn’t intended to. Donald Trump’s clumsy effort to corner the market in virus test kits for ‘American’ corporations has meant that we simply don’t have them. Obamacare certainly hasn’t produced any. The strategy that is unfolding of ad hoc quarantines and wishful thinking will either be converted into a robust response or the existing political order will end.
The hope that Democrats will fix what the Republicans broke is running up against three decades of Democrats breaking things. Joe Biden, who wholeheartedly supported George W. Bush’s $4 trillion war against Iraq, just last week claimed that the U.S. can’t afford a functioning healthcare system. Mr. Biden’s actual history in elected office has been to the right of Ronald Reagan. He spent decades trying to cut Social Security and Medicare. He supported bankruptcy legislation that shifted the onus for unpayable loans from banks to poor people. He is the worst person the Democrats could put forward in a pandemic if they care about governing.

The question of bailouts is fundamentally different from that of taking care of people. An adequate response to the pandemic will require years of dedicated effort, not tossing a trillion dollars at ‘the economy’ and hoping for the best. Social distancing and quarantines might require income and material support for tens of millions of people for as long as eighteen months. Nancy Pelosi is reportedly already balking at spending government money to do what is necessary. It would be a benefit to workers if she forced her corporate sponsors to provide paid time off for their employees, but she won’t do this.
The economic fragility behind the rapid descent into economic crisis isn’t a product of nature. It was purposely created by the bi-partisan political establishment at the behest of oligarchs and academic economists. NAFTA was meant to make workers economically insecure. Welfare ‘reform’ was passed to make life outside of capitalist employment intolerably tenuous. The minimum wage hasn’t been a living wage for forty years. And plans to cut Social Security and Medicare are meant to increase economic fragility. Likewise, austerity is the enforcement mechanism to keep the rich in control of American political economy.
This combination of manufactured social fragility and neoliberal governance will sooner or later produce a political rupture. The election of Donald Trump was the first act of one. An extended economic crisis can produce social solidarity or a deeply ugly political response. The Democrats’ choice to stick with their neoliberal program means that they are indifferent between electing Joe Biden and a second term for Donald Trump. Add the widespread unemployment that is already baked into their reflexive austerity and a more perfect formula for fascist ascendance is difficult to imagine.
The question of who would be to blame for such an outcome depends who gets to decide the answer. That makes it about power, not truth. As this pandemic plays out, finger pointing will be the least of our worries.

Notes.
* 330 million people X 80% infection rate X 5% mortality rate = 13.2 million dead in U.S.; 330 million is the U.S. population, 80% is the expected infection rate from the Imperial College study and 5% is the realized mortality rate in Italy and Wuhan.
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White House widens European travel ban to include U.K., Ireland
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Coronavirus: News and live updates
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The latest on the pandemic: 


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- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a coronavirus aid bill early Saturday, which the Senate will review on Monday.
-U.S. President Donald Trump tested negative for the coronavirus Saturday, one day after declaring a national state of emergency.
-Trump's European travel ban will expand to include the UK and Ireland.
-Spain is set to enact a nationwide lockdown while the Philippine capital is imposing a night-time curfew.
- Apple announced it is closing all stores outside of China.
- South Korea reported more recoveries from the coronavirus than new infections on Saturday for the second day in a row, as a downward trend in daily cases raised hopes that Asia's biggest epidemic outside China may be slowing. 
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Doctor says Trump tests negative for coronavirus
AAMER MADHANI and JILL COLVIN
Associated Press•March 15, 2020


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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president's personal physician.
The White House released the test results Saturday night after Trump told reporters hours earlier that he had taken the coronavirus test, following days of resisting being screened despite the fact that he had been in recent contact with three people who have tested positive for the virus, including members of the Brazilian president's delegation who visited with him at his Florida resort.
“One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free,” Sean Conley, the president’s physician, said in a memo.
Trump told reporters at a White House briefing on Saturday that he had his temperature taken and it was “totally normal,” shortly before stepping into the room to discuss the government’s efforts to halt the spread of the virus. The pandemic has now infected more than 2,200 people in the U.S. and caused at least 50 deaths.
The president had multiple direct and indirect contacts with people who have since tested positive for the virus, including three people he spent time with last weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
The Brazilian Embassy in Washington said late Friday that the country’s chargé d’affaires, Nestor Forster, tested positive after sitting at Trump’s dinner table. So, too, have a top aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who took a photo with Trump and attended a party with him, and another person who attended a campaign fundraiser with the president that Sunday, according to two Republican officials who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss private health matters.
Trump, after days of insisting that he was not exhibiting symptoms of the virus, relented after being pressed by reporters about his resistance to testing when multiple lawmakers and countless citizens across the country who have had the same degree of exposure have not only tried to get tested, but also chosen to try to avoid potentially infecting others.
The president, according to two people close to the White House, had been reluctant to take the test for fear it would project weakness or worry. Trump has wanted to appear in full control during the crisis, and had expressed concerns that taking personal steps could undermine that appearance.
Trump came into office as self-described germaphobe who tried to avoid handshakes as he conducted his real estate business. But he acknowledged Saturday that he’s now finding it difficult to resist shaking hands, a habit that he says he’s picked up since becoming a full-time politician.
At a news conference Friday to announce he was declaring a national emergency, Trump eagerly shook the hands of several corporate executives, even though health policy experts on White House coronavirus task force have urged Americans to avoid physical contact to help stem the spread of the virus.
“People come up to me, they shake hands, they put their hand out,” Trump said. “It's sort of a natural reflex, and we're all getting out of it. All of us have that problem.”
The White House is stepping up efforts to try to keep the virus at bay.
On Saturday, the White House announced that it is now conducting temperature checks on anyone who is in close contact with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, including reporters who attend a White House briefing and anyone entering the Oval Office.
Pence also wrote a memo to White House staff Saturday reminding them to take precautions such as avoiding physical contact, washing hands frequently and staying home when sick.
“It’s imperative each one of us do our part to take the proper precautions to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe,” Pence wrote. “As an employee aboard the White House Complex, we have an additional duty to protect the health of our Executive Branch and those working with us.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, who is helping coordinate the U.S. response to the outbreak, noted that testing results reflect a snapshot in time and that it’s crucial for people to maintain precautions.
“When you get a negative test, that means you're negative that day,” Birx said. “That doesn't mean that you couldn't get the virus spreading overnight, because it replicates in your nose and your nasal secretions, and you would have a positive test tomorrow.”

 Marion Cotillard in Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (2011). Photograph: Claudette Barius/Allstar/Warner Bros

Test Kits in Short Supply, Health Officials Sound Alarms March 6, 2020

Hong Kong denies 'slavery' as prisoners work nights to make face masks
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hong Kong prison authorities rejected criticism of "modern slavery" on Tuesday as female inmates started working night shifts to produce millions of face masks after the fast-spreading coronavirus triggered shortages.
Inmates at the Lo Wu prison have complained about their health and low pay after monthly production for government agencies was doubled to 2.5 million masks amid surging demand, said lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun who met with the prisoners.

"This is an exploitation and another form of modern slavery," said Shiu, a former social worker who has been campaigning for prisoners' rights.

Prison officials defended the decision on Tuesday.

"All persons in custody participating in the night shift are on a voluntary basis," said a spokeswoman at the Hong Kong's Correctional Services Department, which oversees prisons.

"If they found themselves not adaptable to the night shift work, they may approach the management at any time," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in emailed comments.

More than 114,000 people have been infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus globally and over 4,000 have died since it emerged in China in December, sparking a rush for face masks even as health officials have said healthy people do not need them.

Across Asia, the spread of the flu-like virus has sparked a run on masks, with some hospitals struggling to procure enough for their staff, leading to rationing and arrests for hoarding.

With round-the-clock production, female prisoners, often working night shifts, earn about HK$800 ($103) a month, Shiu said, which he said compared poorly to Hong Kong's minimum wage of HK$37.50 per hour.

"This is not an incentive payment - this is a disincentive," said Shiu, himself a prison laborer when he was jailed for five months last year over his role in Hong Kong's 2014 pro-democracy protests.

The prison official said about 100 women prisoners work six days a week, for shifts of six to 10 hours, sometimes at night, and earn about HK$25 to HK$200 per week, depending on their skills or exact work.

About 1,200 retired or off-duty prison officers are also working to produce the masks, the government said.

Prisoners around the world have been put to work for centuries, although the United Nations guidelines stipulate that inmates should not be held in slavery and deserve a fair wage and decent work conditions.

Chinese scientists: Coronavirus is a man-made virus from a Laboratory in Wuhan

Posted by EU Times on Feb 17th, 2020

https://www.eutimes.net/2020/02/chinese-scientists-coronavirus-is-a-man-made-virus-from-a-laboratory-in-wuhan/

For weeks there has been speculation that, because of growing evidence it has rapidly spread beyond the Chinese government’s ability to contain it, the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) was actually part of a military weapons program.
Now, there appears to be some confirmation that the virus, while perhaps not a ‘weapon,’ per se, was indeed manufactured, and this revelation comes on the heels of a White House request to ask scientists to probe the origin of the disease.
AS ABC News reported earlier this month, the Trump administration directed U.S. scientists and medical researchers to find out more about where the virus actually came from as rumors spread over the Internet that it could be the result of some nefarious Chinese plan.

The network reported:
The director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in a letter to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, requested that scientific experts “rapidly” look into the origins of the virus in order to address both the current spread and “to inform future outbreak preparation and better understand animal/human and environmental transmission aspects of coronaviruses.”
While there are no indications the White House believed the reports of a weaponized virus, clearly there was enough concern among officials to find out if China — and, by default, the rest of the world — was dealing with something other than a hypersonic version of the ‘flu.’

Shortly thereafter, Sen. Tom Cotton, (R-Ark.), a former Army infantry officer and combat veteran, also suggested that “maybe the coronavirus was manmade.”


According to a paper by a pair of Chinese scientists — who, according to Harvard To The Big House — have since deleted their online profiles, it appears as though the virus may indeed have been ‘manufactured.’
According to a pre-print of the research paper published by Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao titled, “The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus,” “In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus. In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.”

A smoking gun conclusion if there ever was one.
Ground Zero for the outbreak near China’s only top-level virology lab

The report and its conclusions, according to Harvard To The Big House, “is the product of a collaboration between a retired professional scientist” with more than three decades’ worth of experience in genome sequencing and analysis, who also helped design “several…bioinformatic software tools,” as well as a former NSA counterterrorism analyst.
The researchers attempt to determine if the Wuhan coronavirus is simply the result of a naturally emergent mutation (from an animal to humans) “against the possibility that it may be a bioengineered strain meant for defensive immunotherapy protocols that was released into the public,” most probably by mistake or accident. That’s possible, the researchers note, because “China’s rate of occupational accidents is about ten-times higher than America’s, and some twenty-times more than Europe’s,” the only other regions on the planet where there are high-level virology laboratories.

Initially, it was reported that the current strain may have mutated to humans from bats, but as the researchers noted, the outbreak began in late December when most of the Wuhan region’s bat species are in hibernation.
Also, the Chinese horseshoe bat’s habitat is massive — covering a region filled with scores of cities and hundreds of millions of people. And yet, ground zero for the outbreak happened to be close to the only BSL-4 virology lab in China, which is located in Wuhan City, home to 11 million people.
Notably, the lab “was staffed with at least two Chinese scientists – Zhengli Shi and Xing-Yi Ge – both virologists who had previously worked at an American lab which already bio-engineered an incredibly virulent strain of bat coronavirus,” Harvard To The Big House noted.

In short, Wuhan coronavirus may not be a bioweapon but it certainly appears not to have simply occurred naturally.

Only 6,563 Americans have been tested for the coronavirus so far
Yahoo News - ALEXANDER NAZARYAN -Mar 10th 2020


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Despite vows to drastically expand the coronavirus testing regime, federal and state public health authorities have tested only 6,563 people for the coronavirus as of Tuesday morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and numbers provided by all 50 states. 
That count includes people tested by the federal government and by state laboratories. Because those laboratories may not always report people who tested negative for the coronavirus, the true number of people tested is probably somewhat higher. 
Confusion about that exact number persists even at the highest reaches government. Earlier on Tuesday, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said he couldn’t provide the figure. “We don’t know exactly how many because hundreds of thousands of our tests have gone out to private labs and hospitals that currently do not report in to CDC,” he said in a CNN appearance.

That number stands in stark contrast to the promises made by leading members of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, who have variously asserted that 75,000 people would be tested by last week’s end and that laboratories across the United States would have the capacity to conduct 1.5 million tests by the beginning of this week. 
Neither claim appears to yet be close to realized, angering some Washington lawmakers. “We are in a crisis, and there are questions about our preparedness and ongoing response efforts,” Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said on Tuesday morning. “I’m very concerned — and, I think, we all are — about our nation’s capabilities for coronavirus. Other countries have been testing thousands of people for weeks, but the U.S. is woefully behind the curve.”
The nation’s ability to test for the coronavirus was hampered early on because a test created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was found to have a contaminated reagent, meaning that one of its three markers — the one that would indicate a person was not infected — was not operational.
The CDC eventually corrected that error but also had to grapple with the fact that by keeping the coronavirus tests within its own purview, it was severely limiting the numbers who could be tested. It has since allowed private and university laboratories to conduct testing, while also vowing to stock public health labs with sufficient quantities of the coronavirus test.
Still, the lag is evident, robbing epidemiologists of precious days as they seek to contain the spread of the disease.
Private laboratories are expected to intensify their own testing efforts, but as of Monday morning, Mark S. Birenbaum, who heads the National Independent Laboratory Association, said he was uncertain of how many of his members had begun to test for the coronavirus.

“Many have not,” he wrote in a text message.
CDC spokesman Richard Quartarone said that as of Monday evening, the Atlanta-based public health agency had tested 1,707 people. On March 3, that number had been 1,200 people, which means the CDC has tested 507 people in the last week, or about 72 per day. 
In a congressional hearing on Tuesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, said that state laboratories had tested 4,856 people. The source of that statistic is not clear: The day before, both the White House and the CDC said that information was not available. An industry group representing public laboratories also said it had not yet gathered the data.
State laboratories had tested 3,280 people as of Monday evening. That number is derived from the COVID Tracking Project, started by Denver-based venture capitalist Jeff Hammerbacher and journalists from the Atlantic, put the number of people tested by state labs at a somewhat lower 3,280. The data compiled by Hammerbacher slightly understates the number of people tested, since some states report only positive test results. 
South Korea, by contrast, has performed well over 100,000 tests.  An analysis by Business Insider found that the U.S. lags badly behind other nations in the share of its population that has been tested (the analysis, however, appears to exclude people who were tested by state labs).
At the same time, public laboratories cannot be relied upon to carry the brunt of the testing burden. On the whole, Michelle Forman, a spokesperson for the Association of Public Health Laboratories, estimates that public laboratories will be able to test only 10,000 patients per day, and that is when all 100 facilities are running at full capacity.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.


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 CDC deliberately released infected coronavirus patient in San Antonio, Texas
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  Coronavirus CRIMINALS: The CDC deliberately released infected patient in San Antonio while positioning itself to financially benefit from an exploding epidemic
Monday, March 02, 2020 by: Mike Adams


https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-02-cdc-deliberately-released-infected-patient-in-san-antonio-coronavirus.html


(Natural News) The CDC just deliberately released an infected coronavirus patient in San Antonio, Texas. The number of “accidental” releases of infected patients, the nearly four-week withholding of diagnostic test kits and the downplaying of the severity of the outbreak can no longer be explained away as coincidence. This appears to be a deliberate, planned strategy to spread the coronavirus across America, cause nationwide chaos and get more funding and medical martial law powers for the CDC itself.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a patient from isolation in San Antonio, Texas, after two tests returned negative for the new coronavirus, but the person later tested positive,” reports The Epoch Times.

So the CDC messed up yet again, failing to make sure the person was truly cleared of coronavirus before releasing him into the general public. The CDC later attempted to cover this catastrophic error by saying, “Following the patient’s release, results of a subsequent sample were received, and determined to be weakly positive. Out of an abundance of caution, CDC decided to bring the individual back into isolation at a local medical facility.”

The CDC is now using transgender-like language to describe virus test results
For starters, from a virology point of view there’s no such thing as “weakly positive.” Testing for the coronavirus produces a binary result. It’s either positive or negative. Is the CDC seriously going to start telling us people are now “sort of positive” or “kinda negative” or other such nonsense? Suddenly the CDC sounds like a transgender high school student explaining how he/she fluidly transitions between 47 different genders by merely wishing for socially acceptable virtue signaling transitions.
This latest mistake is on top of the CDC deliberately withholding coronavirus testing kits from the entire country for nearly four weeks, allowing the virus to exponentially multiply with near-zero surveillance about which communities are already infected.
According to truly bombshell new research that studied the mutation rate of the coronavirus in the wild, the coronavirus has been spreading for six weeks in Washington State, infecting as many as 1,500 people in that state alone.

It was only the independent media — like NaturalNews.com — that sounded the alarm on the near-total lack of coronavirus testing across the country, pointing out that it’s impossible to detect infections if you don’t test for them. I even coined the term, “Don’t Test, Don’t Tell,” which has since been echoed by many others. (Source: My article from Feb. 25)


Former FDA director Gottlieb warns “thousands” are already infected in America
We’ve now reached the point where, according to former FDA director Scott Gottlieb, there are “thousands” of infections in America right now. Before Gottlieb said that, I publicly estimated anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 coronavirus infections in the United States right now. Gottlieb says it’s “low thousands.” Via ZeroHedge:
Former FDA Director Scott Gottlieb, who has been far more vocal than the current FDA director thanks to his regular appearances on CNBC and other cable news channels, warned during an interview on CNBC Monday morning that the public shouldn’t trust the administration’s rhetoric.
The fact is, things are far from ‘okay’, Gottlieb said. Now that the government is expanding testing, the US case count will ‘grow rapidly’. The public should start stocking up on supplies and preparing for widespread disruptions. Gottlieb warned that the number of cases in the US has probably already reached the ‘low thousands’. Hundreds could be confirmed by the end of the week.


Note the stark contrast between Gottlieb and current FDA / CDC officials who are universally lying to the American public and even telling people it’s bad to buy food, hand sanitizers or medical masks.

The Trump administration is floundering over this issue and U.S. government propaganda currently appears almost indistinguishable from communist China’s own propaganda parade. (Will the U.S. soon start hiding coronavirus deaths? Probably…)

The CDC stands to receive billions in new funding as the coronavirus explodes across America
Every U.S. government agency prioritizes its own survival and expansion over everything else. Throughout U.S. history, events have been staged to rapidly increase federal funding as part of a problem-reaction-solution cycle that’s often rooted in deliberately staged “emergencies.”
For example, the ATF received a huge influx of new funding after staging the David Koresh / Waco, Texas raid in the 1990s. The entire thing was rigged, staged for CNN’s camera and carefully controlled to create an emergency where none existed. Koresh could have easily been arrested on the street while out shopping for groceries, but instead the ATF staged a murderous raid that deliberately killed dozens of women and children.
Similarly, the Oklahoma City federal building bombing was quite literally plotted by the FBI to increase funding for the FBI. They recruited the scapegoat, provided the explosives, evacuated their own offices and even planted explosives in the federal building there, all to create blood and gore for the cable news cameras so that more funding could be approved to combat “extremists” in America, all under Bill Clinton of course. To this day, the FBI is the single most prolific source of terror plots across America, and that fact is openly confirmed by the New York Times, the Kansas City Star and other mainstream media outlets.
Similarly, the Disneyland measles outbreak from a couple of years ago was staged to push for mandatory vaccines in California (SB 277, Richard Pan), and now the CDC is actively allowing coronavirus to escape confinement as part of a malicious plot to cause infections to spread across America. The primary beneficiary of the outbreak? The CDC itself, which could receive billions in new funding. (Apparently a $6.5 billion annual budget isn’t enough.)
What’s even more insane is the fact that this covid-19 coronavirus is the product of biological weapons development programs that were funded by the NIH itself to the tune of nearly $700 million.
So the taxpayers funded this weapon system, and now that it has been unleashed upon the world, the very same “death science” government bureaucrats who caused the problem will demand billions in new funding to solve it.
You need to watch this bombshell interview with Prof. Francis Boyle to learn more:
Brighteon.com/657ba287-ac9e-4b7f-b1c8-7b60654ba2bc

 

 

We are now seeing undeniable evidence that the CDC and elements of the State Department are deliberately releasing infected people who will spread the coronavirus across America.

The most recent "accident" (which wasn't an accident) involves the release of an infected patient in San Antonio, Texas.

The CDC stands to get a huge influx in funding if this spreads like crazy across America. Medical martial law is coming, and the CDC will be granted enormous power over the lives of Americans.

Read the full story here.
P.S. Due to insane demand, all new orders placed at the Health Ranger Store are now delayed by 10 days while we process existing orders for masks and other urgent supplies. We still have many items in stock, but all orders are delayed. Amazon is now almost completely sold out of isopropyl alcohol, by the way. Huge shortages appearing everywhere, including Costco.

Here’s what’s coming for America as the coronavirus spreads… city-scale quarantines, overrun hospitals, domestic flight lockdowns and MEDICAL MARTIAL LAW
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 by: Mike Adams
Tags: coronavirus, infections, martial law, outbreak, pandemic, Public Health, quarantine, Tyranny

https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-03-03-whats-coming-for-america-as-the-coronavirus-spreads-quarantines-medical-martial-law.html

(Natural News) Now that the CDC has invoked its “rule by secrecy” mode by hiding coronavirus testing numbers in order to deceive America (while it quietly “seeds” infected people into the population), it’s abundantly obvious that the coronavirus outbreak in America is going to be used to invoke medical martial law.
There are already thousands of infections across America which have not yet been tested — all by design, of course, as the CDC withheld testing kits from hospitals and local health officials across the country. By our best estimates, there are currently between 5,000 and 10,000 infections in America, mostly along the West Coast (Seattle and Northern California) with new outbreaks taking place in New York City, Miami, Chicago and other major cities.
Right now, domestic air travel is spreading the virus like crazy, since it spreads during the asymptomatic phase when people don’t even know they’re infected. There is currently no screening of domestic air traelers, and no domestic flights routes have been locked down (although that’s coming soon).


Importantly, the coronavirus has already broken containment in America and is now impossible to contain.

It will impact every major city in America.
Here are a few of my predictions for where we’re going with this. So buckle up and get ready, because the coronavirus is coming to a city near you:
#1) Hospitals will be overrun in regions of America – As the exponential growth rates cause an explosion in infection cases, hospital beds that can handle biocontainment demands will quickly be full. We are close to that condition at this very moment, in fact.
#2) Entire cities in America will be placed under quarantine lockdown status: This may take a while to be fully recognized and declared, but it will occur. Once you are caught in a quarantine, you will not be allowed to leave, for fear that you might spread the disease to other cities.
#3) School closures will become commonplace: This is already beginning to occur, and the practice will rapidly spread.
#4) Over the coming week, there will be tens of infections confirmed in America: By the end of this week (Sunday night), we should expect somewhere around 100 new cases having been confirmed this week.
#5) Within 30 days, if lab testing is allowed to take place, you will see hundreds of coronavirus infections confirmed in America. Watch for cases to jump to 200, then 500, etc. If the testing is allowed to take place, this is inevitable.
#6) Within 90 days, if the labs are legitimately trying to test everyone they can, you will see thousands of coronavirus infections confirmed in America. By June, in other words, there will be thousands of confirmed infections in America, and possibly over 10,000 by that time.
#7) Unless there’s a miracle intervention, eventually the number of coronavirus infections confirmed in America will exceed 100,000. This is mathematically inevitable, especially with the widespread negligence, incompetence and even criminal maliciousness of federal agencies that are right now telling Americans to NOT prepare. The federal government, of course, may never allow these numbers to see the light of day, since the CDC and the Trump administration now appear to be modeling their response after communist China (basically just lie about everything and hide the truth).
#8) Restrictions on domestic air travel, armed highway checkpoints: Once the quarantines begin, you will see armed roadside checkpoints and domestic air travel restrictions put in place. America will become a medical police state.
#9) Forced vaccines and “show me your papers” police state protocols. Eventually, once the vaccine is rolled out, you will see calls for mandatory vaccines and restrictions on human rights for people who are not vaccinated (no right to hold a job, no right to travel on public transportation, no right to be a parent, etc.). Prepare to be required to carry proof that you’ve been vaccinated. “Show me your papers.”
#10) The near-collapse of entire cities into lawlessness and chaos: Although it might take a year or more for the full extent of the coronavirus pandemic to work its way across the nation, at some point entire cities will seemingly descend into lawlessness and chaos. The U.S. military is already reportedly planning for up to 3.3 million deaths in America as a possible scenario. The quarantines, paycheck losses and the severing of food supply lines will wreak havoc in cities like Seattle and San Francisco, where homelessness and filth are already out of control, even without a pandemic.


Just remember, you are told there’s no need for YOU to prepare, even while the military and government are buying every truckload of emergency supplies they can find.
It’s criminal. When the Surgeon General tells you to STOP buying masks because they don’t work, and then says hospital staffers need all those masks because they DO work, you know he’s lying.
Get prepared with gear, or get ready to die. That about sums it up.
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About the author: Mike Adams (aka the “Health Ranger“) is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com called “Food Forensics“), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics. Follow his videos, podcasts, websites and science projects at the links below.

Mike Adams serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation. He has also achieved numerous laboratory breakthroughs in the programming of automated liquid handling robots for sample preparation and external standards prep.

The U.S. patent office has awarded Mike Adams patent NO. US 9526751 B2 for the invention of “Cesium Eliminator,” a lifesaving invention that removes up to 95% of radioactive cesium from the human digestive tract. Adams has pledged to donate full patent licensing rights to any state or national government that needs to manufacture the product to save human lives in the aftermath of a nuclear accident, disaster, act of war or act of terrorism. He has also stockpiled 10,000 kg of raw material to manufacture Cesium Eliminator in a Texas warehouse, and plans to donate the finished product to help save lives in Texas when the next nuclear event occurs. No independent scientist in the world has done more research on the removal of radioactive elements from the human digestive tract.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and American Indians. He is of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his “Health Ranger” passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the author of the world’s first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed “strange fibers” found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health “gurus,” dangerous “detox” products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over fifteen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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