Michigan Governor Flips on Coronavirus Drug

by Daveda Gruber:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who was against certain drugs that President Trump had mentioned were having success on treating coronavirus patients has flipped her opinion.

The Democratic Michigan Governor’s administration, through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), had sent a letter threatening administrative action against doctors who prescribed two experimental drugs that could potentially help coronavirus patients.

This week Michigan requested hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine from the Strategic National Stockpile for doctors to use to help treat patients with COVID-19.

The reversal comes after the Food and Drug Administration granted an emergency use authorization for the anti-malarial drugs over the weekend.

Governor Steve Sisolak of Nevada and his administration had also restricted the prescribing of hydroxychloroquine after a man died and his wife was hospitalized after using fish tank cleaner that had a similar name.

Sisolack made statements that there was no conclusive evidence among COVID-19 experts or Nevada’s own medical health advisory team that the drugs provide treatment for patients with the coronavirusat this time.

Michigan has now requested a supply of the medications for physicians to use in treating patients of COIVD-19. The Department of Health and Human Services received and accepted donations of the medications to the national stockpile to be used for coronavirus treatment.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement, “President Trump is taking every possible step to protect Americans from the coronavirus and provide them with hope. Scientists in America and around the world have identified multiple potential therapeutics for COVID-19, including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.”

The U.S. reported, as of Thursday morning, that there were more than 216,700 positive cases of COVID-19 and more than 5,130 people have died from the coronavirus.

On a personal note, anyone who consumes fish tank cleaner that says “not for human consumption” is not very smart.

All drugs taken should be prescribed by a physician and taken only as prescribed even though I did write about the cure in another article.

The treatment through the drugs that I mentioned in one of my previous articles, are being administered on hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

Do not self-administer any drug. Let doctors decide if you require them and if you should be hospitalized and monitored.

Is There a Cure for Coronavirus?

by Daveda Gruber:

In this time that we live in, the big company owner’s names are often disregarded in the shuffle.

Warren Buffett is one of these names that is involved with ownership of large companies through his insurance conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway.

He purchased DirecTV (NYSE:DTV), IBM (nyse:IBM), and CVS (NYSE:CVS).

I won’t go into details of how many share each one owns of DirecTV or IBM but let’s see about CVS.

Soros owns 231,735 shares of CVS, valued as $8 million as of Sep. 30, 2011, which accounts for 0.13% of his equity portfolio. He has traded the stock for at least five years and in the third quarter sold 277,100 shares. Buffett bought 5,661,000 shares of CVS in the third quarter, valued as $190 million as of Sept. 30, 2011, which accounts for 0.32% of his equity portfolio.

Why is this important to understand? Let me explain. CVS is a pharmaceutical company. Soros also owns WuXi Tech Inc. Biological Laboratories, which has fifteen locations, one of which is in Wuhan, China.

Berkshire Hathaway appeared to be giving Teva and its newly appointed CEO Kare Schultz a strong vote of confidence when it reported in December 2017 that it had amassed a 1.86% stake in the company, or about 18.6 million shares.

Soros Fund Management exited Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. earlier this year, but re-entered the stock in the second quarter, according to recently filed 13Fs.

Teva was reportedly pursuing a $40 billion buyout of generic drug rival Mylan earlier this year to help offset any revenue losses from the drug Copaxone which is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults. and keep the company’s earnings per share headed in the right direction.

Pfizer bought Mylan in an all-stock deal and combining the $10 billion generic pharmaceutical company with its own off-patent branded and generic business.

One company leads to another. They buy and sell to each other. They seem to know what medication will be needed and when.

Why do some very wealthy people know when to buy stocks and when to sell? They are actual owners of the companies that sell the goods when they are needed the most.

What is needed now during this coronavirus crisis? The drugs that can cure it are desperately needed.

Hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets are manufactured by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) are approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of malaria, lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition, TEVA announced the immediate donation of more than 6 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets through wholesalers to hospitals across the U.S. to meet the urgent demand for the medicine as an investigational target to treat COVID-19. The company is also looking at additional ways to address the global need.

The drug Hydroxychloroquine  (hye drox ee KLOR oh kwin) is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. It is also used to treat malaria. CVS Pharmacy sells the drug.

More available is the antibiotic, Azithromycin. It is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, eye infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Hydroxycholorquine (Plaquenil; name brand) 200 mg – 60 tablets in combination with Azithromycin 250 mg – 6 tablets is supposedly the cure for those inflicted with the coronavirus.

It is said to cure patients in six days or less.

Health officials have been quick to warn that enthusiasm for the drugs have increased. Hoarding has already begun.

Big clinical studies of the drugs against COVID-19 are beginning to take place. Do they already know the answer?

There are different views on hydroxychloroquine sulfate and its ability to help people with the COVID-19 but then all people are not in a rush to get it out to general public unless they own the companies that will make the drug to cure the disease and are prepared to sell it in mass quantities.

Follow the money trail. It always leads to the source

NYPD Police Infected with Coronavirus

by Daveda Gruber:

The number of New York Police Department officers who have tested positive for the coronavirus has risen.

On Thursday it was reported that twenty NYPD officers had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus but that number has jumped to thirty-five as of Friday.

None of the thirty-five officers have been hospitalized as of yet but there is one who was hospitalized in serious condition with pneumonia but his test has not confirmed that he is positive for the virus.

The number of officers who have called in sick has been on the rise.

The First Precinct has been the hardest hit with thirty-one officers who have called in sick, so far. That is a whooping seventeen percent of the precinct’s staffing.

NYPD has a Movie and Television Unit and they were called in to fill in depleted ranks at that Precinct.

The union representing NYPD officers filed a complaint last week that claimed the NYPD has failed to provide sufficient protective equipment to use in the cleaning and sanitizing supplies.

It was reported that officers can get masks and hand sanitizer if they feel it is required.

With the outbreak of the virus, the NYPD has increased cleaning of its facilities. This has affected work schedules.

Officers are screened and monitored daily by department doctors before returning to work.

The NYPD sick desk is handling the calls from officers who feel they are sick with the virus. A panel, including doctors, makes a case-by-case determination as to whether someone should be quarantined. They do not have to be symptomatic to be quarantined.

The crime rate in New York City has fallen over the last few weeks because of closures in the city but calls with people asking for ambulances, or asking for a response to their home because they are sick has increased.

In the mean time the number of officers infected continues to grow.

Coronavirus Affecting Many Lives

by Daveda Gruber:

Living in a small city has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on what people living there expect in day to day living. I never anticipated the coronavirus would affect anything that happens here where I live.

In my lifetime I’ve lived in big cities for the bulk of that time but this has changed for me fifteen years ago, in 2005, when I moved to a relatively small city.

Last week I received an alert on my phone. We get these alerts when a meeting, party or something happens that affects us who live here. I’m in  a gated community that has a Board of Directors, which I was a director of, off and on in the past. I was always available to help my community. I am still an Internet correspondent who posts updates and holiday greetings along with a gentleman who has good computer skills.

The alert caught me off guard, as I was not expecting it. After all, I live in a small city with a population of 15,635 as of 2017.

As I listened, I heard the alert was in connection to the coronavirus, which has affected the United States and worldwide countries. I was told by the automated phone alert that the clubhouse, where meetings have taken place, was being disinfected due to state concerns. Alerts, came through my phone, of where I can have food delivered from along with common sense about washing hands and staying away from crowds. A meeting that was scheduled was cancelled.

Monday, March 16th, my dog groomer called me to cancel my Teacup Poodle’s grooming appointment for March 25th because the state of Pennsylvania has cancelled all non essential businesses to close.

That was the end of my keeping “business as usual.” My groomer is under sixty and her husband is too. They are the only two people at the grooming facility. Still, the business is shutting down due to suggested state requirement.

My dog is thirteen years old but dogs cannot transmit the virus. Cats can transmit the disease, as I have researched, but normally do not require grooming. Where is the big risk? I guess that people bringing their dogs for grooming could be sick or contagious? That’s a difficult question because people can be carriers of COVID-19 and not know it.

It is not my intention to alarm others but I have to admit that my everyday life has been impacted.

Okay, it’s difficult to make me get overly concerned by this panic that has ensued in this country and has instilled fear in many citizens but I am beginning to take a good look at what is going on and why.

Who benefits from the coronavirus and who doesn’t?

As a rule, following the money trail has never steered me wrong. But now the money trail leads me to political advantage.

If there were a change of administration in the U.S., China would most likely benefit. China has had to start paying their fair share to the U.S. under President Trump and the Trump administration. It is costing China money which they never had to pay under former administrations.

People not having contact with each other brings on the reality that sporting events, concerts and any gatherings must be stopped for an undetermined length of time. That would also make Trump rallies, which bring like-minded people together and brings unity  and support for Trump, impossible to have and, in effect, grow.

At the same time, it cancels campaigning through gatherings of people impossible for Democratic candidates. Indications show who the DNC wants to run against Trump and that is former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden is not a good debater or public speaker, to say the least. We’ve all seen the gaffs and false information that come each and every time that the man opens his mouth. Biden has also resumed sniffing small children and hair, something that he had been instructed not to do. Democrats benefit from Biden not left to be with the public.

I don’t claim to be an authority on this pandemic but common sense seems to help me put two plus two together. The answer remains consistent. The money trail leads to China. It is the country where COVID-19 originated.

It’s pretty clear to me that some in government, especially those on the left, have been creating a state of panic. The mainstream media has been behind those spreading fear and they’ve contributed to alarming the general population.

Stay safe, wash your hands and stay home if you are elderly. Practice common sense. Our lives have been impacted in some way shape and form. I know that my life has been affected, has your life been impacted?

I’d love to hear your stories. Please leave a comment or follow me on Twitter and explain your situation.

 

VP Pence: US Ready for Anything

by Daveda Gruber:

On Thursday Vice President Mike Pence assured the nation that the federal government is prepared for any potential health crisis while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside Washington.

CPAC is an annual political conference attended by conservative activists and elected officials from across the United States. CPAC is hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU).

President Trump has put Pence at the helm of the team to lead the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pence said, “We’re ready. We’re ready for anything,” which was what Trump had said yesterday.

Pence called for political unity when he said, “We’re all in this together. This is not the time for partisanship. The American people expect us to work together.”

Pence added went on to say, “I promise you this administration will work with leaders in both parties, on the state and local level. This president will always put the health and safety of America first.”

Here is a video of Pence speaking at CPAC:

Still, it remains doubtful that the top Democrats are likely to fight alongside Republicans.

On Monday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that Trump’s proposed $2.5 billion request to undertake the outbreak was “long overdue and completely inadequate to the scale of this emergency.”

On Wednesday Trump did not hold back words as he called Pelosi “incompetent” and accused her of using the virus for political means.

Trump said, “She’s trying to create a panic and there is no reason to panic, All they are trying to is get a political advantage, but this shouldn’t be a political thing.”

The virus has killed at least 2,800 people worldwide and infected around 82,000 mainly in China. The virus is difficult to detect as it resembles a common cold or flu. The coronavirus does affect the chest and lungs.

U.S. authorities recently confirmed the first American coronavirus case that had no link to international travel in California but it happened in an area near Travis Air Force Base, which was used to transport an American back to the U.S. with the virus, which is near Solano County, where the case was detected.

Dr. Sonia Angell, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer said in a statement, “We have been anticipating the potential for such a case in the U.S., and given our close familial, social and business relationships with China, it is not unexpected that the first case in the U.S. would be in California.”

Testing is happening in other areas of the country where coronavirus is suspected.

Democrats would love to find something new to blame Trump for but no one seems to be buying the garbage that they spew. Trump was not the cause for the virus nor did he not react in the proper manner. Trust me, Trump’s got this under control.