Private industry is capable of responding to a crises — if it is taken off its government leash.
Abbott is in the midst of ramping up production and expects to deliver 50,000 of the tests per day in the US as of next week. However, one of its greatest advantages may be its existing footprint. The ID NOW platform already has the “largest” molecular testing presence in the US, and is already “widely available” in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms. If all goes well, the US could both have a more accurate representation of the pandemic’s scope and ensure that the infected get the right care as quickly as possible. __ Lab in a Box
This is not a simple “antibody test.” This test detects viral RNA after quick amplification (5-10 minutes) on site. It is a confirmatory test, not a screening test. But the company is ramping up production and release to the medical community, where it can be used to follow up on positive antibody screening tests.
American industries are responding to the crisis better than any other nation is, has, or can. Ford, GE, and 3M have pooled their resources to build ventilators (the hospital equipment that enables sufferers to breath) as well as face masks that may be able to filter out the virus. President Trump, having asked General Motors to help and found their response lacking, has ordered them to produce ventilators under the Defense Production Act. __ Source
Blame the Swamp for Slow Global Response
China has its own swamp. Without the Chinese swamp, the global spread of CV-Wuhan19 would have been curtailed by roughly 95% of what we are seeing today. The EU also has a swamp, as does the US. Thanks to these entrenched and corrupt swamps, countries around the world were caught on the back foot and must fight back all the harder as a result.
You can compare the fatality rates by country in the table above. The Chinese rate is not considered reliable due to contradictory claims by government vs other on-the-ground parties. A similar lack of confidence applies to the Iranian counts and rates.
The US distribution of cumulative cases and deaths can be seen in the table below.
Note where the lion’s share of new cases and deaths are being seen. The lack of uniformity in disease stats between the different states and regions of the US should provide important information — just as the fact that Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan were able to quickly slow their rates of new cases and deaths should provide valuable information. And they did it without going “total draconian shutdown.”
In addition, comparing countries with tropical climates and warmer March weather, with countries experiencing cooler weather, should inform the discerning reader.
Draining the Swamp Will Save Lives
The Swamp kills. It is not surprising that the news media fails to pass that information along, since so much of the media is an important part of The Swamp’s activist element. But if you want to save lives, you will accelerate the draining of the vile swamp.
Under heavy White House pressure, agencies are lifting barriers. But it was only late Thursday, for example, that the Food and Drug Administration waived some restrictions on the production and sale of surgical masks — more than two months after the first coronavirus case in the United States was confirmed, in Washington state on Jan. 20.
It’s the latest example of red tape gone awry that could prove deadly. It took weeks for the feds to waive regs even on coronavirus testing kits. For more than a month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only allowed the use of its test — which proved to be inaccurate much of the time — even as companies were champing at the bit to produce better and faster kits.
South Korea kept the spread of the virus under better control than most countries because of its widespread testing, something that took the United States months to match. __ Cutting Red Tape
The disingenuous news media is blaming Trump for the actions of the swamp that he has been trying so hard for three years to drain. If only the news media/swamp had not been trying so hard to keep Trump from his job. Think how many thousands of lives might have been saved.
In Washington, leaders typically respond to crises by expanding federal power — drafting new laws and regulations, leaning heavily on federal muscle. The COVID-19 pandemic is revealing President Trump to be a different kind of animal, with instincts and alliances that were forged over years in the private sector, where initiatives tend to move faster and finding creative ways to save money is considered a bragging point. (After all, it is usually one’s own money.)
… Indeed, the medical equipment shortage which has so panicked health care workers from the onset of the crisis often seems to be largely logistical. In other words, a lot of the ventilators and masks are out there — just in unexpected and formerly off-limits places. With a more liberated FDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there’s a whole lotta creative repurposing going on.
Animal hospitals, for instance, are full of ventilators — and they are just like the kind humans use. __ Source
Trump has barely begun to free up private industry from the rancid tendrils of swamp grunge. As we discover how society can operate better with fewer regulations and less red tape, more people will understand the destructive effect of government bloat and overreach.
The swamp media has achieved a significant level of panic among the general public, thanks partially to faulty disease models. But there are only so many incompetent city and state governments as one finds around New York. Just as New York is custom made for the spread of infectious diseases such as CV-Wuhan19, so is the rest of the country more resistant to that kind of spread.
Social isolation should be tailored for the location. A one-size fits all policy is absurd.
The curious case of a decreased all-cause mortality in Europe (and the US). It is possible that we are not seeing the typical “flu bump” in total mortality, because people are being more cautious about contagion reduction.
- go to work
- stay away from crowds
- wash your hands
- wear a mask in public
- don’t touch your face
- don’t shake hands
- keep public surfaces clean/disinfected
- wear cotton gloves in public
In the grocery store:
Go shopping at a time that’s less busy. If you type in the store’s name and location in Google search, a box often will pop up showing when foot traffic there is highest.
Take germicide with you. Use it to wipe your hands and the cart before and after you shop.
Use a credit or debit card. That way, you don’t have to hand over bills or receive change. Also, use your own pen to sign receipts. If you can, use a virtual payment system like Apple Pay so that you don’t have to open your wallet at all.
More Draining the Swamp:
Another newly opened area is telemedicine. Formerly, the FDA and Medicare forbade anyone but rural seniors from accessing telemedicine, and they required that the doctor talking to the remote patient be licensed in the same state as the patient. But all of that is now changed, thanks to the temporary easing of rules protecting the privacy of sensitive medical records transmitted over computer networks. Part of that regulatory relaxation has included timely reassurance to doctors that they won’t get sued for patient privacy breeches during the crisis. Now, doctors may even use their own phones to do a computer consult.
Then there is the “Right to Try Act” act, which allows terminally ill patients to try experimental therapies, i.e. those that have completed Phase I testing but have not been approved by the FDA. Greeted with a vast yawn by the press when it was signed into law by the president in May, 2018, its importance has been underlined with the discovery that off-label uses of an anti-malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine may save people dying of COVID-19. President Trump has touted the early promise shown by the drug in treating COVID-19 patients, despite a more cautious posture adopted by Dr. Fauci and press criticism that the president is raising false hopes for a panacea and recklessly inspiring dangerous self-medication and risky experimentation.
Some of the folks hampered from doing more by federal regulations were the nation’s truckers, many of whom were eager to be part of the solution.
“Besides the doctors and nurses and hospitals, we’re the next level,” a 27-year-old trucker named Daryl Ward told a Memphis television station. “When you’re sleeping, we’re moving.”
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has now stepped in to issue a nationwide emergency declaration suspending the rule that drivers can only spend 11 hours behind the wheel in a 14-hour workday, provided they are hauling critical supplies like medical equipment, food, hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfectants.
Another federal waiver was needed from the Department of Transportation to reopen truck stops that were initially closed en masse by state governments struggling to comply with the requirement to close nonessential businesses. TV footage of truckers stopped on the sides of interstates, trying to catch naps in their crowded cabs, without a place to eat or use the bathroom, made for good television. So, on March 17, the U.S. Department of Transportation deemed truck stops “essential businesses,” too vital to shut down. __ Source
Bureaucrats are just doing their job. It is the people at the center of the swamp who are to blame.
Why didn’t the feds immediately waive those non-essential requirements when it became clear it was crunch time? Mostly because bureaucrats assume they can only get in trouble for allowing something that later produces problems, rather than for stopping something that was actually fine — a rule that’s all too true in normal times.
Federal manufacturing regs aren’t the only ones that have burdened the nation’s response to the pandemic. Only after Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York on March 7 did he put the pause on a number of now-ridiculous state rules — like one that kept doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants who were licensed in another state but not New York from jumping in to help.
Hospitals couldn’t even temporarily increase their bed capacities without state approval. Only registered nurses could collect swab specimens. The list goes on.
Even now, companies looking to help out face major uncertainties: The FDA has only said it “does not intend to object” to the sale of masks that don’t meet its normal regs, for instance — leaving open the risk that you could sincerely play good Samaritan now, and be slammed for it later.
We’ve always known red tape kills jobs. Now the nation is learning it can kill people, too. __ Source