More people have died in New York and New Jersey, by far, than in any other state. The two states together account for more than half of the virus-related deaths in the United States. __ Source
While some hard-hit countries of Europe seem to have survived their peak pandemic and may be on the road to recovery, specific parts of the US are still being hammered.
Crowded subway cars such as those in NYC, are the perfect environment for spread of Wuhan CoV-19. The NYC/NJ area is also very densely populated, providing a much shorter distance for the virus to travel in order to spread between human beings. New York and New Jersey account for 70% of all new US coronavirus deaths, over half of new cases, and almost half of the US total cases and total deaths from Wuhan CoV-19. The trend suggests that New York is near its peak.
The table above suggests that Michigan, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Virginia may be in for some deadly weeks ahead, but lacking the population density of NYC and surroundings, the overall morbidity and mortality toll will probably not be as bad.
- The following are the most densely populated [US] cities with populations exceeding 50,000:
- Union City, N.J.: 54,138 persons/sq. mile
- West New York, N.J.: 52,815 persons/sq. mile
- Hoboken, N.J.: 42,484 persons/sq. mile
- New York, N.Y.: 28,211 persons/sq. mile
- Passaic, N.J.: 22,424 persons/sq. mile
More Suspicions of China’s Deadly Viral Studies Institutes
There are two scientific labs within close proximity of of Wuhan where scientists are believed to have been carrying out tests on the coronavirus: the Institute of Virology, and the the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control.
Both are within 10 miles of the animal market where it is believed the outbreak started. __ UK Government Suspects Chinese Labs
These suspicions are well-founded, given the several past leaks of dangerous viruses that have taken place at Chinese biolabs.
Blame American Government Bureaucracy for US Coronavirus Deaths
China is most responsible for the deaths and economic devastation. But after China, the group most to blame is US Government bureaucratic rules and institutions that impede the effort to fight the Wuhan CoV-19 epidemic. In other words, blame “the swamp,” the corrupt killer of lives and dreams.
The US FDA (and CDC) stood in the way of rapid testing to contain the coronavirus. State bureaucracies prevented rapid movement of interstate health professionals to the sites of greatest need. And government bureaucrats are preventing private developers from making and distributing personal protection equipment to health care personnel and others who need it.
The barriers faced by the Open PPE Project and other nontraditional manufacturers looking to combat the pandemic offer a prime example of regulation standing in the way of a swift response to COVID-19.
Almost from the beginning, however, Open PPE has run up against regulatory barriers. The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH)—the subdivision of the CDC responsible for ensuring quality standards for N95 respirators—told the Open PPE Project that approval could take one-and-a-half to three months, a lifetime in pandemic terms.
In order to get production off the ground, Parlmer explained, NIOSH would need to certify that the masks his group produced are able to form a tight seal on the wearer’s face and adequately filter particles. An examination by the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL)—the sub-branch of NIOSH responsible for conducting such tests—would take time and energy the pandemic-slammed agency simply does not have.
This situation is complicated by the travel restrictions imposed on federal employees in mid-March limiting all but “mission-critical” travel. Running an N95 manufacturing facility would require an NPPTL official to conduct site inspection, which is impossible if he or she cannot travel. The CDC did not respond to a request for comment as to whether NIOSH employees have been exempted from the restrictions, but Parlmer was doubtful.
“If site examinations are a part of this process, and people can’t leave the town that they live and work in, we’re sort of at a standstill with this thing,” Parlmer said. __ Source
President Trump announced several treatments in the human trials pipeline
Besides vaccines, convalescent plasma, antivirals, immune modulators, and hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin, several biotech companies are pursuing a “monoclonal antibody” approach. All of these approaches are worth pursuing, along with prudent social isolation and personal protective measures.
- go to work
- stay away from crowds
- maintain a 2 meter distance
- 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:
Those most to blame for US epidemic:
- Chinese Communist Party
- The Swamp
- The Media
- Governors Who Pushed the Panic Button
- The HR Pelosi Crime Family, and its Senate Associates
This group is properly thought of as a particularly nasty part of the swamp. It nevertheless deserves special mention in the hall of shame.
Bonus: Comparing the Scandinavian nations when mulling over different social approaches to controlling Wuhan CoV-19 spread.