The budget cut to the CDC that I've heard is 80%, but I can't swear to the accuracy of that.
I am pretty confident that this current strain of coronavirus (which set of viruses do range from the cold to SARS) started in China's "wet markets" where there are many exotic animals of different species kept in close quarters. So far the fatality rate is 2% if we can believe the statistics coming out of China, which is no sure bet.
It seems to affect the elderly more severely and children are not coming down with it. Again, so far as has been reported.
ETA: I just heard Sanjay Gupta MD on CNN say that now the first patient in China had no contact with this animal market, so I withdraw my "pretty confident" remarks above. News is fluid these days, to say the least!
If you haven't seen the video Barbra Streisand made from her album which came out in 2018 try to find it on line. It's called, "Don't Lie To Me." She sings "everyone answers to someone" while showing all the lies and deceit the jerk sitting in the Oval continues to do. On another chat room someone suggested the DNC skip their debates and just show this video instead. lol.
After all these years I can't figure out how to post a video on here. I don't even try anymore. But, if you haven't seen it please check it out. Google it. You go, Babs!
Rush Limbaugh says the Coronavirus is just the common cold, and it's just Democrats fear mongering. He's a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, so of course he must know. I think that ultimately this virus will be brought under control, and that it's possible the media may be exaggerating a little. But the fact is that we don't know. So it's better for people to know to take precautions and be prepared than not. RL wants to suck up to the JA. The JA just wants to win, and he doesn't want to be blamed for not being better prepared. Neither of them give a damn about the rest of us. As Barbra Streisand says in her song, how do they sleep at night? These people have absolutely no conscience whatsoever.
On a more hopeful note, a friend here in TN who is Democrat told me yesterday that she knows 3 staunch Republicans who have told her they are going to vote against Trump. Those three plan to vote for Bloomberg because they think he is best equipped to beat Trump. I don't know if he is or not, but I'm always happy to hear someone is going to vote against this JA.
I see this morning, that a lady in Japan tested positive twice, now. She was in the hospital on round 1 & is now testing positive again. They seem to think the virus can lay dormant in our bodies & come back again....That gives me no confidence that this is going to be taken care of quickly until a vaccine is tested & approved. I'm trying to over worry & panic because really its all out of my hands. Just do the best I can with preparing for the worst & hoping for the best. So, they say it hits the elderly harder....are we "elderly...LOL...I'm 71 soon to be 72...my head says I'm still a young un, but my body screams otherwise somedays...So how do you determine "elderly"
Good Grief, I have no faith ( no pun intended) when it comes to Pence. Praying may help calm ones fears but to pray on a health situation for guidance rather than rely on science like he did with the HIV crisis in his state when he was in charge gives me no confidence in him to lead the team on this virus.
They said the person in CA was admitted to hospital & they wanted to test for Corona, but the CDC delayed & delayed on the testing. Makes one wonder if they had orders from JA to not test so it would sound like the community transmission hasn't started. Protecting his ass again, I suppose. Another delay tactic.
Do you think JA will continue his campaign rallies. That would be a real petri dish for the virus to spread. I wonder about the candidates out campaigning as well.
Sure is a lot to think about & as I said I'm trying to over worry, but some times its hard. Especially since we have Jason living with us. I know we have a plan should both DH & I get sick or hospitalized, in any circumstance, but all plans could go out the window once this virus takes hold. Guess I just deal with it as it comes. UGH!
JA will continue his campaign rallies. That would be a real petri dish for the virus to spread.
My first thought was they deserve it. DT and his supporters have officially turned me into an evil person. Of course I don't really want it since they could infect anyone.
birdgal , I thought Gupta's remark was notable because it cast doubt on what has been a widely accepted theory of the origin of this strain of coronavirus. If anything, I brought it up to remind myself to be skeptical. I consider him more than a TV doctor. He is Assoc. Chief of neurosurgery - Grady Mem. in Atl, GA and Asst. prof of neurosurgery - Emory Univ. School of Medicine. I will admit a bias toward Indian physicians because of positive experiences with them.