Shutdown, Not Coronavirus, Is Causing Loss of Medical Personnel (VIDEO)

How many people will die because state governments are issuing erratic orders to suspend vital medical procedures?

Call it common core science being dictated by common core math of the erratic models and simulations from Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx. Most medical care is shut down in the country to deal with the flow of COVID-19 patients predicted by their models. Then when those models fail to materialize and hospitals are empty from the mythical surge, outside of a few hot spots, medical personnel are furloughed and we are left with the worst of both worlds.

We are told by our new dictators that destroying the entire country from head to toe was worth it in order to save lives of those afflicted with COVID-19, mainly in the New York City area. But what if, in addition to the destroyed jobs and economy and all the lives being lost as an indirect result of the virus, we are also directly destroying lives of other health care patients who cannot get care because of the overbroad and arbitrary shutdown?

In nearly every state, “elective” medical care has been shut down. Now, that might make sense in New York City, where you want to marshal your medical resources to combat COVID-19. But in most other parts of the country, not only are they not overrun with patients, but thanks to the government’s circular logic of shutting down other medical care, they have no patients and are now furloughing staff. At a time when we need to build up our medical personnel, we are actually cutting them, in addition to keeping many Americans in pain.

I have a relative in Cleveland, Ohio, who needs a hip replacement and is in tremendous pain. Thanks to Gov. Mike DeWine’s arbitrary order, such a procedure is deemed “non-essential,” and he must suffer in pain, even though there is plenty of room in the Cleveland Clinic and University hospital systems. Other Cleveland hospitals are already furloughing staff. Oh, and he can’t get enough pain medication because of the state’s other arbitrary edict of cutting off pain medication, while allowing sanctuary cities, which are hubs for illicit drug trafficking, to continue to thrive.

In 2017, liberals estimated that between 28,000 and nearly 100,000 people per year would die if Republicans partially repealed Obamacare. Their rationale was that Republicans would cause many people to be denied critical care, which would eventually lead to death. Obviously, their vision of socialized medicine equaling health care access is convoluted, but their broader principle was actually correct. If people are denied basic preventive care, it will lead to more fatalities. Which is why so much of Obamacare was focused on preventive care.

So, the question is why don’t leaders like Dr. Anthony Fauci recognize this principle when it comes to gratuitously shutting down nearly all medical care aside from COVID-19 treatment – even in areas without a surge of coronavirus illnesses and hospitalizations? For a man who is so fond of simulations and projections, has he calculated how many people will die from a lack of medical care as a result of the unconditional shutdown he so passionately advocates? Moreover, has he simulated how many critical medical personnel will be lost as a result of shutting down their livelihood?

Last week, Boston Medical Center announced it was furloughing 700 employees, 10 percent of its workforce. After Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear ordered the suspension of “elective” surgeries, Appalachian Region Healthcare, the largest hospital chain in eastern Kentucky, laid off 500 employees. Nurse anesthetists are being laid off in Pennsylvania and in other states, even though they are critical to intubating COVID-19 patients. Hundreds of health care workers in Huntington, West Virginia, were laid off, even though there are barely any COVID-19 patients in the state’s hospitals.

Family practice physicians and specialists are seeing their practices disintegrate. According to a HealthLandscape and American Academy of Family Physicians report, 60,000 family practices will close or significantly scale back, and 800,000 of their employees will be laid off by June. That is roughly 43 percent of the workforce nationwide in family medical practices.

Remember how subways can remain open with thousands of people cramming into rail cars, but small offices must close.

Also, last week, the U.S. Navy deployed the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy to New York City and Los Angeles respectively to deal with what the doomsday crowd was predicting as a hospital bed shortage. They have a combined staff of 1,800 medical personnel and 1,000 beds that have all been pulled away from treating other illness. Yet only 15 individuals have been treated so far on the Mercy and just three on the Comfort, even though it’s in New York City.

And speaking of the military, my former colleague, Jordan Schachtel, obtained a video of a VA hospital in Waco, Texas, which is not accepting veteran patients and is instead telling them to call in their concerns via telephone. They must be slammed with COVID-19 patients, right? Wrong. The hospital is empty.

It’s becoming clear that we cannot simply rely on the misguidance from federal officials and the capricious and arbitrary edicts of governors put in place under murky circumstances two or three weeks ago. It’s time to reassess the definition of “elective” medical care and to recalibrate our entire response to coronavirus. Otherwise, more people will die in the long run because of the cessation of medical care. State legislatures must reconvene and rein in these lawless edicts. Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are still God-given rights and must be protected now more than ever. (For more from the author of “Shutdown, Not Coronavirus, Is Causing Loss of Medical Personnel” please click HERE)

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WATCH: Shoppers Tackle Man After Allegedly Coughing, Spitting on Produce; Woman, 86, Dies After Being Knocked to Ground at Hospital for Violating Social Distancing

By Fox News. A group of Massachusetts shoppers tackled a man and pinned him to the ground until police arrived after catching him allegedly coughing and spitting on produce, fanning coronavirus fears.

Cell phone video shot from inside a Stop & Shop in Kingston on Saturday showed at least three men on top of the man as in the produce aisle.

“Don’t try and get up,” one of the shoppers tells the man pinned to the floor.

Witnesses told police they spotted the 65-year-old man from Duxbury, whose name was not released by authorities, coughing and spitting on produce.

(Read more from “WATCH: Shoppers Tackle Man After Allegedly Coughing, Spitting on Produce Amid Coronavirus Outbreak” HERE)

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Woman, 86, Dies After Being Knocked to Ground at Hospital for Violating Social Distancing

By Fox News. An 86-year-old woman in a Brooklyn hospital died Saturday after being assaulted by another patient for allegedly breaking social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report.

The incident could be New York City’s first coronavirus-related homicide, the New York Daily News reported. Autopsy results are pending.

Janie Marshall, 86, was involved in an altercation with another patient, a 32-year-old woman, around 2:07 p.m. inside the NYC Health and Hospitals/Woodhull in Brooklyn, NYPD said in a statement to Fox News.

Staff told police that Marshall was pushed to the ground, hit her head on the floor and lost consciousness briefly. (Read more from “Woman, 86, Dies After Being Knocked to Ground at Hospital for Violating Social Distancing” HERE)

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WATCH: Nancy Pelosi Dismissed Coronavirus Threat in February Chinatown Visit: ‘Everything Is Fine Here’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to investigate President Trump for his actions in the lead-up to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., but in February, she dismissed the threat with a visit to San Francisco’s Chinatown.

KPIX documented Pelosi’s February 24 visit to a fortune cookie factory and retailers:

“She has been talking to people along the way, a lot of business owners, a lot of community leaders here in Chinatown who have been concerned about the optics of the coronavirus,” reporter Anne Makovec said as the live shot showed Pelosi shaking hands with locals.

“She has been going around to show that it is perfectly safe to be here,” Makovec said.

“We want to be vigilant about what is out there in other places,” Pelosi said to reporters as her entourage packed the sidewalk. “We want to be careful about how we deal with it, be we do want to say to people, ‘Come to Chinatown. Here we are. We’re careful, safe. Come join us.’”

(Read more from “WATCH: Nancy Pelosi Dismissed Coronavirus Threat in February Chinatown Visit: ‘Everything Is Fine Here’” HERE)

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Man’s Heartbreaking Video Shows New York Hospital Forklift Loading Dead Bodies Into Truck

Brooklyn resident John Lee shared a disturbing video Sunday on Facebook featuring medical workers using a forklift to load dead bodies into a refrigerated truck.

According to the New York Post, medical workers loaded the body bags into a “mobile morgue,” which was parked outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center in the Fort Greene neighborhood.

“This is for real,” a tearful-sounding Lee can be heard saying while filming from his car. “They putting bodies in the 18-wheeler. … This is no joke. … This is Brooklyn Hospital.”

What appear to be hospital staff can be seen wearing protective clothing and helping to load the bodies into the waiting truck.

Clearly emotional, Lee implores viewers to stay inside and pray to God.

(Read more from “Man’s Heartbreaking Video Shows New York Hospital Forklift Loading Dead Bodies Into Truck” HERE)

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WATCH: Democratic Mayor Tells Criminals to ‘Chill’ and Wait to Commit Crimes

By The Blaze. Houston’s Democratic mayor announced to the crooks and the criminals that they needed to “chill” and wait until the coronavirus pandemic was over to commit crimes.

Mayor Sylvester Turner made the plea to criminals during a media briefing on the coronavirus response in Houston on Monday.

“Let me just make my plea. Until the coronavirus is resolved, criminals take a break, OK!” said Turner.

“Stay home, OK? Stay home. And don’t commit any crimes!” he added.

“And that way, they’ll stay safe and out of jail, and police officers can stay safe and go home to their families, OK?” Turner concluded. “So everybody chill! Crooks, criminals, you chill! Wait until the coronavirus is over! OK, and then we’ll all be OK!”

(Read more from “Democratic Mayor Tells Criminals to ‘Chill’ and Wait to Commit Crimes” HERE)

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Coronavirus Criminals: Authorities Wage War Against Virus Scammers, Thieves, Impostors and Idiots

By Fox News. From price-gouging, mask stealing and pharma-fraud to charity scams, app extortion, cyber-hacking and even “coughing” on people and produce for Instagram followers or as an act of hate, the new coronavirus-centered crime wave – like the spread of the novel virus – is gaining momentum by the minute.

“People have been so focused on the coronavirus itself, its spread and the danger, less attention has been paid to how fraudsters are committing crimes to steal money and to obtain personal information in order to steal money,” David Katz, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for Los Angeles, told Fox News. “Working people are often hurt the most by fraud. Beyond scams, there has been stealing, diverting and hoarding of surgical masks and other medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, and cargos of groceries, plus hate crimes.”

While traditional criminal activity across much of the country is reported to have dropped in recent weeks as governments have urged – and enforced – residents to shelter in place in a bid to combat the contagion spread, authorities are not battling a crime wave of a different kind: those exploiting the unique pandemic. And the types of illicit actions pertaining to the coronavirus, officially termed COVID-19, are vast and varying. (Read more from “Coronavirus Criminals: Authorities Wage War Against Virus Scammers, Thieves, Impostors and Idiots” HERE)

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WATCH: Sleepy Joe’s Latest Shadow Briefing Goes Worse Than the First

Following Biden’s “Virtual Happy Hour” which my colleague, Bonchie, posted on here, the former Vice President decided to resume his shadow briefings on the Chinese virus on Wednesday. He wants to show Americans how a real president would handle this crisis. (He decided to skip Tuesday’s briefing. I suppose he was worn out after three ten minute interviews he’d given earlier in the day from his home studio.)

Those who watched it said the presumptive Democratic nominee “devolved into gibberish” at times. In the clip below, Biden tells viewers, “I’m going to, Barack, significantly increase the number of pell grants that are out there. A pell grant is a family basically less than $50,000 you’re able to get at the time, it was less than six but it raised it to $6000.” . . .

Lloyd Constantine, a New York attorney and one-time senior policy advisor to former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, writes, “Biden is a melting ice cube. Those of us who have closely watched as time ravaged the once sharp or even brilliant minds of loved ones and colleagues, recognize what is happening to the good soldier Joe.” . . .

Biden’s decline over just the last week has been extraordinary. I don’t think it will be possible for the Democrats to keep this farce going until November. (Read more from “WATCH: Sleepy Joe’s Latest Shadow Briefing Goes Worse Than the First” HERE)

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Fauci: You Have the Private Sector to Thank for Wuhan Coronavirus Tests, Not the Gov’t ‘System’; These Are the Biggest Misconceptions About Coronavirus; America Truly Doesn’t Need Gossips Trying to Gin up Trump-Fauci Split

By Townhall. The government “system” could not hold a candle to the private sector on coronavirus testing, Dr. Anthony Fauci explained Thursday during an Instagram story interview with NBA star Steph Curry, which is why the U.S. has seen a drastic uptick in accurate and widespread test kits available.

“We have hundreds of thousands of tests that are out there now, mostly because we got the private sector involved, of the companies who know how to make it well, make large amounts,” Fauci told the Golden State Warriors player.

Wanting to know what the holdup is to those tests being available “to the masses,” Fauci said there shouldn’t be anything now.

(Read more from “Fauci: You Have the Private Sector to Thank for Wuhan Coronavirus Tests, Not the Gov’t ‘System'” HERE)

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White House Health Advisor Anthony Fauci: These Are the Biggest Misconceptions About Coronavirus

By CNBC. White House health advisor Anthony Fauci said the biggest misconceptions about the COVID-19 pandemic are the extremes — on the one hand there are people who think “the world is going to end” and on the other, people “who don’t even believe it [is real].”

Neither is true, said Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an immunologist. “It’s somewhere in the middle,” he said.

Fauci, 79, talked to NBA star Steph Curry, 32, via Instagram Live on Thursday in an effort to help Curry’s young fans understand why social distancing is so crucial to “flatten the curve” or slow the rate of new coronavirus infections. Some young people have been slow to take social distancing seriously. . .

“I’d like to get the people in the country to realize that we are dealing with a serious problem. It’s something that we’ve modified our lives [for],” Fauci told Curry. And even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still carry the virus and pass it on to love ones, which is important for young people to know, he said. . .

“We’re going through a period of time now where we’ve got to, as a country, pull together. Don’t get frightened. Don’t get intimidated. Use [that] energy to be able to confront it and do the kinds of things that will put an end to it,” Fauci said.

(Read more from “White House Health Advisor Anthony Fauci: These Are the Biggest Misconceptions About Coronavirus” HERE)

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America Truly Doesn’t Need Gossips Trying to Gin up Trump-Fauci Split

By New York Post. As if the world isn’t crazy enough, some extremists want more crazy — namely a falling out between President Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci is the country’s No. 1 immunologist and has advised six presidents in times of trouble.

So the anti-Trump obsessives are all but praying for the president to can him, and so justify their contempt for the chief executive. Meanwhile, the “we hate this quarantine” crew imagines life can go back to normal if the science dude just shuts up.

Fauci sees no split: “Even though we disagree on some things, [Trump] listens,” he told Science magazine. “He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.”

On Tuesday, he said he wishes media bids to sow division “would stop, because we have a much bigger problem here.” Amen. (Read more from “America Truly Doesn’t Need Gossips Trying to Gin up Trump-Fauci Split” HERE)

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WATCH: Massive Protest Breaks out in China’s Hubei Province, Ground Zero for the Coronavirus

By Breitbart. A huge protest march swept out of China’s Hubei province on Friday, with thousands of angry residents pouring across a bridge into neighboring Jiangxi province and clashing with police. . .

The Hubei residents streaming across the bridge are clearly angry after weeks of the coronavirus lockdown, which in theory is being lifted as the Chinese government claims infections in Hubei have dropped to zero. Evidently the protesters are infuriated by how the government has treated them during the crisis – infuriated enough to flip over police cars and swarm past riot control barriers.

According to the “Things China Doesn’t Want You to Know” Twitter account quoted above, there are rumors the riot was kicked off by a fight between Hubei and Jiangxi police officers. The Hubei police were reportedly angered by Jiangxi police crossing into their jurisdiction. (Read more from “WATCH: Massive Protest Breaks out in China’s Hubei Province, Ground Zero for the Coronavirus” HERE)

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China Reports 54 New Cases, Says All of Them Are ‘Imported’

By CNBC. China’s National Health Commission reported 54 new cases of infection, all of which were “imported” as residents returned from abroad. Three new deaths were announced and all of them occurred in Hubei, where the coronavirus was first reported. . .

Altogether, China says it has had 81,394 confirmed cases thus far; among them, close to 75,000 patients have recovered and 3,295 died. Data from Johns Hopkins University showed both the United States and Italy have overtaken China in terms of the number of reported cases. (Read more from “China Reports 54 New Cases, Says All of Them Are ‘Imported'” HERE)

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Record Numbers Turn to Online Faith Platforms During Coronavirus Pandemic (VIDEO)

Record numbers of people are turning to online faith platforms during the coronavirus crisis as their places of worship have shut down indefinitely and people of faith are urged to remain at home. . .

“For the past several weeks, as Catholic dioceses around the country and around the world have suspended Masses, EWTN has been seeing a dramatic increase in media consumption,” Michael P. Warsaw, board chairman and CEO of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, told Breitbart News:

For example, our video on demand platforms alone are seeing an increase over previous traffic levels between 300-500% daily. We have seen our general web traffic increasing by over 500% on some days.

While we don’t know the exact audience numbers, there is no doubt that our television and radio networks are seeing huge increases as well. People have a great deal of anxiety and fear at this moment and it’s clear that they are looking for hope, something that EWTN can help provide.

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Family Research Council (FRC), a nonprofit research and educational organization that advocates for a family-centered philosophy of public life and espouses a biblical worldview, has provided a resource page titled “COVID-19 and the Church” on its website. The site offers creative ideas for churches and ministries to continue faith encounters in a safe manner during the crisis. (Read more from “Record Numbers Turn to Online Faith Platforms During Coronavirus Pandemic (VIDEO)” HERE)

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WATCH: President Trump Invokes the Defense Production Act

After weeks of his critics demanding that he use the Defense Production Act, President Donald Trump announced that he would use the act to order General Motors to manufacture ventilators.

“Today, I signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize federal contracts for ventilators,” Trump said in a statement on Friday.

Earlier on Friday the president signaled that he was close to issuing the order when he tweeted about GM and their negotiations with the federal government. . .

The Trump administration has been criticized by some for what appears to be a lack of medical equipment to tackle the pandemic that was months in coming. The administration has argued that previous administrations, both the Obama and the last Bush administration, are to blame for the shortages. (Read more from “WATCH: President Trump Invokes the Defense Production Act” HERE)

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