Saturday, March 28, 2020

New Jersey cases spiral upwards as pandemic spreads reports the latest climbing figures for the pandemic as the US now tests more than 100,000 people a day. writes:

Testing over the last 48 hours reveals 90% and 86% of people are testing negative. But in areas like New Jersey, those figures are upside down where nearly a third are testing positive.

As data is collected, pre-existing conditions show diabetes and pre-diabetes as one particularly vulnerable population. The US has a very high level of diabetics due to lifestyle and diet.

The US is targeting 100,000 ventilators for production. Those unused are planned for nations like Italy and the United Kingdom

Thousands of ventilators warehoused in Edison, NJ were made available for New York but not taken and distributed to New York City hospitals revealed by President Trump in a Friday briefing.

On the medical front, a physician in France reports a second battery of patients show the benefits of combination therapy, hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. Both are inexpensive drugs now being used widely by doctors inside the US and around the world.

Dr. Didier Raoult wrote on twitter (translated from French):

Our two articles published tonight help to demonstrate:

1. The effectiveness of our protocol, on 80 patients.
2. The relevance of the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, thanks to research carried out in our P3 containment laboratory.

Dr. Didier Raoult

President Trump & Task Force - Friday briefing to the nation

President Trump notes his signing the Defense Production Act to prioritize production of ventilators at General Motors.

The $2.2 emergency stimulus is signed by President Trump and will begin implementation.

Many hospitals, days into the national emergency against the Chinese Communist Party Coronavirus are in various stages of inadequate supplies and quite limited with ventilators.

Thousands have been delivered to date and 100,000 are being planned for production and distribution.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is highlighted as one who is working well with federal agencies. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo who has demanded tens of thousands of ventilators turns out to have thousands available to him and NY hospitals from the Feds revealed in recent reports.

Further emergency Defense authorizations are now in effect to mobilize additional medical and support people.

The wartime US President addresses his optimism and the continuing efforts as the apex of the pandemic mounts.