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    03/30/2020 1:47:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | MARCH 30, 2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The Wuhan epidemic is bringing to light many regulations and processes that have needlessly impeded efforts to fight the virus by private industry, as well as by government. Quite a few such regulations are now being suspended, causing many to ask, why did we have them in the first place? Minnesota’s governor has ordered a draconian shutdown that is devastating the state’s economy and will bankrupt thousands of small businesses. Why? As elsewhere, to “flatten the curve.” The concern is that Minnesota doesn’t have enough hospital beds and, especially, enough ICU beds to accommodate COVID-19 patients who will need them...

    03/28/2020 4:36:45 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 28,202 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    In Great Britain, extraordinary measures are being taken to ensure compliance with a nationwide shutdown order. From Breitbart: Humberside Police in northern England has built a website for citizens to inform on their neighbours for violating the government’s rules on daily exercise and social distancing. You can only go for one walk a day. If you go out twice, you can be reported to the police. People’s worst instincts are coming to the fore. This is what amazed me: the Derbyshire police have sent drones out, to catch citizens going for unauthorized walks. When the current madness is behind us,...

    03/28/2020 1:01:09 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 104 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 28,2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The total number of Wuhan virus cases in the US surpassed the total in any other country yesterday. It is no surprise the media and their Democratic allies are using this data to cudgel the White House and mislead Americans. But anyone with fifth grade math (which apparently excludes most of the media) knows how irrelevant and misleading such a comparison is. As we have pointed out, the only way to compare the status of the pandemic across countries is to analyze the number of deaths and cases on a per capita basis. The number of deaths per capita is...

    03/28/2020 7:33:47 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Powerline ^ | MARCH 28, 2020 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    What can we learn from the Democrats and their media adjunct in the time of the Wuhan virus? They pose serious hazards to life and liberty. Take the remarkable case of the witless Gretchen Whitmer, governor of the great state of Michigan. Kathy Hoekstra writes in the Detroit News: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs literally threatened all doctors and pharmacists in the state who prescribe or dispense hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. The agency’s March 24 letter warns physicians and pharmacists of professional consequences for the prescribing of hydroxychloroquine (and chloroquine). Beyond the rational recommendation against hoarding...

    03/28/2020 5:50:34 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 27,2020 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    Cuomo this week again bragged about his state’s open arms, which resulted in New York’s current crisis. The reason New York now has so many more cases of coronavirus, even more than California, is “because we welcome people from across the globe,” he said on March 25. “We have people coming here, we have people who came here from China, who came here from Italy, who came here from all across the globe.” Nice going, Governor! Open borders take priority over everything, including your own constituents’ lives. New York’s hospitals are overburdened and experiencing problems, but this is not a...

    03/27/2020 4:37:59 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Powerline ^ | MARCH 27, 2020 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    The online edition of Kim Strassel’s weekly Wall Street Journal Potomac Watch column “Big-government contagion” is accompanied by a video that gives us the gist, but it omits lot of the painful details. Details such as these: Democrats used the bill to tighten every fiber of the social safety net. Put aside the $260 billion for unemployment benefits, potentially necessary in light of record jobless claims. The bill throws $25 billion more at food stamps and child nutrition; $12 billion at housing; $3.5 billion to states for child care; $32 billion at education; $900 million at low-income heating assistance; $50...

    03/27/2020 9:43:07 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 27,2020 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    As Scott writes in this post, Dr. Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London has clarified his testimony about the number of deaths he predicts will occur in England due to the Wuhan coronvirus. I discussed Ferguson’s predictions yesterday in this post. I wrote that Ferguson had “warned that an uncontrolled spread of the virus could cause as many as 510,000 deaths in Britain.” (Emphasis added) For the U.S., he projected 2.2 million deaths in an uncontrolled scenario. Now, Ferguson says the death total in Britain is likely to come in under 20,000. I haven’t seen an updated figure from him...

    03/26/2020 5:55:50 PM PDT · by mathprof · 2 replies
    Powerline ^ | 3/26/2020 | Scott Johnson
    Effective midnight tomorrow, Minnesota sinks more deeply into the shutdown mode of containment under the executive order promulgated by Governor Tim Walz yesterday. Kevin Roche worked with Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm for several years “a long, long time ago.” He has copied us on his letter to Commissioner Malcolm. As it addresses questions of general interest that we have sought to raise, I am posting it below: It has been a long time since we have talked and while I hope you are doing well, I am sure it has been a very difficult time. I am...
  • KEVIN ROCHE: MY STRUGGLE WITH THE STAR TRIBUNE (Great article on the virus)

    03/25/2020 8:40:37 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | March | BY SCOTT JOHNSON
    The real tragedy is that all these efforts to completely suppress the virus are likely futile. Like the influenza virus, coronaviruses, including this variant, are here to stay. While it makes sense to attempt to limit the surge in demand on the health system, continued suppression efforts only spread the economic pain out further and further, without creating any meaningful overall decline in the eventual total number of illnesses and deaths. A far more reasonable strategy, and one which was used with swine flu, would be to mitigate the effects, protect the most vulnerable but not intentionally inflict massive economic...

    03/23/2020 6:07:25 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 23,2020 | BY STEVEN HAYWARD
    Never has the nickname “Slow Joe” Biden fit better than in today’s somnambulistic performance from his home in Delaware about what he thinks needs to be done about the coronavirus. Take in this 60 second excerpt from the middle of his remarks and ask yourself if this looks like a person who can make it to November: I’ll bet you didn’t know that Biden was such an expert on logistics. And about sending the military to collect medical supplies overseas . . . um, what? C’mon, man! Two observations: If you watch the whole thing, Biden doesn’t suggest a single...

    03/21/2020 8:36:39 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 44 replies
    Powerline ^ | MARCH 21, 2020 | John Hinderaker
    The U.S. has the lowest per capita death rate of this group, tied with Austria, at 0.7 per million, up from 0.3 four days earlier. Italy has the highest mortality rate by far, at 67 per million. It is too early to gauge the ultimate course of the epidemic, but in crude terms it looks as though Italy is heading for a death rate of something like 100 per million. It could easily go higher than that. I don’t think the U.S. will experience a mortality rate anywhere near as high as Italy’s, for a number of reasons including our...

    03/19/2020 9:53:25 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 4 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 19, 2020 | Steven Hayward
    One welcome byproduct of the COVID 19 crisis is that we are getting some blessed relief from the ministrations of St. Greta of Thunberg, which rather puts things in perspective: How can we possibly be navigating this crisis without the advice and counsel of Time magazine’s most recent Person of the Year? It’s almost as though when something serious comes along, as opposed to the climate change whim-wham, adults recognize that listening to a teenager is stupid.

    03/18/2020 7:45:15 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 18,2020 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    Michael Levitt is an “American-British-Israeli” chemist who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2013. Levitt explains one of the reasons why the spread of the disease slows: The reason for the slowdown is due to the fact that exponential models assume that people with the virus will continue to infect others at a steady rate. In the early phase of COVID-19, that rate was 2.2 people a day on average. “In exponential growth models, you assume that new people can be infected every day, because you keep meeting new people,” Levitt said. “But, if you consider your own social...

    03/18/2020 6:59:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 18,2020 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    I have posted the video of this morning’s daily White House press briefing below. One reporter poses a single question about the Wall Street Journal report concerning Trump’s efforts to overcome regulatory hurdles to therapies (at 43:00). President Trump stated that he hadn’t seen the Journal article but that “we are making a lot of progress therapeutically.” There was no follow-up question on the subject of possible therapies or regulatory relief. (The current version of the Journal story adds that “there w[ill] be a news conference Thursday involving the FDA.”) Two reporters raise hostile questions on the propriety of attributing...

    03/18/2020 2:00:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | MARCH 18, 2020 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Most likely, the FDA is applying the same, very unhelpful, regulatory logic that led them to block deployment of new virus tests. The FDA is used to operating on their own timeline in situations where delays are either not noticed or don’t cause significant downsides. This is a different situation, and a different decision framework is required. The WSJ briefly reports that President Trump has “considered issuing an executive order greatly expanding the use of investigational drugs against the new coronavirus, but was met with objections from Food and Drug Administration scientists who warned it could pose unneeded risks to...

    03/18/2020 2:06:03 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    Powerline ^ | MARCH 18, 2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    Check out this 2007 article in Clinical Microbiology Reviews, titled “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus as an Agent of Emerging and Reemerging Infection.” It begins: Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus (SARS-CoV) is a novel virus that caused the first major pandemic of the new millennium (89, 180, 259). The rapid economic growth in southern China has led to an increasing demand for animal proteins including those from exotic game food animals such as civets. Large numbers and varieties of these wild game mammals in overcrowded cages and the lack of biosecurity measures in wet markets allowed the jumping of...

    03/18/2020 12:54:54 PM PDT · by bitt · 64 replies
    POWERLINE ^ | 3/17/2020 | John Hinderaker
    Earlier today, I posted several charts showing coronavirus fatalities in various countries in several formats. Many think that per capita mortality rates are the most relevant metric; our friend Brian Sullivan, who runs a highly sophisticated biomedical company, emailed us today with these comments: Another worthwhile analysis would consider the common sense observation that the US, South Korea, and Europe had their first cases at roughly the same time. Therefore, I think it is informative to compare the per capita number of cases and deaths in Europe and South Korea to those in the US. I created the table below...

    03/16/2020 7:08:54 PM PDT · by lasereye · 31 replies
    Powerlineblog ^ | March 16, 2020 | John Hinderaker
    The Democrats are desperate to blame President Trump for the Wuhan coronavirus, and to criticize any measures his administration may take. They are shameless, too; at first, his response–an early ban on travel from China, which undoubtedly saved lives–was racist and xenophobic, while now anything he does is too little. Meanwhile, one country after another, Germany and Canada most recently, is closing down its borders. I guess there are xenophobes everywhere. The New York Times bashes the president daily, usually by peddling fake news. The latest example comes from Editorial Board member Mara Gay, the same one who said on...

    03/13/2020 6:07:48 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Powerline ^ | March 13,2020 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    1) The Democrats’ effort to blame coronavirus on Trump is doomed to fail. Most people simply aren’t that dumb. The virus came from China 2) On the contrary, the pandemic shows that Trump was right all along about China. While low wages are superficially attractive, there are many disadvantages to doing business there. In the medium and long terms, coronavirus will boost the American economy. 3) So far, voters are entirely indifferent to the Democrats’ attempts to gain political advantage from coronavirus. The Rasmussen Survey hasn’t budged, one way or the other. Today Trump stands at 49%/50% in the rolling...

    03/12/2020 8:22:39 PM PDT · by lasereye · 35 replies
    Powerlineblog ^ | March 12, 2020 | Paul Mirengoff
    One of the key questions pertaining to the Wuhan cororavirus is whether warm weather will stop the pandemic. President Trump has suggested that it will. He says “a lot of people think that [the virus] goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in” and that “there’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus.” Actually, this particular virus is new, so that, strictly speaking, there is no history to rely on. As with so much surrounding the Wuhan coronavirus, we don’t know really know...