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Trump Self-Prescribes Snake Oil

May 19, 2020

Trump Self-Prescribes Snake Oil
President Donald Trump, dissuaded from mainlining Lysol, has talked his doctor into giving him hydroxychloroquine in an effort to prevent COVID-19. “The hydroxy,” as the president calls it, is an anti-malarial drug with zero proven effect in preventing or treating COVID-19 infection, and the FDA has warned of its cardiovascular risks. As of this writing, we are unaware of any movement to revoke the medical license of Sean Conley, D.O., current Physician to the President, over this matter.

President Trump’s reasons for ignoring prevailing advice on the risks in taking hydroxychloroquine?

  1. “You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it….”
  2. “I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”
  3. “I get a lot of positive calls about it.”
  4. “What the hell have you got to lose?”

More:

“Despite FDA Caution, Trump Says He Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine As A Preventive,” Joe Palca, NPR News

“Trump’s stunning claim that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine could trigger a cascade of negative effects,’ Philip Bump, Washington Post

“Trump Takes Hydroxychloroquine, Does Not Understand How Science Works,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine, But He Also Lies Daily,” Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

Updates:

“Pence says he isn’t taking unproven hydroxychloroquine treatment for coronavirus that Trump takes,” Kevin Breuninger, CNBC

“Trump dismisses hydroxychloroquine study that undermines him as a ‘Trump enemy statement,’” aaron Rupar, Vox

“White House releases doctor’s note on Trump’s purported use of hydroxychloroquine,” Peter Weber, The Week 

“Hydroxychloroquine Isn’t a Joke It’s a Scandal,” Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo

“Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says,” Ariana Eunjung Cha and Laurie McGinley, Washington Post

“Hydroxychloroquine: Trump’s Covid-19 ‘cure’ increases deaths, global study finds,” Sarah Boseley, The Guardian

 

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4th USDA Meat Inspector Dies of COVID-19

May 15, 2020

4th USDA Meat Inspector Dies of COVID-19

President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to compel meat processing plants to stay open even though they are hotspots for coronavirus infection. COVID-19 has infected thousands of meat plant workers, killing at least 30, and now has claimed its fourth USDA meat inspector. The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, charged with protecting the safety and quality of food Americans eat, can’t even protect its own workers under the Trump administration.

Update: The Midwest Center for Investigtive Reporting found that, as of May 13, there have been at least 14,000 reported positive COVID-19 cases tied to meatpacking facilities in at least 181 plants in 31 states, and at least 54 reported worker deaths at 30 plants in 18 states.

More:

“Fourth USDA Inspector Dies Amid Meat Plant Virus Outbreaks,” Mike Dorning, Bloomberg

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COVID-19: Over 70,000 Americans Dead. So Far.

May 8, 2020

Statistic: Total number of cases and deaths from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States as of May 7, 2020* | Statista
Find more statistics at Statista

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Coronavirus Task Force Disbanding

May 6, 2020

Coronavirus Task Force Disbanding

The day after President Trump admitted that 100,000 Americans will die in the current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, he announced that his Coronavirus Task Force will disband:

“Mike Pence and the task force have done a great job, but we’re now looking at a little bit of a different form, and that form is safety and opening. And we’ll have a different group probably set up for that.”

Mr. Trump has decided that restarting the economy is worth sacrificing the lives of workers, first responders, and their friends, families, and neighbors. But the president is also thinking about safety measures — for corporations. Republicans want to shield employers against COVID-19 damage claims by workers and consumers.

More:

“Administration to Phase Out Coronavirus Task Force,” Noah Weiland, Maggie Haberman and David E. Sanger, New York Times

“White House plots breakup of coronavirus task force,” Gabby Orr, Nancy Cook, and Brianna Ehley, Politico

“Trump gives up on virus fight to focus on economic recovery – and re-election,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Trump Admits ‘There’ll Be More Death’ After Economy Reopens,” Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

“‘Death Is Not An Economic Motivator’: Pelosi Emphasizes Dangers Of Reopening Economy,” Cristina Cabrera, TalkingPointsMemo

“Trump Says Nation Needs to Accept More Deaths: ‘We Have to Be Warriors,” Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

Updates:

“Trump reverses course and says White House coronavirus taskforce will stay,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Trump: COVID-19 task force not dismantling, just refocusing,” Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin, and Darlene Superville, Associated Press

Related:

“New projection puts U.S. COVID-19 deaths at nearly 135,000 by August,” Rich McKay, Reuters

“Meatpacking Crisis Shows Limits of Human Sacrifice As Recovery Plan,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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Dr. Trump Prescribes Lysol Injections

April 24, 2020

Dr. Trump Prescribes Lysol Injections

On Thursday President Donald Trump, the man who brought you Trump Vitamins, posited treating COVID-19 by introducing disinfectants into the human body, since they do such a good job killing viruses on hard surfaces. The horrified makers of Lysol were quick to warn the public that injecting, swallowing, snorting, or, um, boofing disinfectant would be deadly. Clorox did the same. Even before the Quack-in-Chief made his alarming remarks, poison control centers saw a 20 percent spike in cleaning product poisonings in the first quarter of the year, coincident with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Trump also suggested that heat and UV light applied internally would also kill the virus. Presumably doctors would butterfly patients to achieve this.

The president’s Friday statement that he was being sarcastic was met with the sarcasm it deserves.

More:

“President Trump’s dangerous suggestion that the coronavirus be treated with bleach injections, explained,” Matthew Yglesias, Vox

“‘Please don’t inject bleach’: Trump’s wild coronavirus claims prompt disbelief,” Poppy Noor, The Guardian

“Makers of Clorox and Lysol Warn Against Ingesting Bleach and Disinfectants,” Christine Hauser and Alan Yuhas, CNN

“Disinfectant injections are a really bad idea,” Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience

Updates:

“Trump Claims No Responsibility for Spike in Poison Control Calls After Bonkers Bleach Remarks,” Emma Tucker, Daily Beast

“Kansas official says man drank cleaner after Trump floated dangerous disinfectant remedy,” Jonathan Shorman and Francesca Chambers, Wichita Eagle

Related:

“Trump Thinks His Job Is Brainstorming Miracle Coronavirus Cures,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump’s long history of medical freelancing,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

 

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Snake Oil Salesman-In-Chief Fires Scientist

April 24, 2020

Snake Oil Salesman-In-Chief

Dr. Rick Bright, a leading vaccine expert and director of the nation’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), was demoted after urging caution in the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19. Previously, Donald Trump MD, the man who brought you Trump Vitamins, prescribed hydroxychloroquine as a miracle treatment for Coronavirus, due to his strong belief in the medical principle Infernum — quid amittere? (What the hell have you got to lose?). Dr. Bright says his dismissal was in retaliation for disagreeing with the president on the use of the malaria drug in treating coronavirus patients.

Doctor Trump was advised on hydroxychloroquine by some of the nation’s greatest medical minds: secret agent Rudy Guliani, economist Peter Navarro, software mogul Larry Ellison, TV quack Dr. Oz, Secretary of Slim Suits Jared Kushner, and Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity.  Another selling point may be that Didier Raoult, the French doctor whose discredited “study” of 7 patients started the whole hydroxychloroquine frenzy, bears a striking resemblance to the president’s pliant Park Avenue doc Harold Bornstein.

Now that he’s ousted vaccine developer Dr. Bright at BARDA, perhaps President Trump will replace him with another Labradoodle breeder.

A new study in Veterans Affairs hospitals found that hydroxychloroquine treatment kills more coronavirus patients than doing nothing. Fox News: Oops.

Meanwhile, South Dakota Governor and former beauty queen Kristi Noem launched a statewide hydroxychloroquine study. Perhaps she thinks South Dakotans aren’t dying fast enough.

More:

“Top Government Vaccine Expert Fired for Questioning Trump’s Fake Science,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Top vaccine expert says he was fired for resisting Trump on hydroxychloroquine,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Trump’s Firing of a Top Infectious-Disease Expert Endangers Us All,” Michael Specter, The New Yorker

“Anti-malarial drug Trump touted is linked to higher rates of death in VA coronavirus patients, study says,” Christopher Rowland, Washington Post

“How Hydroxychloroquine Became Conservative Media’s Coronavirus Miracle Drug,” Alex Shephard, The New Republic

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COVID-19: An Important Message

April 22, 2020

COVID-19: An Important Message

Important Public Health Announcement: “Flatten the Curve” does not mean “Wear Spanx.”

More:

“Flattening the Coronavirus Curve,” Siobhan Roberts, New York Times

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San Francisco Shut Down: COVID-19 Quarantine

April 8, 2020

San Francisco during the stay-at-home order, shot and edited by Dan Denegre of Space Race Studio.

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New Diseases Come In From the Wild

April 7, 2020

COVID-19 was bound to happen. A Vox video.

Related:

“From Bats to Human Lungs, the Evolution of a Coronavirus,” Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker

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Rural Resort Towns: ‘Seasonal People Stay Away’

April 6, 2020

Wealthy Americans are leaving Coronavirus-ravaged U.S, cities for their second homes in coastal and ski resorts. Year-round residents of these rural areas are concerned that these rich refugees have brought COVID-19 with them and will overwhelm local grocery stores, pharmacies, and the limited medical resources of their small towns.

More:

“This Pandemic Is Not Your Vacation,” Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed News

“Locals are petitioning to close the bridges into Cape Cod to keep out the influx of second-homeowners fleeing the coronavirus,” Dominic-Madori Davis, Business Insider

“‘We should blow up the bridges’ — coronavirus leads to class warfare in Hamptons,” Maureen Callahan, New York Post

“A plea from rural America: Urban covid-19 refugees, please stay home,” David Yamamoto, Washington Post

“Luxury resorts face coronavirus crisis as the 1% flee cities for holiday hideaways,” Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

“In Epidemics, the Wealthy Have Always Fled,” Allison C. Meier, JSTOR Daily

Updates:

“New York man fleeing pandemic pays almost $2m to rent Hamptons hideout,” Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

“Private jet full of super-rich holidaymakers is sent back to London after the group landed in France and tried to get to their villa by helicopter during coronavirus lockdown,” Peter Allen, Daily Mail

“Where the Very Rich Fly to Hide,” Justin Farrell, New York Times

“Tourist Towns Ban Short-Term Rentals to Prevent Virus Spread,” Andrea Noble, Route Fifty

“Vacation Mecca Wants Visitors to Stay Away — For Now,” Bruce DePuyt, Maryland Matter

“Weekending in an Emergency,” Robert Rubsam, The Baffler

“‘It’s beyond frustrating’: tensions peak as Hawaii locals urge tourists to stay out,” Nick Pachelli, The Guardian

“Billionaires’ compound with its own coronavirus testing center stokes anger on the French Riviera,” Dana Thomas, Washington Post

Related:

“When It’s This Easy at the Top, It’s Harder for Everyone Else,” Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times

“Why the Wealthy Fear Pandemics,” Walter Scheidel, New York Times

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