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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Trump's Timeline - WHOOPS!


May 2018The Trump Administration disbands the White House pandemic response team.
July 2019The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) epidemiologist embedded in China’s disease control agency left the post, and the Trump Administration eliminated the role.
Oct. 2019
“Currently, there are insufficient funding sources designated for the federal government to use in response to a severe influenza pandemic.” [Source: The results of a Department of Health and Human Services 2019 influenza pandemic simulation]
Jan. 22, 2020“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
Jan. 24, 2020
Trump praises China’s handling of the coronavirus: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”
Jan. 28, 2020“This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency...This is going to be the roughest thing you face" Trump’s National Security Advisor to Trump
Jan. 30, 2020
"The lack of immune protection or an existing cure or vaccine would leave Americans defenseless in the case of a full-blown coronavirus outbreak on US soil,...This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.” [Memo from Trump Trade Advisor Peter Navarro]
Feb. 2, 2020“We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”
Feb. 7, 2020“It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu... This is deadly stuff” [Trump in a private interview with Bob Woodward from The Washington Post made public on Sept. 9, 2020]
Feb. 10, 2020“I think the virus is going to be—it’s going to be fine.”
Feb. 10, 2020“Looks like by April, you know in theory when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”
Feb. 24, 2020“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… the Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
Feb. 25, 2020“CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
Feb. 25, 2020“I think that's a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
Feb. 26, 2020“The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
Feb. 26, 2020“We're going very substantially down, not up.”
Feb. 26, 2020“Well, we're testing everybody that we need to test. And we're finding very little problem. Very little problem.”
Feb. 26, 2020"This is a flu. This is like a flu."
Feb. 27, 2020“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
Feb. 28, 2020“We're ordering a lot of supplies. We're ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn't be ordering unless it was something like this. But we're ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”
March 2, 2020“You take a solid flu vaccine, you don't think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?” [Trump to health officials who answered "No."]
March 2, 2020“A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”
March 4, 2020“Now, and this is just my hunch, and — but based on a lot of conversations with a lot of people that do this. Because a lot people will have this and it's very mild.”
March 4, 2020“If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”
March 5, 2020“I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
March 5, 2020“The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”
March 6, 2020“I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
March 6, 2020“You have to be calm. It’ll go away.”
March 6, 2020
“Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
March 6, 2020
“I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
March 6, 2020“I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault.”
March 7, 2020“No, I’m not concerned at all.

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Whoops! - Trump Prediction Feb 2020


The New York Daily News marked the grim national 500,000 death toll from COVID-19 on its front page Tuesday with an old quote from ex-President Donald Trump.

The tabloid newspaper’s cover recalled the then-president boasting on Feb. 26 last year that there were only 15 cases of the coronavirus in the United States and that those infections “within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”

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USA Deaths


USA Deaths - War and/or DiseaseYearsDeathsAnnualized
Flu 1918 Would be 2,146,491 todays population1918-19675,000337,500
War on Covid-19 - Deaths Through:Feb 22, 2021500,000550,000+-
World War II - Combat1941–45291,55783,302
American Civil War US Disease & Other1861–65250,000
American Civil War Confederate Disease1861–65165,000
World War I - All, disease, etc includes flu1917--18116,516
American Civil War US Combat1861–65111,000
War on Covid-19 - Deaths Through:May 27, 2020102,107
American Civil War Confederate Combat1861–6595,000
World War I - Disease mostly Spanish Flu1917--1863,114
Vietnam War - All - accidents, disease etc1955–7558,220
World War I - Combat1917–1853,402
Vietnam War - Combat1955–7547,424
War on Covid-19 - Deaths Through:Apr 18, 202037,175
Korean War1950–5333,686
American Revolutionary War1775–838,000
Iraq War2003–113,836
911Sep 11, 20012,977
War of 18121812–152,260
War in Afghanistan2001–present1,833
Mexican–American War1846–491,733
First Covid-19 Death in US

Feb 29, 20201

Sources Below and in Left Column of This Blog

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

LA Times - Today's Headlines


Los Angeles Times
Today's Headlines
February 23, 2021

More than half a million people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19. Hope is in sight, but devastation remains.


‘Not Just Another Number’

COVID-19 deaths in the United States have officially surpassed 500,000 — a toll that is hard to fathom. It’s as if all the people in a city the size of Atlanta or Sacramento simply vanished. The number is greater than the combined U.S. battlefield deaths in both world wars and Vietnam.

“You see that number, and it’s not just another number,” said Bettina Gonzales, 39, whose 61-year-old father, David Gonzales, a football and basketball coach in Harlingen, Texas, died in August. “It’s a lot of tragedy that goes behind that number.”

Recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. account for about one-fifth of the world’s nearly 2.5 million known fatalities from the disease, twice as many as in Brazil, the next hardest-hit country. California alone accounts for almost 50,000 deaths, about 10% of the country’s total. Nearly 20,000 of those were in Los Angeles County, where about 1 in every 500 people has died.

On Monday evening, President Biden urged the nation to honor the dead by observing public health measures to help bring an end to the pandemic.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

What Percent Vaccinated in the USA


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Friday, February 19, 2021

Vaccination By State




Doomscrolling is the act of viewing lots of negative news online. It is hard not to do given our current pandemic and angry political fights. You need to strike a healthy balance between being well informed versus being overwhelmed with all the negativity.


Stay informed but not obsessive 

Read from a variety of sources

Believe little of what you see on Facebook and Twitter unless it has reliable sources

Don't watch too much news

Read a good book or watch a good movie

Remember, This too shall pass

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops 1 Full Year Due to COVID-19

 U.S. Life Expectancy Drops 1 Full Year Due to COVID-19


US Over 500,000 deaths From Covid


This source shows that the USA has over 500,000 deaths to date from Covid.  Other sources are a bit lower, but they will soon reach the magic number of 500,000.


Thursday, February 11, 2021

US Vaccinations



National Guard and Active Duty Assistance with Vaccinations


The National Guard has been helpful with vaccinations.  They were used at both sites we visited in Florida.

Active duty US Military should also have been used.  It would have helped with reduce the initial confusion in many vaccination centers.


USA 4% of the World's Population, 20% of Covid Deaths

The US has about 4% of the worlds population and about 20% of the worlds Covid-19 Death's.

As of Feb 11, 2021USAWorldUS Percent
of World
Total Covid Deaths483,2052,368,89420%





USA 9th Highest Nation for Covid Deaths Per Capita Out of 221 Nations

USA 9th Highest Nation for Covid Deaths Per Capita Out of 221 Nations.

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"The US could have averted 40% of the deaths from Covid-19

"The US could have averted 40% of the deaths from Covid-19, had the country’s death rates corresponded with the rates in other high-income G7 countries, according to a Lancet commission tasked with assessing Donald Trump’s health policy record.

Almost 470,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus so far, with the number widely expected to go above half a million in the next few weeks. At the same time some 27 million people in the US have been infected. Both figures are by far the highest in the world.

In seeking to respond to the pandemic, Trump has been widely condemned for not taking the pandemic seriously enough soon enough, spreading conspiracy theories, not encouraging mask wearing and undermining scientists and others seeking to combat the virus’ spread."

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

CDC Recommendations


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Wear a mask

  • Everyone 2 and older should wear masks in public.
  • Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you.
  • If someone in your household is infected, people in the household should take precautions including wearing masks to avoid spread to others.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
  • Wear your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face, slipping the loops over your ears or tying the strings behind your head.
  • If you have to continually adjust your mask, it doesn’t fit properly, and you might need to find a different mask type or brand.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.

Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.​

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Stay 6 feet away from others

Avoid crowds

  • Being in crowds like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, or movie theaters put you at higher risk for COVID-19.

Avoid poorly ventilated spaces

  • Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
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Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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Clean and disinfect

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Monitor Your Health Daily

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Get Vaccinated to Protect Against COVID-19

  •  COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people who may be more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, such as older adults and people with certain medical conditions.
  • People with underlying medical conditions may get a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to the first dose of aCOVID-19 vaccine or any of the ingredients in a COVID-19 vaccine. CDC has made recommendations on who should get vaccinated first.
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Protect Your Health This Flu Season

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.
While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19 there are many important benefits, such as:
  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

  New York Times Jan 6, 2022 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases-deaths-tracker.html