Observations on the Great Hunkering (7)

Featured image • The emphasis is on “social distancing.” Wouldn’t “anti-social distancing” work better? Asking for a friend curmudgeonly neighbor. • If this is a war, why aren’t we hearing calls for negotiations, and interventions by conflict resolution specialists? Where are the people asking, “Why does the virus hate us?” Why isn’t Congress invoking the War Powers Act to exercise oversight over Trump’s incipient fascism overdue executive action? (Don’t worry, if Trump does indeed declare an »

Does anyone believe China’s coronavirus numbers?

Featured image I doubt anyone does. No one should. The Washington Post is skeptical: China is winning its “people’s war” against the coronavirus. That’s the message being sent by Chinese leaders and diplomats and amplified by the Communist Party-controlled press. A central part of the narrative is that Wuhan, the onetime center of the outbreak and the site of a recent visit from Chinese leader Xi Jinping, has stopped transmission in its »

More Evidence of the Efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin

Featured image This could be extremely important: a renowned French doctor has reported the most extensive evidence so far that a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can be an effective treatment for COVID-19: Today, Prof. Didier Raoult and his team published results of their new study. The study was supported by the Institut Hospitalo-Universitaire (IHU) Méditerranée Infection. Unlike the previous small study trial, the new observation study has a larger sample size »

Recent Wuhan coronavirus death numbers in the U.S.

Featured image Yesterday, March 27, there were 401 reported deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus in the U.S., according to Worldometer. Here are the daily numbers for the past five days: 140, 225, 247, 268, and 401. If the daily toll levels off at 500, which seems very optimistic, then 7,000 more Americans will die from the virus by April 10, Good Friday, a day after President Trump would like the country, ideally, »

U.S. COVID-19 Death Rate Remains Low

Featured image Brian Sullivan has updated his chart that shows per capita Wuhan virus death rates for various countries. He writes: 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 »

Don’t Bogart that chloroquine

Featured image 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 »

Notes & queries

Featured image We proudly claim many men and women on the front lines of our struggle against the Wuhan virus among our readers — researchers, emergency room physicians, medical school faculty, other medical practitioners, teachers, entrepreneurs, businessmen, and other professionals. We have heard from quite a few over the past few weeks and are grateful for their messages. Yesterday we were delighted to hear from Dr. John Roback, a Minnesota native and, »

Slow Joe and Silly Jimmy

Featured image The Wuhan coronavirus crisis has removed Joe Biden from the front page and rendered him largely irrelevant. Meanwhile, President Trump, after a less than stellar start, has hit his stride in daily briefings about the outbreak. A majority of Americans say he’s handling the crisis well. Hoping to regain relevance, Joe Biden did an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. I had never seen Kimmel’s act before. He came off in this »

Cuomo Is No Hero [Updated]

Featured image New York Governor Andy Cuomo, like President Trump, is delivering daily coronavirus briefings. Unlike President Trump, he is being swooned over by liberal reporters. At American Greatness, Julie Kelly collects some examples. Here is just one: “If social media is a reflection of how people are feeling, Cuomo’s image during the coronavirus outbreak is one of authority, yet hope—a role people value enough to begin visualizing his presidency,” one smitten »

Different strokes for different states

Featured image As I discussed here, Washington state is seeing a slowing in the rate of new cases and deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus. However, many states are seeing increases in these rates, some dramatic. In Italy, there are marked differences between the north and south when it comes to data for the pandemic there. In a nation the size of the U.S., one would expect to see significant variation from area »

Observations on the Great Hunkering (6)

Featured image • I am sure everyone heard the startling unemployment claim numbers yesterday (over 3 million in one week), but the magnitude of it is even more dramatic when presented in a time-series graph going back over 50 years: • I’m still wondering whether a very nasty bug I had back in late November/early December, with unusual, persistent symptoms that sound like COVID-19, could have in fact been COVID-19. It did »

Good news from Washington state

Featured image Instead of updating Wuhan coronavirus stats for whole countries, today I want to focus on the numbers from Washington state, the original center of the outbreak in the U.S. The news from there is encouraging. The Washington Post reports: At EvergreenHealth Medical Center, two miles from the shuttered Lifecare nursing home where 35 patient deaths were linked to the virus, officials say their rate of new covid-19 cases has remained »

Dr. Ferguson’s clarification

Featured image 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 »

Big-government contagion

Featured image 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 »

Dr. Ferguson “clarifies”

Featured image We have noted the recent New Science report on the testimony of Imperial College London’s Dr. Neil Ferguson. New Science reported Dr. Fergons’s testimony on adjustments to the influential Wuhan virus projections he and his colleagues promulgated in the United Kingdom. In the tweets below Dr. Ferguson has now sought to “clarify” the testimony on which the New Scientist report was based. This Imperial College London report also conveys Dr. »

Deborah Birx: About those models

Featured image At yesterday’s White House virus task force briefing Dr. Deborah Birx made a point that we have sought to amplify here this week. As the White House coronavirus task force response coordinatory, Dr. Birx questioned the validity of the models and projections that have aggravated the current panic. RCP has posted this transcription of Dr. Birx’s remarks as follows: I’m sure you have seen the recent report out of the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll seeks to provide laughter in the time of the Wuhan virus as she contemplates WORSENING WUHAN WOES. She writes: Okay, you guys. Sure, some 50,000 Americans got sick since last we spoke. Sure, several hundred souls who somebody loved have passed away. My heart breaks for all of them. I am praying for Amy Klobuchar’s husband’s complete recovery. None of this is a laughing matter. Still, lightening your »