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Salus populi suprema lex esto – These Just In: Intensity and Impeachment [Updated]

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How severe is the infection?

Most people infected will have a mild illness and recover completely in two weeks.

In an epidemiological study of 44,672 confirmed cases in China, authored by an emergency response team of epidemiologists and published by the Chinese CDC, researchers reported that about 81 percent of cases were considered mild. The researchers defined mild cases as those ranging from the slightest symptoms to mild pneumonia. None of the mild cases were fatal; all recovered.

Otherwise, about 14 percent were considered severe, which was defined as cases with difficult or labored breathing, an increased rate of breathing, and decreased blood oxygen levels. None of the severe cases were fatal; all recovered.

Nearly 5 percent of cases were considered critical. These cases included respiratory failure, septic shock, and/or multiple organ dysfunction or failure. About half of these patients died.

Finally, 257 cases (0.6 percent) lacked severity data.

The overall fatality rate in the patients examined was 2.3 percent.

From Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 3/12] | Ars Technica

Pollak: Democrats Pushed Impeachment While Coronavirus Spread

The timeline of the two developments — impeachment and coronavirus — is shocking, and reveals the true cost of hyper-partisanship.

  • January 11: Chinese state media report the first known death from an illness originating in the Wuhan market.
  • January 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a vote to send articles of impeachment to the Senate. Pelosi and House Democrats celebrate the “solemn” occasion with a signing ceremony, using commemorative pens.
  • January 21: The first person with coronavirus arrives in the United States from China, where he had been in Wuhan.
  • January 23: The House impeachment managers make their opening arguments for removing President Trump.
  • January 23: China closes off the city of Wuhan completely to slow the spread of coronavirus to the rest of China.
  • January 30: Senators begin asking two days of questions of both sides in the president’s impeachment trial.
  • January 30: The World Health Organization declares a global health emergency as coronavirus continues to spread.
  • January 31: The Senate holds a vote on whether to allow further witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial.
  • January 31: President Trump declares a national health emergency and imposes a ban on travel to and from China. Former Vice President Joe Biden calls Trump’s decision “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.”
  • February 2: The first death from coronavirus outside China is reported in the Philippines.
  • February 3: House impeachment managers begin closing arguments, calling Trump a threat to national security.
  • February 4: President Trump talks about coronavirus in his State of the Union address; Pelosi rips up every page.
  • February 5: The Senate votes to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment, 52-48 and 53-47.
  • February 5: House Democrats finally take up coronavirus in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia.

For twenty days, from the day the first death from coronavirus was known, Democrats did nothing about it. They were too busy with the president’s impeachment trial — a trial Pelosi had delayed unnecessarily for several weeks.

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  • Kevin in PA March 13, 2020, 4:25 AM

    “In an epidemiological study of 44,672 confirmed cases in China, authored by an emergency response team of epidemiologists and published by the Chinese CDC, researchers reported …..”

    This is the problem; Using numbers from China (aka Chinese Communist Party approved numbers) is starting with an unknown.

    We do known the commies lied about where the virus started and destroyed evidence to cover the lie.

    They also lied about when it started, by my estimation probably mid- November of 2019, perhaps earlier. I bit of antidotal evidence; The Mrs. and I had made reservations in early December last year to attend an International Wine Exhibition in Wuhan coming up at the end of March 2020. The plan was to go to Thailand for a a week after that. I watch the news out of Asia very closely and by the last week in December, I had seen enough reports about some strange flu-like virus causing pneumonia in Wuhan and we decided to cancel the trip. We then, rearranged plans to simply spend the entire holiday in Thailand…until about 10 days later (early January 2020) when the reports from Asia indicated this strange flu-like virus had spread to Siam. All plans for Asia cancelled. No worries, better to stay home….after all we still had another wine trip planned for Italy in October…..er, not anymore.

    To continue, it is important to note the timeline above. When did Xi come forward for the first time? Maybe the 10th or 12th of January, right? And at that first announcement, I believe his comments were something to the effect that China had everything under control….until near the end of January when half of China was in a forced lockdown. Around that time, the doctors and medical staff who were warning on social media in China that this was a dangerously infectious virus and these doctors were silenced, punished and made to publicly withdraw their “dangerous rumors” because it was causing panic and social instability.

    I think in time, it will be proven that the commies also lied about the numbers of infected people and the number of fatalities. I read yesterday that CCP is just about ready to publish a book, translated from Mandarin to several other languages, telling of the glorious Communist Party’s defeat of the demon virus, presumably as a model for the world to follow. God help us.

    Additionally, we may examine the World Health Organization’s response under the direction of Dr. Tedros. WHO received a huge payment from China for a new headquarters in Ethiopia (his home country)…..and the World Bank Pandemic Bonds program and we may conclude that perhaps this influenced WHO to not classify this virus as a pandemic about 2 weeks ago.

    The numbers from China are crap. WHO is proving itself to be a bunch of bureaucratic puppets enthralled with authoritarian regime style responses to medical problems, that festered and broke loose under their corrupt noses.

    I’m not screaming panic here, but let’s be real about the sources upon which we may base our estimates. I do believe that the follow-on effects from this entire episode will be catastrophic in terms of supply chain disruption, business failure / bankruptcies, and damage to the healthcare systems of many countries.

    I hope I am wrong.

  • Jack March 13, 2020, 7:04 AM

    SSDD when it comes from China and I’ve never understood why any nation would want commerce with them for any reason other than money. Just like the Arab they are only one step ahead of the NORKs, just as FUBAR and they can never be trusted. There is so much quandary in the oriental mind; they are from a different universe.

  • Denny March 13, 2020, 8:51 AM
  • James ONeil March 13, 2020, 10:39 AM

    Query; OK what do we know? Answer, at this time; Not much so…

    As we the people don’t have factual data to support the panic, only three assumptions can be made:

    1) The sky is falling and they don’t want to give us the facts less we panic.

    2) The beer virus isn’t any worse than past flus, but the media can sell news and the politicians came make a heck of a lot of political hay from same.

    3) Either 1 or 2 could be true but nobody knows for sure so so what the heck, let’s play it for all we can get out of it.

  • ghostsniper March 13, 2020, 10:55 AM

    rely on the govt-media and you’ll be set on your ass hard
    between those two the incompetence and criminality is breathtaking
    stay outta their way

  • Casey Klahn March 13, 2020, 11:43 AM

    Never. Panic.

    Bear closing in on you? Don’t panic. Panzerfäust rounds flying between your legs? Don’t panic. Battlecruiser just torpedoed into three parts in the South Pacific? Don’t panic. Stuck high up on a cliffside? Don’t panic. Epidemic threat? Don’t Fucking panic.

    If you do panic, everything falls apart. Things go from bad to worse, or from super bad to irredeemably worse. The worst to panic is when there is actual reason to panic. That’s when you’re vulnerable.

    I stray hard away from any news or talk that caresses the panic mode. I’ll admit, the failed tests by the CDC; that was bullshit. Whatever the morbidity rate is, and only God knows that number because I have heard every number and so I believe no number, it ain’t gonna make me panic.

    Hunkered down. OK. Trying to make family decisions. Fine. Others at WalMart rioting? F that. BTW, why in Lucifer’s Hell do the stores put the panic goods in the back of the store? When I was a logistician, I knew enough to push the necessities forward. FFS. People are morons.

    I love all people but I particularly hate individuals. Potentially every individual. Especially when they act like shithatz. Be smart. Act right. Do not incite panic.

    BTW, I’ll note that some dems want universal paychecks to fight this, which is a GD tax someone’s gotta pay and moves deck chairs around on the Titanic. Trump wants a payroll tax cut, which is a direct to pocket solution to working people. Relief for others; fine and well. The government loses income in Trump’s plan. In the dem solution, capital takes a hit as does production. I fervently hope socialist solutions do not gain ground now. Trump has steered that the right way. Except for Kirkland, WA, we are so far doing well as far as infections and viral spread, I think.

    But, WTF do I know? I know not to panic.

    Out here.

  • Julie March 13, 2020, 12:33 PM

    Casey, well said. Can’t add a thing.

  • jwm March 13, 2020, 12:33 PM

    Well said, Casey. Here in So cal the panic seems to be feeding on itself. Last week I noticed gaps in the shelves for TP and bottled water. Now there is none to be had. A friend of mine on Facebarf said it’s spreading to canned goods, and ramen noodles. I was at the market yesterday, and most stuff was still available. Today I haven’t been out, but we need veggies for dinner, so I’ll see soon. I must shamefacedly admit that I have listened to preppers for quite a while, and procrastinated about setting aside large stores of anything. Of course, now it is much too late to do so. We have food enough for a little over a week, maybe. We’re already seeing black market profiteering on essential goods. Good thing weed is legal. I can maybe trade a gram of my stash in the freezer for a roll of TP.
    The most disturbing thing by far is the way that msnbc, cnn, and the other television networks are very deliberately sowing this hysteria, and chaos. They are going pedal to the metal to undermine the President. They think it’s great fun to cry FIRE in a crowded theater. Apparently they don’t seem to realize that they too will die in the stampede. This is a level of evil that I haven’t seen since the September 11 attack, and it is proving far more effective. Lincoln threw journalists in jail. I wonder if Trump is going to have to make a strike on the media. I’d rejoice to see these heads of networks, and all their flunkies dangling from lamp posts.
    Somehow we’ll get through this.


  • StephenB March 13, 2020, 3:39 PM

    We should have kept Civil Defense and CONELRAD. I’ve love to knock all of the shitheads off of the air for a while. Put Twitter and Facebook on loopback and watch the panic magically disappear.

  • ghostsniper March 13, 2020, 6:30 PM

    John. A gram? As in, 1/28th of an ounce? What’s that, like a jailhouse pin? Glad I got out, I guess, I can’t afford it!

    I know a guy that has worked for Kohler for decades and he told me a couple years ago fat fux don’t use shitters no more. They can’t reach their ass to clean up. So they shit standing up in the shower and scrub their nasty anus with a shitter brush. “It’s all pipes!”

  • Anonymous March 16, 2020, 8:00 AM

    Those “fat fux” will be getting skinny real quick now with no more Pizza Hut and Uber Eats. Time to eat the chilluns.