“We Are Way, Way Behind”: U.S. Lags on Coronavirus Testing & Medical Experts Warn “No One Is Immune”…


Date: March 14, 2020

01) “We Are Way, Way Behind”: U.S. Lags on Coronavirus Testing & Medical Experts Warn “No One Is Immune”


“It has been seven weeks since the first case of the new coronavirus was reported in the United States. President Trump is claiming, “Anybody that needs a test gets a test,” but this is simply untrue. There have been just 11,000 tests so far throughout the United States since the coronavirus outbreak began, compared to nearly 20,000 tests for coronavirus every day in South Korea alone. We spend the hour looking at how the Trump administration has failed to account for what may be thousands of infections because of ongoing problems with access to testing, and how other countries have responded. We also discuss measures people must take to limit their exposure and protect their communities. We speak with Justin Lessler, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is the senior author on a new study that suggests the median incubation period for the new coronavirus is about five days. We are also joined by Dr. Steven Goodman, associate dean at Stanford Medical School, where he is professor of epidemiology and population health and medicine. He is also Amy Goodman’s brother. Both schools are now holding classes online over concerns about the outbreak.”

Stock Market Plummets Over Coronavirus Fears…


Date: March 14, 2020

01) Stock Market Plummets Over Coronavirus Fears


“The economy is crashing.

Stocks plummeted once again on Thursday after President Donald Trump and the Federal Reserve both failed to quell concerns over the economic slowdown stemming from the coronavirus, leading to a historic drop for the U.S. markets.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 2,352.60 points lower, or 9.99%, at 21,200.62. The index had its worst drop since the 1987 “Black Monday” market crash, when it collapsed by more than 22%.The S&P 500 plummeted 9.5% to 2,480.64, joining the Dow in a bear market. The S&P 500 also had its worst day since 1987. The Nasdaq Composite closed 9.4% lower at 7,201.80.

“The coronavirus is scary and people don’t know what to expect,” said Kathy Entwistle, senior vice president of wealth management at UBS. “It’s like the tsunami is coming. We know it’s going to hit any day and nobody knows what the outcome is going to be.

Citation:
Dow plunges 10% amid coronavirus fears for its worst day since the 1987 market crash

Trump Declares National Emergency Using “Big Words”…


Date: March 14, 2020

01) Trump Declares National Emergency Using “Big Words”


“Trump has declared a national emergency over something he called a hoax a week ago.

The U.S. government’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has been “much, much worse than almost any other country that’s been affected,” Ashish Jha, who runs the Harvard Global Health Institute, told NPR on Thursday. “I still don’t understand why we don’t have extensive testing. Vietnam! Vietnam has tested more people than America has.” Without testing, he added, “you have no idea how extensive the infection is,” and “we have to shut schools, events, and everything down, because that’s the only tool available to us until we get testing back up. It’s been stunning to me how bad the federal response has been.

Citation:
https://theweek.com/speedreads/902009/trump-reportedly-rejected-aggressive-coronavirus-testing-hopes-help-reelection