Re-listening to Trump audio w/Woodward. Trump said death rate was 5% & "it goes through the air" (which is diff than "airborne").
Both facts were public knowledge at the time. China had announced Wuhan had a 4.9% CFR & coronavirus was known to spread via respiratory droplets.
Trump reveals no special knowledge in this comment. The 5% CFR and coronavirus spread via "the air" were both publicly known. The fact the media is blowing this up into such a controversy is dishonest at best, criminal at worst. And Woodward knows this. That's why he waited.
In fact, here's NBC News on 1/24 explaining how the virus spreads.
Hey Cuomo, stop whining abt 3m "on a plane." In early March you allowed over 7m/day to use NYC mass trans. If you had shut down NYC subways & buses in early March, the virus would have been much better contained.
1/29: Zeke Emanuel: "Whatever this Coronavirus is, its very, very, very unlikely to be that severe. And yet our response, because its new and novel, tends to be much more histrionic I think than it is…"
3/27: Zeke Emanuel “Right now, ..., we probably have a million COVID-19 cases in the country. And if this is doubling every three to four days, that means that we’ll have 100 million people who have COVID-19 in about four weeks, & that’s a frightening thought.”
So odd. When Superstorm Sandy hit, Jay Carney was asked about possibly delaying the election. "Immediately after the question was asked, the media sprang into action citing precedents for postponing elections."
Trump floats the question bc COVID-19. Media heads explode.
Gonna try a little thought experiment for those following or are new to following the events in Portland. Feel free to forward to national media like CNN and MSNBC who can's seem to figure these things out.
This incredible HCQ story was published in France on Sunday. Almost nobody saw it, probably bc it provides practically indisputable proof that hydroxichloroquine works as proven by the inept actions of the WHO and the Lancet.
With a short time lag, once Switzerland stopped the use of HCQ (bc of the Lancet and WHO announcements), deaths spiked. When they restarted using it, deaths returned to lower numbers. There is 99% certainty of correlation.
This pattern repeated in an almost identical fashion for France.
Not that anyone cares, but infection rates are now at an all-time high & death rates are down 72.6% from peak. This trend is not new. Its been taking place for almost a full month. The combination of more testing plus younger ppl getting COVID seems to explain the phenomena.
While some states are showing "spikes," CA is not spiking since its never got its infection rates flattened. However, even CA has a flattened death curve. They led the US with 80 deaths yesterday.
Still not being reported is that Mexico is out of control. They have half the US population but have only done 515,000 tests, less than Wisconsin.
Trump should both offer assistance & make clear the importance of border security, which would would force the media's coverage.
Not that anyone cares, but the COVID charts are incredible. The deaths continue to plummet, now down 71.6% from peak. The cases continue to climb, but the median age of those infected has dropped (from 60s into 30s in FL, for example).
The top 4 death states are pretty consistent from day to day.
And the top 4 new case states are also pretty consistent from day to day.