JUICE – Florida Politics’ Juicy Read – 3.26.20 – Coronavirus Stimulus Passes Senate – DeSantis Pressured By Democrats – Coronavirus Florida- U.S. Prisoner in Iran Dead
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JUICE – Florida Politics’ Juicy Read – 3.26.20 – Coronavirus Stimulus Passes Senate – DeSantis Pressured By Democrats – Coronavirus Florida- U.S. Prisoner in Iran Dead

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The Coronavirus Bailout Passes Senate

The U.S, Senate vote unanimously (finally) in favor of a $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus bill that legislators hope will jumpstart the ailing economy.

Republican U.S. Senators were reluctant to pass the measure but were compelled to do so because of the incredibly negative impact the COVID-19 virus is causing Americans.

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Florida Senator Rick Scott:

“The price tag on this bill is staggering. This bill amounts to almost $6,000 in new debt for every man, woman, and child in America. We should not fool ourselves into thinking this is something we can afford. When this crisis is over, Congress MUST propose a plan that cuts federal spending over 10 years by AT LEAST the total amount this bill spends – funding for the Kennedy Center should be the first thing we cut. We MUST address our growing annual deficits and national debt. We have no excuse.” READ MORE

Now the bill goes over to the House where Speaker Nancy Pelosi could reintroduce her “liberal pet projects” into the bill. Stay tuned… 

Coronavirus Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is not prepared to shut down the entire state (he shouldn’t) but has tightened things up for counties like Broward, which is ground zero for the disease in the state.

Local officials and business are not messing around in Broward and have taken it upon themselves to take more drastic measures to help contain the virus in their county and communities. READ MORE

The numbers keep rising…

Here is a snapshot of the most up-to-date numbers from the Florida Dept. of Health:

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“Senate Unanimously Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama – The Senate unanimously passed late Wednesday evening on a massive $2-trillion relief package aimed at jolting the economy from the detrimental impact amid the coronavirus outbreak crisis. The 96-0 vote comes less than 24 hours ago when Senate leaders and White House officials announced that they had finally reached a deal after five days of intense negotiations that produced the most expensive and far-reaching bipartisan measures in the history of Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) compared the efforts by Congress to combat the coronavirus to being on a “war-time footing.” “This is not even a stimulus package. It is emergency relief. Emergency relief. That’s what this is,” McConnell said Wednesday afternoon ahead of the vote. The wide-reaching bill includes a $1,200 one-time check for individuals who make up to $75,000. That amount would scale down until it reached an annual income threshold of $99,000, where it would phase out altogether. The 880 page bill includes $250 billion for direct payments to individuals and families, $387 billions in small business loans, $100 billion for hospitals, $200 billion for other “domestic priorities,” including child care and assistance for seniors, $250 billions in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.

“Broward County ground zero for Coronavirus in Florida” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) won’t shut down the state because not all of Florida’s 67 counties have cases of the virus, but Broward County does, and it appears as if the virus is flourishing in South Florida. Of the 1,977 cases in the state as of 10 pm Wednesday night, 412 are in Broward County. While DeSantis has called for stricter confinement measures to be implemented in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties, the USPS and some local businesses are taking it upon themselves to prevent the virus from spreading any further than it already has. Local post offices are now taping off 6-foot markers so that customers can keep their distance from one another. The Home Depot in Fort Lauderdale is allowing 2-3 customers to enter the store, but only after the same amount of customers exit. The store has monitors at each door with CB radios to communicate with each other whenever a customer leaves the store. Earlier in the week, Broward Health put out COVID-19 virus containment tents outside all four of their hospitals.

“Rubio wants “evil regime” (Iran) held accountable for death of Levinson” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – In 2007, Robert Alan Levinson, a Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigations agent disappeared on Kish Island, Iran while taking part in a mission for the CIA. Since then, it has been believed that he was under Irianian custody, which only added tension between in the relationship between both nations. After years of calls from his parents and loved ones for him to be retrieved, it is now being reported that he has passed away. However, the date of his passing is unknown. In a statement, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) commented on Levinson’s passing, saying that “after years of pressing Iran for the release of American citizen and Florida resident Bob Levinson, the news announced today by his family was the one none of us ever wanted to hear.” Rubio added, “Jeanette and I send our deepest heartfelt condolences to the Levinson family.” As well, the Florida Senator expressed that he’s “had the honor of getting to know his incredible family over the last decade,” noting that “no family should ever have to experience what they have endured.” He asserted that the Trump administration holds the same view that he does, which is “that the U.S. Government should hold the evil regime accountable for this and demand the immediate release of all other American hostages held in Iran.”

“Bernie Sanders Threatens to Hold Up Coronavirus Stimulus Relief Package” by The Floridian’s Mona Salama – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) threatened to “put a hold” on a historic $2 trillion relief package aimed to cushion the economic blow from a coronavirus pandemic to force stronger restrictions on the $500 billion intended for distressed businesses. In a statement, the Democratic Socialist Senator said he is “prepared to put a hold on this bill” to lobby for tighter restrictions on companies receiving aid from a taxpayer pool of $500 billion, unless his Republican colleagues drop their objections. “Unless these Republican Senators drop their objections,” Sanders said in a statement. “I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund to make sure that any corporation receiving financial assistance under this legislation does not lay off workers, cut wages or benefits, ship jobs overseas, or pay workers poverty wages.” “In my view, it would be an outrage to prevent working-class Americans to receive the emergency unemployment assistance included in this legislation,” Sanders continued. Senate leadership announced the deal on the $2 trillion bill shortly after 1 a.m., and wanted it passed by Wednesday evening. Under the revamped Senate proposal known as the ‘CARES Act’ plan, $500 billion would be given in aid for distressed corporations and would be overseen by an inspector general. This provision was added into the revised deal at the request of the Senate Democrats. It also bars issuing loans to business controlled by President Trump family or other officials and as well prohibiting executives from boosting their pay and stock buybacks.

“Deutch Pressures DeSantis To Impose Stay-At-Home Order” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – This week, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) addressed Floridians, which was met with both praise and criticism. The sunshine state continues to deal with the deadly threat of the Coronavirus, and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (R) announced that a Shelter-in-Place order is effective immediately. In response, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are chiming in, and now more than ever they are making pleas to the Federal Government to assist in any way possible. This morning, Senator Rick Scott (R), who is currently self-isolating after possibly coming in contact with someone who tested positive for the Coronavirus, shared his thoughts on Twitter, noting that “while the Federal Reserve has been working with financial institutions to provide relief for customers, there’s still more to be done.” He then urged the Federal Reserve “to do everything in its power to support moratoriums for Americans & small businesses on financial transactions.” On the contrary, Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D) set his sights on Governor DeSantis, sharing on social media a letter directed to the Governor. Rep. Deutch asserts that “we cannot wait,” and “we cannot leave this decision to county and local governments.” Arguing that Governor DeSantis’ leadership is needed during this time of crisis, the Florida Democrat called for the Governor “to immediately issue a statewide shelter-in-place order.”

“Attorney General Moody Asked to Close Abortion Facilities” by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina – In a press release, the Florida Voice for the Unborn group has asked Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) to issue a cease and desist order to all Florida abortion facilities. Other states in the U.S. have issued similar cease and desist orders and have drawn criticism for doing so. In the press release, the group asks for the order to be made “to bring them into compliance with Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-72.” However, the group makes it very clear “that these places of death need to be closed today,” and they announced that they have “begun a grassroots e-mail campaign” with the goal of getting the Florida Attorney General to call for the centers to close down. Andrew Shirvell, the Founder & Executive Director of Florida Voice for the Unborn, makes the case that “the governor’s executive order prohibits all elective medical procedures during the coronavirus emergency so that precious medical resources can be conserved.” He detailed that “surgical abortions, as well as chemical abortions, are clearly elective procedures.” Taking this into account, he concludes, “Florida abortion facilities are now prohibited from offering, performing, or advertising abortions.”

“South Florida vs. the rest of Florida? Geographic split emerges on calls for stay-at-home order” by Sun Sentinel’s Anthony Mann – A majority of the Democrats in Florida’s congressional delegation urged Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday to issue a stay-at-home order to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. But there were some notable holdouts, which illustrates some geographical differences in how people in different parts of Florida view actions the state should take. The congressional Democrats’ letter was circulated to his colleagues by U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who represents South Florida, the earliest, most hard-hit part of the state. The Tuesday evening update from the Florida Department of Health shows more than half the state’s cases are in South Florida: Miami-Dade County accounts for 25%, Broward 21%, and 7% in Palm Beach County. U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, who represents Palm Beach County and signed the congressional letter to DeSantis, said Tuesday the official tally of cases in her county is artificially low because so little testing has been available there. Deutch, Frankel and their fellow South Florida Democrats — Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who represent all or parts of Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties — have been calling for the Republican governor to issue a state-at-home order for days.

“President Donald Trump approves disaster declaration for Florida” by WPTV’s Peter Burke – President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared a “major disaster” in Florida, two days after Gov. Ron DeSantis requested that designation because of the coronavirus pandemic. The declaration clears the way for the state to receive federal assistance. In a letter to Trump on Monday, DeSantis wrote that Florida’s “hospitals, medical facilities and first responders are facing challenges rarely experienced before.” He said the state has already spent $208 million on related unemployment assistance, food stamps, disaster loans and mental health counseling. Despite the designation, the Republican governor has resisted calls from other Florida lawmakers and officials, mostly Democrats, to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. “To order someone not to be able to earn a paycheck when them going to work is not going to have any effect on what we’re doing with the virus, that is something that I think is inappropriate,” DeSantis said during a news conference Wednesday in Orlando. In his letter to the president, DeSantis wrote that the state’s medical system is already burdened and the situation will get worse with limited testing and more than 1,600 confirmed cases.

“Florida Gov. DeSantis says he has no plans for statewide stay-at-home order, despite warnings” by Fox News’ Morgan Phillips – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis repeated Wednesday that a statewide stay-at-home order in Florida would be “inappropriate,” and he had no plans to enact such a policy. DeSantis said that certain coronavirus hotspots throughout the state had issued stay-at-home orders, but to issue a sweeping order across the sunshine state would have dire consequences. “There’s certain parts of the state where you have more sporadic cases,” the governor said at Florida’s Logistics Response Center in Orlando. “To order someone not to be able to earn a paycheck when them going to work is not going to have any effect on what we’re doing with the virus, that is something that I think is inappropriate. “South Florida is basically down to essential businesses, everyone else is staying at home. I know here in Central Florida they’ve done something similar,” the governor continued. “We have other parts of the state, where you still have just sporadic cases, and we still do the containment measures, and we still do other mitigations. But that approach will be different.” Currently, Miami and Miami Beach, along with other municipalities in Miami-Dade County, have issued stay-at-home orders to keep residents from spreading the virus. DeSantis pointed to the problems sweeping lockdowns in other states had caused for Florida. He pointed to New York’s statewide stay-at-home order, and how thousands of residents who fled New York City, which he called the new “epicenter worldwide,” came to Florida. “This makes it more difficult when you have more people flooding in, when they were given a stay-at-home, shelter-in-place order,” said DeSantis, pointing to an uptick in inbound flight data after New York’s order was announced.

“Florida AG investigating allegations Norwegian Cruise Line misled customers about coronavirus” by CNN’s Eric Levenson – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office is investigating allegations that Norwegian Cruise Line gave “misleading and potentially dangerous sales pitches” to customers that downplayed the risks of coronavirus. The investigation, announced Monday, comes after the Miami New Times published a story based on leaked internal emails from managers to employees about how to speak to the public about coronavirus. According to the New Times report, Norwegian provided its sales force with inaccurate or misleading one-liners that downplayed the severity and contagiousness of coronavirus to customers, Moody’s office said. The whistleblower-leaked emails included lines such as, “the only thing you need to worry about for your cruise is do you have enough sunscreen,” and “the coronavirus can only survive in cold temperatures, so the Caribbean is a fantastic choice for your next cruise,” according to Moody’s office. “We are in the thick of a public health crisis like our modern world has never experienced,” Moody said in a statement. “My Consumer Protection Division is conducting an extensive investigation to get to the bottom of the disturbing allegations against Norwegian Cruise Line. “Let this serve as a warning to anyone seeking to mislead consumers during these challenging times. I will do everything within the power of this office to hold accountable those who would prey on Floridians during this health crisis.”

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 “Coronavirus will worsen over next month if restrictions eased, top Pentagon doctor says” by Fox News’ Frank Miles, Lucas Tomlinson and Jennifer Griffin – A top Pentagon doctor said Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic is showing no signs of letting up over the next three weeks, according to the last military models, and any potential easing of restrictions in the coming weeks could potentially “make this worse.” “We’re going to continue to see this — no surprise — continue to grow,” Air Force Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Paul Friedrichs told reporters. The doctor for the Pentagon’s Joint Staff was asked by Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin if it was wise to ease restrictions by Easter. “I don’t think there’s a great deal of value in speculating on a particular date, and what I would ask for everyone’s help with is worry about today. Because if we stop doing the right thing today because we think something’s going to happen in four weeks, we will make this worse,” Friedrichs replied. “I don’t think it matters what day things start to get better. What matters is what we’re doing right now to mitigate this outbreak. I’m not sure how to say it any more clearly than that,” he added. At a Fox News virtual town hall Tuesday, President Trump said he hoped to open parts of the U.S. economy by Easter, April 12. Trump argued he doesn’t want “to turn the country off” and see a continued economic downfall from the pandemic. He also said he worries the U.S. will see “suicides by the thousands” if coronavirus devastates the economy. “We lose thousands and thousands of people a year to the flu. We don’t turn the country off,” Trump said during the interview.

“US stock futures and Asian markets stumble as massive US stimulus deal moves forward” by CNN Business’ Clare Duffy and Jill Disis – Asian markets and US stock futures are stumbling Thursday, even as the United States moves closer toward passing a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill aimed at helping individuals and companies amid the coronavirus crisis. Markets in Asia Pacific struggled for direction. Japan’s Nikkei 225 (N225) dropped 3%, the worst performer in the region. China’s Shanghai Composite (SHCOMP) declined 0.2%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HSI) was flat. South Korea’s Kospi (KOSPI) was up 1.1% during volatile trading in Seoul. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200, meanwhile, was the only major benchmark in the region to trade firmly in the green, and was last up 2.6% heading into the close. US stock futures were weak during Asian trading hours. Dow (INDU) futures were essentially flat after swinging between gains and losses. S&P 500 (SPX) futures were last down 0.5%, while Nasdaq futures were down 0.3%. The US Senate approved the historic stimulus package unanimously Wednesday evening in the United States. It’s the largest emergency aid package in US history. It will next go to the House of Representatives for a vote. Wall Street mostly closed higher Wednesday before the late vote in the Senate as optimism over the deal grew. But on Thursday, US jobless claims will highlight just how badly the economy has been hit by coronavirus. Economists expect 1 million people to have filed for unemployment benefits in the week ended March 21, which would be the highest ever recorded, and some believe the number could be even higher.

“U.S. Will Approve Some Delays in Tariff Payments Amid Coronavirus Crisis” by WSJ’s William Mauldin – The U.S. says it will allow some importers to delay tariff payments, following calls from business groups and import-dependent industries such as retailers and steel users for the Trump administration to cancel or at least temporarily suspend major tariffs. The tariffs—essentially taxes at the border—have been imposed on hundreds of billions of dollars of annual imports from China, as well as steel and aluminum products from around the world. President Trump last week rejected the calls for tariff relief, and White House officials have continued to say tariff breaks aren’t on the table. Yet in recent days U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent notices to companies saying officials will approve some delays in tariff payments. The agency, which collects duties on imports on behalf of the U.S. Treasury, in the past has granted companies more time for customs paperwork and tariffs due to a variety of extraordinary circumstances, including the effect of weather on seaports. “Due to the severity of Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will approve on a case by case basis additional days for payment of estimated duties, taxes and fees due to this emergency,” according to the notice from the agency. The federal government is in touch with businesses on a variety of possibilities for assisting companies that face tariff burdens, a U.S. official said. Those efforts complement the Internal Revenue Service’s delays of tax-filing and tax-payment deadlines. A group of Democratic senators is calling for a moratorium on paying tariffs for 90 days, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California circulating a letter for signatures. The call for a tariff delay drew a rebuke from the Coalition for a Prosperous America, a group that backs domestic companies and supports the Trump administration’s “America first” trade policy. The U.S. government “should not reintroduce unfairly traded goods to cause American workers further economic pain because of lobbying efforts of stateless companies,” said CPA Chairman Dan DiMicco and CEO Michael Stumo in a letter, referring to multinational corporations. “China is stockpiling unsold goods right now during its shutdown and will be poised to flood the US market when shipping and ports reopen.”

“U.S. corporate crisis bailouts may prove bonanza for insider trading, new study warns” by Reuters’ Chris Prentice and Lawrence Delevingne – White-collar crime prosecutors and defense attorneys are likely to be busy following a massive economic stimulus package from the U.S. Congress aimed at mitigating the fallout from the coronavirus, according to a new academic study of insider trading. The research, from scholars at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Stanford University, University of Cambridge and IESE Business School, found insider trading profitability jumped dramatically during the 2007-2009 global financial crisis and subsequent government bailout. “Anytime the government picks winner and losers, there is a greater opportunity for insider trading by connected individuals,” said Daniel Taylor, an associate professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and one of the authors of the report. The report analyzed trading by corporate insiders at leading financial institutions before and after Congress finalized its $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to purchase toxic assets from troubled lenders, the details of which were largely thrashed out by executives and government officials in private. The study, published online this month in the Journal of Finance, found evidence of abnormal trading by politically connected insiders 30 days ahead of the TARP infusions, which either boosted or hit company share prices, depending on the situation. The researchers examined open market purchases and sales by officers and directors at 497 publicly traded institutions between 2005 and 2011. They then compared the trades placed by insiders who appeared to have identifiable connections at regulators, the Treasury and Congress, with the trades placed by insiders who appeared to have no such connection.

“Man under investigation for plotting an attack at a hospital believed to be treating Covid-19 patients was killed during an FBI investigation” by CNN’s Evan Perez and David Shortell – A man under federal investigation in a potential domestic terrorism case was shot and killed Tuesday during an FBI operation to arrest him, people familiar with the investigation said. The suspect, who hasn’t been identified by authorities, was the subject of a months-long investigation into alleged white supremacist activity, and recently had made threats the FBI took seriously, the sources said. Among the threats was one to carry out an attack on a hospital in the Kansas City, Missouri, area, where he lived, in part because of the belief that patients may be treated there for the Covid-19 virus. It’s not clear why the FBI agents opened fire during the attempted arrest of the suspect during what was supposed to be a controlled operation in Belton, Missouri. Typically in sting operations such as the one Tuesday, investigators use undercover agents or informants to gather direct evidence to prove that a suspect was actively planning to carry out an attack. The FBI acknowledged the shooting and the man’s death, but declined to release additional information. The FBI takes any shooting incident involving our agents seriously,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said in a statement. “In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting incident will be investigated by the FBI’s Inspection Division. The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.” The FBI and Justice Department have increased focus in recent months on racially motivated crimes and threats from white supremacists and other domestic groups, and there are a number of other ongoing federal investigations related to extremists and coronavirus, one of the people familiar with the Missouri investigation said.

“World Health Organization director praises Trump’s leadership in response to coronavirus pandemic” by Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty – The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday praised President Trump for his leadership in handling the novel coronavirus outbreak and said the president is “taking responsibility” for leading the United States’ response to the global pandemic. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the United Nations health agency has repeatedly called for the heads of state to lead a “whole of government” response to COVID-19 and said Trump was leading by example. “That’s exactly what he’s doing, which we appreciate because fighting this pandemic needs political commitment,” Tedros said during an afternoon press briefing in Geneva. Tedros said he and Trump had recently spoken and that the president is “doing all he can.” “I believe that kind of political commitment and political leadership can bring change or can stop this pandemic,” Tedros said. During the virtual press conference, Tedros called COVID-19 “Public Enemy No. 1,” and warned that if some countries don’t get serious about putting safety measures in place, the world could see thousands of additional casualties. He added that wide-scale efforts to slow the coronavirus should have started weeks ago. “It’s a dangerous virus,” Tedros said. “We had been saying to the world the window of opportunity is narrowing and the time to act was actually more than a month ago, two months ago.” Tedros instructed countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to use the time to “find and attack the virus.”

“Virus Response Gives Mike Pence Prominent but Precarious Platform” by WSJ’s Catherine Lucey – Vice President Mike Pence has often found himself drafted to deal with some of the Trump administration’s thorniest foreign and domestic problems. But helming its response to the novel coronavirus pandemic is his highest-stakes assignment yet. Tackling the task with his trademark stoicism, Mr. Pence has largely drawn good internal reviews—including from President Trump—for corralling an unwieldy White House process and for delivering a focused message. But the position comes with inherent risks, both that he’ll shoulder the blame if this goes badly and that his measured approach could cast Mr. Trump’s showier, more inconsistent messaging in an unfavorable light. “It’s obviously a big risk for Pence. If the administration fumbles the response to this, Pence will share some of that blame,” said Republican consultant Alex Conant. “If it goes really well, Trump’s going to get most of the credit, but it’s something Pence can point to in 2024.” The contrast between the president and his No. 2 have been clear during the daily press briefings at the White House, where the president has at times sought to play down the crisis, offered conflicting information about his policies and berated journalists, while Mr. Pence has focused on details about the task force and words of succor. Perhaps the most stark example of the difference came last week, when NBC’s Peter Alexander asked the president for his message to Americans who are scared, and the president snapped back: “I say that you’re a terrible reporter. That’s what I say.” Faced with the same question later in the briefing, Mr. Pence calmly declared: “I would say: Do not be afraid; be vigilant.” Mr. Pence’s role has only grown harder as the White House has come under increasing pressure over the rise in cases around the country and the dire lack of testing and medical supplies in some areas. His risk has also become personal after a member of his staff tested positive. He and his wife, Karen, were tested for the virus and were both negative.

“’That’s when all hell broke loose’: Coronavirus patients start to overwhelm US hospitals” by CNN’s Michael Nedelman – “We ended up getting our first positive patients — and that’s when all hell broke loose,” said one New York City doctor. The doctor, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity out of concern for his job, described a hospital that was woefully unprepared for an influx of Covid-19 patients that started roughly two weeks ago — which has already stretched the hospital’s resources thin and led to severely ill patients outnumbering ventilators.

“We don’t have the machines, we don’t have the beds,” the doctor said. “To think that we’re in New York City and this is happening,” he added. “It’s like a third-world country type of scenario. It’s mind-blowing.” At first, patients skewed toward the 70-plus age group, but in the past week or so there have been a number of patients younger than 50. “I don’t think they understand the severity of this disease,” the doctor said of the younger patients. “Two weeks ago, life was completely different.” Public health experts, including US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, have warned the US could “become Italy,” where doctors in hospitals filled with Covid-19 patients have been forced to ration care and choose who gets a ventilator. But the US may already be seeing the beginnings of this in some areas, marking a new stage of the nation’s outbreak. “The reality is that what we’re seeing right now in our emergency rooms is dire,” said Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

“Surgeon General warns US could be worse than Italy if 15-day guidelines are disregarded” by Fox News’ Victor Garcia – Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that the president is trying to be optimistic for Americans with his Easter timeline and also asked those not taking the coronavirus seriously to understand there is a possibility America could reach a worst-case scenario if residents do not follow the guidelines. “And we’ve said constantly that every place is going to have a different curve. So New York’s going to have a different curve than Washington, than Boise, Idaho. And what the president, in my mind is doing is trying to help people understand that there is a light at the end of this tunnel. We will get through this,” Adams said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “And as you mentioned earlier, we’re seeing New York cases level off.” Adams reiterated there was “hope” that we have flattened the curve. “We’re seeing their hospitalizations start to level off. And when you look at China, when you look at South Korea, their curve was about two to two and a half months,” Adams said. “So there is hope that if we continue to lead into the mitigation efforts and we’re two-thirds of the way through this 15 days to stop the spread initiative, that we can flatten the curve and that we can get to the end of this more quickly.” Dr. Adams did warn that the worst-case scenario was still possible, saying to those not taking it seriously there is a chance the country could end up like Italy. “I’m heartened by the people around the country who are doing the right thing, but we’re still seeing far too many pictures of people out there doing the wrong things, “Adams said. “Playing basketball, out on beaches. We need America to understand that we still could be like Italy. We could be worse than Italy if we don’t participate in these 15 days to stop the spread.”

 

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