‘Economies Are In Lockdown’: Trump Tests Negative For Virus, Europe Shuts Down As Infections Soar

‘Economies Are In Lockdown’: Trump Tests Negative For Virus, Europe Shuts Down As Infections Soar

Donald Trump surprised the media on Saturday when he announced he'd taken the coronavirus test, despite previously suggesting he didn't see the utility in subjecting himself to the inconvenience. I'll save you the suspense: Trump's test was negative. As of the time he was tested (by his account, Friday evening), the president was not positive for COVID-19. "Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed", Sean Conley said, in a stat
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10 thoughts on “‘Economies Are In Lockdown’: Trump Tests Negative For Virus, Europe Shuts Down As Infections Soar

  1. COVID-19 (i.e., SARS-CoV-2) is a moving target at this point. Be sure my intent is not to trivialize this issue but I feel that there needs to be some sort of perspective…

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 vs. the Flu (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-disease-2019-vs-the-flu):

    COVID-19: Approximately 153,523 cases worldwide; 2,508 cases in the U.S. as of Mar. 14, 2020.*

    Flu: Estimated 1 billion cases worldwide; 9.3 million to 45 million cases in the U.S. per year.

    COVID-19: Approximately 5,789 deaths reported worldwide; 51 deaths in the U.S., as of Mar. 14, 2020.*

    Flu: 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year.


    The risk factors associated with COVID-19 include:

    Cardio issues;
    Diabetes (circulation (?));
    Chronic respiratory disease; and
    Hypertension/High Blood pressure (anyone a trader here?).

    The risk factors are driven by COVID-19’s “Interstitial pneumonitis” which makes it harder for your heart to pump blood through your pulmonary vasculature. These factors are important on there own (~40% of the pre-existing conditions in confirmed lethal cases), they also tend to be age related.

    One site suggested that COVID-19 is 20x more lethal than influenza, I feel that it too early to tell. There is concern that the real problem may be that severe, not necessarily lethal cases, will overwhelm health care facilities..

    There is more discussion at the web site above…

    1. No offense, David, but what you provided is a superficial info dump, not perspective.

      Comparing current COVID-19 statistics with influenza is seriously misleading. First of all, the number of COVID-19 infections in the United States is a moving target since it is increasing at an exponential rate. Unlike the flu there are currently no known vaccines for it, and unlike flu patients a much higher proportion of those who are infected with the novel coronavirus require extensive medical care. If its spread is left unchecked COVID-19 is projected to infect a significant proportion of the population of the United States. With a mortality rate of 1% (which is significantly lower than the current global average) that could result in the death of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

  2. Germany tries to stop U.S. from luring away firm seeking coronavirus vaccine
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    BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine.

    Germany’s Health Ministry confirmed a report in newspaper Welt am Sonntag, which said President Donald Trump had offered funds to lure the company CureVac to the United States, and the German government was making counter-offers to tempt it to stay.

    “The German government is very interested in ensuring that vaccines and active substances against the new coronavirus are also developed in Germany and Europe,” the newspaper quoted a Health Ministry official as saying. “In this regard, the government is in intensive exchange with the company CureVac.”

    Contacted by Reuters, a spokeswoman for the German Health Ministry said: “We confirm the report in the Welt am Sonntag.”

    Welt am Sonntag quoted an unidentified German government source as saying Trump was trying to secure the scientists’ work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, “but only for the United States.”

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