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Trump: Obeying COVID-19 Guidelines is a ‘Matter of Life and Death’

Trump: Obeying COVID-19 Guidelines is a ‘Matter of Life and Death’

“The surge is coming, and it’s coming pretty strong,” said President Trump Tuesday during a press conference at the White House. “As a nation, we’re going to have a really rough two weeks. Our strength will be tested and our endurance will be tried.”

On Sunday, Trump extended social distancing guidelines through the end of April as experts warned the US to expect between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths. Without social distancing and other methods, the projected number of deaths increases to between 1.6 and 2.2 million.

“This is tough. People are suffering,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top coronavirus expert. “It’s inconvenient from a societal standpoint, from an economic standpoint to go through this, but this is going to be the answer to our problems.”

The Administration this week unveiled its new “30 Days to Slow the Spread” plan, which reiterates and extends existing advice including: social distancing, frequent hand washing, working from home, avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, and bypassing discretionary travel.

“It is absolutely critical for the American people to follow the guidelines,” said Trump. “It’s a matter of life and death.”

While medical care is expected to reduce the number of deaths, human behavior is the key factor in the pandemic’s course, explained White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx. “There’s no magic bullet, there’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behaviors,” said Birx, warning of potential outbreaks in Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, and Massachusetts if human behavior in those places is not altered. 

To date, the US has reported more than 181,000 cases and 3,606 deaths – with New York City remaining the hardest-hit location. With morgues and other storage spaces overwhelmed, FEMA is sending 85 refrigerated trucks to help New York store the bodies. 

“I watched the doctors and nurses walking into the hospital [in Elmhurst, Queens] this morning and it is like military people going into battle, going into war,” said President Trump. “The bravery is incredible.”

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  1. CAROLE

    FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE! THERE’S A LOT MORE TO SURVIVING COVID-19 BESIDES SOCIAL DISTANCING!

    WEAR A MASK WHEN OUT AMONG PEOPLE. IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY ON HAND, KEEP A STACK OF FARM BANDANAS. A TRIANGULATED ONE WILL COVER YOUR ENTIRE FACE. ALWAYS HAVE A CLEAN ONE WITH YOU FOR JUST YOUR FACE. LAUNDER THEM OFTEN.

    AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE, EYES, MOUTH, NOSE.

    IF YOUR EYES GET ITCHY, CAREFULLY WASH YOUR HANDS, AND IF NOT ALLERGIC TO JOHNSON’S BABY SHAMPOO, PUT A FEW DROPS ON YOUR FINGERS WITH WATER AND WASH YOUR EYES, RINSE THEM WELL, DRY WITH ONLY A VERY CLEAN TOWEL. REPEAT AS NECESSARY, ESP. ON AWAKENING AND AT BEDTIME. NEVER TOUCH THE RIM OF THE BOTTLE OR THE INSIDE OF ITS CAP OR SET THE CAP OPEN SIDE DOWN. SEE AN EYE DOCTOR WHEN NEEDED.

    ARMED WITH DISINFECTANT WIPE IN HAND, ENTER BUILDINGS; KEEP THAT BARRIER BETWEEN YOUR HANDS AND ALL THINGS YOU TOUCH. IF YOU HAVE NO WIPES, KEEP A PAPER TOWEL, NAPKIN OR CHEAP PAIRS OF GLOVES YOU CAN LAUNDER DAILY. (AFTER RINSING, MICROWAVE THEM IN A CLEAN PYREX BOWL FOR 2 MIN. MAKE SURE THEY HAVE NO METAL ITEMS ON THEM!!!)

    IF YOU PUT YOUR COFFEE CUP, SANDWICH, ETC. DOWN ON ANY SURFACE, USE A PAPER TOWEL BETWEEN IT’S BOTTOM AND THE SURFACE SET DOWN ON.

    CONSIDER PACKING YOUR OWN LUNCH AND COFFEE, WIPES, TOWELS, ETC.. YOU NEED SOMETHING USEFUL TO CARRY AROUND IN ALL THOSE FANCY BACKPACKS AND OVER-SIZED HANDBAGS.

    USE DISINFE.WIPES TO WIPE DOWN CUSTOMER COUNTERS, PUBLIC TABLES, CHAIR BACKS/ARMS, SEAT BELTS, CARTS, STAIR RAILS, ELEVATOR BUTTONS, PUBLIC PENS/PENCILS…YOU NAME IT.

    PUBLIC,COMMERCIAL, HEALTH, ETC. PLACES OPEN FOR BUSINESS HAVE TO EXERCISE DILLIGENCE IN THOROUGHLY DISINFECTING AT LEAST TWICE A DAY ALL SURFACES THEIR STAFF AND CLIENTELE WILL BE TOUCHING…AND NOT JUST A BREEZY LICK AND A PROMISE!

    IF YOU DON’T ALREADY WEAR GLASSES, BUY SAFETY GLASSES/SUNGLASSES, FASHION “WINDOW GLASS TYPES THAT MORE THAN COVER THE EYES, TO WEAR WHEN OUT AMONG PEOPLE….AND WASH THEM AT LEAST 1-2 X’S A DAY.

    CONSIDER THAT FANS ARE POSSIBLY BLOWING BACTERIA AND VIRUSES AROUND IN THE AIR BEING CIRCULATED AND PROTECT YOURSELVES…SAME FOR AIRCONDITIONED PLACES WHICH PROB. RARELY CLEAN THEIR VENTILATION SYSTEMS. SAME GOES FOR AIRPLANES, BUSES, AND OTHER TRANSPORT SERVICE SYSTEMS. (REMEMBER THE MYSTERIOUS LEGIONAIRES’ DISEASE?)

    METICULOUS, SCRUPULOUS DISINFECTING HAS TO BE DONE BY EVERYONE! DON’T COMPLAIN IF THE VIRUS ISN’T GOING AWAY. IT SPREADS BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE NOT OBSERVING THE COMMON SENSE PRECAUTIONS.

    THE LORD EXPECTS YOU TO DO YOUR PART IN PROTECTING YOURSELF AND OTHERS. DON’T ALWAYS EXPECT SOMEONE ELSE TO BE DOING FOR YOU. THE PRESIDENT AND TASK FORCE A RE NOT COMING OVER TO DO ALL THESE THINGS FOR YOU.

    INSTEAD OF BITCHING AT PRESIDENT TRUMP AND BLAMING HIM FOR ALL YOUR INCONVENIENCES, PUT THE BLAME ON THE IDIOT (S) WHO UNLEASHED THIS SCOURGE ON THE WORLD…BECAUSE “IT DIDN’T JUST HAPPEN.”…AND THE POLITICOS PERPETRATING THEIR SICK AGENDA TO THWART THE PRESIDENT AND HIS DEDICATED WORK…FOR FOUR YRS. NOW.

    WAKE UP! SMELL THE COFFEE! MOBILIZE! GET MOVING!

    SOLDIERS DON’T GO INTO BATTLE WITH ONLY A FEW ARMED WITH WEAPONS. NEITHER DO THEY ENGAGE IN BATTLE WITH ONLY A HELMUT ON THEIR HEADS AND A PEA SHOOTER WHICH IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE WEAPON.

    COME ON PEOPLE! NO ONE IS SENDING YOU TO WAR IN HOOZEAKSTAN.

    YOU KNOW ALL THE DISINFEECTANT, WIPES, PAPER TOWELS, ETC. YOU’VE BEEN HOARDING??? START USING THEM! THOSE ARE THE ONLY WEAPONS WE HAVE.

    THESE ARE ONLY A FEW THINGS TO CONSIDER.

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    • Elizabeth Swart

      Carole, your message was fantastic, wish we could get the news media to present it like that. Thank you.

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    • William Robinson

      And how about respecting and observing the common sense practices that stores have implemented to cut down on customers coming face to face with each other. I went to the grocery store (HyVee in Springfield, IL) yesterday. They had taken some steps to try and keep shoppers from coming face to face. Not only were the aisles and checkout lines marked for distance separation, but the aisles also were very clearly marked for one way traffic. They were crowded with people going both ways, just like normal times.

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  2. Craig Michael Vandertie

    Donald this time you are definitely spreading lies, all these businesses shuttering their doors is because the government again is blessing the wealthy with gifts, they are going to profit off the severe misery this tragedy is inflicting upon the Common Good it is prosperable to shutdown all manufacturing and services when the taxpaying poor will be paying you what you would have made over that entire time period with interest.

    Only one way to define it, rewarding evil people for committing wicked acts, just as our government did in response to the 2008 Stock Market crash.

    Mr. Trump may take a lot of abuse from his political rivals and the media but as far as physical discomfort he does not know the meaning of the words.

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  3. Knobby

    @CMV
    You obviously have never run a business or hired anyone full time, trained them, found the good ones and kept them on, gave them appropriate raises, paid for their health insurance, contributed to their IRA account, gave them a performance bonus and a paid week off between Christmas and New Year.

    Guess what, I am paying them to stay home, for the most part. Some will come in 2 days per week (they know when to come in better than I ever could know) and execute product service work for our customers, some are working from home. We do this to protect the families.

    These people ARE THE BUSINESS! I NEED them, and they need me back. It is not slave labor, it is a TEAM effort. I know their families and their kids, the sports, the Girl Scouts, their church, everything.

    Most US small (tiny?) businesses are like this, maybe not to the same degree as ours, but my experience is full of similar examples.

    The President has a LOAN program to cover the cost of payroll (most of it) that is good for 8 weeks of full time pay. Loans are from your local bank. You get the loan to keep your employees for having foreclosure, repossessions, evictions, etc. 6 months later you have to justify the use of the money with payroll records, and the some of it will be forgiven. It applies to small business only.

    Does that sound like scheme to enrich the wealthy?
    Is there anything that you like about the USA?
    You obviously disapprove of socialists, but also the conservatives?

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  4. Eli

    Following the guidelines is essential, and hopefully, enough people are prepared, that we can get more Americans back to work, before we create a bigger crisis and a larger national debt. Not all die from COVID 19. Testimonies share that the new medications have shown to be effective and recovery for some has been about a week. Knobby, many of us do understand the responsibility of small business and we’re praying that many of you will be able to survive this crisis. Some businesses have put up sheets of clear plastic to divide and protect individuals in units. More Rescue Bills will only lead into the Socialist agenda. The strategy continues, as Pelosi appointed overseer of the Rescue Bill, Mr. Clyburn, who says it falls right into their plans.

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