Nel's New Day

April 6, 2020

Health Crisis Highlights DDT’s Leadership Style

Medical experts told DDT about the danger of touting the unproved drug hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19. Although approved for such disorders as malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, the drug is known for highly toxic side effects, including heart and vision damage. Claiming that his Ph.D. and background as a social scientist, Peter Navarro, DDT’s trade policy adviser who wanted tariffs and has no medical background, claimed superiority over the knowledge of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Fauci extensively researched ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. He advised six presidents on domestic and global health issues. Navarro also angrily accused Fauci, a proponent of DDT’s quasi-travel ban regarding China, of opposing the restrictions. DDT wouldn’t let Fauci answer CNN’s question about the efficacy of the drug, but Fauci is appearing on the media to give a medical opinion about it.

Axios described the big fight in the task force meeting last Saturday afternoon. Highlights:

  • Navarro: The studies (mostly overseas) show “clear therapeutic efficacy.”
  • Fauci: They’re purely anecdotal; more data is necessary to have a conclusion.
  • Researchers: Studies out of France and China don’t have control groups.
  • Navarro: “That’s science, not anecdote” and raised his voice.
  • Kushner: “Peter, take yes for an answer” because the non-experts in the room wanted to surge the drug to hot zones.
  • Sean Hannity and DDT’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is pushing the drug for COVID-19, and DDT obviously sides with them.

With no evidence, DDT called hydroxychloroquine a “great” and “powerful” anti-malaria drug at a press briefing and added “there are signs that it works on this [virus], some very strong signs.” He said that he was considering taking the drug himself. Then DDT said to add the antibiotic azithromycin to hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin because azithromycin “will kill certain things that you don’t want living within your body.” The curative powers of the combination also have no evidence. He recommended that healthy people take the antibiotic. Superbugs have developed because people take antibiotics for viruses such as the cold although antibiotics are successful only for bacterial diseases. DDT lied about the FDA giving hydroxychloroquine rapid approval: the FDA has not approved the drug for COVID-19.

“I’m not a doctor,” DDT said before he told his medical expert that he was wrong and shut him up. DDT said that he had answered the question about the drugs curative ability “15 times” and the doctor didn’t need to answer. The current shortage of medication for malaria and lumps may come from the government stockpiling 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine. Jared Kushner may save the lives of people who believe DDT because Kushner maintains states can’t get federal supplies. “What do you have to lose,” DDT said about the drug that kills and sickens people. One small study in China found that a small number of people with mild COVID-19 cases may have recovered faster, but side effects of the drug include headaches and nausea. Problems with DDT’s “game-changing” drug.

DDT’s former “fixer” lawyer Michael Cohen had a contract with the hydroxychloroquine manufacturer, Novartis, and paid Cohen $100,000 a month starting in February 2017 for access to DDT. The money went into the account of the shell company that paid off Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about DDT’s affair with her. Payments were made for the year of the contract. No one knows if DDT has personal investments in Novartis.

DDT’s style of COVID-19 leadership:

March 16: DDT gave social-distancing guidelines because COVID-19 is an “invisible enemy” after saying that it is no worse than ordinary flu. DDT’s position on March 23 – He plans to open the country on Easter, a “beautiful day.” DDT’s new position after bad polling for the idea – Easter won’t work; shelter-in-place until April 30.

March 21: Asked if DDT’s favorite drug can be used to treat COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “The answer is no.”

March 23: An Arizona man died of taking chloroquine phosphate after DDT recommended it. 

April 3: The administration announced new guidelines for everyone to wear masks out in public. DDT’s position – Some people may not want to wear masks, and I don’t plan to do it. DDT’s new position after bad polling for the idea – Easter won’t work; shelter-in-place until April 30.

April 4: Dr. Anthony Fauci stressed social distancing to help stop COVID-19, saying that the U.S. and other countries have seen mitigation work. DDT’s position – Mitigation works, but “we’re not going to destroy out country. We have to get back.” He repeated “the cure cannot be worse than the problem” three times.

April 5: Fauci didn’t say anything about DDT’s favorite unapproved drug for a COVID-19 cure. DDT behaved like a TV barker to recommend that everyone use the drug.

April 6: DDT’s bragging – “They’re doing … very strong tests [on airlines] for getting on, getting off.” Airlines don’t know what DDT is talking about. CNN’s Daniel Dale pointed out about DDT’s claim of screening:

“[S]creening — which can require as little as filling out a form — is not the same as a test to determine if someone has been infected. And most US passengers are not being screened in any way upon disembarking.”

April 6: DDT’s earlier position on testing: We have enough tests for everyone. DDT’s statement today about lack of testing:

“States are supposed to be doing testing. Hospitals are supposed to be doing testing. Do you understand that? We’re the federal government, listen, we’re the federal government. We’re not supposed to stand on street corners doing testing.”

The federal government didn’t allow anyone else to do testing for the first two and a half months after the U.S. learned about the novel coronavirus.

The official number of deaths in the U.S. today is 10,941, but no one will ever know the exact number, much greater that this figure. CDC requires a positive laboratory COVID-19 test to count in the total, and the widespread lack of testing, even now, means a vast undercount. Some officials say that testing the dead misuses scarce resources to be preserved for the living, and health officials refused to test people with strict eligibility criteria. At this time, Wyoming has supplies to test only five people. Many infected people also test negative. Scientists who analyze mortality statistics state that recorded deaths in a disease with common symptoms represent only a fraction of the total. The CDC count last Saturday was about 4,500 under other record-keeping although it recognized that death certificates listed another 1,150.

Everything DDT does is a ruse based on incompetence, lack of planning, and corruption. On March 18, DDT announced that the hospital ship USNS Comfort would be sent to New York, but the ship wasn’t deployed for another 12 days. Once it arrived in the New York harbor, the 1,000-bed facility had only 20 patients; DDT said no one with COVID-19 could be on the ship because of the effort required to disinfect it. Last Friday, however, 19 infected patients were accidentally transferred onto the ship, and today a crew member tested positive. Public concern about lack of hospital facilities for virus cases in New York finally caused DDT to relent and allow virus patients on the ship. That’s DDT’s leadership style.

Instead of Google developing a testing website, as presented by DDT and Dr. Deborah Birx in one of the many press briefings, Jared Kushner’s family business was assigned the project. The company has dumped the project although numbers of infected people and casualties spike even without sufficient testing.

While DDT tries to stiff Palm Beach County for leases on the land for his golf course, people in Florida can’t apply for unemployment because the website crashed under the creation of former governor Rick Scott, now a GOP senator.

DDT calls himself a wartime president, but he says that governors are responsible for fighting the war. Sort of like making New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. responsible for all the aftermath of 9/11 because those were the locations of the attacks. DDT is finally helping out New York because he has a friend there in a hospital with COVID-19. If DDT had more friends, states might get more help.

About the RNC, DDT said, “We have no contingency plan.” That’s his leadership style.

DDT should take a lesson from Queen Elizabeth II and her speech, only the fifth in her 62-year reign, three others also in a time of tragedy:

“I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.”

Maybe the American Revolution was a mistake.

Today, April 6, the world has 1,347,625 confirmed cases and 74,782 deaths from COVID-19. The number of confirmed cases–low as it is–comes to 367,650, over 27 percent of the world’s cases in 4 percent of the world’s population. 


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