Thursday, April 9, 2020

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A Report on Successful Treatment of Coronavirus

Submitted by legal stranger:

Dr. Vladimir (Zev) Zelenko
Board Certified Family Practitioner
501 Rt 208, Monroe, NY 10950 
March 23, 2020
To all medical professionals around the world:
My name is Dr. Zev Zelenko and I practice medicine in Monroe, NY. For the last 16 years, I have cared for approximately 75% of the adult population of Kiryas Joel, which is a very close knit community of approximately 35,000 people in which the infection spread rapidly and unchecked prior to the imposition of social distancing.
As of today my team has tested approximately 200 people from this community for Covid-19, and 65% of the results have been positive. If extrapolated to the entire community, that means more than 20,000 people are infected at the present time. Of this group, I estimate that there are 1500 patients who are in the high-risk category (i.e. >60, immunocompromised, comorbidities, etc).
Given the urgency of the situation, I developed the following treatment protocol in the pre-hospital setting and have seen only positive results:
1. Any patient with shortness of breath regardless of age is treated.
2. Any patient in the high-risk category even with just mild symptoms is treated.
3. Young, healthy and low risk patients even with symptoms are not treated (unless their circumstances change and they fall into category 1 or 2).
My out-patient treatment regimen is as follows:
1. Hydroxychloroquine 200mg twice a day for 5 days
2. Azithromycin 500mg once a day for 5 days
3. Zinc sulfate 220mg once a day for 5 days
The rationale for my treatment plan is as follows. I combined the data available from China and South Korea with the recent study published from France (sites available on request). We know that hydroxychloroquine helps Zinc enter the cell. We know that Zinc slows viral replication within the cell. Regarding the use of azithromycin, I postulate it prevents secondary bacterial infections. These three drugs are well known and usually well tolerated, hence the risk to the patient is low.
Since last Thursday, my team has treated approximately 350 patients in Kiryas Joel and another 150 patients in other areas of New York with the above regimen.
Of this group and the information provided to me by affiliated medical teams, we have had ZERO deaths, ZERO hospitalizations, and ZERO intubations. In addition, I have not heard of any negative side effects other than approximately 10% of patients with temporary nausea and diarrhea.
In sum, my urgent recommendation is to initiate treatment in the outpatient setting as soon as possible in accordance with the above. Based on my direct experience, it prevents acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), prevents the need for hospitalization and saves lives.
With much respect, Dr. Zev Zelenko
cc: President Donald J. Trump; Mr. Mark Meadows, Chief of Staff
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Gas prices fall to as low as 98 cents in Milwaukee area as pandemic continues to reduce driving

From JSOnline:

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gas price at BP gas station is $1.39 per gallon on Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Gas prices of other gas stations dropped down to around $1 per gallon in Elkhorn. (Photo: Zhihan Huang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Gas prices are dropping as low as 98 cents per gallon in the Milwaukee area as people spend less time driving during the coronavirus pandemic.
A Clark station in Waukesha registered as cheapest in the area on Wednesday, per price tracking site GasBuddy, at 98 cents per gallon.
A couple of stations in the area are at 99 cents per gallon, including the Woodman's in Waukesha and Costco locations in Pewaukee and New Berlin.
The average gas price in the Milwaukee area is $1.40, per AAA data. The average is $1.23 per gallon in Green Bay, $1.14 per gallon in Appleton and $1.38 per gallon in Madison.
Statewide, the average price for a gallon of gas is at $1.40, down from $1.54 at this time last week and $2.27 at this time last month, AAA data shows. The national average dropped to $1.91.

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Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my dears!  How are you?  Are you staying at home and washing your hands and practicing social distancing when you have to go out?  Isn't this getting to be a pain in the butt?  I'm not sick from COVID-19, but I'm sick of these preventive measures.  Now we're supposed to wear masks in public.  I'm thinking of wearing Junior's Frankenstein mask from last Halloween.

This blog is appearing late because I forgot about it.  The coronavirus has destroyed my daily routine.  I don't remember what day it is anymore.  I've been sleeping a lot.  I think that's my way of avoiding the madness.  You can't pick up a newspaper or go online without being inundated with coronavirus "news."  I want to talk about something else, anything else.  Let's talk about the weather.

Yesterday was warm and wonderful.  Today is nor supposed to be as warm, but you can tell that spring is in the air.  Thank God.  I hate winter; er, ah, I hate snow and cold and ice, whenever they appear.  Every winter I think about moving to Florida.  I may be stuck here just out of habit.  I think being a snowbird would be ideal, but I worry about my business and clients suffering from my absence.  Who am I fooling?  I'll never move.  I love Racine, even if it is politically corrupt.  Criminals run the city, but the people are wonderful.  At least, most of them.

Well, we had an election yesterday.  I have no idea why that was allowed to happen.  All I can say is that one political party may have hoped to benefit from a low turnout, something that already happens in primary elections.  If you read the comments on the Journal Times' site, you can see how divided people are in Racine.  The Republicans and Democrats literally hate each other.  There is little room for clear dialog, but plenty for venom and bile.  The worthiness of a post or idea is unimportant; all that matters is screaming at your "opponents."  Just like in real life.  How sad for all of us.

It kind of reminds me of Mr. President Trump's daily COVID-18 briefings.  It also reminds me of a quote from William Shakespeare's Macbeth: "Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."  That sure sounds like Mr. President's briefings.  Oh my.

I've noticed that the coronavirus has not slowed down road construction in Racine.  Anywhere you drive in the area, you will run into orange barrels and 5 guys looking down into a hole where 2 guys are working.  How do you get one of those "looking down into the hole" jobs?  I'm pretty good at doing nothing.  Am I hired?

Here's a little video about all those who lied to us early on in the coronavirus pandemic:

Don't you just love it when public figures and media outlets mislead you on the seriousness of a matter?  These are the people who are supposed to "lead" us.  Like Mr. Mayor Cory 'Butterball' Mason, who publicly whines about the virus, but secretly conducts City Council meetings by himself.  I wonder if he's laid off his myriad of assistants?  I don't know if he can exist without them . . .

Well, that's it, kiddos.  I just got up and whipped this out.  Now I have to make breakfast and prepare for another boring day.  I may go to the store today.  Oh boy!  What fun.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Live coronavirus updates: Officials prepare to open facility at State Fair Park to handle overflow patients

From JSOnline:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

6:15 p.m.: DMV implements new restrictions on in-person services

The Department of Motor Vehicles is implementing more restrictions on in-person services because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Until further notice, the service centers will be closed to all in-person transactions except for commercial driver licenses, voters needing identification who need to use the identification card petition process and new Wisconsin residents who need a driver’s license or ID for voting. And those services are available by appointment only.
To make an appointment for one of these services during the Safer at Home order, call the DMV Communication Center at (608) 264-7447.
People can still perform all vehicle-related transactions including renewing registration or obtaining titles for vehicles and changing addresses by mail, through third-party providers or online -
Also, all driver license and commercial driver license renewals are extended 60 days and emissions testing requirements have been deferred. Registration renewals should still be completed by mail or online by the renewal date.
And all non-commercial driver license skills tests have been canceled until further notice.
- Meg Jones

6 p.m.: Officials prepare to open coronavirus facility at State Fair

As projections show coronavirus cases in Milwaukee County will likely peak by mid April, officials are close to opening a facility to handle overflow patients at State Fair Park.
Dr. Ben Weston, Director of Medical Services, Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management, said a request to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open a coronavirus facility at State Fair “is moving forward quickly.”
Army Corps of Engineers officials have given authorities here “positive feedback that it will happen soon,” Weston said at a Tuesday afternoon media briefing.
A team to operate the facility is being put together and officials are working to identify the criteria for patients to be housed at State Fair, said Weston.
- Meg Jones

5 p.m.: Amazon hires 700 new employees in Wisconsin to meet surge in demand

Amazon said this week it has hired more than 80,000 employees to meet the surge in demand from people buying items online and having them delivered. 
The digital company, now one of the world’s largest retailers, said it has hired more than 700 new employees in Wisconsin.
“The new hires in Wisconsin fill a range of roles, including picking, packing, and shipping customer orders and delivering packages from delivery stations to meet the needs of the COVID-19 demand surge,” Amazon said in a statement.
Many of those who were hired have been “impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19 and come from a variety of fields and life situations, including restaurant cooks, bartenders and servers, flight attendants, teachers, business owners, personal trainers, valet drivers, rideshare drivers, retirees, part-time workers whose jobs are now on hold, and people ‘who just wanted to help out,’” according to the statement.
Amazon says it is continuing to hire. Interested candidates can visit to apply. 
The jobs “start with minimum pay of $17 per hour through the end of April, which is an increase of $2 per hour since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and come with company benefits on day one, for full-time and some part-time positions,” according to the statement.
— Joe Taschler

4:20 p.m.: County buses in Milwaukee will be limited to 10 people

Starting Thursday, Milwaukee County buses will allow only 10 people onboard because of the need for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
County Executive Chris Abele announced the change Tuesday afternoon and said the county is putting more buses on busy routes to handle passengers.
If a bus already has 10 people on board, it will not stop to pick up passengers.
“I apologize to people who have to wait longer,” Abele said.
He reiterated concerns about overcrowding in the confined spaces of buses and said they should be used only for workers who need to travel to essential jobs or used to go to medical appointments.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, buses are “not there just for a convenience,” said Abele.

- Meg Jones

12:55 p.m.: Wisconsin National Guard sets up isolation facility for homeless

The Wisconsin National Guard has set up an isolation facility for the homeless in Milwaukee County on the grounds of the St. Francis de Sales Seminary in St. Francis. 
The facility plans to be manned with 10 medics and 15 other "citizen soldiers" to provide 24/7 support to those who want to be safe from the coronavirus or protect themselves from infecting others.  
The City of Milwaukee Health Department and Milwaukee County Housing Division designated Clare Hall at the property as the isolation facility for referrals from the area homeless shelters and health care facilities that have individuals who are struggling to find stable housing. 
The National Guard expects to house individuals in the facility later this week. 
— Ricardo Torres

10:01 a.m.: Is alcohol business suffering? Molson Coors says it is

Even as alcohol sales have risen during the coronavirus pandemic, Molson Coors warns that its overall business could be harmed by the shutdown of bars, restaurants, sporting events and festivals.
A weakened economy alone could encourage consumers to buy cheaper drinks, said the Chicago-based brewer with a large presence in Milwaukee in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
“Under difficult economic conditions, consumers may seek to reduce discretionary spending by forgoing purchases of our products or by shifting away from our above-premium products to lower-priced products,” Molson Coors said in the March 27 filing.
The bigger impact could be from lost sales at bars, restaurants, sporting events, festivals and other large gatherings. “We expect that such closures may increase as COVID-19 continues to spread globally,” the company said.
Molson Coors warned that its business in 2020 could be “significantly affected” by the impact of COVID-19. 
Still, U.S. sales of alcoholic beverages rose 55% in the week of March 21, according to the most recent figures from market research firm Nielsen, largely as consumers rushed to fill their pantries amid the fear of shortages.
Spirits like tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails led the way, jumping 75% from a year earlier. Wine sales were up 66%, while beer sales rose 42%.
— Rick Barrett

7:50 a.m.: Waukesha church hosting emergency blood drive

Due to the overwhelming needs of the community, Fox River Christian Church is hosting a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church, W46 W24130 Lawndale Road, Waukesha.
The church is also holding a food drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Easter Sundayat the Waukesha location as well as the Muskego campus, S67 W19491 Tans Drive. The food drive is a drive-thru and drop-off event. All events adhere to the COVID-19 protection guidelines
— Debi Eimer

6:45 a.m.: 2 sheriff's employees, including deputy, test positive

Two Milwaukee County sheriff's employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from the sheriff's office late Monday night.
“We continue to see the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community and now into the workplace," Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas said. "We will continue to take every precaution to ensure the safety of the members of the Sheriff’s Office, the people entrusted to our care and the community we serve.”
These cases mark the first two positive cases of coronavirus in the department. The sheriff's office has conducted an internal contact tracing to determine if either member had contact with other members of the sheriff's office. 
According to the release, the officers include a deputy sheriff in the Court Services Division and a stores clerk in the Milwaukee County Jail, and both are in self-isolation.  
The deputy, assigned to the Vel R. Phillips Youth and Family Justice Center, was sent home April 1 after experiencing symptoms of the virus. She later was tested and found to be positive for COVID-19. The deputy’s daily assignment did not involve contact with in-custody youths or members of the public. 
The stores clerk, assigned to the property room at the Milwaukee County Jail, was sent home March 26 due to an elevated temperature. The clerk was later tested and found to be positive for COVID-19. The clerk’s duties and responsibilities do not involve any contact with the public or persons in custody.
UPDATE: The first version of this entry indicated that two sheriff's deputies had tested positive instead of one deputy and one stores clerk

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Foxconn Hot Issue In Racine County Board Race

Jason Eckman (left) and Kim Mahoney are running for a seat on the Racine County Board in the spring election.

Kim Mahoney has battled the Foxconn corporation for three years. She is running against Jason Eckman, a supporter of the Mount Pleasant Foxconn development, for a seat on the Racine County Board in the spring election.
Mahoney and her husband Jim have refused local buyout offers on their home. They still live just a few hundred yards from Foxconn’s huge complex, which is under construction. Mahoney says local officials haven’t been much help. So, when the current supervisor of Racine County District 14 decided not to run for reelection, she decided to make her first bid for public office.
Mahoney, senior litigation and legal compliance paralegal, promises to be more responsive to district residents.
“While I was affected by the Foxconn project, as were the people [affected by road widening or buyouts] along Highway KR, there’s certainly other issues that affect residents in the 14th District, that their county supervisor may have to provide some help or resources on,” Mahoney tells WUWM.
Racine County is part of a local government agreement helping Foxconn. Mahoney worries the county won’t enforce the deal if Foxconn continues to shrink its development plans. So, she says she’d try to halt further incentives to the company.
Mahoney’s opponent in the county board race is Jason Eckman, a member of the village board in Sturtevant. Eckman says the Foxconn project is leading to other economic growth, or what he calls a halo effect.
“We’re seeing new restaurants. We’re getting a new hospital. There are the kind of investments that show other people are seeing potential in the county, and they’re willing to invest also,” Eckman says.
Eckman says he’s happy that Amazon Logistics has agreed to locate in Sturtevant, promising to create hundreds of jobs.

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Coronavirus: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo doubles maximum fine for breaking social distancing rules to $1,000 as state cases rise

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he is doubling to $1,000 the maximum fine for violating the state’s strict social distancing rules during the coronavirus outbreak.

The reason: Too many New Yorkers aren’t taking the rules seriously, he said. He spoke less than a week before Easter and two days before the start of Passover at sundown Wednesday.

“It’s not about your life,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. “You don’t have the right to risk someone else’s life.”

“You don’t have the right, frankly, to take health-care staff and people who are literally putting their lives on the line and be cavalier or reckless with them. You just don’t have the right,” Cuomo said.

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Dems find a rallying cry: Trump tanked the economy

Framing a coherent economic argument that all the party’s factions can rally around is proving thorny.

For most of the presidential campaign, the economy looked like the one thing that could overcome Donald Trump’s stubbornly low approval ratings and carry him to a second term. Even many Democrats acknowledged they had no cohesive economic message of their own.
But now that the coronavirus has laid waste to the surging stock market and low unemployment, Democrats are discovering another obstacle — framing a coherent economic argument that all the party’s factions can rally around.
It’s already become a source of friction within the Democratic Party, even as some major Democratic outside groups begin pummeling Trump for the economic fallout of the pandemic. It‘s a message Democrats plan to amplify in coming months, long after the immediate health effects of the crisis subside.
The left flank is increasing pressure on Joe Biden, the party’s likely nominee, to adopt more progressive economic policies. Activists accuse Trump of prioritizing corporate America over low-wage workers, while many moderate Democrats are leery of drawing such distinctions, training their criticism of Trump solely on his initial mishandling of the pandemic.
“This is not just about saying, ‘Trump is not doing a good job,’” said Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a prominent supporter of Bernie Sanders, who remains in the presidential race. “That is absolutely a piece of it, but it's also about, what are you going to do? What is your vision? … We should be talking about a payroll guarantee, like a bold pay payroll guarantee program, we should be talking about canceling student debt. I mean, these are the things that, they're not just progressive priorities anymore, they are going to be desperate needs for the survival and the recovery of our people in our economy.”
Jayapal added that Biden, should he become the nominee, will “absolutely” come under pressure from progressives to reconsider those policies ideas in light of the crisis.
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Some pastors defiant as churches celebrate Palm Sunday during coronavirus outbreak

Several pastors across the country plan to keep their doors open to Christians to celebrate Palm Sunday services in defiance of quarantine orders meant to protect people from the highly contagious coronavirus.
Most churches have already transitioned to online services for the beginning of the Christian Holy Week, but a few pastors in Louisiana, Texas, Baltimore and Ohio believe the health measures threaten their constitutional right of religious freedom to worship and assemble.
“The church is the last force resisting the Antichrist; let us assemble regardless of what anyone says,” Pastor Tony Spell of megachurch Life Tabernacle Church in Central, La., told Reuters.
Spell has already been charged with six counts of violating the Louisiana governor’s ban on large gatherings. Other pastors have adopted a similar stance toward the lockdowns despite possible legal violations.
Congregants arrive for an evening service at the Life Tabernacle Church in Central, La., on March 31. Pastor Tony Spell says he will keep violating a ban on gatherings put in place to control the spread of the coronavirus because God told him to. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Lone Star Baptist Church in Lone Star, Texas, has been holding services in its parking lot and will continue to do so on Palm Sunday.
“Satan’s trying to keep us apart; he’s trying to keep us from worshipping together. But we’re not going to let him win,” Lone Star Pastor Kelly Burton wrote in a post on Facebook, according to the outlet.
Pastor Alvin Gwynn Sr. of Baltimore’s Friendship Baptist Church told The Associated Press he still plans to hold in-person Easter services even after police tried to halt services at his church that were limited to 10 people in accordance with state guidelines.
Despite Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s plea to forego hosting large gatherings during the outbreak, the Solid Rock megachurch has invited worshippers to celebrate Palm Sunday service together.
I say this is a good thing.  If all the idiots congregate and give each other COVID-19, then they may die and solve the problem.

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Tiger at Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The tiger was infected by a zoo employee who was "asymptomatically infected with the virus," according to the Wildlife Conservation Society

A tiger at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger, was tested by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory after she — along with six other cats at the zoo — developed a dry cough, the WCS said in a news release. They are all expected to recover.
According to CNN, Nadia is the first known animal to be infected in the United States, as well as the first tiger to test positive.
“Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers,” WCS said. “It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries.”

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