Sunday, April 5, 2020

UPDATED: Is Cuomo Hoarding Hydroxychloroquine? And Why?

Maybe "hoarding" is the wrong word, but I'm not sure what the right word would be for the stupid thing that he's doing. From Sean Hannity's op-ed Gov. Cuomo, stop denying New Yorkers hydroxychloroquine:

Enough is enough. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to IMMEDIATELY lift his pharmacy ban that is forcing New Yorkers stricken by the coronavirus into an already overburdened hospital system to get the potentially life-saving drug hydroxychloroquine. 
Because of an executive order issued by the Democratic governor, any new prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine must go through the already overrun hospital system. This makes no sense. 
Sources tell me that Cuomo has access to MILLIONS of doses of hydroxychloroquine right now. The federal government has tens of millions of doses and has made millions of doses available to the New York governor. 
I live on Long Island and many doctors are telling me that they want to prescribe this medication to their patients who test positive for COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – but do NOT need the patient to come to a hospital. However, Cuomo’s executive order forbids pharmacies from filling the prescriptions. 
The governor is creating a much bigger crisis in his state’s hospital system by denying New Yorkers THE CHOICE (in consultation with their doctors) to take this potentially life-saving medication.

Hasn't Cuomo heard the news? There's a pandemic making the rounds, and this pandemic thinks it can make it in New York. It's putting on a pretty convincing performance there.

Forcing all positive testers to show up at a hospital for the only readily available specific medication--when they could be getting it through a pharmacy--is a recipe for disaster. A recipe for a total breakdown of the hospital system, as anywhere up to 15% of those positive testers may end up being brought to the hospital later in serious condition. That could be avoided with Chloroquine+ therapy at home.

Trump has been doing the presidential thing, supporting the governors. It's how our constitutional order is supposed to work. But in a crisis the president can invoke more authority. Maybe it's time he did so with regard to Chloroquine+ therapy.


Ray-SoCal gave me a link to a blog that led to another link to an ER doc in New Orleans' blog. I want to quote some of that blog as a reminder about NUMBERS--their inexorability. Also, for anyone who thinks getting people on ventilators will solve problems. Chloroquine+ has the potential to be a game changer, but more ventilators for sure is not:

1)  On March 17th, we had 4000 confirmed cases. Today, April 4th, it's at over 300,000 confirmed cases.
We have more than that; you know it, I know it, Yellow Dog knows it. But that means, minimum, this is doubling every three days, and has done so six times in the last nineteen days.
That's eight million cases by the 19th of April, give or take.
And spotting this the low end of only a 1% CFR [Case Fatality Rate], that's 80,000 dead in two more weeks, which surpasses any flu season, and is 4 times worse than the average one.
In perspective, it's nearly a year's worth of U.S. combat deaths from WWII, in just 2 more weeks, if it rolls out that way. It may be better or worse, but it's sure as hell not anywhere close to good yet. 
So, can we please finally STFU about how this is "just the flu", and how "the cure is worse than the disease", when opening the floodgates takes the spread of this to Mars, on a rocket ship?
It's doubling every three days now, not just because of testing, but because it can, and this is with most of the country on at least voluntary stay-at-home, to restrain the spread (which is working, when dumbasses actually do it). 
You can think happy thoughts when cases and deaths (over 1100 since yesterday) peak, and come down the other side of the roller coaster. Not before. 
2) ... 
And if somebody, anybody, thinks we're good if we just crank out 100,000 or 1,000,000 ventilators, because "'Murica!", then please, tell me how you plan to [crank] out the 25,000 to 250,000 trained respiratory therapists you'll need to run that many vents, which you don't have now just sitting around playing cards and waiting to come to your Pandemic Party in ICU or the ER. 
And BTW, ... Kung Flu patients on ventilators die at rates between 70% (Seattle) and 86% (worldwide average), to date.
So anyone bad enough off to need to go on a ventilator with this (which means they're also sedated, and in ICU, as either a 1:1 - one nurse:one patient - or 1:2 patient), has between 1 chance in 3, and 1 chance in 7, of surviving to recover and go home. The other 2 out of 3 or 6 out of 7 will simply die, between Day 11 and Day 21 of intubation. Sometimes, even quicker. (Our patient last week lasted 48 whole hours, and coded multiple times before the MDs called it off for good.) 

Somewhere between 97 and 99% of you will probably recover just fine. But 1-3% of you, and not all of them "old" by any standard, are going to die in a coma, isolated, with a plastic tube down your throat, and breathing mucus while you drown in your own body fluids.

So here are a few things to do while you digest that:

Remind yourself that this--and all the medical related shortages that we're experiencing--came to us courtesy of the globalists who became rich off sending our jobs and our manufacturing base to China--and will now get bailed out for the umpteenth time.

And of course don't forget that this came to us courtesy of the Chicoms--with whom our wealthy globalists played footsie for the last several decades. It's the price of cheap big screen TVs and such.

And then, read this blog by the ER doc in New Orleans: Clinical Pearls Covid 19 for ER practitioners. Just to be clear on what we're talking about coming to a hospital near you.

UPDATE: Commenter Titan 28 ominously warns:

80,000 dead in two more weeks. I'll be watching that number.

I'm no good at math, so I'll leave it to others. Blogger Raconteur does add that she believes social distancing is having its hoped for effect. If her projections are wrong I'll be happy, or, if her belief that social distancing is working, I'll be happy.

Please refer to Worldometer. Nothing complicated, simply the total deaths in the US by day:

That graph should be concerning. I understand that those who don't believe in modeling apparently believe those numbers--represented by lines on the graph--are simply random. I regard that view as wrong and frankly reckless.

Commenter Titan 28 also asks:

Do I think the Deep State, and CDC is a bought and paid for tool of the DS, would gin up a method of counting the dead that would tend to confirm their response to the pandemic?
Does the pope wear red shoes?

To which I reply: That depends on who you think the pope is--or whether you think the See of Rome is vacant. If you think the guy who wears white and lives in a hotel in Vatican City is the pope, then the answer is: No. He wears black shoes.

As for counting the dead, if the Deep State--through its tool the CDC--is able to gin up a method of counting the dead to confirm their response, then I fail to see the point in "watching that number." One way or another it will suit the purposes of the Deep State.


  1. Unbelievable on NY!

    States with restrictions:
    - Nevada

    - Oregon restrictions to hospitals and long term va

    Michigan walked back their action

    1. Ray, the pjmedia article on Nevada is from March 25. Not much has been published since except the qualification that hydroxychloroquine was not banned outright but could only be given to hospital outpatients. Doctors could not give it to their patients with symptoms who were not in hospital. Absurd.

      Now I see this (posted as written, errors and all):

      Nevada Governor Found Hoarding Hydroxychloroquine After Banning Drug

      (Via 360 News Las Vegas)

      According to sources at the drug maker, Concordia Pharmaceuticals Inc, Nevada prisons ordered a large number of their anti-malaria Hydroxychloroquine drug under the name, Plaquenli. Nevada prisons has literally ZERO cases of prisoners infected with the COVID 19 virus to date. The Nevada Board of Pharmacies and the Governor claimed the rule barring doctors from prescribing the drug outside of hospitals was to stop hoarding. After Sisolak’s ban went into effect, the State Prison hoarded the drug in a mass just in case they had break out.

      Gov. Sisolak refused to reverse his order even after the FDA issued an emergency order earlier this week approving the drug for use against COVID 19.

      So Governor Sisolak wants to be sure the prisoners are able to be given hydroxychloroquine in case they happen to get COVID-19. Never mind the others on the outside unless they are in hospital.

      His state medical director is a doctor who has a degree of some sort (he says he has a masters from a school in Romania). He went on to deliver “some” babies in Africa. And deal with some public health issues there. Eventually came here. He is not licensed to practice medicine in the US, but he is Sisolak’s “expert”.

    2. Error in my first paragraph. Should have said:

      […]hydroxychloroquine was not banned outright but could only be given to hospital inpatients


    3. I remember reading a statement by a European doctor a couple of weeks ago that hydroxychloroquine should be administered early. As nearly as I could determine he meant when symptoms first present or soon thereafter. He said that if you wait until patient is critical (which fundamentally means ‘requires hospitalization’) effectiveness is very limited.

      Not sure how to reconcile his opinion vs nawlinsag statement of:
      "Plaquenil which has weak ACE2 blockade doesn't appear to be a savior of any kind in our patient population. Theoretically, it may have some prophylactic properties but so far it is difficult to see the benefit to our hospitalized patients...."

      And this one: .
      Tom S.

    4. Tom, I'm not sure. The ABC report contains the proviso that the drug *only* works against COVID when used in combo with Zinc. Plaquenil alone doesn't appear to be designed for such use. I, too, have read that best results are with early use, and anecodotal reports remain promising. I just read that 4K patients in NY are using it.

      I tried to find out about use in NO. The closest I could come is that trials are being set up. It wasn't clear to me that HCQ+ has been used much, if at all, in NO. Draw your own conclusions?

  2. Ivermectin May help, similar to quinine. Hat tip comment at Treehouse that mentioned a Breitbart article.

    Daily Mail had two hit pieces yesterday on
    Lots of push backs in the comments. I find the Daily Mail is useful for noticing what’s the theme of the msm.

    1. The MSM REALLY doesn't want anything that Trump mentions to work. What price a few hundred thousand deaths when ... Orange Man Bad is the game?

      Yeah, I saw that on Breitbart. Sounds promising.

    2. 80,000 dead in two more weeks. I'll be watching that number. Also, CDC issued a new ICD code on how to count deaths from COVID-19. Alex Berenson has been tweeting about it. Berenson is no fool, even if he's a former NYT reporter.

      Do I think the Deep State, and CDC is a bought and paid for tool of the DS, would gin up a method of counting the dead that would tend to confirm their response to the pandemic?

      Does the pope wear red shoes?

  3. I read the ER doctor’s report from the frontlines. It sounds similar to wartime reporting. This is a war.

  4. My comments are disappearing.

    1. Several yesterday. And I thoughtthe 11:45 AM one this morning had also done so. The publishing process just blanked out the post field and never went to captcha. That is what happens when the posts don’t “take”. I have lost some in the past as well… Just figured that it was the internet - erreur distante - and moved on.

    2. It has to do with the way browsers with their settings interface with Google's Blogger platform. Hopefully yesterday is in the past and we'll be past those problems.

    3. Was having no problems at other Blogger sites. Surber, for example. Seems OK today.

      I got to the point where I copied my brilliant comments into TextEdit just in case they went missing. All is well...

  5. Next time Cuomo says that he's pro-choice, somebody ought to tell him, no, you're anti-life or pro-death.

    I will give him this. He's consistent.