By George Smith

I hate wishing for things that WILL NOT happen, but in this case I’m going to wish for it anyway.

I wish upon a star that Michelle Obama would agree to be Joe Biden’s choice for vice president.

Hoot and holler and laugh if you will, but adding her to the ticket would ensure Donald Trump would be a one-term, disgraced, impeached-for-eternity president.

That woman on the ticket would solidify every segment of the Democratic Party — true-blue party loyalists, women and minorities, and a goodly number of Republicans (men and women) dog-tired of the Trump shenanigans, lies and foibles.

Intelligent-cubed, scandal-and rumor-free, the former First Lady would excite the Democratic base like no other candidate.

And, she is the perfect fallback for any voter concerned about Biden’s age or overall health.

She won’t take the job; she’s already been in that public bubble for eight excruciating years. And, as the “most admired woman in America” several years running, she simply does not need the hassle of being hassled throughout a months’-long presidential campaign.

She won’t take the job. Or…would she if she believed her addition to the ticket would be the only way to oust Trump from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

And, wouldn’t it be a certified YeeHaw moment to witness a debate between her and uptight Mike Pence? Now, that would be a Pay-for-View moment in TV history.

Shoot, I’d bet dollars to donuts that the current FLOTUS, Melania Trump, would vote for a Biden-Obama ticket…anything to get out from under the microscope of living in the White House.

Com’ on, Michelle. Give the country a little love. Sign up on Uncle Joe’s team.

Take one for the team! 

Experience in Spain

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April 21, 2020

High Contagiousness and Rapid Spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (HOPKINS SENT AND INCLUDES CHINESE C-19 STUDIES-NEW)

“… suggesting a much faster rate of spread than initially measured. This finding would have important implications for forecasting epidemic trajectories and the effect on healthcare systems as well as for evaluating the effectiveness of intervention strategies.

“How contagious SARS-CoV-2 is in other countries remains to be seen. Given the rapid rate of spread as seen in current outbreaks in Europe, we need to be aware of the difficulty of controlling SARS-CoV-2 once it establishes sustained human-to-human transmission in a new population (20). Our results suggest that a combination of control measures, including early and active surveillance, quarantine, and especially strong social distancing efforts, are needed to slow down or stop the spread of the virus. If these measures are not implemented early and strongly, the virus has the potential to spread rapidly and infect a large fraction of the population, overwhelming healthcare systems. Fortunately, the decline in newly confirmed cases in China and South Korea in March 2020 and the stably low incidences in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore strongly suggest that the spread of the virus can be contained with early and appropriate measures.”

(JHarris-note there is still active disease in all of the above countries and public health measures are still being dictated and followed) 


The Infection That’s Silently Killing Coronavirus Patients   

“There is a way we could identify more patients who have Covid pneumonia sooner and treat them more effectively — and it would not require waiting for a coronavirus test at a hospital or doctor’s office. It requires detecting silent hypoxia early through a common medical device that can be purchased without a prescription at most pharmacies: a pulse oximeter.

“These patients did not report any sensation of breathing problems, even though their chest X-rays showed diffuse pneumonia and their oxygen was below normal. How could this be?

“To my amazement, most patients I saw said they had been sick for a week or so with fever, cough, upset stomach and fatigue, but they only became short of breath the day they came to the hospital. Their pneumonia had clearly been going on for days, but by the time they felt they had to go to the hospital, they were often already in critical condition.

‘We are only just beginning to understand why this is so. The coronavirus attacks lung cells that make surfactant. This substance helps the air sacs in the lungs stay open between breaths and is critical to normal lung function. As the inflammation from Covid pneumonia starts, it causes the air sacs to collapse, and oxygen levels fall. Yet the lungs initially remain “compliant,” not yet stiff or heavy with fluid. This means patients can still expel carbon dioxide — and without a buildup of carbon dioxide, patients do not feel short of breath.”

(JHarris: C-19 Pneumonia is different from what most doctors and patients are familiar with as described above. This whole article is readable and recommended.)

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City of Marshall Third Amended Declaration of Local Disaster April 21, 2020

[Marshall, Texas, April 21, 2020]

City of Marshall and Harrison County Release Third Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency

[Marshall, Texas] In a joint effort, the City of Marshall under the authority of Mayor Terri Brown and Harrison County under the direction of County Judge Chad Sims announce today, that both have issued a Third Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency Related to Communicable Disease. These orders are released in compliance with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Orders GA-15 and GA-16 advanced on Friday, April 17, 2020.

The new local orders stipulate that retail establishments will be able to operate as “Retail-to-Go” as delineated in the Texas Governor’s Executive Order GA-16, effective April 24, 2020. “Retail-to-Go” was defined by Governor Abbott as a safe, strategic reopening of select services and activities in Texas. This order establishes a temporary “Retail-To-Go” model that will allow select retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24. Under this model, reopened establishments are required to deliver items to customer’s cars, homes, or other locations to minimize contact. Customer admittance in the store will not be allowed under this provision. 

In addition, the new local orders will require every Harrison County food establishment to have all employees wear a face mask at all times.  In transactions with customers, cash handing functions and food serving functions are also required to be handled by separate employees.

The City of Marshall will perform a second round of inspections to verify proper implementation of all regulations.

Under the Third Amended Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency, residents of the City of Marshall and Harrison County are still requested to shelter at home while still allowed to perform essential duties for their families. These duties may include obtaining medical supplies, visiting a health care provider, obtaining supplies they need to work from home, grocery shopping, engaging in outdoor activities while maintaining social distancing, and to perform work defined as an essential service. Citizens at a high risk of illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to remain in their residence except to receive medical care. Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure workforce may be found at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (version 3.0 dated 4/17/2020).

The City of Marshall Emergency Management Team will continue to meet with leaders from Harrison County, Marshall – Harrison County Health District, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System – Marshall leaders to monitor this evolving situation on an ongoing basis and provide notices to residents.

The City of Marshall and Harrison County urge all resident to use best practices to safeguard themselves and their families from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

1.            Restrict physical contract and publicly used areas.

2.            Maintain Social Distancing with a safe distance of six (6’) feet between individuals.

3.            Every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more per Executive Order of Governor Abbott.

4.            Residents should not visit nursing homes, retirement, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

5.            In accordance with the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors. Residents may still utilize drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options through the Executive Order.

6.            Regularly wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

7.            Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

8.            If soap is not available, use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

9.            Avoid close contact with people who are sick. All persons should remain in the home if one person in the home exhibits symptoms.

10.          Essential errands should be conducted by only one adult from the household. All other family members should remain sheltered at home.

11.          CDC recommends wearing a cloth face mask in public. The mask will fit snugly, be secured with ear loops, and be able to be laundered and machine dried often. A mask should not be placed on children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or unable to remove the mask without assistance. A mask with multiple layers of fabric should allow for breathing without restriction. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators as those critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

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