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FLORIDA: Governor DeSantis Issues “Stay At Home” Order.

Governor DeSantis has issued a “stay at home” order except for “essential services.”

The order is below.

More Good News On the COVID-19 Front.

If more testing is a way to help defeat COVID-19, then welcome into the world Abbott’s ID NOW test which has been approved for use by the FDA:

Abbott has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the fastest available molecular point-of-care test for the detection of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), delivering positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.

What makes this test so different is where it can be used: outside the four walls of a traditional hospital such as in the physicians’ office or urgent care clinics.

The new Abbott ID NOW COVID-19 test runs on Abbott’s ID NOWTM platform—a lightweight box (6.6 pounds and the size of a small toaster) that can sit in a variety of locations.

Italy And France Move Forward.

And the US?


We’ve been talking about anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for about three weeks now. However, U.S. health agencies like FDA and CDA, are still very cautious about the effectiveness and safety of the two drugs due to small trial size and lack of sufficient data.

In France, the government caved to pressure from renowned Dr. Didier Raoult, who led the new additional study on 80 patients, results show a combination of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin to be effective in treating COVID-19. Dr Didier Raoult, a professor of infectious diseases who works at La Timone hospital in Marseille, then declared in a video on YouTube that chloroquine was a cure for Covid-19 and should be used immediately.

Dr. Raoult reportedly walked out of the scientific advisory committee advising the government after allegations that the government was being influenced by the big pharmaceutical companies which wanted to block hydroxychloroquine because it was cheap, being out of patent.

About Those Medical Masks.

We have long maintained that the biggest road block to medical supplies, drugs, equipment, etc., is in fact the Federal government and unelected officials who put in place rules that are so inflexible, they cannot pivot quickly in times like these.

In a series of tweets (with a bit of a happy ending) Paul Matzko looks at how the regulations affected the production of medical masks:

Wondered why it’s been so hard to ramp up production of surgical masks and respirators? Why haven’t private companies flooded into the market to meet peak demand?

Because they are regulated medical devices & new versions require FDA approval which can take months to obtain.

Take a look at this FDA regulation, intended to ease (!) the application process for “premarket notification.” That means you have to do all of this–and get FDA sign off–before your new surgical mask gets anywhere near shelves.

Calling COVID-19 The “Chinese Virus” Is Not Racist – Especially Given This.

We here at Raised on Hoecakes have deliberately stayed away from calling coronavirus the “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan Virus.” It is not that we think that those terms aren’t accurate, but for us the term “COVID-19” is more scientifically accurate so we have been going with that.

We did not care one iota about those using the terms “Wuhan Virus” or “Chinese Virus,” even though some have labeled the term “racist.” We certainly did not think that Chinese food is racist, anymore more than “California lifestyle,” or “New York state of mind” or “Georgia Peaches” are racist. The terms all describe geographical locations and not a determination of value or prejudice toward people in or from those regions.

Of course, the World Health Organization (WHO) and China were complicit in the initial lack of information getting out to the world, which means that the WHO doesn’t want people to remember where the virus originated:

In a tweet, the WHO wrote:

And The Peeps Go On.

Last week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued an order essentially shutting down the state of Pennsylvania and declaring that “life essential” industries could remain open, but “non life essential” industries would be closed.

Some of the “life essential” industries include:

  • Crop production, including grain, vegetable and fruit farming and greenhouses.
  • Animal production, including cattle, hog and poultry farming.
  • Fishing, hunting and trapping.
  • Oil and gas extraction.
  • Food and beverage manufacturing.
  • Paper manufacturing.
  • (more…)

More Good News On COVID-19.

The good news just keeps on coming….

A company by the name of Cepheid has received FDA approval for a new test that gives results in less than an hour and not hours or days.

Cepheid Receives Emergency Use Authorization from FDA for Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Test
First Rapid, Point-of-Care and Near-Patient Molecular Test for Detection of Virus that Causes COVID-19

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Cepheid today announced it has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for Xpert® Xpress SARS-CoV-2, a rapid molecular diagnostic test for qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. The test has been designed to operate on any of Cepheid’s more than 23,000 automated GeneXpert® Systems worldwide, with a detection time of approximately 45 minutes.

How Do You Like Them Now?

There are two companies in the US that get abused for a variety of reasons. Those two companies are WalMart and Chick-fil-A.

WalMart gets abused for alleged pay issues while Chick-fil-A gets abused because of religious convictions.

So what have the companies done lately?

Big-box retailer Walmart Inc said on Thursday it would hire more than 150,000 hourly workers in the United States, citing a jump in shoppers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rival Inc made a similar move earlier this week, announcing it would hire 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers in the United States as the virus outbreak boosts online orders.

Walmart also said it plans to pay a special cash bonus of $300 to full-time hourly workers and $150 to part-time associates. The company will accelerate the next scheduled quarterly bonus, it said.

The Good And The Bad.

Some good and bad news on the COVID-19 front.

First, the number of people infected and have died from it has increased. Given the exposure risks, that was to be expected.

The good news is that the mortality rate has dropped in the US from 2.2% to 1.3%.

Judicial Watch Scores Major Victory Against Hillary Clinton And The State Department.

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch won a major victory in court concerning the release of Hillary Clinton’s emails and the use of her private server. (The order is embedded below.)

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch today announced that U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth granted Judicial Watch’s request to depose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her emails and Benghazi attack documents. The court also ordered the deposition of Clinton’s former Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills and two other State Department officials.

Additionally, the court granted Judicial Watch’s request to subpoena Google for relevant documents and records associated with Clinton’s emails during her tenure at the State Department.

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