55% of Americans approve of how Trump is handling the chinese virus situation! MAGA

Politico: A majority of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey, as the administration has issued stricter federal guidelines in recent days and the president has adopted a more public-facing role in combating the disease.

An ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday reports that 55 percent of respondents approve of Trump’s management of the public health crisis, while 43 percent disapprove.


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  • that thought of approving his handling of the out brake is disgusting.. these republicans are from another planet.
  • Are you kidding me? So why use bandanas or scarfs instead of face masks?

    I won’t be surprise if US asks China for face masks.....so much for the China Trade War, uh?

    The US Centers for Disease Control has advised nurses and frontline healthcare workers to use bandanas and scarves as makeshift masks when caring for Covid-19 patients “as a last resort” should hospitals reach “crisis capacity.”

    The updated guidance comes during a national shortage of face masks as supplies dwindle amid soaring infection numbers. The CDC acknowledged that the new advice to “use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19,” goes against recommended standards of care across the US and cautions that “homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield.”

    The CDC wields major influence on infectious disease protocols in hospitals and care facilities across the US and the body admits that the protection level afforded by homemade face masks “is unknown.”

    Previous guidance emphasized the need to use N95 masks, also referred to as “respirators,” before supplies were exhausted. Then healthcare workers were told to use surgical masks, even though they do not block airborne viruses but are designed to shield against droplets of saliva and mucus. Despite this, surgical mask stocks have been severely depleted from hospitals, hence the DIY disaster response advice.

    “The CDC guidance came out telling people not to use N95 masks. That helps with the supply of N95s, but it puts a greater burden on the supply of surgical masks,” Mark Parkinson, president of the American Health Care Association, said.

    Parkinson cited examples of nursing homes using improvised masks and gowns made out of plastic bags and now estimates that, within two weeks, up to 40 percent of suppliers will not be able to provide protective equipment for nurses and doctors.

    The American Medical Association wrote a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, who was tasked with handling the coronavirus crisis by President Donald Trump, beseeching him for more assistance in obtaining N95 respirators and surgical masks to help protect frontline staff.

    It is unclear how many hospitals and care facilities are experiencing “crisis capacity,” but the US currently has 9,415 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.

    Bonnie Castillo the head of National Nurses United, the largest nurses’ union in the US, called the CDC guidance a “recipe for making this disaster worse, potentially far worse.”

    If we are not safe, no one is safe.

    Meanwhile, the American Nurses Association (ANA) said the recommendations were “appropriate,” adding that hospitals should inform staff when they have reached “crisis capacity.”

    “The guidance with regard to the use of face masks is appropriate given the need to adapt the standard of care given the situation of the facility,” ANA Vice President of Nursing Practice and Work Environment Cheryl Peterson said in a statement.
  • Nearly half of Americans think Trump is mishandling coronavirus, poll says
    By — Laura Santhanam
    Health Mar 17, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

    More Americans are worried that novel coronavirus is spreading in their communities, as schools shut down and states order closures in an effort to stifle the pandemic.

    Seventy percent of Americans said they worry that novel coronavirus is escalating in their cities, towns and neighborhoods, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll. That's up from 44 percent on Feb. 4, according to prior polling.

    Americans were split in their support of the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly half — 49 percent — said they disapproved, while another 44 percent said they approved of how the White House has managed what Trump on Friday declared to be a national emergency, freeing up $50 billion for state and local government response in addition to Congress approving $8.3 billion.

    But 56 percent of Americans said the virus poses a real threat while 38 percent said it was blown out of proportion. That's down from early February, when 66 percent of Americans said they felt the virus was a real threat.

    In this latest poll, Democrats were most likely to say they felt threatened by the virus, at 76 percent, followed by half of independents and 40 percent of Republicans. That comes after weeks of the White House downplaying the public health crisis, contradicting its own administration experts.

    On Monday, after the poll was conducted, President Donald Trump offered grave guidance on the virus, striking a more somber tone and saying the virus could disrupt the country until August. Shortly thereafter, the White House launched a public service campaign to help slow the spread of the virus.

    "It's desperately important for us to not politicize this health crisis."
    "It's desperately important for us to not politicize this health crisis," said Dr. Lawrence Gostin, who directs the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health and the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. "If there were ever a time in the modern political history of America, where we're so divided, where we would come together and politics wouldn't matter, now is that time."

    Having a consistent message during a public health crisis

    Americans trust what public health officials and state and local governments say about novel coronavirus far more than they trust the news media or Trump, according to this latest poll.

    The vast majority of Americans — 84 percent — said they trust public health officials, followed by state and local governments (72 percent), the news media (50 percent) and Trump (37 percent).

    It's vitally important that Americans hear consistent messages about the threat they face and what they should do right now, said Dr. Matthew Seeger, a professor of crisis communication and dean at Wayne State University who works with the WHO to develop guidelines for emergency risk communication.

    "When we have inconsistent messages, that reduces credibility of sources and leads to propagation of rumors," Seeger said.

    Because this novel coronavirus emerged only a few months ago, there is uncertainty about how this virus will behave, who will get sick and what will happen next, Seeger said. To clear the air, Seeger recommended that leaders yield to subject matter experts to provide guidance to the public.

    By and large, the public is logical and rational, he said. If leaders give good information, are transparent, tell people what they know and what they don't, and avoid being overly reassuring, Seeger said, "Those really help us do the right thing."

    On Feb. 27, when U.S. public health officials had identified a handful of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Trump downplayed the virus' potential and suggested cases would drop "down to close to zero."

    "When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done," Trump told reporters during a briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, led by Vice President Mike Pence.

    Less than a month later, the landscape has shifted dramatically. There are at least 3,487 confirmed cases in the U.S., and at least 68 people are known to have died from the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because diagnostic testing has been inadequate nationwide for weeks, public health officials say federal data undercounts cases and it is likely that many more people are sick.

    As recently as Sunday, conservatives, including Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. encouraged people to go out to eat or shop if they were healthy. That message contradicts advice from public health officials that Americans should practice social distancing (stay home and avoid public spaces, gatherings with more than 10 people, or interaction with people outside their households) to prevent the virus from spreading.

    That guidance has led states and cities to close schools, bars and restaurants and workplaces and when possible to have employees work from home to slow down the virus. On Sunday, the CDC urged event organizers nationwide to cancel or postpone gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks.

    "This is the defining global health crisis of our time."
    The reason social distancing is so important: populations who are particularly vulnerable to the virus — older people and those with compromised immune systems — have a better chance of staying well. To help reduce direct transmissions, social distancing will also lessen the likelihood that the nation's health care system becomes overwhelmed when a surge of illness sends people to hospitals and clinics in need of medical help. (An overwhelmed health care system was part of what made it so difficult for Italy to address their own coronavirus outbreak). Roughly half of Americans — 48 percent — said the virus prompted them or someone in their household to cancel plans to avoid crowds, according to the poll.

    "We have an invisible enemy that a month ago, nobody thought about," Trump told reporters on Monday.

    Globally, nearly 168,000 people are sick with the virus and more than 6,600 more have died, according to the WHO.

    "This is the defining global health crisis of our time," WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday, urging more countries to test so they can gain a better sense of how many people need help.

    What can you do right now?

    Because this coronavirus is new, human immunity has not developed to fend it off. Researchers are still several months away from having a vaccine and medication designed to combat the spread of COVID-19 ready to distribute. That is why public health strategies, like social distancing and good hygiene, are critical to slowing the spread of this virus.

    Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
    Cover your nose and mouth if you sneeze or cough.
    If you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath, consult your health care provider immediately and isolate yourself.
    Practice social distancing. That means stay home and avoid interacting with people outside those who live in your household.
    PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist conducted a survey March 13-14 that polled 835 U.S. adults with a margin of error of 4.8 percentage points and 784 registered voters with a margin of error of 4.9 percentage poin
  • While China & South Korea have managed to have their Coronavirus outbreak under control, and while China has sent medical supplies & assistance to both Italy and Iran, US is now asking construction companies to help out with face masks....

    As hospitals across the country face drastic shortages of masks, respirators and other vital equipment, the White House has sent out a plea for donations that’s left many recipients confused and full of questions.

    In at least one instance this week, Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, blindsided private industry by requesting that construction companies donate face masks to hospitals. The White House then failed to provide guidance when directly asked.

    Pence asked builders on Tuesday to donate the N95 masks used at many construction sites to local hospitals and refrain from ordering more. Within minutes, Stephen Sandherr, chief executive officer of the trade group Associated General Contractors of America, contacted the White House for more details, said Brian Turmail, a group spokesman.

    After receiving no reply from the White House, Sandherr sent an email to AGC’s local chapters on Tuesday telling them that Pence’s statement had taken the group by surprise.

    “As we received no advance notice of this announcement and we have received no additional guidance from the Administration, it is our view that this should be considered as a voluntary gesture and not a mandate,” Sandherr wrote. Turmail said several AGC members have donated equipment to their local hospitals.

    On Thursday, Sandherr finally heard back from the Department of Health and Human Services, speaking on behalf of the White House, and his group’s members were asked not to donate equipment to hospitals, as Pence had instructed. Instead, he was told the group should collect an inventory of available equipment from members, including masks, booties and protective suits, and share it with the administration.

    “It isn’t clear to us, yet, how they intend to use this information, but obviously we are happy to collect the info and share it,” Turmail said.

    Recently, the National Association of Manufacturers, a prominent business group, sent its members a White House request asking for “volunteers who can donate and provide and/or produce within two weeks large-scale quantities of critical supplies to help the nation respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    The notice — which consisted of a short questionnaire prepared through Survey Monkey — did not explain how the White House would distribute donated equipment to states demanding urgent help, including distributions from the national stockpile of emergency supplies and medications.

    The problem with that strategy, said Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is that it is far too small and piecemeal to meet a demand for protective equipment that is likely to persist for months.

    “Good ideas can come from everywhere, but this seems like the wrong scale of effort by orders of magnitude,” Inglesby said. He noted that producing enough masks, gloves and other supplies will require complicated analyses of shortages and manufacturing capabilities as well as negotiating new contracts and large financial commitments to incentivize businesses to retool production lines.

    “That to me suggests we should have a large professional logistics organization running things in a centralized manner that can help states around the country,” Inglesby said.

    Jeremy Konyndyk, a former official at the U.S. Agency for International Development who worked on the Ebola virus response, said the government’s efforts to reach out to trade associations are “not a bad idea” and would reach many potential private sector partners. But he said given how the virus is spreading, voluntary donations “will be a month out of sync with transmission.”

    The donation request was circulated widely and made its way to some small businesses struggling to stay afloat as the health crisis escalates.

    “I was troubled,” said Tsan Abrahamson, a California attorney who is a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, which certifies women-owned businesses. WBENC sent out a plea to members on Wednesday saying the White House had asked for donations of supplies. The WBENC email directed members to fill out the NAM questionnaire.

    Abrahamson said women-owned companies are “traditionally marginalized businesses who are being asked to donate not to those in specific need, like hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stock warehouses.” Instead, the survey asks respondents for their contact information so they can be reached directly by the White House for follow-up.

    The request was part of a “whole of America” approach pushed by Pence to combat the coronavirus, emphasizing robust, voluntary partnerships with the private sector.

    The White House and WBENC did not respond to questions, and a NAM spokesman declined to respond to questions.

    Health care workers are growing desperate for gear to protect them from airborne particles and liquids that can spread the coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has downgraded its guidance for how health workers should protect themselves, saying they “might use homemade masks” like a bandanna or scarf if no masks are available.

    Elizabeth Zimmerman, a former associate administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said FEMA has coordinated with the private sector to identify supply shortfalls in past emergencies, but she was not sure if that coordination included online surveys of the type sent out by NAM.

    On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order invoking the Defense Production Act, which gives the president broad authority to require companies to prioritize government contracts and incentivize companies to expand production of critical goods. The executive order granted Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar additional powers to allocate medical supplies.

    But the president has contradicted himself several times on whether he has actually triggered the DPA. In a Thursday press conference, he said “we hope we’re not going to need that” and put the onus on individual states.

    “The federal government is not supposed to be out there buying vast amounts of items and then shipping. You know, we’re not a shipping clerk,” Trump said.

    Just hours later, governors on a teleconference with Trump, Pence, Azar and other senior officials complained that their efforts to get crucial supplies on the private market were floundering.

    Pence said during that teleconference that although Trump had “activated” the DPA, “he has not initiated any other action underneath it” and suggested that voluntary decisions by American businesses would be sufficient to meet the critical needs.

    “I think the president’s perception and the team’s perception is now” that “American industry is stepping forward very aggressively,” Pence said.

    Then on Friday, in response to a question about whether Trump was using the DPA to “tell businesses they need to make ventilators, masks, respirators,” Trump nodded and said, “We are using it.”

    “We are using the act, the act is very good for things like this,” Trump said. “We’re invoking it to use the powers of the federal government to help the states get things that they need, like the masks, like the ventilators.”

    Minutes later, Trump appeared to backtrack, saying that “when we need something, we will use the act.”
  • Reaper, is telling people to use bandanas or scarfs & asking construction companies to donate face masks an indication of how well the Admin is handling this Coronavirus?

    While China is sending face masks to Italy and Iran, US is asking its people to make their own home made facemasks, even asking Construction companies to donate construction face masks

    Sure its not Mishandling?
  • This why the Democrats stopped the corona aid bill. Because Trump's approval rating on how he is handling this is rising. It means the us agreenwith3 Trump.

    They stopped it because the people agree with Trump.

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