Daily Digest 3/16 – Putin Unleashes Strategic Hell on the U.S.; Stay Home, No Matter What Politicians Say

Economy

Hospitals Push Off Surgeries to Make Room for Coronavirus Patients (Sparky1)

“The less people we have to bring or move around our community, the better,” said Ann Prestipino, an executive and incident commander for Massachusetts General Hospital, which Monday will begin switching all outpatient visits to virtual care, where possible, and will postpone surgery that can be delayed, at the discretion of each service area. The hospital and its clinics typically handle one million outpatient visits annually, she said.

Why the homeless, ‘surviving the best way they can,’ are vulnerable to coronavirus (TS)

“People experiencing homelessness not only have a set of challenges that make it really hard to do what we ask – stay home when you are sick, wash your hands frequently, talk to your medical provider if you are feeling ill – but they are in worse health than many other people,” Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s director of public health, told reporters.

Health care and consumer industry groups concerned about supply shortages during coronavirus pandemic (Sparky1)

“All of the executives are working hand-in-hand with the Federal Government, as well as State and local leaders, to ensure food and essentials are constantly available,” Deere said.

But Consumer Brands is particularly concerned about countries restricting chemicals, ingredients and products from getting to the US. For instance, India, a major drug ingredient supplier, has already limited exports of medications like acetaminophen, a common painkiller used for flu-like symptoms, and Germany has banned the export of protective equipment like masks, gloves and suits used by health care professionals.

‘I don’t take responsibility at all’: Trump deflects blame for coronavirus testing fumble (TS)

The remarks from the president came in response to questions at a Friday press conference about the lack of widespread access to testing, an aspect of his administration’s coronavirus response that has been the subject of widespread, steady criticism. Administration officials told lawmakers yesterday that the U.S. tested about 11,000 people during the first seven weeks of the outbreak — roughly as many as South Korea is testing each day.

Honest Government Ad | Coronavirus: Flatten The Curve (Gary W.)

The Government has made an ad about the Coronavirus and its surprisingly honest and informative.

Nunes Encourages People to Dine Out as Experts Urge Them to Stay Home (jdargis)

Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, a Republican, also encouraged people to support local businesses. On Twitter on Saturday, he shared a photo of his family at a packed food hall called the Collective OKC in the heart of Oklahoma City.

In the Twitter post, which has been since deleted, he wrote: “Eating with my kids and all my fellow Oklahomans at the @CollectiveOKC. It’s packed tonight! #supportlocal #OklaProud.”

No Matter What Some Public Officials Say, the Message You Need to Hear Is “Stay Home” (tmn)

The discordant messages underscore the immense challenges conveying common messages during a public health crisis, one that has happened time and again as the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has swept across the country.

“The most important thing is for people to change their daily routines and really reduce their social interactions,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, a former federal and state health official who is now vice dean for public health practice and community engagement for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Fed, not waiting until meeting, slashes rates to zero and restarts QE (TS)

The Fed’s job is to make sure financial markets are not dysfunctional and credit is flowing, he said.

Powell said the economy would be weak in the April-June quarter, with a likely decline in output. What happens after that depends on developments with the pandemic, he said.

Putin Unleashes Strategic Hell on the U.S. (westcoastjan)

And I do believe this move to break OPEC+ and then watch Mohammed bin Salman break OPEC was Putin’s big judo-style reversal move. And by doing so in less than a week he has completely shut down the U.S. financial system.

On Friday March 6th, Russia told OPEC no. By Wednesday the 11th The Federal Reserve had already doubled its daily interventions into the repo markets to keep bank liquidity high.

‘Do Not Touch the Flowers!’ One Family’s Eco-Adventure in the American Southwest (tmn)

A park of almost 1,000 square miles, which is empty even when it’s “crowded,” seems like one of the last good places to spend a few days in the midst of coronavirus fears. In fact, as travel plans slow to a near halt around the country and around the world, camping seems more and more attractive, even to the camping-averse.

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