By on May 8, 2020

2018 Ford F150 assembly line -Image: Ford

No longer the odd man out among its Detroit rivals, Ford Motor Company has issued an official restart date for North American production. May 18th is to be the beginning of a phased restart, the automaker said, which is in keeping with return dates offered up by General Motors and Fiat Chrysler earlier this week.

After the UAW signaled its approval of those earlier announcements, all that was left was confirmation from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer that workers could indeed return. On Thursday, Whitmer extended the state’s stay-at-home order until May 28th (the measure was previously expected to expire May 15th), but gave auto manufacturers the green light to go ahead.

“We’ve been working intently with state and federal governments, our union partners and a cross-section of our workforce to reopen our North American facilities,” said Ford Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley in a statement. “We have reopened our facilities in China, successfully begun our phased restart in Europe and have been producing medical equipment in Michigan for more than six weeks and are using the lessons from all of that to ensure we are taking the right precautions to help keep our workforce here safe.”

A reduced workforce and extensive health measures ⁠— outlined in a playbook distributed company-wide ⁠— will greet returning workers. Parts depots will come back online May 11th, Ford said, with assembly plants firing up May 18th. Those that one operated on three shifts will, for a period of time, operate on two. Two-shift plants will move to a single shift, while single-shift operations will remain unchanged.

Two plants ⁠— Flat Rock Assembly in Michigan and Oakville Assembly in Ontario ⁠— will return on May 25th with one shift each.

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Ford said earlier that a regional restart wouldn’t work without Michigan’s critical mass of parts suppliers. A widespread return to work for those not able to operate from home was made possible by Whitmer’s “MI Safe Start Plan,” which allowed manufacturing workers to return this coming Monday.

The state’s plan, which garnered the enthusiastic backing of UAW President Rory Gamble, outlines health measures already included in protocol outlined by the Detroit Three. Among them, daily entry screenings, symptom checklists, temperature checks, sanitization and physical distancing measures. Ford’s measures encompasses these criteria and more, with the automaker’s vision of its facilities seeming more like a bio-lab than an auto plant.

As for production, the automaker’s output will be curtailed for an unspecified length of time.

“The ramp-up process will be gradual as workers adjust to the new health and safety protocols and the entire supply chain comes up to speed,” Ford stated.

[Image: Ford]

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  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “Those that one (sp – ‘had’) operated on three shifts will, for a period of time, operate on two. Two-shift plants will move to a single shift, while single-shift operations will remain unchanged.”

    “…daily entry screenings, symptom checklists, temperature checks, sanitization and physical distancing measures”

    Makes sense to me.

    Now, for the next part – how to move the product into an economy with 15% unemployment?

  • avatar
    thelaine

    The lockdown was futile, did not save lives, and crushed a thriving economy.

    Researchers from the University of East Anglia compared how different lockdown measures affected their ‘risk ratio’ in coronavirus cases.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11568244/uk-coronavirus-lockdown-futile-hasnt-saved-lives/

    Sweden has not forced a lockdown, keeping open many schools, restaurants and businesses while the UK went into a complete shutdown on March 23.

    Yet the most recent figures show that more than 10 times as many Brits have died of Covid-19 than in Sweden where there has been fewer 3,000 fatalities.

    Referring to the high coronavirus death toll across UK care homes, he said: “A hard lockdown does not protect old and frail people living in care homes – a population the lockdown was designed to protect”.

    He added: “Neither does it decrease mortality from Covid-19, which is evident when comparing the UK’s experience with that of other European countries”.

    • 0 avatar
      texasjack

      Great evidence to send Whitmer back to whatever she used to do. Vote!!!

    • 0 avatar
      thegamper

      Such a mixed bag of information from talking heads that it has been really difficult to come to concrete conclusions.

      I think there are a few takeaways that we can all agree on for sure.

      1) Infection rates seem to be highly dependent on population density. Large cities, public transit, events, employers where people are packed together, the virus spreads like wildfire. e.g. New York City subway and meat packing plants.

      2) Those with certain comorbidities and advanced age are much more likely to experience death/complications.

      3) It is impossible to know the effect of the shutdown because we really have no crystal ball to see what would have happened had we remained business as usual. The available testing is insufficient to really detect all cases, the actual rate of infection, and thus the mortality rate is really a guess. Other countries such as China, Iran, Russia, will never divulge actual numbers for comparison.

      4) In the end, this is likely to be a plague upon society for the next 1-2 years. In my household of 5, with 3 children who need to attend school, two parents who need to work and shop among other things, there is no way we avoid infection for 2 years. Most of the population will get this in some form or another before there is a widely available vaccine.

      I am not sticking my head in the sand or suggesting (quite ridiculously) that this is some sort of hoax or conspiracy. I firmly believe that this is a dangerous virus and that it would spread rapidly and kill, maybe millions, in this country if left totally unchecked. However, I am a realist. The response so far is unsustainable….period. Reasonable steps to slow the spread without bankrupting half the population is the best we can do I think.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      I just finished a course titled “Medical Literacy”. That is defines as “Skills to enable access, understanding and use of information for health.” It was about dealing with individuals that are clueless about health care. 22% have a basic understanding, 14% below basic, 60% are illiterate.
      The key to literacy is providing a simple, clear, basic and consistent repeat of the message. This course was NOT about COVID-19 but is relevant.

      In the USA we see partisan politics muddling the message and we see King Covid deliver a massive amount of disinformation i.e. chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, injecting disinfectants, UV light, it will be soon down to zero, it’s a flu… ad nauseam.
      The medically illiterate lap it up because for most people, they would rather hear what they want to hear as opposed to hearing the truth.

      With that being said, Sweden is in itself is an outlier with very high death rates. The UK has a higher population density. Since testing with COVID-19 screens or antibody testing is woefully inadequate, it is difficult to protect the old and vulnerable since one does not know who is infectious.

      As previously pointed out, a huge swath of the USA population is unhealthy due to obesity (40%) and preexisting conditions (40%). 25% of young adults (under 60) end up hospitalized due to COVID-19.

      Data mining to meet one’s illiterate view doesn’t change the facts.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        “It has become clear that a hard lockdown does not protect old and frail people living in care homes—a population the lockdown was designed to protect.3 Neither does it decrease mortality from COVID-19, which is evident when comparing the UK’s experience with that of other European countries.”

        https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31035-7/fulltext

        “Data mining” from the “medically illiterate” British medical journal, the Lancet.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        Data released from the California Departments of Health and Social Services on Friday show that nursing home deaths represent almost half of the coronavirus fatalities in the state.

        The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the development:

        There were at least 11,344 confirmed cases among staff and residents at California’s skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities for elderly as of Thursday, according to state data. These cases account for 18.1 percent of the state’s total 62,512 cases.

        Meanwhile, 1,276 staff and residents at such facilities have died of the disease, making up 49.4 percent of the state’s 2,585 deaths as of Thursday.

        Given those numbers — which the state said are “provisional” — an alarming 11.2 percent of people infected with the coronavirus at a nursing home has died.

        The information confirms that elderly people with underlying health conditions — the demographic in nursing homes — and the workers who care for them represent the most vulnerable population during the coronavirus outbreak.

    • 0 avatar
      Crosley

      All the projections were wildly off, projections like 500k dead in the UK alone and millions dead in the US.

      I’m sure though the global warming models are dead on accurate.

      • 0 avatar
        golden2husky

        Climate change has been studies for a few decades and surprise – the data, with only one real anomaly, has been surprisingly accurate.

        • 0 avatar
          Vulpine

          @golden2husky: The interesting thing is that this lockdown, especially with manufacturing shut down and civil aviation at a decades-past low level is showing us where our climate would be if we were somehow able to maintain the air as it is now rather than ramping back up to previous pollution levels.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @Crosley – initial projections were based upon Wuhan China. Also epidemiologists were dealing with a new virus with unknown characteristics. Projections are just that, projections. We now know more about its spread.

        In my province epidemiologists post projections from 3 models. A worst case, average, and best case model. At least that tells people outright what the expected ranges may be.

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      Sweden also has a much smaller overall population than the UK AND still has a higher overall infection rate than both Norway and Finland, their next-door neighbors who DID have lockdown rules.

      • 0 avatar
        jkross22

        Interestingly, there are 6 countries with more deaths per million people than Sweden.

        https://www.statista.com/statistics/1104709/coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants/

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @jkross22 – that is interesting but one also has to look at differences in demographics such as age, health factors, and population density. Add to that variability between countries in relation to testing levels and how deaths are recorded.

    • 0 avatar
      ect

      Britain, like the US, delayed doing anything until it was too late to stop the spread of Covid-19. Like the US, Britain is an exemplar of what not to do.

      A better comparison for the US is Canada – right next door – which implemented stronger action sooner, has tested many more people, and on a per capita basis, has had many fewer cases and deaths than the US.

      The data tells us that the lockdown and social distancing measures work. In China, Italy, Spain, Canada and the US – as examples. South Korea and New Zealand are poster children for Covid-19 suppression, precisely because they took strong actions early on, before the virus could get widespread distribution.

      thelaine, your ideological prejudices blind you to what the data – supported by the entire medical community – overwhelmingly tells us.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        You are wrong about the “entire medical community.”

        I have repeatedly posted links to some of the world’s leading experts in epidemiology, but your ideological biases have caused you to ignore them. They exist, though, even if you close your eyes and stick your fingers in your ears.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        How about this guy, is he part of the “medical community”

        Professor Johan Giesecke, one of the world’s most senior epidemiologists, advisor to the Swedish Government (he hired Anders Tegnell who is currently directing Swedish strategy), the first Chief Scientist of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and an advisor to the director general of the WHO

  • avatar
    thelaine

    A targeted response would have saved many lives, while preserving jobs.

    We are weeks past the peak of coronavirus hospitalizations, yet the reported national death numbers keep rising 2,000 or more every single day. It made no sense to anyone who has followed the curves in any other country, but now we have our answer. The Hartford Courant reported that 90% of all deaths in Connecticut last week were in senior care facilities. This explains why these increased deaths don’t make sense with the reality of empty hospitals in most places.

    This revelation should change everything we know about the current state of affairs with coronavirus. Governors are justifying the continued lockdown by pointing to rising deaths, sometimes significantly, in many states and counties. But it now appears, using simple arithmetic, that in most states, the overwhelming majority of deaths are in nursing homes, and in some states and counties, nearly every new death is in a senior facility. And in fact, even in nursing homes, it appears that while numbers are being recorded now, the actual deaths occurred earlier during the peak. Nothing else matters until this fact comes to life.

    80%-90% of new deaths, 50%+ total deaths are in senior care facilities

    https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-simple-arithmetic-demonstrates-epidemic-outside-nursing-homes-essentially/

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “conservativereview”

      “These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes.

      Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy.

      Overall, we rate Conservative Review Right Biased based on conservative political positions and Mixed for factual reporting due to use of poor sources and radio personalities who have poor records with fact checkers.”

      https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/conservative-review/

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        You should just read the article Lou, and judge the information for yourself. You should learn how to think, instead of being a blind ideologue.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @thelaine – ha ha ha ha ha. Once again you prove my point. You are medically illiterate.

          Part of judging information is assessing the source. You have yet to cite peer reviewed articles from sources like the “New England Journal of Medicine” or “The Lancet”. Those I’d take the time to read.

          Part of assessing the quality of information is assessing where the information is being posted.

          You linked a site with known lack of credibility.

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        This is what people say when they cannot contend with the facts and the evidence.

        It is your excuse for ignoring reality.

        You cannot explain the evidence away.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          @thelaine: You’re the one ignoring reality. In one sentence you’re stating ” in most states, the overwhelming majority of deaths are in nursing homes,” and a few sentences later you’re stating 50%+ in nursing homes. That’s not overwhelming. You also seem to be proving the point that social distancing works without realizing it. Nursing homes are places where you can’t maintain social distancing and the ventilation systems spread the virus around. Outside of nursing homes, it’s easier to maintain distance. So, you’ve just proved social distancing works.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            An analysis published in The Wall Street Journal found no statistically significant connection between the rapidity with which a state in the U.S. shut down its economy and its subsequent death rates.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            Just follow the link, MCS, why are you so terrified? Just read the article. You lefties are hilarious. It’s not kryptonite.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            “MCS, why are you so terrified?”

            Not terrified at all. I had a mild case of COVID-19 back in early March. Regularly around my niece that is a Dr. and her kids. They’ve had the virus. I was in a medical facility yesterday morning for some quick non-covid research related work. Finished up the paperwork 2 days ago to join on to one of the COVID-19 immunity studies. My family and I seem to have whatever mutation needed to discourage the virus from taking hold. I’m not afraid, but what I am doing is along with my regular work, actually participating in research to help find a solution to the virus. Not a lot of time to spend on looking at non-peer reviewed publications.

            “found no statistically significant connection between the rapidity with which a state in the U.S. shut down its economy and its subsequent death rates.”

            For one thing, the shutdown was to prevent an overload on the hospitals and medical staff. So, a shutdown lowers that rate ensuring a better level of care for patients. If workers and facilities are overloaded, then the care level goes down and the death rate goes up. If anything, it sounds like that WSJ article in fact backs up the shutdown and proves it worked.

            You also seem to think that the medical community should employ time travelers to beam forward in time to read political commentators opinions. You can’t do that. You have to make the best decision you can at the time with the available data. We were looking at a highly communicable virus that was killing people with very common comorbidities. The number one priority is to save lives and you have to do your best.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            Is it possible, as experts claim, that COVID-19 has produced fewer fatalities because of the self-imposed lockdowns? In a word, no. There was NEVER any evidence that lockdowns reduced overall death rates and now that we have some experience, it is becoming clear that lockdowns at best change only the timing of fatalities.

            A recent study looked at how soon states went into lockdown after reaching the threshold of one death per million. Although lockdowns are still touted by the “experts,” the data clearly showed that whether states locked down early, late, or not at all had no effect on death rates.

            Fortunately, as Sweden is demonstrating to the world, certain characteristics of the coronavirus render it vulnerable to herd immunity. Most people that develop immunity don’t get that sick, vulnerable populations are easily identified, and the others are almost totally protected.

            Under newly calculated death rate determinations, people aged 18 to 45 have a death rate of 0.01% while for those under five, the death rate is effectively zero. Meanwhile, of 8,000 NYC deaths investigated, 99.2% had identifiable underlying conditions.

            This means that, rather than hectoring productive workers to “stay home!“ (and then showering them with handouts for not working), it makes more sense to allow them to work and keep the economy alive with suitable protections for the vulnerable. That would allow herd immunity to develop. Our one-size-fits-all lockdown strategy resulted in a double whammy: economic devastation and the prospect of more infections and deaths due to lack of herd immunity.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            @thelaine: “Fortunately, as Sweden is demonstrating to the world,…”

            — Ummm… you really need to LOOK at Sweden’s “demonstration to the world,” because their numbers sans lockdowns are far worse than their two Nordic neighbors, Finland and Norway, which both have lockdowns.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          “This is what people say when they cannot contend with the facts and the evidence.”

          LOL….. Coming from a someone who is medically illiterate. LOL

          ROTFLMFAO

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            80%-90% of new deaths, 50%+ total deaths are in senior care facilities

            This is a fact. Deal with it.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            Fortunately, as Sweden is demonstrating to the world, certain characteristics of the coronavirus render it vulnerable to herd immunity. Most people that develop immunity don’t get that sick, vulnerable populations are easily identified, and the others are almost totally protected.

            Under newly calculated death rate determinations, people aged 18 to 45 have a death rate of 0.01% while for those under five, the death rate is effectively zero. Meanwhile, of 8,000 NYC deaths investigated, 99.2% had identifiable underlying conditions.

            This means that, rather than hectoring productive workers to “stay home!“ (and then showering them with handouts for not working), it makes more sense to allow them to work and keep the economy alive with suitable protections for the vulnerable. That would allow herd immunity to develop. Our one-size-fits-all lockdown strategy resulted in a double whammy: economic devastation and the prospect of more infections and deaths due to lack of herd immunity.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            For theloon above^^

            “Sweden nears ‘horrifying’ 3,000 deaths from coronavirus”

            “Swedish officials on Wednesday said the country, which has taken a softer approach to curbing the spread of the new coronavirus, was nearing 3,000 deaths from COVID-19.

            The country’s Public Health Agency reported that a total of 23,918 cases had been confirmed and 2,941 deaths had been recorded, an increase of 87 deaths from the day before.

            “We are starting to near 3,000 deceased, a horrifyingly large number,” state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told a press conference.

            Sweden has not imposed the kind of extraordinary lockdowns seen elsewhere in Europe, instead opting for an approach based on the “principle of responsibility”.

            The Scandinavian country has allowed schools for under-16s, cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses to stay open while urging people and businesses to respect social distancing guidelines.

            The Swedish approach has received criticism both domestically and internationally as its death toll has leapt much higher than its Nordic neighbours, which have all instituted more restrictive containment measures.

            Sweden’s virus death rate of 291 per million inhabitants is far higher than Norway’s death rate of 40 per million, Denmark’s rate of 87, or Finland’s rate of 45.

            In the United States, which has suffered the most coronavirus deaths, the toll per million inhabitants is lower than Sweden’s at 219.

            Swedish officials have nonetheless insisted their plan is sustainable in the long-term, rejecting drastic short-term measures as too ineffective to justify their impact on society.

            On Tuesday, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency published a survey showing that most Swedes had changed their behaviour and were sticking to those changes, “and in some areas people are even reporting an increase in changed behaviour”.

            “Almost nine in ten respondents (87 percent) state that they are keeping a greater distance from other people in shops, restaurants and on public transport this week, compared with 72 percent last week,” the agency said in a statement.”

            https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-05-sweden-nears-horrifying-deaths-coronavirus.html

            “Coronavirus live updates: More than 2,500 new cases in Florida since reopening Monday”

            https://www.yahoo.com/gma/coronavirus-live-updates-global-covid-19-death-toll-093212925–abc-news-topstories.html

            “Pence aimed to project normalcy during his trip to Iowa, but coronavirus got in the way”

            https://www.yahoo.com/news/mike-pence-aide-tests-positive-162659818.html

            “Global report: Anthony Fauci and two other White House Covid-19 taskforce members to self-quarantine”

            https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/10/global-report-anthony-fauci-and-two-other-white-house-covid-19-taskforce-members-to-self-quarantine

            You are a dangerous source of misinformation, theloon, IT’S GETTING WORSE

            Fortunately most everyone here thinks you’re a nutjob and a fool

      • 0 avatar
        thelaine

        Attack the source. Attack the speaker. Ignore the facts. So typical.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          “Attack the source. Attack the speaker. Ignore the facts. So typical.”

          Yes… so Trumpian.

          Most of your sources lack credibility.

          When have I attacked you? Pointing out your medical illiteracy is a fact.

          Someone is butt hurt.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            Again, with the personal, Lou, to distract from the fact that you refuse to read the evidence because you have no answer. You are blinded by your political ideology. You won’t even read. Your mind is closed. Your politics are your religion, and independent thought is halal.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            80%-90% of new deaths, 50%+ total deaths are in senior care facilities

            This is a fact. Deal with this fact, Lou.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            https://www.uea.ac.uk/about/-/new-study-reveals-blueprint-for-getting-out-of-covid-19-lockdown

            Researchers from EUA’s Norwich Medical School examined the impact of different social distancing measures used in 30 European countries using data from the European Centre for Disease Control, analysing how effective they’ve been in reducing the number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities. They concluded that the most effective measures are closing schools, banning mass gatherings and closing some non-essential businesses, particularly in the hospitality industry. However, some measures, such as compulsory face masks, have not been effective. In particular, indiscriminate stay-at-home measures are ineffective.

            According to Dr Julii Brainard of UEA’s Norwich Medical School: “We found that banning mass gatherings, closing some non-essential businesses, and closing educational facilities are most strongly associated with reduced incidence after a certain lag period. But widespread closure of all non-essential businesses and stay-at-home policies do not appear to have had a significant effect on the number of Covid-19 cases across Europe.”

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @theloon – @mcs makes sense. You do not. And like he said”Not a lot of time to spend on looking at non-peer reviewed publications.”

            I source legitimate, well know medical peer reviewed journals for information. I also use professional sites like “UpToDate”. Give it a try…oh, yeah, forgot, you aren’t a medical professional with access.

            I’ll look at what the general public looks at so I know what I have to say to debunk the stupid sh!t they come up with.

            My political ideology has nothing to do with any of this but my professional standards do.

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    Well that’s the date TODAY. Who knows what it will be tomorrow.

    Or June 1 after things have been reopened.

  • avatar
    Crosley

    Good to see the worst Governor in America finally bend the knee. All it took were the state’s largest employers.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Cuomo may be worse. He ordered infected old people to be re-admitted into nursing homes, resulting in thousands of deaths. New York was singularly awful, and Cuomo made things much worse.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      New York nursing homes begged Cuomo not to force them to take infected patients. Here is a quote from a letter sent to Cuomo by the nursing home associations:

      State Advisories re: Hospital Discharges and Admissions to Nursing
      Homes and Assisted Living Communities

      “As we anticipate the coming surge in COVID-19 cases in the Unites States, there is a clear need to
      balance the issues of patient safety, surge management, and conflicting guidelines and public
      policy around hospital-to-nursing home or hospital-to-assisted living community transfers. We
      are in extraordinary times, making highly complex decisions, often without adequate information
      and data.
      We are deeply concerned with the recent New York State order, which states:
      “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on
      a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from
      requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested
      for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.”
      As organizations dedicated to preserving the safety of patients and residents in post-acute and
      long-term care settings including assisted living, we strongly object to this policy directive and
      approach to developing surge capacity. We are aware that other states may already be adopting a
      similar approach in order to free up hospital beds. This is a short-term and short-sighted solution
      that will only add to the surge in COVID-19 patients that require hospital care.”

  • avatar
    thelaine

    We just saw jobless claims climb to over 30 million with real unemployment probably already at 20 percent. For perspective on that number consider that we did not pass 10 percent unemployment during the Great Depression until we were two years into it, when it eventually reached 15 percent in 1931. We blew past that number in the first six weeks of this economic takedown.

    But the other numbers surrounding this economic disaster are even more staggering. We—meaning the government—have already spent $6 trillion on all of this. If you throw in the potential GDP decline of 8 percent, off a GDP of $22 trillion, then tack on another $1.8 trillion or so in losses, that drives the cost to $7.8 trillion.

    For a more human perspective on what that looks like that’s an additional debt of over $60,000 per household.

    But let’s break it down by coronavirus cases and deaths. Even if you accept the numbers being reported—which to be clear, I do not, as the real case number is much higher and the number of real deaths from coronavirus is much lower—there are roughly 1.1 million cases in the United States and it has cost us over $7 million per case. With 72,133 fatalities (again, a questionable figure), that cost would come out to more than $107 million per death.

    That’s right, kids. The real cost per death is over one hundred million dollars.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    Hospitals are losing billions. Industry leaders say the aftermath could be ‘apocalyptic.’

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/apocalyptic-hospitals-losing-millions-treating-100100863.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=fb

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a whacked-out land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop, thelaine zone

    Que Twilight Zone creepy music

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Attack the source. Attack the speaker. Ignore the facts. So typical.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        No, attacking you would be like me saying that you’re a silly old man who thinks that believing fringy conspiracy nonsense makes you seem smart or edgy, when in reality you’re like a Boy Scout at summer camp telling ghost stories to be one of the cool kids that the little Cub Scouts look up too. When you talk people roll their eyes, shake their heads and walk away. THAT would be attacking YOU

        Now, don’t you think you should be checking on those chemtrails over your house or that old Walmart on the edge of town being converted to a FEMA camp?

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          “It has become clear that a hard lockdown does not protect old and frail people living in care homes—a population the lockdown was designed to protect.3 Neither does it decrease mortality from COVID-19, which is evident when comparing the UK’s experience with that of other European countries.”

          https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31035-7/fulltext

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            @thelaine: From that same article:

            “Admittedly, countries have managed to slow down spread so as not to overburden health-care systems”

            That’s an important one. If the healthcare system were to become overburdened, the death rate would have increased due to the system’s inability to deliver proper levels of care. Makes sense, right?

            The shutdown didn’t help workers or residents in nursing homes because they are unable to maintain proper social distancing. The virus attacks individuals with some very common comorbidities, not just the frail or the old. In fact, the New York City data, when I last looked, showed the comorbidities as bigger factor than age.

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          Yes. MCS. NYC only. A handful. For a couple of weeks. So….nationwide general lockdown? For how long? Why, with no threat to hospitals anywhere else ever and NYC long since clear.

          The hospital bed shortage prediction was based on those apocalyptic models, which caused the panic in the first place.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            I didn’t say NYC only. I said from NYC data. Not just a hospital bed shortage either. There’s more to the medical system than just hospital beds. The models were if the lockdown didn’t occur. The systems could have been overloaded if the measures weren’t taken. New York City is not clear and saying no threat to hospitals anywhere else is flat out incorrect.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            You didn’t have to say NY only. That was the reality. No one else came close.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            30 million unemployed means nothing to you?

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            “30 million unemployed means nothing to you?”

            80k dead means more.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    New research reported in The New York Times indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York City through much of the United States before the city instituted social distancing requirements to stem the tide. Coronavirus spread from New York to states as far afield as Louisiana, Ohio, Idaho, Wisconsin, Texas, Arizona, and even the West Coast, according to geneticists who tracked signature mutations of the virus, travel histories of infected people, and models of the outbreak from infectious disease experts.

    “We now have enough data to feel pretty confident that New York was the primary gateway for the rest of the country,” Nathan Grubaugh, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health, told The New York Times. While travel from other cities like Seattle also sparked infections across the country, New York City was the primary launching pad of the coronavirus in the U.S.

    “It looks like most of the domestic spread is basically people traveling out from New York,” Dr. Kari Stefansson, founder and chief executive of deCODE Genetics, a leading genome analysis firm based in Reykjavik, Iceland, told The Times.

    Overall, Dr. Grubaugh estimated that viruses spreading from New York account for 60 to 65 percent of the infections identified across the country.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      The majority of overseas flights come into NY. There was a failure on the part of the Federal government to shut down flights from Europe.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      “Fortunately” Sweden proved “Herd Immunity” is a scientific wives tale. It’s been a horrendous disaster.

      It didn’t make the young and or healthy any more immune or the vulnerable any less vulnerable.

      Sweden’s pandemic strategy has been the biggest F-up for the whole pandemic, aside from China setting it off in the first place, “fortunately”.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        ^^This^^ I just posted an article above on how Sweden’s approach has been a total disaster

        Now that so many within the White House are turning-up positive it’ll be interesting to see the next line of BS they come up with to cover their misguided strategy to “open up America”

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    EBFlex

    Good for Ford. No business should be hamstrung by activist mayors and governors that want this damage to the economy and the country to continue. It’s no wonder that the loudest advocates to keeping the country on “time out” are the ones that swing left. No critical thought given, just repeat the party line like a good little puppet.

    We have ample evidence that the lock downs were not effective and did far more harm than good. But now, because we are opening back up at the same time we are doing more and more tests (thus making it appear as if opening up is making infection rates rise), the pro lock down/pro social distancing mouth breathers will cry and whine that they were right and that it was dangerous to reopen.

    Even despite the lock downs, TRUE infection rates are much higher than reported and the death numbers have stayed the same. All this nonsense for a illness that has a .1% death rate.

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