New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state has diagnosed more than 10,000 cases of the Chinese coronavirus, a milestone for an area of the country proving to be a hotspot for the disease.
The news was announced in a daily briefing on the state’s containment efforts on Saturday.
Cuomo explained that the levels of diagnoses may be related to the increased availability of coronavirus tests in the state. Cuomo recieved authorization to implement new drive-through testing centers in the state.
“We are taking more tests in New York than any place else. We’re taking more tests per capita than China or South Korea.”
Cuomo’s press conference did contain some good news, announcing that positive tests in Long Island and Nassau County were starting to level off.
Cuomo also announced that the state would be providing more than a million respiratory masks to citizens in New York City. New York has skyrocketed ahead of Washington in total numbers of diagnoses by state, taking first place easily.
UPDATE: We are sending 1 million N95 masks to New York City.
500,000 N95 masks will go to Long Island.
We are purchasing 6,000 additional ventilators and gathering supplies from every source we can get.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 21, 2020
To the Democratic Governor’s credit, he has overseen the state’s response to the epidemic in a relatively even-handed and comprehensive fashion. He thanked President Trump for his cooperation with the state government earlier this week, sharply contrasting with Democratic hacks who jumped upon the global pandemic as an opportunity to hector Trump.
Biden COVID Advisor Paid to Sponsor Mask Brand Claimed Product “Deactivates” Coronavirus
This could represent a serious ethics violation.
An incoming Biden White House coronavirus advisor promoted a brand of mask he claims “deactivates” coronavirus, claiming on his personal podcast that Livinguard masks offer more protection to their wearers than other products.
There should be an immediate federal ethics investigation of incoming Biden covid advisor @ASlavitt for his claim that a mask he was pitching (for money, see below) “deactivates” the coronavirus—with no disclaimer about claims not being evaluated by FDA. pic.twitter.com/v5lnr3jZZh
— Zac Bissonnette (@ZacBissonnette) January 19, 2021
“All masks can curb the spread of COVID-19. Why I like the Livinguard masks, and why I wear them, is because they actually deactivate coronavirus thanks to their incredible patented technology that’s been shown to mitigate the spread of microorganisms like bacteria and viruses.”
Slavitt confirmed that Livinguard is a “sponsor” to him, in some capacity.
This awesome mask / sponsor we’ve been wearing & talking about on #InTheBubble has given us permission to give away 100 on Twitter! Antiviral Technology, washable and reusable. In the comments by 8/21 just mention your 3 fave episodes+follow @livinguard if you want to qualify pic.twitter.com/guQJpPaj4v
— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡🇺🇸 (@ASlavitt) August 19, 2020
Livinguard masks can be washed and reused, and they sell for as much as $30 on the company’s website. Various manufacturers of facemasks have made claims of health superiority as it pertains to their product.
Slavitt’s claim about the masks is not evaluated by the FDA, and the questionable nature of his claims could potentially incur the scrutiny of the health organization.
The former Obama administration official’s claim that the masks “deactivate” COVID is highly questionable. Experts generally agree that masks are more effective at preventing asymptomatic carriers from spreading the virus than they are in protecting the wearer from it, and Slavitt’s language implies the material of the mask is more effective in neutralizing COVID molecules than other fabric and cloth surfaces. Such a claim would represent a dramatic development in the fight against COVID, and it’s very likely the material would be adopted en masse to deter further spread of the disease.
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