Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence have completed coronavirus tests that indicate they don’t have the disease, a relief after a staff member for the family was diagnosed with the virus.
Pence announced on Saturday morning that he intended to receive a coronavirus test after the White House announced that a Pence staff member tested positive on Friday. Later in the day, he confirmed that his personal coronavirus test along with a test his wife took came back negative, indicating that he doesn’t have the disease.
Pence provided a heartening update on the medical condition of the anonymous staff member that tested positive, stating that he was “doing well.” He hasn’t been at the White House since Monday, and is described as having cold-like symptoms.
Pence follows the President himself in getting a coronavirus test. Donald Trump tested negative for the disease, seeking out a test after coming into contact with a coronavirus-infected individual during an event with the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at his Mar-a-Lago Florida resort.
The Vice President is currently tasked with leading the federal government’s coronavirus task force effort, coordinating efforts with governors, the Department for Health and Human Services, and the Center for Disease Control.
President Trump described the experience of receiving a coronavirus test during a press briefing earlier this week. The process involves a nasal swab being pressed into the nose and collecting a sample from the back of a person’s throat. Certainly not very pleasant, but a small price compared to carrying the virus without knowing for sure.
President Trump was asked how he felt taking the coronavirus test last week: "Nothing pleasant about it" pic.twitter.com/BLKngyGVtZ
— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) March 16, 2020
With both the President and the Vice President confirmed not to be carrying the disease, distractions surrounding the personal health of the executive branch can be dismissed.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Refuses to Implement Widespread Mask Mandates and Bar Closures Over Newest COVID-19 Panic
Another Republican governor with courage.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) is refusing to implement Draconian mask mandates and bar closures despite recent reports that cases are surging throughout the state.
According to a report in The Guardian, cases of COVID-19 are spiking throughout Iowa. Ames and Iowa City, two college towns, are reportedly being hit hard due to young people refusing to live their lives in fear.
“Community transmission continues to be high in rural and urban counties across Iowa, with increasing transmission in the major university towns,” a fear-mongering report from the White House coronavirus task force warned. “Mask mandates across the state must be in place to decrease transmission.”
Reynolds thus far is not bucking to political pressure that would lock down the state, crippling small businesses and making a mockery of the Bill of Rights and Constitution. She has only closed bars in six counties throughout the state while just “strongly encouraging” people to wear masks, arguing that they are “not a silver bullet.”
“I still believe it’s up to the governors in the various states to make those decisions,” Reynolds said in her refusal to let the feds usurp her authority.
Reynolds believes that it is “social activity among young adults” that is causing the virus to spread more quickly. Young people are the least likely to die from COVID-19, with new figures released by the CDC indicating that the vast majority of people who died from the virus had serious comorbidities. The facts, however, are not stopping the fear cultists from arguing for another shutdown.
“Our numbers are clearly terrifying,” said University of Iowa associate professor Naomi Greyser to CNN. “They’re really scary and my students are scared.” Greyser and other academics hope to get paid by the taxpayer for not doing their jobs this school year because of COVID-19.
Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa is casting doubt on the numbers that are being reported by medical professionals.
“These healthcare providers and others are reimbursed at a higher rate if Covid is tied to it, so what do you think they’re doing?” Ernst said.
Although the Iowa Medical Society called Ernst’s comments “incredibly disappointing,” there have been many reports of case numbers being exaggerated or falsified throughout the country, as Big League Politics has noted:
Many states are inflating their reports of COVID-19 cases by counting positive antibody tests among those who have the illness, according to a report from Nicole Saphier, M.D…
This has reportedly resulted in people being counted twice due to testing positive for COVID-19 and then testing positive for having antibodies.
Making the situation even more of a cluster, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have claimed that antibody tests are wrong at least half of the time.
“Serologic test results should not be used to make decisions about grouping persons residing in or being admitted to congregate settings, such as schools, dormitories, or correctional facilities,” the CDC wrote in their guidelines.
“Serologic test results should not be used to make decisions about returning persons to the workplace,” they continued.
“In most of the country, including areas that have been heavily impacted, the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibody is expected to be low, ranging from less than 5% to 25%, so that testing at this point might result in relatively more false positive results and fewer false-negative results,” the CDC determined.
The Republicans of Iowa are showing the backbone that is needed to prevented America from permanently losing all of her liberties due to COVID-19 mass hysteria.
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