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CPAC and Coronavirus

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The organizers of CPAC announced recently that one of the conference’s attendees or speakers has tested positive for coronavirus. The announcement prompted a wave of astonishingly vicious and mean-spirited social media posts from Far-Left Democrats expressing satisfaction that a large group of conservatives had been exposed to the virus and wishing death upon CPAC attendees.

Out of an abundance of caution, several high-profile CPAC attendees who may have interacted with the coronavirus carrier have declared themselves to be “self-quarantined” for the 14-day coronavirus incubation period.

Among the self-quarantined are Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4).

According to reporting by Lauren Aratani, a reporter for the (UK) Guardian’s US bureau, Sen. Cruz said he came into contact with the individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at a conference center outside Washington DC.

“Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for Covid-19,” Cruz said. “That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake.”

Cruz said he was not experiencing symptoms and felt “fine and healthy” and said medical authorities told him the odds of transmission “were extremely low”. He will self-quarantine in his home until 14 days have passed since the interaction at CPAC.

Ms. Aratani also reported Rep. Gosar announced that he and three members of his senior staff were under self-quarantine after coming in contact with the person who has tested positive. Gosar tweeted that he and his staff were showing no symptoms but were “being proactive and cautious”.

The person who attended CPAC, whose name has not been released, is quarantined and under the care of medical professionals in New Jersey.

The American Conservative Union (ACU), the group that organizes CPAC, said in a statement the infected attendee had no direct contact with President Donald Trump, who gave a speech at the conference, or Vice President Mike Pence, who was also in attendance.

Matt Schlapp, @mschlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union who interacted with the attendee tweeted this Monday morning update:

Woke up today and all the Schlapp’s are healthy. Same for entire @CPAC staff. My 80 year old Mom feels great. The State of Maryland did 2000 screenings around the Gaylord and found nothing concerning. We have no symptoms. Stay calm USA! Check your temp, if elevated call your doc.

Matt Schlapp’s sensible and restrained attitude toward his potential exposure to coronavirus was unfortunately not shared by all CPAC attendees as Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam), Editor-in-Chief of the National Pulse, chronicled his effort to get a coronavirus test, even though he alleges no symptoms, in a series of absurdly dramatic tweets, such as this one:·

FYI I have now made 15-20 calls to local CDC, DoH, national CDC, and Dr's offices/urgent care/hospitals.

No one can tell me where/how I get tested, and I'm just stuck in a circle.

My case is more tricky apparently as I do not have a doctor in D.C.

While we do not dispense medical advice and believe Matt Schlapp’s “Check your temp, if elevated call your doc” self-monitoring is the best advice for CPAC attendees to follow, we will pass along these coronavirus prophylaxis suggestions from James Robb, MD FCAP, one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (the 1970s). Dr. Robb observed that the current projections for coronavirus expansion in the US are only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March and April.

Dr. Robb posted, “Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use during our influenza seasons:

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer (greater than 60% alcohol) available at each of your home's entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your hands.

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

Dr. Robb notes: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week on average - everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon or you transfer it to yourself from a contaminated surface. This virus only has cell receptors for lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.

Dr. Robb also suggests obtaining latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity when you may come in contact with contaminated areas and obtaining disposable surgical masks and use them to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it says Dr. Robb). This is the only way this virus can infect you - it is lung-specific. The mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth - it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.

Finally, Dr. Robb suggested one stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY "cold-like" symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze lozenges is one brand available, but there are other brands available.

If you attended CPAC we urge you to follow the advice of Matt Schlapp and call your doctor if you have an elevated temperature, and everyone will benefit by following the sensible coronavirus prevention advice of molecular virologist Dr. James Robb as outlined above.

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Astonishingly vicious comments from the Left?

Not really...pretty par the the course from what I've seen and heard from dozens of leftist lunatics. Even those holding office like Mad Max, Schumer, The Squat, and various other garden variety vegetables like DeZero, Joyless, Whoopty-Doo and the other banshees on The Shrews, all routinely utter hateful rhetoric without consequence.