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Re: Coronavirus: Threat or Menace?
« Reply #75 on: March 21, 2020, 04:14:43 PM »
When lockdowns don't work then you got to lockdown even more. Apparently the Italians in Lombardy tried to make unnecessary trips under the guise of physical exercise so the rules have changed so that loophole has been closed...

Coronavirus: Lombardy region announces stricter measures



The Italian region of Lombardy has introduced stricter measures in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Under the new rules announced late on Saturday, sport and physical activity outside, even individually, is banned. Using vending machines is forbidden.

Lombardy has been under a lockdown since 8 March and the government had hoped to see results there first.

Nearly all Italians have been told to stay at home.

Italy's National Health Institute chief Silvio Brusaferro urged the elderly to stay indoors. The average age of Italy's victims is 78.5.

"If you do not follow all the measures, you make everything more difficult. If you do, we can make this outbreak slow down," he said.

Despite the measures, the number of new cases and deaths has continued to grow.

There have been 220,000 cases of the virus worldwide with more than 9,000 deaths.

What is happening elsewhere?

Spain's health ministry has reported a 32% spike in new deaths from Covid-19 with 1,326 confirmed deaths, the second highest in Europe after Italy.

In a news conference on Saturday night, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez warned "the worst is yet to come" and that "very difficult days lay ahead".

The government has issued a lockdown for some 46 million people who are only allowed to leave their homes for essential work, food shopping, medical reasons or to walk the dog.

The move comes as Italy reported nearly 800 coronavirus deaths on Saturday and saw its toll for the past month reach 4,825, the highest in the world.

Lombardy is the worst-affected region in the country with 3,095 deaths.

The region's President Attilio Fontana announced the new measures in a statement.

Businesses have been asked to close all operations excluding "essential" supply chains. Work on building sites will be stopped apart from those working on hospitals, roads and railways.

All open-air weekly markets have been suspended.


On Saturday, the Eiffel Tower lit up for 10 minutes to honour the country's medical staff

A number of world leaders and political figures have told citizens to stick to rules.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the UK's National Health Service could be "overwhelmed" if people do not act to slow the "accelerating" spread of coronavirus. He called on people to join a "heroic and collective national effort" and follow social distancing advice.

Scotland's Rural Economy and Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing has called on people not to travel to the Scottish Highlands after reports of people in campervans trying to find solace from outbreaks elsewhere across the UK.

France's Health Minister Olivier Véran hit out at those who flout directives on social distancing, describing them as "dangerous" and "irresponsible". More than 12,500 people have caught coronavirus in France with the death toll recorded as 562 on Saturday.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hit out at young people who he claims have been ignoring orders not to gather in groups. He said that he planned to visit a park "to see what the situation is myself".

"I don't care frankly. This is a public health issue and you cannot be endangering other peoples' health," he said. "You shouldn't be endangering your own."

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Re: Coronavirus: Threat or Menace?
« Reply #76 on: March 25, 2020, 05:03:14 AM »
Daily Snapshot from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University of Coronavirus COVID-19 cases. Note that the scale for new cases has doubled from earlier, and the lines for Mainland China and recovered cases has disappeared into irrelevancy.


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Trump Is Inciting a Coronavirus Culture War to Save Himself
« Reply #77 on: March 25, 2020, 05:47:31 AM »
Trump Is Inciting a Coronavirus Culture War to Save Himself
The president’s attempt to racialize the pandemic is a cover-up of the fact that he trusted false reassurances from Beijing.




Adam Serwer

Donald Trump had a message for the Chinese government at the beginning of the year: Great job!

“China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency,” Trump tweeted on January 24. “It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

Over the next month, the president repeatedly praised the Chinese government for its handling of the coronavirus, which appears to have first emerged from a wildlife market in the transportation hub of Wuhan, China, late last year. Trump lauded Chinese President Xi Jinping as “strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus,” and emphasized that the U.S. government was “working closely” with China to contain the disease.

For months, Trump himself referred to the illness as “the coronavirus.” In early March, though, several conservative media figures began using Wuhan virus or Chinese virus instead. On March 16, Trump himself began to refer to it as the “Chinese Virus,” prompting commentators to charge that he was racializing the epidemic. In contrast, some early media reports had referred to the illness as “the Wuhan virus,” but most outlets switched to referring to “the coronavirus” not long after it emerged, following the advice of public-health experts concerned about the very possibility of stigma from associating deadly diseases with a particular ethnic group or location. Some conservative outlets subsequently began attacking critics of the president’s change in language as propagandists for the Chinese Communist Party.

Even before Trump’s adoption of Chinese virus, Asian Americans had been facing a wave of discrimination, harassment, and violence in response to the epidemic. The president’s rhetoric did not start this backlash, but the decision to embrace the term Chinese virus reinforced the association between a worldwide pandemic and people of a particular national origin. Legitimizing that link with all the authority of the office of the president of the United States is not just morally abhorrent, but dangerous.

The president’s now-constant use of Chinese virus is the latest example of a conservative phenomenon you might call the racism rope-a-dope (with apologies to the late boxer Muhammad Ali, who coined the latter half of the termto describe his strategy of luring an opponent into wearing himself out). Trump and his acolytes are never more comfortable than when they are defending expressions of bigotry as plain common sense, and accusing their liberal critics of being oversensitive snowflakes who care more about protecting “those people” than they do about you. They seek to reduce any political dispute to this simple equation whenever possible. “I want them to talk about racism every day,” the former Trump adviser Steve Bannon told The American Prospect in 2017. “If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

In this instance, though, the gambit served two additional purposes: distracting the public from Trump’s catastrophic mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, and disguising the fact that Trump’s failures stemmed from his selfishness and fondness for authoritarian leaders, which in turn made him an easy mark for the Chinese government’s disinformation.

Conservatives are fond of telling liberals who accuse the Republican Party of prejudice, “This is how you got Trump,” a retort that is less a rebuttal than an affirmation. Trump understands that overt expressions of prejudice draw condemnation from liberals, which in turn rallies his own base around him. Calling the coronavirus the “Chinese virus” not only informs Trump’s base that foreigners are the culprits, it also offers his supporters the emotional satisfaction of venting fury at liberals for unfairly accusing conservatives of racism. The point is to turn a pandemic that threatens both mass death and the collapse of the American economy into a culture-war argument in which the electorate can be polarized along partisan lines.

Conservatives insist that the Chinese government bears a great deal of responsibility for the outbreak, and that the president is merely holding the CCP accountable. Liberals, they argue, by criticizing the president’s rhetoric as racist, are falling into a trap set by Chinese propagandists, who are hoping to characterize any criticism of Beijing’s role in the outbreak as racism.

This criticism contains an element of truth. As The Wall Street Journal reported in early March, the Chinese government lied about the threat posed by COVID-19 and the coronavirus’s transmissibility to humans, and dragged its feet in informing the public, even silencing a whistleblower, Li Wenliang, who tried to warn the country about the threat of the disease before succumbing to it himself. “By not moving aggressively to warn the public and medical professionals, public-health experts say, the Chinese government lost one of its best chances to keep the disease from becoming an epidemic,” The New York Timesreported in early February.

Since that report, Chinese officials have engaged in a propaganda offensive, expelling American journalists, minimizing their early missteps, and putting forth a conspiracy theory that the virus was engineered by the U.S. military. Compared with all this, the president’s defenders argue, Trump referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” seems trivial.

Lost in that comparison, however, is the fact that the most effective target of CCP disinformation has been Trump himself. The president’s public praise of the Chinese government’s response was not simply a public stance. According to The Washington Post, at the same time that Trump was stating that Beijing had the disease under control, U.S. intelligence agencies were already warning him that “Chinese officials appeared to be minimizing the severity of the outbreak.”

Administration officials directly warned Trump of the danger posed by the virus, but “Trump’s insistence on the contrary seemed to rest in his relationship with China’s President Xi Jingping, whom Trump believed was providing him with reliable information about how the virus was spreading in China,” The Washington Post reported, “despite reports from intelligence agencies that Chinese officials were not being candid about the true scale of the crisis.”

The right’s rhetorical shift then, is not just another racism rope-a-dope, an attempt to bait the left into a culture-war argument and divert attention from the president’s disastrous handling of the coronavirus pandemic. It is also an attempt to cover up the fact that the Chinese government’s propaganda campaign was effective in that it helped persuade the president of the United States not to take adequate precautionary measures to stem a tide of pestilence that U.S. government officials saw coming.

Now faced with the profound consequences of that decision, the right has settled on a strategy that does little to hold Beijing accountable for its mishandling of the coronavirus, but instead plays into Beijing’s attempt to cast any criticism of the Chinese government’s response as racism. Not only is the Chinese virus gambit morally objectionable but it is also inimical to the strategic interests the Trump administration was supposedly pursuing. The term makes no distinction between China’s authoritarian government and people who happen to be of Chinese origin, and undermines the unified front the Trump administration would want if it were actually concerned with countering Chinese-government propaganda.

Instead, the Trump administration has chosen a political tactic that strengthens the president’s political prospects by polarizing the electorate, and covers up his own role as Xi’s patsy, while making its own pushback against CCP propaganda less effective. The Trump administration might have chosen any number of methods to hold the Chinese government accountable for its mishandling of the outbreak that would not legitimize anti-Asian racism; it settled on a verbal taunt ineffective at countering disinformation but well suited to pursuing the president’s political interests.

This approach reflects the most glaring flaws of Trumpist governance, which have become only more acute during the coronavirus crisis: It exacerbates rather than solves the underlying problem, placing the president’s political objectives above all other concerns, even the ones both the president and his supporters claim to value.

A week after first deploying the term Chinese virus, even the president seemed to have regrets about the tactic. “It seems like there could be a little bit of nasty language toward Asian Americans in our country, and I don’t like that at all,” Trump told reporters at a press conference yesterday afternoon. "These are incredible people, they love our country, and I’m not gonna let it happen.”

The president did not say who might be using the “nasty language” or what that “nasty language” was, nor did he offer any theories as to why anyone might be using it.

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« Reply #78 on: March 26, 2020, 05:28:11 PM »



USA, USA, etc.
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The Politics of a Public Health Failure, and the Way Forward
« Reply #79 on: March 27, 2020, 06:31:54 AM »
Sara Robinson has been one of the most engaging writers that I have followed since before the Occupy times, but in the recent few she seems to have disappeared. Her work has frequently appeared online at Firedoglake, DailyKos, OpenLeft, Grist, and Alternet.

She did this interview from being under siege under quarantine at her home in Seattle. Note her comments about these exponential outbreaks: "So look to Seattle if you want to see what things are going to be like in 10 days, two weeks, depending on where you are." This was published on March 19.

Strap in.

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https://therealnews.com/stories/politics-pandemic-coronavirus-failure-progressive-future
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How sick will the coronavirus make you? The answer may be in your genes
« Reply #80 on: March 28, 2020, 04:45:54 AM »
I find that if I ask the question, the answer appears. Because some fer smarter than me asked it earlier.

How sick will the coronavirus make you? The answer may be in your genes


A patient in Italy receives intensive care for COVID-19. Human geneticists are coming together to look for genes that make some people more vulnerable to the disease.

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By Jocelyn Kaiser Mar. 27, 2020 , 3:25 PM



Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center.

COVID-19, caused by the new pandemic coronavirus, is strangely—and tragically—selective. Only some infected people get sick, and although most of the critically ill are elderly or have complicating problems such as heart disease, some killed by the disease are previously healthy and even relatively young. Researchers are now gearing up to scour the patients’ genomes for DNA variations that explain this mystery. The findings could be used to identify those most at risk of serious illness and those who might be protected, and they might also guide the search for new treatments.

The projects range from ongoing studies with DNA for many thousands of participants, some now getting infected with the coronavirus, to new efforts that are collecting DNA from COVID-19 patients in hard-hit places such as Italy. The goal is to compare the DNA of people who have serious cases of COVID-19 (which stands for coronavirus disease 2019)—but no underlying disease like diabetes, heart or lung disease—with those with mild or no disease. “We see huge differences in clinical outcomes and across countries. How much of that is explained by genetic susceptibility is a very open question,” says geneticist Andrea Ganna of the University of Helsinki’s Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM).

It’s hard to predict what will pop out from these gene hunts, some researchers say. But there are obvious suspects, such as the gene coding for the cell surface protein angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which the coronavirus uses to enter airway cells. Variations in the ACE2 gene that alter the receptor could make it easier or harder for the virus to get into cells, says immunologist Philip Murphy of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose lab identified a relatively common mutation in another human cell surface protein, CCR5, that makes some people highly resistant to HIV.

Ganna heads up a major effort to pool COVID-19 patients’ genetic data from around the world. The idea “came quite spontaneously” about 2 weeks ago when “everyone was sitting at their computers watching this crisis,” says Ganna, who is also affiliated with the Broad Institute, a U.S. genomic powerhouse.

He and FIMM Director Mark Daly quickly created a website for their project, the COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative, and reached out to colleagues who run large biobank studies that follow thousands of volunteers for years to look for links between their DNA and health. At least a dozen biobanks, mostly in Europe and the United States, have expressed interest in contributing COVID-19 data from participants who agreed to this. Among them are FinnGen, which has DNA samples and health data for 5% of the 5 million–person Finnish population, and the 50,000-participant biobank at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The UK Biobank, one of world’s largest with DNA data for 500,000 participants, also plans to add COVID-19 health data from participants to its data set, the project tweeted this month. And the Icelandic company deCODE Genetics, which is helping test much of the nation’s population to see who is infected with the new coronavirus, has received government permission to add these data and any subsequent COVID-19 symptoms to its database, which contains genome and health data on half of Iceland’s 364,000 inhabitants, says its CEO Kári Stefánsson. “We will do our best to contribute to figuring this out,” Stefánsson says.

Another effort to identify protective or susceptibility DNA variants is the Personal Genome Project led by Harvard University’s George Church, which recruits people willing to share their full genome, tissue samples, and health data for research. Earlier this month, it sent questionnaires to its thousands of participants, asking about their COVID-19 status. More than 600 in the United States responded within 48 hours. “It seems that most people want to do their part,” says Church, whose group isn’t yet part of Ganna’s collaboration.

Other researchers working with Ganna’s initiative are recruiting COVID-19 patients directly within hospitals for such genomics studies. Italian geneticist Alessandra Renieri of the University of Siena expects at least 11 hospitals in the nation to give ethics approval for her team to collect DNA samples from willing patients. “It is my opinion that [host] genetic differences are a key factor … for susceptibility to severe acute pneumonia,” Renieri says.

Pediatrics researcher Jean-Laurent Casanova at the Rockefeller University, who specializes in identifying rare genes that can make healthy young people susceptible to certain serious diseases, is drawing on a network of pediatricians around the world to look for the relatively few young people who develop COVID-19 serious enough to get admitted to intensive care. “We study exclusively patients who were previously healthy” and under 50, as their serious COVID-19 illness is more likely to have a genetic basis, he explains.

In addition to genetic variants of the ACE2 receptor, scientists want to see whether differences in the human leukocyte antigen genes, which influence the immune system’s response to viruses and bacteria, affect disease severity. And some investigators want to follow up a finding, which a Chinese team reported in a preprint: that people with type O blood may be protected from the virus. “We’re trying to figure out if those findings are robust,” says Stanford University human geneticist Manuel Rivas, who is contributing to Ganna’s initiative.

The catastrophic spread of the coronavirus should soon increase the number of COVID-19 patients available to these gene hunts. And that could speed findings. Ganna expects the first susceptibility genes could be identified within a couple of months.

With reporting by Elizabeth Pennisi.
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Re: Coronavirus: Threat or Menace?
« Reply #81 on: March 28, 2020, 08:59:55 AM »
Here 100 miles north of NYC my wife and son work at the local hospital. There is ONE case of CV19.

But I can not get rid of my garbage at the transfer station. The piles of garbage will make good photo ops for madman Cuomo in his bid to replace brain dead Joe the alleged penetration. Though my choice remains HILLARY 2020.

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Re: Coronavirus: Threat or Menace?
« Reply #82 on: March 28, 2020, 10:04:05 AM »
Here 100 miles north of NYC my wife and son work at the local hospital. There is ONE case of CV19.

But I can not get rid of my garbage at the transfer station. The piles of garbage will make good photo ops for madman Cuomo in his bid to replace brain dead Joe the alleged penetration. Though my choice remains HILLARY 2020.

Why Hillary? I'm sure she'd be happy to get drafted for the job.......I only said one thing about my expectations for the Dems in 2020...made several months back now.....

That was........that I was sure they would nominate the WORST choice who was available. This appears to have happened, as best I can tell.

The county where I practice had its first death....only 34 reported cases...but the state has only tested a total of 25K people.....and the population is close to 29 MILLION......what I'm saying is don't get sandbagged by the numbers....it's still very early in the game.

The lockdown is why you don't have more cases....you will have many more.......plenty is my guess, You're too close to the city not to eventually be seriously affected.

They're still picking up the garbage here, however. Best of luck.
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« Reply #83 on: March 28, 2020, 10:55:49 AM »
Here 100 miles north of NYC my wife and son work at the local hospital. There is ONE case of CV19.

But I can not get rid of my garbage at the transfer station. The piles of garbage will make good photo ops for madman Cuomo in his bid to replace brain dead Joe the alleged penetration. Though my choice remains HILLARY 2020.

Neither Cuomo nor Clinton are in the nomination race.  By what means can they win a race that has leaders way out ahead of them? If Bernie Sanders can't win the nomination, certainly Cuomo can't.
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Re: Coronavirus: Threat or Menace?
« Reply #84 on: March 28, 2020, 11:06:35 AM »
Here 100 miles north of NYC my wife and son work at the local hospital. There is ONE case of CV19.

But I can not get rid of my garbage at the transfer station. The piles of garbage will make good photo ops for madman Cuomo in his bid to replace brain dead Joe the alleged penetration. Though my choice remains HILLARY 2020.

Neither Cuomo nor Clinton are in the nomination race.  By what means can they win a race that has leaders way out ahead of them? If Bernie Sanders can't win the nomination, certainly Cuomo can't.

if there is a convention, ANYTHING can happen, with regards to the nomination. I wouldn't cross Hillary off the list, myself, until after that. Cuomo is now a rising star because of his difficult but gutsy calls on the lockdown, and because of his advocacy for NYC. Ed is right to mention him....I don't think he cuold get the nomination......but I could be wrong.

Everything is in flux.....MUCH stranger shit has happened, and probably will happen, than one of those two people getting back in the race. What if Biden gets Coronavirus or his senescence becomes a lot more noticeable.

A stronger candidate would be tearing Trump a new ass in the press right now . Biden is playing the John Wayne part, strong and silent. Not politically astute in my opinion.
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Re: Coronavirus: Threat or Menace?
« Reply #85 on: March 28, 2020, 11:11:10 AM »
Here 100 miles north of NYC my wife and son work at the local hospital. There is ONE case of CV19.

But I can not get rid of my garbage at the transfer station. The piles of garbage will make good photo ops for madman Cuomo in his bid to replace brain dead Joe the alleged penetration. Though my choice remains HILLARY 2020.

Neither Cuomo nor Clinton are in the nomination race.  By what means can they win a race that has leaders way out ahead of them? If Bernie Sanders can't win the nomination, certainly Cuomo can't.

if there is a convention, ANYTHING can happen, with regards to the nomination. I wouldn't cross Hillary off the list, myself, until after that. Cuomo is now a rising star because of his difficult, hard calls on the lockdown, and because of his advocacy for NYC. Ed is right to mention him....I don't think he cold get the nomination......but I could be wrong.

Everything is in flux.....MUCH stranger shit has happened, and probably will happen, than one of those two people getting back in the race. What if Biden gets Coronavirus or his senescence becomes a lot more noticeable.

A stronger candidate would be tearing Trump a new ass in the press right now . Biden is playing the John Wayne part, strong and silent. Not politically astute in my opinion.
Is it not? I assume he is saving his criticism for when things get more unhinged when the death rate climbs...
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« Reply #86 on: March 28, 2020, 11:16:53 AM »
Time matters in elections. Trump is making a shit ton of mistakes and my news feeds never show the opposition calling him on any of it. Maybe because Rupert Murdoch owns ALL the news now?

You win this election by making Trump look like a doofus with his Coronavirus plan, which has been abysmal and easy to debunk.....my take is that the Dems are just as much owned by the corporations as the Republicans......so they have to dance with them what brung 'em. as we say in Texas.  That's why they aren't attacking Trump. Their masters are the same masters as Trump's masters.

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« Reply #87 on: March 28, 2020, 12:37:56 PM »
 Biden has credible sexual assault charges brought up that would be front page news but for the Trump Plague.
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« Reply #88 on: March 29, 2020, 04:49:08 AM »
Here 100 miles north of NYC my wife and son work at the local hospital. There is ONE case of CV19.

But I can not get rid of my garbage at the transfer station. The piles of garbage will make good photo ops for madman Cuomo in his bid to replace brain dead Joe the alleged penetration. Though my choice remains HILLARY 2020.

Making you a Trump supporter, I infer.

Even though it is difficult to imagine the Dems being so stupid as to disinter Hilliary, remove the shrink-wrap, and re-animate her for another lifeless run, nothing the Ds would do would surprise me. Especially at a brokered convention.

And they call republicans a death cult.
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It's an "educational tool." We're sure you understand.

Rhode Island door knocks in search of fleeing New Yorkers




WESTERLY, RI (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state.

Raimondo also ordered residents to stay at home, with exceptions for getting food, medicines or going to the doctor, and ordered nonessential retail businesses to close Monday until April 13 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. She also directed realtors and hotel operators to include new requirements that any out-of-state residents must quarantine for 14 days in their purchase agreements.

State Police set up a checkpoint on I-95 in Hope Valley on Friday where drivers with New York license plates must stop and provide contact information and were told to self-quarantine for two weeks, WPRI.com reported.

If New Yorkers don’t comply, they face fines and jail time, Raimondo said, adding that that’s not the goal.

“I want to be crystal clear about this: If you’re coming to Rhode Island from New York you are ordered into quarantine. The reason for that is because more than half of the cases of coronavirus in America are in New York,” Raimondo said, adding that it’s not meant to be discriminatory.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the order “reactionary” and unconstitutional, saying he’d sue Rhode Island if the policy isn’t rescinded but believed they could “work it out.”

“I understand the goal ... but there’s a point of absurdity, and I think what Rhode Island did is at that point of absurdity,” said Cuomo, a Democrat. “We have to keep the ideas and the policies we implement positive rather than reactionary and emotional.”

President Donald Trump said Saturday that he had spoken with some governors and was considering some type of a quarantine to prevent people in New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut from traveling. Trump Late Saturday, though, he tweeted that a travel advisory should be administered and not a quarantine.

Trump told reporters at the White House that it would be for a “short period of time, if we do it at all.” He said he had spoken with Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., the country’s epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot on Thursday joined other states in imposing quarantines on air travelers from the New York area, including New Jersey and Connecticut, and New Orleans, two places where COVID-19 outbreak is more severe. The Republican said travelers who don’t comply with the 14-day quarantine risk jail time, adding that state troopers would conduct visits to make sure people were staying put.

In Rhode Island, which reported its first two deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, a team of a Westerly police officer and a Guard member were visiting stately and modest coastal homes in the Westerly neighborhood of Watch Hill collecting contact information from New Yorkers and telling them to self-quarantine. They expected to go to about 1,000 homes over a few days.

“This is more of an education tool to make people aware and comply with what we are asking them to do,” said Westerly, Rhode Island, police chief Shawn Lacey. “We are certainly hope it doesn’t get to enforcement action that has to happen.”

Reha Kocatas, a New Yorker who arrived March 22 from the Bahamas to his Rhode Island home, said his wife and two children were visited by a police officer and a national guardsmen. Already under a 14-day quarantine per a state order because he had arrived from outside the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Kocatas said he volunteered information to the authorities including the number of people in the home, when they entered Rhode Island and his and his wife’s date of birth.

But he questioned why it was necessary to send a police officer to his door.

“It seemed like a pretty large waste of resources for something that could have been volunteered through an online form pretty quickly,” he said.

“If New Yorkers are such high risk individuals, why are we putting first responders in front of these individuals is a little questionable since there is no action item at the end of the day,” he continued. “They weren’t going to remove us. It seemed like bureaucratic grandstanding. The local community that happens to be here believes that it’s a waste of precious resources when time is the essence in preparing for other things.”

Ramaindo said only an estimated 50% of Rhode Islanders are complying with social distancing, with crowds spotted at a beach, groups at parks, crowds at big box stores and house parties. As a result, she banned gatherings of more than five people and urged people to limit interactions to the same five.

For those who are not complying with social distancing: “I’ve said it last week, I’m going to say it again, knock if off. You are risking the lives of everyone in this state,” she said.

People able to work from home must do so, she said. Residents who work in Massachusetts and must go to work, must self-quarantine after work at home, she said.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

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