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Veterans Affairs Says FEMA Diverted 5 Million N95 Facemasks, ‘Austerity Levels’ Result

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The chief of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) finally admitted N-95 masks his agency ordered vanished, “I had 5 million masks incoming that disappeared.”

The Washington Post reported Dr. Richard Stone, the executive in charge of VHA, not only admitted the masks “disappeared,” but that the agency was forced to move to “austerity levels” at some medical centers and hospitals.

“The supply system was responding to FEMA,” said Stone, a former combat surgeon and former Army deputy surgeon general. “I couldn’t tell you when my next delivery was coming in.” The masks were reportedly diverted for the nation’s emergency stockpile.

After complaining to FEMA, Secretary Robert Wilkie was able to secure back 500,000 masks last week for his agency, as well as a comparable amount the week before. But the health care system uses 200,000 masks per day.

You do the math.

The mask shortage has forced some VA locations to get creative.

Some clinicians are cobbling together damaged masks including re-stapling new head straps when they break or using 3-D printers to create new masks.

Before the pandemic, the agency generally kept a 4-week supply of equipment on the shelves of its 170 medical centers. The resources were generally stored in anticipation of hurricane responses or similar short-lived emergencies.

It’s safe to assume the agency was not equipped for a long-term pandemic scenario.

Nonetheless, by the end of last week, the agency reported only 400 deaths among its 9 million enrolled veterans, which seems relatively small given its disproportionate number of disabled, high-risk patients and the elderly population.

I am hopeful Secretary Wilkie will do right by the veterans and frontline clinicians providing care during this difficult time. No organization or state has the right number of resources.

Hopefully, 3M gets its tail in gear so VA does not resort to buying its masks from China, like California just did.

RELATED: California Buys 200 Million Masks Per Month From China

This report comes on the back of another report pushed by Associated Press in a number of articles hyping a study into the use of hydroxychloroquine at VA on some elderly veterans.

I plan to touch on the recent Associated Press push in opposition against use of hydroxychloroquine in combination with other treatments to address COVID-19 in veterans in a separate article this week.

Some of you may have noticed I have not written anything this month.

We had to shut down and relocate my physical office due to COVID and the Minnesota shutdown. I am now many hundreds of miles south of Minnesota with my family on a family farm while this all sorts out.

Source: Washington Post

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  1. For those who still don’t believe Fauci said there will be a Pedidemic in 2019-2020 here is a video of proof. Watch it if you dare. I triple dog dare you.
    “https://youtu.be/s8qJMbNwheA”

  2. “Project Veritas” found out the TRUTH;
    *”https://youtu.be/g5f_6ltv7oI”*

    For you people who believe the rabid doom and gloom medias, scumbag scientists and dimwitted democrats, here’s something y’all are complacent on – this was planned!

  3. Looks like Fauci is making headlines again with a new treatment for covid;
    *”https://www.wnd.com/2020/04/dr-fauci-touts-another-treatment-coronavirus/?utm_source=Email”*

    1. This was posted today from “military.com”
      *”https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/29/nearly-70-dead-horrific-outbreak-veterans-home.html”*

      As you read it, be assured it had to take someone special to get action against the VA!

      1. Here’s another article from “military.com” concerning:
        *”https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/29/more-2000-va-employees-now-have-covid-19.html”*
        When you read the article, pay close attention to WHERE the cases are located.
        Could it be the same areas where those elected and appointed officials were telling the population it was safe to come there? The short answer is *”YES!”*

  4. I wrote these exact words last month. There wasn’t a topic from Ben, that let me feel comfortable to post at that time, so here are my pennies. BTW the Gates Foundation is the largest financial backing for WHO.

    While doing a bit of research about C-19, I came across a few vital reminders. Foremost, is the fact that C-19 is born from coronavirus, basically, the common cold. Past epidemics like SARS, MERS, H1N1 among others, are likewise related to the coronavirus root.

    It seems that one purpose of virology, includes creating new strains of virus with varied, albeit increasing lethal intent, resulting with the express guise of securing billions of dollars to fund vaccine research. Think about that for a moment. Trump requested approval from Congress for $2B to go toward US research for a C-19 vaccine and related containments, to thwart a created virus magically released on humans. Congress decided to make it $8B in funding, to which Trump replies, (I’m paraphrasing) ‘I asked for $2B and Congress says 8, I’ll take 8.’, as he signs off on it. This is happening as the stock markets are tanking around the world, with tens of thousands dying of C-19 caused pneumonia, because they have the unfortunate luck to be elderly and/or to have one or more predisposing conditions. The long and short of it IMO, boils down to this: Scientists are creating these killer viruses annually, to secure funding for vaccine creation, intended to combat man-made lethal viruses, that have no altruistic benefit for a healthy world population. I can see Hippocrates doing repetitious face-palms over this arrogant “service” in medical research.

    Gates’ Moderna has a vaccine in testing phase as I write this!
    How many of those getting vaccinated this past season, also got in the same round, the vaccines that were created to thwart the previous “epidemics” from this recent decade? I’m guessing no one! What happened to all of those research funded, brand spanking new, untrialed vaccines from years passed that didn’t make it into volunteers, …or our troops? How many of you know of the PREP Act that Cheney’s sidekick “W” enacted? “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Readiness_and_Emergency_Preparedness_Act” Everyone, especially our entire military family, should know that it gives vaccine creators a blanket hold harmless clause to embrace if HHS declares an “epidemic”. That is why our troops that were force vacced and maimed as a result, are left to continually fight denial letters.

    If anyone had a chance to watch and digest the entire documentary, “Delay, Deny, Hope You Die” (2017) – IMDb “https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6976256/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_3”, that KCET PBS “https://www.kcet.org/shows/link-voices/episodes/delay-deny-hope-you-die” recently ran, it is made presumptively clear that Cheney as VP was “in bed” with KBR and the devastating results of the burn pits. There too, another hold harmless clause to enable the slow and agonizing murder of countless troops (and not just Americans) as the KBR suits re-purposed the funding, by not providing incinerators.

    When are we, the citizens and voters, going to stop digesting the hood-winking by our talking heads in government? They are freely spending your money to create problems, so they can spend more of your money to “solve” their created problems that you just funded! Then they quarantine/lay-off everyone from jobs that can not be done remotely and say that (someday) they’ll use more of your money to fund the hardships THEY think you deserve to be compensated for… while they happily play the world’s markets! Then they will “have to” raise taxes again, on you the working classes, to cover future expenses for programs that the set budget would have covered, had they not created a problem that needed your hard earned money to”solve”, meanwhile, making every effort to avoid taxing themselves. Oh! That’s right, they instead fund their favored “charity”! It’s always a sick joke based on feeding the disadvantaged masses a steady diet of false hope.

    All I know for sure, is that there’s been way too much hinkey stuff going on and not one bit of it passes the sniff test! It’s up to us to do the research to figure out ways to circle the wagons and keep ourselves as healthy as possible. The timing of this “epidemic” is IMO, a planned “accident”.
    BOHICA comes to mind.

    1. You got it Rosie…..Former AIDS Scientist Exposes Dr. Fauci’s Medical Corruption – YouTube
      “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgnBldI7KPY”
      Dr Judy A Mikovits PHD has a virtual sit-down with Patrick Bet-David and opens up about her fallout with Anthony Fauci that led to her 5 year arrest and whistleblower status.

    2. @Rosie,
      The “timeline” I laid out in one of my comments is a perfect example of government overreach
      AND
      How governments will make mankind subservient to them – IF we allow it!

  5. Here’s Obama calling American Voters STUPID;
    *”https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/8083074/Barack-Obama-echoes-anti-Americanism-of-Europe-in-calling-voters-stupid.html”*

    It must be nice being a democrat!

    1. P.S.
      Here’s my sentiments about democrats:
      *”https://thepatriotbuzz.com/dan-crenshaw-takes-aim-at-cowardly-house-democrats/”*
      They ALL are cowardly little bitches and bastards!

      1. It is Wed. 29 April @ 5:25 pm Governor DeSantis (R-Fl) is LIVE right now on (local) channel 2. He’s making fools out of the mainstream medias and Covid professionals. Their “doom and gloom” predictions are way off!
        He’s using proof gathered by statistics!

    2. President Trump wasn’t the only one taking aim at the cowardly democrats not wanting to come back to work!
      Of course, most democrats hate to work! They’d rather live off of the government and those who do work!!!! Most of them are fat and lazy. So what’s new? NOTHING!
      *”https://www.thepatriotbrief.com/trump-hits-democrats-for-refusal-to-return-to-congress/”*

  6. @OLDMARINE,
    No matter how many site you or anyone puts on here for those few sheep to google, they’re either too stupid (like Obama called AMERICANS on numerous occasions) OR they’re too lazy (like most dems)!

  7. Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history – Washington Times

    “https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/28/coronavirus-hype-biggest-political-hoax-in-history/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork”

  8. Dr Buttar Accuses Fauci, Gates & The Media For Using COVID-19 To Drive Hidden Agenda – YouTube
    “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnbf9wccdxE”
    The Swamp is Deep, Quit watching the news. It’s all fake news and the left and right are both in on it and the sheep think they are two separate entities…LOL
    I’m just a tenth grade dropout with my eyes and ears open, I can go on and on with proof but if you don’t get it by now your a lost cause

    The Georgia Guidestones – Illuminati Ten Commandments?
    “https://rense.com/general16/georgiaguidestones.htm”
    THE MESSAGE OF THE GEORGIA GUIDESTONES

    1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
    If you think your part of that number think again, That’s the world wide #

    1. @OLDMARINE,
      I guarantee you just about every democrat out there believes THEY will “inherit the wind”!
      In reality, they will! Because, they are the new SLAVES to the elites!

    2. @OldMarine
      I have been telling everyone about The Georgia Stones since 2015. No one listens really. They really don’t understand what it really means.
      Democratic Leaders in America really think they will be in charge of the Whole World. If they read their Bibles they would know the NWO leader is from the Middle East.
      They want Agenda21 but are too stupid because the first people to die will be anyone receiving Gov Subsidies. That meaning anyone receiving Gov moneies due to SSI SSD Welfare and Gov retirements. What is Gov Retirements? Veterans, and ex Gov Officials and Those in the lower branches of our Government.
      Gee are they really that dumb. And people on Welfare as a career don’t realize our Government is selling them down the road.

  9. Want to make a “mask” and be like all the other sheep!?
    Here’s how:
    *”https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/28/army-says-it-has-found-best-fabric-face-masks.html”*

  10. COVID-19 is the Elite’s Coup Against a Terrified Humanity

    The coup was designed to take immediate measures to ensure that fundamental rights and freedoms, only ‘won’ (in name at least) after many centuries of struggle, were stripped away from us and to do it in such a way that people would fearfully accept it.

    This is why the idea of a virus ‘pandemic’ was quite clever.

    Because the fear of contracting the virus (and its possibly deadly consequences) could be grotesquely magnified by inflating the figures, constant harping on it by the World Health Organization, the medical industry (in league with the pharmaceutical industry) and governments, and then magnified by the corporate media – with one outlet laughably suggesting COVID-19 could be worse than the flu outbreak in 1918……..”https://eclinik.net/covid-19-is-the-elites-coup-against-a-terrified-humanity/”

    1. @OLDMARINE,
      I’ve been noticing more young people, with some older ones in my community, are starting to research and wake up from this “PLANDEMIC”!
      In my opinion, they’re beginning to realize, only a small portion of our government are dictating draconian rules (NOT LAWS) to the constituents!
      I also believe, Americans are seeing this plandemic as a way to force the American citizen into slavery!
      There’s more. Only I really wish some people on here would wake up!

  11. 1 Explosive Coronavirus Truth with Whitney Webb and Dr. Andrew Kaufman.
    2 Microsoft Cryptocurrency Patent 666
    3 IS IT REAL ? SIMPLE QUESTION COMMENT BELOW
    4 Respiratory Therapist Blows Whistle on FAKE VIRUS PANDEMIC
    5 Another MD (DR. SHERRI TENPENNY) weighs in on the PLANDEMIC
    The ones above are all on U Tube

    NYC Officials Now Counting Deaths of Those Who ‘Never Tested Positive’ in Coronavirus Totals
    By Matt Margolis April 14, 2020

    1. TRUTH WIKI
      CDC – Centers for Disease Control and PreventionPosted 5 years ago under Uncategorized

      The CDC is a for-profit corporation listed on Dun and Bradstreet with a “mission and vision” – – as stated on their website – – that the “CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.” As a health protection agency, the CDC is supposed to save lives and conduct critical science for responding to threats when they arise. One could easily metaphorically say that the CDC is supposed to take the “health pulse” of the nation regularly, but most criticism and failed opportunities reveal just the opposite – – the CDC not working in the best interest of the public it serves, while corporate and “Pharma” lobbying and positions of control in the bureaucracy have had fraudulent influence for decades.

      Vaccinations are perhaps the most profitable for the drug industry as corporations have complete immunity from “doing harm” or being sued in proper court of law. In fact, the vaccine industry has their own court and judges now, so the CDC is functioning in complete conflict of interest by publicly promoting vaccines as part of a business agenda with financial rewards for those who push the hardest. Since the Supreme Court decision in 2011, Bruecewitz versus Wyeth, the vaccine industry is COMPLETELY EXEMPT from all liability regarding vaccine products, yet the industry shells out billions in damages to humans receiving too many vaccines too close together and/or at too young of an age. The CDC refuses to regulate this industry (1) but instead promotes toxic chemicals, synthetic preservatives, dangerous heavy metal toxins, carcinogens and “adjuvant” still listed as ingredients in vaccines, including mercury (as thimerosal in flu shots), aluminum, MSG and formaldehyde. The CDC has had relationships with Big Business for decades and generations now, if not since the inception itself.
      CDC scandals, lies, lack of safety research and cover-ups

      From 1999 to 2001, the CDC repeatedly lied to the American public, saying they were removing the highly toxic compound thimerosal, which is comprised of approximately 50% mercury, from all “childhood” vaccines, when they most certainly were not. No matter what you call it, the flu shot is an influenza vaccine and nearly all flu shots come in multi-dose vials and contain mercury (many like Fluluval containing 25,000ppb), even at doses thousands of times more potent than the amounts of mercury found in tap water or fish (that the EPA warns about).

      The CDC outright removed mercury from certain vaccines on the recommended “childhood vaccination schedule” but left mercury in flu shots and began recommending flu shots to pregnant women, infants (over 6 months of age), and even the elderly. Much literature on vaccines now offer “preservative-free” vaccines, to give Americans the illusion they are avoiding toxic heavy metals like mercury, while pushing influenza vaccines on the other hand, that have massive amounts of this lethal, neurotoxic heavy metal that causes autism spectrum disorder and other central nervous system disorders.

  12. Editor’s Note: This editorial was published on February 28, 2020, at NEJM.org.

    Editorial
    Covid-19 — Navigating the Uncharted
    List of authors.

    Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., H. Clifford Lane, M.D., and Robert R. Redfield, M.D.
    If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively.2

    This Covid-19 is the biggest hoax ever played, Bill Gates want’s that needle stuck in your ass, Then 5g will control your ass
    Elf you got all those right, I do my research before i open my mouth, They want us DEAD …..Masks….LOL

    1. Hey, thanks “OLDMARINE”!
      Some of these people on here, and out in public, scare me more than this damn illness!
      As far as I can tell, many of the governors are implementing draconian rules. “Rules”, not laws, that A.G. Bill Barr came out TODAY and told them “the constitution rules” – not them (paraphrasing)!
      As a matter of, many of the state Attorney General’s and State Supreme Court’s are bucking their own governors!

      1. Here’s just one article on what A.G. Barr is doing;
        *”https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/27/william-barr-orders-legal-action-against-governors/”*
        There’s more! Lot’s MORE!

      2. You can really tell how many dumb and brainwashed people there is …Everyone with a mask …..LOL

  13. For all of those warmongers about mask, you can make them at home from socks, bandanas or old T-shirts.
    Plus at the doctors office’s and Hospitals where the mask are displayed it says If you are contagious or coughing and or sneezing please use one. It doesn’t say use one if your are healthy. Healthy people don’t need one unless you have a gas leak or something of that nature.
    Please stop panicking.
    Here are some YouTube’s to watch if you still feel the need to have a mask.

    “https://youtu.be/1r2C1zGUHbU”
    “https://youtu.be/iPdrF85KXSE”

  14. @Angela

    “https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine-san-diego/509-e18e37f6-347c-4b08-ad33-910968abb04f”

    They also had the vaccine for the CoronaVirus in an outbreak in 2005. I had to get it due to I worked in Home services for the elderly and disabled. It was mandatory for all workers to have vaccines.

  15. Here’s something from out of the past;
    *”Closing narration”
    *”The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices…to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill…and suspicion can destroy…and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own – for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.”*

    Episode 22, 1st Season. Title:
    *”The Monsters are due on Maple Street” by; Mr. Rod Serling!

    The more the people on Maple Street tried to find an answer to an unseen – unknown enemy – the more they turned on each other. Another psychological thriller by a master of the unknown!

  16. Arnold M. Cabral

    To read this can you please pray for the Coronavirus go away really really soon….Amen

  17. I wish people would stop trying to put the blame on one person concerning this virus!
    Here’s some damn FACTS with the year:
    1.) 2014 – Obama signs an executive order stopping all experimentation, (moratorium), in labs with viruses.
    2.) 2015 – the WIH, run by Dr Fauci, sends $3.7 million taxpayers dollars to that lab outside of Wuhan, China. For the express purpose of conducting experiments with a bat virus! They used the SARS virus. It is now considered a cousin of the Covid-19 virus!
    3.) 2017 – Obama AND Fauci told everyone we were going to have a pandemic in 2020! How did they know?
    4.) 2019 – W.H.O. [World Health Organization] claimed – FALSELY – that this virus could not be transmitted between people.
    5.) Late December 2019 – Taiwan contacted WHO over the effects of this virus. WHO refused to answer. Taiwan closed their doors in mid January 2020.
    6.) Jan. 2020 – President Trump closes our airports to anyone traveling from China to here!
    7.) 2020 – Feb. 24th to the beginning of March, Pelosi, Cuomo, Surgeon General of New York, Mayer of New Orleans, DeBlasio and other democrats declare there’s nothing to fear about this virus!
    8.) 2020 – mid February – President Trump closes the borders completely.
    Because, W.H.O. Finally admitted the TRUTH about the coronavirus killing people!

    All of what I’ve just put on here and MORE can be confirmed by simply googling it!

    Lastly – as I’ve said. STOP BLAMING ONE INDIVIDUAL! THERE’S A LOT MORE OUT THERE WHO SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!

    1. They were diverting masks and products everywhere. Even out of the United States to other countries like France, etc. Private Healthcare system was having their masks diverted too. Private sector manufacturing companies making the masks were selling them to China instead of providing to our own medical professionals. 3-M was one of the companies. Us providing China with products and they are turning around and selling it back to us. Pathetic.
      This is not all. The farmers are killing pigs and chickens because of some of the processing plants had to shutdown. In which I disagree with.
      I guarantee you even before the virus the USDA inspectors may not have been following standards to begin with. I would not put it pass them to have been screwing this up too. Why can’t the federal government transport and transfer to Mexico or Canada for them to process? Trade them our animals for something they have that we need. Why can’t the federal government find a way to freeze it? Instead of wasting it.
      See we are importing foods and destroying our products here. Why can’t they limit imports right now? Same for produce..
      Ben, do you know what Congress did? I am not sure actuality when though. Ben, they stop putting the labels on food products that are coming from other countries. This lowers the standards across the board. No wonder people have all these medical conditions. See this Ben. China owns some of the meat processing companies here in the U.S. This is a threat. On top of this, do you know what the President did this morning? He signed an executive order so the companies cannot be held liable. See this Ben.
      This is not good in my opinion. Ben, the virus is one thing; but, taking away people’s rights is separate issue over crap. DOJ AG Barr is reviewing Civil Rights cases. He also needs to review some of the veterans cases when it comes to blocking veterans’ rights. All of this has little to do with the virus. I do not believe we needed to shutdown the whole country. Dr. Fauci and Scarf Lady are about control and taking away rights. Political.
      Another point Governor Cuomo ordered the nursing homes to take people from the hospitals who were infected with Coronovirus. He issued directives. A nursing home director who was also a physician tried to contact the State government but she could not get ahold of the Governor’s office. Ben, Governor Cuomo was living in front of the camera instead of doing his job. Ben, this was the violation of BIOETHICS. Plus, he made a medical decision when is not a physician. 👎

      1. On yes, the VA also took advantage of the situation.
        Many of the medical professionals in the private sector who were furloughed and let go; the VA hired them and many more to come. VA Wilkie did this. Bigger govt and growing to infinity. Collapse on its way. The whole country cannot be government. Will collapse without a private sector. Ben, I guess they will just continue to print more money.
        Dollar will lose it’s grace.
        Become digital dollars. Not good.

      1. Typo, more people will die if their livelihood is not returned and if the economy is not opened up. Some government officials using the virus to their advantage to assert control. The economy cannot wait for a vaccine. There is not even an AIDs vaccine. My point is Dr. Fauci wanted the economy to stay shutdown until the vaccine. See my point now. People cannot do this neither can the country.

      2. @CE – Same old R’Con talking points. Doofus DJT’s Impeachment was long overdue. RepubliCon ignoring everything and following suite is no surprise, the butt kissing is never ending. Just like he stated in the past, he could shoot someone on 5th Ave and nothing would happen to him. Your his base, I get it, nuff said!🤮

    2. Why post things that are not true and can not be proven. The blood in on Trumps hands, deal with it.

      1. @Deb – Yup, you are correct! I’ve seen a few cases of ppl who’ve died already who sound just like many on this blog (it’s a hoax). So many conspiracy theorists on here who believe their sources posted are facts (reminds me of DJT) and all others are “fake news”. The families of those who’ve died would disagree with a lot of this BS. I enjoy the Disabled Vet related news and noticed long responses and wonder why mine was edited and cut off half way through if you disagree with someone. Ok Ben, common knowledge your a DJT supporter, but why suppress others views?

    3. Please post Obama saying the Pandemic will hit in 2020. I have the clip where he warns of a potential future pandemic, no specific date was stated. Potus shipped tons of PPE to China prior to the pandemic hitting us hard. This Cabinet has been shown not to be experts in their given post, at least most of them. Ben Carson originally didn’t want his position and def had no experience, esp after watching Rep Katie Porter question him in a hearing. The Cabinet firings and resignations hold a record by now to include so many “Acting” positions. I’ve left comments before and it seems if one doesn’t agree, posts aren’t posted. Even today’s news says DJT never seemed to care about daily Intel briefing, he’s apparently doesn’t care to read much nor listen to the experts. I’ve been to ER twice last week, I’m so proud of my VAMC. The professionalism and expedient service to me (Disabled Vet) would never compare to BC/BS, Medicare, etc. Not all VAMC’s have the same quality of service. Btw, my Primary Dr is the best, love her. Hopefully we will get through this Pandemic soon. Hoping everyone stays safe and “tries” to listen to the experts, scientists, etc.

      1. Dr. Fauci and Scarf lady know science but what has been happening is not about science.
        Because they never had correct data. They kept changing the models. Also science is not about originality because it can change.
        Dr. Fauci says he is apolitical.
        He can’t be. Because when part of the issue is not based on orginality, a person can interpret the information however they want to. In other words, subjectivity and unoriginality can be politicized. Three separate issues; the virus, blocking civil rights, and safety. Well, safety is about control. Many government officials try to take advantage of the virus to implement the police state and nanny state. Claim safety in order to keep people locked up and in order to keep the economy shutdown. More People will die if their livelihood is taken away. This will ultimately be worse than the virus itself.

      2. @Carl Johnson,
        I don’t do research for lazy people!
        Look for Fauci stating it. Obama was in the backround!
        As for the rest of your comment- it’s pure rubbish!

      3. Actually, Obama was telling about a future (quote: “within 5 to 6 years”, unquote) back in 2014! Which adding 5 or 6 to 2014 = 2019 or 2020, respectfully!
        There’s your proof!
        Now, how was Obama aware of a pandemic years later?
        AND
        Why did Obama put a moratorium to stop labs from working on viruses in the United States and abroad in 2014?
        The answers to these questions are, what I believe, will get Fauci in lots of trouble!

      4. @Angela – we will agree to disagree. I don’t believe most of what you say or post and I’m sure it’s the same for you. Btw, no one I’m sure no one likes the staying at home, businesses closed, social distancing. In GA many businesses are still staying closed due to their personal concerns. Those that have been in the hospital, those on ventilators who’ve beat the virus say it’s very painful and scary. Those who don’t find the Virus will affect them, go play with your friends and hopefully all will be ok :/

    4. C. E., ( you know whom I’m referencing)

      Your timeline is waaaay screwed up!

      Obama was NOT president in 2017.

      I believe trump (the notorious IDIOT) found out about the lab in Wuhan and ordered an attack on the Chinese by sabotaging the lab to release the contagion onto their economy in order to kill as many as trump possibly could. It backfired on the blithering idiot and became a world-wide problem to include the u.s.. I’ll bet money the asshole (trump) even used it on New York City because they were and still are going to imprison him and confiscate all his assets right after he leaves office for the horrible things he has done to the great state of New York.

      China even said they had evidence that the u.s. had attacked them with biological weapons.

      So there. One person’s fault and one person only!

      1. Obama has NEVER left the political stage! This was part of his wanting to attack Republicans, especially President Trump. Even AFTER he left office he was traveling around the globe AND telling everyone “Americans are STUPID”! You just proved Obama right with your comments!
        Oh, AND Obama WAS President until January 20th 2017! It was after that date Obama and Fauci made that claim!
        The rest of your comment is nothing more than Chinese Propaganda OR a conspiracy theory – NOT FACT!

      2. Every POTUS are sworn in on 01/20 on the year they take over the Presidency. Obama handed over the keys to the White House at noon on 01/20/2017.
        You can actually look that up. Everyone who has gone through the 9th grade would have had the United States Government class unless our Congress has taken it out of the normal curriculum.
        Please do your research before telling someone they are lying so you don’t look like a fool.

      3. CRAZY ELF,

        You stated, “Obama has NEVER left the political stage! This was part of his wanting to attack Republicans, especially President Trump. Even AFTER he left office he was traveling around the globe AND telling everyone “Americans are STUPID”! You just proved Obama right with your comments!
        Oh, AND Obama WAS President until January 20th 2017! It was after that date Obama and Fauci made that claim!
        The rest of your comment is nothing more than Chinese Propaganda OR a conspiracy theory – NOT FACT!”

        WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        You are a FUCKING SHITHEAD REPUBLICAN(‘T)!!!!!!!! I call them republicatholics! because they are all catholics just like hitler and mussolini were!!!!!

        You lost ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL credibility on this forum from NOW – onward!!!!!

        Crawl back in your hole asshole!

      4. @CE – I laughed at your comment to me 🤣 No surprise. I’ve been reading your conspiracy theories for awhile now, so no surprise. Def sounding like the Q’s on Twitter. I’ve read some doozies too 🤣 Ahh bless you💙

    5. Though, Ben and all, the VA has needed to hire many new nurses and doctors and all for a long time. I brought it up due to how the VA Secretary handled the VA staffing shortage. Many in the private sector get furloughed and let go. So therefore, Mr. Wilkie turns around and hires them into the VA.

      1. @M DV and Carrie J,
        Just which one of my “timelines” were incorrect.
        As a matter of fact Obama was saying, in 2014, to expect a pandemic “…in 5 or 6 years…”!
        Google any one of my comments and you’ll see I’m 100% correct.

      2. @M DV
        Sorry but every Catholic I have ever met was a Democrat.
        My mom and all her family was. My dad was Protestant. JFK was also a well known Catholic and Democrat.
        Republicans are Christians. Yes Catholics consider themselves as Christians, but Christians don’t always consider themselves as Catholics. Catholics worship and pray to idols. As most Christians realize God frowns upon that. You pray to either God or Jesus. Not anyone else.
        You don’t like to be lumped into one category or the other don’t lump all Gods children into one religion either.
        Thank you for taking the time to read.

    6. your simplistic timeline review of the pandemic lack any comprehensive facts, which are readily available.

      1. @SCGAL,
        I make my statements in a “simplistic timeline” for people of minimal educational backgrounds! That way they understand the issue(s) better! Therefore, they just might break free from the “mob mentality” brought forth by some elected and appointed officials. Which they seem to follow blindly of a deep precipice!

      2. P.S.
        @SCGAL,
        Tell me, which part of my “simplistic timeline” do you disagree with!
        I could have added more egregious acts by Fauci, Pelosi, DeBlasio, Cuomo and others! Only I felt that would be too much information for liberals like you to digest!

    7. Fauci: There will be a surprise outbreak (2017) – YouTube
      “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C95ECjxgcJE”

      1. @CE – And I’m sure you know us non-RepubliCon, non-tRumpers could post 15,000 lies, unqualified comments and denials of his comments though from the horses mouth himself. Hope your not following his medical advice.

  18. Someone needs to look into the VA entering into a contract with a guy currently under indictment for a Ponzi scheme in Rochester NY for bilking millions from people in January of this year. While still under indictment in Rochester the VA entered into a contract in March 2020 with the same guy for millions of tax dollars to procure masks that never existed. Are any background checks being conducted at all by the VA?

    1. “Backround checks”? You’ve got to be kidding me.
      There’s numerous articles out there showing how VA enters into contracts – then gets ripped off. How about the Denver, VHA hospital ripping off taxpayers for a few BILLION!
      The worst case of vha hiring practices, was when vha hired a serial killer up in Ohio a few years ago.
      Or how about “Dr. Candyman” who murdered a former Marine. BTW, he still works for the VA, just not in healthcare!
      Research it. You’d be surprised at what you find!

  19. Hey, I understand that the country is facing a huge dilemma with the coronavirus, but our veterans need these masks for the medical staff and care takers, I’m just hope that the VA system gets a larger amount of PPE, and continue to care for our veterans

    1. Make your own mask! Here’s an article posted today from “military.com” to help;
      *”https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/04/28/army-says-it-has-found-best-fabric-face-masks.html”*

    1. @Charles Maury,
      If your that worried, google a way to make your own mask.
      Even the CDC has examples on how to make them!

      You people really scare me worse than this damn virus.
      How about this:
      Do you remember the Twilight Episode, “The Monster is due on Maple Street”?
      Rod Serling’s “closing narration” fits this pandemic perfectly!
      “Closing narration”
      “The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices…to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill…and suspicion can destroy…and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own – for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.”

  20. I asked my PCP at the VA in Pittsburgh if hydroxychloroquin would be available if we came down with COVID 19. The PCPs response was short and, I thought, aggressively sweet “Hydroxychloroquine is not approved by FDA or VA. It will not be prescribed.” Yet, I know the FDA has approved it and it seems like so much about the VA, some mysterious approval process must take place before a new treatment becomes available to the run of the mill veteran seeking care.
    I wonder why? i wonder why especially since so many doctors and medical sites have recommended it highly. It seems to have saved the lives of many elderly people according to the news media.

    1. It’s not a good idea to take it. it’s not tested, it is proving to cause other issues, and tRump is the only one touting it. You need to watch more than just FoxNews.

    2. “Yet, I know the FDA has approved it … “
      Remind FDA they approved it, apparently, after FDA posted this on 4/24/2020, they completely forgot:
      “Hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine for COVID-19: Drug Safety Communication – FDA Cautions Against Use Outside of the Hospital Setting or a Clinical Trial Due to Risk of Heart Rhythm Problems.”

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      ‘[Posted 04/24/2020]

      “AUDIENCE: Consumer, Patient, Critical Care Medicine, Infectious Disease, Health Professional

      “ISSUE: FDA is concerned that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are being used inappropriately to treat non-hospitalized patients for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or to prevent that disease. We authorized their temporary use only in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 when clinical trials are not available, or participation is not feasible, through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). These medicines have a number of side effects, including serious heart rhythm problems that can be life-threatening.”

      1. &Angela – It’s been used for years to treat Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Those ppl now are having problems filling their scripts. I know a woman who has been on it for 14 years, now having problems getting it. Her Dr is diligently trying to get her script. Btw Angela, I read a lot and try to keep an open mind. We will agree to disagree, tRump is inept and thin skinned narcissist. I prefer Potus’s who are educated, can read let alone have a decent vocabulary and does not grift

    3. Yep, even a Democrat Congressional Representative. Saved her life now the Democratic party is trying to censor her.

      1. She’s from Michigan. The dem party is trying to make her out as a crazy person.
        Even the govenor of Michigan is blasting her.

        In nam I contracted malaria. I was given this drug. It saved me. Even though I would never be allowed to give blood!

    4. All drugs have side effects and could lead to more medical issues. One has to pay attention to all that goes into the body. Could help or not help. Vigilant and monitor.

      1. Most people who are frightened continue to not use common sense concerning this pandemic.
        I agree it’s somewhat bad. Only the new “mortality models” are proving it’s not as bad as the flu! That’s not saying people don’t die from it. It’s saying not that many will die from it! Know the difference!
        Here’s something I believe y’all should think hard about:
        *”Closing narration”*
        *”The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices…to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill…and suspicion can destroy…and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all of its own – for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.”*
        This was from the Twilight Zone episode titled “The Monsters are due on Maple Street”!
        It is still very viable in today’s society!

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