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During the 2009 swine flu pandemic, the CDC stopped counting H1N1 cases and abruptly advised states to stop testing.

Joe Biden continues to attack President Donald Trump over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Donald Trump forgot about COVID-19, but COVID-19 didn’t forget about us,” Biden tweeted in June. “The President couldn’t wish away the virus in April, he couldn’t tweet it away in May, and he can’t ignore it away in June.”

“Remember back in March … we talked about the need to act like we were at war with the virus,” Biden said of Trump in late June. “He called himself a wartime president … What happened? Now, it’s almost July, and it seems like our wartime president has surrendered, waved … the white flag and left the battlefield.”

A few weeks ago, Biden told Trump to “speed up the testing.”

“The crisis in Arizona is the direct result of Donald Trump’s failure to lead and his desire to ‘slow the testing down,’ and Americans are suffering the consequences,” Biden said on Wednesday.

However, back in 2009 during the swine flu pandemic, the Obama administration instructed states to shut down testing for H1N1 and stop counting cases of the deadly respiratory disease.

In October 2009, CBS News released the findings from a three-month-long investigation into how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were reporting H1N1 cases during the swine flu pandemic.

“In late July, the CDC abruptly advised states to stop testing for H1N1 flu, and stopped counting individual cases,” CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson wrote. “The rationale given for the CDC guidance to forego testing and tracking individual cases was: why waste resources testing for H1N1 flu when the government has already confirmed there’s an epidemic?”

“Some public health officials privately disagreed with the decision to stop testing and counting, telling CBS News that continued tracking of this new and possibly changing virus was important because H1N1 has a different epidemiology, affects younger people more than seasonal flu and has been shown to have a higher case fatality rate than other flu virus strains,” the report said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website confirms the CBS News report.

“Individual case counts were kept early during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak when the 2009 H1N1 virus first emerged,” the CDC website reads. “As the outbreak expanded and became more widespread, individual case counts become increasingly impractical and not representative of the true extent of the outbreak.”

“This is because only a small proportion of persons with respiratory illness are actually tested and confirmed for influenza (including 2009 H1N1) so the true benefit of keeping track of these numbers is questionable,” the CDC stated. “In addition, the extensive spread of 2009 H1N1 flu within the United States made it extremely resource-intensive for states to count individual cases. On July 24, 2009, CDC discontinued reporting of individual cases of 2009 H1N1, but continued to track hospitalizations and deaths.”

“As 2009 H1N1 cases continued to occur through the spring and summer, the task of counting cases became increasingly difficult,” according to the CDC. “On May 12, 2009, CDC transitioned from reporting individual confirmed and probable cases of 2009 H1N1 influenza to reporting aggregate counts of 2009 H1N1 lab confirmed and probable cases, hospitalizations and deaths with the launch of an aggregate reporting web site. Once the numbers of cases increased beyond the point where counting of individual cases was practical, on July 23, 2009, CDC reported the number of 2009 cases for the last time.”

The directive to stop testing and counting H1N1 cases was issued three months after then-President Barack Obama officially declared the H1N1 influenza virus a public health emergency and three months before the administration declared it a national emergency on Oct. 24, 2009. H1N1 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on June 11, 2009.

Attkisson filed a formal Freedom of Information and requested to know why the CDC ordered states to stop testing for H1N1. Two months later, she received a letter from the CDC Freedom of Information office.

“The letter is to inform me that my request for ‘expedited’ treatment of my FOI request has been denied because CDC has determined the request is ‘not a matter of widespread and exceptional media and public interest,'” Attkisson wrote.

“First, it seems ill advised to allow the responding agency (which often doesn’t want the info released) to determine whether an issue is of media and public interest and, therefore, subject to expedited treatment,” she continued. “Further, the CDC may be the only agency on the planet to argue that testing and counting of swine flu cases is “not of widespread and exceptional media and public interest.”

Ron Klain, who served as Biden’s chief of staff in 2009 and Obama’s Ebola czar in 2014, seemingly pointed out how the country dodged a bullet during the swine flu outbreak because of luck.

“It is purely a fortuity that this isn’t one of the great mass casualty events in American history. It had nothing to do with us doing anything right. It just had to do with luck,” Klain said last year at a biosecurity summit. “If anyone thinks that this can’t happen again, they don’t have to go back to 1918, they just have to go back to 2009, 2010 and imagine a virus with a different lethality, and you can just do the math on that.”

Klain, who is currently an advisor to the Biden campaign, has since backtracked on his comments, specifying that he was only talking about the challenges in producing enough H1N1 vaccine for the public demand.

In late July 2009, the Obama administration promised there would be enough H1N1 vaccine to immunize 160 million Americans at the beginning of the flu season, but ended up with just 28 million.

The CDC estimates that in the U.S., there were nearly 61 million cases of swine flu, 274,304 hospitalizations, and 12,469 deaths between April 12, 2009, and April 10, 2010. H1N1 has a mortality rate of .02%, which is far less deadly than coronavirus.

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: FLASHBACK: Obama administration shut down H1N1 testing, undercutting Biden’s COVID-19 attacks on Trump

Thousands of people in red and blue states demanded to be freed from lockdown.

Protesters from all over the country assembled over the last few days to voice their displeasure to stay-at-home orders as economic conditions deteriorate. Despite decrees from their governors to stay at home, Americans organized protests demanding an end to the coronavirus lockdown.

Over the past week, protests have erupted across the country — from California to Colorado to Texas to Michigan to Ohio to New Jersey. Residents from blue states and red states have demonstrated their desire to get out of their homes and return to their jobs.

California

An estimated 500 people gathered in downtown San Clemente on Sunday to publicly object to California’s state-mandated stay-at-home order. This is the same place where the city government dumped 37 tons of sand into a skate park in order to prevent kids from skating.

At least 200 people showed up for the “Freedom Rally” in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday.

On Friday, more than 200 Californians gathered in Huntington Beach for the “March for Freedom” event to protest against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders.

Colorado

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Denver near the Capitol building on Sunday to protest Colorado’s stay-home order. The act of defiance was dubbed as “Operation Gridlock.”

Kentucky

At a demonstration outside of Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort on Friday, protestors shouted, “We want to work!” The protestors demanded for Gov. Andy Beshear (D) to “open up Kentucky.”

Maryland

On Saturday, hundreds of protestors gathered in Annapolis for the Reopen Maryland” rally to demand Gov. Larry Hogan (R) lift stay-at-home restrictions. Many drove in their vehicles and honked their horns as their form of civil disobedience.

Michigan

In Friday’s “Operation Gridlock” protest in Lansing, Michigan, a couple thousand demonstrators displayed their ire for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), and her restrictive stay-at-home order. Whitmer threatened to extend stay-at-home orders if the people continued to engage in “irresponsible actions,” such as protests.

Minnesota

Waving their American flags, several hundred protesters gathered outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday demanding that the state re-open.

New Hampshire

On Saturday, a few hundred people organized outside the New Hampshire State House in an effort to convince politicians to re-open the state. Protestors held signs that read: “Live Free or Die,” “Restore Jobs,” and “Kiss My Constitution.”

New Jersey

A New Jersey woman who organized an anti-lockdown protest in Newark on Friday was charged with violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) stay-at-home orders.

North Carolina
On Tuesday, a rally was staged outside of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh where protestors demanded that Gov. Roy Cooper (D) allow businesses to re-open. One woman was detained.

Ohio

In Columbus, demonstrators congregated outside the statehouse, where they pressured the governor to re-open the state for business. Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said he was not opposed to protests as long as demonstrators did not violate social distancing guidelines.

Texas

There was a “Liberate” rally at the Governor’s mansion and Capitol building in Austin on Thursday. Protestors chanted “Let us work,” “We are essential,” and “Open Texas Up.”

There were also chants of “Fire Fauci!” A message to President Donald Trump to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the lead health members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.


Utah

On Friday, more than 1,000 people showed up at the Salt Lake City & County Building for the “Utah Business Revival” rally.

Author: Paul Sacca

Source: The Blaze: Protests against stay-at-home orders erupt across the country from California to Michigan to New Jersey

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