Virus takes toll on US military as it tries to aid civilians

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The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, with troops hunkering down to confront an enemy unlike anything they have encountered before.

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27.3.2020

The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, with troops hunkering down to confront an enemy unlike anything they have encountered before.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, and commanders and senior officials are bracing for worse. From nuclear missile fields at home to war zones abroad,...

OHSU hotline to answer COVID-19 questions “This is a historic event that will require a historic response,” Lengyel said. The Guard has been mobilized by every state governor and in three territories. In Washington, California and New York the federal government is footing the bill. As of Wednesday, more than 10,000 Guard members were on duty. The active-duty military also is helping, with three field hospitals deploying to New York and Washington, and Navy hospital ships expected in Los Angeles and New York. The Guard is chipping in with a range of expertise, including what it calls weapons of mass destruction teams that are helping set up drive-thru testing stations. No U.S. military member is known to have died from COVID-19, although infections are spreading. Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs, the top doctor on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday it appears highly likely that the spread inside the military will continue. Over the next three weeks, which he said is as far ahead as modeling data can reliably support a forecast, “we think we’re going to see this — no surprise — continue to grow.” His comment aligns with those of many others in the medical community and across the military, standing in contrast to President Donald Trump’s statements about starting to return the country to normalcy by Easter. As of Thursday, 280 of the 1.4 million-strong active duty force had been confirmed with the disease, up from 51 a week earlier. “Our curve is not flattening,” Friedrichs said. The virus has penetrated the Pentagon, but with modest impact thus far as Esper and Milley remain at work in the military headquarters. As a precaution, Esper and the deputy defense secretary, David Norquist, are being kept physically separated. On Monday, the building’s health risk alert level was raised a notch, and on Wednesday Esper ordered the higher alert level for all Defense Department sites worldwide. In a virtual town hall meeting with Defense Department employees, Esper on Tuesday said his top priority is protecting troops and their families, but he noted that the military cannot function free of risk. “You can’t do social distancing in a submarine or even a tank,” he said. Navy ships have stopped port visits abroad, except when resupply or maintenance requires it. On Thursday the Navy said eight sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt tested positive after the aircraft carrier made a port visit in Vietnam. A short time later, officials said the number was rising rapidly and was in the “dozens.” This was the first reported time the virus has struck a warship at sea. The carrier was being diverted to Guam on Thursday, and all 5,000 aboard are to be tested. In general, the virus has been slower to disable a generally younger and healthier military population. Not every ounce of normalcy has drained from the military establishment, but many of the problems and projects that dominated the defense scene just weeks ago have lost some of their immediacy — the ongoing battles against the Islamic State group, the drawing down of troops in Afghanistan, the stand-up of a Space Force, the grand plan for shifting the military’s focus toward China. This sudden shift has echoes of September 2001. One day before the terrorist attacks, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was making a public pitch for combating bureaucratic waste in the Pentagon, a campaign that fell to the wayside as the nation geared up for war against al-Qaida and the Taliban. Military commanders have been taking steps to protect and isolate key troops such as those on counterterrorism teams, security forces and air crews. Officials acknowledge growing concern about U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, where thousands of locals who had been in neighboring Iran have streamed back across borders. So far, no U.S. service member in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan is known to have tested positive for the virus, but a couple dozen have shown symptoms and are in isolation. Navy Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said two U.S. sailors tested positive in Bahrain earlier this week. Across the Mideast, about 1,500 U.S. troops are in precautionary quarantine. In Iraq, commanders have moved U.S.-led coalition troops off smaller bases and sent some out of the country after the Iraqi government suspended all military training. Though little discussed in public, the U.S. has made significant adjustments to ensure that the nation’s strategic nuclear forces — the bombers, submarines and land-based missiles that form the U.S. nuclear “triad” — remain at the ready. For example, airmen who operate and secure Minuteman 3 nuclear missiles on the Great Plains are doing longer tours in the missile fields and self-isolating afterward. The Navy has paused some phases of initial training for its elite SEAL force. Navy Capt. Tamara Lawrence, a spokeswoman for Naval Special Warfare Command, said an eight-week pause is affecting three training sections. She said early training that pushes new candidates to the limit was paused because the extremely strenuous requirements can risk affecting their immune systems. Lawrence said there is no current expectation that the pause will affect the Navy’s ability to fill its need for SEALs and the personnel who drive their boats. The Army’s specialized Green Berets are continuing field training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, although some classroom training has been shifted online. For most people, the new coronavirus 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 and death. AP NEWS Read more: The Associated Press

When you can't shoot the virus An 'enemy' they can't see or even really account for. Perfect. You speak as though plagues haven’t affected America before. Utter nonsense. The military is not helpless. Jesus Christ will protect his beloved chosen American warriors 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 We will be fine . Professional dedicated and driven.

U.S. Foils G-7 Consensus by Insisting on the Term ‘Wuhan Virus’: ReportThough Trump said he would stop referring to the “Wuhan virus,” his administration appears committed enough to the term to tank a statement on one of the most pressing crises in the post-war period

The virus could be more widespread in the US, and we need more testing, expert saysThe US hasn't conducted enough tests to know how widespread the coronavirus is, warned Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Honestly I just assume we all have it Ok, sweet dreams to you too It’s Trump’s fault. His cultists will disagree as they chug orange Koolaid.

G-7 failed to agree on statement after U.S. insisted on calling coronavirus outbreak ‘Wuhan virus’Despite criticism, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said it is important to point out that the virus came from the Chinese city. What. Is. Wrong. With. This. Administration. That is petty, shallow and disgusting.

G-7 Statement Stalled As U.S. Insists On Referring To Coronavirus As The ‘Wuhan Virus’'What the State Department has suggested is a red line,” one European official said. What a ridiculous country have we become. So embarrassing ! Good for the G7 .Too bad we have no one in the Trump Admin. with the brains and compassion to live in the real world. The 'Alternate Universe of Trump' is filled with liars, thieves and racists.

Fed’s Powell Says U.S. Must Get Virus Under Control Before Economy RestartsJerome Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, said during a rare TV interview that the United States “may well” be in a recession already, but that it should get the coronavirus under control before getting back to work We have been in a recession for quite some time. You kept lowering the interest rates to appease Trump, and keep the stock market from crashing until after the election. Even if corona virus disappears take time for normal life Gee, commonsense! Deal with the pandemic first before going back to work!

Fed's Powell says virus to dictate when U.S. economy reopensFed's Powell: U.S. may be in recession, control of virus to dictate timing of economy reopening China Virus ~ Trump's tightie whities after hearing this... Now the hard part convincing the idiot in the WH, that Easter may not work.



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