5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: April 29

Another Wednesday, another week, half gone. We are close to officially ending April, and I suppose that everyone in CivMix Land is also excited to formally putting this month behind us.

It has been an exceptionally long and hard month, unlike anything any of us has lived through before, and also – I’m fairly certain – not an experience we want to repeat.

With many states looking towards the future and planning for re-openings, it seems like things will be looking up for May.

That will be a very welcome change to all of us, as no matter how slowly and intermittently the states and country as a whole reopen; every minuscule step forward is still forward motion. I am excited about each one of those steps, no matter how big or how small.

Well, time to get down to what happened today while we were all working the time away.

1) Lead infectious disease expert in the U.S. and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Dr. Anthony Fauci has joined in President Trump’s celebration of the Remdesivir drug trial. So far, the test is showing promising results.

One of the positives that Dr. Fauci cited is the possibility that with Remdesivir, recovery time for those suffering from COVID-19 could be drastically reduced. So far, the results show a reduction in duration of the illness and point to the possibility that it could help to reduce the overall mortality rate.

This trial has been performed internationally, with 22 countries and 1,063 patients involved. The first patient in the trial was a former passenger on the Diamond Princess. Dr. Fauci was allowed to preview the results that have been submitted for review to a medical journal, but has yet to be peer reviewed.

Most experts are telling the public to curb their excitement, hope, and optimism until the trial has been completed in full.

Per Dr. Fauci, the recovery time for most on the drug reduced by four days to 11. That, in accordance with the rest of the data, has led to the conclusion – that Dr. Fauci agrees with – that the drug trial shows that the virus can be “blocked” with drug intervention. He also stated that the mortality rate dropped 3 percent (from 11 percent to 8 percent), which is statistically insignificant, though certainly headed in the right direction.

2) Over the weekend, the National Health Service in England, and the Paediatric Intensive Care Society confirmed that they had seen small increases something known as Kawasaki Disease, which is a rare inflammatory condition, in young children.

Kawasaki causes the walls of the arteries to be inflamed, which will lead to a decrease of flow to the heart. The causes are unknown and are usually not fatal. The condition is affecting kids with COVID-19 specifically and is overlapping with toxic shock syndrome as well. Italy and Spain have also reported cases.

Here in the states, doctors at Stanford Children’s Hospital reported a case. They admitted a six-month-old baby to the hospital with Kawasaki Disease, and after admittance, they also diagnosed her with the novel coronavirus. However, this is a new trend, and experts are urging caution as they continue to monitor and study the situation.

3) Andrew Yang, who dropped out of the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, is suing his home state of New York for canceling its June 23 (already once rescheduled from April 28) primary. He filed the lawsuit late yesterday against the state Board of Elections.

Yang is Schenectady native and an entrepreneur who was running on a unique platform that included a call for universally based basic income, (which is something that others are now ironically discussing as a result of the pandemic). Yang’s idea was to give $1,000 a month to all adult Americans.

He dropped out at the beginning of February. Since then, he has tossed his endorsement to the last man standing, presumptive nominee Vice President Joe Biden, who, by the way, also has a New York connection, having graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law.

Yang is not attempting to reenter the race, but he is concerned about the precedent of canceling a primary. Voting is a fundamental American right that he says he feels should not be suspended or taken away.

4) The New York State Police have arrested a Glenville man who has been wanted since March of this year in Wilton. 53-year-old Eugene F. Wachtel was recognized when troopers were called to a shoplifting complaint at the Old Gick Road Walmart, and later found the vehicle tied to the incident.

Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers recognized Wachtel as wanted for multiple robberies tied to the beginning of March in Saratoga. He is being charged with many things, including three counts of Petit Larceny, three counts Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Burglary in the third degree.

He was arraigned by a Wilton Town Court Representative and was remanded without bail to the Saratoga County Jail. He is set to appear in both the Wilton Town Court and the Saratoga Springs City Court on May 5, 2020.

5) In Rotterdam, Fred Muscanell was given a parade for his 95th birthday by family, friends, and local emergency responders. This surprise helped to celebrate this significant milestone for this WWII veteran who fought with the 518th Port Battalion.

They gave him quite a celebration with horns honking and gifts being given. Overwhelmed, Muscanell showed his thanks with a salute for all.

That’s all for tonight, guys! Tomorrow, same time, same place.

Photo credit: George Fazio.

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