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Finally, some “cures” for the coronavirus. How to pick the best battered stocks.

The governor closed California. Everyone there is to stay home. He did this to stop the spread of the virus.

If there were widespread testing, we could identify everyone with the virus, quarantine only them and go on with our normal lives. About half of those people who have the disease don’t show any symptoms but they can still pass the virus on to their spouses, their children and the community. Hence the staying-at-home order.

We in the U.S. are desperately short of tests.

We are also desperately short of medical supplies for our hospitals, including ventilators.

Today, the president is invoking something called the Defense Production Act which will allow him to motivate companies to make the tests and the equipment the nation needs. This is good news.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo went on TV this morning to announce that he had signed an Executive Order Mandating Businesses to Decrease non-essential In-Office Workforce by 100 Percent. Watch a re-run of his press conference. It was very good.

This chart shows the industries being destroyed

All of these industries have seen their stock prices decimated in recent weeks.

A good investment strategy is to start from the bottom and work your way up, looking for bargains. For example, I can name one mortgage company currently yielding 30%. BXMT is now yielding 13.3%.

This will break your heart

These four members of the New Jersey Fusco family all died of the coronavirus.

For more, click here.

The “normal” flu kills more

The CDC figures that between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths annually since 2010 can be blamed on the flu. So far fewer than 300 people have died from the corona virus in the U.S.

To fight against getting the flu, you need a flu shot. I just had my booster shot. When you catch the flu, you can be treated with four FDA-approved antiviral drugs which are recommended by CDC to treat flu this season.

  • oseltamivir phosphate (available as a generic version or under the trade name Tamiflu®),
  • zanamivir (trade name Relenza®)
  • peramivir (trade name Rapivab®), and
  • baloxavir marboxil (trade name Xofluza®).

For more, check this CDC site. Click here.

There is no vaccine for Covid-19 and there is no cure. As you know. But…

Coronavirus cures not found on any CDC site — but found on the Internet

+ Drink bleach.

+ Blow-drying your throat will kill the virus.

+ The virus doesn’t affect black people. Hence change your race. There’s an app for that from a religious organization in the south.

+ Wash your hands in Tito’s vodka. Seems a shame to waste good vodka, however.

+ Don’t exercise. This way the virus won’t be able to move around your body.

+ Salt water. A preacher sprayed salt water into the mouths of 31 of his faithful.

He put the sprayer in their mouths. They all caught the coronavirus. Use this technique if you want to kill all your friends.

TV is stepping up to teach our kids

Try social distancing in the woods

Tom Hanks is my favorite actor

+ He survived 4 years on an island as a castaway

+ He spent a year in an airport without being able to leave

+ Caught AIDS in Philadelphia

+ He was in World War II and rescued Private Ryan

+ He went to Vietnam and rescued Lieutenant Dan

+ He was on a boat kidnapped by Somali pirates

+ He survived Apollo 13 trying to reach the Moon

+ He landed a Boeing on the Hudson River

If that son of a bitch dies of coronavirus, we are ALL f*ucked!

I saved the best one for last

See you Monday. — Harry Newton