Posted in Coronavirus News Public Health

WHO declares Covid mutation found in India a ‘variant of concern’ for global health

“I think what we’re seeing is more transmissible,” said WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, May 10, 2021 The World Health Organization on Monday classified a coronavirus mutation first detected in…

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Posted in News Safety Net

In contrast to Republican leaders AOC helps raise $1 million in direct relief for Texans in crisis

“AOC helped raise $1 million for Texas relief as Ted Cruz made his way back home from Cancún.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 19, 2021 As Sen. Ted Cruz rushed back to Texas on…

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Posted in Arizona News Safety Net SNAP benefits

As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

EDS: An earlier version of this story misstated, in the second graf, the number of SNAP-eligible people who actually received the benefit in 2017. The Census Bureau said one in six who were eligible did not…

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Posted in Analysis Biden Administration Business Public Policy

The return of the Regulators

Like them or revile them, federal agencies seem poised to regain some of their traditional powers under the new administration. But it’s not clear how far President Biden wants them to go. by Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Safety Net

Susan Collins, supporter of $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich, claims $1,400 survival checks not ‘targeted’ enough

“Susan Collins didn’t care so much about the ‘rich people getting more than they need’ issue when it was massive upper income tax cuts on the table.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, January 25, 2021…

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Posted in Coronavirus Public Health

Covid vaccine rollout leaves most older adults confused where to get shots

by Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Friday, January 22, 2021 Over a month into a massive vaccination program, most older Americans report they don’t know where or when they can get inoculated for covid-19, according to…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Policy

Restrictions on the South Texas border were meant to protect people from COVID-19. Then the handcuffs came out.

Governments along the Texas-Mexico border took a hard line to limit COVID-19’s spread. Police were key to the public health response, resulting in hundreds jailed and nearly 2,000 people ticketed. by Vianna Davila and Ren Larson…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health

Vaccinating Black Americans is essential. Key states aren’t doing the work to combat hesitancy

States and the federal government also don’t reliably collect data so we won’t have a good idea of whether the vaccine is reaching these critical populations. by Caroline Chen, Ryan Gabrielson and Topher Sanders Though African…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net

Abysmal jobs report puts new pressure on McConnell for Covid relief

‘One Person Standing in the Way’ “Instead of passing a relief bill, Senate Republicans have been confirming judge after judge—filling the federal bench while Americans fill hospitals across the country.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

States with few coronavirus restrictions are spreading the virus beyond their borders

Lax states are attracting shoppers and students from stricter neighbors — and sending back COVID-19 cases. The imbalance underscores the lack of a national policy. by David Armstrong Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 For months after Washington…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

As US hospitalizations hit new record, Fauci warns pandemic not expected to ease for holidays

As travelers ignored warnings, Thanksgiving marked the 24th consecutive day of more than 100,000 new daily Covid-19 cases in the United States. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, November 27 After millions of people crowded into…

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Posted in Aging Analysis Kaiser Health News Safety Net

Starving Seniors: how America fails to feed its aging

Millions of seniors across the country quietly go hungry as the safety net designed to catch them frays. Nearly 8% of Americans 60 and older were “food insecure” in 2017. Laura Ungar and Trudy Lieberman September…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

Rapid testing is less accurate than the Government wants to admit

Rapid antigen testing is a mess. The federal government pushed it out without a plan, and then spent weeks denying problems with false positives. by Lisa Song  Monday, November 16 The promise of antigen tests emerged…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

The Elders call for surge in global cooperation to combat ‘current disarray’ set off by Covid-19, climate crisis

“Covid-19 has placed unprecedented strain on the multilateral system and cruelly exposed its failings. A fresh approach is urgently needed in 2021 with an unrelenting focus on justice and equality.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons Public Health

ACLU sues Trump Admin. to obtain key records on federal handling of Coronavirus pandemic in prisons

The suit seeks “the immediate release of improperly withheld agency records related to federal government’s failed response to the spread of Covid-19 in prisons in jails.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 The American…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Public Health

Older COVID patients battle ‘brain fog,’ weakness and emotional turmoil

by Judith Graham October 20, 2020 “Lord, give me back my memory.” For months, as Marilyn Walters has struggled to recover from COVID-19, she has repeated this prayer day and night. Like other older adults who’ve…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

As pandemic surges in US, Trump says ‘People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots’

“People are tired of a science-denying president that has allowed over 218,000 people to die from Covid,” responded Rep. Mark Pocan. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, October 19 Hours after bragging about his persistent refusal…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Public Health Toxic Chemicals

Exposure to man-made chemicals influences genes controlling aging, immune system and metabolism

Most genes in the human body can be disrupted by man-made chemicals.  Göran Andersson/Getty Images by  Alexander Suvorov, University of Massachusetts Amherst Sunday, October 18 Today humans are exposed to thousands of man-made chemicals. Yet the…

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Posted in Analysis Kaiser Health News Labor Public Health

Most home health aides ‘Can’t afford not to work’ — Even when lacking PPE

Home health aides flattened the curve by keeping the most vulnerable patients — seniors, the disabled, the infirm — out of hospitals. But they’ve done it mostly at poverty wages and without overtime pay, hazard pay,…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Public Health

Inside the fall of the CDC

How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus. by James…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

As Pelosi battles White House, Ro Khanna says Democrats can win morally—and politically

‘Millions of Real People’s Lives Are at Stake’ “It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act.” by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

‘Totally Under Control’: New, secretly-filmed documentary details Trump’s colossal Covid-19 failures

“We, the scientists, knew what to do for the pandemic response,” says former federal vaccine expert Dr. Rick Bright in the film. “It is time to lay our careers on the line and push back.” by…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health

279,700 extra deaths in US so far this year

A girl views the body of her father, who died of COVID-19, while mourners who can’t visit in person are onscreen. Joe Raedle/Getty Images News via Getty Images by  Ronald D. Fricker Jr., Virginia Tech The…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Race for the White House 2020

Trump White House embraces ‘fringe’ declaration pushing herd immunity

“It’s being presented as if it’s a major alternative view that’s held by large numbers of experts in the scientific community. That is not true.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Public health experts…

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