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Demands for answers as CDC abruptly deletes guidance on airborne spread of coronavirus

“Very likely a scandal.” We need an explanation. Is there more political interference at play?” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 21 Experts and lawmakers are demanding answers and warning of further political meddling at…

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US death toll hits grim 200,000 milestone, Trump gives himself “A+” on Covid-19 response

“Trump and his cowardly enablers, they all have blood on their hands,” said an activist who lost his father to Covid-19. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 21, 2020 As the U.S. Covid-19 death toll…

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What a smoky bar can teach us about the ‘6-foot rule’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

How smoke moves inside a bar or outside in fresh air can help in visualizing how the coronavirus spreads. Shironosova/Getty Images Plus by Byron Erath, Clarkson University; Andrea Ferro, Clarkson University; Goodarz Ahmadi, Clarkson University, and Suresh…

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As threat of Valley Fever grows beyond the Southwest, push is on for vaccine

by Jim Robbins, KHN September 4, 2020 One New Year’s Day, Rob Purdie woke up with a headache that wouldn’t quit. Vision problems, body aches and a slight fever followed. At the emergency room, the Bakersfield,…

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Covid-19 Task Force reports withheld from public reveal Trump knew of threats as he spread lies

‘White House Cover-Up’ We already suspected this but now the documents are public. “Rather than being straight with the American people and creating a national plan to fix the problem, the president and his enablers kept…

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Health experts horrified as new Trump Covid-19 adviser pushes ‘herd immunity’ strategy that could kill 2 million Americans

“It’s not edgy, contrarian,” one public health expert said of the “herd immunity” approach. “It’s dangerous and terrifying.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, August, 31 A top White House coronavirus adviser brought on earlier this…

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A crowd at the Fremont Street Experience, a Las Vegas pedestrian mall frequented by tourists, on July 10. (Bridget Bennett/The New York Times via Redux)
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Cellphone data shows how Las Vegas is “gambling with lives” across the country

Las Vegas casinos, open for months now, are a likely hotbed for the spread of COVID-19. For many reasons, contact tracing has proved next to impossible as tourists return to homes across the U.S. by Marshall…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Public Health Restart 2020

Rapid and reckless reopenings not only bad for public health—but the economy too

Analysis “There is no way around it: getting the economy back on track means controlling the pandemic.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, August 7 An analysis published in Forbes this week—just ahead of Friday’s federal…

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New ACLU analysis of crime data shreds GOP’s argument against decarceration during pandemic

“With additional decarceral efforts, many further infections can be prevented in the… cities analyzed and many others.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 27 An ACLU report released Monday uses data from 29 locations across…

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Texas is a mess

by Wade Rathke Wichita Falls   For years signs along the Texas highways, bumper stickers, and just about everything else proudly declared, “Don’t Mess with Texas.” It was classic Texas. Designed to stop litter with a chest-thumping…

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The Constitution doesn’t have a problem with mask mandates

A protester during an anti-mask rally on July 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, against the mayor’s mask order and the governor’s extension of the state shutdown. Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images by John E. Finn, Wesleyan…

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How to understand COVID-19 numbers

Viewed in isolation or presented without context, coronavirus numbers don’t always give an accurate picture of how the pandemic is being handled. Here, ProPublica journalists Caroline Chen and Ash Ngu offer insight on how to navigate…

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Children in an elementary school class wear masks and sit as desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
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US teachers and pediatricians demand major Federal investment in schools to allow for safe reopening

“It’s incredible to me that the federal government would see the necessity of bailing out airlines and banks and not see the need to do something similar for the public schools in this country,” said one…

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US Covid infection rate hits record high for 27th straight day

Fears of Going ‘Through Hell Again’ “With American lives on the line, the question now is whether members of the Republican Party will continue to stand by in silence as the President peddles fiction about a…

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The prison was built to hold 1,500 inmates. It had over 2,000 Coronavirus cases.

Prison overcrowding has been quietly tolerated for decades. But the pandemic is forcing a reckoning. by Dara Lind Thursday, June 18, 11 am. MST Jason Thompson lay awake in his dormitory bed in the Marion Correctional…

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Pedestrians walk past customers sitting outside at a bar in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., on Monday, May 11, 2020. Restaurants and coffee shops can start offering dine-in service while limiting occupancy and checking employees for Covid-19 symptoms before their shifts, Azcentral reported. Photographer: Cheney Orr)
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Health experts link rise in Arizona COVID cases to end of stay-at-home order

Before Arizona lifted its stay-at-home order, only about 5% of COVID-19 tests registered as positive. On Monday, that number was around 16%. by Will Stone Tuesday, June 16, 2020 With new daily coronavirus cases rising in at least…

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Emily Brown was director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in Colorado until May 22, when the county commissioners fired her after battling with her over coronavirus restrictions. “They finally were tired of me not going along the line they wanted me to go along,” she says. (Photo by Theresa Anselmo/Courtesy of Emily Brown)
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Public health officials face wave of threats, pressure amid coronavirus response

by Lauren Weber and Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press June 12, 2020 Emily Brown was stretched thin. As the director of the Rio Grande County Public Health Department in rural Colorado,…

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New coronavirus hot spots emerge across South and in California, as Northeast slows, cases up in Arizona

By the end on June 9th Arizona Cases totaled 28,296 an increase of 4,000 cases in 3 days. by Martha Bebinger, WBUR and Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio and Jackie Fortiér, KPCC June 10, 2020 Mass…

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Tear gas is way more dangerous than police let on — especially during the coronavirus pandemic

In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, law enforcement agencies have used tear gas in especially dangerous ways. The chemical agent also seeps into homes, contaminates food, furniture, skin and surfaces, and can cause long-term lung…

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Employees at one Nike facility were given face masks like the one above. (Obtained by ProPublica and MLK50)
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Nike turned away a public health official from Its warehouse days after a worker with COVID-19 died

The Health Department received a complaint that a Nike warehouse wasn’t being cleaned thoroughly or allowing for social distancing. Its inspector wasn’t allowed inside. Twenty-one workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Nike’s Memphis locations. by…

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Total number of cases pass 4,000 on Navajo Reservation

90 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths reported as Navajo Nation surpasses all states in testing WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.   The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo…

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Cell data reveals right-wing lockdown protesters spreading Covid-19

“The behavior we’re seeing at protests carries a high risk of infection,” said Dr. Rob Davidson, an emergency care physician and executive director of the Committee to Protect Medicare.   by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday,…

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‘150,000 Americans sacrificed for the stock market’: Kushner reportedly advised less Covid-19 testing to calm Wall Street

“Kushner’s advice did nothing to prevent a market crash, and it’s likely that the administration’s refusal to act in time only threw the economy into more chaos.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, May 14 President…

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Continuing to push for reopening of economy, White House takes extra precautions as two staffers test positive for Coronavirus

“The do what I say, not what I do, mindset at the White House continues.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, May 10 Reports of at least two positive coronavirus cases among White House employees in…

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