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Majority of Americans reject ‘Astroturf’ anti-lockdown protests, say social distancing orders Must Remain in Place to Fight Pandemic

Only 13% of respondents to a CBS survey said they would return to public spaces in the next few weeks if their cities and states encouraged them to do so. by Julia Conley, staff writer Despite…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

NYC Mayor and Health Officials misled public about plans to move COVID-19 patients into nursing home, advocates say

Lawmakers have also written that they are “deeply concerned” about the situation at a Roosevelt Island facility and the possibility that the coronavirus may be spreading from COVID-19 patients to long-time nursing home residents. by A.C….

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health The Conversation

Hand-washing and distancing don’t have tangible benefits – so keeping up these protective behaviors for months will be tricky

Another reason to reconsider rush to open the gates. by Gretchen Chapman, Carnegie Mellon University and George Loewenstein, Carnegie Mellon University In recent weeks, Americans in many states appear to have successfully begun to “flatten the…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Public Health

‘It’s not over until it’s over’: 5 things to know about hitting the COVID-19 peak

Lowering the number of new cases is important, but it doesn’t mean the virus is disappearing. It suggests instead that social distancing has slowed the spread of the disease and elongated the course of the pandemic,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health Public Policy Reveal

Dozens of grocery store workers have died. Here’s what workers say their employers did wrong.

Scores of workers said store managers at some of the largest grocery stores in the country – including Kroger, Walmart and Whole Foods Market – implemented policies that effectively incentivize sick and at-risk workers to report…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Environment Public Health Public Policy The Revelator Water

Pandemic shines a light on critical water issues — 40% of the Navajo Nation lacks running water, will Congress fund solutions?

Clean water is essential during the COVID-19 health crisis, but so far Congress hasn’t directed funds to help water utilities or stop water shutoffs in low-income households. 40% of the Navajo Nation lacks running water by…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

In Seattle health officials recommended canceling events with 10-50 people. Then 33,000 fans attended a Major League soccer game.

As COVID-19 fears grew, public officials and sports execs contemplated health risks — and debated a PR message — but let 33,000 fans into a Seattle Sounders soccer match, emails show. by Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, and…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

Coronavirus advice from abroad: 7 lessons America’s Governors should not ignore as they reopen their economies

We spoke to frontline experts from around the globe and have compiled a list of recommendations for reopening U.S. states. Their consensus? It’s tough to find policies that simultaneously save lives and livelihoods. by Stephen Engelberg,…

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Posted in Analysis Public Health The Conversation

1918 flu pandemic killed 12 million Indians, and British overlords’ indifference strengthened the anti-colonial movement

Cremation on the banks of the Ganges river, India. Keystone-France via Getty Images by Maura Chhun, Metropolitan State University April 17, 2020 In India, during the 1918 influenza pandemic, a staggering 12 to 13 million people…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Culture Literature Public Health The Conversation

The Decameron: How the rich reacted to the bubonic plague has eerie similarities to today’s pandemic

Franz Xavier Winterhalter’s ‘The Decameron’ (1837). Heritage Images via Getty Images Kathryn McKinley, University of Maryland, Baltimore County The coronavirus can infect anyone, but recent reporting has shown your socioeconomic status can play a big role,…

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Postal Workers say USPS isn’t telling them when colleagues test positive for COVID-19, despite promising to

The CDC says people who have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine. Many postal workers say they have no way of knowing if that’s them. by Maryam Jameel April 14, 10:40 a.m. EDT The U.S. Postal…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Public Health Wade Rathke

On the job: essential workers die first

New Orleans   The reports of pandemic deaths of essential workers are harrowing. A lot of attention, deservedly, has been given to healthcare workers of all kinds who are living and breathing the virus in emergency…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Kaiser Health News Public Health

Millennial Zeitgeist: Attitudes about Covid-19 shift as cases among young adults rise

“Young people are equally at risk of becoming infected and spreading [the coronavirus] to others who then become infected,” said Denis Nash, a professor of epidemiology at The City University of New York School of Public…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Poverty Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net

Early data shows African Americans Have contracted and died of coronavirus at an alarming rate

No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates. Here’s what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race…

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Flagstaff coronavirus shorts

by Meteor Staff Thursday, April 2, As government response to the coronavirus outbreak increases, there’s news to report on many levels that affects northern Arizonans and our business community. Grand Canyon closes. Late yesterday afternoon, the…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net Social Justice

Hospitals have left many COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English alone, confused and without proper care

One medical worker told us: “It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Care Public Health Safety Net The Conversation

These groups are among the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Chen Reis, University of Denver and Lynn Lawry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences March 31 How is the COVID-19 crisis impacting the most vulnerable among us? Tens of millions of Americans fit that…

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Ducey issues stay-at-home order for Arizona beginning 5 PM Tuesday

Gov. Doug Ducey orders Arizona stay-at-home as number of coronavirus cases increases by Meteor Staff Monday, March 30 3:30 PM MST Flagstaff     Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order for Arizonans beginning 5 PM…

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Taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator for a pandemic. Instead, the company is selling versions of it overseas.

As coronavirus sweeps the globe, there is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator — developed with government funds — in the U.S. stockpile. Meanwhile, Royal Philips N.V. has sold higher-priced versions to clients around the…

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‘It’s like a sick experiment’: Arizona lags behind as states order residents to stay home

Editors note: a little after noon on Monday Gov Ducey issues a stay at home proclamation. Read that story here… Despite hundreds of Covid-19 cases, governor has refused to order shelter-in-place and has barred localities from…

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This VA hospital cited “misleading” data to restrict mask use for health care workers

Workers at a VA hospital in New Mexico have been told not to wear face masks in certain cases, even though earlier CDC guidance said masks can protect against spread of the coronavirus. by Bryant Furlow,…

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Coconino County specimen collections site closed on Friday, Saturday, re-open Sunday

Flagstaff       Coconino County health officials are changing the location and hours of the drive-up COVID-19 specimen collection sites. Specimen collection sites will not be taking specimens on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March…

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Posted in Coconino County Health News Public Health

County COVID-19 response exhausting resources and supplies

County requests support and supplies from federal and state government to continue response  By Meteor Staff Sunday March 22, 9 AM MST An unexpected demand for COVID-19 tests has already found county officials scraping the bottom…

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Walmart was almost charged criminally over opioids. Trump appointees killed the indictment.

Even as company pharmacists protested, Walmart kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country’s opioid epidemic. A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning. Trump’s political appointees? Not so much. by Jesse Eisinger and…

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