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Tribal leaders face great need and don’t have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic

Leaders of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska voted to postpone the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly because of the pandemic. Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska by Kirsten Carlson, Wayne State University The…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health The Conversation

Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn’t enough…

…there needs to be a coordinated global strategy The UN Security Council has yet to hold a meeting on coronavirus. The World in HDR/Shutterstock.com by Nader Habibi, (Henry J. Leir Professor of Practice in Economics of…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Economy Environment Green New Deal Income Equality News Public Health Public Policy Wealth

‘Green Stimulus’ demanded to battle convergent crises of coronavirus, economic injustice, and climate emergency

The plan calls for spending at least $2 trillion on millions of green jobs, strategic investments to aid frontline communities, expanding public and employee ownership, and rapidly cutting carbon pollution.   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

No, it doesn’t cure you’re virus. Chloroquine phosphate will kill you, but Trump again touts unproven drug treatment

Despite Reports of Overdose Deaths, Trump Again Touts Unproven Drug Treatment for Coronavirus “How many more people will have to die?” by Jon Queally, staff writer President Donald Trump appeared at the White House daily briefing…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections

Quarter of a Million People Sign Petition to Congress; Nurses Union Demands OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers Monday, March 23, 2020 ational Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses, sent a petition to…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus ICE Immigration Justice News Public Health Public Policy

Coronavirus turning ICE detention into ‘death camps,’ groups rallying to free families, held around country

“ICE is making the pandemic more dangerous for everyone.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer As legal advocates filed an emergency suit on behalf of families and children detained by ICE, activists around the U.S. demonstrated against…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Nurses Public Health

Updated COVID-19 survey of Registered Nurses shows little improvement and worsening availability of personal protective equipment

By Meteor Staff A nationwide survey National Nurses United (NNU) has been conducting of registered nurses, the country’s frontline health care staff, continues to show that the vast majority of United States hospitals and health care…

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No, President Trump, the coronavirus is nothing like H1N1 swine flu either

The president has been comparing his administration’s handling of COVID-19 to the way President Barack Obama’s team dealt with the H1N1 outbreak. He is wrong. by Charles Ornstein March 19, 11:10 a.m. EDT As the coronavirus…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Public Health

How many Americans are really infected with the coronavirus?

Health care reporter Caroline Chen dug into the projections to learn what to make of them. Forecasts are fuzzy, but the takeaway is clear: Stay home. by Caroline Chen March 18, 5 a.m. EDT There’s a…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration Labor News Public Health Reveal

How federal agencies put immigrants and immigration workers at risk amid coronavirus

By Patrick Michels, Laura C. Morel and Aura Bogado / March 17, 2020 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay…

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Posted in Health Public Health Science The Conversation

On the front lines of developing a test for the coronavirus

By David Pride, University of California San Diego March 16, 2020 “That escalated quickly!” is a common trope used in popular culture to describe when a situation gets out of hand before you’ve even had a…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

No matter what some public officials say, the message you need to hear Is “Stay Home”

Mixed messaging from all levels of government is putting Americans at risk and will speed the spread of the coronavirus. No matter what politicians say, public health experts agree. Stay home, even if you feel fine….

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Public Health Public Policy Sick Leave Wade Rathke

Some political issues around health should be settling now

Pearl River   Yes, we’re all tired of hearing about covid-19 and our powerlessness to protect ourselves, our federal government’s incompetence, our local government’s uncertainty, and the general chaos. On the other hand, perhaps the virus this…

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Posted in Courts & Environment Justice News Public Health Toxic Chemicals Water

Court approves settlement requiring EPA rules on most dangerous chemical spills

Saturday, March 14 The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a coalition of community and environmental organizations, including the Environmental Justice…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Homelessness News Public Health Public Policy Safety Net The Conversation

Coronavirus could hit homeless hard, and that could hit everyone hard

Michael Cousineau, University of Southern California As the number of cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, continues to grow, the nation is on edge. Doctors and scientists do not know what percentage of…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus economic justice Food News Public Health Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Safety Net

Trump moves to take Food Stamps from over a million people

“Really it’s a cruel rule, taking food out of the mouths of hungry individuals.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, CommonDreams The Trump administration announced this week that it has no plans to scrap—or, at the very…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus economic justice Labor Labor News Public Health Safety Net Sick Leave

Jeff Bezos, Whole Foods wants workers to pay for colleagues’ sick leave during coronavirus pandemic

“Absolute bullshit. With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe.” by Jon Queally, staff writer   When progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders say “now…

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Posted in Coronavirus Council meetings Flagstaff Health Health Health Care News Public Health

Precautions coming about in Flagstaff and region, some closings, so far no local infections

Cheng asked students to consider staying in Flagstaff or on campus for spring break NAU, and CCC announces closures and redesigning most classes for online access. Thursday Mayor Coral Evans declared City Council chambers are no…

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Posted in Coronavirus Emergency Responders Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy Safety Net

Emergency Medical Responders have lacked guidance and are stretched for supplies and personnel to combat coronavirus

Key direction from the CDC on how to protect emergency responders came after the first American case and the exposure of at least one firefighter. It’s yet another example of a fragmented and halting response at…

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Posted in Coronavirus National News Public Health Public Policy Safety Net Utilities Water

Some towns still haven’t halted utility shut-offs for unpaid water bills during coronavirus, even as federal lawmakers demand it

While some municipalities with only a few cases of the coronavirus have stopped disconnecting water service for residents with overdue bills, a few utility companies at the coronavirus epicenter in Washington have made no such promises….

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Note: The map shows the known locations of coronavirus cases by county. Circles are sized by the number of people there who have tested positive, which may differ from where they contracted the illness. Some people who traveled overseas were taken for treatment in California, Nebraska and Texas. Sources: State and local health agencies, hospitals, C.D.C. Data as of 7:50 a.m. E.T., Mar. 13.
Posted in Coronavirus Medicaid News Public Health Public Policy

Trump blocking states from expanding Medicaid in response to coronavirus

“Not even a global pandemic will stop dead-eyed right-wing extremists from trying to eviscerate the social safety net.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As states across the U.S. struggle to contain the novel coronavirus and treat…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Care National News Public Health Public Policy

CDC head to commit to free coronavirus testing

“We live in a world where 33% of Americans put off medical treatment last year, and we have $1,133 expense just for testing for the coronavirus.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Democratic firebrand Rep. Katie Porter…

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Posted in Business Coronavirus Health News Public Health Sick Leave

Will sick leave protect me if I get ill from coronavirus? 5 questions answered

By Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon Monday, March 9, 2020 Editor’s note: In the coming weeks and months, an outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States could leave workers scrambling to figure out what happens…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Health National Public Health The Conversation

How big will the coronavirus epidemic be? An epidemiologist updates his concerns

By Maciej F. Boni, Pennsylvania State University Monday, March 9 The Harvard historian Jill Lepore recounted recently in The New Yorker magazine that when democracies sink into crisis, the question “where are we going?” leaps to…

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