Seth Osborn with his father, Nathaniel Osborn, at their home in Jensen Beach, Florida. Credit: Saul Martinez for ProPublica
Posted in Coronavirus

A boy went to a COVID-swamped ER. He waited for hours. Then his appendix burst.

Non-COVID patients die waiting for emergency procedures and hospital beds because – non-vaxers are taking up the space by Jenny Deam, ProPublica September 15, 2021 ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom.  What first struck Nathaniel…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus News Wade Rathke

MASK REVOLT – really?!?

by Wade Rathke August 18, 2021 New Orleans f all of the revolts we might imagine in the fever dreams of our lives, the anti-mask rebellion has to be one for the comic books. Much of…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Jails Prisons

Correctional officers are driving the pandemic in prisons

New research shows correctional officers are vectors of infection, driving COVID-19 rates both inside prisons and in their communities.   While prison may isolate people from the larger community, it does not isolate them from COVID-19.  Scott…

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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 Coronavirus Investigations

Meatpacking industry fought feeble Covid-19 safeguards under Trump

“These documents show that the industry actively pushed back against the few steps the Trump administration took to try to ensure the safety of meatpacking workers and federal inspectors.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, March…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Rural America

Rural Americans in pharmacy deserts hurting for Covid vaccines

by Markian Hawryluk March 3, 2021 As the Biden administration accelerates a plan to use pharmacies to distribute covid-19 vaccines, significant areas of the country lack brick-and-mortar pharmacies capable of administering the protective shots. A recent…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

How inequity gets built into America’s vaccination system

People eligible for the coronavirus vaccine tell us they are running up against barriers that are designed into the very systems meant to serve those most at risk of dying of the disease. We plan to…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Grave warnings as Texas Gov. Abbott lifts Covid restrictions

‘Endangers the Entire Country and Beyond’ “Make no mistake: opening Texas prematurely will only lead to faster Covid spread, more sickness and overcrowding in our hospitals, and unnecessary deaths.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, February…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Economy Wade Rathke

No venues, no sales, no money

by Wade Rathke March 1, 2021 New Orleans   One week, we have the southern end of the polar vortex. The next week, it’s spring, while I’m still hacking away at freeze-damaged night-blooming jasmine, bougainvillea, and the…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News

Trump-appointed judge strikes down pandemic eviction moratorium

‘The CDC Must Appeal Immediately’ The pause on evictions was put in place to help stem the spread of Covid-19. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, February 26, 2021 A Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas on…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Sanders rips Netanyahu for sending Covid vaccines to foreign allies as Palestinians denied access

‘Outrageous’ The U.S. senator from Vermont denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for sending spare vaccines overseas “while so many Palestinians in the occupied territories are still waiting.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, February 25,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Wealth

As US mourns 500,000 lives lost, report shows billionaires added $1.3 trillion to their fortunes during pandemic

“It is unseemly that billionaires have experienced such gains as we mark a half a million lives lost and millions more who have lost their health, wealth, and jobs.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, February…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

Why we can’t make vaccine doses any faster

President Biden has promised enough doses for all American adults by this summer. There’s not much even the Defense Production Act can do to deliver doses before then. by Isaac Arnsdorf and Ryan Gabrielson February 21,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health

Sedentary and stressed? Get outside to improve health during COVID, experts advise

by James Paidoussis, Cronkite News Sunday, February 21, 2021 Phoenix     Nearly a year of isolation and widespread closures has harmed the mental and physical health of many Americans. But Arizona state parks saw record visitation over…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus

Masks off: Bill would allow Arizona businesses to ignore city, county mandates

by Victoria Hill, Cronkite News Thursday, February 18, 2021   Phoenix – A House committee has passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow Arizona business owners to decide whether to enforce mask mandates for employees and customers,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Hospitals

Dying on the waitlist

In Los Angeles County and around the country, doctors have had to decide who gets a lifesaving COVID-19 treatment and who doesn’t.  by David Armstrong and Marshall Allen Thursday, February 18, 2021 In early December, Miguel…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Racism White Privilege

AstraZeneca told to justify unequal vaccine pricing amid soaring profits

“Why is the global south paying more than rich countries for your #Covid19 vaccine?” Global Justice Now asks the pharmaceutical giant, which has pledged not to profit from the vaccine during the pandemic. by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus White Privilege

People over 75 are first in line to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The average Black person doesn’t live that long.

Prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 and up can leave out Black Americans, who tend to die younger than their white counterparts. In one majority-Black county, this age gap raises questions about how to make the…

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Posted in Coronavirus News

Fauci: Vaccines for kids as young as first graders could be authorized by September

For this to happen by the start of the next school year, trials need to prove the vaccine is safe and effective in children. Experts say manufacturers aren’t moving quickly enough, and that this is important…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News Unemployment

Lost jobs and rising hunger: St. Mary’s Food Bank shifts gears during COVID-19

We’re serving 1,000 families a day. That means we need a box of food for 4,000 people a day. This is why volunteers are very important. We have two volunteer shifts a day. One starts at…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

Why opening restaurants is exactly what the Coronavirus wants us to do

Governors continue to open indoor dining and other activities before vaccinations become widespread. Experts warn this could create superspreading playgrounds for dangerous variants and squander our best shot at getting the pandemic under control. by Caroline…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Health officials keep close eye as COVID-19 variants found in Arizona

by Jake Holter, Cronkite News Tuesday, February, 2, 2021   Health officials have confirmed that the UK variant of the coronavirus has been found in Arizona. Now what? For the time being, more of the same: mask,…

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Vaccinating the homeless: Some have received doses, others await their turn

by Leo Tochterman, Cronkite News Friday, January  29, 2021 Los Angles, Calif    — Clayton Foster was living out of his car when he contracted COVID-19. The 67-year-old knew he faced higher risks of death or severe…

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Arizona’s second state vaccine site opens, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

by Sabrina Kenoun, Cronkite News Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Phoenix      Arizona health officials on Monday opened the state’s second COVID-19 vaccination site, at ASU’s Phoenix Municipal Stadium, aiming to build on the success of the…

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