Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump skips G20 pandemic preparedness meeting as Covid-19 cases surpass 12 million in US

“The president is not only missing from his post, but he’s encouraging a mutiny.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Saturday, November 21, 2020 After briefly attending the virtual G20 summit from the White House’s Situation Room…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Take it from an expert: Fauci’s hierarchy of safety during COVID

Elisabeth Rosenthal Thursday, November 19, 2020 As a health journalist, a physician and a former foreign correspondent who lived through SARS in Beijing, I often get questions from friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

People proving to be weakest link for apps tracking COVID exposure

  Rae Ellen Bichell November 19, 2020 The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus

Funded by public, promising Moderna results bolster global call for #PeoplesVaccine

‘It Should Belong to Humanity’ “It’s time for companies to live up to their human rights responsibilities and ensure the widest possible access to their innovations.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, November 16, 2020 A…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Right Wing Militias

Michigan Governor rebukes Trump aide’s call for uprising over Covid-19 measures

“I’m Not Going to Be Bullied” “Actual public health professionals do not incite violence in response to guidelines or policy that they disagree with. The purpose of public health is to help people, not endanger them.”…

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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 Analysis Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Most states aren’t ready to distribute the leading COVID-19 vaccine, including Arizona

A review of state distribution plans reveals that officials don’t know how they’ll deal with the difficult storage and transport requirements of Pfizer’s vaccine, especially in the rural areas currently seeing a spike in infections. by…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Medicine

Clots, strokes and rashes: is COVID a disease of the blood vessels?

by Will Stone Friday, November 13, 2020 Whether it’s strange rashes on the toes or blood clots in the brain, the widespread ravages of COVID-19 have increasingly led researchers to focus on how the novel coronavirus…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Hospitals News Pro Publica

The Enraging Deja Vu of a Third Coronavirus Wave

Health care workers don’t need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and for us to stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases, none of that is happening. by Caroline Chen There’s a…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2021

Biden health adviser has a plan to get pandemic under control and revive economy: Pay people to stay home for 4-6 weeks

The government “could pay for a package right now” to cover economic losses—making it possible to curb Covid-19 transmission without increasing the financial suffering associated with shutting down commerce, said epidemiologist Michael Osterholm. by Kenny Stancil,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed OtherWords Poor Peoples Campaign

After Boosting Low-Income Voter Turnout, Poor People’s Campaign Mobilizes for Covid Relief

People did not turn out in record numbers in the midst of a pandemic to vote for a return to normal. They want policy change based on a moral agenda. by Sarah Anderson, Margot Rathke Tuesday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Evictions News Rent Freeze

Amid deadly and intensifying pandemic, and massive unemployment, Kushner-owned company moves to evict hundreds of tenants

“We don’t need slumlords running our country—we need to cancel rent and ensure that housing is a human right.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, November 5 An apartment company co-owned by President Donald Trump’s senior…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

With all eyes on election results, experts horrified as Covid-19 hits new record

‘This Is a Tsunami… Pay Attention’ “I dreaded this day… Historic and unprecedented abandonment of the American people.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, November 5 With much of the nation’s attention understandably consumed by developments…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment

After installing Barrett, McConnell adjourns Senate for recess with no Covid relief in sight

“Small business owners, workers, and families are desperate for support—and lawmakers and the president abandoned them in order to focus on jamming through a historically non-transparent and extreme Supreme Court pick.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Coronavirus Justice News

Neko Wilson released in landmark Arizona case

Despite a unanimous ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals that Wilson has been held illegally since July 2019, it has taken months to reach Tuesday’s final decision allowing him to walk free yesterday. by  Levi…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation

COVID-19 causes some patients’ immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illness

More than half of the 52 patients in the study tested positive for autoantibodies. In patients with the highest levels of c-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) in the blood, more than two-thirds displayed evidence that…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health News The Conversation

An epidemiologist explains the new CDC guidance on 15 minutes of exposure and what it means for you

Despite the change, most public health professionals have been clear for months that there is nothing magic about six feet. In the same way, there is nothing magic about 15 minutes. These should be used as…

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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 News Race for the White House 2020

With 220,000+ dead from Covid-19 on his watch, Trump says ‘not much’ he would do differently

“Now 225,000 dead Americans, virus spread raging, millions out of work, an economy spiraling down, and Trump today says he’d do the same things all over again.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 22 More…

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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 Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Policing

DEA’s latest salvo in failed US war on drugs

“Project Safeguard” “It is astonishing that in the midst of a pandemic and calls for police reform, the DEA is using the same old heavy-handed tactics to address a public health issue.” by Andrea Germanos, staff…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics

Trump officials weigh deep funding cuts to Covid-19 relief, newborn screenings in Democrat-led cities

“Besides shameless graft, Trump’s central agenda is tormenting the people who didn’t vote for him.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Documents obtained by Politico reveal that the Trump White House is weighing millions…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Rushing Barrett confirmation McConnell pushes Senate to ignore Covid relief taks

 “Mitch McConnell is rushing to steal a Supreme Court seat before the election. Senate Republicans would rather help him do it than help millions of Americans.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Senate Majority…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Insurance Unemployment Wealth

Billionaire wealth has surged by $931 billion during seven months of pandemic, economic collapse

‘The Gilded Age is here again’ “The juxtaposition between surging billionaire wealth and the imploding livelihoods of ordinary Americans is grotesque and unseemly.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Over just the past seven…

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