Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

CDC Director overheard on airplane condemning Trump Covid adviser’s misinformation

‘Everything He Says Is False’ Dr. Scott Atlas, a Trump adviser with no expertise in infectious diseases, “has been spreading misinformation for a long time,” said one epidemiologist. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 28…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Prisons Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Cruel and usual punishment for prisoners

by Wade Rathke September 26, 2020 Pearl River Just when you might think things can’t get any worse, it turns out you don’t know half of it. At least, that’s how I felt visiting with Professor…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment

Despite mass suffering, GOP senators prepare to leave town without approving Covid relief

“Trump and his Senate allies have found time to fast-track their SCOTUS plans while Americans are continuing to suffer without a new relief package.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, September 24 An additional 1.5 million…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Sick Leave Worker Safety

Dept. of Labor takes paid leave away from low wage healthcare workers

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   This is complicated, so hang with me, but here is what you need to know. Nursing home workers and other frontline healthcare providers like home health aides, and community home workers…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump says that the coronavirus ‘affects virtually nobody’

The virus has killed 200,000 and infected 7 million in the US “If you, or a family member, or a friend got sick or died of Covid-19, to Trump you are ‘virtually nobody.’” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

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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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ alarm career scientists

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News and JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News September 21, 2020 President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Public Health

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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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Coronavirus Evictions Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Rent Increases

The vultures are circling the housing market

by Wade Rathke September 21, 2020 New Orleans      Following right behind the crisis that tenants are facing with the eviction situation clouded in different courts and interpretations and no stimulus in the offing, mortgage holders…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Worker Safety

Foreign Masks, Fear and a Fake Certification: Staff at CSL Plasma Say Conditions at Donation Centers Aren’t Safe

Trump’s FDA authorized emergency use of plasma therapy for COVID-19, despite a lack of proof that it saves lives. Staff at CSL Plasma, an industry leader, raised alarms about faulty masks as donors flooded in, but…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Wild Fire

It’s tough to tell COVID from smoke inhalation symptoms — and flu season’s coming

by   Mark Kreidler,  KHN September 16, 2020 The patients walk into Dr. Melissa Marshall’s community clinics in Northern California with the telltale symptoms. They’re having trouble breathing. It may even hurt to inhale. They’ve got…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor News

Landslide vote by nurses in North Carolina delivers biggest hospital unionization win in US South in 45 years

“I’m so grateful this victory will allow us to be better advocates for our community,” one nurse said. by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Thursday, September 17 In what advocates are calling the biggest union victory at…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Journalism

Teens want COVID-19 advice that gives them safe ways to socialize – not just rules for what they can’t do

Social interaction can be risky during a pandemic, but it’s also important for young people’s development and mental health. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images by Tammy Chang, University of Michigan and Matthew Dunn, University of Michigan America’s teens…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Hightower

Beware corporate COVID propaganda

CEOs say they’re cutting their own pay in solidarity with laid off or hurting workers — only, not really. By Jim Hightower | Other Words September 16, 2020 COVID-19 has been a doubly-deadly disaster for millions…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Trump touts herd immunity approach to Covid that experts warn would kill millions

“He’s Describing a Massacre” “‘Herd immunity’ without a vaccine is deadly,” said one epidemiologist. “Trump’s idiocy on science is killing us.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 Insisting during a town hall Tuesday night…

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A U.S. Postal Service mailer that is being sent to millions of American households ahead of the November election. (Photo: PolitiFact)
Posted in Abuse of power Common Dreams Coronavirus Democracy Election Tampering News

Warning ‘patently false’ information ‘will sow confusion,’ federal judge blocks Postal Service from sending mailers to Colorado voters

“The USPS must stop sending misinformation to Colorado voters,” said Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Sunday, September 13 A federal judge late Saturday ordered the U.S. Postal Service to immediately…

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Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door session at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 14, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Investigations News While we were looking elsewhere

Leaked emails reveal effort by Trump aides to censor and alter CDC Covid reports behind closed doors

“A Trump stooge with a history of racist statements and no medical background is doctoring CDC reports warning Americans on Covid because they make Trump look bad.” — Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) by Jake Johnson, staff…

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A U.S. Postal Service mailer that is being sent to millions of American households ahead of the November election. (Photo: PolitiFact)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News USPS Voter suppression

States Warn Postal Service is sending misinformation about voting to millions of Americans

“Confusing voters about mail ballots in the middle of a pandemic is unacceptable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, September 12 Officials in Colorado, California, and Washington state on Friday were forced to publicly clarify local…

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Posted in Coronavirus Flagstaff City Government News

City announces Phase 3 of COVID reopening of City Hall and some facilities

by Meteor Staff Saturday, September 12 Flagstaff, AZ – The city of Flagstaff announced Friday that Phase 3 of its COVID-19 Reentry Plan will begin Monday, September 14. Jessica Drum, Public Affairs Director for the City…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News USPS

With integrity of election at stake, 14 states demand injunction to stop DeJoy’s sabotage of US Postal Service, mail-in voting

“With the national election less than two months away, we are seeking a judicial order protecting this critical government service.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week…

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was interviewed Friday by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. (Photo: MSNBC)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Fauci warns pre-pandemic normalcy not likely until ‘well into’ or ‘towards the end of 2021’

The public health expert also addressed the need to reduce cases headed into fall, halted vaccine trials, and reported attempts to “muzzle” him. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the number of confirmed…

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE Investigations News Reveal

‘We sent 500 tests. They don’t answer calls’: Inside ICE’s coronavirus testing disaster

Internal emails show ICE rebuffed New Mexico public health officials offering to help contain COVID-19. by Patrick Michels and Laura C. Morel Thursday, September 10 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for…

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Elizabeth Fischer uses an electron microscope to capture images of the coronavirus, which is about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.(COURTESY OF ELIZABETH FISCHER)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Race for the White House 2020

Most adults wary of taking any vaccine approved before the election

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News September 10, 2020 The public is deeply skeptical about any coronavirus vaccine approved before the November election, and only 42% would be willing to get a vaccine in that scenario, according…

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New Yorkers in need line up to receive free produce during a Pop-Up Food pantry event hosted by Food Bank For New York City at Barclays Center on September 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows nearly half in US suffering serious economic hardship—and situation ‘going to get worse’

“There is nothing for the people we surveyed who earn under $100,000 a year to fall back on.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the United States endures its six month of the…

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