Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Law

Why shielding businesses from coronavirus liability is a bad idea

by   Timothy D. Lytton, Georgia State University Congress may be close to a deal on another coronavirus bailout, but Senate Republican demands for liability protections for businesses remain a major obstacle. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Restart 2021

Bernie mobilizes progressive forces for direct cash stimulus

‘Not $300. Not $600. $1,200 at a Minimum’ “Corporate welfare? Endless amounts of money,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Now when children are going hungry in America and so many families are struggling, suddenly we don’t have…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus

Rich nations hoard vaccines while 90% of people in poor countries denied ‘escape route from pandemic’

“Unless something changes dramatically, billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for Covid-19 for years to come.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Nine out of…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Wade Rathke

Vaxxers unite!

by Wade Rathke December 9, 2020 New Orleans   Recently, I sat for my annual physical. I’m not sure, but I’ve probably seen my doctor annually now for the last twenty years. Eventually, you work out…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Wade Rathke

Will the rich and top dogs jump the vaccination line?

by Wade Rathke, December 2, 2020 Greenville   We’re about to have an interesting national test in the United States, and much of the world, that will determine exactly how unequal our societies really are, or,…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Restart 2021

Tlaib says lack of stimulus checks in bipartisan relief plan shows ‘disconnect’ between Senate and people

“There may not be bipartisan support for an additional check” among Republican and Democratic lawmakers, said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, “but there is support outside of Congress.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, December 1 Democratic Congresswoman…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

States with few coronavirus restrictions are spreading the virus beyond their borders

Lax states are attracting shoppers and students from stricter neighbors — and sending back COVID-19 cases. The imbalance underscores the lack of a national policy. by David Armstrong Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 For months after Washington…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

As US hospitalizations hit new record, Fauci warns pandemic not expected to ease for holidays

As travelers ignored warnings, Thanksgiving marked the 24th consecutive day of more than 100,000 new daily Covid-19 cases in the United States. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, November 27 After millions of people crowded into…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Wade Rathke

Mask protection

A lot of our brothers and sisters are at best flying half-masked. Many seem to believe that the mask is something similar to a chin guard, but I’m unclear what kind of helmet it’s holding up?…

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Posted in Aging Coronavirus Health The Conversation

These at-home exercises can help older people boost their immune system and overall health in the age of COVID-19

Staying active can be challenging, as many older adults are remaining at home most, if not all, of the time to avoid the novel coronavirus. As a result, the very changes in lifestyle that keep people…

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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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