Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Unemployment insurance

A pandemic is another terrible time to be poor

Pearl River     There’s no good time to be poor in America.  Not surprisingly, a pandemic bringing rampant disease and deaths in droves is a spectacularly bad time to be poor.  Some are even noticing the poor…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

With record-shattering unemployment, Sanders, Schumer, and Wyden ask Trump’s Labor Dept: ‘do you have a plan?’

“It is absolutely imperative that the millions of Americans who are eligible for unemployment benefits receive every dollar to which they are entitled as quickly as possible.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Common Dreams Wednesday, April 1…

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Posted in Coronavirus Editorial/opinon Letters News

Letter from Rez doctor: Navajo Nation in need of assistance

  Editor’s note: This letter to the public is written by a physician who has been working on the Navajo Nation and environs for 8 years. Many are feeling alone on the Navajo Nation right now,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Immigration News Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net Social Justice

Hospitals have left many COVID-19 patients who don’t speak English alone, confused and without proper care

One medical worker told us: “It takes 10 minutes of sitting on the phone to get an interpreter, and that’s valuable time when you’re inundated. So this utilitarian calculus kicks in. And the patients that are…

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A major medical staffing company just slashed benefits for doctors and nurses fighting coronavirus

Alteon Health, a staffing company backed by private-equity firm Frazier Healthcare Partners, will cut salaries, time off and retirement benefits for providers, citing lost revenue. Several hospital operators announced similar cuts. by Isaac Arnsdorf March 31,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Editorial/opinon Elders

Coronavirus means tough decision time for seniors, here are some thoughts from two

There is little time in this moment to think about “what might have been,” but for seniors like us there are now profound questions about what we do next. by James Adams, James Barker Editor’s note:…

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A Trilogy Evo portable ventilator from an instructional video on YouTube. (Obtained by ProPublica)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

Taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator for a pandemic. Instead, the company is selling versions of it overseas.

As coronavirus sweeps the globe, there is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator — developed with government funds — in the U.S. stockpile. Meanwhile, Royal Philips N.V. has sold higher-priced versions to clients around the…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Paying for coronavirus and medical debt

by Wade Rathke Pearl River    Ten percent of Americans have absolutely, flat-to-the-bone, no health insurance. Many others have Trump-plan insurance with high deductibles, covering nothing much at all, but maybe catastrophes up to certain lifetime…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care News Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

This VA hospital cited “misleading” data to restrict mask use for health care workers

Workers at a VA hospital in New Mexico have been told not to wear face masks in certain cases, even though earlier CDC guidance said masks can protect against spread of the coronavirus. by Bryant Furlow,…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Some changes the coronavirus should bring

Pearl River    In the Age of Trump and the Time of the Coronavirus, there seems to be constant speculation about what changes in our society, habits, and government might be permanent given our collective experience….

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Coconino County specimen collections site closed on Friday, Saturday, re-open Sunday

Flagstaff       Coconino County health officials are changing the location and hours of the drive-up COVID-19 specimen collection sites. Specimen collection sites will not be taking specimens on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care Safety Net The Conversation

Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during coronavirus – here are 7 specific things you can do, just for starters

by Basia Belza, University of Washington; Anita Souza, University of Washington, and Tatiana Sadak, University of Washington Older adults always need social connection, but they need it now more than ever. The novel coronavirus brings with…

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Posted in Analysis Op/Ed Public Policy The Conversation

The deadly polio epidemic and why it matters for coronavirus

    by  Carl Kurlander, University of Pittsburgh Wednesday March 25 The fear and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic may feel new to many of us. But it is strangely familiar to those who lived through…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Labor Recession While we were looking elsewhere

The Senate corporate bailout package is a ‘robbery in progress,’ warn critics

“It’s not a bailout for the coronavirus. It’s a bailout for twelve years of corporate irresponsibility.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As details of the Senate’s coronavirus stimulus plan slowly trickled in Wednesday, progressive critics characterized…

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Posted in Pro Publica Public Health Public Policy

Walmart was almost charged criminally over opioids. Trump appointees killed the indictment.

Even as company pharmacists protested, Walmart kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country’s opioid epidemic. A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning. Trump’s political appointees? Not so much. by Jesse Eisinger and…

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Posted in News Public Health Public Policy Safety Net While we were looking elsewhere

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 Business Common Dreams Economy Labor News Politics While we were looking elsewhere

#NotDying4WallStreet goes viral as progressives reject efforts to put corporate profits over public health

“We will not die for oligarchs’ quarterly profit margin.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As President Donald Trump and business elites suggest the U.S. public should go back to work in the midst of the worsening…

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‘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 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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Posted in Analysis Health While we were looking elsewhere

On the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic: A doctor’s view

The virus is exposing inadequacies in health systems all over the world, especially the U.S.’s abysmal health infrastructure. Health workers on the ground continue to provide care during the pandemic despite the severe lack of resources…

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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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