Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Lag in Coronavirus Research Puts Pregnant Women and Babies at Risk

After months of asserting pregnant women were not at high risk for the coronavirus, the CDC recently released a study with sobering findings for expectant mothers. Experts say the data gaps are almost as worrisome as…

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Data shows that Black Brazilians and Indigenous people are getting sick and dying at much higher rates.
Posted in Coronavirus First Nations News The Conversation

Judge orders Brazil to protect Indigenous people from ravages of COVID-19

Justice Luis Roberto Barroso gave the Brazilian government just three days to establish a crisis response team. The team must get check points installed on Indigenous lands – with military support if necessary – to prevent…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

US Covid infection rate hits record high for 27th straight day

Fears of Going ‘Through Hell Again’ “With American lives on the line, the question now is whether members of the Republican Party will continue to stand by in silence as the President peddles fiction about a…

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Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News Investigations News Pro Publica

The Indian Health Service wants to return 1 million KN95 masks it bought from a former White House official

The former official, Zach Fuentes, is refusing to take back the masks even though IHS said they did not meet FDA standards. His company’s lawyer says the IHS is trying to cancel the order for “political…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Justice

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

In Minneapolis, the memorial near the spot where George Floyd died while in police custody. Getty Images / Kerem Yucel by April Thames, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The…

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Posted in News Policing Pro Publica Public Health

Tear gas is way more dangerous than police let on — especially during the coronavirus pandemic

In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, law enforcement agencies have used tear gas in especially dangerous ways. The chemical agent also seeps into homes, contaminates food, furniture, skin and surfaces, and can cause long-term lung…

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Posted in Health Insurance Kaiser Health News News Private Insurance

How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance

Trump Care     by Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News May 20, 2020 Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance. The…

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Posted in Coronavirus Navajo Public Health

Total number of cases pass 4,000 on Navajo Reservation

90 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths reported as Navajo Nation surpasses all states in testing WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.   The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Navajo News Rez Life

As Covid-19 Devastates Navajo Nation, Doctors Without Borders Dispatches Team to Battle Outbreak

“You’re telling people, ‘Wash your hands for 20 seconds multiple times a day,’ and they don’t have running water.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, May 12 As the virus continues to lay bare systemic inequities…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Online Schooling The Conversation

Not all kids have computers – and they’re being left behind with schools closed by the coronavirus

  by  Morgan Polikoff, University of Southern California; Anna Rosefsky Saavedra, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and Shira Korn, University of Southern California May 8, The big idea Since…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care Kaiser Health News News

Eerie emptiness of ERs worries doctors as heart attack and stroke patients delay care

Will Stone and Elly Yu, KPCC May 7, 2020 The patient described it as the worst headache of her life. She didn’t go to the hospital, though. Instead, the Washington state resident waited almost a week….

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Posted in Children Coronavirus News The Conversation Youth

A mysterious illness is striking children amid the coronavirus pandemic

  by Mark Hicar, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Critically ill children have been ending up in intensive care units with shock-like symptoms in recent weeks, adding yet…

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Posted in Air Polution Coronavirus EPA News The Conversation

EPA decides to reject the latest science, endanger public health and ignore the law by keeping an outdated fine particle air pollution standard

Diesel emissions are a major source of fine particle pollution by H. Christopher Frey, North Carolina State University May 1, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown have temporarily produced clearer skies across the U.S. Meanwhile,…

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The Seattle Indian Health Board's Esther Lucero, left, and Abigail Echo-Hawk, right, with a box of body bags. (Photo: Seattle Indian Health Board)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus First Peoples News News

Body bags Instead of requested Covid-19 testing kits for Native American clinic seen as cruel metaphor

“Are we going to keep getting body bags or are we going to get what we actually need?” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, May 6 A Seattle-area Native American health center in April received body…

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American Airlines planes sit on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Photo by Nicole Neri | AZCIR)
Posted in AZ Center for Investigative Reporting Coronavirus News

COVID-19 cases surge at American Airlines ramps in Phoenix

COVID-19 cases surge at American Airlines ramps in Phoenix By Brandon Quester & Jude Joffe-Block Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Phoenix    At least 70 American Airlines ground crew workers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

Progressives call again for ‘Peoples Agenda’ with eyes towards next relief package

“No more waiting for ‘next time.’ Next time is now.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Sunday, April 3 As the Senate prepares to reconvene Monday, progressive organizations are encouraging people to put pressure on lawmakers to…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Undocumented workers

Los New Yorkers: Essential and Underprotected in the Pandemic’s Epicenter

In a city besieged, undocumented New Yorkers have been left outside public measures to help those impacted by the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, they weigh impossible choices: medical help and exposure, safety or sustenance. by…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Worker Safety

Workers and bosses are caught in a reopening Catch-22

Pearl River    In the United States when dealing with a program that is touted as a lifesaver for what will likely be fifty million unemployed workers and another program that is designed, ostensibly, to help…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News The Conversation Waste Water

Climate change threatens drinking water quality across the Great Lakes

Harmful algal bloom in Lake Erie, Sept. 4, 2009. NOAA/Flickr by  Gabriel Filippelli, IUPUI and Joseph D. Ortiz, Kent State University This story is part of the Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Worker Safety

The Trump Administration has put workers at coronavirus risk, Senators say

Citing ProPublica’s reporting, 22 Senate Democrats have asked the White House to explain its management of federal employee safety. by Maryam Jameel Wednesday, April 29, 3:40 p.m. EDT Democratic senators are questioning the Trump administration about…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Worker Safety Workers

Workers gear up for major May Day strike in pushback against unsafe conditions amid pandemic

One organizer explained that the goal is to “push back with large numbers against the right-wing groups that want to risk our lives by reopening the economy.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Workers at some of…

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Geronimo Interagency Hotshot Crew, San Carlos, Arizona; on assignment at the Big Windy Complex Wildlands Fire, Galice, Oregon. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung. Aug. 9, 2013
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health Wildfire

Wildfire smoke worsens coronavirus risk, putting firefighters in extra danger

  by Luke Montrose, Boise State University As summer approaches, two forces of nature are on a collision course, and wildland firefighters will be caught in the middle. New research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe…

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Posted in Coronavirus Medicine The Conversation

Blood sugar levels may influence vulnerability to coronavirus, and controlling them through conventional means might be protective

by Adam M. Brufsky, University of Pittsburgh April 22, 2020 Can watching your blood sugar help fight COVID-19? Sugar is not only something that sweetens our food. It is also something that is an essential part…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care The Conversation

Chronic conditions worsen coronavirus risk – here’s how to manage them amid the pandemic

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, University of Virginia Amid the stress and confusion of coronavirus shutdowns and social distancing orders, it can seem to older patients as though everything is on pause. Clinics have postponed regular office visits. Patients…

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