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 Analysis Censored News Environment Oceans Radiation Water

Greenpeace warns of ‘Potential Damage to Human DNA’ at risk with Japan’s plan to dump radioactive Fukushima water into ocean

“The policy of the Japanese government to dump nuclear waste into the Pacific Ocean is not based on scientific or environmental protection principles and has no justification.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, October 23 Greenpeace…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Race for the White House 2020

Trump White House embraces ‘fringe’ declaration pushing herd immunity

“It’s being presented as if it’s a major alternative view that’s held by large numbers of experts in the scientific community. That is not true.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Public health experts…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Ro Khanna says Democrats have ‘moral obligation’ to pursue deal with White House on Covid relief

‘People Are Suffering’ “We are the party that stands for the working poor,” said the California Democrat. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 13 Still alone among progressive members of Congress in publicly urging House…

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Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers on May 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Senator demands HHS official Michael Caputo be fired for deranged ‘sedition’ rant against CDC scientists

The former Trump campaign aide-turned-federal official baselessly claimed “there are hit squads being trained all over this country” to prevent the president from winning reelection. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, September 15 Sen. Patty Murray…

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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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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment Wild Fire

The Climate Crisis is happening right now. Just look at California’s weekend.

Record high temperatures. Record fires. Record smoke. ProPublica reporter Elizabeth Weil spoke to former California Gov. Jerry Brown about the state’s converging apocalypses. by Elizabeth Weil Wednesday, September 9 Two weeks ago, after freak lightning strikes…

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Rodney Lavalais holds a photo of his mother, Sarah Johnson, outside her New Orleans home. (Kathleen Flynn/ProPublica)
Posted in Black Lives Matter Coronavirus Hospitals Pro Publica

Sent home to die

In New Orleans, hospitals sent patients infected with the coronavirus into hospice facilities or back to their families to die at home, in some cases discontinuing treatment even as relatives begged them to keep trying. by…

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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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