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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Posted in Coronavirus News Science The Conversation

Making masks at home – what you need to know about how to reduce the transmission of coronavirus

Homemade masks will not filter the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but may prevent transmission of droplets and spray between individuals. Nikola Stojadinovic/Getty Images Susan L. Sokolowski, University of Oregon and Karen L. LaBat, University of Minnesota April 16,…

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Posted in Censored News Coronavirus Navajo News

Navajo coronavirus cases increase to 1,197, one survivor shares his story

Dine’ recovering from coronavirus shares his experience 70 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 4,075 negative results reported By Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Censored News Sunday, April 19, 2020 WINDOW…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Public Health

‘It’s not over until it’s over’: 5 things to know about hitting the COVID-19 peak

Lowering the number of new cases is important, but it doesn’t mean the virus is disappearing. It suggests instead that social distancing has slowed the spread of the disease and elongated the course of the pandemic,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health Public Policy Reveal

Dozens of grocery store workers have died. Here’s what workers say their employers did wrong.

Scores of workers said store managers at some of the largest grocery stores in the country – including Kroger, Walmart and Whole Foods Market – implemented policies that effectively incentivize sick and at-risk workers to report…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Evictions Health Insurance Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net SNAP benefits

The poor and workers are being hammered

Pearl River   As the economic numbers become more stark, and the economy teeters towards something closer to a depression than a recession, the impact on workers and the poor that has been hidden in plain…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Banks Common Dreams Coronavirus Housing News Rent Freeze Safety Net

Ilhan Omar bill would cancel all rent and mortgage payments for duration of Covid-19 crisis

“In 2008, we bailed out Wall Street. This time, it’s time to bail out the American people who are suffering.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Rep. Ilhan Omar on Friday unveiled legislation aimed at providing relief…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Culture Literature Public Health The Conversation

The Decameron: How the rich reacted to the bubonic plague has eerie similarities to today’s pandemic

Franz Xavier Winterhalter’s ‘The Decameron’ (1837). Heritage Images via Getty Images Kathryn McKinley, University of Maryland, Baltimore County The coronavirus can infect anyone, but recent reporting has shown your socioeconomic status can play a big role,…

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Protestors drive by and honk their horns outside of the Eloy Detention Center, a private immigration detention facility in Eloy, Arizona on Friday, April 10, 2020. (Photo by Nicole Neri | AZCIR)
Posted in AZ Center for Investigative Reporting Coronavirus Human Rights ICE Immigration News Off the wire

Tensions skyrocket as COVID-19 fears grip Arizona detention center

Advocacy groups, attorneys and medical experts are putting pressure on federal immigration officials to release detainees because of fears of COVID-19. On Friday, hundreds of protesters drove around the La Palma Correctional Center and the nearby…

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Posted in Air Polution Coronavirus Health News

EPA moves to allow more PM 2.5 particulate emissions

EPA particulate matter decision puts science, health aside to protect polluters Meteor Staff from press releases April 14, 2020 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it would not strengthen standards for particulate matter pollution…

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Posted in Coconino County Colorado Plateau Coronavirus News

Coconino County adds testing, one day sites in Tusayan and Williams

In a press release Saturday Coconino County health officials announced additional COVID-19 specimen collections sites will be available in Tusayan and Williams this week. The Tusayan site, located at 1 Clinic Rd Grand Canyon, AZ, will…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Pets

Risk of pets spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to people and vice-versa

Meteor Staff from CDC press release April 14, 2020 Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels,…

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Decommissioned pumpjacks stand on what was once an Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway platform. (Corbin Hiar / E&E News)
Posted in Accountability Energy Environmental Justice Health News Off the wire Toxic Chemicals

Years of toxic leaks raise cancer risk in Western oil town.

The broader influence of the oil industry in Artesia, New Mexico is hard to miss.  Bronze statues venerate roughnecks and wildcatters, a brewpub downtown is named the Wellhead, and the walls of the local Chamber of…

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Posted in Coronavirus Labor News Public Health

Postal Workers say USPS isn’t telling them when colleagues test positive for COVID-19, despite promising to

The CDC says people who have been exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine. Many postal workers say they have no way of knowing if that’s them. by Maryam Jameel April 14, 10:40 a.m. EDT The U.S. Postal…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Public Health Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

On the job: essential workers die first

New Orleans   The reports of pandemic deaths of essential workers are harrowing. A lot of attention, deservedly, has been given to healthcare workers of all kinds who are living and breathing the virus in emergency…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Government Public Policy The Conversation

Clear, consistent health messaging critical to stemming epidemics and limiting coronavirus deaths

by   Thespina (Nina) Yamanis, American University April 9, 2020 While the deadly coronavirus spreads rapidly in the United States, United Kingdom, France and beyond, several countries in Asia and Europe have flattened the curve or…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Labor Mining

Coal Industry attempts to cut payments to miners with Black Lung, AZ Rep Grijalva speaks out

“They’re Crooks” Coal companies are “going to try to use this virus thing to stop paying benefits,” warned one retired miner suffering from black lung. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Some of the largest coal companies…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

Housing is healthcare!

Pearl River   At ACORN we like the slogan, “Housing is Health Care.” We saw it or picked it up somewhere. I wish I could remember, so I could give proper credit, but in the meantime,…

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Nicolás Merino González, a farmworker in Greenfield, Calif., wires money back to his wife and three children in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Social distancing is tough for Merino, who carpools to work in a cramped pickup. Credit: Monica Campbell for Reveal
Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Health Labor Reveal

Farmworkers are now deemed essential. But are they protected?

“They’re going to continue working because they don’t feel that they have a choice. You know, bear with it, work through it,” Elenes said. “It’s really distressing because these workers are the backbone of this country…

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Posted in Coconino County Coronavirus Flagstaff Navajo News

Coconino County: 232 COVID cases with 44 in the Flagstaff area. 558 cases on the Navajo Reservation & 3,112 AZ cases state numbers updated this morning

Flagstaff  Updated by Meteor staff Friday, April 10, 10:30 AM, MST. — CCHHS reports 15 deaths, 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 44 tests pending and 855 negative tests to date. The CDC reports across Arizona…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus First Peoples News News Rez Life

President Nez and Vice President Lizer in self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 individual

by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Thursday, April 9 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.    During a live online town hall update on Thursday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced that he and…

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