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 Common Dreams Unemployment insurance

12 Million set to lose jobless benefits after Christmas

‘About to Be Catapulted Off a Cliff’ Study Shows  “With no end to the pandemic in sight, and a cutoff of nearly all federal unemployment benefits by year’s end looming on the horizon, inaction by Congress…

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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 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 Corporate Influence Green New Deal Op/Ed Politics

Time for Democrats to betray the donor class—not the people

A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognize how narrow this win was. by Naomi Klein Tuesday, November 10, 2020 These have been a harrowing few…

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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 Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons Public Health

ACLU sues Trump Admin. to obtain key records on federal handling of Coronavirus pandemic in prisons

The suit seeks “the immediate release of improperly withheld agency records related to federal government’s failed response to the spread of Covid-19 in prisons in jails.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 The American…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Courts Justice

Critics say DOJ settlement not nearly enough for Purdue Pharma’s deadly role in opioid crisis

‘Prosecute the Sackler Family’ “Today’s guilty plea comes too late for the millions of lives that Purdue’s crimes destroyed over the past decade.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 The Justice Department announced Wednesday…

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Posted in Common Dreams Mental Health News Police Killings Policing

Funding mental health first responders to reduce police violence

Proposal by Katie Porter The co-sponsors cited research showing people with mental illnesses are 16 times more likely to be killed by law enforcement officers. by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 Four Democratic lawmakers…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Public Health

Older COVID patients battle ‘brain fog,’ weakness and emotional turmoil

by Judith Graham October 20, 2020 “Lord, give me back my memory.” For months, as Marilyn Walters has struggled to recover from COVID-19, she has repeated this prayer day and night. Like other older adults who’ve…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

As pandemic surges in US, Trump says ‘People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots’

“People are tired of a science-denying president that has allowed over 218,000 people to die from Covid,” responded Rep. Mark Pocan. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, October 19 Hours after bragging about his persistent refusal…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation

Colleges and the Thanksgiving COVID-19 risk: Fauci’s right – holiday plans may have to change

College students are making plans to head home for the holidays at the same time U.S. COVID-19 case numbers are rising.  William Campbell/Getty Images  by   Walter Thomas Casey II, Texas A&M University-Texarkana; Marcia G. Ory,…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Public Health Toxic Chemicals

Exposure to man-made chemicals influences genes controlling aging, immune system and metabolism

Most genes in the human body can be disrupted by man-made chemicals.  Göran Andersson/Getty Images by  Alexander Suvorov, University of Massachusetts Amherst Sunday, October 18 Today humans are exposed to thousands of man-made chemicals. Yet the…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Covid-19 deaths expected to spike 80% in US by February

As White House Embraces Dangerous ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy “This is the time when we could be entering one of the worst periods of our epidemic and one of our worst periods in modern American public health….

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Posted in Analysis Investigations Pro Publica Public Health

Inside the fall of the CDC

How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus. by James…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

As Pelosi battles White House, Ro Khanna says Democrats can win morally—and politically

‘Millions of Real People’s Lives Are at Stake’ “It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act.” by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy While we were looking elsewhere

‘Totally Under Control’: New, secretly-filmed documentary details Trump’s colossal Covid-19 failures

“We, the scientists, knew what to do for the pandemic response,” says former federal vaccine expert Dr. Rick Bright in the film. “It is time to lay our careers on the line and push back.” by…

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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 Common Dreams Community Economy Editorial/opinon Justice Op/Ed

Desideratum: Heading Off the Prospects of a Dark and Tumultuous Future

We can no longer afford to wait as climate changes, economic systems malfunction, and enflamed social divisiveness bear down on humanity with unprecedented, irreversible consequences. by Luisa Deprez, John Dorrer Tuesday, October 13, 2020 ”This time,…

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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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Posted in Data security First Peoples News Health High Country News

Indigenous data sovereignty shakes up research

In the COVID-19 era, tribal nations want research in service of their people. by Kalen Goodluck, High Country News Thursday, October 8 As U.S. government scientists work to understand how COVID-19 affects the human body, tribal…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Politics

Demanding a nation that ‘Cares for all’ not just the wealthy few, Working Families Party unveils People’s Charter

“The People’s Charter provides folks with something that is outside of [Biden’s] politics to vote for.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, October 8 A coalition of progressive lawmakers, union leaders, and social justice advocates on…

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