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Trump says that the coronavirus ‘affects virtually nobody’

The virus has killed 200,000 and infected 7 million in the US “If you, or a family member, or a friend got sick or died of Covid-19, to Trump you are ‘virtually nobody.’” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ alarm career scientists

Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News and JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News September 21, 2020 President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Worker Safety

Foreign Masks, Fear and a Fake Certification: Staff at CSL Plasma Say Conditions at Donation Centers Aren’t Safe

Trump’s FDA authorized emergency use of plasma therapy for COVID-19, despite a lack of proof that it saves lives. Staff at CSL Plasma, an industry leader, raised alarms about faulty masks as donors flooded in, but…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Wild Fire

It’s tough to tell COVID from smoke inhalation symptoms — and flu season’s coming

by   Mark Kreidler,  KHN September 16, 2020 The patients walk into Dr. Melissa Marshall’s community clinics in Northern California with the telltale symptoms. They’re having trouble breathing. It may even hurt to inhale. They’ve got…

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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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Posted in Columns Data security Privacy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Protecting, sharing, and hiding behind private health data

by Wade Rathke September 14, 2020 New Orleans   Most of us think our own health is our business, that is until we find out it is big business, and that everyone wants to make it…

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With integrity of election at stake, 14 states demand injunction to stop DeJoy’s sabotage of US Postal Service, mail-in voting

“With the national election less than two months away, we are seeking a judicial order protecting this critical government service.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week…

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was interviewed Friday by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. (Photo: MSNBC)
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Fauci warns pre-pandemic normalcy not likely until ‘well into’ or ‘towards the end of 2021’

The public health expert also addressed the need to reduce cases headed into fall, halted vaccine trials, and reported attempts to “muzzle” him. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the number of confirmed…

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE Investigations News Reveal

‘We sent 500 tests. They don’t answer calls’: Inside ICE’s coronavirus testing disaster

Internal emails show ICE rebuffed New Mexico public health officials offering to help contain COVID-19. by Patrick Michels and Laura C. Morel Thursday, September 10 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for…

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Elizabeth Fischer uses an electron microscope to capture images of the coronavirus, which is about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.(COURTESY OF ELIZABETH FISCHER)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Race for the White House 2020

Most adults wary of taking any vaccine approved before the election

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News September 10, 2020 The public is deeply skeptical about any coronavirus vaccine approved before the November election, and only 42% would be willing to get a vaccine in that scenario, according…

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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 Coronavirus Public Health The Conversation

What a smoky bar can teach us about the ‘6-foot rule’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

How smoke moves inside a bar or outside in fresh air can help in visualizing how the coronavirus spreads. Shironosova/Getty Images Plus by Byron Erath, Clarkson University; Andrea Ferro, Clarkson University; Goodarz Ahmadi, Clarkson University, and Suresh…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Worker Safety

Where’s the health and safety plan?

by Wade Rathke Friday, September 11, 2020 New Orleans   Leaders and members of Local 100 United Labor Unions finally had enough of working on the frontlines without proper protection against the coronavirus in nursing homes, supported…

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First grade teacher Dianna Accordino puts out erasers at each desk in her classroom where the desks are spaced out for social distancing in Spring Township, Pennsylvania on August 21, 2020. (Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News

Teacher deaths and college-town outbreaks deepen concern over Covid-19 risks stirred by school reopenings

Rising infections among students and educators as reopenings begin appear to confirm warnings from teachers and parents that schools lack adequate resources to safely restart in-person classes. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, September 11 New…

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Posted in Columns Evictions Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Navigating the eviction relief labyrinth

by Wade Rathke Saturday, September 5 Pearl River   All of the headlines read that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) had directed no evictions for the rest of the year. Before we do the happy…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Kaiser Health News Policing Public Safety

Cities and states look to crack down on ‘less-lethal’ weapons used by police

by Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY and Donovan Slack, USA TODAY Thursday, September 3 Following nationwide protests against police brutality in which law enforcement officers wounded or blinded protesters, state and…

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Posted in Kaiser Health News Medicine News Public Health

As threat of Valley Fever grows beyond the Southwest, push is on for vaccine

by Jim Robbins, KHN September 4, 2020 One New Year’s Day, Rob Purdie woke up with a headache that wouldn’t quit. Vision problems, body aches and a slight fever followed. At the emergency room, the Bakersfield,…

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Overcrowding, poor sanitary conditions, and chronic health problems have helped exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 in U.S. prisons and jails. (Screen capture from photo: Spencer Weiner/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails Prisons

108,000 US inmates infected with Covid-19

Among prisoners, the death rate from the potentially fatal virus is three times higher than average. Report: Only 7% of Inmates’ Loved Ones Say Prisoners Have Soap and Other Basic Necessities to Stop the Spread of…

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Covid-19 Task Force reports withheld from public reveal Trump knew of threats as he spread lies

‘White House Cover-Up’ We already suspected this but now the documents are public. “Rather than being straight with the American people and creating a national plan to fix the problem, the president and his enablers kept…

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos listens during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the U.S. Department of Education July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Vice President Pence and the task force members discussed the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and the reopening of nation's schools in the Fall. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Education News

DeVos says pandemic ultimately a ‘good thing’ for US public education

“Calling Covid-19 a ‘good thing’ for our schools just goes to show you how divorced this administration is from reality.” by Lisa Newcomb, staff writer Monday, August 31 On the heels of two federal judges halting…

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Health experts horrified as new Trump Covid-19 adviser pushes ‘herd immunity’ strategy that could kill 2 million Americans

“It’s not edgy, contrarian,” one public health expert said of the “herd immunity” approach. “It’s dangerous and terrifying.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, August, 31 A top White House coronavirus adviser brought on earlier this…

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The chemical leak broke out near Lake Charles, Louisiana after Hurricane Laura tore through the area on Thursday, August 27, 2020. (Photo: RadarOmega/Twitter Screengrab)
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As Hurricane Laura batters Louisiana, massive chemical leak spews toxic smoke near Lake Charles

“We knew this would happen. Lake Charles and Cameron Parish are petrochemical industry epicenters. The plants, export terminals, refineries, oil tank farms are ticking time bombs every hurricane season.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, August…

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A sign on the Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri in Columbia reminds students to maintain social distancing.(SEBASTIÁN MARTÍNEZ VALDIVIA/KBIA)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

Swab, spit, stay home? College Coronavirus testing plans are all over the map

As with the uncoordinated and chaotic national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education has no clear guidance or set of standards to adhere to from the federal government or anywhere else. Policies for reentry onto…

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Trump is sending fast, cheap COVID tests to nursing homes — But there’s a hitch

Point-of-care antigen tests distributed to nursing homes have been hailed by the Trump administration as a tool to root out asymptomatic carriers who might still infect others. But experts say the approach could add cost and…

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