Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

White House testing regimen did not protect the President

Rachana Pradhan and Lauren Weber and Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News Friday, October 2 President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis is raising fresh questions about the White House’s strategy for testing and containing the virus for a…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Government News

‘Hope Is Contagious’: fears of Covid-19 outbreak upend Capitol Hill

Trump “will be pulled off the campaign trail for at least the better part of two weeks as he recovers.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, October 2, 2020 Following Friday morning’s revelation that President Donald…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Trumps go viral

by Wade Rathke October 2, 2020 Atlanta  You can’t make this stuff up! What an unbelievable year and election season hammered by both the economic depression and the pandemic. And, now, darned if the White House…

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Posted in Coronavirus The Conversation

Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages

Masking up is one way to cut down on risk of COVID-19 infection.  Alex Brandon/Getty Images News via Getty Images by  Brian Geiss, Colorado State University President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 is…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Just after declaring ‘End of the pandemic is in sight,’ Trump tests positive for Coronavirus

A spokesperson for the French government said Trump’s diagnosis “demonstrates that the virus spares no one, including those who have shown skepticism.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, October 2 President Donald Trump announced on Twitter…

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Posted in Analysis Kaiser Health News Politics Public Health

The Mask Hypocrisy: How COVID memos contradict the White House’s public face

The mixed messages and ensuing confusion leave governors, and often state and local health officials, holding the bag of political consequences. Lauren Weber and Katheryn Houghton October 1, 2020 While the president and vice president forgo…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows 60% of US families struggling to get by, as McConnell dismisses new Covid relief bill as ‘political stunt’

“He’s been blocking the original HEROES Act for 138 days. As always, his priorities are appalling.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 30 On the Senate floor Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated once again…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health

Post-COVID clinics get jump-start from patients with lingering illness

by Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News September 30, 2020 Clarence Troutman survived a two-month hospital stay with COVID-19, then went home in early June. But he’s far from over the disease, still suffering from limited endurance,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

A real vaccine before the election? It’d take a miracle.

There is a small chance that Pfizer’s vaccine trial will yield results by Nov. 3. But it could still take weeks for FDA review. Here’s everything that has to happen and how to tell a political…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

CDC Director overheard on airplane condemning Trump Covid adviser’s misinformation

‘Everything He Says Is False’ Dr. Scott Atlas, a Trump adviser with no expertise in infectious diseases, “has been spreading misinformation for a long time,” said one epidemiologist. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, September 28…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Prisons Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Cruel and usual punishment for prisoners

by Wade Rathke September 26, 2020 Pearl River Just when you might think things can’t get any worse, it turns out you don’t know half of it. At least, that’s how I felt visiting with Professor…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

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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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News USPS

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)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

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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