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 Coronavirus Kaiser Health News

People proving to be weakest link for apps tracking COVID exposure

  Rae Ellen Bichell November 19, 2020 The app builders had planned for pranksters, ensuring that only people with verified COVID-19 cases could trigger an alert. They’d planned for heavy criticism about privacy, in many cases…

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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 Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health

Rapid testing is less accurate than the Government wants to admit

Rapid antigen testing is a mess. The federal government pushed it out without a plan, and then spent weeks denying problems with false positives. by Lisa Song  Monday, November 16 The promise of antigen tests emerged…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Hospitals News Pro Publica

The Enraging Deja Vu of a Third Coronavirus Wave

Health care workers don’t need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and for us to stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases, none of that is happening. by Caroline Chen There’s a…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2021

Biden health adviser has a plan to get pandemic under control and revive economy: Pay people to stay home for 4-6 weeks

The government “could pay for a package right now” to cover economic losses—making it possible to curb Covid-19 transmission without increasing the financial suffering associated with shutting down commerce, said epidemiologist Michael Osterholm. by Kenny Stancil,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed OtherWords Poor Peoples Campaign

After Boosting Low-Income Voter Turnout, Poor People’s Campaign Mobilizes for Covid Relief

People did not turn out in record numbers in the midst of a pandemic to vote for a return to normal. They want policy change based on a moral agenda. by Sarah Anderson, Margot Rathke Tuesday,…

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Posted in Analysis Hospitals Kaiser Health News Medicare News

Biden plan to lower medicare eligibility age to 60 faces hostility from hospitals

“It is hard to find a reform idea that is more popular than opening up Medicare” Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Of his many plans to expand insurance coverage, President-elect Joe Biden’s…

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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 Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

As deadline for Covid relief deal looms, poll shows voters support $2 trillion stimulus by 51-point margin

The new survey shows 72% of likely voters—including 56% of Republicans—support an ambitious coronavirus relief package. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 With the agreed-upon deadline for Democratic leaders and the Trump White House…

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Posted in Censored News First Peoples News News

Trump Jr. and Navajo Vice President endanger high-risk native elderly and children at Williams super spreader event

by Brenda Norrell, Censored News Sunday, October 18, 2020 WILLIAMS, Ariz — Navajo Vice President Myron Lizer and Donald Trump Jr. ignored the coronavirus spreading through the Trump family and White House staff at a rally…

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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 Agriculture Columns Labor

Farmers and meatpackers are teaming up

During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs. by Sarah Anderson Wednesday, October 14, 2020 For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health

279,700 extra deaths in US so far this year

A girl views the body of her father, who died of COVID-19, while mourners who can’t visit in person are onscreen. Joe Raedle/Getty Images News via Getty Images by  Ronald D. Fricker Jr., Virginia Tech The…

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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 Coronavirus Kaiser Health News Public Health

COVID takes challenge of tracking infectious college students to new level

by Lauren Weber October 12, 2020 As the return of college students to campuses has fueled as many as 3,000 COVID-19 cases a day, keeping track of them is a logistical nightmare for local health departments…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation

Being outdoors doesn’t mean you’re safe from COVID-19 – a White House event showed what not to do

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, hugging another guest; Kellyanne Conway (left); and Notre Dame University President Rev. John Jenkins (right) later tested positive for COVID-19. The Washington Post via Getty Images by  Thomas A. Russo,…

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Trump Press Secretary, McEnany, tests positive for Covid day after briefing reporters without mask

WH reporters begin to test positive ‘She Has Recklessly Endangered Lives’ McEnany, like other members of the Trump administration who have contracted Covid-19 in recent days, has repeatedly refused to wear a mask when speaking to…

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Trump taken to Walter Reed amid calls for independent medical evaluation after Covid-19 diagnosis

“The American public must have truthful and timely information about how sick Donald Trump truly may be,” said Public Citizen’s president. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, October 2, 2020 2-pm MST President Donald Trump was…

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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 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

‘Wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands,’ says Joe Biden after testing negative for Covid-19

“I don’t wear masks like him,” Trump mockingly said of Biden during Tuesday night’s debate. “Every time you see him he’s got a mask.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, October 2 Hours after news broke…

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Posted in Common Dreams Election Tampering Elections News Voter suppression

So-called ‘Election Integrity’ panel in Pennsylvania seen as GOP Trojan horse to help Trump steal election

State Democratic lawmakers called the situation “a national emergency” and said Republican efforts are a “dangerous threat to democracy.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, October 2 A so-called “election integrity” panel proposed by Republican lawmakers…

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