Posts Tagged ‘Coronavirus’

100,000 Americans Die; Trump Plays Golf

May 26, 2020

On Memorial Day weekend, as the number of Americans dead from COVID-19 approached 100,000, President Donald Trump played golf on one of his private courses. Trump National Golf Club is in Sterling, Virginia, only 30 minutes from Arlington National Cemetery, so it might have been the president’s way of observing the solemn holiday.

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“Trump tees up controversy as he plays golf in a pandemic,” Martin Pengelly, The Guardian

“Trump Plays Golf at His Virginia Club as U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 100,000,” Daniel Politi, Slate

“US nears 100,000 pandemic deaths: Does Trump feel your pain?” Calvin Woodward, Associated Press

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Contact Tracing

May 20, 2020

Contact tracing can help stem the spread of COVID-19.

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“How Do You Do Contact Tracing? Poor Countries Have Plenty Of Advice.” Jason Beaubien, NPR News

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Trump Self-Prescribes Snake Oil

May 19, 2020

Trump Self-Prescribes Snake Oil
President Donald Trump, dissuaded from mainlining Lysol, has talked his doctor into giving him hydroxychloroquine in an effort to prevent COVID-19. “The hydroxy,” as the president calls it, is an anti-malarial drug with zero proven effect in preventing or treating COVID-19 infection, and the FDA has warned of its cardiovascular risks. As of this writing, we are unaware of any movement to revoke the medical license of Sean Conley, D.O., current Physician to the President, over this matter.

President Trump’s reasons for ignoring prevailing advice on the risks in taking hydroxychloroquine?

  1. “You’d be surprised at how many people are taking it….”
  2. “I’ve heard a lot of good stories.”
  3. “I get a lot of positive calls about it.”
  4. “What the hell have you got to lose?”

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“Despite FDA Caution, Trump Says He Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine As A Preventive,” Joe Palca, NPR News

“Trump’s stunning claim that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine could trigger a cascade of negative effects,’ Philip Bump, Washington Post

“Trump Takes Hydroxychloroquine, Does Not Understand How Science Works,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine, But He Also Lies Daily,” Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

Updates:

“Pence says he isn’t taking unproven hydroxychloroquine treatment for coronavirus that Trump takes,” Kevin Breuninger, CNBC

“Trump dismisses hydroxychloroquine study that undermines him as a ‘Trump enemy statement,’” aaron Rupar, Vox

“White House releases doctor’s note on Trump’s purported use of hydroxychloroquine,” Peter Weber, The Week 

“Hydroxychloroquine Isn’t a Joke It’s a Scandal,” Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo

“Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says,” Ariana Eunjung Cha and Laurie McGinley, Washington Post

“Hydroxychloroquine: Trump’s Covid-19 ‘cure’ increases deaths, global study finds,” Sarah Boseley, The Guardian

 

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Mass Layoffs in the US, But Not the UK

May 15, 2020

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis. But it didn’t have to be that way. Liz Scheltens of Vox explains.

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“Pandemic shows contrasts between US, European safety nets,” David McHugh., Associated Press

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Ground Zero: Zabar’s

May 13, 2020

“I can’t stay at home, because I have two kids,” says Billy Yulfo, assistant manager at New York’s Zabar’s grocery, an essential worker in a pandemic hotspot. an Atlantic video by Daniel Lombroso.

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Study: COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet If 80% of Americans Wore Masks

May 12, 2020

 

U.S. COVID-19 deaths now total 76,032, while Japan had 577 coronavirus fatalities. Adjusting for population, the Japanese death rate is 2% of America’s. The difference? Everyone in Japan wears masks. Berkeley computer scientist De Kai built the Masksim simulator and run multiple scenarios of mask usage. Bottom line: wear a mask.

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“If 80% of Americans Wore Masks, COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet, New Study Says,” David Ewing Duncan, Vanity Fair

“Universal Masking is Urgent in the COVID-19 Pandemic: SEIR and Agent Based Models, mpirical Validation, Policy Recommendations,” De Kai, Guy Philippe Goldstein, Alexey Morgunov, Vishal Nangalia, and Anna Rotkirch, arXiv

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The Accuracy of Covid-19 Testing

May 11, 2020

COVID-19 tests are vitally needed to control the pandemic, but even accutate antibody tests can generate false positives.

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“‘Breakthrough’ COVID-19 Tests Are Currently Cheap, Fast—and Not Very Accurate,” Jim Daley, Scientific American

“Why even a super-accurate Covid-19 test can fail,” Umair Irfan, Vox

“Understanding COVID-19 False Positives,” Emily Oster, Slate

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“The US has no idea how to manage all the testing data it’s collecting,” Neel V. Patel, MIT Technology Review

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COVID-19: Over 70,000 Americans Dead. So Far.

May 8, 2020

Statistic: Total number of cases and deaths from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States as of May 7, 2020* | Statista
Find more statistics at Statista

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Trump Will End Coronavirus Crisis with Tax Cuts for the Rich

May 8, 2020

Trump Will End Coronavirus Crisis with Tax Cuts for the Rich

“We’ve all hoped and prayed for something to save us from this pandemic. Will it be a vaccine? A therapeutic drug? Large-scale testing and tracing? An antibodies-rich llama or pack of virus-sniffing dogs?

Nope. According to the White House, the real coronavirus cure is even more magical: tax cuts.”

— The White House’s coronavirus cure is even more magical than we could have imagined,” Catherine Rampell, Washington Post
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Social Distance

May 8, 2020

“A Social Distance,” a film by Jacob Jonas and Ivan Cash, with music by Steve Hackman. How ordinary people are experiencing self- quarantine around the world.

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