Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Study: Hydroxychloroquine didn’t protect health care workers

October 1, 2020

Study: Hydroxychloroquine didn't protect health care workers

President Donald Trump’s favorite COVID-19 preventing snake oil, Hydroxychloroquine, has been shown to be ineffective against the novel coronavirus in yet another medical study, this one involving health care workers.

More:

“Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine shows no benefit in COVID-19 prevention: study,” Reuters

“Hydroxychloroquine didn’t prevent Covid-19 among health care workers in new study,” Jacqueline Howard, CNN

“No Evidence That Hydroxychloroquine Can Prevent Covid-19, Concludes New Study,” Ed Cara, Gizmodo

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CDC: Halloween Has Been Canceled.

September 29, 2020

CDC: Halloween Has Been Canceled.

Kids, candy manufacturers, and sugar addicts across the country are feeling cursed. First, due to COVID-19, we had an Easter without jellybeans, Peeps, or chocolate bunnies. Now, thanks to the pandemic, the CDC has canceled Halloween parties, indoor haunted houses, and trick-or-treating. Scary. Las fiestas del Día de los Muertos también. ¡Ay, caramba!

Another frightening thought: Halloween is a big, boozy, binge-drinking holiday, and alcohol sales are up already due to the pandemic. That’s not conducive to responsible social distancing.

More:

“CDC’s Halloween Guidelines Warn Against Typical Trick-Or-Treating,” Laurel Wamsley, NPR

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A Coronavirus Prayer

September 24, 2020

“A Coronavirus Prayer,” by James Parker. Read it here.

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COVID-19: 200,000 Americans Are Dead.

September 23, 2020

COVID-19: Trump Knew.

200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. So far. President Trump knew it would happen beforehand, lied about it, did nothing. He continues to lie about it and do nothing. At this rate, by the end of the year nearly 380,000 Americans will be dead from COVID-19.

In the global race for most Coronavirus deaths, the United States in on top, with more fatalities than any other country. Americans are not only sick and tired of winning, they’re dead from it.

More:

“200,000 Americans Dead From Coronavirus—That’s An Average Of 873 A Day Since It Started,” Carlie Porterfield, Forbes

“How many needless Covid-19 deaths were caused by delays in responding? Most of them.” Isaac Sebenius and James K. Sebenius, STAT

“200,000 dead as Trump vilifies science, prioritizes politics,” Jason Dearen, Associated Press

“Remember the 200,000 Americans who have died from covid-19 — and vote,” Washington Post 

Update:

“We Aren’t Nationally Mourning The 200,000 COVID-19 Victims Because If We Did It Would Be A Reckoning,” Amber Jamieson, BuzzFeed News

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Trump Blames Biden For Lack of National Mask Mandate

September 18, 2020

Trump Blames Biden For Absence of National Mask Mandate

“President Donald Trump moved to blame his Democratic competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden, for not instituting a national mask mandate during the coronavirus pandemic.

The claim, made at an ABC News town hall Tuesday with undecided voters in Pennsylvania, is misleading for two reasons: Biden has, in fact, urged all state governors to mandate mask-wearing to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Democratic candidate is also not the president and has no authority to mandate anything. Trump does.”

— “Trump Blames Biden, Who Isn’t President, For Not Instituting Mask Mandate,” Nick Visser, Huffington Post 

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USPS Was Ready for COVID-19 In April. Trump Was Not.

September 18, 2020

USPS Was Ready for COVID-19 In April. Trump Was Not.

In April, as the coronavirus pandemic was killing thousands of Americans, the United States Postal Service planned to distribute 650 million masks, five per U.S. household. and even drafted a press release. about it. The White House knew of the COVID-19 threat but was still “downplaying” it, and blocked the plan. Thousands more died.

More:

“White House reportedly scrapped plan to send masks to every American because it wanted to avoid ‘panic,'” Kathryn Krawczyk, The Week

“Newly revealed USPS documents show an agency struggling to manage Trump, Amazon and the pandemic,” Tony Romm, Jacob Bogage and Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

“Of Course Trump Nixed a Masks Plan That Could’ve Eradicated COVID-19 in April,” Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

Update:

“Trump administration scrapped plan to send every American a mask in April, email shows,” Laura Strickler and Geoff Bennett, NBC News

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Dining Out: Today’s Special Is COVID-19

September 16, 2020

Dining Out: Today's Special Is COVID-19

Dining out may come with a free side order of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week.

“Adults who tested positive for the coronavirus were about twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant within a two-week period prior to becoming sick, according to a new study from Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.”

— “Adults With COVID-19 Twice As Likely To Have Eaten At Restaurants, CDC Study Finds,” Jason Slotkin, NPR News

More:

“If you caught COVID-19, you likely ate at a restaurant, CDC report finds,” Susana Guerrero, SF Gate

“Adults with COVID-19 twice as likely to have dined at a restaurant: study,” Amanda Woods, NY Post

Update:

“Fauci: Bars and Restaurants Should Remain Closed to Stop Spread of Coronavirus,” Tori B. Powell, Daily Beast

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Masks Work

September 15, 2020
Masks Work

Florence Nightingale masked, after H. M. Bonham-Carter

Face masks help contain the spread of COVID-19 better than you think. Henry Reich does the math:

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COVID-19: Trump Knew.

September 14, 2020

COVID-19: Trump Knew.

1941: 2,403 Americans died at Pearl Harbor. The president did not know it would happen.

2001: 2,977 Americans died at the World Trade Center. The president did not know it would happen.

2020: 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. So far. President Trump knew it would happen beforehand, and lied to the American people about it.

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Coronavirus? Atlas Shrugs. Scott Atlas, MD.

September 9, 2020

Coronavirus? Atlas Shrugs. Scott Atlas, MD.
Donald Trump is accustomed to finding doctors who agree with him and, when it comes to dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, he’s found one he likes even more than Dr. Stella Immanuel. Dr. Scott Atlas is new Special Advisor to the President and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The president introduced him at an August 10th press briefing:

“Scott is a very famous man who’s also very highly respected — Stanford. And he’s working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus. And he has many great ideas. And he thinks what we’ve done is really good, and now we’ll take it to a new level. And so it’s great to have Scott working along with us.”

But Dr. Atlas is not an epidemiologist or an infectious disease expert, he’s a renowned expert in neuroradiology, specifically Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and was Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center from 1998 to 2012. As far as we know, Dr. Atlas has not imaged the presidential noggin.

You may be wondering why someone with no pandemic expertise is now the president’s go-to guy on COVID-19. It’s because Scott Atlas is a fellow in Health Care Policy at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank devoted to free-market bloviation and a direct pipeline to the Fox News Channel, where Mr. Trump caught Dr. Atlas’ act. When it comes to coronavirus, Dr. Atlas isn’t keen on face masks or testing, and he wants to reopen schools and let lots of young people get the virus to bring about “herd immunity.” That strategy failed in Sweden, and experts estimate it would require the deaths of 2 million Americans to achieve “herd immunity” in the U.S. without a vaccine.

More:

“A New Coronavirus Adviser Roils the White House With Unorthodox Ideas,” Noah Weiland, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Michael D. Shear and Jim Tankersley, New York Times

“New Trump pandemic adviser pushes controversial ‘herd immunity’ strategy, worrying public health officials,” Yasmeen Abutaleb and Josh Dawsey, Washington Post

“President Trump’s New COVID-19 Adviser Is Making Public Health Experts Nervous,” Geoff Brumfiel and Tamara Keith, NPR News

“Herd Immunity Is Not a Strategy,” James Hamblin, M.D., The Atlantic

Updates:

“Redfield voices alarm over influence of Trump’s new coronavirus task force adviser,” Monica Alba, NBC News

“Even Fox’s ‘Hard News’ Shows Don’t Want to Book Trump’s Favorite New COVID Adviser,” Asawin Suebsaeng and Maxwell Tani, Daily Beast

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