Posts Tagged ‘pandemic crisis’

Back-to-School with the Delta Variant

September 9, 2021


It’s Back-to-School time in America, but this year that doesn’t just mean pencil cases, it aslo means cases of Pediatric COVID-19, 250,000 in the last week. Kids in low-vaccination states are getting infected at greater rates. Emergency Room visits and hospital admissions in the states with the lowest vaccination coverage were 3.4 and 3.7 times higher than in states with the highest vaccination rates. Children’s hospitals are at or near capacity and asking for federal assistance. For the most recent reporting period, infections among children account for 22.4 percent of reported COVID-19 cases. That’s 204,000 infected kids in a week.

Even though most parents favor mask-wearing in schools, nine states prohibit school districts from setting mask requirements: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Over 1,000 schools have closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks since late July.

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Virus-Infested North Dakota Elects Legislator Who Died of COVID-19

November 5, 2020

Virus-Infested North Dakota Elects Legislator Who Died of COVID-19

North Dakota re-elected Governor Doug Burgum, who championed a Libertarian “light touch” coronavirus policy, even though the state’s COVID-19 rate leads the country. The state is so pro-coronavirus that it elected a state legislator who had already died of COVID-19.

More:

“A North Dakota state legislature candidate who died from Covid-19 appears to have won his election,” Harmeet Kaur, CNN

“A North Dakota Republican died of covid-19 in October. He still won his election.” Teo Armus, Washington Post

Updates:

“With North Dakota hospitals at 100% capacity, Burgum announces COVID-positive nurses can stay at work,” Jeremy Turley, Grand Forks Herald

“North Dakota nurses call for mask mandate, reject policy allowing COVID-19-positive workers to stay on job,” Nathaniel Weixel, The Hill

Related:

“Coronavirus surge is filling North Dakota’s hospitals,” James MacPherson, Associated Press

“Dr. Deborah Birx calls out North Dakota for poor mask use during pandemic,” Meredith Deliso, ABC News

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Back-to-School Special: COVID-19

November 4, 2020

Back-to-School Special: COVID-19

Strained by managing on-line schooling and providing their own daytime childcare during this pandemic, many parents favor in-person schooling for their offspring. After all, the president says it’s safe, right?

The facts say otherwise. Last week, more than 61,000 American children caught the novel coronavirus, the highest weekly increase since the start of the pandemic. So far, 853,000 children in the U.S. have contracted the disease since the outbreak began, and a third of them needed ICU hospitalization. From February though July, at least 121 children have died. Long-term effects of COVID-19 infection in children are suspected.

More:

“More than 61,000 children got Covid-19 last week, a record,” Erika Edwards, NBC News

“Cases of Covid-19 in children on rise, with highest 1-week spike yet,” Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Related:

“I’m Scared to Death’: How Teachers Feel About COVID-19 School Safety,” Healthline

“Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness Among Teachers and Adults Living With School-Aged Children,” Adam W. Gaffney, MD, MPH, David Himmelstein, MD, and Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, Annals of Internal Medicine

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Trump Plans Superspreader Election Night Watch Party

October 28, 2020

Trump Plans Superspreader Election Night Watch Party

After successfully infecting the Republican leadership at the Rose Garden Amy Barrett reveal party, Donald Trump is planning a November 3rd COVID-Fest at the now-empty hotel he somehow leases from the federal government:

“President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital.

Over the past several days, the campaign has pushed out fundraising emails in the president’s name offering donors the chance to enter a drawing ‘to join Team Trump at the Election Night Party in my favorite hotel,’ in Washington, suggesting he will use his luxury hotel as the backdrop for reacting to election results. The campaign has also spotlighted plans for the party in fundraising blasts from the president’s son Donald Trump. Jr.”

—“Trump eyes hosting election night party at his DC hotel,” Aamer Madhani, Associated Press

More:

“No Dancing, No Live Music, No Standing: What an Election Night Party at the Trump Hotel Might Look Like,”Andrew Beaujon, Washingtonian

UPDATE:

“Trump changes election night plans, cancels party at Trump International: report,” Celine Castronuovo, The Hill

Related:

“How Trump Became the Pro-Infection Candidate,” Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker

“America Is About to Choose How Bad the Pandemic Will Get,” Ed Yong, The Atlantic

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The Haunted Mansion

October 26, 2020

The Haunted Mansion

The White House had a children’s Halloween party last weekend. That’s pretty frightening given the rate of COVID-19 infection at the White House. Thanks to Donald Trump’s ineptitude, the Executive Mansion is now haunted by the souls of 230,000 dead Americans. The Biden Transition Team better have a skilled exorcist on board.

More:

“Trumps celebrate Halloween at the White House,” Jean Lotus, UPI

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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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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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