Posts Tagged ‘pandemic’

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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Commencement Address, Class of 2020

May 22, 2020

Felicitations! Greetings to all of you joining us today on Zoom (and later on YouTube) on this glorious occasion! Graduates of the Class of 2020, you have passed a final test like no other, the test of coronavirus quarantine, and will now confidently stride, a prudent six feet apart, jaws set firmly under your surgical masks, into the post-pandemic ruins of the world of adulthood.

Each and every one of you has downloaded the distilled wisdom of Western Civilization in a grand adventure in online enlightenment, receiving the best education allowed within the limits of your broadband service contract. You are well-prepared for the long, vacant road ahead, a road of online job searches, Animal Crossing and, for the lucky few, Working From Home. For the rest, you who will deliver our meals and Amazon purchases, we salute you! Please ring the bell when you leave packages at the door.

As you log off now, if you remember anything, make it this: wash your hands, and don’t touch your face. Excelsior!

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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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Voting by mail could save the US election

May 18, 2020

Sending voters to polling places during the coronavirus pandemic in November would endanger both the election and the electorate. Voters shouldn’t have to risk their lives to perform their civic duty. They don’t have to. Americans have long voted through the mail. It’s safe, simple, and secure.

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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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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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Why You Should Wear a Mask

May 7, 2020

They don’t make you invincible, but they’re important in a pandemic. A Vox video by Laura Bult, Danush Parvaneh, and Estelle Caswell.

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Coronavirus Task Force Disbanding

May 6, 2020

Coronavirus Task Force Disbanding

The day after President Trump admitted that 100,000 Americans will die in the current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, he announced that his Coronavirus Task Force will disband:

“Mike Pence and the task force have done a great job, but we’re now looking at a little bit of a different form, and that form is safety and opening. And we’ll have a different group probably set up for that.”

Mr. Trump has decided that restarting the economy is worth sacrificing the lives of workers, first responders, and their friends, families, and neighbors. But the president is also thinking about safety measures — for corporations. Republicans want to shield employers against COVID-19 damage claims by workers and consumers.

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“Administration to Phase Out Coronavirus Task Force,” Noah Weiland, Maggie Haberman and David E. Sanger, New York Times

“White House plots breakup of coronavirus task force,” Gabby Orr, Nancy Cook, and Brianna Ehley, Politico

“Trump gives up on virus fight to focus on economic recovery – and re-election,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Trump Admits ‘There’ll Be More Death’ After Economy Reopens,” Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

“‘Death Is Not An Economic Motivator’: Pelosi Emphasizes Dangers Of Reopening Economy,” Cristina Cabrera, TalkingPointsMemo

“Trump Says Nation Needs to Accept More Deaths: ‘We Have to Be Warriors,” Justin Baragona, Daily Beast

Updates:

“Trump reverses course and says White House coronavirus taskforce will stay,” David Smith, The Guardian

“Trump: COVID-19 task force not dismantling, just refocusing,” Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin, and Darlene Superville, Associated Press

Related:

“New projection puts U.S. COVID-19 deaths at nearly 135,000 by August,” Rich McKay, Reuters

“Meatpacking Crisis Shows Limits of Human Sacrifice As Recovery Plan,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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