Posts Tagged ‘public health’

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.

More:

“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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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?”

More:

“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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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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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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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.

More:

“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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John Oliver to Jared Kushner: ‘It’s a success story for the coronavirus’

May 5, 2020

Last week  Trump son-in-law and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner called the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response “a great success story.” John Oliver disagrees.

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“Jared Kushner: Trump Coronavirus Policy a ‘Great Success,’” NotionsCapital

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Jared Kushner: Trump Coronavirus Policy a ‘Great Success’

April 30, 2020

Jared Kushner: Trump Coronavirus Policy a 'Great Success'

Secretary of Slim Suits, Trump son-in-law, and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, fresh from bringing peace to the Middle East, is now running a shadow task force on COVID-19. Yesterday, the day when U.S. coronavirus deaths exceeded the number of Americans killed during the entire Vietnam Conflict, he called the Trump Administration’s coronavirus response “a great success story” on MAGA-friendly Fox & Friends.

“I think that we’ve achieved all the different milestones that are needed. So the government, federal government, rose to the challenge and this is a great success story. I think that’s really what needs to be told.”

Mr. Kushner, whose shadow task force is composed of fellow coronavirus profiteers, was the genius who told President Trump that COVID-19 was nothing to worry about, resulting in federal government inaction during January and February, when intervention would have saved thousands of lives.

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“Kushner calls the coronavirus response in US ‘a great success story,'” Savannah Behrmann, USA Today

“Trump and Kushner Engage in Revisionist History in Boasting of Success Over Virus,” Peter Baker, New York Times

“Insiders describe Kushner as ‘de facto president’ who played key role in delaying coronavirus closures: report,” Morgan Gstalter, The Hill

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“White House Shop Sells the Gift No One Asked for: $100 COVID-19 Commemorative Coins,” Rachel Olding, Daily Beast

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Dr. Trump Prescribes Lysol Injections

April 24, 2020

Dr. Trump Prescribes Lysol Injections

On Thursday President Donald Trump, the man who brought you Trump Vitamins, posited treating COVID-19 by introducing disinfectants into the human body, since they do such a good job killing viruses on hard surfaces. The horrified makers of Lysol were quick to warn the public that injecting, swallowing, snorting, or, um, boofing disinfectant would be deadly. Clorox did the same. Even before the Quack-in-Chief made his alarming remarks, poison control centers saw a 20 percent spike in cleaning product poisonings in the first quarter of the year, coincident with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Trump also suggested that heat and UV light applied internally would also kill the virus. Presumably doctors would butterfly patients to achieve this.

The president’s Friday statement that he was being sarcastic was met with the sarcasm it deserves.

More:

“President Trump’s dangerous suggestion that the coronavirus be treated with bleach injections, explained,” Matthew Yglesias, Vox

“‘Please don’t inject bleach’: Trump’s wild coronavirus claims prompt disbelief,” Poppy Noor, The Guardian

“Makers of Clorox and Lysol Warn Against Ingesting Bleach and Disinfectants,” Christine Hauser and Alan Yuhas, CNN

“Disinfectant injections are a really bad idea,” Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience

Updates:

“Trump Claims No Responsibility for Spike in Poison Control Calls After Bonkers Bleach Remarks,” Emma Tucker, Daily Beast

“Kansas official says man drank cleaner after Trump floated dangerous disinfectant remedy,” Jonathan Shorman and Francesca Chambers, Wichita Eagle

Related:

“Trump Thinks His Job Is Brainstorming Miracle Coronavirus Cures,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Trump’s long history of medical freelancing,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

 

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