While Michigan is facing record flooding and a pandemic, protestors began giving out free haircuts outside the state’s Capitol in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order. In the United States, data suggests that protestors around the country have played a part in spreading COVID-19 through their risky behavior. Incidentally, as Emily Holden reported for the […]Continue Reading 353 words
For nations who had to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic before the United States, they’ve had to learn hard lessons that can serve as a roadmap for our own response. For instance, The pandemic seemed to pass over Singapore but then the government was blindsided by an outbreak among poor migrant workers in packed dormitories. […]Continue Reading 280 words
Using the “cover” of the COVID-19 crisis, one of the largest healthcare product companies in the world decided to stop selling in the U.S. and Canada its “signature” talc-based baby powder product due to concerns over whether it was contaminated with toxic asbestos that thousands of women alleged caused their ovarian cancer.
Why This Matters: This is another case of a company knowing that their product contained harmful chemicals and selling it anyway — like the oil companies that knew about the greenhouse gas effect of burning petroleum.Continue Reading 375 words
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As all 50 states begin to ease stay at home restrictions one of the stipulations of allowing people back in public is mandating that they wear face masks. And while masks may seem simple, they’re an effective tool in helping slow the spread of COVID-19. In fact, according to CNBC, a research team in Hong […]Continue Reading 373 words
President Trump told reporters yesterday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine– an anti-malaria drug–despite the fact he continues to test negative for the coronavirus. As the Washington Post explained, clinical trials, academic research and scientific analysis indicate that the danger of the drug is a significantly increased risk of death for certain patients, particularly those […]Continue Reading 325 words
Around the country, the public’s patience for staying home is wearing thin. Desperate lawmakers are trying their best to keep people home by issuing fines–even arresting those who defy orders, and in Illinois businesses that open too soon can now be charged with Class A misdemeanor under a measure enacted by Governor J.B. Pritzker But […]Continue Reading 375 words
As CNN reported yesterday, the nation’s top physicians have stopped appearing on national television for interviews as the White House exerts increased control over communications during the coronavirus pandemic and refocuses its message toward reopening the economy. The White House wants to pivot to talking about the economy, but even if that’s the focus, what […]Continue Reading 356 words
This week House Democrats released the HEROES Act, which is a $3 trillion relief package designed to bolster state governments, increase widespread testing, extend unemployment insurance, and expand vote-by-mail ahead of the November election. Additionally, the HEROES Act would provide hazard pay for frontline workers, issue another round of direct payments to Americans and even […]Continue Reading 468 words
Today, the Senate Health Committee will hold a virtual hearing at which Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as three other top government doctors, testify on the novel coronavirus. This will be the first time Fauci will be able to speak without President Trump standing directly next to him and often interrupting his responses. As CBS […]Continue Reading 398 words
Over the weekend, 3 members of the White House coronavirus task force announced that they will self-quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, and Stephen Hahn, the head of the Food and […]Continue Reading 342 words
Wednesday was National Nurses Day and this year, in particular, all nurses are our heroes. We know they are an indispensable part of our health care system and they are working in conditions that are far less protective than what they deserve. In particular, shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) persist in many areas of […]Continue Reading 266 words
When the CARES Act passed through Congress, $8 billion was set aside to help Native American tribes face the COVID-19 pandemic yet by the end of April none of the appropriated funds had been received. After a legal battle, the Trump administration finally agreed to release the funds although not the full amount. As Indianz.com […]Continue Reading 532 words