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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 Drug Administration, has already gone into quarantine. Additionally, President Trump’s personal valet, VP Pence’s spokeswoman, and Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant all tested positive for COVID-19.
Why This Matters: As CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd wrote, this news “raises questions about the legitimacy of the White House’s own narrative about its ability to keep Americans safe, while highlighting the potential havoc the coronavirus could wreak on our government and national security.” After rejecting the CDC’s guidance on reopening the country, it’s difficult for the public to trust that the Trump administration has a handle on managing the pandemic, particularly in light of the revelations that the White House itself has become a hot-spot for the Coronavirus. The President has employed a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to this pandemic, the result has created mixed-messages that are undermining efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
In order for social distancing measures to effectively neutralize the spread of this virus, we need broad unity from the American people. Unfortunately, public health has become politicized by this administration creating confusion that could ultimately unwind any progress we have made at combatting the coronavirus.
Sunday Scaries: 60 minutes featured in their coverage that an American scientist who collaborates with the Wuhan Institute of Virology had his grant terminated in the wake of unsubstantiated claims that COVID-19 is either manmade or leaked out of a Chinese government lab.
The Trump Administration announced last week that it has rejected the settled scientific evidence linking the pesticide chlorpyrifos to serious health problems, particularly in children. This pesticide, which is widely used on soybeans, almonds, grapes, and other crops, has been proven to harm children’s neurological development.
Why this matters: Under the false flag of transparency, EPA is putting children at greater risk.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer On Tuesday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to accept a petition that will grant the Joshua tree, the famous twisty-limbed yucca plant native to the Mojave desert, endangered species status for one year while the state conducts a study. The plant is now considered a “candidate species” […]
by Razi Beresin-Scher and Miro Korenha According to recent reporting from The Hill, atmospheric smoke is exacerbating the toll of the COVID-19 virus in Oregon and California. Smoke inhalation weakens the immune systems of those suffering from asthma and other underlying respiratory conditions, compromising their ability to recover from the virus. Researchers at the Harvard […]
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