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Yesterday at a coronavirus press conference President Trump reiterated that he wants the U.S. economy to “reopen” and this time by Easter where he hopes to see “packed” churches. When he was asked by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins why he chose Easter as his target date, the President answered, “I just thought it was a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline.”
While the stock market rebounded and the President’s approval rating went up (matching his all-time high) there’s an ominous feeling among public health experts that Americans will be lulled into a false sense of comfort as no doctors or researchers believe that Easter is an adequate time frame to ease social distancing restrictions.
Why This Matters: Public health decisions should be based on science and not political optics. The best remedy for the economy is a healthy population. Furthermore, there’s still a lot about this disease that we don’t understand (like why some people get it again). But mostly, the Easter timeline conflicts with what New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested could be the peak for the outbreak in his state, the place that VP Pence called the “epicenter” for the virus outbreak in the United States.
Who To Believe: The real danger of President Trump not trusting and listening to scientists is that it creates confusion. Americans don’t know what to believe and thus end up believing whatever they want–facts cease to have meaning. We’re seeing this from people who are reluctant to stay home as they don’t think coronavirus is an urgent threat to geopolitical disputes between the United States and China regarding disinformation.
The US Senate has passed a nearly $2tn stimulus package early this morning to help rescue the American economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic as Donald Trump considers easing restrictions aimed at combating the contagion.
After days of around-the-clock negotiations between senators and administration officials, a bipartisan compromise was struck over what is expected to be the largest US economic stimulus measure ever passed.
The bill next goes to the House, where Democrats have introduced their own proposal.
Additionally, senior Democrats serving on the House Natural Resources Committee jointly called on Senate negotiators and House leadership this afternoon to ensure the upcoming congressional coronavirus relief bill and any future relief measures adequately address the growing health needs across Indian Country.
Tribes have faced unique funding delays in virus responses to date and are suffering from chronically underfunded health care services.
In Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent interview with In Style Magazine, he kept a diplomatic tone about how well the White House takes the hard truths he has to share about the COVID-19 pandemic. But what if we had an anger translator to tell us what cool, calm, collected Fauci ACTUALLY means? Sounds amazing, we nominate […]
A new study published in the Journal Science yesterday found that the costs preventing pandemics using three conservation strategies are substantially less than the economic losses and mortality costs of responding to a global zoonotic virus once it occurs.
Why This Matters: As the study’s authors explain, the risks of zoonotic disease are higher than ever as increasingly intimate associations between humans and wildlife disease reservoirs accelerate the potential for viruses to spread globally.
As the world is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned that another infamous killer–the bubonic plague–has made a comeback by categorizing it as a re-emerging disease. As CNN reported, on July 7, Chinese authorities confirmed a case of the bubonic plague in inner Mongolia. and yesterday in an unrelated case, […]
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