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After scientists warned that the United States would become the hardest-hit country by the coronavirus crisis, we now lead the world in confirmed cases of COVID-19 with over 86,000 people infected. While New York City is still the hardest hit area, cases are exploding in New Orleans–where the virus is thought to have been brought to the city by Mardi Gras visitors.
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to spearhead a coordinated effort to prevent a global economic collapse and pledged that China would supply international markets with key medical supplies.
Counting Beans: A winner in this whole mess? Bean growers, who have long been overlooked at farmers markets.
Green Stimulus: Though Democrats weren’t able to get the green provisions in the stimulus that they wanted, 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden suggested that Congressional Democrats don’t give up. As the National Review reported, Biden suggested passing climate-change legislation as part of economic aid packages amid the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re going to have an opportunity, I believe, in the next round [of economic aid] here to use…my Green Deal to be able to generate both economic growth as consistent with the kind of infusion of monies we need into the system to keep it going,” Biden said in a live-streamed briefing on the coronavirus crisis.
More Stimulus:Stacey Abrams warns that there “is no do-over of the November election, the Constitution does not permit a delay” and said that we need to be ready for a pandemic that disrupts our elections. We can’t be caught flat-footed and need to start bolstering our national capacity to vote by mail.
What It’s Like: If you develop mild coronavirus symptoms but your partner becomes more ill and you have to be their primary caretaker, are you prepared? Since ERs around the country are at-capacity, read this tweet thread for an idea of how to administer care:
I was mildly sick for a few days w/ covid symptoms. Then my 29 yr old healthy boyfriend got really sick. 13 days later, after a relentless fever, awful nausea, pneumonia in both lungs + a reluctant trip to ER, he is finally turning a corner today. Some things I learned:
There are about 1.7 million viruses that afflict mammals and birds, and about half of them could potentially infect humans, just like COVID-19, SARS, HIV, and Ebola. But a team of researchers at UC Davis are attempting to help prevent another pandemic from disrupting the world, by creating an app called SpillOver.
Why this Matters: The scientists creating the app believe that by creating a prioritized watchlist of viruses, we can better have improved detection and thus reduce the risk of disease transmission and maybe even preemptively develop vaccines, therapeutics, and public education campaigns for the viruses that pose the greatest risk.
Why This Matters: We’ve been relying on old data about farmworkers’ exposure to pesticides for the past 30 years, and thus the full picture of the harmful impact of these products on people has been underappreciated.
A coalition of 63 health, wildlife, and environmental organizations has written a letter urging the Biden administration to adopt policies to combat the increased threat of zoonotic disease spillover into human populations. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say that human population expansion and increased interactions with wildlife, present increased chances for future pandemics as well.
Why This Matters: According to the World Health Organization, there are over 200 known zoonoses, diseases that have jumped from non-human animals to humans.
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