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In just one day, event more governors and mayors have taken action to encourage (or mandate) residents to stay home. For instance, California Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded his shelter in place order to apply to the entire state making his, the nation’s strictest response.
But now, in states like California, the question being asked by state officials is what happens if a natural disaster (like a wildfire) occurs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? As the LA Times reported, “some communities have started planning how they would respond to those dual problems simultaneously, particularly if people in a virus-stricken area have to be evacuated and sheltered.” This worry hasn’t eased with President Trump’s current lack of mobilization of a coordinated response across all government agencies.
Why This Matters: In the day and age of climate change, we’re going to have to walk and chew gum at the same time when it comes to disasters. We live in a world with increasing complexity but one thing’s certain: we have to be prepared and we need leaders who are willing to make tough choices to get us ready.
New and Noteworthy: From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s been a mystery why the virus hasn’t affected children the same way it has adults, but now scientists may finally have some clues as to why.
Why This Matters: After the President suggested that disinfectants might be a good treatment for COVID-19, many worried about the public improperly using household cleaning products to treat themselves. But there are also manufacturers who peddle dangerous products and we need to be able to trust the government when it says a product should or should not be used in fighting COVID.
As coronavirus cases are once again surging across the country, it’s evident that our leaders do not have total control of this pandemic. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s issued a dire warning that daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend. While some states have […]
In a massive and highly complex legal settlement covering the majority of the claims against Monsanto, a U.S. company that makes the weedkiller Roundup, its parent, Bayer Corporation, will pay nearly $11B to settle approximately 95,000 claims and set aside $1.25 billion for potential claims from Roundup customers who may develop cancer in the future.
Why This Matters: This must end the debate about whether Roundup can still be sold to consumers.
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