Coronavirus: Who Gets to Break the Rules?

Four months after the first case of coronavirus in the United States, we’ve surpassed 100,000 deaths. As the New York Times wrote,

“The pandemic is on track to be the country’s deadliest public health disaster since the 1918 flu pandemic, in which about 675,000 Americans died.”

At the same time, over 56% of Americans are very worried about the economy and 53% disapprove of Trump’s handling of the pandemic response. These numbers come as a new Guardian piece reveals that “ten corporations that agreed to a total of $56m in civil penalties for allegedly breaking environmental laws are not being required to make payments under a pause granted by the US government.”

This comes shortly after “stealth bailouts” shoveled millions of dollars to oil companies.

Why This Matters:  Just as we have seen with climate disasters, COVID-19 is having a disproportionate effect on low-income Americans, minorities, immigrants, and the working-class. Until inequities, like the impact that special interest influence has on the political process, are reformed, this glaring divide will only continue to grow. More than anything, that is what is at stake this November: a struggle between those that have plenty and ignore the rising death-toll and the rest of us left with the human, economic, and political damage caused by this virus.

Uh, What?: The CDC has issued a warning about aggressive rat behavior due to the pandemic.

FYI: Six feet of social distance probably isn’t enough to avoid COVID-19 outside. Windspeed can push droplets far further than in indoor environments. This comes as public health officials are nervously eyeing cities that may become the next epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic as new models point to increased rates of transmission.

Unequal Effects: Disproportionate numbers of Latino Americans are dying from Covid-19 as the coronavirus pandemic continues spreading through the United States.

International Response: Sweden has defended its response to the COVID-19 global pandemic despite the country now reporting one of the highest mortality rates in the world. 

Time for Fun?: Major theme parks are planning to reopen this summer, some with precautions like face masks and temperature checks.

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