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22.11.2020 - 14:02 [ Progressive International / Twitter ]

Guatemala’s government slashed $25 million from healthcare and education — just days after Hurricane Eta battered its poorest communities. The people are rising up. PI member @MSICG : “We demand a Constituent Assembly. This dictatorship has failed us.”

22.11.2020 - 13:02 [ New York Times ]

Protesters in Guatemala Set Fire to Congress Building Over Spending Cuts

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Guatemala’s capital on Saturday, setting fire to the nation’s congressional building in a show of anger over a budget bill passed this week that cut funding for health care and education.

The demonstrations in Guatemala City, which also included peaceful marches in the central plaza, rocked a nation still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes that displaced thousands of people, destroyed homes and obliterated critical infrastructure.

03.11.2020 - 14:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Is the NHS actually QUIETER than usual? Leaked document claims hospitals are 84% full (but last autumn the figure was 92%)

– Beds have never been less than 85% full for a three-month period since 2010
– Spring this year was the first time, because patients were turfed out for Covid-19
– And occupancy remains below average levels despite second wave, stat shows

25.10.2020 - 08:50 [ @TeamTrump / Twitter ]

Playing NOW at the Trump rally in #NorthCarolina

25.10.2020 - 08:48 [ Newsweek ]

Trump Thanks Sanders After Showing Rally Clip of Democrat Accusing Biden of Cutting Social Security

„Joe Biden spent his entire time in the Senate—long, long days, hours, nights—working to cut your Social Security,“ Trump said during Friday’s rally. „You don’t know about that. To cut your Medicare. People don’t know about that. He denies it. He denied it last night.“

Trump then introduced the video which featured footage from a March Democratic Presidential debate between Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

14.10.2020 - 19:36 [ gbdeclaration.org ]

The Great Barrington Declaration

Those who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal. Simple hygiene measures, such as hand washing and staying home when sick should be practiced by everyone to reduce the herd immunity threshold. Schools and universities should be open for in-person teaching. Extracurricular activities, such as sports, should be resumed. Young low-risk adults should work normally, rather than from home. Restaurants and other businesses should open. Arts, music, sport and other cultural activities should resume. People who are more at risk may participate if they wish, while society as a whole enjoys the protection conferred upon the vulnerable by those who have built up herd immunity.

On October 4, 2020, this declaration was authored and signed in Great Barrington, United States, by:

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations.

Dr. Sunetra Gupta, professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations.

06.10.2020 - 17:32 [ New York Times ]

Trump Leaves Hospital, Minimizing Virus and Urging Americans ‘Not to Let It Dominate Your Life’

President Trump returned to the White House on Monday night, staging a defiant, made-for-television moment in which he ripped off his face mask and then urged the nation to put aside the risks of the deadly coronavirus that has swept through his own staff and sent him to the hospital for three days.

05.10.2020 - 02:04 [ Fox News ]

President Trump could return to WH ‚as early as tomorrow‘ if conditions continue to improve, doctors say

Garibaldi said the president feels well Sunday and the team plans to have him eat and be up and about as much as possible to be mobile, and „if he continues to look and feel as well as he does today, our hope is that we can plan for a discharge as early as tomorrow to the White House where he can continue his treatment course.“

04.10.2020 - 17:15 [ HelensburghAdvertiser.co.uk ]

Computing issue responsible for sharp Covid-19 case rise, says Johnson

The official dashboard said on Saturday that due to a technical issue, which has now been resolved, there was a delay in publishing a number of cases.

This means that the total reported over the coming days will include some additional cases from the period between September 24 and October 1.

04.10.2020 - 16:26 [ Jennifer Williams, Politics & investigations editor for the Manchester Evening News / Twitter ]

He is asked why there has been a sudden spike overnight in testing numbers. There was a problem with counting, he says. ‘It was a computing issue.’ WHAT COMPUTING ISSUE

04.10.2020 - 16:21 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson blames ‚failure in counting system‘ for daily Covid infections DOUBLING to a record 12,872 – but dodges giving fuller explanation as he hints there WERE delays tracing contacts of thousands who tested positive

But appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show this morning, Mr Johnson suggested that the issue might have gone deeper and affected crucial efforts to track down contacts of those who tested positive.

‚The reason for that is there was a failure in the testing system… It was a computing issue,‘ he said.

04.10.2020 - 15:48 [ i24news.tv ]

Israeli-Arab lawmaker Ayman Odeh tests positive for COVID-19

Israeli Lawmaker Ayman Odeh announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement released by his office.

Odeh, head of the Arab-majority Joint List faction in the Knesset (Israel Parliament), said he was „feeling fine“ other „than a slight fever.“

03.10.2020 - 18:31 [ The Hill ]

Watch live: Trump’s doctor gives health update

President Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, on Saturday morning is slated to hold a press conference where he is expected to give updates on the president’s condition following his coronavirus diagnosis and admittance to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday.

03.10.2020 - 01:43 [ The Hill ]

Trump arrives at Walter Reed after positive coronavirus test

“President Trump remains in good spirits, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day. Out of an abundance of caution, and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts, the President will be working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days. President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both he and the First Lady,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

02.10.2020 - 23:41 [ CNN ]

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence test negative for coronavirus, spokesman says

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for Covid-19 Friday morning, according to a statement tweeted by spokesperson Devin O’Malley.
„As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery,“ O’Malley wrote on Twitter.

29.09.2020 - 11:00 [ New York Times ]

Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

(29.08.2020)

On Thursday, the United States recorded 45,604 new coronavirus cases, according to a database maintained by The Times. If the rates of contagiousness in Massachusetts and New York were to apply nationwide, then perhaps only 4,500 of those people may actually need to isolate and submit to contact tracing.

20.09.2020 - 21:17 [ LBC.co.uk ]

Calls to bring in the army to sort out ‚testing chaos‘

Former Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Sir David King and Defence Select Committee Chair Tobias Ellwood MP have told Swarbrick on Sunday the military should have a greater role in the Government’s approach to coronavirus.

20.09.2020 - 17:43 [ Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

What is Covid-19, SARS-2. How is it Tested? How is It Measured? The Fear Campaign Has No Scientific Basis

The data and concepts have been manipulated with a view to sustaining the fear campaign.

The estimates are meaningless. The figures have been hyped to justify the lockdown and the closure of the national economy, with devastating economic and social consequences. The Virus is held responsible for poverty and mass unemployment.

Confirmed by prominent scientists as well as by official public health bodies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Covid-19 is a public health concern but it is NOT a dangerous virus.

The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health “emergency” under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to trigger a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring. Social engineering is being applied. Governments are pressured into extending the lockdown, despite its devastating economic and social consequences.

There is no scientific basis for implementing the closing down of the global economy as a means to resolving a public health crisis.

Both the media and the governments are involved in spreading disinformation.

20.09.2020 - 12:11 [ PostAndCourier.com ]

CDC updates criteria for tracking and reporting COVID-19 cases

(15.09.2020)

however, the CDC advises against reporting out suspect cases as part of a state’s total case numbers.

06.09.2020 - 12:11 [ New York Times ]

Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

(29.08.2020)

On Thursday, the United States recorded 45,604 new coronavirus cases, according to a database maintained by The Times. If the rates of contagiousness in Massachusetts and New York were to apply nationwide, then perhaps only 4,500 of those people may actually need to isolate and submit to contact tracing.

27.08.2020 - 20:13 [ Donna Young / Twitter ]

Redfield’s statement (the one I saw) doesn’t say #CDC is again revising #COVID19 testing guidelines or that he’s walking back what they posted Aug 24. Those revisions REMAIN live online now. I’ve asked CDC for clarity on Redfield’s testing may be considered for „probable“ COVID19

27.08.2020 - 20:13 [ theHill.com ]

CDC director walks back change in coronavirus testing guidelines

In a statement, Director Robert Redfield said those who come into contact with confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients could be tested themselves, even if they do not show symptoms of the virus.

“Testing is meant to drive actions and achieve specific public health objectives. Everyone who needs a COVID-19 test, can get a test. Everyone who wants a test does not necessarily need a test; the key is to engage the needed public health community in the decision with the appropriate follow-up action,” Redfield said.

26.08.2020 - 14:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Sweden uncovers 3,700 false positives from faulty Chinese-made coronavirus test kits

– Sweden said the PCR kits were from a Chinese company called BGI Genomics
– The testing kits were used by Swedes between the months of March and August
– Mostly, ‚people who had mild symptoms or who didn’t feel any symptoms at the time of the test received false positive results,‘ the public health agency said

23.08.2020 - 16:11 [ Jordan / Twitter ]

Anyone else notice @JoeBiden just completely cut out the public option from his healthcare policy live during his speech—just mentioning fixing Obamacare? #DNC2020

23.08.2020 - 16:07 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

Democrats Should Be Ashamed of the Rejection of Medicare for All in the DNC Platform

On Medicare for All, the Left has won the battle of ideas. But that’s not enough, as the DNC’s rejection of M4A shows.

23.08.2020 - 11:39 [ Gouverneur von New York - governor.ny.gov ]

Governor Cuomo Announces New Record-Low COVID-19 Test Positivity Rate, Hospitalizations And ICU Patients

(22.08.2020)

Of the 94,849 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 653, or 0.69 percent, were positive.

23.08.2020 - 11:18 [ Bloomberg ]

Europe’s Virus Surge Is Looking Less Deadly Than Initial Wave

A number of countries have also changed how deaths are calculated in recent weeks. The U.K. toll fell by more than 5,000 earlier this month after the government said a fatality would only be classed as Covid-related if the person died within 28 days of a positive test.

17.08.2020 - 18:38 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

The U.S. Constitution gave Congress the power to establish the USPS, and for the survival of our democracy and everyone who depends on USPS for everything from paychecks to lifesaving medicines, we must use our power to protect it. #SaveTheUSPS

15.08.2020 - 18:05 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: ‚The care home lockdown sent my senile grandad into spiral of decline‘

In late June, my grandparents quietly celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Just three days later, Martin moved into a care home. The decision was agonising, but by that point, unavoidable.

Our family’s situation is not uncommon: more than 300,000 people with dementia are living in care homes across the UK, according to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

08.08.2020 - 03:55 [ USA Today ]

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive, then negative for COVID. 7 questions you might have about testing.

Why could you get false results?

The super-short answer, joked Campbell, is that „(expletive) always happens.“ A number of factors contribute to the possibility that any lab test could result in incorrect outcomes.

Each test provides its own slew of errors.

07.08.2020 - 11:40 [ CBS News ]

Ohio governor says he tested negative for COVID-19 hours after announcing positive result

The Ohio governor’s office said in a statement that the second test was a PCR test, which the office described as „extremely sensitive, as well as specific, for the virus.“ When DeWine was tested earlier in the day, an antigen test was used.

The PCR tests for both the governor and his wife were run twice, and came back negative both times, the office said.

05.08.2020 - 17:45 [ CBS News ]

Over 25 million Americans at risk of losing health care as coronavirus pandemic rages: „It’s been real hard for me“

„We’re seeing an unprecedented loss in jobs, and what’s going to come along with that, is unfortunately the loss of health insurance as well,“ Kaiser Executive Vice President Larry Levitt told CBS News‘ Michelle Miller.

13.07.2020 - 19:56 [ Washington Post ]

As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal

(09.05.2020)

Birx and others were frustrated with the CDC’s antiquated system for tracking virus data, which they worried was inflating some statistics — such as mortality rate and case count — by as much as 25 percent, according to four people present for the discussion or later briefed on it. Two senior administration officials said the discussion was not heated.

“There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” Birx said, according to two of the people.

26.06.2020 - 15:54 [ NPR.org ]

Obamacare Must ‚Fall,‘ Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court

Eliminating the ACA would end medical insurance for more than 20 million Americans. It would also end widely popular provisions of the law, such as extending parents‘ coverage to children up to the age of 26 and prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions.

Trump and congressional Republicans have long said they want to „repeal and replace“ Obamacare but have yet to offer legislation addressing what would take its place.

26.06.2020 - 15:50 [ USA Today ]

Trump White House wins court ruling upholding plan to require insurers and hospitals to disclose prices

(24.05.2020)

The Trump administration won a court ruling Tuesday upholding its plan to require insurers and hospitals to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures in a bid to promote competition and push down costs.

21.06.2020 - 09:13 [ NBC News ]

6 Trump campaign members in Tulsa test positive for the coronavirus ahead of rally

(20.06.2020)

Of the six, at least two of them are Secret Service agents, according to a law enforcement official.

17.06.2020 - 09:15 [ WHO.int ]

WHO welcomes preliminary results about dexamethasone use in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients

Dexamethasone is a steroid that has been used since the 1960s to reduce inflammation in a range of conditions, including inflammatory disorders and certain cancers. It has been listed on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines since 1977 in multiple formulations, and is currently off-patent and affordably available in most countries.

17.06.2020 - 09:11 [ Newsletter.co.uk ]

Dexamethasone: Coronavirus breakthrough as £5 steroid dexamethasone could have saved lives of 5,000 who died in UK claims Professor Martin Landray

The RECOVERY trial (which stands for ‘Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY’) was funded by UKRI as part of the UKRI/DHSC/NIHR COVID-19 rapid research response.

The drug, which is currently used to treat ulcerative colitis, arthritis and some types of cancer, was found to have reduced the number of deaths of patients on ventilators and patients requiring oxygen by a third and by a fifth respectively.

15.06.2020 - 10:21 [ WorldTribune.com ]

Nurse documents chilling experiences at NY Hospital

Olzewski also noted:

„Ventilators are likely to be the leading cause of death in the pandemic. Sedatives and paralytics combined with barro-trauma from pressurized air kill 90 percent of those vented at Elmhurst (and by extension, much of the world).
Nosocomial (in-hospital) infection is the main vector of transmission. At Elmhurst, “Covid Rule-Out” and “Covid Confirmed” are housed in the same rooms. PPE is not changed between patients. Rooms are not properly or even marginally cleaned after Covid deaths.

Isolated from family, patients at Elmhurst who do not have “Do Not Resuscitate” orders are being treated as though they did. Nurses were told not to perform CPR on at least one “full code” patient, in violation of their oaths and licenses.
Delayed treatment due to the government mandate to stay inside, and the government recommendation to not seek early outpatient help, combined with the restriction in New York and elsewhere on promising, even proven therapies during the early stages of illness, massively compounds the death rate.

Much of which points to what may be the real reason black and brown Americans seem to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. They are likely not dying because of some alleged genetic predisposition or a peculiar array of Covi-combustible comorbidities. But they are certainly dying from an underlying condition: a defunded, criminally negligent, and corrupt hospital system, which during this crisis seems to take extra pains to do them in, and which may be financially incentivized to do so.“

15.06.2020 - 10:01 [ Uniting Healthcare Professionals Against Mandatory Vaccination / Facebook ]

„It’s all sedation and paralytics.“ Patients negative for covid were placed in the same room with positive patients.

„HIgher ups“ were overriding a patient’s full code status! Erin Marie RN exposes the malfeasance and callous disregard for human life in this fiasco.

Erin Marie Olszewski is a Nurse-turned-investigative journalist, who has spent the last few months on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, on the inside in two radically different settings.

15.06.2020 - 09:57 [ Washington Post ]

Elderly covid-19 patients on ventilators usually do not survive, New York hospitals report

(19.05.2020)

The study, published in the Lancet, is broadly consistent with clinical findings from China and Europe, and confirmed that advanced age is the greatest risk factor for a severe outcome, particularly if accompanied by chronic underlying diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

15.06.2020 - 09:55 [ People.com ]

Doctors Concerned About Lung Damage to Coronavirus Patients from Long-Term Ventilator Use

(13.04.2020)

Typically, 40 to 50 percent of patients with severe respiratory illness (other than COVID-19) will die on ventilators, the Associated Press reported. Yet so far, in New York City, 80 percent or more of the COVID-19 patients put on ventilators have died. And a small study of the patients on ventilators in Wuhan found that 86 percent had died. Numbers out of the U.K. are slightly more promising, with 66 percent dying.

Experts told the AP that they don’t yet know the reason for the higher numbers,

15.06.2020 - 09:53 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

What’s the TRUE risk of dying from coronavirus if you are in hospital? NHS data shows 66% of patients hooked up to ventilators will succumb to the killer infection

(02.04.2020)

– Patients on most advanced breathing support only survive a third of time in UK
– High death rate raises questions about effectiveness of critical care for patients
– Stark figure was revealed in report by Intensive Care National Audit last week

15.06.2020 - 09:29 [ Journeyman Pictures / Youtube ]

Perspectives on the Pandemic | The (Undercover) Epicenter Nurse | Episode Nine

(09.06.2020)

Erin Marie Olszewski is a Nurse-turned-investigative journalist, who has spent the last few months on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, on the inside in two radically different settings. Two hospitals. One private, the other public. One in Florida, the other in New York.

And not just any New York public hospital, but the „epicenter of the epicenter“ itself, the infamous Elmhurst in Donald Trump’s Queens. As a result of these diametrically opposed experiences, she has the ultimate „perspective on the pandemic“. She has been where there have been the most deaths attributed to Covid-19 and where there have been the least.

15.06.2020 - 09:03 [ theJewishVoice.com ]

What Happened at Elmhurst Hospital? Nurse/Journalist Tells all In Shocking Interview

(11.06.2020)

Erin enlisted in the Army when she was 17. She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Part of her duties involved overseeing aid disbursement and improvements to hospital facilities. While in country she received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service, and was wounded in combat. Erin eventually retired as a sergeant, and became a civilian nurse in 2012.

15.06.2020 - 08:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

Cuomo gave immunity to nursing home executives after big campaign donations

(26.05.2020)

Less than two years after that flood of cash from the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), Cuomo signed legislation last month quietly shielding hospital and nursing home executives from the threat of lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. The provision, inserted into an annual budget bill by Cuomo’s aides, created one of the nation’s most explicit immunity protections for healthcare industry officials, according to legal experts.

Critics say Cuomo removed a key deterrent against nursing home and hospital corporations cutting corners in ways that jeopardize lives.

15.06.2020 - 08:44 [ actionnewsjax.com ]

Grim blame game over COVID deaths in besieged nursing homes

(today)

Nationwide, more than 45,500 residents and staff have died from coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to a running count by The Associated Press. That’s about 40% of more than 115,000 total deaths. Nursing home residents are less than 1% of the U.S. population.

09.06.2020 - 21:34 [ Andrew *is tired of this* Nguyen / Twitter ]

„Defund the police? Impossible!“ they cried as they defunded education, healthcare, social security, welfare, planned parenthood, public transit…

06.06.2020 - 13:16 [ CNN ]

Protests could spur coronavirus outbreaks, and protesters should get tested, the CDC chief says

(05.06.2020)

If you’ve marched in any recent protests, you may want to consider getting tested for the coronavirus.
That’s the recommendation of the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who said during a House Appropriations hearing on Thursday that anyone who participated should „highly consider“ getting tested.

26.05.2020 - 14:47 [ Bloomberg ]

Italy Says 96% of Virus Fatalities Suffered From Other Illnesses

Nearly half of new cases in May were registered at nursing homes.

The most recent ISS weekly study, based on a sample of about 10% of fatalities until May 21, also showed that just 124 victims, or 4.1% of the total, had no previous pathology. Almost 60% of victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fifth had two conditions.

19.05.2020 - 19:16 [ Medium.com ]

Open Letter, May 18, 2020, London: Dear Matt Hancock, we are civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers writing to express concerns about the NHS’s plans to build a COVID-19 datastore.

We share the common goal of preserving public confidence in systems that can help make us all safer. Therefore, before the NHS continues its plans, we urge you to provide the public with more information and take appropriate measures to reduce risk of data sharing and keep the aggregated data under democratic control.

In March, the NHS announced a new plan to build a datastore that aggregates COVID-19 health data. Microsoft, Google, Palantir, Faculty and Amazon will assist in the development of the datastore and the processing of the data.

19.05.2020 - 19:10 [ Computerweekly.com ]

Privacy advocates demand clarity over Covid-19 datastore

(yesterday)

In an open letter directly addressed to the health secretary, civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers urged Hancock to give the public more information about the datastore and take appropriate measures to reduce data-sharing risks and keep it under democratic control.

19.05.2020 - 18:45 [ OpenDemocracy.net ]

DemocracyWatch: COVID-19 ushers in a new era of surveillance apps

Last week, Palantir got the US government contract to run a new system for tracking the spread of COVID-19.

It’s not just the US that is boosting surveillance in the pandemic. In tiny Liechtenstein, the government has launched biometric tracker bracelets that automatically collect key medical information. The statelet plans for all citizens to wear them by autumn, while Germany, Turkey and France are also among the 23 countries that have looked at high-tech surveillance measures in response to the crisis.

19.05.2020 - 18:39 [ theVerge.com ]

Peter Thiel’s controversial Palantir is helping build a coronavirus tracking tool for the Trump admin

(21.04.2020)

It is unclear what exactly this data is, where it comes from, or how it’s being used. It’s also unclear if Palantir is the sole technology provider of the tool, or if other partners are involved.

Reports earlier this month first surfaced Palantir’s involvement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UK’s National Health Service regarding coronavirus tracking software and other assistance in combating the global pandemic.

17.05.2020 - 05:42 [ New York Times ]

Coronavirus Cases Slow in U.S., but the Big Picture Remains Tenuous

(16.05.2020)

The slowing of new cases is a stark change from two weeks ago, when coronavirus cases were stuck on a stubborn plateau nationally and case numbers were rising in many states. As of Friday, new cases were decreasing in 19 states and increasing in three, while staying mostly the same in the rest, according to a database maintained by The New York Times.

17.05.2020 - 05:09 [ wicz.com ]

Trump privately questions whether coronavirus deaths are being overcounted as Fauci projects the opposite

(13.06.2020)

But inside the West Wing, officials said there have been steady doubts about coronavirus figures arriving from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, either because they are behind or potentially skewed. In meetings of the White House task force, senior officials have raised questions about how the agency is compiling and tracking its data.

The death count questions illustrate the degree to which Trump and his allies have begun to scrutinize the data and advice emerging from government sources: Death counts are questioned, models are doubted, recommendations are debated and discarded and medical experts — even those widely trusted by the American people — are viewed with suspicion.

17.05.2020 - 04:28 [ Washington Post ]

As deaths mount, Trump tries to convince Americans it’s safe to inch back to normal

(09.05.2020)

During a task force meeting Wednesday, a heated discussion broke out between Deborah Birx, the physician who oversees the administration’s coronavirus response, and Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birx and others were frustrated with the CDC’s antiquated system for tracking virus data, which they worried was inflating some statistics — such as mortality rate and case count — by as much as 25 percent, according to four people present for the discussion or later briefed on it.

17.05.2020 - 04:22 [ Fox6now.com ]

Questions raised over accuracy of US coronavirus death toll

Last week, The Washington Post reported that at a recent discussion on COVID-19 data, Birx told CDC Director Robert Redfield that “there is nothing from the CDC that I can trust.”

According to the paper, Birx and others feared the CDC was inflating coronavirus statistics, like mortality rates and case numbers, by up to 25 percent.

But not everyone shares the view that COVID-19 deaths are being overcounted.

17.05.2020 - 03:49 [ Economist.com ]

The coronavirus may have peaked in America

(15.05.2020)

As more tests are conducted, the number of new cases of covid-19 inevitably goes up. Then there is the issue of geographical variation. Though the number of new cases is falling in New York City, an early centre of the outbreak, the trend in the rest of the country is less certain. Finally there is the problem of data quality. The number of reported new cases tends to be higher at weekends and on Mondays, and lower on Thursdays and Fridays, for example. Adjusting for such seasonality can be tricky; a peak or valley on any given day can be accentuated by a number of other factors, not least variation in tests performed.

17.05.2020 - 03:45 [ factcheck.org ]

Testing, By the Numbers

(12.05.2020)

It’s true that the U.S. — by far — has conducted the most tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as measured in raw numbers. In the press conference, Giroir showed a graph, similar to the one below, by Our World in Data, a project based at the University of Oxford, that demonstrated this.

We’d note that Our World in Data cautions comparisons of different countries may not be apples-to-apples. It notes: “[T]here are substantial differences across countries in terms of the units, whether or not all labs are included, the extent to which negative and pending tests are included and other aspects.”

10.05.2020 - 19:35 [ Daily Mail ]

Seven million people will be on hospital waiting lists by autumn because of coronavirus delays, report warns

– More than 7 million people could be on hospital waiting lists before October
– The daunting figure comes from Analysis by the healthcare provider Medefer
– It comes after medics warned up to 2,700 cancers were being missed weekly

10.05.2020 - 03:22 [ @JetsetterBeauty / Twitter ]

The crazy thing about all of these cases of COVID in prison is that they’re happening to people who are IN PRISON someone has to be in there intentionally spreading the virus.

10.05.2020 - 03:08 [ 10tv.com ]

Reports: 11 US Secret Service members currently positive for COVID-19

A spokesperson for DHS reportedly declined to comment on the number of cases.

10.05.2020 - 02:59 [ The Hill ]

Fauci to enter ‚modified quarantine‘: report

He will be staying at home and teleworking while wearing a mask continually for 14 days.

10.05.2020 - 02:41 [ Financial Post ]

U.S. CDC, FDA chiefs in self-quarantine following COVID-19 exposure -statement, report

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn is in self-quarantine for a couple of weeks after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, an FDA spokesman told Reuters late on Friday.

10.05.2020 - 02:36 [ CTV News ]

CDC director self-quarantining after COVID-19 exposure at White House

Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will self-quarantine for two weeks after he was exposed to a person at the White House who tested positive for Covid-19, a CDC spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

09.05.2020 - 05:59 [ CNN ]

Trump sought a reopening but found the virus in the White House instead

President Donald Trump hoped this would be the week he emerged into a nation recovering from pandemic. Instead the pandemic came to him.

09.05.2020 - 05:33 [ the Hill ]

Positive coronavirus cases shake White House

Miller’s positive test prompted the vice president to delay his takeoff for a trip to Iowa. Six staffers who may have had contact with her deplaned, and all six later tested negative for the virus.

The positive tests reflect the dangers of the virus spreading inside the White House complex, and it further called into question what measures are being taken to try and limit the exposure of the top two elected officials in American government.

09.05.2020 - 05:17 [ the Hill ]

Pence press secretary Katie Miller tests positive for coronavirus

Miller is one of Pence’s closest aides and is married to Stephen Miller, one of Trump’s senior advisers.

08.05.2020 - 18:53 [ New York Times ]

White House Rattled by a Military Aide’s Positive Coronavirus Test

(07.05.2020)

President Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as the White House staff, would now be tested on a daily basis.

04.05.2020 - 00:49 [ The Hill ]

Underfunded Native nations battle coronavirus outbreaks

„Tribes are facing unacceptable delays from federal agencies in receiving lifesaving funding,“ Udall said. „Tribes need these resources now, and Congress and the White House need to step up to do their part.”

26.04.2020 - 22:46 [ teleSUR ]

Argentina Welcomes Cuban Medical Aid, Slams US Blockade

They affirmed that those who refuse to see Cuban doctors come into line „with the United States campaign against Cuban medical collaboration in the world, which today is part of the aggressiveness and intensification of the blockade against that brother country.“

26.04.2020 - 21:34 [ CBC.ca ]

COVID-19: Health Minister responds to calls for feds to do more to protect long-term care home residents

According to Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, nearly half of the country’s 1,600 COVID-19 deaths are linked to these homes.

24.04.2020 - 13:15 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Hard to prevent care home deaths, says Chris Whitty

Coronavirus is likely to result in a high mortality rate in care homes, England’s chief medical officer has said.

Chris Whitty said it was hard to prevent deaths in care homes „sadly because this is a very vulnerable group“.

Current statistics were likely to be an „underestimate“, he added.

24.04.2020 - 13:03 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Doctors launch legal action over Government’s PPE guidance

Dr Viz and Dr Joshi said: „Every time a healthcare worker becomes hospitalised with Covid-19, it exacts an extraordinary toll on our friends, family and colleagues. To sedate and ventilate your own colleague takes a mental toll on the entire workforce.

„The Government owes an apology to these bereaved families, many of whom were unable to be with their loved ones in their dying moments. Their trauma and grief is unimaginable – we want to ensure that no other family has to endure this suffering.

24.04.2020 - 11:02 [ CSPAN / Twitter ]

@RepAOC @AOC : „It is a joke when Republicans say that they have urgency around this bill…you are not trying fix this bill for mom & pops. We have to fight to fund hospitals. Fighting to fund testing…It is unconscionable.“

Full video here: https://cs.pn/2XXiwi5

24.04.2020 - 10:55 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Congress just voted for the first time in a MONTH on a bill that doesn’t address the core issues facing working families. Then they adjourned again until further notice. “Someday” and “next time” doesn’t cut it. Struggling families need a timeline.

24.04.2020 - 10:54 [ Vanity Fair ]

“We Are Abdicating Our Responsibility”: Why AOC Is Not Following the Pelosi Line on the Emergency Relief Bill

As Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress spent the last two weeks engaged in fraught negotiations and partisan bickering over an interim emergency relief bill to address the ballooning coronavirus crisis, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez emerged as the loudest progressive critic of the legislation in Congress. While recognizing that Democrats managed to secure some wins in the nearly $500 billion legislation—which includes funding for hospitals, small businesses, and testing—Ocasio-Cortez has essentially dismissed it as a Band-Aid for a gunshot wound.

23.04.2020 - 20:28 [ Politicshome.com ]

Nicola Stugeon promises ‚grown up conversation‘ with voters as she unveils Scottish government plans for easing lockdown

And it says the Scottish Government will likely keep in force bans on large gatherings – such as at public events and pubs – “for some time to come”.

It sets out six principles that will guide Scottish ministers in lifting measures, promising to make decisions that are “safe”, “lawful”, “evidence-based”, “fair & ethical”, “clear”, “realistic” and “collective”.

23.04.2020 - 20:05 [ the Sun ]

If coronavirus lockdown lasts for six months, 50,000 cancer patients will die, says top doc

It comes as vital cancer screening has been put on hold across the country – with Cancer Research UK estimating that 2,300 cancers are now being missed a week.

Prof Sikora, chief medical officer at Rutherford Health and former head of the World Health Organisation’s cancer programme, wrote on the Daily Mail: “If this continues for six months, I suspect that in the years to come there will be at least 50,000 excess cancer deaths. That is a terrifying number.

23.04.2020 - 19:20 [ voanews.com ]

WHO Europe: Up to Half of Deaths in Care Homes

In a press briefing on Thursday, WHO Europe director Dr. Hans Kluge said a “deeply concerning picture” was emerging of the impact of COVID-19 on long-term homes for the elderly, where care has “often been notoriously neglected.” Kluge said health workers in such facilities were often overworked and underpaid and called for them to be given more protective gear and support, describing them as the “unsung heroes” of the pandemic.

23.04.2020 - 02:36 [ Global Research ]

Covid-19: Check the Source of your Information! War against… Corruption?

I am a doctor: seven years at medical school, three years of applications, four years of doctoral studies to obtain my MD in Belgium, in 1995. From 1997 to 2003, I specialised in anaesthesia-recovery, then in intensive care. For the last 17 years, I have worked in this field, now in the spotlight during this viral pandemic called Covid-19. I am therefore particularly qualified from a medical standpoint. That’s where I stand out, and I am mainly guided in my profession by the motto passed down from the early days of medicine in Antiquity: “Primum non nocere” or in other words: “First, do no harm.”

22.04.2020 - 16:47 [ Rolling Stone ]

The Question the CDC Won’t Answer About Coronavirus Testing

(10.03.2020)

We asked for a list of all contractors who had a financial interest in providing the agency with reagents and other components of the test. Despite multiple followups, the CDC has not responded.

Reached today, a CDC media staffer said that the agency was overwhelmed with press requests and was working through its backlog. Our questions, she said, were in the queue.

22.04.2020 - 15:39 [ New York Times ]

C.D.C. Labs Were Contaminated, Delaying Coronavirus Testing, Officials Say

(18.04.2020)

Those practices made the tests sent to public health labs unusable because they were contaminated with the coronavirus, and produced some inconclusive results.

22.04.2020 - 15:22 [ theNewAmerican.com ]

Could Contaminated COVID-19 Tests Help Spread the Virus?

(06.04.2020)

Imagine that you are not carrying the virus, but you go in for testing and leave carrying the virus.

The Telegraph report stated that it is “not clear” how the tests were contaminated.

22.04.2020 - 15:18 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19: Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming day

(30.04.2020)

One of the suppliers – the Luxembourg-based firm Eurofins – sent an email on Monday morning to government laboratories in the UK warning that a delivery of key components called “probes and primers” had been contaminated with coronavirus and would be delayed.

The firm admitted there had been “an issue” and insisted other private providers had suffered the same problem.

22.04.2020 - 15:02 [ Alternet.org ]

CDC blocked top FDA scientist dispatched to expedite coronavirus response at critical moment

(05.03.2020)

The FDA’s director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, Timothy Stenzel, flew to CDC headquarters in Atlanta on the weekend of Feb. 22, but he was immediately forced to wait overnight as health department officials lobbied the CDC to give him access to the agency’s campus, according to Politico. Stenzel was there specifically to work out issues with the CDC’s coronavirus test that had already hobbled more expansive screening for weeks.

22.04.2020 - 14:41 [ Axios ]

Scoop: Lab for coronavirus test kits may have been contaminated

(01.03.2020)

A senior administration official added that the government also moved the manufacturing of the coronavirus tests out of the Atlanta laboratory of CDC.

The official said that the CDC engaged with a third party contractor on Feb. 20 to help manufacture the testing kits. The official added that the FDA regulator, Stenzel, visited the Atlanta laboratory on Feb. 22.

18.04.2020 - 10:52 [ Jennifer Rubin, @WashingtonPost / Twitter ]

Cuomo: If you want to blame someone and fire someone for bade projections then fire CDC, WH coronavirus task force and Navarro who had huge projections

(17-04.2020)

18.04.2020 - 10:37 [ NBC News / Youtube ]

Live: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Holds Coronavirus Briefing | NBC News

(17.04.2020)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic as it spreads across New York state, which has the most positive cases in the United States.

13.04.2020 - 10:35 [ Ansa.it ]

Intensive care patients down for 6th day

The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care units in Italy dropped for the sixth straight day on Thursday, the civil protection department. There are 3,605 such patients in Italy, 88 fewer than Wednesday, it said.

12.04.2020 - 20:40 [ Boris Johnson, Premierminister von Großbritannien / Twitter ]

It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS for saving my life. The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past. #StayHomeSaveLives

12.04.2020 - 20:37 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Politics latest news: Boris Johnson thanks NHS staff for saving his life as he leaves hospital

„I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question,“ he said in a message on Twitter.

The Prime Minister thanked several of the staff who looked after him by name, including two nurses who stood by his bedside for 48 hours „when things could have gone either way.“

12.04.2020 - 13:02 [ Bernie Sanders / Twitter ]

Enough is enough. No one should have to beg for money to get the health care they need in the richest country on Earth. Medicare for All now.

(19.02.2020)

12.04.2020 - 12:59 [ NowThis / Twitter ]

This nurse opened up about her ‚worst shift‘ yet, exposing the heartbreaking reality of health care workers fighting the pandemic

12.04.2020 - 12:57 [ New York Times ]

Nurses and Doctors Speaking Out on Safety Now Risk Their Job

(09.04.2020)

The email was reported earlier by Bloomberg.

Administrators suggested “appropriate” posts on social media instead. “Please share positive and uplifting messages that support your colleagues and our organization,” they said in another email.

12.04.2020 - 12:54 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Hospitals Tell Doctors They’ll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear

(31.03.2020)

In Chicago, a nurse was fired after emailing colleagues that she wanted to wear a more protective mask while on duty. In New York, the NYU Langone Health system has warned employees they could be terminated if they talk to the media without authorization.

11.04.2020 - 21:45 [ John Pilger and T.J. Coles / Information Clearing House ]

Freedom From Fear

In 2012, a landmark study on the “disease of isolation” was published in Britain and the US. Researchers from University College, London, revealed that isolation was killing the elderly — not loneliness, but isolation forced on people by circumstances beyond their control. More than “pre-existing” health conditions, isolation was the silent killer.

08.04.2020 - 20:14 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

High Court upholds lockdown of Bnei Brak as legal

„It is not our place to interfere with the government’s decision,“ the Court concluded.

08.04.2020 - 16:41 [ Communist Party of Irrael ]

Hadash MK Ofer Cassif Denounces Racist Attacks on Ultra-Orthodox

A leading member of the Communist Party of Israel, Joint List MK Ofer Cassif (Hadash) has denounced the growing number of attacks voiced in recent days against Israel’s ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) population, which has been hit hardest by the coronavirus, partially due to a small minority in the sector’s refusal to comply with the Health Ministry guidelines. “The guidelines must be followed. The hatred for the ultra-Orthodox must be denounced and extracted from within us, like all racism,” said Cassif.

08.04.2020 - 15:58 [ Haaretz ]

Passover Curfew Begins as Israel Coronavirus Cases Top 9,400

(today)

The Health Ministry sent a letter on Wednesday to hospitals, calling on them to reduce their use of anesthesia, due to a global shortage of anesthetics coupled with the use of many anesthetics to treat coronavirus patients. (…)

1:35 P.M. Bnei Brak hospital says it cannot accept more patients requiring ventilators

The Ma’ayanei HaYeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak says it can no longer accept patients who require ventilators because of a shortage in monitoring devices required to operate them.

08.04.2020 - 15:54 [ thejc.com ]

Israel seals off Charedi-majority Bnei Brak entirely to contain virus outbreak

(03.04.2020)

Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, told Reuters: “Bnei Brak is on lockdown, as of this morning, and police will prevent any movements in or out of the city.

“People are only allowed in or out for medical reasons or medical support.”

08.04.2020 - 15:53 [ Times of Israel ]

7 more virus deaths bring toll to 72; 10 are from Beersheba elder care facility

At Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, a 97-year-old man and a 96-year-old man died.

According to Hebrew media reports, the two were residents of the Mishan assisted living facility in the southern city, raising the number of people from there who died of the virus to 10.

07.04.2020 - 14:22 [ theHill.com ]

Cuomo: Use of antimalarial drug in New York hospitals ‚anecdotally‘ positive

“There has been anecdotal evidence that it is promising; that’s why we’re going ahead,” he added, noting that some patients have a pre-existing condition or medication regimen that prevents them from taking it.

An increase in the supply from the federal government, Cuomo added, would allow New York to lift the 14-day restriction.

07.04.2020 - 14:20 [ USA Today ]

Trump aide Peter Navarro says ’second opinion‘ needed on Fauci’s view of anti-malaria drug

(06.03.2020)

Peter Navarro, the top trade and manufacturing aide to the president who is coordinating the use of the Defense Production Act for the White House, told CNN’s John Berman Monday that he believes a „second opinion“ is needed about hydroxychloroquine as a treatment.

„I let (Fauci) speak for himself, John, but I would have two words for you: second opinion,“ Navarro said. „Doctors disagree about things all the time.“

07.04.2020 - 14:17 [ theGuardian.com ]

Trump touts hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Covid-19. Don’t believe the hype

(06.03.2020)

Trump has been repeatedly contradicted by public health experts including his own top infectious diseases adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci, who has warned that there is only “anecdotal evidence” that the drugs could be helpful.

07.04.2020 - 11:04 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU project in ‘mortal danger’ if Italy and Spain are abandoned

(29.03.2020)

Conte said anybody who thinks they can force Italy to accept disciplinary terms as a condition for loans – a sort of „Troika“ regime – have gravely misjudged the mood of his nation. Italy will not take the money. “We will do it alone,” he said.

The message is that if there is no EU solidarity when it matters, then it no longer makes sense for Italy to accept EU surveillance and constraints, or for Italy to forgo use of its own sovereign policy instruments in self-defence.

07.04.2020 - 11:01 [ Edmund Knowles ?? #VoteBrexitParty / Twitter ]

„When Italy invoked the EU’s formal disaster procedure with desperate calls for protective gear and ventilators, no country responded. Germany and France instead imposed export bans. The EU’s single market did not exist when push came to shove.“

(30.03.2020)

07.04.2020 - 10:53 [ Bruno Maçães, Author of “The Dawn of Eurasia” (2018) / Twitter ]

Germany has thousands of ICU beds with ventilators lying idle. In the meantime people, many people, had to be disconnected from ventilators in Spain and Italy. People who would have lived. How is this not a greater scandal?

05.04.2020 - 09:39 [ theHill.com ]

Cuomo: New York will take 1,000 ventilators from Chinese government

„We finally got some good news today,“ Cuomo said during the briefing. „The Chinese government helped facilitate a donation of 1,000 ventilators that will arrive in JFK today.“

04.04.2020 - 14:32 [ courier-journal.com ]

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear calls on 3M to release patent for N95 respirator amid pandemic

Gov. Andy Beshear wants multinational company 3M to release its patent for the N95 respirator — a desperately needed type of protective gear that’s difficult to get during the coronavirus pandemic — so that more manufacturers can start making it.

04.04.2020 - 14:04 [ USA Today ]

Trump blasts 3M as company says mask demand far exceeds ability to produce them

Earlier Thursday, the White House invoked the Defense Production Act to acquire more masks with N95 respirators from 3M.

In a statement posted Friday, 3M said the White House formally invoked the act to prioritize N95 orders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The company also said it has gone „above and beyond“ to make enough respirators available in the U.S.

04.04.2020 - 13:57 [ theNational.ae ]

Coronavirus: face masks bound for Canada and Germany diverted to US

The delivery from mask manufacturer 3M was shipped from China and reloaded in Bangkok before it was to be transported to Germany by air freight. However, in Bangkok, the shipment was suddenly „redirected“ to the US, Berlin police confirmed.

04.04.2020 - 13:51 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Tucker Carlson blasts companies putting profits over Americans in time of crisis

(03.04.2020)

Krystal and Saagar discuss U.S. shipments of American-made respirators and ventilators being sold to foreign buyers, Tucker Carlson’s interview with a Florida emergency official that said 3M is selling face masks to foreign countries instead of his state.

04.04.2020 - 13:42 [ Bloomberg ]

Pence’s Virus Tour Takes Him to Mask-Maker 3M, Washington State

(05.03.2020)

Pence said in Washington State that by the end of next week, enough test kits would be distributed nationally to allow the diagnosis of 1.2 million people. “We’re making great progress,” Pence said.

So far, 12 people have died from coronavirus in the U.S. The deaths have centered around a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington — near Seattle — where there are a large number of suspected patients.

04.04.2020 - 13:40 [ investorplace.com ]

3M Stock Could See a Billion-Dollar Boost from Trump

(06.03.2020)

It creates big opportunity, which is especially true for face mask companies after the U.S. Health and Human Services says the U.S. only has 10% of face masks needed for a full-blown virus pandemic. They estimate the U.S. would need at least 3.5 billion medical-grade N95 masks.

Better, the Trump Administration has plans to source millions of masks from 3M to help combat the virus threat. If so, that could generate up to $1 billion in sales for the company. Vice President Mike Pence said in a press conference:

04.04.2020 - 10:07 [ theHill.com ]

Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves

The White House said the order is intended to prevent “war profiteers” from hoarding supplies to generate foreign demand and then exporting the goods, and that it will not interfere with the ability of manufacturers to export personal protection equipment (PPE) “when doing so is consistent with United States policy.”

04.04.2020 - 08:19 [ theHill.com ]

Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description

A group of Senate Democrats want a federal watchdog to investigate the decision to change an online description of the country’s Strategic National Stockpile following a press briefing with White House adviser Jared Kushner.

04.04.2020 - 08:17 [ CNN ]

Trump administration edits national stockpile website a day after it contradicted Jared Kushner

The website of the Strategic National Stockpile was edited on Friday to soften language about how the stockpile is supposed to be used by states — a day after media outlets reported that the original version contradicted a claim by senior White House official Jared Kushner.

04.04.2020 - 08:14 [ USA Today ]

Jared Kushner makes coronavirus briefing appearance, draws backlash for ‚our stockpile‘ comment

Kushner, the president’s son-in-law who doesn’t often make public appearances, says he has been serving on the coronavirus task force at the direction of Vice President Mike Pence.

When asked about data showing states‘ need for equipment, Kushner said, „The notion of the federal stockpile is that it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states‘ stockpiles that they then use.“

03.04.2020 - 21:09 [ Yahoo.com ]

Germany hopes Bayer malaria drug could treat COVID-19

In an interview with Bild newspaper (link in German), federal health minister Jens Spahn said that there “are early indications that certain medications seem to help,” and that there were ongoing studies in Germany into what drugs could potentially work in treating coronavirus, “including with this old malaria drug.”

He added that more studies are needed as all drugs have side effects. However, he expects an effective drug to treat COVID-19 to come on the market much earlier than a vaccine.

03.04.2020 - 20:53 [ Andrew Cuomo, 56th Governor of New York / Twitter ]

We do not have enough ventilators. Period. I am signing an Executive Order allowing the state to take ventilators and redistribute to hospitals in need. The National Guard will be mobilized to move ventilators to where they are urgently required to save lives.

03.04.2020 - 10:35 [ Kai Kupferschmidt / threadreaderapp.com ]

My good news contribution for today: Researchers in Denmark are starting to test a promising drug in #covid19 patients, barely a month after research appeared showing the drug could stop the virus in cell culture.

KroganLab Camostat mesylate binds to a protein on human cells called TMPRSS2. And SARS-CoV-2 needs this protein to efficiently enter human cells: The spike protein on top of the virus attaches to the ACE2 receptor on human cells. And then TMPRSS2 needs to make a cut in the spike.

03.04.2020 - 10:32 [ Treponema Pallidum / Twitter ]

Denmark will start a clinical trial of a drug named camostat mesylate tomorrow—barely 1 month after a Cell paper showed the compound can prevent the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, from entering human cells…

03.04.2020 - 07:59 [ Enis Guri Gashi / Twitter ]

Jens Spahn reserved huge amounts Chloroquine against Corona at the German pharma giant Bayer. Bayer also assured the US a big amount of it

(20.03.2020)

02.04.2020 - 17:08 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Dutch propose EU corona medical fund, will contribute up to €1bn

The Netherlands has proposed establishing an EU emergency fund to cover the immediate health costs associated with the coronavirus outbreak and, according to Trouw, is prepared to contribute around €1bn.

The fund, prime minister Mark Rutte said during Wednesday’s debate in parliament, would be filled by contributions by member states and would be a ‘gift to those in need’ rather than a loan or a guarantee.

01.04.2020 - 15:14 [ Worldbank.org ]

China, World Bank and WHO Collaborate to Support ‘Deep Water’ Phase of Health Reforms

(17. Februar 2015)

At the request of senior government officials, the World Bank and the World Health Organization are collaborating with China’s Ministry of Finance, National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to analyze current constraints within the health reform process and identify practical solutions.

“In 2009, the Government of China launched an ambitious national health reform program to provide affordable, equitable and effective health care for all by 2020,” said Bert Hofman, World Bank Country Director for China.

31.03.2020 - 10:07 [ WHO.int ]

Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year

(14.12.2017)

Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), the World Health Organization and global health partners.

This marks an increase on the previous global estimate of 250 000 – 500 000, which dates from over ten years ago and covered all influenza-related deaths, including cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The new figures of 290 000 – 650 000 deaths are based on more recent data from a larger, more diverse group of countries, including lower middle income countries, and exclude deaths from non-respiratory diseases.

30.03.2020 - 07:12 [ theCenterSquare.com ]

In face of massive budget hole, Cuomo criticizes Schumer, Congress for not doing more to help states

The governor expanded his criticism to the entire New York congressional delegation, saying that all three federal rescue bills passed in recent weeks failed to address the state’s looming budget deficit despite his direct communication with senators and representatives.

“Why would you do that to the state of New York?” he asked of the restriction on Medicaid restructuring. ‘Why would you say, ‘Stop a Medicaid redesign that saves taxpayers money that has to be passed by the Assembly and has to be passed by the Senate’? Why would a federal government … trample a state’s right to [address] a Medicaid program that it runs? I don’t even know what the political interest is that they’re trying to protect.”

27.03.2020 - 18:49 [ Washington Post ]

Gouged prices, middlemen and medical supply chaos: Why governors are so upset with Trump

Masks that used to cost pennies now cost several dollars. Companies outside the traditional supply chain offer wildly varying levels of price and quality. Health authorities say they have few other choices to meet their needs in a ‘dog-eat-dog’ battle.

25.03.2020 - 14:32 [ El Pais ]

640,000 rapid coronavirus tests arrive in Spain

Rapid testing kits that will detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have now arrived in Spain, after the Spanish government spent days promising that they were on their way. A total of 640,000 testing kits, which will be distributed “fairly” between Spanish regions, have been acquired from China and South Korea.

24.03.2020 - 18:14 [ theHill.com ]

Cuomo says NY needs 30,000 ventilators, pleads with feds for help

Cuomo said the state needs at least 30,000 of the breathing machines to care for the influx of coronavirus patients that is expected to hit New York in two weeks. So far, the state has procured 7,000, but has only received 400 from the federal government.

24.03.2020 - 18:12 [ New York Times ]

‘Where Are the Ventilators?’: Cuomo Pleads for More Help for New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said the federal government needed to provide more medical equipment as the number of coronavirus cases accelerated.

24.03.2020 - 07:24 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the UK

Table 7. Number of deaths associated with influenza observed through the FluMOMO algorithm with confidence intervals, England, 2014 to 2015 season to 2018 to 2019 (up to week 15):

All ages:

2014/15: 28,330 (27,462 to 29,208)
2015/16: 11,875 (11,237 to 12,524)
2016/17: 18,009 (17,260 to 18,768)
2017/18: 26,408 (17,260 to 18,768)

24.03.2020 - 06:34 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Biggest lockdown of society in British history ordered by Boris Johnson

Mr Johnson made the shock announcement after scientific advisers were dismayed by pictures of crowded Tube trains in London and people up and down the country ignoring Government advice by flocking to public spaces in large numbers.

The Prime Minister was told that unless tough measures were brought in immediately the NHS would quickly collapse under the rapidly escalating numbers of people being hospitalised with the virus. The death toll now stands at 335, the number of positive tests at 6,650.

19.03.2020 - 14:44 [ Bloomberg / Twitter ]

Israel’s Mossad spy agency reportedly obtains 100,000 coronavirus test kits from unidentified sources, and is expected to lay its hands on millions more

19.03.2020 - 14:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Mossad brings 100,000 ‚unusable‘ coronavirus test kits to Israel

A spokesperson for Magen David Adom explained to The Jerusalem Post that specifically, the tests were missing a patented liquid into which the testing sticks need to be dipped before a screening can be administered. Without it, the test cannot be done.

The spokesperson explained that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is „using his connections around the world now“ to try to obtain this liquid as early as Friday.

18.03.2020 - 11:15 [ Regierung von Venezuela - gob.ve ]

President Maduro thanks China’s support to fight COVID-19 in Venezuela

(12.03.2020)

He informed that the Venezuelan government has formally requested Xi Jinping’s government to send specialists, scientists and doctors that took part in controlling coronavirus in China “to unite knowledge and efforts.”

President Maduro pointed out that Venezuela has received 10,000 doses of Interferon alfa 2b, a Cuban antiviral used to fight COVID-19 in China.

18.03.2020 - 08:45 [ Bloomberg ]

Can the European Union Survive the Coronavirus?

Germany, for example, caused outrage in Austria and Switzerland by stopping shipments of face masks to its neighbors. Several states have export restrictions, usually hidden in impenetrable legalese, on medical equipment from goggles to gloves and ventilators. Italy, in particular, feels let down. When it first tried to invoke an EU mechanism to share medical supplies, no member state helped. Ironically, only China sent equipment.

18.03.2020 - 00:53 [ ICRT.cu ]

Cuban drug used to tackle COVID-19

(13.03.2020)

Developed in 1986 by a team of researchers from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), human recombinant Interferon Alfa 2B has benefited thousands of Cuban patients since its introduction into the national health system, and is one of the drugs currently used to combat the new coronavirus COVID-19.

17.03.2020 - 23:55 [ Granma.cu ]

Cuban international medical brigades focused on solidarity and caution

According to information provided by Dr. Jorge Hidalgo Bustillo, director of the Central Unit for Medical Collaboration (UCCM), all 28,268 members of Cuba’s medical brigades working in 61countries, around the world, remain free of the virus, to date.

Given the situation, the center is maintaining close contact with brigade leaders via video conferences, and provides a report on the health of doctors and technicians which is updated daily.

17.03.2020 - 23:45 [ Grayzone ]

Italy and UK rely on help from Cuba, China, Venezuela to fight coronavirus – as US steps up brutal sanctions

Italy requested doctors from China, Cuba, and Venezuela to contain the coronavirus, while Cuba rescued a ship of British citizens. Meanwhile, US sanctions worsen the toll of the Covid-19 crisis in Iran and Venezuela.

17.03.2020 - 22:46 [ CGTN / Twitter ]

China sends first batch of medical aid to #Serbia; 1,000 #COVID2019 rapid test kits arrived in Belgrade on Sunday. Serbian President @avucic Aleksandar Vucic’s video on „China was the only country that would help“ went viral and received a big thumbs up from Chinese netizens.

16.03.2020 - 07:42 [ The Hill ]

German officials to discuss report of U.S. seeking to secure rights to coronavirus vaccine

CureVac said on its website that CureVac CEO Daniel Menichella met with President Trump and Vice President Pence earlier this month to discuss a coronavirus vaccine. The CEO said at the time he was “very confident that we will be able to develop a potent vaccine candidate within a few months.”

06.03.2020 - 21:04 [ New York Times ]

How Working-Class Life Is Killing Americans, in Charts

The combined result is a divergence in the life expectancy of white college graduates and non-graduates. Overall mortality for whites between the ages of 45 and 54 has held roughly steady in the last 25 years. But that average hides a big increase in death rates for non-graduates and a big decline for graduates.

06.03.2020 - 02:42 [ Common Dreams ]

‚Give Us an Hour on MSNBC‘: Sanders Says He Would Love to Debate Medicare for All vs. For-Profit System With Joe Biden

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday night said he would „love to debate Joe Biden on this issue“—the difference between a Medicare for All plan that dozens of studies show would cover all people for less overall cost and the for-profit status quo that leaves an estimated 28 million Americans uninsured and tens of millions more underinsured, vulnerable to bankruptcies, or lacking care due to financial reasons.

26.02.2020 - 20:04 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I’m asking you to join this movement not just to support me. I’m asking you to join this movement to stand with those who can’t afford health insurance, with the 500,000 people who sleep on the streets, with the children who deserve to live on a healthy and habitable planet.

03.02.2020 - 04:16 [ Bernie Sanders / Twitter ]

I simply do not accept a situation where, in the richest country on Earth, our people are afraid to go to the emergency room when they are hurt or sick because they cannot afford the bill. That’s got to change. We need Medicare for All.

07.01.2020 - 19:50 [ Anderson Cooper 360° / Twitter ]

Presidential candidate @BernieSanders hammers Joe Biden for his Iraq War, NAFTA votes. “I just don’t think that that kind of record is going to bring forth the kind energy we need to defeat Trump.”

28.12.2019 - 12:59 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

1 in 6 of our children lives in poverty. 500,000+ Americans are homeless. 87 million are uninsured or underinsured. Half live paycheck to paycheck. But the billionaire class is doing better every day. This is a rigged economy and we are going to change it.

23.12.2019 - 16:19 [ Annie Grayer, for @CNN covering the 2020 presidential election / Twitter ]

Last night in Nashua, NH @berniesanders talked about his critics of Medicare for All. He mentioned three groups: 1. Trump and Republicans 2. The health care industry 3. Establishment Democrats Listen for which group got the loudest boo from the crowd

23.12.2019 - 13:58 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Elizabeth Warren Makes U-Turn on Medicare For All

(21.12.2019)

Elizabeth Warren has changed her tone on medicare for all. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

22.12.2019 - 17:59 [ CNN ]

New ruling means Supreme Court dodges Obamacare showdown, but legal fight rolls on

The New Orleans-based court ruled unconstitutional the individual insurance mandate — which the federal government was no longer enforcing — yet refused to resolve the most pressing issue: does that mean the rest of the law is also unconstitutional?
By a 2-1 vote, the appeals panel returned the case to a US district court judge for the start of another round of rulings.

It will now likely be months, perhaps even years, …

16.12.2019 - 15:47 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: Voters name health care as top issue going into 2020

The nationwide survey, published Thursday, found that 15 percent of registered voters across the U.S. said health care is “is the most important issue facing the nation today.”

Another 12 percent named national security, particularly regarding terrorism. Immigration and the economy each received 10 percent, while climate change came in fourth on the list at 8 percent.

15.12.2019 - 10:09 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson will guarantee his £34billion NHS spending pledge by putting it into law next week

The PM will make it a legal requirement for him to keep his promise to boost funding by £33.9billion a year.

The bold gesture – the first made by any government – will convince doubters of his determination to make the health service a top priority over the next five years.

Mr Johnson wants to build on his stunning general election victory by proving to those who voted Tory for the first time that he can really be trusted.

10.12.2019 - 21:04 [ CommonDreams.org ]

‚Thank You For Rescuing Me‘: Watch Once-Suicidal Veteran Offer Sanders His Flight Jacket During Heartfelt Exchange

Naval Air Force veteran John Weigel, who considered suicide because of $139,000 in medical debt, offered Sen. Bernie Sanders his brown leather flight jacket on Monday to thank the Democratic presidential candidate for his help regaining health insurance and raising funds to cover medical bills.

„Thank you for rescuing me,“ Weigel, a 58-year-old who lives with Huntington’s disease, told Sanders (I-Vt.) at a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada.

10.12.2019 - 21:00 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

When I met John, a veteran, a few months ago, he had $139,000 in medical debt. Thankfully today he is doing much better. We must eliminate all medical debt—and when our veterans come home, they must receive the best quality health care this country can provide them.

26.11.2019 - 06:27 [ CBS News ]

WikiLeaks‘ Julian Assange „could die in prison“ without medical care, doctors say

London — More than 60 doctors have written to British authorities asserting that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange urgently needs medical treatment at a university hospital. The doctors said in a letter published Monday that Assange suffers from psychological problems including depression as well as dental issues and a serious shoulder ailment.

16.11.2019 - 23:42 [ Yarnie / Twitter ]

I’m #TooFarLeft? @BarackObama u are too rich & far right to know how depressing & exhausting my life is. I work 70 hrs a week to make $35,000. I have a paid for 10-yr-old car, a livingroom is my bedroom. Most of my money goes to pay unaffordable ACA for HC I need to save my life.

02.11.2019 - 09:15 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Trump promised „insurance for everybody.“ Instead, nearly 500,000 children have lost health insurance since he took office. Enough is enough. We need Medicare for All now.

02.11.2019 - 09:12 [ theHill.com ]

Pelosi: ‚I’m not a big fan of Medicare for All‘

The comments come on the same day that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), one of the party’s leading presidential contenders, released her Medicare for All plan, saying it would not directly raise taxes on the middle class.

Pelosi, though, raised concerns about the price tag of such a proposal, as well as the notion of eliminating private insurance, which she noted that some people like.

07.10.2019 - 21:10 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Americans are sick of hearing from politicians that we can’t afford clean water, upgraded infrastructure, healthcare, education, etc. I’m running for president to end regime change wars/the new cold war/arms race and redirect our country’s resources to caring for our people.

21.09.2019 - 17:41 [ New York Times ]

Bernie Sanders Calls for Eliminating Americans’ Medical Debt

On top of his “Medicare for all” proposal, Mr. Sanders’s new plan would wipe out an estimated $81 billion in existing medical debt and ignore such debt in credit scores.

15.09.2019 - 19:45 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Your ability to get insulin or see a doctor shouldn’t depend on how generous a billionaire is feeling today. Employers stripping healthcare, either by taking it away or worsening it, is just part of the casual dehumanization of working people to increase returns for the rich.

15.09.2019 - 19:39 [ Business Insider ]

Whole Foods is cutting medical benefits for hundreds of part-time workers

A 15-year employee of Whole Foods said she was devastated by the news.

She told Business Insider in an interview that her family was covered by the health-insurance plan she is enrolled in through her job at Whole Foods.

She said she would have to increase her hours to become eligible for full-time benefits and pay for childcare, or shop for a new and potentially more expensive health-insurance plan on the private marketplace.

15.09.2019 - 19:30 [ USA Today ]

Bernie Sanders bashes Joe Biden, embraces Trump supporter during Nevada campaign stop

The exchange started combatively, with Sanders and Herron shouting over each other about the state of the health care system.

But it ended with the pair locked in a half-hug, as Sanders asked Herron to help him take on entrenched corporate health care interests.

15.09.2019 - 19:16 [ Annie Grayer, on the trail for @CNN covering the 2020 presidential election / Twitter ]

During a town hall in Carson City, Nevada today, a deeply personal moment happened between @BernieSanders and a veteran who has stage four Huntington’s disease and is $139,000 in debt. I was at the event and shared what I saw with @donlemon on @CNNTonight, making my TV debut

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14.09.2019 - 22:19 [ theGazette.com ]

For Tulsi Gabbard, ‚wasteful‘ foreign policy at root of all other issues

“Every time your local city council member, your state representative, your member of Congress tells you there’s not enough money to make sure we have clean water, there’s not enough money to have quality health care for all … there’s just not enough money to make sure our kids have the tools they need to get the best education possible,” that’s the cost of current foreign policy, said Gabbard, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

In the 18 years since Sept. 11, 2001, taxpayers have spent $6 trillion for the War on Terror, she said. The bill continues to go up at a rate of $4 billion a month for the war in Afghanistan.

14.09.2019 - 09:21 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

And guess what: if you also believe in a free + open democratic society, where people are treated humanely and don’t die over $300 insulin or needless war, they’ll call you a communist too. Well, they don’t scare us or shake our focus. We are going to build a better world.

07.08.2019 - 17:30 [ NewStatesman.com ]

The computer will see you now

“We started 20 years back. I didn’t even know we were doing AI then. It was only three or four years ago when someone said: ‘That’s whatyou’re doing.’”

27.07.2019 - 14:06 [ NowThis ‏/ Twitter ]

‘Many people know that I was working in a restaurant when I got elected, but they don’t know why.’ — Rep. @AOC opened up about her family’s struggle and her father’s battle with lung cancer in a hearing on affordable health care

21.07.2019 - 16:20 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

This Candidate Is P*SSED Off And Ready For Change

Aeiramique Glass Blake is running to make a change in Washington. Brooke Thomas and Aeiramique Glass Blake, hosts of The Conversation, break it down.

21.07.2019 - 16:05 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

#TYT #TheYoungTurks #TheConversation Progressive Candidate Ready To Reform Democratic Party!

Jose Caballero is tired of the poor leadership from establishment Democrats! Brooke Thomas and Jose Caballero, hosts of The Conversation, break it down.

17.07.2019 - 19:57 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

You can’t change a corrupt system by taking its money. Today I am calling on every Democratic candidate to join us in rejecting money from the insurance and drug industries. #MedicareForAll

14.07.2019 - 19:31 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Foreign policy is inseparable from domestic issues because as long as we are wasting trillions of dollars on regime change wars, the new cold war & nuclear arms race, we will not have the money for infrastructure, health care, clean water, education, and other needs of our people

14.07.2019 - 19:23 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

This is why we are going to defeat Trump: Working people are sick and tired of working more for less. They’re tired of 3 people owning more wealth than the bottom half. They’re tired of not being able to afford health care.

03.07.2019 - 10:36 [ Tulsi Gabbard ‏/ Twitter ]

I understand the importance of national security as well as the high cost of war. As president, I’ll redirect the money now wasted in regime change wars & new cold war into healthcare, a green economy, education, & much more.

28.06.2019 - 08:57 [ teleSUR ]

Bernie Sanders Dem Debate: Education, Health Care For All

Around 100 professors from public and private universities across the U.S. endorsed Wednesday Sander’s proposal to cancel the nation’s student debt that has ratcheted up to US$1.6 trillion.

23.06.2019 - 13:38 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

The corporate wing of the party thinks we’re an “existential threat” because we want to: -Make health care a right -Break up big banks -Save the planet -Make college tuition-free -End endless wars -Make the wealthy pay their fair share If that makes us a „threat,” so be it.

13.06.2019 - 08:21 [ Josh Fox, Oscar-nominated director of GASLAND / Twitter ]

This is the speech I’ve been waiting to hear all my life. Thank you @BernieSanders for standing up for economic equality for all Americans!

13.06.2019 - 08:15 [ New York Times ]

Bernie Sanders Calls His Brand of Socialism a Pathway to Beating Trump

Mr. Trump has repeatedly called Mr. Sanders “crazy” and extrapolated the socialist label to all Democrats. He and other Republicans have seized on proposals like “Medicare for all” to portray Democrats as far out of the mainstream, signaling clearly that it will be a major line of attack in the general election.

Speaking in a small theater on the campus of George Washington University, Mr. Sanders struck back at these negative characterizations.

13.06.2019 - 08:08 [ CNN ]

Bernie Sanders makes the case for democratic socialism as Trump attacks and moderate Democrats worry

President Donald Trump is attacking it. Moderate Democratic candidates are warning against it, too. But in a speech Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders leaned in to his democratic socialist vision, casting his policies as the „unfinished business“ of the New Deal era, and argued that the nation must embrace his politics in order to defeat rising global authoritarianism.

01.06.2019 - 13:11 [ teleSUR English ‏/ Twitter ]

#FromTheSouth News Bits | Mass protests in #Honduras against the government of president Juan Orlando Hernandez have been met with heavy police repression. Our correspondent in Honduras @GildateleSUR has the story. #FueraJOH

01.06.2019 - 13:06 [ safetravelsmagazine.com ]

Travel Advice: Violent protests and disruption amid ongoing 48-hour strike in Honduras – advice and info

A 48-hour strike that is set to end later today (Friday) has lead to violent protests and widespread disruption in Honduras. People are striking against government plans to privatise education and healthcare.

28.04.2019 - 12:18 [ CEPR.net ]

Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela

We find that the sanctions have inflicted, and increasingly inflict, very serious harm to human life and health, including an estimated more than 40,000 deaths from 2017–2018; and that these sanctions would fit the definition of collective punishment of the civilian population as described in both the Geneva and Hague international conventions, to which the US is a signatory. They are also illegal under international law and treaties which the US has signed, and would appear to violate US law as well.

28.04.2019 - 12:16 [ Independent.co.uk ]

US sanctions on Venezuela responsible for ‚tens of thousands‘ of deaths, claims new report

As many as 40,000 people may have died in Venezuela as a result of US sanctions that made it harder for ordinary citizens to access food, medicine and medical equipment, a new report has claimed.

The report, published by the Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) a progressive, Washington DC-based think tank, says those deaths took place following the imposition of sanctions in the summer of 2017.