Health

An Economic Tsunami Could Thrust Half a Billion People Into Extreme Poverty
Economy
An Economic Tsunami Could Thrust Half a Billion People Into Extreme Poverty

RIO DE JANEIRO — It seemed like Silvanah Lima was finally getting ahead. Born and raised in Brazil’s drought-ridden northeast, she moved with her partner to Rio de Janeiro in 2018, in search of work. He was hired as a... Read More

How Long Immunity Lasts After a Coronavirus Infection and What That Means for Vaccines
Health
How Long Immunity Lasts After a Coronavirus Infection and What That Means for Vaccines

In 1846, the measles descended on a rocky cluster of islands in the North Atlantic for the first time in decades, and its path was relentless. The virus infected more than 6,000 of the Faroe Islands’ 7,782 inhabitants, killing dozens... Read More

Fauci Warns Senate Panel of
Health
Fauci Warns Senate Panel of "Really Serious" Consequences to Fast Reopening
2020-05-12 19:11:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, told a Senate panel on Tuesday there could be "really serious" consequences to states and cities across the United States reopening their economies too quickly. He told the Senate... Read More

Governors of 5 States Call for $1 Trillion in Federal Relief
State News
Governors of 5 States Call for $1 Trillion in Federal Relief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his counterparts in four Western states on Monday asked Congress for $1 trillion in COVID-19 pandemic relief for all states and local governments. Newsom joined with the governors of Oregon, Washington, Nevada... Read More

Trump Backs Expanded Testing as West Wing Battles Infections
Health
Trump Backs Expanded Testing as West Wing Battles Infections

WASHINGTON — Under fire for inadequate coronavirus testing across the country, President Donald Trump insisted Monday that enough testing is available to allow more Americans to safely return to work even as the White House, perhaps the world’s most secure... Read More

White House Requires Officials to Wear Masks In West Wing
In The News
White House Requires Officials to Wear Masks In West Wing
2020-05-11 21:54:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday told all employees working in the White House that they will now be required to wear masks whenever they are in the West Wing. The internal memo, which was distributed to staff members... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Majority Disapprove of Coronavirus Protests
Opinion Polls
AP-NORC Poll: Majority Disapprove of Coronavirus Protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans disapprove of protests against restrictions aimed at preventing the spread the coronavirus, according to a new poll that also finds the still-expansive support for such limits — including restaurant closures and stay-at-home orders... Read More

Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets
Veterans
Schumer Calls on VA to Explain Use of Unproven Drug on Vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat on Sunday called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why it allowed the use of an unproven drug on veterans for the coronavirus, saying patients may have been put at unnecessary risk. Sen. Charles... Read More

With DACA Down to the Wire, Immigrant Health Care Workers Fight the Pandemic as Possible Deportation Looms
Immigration
With DACA Down to the Wire, Immigrant Health Care Workers Fight the Pandemic as Possible Deportation Looms

PHILADELPHIA — When hospital CT technologist Louise Rogenski scans patients known or suspected to have COVID-19, she’s close enough to see the fear in their eyes. She never lets it show that she’s anxious too — and not only because... Read More

Many Health Providers on Brink of Insolvency
Health
Many Health Providers on Brink of Insolvency

WASHINGTON — While hospitals strain to treat the surge of acutely ill COVID-19 patients, the crisis threatens the stability of the rest of the health care system. Elective surgeries and routine medical care are on hold. As a result, medical... Read More

ER Visits Plummet Amid Pandemic: ‘More People Are Dying at Home’
Health
ER Visits Plummet Amid Pandemic: ‘More People Are Dying at Home’

DETROIT — When COVID-19 first hit metro Detroit, hospitals urged sick people to stay away. Now they’re saying come back because the original message, compounded with fears, came with a cost: Heart attack victims died at home. Stroke patients let... Read More

Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
Spotlight
Rodney Davis, Fighting a Pandemic at Home and in DC
2020-05-08 14:12:00
by Dan McCue

It was cold and rainy in Taylorville, Illinois as Rep. Rodney Davis answered his phone to discuss the new normal that comes with living through a pandemic. As Davis spoke, his wife Shannon was working as a practicing nurse at... Read More

Barr Vows to Push Overturning of Obamacare, Despite Virus
Health
Barr Vows to Push Overturning of Obamacare, Despite Virus

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department would continue its efforts to invalidate Obamacare even as millions of Americans have lost their health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic. Barr, in an interview with CBS News on Thursday,... Read More

Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening
State News
Governors Disregarding White House Guidelines on Reopening

Many governors across the U.S. are disregarding or creatively interpreting White House guidelines for safely easing restrictions and letting businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, an Associated Press analysis found. The AP determined that 17 states did not meet a... Read More

More Nuance Needed In Church Lawsuit Over Virginia Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders
State News
More Nuance Needed In Church Lawsuit Over Virginia Governor’s Stay-At-Home Orders
2020-05-07 14:59:45
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - As state governments weigh their responses to the coronavirus pandemic, religious groups across America have voiced concerns that lockdown measures could infringe on their constitutional rights. Last month, police broke up a gathering of 16 people at Lighthouse... Read More

Trump Holds Firm on Bid to Ask Supreme Court to End 2010 Health Care Law
Health
Trump Holds Firm on Bid to Ask Supreme Court to End 2010 Health Care Law

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration would not alter its call for the Supreme Court to strike down the 2010 health care law. “We want to terminate health care under Obamacare,” Trump told reporters Wednesday in... Read More

Covering Congress Amid Coronavirus Means Masks, Hallway Contortions and Apologies for the Crying Baby
Media
Covering Congress Amid Coronavirus Means Masks, Hallway Contortions and Apologies for the Crying Baby

WASHINGTON — Phone interviews with lawmakers all start with the same disclaimer now: I apologize in advance for the screaming child. He’s fine, he’s supervised. We learned quickly when the Los Angeles Times closed its Washington bureau because of the... Read More

Federal Courts Seek More Money and Judges in Next COVID-19 Bill
Economy
Federal Courts Seek More Money and Judges in Next COVID-19 Bill

WASHINGTON — The federal courts asked Congress for an additional $36.6 million and more judge positions in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, for safety and to handle the backlog of cases that will be delayed until after it is... Read More

White House May Close Its Coronavirus Task Force This Month
In The News
White House May Close Its Coronavirus Task Force This Month

WASHINGTON — Although the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, the White House plans to wind down the task force that is guiding the federal government’s response and hand off responsibility to individual agencies, a move aimed at distancing President... Read More

Trump Officials Ignored Coronavirus Warnings, Ousted Scientist Says in Complaint
Health
Trump Officials Ignored Coronavirus Warnings, Ousted Scientist Says in Complaint

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration health officials repeatedly ignored warnings in January and February about the need for masks and other protective equipment to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak, according to a detailed whistleblower complaint from a senior scientist ousted... Read More

Researchers Claim Reduced Traffic Caused by Pandemic Could Become Permanent
Transportation
Researchers Claim Reduced Traffic Caused by Pandemic Could Become Permanent
2020-05-06 12:47:10
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The coronavirus pandemic has made life harder for Americans, but one of the few upsides of the crisis has been a massive reduction of traffic across the country. With fewer cars on the roads, Americans have enjoyed cleaner... Read More

Orlando Firm Harnessing UV Rays to Defeat the Coronavirus
Innovation
Orlando Firm Harnessing UV Rays to Defeat the Coronavirus
2020-05-06 00:30:15
by Dan McCue

Like a lot of us, Mark Nathan noticed that no matter how successful a business trip had been, he regularly returned home only to fall ill from the bacteria and viruses he encountered on airplanes, in hotel and conference rooms... Read More

Viral Post Alleging Obama-Era Device Tax Caused Current PPE Shortage Is Way Off
In The News
Viral Post Alleging Obama-Era Device Tax Caused Current PPE Shortage Is Way Off

A social media post, which in April was shared widely on Facebook and made appearances on a conservative online discussion forum, asserts that former President Barack Obama signed legislation that caused companies to manufacture medical devices overseas, including items essential... Read More

Restaurants Sue Insurance Companies for Business Losses from Pandemic
Litigation
Restaurants Sue Insurance Companies for Business Losses from Pandemic
2020-05-05 14:56:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Restaurants are filing a surge of lawsuits against insurance companies as they seek coverage for business interruptions during the coronavirus shutdown. The insurance companies say their business interruption policies grant them exemptions for viruses that cause no physical... Read More

White House Disclaims Projection Showing Surge in Virus Outbreak
Health
White House Disclaims Projection Showing Surge in Virus Outbreak

WASHINGTON — An internal projection created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the U.S. coronavirus outbreak vastly accelerating by June to more than 200,000 new cases and 2,500 deaths per day — far more than the country... Read More

Former ’Ebola Czar’ Discusses Administration’s COVID-19 Response
Think Tanks
Former ’Ebola Czar’ Discusses Administration’s COVID-19 Response
2020-05-04 19:28:53
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON‌ ‌–‌ ‌Ron‌ ‌Klain,‌ ‌U.S.‌ ‌Ebola‌ ‌response‌ ‌coordinator‌ ‌from‌ ‌2014‌ ‌to‌ ‌2015,‌ ‌recently spoke‌ ‌to‌ ‌diplomats‌ ‌convened‌ ‌virtually‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Meridian‌ ‌International‌ ‌Center‌ ‌to‌ ‌share‌ ‌his‌ ‌lessons learned‌ ‌about‌ ‌pandemic‌ ‌management‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌ongoing‌ ‌Ebola‌ ‌crisis.‌ ‌ Klain,‌ ‌informally‌ ‌dubbed‌... Read More

Caregivers of Americans With Disabilities Cannot Be Left Behind in COVID-19
Opinions
Caregivers of Americans With Disabilities Cannot Be Left Behind in COVID-19

The threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is concerning to most Americans, but it is particularly critical for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and those with acquired disabilities as seen in people with brain and spinal cord injuries or... Read More

Crowding by Shutdown Protesters Is ‘Devastatingly Worrisome,’ White House Adviser Says
Health
Crowding by Shutdown Protesters Is ‘Devastatingly Worrisome,’ White House Adviser Says

WASHINGTON — The sight of anti-shutdown protesters crowded together in public, often unmasked, is “devastatingly worrisome,” the White House coronavirus task coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, said Sunday. But Birx, whose boss President Donald Trump has called the protesters “very good... Read More

Pompeo Says ‘Enormous Evidence’ Links Virus to Wuhan Laboratory
Geopolitics
Pompeo Says ‘Enormous Evidence’ Links Virus to Wuhan Laboratory

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said “enormous evidence” shows the novel coronavirus outbreak began in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, and that Beijing has refused to give international scientists access to learn what happened. “I can tell... Read More

House‌ ‌Democrats‌ ‌Say‌ ‌Freezing‌ ‌WHO‌ ‌Funding‌ ‌Could‌ ‌Harm‌ ‌Venezuelans‌
Health
House‌ ‌Democrats‌ ‌Say‌ ‌Freezing‌ ‌WHO‌ ‌Funding‌ ‌Could‌ ‌Harm‌ ‌Venezuelans‌
2020-05-04 13:00:58
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON‌ ‌-‌ ‌House‌ ‌Democrats‌ ‌urged‌ ‌the‌ ‌Trump‌ ‌administration‌ ‌on‌ ‌Friday‌ ‌to‌ ‌resume‌ ‌funding‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌Pan‌ ‌American‌ ‌Health‌ ‌Organization,‌ ‌a‌ ‌regional‌ ‌branch‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌World‌ ‌Health Organization‌ ‌that‌ ‌operates‌ ‌in‌ ‌Latin‌ ‌America.‌ ‌ In‌ ‌a‌ ‌letter‌ ‌to‌ ‌Secretary‌ ‌of‌ ‌State‌... Read More

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