Biden supports banning only new oil and gas permits, fracking included, on federal land. But most U.S. production is on private land — the U.S. Bureau of Land Management says production on federal land accounted for less than 10% of oil and gas in 2018. … [Read more...] about AP fact check: Trump, GOP distort on health care, voting fraud
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Other speakers at the webinar include President of the World medical association, Dr George Nigel, Prof Ruth Kattumurui, Senior Director EVSD Commonwealth Secretarial, President, Dr, Darren Dooreeram, UMA Clair Merrilen reductive committee, Dr David Strain, Honourable General secretary Malaysian Medical Association, Dr Thirunavullarasu R. among others. … [Read more...] about To defeat COVID-19, govts must invest in health workforce — Physicians
“So we realized that we had to tell his wife that she couldn’t come with us,” recalls Rosemary, who asked to be identified by only her first name. “And it came to be revealed that this couple had been married for over 60 years. It was just absolutely soul-crushing for us to realize that. We knew there was a good chance that, if we took him into the hospital, he wasn’t going to come back out. So we were in the position of having to tell this woman, ‘You need to say goodbye to your husband.’” Once they had arrived at the hospital and safely passed the patient on to the doctors and nurses there, Rosemary went to a deserted corner of the parking lot and cried. “That was very, very difficult,” she says. “That one almost broke me.” … [Read more...] about Mental Health in the US is Suffering—Will It Go Back to Normal?
But by withholding aid from states and rent-burdened bars and restaurants, congressional Republicans are almost certainly facilitating COVID’s spread. As The American Prospect’s David Dayen has reported, states that are especially dependent on income tax revenue to fund their budgets were more likely to reopen early than states that were relatively less dependent on such revenue (when controlling for other variables). Meanwhile, one reason why the Sun Belt saw a major spike of cases this summer — even as the E.U. saw its case count decline during that period — was that many U.S. states lifted restrictions on bars and indoor dining as soon as they “bent” the curve of infection, rather than waiting until they had “broken” it. … [Read more...] about Congress Must Bail Out Bars for Public Health’s Sake
How have our states done it? Social distancing, mask wearing mandates, and science-based communication have been vital. But one key factor has received less fanfare: the use of community-based strategies for testing, contact tracing and social support. In Chelsea, the coronavirus epicenter in Massachusetts, our clinic was flooded with COVID-19 patients in April, when rates of infection surged to 3,841 per 100,000 people, one of the highest in the country. Chelsea responded by bringing testing into the community at pop-up sites in the town square. It worked with the state to hire unemployed residents as contact tracers. Community health workers and community organizations organized to provide social support, like food aid, quarantine kits, and even shelter for those unable to safely isolate at home. Community-driven action helped slow the virus, save lives and reduce test positivity, allowing us to safely re-open the economy. … [Read more...] about Expanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously