2020-03-27: Social Media Postees

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[World Report] Venezuelan migrants "struggling to survive" amid COVID-19
Joe Parkin Daniels | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Humanitarian organisations are concerned that border closures and health-care shortages are amplifying the challenges posed by COVID-19. Joe Parkin Daniels reports from Bogotá.

[Correspondence] COVID-19 cacophony: is there any orchestra conductor?
Antoine Flahault | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
The first wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is currently invading the world, and several countries are now struggling to fight it or trying to delay its start to help smooth its peak size for the purpose of lowering morbidity and mortality, and thereby reduce the overall tension on their health-care system. China's first major outbreaks of COVID-19 happened in January, 2020. Then South Korea, Iran, and Italy entered into this Ravel's Bolero-like epidemic in late February and early March, 2020, and many other countries are preparing to play the same rhythmic pattern in the coming days and weeks.

[Editorial] COVID-19: learning from experience
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Over the past 2 weeks, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has marched relentlessly westward. On March 13, WHO said that Europe was now the centre of the pandemic. A few days later, deaths in Italy surpassed those in China. Iran and Spain had also reported over 1000 deaths as of March 23, and many other European countries and the USA reported increasing numbers of cases, heralding an imminent wave of fatalities. Following the sweep of COVID-19 is a series of dramatic containment measures that reflect the scale of the threat posed by the pandemic.

[Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the NHS–"a national scandal"
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
"When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety." So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. The UK Government's Contain–Delay–Mitigate–Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn't follow WHO's advice to "test, test, test" every suspected case. They didn't isolate and quarantine. They didn't contact trace. These basic principles of public health and infectious disease control were ignored, for reasons that r…

[World Report] PrEP finally approved on NHS in England
Tony Kirby | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
After years of wrangling, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention will finally be available on the National Health Service in England. Tony Kirby reports.

[Editorial] Building on the PrEP victory
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
On March 15, the UK Department of Health and Social Care announced funding to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication available on the National Health Service in England for HIV prevention. This decision will be met, finally, with a sense of achievement by HIV activists and care providers, who have fought long and hard to make tenofovir-based PrEP drugs widely accessible in the UK, 8 years after the US Food and Drug Administration approved them and more than 4 years after WHO recommended their use for people at high risk of acquiring HIV.

[Comment] Why WHO needs a feminist economic agenda
Asha Herten-Crabb, Sara E Davies | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
In September, 2019, Alan Donnelly and Ilona Kickbusch called for a chief economist at WHO.1 Such a position, they argued, would enable WHO to better advocate for greater recognition of, and thus action on, the interdependency of health and the economy. We support this proposal: recognition of the interdependence of health and the economy is vital for WHO to achieve its mandate: "the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health…without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition".

Migrants in Hawaii care for the elderly, the aloha way
news.un.org | 2020-03-27
Migrants are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of health care around the world. The number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who move from developing countries to take up posts in developed countries is expected to rise as the global population of older persons and children continues to grow.

The Italian war-like measures to fight coronavirus spreading: Re-open closed hospitals now
Alessandro Miani, Ernesto Burgio, Prisco Piscitelli, Renato Lauro, Annamaria Colao | thelancet.com | 2020-03-27
As recently highlighted by The Lancet, the Covid-19 outbreak started in Northern Italy has shocked Europe, while it has been questioned if China benefits from an authoritarian advantage in disease response [1,2]. In Italy, after the shutdown of the educational system (schools and Universities will remain closed at least for one month) and the collapse of the touristic sector (90% of travels and reservations cancelled), the Government officially locked down residents of all the region of Milan (Lombardia) and other 11 provinces.

No More "One Mask Per Shift"! SF NNU Nurses Demand Real Protection At St. Mary's Hospital
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-03-27
San Francisco NNU CNA nurses rallied on 3/26/20 outside St. Mary's hospital to protest the management's order use the same mask all day which threatens the health and safety of nurses and patients. They collected donated masks and also were angry against the CDC regulations which have been downgraded threatening their health.

"I Will Not Kill My Mother for Your Stock Portfolio"
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
despite his repeated reference to the battle against COVID-19 as a "war" against a "vicious invisible enemy," Trump has so far refused to follow the pleas of public health experts, mayors, and governors for him to invoke the Defense Production Act. The legislation empowers the White House to order corporations to convert production over to manufacture of items needed to fight the war: masks, medical gowns, ventilators, respirators, test-kits, hospital beds and the like.

Bernie Sanders Voted for Corporate Bailout Bill. "Hand Outs" to Big Money, Crumbs for Ordinary Americans
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-27
Make no mistake. Legislation that should be called the GOP/Dem-Don't-Care/CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act is a corporate bailout bill with crumbs for ordinary Americans. | It's a bandaid approach to a public health emergency/economic crisis, the latter mostly …

Corona culture: Europe and the new normal
Dennis Broe | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-27
PARIS–After its outbreak in China, Europe had been called the new epicenter of the disease, and particularly Western Europe, where the responses have varied from the new Socialist-Podemos coalition in Spain nationalizing the country's industry to a total quarantine in France by the neoliberal Macron, criticized for being three weeks too late. Some predict that …

Western Media Focusses On Big Pharma's Search for a Coronavirus Vaccine While Suppressing Coverage of High Dose Intravenus Vitamin C to Save Lives in China
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-27
Not a day passes without some hyped up media story of how big-pharma is racing to the rescue of humanity with its search for a coronavirus vaccine. There are over 40 companies now searching for a vaccine. Collectively they are …

Why is the U.S. so Exceptionally Vulnerable to Covid-19?
Nicolas J.S. Davies | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-27
The United States has become the new center of the global coronavirus pandemic, with over 86,000 cases, more than China or Italy. More than a thousand Americans have already died, but this is surely only the very beginning of this deadly collision between the U.S.'s uniquely inadequate public healthcare system and a real pandemic. On …

S.F. has 8,000 Homeless, 30,000 empty homes, 42,000 empty hotel rooms
repost | indybay.org | 2020-03-27
We are now seeing the boarding up of businesses in San Francisco, including the huge Sir Francis Drake Hotel near Union Square due to loss of tourist business. Meanwhile, San Francisco has an estimated 8,000 homeless, 30,000 empty homes and 42,000 empty hotel rooms. The homeless must be housed right now to save their lives from the coronavirus and to stop the epidemic. At sfunitedincrisis.org/, 100 medical professionals have a letter with their recommendations.

Gilead Sciences Backs Off Monopoly Claim for Promising Coronavirus Drug
Sharon Lerner | zcomm.org | 2020-03-27
"Gilead is notorious for price gouging. Gilead holds the key to bringing down and ending both HIV and hep C epidemics, and in both cases, prices have played a real factor in our inability to stop both epidemics. And that's terrifying."

Orban imposes 2-week lockdown, expects coronavirus peak in Hungary by July
rt.com | 2020-03-27
Hungary is imposing a two-week lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. It is expected to peak in the country in June or July, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. | Citizens will be allowed to go to work, shop and take limited exercise outside during the lockdown, which starts on Saturday. However, they should keep distance from each other, Orban said on public radio. Restrictions would be enforced by police, he added. | Hungary has recorded around 300 coronavirus cases and 10 deaths, Reuters reported. Orban has said the actual number of cases is probably much higher. "Restrictions put…

Seven Rules for the Boeing Bailout
Richard Eskow | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
Call it the "Boeing bailout." As the world struggles with the pandemic, Boeing should be seen as the vector for a parallel epidemic. It's Patient Zero in an epidemic of corporate failure. As we change the way we live our lives, corporations like Boeing should change the way they are run. Corporate mismanagement made this…

Italy's WORST day: Coronavirus death rate highest since start of outbreak with 900+ fatalities
rt.com | 2020-03-27
Italy has experienced its worst day yet in the country's devastating coronavirus epidemic, with 919 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours

Cat contracts coronavirus FROM sick owner in new case of human-to-animal transition
rt.com | 2020-03-27
As scientists around the world battle for a cure or vaccine to Covid-19, a new case of human-to-animal transmission has arisen in Belgium, where health experts say a cat contracted the disease from its coronavirus-stricken owner. | Just one week after the pet owner in Liege, Belgium was diagnosed with Covid-19, their cat also started showing symptoms of the disease, including respiratory problems and diarrhea. | As panic over the outbreak keeps gaining ground, spokesman for Belgium's coronavirus crisis center, Emmanuel Andre, tried to reassure the public that the infected animal was an "isolated case." | "Ther…

Spain's Covid-19 death toll SPIKES again as 769 die in new single day record
rt.com | 2020-03-27
Spain's health ministry has announced that it has suffered another record breaking day for Covid-19 deaths as 769 people fell victim to the disease in one day. | Health officials revealed on Friday morning that the number of fatalities jumped to 4,858, while the number of confirmed infections in the country has risen from 56,188 to 64,059. | The rate of infection has seemingly slowed, however, with the 7,871 jump in new cases making a 14 percent increase on the previous day. That compares favorably to the 18 percent increase announced on Thursday and Wednesday's 20 percent surge. | Worryingly, however, the mor…

Coronavirus creeps closer to Putin as Kremlin staffer diagnosed with Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-27
With news of Boris Johnson's coronavirus infection and Justin Trudeau's self isolation, it's clear that jobs which involve lots of meetings and shaking hands aren't the safest occupations at present. | Now, in Russia, fears are growing that the disease might have already infiltrated President Putin's closest circle. The anxiety has been fueled by confirmation on Friday that at least one employee of the presidential administration has contracted Covid-19. | Putin's spokesman told reporters he was aware of the situation. However, Dmitry Peskov said the individual concerned did not have direct contact with Putin.

UK health secretary Hancock follows PM Johnson in testing POSITIVE for Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-27
The UK's health secretary Matt Hancock has tested positive for coronavirus just hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that he is carrying the disease. | In a video posted on Twitter, a nasally Hancock said that he had been working from home in recent days because he was displaying "mild symptoms" of the Covid-19 infection. He said that doctors told him to get tested and the test came back positive so he will be self-isolating until next Thursday. | Following medical advice, I was advised to test for #Coronavirus. | I…

Covid-19: The Panic Is Worse Than the Pathogen
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-27
The Corona Virus Disease 2019 or "Covid-19" is a coronavirus similar to the virus that causes pneumonia. Covid-19 is a danger to at-risk groups including the elderly and the chronically ill. | If you are not elderly and if you are …

Surveying the virus battlefield: Russian military medics inspect Covid-19 health facilities in Bergamo, Italy (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-27
Russian military medics carried out reconnaissance at health facilities in Bergamo, where the elderly are being treated for the coronavirus, before engaging in the fight against the disease on Italian soil. | The Russian experts, sporting full protective gear, inspected four hospitals with their Italian colleagues on Friday. They examined the layout of the buildings and talked to staff to come up with a list of urgent measures needed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and establish the scope of disinfection activities. | The Russian contingent of around 100 servicemen and 22 Kamaz trucks arrived in Italy on…

The Landfill In Our Bodies… How Human Biomonitoring Detected Toxins from a federal Hunters
Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD, PD | indybay.org | 2020-03-27
Building 830 houses the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND)and Lab Animal Resource Center (LARC). It is, arguably, the most high risk building on the naval base. A gas monitoring probe located adjacent to Building 830(GMP3) detects methane concentrations at the landfill surface as high as 50% volume in air.

In the Grip of Disease
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
Even more than war, the corona virus pandemic is causing chaos. It is threatening the people of the United Kingdom as well as human beings all over the world. The virus is invisible. It can be everywhere and nowhere. Virus of confusion You turn on the radio or television and the only discussion is about this incomprehensive…

Fighting resumes in Libya amid efforts to stop coronavirus pandemic
rt.com | 2020-03-27
Battles raged on several fronts in Libya on Friday after a night of heavy bombardment in Tripoli, Reuters reported, citing combatants and residents. After a comparative lull, serious warfare resumed this week despite international calls for calm to allow Libya's fragmented health system to prepare for any spread of the coronavirus. Libya confirmed its first case of the infectious disease on Monday. | The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar has been assaulting Tripoli for nearly a year, hoping to capture the capital in the northwest where the internationally recognized Governmen…

God's Vengeance: the Christian Right and the Coronavirus
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
Steven Andrew is pastor of the USA Christian Church in San Jose (CA) who warns, "Obeying God protects the USA from diseases, such as the coronavirus." He goes on, Bible thumping,…

UK medical chief in ISOLATION after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms
rt.com | 2020-03-27
England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has gone into self-isolation in his home after experiencing symptoms that are compatible with Covid-19. | Professor Whitty, who is the top medical adviser to the UK government, said on Friday that he began experiencing symptoms on Thursday night and he would be in isolation for seven days. | The health official's announcement caps a remarkable day in the UK in which the prime minister and the health secretary both revealed that they have contracted the disease. | Whitty has worked closely with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in recent days. The professor said he will c…

Russia records third coronavirus patient death as number infected surpasses 1,000
rt.com | 2020-03-27
Another person diagnosed with Covid-19 has died in Moscow, bringing the overall death toll in Russia to three people. 196 new cases were announced on Friday, which means the nationwide number of infected now stands at 1,036. | The latest victim was a 70-year-old woman with a number of underlying conditions. She had suffered from diabetes for 20 years and also had terminal renal failure and other diseases. | The two other Russian deaths, announced on Wednesday, also involved elderly patients, aged 88 and 73 respectively. Last week, a 79-year-old woman was initially thought to have succumbed to coronavirus, but…

IMF Announces Coronavirus Debt Relief and Increased Lending Resources
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-03-27
As the coronavirus continues to take lives and wreak havoc on health systems and the economy, the International Monetary Fund announced plans for debt relief for poor countries and increased lending resources for all countries.

Australian school system in chaos after coronavirus semi-closures
wsws.org | 2020-03-27
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's insistence that schools remain open as usual reflected economic, not health, considerations.

Fiat Chrysler and Ford set April 14 target to re-open US plants
wsws.org | 2020-03-27
The rush to re-open the plants collides with elementary public health considerations and will expose tens of thousands of autoworkers to the risk of infection and death.

COVID-19 pandemic: Doctors sue French government for criminal negligence
wsws.org | 2020-03-27
Lawyers representing hundreds of health-care professionals are filing a suit charging Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and other top officials with criminal negligence.

G20 Emergency Meeting Convenes on Coronavirus Health and Economic Impacts
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-03-27
Saudi Arabia chaired an emergency virtual G20 meeting for Presidents and Prime Minsters as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global economy.

Veteran Chicano leader Carlos Montes blasts Trump response to crisis
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-27
Los Angeles, CA – Long time Chicano leader Carlos Montes blasted the Trump administration's mishandling of the pandemic, March 25, stating, "President Trump's irrational and disjointed response to this COVID-19 pandemic is causing major harm to working people." | Montes continued, "Especially hard-hit are non-unionized workers in the lower sectors of the economy that who have little to no benefits. They are primarily Black and brown workers who lack health insurance, sick leave, vacations and access to unemployment benefits. This pandemic with the economic crash is causing extreme hardships to Black and brown com…

Reported COVID-19 cases exceed 1,200 in Washington, D.C. region as public health disaster looms
wsws.org | 2020-03-27
The coronavirus has exposed the fragility of the social infrastructure throughout the region surrounding the United States' capitol city.

Italy yet to reach coronavirus contagion peak, national health chief warns, as 712 die in one day
rt.com | 2020-03-27
Italy has yet to see the worst of the coronavirus pandemic spreading through the country, a senior health official has warned, a day after more than 700 people died in a single 24-hour period. | "We haven't reached the peak and we haven't passed it," the head of the Superior Health Institute, Silvio Brusaferro, told a press conference on Friday. He noted, however, that there were "signs of a slowdown" in the number of infections, suggesting that the health crisis could turn a corner soon. | Figures released on Thursday showed 712 new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the nationwide total to 8,215. | Brusaferro said th…

In one sentence, Jeremy Corbyn sums up why the coronavirus has changed politics
Afroze Fatima Zaidi | thecanary.co | 2020-03-27
In an interview with the BBC on 27 March, Jeremy Corbyn highlighted how the coronavirus (Covid-19) has changed politics "in every country in the world". | But one sentence, in particular, summed exactly why it has changed. Corbyn stated: There's suddenly a realisation that we're only as healthy as the safety of our neighbour. | "I was denounced as somebody that wanted to spend more money than we could possibly afford" | Outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the government's coronavirus response proves he was "right" about public spending at the 2019…

China registers first local Covid-19 infection in 3 days as Beijing curbs international travel in hopes of halting imported cases
rt.com | 2020-03-27
China reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus infection in half a week as officials continue to struggle with cases coming from abroad. Beijing has cut the number of flights allowed in and out of the country. | Fifty-five new Covid-19 cases were reported across mainland China on Thursday, according to the latest figures from the country's National Health Commission. All but one of the infections involved imported cases. | While China has been largely successful in stopping the spread of the virus, the country has wrestled with cases arriving from abroad. Beijing announced on Thursday that Chinese ai…

Iran records 144 new Covid-19 deaths as military sets up emergency 2,000-bed hospital in Tehran
rt.com | 2020-03-27
Iran saw nearly 150 new fatalities from coronavirus, health officials disclosed on Friday. The country's military has deployed a makeshift hospital in Tehran as the Islamic Republic continues to battle the respiratory illness. | A health ministry official confirmed that Iran suffered 144 deaths from the previous day, pushing its death toll to 2,378. The Islamic Republic currently has 32,332 confirmed cases of Covid-19, according to a government tally. | The latest figures coincide with the creation of a makeshift hospital in the nation's capital. The Iranian military reportedly converted an exhibition center i…

COVID-19: Health or Wealth?
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
Can the pandemic be separated from the economy? As the pandemic continues in Europe and the United States but seems to be subsiding in Asia, more and more questions are being raised about how to relaunch the economy. The importance of public health is being opposed to opening for business. The battle in the U.S.

Medical journal editor slams UK coronavirus response, live on the BBC
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-03-27
The Lancet is a veteran, independent medical journal. Its editor-in-chief Richard Horton has previously won an award for "outstanding contributions to the advancement of public health". On 26 March, Horton took to BBC Question Time with a damning assessment of the British government's coronavirus (Covid-19) response. | "A national scandal": | The Lancet editor called the response a "national scandal", stressing th…

UK sees its biggest day-on-day jump in coronavirus deaths
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-27
The UK has seen its biggest day-on-day rise in deaths since the Covid-19 outbreak began.A total of 759 people have now died in UK hospitals after being diagnosed with coronavirus, while 113,777 have tested positive, the Department of Health and Social Care said.Many more people are thought to be infected.(PA Graphics)It took 13 days for the number of deaths in the UK to go from one to just above 100.It took a further eight days to reach the latest total of 759, analysis by the PA news agency shows.The jump in coronavirus-related deaths in the UK from 578 to 759 is an increase of 181

UK's coronavirus deaths up almost ONE THIRD in one day, new figures show
rt.com | 2020-03-27
The latest British government figures on coronavirus show the country's sharpest increase to date in the number of deaths, up 181 in one day to a new total of 759 as of Thursday evening. | As of 9am local time Friday, the UK's Department of Health and Social Care said 113,777 people had been tested for the novel coronavirus. Of those, over 14,500 were positive. | UPDATE on coronavirus ( #COVID19) testing in the UK: | As of 9am 27 March, a total of 113,777 have been tested: | 99,198 negative. | 14,579 positive. | As of 5pm on 26 Marc…

In light of the Global pandemic, focus attention on the people
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-03-27
SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, now declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, has begun to wreak havoc in large parts of the world, with other parts waiting in anticipation. We are in a real struggle, which needs total mobilisation; a struggle that needs to put life before profit.

'Disgrace we needed global pandemic': UK govt requests ALL homeless people be housed by weekend
rt.com | 2020-03-27
The UK government has urged all local authorities in England to house all rough sleepers, those in hostels and night shelters by the weekend

Europe's COVID-19 death toll reaches over 16,000
wsws.org | 2020-03-27
Years of slashing health and social care budgets, together with government inaction, have taken a grim toll, with health workers forced to make decisions as to who lives and dies.