Trump govt’s three big lies hurt Americans Global Times
First, the “Chinese virus” lie. Since March 16, Trump and some US government officials have repeatedly used this racist term…
The second big lie is the “China cover-up.” …
The third lie centers on US “donations” to China. The Trump administration said it would offer up to $100 million to assist China and other countries. China has yet to receive a penny from the US government.
White House Pushes U.S. Officials to Criticize China For Coronavirus ‘Cover-Up’ Daily Beast (the propaganda war against China, that all major U.S. media insist on repeating, is directed by the White House’s National Security Council)
Washington under fire for labeling coronavirus China Daily
The Marine Corps is undertaking its most sweeping transformation in decades, pivoting from a focus on fighting insurgents in the Middle East to developing the ability to hop from island to island in the western Pacific to bottle up the Chinese fleet.
Volvo back to ‘normal’ in China as it shuts EU and US car plants Financial Times
Our governor has the chance in today’s press conference (happening right now) to be straightforward with New Yorkers about why NY isn’t receiving federal funding that other states are receiving.
It isn’t because of a technicality. It’s because he’s insisting on cutting Medicaid.
— Julia Salazar (@JuliaCarmel__) March 22, 2020
In the next 10 days, @NYGovCuomo will try to force yet another austerity budget into law – one that slashes Medicaid & strips as much as $400M from hospitals.
Gutting our public health programs is more important to him than life-saving federal aid.
Will the legislature let him? https://t.co/nFExgNi91U
— Zohran Kwame Mamdani (@ZohranKMamdani) March 22, 2020
Some question why Italy was caught off guard when the virus outbreak was revealed on Feb. 21.Remuzzi says he is now hearing information about it from general practitioners. “They remember having seen very strange pneumonia, very severe, particularly in old people in December and even November,” he says. “This means that the virus was circulating, at least in [the northern region of] Lombardy and before we were aware of this outbreak occurring in China.” …
A current paper published in Lancet argues that everyone should wear a mask:
Evidence that face masks can provide effective protection against respiratory infections in the community is scarce, as acknowledged in recommendations from the UK and Germany.However, face masks are widely used by medical workers as part of droplet precautions when caring for patients with respiratory infections. It would be reasonable to suggest vulnerable individuals avoid crowded areas and use surgical face masks rationally when exposed to high-risk areas. As evidence suggests COVID-19 could be transmitted before symptom onset, community transmission might be reduced if everyone, including people who have been infected but are asymptomatic and contagious, wear face masks.
Wearing a mask helps with protecting oneself but even more importantly helps to protect others. One might be carrying and spreading the disease without knowing it. We all release fine droplets when we speak, sneeze or cough. Masks prevent ones droplets from spreading out.
The viruses are quite small and could slip through the pores of a mask. But the droplets they are carried with are larger and are less likely to come through. There are also suggestions that one virus alone is less likely to do harm and that a significant load of viruses is required to start the disease.
There are some cultural consideration that support the call for everyone to wear a mask:
The contrast between face mask use as hygienic practice (ie, in many Asian countries) or as something only people who are unwell do (ie, in European and North American countries) has induced stigmatisation and racial aggravations, for which further public education is needed. One advantage of universal use of face masks is that it prevents discrimination of individuals who wear masks when unwell because everybody is wearing a mask.
There is currently a shortage of professional masks and those that are still available are needed in our hospitals.
COVID-19: Prepared for the Wrong War Consortium News
COVID-19: protecting health-care workers The Lancet
For the average American the best way to tell if you have covid-19 is to cough in a rich person’s face and wait for their test results
— Harry Moroz (@hrmoroz) March 20, 2020
U.S. oil, and U.S. shale oil, in particular, has been blamed—or praised, depending on the perspective—for the change in the balance of oil power in the world over the last couple of years. U.S. shale is now a force to be reckoned with, boasting daily production of over 13 million bpd per the latest EIA weekly petroleum report.
This has turned the United States into the world’s largest producer of crude oil and has significantly increased its previously non-existent presence on international oil markets.
The COVID-19 debt deluge Jayati Ghosh
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