Monday’s news links – April 13, 2020

Class war

Hamptons’ priciest mansion snatched up in one day by tycoon fleeing coronavirus NY Post

‘Wait’ Becomes Operative Word for Gig Workers Seeking Aid (1) Bloomberg Law

The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die In These Times

In this Thursday, April 9, 2020 photo, Nancy Reynoza, director of Que Pasa Sioux Falls, who organized a protest in solidarity with Smithfield Food, Inc. employees after many workers complained of unsafe working conditions due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Covid-19 coronavirus

Smithfield closes South Dakota pork plant due to coronavirus AP

Smithfield Foods is closing its pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., indefinitely after 293 employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic NYTimes

For many ‘essential workers,’ public transit is a fearful ride they must take Washington Post

‘It feels like a war zone’: As more of them die, grocery workers increasingly fear showing up at work Washington Post

An immigrant community faces a ‘catastrophic’ pandemic without help Washington Post

Epidemiologist says COVID-19 may be more infectious than thought Harvard Gazette

The Secret History Of The First Coronavirus Forbes

Testing Is Our Way Out WSJ

How coronavirus turned supermarket workers into heroes LATimes

How a Premier U.S. Drug Company Became a Virus ‘Super Spreader’ NYTimes

Lessons Learned From Running ICUs in Disaster Zones ProPublica

Running medical systems in under-resourced environments is completely different. In some sense it would be better to have the health minister for Rwanda, Agnes Binagwaho, come show us what to do, because they were very intentional about capacity. I was never allowed to walk into a room and examine a patient unless I had gloves on. If we didn’t have gloves that day, we didn’t have a clinic. They completely understood that the real risk was to get your providers sick, because they’re actually the system. The machines and drugs and everything we do, they enable all of those things to work. As soon as you take out your providers, then you end up in a death spiral. You and your mortality jumps from 1% to 10%.

If you’ve got 200 ventilators, but you only have enough personal protective equipment to keep enough providers well to take care of 100 ventilators, then that’s your capacity. If you exceed it, you end up with these horrific rates of sickness. And then you end up with morale problems, and the system works less efficiently because those teams are now broken up.

The rule No. 1 in a resource-constrained system is keep your providers healthy.

The Right Wing’s Assault on the Post Office – Smashing the Myth That It’s in Financial Trouble AlterNet – from 2015, still relevant


Police collect nearly 800 bodies from Ecuador’s virus epicenter AFP

Indigenous Peoples

Help support these 5 Standing Rock Water Protectors NoDAPL

#NoDAPL political prisoners w/ Little Feather & Leoyla Cowboy Red Nation podcast

James Baldwin and the White Roots of Anti-Communism

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