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Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

July 1, 2020 at 5:47 AM CDT - Updated July 1 at 7:00 AM

(AP) - The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

Read here: https://www.kswo.com/2020/07/01/hollowed-out-public-health-system-faces-more-cuts-amid-virus/


Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue money, state and local government health workers on the ground are sometimes paid so little, they qualify for public aid. They track the coronavirus on paper records shared via fax. Working seven-day weeks for months on end, they fear pay freezes, public backlash and even losing their jobs.

Since 2010, spending for state public health departments has dropped by 16% per capita and spending for local health departments has fallen by 18%, according to a KHN and Associated Press analysis of government spending on public health. At least 38,000 state and local public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession, leaving a skeletal workforce for what was once viewed as one of the world's top public health systems.

So when this outbreak arrived — and when, according to public health experts, the federal government bungled its response — hollowed-out state and local health departments were ill-equipped to step into the breach. Over time, their work had received so little support that they found themselves without direction, disrespected, ignored, even vilified. The desperate struggle against COVID-19 became increasingly politicized and grew more difficult.

States, cities and counties in dire straits have begun laying off and furloughing their limited staff, and even more devastation looms, as states reopen and cases surge. Historically, even when money pours in following crises such as Zika and H1N1, it disappears after the emergency subsides. Officials fear the same thing is happening now.

Excellent article and recommended read. Perhaps others can provide links to other articles expanding on this theme.

Republican tax and budget cutting all over our nation comes with deadly consequences.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sun Jul 5, 2020, 12:27 PM (2 replies)

'Crystal clear' drunk people can't socially distance, say police in England

'Crystal clear' drunk people can't socially distance, say police in England

Police Federation chair says revellers would not adhere to one-metre-plus rules as pubs opened on Saturday

Read it here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/05/crystal-clear-drunk-people-cant-socially-distance-say-police-in-england

Drunk people are unable to properly socially distance, the chairman of the Police Federation has said as pubs reopened in England for the first time since lockdown. John Apter said it was “crystal clear” revellers would not adhere to the one metre plus rule as restrictions were eased on Saturday.

Prof Chris Whitty said the pandemic “is a long way from gone” and urged the public to follow social-distancing rules as pubs and restaurants reopened.

But images from London’s Soho showed packed streets into the early hours of Sunday. Apter, who was on shift in Southampton where he dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks”.....

No shit, says anyone who has spend some rowdy times in bars in their day. Boris Johnson and U.S. red state governors seem to think they can "advise" and "recommend" us out of a pandemic using rules with no teeth and now the public is paying a horrific price.

Next, the UK's infection curves will start doing an exponential upturn just like in many RED counties in the USA.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sun Jul 5, 2020, 09:32 AM (7 replies)

Face mask exemption cards and other US claims fact-checked

Coronavirus: Face mask exemption cards and other US claims fact-checked
By Jack Goodman
BBC Reality Check

Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/53266431?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world&link_location=live-reporting-story

The cards for sale state that "under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), I am not required to disclose my condition to you".

One version includes a Justice Department seal and a link to the "Freedom to Breathe Agency". The cards warn that businesses could be reported to this so-called agency. But the cards are not genuine. An official government statement said: "These cards do not carry the force of law. The 'Freedom to Breathe Agency,' or FTBA,' is not a government agency."

According to fact-checkers Snopes, the Freedom to Breathe Agency is a Facebook group calling itself a "movement of proud American citizens who are dedicated to protecting their freedom and liberty".

No evidence masks harm the immune system. Meanwhile, medical misinformation about masks continues to circulate.

One graphic shared thousands of times includes several misleading claims. It's called, What happens when you wear a face mask, and has been marked as containing false information on Instagram.

The article goes on to debunk some other examples of right-wing conspiracy nuttery.

More from BBC Reality Check: https://www.bbc.com/news/reality_check

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Jul 4, 2020, 03:11 AM (0 replies)

Neil Young reacts: Not OK with me!

Neil Young Archives @NeilYoungNYA

I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me

Quote Tweet
Morgan Matzen @bymorganmatzen

Uh oh, @Neilyoung is playing. Wonder how that happened again.

Maybe Neil will cut a song for Joe.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Jul 4, 2020, 12:58 AM (7 replies)

Ghislaine Maxwell is 'extreme flight risk' with 3 passports and millions in bank, prosecutors say

Ghislaine Maxwell is an 'extreme flight risk' with 3 passports and millions in the bank, prosecutors say
Haven Orecchio-Egresitz

Link: https://www.insider.com/ghislaine-maxwell-3-passports-millions-arrested-flight-risk-sentencing-jeffrey-epstein-2020-7

This article is a good review of Maxwell's history, alleged criminal history and recent travels and locations.....

Prosecutors, in a memo asking that Maxwell be held in jail without bail, argued that the heiress' wealth and international connections made her a flight risk. In the last three years alone, the daughter of British media baron Robert Maxwell has been on 15 international flights to countries like the United Kingdom, Japan, and Qatar, they said in a court filing.
In a teleconferenced court hearing Thursday, a federal judge in New Hampshire, where the FBI arrested her, ordered that Maxwell be taking into the custody of US marshals and transferred to New York City, where she will have the right to a bail hearing.
"In short, Maxwell has three passports, large sums of money, extensive international connections, and absolutely no reason to stay in the United States and face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence," prosecutors wrote.
Investigators for the US Attorney's office have been tracking Maxwell's whereabouts while she has stayed out of the public eye. "Most recently, the defendant appears to have been hiding on a 156-acre property acquired in an all-cash purchase in December 2019 (through a carefully anonymized LLC) in Bradford, New Hampshire, an area to which she has no other known connections," the detention document states. "The defendant appears to have no ties that would motivate her to remain in the United States."

The article also includes access to the full detention memo from SDNY.


CIA official chose not to tell Trump of Russia bounty report, top adviser claims

CIA official chose not to tell Trump of Russia bounty report, top adviser claims
* Robert O’Brien condemned for deflecting blame on to briefer

Julian Borger in Washington
The Guardian World News
Wed 1 Jul 2020 23.48 BST

Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/01/cia-official-trump-russia-bounty-robert-o-brien

The US national security adviser said a CIA official tasked with briefing the president decided not to tell him about reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban for killing American soldiers because it was “unverified intelligence”. The claim from Robert O’Brien came as top members of the administration gave differing accounts on the status of intelligence reports on Russian bounty payments, and why Trump had not taken action in response, but had repeatedly pressed to re-admit Russia to the G7 club of nations.

.....O’Brien told Fox News, adding: “She made that call and, you know what, I think she made the right call, so I’m not going to criticize her. And knowing the facts that I know now, I stand behind that call.”

He added: “We now know that the information was included in Trump’s written PDB, which is how the intelligence community regularly flags items that the President needs to know. Nothing in the PDB is discretionary; everything in that short document is in there because – in the estimation of the intelligence community – the president needs to know it to fulfill his charge.”

A former senior US official confirmed to the Guardian that reports of Russian bounties were circulating inside the White House before the summer of 2019, and raised concern, but at that point had not been fully corroborated.
......“He doesn’t like hearing bad news about all kinds of things, unless he’s forced to,” the former senior official said.


Trump voter's concept of white privilege......

Yea, they're just that stupid and selfish in some parts.


NEJM: Childhood Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

Childhood Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome — A New Challenge in the Pandemic
Michael Levin, F.Med.Sci., Ph.D.
June 29, 2020
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMe2023158

Link: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2023158?af=R&rss=currentIssue

The recognition and description of new diseases often resemble the parable of the blind men and the elephant, with each declaring that the part of the beast they have touched fully defines it. As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has evolved, case reports have appeared describing children with unusual febrile illnesses that have features of Kawasaki’s disease, toxic shock syndrome, acute abdominal conditions, and encephalopathy, along with other reports of children with fever, elevated inflammatory markers, and multisystem involvement. It is now apparent that these reports were describing different clinical presentations of a new childhood inflammatory disorder.

A case definition for the emerging disorder was published in late April 2020, after U.K. pediatricians alerted the National Health Service to an unusual inflammatory illness, termed “pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2),” or PIMS-TS. Similar cases were rapidly reported from many other countries.3,4 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) subsequently published their own differing definitions of the disorder, which they named multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
Overall, a consistent clinical picture is emerging. MIS-C occurs 2 to 4 weeks after infection with SARS-CoV-2. The disorder is uncommon (2 in 100,000 persons <21 years of age) as compared with SARS-CoV-2 infection diagnosed in persons younger than 21 years of age over the same period (322 in 100,000). Most patients with MIS-C have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, and virus is detected in a smaller proportion. A relatively high proportion of cases have occurred among black, Hispanic, or South Asian persons.

Critical illness leading to intensive care develops in some patients, with prominent cardiac involvement and coronary-artery aneurysms in 10 to 20%. Elevated levels of troponin and B-type natriuretic peptide are common in severely affected patients, particularly those with cardiac dysfunction, and most have elevations in levels of C-reactive protein, ferritin, lactate dehydrogenase, and d-dimers, as well as in neutrophil counts. Anemia, lymphopenia, hypoalbuminemia, and abnormal coagulation indexes are also common. Most patients have recovered with intensive care support and after treatment with a range of immunomodulatory agents (including intravenous immune globulin, glucocorticoids, anti–tumor necrosis factor, and interleukin-1 or 6 inhibitors). A small percentage of patients have received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support, and 2 to 4% have died.

Read more at the link. Good to see solid progress toward a better understanding of this frightening disorder for parents of young kids.

Hopefully some of our DUers with medical knowledge can condense this down for us laymen.


Another great Trump golf course protest sign.....

Trump was visiting Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia on Saturday, after he cancelled a trip to a golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey this weekend. (June 27).


One killed in shooting at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville, LMPD confirms

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Two people were shot, one fatally, in downtown Louisville Saturday evening. According to police, around 9 p.m., shots were fired in Jefferson Square Park. Personnel from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department performed live-saving measures on a male victim who eventually died.

Shortly thereafter, police received reports of another person shot at the Hall of Justice. That person was taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement Saturday evening that he is "deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered." "It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene," Fischer said. "My thanks to the first responders who assisted at the scene. I will have more to say tomorrow, as additional information becomes available."

Jefferson Square Park has been the scene of protests over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor for weeks, and people have raised tents there and have been staying overnight.

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2020/06/27/louisville-protests-least-one-shot-jefferson-square-park/3273339001/

Very sad day for Louisville. We hope police arrest and prosecute this person or persons promptly.

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