As the coronavirus pandemic situation continues we look at “flattening the curve” and speak with people in affected areas like New York, and look at partisanship in Washington that could be harmful to Americans in need.
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As many Americans are still on lockdown, we get a check-in from the northeast and perspectives on the current situation from longtime cohost Christopher McCollum (aka McNONYMOUS), along with friend of the program Ryan Sprague who is currently based in New York, the American epicenter of the current pandemic. We also feature a few perspectives from an anonymous airport security employee who gives us their views on the situation from an aviation and health care perspective.
Then shifting gears, as we watch how Americans and people all around the world have come together in these concerning times, is it any surprise that in Washington D.C. it’s chaos as per usual? We examine reports that Senate Intelligence Committee members may have sold off stocks after receiving briefings in advance of the panic, as well as Donald Trump’s current aspirations to have Americans back to work by Easter. Is this a good idea? The Editorial Board at the New York Times didn’t seem to think so… and nor do many health professionals who recognize that “flattening the curve” is about more than just keeping people healthy: it is about making sure that everyone–including those with mild or no symptoms–don’t inadvertently help the spread of the coronavirus, which could potentially overload healthcare system capacity.
And although a stimulus plan has now finally been passed by the Senate to aid the millions of Americans affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus, it didn’t help that the usual partisan bickering impeded that process. Now more than ever, there is a need for bipartisanship and sensibility from our elected officials… and in fact, here it may just save lives.
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CONSPIRACY: China blames U.S. for coronavirus, Iran calls it “bioweapon”
TIME TO DINE: C.D.C. Gives New Guidelines, New York to Close Restaurants (NYT)
10 OR LESS: Trump admits COVID-19 severity as White House tightens guidance
15 DAYS LATER: 15 Ways to Slow the Spread (White House)
SOCIAL DISTANCING: “Information about Social Distancing” (University of Minnesota)
Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine (Johns Hopkins University)
As US fumbles COVID-19 testing, WHO warns social distancing is not enough
PAPER: Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand
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