Tuesday, March 28, 2023

The gaping holes in the nation’s public health infrastructure, which the pandemic exposed, were created by exactly the kind of shortsightedness now on display.

Health care is one of the huge but hidden successes of Biden’s first year. Medicare for all.

Covid-19, the climate, the economy and racial justice. Unity in restoring the soul of the nation. Misinformation from the U.S. is the next virus.

South America is now better vaccinated than the EU. Thanks to the success of previous inoculation campaigns, like the fight against yellow fever and measles.

The toxic polarization that threatens our democracy. A horrible, dark day for democracy and it should never ever happen again.

Mushrooms have landed from psilocybin to king oyster mushrooms as a stand-in for scallops. A rethinking of civility, chicken, coffee and cocktails.

A mass Covid-19 grave in Peru has left families bereft and fighting for reburial. The mass grave is in a clearing in the jungle just off a muddy dirt track. 

China and Russia have nothing like America’s soft power. The long arc of history bends still towards democracies.

What previously seemed like a feature of the country’s constitutional system can begin to seem like a bug. Liars in high places.

After decades of foreign policy radicalism that has created a string of disasters, Biden may at least begin to revitalize the United States’ role in the world.

Covid-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the Spanish flu pandemic did, approximately 675,000.

The Biden Administration’s most significant domestic initiative so far: promoting competition in the American economy.  

I don’t think you can dispute that the collapse of Afghanistan eclipses them all, except 9/11. For 9/11, the victory of the Taliban twenty years later is a culmination and an amplification.

Connect every American to reliable high-speed Internet, just as the federal government made a historic effort to provide electricity to every American nearly one hundred years ago. 

But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the vaccinated folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down.

The government should decarbonize the country’s energy system by 2030, if not sooner, and adapt American infrastructure to a hotter, angrier world.

We’re working on what I think is the most consequential piece of legislation for working families since the 1930s.

This July 4th, Americans everywhere look forward to finally putting Covid-19 behind us, and to getting back to the new normal. Cause for optimism but genuine concern for what was so wrong with the old normal anyway. 

Strained and underfunded health systems, economics and misinformation have all led to a surge in deaths. South America’s losing battle against Covid-19.

An Arms Race in America: there was just as much a run on guns as on toilet paper in the beginning of the pandemic.

Biden is not a progressive in the current sense ; hasn’t really changed ; he’s just doing everything bigger.

Unless more principled Republicans stand up for the truth about our last election, we’re going to see exactly how a democracy dies.

Will our path resemble the one that resulted in the near-total elimination of tainted drugs, or the one that’s led to our weary acceptance of mass shootings? What will it take to Pandemic-Proof America?

Perhaps then, Chinese in the U.S. could set aside our ideological conflicts long enough to recognize that we share a common enemy: racism.

In the cracks of federalism, where the state and national governments grate against each other, we found alarming levels of chaos. How our public-health systems actually worked.

Europe shopped for vaccines like a customer. The United States basically went into business with the drugmakers.

Whether America and China can build a new great power relation without attacks and antagonism, and with mutual respect and cooperation for the common good, may well be decided by how the elites in each country choose to depict the other, which is more important then economic exchange, cultural exchange, and high-level dialogue.

This will keep getting worse before it gets better. Everywhere you look, day-to-day vigilance is fading.

The US Covid-19 relief package has earmarked a US$ 4 billion investment for Gavi (Vaccine alliance and COVAX initiative).

They must decide whether to resist the decay of memory and the elision of history. Whether to forget, or to join the many who will never be able to.

How Covid-19 hollowed out a generation of young black men. They were the very people communities would have turned to first to help recover from the pandemic.

The year 2020 turned out to be a difficult one to love. A terrible plague struck humankind. Still, good things did happen. Our list this year includes silver linings. We don’t apologize for that; finding the silver linings is how we all make it through. 

The day you get your vaccine is not the day you take off your mask. Chance to get next phase right.

Convincing the American public that parts of the pandemic response remain untainted by political influence.

Even as we prepare to endure what’s likely to be a very painful winter, all signs point to a host of future problems that we’d be wise to begin addressing today.

Until then, masks and caution are our best alternative. If we rigorously protect ourselves and each other, we can starve the virus of new hosts until our national epidemic finally evaporates.

A portion of the people who are severely symptomatic don’t have access to health care. The very population that is just being decimated by this.

Our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.

The OECD found that the economic loss of closures could reach $14.2 trillion over the next 80 years in the U.S. alone, growing to almost $28 trillion if the closures extend another three months.

Don’t ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic. And don’t try and look at the rosy side of things.

The U.S. has suffered a steep decline in its global image and reputation in the aftermath of its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

This is what successful preparation, response, and long-term follow-up to a catastrophic event looks like. What would it take for the U.S. to develop an epidemic preparedness culture as robust as Florida’s hurricane culture? It’s time that we invest to find out.

As daily Covid-19 cases rise to unfathomable levels, we simply cannot afford to ignore culture. It’s time to tailor our approach and encourage the collectivism needed to meet the pandemic’s challenge.

A virus attacks when the body is weak and when it cannot defend itself. Over these past few years, America’s body politic has been weakened.

It should strive to prevent sickness instead of profiting from it. It should build a health-care system that prizes resilience over brittle efficiency, and an information system that favors light over heat. 

Bright spots aside, Covid-19 is set to become America’s third most common cause of death (after accidents). With an infection curve that remains stubbornly unflattened, it isn’t just the public that’s at risk–the economy may find itself on life support as well.

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and their health insurance, and are in danger of losing their homes. One lesson that will surely be learned is that the country needs to be better prepared for microbial assaults. This is not a once-in-a-century event.

Public health surrogates will appear on local and regional television and radio to educate the public on mitigation tactics, including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home when ill.

The country cannot get back to normal with a highly transmissible, deadly virus spreading in our communities. Covid-19 is not going to stop on its own. The virus will continue to spread until we stop it.

Never seen a virus or any pathogen that has such a broad range of manifestations. Even if it doesn’t kill you, even if it doesn’t put you in the hospital, it can make you seriously ill. Fauci and Trump.

In any case, the point is that America’s defeat at the hands of the coronavirus didn’t happen because victory was impossible. Nor was it because we as a nation were incapable of responding. No, we lost because Trump and those around him decided that it was in their political interests to let the virus run wild.

The dramatic spike in the numbers of US COVID-19 infections continues. New coronavirus cases in Florida on Sunday exceeded 10,000 in a day for the third time in the past week. And Texas reported 5,815 more coronavirus cases. Completely out of control!

We mustn’t underestimate Covid-19. It changes constantly and attacks from all sides. It’s like an evil army that has organised to harm humanity, it’s a tsunami!

The country’s second surge has arrived. It is hammering states, such as Texas and Arizona, that escaped the first surge mostly unscathed.

The total tab for his bout with the coronavirus: $1.1 million. $1,122,501.04, to be exact. All in one bill that’s more like a book because it runs to 181 pages.

This is America. The problems with our response to the pandemic reflect the problems of the country itself.

Functioning social systems, healthcare, medicine, safety nets are how to survive a pandemic, and so the fewer there are, the worse the pandemic gets. This is, if you zoom out for a moment, the death spiral of ancient Rome. Trumps’s America is in freefall.



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