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Meanwhile, in Idaho:
 
"Angry, maskless spectators forced themselves into the Idaho House special session on the pandemic Monday,
 
shattering a glass door & forcing lawmakers to ask for calm in a crowd that included a man carrying an assault-style weapon."
 
 
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Hurricanes and wildfires are compounding the risks of the pandemic

.........Our research shows that compound disasters have complex ramifications. At the intersection of a natural hazard and a pandemic is a decision process fraught with contradictions.

Storm prep and evacuations raise the risks

During the three days before Hurricane Harvey hit, the number of grocery store and gas station visits in the Houston area increased by 50% to 100%. People didn’t think twice about running to the store.......

The decision to evacuate in the face of even a single hazard, whether a wildfire or a hurricane, is difficult. Sheltering in place can mean life-threatening conditions, prolonged power outages and disrupted access to critical facilities. Evacuating means leaving behind one’s house and possibly animals to an uncertain fate.

That’s complicated further when an emergency shelter is the best choice, but staying in one can mean a higher risk of being exposed to someone infected with the coronavirus.

Which areas are most vulnerable?......

.... It also raises warnings about vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and low-income communities, which may suffer a disproportionate risk of infection.......

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/hurricanes-and-wildfires-are-compounding-the-risks-of-the-pandemic

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School employee says she contracted coronavirus on job and faces firing

after asking to work from home

“I received stellar reviews and a new contract and only after requesting accommodations did they search for a reason to terminate me," Jennifer Mazzotta-Perretti said.
 
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Preventing College Parties? Shame And Blame Don't Work, But Beer Pong Outside Might

........."If the success of your plan relies on 18- to 24-year-olds being responsible, then maybe it's not a very good plan," says Anna Pogarcic, a senior at UNC and the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. "The power dynamics of an 18-year-old versus this big university with its million-dollar endowment, you can't argue with that."

'We're Living The News': Student Journalists Are Owning The College Reopening Story

 

"I will give students a smidgen of the blame, just a smidgen of it," says Brandon Standley, a senior and managing editor at The Daily Tar Heel. "I think that the university gets the most blame, because they brought back thousands of students."..........

https://www.npr.org/2020/08/31/907756835/preventing-college-parties-shame-and-blame-dont-work-but-beer-pong-outside-might

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09/01/2020 21:39:21
TOTAL ESTIMATED U.S. COVID-19 DEATHS: 183,311

Trump Death Clock

109,987
Estimated U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Due To POTUS Inaction
In January 2020, the Trump administration was advised that immediate action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, “there was a lot of pushback” to this advice. President Trump declined to act until March 16th. Experts estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided. (For further reading, click here).
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Operation Warp Speed chief says it's 'extremely unlikely' coronavirus vaccine will be ready by early November

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked states last week to prepare for large-scale distribution of a vaccine by Nov. 1. The move raised questions about whether the Trump administration is applying pressure to speed up the process ahead of the election.

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  • “There is a very, very low chance that the trials that are running as we speak could read before the end of October,” Slaoui told NPR Wednesday.
  • He said he believes a vaccine would be made available to high risk groups before the end of the year, and to the widespread population by mid-2021........

https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/515205-operation-warp-speed-chief-says-its-extremely

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Greystone Nursing Homes, Whose Executives Gave $800,000 to Trump, Are Epicenters of Covid-19 Deaths

Nursing homes operated by Greystone have some of the nation’s highest reported death counts, federal data shows.
 
"........ is all about “equity,” “cashflow statements,” “profit projections.” It’s not about “care” and “safety,” argued Lee.”This is what happens when you corporatize nursing home care. It’s part of the larger problem.
We have this whole system that is created to help the nursing homes suck as much of the taxpayer dollars from HUD, Medicaid, and Medicare and put it in their coffers. We pay as much as 80 percent of their money through Medicare or Medicaid reimbursables.
 
We continue to accept the shoddy product they deliver. The owners make out like bandits, and the residents suffer and die.”......
 
.....“We have burned our infection control manuals, thrown everything we were taught and practice out the window just to get by” due to the lack of personal protective equipment inside the nursing home........
 
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