From Vox: Why the coronavirus has taken so many lives in US nursing homes. Three systemic failures that explain the coronovirus’s terrible toll in US nursing homes.
From the NY Times: They Let Us Down’: 5 Takeaways on the C.D.C.’s Coronavirus Response. “Early mistakes in testing, aging data systems, clashes with President Trump and an overly cautious culture shook confidence in the nation’s premier public health agency.”
From the Boston Globe: The Virus’s Tale – Track the Coronavirus in Massachusetts to its roots.
The Diva has posted several articles about the failings of several federal agencies, but here is a chilling account of early failures by public officials and medical experts in MA.
From the Seattle Times: Embracing a new reality: Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine
Consider the public policies and actions that will be needed.
From Vox: Experts’ 7 best ideas on how to beat Covid-19 and save the economy. “Trump could do a lot more.”
From VOX: We don’t have a president, or a plan. 60 days into the coronavirus crisis, the White House does not have a plan, a framework, a philosophy, or a goal. Authors quotes several health experts. Some excerpts:
Here’s the truth: Lockdown is economically ruinous, and we can’t sustain it from now until a vaccine. And you don’t have to take it from me. “You can’t be in lockdown for 18 months,” says Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. “We’ll destroy society as we know it, and we don’t know what we’ll accomplish with it.”
But this is also the truth: Reopening without a way to control the virus will be lethal to both human life and economic growth, as an escalating death toll will force states back into lockdown. “We can’t just let the virus go,” Osterholm says. “Lots of people will die and it’ll shut down our health system, not just for Covid patients, but for anyone with a health problem.”
“What we need,” Osterholm continues, “is a plan.”
From Bloomberg this article dealing mainly with shelters: How to Plan for a Disaster During a Disaster. The Red Cross has implemented new protocols to limit human contact when aiding the victims of tornadoes, hurricanes and other emergencies.
Thanks to Chris Jones for the citation.
Related is this article from Axios: Exclusive: FEMA braces for COVID-infected hurricane season
From the WashPost, this highly critical article: Trump and the GOP have a plan for governing during a pandemic: Just don’t. Public officials are trying to escape responsibility for public health.
That’s because for Trump, nothing that goes wrong is ever his fault. In fact, nothing that can go wrong is even his job. This is partly a function of the president’s personal rejection of even minimal accountability, but it’s also rooted in a long-standing principle among Republicans that government solutions should be last resorts and the business of governing should be outsourced to actual businesses. Trump’s refusal to govern during the pandemic isn’t just ineptitude; it’s ideology, and he’s not the only one who embraces it.
From the staff of Vox: The legacy of the pandemic: 11 ways it will change the way we live. Few aspects of life are untouched by coronavirus and resulting global lockdowns. From an emerging “quarantine state of mind” to a new era of frugality to expanding how we vote, here’s what next.
From Newsroom.com.nz; Long read: NZ wasn’t ready for a pandemic . Analysis: New Zealand scored just 54 out of 100 on an international assessment of pandemic preparedness in October. Marc Daalder investigates how we’ve nonetheless managed to weather the storm so far.
Thanks to Ian McLean of NZ for this citation.