From the NYTimes: Why We’re Losing the Battle With Covid-19. The escalating crisis in Texas shows how the chronic underfunding of public health has put America on track for the worst coronavirus response in the developed world.
From the NYTimes: It’s 2022. What Does Life Look Like? The pandemic could shape the world, much as World War II and the Great Depression did.
From The Atlantic: The 3 Weeks That Changed Everything. Imagine if the National Transportation Safety Board investigated America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
This is not the first time the Diva has seen recommendations for something like the NTSB for natural and other disasters.
A group of top academics and medical personnel share what they know about Covid-19 and school reopening issues. See: Covid Explained
From Politico: How the Smallest State Engineered a Big Covid Comeback.When Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo realized that Washington wasn’t going to be much help, she called CVS, Salesforce—and the bishop.
Nice to see some good news, for a change.
Fire season could bring complications to states already battling Covid-19
Air pollution from wildfire smoke increases susceptibility to the coronavirus leading to worsened health conditions for both those near fires.
From Politico: How to Redesign the World for Coronavirus and Beyond.
In the months since the coronavirus engulfed the world, it’s become clear that society won’t go back to normal any time soon, if ever.
Yes, states are reopening their economies, but some are seeing serious spikes and shutting back down. And even the “reopened” world looks very different. Restaurants are half-filled; many movie theaters and stadiums remain empty; vacations have turned local. Huge question marks hang over the summer’s presidential conventions and the school year this coming fall. Without a vaccine, and with the virus still spreading around the world, we can’t expect society to resume its former shape anytime soon.
Why Coronavirus Is an ‘Existential Crisis’ for American Democracy. Danielle Allen has a 2,500-year view of democracies, wrote Harvard’s pandemic resilience road map and thinks American government is like a Ferrari we haven’t learned to drive. But she’s not totally pessimistic: We can take hope, she says, from New Orleans.
This is a good time to reflect on governance issues raised by the response to Covid-19
From Sharecare: America is “Re-opening” But Are You Ready?
From the Congressional Research Service, this 41 page document: COVID-19: Potential Implications for International Security Environment—Overview of Issues and Further Reading for Congress