Using public transportation, visiting a place of worship, or otherwise traveling from the home is associated with a significantly higher likelihood of testing positive with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, while practicing strict social distancing is associated with a markedly lower likelihood.
Source: COVID-19 study links strict social distancing to much lower chance of infection: Researchers say that similar studies could be used to predict local trends in infectious outbreaks — ScienceDaily
For nearly four years, we have been laser focused on November 3, 2020, the day that Donald Trump could be voted out of office. In all likelihood, however, the election will not be decided that evening as it has in the past (with the notable exception of the 2000 election). That is because in order to protect themselves against COVID-19, a record number of people will forego the polls and mail their ballots, which take longer to count.
Source: If Trump Tries to Hijack the Election, We Must Be Ready to Resist | Portside
Tonight, I’d like to talk about Vietnam’s experience in combating COVID-19. The first case of COVID-19 in Vietnam was on January 23, 2020 and between then and early July there were about 200 cases of infection and no deaths.
Source: On Socialist Vietnam’s Response to COVID-19 | Portside
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The US reported its sixth million coronavirus case, and deaths are headed toward 200,000. It …
Source: 6 Million Stricken with Covid-19: Trump has turned the US into a Sh*thole Country
The coronavirus pandemic has both changed everything and accelerated trends that were already occurring across the world in business, politics, and how people shop and interact. The same is true with American higher education. As colleges and universities across America are restarting, Covid-19 has laid bare the nakedness of the corporate university, revealing how education and learning have long been displaced as the primary purpose of colleges and universities. More
Source: COVID-19 and the Nakedness of the Corporate University – CounterPunch.org
The horrible irony is that the one candidate, Sanders, who could have done the most good for pandemic victims, lost the race just when he was most needed. Since then his somewhat muted support for Medicare for All and how uniquely helpful it would be at this historic juncture, is dispiriting. The thought that this relative silence originates in a desire not to offend the candidate, Biden, whom he now supports, is downright depressing. More
Source: Only Medicare For All Can Beat Covid – CounterPunch.org
Spreading faster than COVID-19 among those on the portside, warnings of a fascist-style coup by Trump are rampant this presidential campaign season. Should Trump fail to carry the Electoral College, Noam Chomsky admonishes, “he could send Blackshirts out in the streets… preparation for a plan to try to bring the military in to carry out More
Source: The Specter of a Fascist Coup by Trump Haunts the US, But There’s Worse to Worry About – CounterPunch.org
Are known cases just the tip of the iceberg? A new test holds promise – and peril – for how we fight back against the disease.
Source: A new rapid spit test for COVID-19 could be the game changer we need
America’s extreme social inequality underpins all aspects of the US government’s response to the pandemic, which has been characterized by total disregard to the health, safety, and well-being of the vast majority of the population.
Source: “A poor man’s virus:” COVID-19 reveals the class chasm in America – World Socialist Web Site
On June 29th, 2020, while America remained transfixed by anti-police protests, the chairman and CEO of the pharmaceutical company Gilead issued a much-anticipated announcement. In a breezy open letter, Daniel O’Day explained how much his company planned on charging for a course of remdesivir, one of many possible treatments for Covid-19.
Source: Big Pharma’s Covid-19 Profiteers | Portside