Daily Archives: September 22, 2020

2020-09-22: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-22). Make Corporate Landlords Pay The Bills During The Pandemic. popularresistance.org The Covid-19 crisis has both exposed and exacerbated racial and wealth inequality in the United States. As unemployment skyrockets and tens of millions of Americans struggle with a sudden loss of income, many are unable to pay rents or mortgages and are facing eviction, foreclosure, and possible homelessness. | We've seen this eviction crisis brewing for months, and despite platitudes about racial justice, our elected officials and corporate landlords haven't taken any meaningful action to prevent it from hitting poor people of color hardest.

Bressler NM. (2020-09-22). Ophthalmology and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Ophthalmology's editor reviews the known eye manifestations of COVID-19, the potential for ocular transmission of illness, and the effects of the pandemic on ophthalmologic practice and research.

_____ (2020-09-22). COVID-19: On The Decline In Nicaragua As Its Critics Fall Silent. popularresistance.org No country can yet claim to have defeated Covid-19, but clearly some are having more success than others. Nicaragua is one of these, and could yet be recognized as a world leader. With under 5,000 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began, according to official figures, its infection level is far below that of Panama (105,000), Guatemala (85,000), Honduras (71,000), Costa Rica (63,000) or El Salvador (27,000). Of course, it is certain that Nicaragua's figure, like those of the other countries, undercounts the real incidence of the virus.

news.un (2020-09-22). UN chief appeals for global solidarity at General Assembly, warns COVID is 'dress rehearsal' for challenges ahead. news.un.org In his centerpiece address to the historic and unprecedented 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday appealed for global solidarity to overcome the COVID-19, and again call for a global ceasefire during the pandemic, by the end of the year.

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-09-22). Israel Promised to Slow Down Home Demolitions During COVID-19, It Stepped Them Up Instead. mintpressnews.com The period from March to August 2020, a period marking the height of the coronavirus pandemic, represented the highest rate of Israeli home demolitions in four years.

news.un (2020-09-22). Brazilian President outlines action taken to address COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment. news.un.org Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has highlighted social and economic measures his administration implemented, to address the COVID-19 pandemic and what he views as the politicization of the virus in South America's largest country.

Editor (2020-09-22). Trump Gets History About as Much as He Understands Epidemics. scheerpost.com By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Trump has a long history of proclaiming that he understands things better than the people who are experts in those things. When Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control, testified to Congress that mask-wearing is even more effective against Covid-19 than a vaccine is likely to be. The next day Trump contradicted him. Redfield is an eminent… |

Ayanian JZ. (2020-09-22). Health Policy and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Health Forum's editor reviews important policy issues that characterized the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, including personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, health inequities among vulnerable populations, requests from patients for medical exemptions from face mask requirements, and the benefits and risks of school reopenings.

news.un (2020-09-22). Renew 'collective commitment to multilateralism', urges Assembly president. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic may have prevented world leaders coming to New York to address the General Assembly in person, but the president of the world body stressed on Tuesday that the need for deliberation, is "higher than ever".

Rivara FP, Fihn SD, Perencevich EN. (2020-09-22). JAMA Network Open and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Network Open editors review the journal's more important articles advancing scientific understanding of COVID-19 in the first 6 months of the pandemic, and discuss the importance of a global open access journal to meeting the public health challenge.

Piccirillo JF. (2020-09-22). Otolaryngology and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery's editor in chief reviews how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the practice of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery in its first 6 months, including through a shift away from procedural management of head and neck disease toward medical and noninvasive management to mitigate risk of infection transmission, and through the acute rise in incidence of patients with olfactory dysunction requiring consultation and follow-up.

Redberg RF, Katz M, Steinbrook R. (2020-09-22). Internal Medicine and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Internal Medicine editors offer a broad review of the clinical science emerging from the first 6 months of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, including epidemiology of the infection, evidence that has influenced clinical care, and a discussion of workforce and supply chain issues and health inequities affecting patients and essential workers.

Raul Diego (2020-09-22). Trump Pushes CDC To Release COVID Vaccine Before Election, Experts Warn It's Too Early. mintpressnews.com The CDC wants $6 Billion dollars to kickstart a mass vaccination effort that CDC director Robert Redfield said is coming straight from the top, but experts warn the efforts need more time and will pose a public health challenge, claiming they could "be even worse than the problems with testing and PPE."

Fight Back (2020-09-22). Milwaukee: Essential workers rally to stop Trump. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On September 20, union members and frontline workers gathered at Zeidler Union Square in downtown Milwaukee. The purpose for the rally was to speak out about working conditions during the pandemic, the need for extended benefits, the fight for racial justice and the blatant attacks on workers from the Trump administration. | The rally was called for and hosted by the Young Workers Committee of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council. Speakers for the event included members of established unions in the area as well as one who is actively involved in organizing her workplace. | "The COVID pandemic has brou…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 10/28: What's At Stake: America's Newest Pre-Existing Condition of COVID-19 w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Staff (2020-09-22). Headlines for September 22, 2020. democracynow.org GOP, Trump Charge Forward with Effort to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court, DOJ Designates New York City, Seattle, Portland as "Anarchist" Cities, CDC Again Retracts Information About Coronavirus on Website; HHS Head Azar Exerts Control Over FDA, 150+ Countries, Not Including the U.S., Join U.N.'s Effort to Fairly Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine, House Report Finds Immigrant Prisoners Denied Access to Essential Care, Forced into Labor, Mexican National Dies in Georgia Immigration Prison, One Week into Peace Talks, Scores Killed in Bloody Day of Fighting Across Afghanistan, 6 People Killed in Colombian Mass…

Staff (2020-09-22). Whistleblower Nurse in ICE Jail Alleges Forced Sterilization & Neglect Amid 8th COVID Death. democracynow.org As ICE confirms the 20th person to die in its detention in fiscal year 2020, making it one of the deadliest periods in the agency's history, we talk to the whistleblower at the center of an explosive complaint that accuses an ICE jail in Georgia of failing to adhere to coronavirus safety protocols and performing a large number of unwanted hysterectomies on detainees. The doctor who carried out the procedures became known to women inside the facility as "the uterus collector." Whistleblower Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center, says the neglect and abuse at the facility was "jaw-dropping." We…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-22). Iran registers 3,712 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,712 COVID-19 infections and 178 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-22). Robin Shattock tells MEPs of 'promising' vaccine progress. imperial.ac.uk Professor Robin Shattock, the lead for Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine, updated the European Parliament today on the progress of his team's vaccine.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Millions of US Citizens May Have to Pay for COVID-19 Vaccine Despite Gov't Plans, Reports Say. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Millions of people in the United States may have to pay for COVID-19 vaccination contrary to the plans of the authorities to make the shots free, as government-funded Medicare health insurance for the elderly does not cover the costs of drugs approved for emergency use, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper reported.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Rats Reportedly Mutilate COVID-19 Victim's Dead Body at Private Hospital in India. sputniknews.com The incident has sparked political outrage in an Indian state, with former Madhya Pradesh State Chief Kamal Nath taking to Twitter to condemn the alleged medical negligence on the part of hospital authorities.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Indian Markets Plunge Amid Sell-Off Across Sectors, Sensex Down 386 Points in Opening Trade. sputniknews.com Under the impact of a nationwide lockdown imposed in India in late March due to COVID-19, the country's benchmark stock index, Sensex, shed almost 16,000 points in a matter of weeks. From 42,000 levels in early March, Sensex plunged to 26,000 by the end of the same month.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Russia to Complete Registration of Second COVID-19 Vaccine by 15 October. sputniknews.com The Russian consumer health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, stated in early September that all volunteers for Stage 1 of clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Russian research centre Vektor had developed antibodies.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). UK Coronavirus Curfews for Pubs Won't Bring COVID Rates Down, but Harm Hospitality, Sector Warns. sputniknews.com The British government is expected to announce an updated set of anti-coronavirus measures aimed to prevent a probable second wave of the pandemic.

Staff (2020-09-22). Trump Wrongly Asserts "Virtually Nobody" Young Is Harmed by COVID. truthout.org Speaking at a political rally in Swanton, Ohio, on Monday evening, President Donald Trump wrongly claimed that COVID-19 is a disease that only affects the elderly and urged schools to reopen their doors by arguing that "virtually nobody" young is affected by it. | "It affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems,"

yenisafak (2020-09-22). FACTBOX: Britain imposes 6-month curbs against second COVID wave. yenisafak.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people on Tuesday to work from home where possible and ordered bars and restaurants to close early to tackle a fast-spreading second wave of COVID-19 with restrictions lasting probably six months.Here are some details about the new measures in England, which are likely to be mirrored for the most part in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.VENUES TO CLOSE AT 10 P.M.From Thursday, hospitality venues like pubs and restaurants must close at 10 p.m.WORK FROM HOMEWorkers should work from home if they can, but those who can not should continue to attend t…

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Pandemic reroutes school buses to hospitals in Indonesia. yenisafak.com As the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia worsens by the day, authorities have been forced to use school buses to transport patients in the capital Jakarta.Luswanto, a 29-year-old school bus driver, has taken hundreds of COVID-19 patients to Jakarta's Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital.Buses like his have been modified to accommodate patients, with partition shields installed to protect the drivers and health workers.As the risk of infection remains high, Luswanto said his young age, healthy physical condition, and no history of congenital disease made him a perfect candidate for the job. | "The COVID-19 evacuation te…

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Turkey's Erdogan says COVID-19 vaccine must be for everyone. yenisafak.com Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said in an address to the United Nations on Tuesday any future COVID-19 vaccine should be universally available, regardless of where it is produced."I am calling from here once again for the procurement of medical equipment and medicine, and vaccine efforts not to be made into a topic of competition," Erdogan said in a video address to the U.N. General Assembly, which is holding a virtual meeting because of the global coronavirus pandemic. "No matter what country they are produced in, vaccines that are made ready to be administered should be presented to the common use of humanit…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-09-22). Thousands take the streets in national strike in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org On September 21, thousands of Colombians participated in a national strike and mobilized across the country against the right-wing government of president Iván Duque. Several massive demonstrations were carried out in different cities in rejection of police brutality, economic crisis facing the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ceaseless assassination of social leaders. | A large number of citizens and members of various human rights organizations, left-wing political parties, social movements, students, teachers, women, LGBTQI, Indigenous and Afro-descendent organizations took to the streets throughout th…

Jasmine Norden (2020-09-22). 'Time is running out'. Education union issues stark warning on coronavirus testing crisis. thecanary.co The National Education Union (NEU) has Leaders of the union wrote to the prime minister on 20 September to urge the adoption of emergency measures to maintain the safety of schools. | General secretaries of the NEU, Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, asked that school children and teaching staff become a testing priority to contain coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in schools. | They said that schools do not currently have the means to stop the spread of cases without…

Tom Coburg (2020-09-22). Evidence of Johnson government's Covid cronyism and incompetence laid bare. thecanary.co The provision of : In recent weeks there have…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-22). Abu Dhabi abolishes permit system for alcohol purchase. middleeasteye.net Abu Dhabi abolishes permit system for alcohol purchase | Move follows similar relaxation by Dubai as UAE attempts to rebuild tourism following coronavirus outbreak | Tue, 09/22/2020 – 11: 26 | Residents enjoy a day at the beach along the corniche in Abu Dhabi (AFP) | Abu Dhabi has abolished the permit system for the purchase and consumption of alcohol, following in the footsteps of Dubai.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-22). Iran, Austria discuss direct flights resumption. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (MNA) — Iran and Austria have reviewed the conditions for reviving the direct flights between the two countries which have been facing major slump after the coronavirus pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Iran registers record daily high in coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Iran's health ministry on Tuesday reported 3,712 new coronavirus infections in the previous 24 hours, the highest daily tally recorded since February, pushing the national cumulative total to 429,193.On Feb. 19, the Iranian government publicly announced its first two cases of — and deaths from – the novel coronavirus.Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 178 people had died from the disease in the previous 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 24,656 in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East.

yenisafak (2020-09-22). US pleased with YPG/PKK-ENKS talks in Syria: KRG. yenisafak.com President of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, Nechirvan Barzani, held a meeting with US special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey during which the latter stated that his country was pleased with the talks for rapprochement, the KRG said.The meeting held in KRG's capital Erbil tackled the situation of foreign forces in Syria and security developments.The two sides also discussed developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak in Syria and Iraq as well as relations between Erbil and Baghdad and the Kurdish problem in Syria, the statement said.According to the statement, Jeffrey thanked Barzani and the KRG for their…

C.J. Hopkins (2020-09-22). The War on Populism: The Final Act. dissidentvoice.org So, it appears the War on Populism is building toward an exciting climax. All the proper pieces are in place for a Class-A GloboCap color revolution, and maybe even civil war. You got your unauthorized Putin-Nazi president, your imaginary apocalyptic pandemic, your violent identitarian civil unrest, your heavily-armed politically-polarized populace, your ominous rumblings from military …

Maani N, Galea S. (2020-09-22). Physicians and Social Determinants of Health—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We are heartened to see that all 3 letters agree in various ways with the principle expressed in our Viewpoint that the social determinants of health should not be overmedicalized and that the drivers of poor health largely sit outside the health care system, rooted in societal structures, power, and money.

Slomski A. (2020-09-22). Mixed Results for Progesterone for Miscarriage Prevention. jamanetwork.com Progesterone therapy in the first trimester of pregnancy did not result in a greater rate of live births among women with a high risk of miscarriage, according to a trial in Health Technology Assessment. Women with previous miscarriages, however, benefited from progesterone therapy.

Kuehn BM. (2020-09-22). Hand Sanitizer Poisoning and Deaths Reported in 2 States. jamanetwork.com Fifteen people were hospitalized in Arizona and New Mexico after they drank hand sanitizer containing methanol. Four of the patients died and 3 experienced vision loss, according to a report from CDC investigators and state public health officials.

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 10/14: What's At Stake: Vital Role of Health Care for Millions of Americans w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 10/21: What's At Stake: Millions of Young Americans & Coverage Under the ACA w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 9/30: What's At Stake: Gender, Health Care & the Supreme Court w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 10/7: What's At Stake: Black Maternal Health & Systemic Inequalities w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 9/23: What's At Stake: The Organized Crime of Big Pharma w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

_____ (2020-09-22). Report, Monday, September 21: Julian Assange Hearing. popularresistance.org Monday was a frustrating day as the Assange Hearing drifted deep into a fantasy land where nobody knows or is allowed to say that people were tortured in Guantanamo Bay and under extraordinary rendition. The willingness of Judge Baraitser to accept American red lines on what witnesses can and cannot say has combined with a joint and openly stated desire by both judge and prosecution to close this case down quickly by limiting the number of witnesses, the length of their evidence, and the time allowed for closing arguments.

Slomski A. (2020-09-22). Intravenous Ibuprofen Caldolor Reduces Opioids After Orthopedic Trauma. jamanetwork.com Intravenous (IV) ibuprofen adequately relieved acute pain and minimized opioid use in the first 48 hours after an orthopedic trauma, a trial in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma reported.

Tuuli MG, Liu J, Tita AN, et al. (2020-09-22). Negative Pressure Wound Therapy vs Standard Dressing and Infection in Obese Women After Cesarean Delivery. jamanetwork.com This open-label randomized trial compares the effects of preventive negative pressure wound therapy vs standard wound dressing on surgical site infection among obese women after cesarean delivery.

Slomski A. (2020-09-22). Shared Decision-making Doesn't Change Anticoagulation Treatment. jamanetwork.com Physician satisfaction and patient engagement improved when they used a shared decision-making (SDM) tool for anticoagulant treatment. But their treatment decisions didn't differ from patients receiving standard care, a trial in JAMA Internal Medicine reported.

Desai AN. (2020-09-22). Patient Information: High Blood Pressure. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page explains what high blood pressure is, why it is important to control, the difference between the top (systolic) and bottom (diastolic) numbers, and how it is best treated and prevented.

Slomski A. (2020-09-22). Baloxavir Protects Against Household Influenza Spread. jamanetwork.com Baloxavir marboxil, a polymerase acidic protein endonuclease inhibitor, prevented influenza from spreading in households with a confirmed case, a trial in The New England Journal of Medicine reported. Baloxavir is approved as treatment for uncomplicated influenza A and B and for patients at risk for complications.