Daily Archives: November 4, 2020

2020-11-04: News Headlines

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-04). Robin Shattock says 'we could be living with COVID-19 for years to come'. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine lead, Professor Robin Shattock, has told MPs we could be living with the virus for years to come.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-04). College funds support Imperial community throughout the pandemic. imperial.ac.uk In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College has expanded and extended the hardship fund available to its staff and student community.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-04). J-IDEA symposium: Tony Blair on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. imperial.ac.uk Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the coronavirus pandemic could accelerate social inequality and the wealth gap.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-04). Coronavirus infects 8,452, kills 419 in Iran in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 04 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 8,452 on Wednesday, bringing the total cases to 646,164, according to the Health Ministry.

Kun Wang, Changshuai Wu, Jian Xu, Baohui Zhang, Xiaowang Zhang, Zhenglian Gao, Zhengyuan Xia (2020-11-04). Factors affecting the mortality of patients with COVID-19 undergoing surgery and the safety of medical staff: A systematic review and meta-analysis. thelancet.com COVID-19 patients, in particular those with severe respiratory complications, may have high postoperative mortality. Medical staff in close contact with infected patients is suggested to take high level personal protective equipment (PPE).

_____ (2020-11-04). Record Number Of Children Infected With COVID-19. popularresistance.org More than 61,000 children in the U.S. were diagnosed with Covid-19 last week — more than in any other week during the pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association reported Monday. | In all, 853,635 children have been diagnosed with the virus this year, representing 11.1 percent of all U.S. cases. The percentage of pediatric cases has risen steadily since mid-April, when children accounted for just 2 percent of Covid-19 cases in the country. | "This is a stark reminder of the impact this pandemic is having on everyone…

G. Dunkel (2020-11-04). How COVID-19 reveals inequalities in the U.S. economy. workers.org The Trump administration has admitted it has no plan to get COVID-19 under control. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN Oct. 25 that "We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas." . . . |

Ali Harb (2020-11-04). US elections 2020: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar win re-election. middleeasteye.net US elections 2020: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar win re-election | Tlaib says Covid-19 relief will be her top priority during second term in Congress and vows to continue pushing for Palestinian human rights | Wed, 11/04/2020 – 04: 13 | The Republican opponents of Tlaib and Omar had raised staggering amounts of money despite the non-competitive nature of races (AFP/File photo) | Muslim-American Congresswomen Rashi…

_____ (2020-11-04). Amazon Bans Book Exposing US COVID-19 Chaos. popularresistance.org A decision by the Amazon company to block a book focused on a scientific and cooperative approach to COVID-19 amounts to corporate information control operating at a new intensity. This censorship occurs while almost every form of U.S. media permits and promotes racist, unscientific and thoroughly confusing information. | The censored book is "Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S." This anthology of 55 articles by a broad range of social justice authors discuss the importance of free health care, social distancing, testing, protective equipment, education and social mobilizat…

Robert P. Alvarez (2020-11-04). Tax the Rich. School the Children. Pay the Teachers. counterpunch.org Olivia Pace worked in early childhood education. She loved her job. She loved her kids. Then Covid-19 hit and she was laid off. "I've worked in childcare since I was 15 — since I was a child myself," said Pace, who lives in Oregon's Multnomah County, the metro area around Portland. Preschool workers like Pace

Carla Stea (2020-11-04). COVID-19 Tracing Methods: United Nations Special Rapporteur Warns of Danger of "Intrusive Surveillance" globalresearch.ca On October 29, 2020, Joseph Cannataci, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy delivered an address to the General Assembly warning that "Widespread use of contact tracing technology to fight the Covid-19 pandemic has led to almost incessant …

Muzamil Bhat (2020-11-04). In Kashmir, There are No Migrants to Reap the Rice Harvest. counterpunch.org "This might be the last season for cultivating paddy in my fields if Covid-19 does not go away," said Abdul Rehman, drinking water which Haleema, his wife, had poured for him in a steel tumbler after a tiring day in the family's field in Nagbal village of Ganderbal district in Central Kashmir. He was working

news.un (2020-11-04). Protecting citizens from COVID while granting refugee access, can be done: UNHCR. news.un.org It is possible for countries to both protect public health and "ensure access" for vulnerable people forced to flee their homes, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday.

Maria Margaronis (2020-11-04). A Walk in the Woods During a Season of Uncertainty. thenation.com A Walk in the Woods During a Season of Uncertainty…

QuickTestNow (2020-11-04). IMD Path and Quick Test Now Launch Antioch COVID Testing Site. indybay.org IMD Path and Quick Test Now launch a COVID testing site in Antioch, California.

Judy Greenspan (2020-11-04). Prison, COVID, and Disabilities. workers.org From a talk given at the Oct. 22 Workers World Webinar on "Voter Suppression & COVID & their Impact on Disabled People." Betsey [Piette] and I are both members of the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. Every week, we publish 1-2 pages of articles about the struggles . . . |

Macollvie J. Neel (2020-11-04). How immigrant communities are confronting COVID challenges. nationofchange.org "With Caribbean people in general, we have a way of adapting to situations [that] we're put into to make the most out of them."

Martha Stilson (2020-11-04). The Vision of Artists Creates Beauty and Industry Damaged by Coronavirus. indybay.org Performing arts are part of our lives, and a substantial part of the economy before coronavirus.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-04). Sawing the Sacred: Felling the Djab Wurrung Directions Tree. counterpunch.org "Djab Wurrung women are in an abusive relationship with Victoria's government." — Sissy Eileen Austin, The Guardian, Sep 14, 2019 It was a penultimate day in the Australian state of Victoria. The state government had announced that some of harshest coronavirus lockdown restrictions in the developed world would be easing. Melbourne's restaurants, bars and cafes

_____ (2020-11-04). Capitalism's Worst Nightmare. popularresistance.org On this week's show, Prof. Wolff explores what major social changes will flow from today's combination of major economic crash and the viral pandemic (capitalism's worst nightmare). To answer, we consider how European feudalism changed after its 14th century combination of economic decline and the bubonic plague. The two big changes then were (1) switching from a decentralized to a strong state, monarchical feudalism and (2) transition from feudalism to capitalism. The two big parallel changes now are…

Howard Lisnoff (2020-11-04). Deep Pockets: Funding the Arts During the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Hamlet may be a good start: "There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, Then are dreamt of in your philosophy." The bard is telling readers and theater audiences that human knowledge is limited. Looking outside of the window of the study where I write in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, it seems

Anand Naidoo (2020-11-04). Heat Special U.S. Election Night Preview. america.cgtn.com Our special show leading up to the 2020 U.S. election took an in-depth look at American domestic and foreign policy. In the first half of the show, Mike Walter discussed key domestic issues such as the pandemic, the economy and racial justice with: Ted Harvey: …

Editor (2020-11-04). How Will the U.S. Election Change the Mideast? scheerpost.com By Juan Cole / Informed Comment If Joe Biden wins the presidency and the Democrats sweep to power in both houses of Congress, it will have a huge impact on domestic policies, on everything from health care to workers' rights to green energy. But the impact on foreign policy would be equally significant. The biggest foreign loser in such a sea change will be Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is a country… |

Guy Crittenden (2020-11-04). That Mask Is Giving You Lung Cancer. globalresearch.ca I happen to know a thing or two about masks and safety. Why? Because for 25 years I was the editor of an award-winning trade magazine called HazMat Management that covered such topics as pollution prevention and compliance with health …

_____ (2020-11-04). Is Adam Schiff an Anti-Semite? strategic-culture.org Is Adam Schiff an anti-Semite? | On its face, the question seems absurd. Not only is Schiff himself Jewish, but, as far as anyone knows, he's never uttered an unkind word in his life about Jews as a nation, religion, or ethnic group. So he seems to get a clean bill of health. Yet when it comes to Russia, his thinking hews so closely to the classic anti-Semitic model that one hesitates to let him off the hook. | Basically, Schiff obsesses about the Kremlin the way people used to obsess about a mythical entity known as the elders of Zion. According to the notorious czarist forgery known as the "secret protocols," t…

Princess Harmony (2020-11-04). Remember those who cops shot during mental health crisis. workers.org I'm angry. I'm a mentally ill person tired of seeing people like us die. I'm angry that no matter what we do, police intervene where they are not wanted and not trained and don't give a damn about us. So many people in the middle of a mental health break . . . |

Mohammad al-Deirawi and Ramzy Baroud (2020-11-04). "They Tried to Freeze Me to Death": Torture and Resistance in Israeli Prisons. dissidentvoice.org Mohammad Ibrahim Ali al-Deirawi was born on January 30, 1978 in Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His family is originally from Bir Al-Saba', an ethnically cleansed Palestinian town located in the southern Naqab desert. Mohammad was arrested by the Israeli army at a military checkpoint in central Gaza on March 1, 2001. He …

Mohammed al-Deirawi, Ramzy Baroud (2020-11-04). "They Tried to Freeze Me to Death:" Torture and Resistance in Israeli Prisons. counterpunch.org Mohammad Ibrahim Ali al-Deirawi was born on January 30, 1978 in Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His family is originally from Bir Al-Saba', an ethnically cleansed Palestinian town located in the southern Naqab desert. Mohammad was arrested by the Israeli army at a military checkpoint in central Gaza on March 1, 2001. He

Prof. Ruel F. Pepa (2020-11-03). The Global Spread of the "Virus of Fear" globalresearch.ca The real story behind the so-called "second-wave" Covid-19 infection | The entire world at this point in time is being conditioned that the Covid-19 infection has gotten worse and the "second wave" of the PLANdemic is already here to wreak renewed …

_____ (2020-11-03). Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls Committee Releases Final Report. popularresistance.org Arizona's Study Committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has posted its final report, including dozens of specific legislative, law enforcement and other policy recommendations to address the ongoing crisis. After nearly a year of in-depth research, which was slowed by COVID-19 and some enforcement agencies choosing not to participate, Arizona got its clearest picture to date of the increasing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. | "Our work will not end with this report; this is only the beginning," said Chairwoman Rep. Jennifer Jermaine, D-Chandler.

del Rio C, Collins LF, Malani P. (2020-11-03). Long-term Health Consequences of COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint discusses long-term consequences of COVID-19 infection, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic, and mental health sequelae, and calls for an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to better characterize how post—acute phase disease manifests in organ systems and overall health.

Eliza Egret (2020-11-03). A school email perfectly demonstrates the government's shambolic handling of coronavirus. thecanary.co A leaked email shown to The Canary clearly demonstrates how, by keeping schools open, the government is spectacularly failing to protect us from coronavirus (Covid-19). | The email was sent by a school in Cornwall on 31 October, and was given to the parents of children who take a school bus. It told the parents that a child who takes the bus tested positive for the virus on 24 October. But the school was only informed on 30 October, and parents were told on 31 October. That's a whole week after the child tested positive for the virus. The email said: we need to inform you that someone on the… coach tested positi…

Meredith J, High KP, Freischlag J. (2020-11-03). Preserving Elective Surgeries in the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Future. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint describes the health burden imposed on patients and the logistical and financial burdens posed to health systems by the temporary halting of elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, and proposes organizational and policy responses to maintain standards of quality and safety while sustaining the surgical services patients need.

Plott CF, Kachalia AB, Sharfstein JM. (2020-11-03). Unexpected Health Insurance Profits and the COVID-19 Crisis. jamanetwork.com The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has placed unprecedented financial stress on most of the US health care system, including physician practices, emergency medical service systems, and hospitals. But there is one notable exception: health insurance companies. Sharp declines in elective care during the pandemic have reduced health care expenditures and contributed to earnings that are twice as large as those earned last year. For example, the UnitedHealth Group's net income during the second quarter grew from $3.4 billion in 2019 to $6.7 billion in 2020 and Anthem Inc's net income increased from $1.1…

RT (2020-11-03). Erdogan announces 10pm closure for restaurants, cinemas & Turkish baths as country sees Covid-19 spike. rt.com All businesses in Turkey, including restaurants and cinemas, must close at 10pm local time in a bid to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced. | Addressing the nation after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Erdogan said the new curfew would also include Turkish baths, wedding halls and concert venues, although food takeaway services would be exempt. | Governor of Istanbul has s…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-03). Covid-19: Saudi Arabia's Aramco announces major slump in profits. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Saudi Arabia's Aramco announces major slump in profits | Saudi state oil company revealed it had suffered a 44.6 percent decline in profits in the third-quarter | Tue, 11/03/2020 – 13: 59 | Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq oil processing plant (AFP) | Profits in Saudi Arabia's state oil company have taken a severe hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, slumping by 44.6 percent in the…

Sara Flounders (2020-11-03). Amazon bans book exposing U.S. COVID chaos—a commentary. workers.org A decision by the Amazon company to block a book focused on a scientific and cooperative approach to COVID-19 amounts to corporate information control operating at a new intensity. This censorship occurs while almost every form of U.S. media permits and promotes racist, unscientific and thoroughly confusing information. The censored . . . |

RT (2020-11-03). Argentina to get 25 million doses of Russia's pioneering Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine — president. rt.com Millions of doses of the world's first Russian-made vaccine against Covid-19 are set to be received by Argentina in the coming months, the country's president has announced. It comes as the pandemic shows no signs of abating. | Some 10 million doses are expected to arrive in Argentina in December, President Alberto Fernandez told RIA news agency on Monday as his nation was holding talks with Moscow on the Sputnik V vaccine supplies. Another batch of 15 million doses is scheduled for early January. The leader later again confirmed the information in a separate tweet. | Como señalé en una entrevista periodística…

Abbasi J. (2020-11-03). Large Meta-analysis Digs Into Obesity's COVID-19 Risks. jamanetwork.com This Medical News article is an interview with nutrition expert Barry Popkin, PhD, lead author of a new systematic review and meta-analysis of studies on coronavirus disease 2019 among individuals who are obese.

Hampton T. (2020-11-03). Newly Discovered Cellular Protection Pathway Blocks Ebola, COVID-19 Viruses. jamanetwork.com Faced with the urgent need for new antiviral strategies, investigators recently uncovered a surprising pathway that host cells use to protect against diverse viruses, including those that cause Ebola and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The findings, published in Science, point to a potential novel treatment target.

sputniknews (2020-11-03). Black Hispanic People at Highest Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes – Study. sputniknews.com A new study led by the Boston Medical Center (BMC) and recently published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health has found that Black Hispanic people experience worse COVID-19 outcomes than other individuals.

Staff (2020-11-03). As COVID Surges, States Attempt to Adapt With Drive-Through and Curbside Voting. truthout.org As COVID-19 cases have soared in suburban St. Louis County, Missouri, so have the calls from ailing or quarantined voters to the Board of Elections, asking how they can vote. Until this week, workers have taken down their contact information and sent ballots to their homes. But on Monday, the board pivoted. Today, voters with COVID-19 can vote at a newly established drive-thru site. | "So many more people are testing positive, there's no way we could send them all ballots," said Eric Fey, t…

news.un (2020-11-03). 'Super typhoon' Goni: Towns cut off as COVID-19 impacts response. news.un.org "Super storm" Typhoon Goni has left several towns inaccessible and destroyed thousands of homes in the Philippines, the UN humanitarian wing has said, adding that relief efforts have been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic.

teleSUR (2020-11-03). Brazil: Ambulances Sound Sirens in Tribute To COVID-19 Dead. telesurenglish.net A convoy of over 30 ambulances sounded their sirens on Monday in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo, in a one-minute tribute to the fatal victims of the COVID-19. | RELATED: | The ceremony, held in downtown Sao Paulo's Largo de Arouche Square as part of annual Day of the Dead events, brought together first responders and ambulance drivers, as well as authorities from the state and local governments. | "We sounded t…

WSWS (2020-11-03). Whole Foods worker describes dangers of COVID-19 for US grocery workers. wsws.org A new study by Harvard University shows that those Boston-area grocery store workers who caught COVID-19 most likely contracted it through the workplace, not through outside personal activities.

MEE staff (2020-11-03). Covid-19: Scores of Palestinian prisoners infected. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Scores of Palestinian prisoners infected | The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs blames 'bad measures' inside Gilboa prison for the spread of the coronavirus | Tue, 11/03/2020 – 15: 05 | Palestinian prisoners and visitors at Gilboa prison in central Israel in 2006 (AFP) | Around 73 Palestinian prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19 inside the Israeli prison of Gilboa, according to the…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-03). Bahrain approves use of experimental Covid-19 vaccine for frontline workers. middleeasteye.net Bahrain approves use of experimental Covid-19 vaccine for frontline workers | Bahrain's health minister said clinical trials showed the Chinese vaccine was 'safe and effective' | Tue, 11/03/2020 – 12: 13 | A volunteer disinfects a bed as Muslim Shia mourners give blood as part of Ashura commemorations, in Alnoaim village, a suburb of the Bahraini capital Manama (AFP) | Bahrain has approved…

WSWS (2020-11-03). Thirteen-year-old eighth grader in Missouri dies of COVID-19. wsws.org The sudden and tragic death of such a young child has sent shockwaves through the community and across the US.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-11-03). Fukushima, dilaga la pandemia nucleare. globalresearch.ca Foto: Una parte degli oltre mille serbatoi pieni di acqua radioattiva, accumulati nella centrale nucleare di Fukushima. | Non è Covid, per cui la notizia è passata quasi inosservata: il Giappone scaricherà in mare oltre un milione di tonnellate di acqua …

George Monbiot (2020-11-03). The government's secretive Covid contracts are heaping misery on Britain. zcomm.org England's response to the coronavirus pandemic now relies on unskilled teenaged call centre workers, taking the place of experienced clinicians…