Daily Archives: November 14, 2020

2020-11-14: News Headlines

N Dimmel, C Brendt. W Kubicki & U Bauereithel (2020-11-14). Democracy and COVID19. indybay.org Lockdown and curfews, state of emergency and tracing apps, compulsory testing and quarantines, serial stops, compulsory masks, short-time work and mass unemployment, waves of bankruptcies and extended poverty traps: the COVID-19 disaster has escalated the chronic crisis of capital utilization with falling profit and mediocre growth rates. The public space was emptied.

Richard Horton (2020-11-14). [Comment] Offline: A different kind of lockdown. thelancet.com In April, 2019, Dr Mai Alkaila became the first woman to be appointed Minister of Health in the occupied Palestinian territory. An obstetrician and gynaecologist by training, she later earned a PhD in health policy and systems. But she also had a taste for diplomacy and has served the State of Palestine as Ambassador to Chile and Italy. Perfect credentials, one might imagine, for a role that comes with already delicate political challenges. And then the COVID-19 pandemic struck. How was a divided land and a divided government under occupation going to handle a health emergency that was confounding even the most u…

G. Dunkel (2020-11-14). Cómo COVID-19 revela las desigualdades en la economía de EE.UU. workers.org La administración de Trump ha admitido que no tiene ningún plan controlar al virus COVID-19. El jefe de personal de la Casa Blanca, Mark Meadows, dijo a CNN el 25 de octubre que "No vamos a controlar la pandemia. Vamos a controlar el hecho de que tenemos vacunas, terapias y . . . |

Devi Sridhar (2020-11-14). [Perspectives] Staying sane in our new COVID-19 world. thelancet.com COVID-19 spread like wildfire across the world: from China to its neighbouring countries to east Asia, Iran, Europe, and the rest of the world. This pandemic showed how connected the world has become, and how even the best mathematical modelling could not predict which countries would be first affected and how elite travellers would move from hotels to ski resorts to cruise ships and restaurants. But during the pandemic, there has been anxiety about the virus and considerable uncertainty, with widespread reports of mental health issues and feelings of isolation, especially under lockdowns.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-14). Iran produces effective antiviral COVID-19 drug. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) — Iranian researchers have developed an effective COVID-19 drug that has been approved by Iran's Food and Drug Administration (IFDA).

Joht Singh Chandan (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Improving global surveillance of gender-based violence. thelancet.com Gender-based violence, as highlighted by Sophie Cousins in a World Report1 and by numerous other organisations (eg, UN and WHO),1—4 is a substantial public health issue leading to excess morbidity and mortality and is thought to be exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deirdre Griswold (2020-11-14). Class oppression and the virus. workers.org The United States continues to lead the world — in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as in deaths. As of Nov. 9, this rich, high-tech imperialist country has now registered 243,302 deaths from the virus. This is twice as many coronavirus deaths as in India, even though the . . . |

Roxanne Nelson (2020-11-14). [World Report] US wildfires and mental illness stress health systems. thelancet.com The record wildfire season on the US west coast, coupled with the raging COVID-19 pandemic, is testing the health system's preparedness. Roxanne Nelson reports from Seattle, WA.

Catherine Lynne Troisi (2020-11-14). President-elect Biden's new COVID-19 task force gives the US a fresh chance to turn around a public health disaster. nationofchange.org Will there be a cohesive message from the top?>

Shaniqua Pippen and Adina Benno (2020-11-14). NYC schools left struggling as second COVID-19 wave begins. liberationnews.org It is up to teachers, students, families, and entire communities to say no more!

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-14). University of Manchester students stage occupation of campus against insensitivity of authorities. peoplesdispatch.org The occupation was led by UoM Rent Strike, alongside the campaign group '9K 4 WHAT?. The protesters were agitating against the extremely high rent and lack of support during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Zach Conti (2020-11-14). G20 Announces Debt Relief Process. indybay.org G20 finance ministers held an extraordinary meeting and announced further plans on debt reduction for developing countries affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis.

Vincent Emanuele (2020-11-14). COVID Horror: The Holiday Edition. zcomm.org The sooner we come up with coordinated plans at the local, even granular level (home, family, friend network, block, apartment), the more prepared we'll be to engage in a nationwide effort to curb the spread of the virus…

_____ (2020-11-14). Public-Safety Ratings of the World's Countries. strategic-culture.org Two rankings will be provided here. One is a measure of "law and order" within 144 countries. The other is the definitive measure of how effectively each of the nations that has over 10 million inhabitants has dealt with the coronavirus-19 pandemic. | The first rankings here will be Gallup Law and Order Index Scores. In 2019, Gallup asked nearly 175,000 adults in 144 countries the following 4 questions: (1) Do you have confidence in the local police force? (2) Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live? (3) Within the last 12 months, have you had money or property stolen from you o…

Inderbir S Gill, Giovanni E Cacciamani, Vinay Duddalwar, Duraiyah Thangathurai, Mark Cunningham (2020-11-14). [Clinical Picture] Renal cancer with extensive level IV intracardiac tumour thrombus removed by robot. thelancet.com A 74-year-old man presented to the emergency department reporting blood in his urine. He was fit and well and reported no pain, or fever. He had a medical history of hypertension, coronary artery disease, partial colectomy for cancer, gastro-oesophageal reflux, and cataracts. He was taking aspirin, losartan, omeprazole and simvastatin.

Wendy Orent (2020-11-14). Will the coronavirus evolve to be less deadly?>. salon.com All pandemics eventually run their course. But history and science suggest many possible pathways…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-14). Egypt discovers 100 intact sarcophagi in largest find of 2020. middleeasteye.net Egypt discovers 100 intact sarcophagi in largest find of 2020 | Cairo hopes such finds will come to boost the country's tourism sector, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic | Sat, 11/14/2020 – 16: 20 | An archaeologist cleans a statue during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi at the Saqqara necropolis, 30km south of Cairo (AFP) | Egypt announced…

Anand Naidoo (2020-11-14). The Heat: US presidential race and coronavirus surge. america.cgtn.com China on Friday congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, saying China will respect the choice of the American people…one week after the US media projected the former United States Vice President as the winner of the presidential election.

The Canary (2020-11-14). Return to tiers will see coronavirus infections rise, scientists warn. thecanary.co Returning to the tiered system of coronavirus restrictions in England after the lockdown comes to an end will see infections rise again, scientists have warned. Any hopes of families gathering at Christmas will also be dependent on the reproduction rate of the disease staying below one for "some time", according to documents released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).The next normal: A document from the science advisers, dated 4 November, said: If England returns to the same application of the tiering system in place before November 5, then transmission will return to the same rate of…

Emily Jane O'Dell (2020-11-14). Teachers Are on a Tightrope With No Safety Net. zcomm.org The hybrid model teachers are being thrust into during the pandemic isn't sustainable without more resources and support…

Lucian K. Truscott IV (2020-11-14). Trump is going out the way he came in: A loser, a liar and a cheat. salon.com As the virus heads into a winter surge, our defeated president tweets, plays golf and runs a money-raising scam…

Mary O'Keeffe, Chris G Maher, Tomas Rozbroj, Mark Schoene, Rachelle Buchbinder (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Lessons from The Lancet Low Back Pain Series media strategy. thelancet.com Mass media campaigns improve population health by promoting positive health behaviours and discouraging negative ones.1 Campaigns have helped to successfully reduce smoking and promote physical exercise. For some health conditions, campaigns sometimes have to compete with the marketing of unproven tests and treatments by industry and professional associations. An example of success in this context was an Australian campaign that improved population and general practitioner beliefs about back pain, improved medical management, and reduced workers' compensation costs for back pain.

Sharon T Cameron, Anna Glasier, Lisa McDaid, Andrew Radley, Paula Baraitser, Judith Stephenson, Richard Gilson, Claire Battison, Kathleen Cowle, Mark Forrest, Beatriz Goulao, Anne Johnstone, Alessandra Morelli, Susan Patterson, Alison McDonald, Thenmalar Vadiveloo, John Norrie (2020-11-14). [Articles] Use of effective contraception following provision of the progestogen-only pill for women presenting to community pharmacies for emergency contraception (Bridge-It): a pragmatic cluster-randomised crossover trial. thelancet.com Provision of a supply of the progestogen-only pill with emergency contraception from a community pharmacist, along with an invitation to a sexual and reproductive health clinic, results in a clinically meaningful increase in subsequent use of effective contraception. Widely implemented, this practice could prevent unintended pregnancies after use of emergency contraception.

Talha Burki (2020-11-14). [World Report] Prince Mahidol award winners announced. thelancet.com The 2020 awards have gone to Bernard Pécoul for his work at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative and to Valentin Fuster for his work on platelets. Talha Burki reports.

Andrew Lotery, Abby O'Connell, Rosie A Harris, Sobha Sivaprasad, Barnaby C Reeves (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Eplerenone for chronic central serous chorioretinopathy — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Riccardo Sacconi and colleagues and Dinu Stanescu-Segall and colleagues for their questions about the VICI trial.1…

Marcia L Stefanick, Londa Schiebinger (2020-11-14). [Perspectives] Analysing how sex and gender interact. thelancet.com In recent years prominent UK and US leaders in science and medicine have called for the end of all-male speaking panels, or "manels", and focused admirably on the issue of participation in science. Arguably more important than who does the research, however, is how the research is conducted. Are crucial variables missing? Are basic theoretical frameworks ignoring key components? We posit that it's time to end science in which mankind represents all humankind. It's also time to integrate how sex and gender interact into basic and applied research.

Adrian Murray Brunt, Joanne S Haviland, Duncan A Wheatley, John R Yarnold (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Breast cancer radiation therapy — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Birgitte Offersen and Jens Overgaard argue that 26 Gy in five fractions is biologically inferior to 40 Gy in 15 fractions on the basis of Œ±/Œ≤ point estimates; however, therapeutic ratio is better defined clinically. In the FAST-Forward trial,1 predefined non-inferiority of the 1-week schedule, compared with a 15-fraction control for ipsilateral breast tumour relapse, was substantiated. Combined with similar rates of late adverse effects for patients allocated to the 26 Gy schedule, why not be guided by the data?

Mike Daube, Maurice Swanson (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Conflicts of interest should be declared. thelancet.com In her Correspondence about smoking cessation programmes in China,1 Yuchen Xue declares no competing interests. However, she writes from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, which is entirely funded by Philip Morris International, a tobacco company that has been heavily criticised for promoting tobacco industry agendas.

Cicely Marston, Annabel Sowemimo (2020-11-14). [Comment] Bridge-It trial—a step towards better contraception services. thelancet.com The findings of the UK Bridge-It trial, reported by Sharon Cameron and colleagues in The Lancet,1 show a new way to get contraception to those who need it—and a potentially important improvement to contraceptive services. This trial targets women obtaining emergency contraception in pharmacies, providing them with a supply of progestogen-only pills alongside the emergency contraceptive levonorgestrel.

Shearwood McClelland (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Breast cancer radiation therapy. thelancet.com The practice-changing results of the FAST-Forward trial1 show the importance of not settling for a good option when a better one is possible. Building on previous work establishing hypofractionated radiation therapy with a duration of 3 weeks, compared with the traditional 7-week radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer,2 Adrian Brunt and colleagues1 have shown the non-inferiority of 1 week versus 3 weeks of hypofractionated radiotherapy in this patient population at 5 years after treatment.

Riccardo Sacconi, Enrico Borrelli, Giuseppe Querques (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Eplerenone for chronic central serous chorioretinopathy. thelancet.com We congratulate Andrew Lotery and colleagues1 for their excellent work on eplerenone for chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR). However, we have several concerns about the study.

news.un (2020-11-13). Diabetes increasing COVID risks, showing need to strengthen health systems. news.un.org As the number of people with diabetes surges, many are at "increased risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19", the UN chief said in his message for World Diabetes Day, on Saturday.

The Canary (2020-11-13). Manchester students occupy university building in protest over living conditions. thecanary.co Students have occupied a University of Manchester building in protest against paying high fees despite living in "appalling" conditions amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The students are seeking a reduction to their rent and £9,000 tuition fees after face-to-face classes were halted and a series of issues with their accommodation."This is an occupied building": They arrived at the OwensPark Tower, which the university has said is unoccupied, at 10am on 12 November, unveiling large banners and lighting flares from its windows.Banners were unfurled out of the tower's windows (@rentstrikeUoM/Twi…

Gary Olson (2020-11-13). Structural Violence, Marginalized Communities, and Radical Change. dissidentvoice.org A recent analysis by Harvard geneticist Stephen Elledge tabulated the number of years that Americans who died from COVID-19 might have lived had they reached a typical life expectancy. The shocking answer is that the coronavirus has claimed more than 2.5 million years of potential life in the United States since 2020. And despite making …

Melanie Conklin (2020-11-13). Billionaire GOP Donors Positive for Covid-19 After White House Election Watch Party. commondreams.org The Uihleins, who have opposed public health guidelines, tested positive after attending the White House election eve watch party. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-11-13_at_11.37.45_am.png

WSWS (2020-11-13). Workers Party pushes back-to-school campaign amid warnings of second COVID-19 wave in Brazil. wsws.org The reopening being carried out by state governors and the precarious conditions faced by the majority are creating the perfect conditions for an even deadlier coronavirus surge.

news.un (2020-11-13). Deputy UN chief looks to 'new dawn for Mali', promotes participation of women in country's transition. news.un.org The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed on Friday has been strongly advocating for the greater participation of women and youth in Mali's ongoing transition towards a durable peace, and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as she continues her solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel.

Newsclick (2020-11-13). Vaccine distribution: Cold storage requirement for potential COVID-19 vaccine a major problem. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha and immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath discuss the challenges of taking a vaccine to the people in countries like India. They also look at the various vaccine candidates in contention…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-13). Five Iranian COVID-19 vaccines included in WHO's list: IFDA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (MNA) — Spokesman of Iran Food and Drug Administration (IFDA) announced that five Iranian vaccines were included in the list of candidates of coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccine of World Health Organization (WHO).

WSWS (2020-11-13). The mental health of young adults is being ravaged by the pandemic—the suffering needs to stop. wsws.org Many months into the pandemic, with a surge in COVID-19 cases affecting virtually every US state, a new study shows that there is a veritable tsunami of depression flooding over the nation's young adult population.

World Travel & Tourism Council (2020-11-13). U.S. Looks Set to Lose 9.2 Million Jobs in 2020 Due to COVID-19 and Travel Restrictions, Says WTTC. globalresearch.ca A staggering 9.2 million jobs could be lost in the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector in 2020 if barriers to global travel remain in place, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) revealed. | The new figure comes from WTTC's latest …

WSWS (2020-11-13). Worker at Canadian senior care home describes COVID-19's horrific impact in a system where "the profit motive is paramount" wsws.org The first wave of the pandemic last spring saw a catastrophic loss of life in Canada's long-term care facilities. The second wave now underway threatens to exact a similar horrific toll, because Canada's governments have done next to nothing to improve the situation.

Melanie Conklin (2020-11-13). Billionaire GOP Donors Contract COVID-19. progressive.org The Uihleins, who have opposed public health guidelines, tested positive after attending the White House election eve watch party.

Zach Conti (2020-11-13). G20 Holds Extraordinary Debt Reduction Meeting. indybay.org On Friday, the G20 convenes an extraordinary meeting on debt reduction for developing countries affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-13). Cancer patients at increased risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. imperial.ac.uk Patients with cancer have a much higher risk of severe outcomes and death from COVID-19 than non-cancer patients.

Nicole Karlis (2020-11-13). Amazon worker who was fired after leading COVID-19 safety protest files lawsuit against tech giant. salon.com Chris Smalls' class action suit filed claims that Amazon violated federal and state laws…

Kenny Stancil (2020-11-13). Biden health adviser has a plan to get pandemic under control and revive economy: Pay people to stay home for 4-6 weeks. nationofchange.org The government "could pay for a package right now" to cover economic losses—making it possible to curb Covid-19 transmission without increasing the financial suffering associated with shutting down commerce, said epidemiologist Michael Osterholm.

WSWS (2020-11-13). Workers report dangerous outbreak at Fiat Chrysler transmission factory in Indiana. wsws.org Workers are reporting an outbreak of COVID-19 which is being covered up by FCA management and the United Auto Workers union.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-13). COVID-19 claims 461 lives in past 24 hours in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, claimed lives of other 461 people in the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death tally to 40,582.

sputniknews (2020-11-13). Travelers Turn to Black Market for Negative COVID-19 Tests to Dodge Restrictions. sputniknews.com With COVID-19 cases surging around the world, a black market for false certificates of negative COVID-19 tests has emerged as more countries require travelers to prove their negative status before entering, according to a report by the Associated Press.