CDC officials dismissed state and local health authorities’ concerns about COVID-19 and suggested they seek advice from other states, documents show

Summary List Placement The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised state and local health authorities to make their own decisions about how to handle the coronavirus pandemic as cases began to multiply around the country in March, documents obtained by USA Today showed.  Officials attempting to contact the agency in some instances did not get a response, were hung up on, or were given advice that was not in line with scientific findings or the CDC’s own policies, USA Today reported.  In one instance, a CDC official told a Kentucky public health official that nursing homes should still allow visitors.  “Let people choose,” the officials wrote in an email… Read More

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Trump says COVID-19 death toll would be lower if you don’t count the most densely populated ‘blue’ states

Summary List Placement US President Donald Trump praised his response to the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, defining success as nearly 200,000 dead Americans — up from the 60,000 he predicted in April, and the 100,000 he predicted in May — and argued the death toll would be lower if it excluded the most densely populated, “blue” states. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Trump stood before a chart of one of the earliest, most dire death toll projections: 2.2 million people in the US killed by COVID-19, provided that no federal or state action were taken to mitigate the threat. “That’s quite a difference: two million,” Trump said, as reported by Mediate.… Read More

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Youth Climate Strikers Are Trying To Take Back O’Toole’s ‘Take Back Canada’

A group of youth climate activists are challenging Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole’s “Take Back Canada” slogan, saying they actually used it first.  Members of Climate Strike Canada have filed an application to trademark the phrase, arguing its usage as a message of Indigenous land sovereignty predates O’Toole’s use for his 2020 leadership campaign. So, yes — they’re literally trying to take back the idea of taking back Canada.  Climate Strike Canada is a group of high school and university students and Indigenous youth across Canada associated with Greta Thunberg’s “Friday for Future” school strike for climate movement.  WATCH: What is Erin O’Toole’s plan for Canada? Story continues… Read More

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Pandemic: Financial Hardship Felt Most By Communities of Color

Watch Video The same communities that have been hit hardest medically by COVID-19 could also be hit hardest financially during this pandemic. A new study from NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard finds that four in ten Latinx, Black, and Native American households report using up all or most of their savings.  Additionally, 72% of Latinos, 60% of Black Americans, and 55% of Native Americans report serious financial problems during the pandemic. The survey polled about 3,500 adults between July 1st and August 3rd when the $600 dollar a week unemployment checks were still in place. Six in ten Latinx households say they have lost their jobs, been furloughed, or had wages or… Read More

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