Tag: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Don’t Let Trump’s Cult of Personality Make Covid-19 Worse

The politicization of everything corrodes social and constitutional life. That is especially so when the locus of politics is loyalty or opposition to whomever is president. The coronavirus pandemic may mark the first time it started killing people. Especially early on, people’s views of the gravity of the situation aligned with party identification. Whether a […]

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For Coronavirus, Trump Is Not the Wartime President We Need

Donald Trump declared himself a “wartime president” just three weeks ago. On Twitter, he proclaimed “WE WILL WIN THIS WAR.” At last, he seemed to grasp the gravity of the Covid-19 crisis facing the world. Bluster aside, Mr. Trump is correct: This is war, the most consequential since World War II, and he is in […]

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In the Coronavirus Crisis, There Are No Experts

Since the election of Donald Trump, the American media has become invested in the idea that the modern information landscape is defined by a great struggle between truth and falsehood, facts and misinformation, the real news and the fake. In this drama, there are enemies of truth, and then there is a besieged edifice of […]

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U.S. Children With Coronavirus Are Less Hard Hit Than Adults, First Data Shows

Children make up a very small proportion of American coronavirus cases so far and are significantly less likely to become seriously ill than American adults, according to a preliminary report on the first wave of coronavirus cases in the United States. But some have become very sick, and at least three have died. The study, […]

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Delays and Shortages Exacerbate Coronavirus Testing Gaps in the U.S.

Three weeks ago, Dr. Elaine Cham, a pathologist at a large children’s hospital in California, had a sense that the nation’s coronavirus testing mess was finally getting under control. She could send tests to a lab at Stanford University Medical Center and get the results within a day. When backlogs grew at Stanford, she starting […]

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The Real Tragedy of Not Having Enough Covid-19 Tests

President Trump said last week that he hadn’t “heard about testing in weeks.” But right now — let’s face it — tests are being rationed in many parts of the country. Of course, the seriously ill and essential front-line personnel like doctors, nurses and policemen require and deserve to go to the front of the […]

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Alexa, Do I Have Coronavirus?

SEATTLE — One in four U.S. households have a smart speaker and 81 percent of adults own a smartphone. These devices might seem to be unlikely medical instruments, yet their computing capability, storage and sensor quality is often superior to the clinical-grade equipment used to monitor patients in an intensive care unit. For example, the […]

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Leading by Example, Some Politicians Urge Residents to Wear Face Masks

Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged Americans to wear masks when they venture outside, more state and local politicians have begun donning the protective gear themselves, standing in contrast to President Trump, who says the masks aren’t his style. The politicians are showing off their masks in selfies, on jogs […]

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What We Pretend to Know About the Coronavirus Could Kill Us

Other than a vaccine or an extra 500,000 ventilators, tests and hospital beds, reliable information is the best weapon we have against Covid-19. It allows us to act uniformly and decisively to flatten the curve. In an ideal pandemic scenario, sound information is produced by experts and travels quickly to the public. But we seem […]

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‘We Didn’t Sign Up for This’: Amazon Workers on the Front Lines

As if in the darkest children’s fable ever told, the undisputed winner of the current plague turns out to be the man who already had everything, the king whose empire appears intent on consuming the entire map. This week Jeff Bezos, the richest man on earth, saw the year’s first financial quarter close with Amazon […]

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The Bronx Zoo Is Also Empty, but the Animals Don’t Mind

If a sea lion claps at the Bronx Zoo, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? There is plenty of time to ponder koans these days at the animal park, where the coronavirus pandemic has left the sea lions, and the rest of its roughly 6,000 creatures, without an […]

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Wearing Masks Must Be a National Policy

The most important new policy the government can implement to contain the spread of Covid-19 is to immediately recommend that everyone wear masks or face-coverings in public — #masksforall. Health officials have already encouraged people to wear masks if they are showing symptoms of the disease. Particularly since 25 to 50 percent of people with […]

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Detroit Is Mourning

DETROIT — Dwight Jones, my high school basketball coach, died on Monday from the coronavirus. He had devoted 50 years of his life to helping young men and women, using his quick wit to get his point across. “Nick, you’re slower than Christmas,” he often told me during practice. He pushed me to be faster […]

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Cleaning Your Home: Good. Accidentally Poisoning Yourself: Bad.

As meticulously cleaning our homes becomes a national pastime, it’s important to remember that many of the cleaning agents we use can be hazardous when used incorrectly. Spraying yourself or others with Lysol, or mixing cleaning products together, are just two examples of the countless ways to use your cleaning supplies incorrectly — and dangerously. […]

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Governors Might Not Be Able to Save Us, but They Can Raise Hell

As the Trump administration has floundered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s governors have tried to step into the breach. Gavin Newsom of California was the first to issue a statewide order to stay home. In Washington State, Jay Inslee’s aggressive measures have gotten credit as the rate of increase of the […]

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The Racial Time Bomb in the Covid-19 Crisis

Early Monday morning the email arrived. The subject line began, “ALARM AT THE GATE,” written in all caps. Someone had died. That is always what that phrasing means. The message came via a group email list maintained by the fraternity I joined in college some 30 years ago. A younger member, a rising chef in […]

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We’re Betraying Our Doctors and Nurses

Doctors and nurses responding to the Covid-19 pandemic are the superheroes of our age, putting themselves at risk to save the lives of others. At least 61 doctors and nurses have died from the coronavirus in Italy so far. Already, in New York City alone, two nurses have died and more than 200 health workers […]

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The Spiky Blob Seen Around the World

How many times have you seen the image? It looms behind newscasters during evening updates, gets handed out on printed fliers and scrolls by in tweet after tweet. It might even show up in your dreams. But for Alissa Eckert — a medical illustrator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who helped to […]

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The Coronavirus Mask Fiasco

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. The message about face masks coming from American health officials has never been especially clear. When the coronavirus began spreading, officials seemed to be promoting two contradictory ideas: First, masks would not help keep people safe; and […]

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I’m a Red-State Mayor and I Ordered My City to Stay Home

On Saturday, Tulsa, Okla., and Oklahoma City joined 43 of the nation’s 50 largest cities in America that had ordered residents to “shelter in place.” The public response was swift and intense. Many people thanked me for taking action to save lives in our community. Others compared me to Hitler. That is what it is […]

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Infected but Feeling Fine: The Unwitting Coronavirus Spreaders

As many as 25 percent of people infected with the new coronavirus may not show symptoms, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns — a startlingly high number that complicates efforts to predict the pandemic’s course and strategies to mitigate its spread. In particular, the high level of symptom-free cases is […]

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Airlines Refuse to Collect Passenger Data That Could Aid Coronavirus Fight

For 15 years, the U.S. government has been pressing airlines to prepare for a possible pandemic by collecting passengers’ contact information so that public-health authorities could track down people exposed to a contagious virus. The airlines have repeatedly refused, even this month as the coronavirus proliferated across the United States. Now the country is paying […]

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C.D.C. Weighs Advising Everyone to Wear a Mask

Should healthy people be wearing masks when they’re outside to protect themselves and others? Both the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have repeatedly said that ordinary citizens do not need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. And as health care workers around the world face shortages […]

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