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Daily Digest 4/4 – A Green Stimulus To Rebuild The Economy, The Bigger Picture Hiding Behind The Virus

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Economy A Green Stimulus To Rebuild Our Economy (Adam M.) Thus, we propose an ambitious Green Stimulus of at least trillion that creates millions of family-sustaining green jobs, lifts standards of living, accelerates a just transition off fossil fuels, ensures a controlling stake for the public in all private sector bailout plans, and helps make our society and economy stronger and more resilient in the face of pandemic, recession, and climate emergency in the years ahead. Despite what you may have heard, you should wear a mask for COVID-19 (Paul D.) Despite being right next to China (and actually being considered a part of China if you’re these guys), Taiwan has done fantastic in the whole COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 1, the country only has about 300 cases. So despite having

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Daily Digest 4/4 – A Green Stimulus To Rebuild The Economy, The Bigger Picture Hiding Behind The Virus

Economy

A Green Stimulus To Rebuild Our Economy (Adam M.)

Thus, we propose an ambitious Green Stimulus of at least $2 trillion that creates millions of family-sustaining green jobs, lifts standards of living, accelerates a just transition off fossil fuels, ensures a controlling stake for the public in all private sector bailout plans, and helps make our society and economy stronger and more resilient in the face of pandemic, recession, and climate emergency in the years ahead.

Despite what you may have heard, you should wear a mask for COVID-19 (Paul D.)

Despite being right next to China (and actually being considered a part of China if you’re these guys), Taiwan has done fantastic in the whole COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 1, the country only has about 300 cases. So despite having 23 million people, Taiwan counts fewer overall COVID-19 patients than Vancouver.

Using blue shop towels in homemade face masks can filter particles 2x to 3x better than cotton, 3 clothing designers discover after testing dozens of fabrics (Adam)

Lindsay Medoff, the CEO and owner of Suay Sew Shop, a 30-employee boutique manufacturer in Los Angeles, has eagerly jumped on board. But when she got a mask pattern from an ER-doctor friend of hers a couple of weeks ago, she was appalled.

“They sent me a pattern that looked like [it was] from Etsy,” she told Business Insider. “I thought, ‘What do I do with this?’”

Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks (DrewSki)

Our results indicate that surgical face masks could prevent transmission of human coronaviruses and influenza viruses from symptomatic individuals.

Americans urged to wear masks outside as coronavirus pandemic worsens (Sparky1)

Trump, answering questions from reporters at the briefing, said only “if people want to wear them, they can.”

As of Thursday evening the U.S. death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, stood at 5,887, with more than 243,000 cases across all 50 states.

Experts tell White House coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing (Sparky1)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, told CNN Tuesday that the idea of recommending broad use of masks in the US to prevent the spread of coronavirus is under “very active discussion” by the group.

Why You Should Flush With The Lid Down: Experts Warn Of Fecal-Oral Transmission Of COVID-19 (thc0655)

There are four methods of COVID-19 transmission: (1) direct contact or indirect contact (i.e. someone breathing on you or sharing a drink) (2) Droplets, which can be in a cough or skin-to-skin contact (3) Airborne, with COVID-19 passing through the air or via ventilation (4) oral-fecal transmission, meaning that contagions from fecal matter is inadvertently ingested. Though direct or indirect transmission is most likely candidate for transmission, according to Chen, there is no substantial research to trace origins of COVID-19 transmission on a per patient basis.

Covid-19 has forced food banks to upend their operations—almost overnight (Sparky1)

Volunteers, many of them senior citizens, began canceling their shifts for fear of contracting the virus. At the same time, demand soared: Panicked shoppers were making big purchases and emptying grocery store shelves, leaving little left for Seattle residents without ready cash for three weeks worth of groceries. “They really cleared everything out for those folks who don’t have those extra funds. They weren’t able to get anything at all. And so you had a lot of families that literally had nothing,” Habenicht says.

US Postal Service could shut down by June, lawmakers warn (Sparky1)

Last week, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Gerry Connolly, chair of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the COVID-19 crisis is threatening the future of mail service in the U.S.

New Yorkers fleeing city face fear and hostility from upstate neighbors (000)

Last week McLaughlin appealed to the New York state governor, Andrew Cuomo, to ban all non-essential travel from New York City to upstate New York. Cuomo said no, but McLaughlin took matters into his own hands by issuing a public health order – anyone arriving from the city must contact local officials immediately.

The Nightmare After the Wuhan Wakeup (thc0655)

You do not hear much about terrorism these days, with the attention of the public focused intensively on the Wuhan virus — following the president’s near-daily press briefings (or in the case of many in the press, not), caring for school-aged children who are not in school, or worrying about their retirement accounts in a tumultuous stock market. The virus should be a wake-up, however, about a very real terrorist threat: bioterrorism, particularly transnational bioterrorism.

Bodies are being left in the streets in an overwhelmed Ecuadorian city (Sparky1)

The coronavirus pandemic is overloading the public services in the country’s most populous city to a point of collapse. Hospitals have no beds left to accept sick patients, and morgues, cemeteries and funeral homes are straining. With no place left to put them, some residents say they have no choice but placing them outside.

C.I.A. Hunts for Authentic Virus Totals in China, Dismissing Government Tallies (Alan B.)

Obtaining a more accurate count of the Chinese rate of infection and deaths from the virus has worldwide public health implications at a time of grave uncertainty over the virus, its speed of transmission and other fundamental questions. For American officials, the totals are critical to getting a better understanding of how Covid-19 will affect the United States in the months to come and of the effectiveness of countermeasures like social distancing, according to American intelligence agencies and White House officials.

The Bigger Picture Is Hiding Behind a Virus (yogmonster)

Under cover of the public’s fear, and of justified concerns about the state of the economy and future employment, countries like the US are transferring huge sums of public money to the biggest corporations. Politicians controlled by big business and media owned by big business are pushing through this corporate robbery without scrutiny – and for reasons that should be self-explanatory. They know our attention is too overwhelmed by the virus for us to assess intentionally mystifying arguments about the supposed economic benefits, about yet more illusory trickle-down.

Grim New Rules for NYC Paramedics: Don’t Bring Cardiac Arrests to ER for Revival (thc0655)

In all other cases, EMS is told to limit the number of EMTs working on the person to only those necessary (to limit possible COVID-19 exposure); they must wear the proper N-95 mask, eyeshield, gloves, mask and gown. If, after 20 minutes of CPR, the defibrillator or the heart monitor shows a “no shock indicated” or a non-shockable rhythm and there is no blood circulation, CPR is to be terminated. At that point, the NYPD or medical examiner can be called to remove the body; the patient is not to be brought to the hospital.

Silver Shock Update: A New and Major Threat to Supply (Adam)

If you’re not aware, roughly 70% of all newly mined silver comes as a byproduct from non-silver producers each year. For example, a large copper deposit might have some silver in it, which the company will process as a byproduct to help lower their overall mining costs. Most of these mines are base metal operations, but some gold projects also process silver as a byproduct.

AZ Prison Employees Banned From Wearing Masks Because They Might Scare Inmates (thc0655)

“On a daily basis several thousand correctional officers come into close personal contact with approximately 40,000 inmates and then return to their homes,” he wrote. “Because of the nature of prisons (no social distancing whatsoever!), once the [coronavirus] enters the prison system, it will spread quickly, infecting inmates and staff throughout the State.”

“Any staff infected at work in the prison will bring the virus back to their families and communities,” Lt. Hasz added.

Historian Sends: A Pandemic Tale (thc0655)

This is now much more difficult as seriously ill patients are starting to swamp the hospital, and the rooms which were empty a week ago are all now filled or rapidly filling with patients on O2 or intubated, most of whom had been seen a week or two ago, evaluated as not seriously ill, and sent home with instructions to come back if they started to feel worse, not better. Well, they DID get worse, and they are coming back. In significant numbers, and this is just the beginning.

Coronavirus spreads in Los Angeles’ homeless community (thc0655)

“If we’re able to, we quarantine at the shelter everybody who’s been exposed. And sometimes, at a smaller shelter, that could mean we’re quarantining the entire facility,” Ferrer said. “But we also will go in and identify who are the people most vulnerable, who had an exposure, and we move those people to an isolated site for them to serve out their quarantine. ”

Coronavirus at beaches? Surfers, swimmers should stay away, scientist says (thc0655)

Many beachgoers know they can suffer skin rashes, stomach illness and serious ear and respiratory infections if they go into the water within three days of a heavy rain, because of bacteria and pathogens washing off roads and into the ocean. Raw or poorly treated sewage entering the ocean also poses major health risks.

Prather fears that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could enter coastal waters in similar ways and transfer back into the air along the coast.

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