Tag: COVID-19

Cuba’s Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment | The Nation

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While America Sanctions, Cuba Assists (ODT)

Cuba’s Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment | The Nation

What is herd immunity and could it slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 around the world? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A group of Japanese people walking through a crowd with many wearing face masks

“With any infectious disease, particularly respiratory ones such as coronaviruses, a primary public health goal is herd immunity,” says Dr Silva.

But Dr Silva says a vaccine, which could be 18 months away, is one of the best and safest ways to do that.

“One thing is to introduce a vaccine to build up community resistance with an eye toward herd immunity. The other is to let a gnarly virus happily spread about,” he says.

“With a vaccine, there isn’t the element of sacrificing a segment of your people.”

via What is herd immunity and could it slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 around the world? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Coronavirus deaths surpass 2500, Italy rushes new doctors into service

Sergio Cattaneo, head of anesthesiology at Brescia Ospedali Civili hospital, where there has been an outbreak of coronavirus.

 

Italy, the second hardest-hit nation after China in the world’s coronavirus pandemic, has announced a new figures that show it has one-third of the world’s total deaths from the new virus.

The crisis has pushed hospitals to breaking point at the epicentre of the contagion in northern Italy and left other regions scrambling to strengthen their own health systems as the number of infected rises nationwide.
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Coronavirus deaths surpass 2500, Italy rushes new doctors into service

Coronavirus: Melbourne CBD foot traffic falls as workers stay home

 

Foot traffic in the city is well down on pre-pandemic levels.

If we are to deliver the most reasoned system of healthcare we need to be far more socialist than we are now and we already have Universal healthcare. Covid-19 is an illness we know a lot about already. Closing down our social system is closing down labour the life force of the nation and socially irresponsible. The Dutch seem to be the only nation to see that. It accepts the reality of the illness and is prepared to deliver healthcare to all the vulnerable rather than draw a cut off point like Italy has. The biggest decision, however, is to least disrupt life as it was and allow Covid-19 to take it’s course encouraging the EU to do the same and not make labour, small business and families pay as they can least afford it. Not so however in Australia. (ODT)

via Coronavirus: Melbourne CBD foot traffic falls as workers stay home

Old Dog Thoughts- Capitalism Covid-19, Scott Morrison.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 17/3/20; Coronavirus Capitalism — and How to Beat It, Scott Morrison & Hillsong;


This crisis — like earlier ones — could well be the catalyst to shower aid on the wealthiest interests in society, including those most responsible for our current vulnerabilities, while offering next to nothing to the most workers, wiping out small family savings and shuttering small businesses. But as this video shows, many are already pushing back — and that story hasn’t been written yet.

 

What Is Covid-19 Trying to Teach Us? – CounterPunch.org

Now think back to late 2007 and 2008, when eight years of Republican recklessness in war and finance came perilously close to destroying the global banking system and did succeed in crashing the markets and plunging the nation, and the global economy, into what’s now called the Great Recession, the worst recession since the Depression of 1929 and the 1930s. The only one major nation that steered clear of recession was China. While demand was collapsing around the world, it was China, acting like some super engine, that pulled the global economy out of the quagmire. Continuing to wage economic war against China today is thus suicidally insane.

Neither Covid-19 nor a major recession poses a threat to our survival as a species. We do, however, face two existential threats, both created by our species, and each featuring our nation in the lead role. At the very moment when only global unity and cooperation can save us from threats of nuclear holocaust and environmental devastation, deadly nationalism is tearing our species apart. Can Covid-19 teach us that those two great menaces to our existence are also not zero-sum games? That our species either wins or we, as well as many other species, all lose?

via What Is Covid-19 Trying to Teach Us? – CounterPunch.org