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Coronavirus Consequences Seem More Severe for Older People

March 4th, 2020

We found this article in the “Goats and Soda” section of (NPR being, of course, National Public Radio): “Coronavirus Has More Severe Consequences For Older Patients.“ The article opens with a summary of US deaths to date (As of March 4, 2020). Specifically: Anyone can catch COVID-19, the disease caused by the newly identified coronavirus. But certain populations appear to be more vulnerable to its effects. Consider the 11 deaths so far in the United States — one in California and the rest in Washington state. The person who died in Placer County, Calif., was described... Read More

“Coronavirus Containment is Possible” Says WHO Director-General

March 4th, 2020

  “We are in unchartered [sic] territory,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva. “We have never before seen a respiratory pathogen that is capable of community transmission but which can also be contained with the right measures.” Contrasting COVID-19 with the flu, Tedros said, “If this was an influenza epidemic, we would have expected to see widespread community transmission across the globe by now, and efforts to slow it down or contain it would not be feasible. “But containment of COVID-19 is feasible and must remain... Read More

Coronavirus in the US Has Sadly Become a Recipe for Xenophobia – As in Anti-Asian Discrimination – According to NPR’s ‘Code Switch’ podcast, (which you can actually listen to here)

March 4th, 2020

Sadly, the global response to the coronavirus COVID-19 has made clear that the fear of contracting disease has an ugly cousin: xenophobia. As the coronavirus has spread from China to other countries, anti-Asian discrimination has followed closely behind, manifesting in plummeting sales at Chinese restaurants, near-deserted Chinatown districts and racist bullying against people perceived to be Chinese. If you’re not familiar with that word, here’s what Wikipedia has to say on the growing issue of racism related to the coronavirus: The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in... Read More