Ann McFeatters: There is still time to save the census
You’re still reeling from how botched the federal government’s response to COVID-19 has been. You won’t believe how messed up the census is.The census, required by the Constitution every 10 years, is really, really important. It is used to figure out where federal funds go and where social services are needed. It affects your hometown and your neighborhood in vital ways such as how many schools, hospitals and fire departments are near you.Census data is used to apportion the seats of the House of Representatives, redraw congressional districts and help businesses set marketing strategies and g...
Tribune News Service
Trudy Rubin: Question for Trump: Where is the testing data we need to curb coronavirus and get back to work?
Back in the 1950s, the TV show “Dragnet’s Sgt. Joe Friday famously advised witnesses: “Just the facts, ma’am.” That phrase became a national slogan, long before the very concept of “facts” was clouded by social media.As the number of coronavirus cases soars, with Americans anxious to know when stay-at-home orders will end, we desperately need the facts, based on reliable data.Instead, we are deluged with COVID-19 misinformation from the White House and all over the world.No one should be surprised that Russia and China are promoting the online lie that the virus is a U.S. bioweapon. They are a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: NRA's lawsuit against California exploits coronavirus crisis to push agenda of death
If you want to increase the chances that someone in your family will die during the coronavirus shutdown, buy a gun. Studies show that guns in the home make premature death more likely.That’s one reason why the National Rifle Association’s decision to sue Gov. Gavin Newsom and other California officials in the middle of this pandemic is so disgusting. On Friday, the NRA sued Gov. Newsom, along with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, demanding that gun stores be deemed “essential” despite stay-in-place orders that have shuttered most businesses.No one expects anything good from the NRA...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Going viral: Coronavirus death totals are rising, but social distancing is working
More than 3,000 Americans, including more than 1,500 New Yorkers, have now died from coronavirus, serious milestones on a steep road with no exit ramp visible. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, said on Monday that projections show up to 200,000 deaths nationwide “if we do things almost perfectly.”If we don’t do things almost perfectly, failing to keep in place strong social distancing as long as necessary so that already overwhelmed hospitals drown in cases? Shudder to think.Given steep trend lines here, the United States now leads the world in the number of cases, eclips...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Doctor's firing in coronavirus crisis shows a failure of corporate medicine
The strain of the coronavirus pandemic should have the entire health care system focused intently on quality and safety. Yet the dismissal of Bellingham, Wash., doctor Ming Lin shows how misguided business practices can hold back medical providers in a time of crisis.Lin practiced at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, where he was an emergency room doctor, for 17 years. As the coronavirus crisis mounted, he took to social media to publicize conditions at the hospital he found appalling — a lack of separation of suspected COVID-19 cases from other patients and a dearth of testing for the vi...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: Abbott Labs' breakthrough and the national race to defeat coronavirus
No magic wand exists to end the coronavirus pandemic, but as of this week there is a portable diagnostic test from Abbott Laboratories to detect COVID-19 within minutes. We’re impressed, not surprised. America will get through this crisis only in an intense national effort that combines commitment and creativity.So much dedication is on display, beginning with the brave work of doctors, nurses and first responders caring for highly contagious patients. Then there are the hospital, office and public cleaning crews risking their health to fight COVID-19. What also catches our eye is the aggressi...
Editorial: Coronavirus makes it critical FDA ends blood donation discrimination against gay men
Along with surgical masks, ventilators and intensive care beds, the nation’s blood supply is under heavy strain during the coronavirus pandemic.The American Red Cross announced a “severe blood shortage” on March 17 as COVID-19 spread and planned blood donation drives had been canceled. While social distancing and staying out of public spaces continue to be sound policy to tamp down the pandemic, the need for a robust blood supply is urgent and will be ongoing for weeks to come.This need has little precedent, and the federal Food and Drug Administration must act accordingly by broadening the po...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: Four ways to shore up American democracy in a time of crisis
The United States is facing a double-barreled health and economic crisis unlike anything it has seen since a brutal flu pandemic a century ago when the world was a different, less connected place. Mass quarantines have led to mass layoffs. Numerous businesses and entire industries are flailing. Hard-hit states are desperately working with the federal government to build new hospitals as more and more of the 100,000-plus Americans known to have coronavirus go on to develop the disease it causes — COVID-19, a life-threatening respiratory condition.The stresses and strains on all aspects of socie...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Trump must keep listening to experts on COVID-19
President Donald Trump has sent mixed signals about COVID-19’s risks and how long Americans will need to stay at home to contain this new disease. But on Sunday he took a sensible new stance, extending strict social-distancing guidelines at least through April 30.That’s 18 days beyond Easter, when Trump had hoped to see pews packed at churches to celebrate the Christian holy day. The extended guidelines appear to heed the concerns of Trump’s respected medical advisers and reflect a grim reality.This is a new virus for which there are no treatments and no vaccine. The nation also appears to be ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Coronavirus postpones the Olympics — and almost everything else in our lives. Best remedy? Patience
All signs pointed to the biggest sporting event on the planet becoming the best prescription for a world reeling from coronavirus malaise. In July, a world pummeled by the pandemic’s physiological and psychological hurt would have watched in awe as 11,000 athletes from six continents marched through Tokyo’s National Stadium during the 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies.It’s an extravaganza brazen and bold enough to captivate and connect citizens around the globe, every four years. This year, it would have been beautiful therapy.Alas, the pall of COVID-19 has put on ice so many aspects of ...