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Tracking Federal Awards in States and Congressional Districts Using USAspending.gov

LC CRS Reports – Tracking Federal Awards in States and Congressional Districts Using USAspending.gov, May 11, 2020: “USAspending.gov, available to the public at https://www.USAspending.gov, is a government source for data on federal awards by state, congressional district (CD), zip code, city, and county. The awards data in USAspending.gov is provided by federal agencies and represents… Continue Reading

COVID-19 and China: A Chronology of Events December 2019-January 2020

LC CRS Reports – COVID-19 and China: A Chronology of Events (December 2019-January 2020), May 12, 2020: I”n Congress, multiple bills and resolutions have been introduced related to China’s handling of a novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China,that expanded to become the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic. This report provides a timeline of key… Continue Reading

The Four Men Responsible For America’s COVID-19 Test Disaster

Rolling Stone – “The White House’s inability to track the disease as it spread across the nation crippled the government’s response and led to the worst disaster this country has faced in nearly a century – Despite months of alarms that the coronavirus was lurking at our doorstep, the Trump administration failed to mount an… Continue Reading

If 80% of Americans Wore Masks, COVID-19 Infections Would Plummet

Vanity Fair – New Study Says there’s compelling evidence that Japan, Hong Kong, and other East Asian locales are doing it right and we should really, truly mask up—fast: “If you’re wondering whether to wear or not to wear, consider this. The day before yesterday, 21 people died of COVID-19 in Japan. In the United… Continue Reading

These surprisingly relevant vintage ads show how officials tried to convince people to wear masks after many refused during the 1918 flu pandemic

Yahoo News: “…According to the report, some public health leaders felt that the methods of educating “modern men and boys” at the time were too old-fashioned. So to help persuade members of the male population to do their part in controlling the disease, officials aimed to introduce a “more manly style of health education,” usually… Continue Reading

Here’s how lockdowns have improved air quality around the world

World Economic Forum: “…Two weeks after the nationwide lockdown was announced on March 23 in the UK, NO₂ pollution in some cities fell by as much as 60% compared to the same period in 2019. NASA revealed that NO₂ pollution over New York and other major metropolitan areas in north-eastern USA was 30% lower in… Continue Reading

New website to report COVID-19 treatment adverse events

PHARMAField: “A new online reporting site, dedicated to reporting any COVID-19 treatment adverse events, including suspected side effects from medicines, future vaccines and incidents involving medical equipment relating to COVID-19 treatment, has been launched. The new and tailored Yellow Card COVID-19 reporting site makes it quicker and simpler for healthcare professionals, patients and carers to report side-effects or incidents. The site has been developed as part of the Medicines and… Continue Reading

What U.S. States Are Ready To Test & Trace Today?

#TestandTrace: “Test and Trace is a classic public health approach for containing diseases. It means identifying people who have come into contact with an infected person (contact tracing) , testing them, and then isolating them if they’re sick. This is proven to quickly limit the spread of a deadly disease like COVID-19. Here’s a basic… Continue Reading

Scientists Say a Now-Dominant Strain of the Coronavirus Appears To Be More Contagious Than Original

bioRxIV- Spike mutation pipeline reveals the emergence of a more transmissible form of SARS-CoV-2. Full text – May 5, 2020. “We have developed an analysis pipeline to facilitate real-time mutation tracking in SARS-CoV-2, focusing initially on the Spike (S) protein because it mediates infection of human cells and is the target of most vaccine strategies… Continue Reading

Virus-afflicted 2020 looks like 1918 despite science’s march

AP: “Despite a century’s progress in science, 2020 is looking a lot like 1918. In the years between two lethal pandemics, one the misnamed Spanish flu, the other COVID-19, the world learned about viruses, cured various diseases, made effective vaccines, developed instant communications and created elaborate public-health networks. Yet here we are again, face-masked to… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Complaint on Trump’s Pandemic Response

Vanity Fair – “He was pressured to invest in drugs and vaccines that lacked scientific merit, because the people selling them had friends in the Trump administration, up to and including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He was forced to transfer funds to acquire drugs for the Strategic National Stockpile, America’s most important reserve of… Continue Reading