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    By <>Aleem Maqbool of <>BBC News

    29 April 2020

    At a time when medical professionals are putting their lives at risk, tens of thousands of doctors in the <>United States are taking large pay cuts.

    And even as some parts of the US are talking of desperate shortages in nursing staff, elsewhere in the country many nurses are being told to stay at home without pay.

    That is because American healthcare companies are looking to cut costs as they struggle to generate revenue during the coronavirus crisis.

    "Nurses are being called heroes," Mariya Buxton says, clearly upset. "But I just really don't feel like a hero right now because I'm not doing my part."

    Ms Buxton is a paediatric nurse in St Paul, Minnesota, but has been asked to stay at home.

    At the unit at which Ms Buxton worked, and at hospitals across most of the country, medical procedures that are not deemed to be urgent have been stopped. That has meant a massive loss of income.

    While she has, until now, retained health insurance benefits through the company she worked for, Ms Buxton is not being paid her salary while she is off work.

    "People would always say to me, being a nurse you'll never have to worry about having a job. And here I am, newly 40 years old and unemployed for the first time since I started working," she says.

    Although she is supportive of the measures taken to curb the spread of the virus, Ms Buxton worries that the longer hospitals cannot perform regular medical procedures, the more nurses that will find themselves in the same position as her.

    And revenue generation for hospitals has not just been affected by bans on elective surgery.

    "I was scheduled to work 120 hours for the month of April. But about halfway through March, I looked at the schedule and all of my hours had been cut," says Dr Shaina Parks.

    "I didn't receive a phone call or an email or anything. They were just gone. It was an extremely uncomfortable feeling," she says.

    Dr Parks is a specialist in emergency medicine based in Michigan, but who works at hospitals in Ohio and Oklahoma.

    The departments she works at are still open, but patients are not coming in.

    "I have been doing some telemedicine this past month to make a little bit of the income that I lost," says Dr Parks.

    "And what I'm hearing from almost every single patient is that they really don't want to go to hospitals because they're afraid of the coronavirus."

    That sentiment has left emergency departments across the country far quieter than normal.

    "If we're not seeing patients, then we're not generating any sort of billable money, and while we're paid hourly, we also earn money by the number of patients that we see per hour."

    Dr Parks says she has been considering filing for unemployment benefits to try to help make student loan repayments.

    While it may seem curious that so many American medical staff are taking pay cuts or have lost work during a pandemic, healthcare managers say the huge financial pressures mean they have had little choice.

    "We have seen our revenues decline by 60%, just about overnight," says Claudio Fort, CEO of a hospital in Vermont that is losing around $8m (£6.4m) a month.

    It is why, he says, they have had to furlough around 150 staff, just under 10% of the hospital workforce.

    "I don't think there is a hospital in the nation that isn't basically looking at how to survive and what difficult things they need to do to try to bring their cost structure down and to preserve cash flow as we navigate through this," says Mr Fort.

    His hospital has received around $5.4m from the federal government during the crisis, but that still leaves a big shortfall and the hospital is not yet sure what further help it might be offered by Washington in the coming months.

    "This is an unprecedented situation," says Mr Fort, fearing the potential for a lasting impact.

    "When this is all over, we do hope to bring everyone back to full employment to help serve the 60,000 people we care for, but we just don't know how many of the things we did just two months ago that we're going to be able to continue to provide for the community," he says.

    But for some, the medical staff layoffs and the fact that tens of thousands of those still working have been made to take pay cuts, has crystalised a feeling that even going back to the way things were just before the pandemic is not enough.

    "It's criminal that that these people are having their hours and their pay slashed at a time when they are risking their lives, when it's the most dangerous time of our careers to be coming in to work every day and when really they should be receiving something like hazard pay," says Dr Jane Jenab.

    Dr Jenab is a physician in emergency medicine in Denver, Colorado. To her, the problem has become clear.

    "One of the biggest issues in US medicine today is that it has become a business. In the past, that was not the case," says Dr Jenab.

    "They tend to run very lean with these hospitals, with these large corporate medical groups because honestly they are much more concerned about profit than their patients," she says, clearly impassioned.

    Dr Jenab says she feels the abrupt loss of income suffered by medical staff is just one systemic problem in US private healthcare that has been thrown into sharp relief by the coronavirus crisis.

    "One of the primary conversations that we're having at the moment [as doctors in the US] is when this is all over, how do we how do we make real and lasting change for our profession?" she says.

    "It's hard not to realise how drastically we need to return the focus of medicine away from business and back to caring for our patients."

    Additional reporting by <>Eva Artesona

    By <>Rachel Siegel and <>Andrew Van Dam

    April 30, 2020

    More than <>3.8 million people<> filed for unemployment benefits last week, according to the <>Labor Department, as the coronavirus pandemic’s economic toll burrowed deeper into th<>e American workforce.

    The outbreak and subsequent recession <>have wiped away all jobs created since the<> <>2008 financial crisis. Economists estimate the national unemployment rate sits between <>15%<> and <>20%, compared to about 25% at the peak of the <>Great Depression.

    For comparison, <>4.4 million<> people applied for benefits for the week ending <>April 18<>, and <>30.3 million have sought benefits in the past six weeks alone. That figure represents roughly 1 in 5 <>American workers.

    There is no precedent for figures like this in modern <>American history.

    At first, national attention focused on the unprecedented wave of layoffs tied to restaurant and other non-essential businesses, said <>Tara Sinclair, an economist at the <>George Washington University and senior fellow of the <>Indeed Hiring Lab. But it quickly became clear that many more industries were going to be hit by the downturn. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, <>Sinclair pointed to recent job losses in the health care industry, <>as surgeries and other elective procedures are cancelled in large numbers.

    “No job is safe,<>” Sinclair said.

    During normal times, a <>few hundred thousand people<> might seek unemployment benefits on any given week, but <>millions of <>Americans have filed claims each week for more than a month. This has overwhelmed state processing centers and expedited the debate in <>Washington about how to respond to the economic turmoil. Many Americans have stopped paying their rent and other bills, and economists are predicting any recovery will stretch well into <>2021<>, and possibly beyond.

    During normal times, the economy will add a few million jobs each year. It could take many years for the economy to add back the <>30 million jobs<> lost in the past six weeks.

    Thursday’s figures offer the latest snapshot at how badly - and quickly - the economy has suffered from the pandemic as people stay home and avoid travel, dining out, shopping and entertainment. Data released by th<>e Commerce Department on Wednesday showed th<>e U.S. economy shran<>k 4.<>8% fro<>m January throug<>h March, marking the biggest decline since th<>e Great Recession. As global air travel dries up<>, Boeing said Wednesday it plans <>a 1<>0% staff reduction — more t<>han 14,000 jobs.

    At the same time, a growing number of states are pushing to reopen malls, factories, restaurants and other businesses, even amid worker and consumer concerns for public health.

    On Tuesday, <>President Trump<> signed an executive order giving the federal government broad powers to ensure that meat and poultry processing plants stay open. <>Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest mall owner, plans to reopen more tha<>n four doz<>en properties i<>n 10 states. Florida’s G<>ov. Ron DeSant<>i<>s (R) joined Georgia G<>ov. Brian Ke<>m<>p (R) and Texas G<>ov. Greg Abbo<>tt (R) in rolling back statewide restrictions.

    <>Sinclair said it’s too soon to tell whether, or how soon, jobs will return to states vying to reopen. Data from the next few weeks could spell out whether businesses are rehiring — or if the virus and declining economy keep weekly unemployment claims in the millions.

    “Do people feel safer going back to work? Are they getting jobs back with their old employers?" Sinclair asked. "That will help evaluate what the economy is going to look like the rest of the year.”

    Chris Hayes just did a segment on this report from the NYT.  Bascially these charts are comparing weekly death rates in 2020 to the weekly death rates in the cities or states over the previous 5 years.  These statistics make it impossible to believe we have an accurate count of the number of people across the country who have died due to COVID-19.  This alone should be enough to convince everyone that Stay At Home, Social Distancing, and wearing masks when we must go out must be followed.  So-called “reopening” is ridiculously and dangerously premature.  

    The Trump administration abruptly cut off funding for a project studying how coronaviruses spread from bats to people after reports linked the work to a lab in Wuhan, China, at the center of conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 pandemic’s origins.

    The National Institutes of Health on Friday told EcoHealth Alliance, the study’s sponsor for the past five years, that all future funding was cut. The agency also demanded that the New York-based research nonprofit stop spending the $369,819 remaining from its 2020 grant, according to emails obtained by POLITICO.

    “At this time, NIH does not believe that the current project outcomes align with the program goals and agency priorities,” Michael Lauer, the agency’s deputy director for extramural research, wrote in a letter to EcoHealth Alliance officials.

    The group caught national attention a week ago after reports swirled that millions from its NIH grants had been sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a research facility in the city where the coronavirus pandemic originated. In an email last week to NIH officials, EcoHealth Alliance President Pete Daszak denied giving any money this year to the Wuhan lab, although researchers from the facility have collaborated with EcoHealth Alliance scientists on research supported by an earlier grant.

    The Wuhan lab is at the center of conspiracy theories alleging that the coronavirus outbreak began when the virus escaped the facility. U.S. intelligence agencies and scientists have not found any evidence to support the rumors.

    Meanwhile, the NIH’s strategic plan for studying the novel coronavirus, released Thursday, lays out four key priorities — including understanding its origin and transmission, in line with the EcoHealth alliance’s broader investigation of bat coronaviruses. The agency did not respond to a request for comment on its decision to terminate the group’s funding.

    In a statement, the EcoHealth Alliance said it wanted to know more about the NIH’s reasoning. “For the past 20 years our organization has been investigating the sources of emerging diseases such as COVID-19,” the group said. “We work in the United States and in over 25 countries with institutions that have been pre-approved by federal funding agencies to do scientific research critical to preventing pandemics. We are planning to talk with NIH to understand the rationale behind their decision.”

    Suddenly ending a grant early is an unusual move for the NIH, which typically takes such steps only when there is evidence of scientific misconduct or financial improprieties — neither of which it has alleged took place in this case.

    The EcoHealth Alliance has received more than $3.7 million since 2015 for its research on the risks of coronavirus spread through bats and the potential for spillover into humans. The effort has produced at least 20 scientific papers, including several published in prominent journals such as Nature.

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    Scientists in China have discovered more than 30 mutations of the new coronavirus, which they say may partly explain why it has been more deadly in certain parts of the world.

    Researchers from Zhejiang University said they have “direct evidence” that the virus “has acquired mutations capable of substantially changing its pathogenicity”.

    The study was written by a team including Professor Li Lanjuan, one of China’s top scientists who was reportedly the first expert to propose a lockdown in Wuhan - where COVID-19 originated.

    Samples were taken from 11 patients admitted to hospitals in Hangzhou, 470 miles east of Wuhan, between 22 January and 4 February during the early phase of the outbreak.

    Using “ultra-deep sequencing”, researchers identified 33 mutations of the coronavirus - known as SARS-CoV-2 - of which 19 were new.

    The deadliest mutations in the patients in the study had also been found in most patients across Europe, the South China Morning Post reported.

    Meanwhile, the milder strains were the predominant types found in parts of the United States, such as Washington state, the newspaper said.

    One mutation found in five patients involved in the research had previously only been seen in one case in Australia, according to the study.

    The researchers said the findings indicate “the true diversity of the viral strains is still largely underappreciated”.

    They also warned vaccine developers need to consider the impact of these “accumulating mutations… to avoid potential pitfalls”.

    In the study, the researchers assessed the viral load - meaning the amount of the virus - in human cells after one, two, four and eight hours, as well as the following day and 48 hours later.

    The most aggressive strains created up to 270 times as much viral load as the least potent type, the scientists found.

    Prof Li and her colleagues said their findings also indicated that a “higher viral load leads to a higher cell death ratio”.

    Ten of the 11 patients involved in the study - which included eight males and three females aged between four months and 71 years old - had “moderate or worse symptoms” of COVID-19.

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    Hogan Sneaks 500,000 Coronavirus Tests Past Trump

    “National Nurses United (NNU), the largest nurses union in the U.S., said in a press release that members planned to read aloud names of nurses who have died from COVID-19 as hospitals across the country struggle to provide masks, gloves and other equipment for staffers.

    “NNU is calling on Congress to mandate the [Defense Production Act]’s use to produce the equipment and supplies health care workers need to care for COVID-19 patients as well as to conduct mass testing that is required to control the spread of the virus.”

    Gee, I wonder if Dumbkopf Donnie will tweet:  LIBERATE THE WHITE HOUSE?

    “[Florida] growers said efforts to find retailers or food banks failed, forcing them to plow under their crops. Without immediate aid from government stimulus funding, they said they will have to destroy more food.

    …”‘We’re talking to schools and food banks, even if we’re only giving away food.’

    …“DiMare and other produce farmers – already dealing with rising foreign competition – now face a disastrous year and loss of income.

    ”'Farmers are very resilient. But this is new territory,’ said Toby Basore, one of the largest lettuce growers in the eastern United States, also based in Palm Beach County. 'If the crews start getting sick, who is going to harvest the crops.’

    …“By contrast, farmers in the colder northern regions of the United States don’t have the same immediate trouble. Some have started donating stored, surplus grain to processors who wrote checks to food banks, according to the Illinois Farm Bureau.

    …”'Our food banks are seeing 20 percent increases in demand, generally,’ Ericson said. 'When we set up drive-throughs, we are getting 50 percent more people than expected.’“

    National food distribution could help feed millions of Americans laid off and short on cash, but elected Republicons have never had a problem with Americans going hungry, and trump is not only completely indifferent but completely incompetent.

    Florida’s swing state status will probably trigger another vote purchase bailout for farmers, but then Big Ag will grab all the money, as usual with trump-tossed money.

    "'Not only are GOP lawmakers once again expressly overturning the will of the people, they are now attacking the principle that voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.'"

    Utah's Prop 4 is under attack.

    Walter Einenkel at Daily Kos:

    Jessica Tarlov is a senior strategist with Schoen Consulting, a firm that boasts campaign strategy work for people like Mike Bloomberg and HBO. She is also a frequent contributor to Fox News, coming on as a “Democratic Strategist.” On Monday, Tarlov was on America’s Newsroom, a Fox News show that is every bit as newsroom-y as you might expect from Fox. She was there to discuss Pete Buttigieg’s appearance on the Sunday news shows and specifically his responses to Rush Limbaugh’s homophobic attacks on his same-sex marriage. It’s a way for Fox News to keep playing homophobic statements made by right-wing pundits while playing at being a newsroom.

    […]

    This was all well and good, but Tarlov then added “And we have Donald Trump, three times married, cheated on all of those wives, and you hear—“, this is when Sandra Smith cut in to strangely say “—Let’s not bring in personal relationships.” A stiflingly bizarre thing to say, and something Tarlov pointed out was incongruous as the attack on Buttigieg was clearly “personal” in nature. Smith pivoted to repeating Limbaugh’s homophobic quote, and then threw to another pundit, one who wasn’t going to point out that Donald Trump is a scumbag and the people that support him are scumbags.

    On Fox “News’s America’s Newsroom yesterday during a segment discussion on Pete Buttigieg’s response to Rush Limbaugh’s homophobic comments against Buttigieg, guest Jessica Tarlov correctly noted that Trump cheated on all of his wives… only for host Sandra Smith to cut her off. 

    <>From the 02.17.2020 edition of FNC’s America’s Newsroom:

    Barr Fight

    Most Americans say they value diversity, but what will they do to achieve it?

    Katelyn Burns at Vox:

    Greyson was already menstruating when he started taking puberty blockers at age 12, so when he stopped getting his period because of the drug, he was “over-the-moon happy.” His mother, Lauren Rodriguez, worried about the risks she read about online, specifically loss of bone density. However, after further reading, she learned that the side effect pops up only after long-term use, or about seven to 10 years — and most trans kids take blockers for just a year or two. In the year and a half Greyson was on them, the most difficult side effect he faced was hot flashes.

    Before his transition, Greyson was on antidepressants just to deal with his dysphoria, Rodriguez said. “If I had known what was making my ‘daughter’ at the time so unhappy, I would have done it at 3, which is just a social transition,” she said, referring to respecting transgender kids’ chosen names, pronouns, and style of dress, without any medical interventions before puberty.

    Deciding whether to allow a trans adolescent to go on puberty blockers is a decision most parents don’t take lightly. They often talk to doctors and psychologists, and the general guidelines of most major American medical associations recommend affirming a child’s gender exploration in order to improve their mental health. Transitioning is a slow, deliberative process for minors, and only adolescents who are insistent, persistent, and consistent in their gender identity over long periods are recommended for medical intervention.

    However, some conservative politicians want to take that decision out of the hands of doctors and parents who know these teens best — and put it in the hands of the state. In fact, in Greyson’s home state of Texas, lawmakers have promised to introduce legislation that would essentially ban, midway, his medical transitioning once their next legislative session begins in 2021.

    Eight state legislatures — including Missouri, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado, South Carolina, Kentucky, and South Dakota — have already introduced bills this year that would criminally punish doctors who follow best practices for treating adolescents with gender dysphoria. In South Dakota, for example, doctors who prescribe puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones could face a $2,000 fine and a year in prison under the proposed law. South Dakota’s version of the bill was even prioritized and became the first bill of the decade to pass out of committee. A full floor vote on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday. Lawmakers in Texas, Utah, and Georgia have promised to introduce similar bills once their legislative sessions begin. And while a New Hampshire bill wouldn’t criminalize doctors, it would classify gender-affirming care for minors as child abuse.

    In other words, should any of the bills become law, they would effectively cut off many adolescents from medically necessary and, often, lifesaving treatment for gender dysphoria. There are approximately 150,000 transgender youth between the ages of 13 and 17 in the United States, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, and studies show that kids in Gen Z identify as more queer and trans than previous generations. A 2018 study found that the risk of developing a mental health condition was three to 13 times higher for transgender and gender-diverse youth than for their cisgender peers.

    “The crisis that trans youth are facing right now is not a hypothetical,” said Gillian Branstetter, a spokesperson for the National Women’s Law Center. “It is real and it is well-documented and it is extremely severe. Efforts to limit the very solutions to that crisis are ignorant in the extreme and are a dangerous manifestation of rank partisanship and political opportunism.”

    Bills banning trans care for kids are the new bathroom bills, part of conservatives’ larger culture war against trans people. Conservative media and politicians have been fanning the flames for this fight for years in hopes of rallying the base over a nonexistent threat — a threat that only puts trans lives, like Greyson’s, in danger.

    What spurred the latest trend in anti-trans laws

    The recent conservative push for an outright ban on transition care for minors grew directly from the social media disinformation campaign surrounding Luna Younger, a 7-year-old trans girl from Dallas caught in the middle of a bitter custody battle between parents who disagree over her gender identity. A Texas judge overruled a jury decision to award full custody of Luna to her mother, Anne Georgulas, in late September. That means Luna’s father, Jeffrey Younger, who insists on dressing his child as a boy and forced her to cut her hair, has an equal say in future medical decisions for Luna.

    Driving the conversation about the case were primarily conservative media outlets. In the week following the initial jury decision, 23 conservative news sites published 55 stories about Younger, and all opposed the child’s transition. According to data from Media Matters, those 55 stories earned 3.5 million Facebook interactions.

    People were so riled up online that some sent threats to Georgulas; she was “viciously attacked and threatened by complete strangers,” her attorneys told the Daily Caller. Several prominent Texas officials even added to the fray: Republican Gov. Greg Abbott promised to order the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate Georgulas. State Rep. Steve Toth said he would propose legislation to “add ‘transitioning of a minor’ as child abuse.” A version of the bill is expected on the Texas docket when the legislature reconvenes next year.

    It didn’t take but a few months for this groundswell of conservative opposition to spur the introduction of legislation seeking to ban the medical transitioning of minors altogether.

    While South Dakota’s bill would threaten doctors with prison time, states like Missouri are taking a different tack. That state’s bill would automatically report any parent who affirms their child’s trans identity with medical care to Child Protective Services for child abuse, and any doctors found to be dispensing blockers or hormones to minors would have their medical licenses revoked.

    Kentucky’s bill, which was introduced on Tuesday, goes well beyond those of Missouri and South Dakota: It would allow either parent to override consent for transition care, a right which the state cannot overrule; it would require all government agents to disclose to parents whether a child expresses gender dysphoria or gender-variant behavior; and it would protect the right of any government employee, including teachers, to express their views on gender identity, including misgendering or harassing transgender students. Additionally, any adult (or minor with parent or guardian permission) who had previously been given transition care would be allowed to sue doctors for damages for the next 20 years.

    Because the bills don’t stop at banning puberty blockers, a second South Dakota bill introduced Tuesday would require any teacher, school psychologist, or social worker to out any students they suspect may be suffering from gender dysphoria to the student’s parents. And let’s not forget the bills targeting trans school sports participation.

    The anti-trans fight has moved from bathroom access to legislating over children’s bodies. With so many bills in process, LGBTQ advocates worry that the passage of one could trigger passage of the rest, casting the progress of trans children back at least half a century.

    Read the full story at Vox.

    South Dakota and other states are planning to push harmful anti-trans bills such as HB1057 that criminalize trans-affirming medical care for minors as part of the Transphobia Lobby’s scaremongering campaign against trans kids. 

    <>See Also:MMFA: Right-wing websites such as LifeSiteNews and The Daily Wire created the climate that led to latest slate of anti-trans bills