The new sick leave provision prevented 400 coronavirus cases per day per state in the U.S., according to the paper from researchers at Cornell University and KOF Swiss Economic Institute in Zurich. That roughly translates to 15,000 cases prevented in the United States, or one prevented COVID-19 case for every 1,300 workers. The researchers did not look at mortality rates.Paid Sick Leave Significantly Reduces COVID-19 Cases, Study Finds | HuffPost
Now do Literally Every Other Communicable Disease.
While rural hospitals have been closing at a quickening pace over the past two decades, a number of inner-city hospitals now face a similar fate. And experts fear that the economic damage inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic on safety net hospitals and the ailing finances of the cities and states that subsidize them are helping push some urban hospitals over the edge.
Community Hospitals In Cities Face Escalating Financial Pressures : Shots – Health News : NPR
Reminder that this is happening at the same time insurance companies are posting record profits.
This is one of the first stories I’ve seen about how merger-friendly regulators and lawmakers are in large part responsible for people dying.
There’s been lots of talk about underlying health conditions, but I’ve yet to see anyone address how in places like Chicago a great number of hospitals and other facilities in black-dominated areas have been closed in recent years.
Source: Black American coronavirus death rates: Trump administration hasn’t protected black lives – Vox
I keep coming back to this notion, but it’s one that hasn’t made its way into mainstream coverage of what’s happening.
Source: Private-equity takeover of nursing homes has reduced quality of care at critical moment, research suggests – MarketWatch
OK great, but it’s disspiriting that public health is dependent on a single company deciding when and where to step up. Also, it’s a tacit admission that ads are the only real way to share information on Facebook.
Source: Facebook is giving free ads to the World Health Organization to fight COVID-19 misinformation – The Verge
Makes sense considering he and other plutocrats feel they’ll be able to buy their way into safety in the event of pandemic or other catastrophe.
Source: Trump’s fund-slashing prevents the CDC from fighting outbreaks like coronavirus
Not investing in vaccine research is only one part of it. How much are these companies spending to develop maintenance drugs for the problems caused by these viruses that have longer use cycles and therefore higher profits?
Source: Big Pharma’s bottom line is leaving the world vulnerable to pandemics – Axios
HSAs are being used just for basic doctor visits, meaning there’s less for people to save for more drastic emergency ocassions.
Source: Americans are draining HSAs annually, spending most to see doctors