Weekly Reader: Vol 2 Issue 49

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A pandemic thriller, once rejected by publishers for being unrealistic, is now getting a wide release (from CNN): “The book, which was rejected by publishers at the time for being too unrealistic, was finally published on Thursday.

The thriller is set in London, the epicenter of a global pandemic that forces officials to institute a lockdown. The story isn’t entirely based on May’s imagination. He used British and US pandemic preparedness documents from 2002 to make it was as realistic as possible.”

In the 1918 flu pandemic, not wearing a mask was illegal in some parts of America. What changed? (from CNN): “While origin theories about the 1918 virus still abound, it was assigned a country specific name: the Spanish Flu. Globalization facilitated its spread as soldiers fighting in World War I took the flu around the globe. Then as now, warehouses were repurposed into quarantine hospitals. And an ocean liner with infected patients became a talking point.

But one notable difference is that it was the United States which led the world in mask wearing.”

Some cities see jumps in domestic violence during the pandemic (from CNN): “In an eastern Pennsylvania town under a local shelter-in-place order, a man who lost his job due to the pandemic shot his girlfriend in the back and then killed himself on Monday. Just before he went into the basement to get his handgun, he became “extremely upset” about coronavirus, the victim, who survived, told police.

“Domestic violence is rooted in power and control, and all of us are feeling a loss of power and control right now,” said Katie Ray-Jones, the CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. “We’re really bracing for a spike post-Covid-19 — that’s when law enforcement and advocates and courts are going to hear the really, really scary stuff going on behind closed doors.””

This Looks Like a Depression, Not a Recession (from Marker): “Today, a rising level of alarm over the coronavirus has led 30 states to shut down large parts of their economies and the rest to issue varying stay-at-home advisories. Against the financial toll, the Fed has struck, marshaling far greater firepower than it did in the Great Recession. Congress, too, has approved triple the relief it spent attacking the 2009 financial crash, and is now talking about another, even pricier package. In all, the government has so far thrown some $6 trillion at Covid-19, most of it at the economic fallout.”

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief (from Harvard Business Review): “Yes, we’re also feeling anticipatory grief. Anticipatory grief is that feeling we get about what the future holds when we’re uncertain. Usually it centers on death. We feel it when someone gets a dire diagnosis or when we have the normal thought that we’ll lose a parent someday. Anticipatory grief is also more broadly imagined futures. There is a storm coming. There’s something bad out there. With a virus, this kind of grief is so confusing for people. Our primitive mind knows something bad is happening, but you can’t see it. This breaks our sense of safety. We’re feeling that loss of safety. I don’t think we’ve collectively lost our sense of general safety like this. Individually or as smaller groups, people have felt this. But all together, this is new. We are grieving on a micro and a macro level.”

No, Mr. President, healthcare workers aren’t stealing masks. You failed them. (from the Washington Post): “As decades went by, medicine and hospital care changed dramatically. As both public and private investment in science and medicine yielded novel and effective therapeutics — think vaccines, antibiotics and organ transplants, to name just a few — the United States’ private system of health-care provisioning meant that medicine rapidly became big business in the country. American medicine came to be characterized by its new and expensive technologies, ideally housed in new and expensive hospital buildings.”

‘Normal’ will look completely different when this is all over (from CNN): “Ryan talked about “transition strategies” and said each country needs a strong public health architecture, a massive investment in our capacity to do surveillance, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, and a robust information system so that people know what to do and where to go if they are sick.

“And if we do that, we have a chance of transitioning back into a life, and economic and social life, that may, in some senses, not be the same again, maybe a more caring, engaged society with a better health care system, with better universal access to health care, with more social justice, and more care for each other, and that won’t be a bad society to go back to.””

What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage (from Marker): “In short, the toilet paper industry is split into two, largely separate markets: commercial and consumer. The pandemic has shifted the lion’s share of demand to the latter. People actually do need to buy significantly more toilet paper during the pandemic — not because they’re making more trips to the bathroom, but because they’re making more of them at home. With some 75% of the U.S. population under stay-at-home orders, Americans are no longer using the restrooms at their workplace, in schools, at restaurants, at hotels, or in airports.”

Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses (from the Los Angeles Times): “The project, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2009, identified 1,200 different viruses that had the potential to erupt into pandemics, including more than 160 novel coronaviruses. The initiative, called PREDICT, also trained and supported staff in 60 foreign laboratories — including the Wuhan lab that identified SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Field work ceased when the funding ran out in September, and organizations that worked on the PREDICT program laid off dozens of scientists and analysts, said Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a key player in the program.”

Japanese Americans speak out against Andrew Yang’s call for Asian Americans to display patriotism (from NBC News): “In his op-ed, Yang addressed the increase in anti-Asian American racism as a result of the pandemic.

“We need to step up, help our neighbors, donate gear, vote, wear red white and blue, volunteer, fund aid organizations, and do everything in our power to accelerate the end of this crisis,” the entrepreneur wrote. “We should show without a shadow of a doubt that we are Americans who will do our part for our country in this time of need.”

Many experts and readers on Twitter said it shouldn’t be the responsibility of Asian Americans to stop racism through a display of patriotism.”

China Enters The Next Phase of Its COVID-19 Outbreak: Suppression (from NPR): “Movement restrictions — basically orders for people to stay home — are still in place for some areas, and some people are still considered to be high risk.

Most factories in Wuhan, which was the epicenter of the outbreak, for instance, have not yet cranked up their production lines.”

Coronavirus crisis may deny 9.5 million women access to family planning (from The Guardian): “In Nepal, the start of a national lockdown on 24 March immediately forced the closure of Marie Stopes clinics across the country. The government has now issued passes allowing health workers to travel to the clinics and some are beginning to reopen. Marie Stopes Nepal reported an increased number of calls from women wanting abortion services since the start of the lockdown.

In Sierra Leone, Felix Ikenna, a doctor and quality assurance director for MSI, pointed to the Ebola outbreak in 2014 as evidence of the importance of providing reproductive healthcare services.”

‘Trump is killing his own supporters’ – even White House insiders know it (from The Guardian): “In the words of one administration insider, to the Guardian: “The Trump organism is simply collapsing. He’s killing his own supporters.”

Members of the national guard, emergency workers, rank-and-file Americans: all are exposed. Yet Trump appears incapable of emoting anything that comes close to heart-felt concern. Or just providing straight answers.”

Fear of The Walking Dumb (from John Pavlovitz): “Though 1,000 people died in America yesterday and we topped 215,000 diagnoses, many Florida beaches were still bursting beyond capacity, New York City parks were still packed to overflowing with cross-training classes and pickup basketball games, and here in our North Carolina suburb, people continue to act like it’s Spring Break in Margaritaville: having cookouts and playing corn hole and giving out hugs and high fives with impunity.

It is a sign of a collective sickness greater than this virus: willful ignorance.”

‘A Kleptocratic Sadistic Federal Government’ — Sarah Kendzior On Trump’s Power, Coronavirus Response (from St Louis Public Radio): “This isn’t the first time that Trump, according to Kendzior, has wished ill on the American way of doing things.

“I have firsthand quotes from [Trump] going back to the 1980s about his intent to destroy the American economy, about his connection to the Kremlin but more specifically to transnational organized crime, of which the Kremlin is just a part. This is a long, ongoing story,” she said.”

That’s all for today. Stop by again for more information that you didn’t know you wanted. Until then, stay safe and healthy everyone! ❤

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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