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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Masks: Now more than Ever

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Given that lots of people are, at this very moment, eager to be mask-free, how can we persuade them to do an about face about their face and re-mask it?

Our State Was Too Slow In Reacting To COVID-19

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Clearly there was a new disease striking people in China, and there were subtle attempts to suppress this information. Certainly, there was sufficient warning to be vigilant about a repetition of SARS, or worse.

Should The Morrison Hotel Homeless Shelter Be Closed For Good?

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In the Covid-19 era, can the traditional model of large shelters such as the Morrison Hotel survive?

The Coronavirus Pandemic Adds New Twists to ‘The Good Death’

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Everything is being affected in wrenching ways -- telemedicine, volunteers for hospice, family conversations, overwhelmed professional services, palliative care, death-with-dignity options.

The Vaccine Optimist

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There’s never been a human vaccine created in less than about 5 years, according to Bill Gates, yet he’s confident we’ll have one this time in less than two years, and as soon as 9 months! What’s that optimism based on?

Timeline: What We Know so far about the Virus… and it’s Scary

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With each new story, the SARS CoV-2 virus is revealed to be a more enigmatic and dangerous adversary.

Sweden Sees Alarming Rise in Covid-19 Death Rate After Relying on Public “Common Sense”...

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Sweden’s percentage of confirmed cases leading to death is dramatically higher than its neighbors, with 12% of patients in Sweden succumbing to the virus, 2.6% in Norway, 4% in Finland, 4.7% in Denmark and 3.6% in Germany.

As Virus Invades Rural America, the Politics are Beginning to Scramble

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It's one thing to close restaurants, bars, and concerts; we pampered urbanites can switch to take-out, Zoom happy hours, and endless cultural and entertainment online. It's another to ban a rural community's essential rituals. “Our funerals are not one or two days,” Tulalip Tribes chairwoman Teri Gobin told me two weeks ago.

New Poll: Washington State Residents Support State, Local Efforts to Contain Virus

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Washington State voters see stark differences between the response of state and local government to the pandemic compared to the federal government’s response.

Chernobyl and Coronavirus: Eerie, Shameless Parallels

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The Chernobyl and Covid-19 emergencies are egregious examples of the failure of leadership. Russian bureaucrats blamed low-level operators at the nuclear plant. America, Russia, and China all tried to shift the blame by firing whistleblower troublemakers.