Wednesday CoronaBuzz, September 1, 2021: 66 pointers to updates, health information, research news, and more.

Ivermectin now has its own sub-category. Sigh. Please get vaccinated. Please wear a mask when you’re inside with a bunch of people. Much love.


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The CDC eviction moratorium has ended: Learn your options . “On August 26, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision ending the CDC eviction moratorium. If you’re unable to make your rent payments, you’re not alone — here are options and resources to help you get back on your feet.”

(For a given value of “useful”) LifeSavvy: Krispy Kreme’s Vaccination Freebie Deal Just Got Even Better. “Given the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Krispy Kreme has decided to celebrate by sweetening its existing freebie deal. Since early this year, the chain has been giving free doughnuts to customers who present their proof-of-vaccination cards. However, between Aug. 30-Sept. 5, everyone who brings in proof of at least one vaccination shot (of any brand) will get not one, but two free doughnuts!”


CNN: What the data reveals about children and Covid-19 in the US. “Contrary to research early in the pandemic, children are just as likely to become infected as adults. According to the CDC, Covid-19 infection rates for adolescents aged 5 to 17 were as high as in adults 18 to 49, and higher than rates in adults over 50. There have been 4.8 million cases of Covid-19 in children since April 2020, according to the American Association of Pediatrics, making up about 15% of all documented cases in the United States. In the last month, the number of new weekly cases has surged to near-peak levels.”

Daily Yonder: Rural Vaccinations Climb by Fastest Rate in Six Weeks. “In the past three weeks, the weekly number of new vaccinations of rural residents has climbed by more than two thirds, an indication that concerns about the current spike in new infections are affecting vaccination uptake. Last week, 292,898 rural residents completed their Covid-19 vaccinations. In late July, only 150,000 new vaccinations were being completed each week in rural counties.”


CNET: Coronavirus ‘doomsday variant’ headlines are wrong — and dangerous. “In short, there’s no reason to panic. There’s no doomsday variant (we don’t name variants this way) and there’s little evidence this new mutant strain is worse than delta. ‘There is no evidence it is particularly transmissible and it has not been flagged as a variant under interest so far,’ says Francois Balloux, a computational biologist at University College London.”

University of Utah Health: Kids, Masks And Mental Health: Navigating The Myths. “Addressing the misinformation about the mental and physical barriers that wearing a mask in school may bring – University of Utah Health experts weigh in. Face masks have been identified as one of the crucial tools to help stop the spread of COVID-19 yet the debate over whether they work or are necessary has been ongoing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. ”

Wired: ‘Prebunking’ Health Misinformation Tropes Can Stop Their Spread. ” If we can anticipate what tropes will be used to construct conspiracy narratives in the future, it’s possible that we can preempt them. Instead of addressing and fact-checking specific claims reactively, what if we instead discussed their underpinnings preemptively?”

San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego County calls medical misinformation a health crisis after 15-hour debate. “After a 15-hour-long, sometimes rancorous meeting, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a measure declaring medical misinformation a public health crisis. The board voted 3-2 after more than 250 people signed up and most spoke against the motion, saying it would lead to restrictions on free speech and other violations of personal freedoms.”


CBC: Alberta feed stores inundated with calls for ivermectin over false claims livestock dewormer treats COVID. “Alberta feed stores say they’re receiving a deluge of callers asking to buy ivermectin due to misinformation that suggests the livestock dewormer can be used to treat COVID-19 in humans. Lance Olson, manager of Lone Star Tack & Feed Inc., located just outside of Calgary, said false claims circulating about the animal medication have brought the wrong kind of attention to his business.”

KTNV: Las Vegas feed store sells out of Ivermectin, blames customers trying to treat COVID-19. “At V & V Tack and Feed, they normally stock and sell Ivermectin for use on horses. But right now, they’re completely sold out of the horse dewormer, and store associate Shelly Smith suspects a lot of her customers aren’t using it as intended.”

Winona Daily News: Wisconsin doctors to Sen. Johnson: Stop pushing Ivermectin as COVID-19 cure. “Wisconsin physicians today gathered virtually to share a message with Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘Please stop pushing Ivermectin as a cure for COVID-19, and stop discouraging trust in the safe, effective vaccine that actually prevents COVID-19.'”

New York Times: Demand Surges for Deworming Drug for Covid, Despite Scant Evidence It Works. “Prescriptions for ivermectin have jumped to more than 88,000 per week, some pharmacists are reporting shortages and people are overdosing on forms of the drug meant for horses.”

Courier Journal: Kentucky Poison Control sees sharp jump in calls about people taking ivermectin for COVID. “Eight months into 2021, the Kentucky Poison Control Center has seen a big increase in intentional misuse of ivermectin, a treatment mostly used for parasites in animals, as some ignore health guidance and use it to treat COVID-19. In 2020, there was one call for ivermectin misuse, but as of Tuesday, there have been 13 misuse calls this year, center director Ashley Webb said, adding that ‘most of those have been because people are trying to treat COVID.'”


The Enterprise: Bridgewater photographer, social worker documents seniors’ isolation during COVID pandemic. “When most nursing homes closed their doors to family members and other members of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, photographer and social worker Melinda Reyes was able to get a look inside.”

Computerworld: What’s going on with the ‘Great Resignation’?. “A recent Harvard Business Review poll found ’employees want to work from home 2.5 days per week on average.’ As time goes on, people find they like working from home more than ever. Zoom chats, Slack conversations, and other remote work interactions used to be weird, but people have gotten comfortable with virtual meetings. Workers who think the boss is going to insist on a return to the old ways are going to quit. Indeed, they’ve already started.”


The Guardian: ‘Open season on media’: journalists increasingly targeted at Los Angeles protests. “Attacks on the press are just one part of escalating rightwing street violence in the city, which has included multiple stabbings, people being sprayed in the face with bear Mace, an assault on a breast cancer patient outside a clinic, and repeated physical brawls with leftwing protesters in the streets. In another sign of growing tensions, protesters rallying against vaccine mandates showed up at the homes of two Los Angeles city council members on Sunday.”


NOLA: Generator failure during Hurricane Ida at Thibodaux hospital prompts scramble to move ICU patients. “Patients at Thibodaux Regional Health System in Lafourche Parish were bagged by hand, meaning hospital staff manually pushed air in and out of their lungs in place of mechanical ventilation, while they were transported to another floor, according to officials with the Louisiana Department of Health. Other generators in the hospital are still in working order, according to Dr. Joe Kanter, the state’s chief health officer, as workers and patients there continue to ride out the storm. ”

Wired: Are Off-Label Prescriptions a Backdoor to Giving Kids Covid Vaccines?. “With schools opening, mask-wearing unenforced (and in many places forbidden), and the Delta variant cresting everywhere, the question of being able to vaccinate kids feels like a synecdoche for the whole Covid response: a landscape of unclear risk in which policy is insufficient to clarify how much danger people—or their kids—are in. The vaccine approval for adults but not for children leaves pediatricians and pharmacists in an uncomfortable position.”

NBC News: At least 15M Covid vaccine doses have been wasted in the U.S. since March, new data shows. “Pharmacies and state governments in the United States have thrown away at least 15.1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines since March 1, according to government data obtained by NBC News — a far larger number than previously known and still probably an undercount.”


NBC Washington: Children’s National Hospital Sees Increase in COVID Patients. “Doctors are urging everyone to get vaccinated to protect our most vulnerable populations; that includes children under age 12, who aren’t yet eligible for the shots. The urgent message comes as Children’s National Hospital in D.C. says they’re just as busy now as they were during the peak of the pandemic last winter.”

New York Times: Children’s hospitals around the country are seeing a surge in Covid-19 patients, including this two-month-old baby in New Orleans.. “As children’s hospitals in many parts of the United States admit more Covid-19 patients, a result of the highly contagious Delta variant, federal and state health officials are grappling with a sharp new concern: children not yet eligible for vaccination in places with substantial viral spread, now at higher risk of being infected than at any other time in the pandemic. Nowhere is that worry greater than in Louisiana, which has among the highest new daily case rates in the country and only 40 percent of people are fully vaccinated, putting children at particular risk as they return to school.”


WSB-TV: Coronavirus: McDonald’s, other restaurants closing dining rooms amid surging caseloads. “As coronavirus cases continue to surge fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant, McDonald’s and other restaurants have or are considering temporarily closing their dining rooms.”

Los Angeles Times: Behind Hollywood glamour, an Instagram account highlights darker side for workers. “Hollywood’s return to production, after pandemic-induced closures caused thousands of job losses has been welcome to many in the industry. But the scramble to make up for lost time — combined with soaring demand for content from new streaming platforms — is taking a toll on crews. Below-the-line workers are putting in increasingly long hours, with the added pressure of making up for delays caused by COVID-19 outbreaks, [Ben] Gottlieb and other union representatives said.”

CNN: Some Princess Cruises ships not sailing until 2022. “A cruise line is delaying two ships’ return to sea due to the pandemic. Princess Cruises is abandoning plans to sail its Diamond Princess and Island Princess ships this year.”

New York Times: Flight Attendants’ Hellish Summer: ‘I Don’t Even Feel Like a Human’. “For cabin crews, the peak travel season has turned into a chronic battle involving frequent delays, overwork and unruly passengers that leaves them feeling battered by the public and the airlines.”


WTOP: State mask bans face federal civil rights inquiries. “The Education Department announced Monday that it’s investigating five Republican-led states that have banned mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions.”

CNN: CDC adds 7 destinations to ‘very high’ Covid-19 travel risk list, including Puerto Rico and Switzerland. “Switzerland and Puerto Rico are now among the highest-risk destinations for travelers, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s regularly updated travel advisories list. People should avoid traveling to locations designated with the ‘Level 4: Covid-19 Very High’ notice, the CDC recommends. Anyone who must travel should be fully vaccinated first, the agency advises.”

CNN: CDC asks the unvaccinated not to travel this weekend and says even vaccinated need to weigh the risk. “Due to the surge of Covid-19 cases, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking unvaccinated Americans not to travel during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The US is surpassing an average of 160,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. With the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant and many students returning to the classroom for a new academic year, the rise is concerning officials and health experts.”


New York Times: Unvaccinated U.S. visitors could soon face new restrictions on travel to Europe.. “The European Union on Monday recommended that its member countries reintroduce travel restrictions for visitors from the United States who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus, a fresh blow to the continent’s ailing tourism sector and a sign that potential measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus might remain in place for months.”

BBC: Japan finds black particles in Moderna vaccine. “Japan has put a batch of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on hold after a foreign substance was found in a vial. A pharmacist saw several black particles in one vial of the vaccine in Kanagawa Prefecture, according to authorities. Some 3,790 people had already received shots from the batch. The rest of the batch has now been put on hold.”

Midland Daily News: New Zealand wages high-stakes effort to halt virus outbreak. “Since the pandemic began, New Zealand has reported only 26 deaths from the virus in a population of 5 million. The death rate per capita in Britain and the U.S. is about 400 times higher. Remarkably, life expectancy for New Zealanders actually rose in 2020 as virus measures helped reduce other seasonal ailments like the flu.”

The Guardian: Denmark to lift all remaining Covid restrictions on 10 September. “Denmark is to lift all its remaining Covid-19 restrictions by 10 September after the health ministry declared the virus ‘no longer a critical threat to society’ because of the country’s high level of vaccination.”


KVUE: Travis County judge issues injunction against Gov. Abbott mask mandate ban. “A Travis County judge has issued a temporary injunction order against Gov. Greg Abbott and his ban on mask mandates, according to court documents obtained by KVUE. KVUE’s media partners at the Austin American-Statesman reported that lawyers say Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has already appealed Judge Catherine Mauzy’s ruling.”

WABC: Coronavirus NY: Vaccine or weekly testing for school staff, Hochul says. “Mandatory vaccinations in all state-run congregate facilities are being explored, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced during her first COVID briefing on Tuesday. But New York will not implement a vaccination mandate for school employees, and will instead opt to require weekly testing for the unvaccinated.”

The Hill: Idaho governor activates National Guard to combat surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. “Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) on Tuesday said he would be deploying additional National Guard personnel to assist state hospitals overwhelmed by recent surges in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated communities. The move comes just two months after the Republican governor announced a timeline for drawing down the state National Guard’s COVID-19 Task Force as the situation had begun to improve.”

ABC 7: Some doctors say California should reinstate outdoor mask mandate. Here’s why. “The California Dept. of Public Health told San Francisco’s KGO-TV masking outdoors is currently recommended in high-risk settings when in packed crowds or concerts. No announcement indicating a potential outdoor mask mandate in California has been made public — But some doctors argue wearing masks outdoors should be mandated in certain situations, not just recommended.”


Reuters: Florida Withholds Funds From Two School Districts Over Mask Mandates. “The Florida Department of Education said on Monday it has withheld funds from two school districts that made masks mandatory in classrooms this fall.”


NBC News: ‘Hell no’: Some police officers and their unions oppose vaccination mandates. “The battle brewing in Chicago is playing out in cities and towns across the country. Police unions in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Seattle; and Syracuse, New York, have pushed back against vaccination requirements, as has the union representing state police in Massachusetts.”


The New Daily: Kiss singer Gene Simmons catches COVID-19. “Rock band Kiss have cancelled four tour dates after co-lead singer Gene Simmons tested positive for COVID-19. The chart-topping group was forced to axe a performance in Pennsylvania last week after frontman Paul Stanley also contracted the virus.”

Religion News Service: NRB spokesman Dan Darling fired after pro-vaccine statements on ‘Morning Joe’. “Daniel Darling, senior vice president of communications for the National Religious Broadcasters, was fired Friday (Aug. 27) after refusing to admit his pro-vaccine statements were mistaken, according to a source authorized to speak for Darling.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ‘I just can’t go through this again’: Why mom changed her mind on COVID vaccine. “Sherry Clements Wilmot has worked as a teacher in Ocilla, Ga., for 38 years. In an interview with staff writer Tamar Hallerman, she explained how her attitude about the COVID-19 vaccine shifted from hope to fear and how discussions with a trusted doctor, family and friends this summer helped her overcome her hesitancy — all in the nick of time. This interview was edited for length and clarity.”


Associated Press: US Open COVID protocols changed: Fans need vaccination proof. “The U.S. Tennis Association announced Friday that the New York City mayor’s office decided to require proof of vaccination to go into Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main arena at the National Tennis Center. The USTA then opted to extend that rule to cover all ticket-holders who are 12 and older and enter the grounds during the two-week Grand Slam tournament that begins Monday. ”

Yahoo Sports: Taking their shot: NBA referees to be vaccinated this season. “NBA referees will all be vaccinated against the coronavirus this season. The NBA announced Saturday that it has struck a deal with the National Basketball Referees Association on that requirement. Part of the referees’ agreement with the NBA also says that those working games will receive booster shots once they become recommended.”


Washington Post: Fairfax County Public Schools will require a coronavirus vaccine for high school student-athletes. “Fairfax County Public Schools will require students who play winter and spring high school sports this academic year to get a coronavirus vaccine, officials announced Monday — marking one of the first such student vaccine mandates nationwide. The rule will go into effect Nov. 8, school officials wrote in a message to principals Monday. Starting that date, any student who wishes to participate in a Virginia High School League winter or spring sport during the 2021-2022 academic year must provide proof of vaccination.”

The Oregonian: Rural Oregon school superintendent fired after enforcing state mask mandate. “Kevin Purnell was fired Monday as superintendent of the Adrian School District just one week after students returned to school. The Adrian School Board, convening in an emotionally charged special meeting, voted 4-1 Monday evening to terminate Purnell after meeting in an executive, or closed door, session for less than half an hour to consider the matter.”

Bellingham Herald: Teacher who posted meme comparing mask opponents and KKK placed on leave in Nebraska. “A teacher who posted a meme on Facebook comparing mask critics to Ku Klux Klansmen has been placed on administrative leave by her Nebraska school district.”

BBC: Covid-19: The Indian children who have forgotten how to read and write. “Like everywhere else in India, schools have remained shut since March last year when the country went into lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19. Affluent private schools and their students switched to online classes seamlessly, but government-run schools have struggled. And their students – often with no laptops or smartphones and patchy access to the internet – have fallen behind.”

Waco Tribune-Herald: Connally Junior High to close after second teacher dies of COVID-19. “Connally Independent School District is mourning the second Connally Junior High death from COVID-19 in one week and is closing the campus for the rest of the week starting Tuesday. Natalia Chansler, a sixth-grade social studies teacher who had joined the district in the 2020-21 school year, died on Saturday, said Jill Bottelberghe, assistant superintendent of human resources….David McCormick, 59, died on Aug. 24 of COVID-19. He was the seventh-grade social studies teacher and was last on campus on Aug. 18.”


Miami Herald: Anti-mask parent arrested on a child abuse charge at a Fort Lauderdale high school. “As the Broward County school district kept its mask mandate, a father trying to bring his maskless daughter to Fort Lauderdale High School Wednesday morning wound up in Broward County Jail. Police say Dan Bauman, 50, grabbed and twisted the arm of a girl trying to stop him from using his cellphone to video-record students walking into the school.”


NBC News: Liberty University in Virginia orders campus-wide quarantine amid Covid spike. “There were 159 active Covid-19 cases among students and staff as of Saturday, according to the school’s coronavirus dashboard. The university has about 15,000 students and 5,000 faculty or staff members on campus. The majority of infections, 124 cases, are among students. Last week, 40 students and staff members had tested positive for Covid. The current spike surpasses the previous high of 141 cases last September when nearly 1,200 people connected with the campus were quarantined.”

Newswise: Dust collected from campus buildings will help track COVID-19. “Researchers are collecting dust from 50 buildings on The Ohio State University campus this fall to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 and track the virus’s variants. Their analyses and experiments are designed to help the university understand where COVID-19 pockets might exist as the campus opens to near-pre-pandemic levels this fall.”

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Effective Immediately – Embry-Riddle Expects Everyone to Wear a Mask Indoors, No Exceptions. “Excitement marked the first day of the fall 2021 semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s residential campuses, but there was also cause for disappointment. Although we have repeatedly and strongly encouraged everyone to wear face masks indoors, compliance with that recommendation was low yesterday. Many Eagles simply did not step up to help protect themselves and others who may face higher risks. This is unacceptable. From this moment forward, in light of the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Embry-Riddle leadership expects everyone – whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated – to wear a mask over your nose and mouth at all times whenever you are inside any university facility or aircraft.”


Washington Post: Massive randomized study is proof that surgical masks limit coronavirus spread, authors say. “The authors of a study based on an enormous randomized research project in Bangladesh say their results offer the best evidence yet that widespread wearing of surgical masks can limit the spread of the coronavirus in communities. The preprint paper, which tracked more than 340,000 adults across 600 villages in rural Bangladesh, is by far the largest randomized study on the effectiveness of masks at limiting the spread of coronavirus infections.”

Indiana University: Professor pursues patent for origami-inspired face mask design. “When Indiana University artist and designer Jiangmei Wu started folding origami face masks in early 2020, it was, in her words, a ‘DIY project’ to get better personal protective equipment to her brother in China to help combat COVID-19. Eighteen months later, Wu has filed a U.S. patent application for her origami mask design, now called ‘Oricool,’ with help from the IU Innovation and Commercialization Office.”

University of California: LGBTQ+ youth face increased anxiety amid COVID-19 pandemic. “While a life-altering pandemic has caused a substantial uptick in anxiety and depression symptoms among adults and children alike, LGBTQ+ youth have turned to peers in anonymous online discussion forums for support. New research from the University of California, Davis, suggests these LGBTQ+ teenagers — who already experience disproportionate levels of psychological adversity — exhibited increased anxiety on the popular r/LGBTeens subreddit throughout 2020 and the start of 2021.”

Phys .org: Mutation rate of COVID-19 virus is at least 50 percent higher than previously thought. “The virus that causes COVID-19 mutates almost once a week—significantly higher than the rate estimated previously—according to a new study by scientists from the Universities of Bath and Edinburgh. Their findings indicate that new variants could emerge more quickly than thought previously.”


Axios: Axios-Ipsos poll: Vaccine hesitancy may be crumbling. “Fewer adults than ever now say they won’t take the shot, and in the past two weeks there has been a sharp increase in the share of parents who plan to get their younger kids vaccinated as soon as it’s allowed.”


New York Times: 180 cases are traced to a church camp and conference that didn’t require vaccinations or testing, the C.D.C. says.. “At least 180 coronavirus infections in three states have been traced to an Illinois church camp for teenagers and an affiliated men’s conference that did not require attendees to be vaccinated or tested for the virus, according to an investigation published on Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”


New York Post: New Zealand COVID-19 minister’s x-rated gaffe goes viral. “New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown is really heating up. The country’s pandemic response minister unintentionally gave Kiwis some x-rated advice during a live COVID-19 press briefing Sunday — reminding residents to social distance when they get outside to ‘spread their legs.'”


Washington Post: A judge asked a mother if she got the coronavirus vaccine. She said no, and he revoked custody of her son.. “When Rebecca Firlit joined a virtual court hearing with her ex-husband earlier this month, the Chicago mother expected the proceedings to focus on child support. But the judge had other plans. ‘One of the first things he asked me … was whether or not I was vaccinated,’ Firlit, 39, told the Chicago Sun-Times. She was not, she said, explaining that she has had “adverse reactions to vaccines in the past” and that a doctor advised her against getting inoculated against the coronavirus…. Cook County Judge James Shapiro then made what the parents’ attorneys called an unprecedented decision: He said the mother could not see her 11-year-old son until she got a coronavirus vaccine.”

ABC News: Feds warn of alarming rise in reports of fake vaccine cards sold and used. “The Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General tells ABC News exclusively that they are receiving ‘increasing reports of individuals creating, purchasing, and using fake COVID-19 vaccination cards,’ warning that the proliferation of sham cards can leave victims’ personal identity vulnerable — and threaten the nation’s hard-fought gains against the virus.”

Ars Technica: Vaccine mandates work, especially when they’re done right. “Vaccine mandates and other rules that limit personal behavior in the service of societal well-being are super-legal. Just ask Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reaffirmed that notion two weeks ago with a terse not-gonna-happen in response to a lawsuit brought by students at Indiana University against their school’s vaccine mandate. Barrett’s hard nope upheld an appeals court decision that was in turn based on Jacobson v. Massachusetts, the 1905 Supreme Court decision that gave the OK to requirements for smallpox vaccinations, among other public health regulations.”

New York Times: Instagram User @AntiVaxMomma Charged With Selling Fake Vaccine Cards. “The allegations against the woman, Jasmine Clifford, 31, were unveiled in Manhattan criminal court. Prosecutors said that Ms. Clifford sold about 250 forged cards over Instagram. She also worked with another woman, Nadayza Barkley, 27, who is employed at a medical clinic in Patchogue, N.Y., to fraudulently enter at least 10 people into New York’s immunization database, prosecutors said.”

Traverse City Record-Eagle: Sheriff investigating attack on R-E reporter. ” The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of an attack on a Record-Eagle reporter while covering an anti-mask, anti-vaccine event at a township park Thursday evening.”


Slate: Why I Finally Had to Quit Working in a COVID Ward. “Nobody from other specialties wanted to come into a COVID unit. You’d have people crying in the morning, ‘I need cardiology and neurology.’ And they’d be like, ‘Is that patient positive? We can’t see him. Do this.’ It was like you were out there on an island all by yourself. One of the most amazing things I saw—we had a patient dying, had the family come up. They had to be careful; they had to make sure they were negative. And we called the chaplain up. And the chaplain comes up, and he’s like, ‘Oh, is this patient COVID positive?’ And we’re like, ‘Yeah.’ And he’s like, ‘I can’t go in there.’ And three of the NPs just broke down. It was unreal.”

Washington Post: Opinion: For Navajo, crowded homes have always been a lifeline. The pandemic threatens that.. “Kay Atene’s family lives together on the same red earth in Oljato-Monument Valley in Utah that her great-grandparents returned to after surviving the ‘Long Walk’ more than 150 years ago. Generations living together is central to how the Navajo have navigated crises for centuries. But the coronavirus has put that in jeopardy: Crowded homes have become one of the deadliest places to be during the pandemic.”

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