Thursday on MSNBC, 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams said her organization Fair Fight was “pushing to make sure vote from home is real,” in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the most frustrating aspects of the novel coronavirus pandemic is how many early warning signs and response plans for just such an event were waved away by public health officials, the president , governors , and just about everyone else who could have made a difference. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates warned about a […]
Seeking auguries of the future, people in the past probed the livers of sheep, observed the flights of birds, gazed into crystal balls, read tea leaves, cast I Ching coins, and traced patterns on burnt bones. Modern prognosticators resort to statistical models. For example, the initial public health and policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic […]
A state investigation of a Massachusetts veterans home where 76 residents have died of from coronavirus has revealed errors that Gov. Charlie Baker called “horrific and tragic.” The biggest mistake at the state-operated Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, according to the report, took place on March 27 when the home combined two dementia units into one. […]
This week marks the 219th birthday of the great 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiat. It’s the perfect time to talk about his famous essay, “That Which is Seen, and that Which is Not Seen,” published in his book, The Law. This timeless work remains an essential guide to thinking about policymaking. In that essay, Bastiat […]
LOS ANGELES, California — Mayor Eric Garcetti told a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon that the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the Los Angeles area were, in fact, partly responsible for a recent spike in coronavirus cases.
Flattening the curve on COVID-19 has meant flattening the curve on tax season, too, pushing everything down the line a bit so that the final day to hand over the government’s cut of our hard-earned income comes up on July 15 . That’s given us an unparalleled opportunity in a time of crisis to assess […]
The prevalence of immunity to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may be much higher than previous research suggests according to an intriguing new study by researchers associated with Karolinska Institute in Sweden. In addition, a new German study by researchers associated with the University Hospital Tübingen in Germany reports that people who have been previously […]
About a month after Bill de Blasio personally led a police raid on a Hasidic rabbi’s funeral in Brooklyn, which he portrayed as an intolerable threat in the era of COVID-19, New York’s mayor visited the same borough to address a tightly packed crowd of protesters who had gathered in response to George Floyd’s death. […]
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver noted on Tuesday that the spread of the coronavirus may pose too big a threat for the league to carry out its plans to resume the 2020 season.
“By going into lockdown,” New York Times science writer Carl Zimmer matter-of-factly reports , “Massachusetts drove its reproductive number down from 2.2 at the beginning of March to 1 by the end of the month; it’s now at .74.” Zimmer is talking about the number of people the average carrier infects, and if the Massachusetts lockdown […]
With the number of reported coronavirus cases surging in many parts of the country, former vice president Joe Biden took the opportunity on Tuesday to wag his own plans for dealing with the deadly pandemic—even though the plans themselves are mostly secondary. Biden wants all Americans to wear face masks in public, have access to […]