That fall, after the worst of it, the city got back to work, but the civic ethos did not change. The elite could always flee if need be. In 1861, Union troops occupying the city performed widespread street cleaning that halted outbreaks for several years (the formation of the federal sanitation commission during the Civil War was one of the high points in the history of public health in this country). But another epidemic hit in 1878 and claimed at least 4,046 lives. It would take a quarter of a century before Army surgeon Dr. Walter Reed pinpointed the mosquito as yellow fever’s source in 1900 and modern sanitation projects began eradicating the virus in America. … [Read more...] about Trump Copies New Orleans’ Tragic 1853 Yellow Fever Playbook
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Whatever lingering bitterness there was seemed to disappear as talks over the first emergency bill to counter the coronavirus began last month. Democrats appeared to warm to Mnuchin as a rare commodity in the Trump administration: a high-level figure who actually seems to speak for Trump, is far less ideological than his peers, and instead shares his boss’ instinct to cut deals. And it’s not lost on some of them that the former investment banker and Hollywood mogul has, at the very least, some Democratic sympathies—he cut a check for Kamala Harris’ first Senate campaign in California in 2016. … [Read more...] about How Trump Learned to Trust Steve Mnuchin With His Presidency
GM and Ventec have opted to go ahead with building ventilators without a federal contract. The companies said they’re poised to deliver the first ventilators in April and ramp up manufacturing capacity to more than 10,000 a month. GM will deploy about 1,000 workers for the effort, and the two companies said they have the infrastructure and capability to boost production more, depending on the needs of the federal government. … [Read more...] about Angry Trump blasts GM’s coronavirus ventilator effort but won’t use defense act
The president has been under growing pressure from the nation's governors to do more to bolster supplies, despite the perceived risks of speaking out. From New York to Washington, they have pleaded with him to use the DPA to force companies to manufacture critical equipment. And they have begged for help in obtaining supplies like masks and testing agents, saying that states have been forced to compete against one another as well as the federal government on the open market, driving up prices, even as federal officials have pledged their help if states fail. … [Read more...] about Trump boosts virus aid, warns governors to be ‘appreciative’
Given that the words of the President of the United States present a very real risk to the lives of many Americans, particularly in “red” states chock full of Trump supporters, what can be done? The only answer is relentlessly and rapidly administering doses of the truth. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Coronavirus Lies Are an Infection. This Is the Only Cure.