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Apr 30, 2020. 4 comments

New York State Paid $69 Million for Ventilators It Never Received

New York State Paid $69 Million for Ventilators It Never Received

An electrical engineer from Silicon Valley claimed via Twitter that he could supply the state of New York with ventilators to help overwhelmed hospitals in need. Despite him having no background in supplying medical equipment, he was awarded a $69 million contract to supply ventilators to the state. Those ventilators never arrived.

BuzzFeed reports that in March, Yaron Oren-Pines replied to a...

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Apr 23, 2020. 5 comments

99-Year-Old Black Woman Survives COVID-19 Infection Just in Time for Her 100th Birthday

99-Year-Old Black Woman Survives COVID-19 Infection Just in Time for Her 100th Birthday

Since the beginning stages of the coronavirus pandemic, our newsfeeds have been filled with horror stories about the devastating impact the outbreak has had on people’s daily lives as well as their very lives. But every so often, we come across inspiring stories that warm the heart. In Albany, Ga., a 99-year-old woman who has survived COVID-19 infection just in time for her 100th birthday...

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Apr 15, 2020. 2 comments

How Is the Coronavirus Affecting Black Voters? A New Poll Reveals Key Takeaways for 2020

How Is the Coronavirus Affecting Black Voters? A New Poll Reveals Key Takeaways for 2020

The 2020 elections will forever be marked by the coronavirus, but how the pandemic will affect voter turnout—and equally as important, voter mindsets—remains to be seen. A new poll from the political action committee BlackPAC, however, provides some important insight into the pandemic’s impact on black voters in crucial swing states.

Among the key takeaways: black voters are feeling the...

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Apr 08, 2020. 2 comments

New York City to Release Data Showing Racial Disparities in Coronavirus Impact

New York City to Release Data Showing Racial Disparities in Coronavirus Impact

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, there have been more and more calls for data to be released detailing the racial disparity in cases and care. In New York City, that data will hopefully be released sooner rather than later.

NBC News reports that on Tuesday New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said current research will soon be released to show the disparity of the virus’...

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Apr 07, 2020. 15 comments

Coronavirus Is Exposing America's Separate but Unequal Healthcare System. But Will It Change It?

Coronavirus Is Exposing America's Separate but Unequal Healthcare System. But Will It Change It?
Post-Viral AmericaPost-Viral AmericaThe Root asked some the country's leading authorities and experts to explain how the coronavirus might affect the future of black America.

As the child of Jamaican immigrants, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to trek across New York City to attend one of the most exclusive high schools in the country (Stuyvesant High School), and one of the...

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Apr 05, 2020. 19 comments

Report: Black People Are Contracting and Dying of Coronavirus at Higher Rates

Report: Black People Are Contracting and Dying of Coronavirus at Higher Rates

One of the more insidious bits of misinformation in the early days of the pandemic was the idea that black people were somehow, as if by magic, immune to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Not only was that rumor grossly inaccurate, a new report reveals that black people are getting hit by the disease at an alarmingly high rate.

ProPublica reports that early data show that black...

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Mar 28, 2020. 12 comments

‘A Dangerous Gamble’: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Refuses to Order ‘Shelter-in-Place’ for Residents, Leaving Black Alabamans Especially at Risk

‘A Dangerous Gamble’: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Refuses to Order ‘Shelter-in-Place’ for Residents, Leaving Black Alabamans Especially at Risk

It looks like

Nathaniel Woods isn’t the only person Gov. Kay Ivey is willing to put to death.

The Republican governor announced during a press conference on Thursday that the state would not be enacting “shelter-in-place” measures, which have been shown in other countries to mitigate the disastrous effects of the coronavirus.

From Talking Points Memo:

“Y’all, we are not Louisiana, we are not...

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Mar 25, 2020. 10 comments

With Lack of Consistent COVID-19 Messaging From Trump Administration, Lax Responses and Misinformation May Increase Health Risks

With Lack of Consistent COVID-19 Messaging From Trump Administration, Lax Responses and Misinformation May Increase Health Risks

Since the coronavirus broke out in the U.S., Donald Trump has offered mixed messages on the severity of the virus, America’s readiness to combat it, and what the administration plans to do to help millions of Americans access healthcare and resources as the pandemic spreads. Just today, Trump said he hoped to have businesses back open and isolation measures alleviated by April 12 (Easter),...

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Mar 20, 2020.

Trump Administration Sued for Dropping LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Protections

Trump Administration Sued for Dropping LGBTQ Non-Discrimination Protections

Oh, y’all thought a pandemic was going to stop the President from being trash? Nah, b.

NBC News reports that a lawsuit filed Thursday against the Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) alleges that a proposal to stop enforcing Obama-era nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people is against the law. The proposal would allow the HHS to give federal funding to organizations even if...

Mar 20, 2020. 4 comments

Your Racism Is Showing: Coronavirus and the Racist History of Pandemics

Your Racism Is Showing: Coronavirus and the Racist History of Pandemics
“There are some members of the Trump administration who continue to refer to [COVID-19] as the ‘Wuhan virus,’ and I think this continues to perpetuate this very strong link between Asian people more generally or Chinese people more generally and the virus itself...And this tendency to kind of shift it, to reduce it to this one country I think can also contribute to some of the xenophobia that...

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Mar 19, 2020. 10 comments

Celebrities Clearly Have Ample Access to COVID-19 Tests. What About Everyone Else?

Celebrities Clearly Have Ample Access to COVID-19 Tests. What About Everyone Else?

Access to healthcare isn’t universal in this country, but access to the coronavirus certainly is.

As I recently expressed when Idris Elba confirmed he had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus strain, realizing celebrities weren’t immune to contracting the virus was a sobering reminder. However, as we heard celebrity after celebrity confirm their test...

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Mar 12, 2020. 7 comments

Coronavirus Officially Labeled a Pandemic by the World Health Organization

Coronavirus Officially Labeled a Pandemic by the World Health Organization

Today’s news shouldn’t come as too much of a shock given the developments that have occurred within the last couple of weeks.

According to Politico, the World Health Organization has officially labeled the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic. This comes after over 100,000 cases of the disease have been confirmed across the world. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that...

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Mar 06, 2020. 2 comments

Obamacare at 10: Study Shows Gaps in Coverage Between Racial Lines Have Narrowed but Persist

Obamacare at 10: Study Shows Gaps in Coverage Between Racial Lines Have Narrowed but Persist

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since the Affordable Care Act was officially signed. In the time we’ve seen the Avengers catch Thanos’ hands, Thanos catch the Avengers’ hands and Lex Luthor actually became president of the United States. While the last decade has increased access to healthcare coverage, there is still work to be done.

According to U.S News and World Report, a new...

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Mar 03, 2020. 15 comments

Challenge to Obamacare to be Heard by Supreme Court

Challenge to Obamacare to be Heard by Supreme Court

Y’all. It’s been 10 years since the Affordable Care Act was enacted. Ten years of Americans getting insurance and Republicans inexplicably being butt hurt about it. Hopefully, good or bad, a Supreme Court decision will finally get them to shut the hell up about it.

CBS News reports that the Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to Obamacare when it starts its next term this fall. A...

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Feb 21, 2020. 7 comments

Tennessee Barbershop Partners With Vanderbilt to Provide Basic Healthcare Services

Tennessee Barbershop Partners With Vanderbilt to Provide Basic Healthcare Services

Black men, historically, are reluctant to go to the doctor. I mean just speaking for myself I’ve only recently been proactive about going to get checkups and all that good stuff. Instead of waiting for us to come to them, doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have taken the initiative to come to us.

WSMV 4 reports that doctors at Vanderbilt have partnered with Masters Barber Shop...

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Feb 13, 2020. 13 comments

A Nurse Accused An Inmate of Faking His Illness. Days Later He Died

A Nurse Accused An Inmate of Faking His Illness. Days Later He Died

Another day and unfortunately, another unnecessary death of a young black man.

KMOV reports that Lamar Catchings, a 20-year-old man, died on March 1, 2019 in the St. Louis County Jail. A report released by the county has revealed new details surrounding the young man’s death. The report states that during the weeks before his death, Catchings had complained about not feeling well. At a court...

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Feb 04, 2020. 16 comments

GOP-Led States Want Supreme Court to Hold Off Obamacare Ruling Until After the Election

GOP-Led States Want Supreme Court to Hold Off Obamacare Ruling Until After the Election

I’ve got this feeling that even in 2049, after the country has been turned into a wasteland as a result of late capitalism and unchecked climate change, Republicans will still be bitching about one thing: Obamacare.

CNN reports that a group of Republican-led states want the Supreme Court to hold off on issuing a ruling on the Affordable Care Act. They instead want the case to proceed through...

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Jan 31, 2020. 8 comments

Coronavirus Declared a Public Health Emergency by World Health Organization

Coronavirus Declared a Public Health Emergency by World Health Organization

CNN reports that the World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. This is not only because of the situation in China but because of the possibility of it spreading to other countries with sub-par healthcare systems. The World Health Organization defines a public heath emergency as “an extraordinary event” that poses a “public...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Nov 28, 2019. 7 comments

Mo Money, Mo Problems: Life Expectancy Rates in the US Drop for the 3rd Consecutive Year

Mo Money, Mo Problems: Life Expectancy Rates in the US Drop for the 3rd Consecutive Year

According to a new report, life expectancy rates in the United States have dropped for the third consecutive year.

The report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and cites the escalation of suicide, drug overdoses, liver disease, and dozens of other causes as contributing factors, per the Washington Post:

Despite spending more on health care than any other country,...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 19, 2019. 24 comments

Are We Pretending Donald Trump Wasn’t Secretly Rushed to the Hospital?

Are We Pretending Donald Trump Wasn’t Secretly Rushed to the Hospital?

Pick one: Donald Trump was rushed to the hospital to visit a sick child because he is such a caring person... Or Donald Trump is the only president in history to break their physical examinations into two parts… Or Donald Trump and the White House staff is lying.

Only one of those makes sense.

Trump is famous for eschewing presidential protocol, for instance, winning the popular vote; hiring...

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