COVID: My Readers Speak

COVID: My Readers Speak

Coronavirus Every state in the U.S. is now reopening. The pace, restrictions and guidance vary based sometimes on science and sometimes on politics. And sometimes on both. The jury is out regarding which state’s approach is best or whether it’s wise to even be reopening at all right now. Perhaps we’ll see the verdict in […]

Sweden’s Strategy: No Lockdown

Sweden’s Strategy: No Lockdown

Coronavirus Sweden’s approach to handling the Coronavirus crisis is almost 180° opposite of virtually the entire rest of the world. There are some similarities to world practices. Social distancing is recommended (but not mandated) and homes for the elderly don’t allow visitors. There’s also greater distancing in restaurants, but otherwise life in Sweden is pretty […]

May 1st: Lives vs Livelihoods?

May 1st: Lives vs Livelihoods?

Coronavirus May 1st is Opening Day when America starts emerging from lockdown — maybe. The pressure to do so is immense, and I get it. We are in the midst of a worldwide crisis that working people across the planet are experiencing as a very intimate and personal struggle. Thrown out of work millions have […]

Saluting Heroes Worldwide

Saluting Heroes Worldwide

Coronavirus I wake up in different moods these days. The past few weeks I’ve been incredibly busy with all the work transition to home — for myself and my staff (I’m a Manager) — plus special assignments on top of it all. Today it feels like the realization of this crisis has sunk in at new […]

No Patience Left: A Rant

No Patience Left: A Rant

Guest Author: Patrick Cusick Introduction Today I welcome guest author Patrick Cusick. Patrick has worked in public heath for 22 years with the City of Cleveland. I should probably point out that our opinions expressed here are personal and not those of the City. Patrick’s career has been preparing for this and similar crises, and […]

It’s Not Like They Didn’t Know

It’s Not Like They Didn’t Know

Coronavirus I wrote here a few days ago about how the incoming Trump Administration disbanded the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, slashed CDC funding — and basically dismantling its entire infrastructure and firing its in-house expertise for dealing with a global pandemic. The details and citations are in […]

Laughter, Song & Solidarity

Laughter, Song & Solidarity

Coronavirus I can’t think of anything in modern history that approaches the current crisis we now face with the Coronavirus or COVID-19. History has seen world wars and famines. injustice and oppression, mass genocide and atrocities, natural disasters, and more — yet I can’t think of anything that has directly and personally affected every single […]

Coronavirus: Must-See Daily Briefings

Coronavirus: Must-See Daily Briefings

Coronavirus Updated DailyLatest: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 I can’t recall the last time I praised a Republican — probably ‘cuz I never have! — but Ohio’s Governor Mike DeWine is doing an exemplary job in addressing the Coronavirus crisis. Most days at 2:00 PM DeWine conducts a press briefing presenting the latest news and updates […]

Fiddling While Fever Burns

Fiddling While Fever Burns

Coronavirus The Trump Administration is bungling the Coronavirus response at near-criminal magnitude while POTUS soothes his fragile ego with pathetic displays like this at the CDC on March 6: This kind of foolish and transparent self-aggrandizement, though serious, is actually the least of the government’s failings. The threat of Coronavirus first came into focus in […]

Coronavirus: A Question

Coronavirus: A Question

Coronavirus I wonder… Reports from out west suggest that the Coronavirus has already begun “community spread” in the United States. This means that it’s being transmitted in some way between people, probably similar to a cold or flu. It’s not limited any longer to people that have been in China or the other known hotspots. […]