Monthly Archives: April 2020

CDC Director Says Second COVID-19 Wave Could Come In Fall | NowThis

NowThis News

Apr 30, 2020

‘I’m accurately quoted in the Washington Post.’ — CDC Director Robert Redfield. confirmed that a second, more severe wave of COVID-19 could be coming, contradicting Trump’s claim that reporters got it wrong.

In US news and current events today, Trump has said that the coronavirus ‘may not come back at all.’ But Dr. Fauci and other medical professionals have rejected that claim. And CDC Director Robert Redfield confirmed that a second, more severe wave of COVID-19 could be coming, contradicting Trump’s claim that reporters got it wrong. Watch to see the interaction.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Slams Mitch McConnell over Blocking Coronavirus Aid for Dem States | NowThis

NowThis News

Apr 30, 2020

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid into Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans for standing in the way of emergency funding for Democratic states amid COVID-19.

In US news and current events today, states across the U.S. are struggling to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. New York state has been hit especially hard, as coronavirus cases across the state and New York City increase. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who holds coronavirus press briefings regularly, has called out Donald Trump and the Trump admin for its response to the coronavirus pandemic. Recently, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid into Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans for blocking emergency aid for Democratic states amid COVID-19.

‘We Need Moral Leadership’: Rep. Max Rose On Lack Of Empathy From Trump Admin. | All In | MSNBC


Apr 30, 2020

Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) and Chris Hayes discuss the absence from the top of the government of any expression of collective grief, mourning, or honor for people facing this unprecedented situation. Aired on 04/30/2020.

Trump blames Wuhan lab for coronavirus, threatens China tariffs

FRANCE 24 English

Apr 30, 2020

US President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened new tariffs against Beijing as he claimed to have seen evidence linking the coronavirus to a lab in China’s ground-zero city of Wuhan.

The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual


Edited by Sonja A. Rasmussen and Richard A. Goodman

The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual is a definitive guide to investigating acute public health events on the ground and in real time. Assembled and written by experts from the CDC as well as other leading public health agencies, it offers current and field-tested guidance for every stage of an outbreak investigation—from identification to intervention and other core considerations along the way.

It includes the core elements of field work, such as:

  • Recommendations and guidance for using new tools in field investigations
  • Tips for investigations of major types of problems in multiple settings, including outbreaks in healthcare and community care; outbreaks of violence, suicide, and other forms of injury; multinational outbreaks; and suspected biologic or toxic agents
  • Case study examples of lessons learned from recent field investigations

This manual serves as an essential, authoritative resource for epidemiologists and other health professionals working in local, state, national, and international settings for effective outbreak response to acute and emerging threats.

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United Farm Workers

UFW: Working for a safe and just food supply

Integrity: Doing the right thing even when no one is looking

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Dignity: Recognizing and respecting the inherent worth of all people.

Innovation: The active pursuit of new ideas.

Begun in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Gilbert Padilla and other early organizers, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation’s first enduring and largest farm workers union. The UFW continues organizing in major agricultural sectors, chiefly in California. Recent years have witnessed dozens of UFW union contract victories protecting thousands of farm workers, among them agreements with the some of the largest berry, winery, tomato, dairy and mushroom companies in California and the nation. More than 75 percent of California’s fresh mushroom industry is now under union contract. Many recent UFW-sponsored laws and regulations protect all farm workers in California, especially those at non-union ranches. They include the first state standards in the U.S. to prevent further deaths and illnesses from extreme heat and in 2016 the first law in the country providing farm workers in California with overtime pay after eight hours a day. The UFW continues to actively champion legislative and regulatory reforms for farm workers covering issues such as worker protections, pesticides and immigration reform.


WHO Adviser on Meat Plants: If We’re at War, the Weapons We Need Are Tests and PPE, Not Pork

Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 30, 2020

As President Trump invokes the Defense Production Act to bar local governments from closing meatpacking plants around the United States, we get a response from a longtime adviser to the World Health Organization. “When Congress passed that act, it certainly did not have in mind that the president has the power or the right to put workers’ lives and health at risk,” says Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown University and director of the World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law. Gostin also discusses why he joined 40 leading center directors in a declaration this week that urges Trump and Congress to restore and increase WHO funding.

Economist Thomas Piketty: Coronavirus Pandemic Has Exposed the “Violence of Social Inequality ”

Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 30, 2020
As nearly 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment in just six weeks and millions worldwide face hunger and poverty, we look at the global economic catastrophe triggered by the pandemic and its impact on the most vulnerable. As the World Food Programme warns of a massive spike in global hunger and more than 100 million people in cities worldwide could fall into poverty, can this crisis be a catalyst for change? We ask French economist Thomas Piketty. His 2014 internationally best-selling book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” looked at economic inequality and the necessity of wealth taxes. His new book, “Capital and Ideology,” has been described as a manifesto for political change.

Thomas Piketty: Joe Biden needs to listen to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 30, 2020

Thomas Piketty says the U.S. Democratic Party has lost touch with average people over the last several decades. The acclaimed French economist, whose 2014 book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” was a global best-seller, says the economic model in much of the Western world has dramatically increased inequality, and Democrats need to show people they understand the problem and that they are willing to redistribute wealth from the top to the rest of society. “Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren didn’t win the primary, but their wealth tax proposal was extremely popular among voters — and not only among Democratic voters, but also among Republican voters,” he says. “I think Joe Biden would be well inspired to borrow some of these ideas in order to show that more economic justice can actually come together with more economic prosperity, which was the case historically for a very long time in the United States but has ceased to be the case.”

Global health expert: The WHO deserves our thanks

Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 30, 2020

The World Health Organization has come under fire over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with President Trump cutting all U.S. funding for the U.N. health agency in April. But WHO adviser Lawrence Gostin says the organization has actually done well in the pandemic, despite a miniscule budget and political interference. “Yes, they can be slow, they can be bureaucratic,” he says. “But my God, what they’ve done for the world.” Gostin is a professor at Georgetown University, where he is the O’Neill chair in Global Health Law.