Covid-19 Public Policy

U.S. Hospitals Surveyed Plea For More Federal Coordination Of Testing And Supplies

Hospitals are trying to make their own disinfectant from in-house chemicals, running low on toilet paper and food, and trying to source face masks from nail salons. Those are some of the findings from a snapshot survey of how America’s hospitals are handling the coronavirus crisis. The survey was done over five days, from March […]

HHS watchdog finds severe hospital shortages in combating covid-19

A federal watchdog is corroborating warnings by governors and front-line health-care workers that hospitals’ ability to combat the coronavirus pandemic is being impeded by shortages of tests, protective gear, staff and space, as well as inconsistent government advice. Some hospitals are so desperate for protective masks that they are scrounging them from auto-body shops and […]

Most In-Home Caregivers Receive Low Pay and No Protective Gear

Carnella Marks considers herself lucky. She lives in Chico and has some masks left over from the Camp Fire a few years ago. She’s using them to try and make sure she doesn’t catch coronavirus or pass it along to her 71 year-old father-in-law Albert, who she cares for. He lives with Marks, her husband, […]

The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged

By the time Donald Trump proclaimed himself a wartime president — and the coronavirus the enemy — the United States was already on course to see more of its people die than in the wars of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. The country has adopted an array of wartime measures never employed collectively in […]

US ‘wasted’ months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic

After the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment. A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated […]