The Labor Department confirms that 2.5 million people filed new unemployment claims last week. Although the weekly tally of new claims has been declining since late March, the latest count is likely to push the eight-week total above 35 million.
Some U.S. Colleges and Universities to Commence Online
California’s state university system announced that it would cancel in-person classes at its 23 campuses for the fall semester. Harvard Medical School announced that its classes for incoming students would be held remotely, too. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci told the Senate panel this week that a vaccine for the virus would almost certainly not be ready in time for the new school year, and urged caution in the face of a pathogen that continued to surprise and baffle the world’s leading scientists.
Children Begin Exhibiting Covid-19 Symptoms
As concerns mount over children afflicted with a potentially deadly inflammatory condition, a new study shed light on the condition’s distinctive characteristics and provided the strongest evidence yet that the syndrome is linked to coronavirus. The condition is called Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, has been reported in about 100 children in New York State, including in three who died. Cases have been reported in other states, including California, Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as in Europe.
W.H.O. Warns Virus May Not be Eradicated
Finally, Dr. Rick Bright, the former Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, said he was removed from his job as one of the nation’s top vaccine experts after objecting to the widespread use of malaria drugs promoted by President Trump. He is expected to criticize the administration’s response to the virus on Thursday in testimony on Capitol Hill. In prepared remarks Bright says “Our window of opportunity is closing. The warnings, like so many aspects of the response to the crisis in America, were quickly swept up in dysfunctional political discourse and variously disputed, distorted or dismissed — including by President Trump himself.”
The World Health Organization cautioned yesterday that the virus might linger for a long time. Mike Ryan, director of the W.H.O. emergency response team said yesterday, “It is important to put this on the table: This virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away.”
A Letter From the Editor
Speaking to Americans as their economy was plunging into a depression in 1932, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” This virus, however, is real. The hospitalizations are real. The deaths are real. The incomparable levels of unemployment are real, too.
The White House response — reverse the cavalcade of horrors by simply re-opening the country and getting people back to work — is a breathtaking misunderstanding of Keynesian economics with the science, forensics, and predictable consequences of a pandemic.
The HIV/AIDS pandemic has killed 32 million people since 1981. Moreover, nearly 1 million have and continue to die of AIDS related complications every year. Nearly 40 years have passed since the outbreak began spreading around the world. There is still no cure.
Today, the Gay Community proudly declares whether they’re “positive or negative” in polite conversation. They offer dates and details of their most recent test. Testing and transparency combined into the shield and sword of their survival.
Society is the engine of civilization. Humanity its heart and soul. Sadly, nobody can be in two places at the same time.