A COVID‐19 crisis in US jails and prisons
To fight the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic, public health officials have implemented a range of social distancing measures aimed at reducing the risk of person‐to‐person transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2). However, physical separation can be nearly impossible in confined spaces such as jails, prisons, and detention centers throughout the United States.
Pandemic, wildfires, scorching heat: How to help our children cope
In an online discussion hosted by CalMatters, three prominent child health experts offered suggestions for families struggling with the multiple crises confronting the state and nation.
COVID‐19’s crushing mental health toll on health care workers
Eric Wei, MD, MBA, senior vice president and chief quality officer of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation says many health care workers were running on adrenaline during the surge in the city. “I think it was very scary to everyone,” he says. “And no matter how resilient you are, this was going to take a huge emotional and psychological toll for people.”
Manteca appointing millennial committee
Manteca’s elected leaders — in a bid to build a community that’s appealing to young professionals expected to shape the bulk of economic growth in the next 20 years — are asking millennials for advice.
COVID-19: Peer Support and Crisis Communication Strategies to Promote Institutional Resilience
The authors have had experience responding to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and H1N1 influenza, formulating a national medical recovery plan in Kuwait, responding to the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, and developing peer support programs for health care. In this commentary, we summarize lessons learned from those experiences and provide consensus on best practices for fostering an organizational culture of resilience (2–4).
The Next Normal in Urban Mobility Doesn’t Look Anything Like the Old Normal
The news out of INRIX last week was not wholly unexpected. Just two months after hitting near-record lows, vehicle traffic in the US has already made up a majority of its pre-covid volume, with similar shifts being measured in several countries around the world.
It might be tempting, given these developments, to think that the “next normal” in urban mobility and sustainability is looking a lot like the “old normal”—but thankfully that’s not the full picture.
6 Steps to Creating Business / Nonprofit Partnerships That Last Beyond a Crisis
In 2022, people will still ask you as a business leader, “What did you do during the pandemic to serve your community?” If you don’t have a good answer now, it’s not too late to find your purpose as a business in this pandemic and create business/nonprofit partnerships that will last beyond this pandemic crisis.
The Imprisoner’s Dilemma
San Quentin’s deadly Covid-19 outbreak has intensified a national debate over releasing inmates and dramatically reducing the U.S. prison population — for good.
First It Was Masks; Now Some Refuse Testing for SARS-CoV-2
The problem has morphed from inadequate testing capacity to inadequate numbers of people agreeing to be tested, said Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
A review of modern technologies for tackling COVID-19 pandemic
Science and technology sector constituting of data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence are contributing towards COVID-19. The aim of the present study is to discuss the various aspects of modern technology used to fight against COVID-19 crisis at different scales, including medical image processing, disease tracking, prediction outcomes, computational biology and medicines.
Through the looking-glass: Family members fight restricted access to loved ones in long-term care
As the pandemic drags on, families and nursing home watchdogs are mobilizing in California and nationwide to urge state officials to allow in at least one “essential caregiver” to watch over loved ones, many of whom suffer from dementia.
Political economy of covid-19: extractive, regressive, competitive
The global economic disruption caused by covid-19 has harmed poorer people and poorer countries the most, particularly in Africa, pushing an estimated 100 million people into extreme poverty in 2020 and reversing more than two decades of progress. Famines again threaten to affect countries across Africa and the Middle East as the virus destroys lives and livelihoods.
California nursing facility devastated by 17 coronavirus deaths will close permanently
Stollwood Convalescent Hospital, a Woodland skilled nursing facility devastated by 17 coronavirus deaths in the earlier months of the pandemic, will close permanently this fall.
Newsom signals more protections coming for essential workers, including hotel rooms for farmworkers
The new program, which will rely mostly on federal money, will provide hotel rooms for agricultural workers who test positive or were exposed to the coronavirus so they can safely isolate.
Coronavirus pandemic puts a spotlight on Stockton’s guaranteed income experiment
Mayors for a Guaranteed Income is the brainchild of Michael Tubbs, the 29-year-old mayor of Stockton, California.
Child Care Workers Weigh Historic Choice
In what could be a major victory for organized labor, child care workers serving California’s low income families will soon vote on whether to unionize with Child Care Providers United. California provides subsidies through its Department of Social Services and Department of Education to parents who cannot afford child care, while “resource and referral” agencies list providers and connect them with families in need. Many of the caregivers accepting these subsidies run programs out of their own homes, earning low wages and working long hours.
Affordability must be a priority as California charts a course for economic recovery
As California recovers from the economic downturn, officials should be careful to avoid making the cost-of-living and affordability problem worse for residents.
Imperial County, the COVID-19 epicenter
California’s COVID-19 epicenter is Imperial County, an impoverished agricultural oasis with an unusual history.
Protesters chained to governor’s home as prison deaths mount
Demonstrators chained themselves to a fence outside Gov. Gavin Newsom’s home on Monday, calling for mass inmate releases and an end to immigration transfers because of the coronavirus pandemic, as deaths mounted at a San Francisco Bay Area prison.
Enhanced unemployment would drop to $200 per week through September under new Senate proposal
One major section of the HEALS Act proposes a drop in enhanced unemployment benefits from the current $600 per week to a new $200 weekly boost, on top of state-administered aid, until the end of September.
HEALS Act Would Strip $90 Billion in Unemployment Payments, Crush 25+ Million Jobless Families
A plan proposed Monday by Senate Republicans, the HEALS Act, would lower the unemployment insurance (UI) weekly benefit supplement from $600 per week to $200 per week for the next two months, before capping payments at 70 percent of a worker’s prior income. A new analysis by Century Foundation researchers finds that, if enacted, the proposal would have devastating consequences for American families, businesses, and the economy.
Disease Control, Civil Liberties, and Mass Testing — Calibrating Restrictions during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Because restrictions related to Covid-19 are motivated by community-wide risk and apply to entire populations, legal protections focused on how much risk one person poses to others have little relevance. Moreover, because many restrictions apply to the government’s own institutions (e.g., parks and schools) or are imposed by private actors (e.g., employers), they avoid standard constitutional scrutiny.
San Joaquin Valley company ‘encouraging’ COVID-19 infected employees to work, lawyer says
The company “disregarded inescapable evidence of rising infection levels among its workers,” the lawsuit says.
“Go on Medi-Cal to get that”: Why Californians with mental illness are dropping private insurance to get taxpayer-funded treatment
Judy Bracken first heard it a few years ago from a hospital social worker: If Bracken wanted her adult son, who has schizoaffective disorder, to receive long-term mental health treatment, she should get him off her private insurance, UnitedHealthcare, and onto the public system for low-income people in Contra Costa County.
Youth Sports Questions and Answers
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, California's stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020, effectively suspended youth sports, including school-based, club, and recreational youth sports.
Beginning July 30, the California Department of Public Health is allowing youth sports training, conditioning, and physical education under specific circumstances.
Could it pay to quarantine? L.A. weighs giving people with COVID-19 cash to stay home
Not everyone can afford to take a sick day — much less spend a week or more in quarantine — and that’s a real problem in a pandemic, for them, their family, and their community, according to Los Angeles City Council member David Ryu.
He introduced a possible solution Wednesday, a wage-replacement measure meant to slow the virus’ spread, by putting money in the pockets of those who couldn’t otherwise afford to miss work.
COVID-19 and Cooling Centers.
Interim guidance to reduce the risk of introducing and transmitting SARS COV-2 (the agent responsible for causing COVID-19 disease) in cooling centers.
An increasing risk of family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: Strengthening community collaborations to save lives
Though necessary to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), actions such as social-distancing, sheltering in-place, restricted travel, and closures of key community foundations are likely to dramatically increase the risk for family violence around the globe.
How a global social lockdown helps to unlock time for sleep
The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic related social lockdown has helped unlock time to give more room to sleep. Although daily stress during lockdown increased, and sleep quality decreased, sleep behaviour was generally healthier, as two novel research papers show.
Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleep and rest activity rhythms
In modern societies, human rest-activity rhythms and sleep result from the tensions 29 and dynamics between the conflicting poles of external social time (e.g., work hours and 30 leisure activities) and an individual’s internal biological time. A mismatch between the two 31 has been suggested to induce ‘social jetlag’ [SJL; 1] and ‘social sleep restriction’ (SSR), that 32 is, shifts in sleep timing and differences in sleep duration between work days and free days.
More children stricken with COVID-19 inflammatory reaction, 29 in California
An increasing number of children are being infected with COVID-19 and more than 200 of them, including 29 patients in California, are suffering from severe inflammatory reactions that can be life threatening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.
We can ditch office culture for a healthier future by teleworking
COVID-19 has produced a seismic shift in thinking about working from home and healthier lifestyles, while seeing a stunning impact on our air quality.
At California Capitol, lawmakers want info; protesters want to end coronavirus stay-at-home
Five weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered Californians to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, protesters gathered at the state Capitol to call for easing restrictions and lawmakers complained they haven’t had a voice in managing the crisis.
The impact of COVID-19 lockdown on child and adolescent mental health: systematic review
COVID-19 was declared a pandemic in March 2020, resulting in many countries worldwide calling for lockdowns. This study aimed to review the existing literature on the effects of the lockdown measures established as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and adolescents.
Will the executive order on payroll taxes impact Social Security?The Verify team spoke with experts to answer some of the most pressing questions, relating to the new executive order on payroll taxes.