Our recent analysis of USPS records, which we received via Freedom of Information Act requests, suggests that the number of mail-delivery complaints has risen since March, especially in communities of color. Read more >
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The Quandary of COVID-19 Vaccine Trials for Black Americans Who (Rightfully) Distrust Medical Researchers
September 25, 2020 3:07 PM EDT
Well, here we are. The place where no one wanted to be. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have surpassed 200,000 Americans. Black Americans continue to experience the highest COVID-19 mortality rates nationwide, are almost five times more likely than White Americans to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and twice as likely to die from the disease. Despite those facts, Black people are not participating in the COVID-19 vaccine trials in large numbers. Read more >
September 15, 2020 3:40 PM EDT
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just appointed a climate denier to an agency leadership position. I went on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer yesterday to explain why the appointment of Dr. David Legates is dangerous for NOAA, for the future of federal climate change leadership, and for the public. Here’s why this appointment is a reckless move. Read more >
September 14, 2020 5:26 PM EDT
In a perfect world, a newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine would be immediately available to everyone, everywhere—a tantalizing vision, but constraints in manufacturing and public health infrastructure make this vision nearly impossible to achieve. The US expects to have enough doses to cover 10-15 million people soon after a vaccine is approved. This sounds like a hefty number, but it’s only 4-6 percent of the US population. So, who should get the first vaccines? Read more >
August 7, 2020 3:15 PM EDT
Last week, I biked from my family’s rural house to nearby Sister Bay, a picturesque town in eastern Wisconsin. Laughter spilled out from the windows of restaurants. Couples wandered in and out of stores. At the lake nearby, kids wrestled on the docks, and people crowded into public restrooms to change into swimsuits.
Some had masks. Most did not.
In another time, this would be an idyllic place. But today, it is an eerie reminder of the unreality in which so many people in the US exist. Read more >