Young ‘mild’ COVID-19 patients still not recovered


This August 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

This 21-year-old went into organ failure after contracting COVID-19 — now he’s warning other young people to take the virus seriously (warning: distressing).

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today, about COVID-19 patients who didn’t go to hospitals as their infection was supposedly ‘mild’:

‘Recovery for tens of thousands means months of agony’

Months after their coronavirus infection, tens of thousands of Dutch people still have serious complaints, such as severe headaches, shortness of breath, anxiety attacks and heart complaints, the Algemeen Dagblad daily writes. Three quarters are women. “They are people who are fully engaged in life, often with a family,” says a lung specialist in the newspaper, “but now they all can’t cope anymore”.

The KNFG physiotherapy professional association estimates that physiotherapists treat approximately 28,000 former coronavirus patients. Of those, 54 percent are younger than 55 years.

I’ve been sick from COVID-19 for almost a year: here.

Some COVID-19 survivors face another foe: PTSD. About a third of very ill patients developed post-traumatic stress disorder in a small study: here.

COVID-19 disaster getting worse


This video stream is called [LIVE] Coronavirus Pandemic: Real-Time Dashboard, World Maps, Charts, News.

U.S. TOPS 25 MILLION CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES The United States has surpassed 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, a grim reminder of the continued rampage of the virus. The U.S. accounts for roughly one of every four cases reported worldwide and one of every five deaths. California now has its own variant, and 2 in 5 Americans now live in areas running out of ICU beds, thanks to COVID-19. [AP]

U.S. TO ESCALATE COVID-19 VARIANT TRACKING The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is stepping up efforts to track coronavirus mutations and keep vaccines and treatments effective against new variants until collective immunity is reached. Dr. Rochelle Walensky spoke about the rapidly evolving virus during a Fox News Sunday interview as the number of Americans known to have died has passed 417,000 dead, just over a year after the first U.S. case was documented. [Reuters]

BIRX: TRUMP PEDDLED MISLEADING COVID INFO  Former White House coronavirus task force official Dr. Deborah Birx revealed that Trump used mysterious graphs during presentations on COVID-19 that she did not create, which provided selective, misleading data. “I know that someone — someone out there or someone inside — was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president,” she said. [HuffPost]

FAUCI REVEALS WHAT HE THOUGHT WHEN TRUMP SUGGESTED BLEACH Dr. Anthony Fauci described what he thought when Trump suggested a disinfectant like bleach as a potential treatment for COVID-19. “I just said, ‘Oh, my goodness gracious,’” he said on CNN. “I could just see what’s going to happen: You’re going to have people who hear that from the president and they’re going to start doing dangerous and foolish things.” [HuffPost]

I Work In A Coffee Shop In Montana. Anti-Maskers Have Made My Job Hell: here.

Up to 100 UK children a week hospitalised with rare post-Covid disease. Exclusive: 75% of children worst affected by paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome are BAME: here.

AMERICANS CHEER TEACHERS UNIONS Most Americans continue to support the idea of teachers striking in response to school conditions they feel are unsafe, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they would strongly or somewhat support the idea, compared with 30% who said they would oppose it. The results largely mirror a September HuffPost/YouGov poll on the same issue. [HuffPost]

Teachers against teaching in COVID-infected schools


This 27 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

I’m 16 and went to the hospital twice for COVID-19. This is what it’s like l GMA Digital

Kaydee Asher filmed her experience with COVID-19. She said if it happened to her, it could happen to you.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain, Sunday, January 24, 2021:

Majority of black teachers do not feel employers have addressed their Covid-19 risks, polls find

… Over half of the 500 BME teachers polled at the union’s black teachers consultation conference said that they are very worried about their safety on the full reopening of their workplace. A further 16 per cent say they do not feel at all safe.

Over a quarter said they feel racism has got worse in their workplace since the pandemic started.

Britain: School workers are up to seven times more likely to contract Covid-19: here.

Bosses sabotage working at home during pandemic


This 19 March 2020 video is called “Coronavirus Capitalism”: Naomi Klein’s Case for Transformative Change Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant, 22 January 2020:

Forcibly going to the office; we are sitting together in a small space, sneezing, coughing and touching everything

Working at home? Many bosses turn out to hate that. ‘Managers say: now, worrying about coronavirus should be finished

30% of the office slaves still working in offices

That is about white-collar and pink-collar workers. It is even worse for blue-collar workers in factories, construction, etc.

Coronavirus disaster in the USA update


This 20 January 2020 video is called US deaths from COVID-19 surpass 400,000 as Trump leaves office.

U.S. HITS 400,000 COVID-19 DEATHS IN RECORD TIME 400,000 Americans have now died from COVID-19. That’s more than 1 in 1,000 Americans dead from a disease that other countries have nearly eradicated. The death toll is equivalent to the entire population of New Orleans, Tampa or Tulsa, and then some. It’s over 10 times the number of Americans who died from influenza in the 2018-19 flu season. In terms of fatalities, it’s equivalent to 134 terrorist attacks on 9/11. [HuffPost]

FIRST INAUGURAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS TRUMP COVID FAILURE Just a half-mile from where President Donald Trump is spending his last night in the White House, rows of lights on the National Mall marked Joe Biden’s first inaugural event. At 5:33 p.m., 400 rectangular lights, each representing a thousand Americans dead of COVID-19, lit up on either side of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument as bells at the National Cathedral rang 400 times. [HuffPost]

Here’s the truth you aren’t hearing about COVID-19 ravaging my prison.

U.S. LETS SHADY SENATOR OFF THE HOOK The Department of Justice has reportedly ended its investigation into a series of stock trades made by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, effectively clearing the lawmaker of any wrongdoing. Burr, then the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, first drew scrutiny in March after ProPublica reported he dumped hundreds of thousands, and potentially millions, of dollars in stock holdings in February. [HuffPost]

Trump coup attempt spread COVID-19


This 12 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, of Seattle, says she has tested positive for COVID-19 after being locked down in a crowded room with other lawmakers during the siege on the U.S. Capitol last week.

JAYAPAL TESTS POSITIVE AFTER RIOT LOCKDOWN Less than a week after a Trump-fueled mob attacked the Capitol, forcing lawmakers to hide in a secured room, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Democrat-Wash.) has tested positive for COVID-19. She tweeted: “I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.” [HuffPost]

Don’t laugh at Marjorie Taylor Greene — her Jewish constituents must live with her hate: here.

TRUMP MOB’S MEN: A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN A HuffPost investigation found that multiple men arrested for the U.S. Capitol insurrection have restraining orders against them over domestic violence accusations. Others have faced charges and served prison time for sexual assault. Experts have linked extremism to violent misogyny in recent years, especially in the wake of mass shootings in which the perpetrators had a history of violence against women. [HuffPost]

United States coronavirus dead bodies pile up


This 4 January 2020 video is called UK reports COVID-19 surge amid new vaccine roll-out.

CALIFORNIA FUNERAL HOMES RUN OUT OF SPACE As communities across the country feel the pain of a surge in coronavirus cases, funeral homes in the hot spot of Southern California say they must turn away grieving families as they run out of space for the bodies piling up. The head of the state funeral directors association says mortuaries are being inundated as the United States passes a grim tally of 350,000 COVID-19 deaths. Over 20 million people in the country have been infected. [AP]

Heroes and villains of 2020


This 22 July 2021 video says about itself:

Angry NHS nurse berates Boris Johnson for not giving nurses and cleaners a pay rise | LBC

This angry NHS nurse didn’t hold back in her criticism of Boris Johnson for denying nurses and cleaners a pay rise, stating the sooner “Keir Starmer takes over the better.”

“I am so personally offended that this man has come out and hoodwinked us,” Kylie told Shelagh Fogarty, who was furious at the news that nurses and other workers will miss out on the 3.1% pay rise for some public sector workers.

She pointed out that the pay rise received two years ago doesn’t pay for the “gruelling job” workers have done in the last six months.

The Tories didn’t get us out of Covid, the NHS did and nurses are the backbone of that service and I am so disgraced at him to say that we don’t deserve a pay rise.”

Shelagh argued that “there must be something coming” for workers that were left out of the pay rise, as she couldn’t believe that nurses would be left out.

“They have us over a moral barrel because they know we won’t walk out,” the caller said.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 1 January 2020:

The Morning Star‘s Heroes & Villains of 2020

HEROES

Key workers

NHS workers at Royal Liverpool University Hospital in July

THE hypocrisy of ministers who stood and clapped during the first lockdown but have gone on to deny public-sector workers the pay rise they need and deserve will not be forgotten, but neither will the lesson of the lockdown itself: that it is the nurses, care workers, cleaners, transport workers, postal and comms workers, refuse workers, couriers, shop staff and others whose labour keeps our country running, even when it is often the worst paid.

The case for a new deal for workers has never been stronger.

Marcus Rashford

Any heroes list for 2020 which leaves out Marcus Rashford is incomplete.

His contribution off the football pitch saw the Manchester United and England striker force Boris Johnson and his cronies to do the right thing and keep providing meals for vulnerable kids, forcing the government into an embarrassing U-turn.

That this came at a time when MP Matt Hancock was calling on footballers to give up their wages to help the NHS further highlighted what an embarrassment the Conservative party really is — calling out players, often from working-class backgrounds, but being too afraid to do the same for the tax cheats who donate millions to the party.

Rashford has continued the campaign to help young children across Britain, not letting the government off the hook when it comes to helping those less fortunate and being the voice for millions of children who needed a helping hand in 2020.

Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), Bolivia

Last winter democracy was crushed in Bolivia, with full support from the United States and its allies, including the British government.

All the classic coup ingredients were rolled out: right-wing street protests claiming to represent the will of the people, a baseless Organisation of American States report casting doubt on the overwhelming re-election of MAS leader Evo Morales followed by the army giving the elected president his marching orders and appointing a successor.

The security forces massacred protesters against the coup, Morales fled for his life, and MAS supporters faced a year of persecution.

Yet they organised across the country, repeatedly rallied enormous crowds demanding new elections and forced the coup government to concede them — resulting in MAS’s emphatic re-election under Luis Arce and Morales’s triumphant return.

A ray of light in a bleak year, the MAS win was a victory for democracy and self-determination against imperialism.

The civil fleet

Almost 1,000 people were intercepted by the EU-supported Libyan coastguard within the first two weeks of 2020.

By year’s end, at least 11,891 people have been returned, 323 drowned and 417 are still missing.

Since the EU pulled its own ships from the Mediterranean in 2019, the only actors able to prevent refugees drowning or being returned to Libya’s notorious migrant detention centres were a collection of NGO rescue ships — often referred to as the civil fleet.

Having spent most of 2019 drafting laws to stop NGO rescuers, the Italian and Maltese governments began 2020 in a truce with the civil fleet.

The outbreak of Covid-19 in Europe changed that.

In March, Rome and Valletta announced their ports were closed to refugees.

Despite being continually ignored, demonised and detained for months on end by the European authorities, the Aita Mari, Ocean Viking, Sea Watch 3 and 4, Alan Kurdi, Mare Juno, Open Arms, and Louise Michel rescue ships managed to save thousands of lives this year.

Without the activist network Alarm Phone, the distress calls of thousands of people who attempted or were forced to cross the Mediterranean and Aegean seas this year would have gone unheard.

India’s farmers and the All-India Kisan Sabha

In six years in office, Narendra Modi has undermined the foundations of the secular Indian republic that was won over decades of struggle against British rule, institutionalising the persecution of Muslims with the Citizenship Amendment Act, trampling over the rights of states and presiding over the effective criminalisation of inter-faith marriage, while RSS thugs mete out terror and violence to his opponents.

Yet resistance is growing, with the country witnessing the biggest general strike in history on November 26 and now a farmer’s movement blockading New Delhi and staging rallies tens of thousands strong in every state against his bid to marketise Indian agriculture, drop price controls and allow transnational corporations to move in.

Neither police violence nor government bribes have induced the farmers’ movement to back down. All power to them.

Black Lives Matter

On May 25 footage of white police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd until he died exploded onto screens around the world.

By June the outraged response of millions had reached such a size they were arguably the largest movement in US history.

It’s hard to say yet what the political legacy of this unprecedented uprising will be: with 14,000 arrested in 49 cities the protests are ongoing.

But with resistance to batons, tear gas and rubber bullets now in the muscle memory of so much of the US working class, the idea that it will accept brutal inequality without a fight any longer is unthinkable.

VILLAINS

Matt Hancock & Priti Patel

It’s hard to pick a Tory minister whose villainy stands out in the parcel of rogues that is the British government.

Rishi Sunak, who reportedly convinced the PM to ignore scientific advice and delay a second lockdown, leading to the virus’s renewed spread?

Gavin “we’re a much better country than any of them” Williamson, who is placing us all at risk with his refusal to shift schools to remote learning?

But we’ve picked two who, in different ways, embody the venality and brutality of our rulers.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has used a health crisis to enrich Tory cronies and cynical privateers, handing contracts to those totally unfit to deliver them and ensuring that Britain has the highest coronavirus death toll in Europe and rising.

And Priti Patel, whose vow to deport a thousand refugees by the end of 2020 shows that the cruel and racist “hostile environment” is worsening. Each of them demonstrates the need to oust the Tories, day in, day out.

Dido Harding

If the heroic sacrifices of our key workers have been on display this year, so has the staggering corruption of the incompetent, sleazy elite who run Britain.

Who better represents it than Dido Harding, the disgraced TalkTalk chief exec whose watch saw children hack the personal data of 157,000 customers and Jockey Club board member who let the Cheltenham Gold Cup proceed as a virus super-spreader in spring, and whose connexions — Oxford with Cameron, hubby a Tory MP — saw her handed control of our test-and-trace system and then the National Institute for Health Protection, replacing Public Health England (which her husband had long campaigned to be abolished).

Harding isn’t the only beneficiary of Tory cronyism — vaccine chief Kate Bingham and even Matt Hancock’s pub landlord have enjoyed the largesse of their friends in government.

But she will forever be associated with the bungled, privatised test-and-trace disaster that stopped us suppressing the virus.

David Evans

We’ve learned a lot about the nastier characters in the Labour hierarchy this year, not least through the leaked report that exposed in devastating detail how Labour HQ staff hostile to Jeremy Corbyn abused the membership, stymied the party’s disciplinary process and then blamed the leadership for it and sabotaged its efforts in the 2017 election.

New general secretary David Evans is a fitting successor to that crew, presiding over a crackdown on discussion and debate and sweeping suspensions and expulsions of members in a transparent bid to crush the socialist left and prevent anything like the Corbyn movement re-emerging.

The battle for democracy in the Labour Party should matter to all socialists, members or not — its authoritarian new order is bad news for the entire movement.

Mike Pompeo

Donald Trump may be making an exit, albeit in spectacularly ungraceful fashion, but his Secretary of State walks the Earth sowing the seeds for a poisonous harvest.

A coincidence that Pompeo’s secret meeting with blood-soaked Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Neom took place just before the murder of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in a bid to derail any detente between Iran and Washington? Unlikely.

Pompeo is not just shoring up Trump’s horrendous legacy, he is testing the water for a future hard-right presidency of his own.

Elon Musk

It turns out that calling his son X Æ A-12 may be the least of Tesla tycoon Elon Musk’s crimes.

As Covid ravaged California in May, he defied public health regulations to reopen his car factory in Alameda, taking the local authorities to court over their lockdown rules.

He has since relocated to Texas to avoid California’s higher taxes, a heavy burden on a man whose net worth rose from $27 billion to $155bn this year, making him second only to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in the plutocratic pecking order.

At least the people of Bolivia have shattered one of his uglier boasts — “we will coup whoever we want,” he declared following the military overthrow of Evo Morales, widely seen as linked to Western firms’ appetite for Bolivian lithium reserves vital to the electric car industry. No, you won’t, Musk.

Coronavirus pandemic disaster update


This 28 December 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Fired Amazon Worker: Puke & Go Back to Work Became the Amazon Way Amid Pandemic

Independent photojournalist Jon Farina covered a protest outside Jeff Bezos’ penthouse NYC apartment on December 23rd, 2020. In this clip, fired Amazon worker Christian Smalls reveals Amazon’s awful treatment of workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The vaccine doesn’t necessarily stop you spreading the virus.

DECEMBER SEES HIGHEST COVID-19 DEATH TOLL December marked the deadliest month in the United States since the coronavirus pandemic began, with more than 63,000 COVID-19 deaths recorded nationwide during the month so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. April held the previous monthly record for the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, with at least 55,000 reported. [HuffPost]

L.A. TESTING FOR DANGEROUS NEW COVID-19 VARIANT Los Angeles health officials are testing for the new coronavirus variant first detected in the U.K. as COVID-19 cases skyrocket in California. “I wouldn’t be surprised that it’s already here,” Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease professor at UCSF School of Medicine, told ABC-7 News. The variant, which researchers have determined is approximately 56% more contagious than other strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has already jumped from Britain to several European nations. [HuffPost]

COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths worldwide reach record highs “The next 100,000 deaths are baked in,” said Biden coronavirus advisory board member Dr. Atul Gawande to CNBC.

Israel has vaccinated over 10 times more of its population than the US.

Study says Britain must vaccinate two million a week to prevent a third COVID-19 wave: here.

Swedish nurse distressed by coronavirus disaster


This 1 December 2020 video is called Why Sweden’s anti-lockdown strategy did not work in the COVID-19 fight | 60 Minutes Australia.

Translated from Rolien Créton, Scandinavia correspondent of Dutch NOS radio, 18 December 2020:

Intensive Care units in Stockholm are raising the alarm. They are overburdened by a serious shortage of staff. Many Swedish IC nurses quit after the first wave. “I have colleagues who are being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder,” says nurse Angelica Enqvist. “It’s hard to keep this up.”

After the summer, the Swedish health authority predicted that the worst was over and that Sweden would be spared a heavy second wave. But the number of infections is increasing rapidly in Sweden. The country has had a different coronavirus policy from the start than other countries, with retail, hospitality and schools remaining open. …

Angelica Enqvist works night shifts and feels a growing discomfort. “Images emerge from the first wave, when the situation was worst. I can wake up and be afraid that I have forgotten something.”

Due to the shortage of personnel, choices have to be made constantly. “Then we focus, for example, on medicine and the replenishment of pumps. But, eg, we do not have time to care for lying wounds. There is also no contact with family anymore, only when a patient is dying. I am anxious. Afraid of getting infected myself and infecting my family. I have two small children.”