Archive for April 2nd, 2020

Jobs Data Will Be From Way Back When Things Were Normal: 3 Weeks Ago | | April 02 2020, 11:20 PM

Some 10 million people have filed for unemployment since aggressive policies to combat the coronavirus took effect. But the March jobs report will just scratch the surface of the coming collapse.

The 1918 Flu Pandemic Was Brutal, Killing As Many As 100 Million People Worldwide

Health | | April 02 2020, 11:00 PM

"We had no ICUs at that time. We had no antivirals, had no vaccines for flu. We had no idea that the flu was even a virus at that time," one scholar said. But social distancing helped then too.

FACT CHECK: Trump Claims U.S. Testing For Coronavirus Most Per Capita — It's Not

Politics | | April 02 2020, 9:00 PM

During his briefing with the coronavirus task force on Thursday, President Trump once again inaccurately described the per capita testing within the United States.

FACT CHECK: Money-To-Hospitals Plan To Treat Coronavirus Patients Could Face Problems

Health | | April 02 2020, 8:20 PM

Instead of reopening health care exchanges for those who don't qualify for Medicaid and don't have employer-based insurance, Trump is proposing paying hospitals directly. But it might not be enough.

Trump Administration To Recommend People In Coronavirus Hotspots Wear Masks | | April 02 2020, 8:00 PM

Mayors in New York and Los Angeles have already urged people in their cities to use face coverings in public.

SXSW Film Festival Heads to Amazon

Arts & Entertainment | | April 02 2020, 8:00 PM

The SXSW Film Festival joins other cancelled or postponed film fests looking for alternate ways to screen their movies.

Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Testing, Unemployment And Home Schooling | | April 02 2020, 8:00 PM

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we answer your questions about the unemployment in the U.S., home schooling, testing for COVID-19 and playing sports during the pandemic.

Seattle-Area Nursing Home Linked to Dozens Of Coronavirus Deaths Faces $600,000 Fine

US & World | | April 02 2020, 7:40 PM

Life Care Center of Kirkland was told by federal authorities it would be assessed fines of $13,585 per day from Feb. 12 through March 27. The nursing home is linked to at least 37 COVID-19 deaths.

In Texas, Oklahoma, Women Turned Away Because of Coronavirus Abortion Bans

US & World | | April 02 2020, 6:20 PM

Republican officials in several states are trying to ban abortion during the coronavirus pandemic to preserve medical supplies.

Guam Locals Unhappy With Housing U.S. Sailors From Coronavirus-Hit Aircraft Carrier | | April 02 2020, 6:00 PM

Hundreds of crew members from the USS Theodore Roosevelt are being quarantined at hotels in the U.S. territory. Some residents say that's putting them at risk.

USS Roosevelt Commander Removed After Criticizing Handling Of Coronavirus Outbreak | | April 02 2020, 5:20 PM

Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier after a highly critical letter he wrote to his superiors went public.

Want To See What Your City's Pandemic Plan Says? Good Luck. | | April 02 2020, 5:00 PM

NPR reached out to the public health departments serving some of the largest cities in the U.S. Most did not have their most current pandemic response plan posted publicly and many were out of date.

Wisconsin Primary To Go On But Absentee Voting Extended, Federal Judge Rules | | April 02 2020, 5:00 PM

While limited in-person voting will take place on April 7, absentee ballots won't be due to election offices until April 13.

COVID-19 Hits Some Health Care Workers With Pay Cuts And Layoffs

Health | | April 02 2020, 4:40 PM

As the health industry focuses on COVID-19, there has been a big drop in nonurgent visits for primary care and specialty care. Medical practices are being forced to furlough or lay off staff.

Tennessee Orders Residents To Remain Home

US & World | | April 02 2020, 4:40 PM

Tennessee has followed neighboring states in ordering residents to remain at home. Tennessee had looser coronavirus restrictions but new data show residents have not adhered to those warnings.

FDA Loosens Restrictions On Gay Blood Donors Amid 'Urgent Need' Caused By Coronavirus

Health | | April 02 2020, 3:40 PM

Federal rules had made such donors wait 12 months before donating. That wait is now three months. The coronavirus outbreak has caused donor centers to be closed and blood drives canceled.

Get Money Out To The Economy Quickly, Ex-Treasury Secretary Says | | April 02 2020, 3:40 PM

Henry Paulson, who served during the 2008 financial crisis, says sending money rapidly to people and businesses will be the key to limiting damage to the economy.

Greece Records First Coronavirus Cases Among Refugees, Imposes Quarantine On Camp

US & World | | April 02 2020, 3:20 PM

At least 20 refugees in a camp outside Athens have tested positive for COVID-19. Some 60,000 refugees live in camps in Greece, some crammed into tight quarters with little access to water or soap.

1 Million Coronavirus Cases Have Now Been Reported Worldwide | | April 02 2020, 3:00 PM

"This virus, which was unknown to us three months ago, has exposed the weaknesses and inequities in our health systems and societies," World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.

Cruise Ships With Sick People Dock In Florida | | April 02 2020, 2:40 PM

Florida relents and will allow a Carnival cruise ship with sick passengers and crew to dock in Fort Lauderdale. The Zaandam has been at sea for weeks after leaving Argentina.

Alternative Mourning Rituals Offer Comfort And Closure During An Outbreak | | April 02 2020, 2:40 PM

A program in the Democratic Republic of Congo has helped survivors mourn the loss of a loved one to Ebola — and may be relevant for families coping with death in the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Coronavirus Strains Hospitals, Cancer Patients Face Treatment Delays, Uncertainty

Health | | April 02 2020, 2:40 PM

As hospitals are forced to delay or cancel certain medical procedures so they can focus resources on treatment of COVID-19, it's disrupting ongoing care for people with other serious illnesses.

FACT CHECK: Trump Pushes Tax Break To Boost Restaurants, But Would It Actually Help?

Politics | | April 02 2020, 2:00 PM

The coronavirus has hit restaurants hard, but President Trump's proposal to let businesses write off meals is not the answer, critics say. Plus, Trump's own tax law eliminated the tax break.

To Stay Aloft With Federal Aid, Airlines Must Keep Flying

US & World | | April 02 2020, 1:20 PM

To get a share of $50 billion in aid, airlines must maintain minimal service to where they fly now, and no consolidating flights between carriers.

They Call Him A Hero: Dr. Zhong Is The Public Face Of China's War Against Coronavirus | | April 02 2020, 1:00 PM

The 83-year-old, weightlifting pulmonologist is widely seen as a source of reliable information — although one recent comment seems to have been politicized by the government..

Democratic National Convention Pushed Back A Month, And The Format May Change | | April 02 2020, 11:40 AM

Originally set for July, the convention has been rescheduled for mid-August in Milwaukee because of the coronavirus.

'War Doctor' Says Treating COVID-19 Is Like Fighting An Invisible Enemy

Health | | April 02 2020, 11:40 AM

Trauma surgeon David Nott has volunteered in war zones and disaster areas around the world. Now he's treating COVID-19 patients in London. He calls the pandemic a "disaster zone for the whole world."

The Coronavirus Doesn't Discriminate, But U.S. Health Care Showing Familiar Biases

Health | | April 02 2020, 11:40 AM

Most available coronavirus data doesn't include ethnic or racial demographics, but public health experts say they fear the response to the pandemic will lead to predictable health care disparities.

Train Engineer Says He Crashed In Attempt To Attack Navy Hospital Ship In L.A.

US & World | | April 02 2020, 11:00 AM

"People don't know what's going on here. Now they will," the engineer allegedly told a California Highway Patrol officer who apprehended him immediately after the incident.

In Germany, High Hopes For New COVID-19 Contact Tracing App That Protects Privacy

US & World | | April 02 2020, 11:00 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she welcomes development of a COVID-19 tracing app that protects data and doesn't store users' locations. It uses Bluetooth to log proximity to other cellphones.

Pentagon Says FEMA Wants It To Find 100,000 Body Bags For Pandemic Fatalities | | April 02 2020, 10:20 AM

The request from FEMA to the Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency for cadaver pouches follows warnings at the White House of coronavirus death tolls surpassing 100,000.

Putin Extends No-Work Order For Russia Until May Over COVID-19 Pandemic | | April 02 2020, 10:00 AM

Russia reported a spike of 771 new coronavirus patients on Thursday, sharpening a dreaded upward curve in cases. It has now confirmed more than 3,500 coronavirus cases.

Think You've Got COVID-19? Here's What Doctors Say About When To Seek Help

Health | | April 02 2020, 9:40 AM

Many people can ride the disease out at home, but doctors are getting a better idea of who should seek medical attention and when.

9 Out Of 10 Children Are Out Of School Worldwide. What Now?

Education | | April 02 2020, 8:20 AM

Recovery will take years, and other lessons from "education in emergencies" around the world.

A Dismal Record: Nearly 10 Million Filed For Unemployment In Last 2 Weeks | | April 02 2020, 7:40 AM

The staggering number of people claiming jobless benefits set a new record for the second week in a row. Much of the country has been ordered to stay at home, bringing the economy to a lurching halt.

Pandemic Delays International Climate Change Negotiations | | April 02 2020, 6:00 AM

Many countries were expected to release ambitious new climate plans at a conference this fall, but United Nations officials say governments are focusing on the coronavirus crisis.

Remembering Adam Schlesinger, One Of Pop's Great Collaborators | | April 02 2020, 6:00 AM

Schlesinger's creative tendrils extended into the catalogs of many other brilliant artists.

Social Distancing Means Mourners Must Find New Ways To Cope And Connect

US & World | | April 02 2020, 4:20 AM

With limits on social gatherings, Americans have to mourn their dead through online memorials and virtual funerals.

Doctors Say Hospitals Are Stopping Them From Wearing Masks

US & World | | April 02 2020, 4:00 AM

Healthcare workers say some hospitals are punishing them for wearing personal protective gear in the halls or that they brought from home.

Grocery Workers Keep America Fed, While Fearing For Their Own Safety | | April 02 2020, 4:00 AM

Many low-wage workers with essential jobs — like grocery store cashiers and stockers — can't stay home to protect themselves and their families. The protections they receive vary widely.

'A New Industry Overnight': Early Education In A Distance Learning World | | April 02 2020, 6:00 AM

Teachers and parents are trying to bridge the gap between home and school for LA’s littlest learners.

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COVID 19: What’s The Guidance On Face Masks, California Health Corps And More

| April 02 2020, 9:34 AM

Earlier this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced what his office described as "a major initiative to surge California‘s health care workforce" as the state deals with the novel coronavirus.

How California’s Grocery Supply Chain Is Holding Up During The Pandemic

| April 02 2020, 9:13 AM

While they may not be on the “front lines” of fighting the pandemic in the same way that medical and public health professionals are, grocery stores and their employees are playing an undeniably crucial role in ensuring that communities across the country have access to the food and products they need to survive during stay-at-home.

You’re Not Alone: AirTalk Listeners Share COVID-19 Job Sagas As Record Number Of Americans Apply For Unemployment

| April 02 2020, 9:10 AM

A record number of Americans -- 6.6 million to be exact -- applied for unemployment benefits last week, according to new data out from the U.S. Department of Labor.

What If The Younger People You’re Living With Won’t Stop Socializing?

| April 02 2020, 9:09 AM

People across the country are going to seemingly extreme lengths to distance themselves from others, especially older and immunocompromised individuals. As the number of coronavirus cases continue to grow and spread to different areas, government officials and public health experts are intensifying their message to take social distancing seriously. But some still aren’t getting it.

Why Are We So Dependent On China For Medical Supplies?

| April 02 2020, 9:04 AM

That’s one of the questions addressed by Dr. Marty Makary’s book “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It” -- and amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more pressing than ever.

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