Current Events Related To Health Policy
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New York Times
Newspaper current Event: Corona Virus Updates.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/health/9-drug-companies-pledge-coronavirus-vaccine.html.
Date: September 8, 2020.
Title: 9 Drug Companies Pledge to ‘Stand with Science’ on Coronavirus Vaccines.
Author: Katie Thomas.
Summary
Nine pharmaceutical companies pledged to stand with science, avoid putting forward a vaccine until it has undergone thorough vetting for efficacy and safety (Thomas, 2020). The companies decided that any Covid-19 vaccine decision would rely on clinical trials of high quality and guidelines from regulatory agencies (Thomas, 2020). The purpose of the pledge by these companies is to create public confidence in the vaccine processes. The pledge came just a few days after the U.S. president promised that the vaccine would be out soon, mostly before the election dates.
Comment
Though there is a high demand for the Covid-19 vaccine and the efforts getting the vaccines are appreciated, health and safety consideration is also paramount. The vaccine should go through rigorous tests before being administered to people to determine the side effects. Additionally, something premature could even be lethal to human health.

Modern Healthcare Article
Modern Healthcare Article
Date: August 16, 2020
Title: Outbreak of Coronavirus: Some request end of COVID-19 restrictions as Arizona cases drop
Author: Modern Healthcare
Summary
Arizona health administrators reported over 80 Covid-19 new confirmed cases. Further, there were two deaths hence causing the business owners to call for the end of restrictions (Modern Healthcare, 2020). From the given data from the health professions, there was a downward trend in hospitalizations and infections (Modern Healthcare, 2020). However, the infection rate is estimated higher since the majority of the people have not been tested. Hence they do not know their status. Demonstrations were held on Capitol, demanding the end of the restrictions for Covid-19.
Comments
Despite the decline in the trend for the Covid-19, individuals should take restrictions to ensure that there is no second wave of the virus. Additionally, individuals should always be cautious. For the persons who have not been tested, testing is essential to ensure individuals know their status and take the required care.
Washington Post
Washington Post
Date: August 24, 2020.
Title: Approval of coronavirus cleanser by EPA in Texas for an emergency.
Author: Steven Mufson.
Summary
EPA gave application approval for cleansers used for killing the novel virus. The cleanser has the possibility of killing the virus found on surfaces (Mufson, 2020). American Airlines, spine, and orthopedics sports were allowed to use the product. The product aimed at providing long-lasting protection at public places and in increasing the consumers’ confidence.
Comments
Although efforts to control the spread of Covid-19 through this product are encouraging. The virus is spread mainly through close contact with an individual with the virus. Additionally, the leading cause of this virus involves respiratory droplets, which can fall on surfaces. Hygiene maintenance is highly approved to be the best control technique for the virus.
New York Times
Newspaper current Event: Vulnerable People to Covid-19
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/health/covid-aging-immune-system.html
Date: September 8, 2020
Title: How Ageing Immune System Makes Elderly People Susceptible to Covid-19
Author: Veronique Greenwood
Summary
Patients with the 80 and above virus are affected more than individuals under 40 (Greenwood, 2020). The leading cause of this death is because the older generation is likely to have underlying health conditions such as diabetes. Additionally, these individuals immune system is also aging, hence becoming weak. In older people, waste outruns the immune system’s ability to clean damaged cells (Greenwood, 2020). As a result, the innate immune system becomes overrated. Their adaptive response also takes longer before the immune reaction
Comments
The older individuals are more susceptible to the infection of the Covid-19. As a result of their aging health conditions, they are supposed to take more necessary precautionary measures to boost their immune system. Additionally, these individuals should take care of their health and ensure that they eat healthily.

References
Greenwood, V. (2020). How the Aging Immune System Makes Older People Vulnerable to Covid-19. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/health/covid-aging-immune-system.html
Modern Healthcare. (2020). Coronavirus outbreak: Some call for end to COVID-19 rules as Arizona cases decline. Retrieved from https://www.modernhealthcare.com/safety-quality/coronavirus-outbreak-live-updates-covid-19
Mufson, S. (2020). EPA approves coronavirus cleanser for emergency use in Texas. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/08/24/covid19-cleanser-american-airlines/
Thomas, K. (2020). 9 Drug Companies Pledge to ‘Stand With Science’ on Coronavirus Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/health/9-drug-companies-pledge-coronavirus-vaccine.html

Source: The Washington Post
Title and Reporter: “Coronavirus should force rethink on how we live in new ‘Pandemic era,’ Fauci warns.” By Antonia Noori Farzan, Jennifer Hassan, Rick Noack, Lateshia Beachum, Hassan Denham, Derek Hawins, and Miriam Berger.
Date: 4/04/2020
As the world is facing the new coronavirus, it is evident that the world has entered an era of pandemics amid other disease breakouts in the world. The cause of the outbreaks, according to Antony Fauci and David Morens from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, believe that the main factor leading to disease epidemics and pandemics stems from human activities. Therefore, humans need to think of collectively making changes in the way of living to ensure harmony with nature, thus decreasing the rate of pandemic outbreaks and spread.

Source: Modern Healthcare
Title and Reporters: “Routine Lab tests could help identify Covid 19 patients”. By Adam Bonislawski
Date: 03/09/2020
The article explains the machine algorithm developed by Weill Cornell, likely with the ability to identify individuals in individuals infected by SARS-CoV-2 based on lab tests. This is considered a breakthrough, especially in areas lacking resources for the molecular analysis of samples patients. Routine blood tests are cheaper and faster, thus making the algorithm alluring. Results showed promise in identifying positive patients among the false-negative results from the sample tests examined. The trial had a 76% sensitivity and 74% specificity in the initial sample group, which improved to 83 % sensitivity and 80% specificity in the emergency department tests. The advancement shows great promise in the future in the control of the spread of the Corona Virus.

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Newspaper York Times
News Paper Current Event: Covid-19 updates
Source: New York Times
Date: September 17, 2020
Title: An Experimental Drug Safeguards Covid-19 Patients,
Author: Gina Kolata
Summary
The antibody called monoclonal is believed to lower coronavirus levels, causing individuals to avoid being hospitalized. The drug under experimentation is thought to reduce the coronavirus level for newly infected patients (Kolata, 2020). Additionally, the single drug infusion is believed to the chance of the infected individuals being hospitalized. The drug was obtained from a copy of the antibody from the patient who recovered from the virus. The test of the drug was performed on 450 diagnosed patients, indicating a 72% risk reduction.
Comments
Although this is an excellent move to curb the effects and spread of Covid-19, the drug needs thorough introspection since this research awaits vetting by independent experts. Scientists believe that the drug will be useful in enhancing covid-19 treatments. Additionally, the medication, if successful, will relieve the burden of patients in health centers.’
Modern Healthcare
Modern healthcare article
Date: September 18, 2020
Title: CDC advice on a controversial Covid-19
Author: Modern healthcare
Summary
The U.S. health officials dropped controversial guidance stating that close contact individuals with the covid-19 infected individuals to get tested. However, the CDC also posted no need to try individuals who did not sign the virus. Additionally, public health experts noted that testing these individuals is crucial (Modern Healthcare, 2020). Later, the CDC offered a statement of clarification as to why the change was necessary and offered recommended testing for the health experts where it was required.
Comment
Covid-19 testing is essential, especially for the individuals who have displayed the signs of the virus infection. However, prevention should be spearheaded to limit the spread of the virus. Importantly, for the person with close contact with these patients, they should consider isolating themselves from other people and monitor any change in their health status.

The Washington Post
Washington Post
Date: September 19, 2020
Title: Covid-19 and flu Symptoms. What doctors say?
Author: Marisa Lati
Summary
Public health officials became concerned about the confluence of the annual flu season and the covid-19. The two pandemics were believed they could overwhelm hospitals and also staring the resources. Amazingly, most people don’t know how to differentiate between these two infections. Additionally, not every covid-19 victim will have a lost sense of smell (Lati, 2020). The health officials are concerned with how they will differentiate these individuals when the number grows overwhelmingly
Comment
Differentiating between these two infections is difficult without laboratory testing. The health system should ensure that health and safety are improved to prevent the spread of these infections. Additionally, individuals should take care of themselves and ensure that they take all necessary precautions against the flu and Covid-19.

Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
Date: September 5, 2020
Title: Death Certificates shortages in Mexico due to Covid-19
Author: Juan, M., & Santiago P.
Summary
Mexico has experienced a shortage of death certificates. The contributor to this shortage is linked to the high death rates of covid-19 patients (Pérez, 2020). As a result, many burials have been delayed. The death rates are higher than expected, which is the primary cause of this shortage.
Comments
Covid-19 had caused many adverse effects on the lives of the individuals. Avoiding such delays would require emergency plans to ensure that the issue of birth certificate runs smoothly. Further, the prevention of the pandemic’s spreading is necessary to ensure that the high number of deaths observed is reduced.

References
Kolata, G., 2020. An Experimental Drug Protects Covid-19 Patients. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/16/health/coronavirus-drug-eli-lilly.html
Lati, M., 2020. Is it covid-19 or the flu? What doctors say about the symptoms. The Washington Post Accessed from https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/09/18/covid-vs-flu-symptoms/.
Modern Healthcare. (2020). CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash retrieved from https://www.modernhealthcare.com/government/cdc-drops-controversial-testing-advice-caused-backlash
Pérez, J., 2020. Coronavirus Scourge Leaves Mexico Short Of Death Certificates. [online] WSJ. Retrieved : .Reference
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Wall Street Journal
Newspaper current Event: Medical Response to Corona Virus
Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/antimalaria-drug-didnt-protect-against-covid-19-in-latest-large-study-11591210800
Date: June 3, 2020.
Title: “Antimalarial Drug Didn’t Protect against Covid-19 in Latest Large Study.”
Author: Jared S. Hopkins
Summary
Hopkins reveals that fewer people received the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine compared to those who received a placebo. This study proved that antimalarial drugs did not evade people from contracting the virus. Indeed, 12% of the population that received the antimalarial drugs tested positive for covid-19 compared to 14% of the people who received a placebo from a study sample of 821 people (Hopkins 2020). The scientists proved that the malaria drug offered less safety to people upon exposure to coronavirus and thus concluded that the drugs should not be adopted for managing the covid-19 patients.
Comment
Although the antimalarial drugs had the same impact on the placebo in reducing the morbidity of coronavirus, it should be worth noting that the patients’ safety is not guaranteed. Covid-19 is a pandemic whose cure and vaccination have not been discovered. Therefore, the patients’ medications should expose the people to a lesser risk of the virus morbidity, a quality that hydroxychloroquine lacks, hence not a useful drug for combating covid-19.

Modern Healthcare Article
Modern Healthcare Article
Date: August 13, 2020
Title: The Future of Hospitals in Post-COVID America: The Market Response
Author: Modern Healthcare
Summary
The covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the operations of the healthcare systems in the United States. The market response shows the United States’ industrial movements’ declining ability to facilitate healthcare delivery (Modern Healthcare, 2020). Although such is not yet seen, the future of the hospitals in post-Covid America will be characterized by defaulted operations for a while before the economy (Modern Healthcare 2020). There will be multiple gaps in care delivery, and underserved communities will have crippled accessibility to care.
Comment
The covid-19 is heavily hitting the global economy and overwhelming healthcare systems’ ability to respond to the virus. The United States is among the world nations heavily hit by the virus, and heavily hit economy has influenced healthcare systems’ operations. Therefore, the future of healthcare in the United States is not an exemption in experiencing challenges to meet the health welfare of its citizens.

Washington Post
Washington Post
Date: July 19, 2020.
Title: The crisis that shocked the world: America’s response to the coronavirus.
Author: Joel Achenbach, William Wan, Karin Brulliard and Chelsea Janes
Summary
The United States was shocked by the demise of Isabelle Papadimitriou, 64, who contracted covid-19. However, death happened after Texas has eased restrictions and reopened the economy. Most astonishing, Papadimitriou’s daughter, Fiana Tulip, was to go for a holiday, something that did not happen as she had to mourn her father (Achenbach Wan Brulliard and Janes 2020). The lady turned to consider covid-19 a severe health concern after discrediting the state’s effort to combat the virus and neglecting health provisions such as wearing masks and observing restriction rules. She turned out to be an enforcer of health regulations on reducing the spread of the virus.
Comment
Although tulip initially disapproved of the health regulations on the covid-19 response, she later learned the disease is real after witnessing her father succumb to the virus. Tulip’s situations are a challenge to the readers, and the mass on the virus and remains observant. The article is paramount and educative on covid-19 threats to human life.
Newspaper York Times
Newspaper Current Event: Corona Virus Response
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/opinion/covid-19-global-response.html
Date: July 27, 2020
Title: ‘That’s Ridiculous.’ How America’s Coronavirus Response Looks Abroad.
Author: Brendan Miller and Adam Westbrook
Summary
United States’ response to the covid-19 pandemic is questionable as the Trump response is on heavy criticism. Despite the US being a nation with a leading global economy, it records many covid-19 deaths, about 150,000 (Miller and Westbrook 2020). The cases of unemployment are also increasing, and young people are suffering. Other European states such as Singapore and German have effected the health guidelines which have seen their virus curve flattening. Resultantly, the author created a video to welcome the state’s reactions to the government’s response.
Comment
Although the United States has a super economy, its response to coronavirus has not been fruitful. The youths have not restored their jobs, and the death cases rose rapidly. The response to the virus needs proper organization and evaluation of the health guidelines and not economic stability. President trump’s administration is under criticism because of inadequate response to the pandemic.

References
Achenbach J, Wan W, Brulliard K, and Janes C, (2020). The crisis that shocked the world: America’s response to the coronavirus, Washington post.
Hopkins J.S (2020). Antimalarial Drug Didn’t Protect against Covid-19 in Latest Large Study. Available at; https://www.wsj.com/articles/antimalaria-drug-didnt-protect-against-covid-19-in-latest-large-study-11591210800
Miller B, and Westbrook A, (2020). ‘That’s Ridiculous.’ How America’s Coronavirus Response Looks Abroad. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/opinion/covid-19-global-response.html
Modern Healthcare (2020). The Future of Hospitals in Post-COVID America: The Market Response.

Current Health Care Events Related to Health Policy
Health Care Event One
Source: The Washington Post
Date: September 24, 2020
Title: The code: How genetic science helped expose a secret coronavirus outbreak.
Author: Sarah Kaplan, Desmond Butler, Juliet Eilperin, Chris Mooney and Luis Velarde
Summary
After the disappearance of colleagues in Iowa, workers at the Agri Star Meat and Poultry recognized a possible killer disease in their midst. People at Iowa heard rumors of friends being struck by agonizing chills and scorching fevers, which are potential coronavirus symptoms. However, the truth about coronavirus is that the virus mutates across the victim and spread through exposure to mucal fluids of infected persons.
Comment
The coronavirus outbreak was unexpected globally, such that many people mistook its symptoms to other diseases, such as pneumonia. Many people in the workplace and public areas did not take preventive measures to control the virus’s spread due to a lack of public awareness. However, if the government and healthcare providers had discovered the outbreak earlier, proper preventive and management measures could have been implemented.
Health Care Event Two
Source: Wall Street Journal
Date: September 27, 2020
Title: Covid amplified pre-existing hospital ills.
Author: The Wall Street Journal
Summary
The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 manipulated the growth curve of Medicare until below the inflation point through balancing the federal budget. This attempt was aimed at insulating healthcare administrators against market manipulation. However, the increasing number of Medicare and Medicaid users due to the outbreak of coronavirus has forced hospitals to decrease supplies, increase revenues, and lower the patient-nursing ratios.
Comment
Lack of preparedness in terms of financial resources and manipulation of the healthcare systems exposed the state to adverse effects of coronavirus management and overwhelmed the healthcare system. Only a few people owned the Medicare and Medicaid health covers; however, the outbreak of coronavirus overwhelmed hospitals’ supplies, indicating a lack of pandemic preparedness.

Health Care Event Three
Source: The New York Times
Date: September 29, 2020
Title: AstraZeneca releases blueprints for virus vaccine trials amid safety scrutiny.
Author: The New York Times
Summary
AstraZeneca has revealed a massive coronavirus vaccine trial, which is among the third wave of occasional disclosures by drug manufacturers to embrace transparency. The company has disclosed its transparency on how it will conduct its testing products in the hope of getting a coronavirus vaccine. However, Trump’s pressure on scientists to acquire vaccine results increases the risks of unsafe or unproven vaccines.
Comment
Embracing transparency when conducting vaccine trials of any disease proves the drug company’s adherence to corporate social responsibility. However, some companies may fail to disclose their drug testing openly due to political pressures, which may impact the vaccines’ outcomes. Political influence in the manufacturing and testing of vaccines may lead to manipulation and production of unsafe vaccines.
Health Care Event Four
Modern Healthcare Article
Date: September 20, 2020
Title: Coronavirus outbreak: COVID tests costlier under Utah contract with startup.
Author: Modern Healthcare
Summary
The coronavirus testing contract signed between the state of Utah and a drug company was perceived as more costly than expected because less than expected, people took the coronavirus tests. The contract aimed to conduct 3000 tests per day, thus making the company more affordable than others. However, approximately 540 tests were conducted per day at Utah, which ended up costing higher than the expected cost.
Comment
Before signing government contracts with drug companies, the government should first review the costs of conducting the costs for different drug companies. The government should settle on the company with the most feasible and affordable research and testing plan to avoid over-expenditure and wastage of public resources.

References
AstraZeneca releases blueprints for virus vaccine trial amid safety scrutiny. (2020, September 29). Retrieved from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/world/covid-coronavirus.html?searchResultPosition=15
Coronavirus outbreak: Covid tests costlier under Utah contract with startup. (2020, September 20). Retrieved from Modern Healthcare: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/safety-quality/coronavirus-outbreak-live-updates-covid-19
Covid amplified pre-existing hospital ills. (2020, September 27). Retrieved from The Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-amplified-pre-existing-hospital-ills-11601230661?mod=searchresults#comments_sector
Kaplan, S., Butler, D., Eilperin, J., Mooney, C., & Velarde, L. (2020, September 24). The code: How genetic science helped expose a secret coronavirus outbreak. Retrieved from The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/national/genetic-science-coronavirus-outbreak-iowa/

New York Times
Newspaper current Event: Ending Obamacare during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/article/supreme-court-obamacare-case.html
Date: September 22, 2020.
Title: If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean.
Author: Abelson, R & and Goodnough, A.
Summary
The Affordable Care Act assists many people in the United States. It offers affordable care services to a large number of citizens. Its abolition can have a substantial impact on many people who gets health care through it. This health policy’s fate is in question as the court is supposed to decide whether to end it. One of the factors that increase the possibility of the court ending this law is the death of Justice Ruth Bader.
Comment
Obamacare increases the availability and coverage of healthcare services to many people living in different parts of the country. Abolishing this health policy can make it challenging for many Americans to access quality health care services. Many people have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, which will make it hard to cater for medical services without Obamacare.

Modern Healthcare Article
Modern Healthcare Article
Date: May 03, 2020
Title: In a time of COVID-19, Obamacare still part of the action.
Author: Modern Healthcare
Summary
Covid- 19 could have a more adverse effect on the Americans if there were no Affordable Care Act availability. The current American administration seeks to overturn Obamacare, claiming that it is an unlawful failure since it does not give a proper focus on patient care. Terminating this health policy will make it hard for individuals who have recovered from coronavirus to buy an individual health policy. Such individuals will have follow-up services excluded from the coverage or be charged higher premiums.
Comment
America is the leading country in Covid-19 positive cases and deaths. Obamacare palsy a vital role in enhancing healthcare services’ quality and accessibility to individuals affected by the Covid-19. Abolishing this healthcare policy will make it challenging for covid- 19 positive people to access healthcare services. As a result, it will increase the coronavirus deaths in the country.

Washington Post
Washington Post
Date: June 20, 2020.
Title: Trump is trying to end Obamacare during the pandemic. That puts us all at risk.
Author: Davidson, R.
Summary
The article argues that two crises converge in American healthcare that will worsen the lives of the citizens. Covid- 19 is one of these crises since it has claimed many Americans’ lives and has left many people helpless without a source of income. The other crisis is eliminating the Affordable Care Act, which offers about 23 million Americans healthcare services.

Comment
Insurance policies are among the main factors that increase the accessibility to healthcare services. People without health insurance experience a hard life when they are forced to pay for medical services. Eliminating Obamacare will make it challenging for people to access healthcare services during the covid- 19 pandemic.

Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
Date: June 26, 2020
Title: Democrats Campaign on Health Care as Trump Tries to End Obamacare.
Author: Armour, S., & Thomas, K.
Summary
The democrats are formulating a plan to consider healthcare as one of the main pillars in the 2020 campaign. They are working against Trump’s idea to eliminate the Affordable Care Act claiming that it will reduce insurance coverage during this pandemic. Trump’s administration is aiming at ending Obamacare.
Comments
The Democrats’ efforts to include healthcare in their 2020 campaign manifesto will positively affect the Americans. It will increase the availability and accessibility of healthcare services. It will also support Obamacare, which will increase health insurance coverage to the people.

References
Abelson, R & and Goodnough, A. (2020). If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s
What It Would Mean.

Armour, S., & Thomas, K. (2020). Democrats Campaign on Health Care as Trump Tries to
End Obamacare.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/democrats-campaign-on-health-care-as-trump-tries-to-end-obamacare-11593201113
Davidson, R. (2020). Trump is trying to end Obamacare during the pandemic. That puts us all
at risk.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/06/30/trump-is-trying-end-obamacare-during-pandemic-that-puts-us-all-risk/
Modern Healthcare (2020). In a time of COVID-19, Obamacare still part of the action.
https://www.modernhealthcare.com/insurance/time-covid-19-obamacare-still-part-action

Current Events Related to Healthcare Policy
Modern Healthcare Article
Modern Healthcare Article
Date: August 16, 2020
Title: Outbreak of Coronavirus: Some request end of COVID-19 restrictions as Arizona cases drop
Author: Modern Healthcare
Summary
After Arizona officials confirmed that the state had only over 80 new coronavirus cases and two deaths, business owners have urged the state to end restrictions. Arizona was once a hot spot in the U.S., but the state has been witnessing a drop in infections (Modern Healthcare, 2020). Infections might be higher because many people are yet to be tested. About 100 people demonstrated at the state capital calling for the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. For some people, coronavirus caused mild or moderate symptoms like cough and fever that clears up within 2 or 3 weeks, and for some, the virus can have severe effects, especially the elderly and individuals with underlying health problems.
Comments
Although the cases of COVID-19 are declining significantly, the war against the virus is not yet won, considering that many people have not been tested. People should still obey COVID-19 restrictions such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and avoiding crowded places. Therefore individuals should embrace testing and follow the current restriction’s measures.
Washington Post
Washington Post
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/08/24/covid19-cleanser-american-airlines/
Date: August 24, 2020.
Title: Approval of coronavirus cleanser by EPA in Texas for an emergency.
Author: Steven Mufson.
Summary
The EPA approved the application of a cleanser known as SurfaceWise2 that will be used to kill the coronavirus situated on surfaces. Texas promised to allow American Airlines, Spine, as well as Total Orthopedics to use the product (Mufsin, 2020). The product aims to provide long-term protection in public places and significantly improve consumers’ confidence in air transport that has been the most affected sector by the pandemic.
Comments
The emergency approval of the SurfaceWise2 cleanser by the EPA is a massive step towards combating the spread of COVID-19. The virus stays on surfaces for several days, and people contract it from those surfaces. This cleanser will provide long-lasting protection in public places, especially for airlines, which have been the worst-hit sector by the pandemic.
Modern Healthcare Article
Modern healthcare article
Date: September 18, 2020
Title: CDC advice on a controversial Covid-19
Author: Modern healthcare
Summary
U.S health officials issued controversial information about coronavirus guidance by stating that any individual comes close contact with an individual infected with the coronavirus should be tested (Modern Healthcare, 2020). On the other hand, the CDC had retreated that there was no need for individuals to get tested if they did not feel sick. This change was criticized by health experts who think it is inconsistent with the principles of controlling an epidemic. The CDC later clarified that anyone within 6 feet of an infected person for a minimum of 15 minutes should be tested.
Comments
Testing is the only way of knowing the extent of COVID-19 spread, and anyone who comes close to an infected person should be tested. I disagree with the earlier position of CDC that individuals should only get tested if they feel sick because many people are asymptomatic and only show mild or no symptoms at all. The CDC’s clarification is the way to go; it should be mandatory for people who contact infected individuals to be tested.
Washington Post
Washington Post
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Date: July 19, 2020.
Title: The crisis that shocked the world: America’s response to the coronavirus.
Author: Joel Achenbach, William Wan, Karin Brulliard and Chelsea Janes
Summary
Isabelle Papadimitriou’s death came after reopening the Texas economy; she was a respiratory therapist in Dallas (Achenbach et al., 2020). Her daughter, Fiana Tulip, did not go on holiday because of the pandemic and her mother’s death. Tulip believes the death of her mother was preventable. She blames the Trump administration and the state of Texas for easing restrictions even when hospitalizations soared. She believes the U.S. has failed to control the virus transmission because of poor policies and political divisions.
Comments
Tulip’s anger is shared by many Americans, especially those infected with coronavirus or seen their loved ones die. The response to the pandemic by the Trump administration has been among the worst in the world. Testing has been a big problem, with results coming after several days of waiting. States have not helped either with their policy responses, and some have eased restrictions too early even in the wake of the second wave.
New York Times
Newspaper Current Event: Corona Virus Response
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/opinion/covid-19-global-response.html
Date: July 27, 2020
Title: ‘That’s Ridiculous.’ How America’s Coronavirus Response Looks Abroad.
Author: Brendan Miller and Adam Westbrook
Summary
The COVID-19 response of the U.S. by the Trump administration has received a lot of criticism from many quarters. Despite being the world-leading economy, the US has recorded the most infections and deaths worldwide (Miller & Westbrook, 2020). Many people have been rendered jobless and are struggling to cope with the effects of the virus. Other countries such as Germany and Singapore have implemented better policies that have seen the curve flatten despite many infections.
Comments
Despite being the world’s largest economy, the coronavirus response of the U.S. has been below par. The country has been hit with the most infections as well as deaths in the world. Many people, especially the youths, have been rendered jobless, and they are struggling to cope with the pandemic’s effects. The Trump administration has received huge criticism for his COVID-19 policy responses. In order to flatten the curve, the U.S. should emulate countries like Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, and more by striking a balance between economic and health response measures.
Wall Street Journal
Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-amplified-pre-existing-hospital-ills-11601230661
Date: September 27, 2020
Title: Covid amplified pre-existing hospital ills.
Author: The Wall Street Journal
Summary
The 1997 Balanced Budget Act manipulated the Medicare growth curve until it went below real inflation (Wall Street Journal, 2020). This was aimed at insulating hospital administrators from this market manipulation. Due to the increase in the number of patients using Medicaid and Medicare, cost pressures have forced hospitals to reduce supplies and reduce nursing/patient ratios to increase revenues and stay profitable. COVID-19 has exposed short cuts used by hospitals to remain profitable.
Comments
For many years hospitals have taken advantage of Medicare and Medicaid to cut corners, underpay workers, overwork their staff, and understock the supplies in order to balance their budgets and stay profitable. However, COVID-19 has exposed these systems. Hospitals have been overwhelmed, which has contributed to the rising number of deaths. The government and other policymakers should put in place policies that will ensure hospitals are not exposed to this extent in the future.
New York Times
Newspaper current Event: Ending Obamacare during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/article/supreme-court-obamacare-case.html
Date: September 22, 2020.
Title: If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean.
Author: Abelson, R & and Goodnough, A.
Summary
The ACA touches many Americans’ lives, and ending it would have a massive impact on millions of Americans who receive coverage from the ACA (Abelson & Goodnough, 2020). The ACA’s fate is in the Supreme Court’s hands, which will decide whether to end it or not. Justice Ruth Bader’s death increases the chances of the court ending the law.
Comments
Abolishing the ACA will have a devastating impact on the country’s healthcare system and millions of Americans’ lives. Approximately 20 million Americans have benefited from coverage on the ACA exchanges through Medicaid expansion to low-income adults. Due to the ACA, parents can keep their children on their health insurance until they reach 26. Therefore, the supreme should accept to be dragged into politics and abolish ACA because it will impact millions of Americans’ lives.
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/democrats-campaign-on-health-care-as-trump-tries-to-end-obamacare-11593201113
Date: June 26, 2020
Title: Democrats Campaign on Health Care as Trump Tries to End Obamacare.
Author: Armour, S., & Thomas, K.
Summary
Democrats are working making health care central to their 2020 campaign, and they have warned Americans that the Trump administration’s opposition to the ACA has threatened insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic (Armour & Thomas, 2020). Furthermore, the Trump administration submitted a submission to the Supreme Court claimed that ACA is invalid and should be abolished because it is unconstitutional. The court would probably rule on ending the ACA or not after the November elections.
Comments
The efforts of Democrats to make health care central to their 2020 campaigns will positively impact Americans’ lives. The coronavirus pandemic has shown the importance of ACA to the lives of Americans. Therefore the ACA increases the availability and accessibility of healthcare services. Democrat’s efforts will support the ACA and increase the health insurance coverage of millions of Americans.

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