Jessica McKenzie

A Blue County-Red County Divide on Who (For Now) Bears the Brunt of the Coronavirus

A Blue County-Red County Divide on Who (For Now) Bears the Brunt of the Coronavirus

With U.S. deaths from Covid-19 nearing 100,000, the toll has been greater in politically blue counties than in red, exacerbating differences in policy and ideology as political leaders chart a path to reopening the country. But with cases surging in some red counties across the country, the pattern may be changing.

Costly Delay: Estimate Shows At Least 36,000 Deaths Could Have Been Averted With Earlier Social Distancing

Costly Delay: Estimate Shows At Least 36,000 Deaths Could Have Been Averted With Earlier Social Distancing

Woulda Coulda Shoulda: The U.S. could have averted some 36,000 deaths from coronavirus if cities and states had instituted social distancing or stay-at-home orders a week earlier in March, according to estimate. Some 54,000 deaths could have been avoided had social distancing begun two weeks earlier on March 1.

Trump Threatens U.S. Withdrawal from WHO, Touts Taking Anti-Malarial Drug Despite Safety Warnings

Trump Threatens U.S. Withdrawal from WHO, Touts Taking Anti-Malarial Drug Despite Safety Warnings

After suspending U.S. support for the World Health Organization in April, President Trump now is threatening to cut off funds permanently and to end U.S. membership in the organization, which he has accused of a pro-China bias. Trump has blamed China and the WHO for not doing enough to prevent the global spread of the coronavirus, but critics accuse him of seeking to distract Americans from the high U.S. death toll.

Nearly All States Reopening to Some Degree as U.S. Covid Deaths Top 86,000

Nearly All States Reopening to Some Degree as U.S. Covid Deaths Top 86,000

The coronavirus has sickened more than 1.4 million people in the U.S. and killed more than 86,000. The number of new infections is increasing in three states, dropping in 23 states, and staying about the same everywhere else.

"Scary to Go to Work,'' Says a Presidential Adviser, as Two White House Staffers Test Positive for Coronavirus

“Scary to Go to Work,” Says a Presidential Adviser, as Two White House Staffers Test Positive for Coronavirus

As the U.S. coronavirus death toll passed 81,000, the government’s top immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci told a Senate panel that reopening the country too soon could lead to ”needless suffering and death,” and set back “our quest to return to normal.” Yet on Monday, the President declared at a Rose Garden press conference: “We have met the moment and we have prevailed.”

U.S. Unemployment Hits Highest Rate Since Great Depression

U.S. Unemployment Hits Highest Rate Since Great Depression

Unemployment hit 14.7 percent in April, a rate not seen since the Great Depression. The unemployment rate for black workers is even higher, at 16.7 percent. Some analysts said these numbers are still an undercount. With many businesses reopening and employees return to work, many are fearful about contracting Covid-19.

Scary New Estimate Puts U.S. Death Toll from Coronavirus at Nearly 135,000 by Early August

Scary New Estimate Puts U.S. Death Toll from Coronavirus at Nearly 135,000 by Early August

A key model now projects the U.S. toll from coronavirus to reach nearly 135,000 deaths by early August, saying that’s due partly to ”changes in mobility and social distancing policies” as states relax stay-at-home orders and allow non-essential businesses to reopen.

With U.S. Deaths Topping 63,000, a Breakthrough in Hunt for Covid-19 Treatment, But "Not A Magic Cure"

With U.S. Deaths Topping 63,000, a Breakthrough in Hunt for Covid-19 Treatment, But “Not A Magic Cure”

A large clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows that patients sickened by Covid-19 tend to recover more quickly with the antiviral medication remdesivir than those given a placebo treatment. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who leads the institute, celebrated the news, and said it would become the new “standard of care” for infected patients. Other experts are more tempered in their enthusiasm.

As U.S. Coronavirus Cases Soar Past One Million, More States Are Beginning to Open Up

As U.S. Coronavirus Cases Soar Past One Million, More States Are Beginning to Open Up

With U.S. coronavirus cases now topping one million, more than a dozen states are beginning to ease stay-at-home orders and restrictions on businesses. The U.S. accounts for nearly one third of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, and more than a quarter of all deaths.