April 3, 2020

One Reason Caregivers Are Wearing Trash Bags: A U.S. Firm Had to Recall 9 Million Surgical Gowns

(ProPublica) – There’s an overlooked reason why hospitals treating COVID-19 patients are so short of protective gear. In January, just before the pandemic hit the United States, a key distributor recalled more than 9 million gowns produced by a Chinese … Read More

April 3, 2020

Teargas, Beatings and Bleach: the Most Extreme Covid-19 Lockdown Controls Around the World

(The Guardian) – As coronavirus lockdowns have been expanded globally, billions of people have found that they are now faced with unprecedented restrictions. Police across the world have been given licence to control behaviour in a way that would normally … Read More

April 2, 2020

Dutch End-of-Life Debate Flares as Coronavirus Tests Healthcare Limits

(Reuters) – Doctors in the Netherlands have been advising elderly patients to think twice before agreeing to COVID-19 treatment in hospital intensive-care units, drawing criticism that they are attempting to ration scarce ICU beds. The affluent Netherlands is rapidly approaching … Read More

April 1, 2020

Coronavirus ‘Could Devastate’ Indigenous Communities

(SciDevNet) – Indigenous communities around the globe are closing borders in an effort to avoid a potentially devastating coronavirus outbreak in their territories. Without medical services, many indigenous communities in remote areas have already taken steps to isolate themselves. But … Read More