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Appointment-Only COVID-19 Testing in Maryland

Appointment-Only COVID-19 Testing in Maryland

Sites in Montgomery and Howard Counties opening this week. Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH), in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland National Guard, Maryland State Police, local health departments, and private partners, will continue to offer drive-through COVID-19 testing at Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) sites throughout this week […]

Can We Breastfeed Our Children in a Pandemic?

Can We Breastfeed Our Children in a Pandemic?

By Begoña Sevilla / for MLNews   The case of the baby in China infected with coronavirus a few hours after birth raised alarm at the possibility that an infected mother could have transmitted the virus in the womb to her son. A fact that, according to Gabriela Matute CNN reporter, “has not yet been […]

The Obligation to Provide Special Protection to the Most Vulnerable in this Emergency

The Obligation to Provide Special Protection to the Most Vulnerable in this Emergency

By Celia Medrano* Emergency measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 have covered the news headlines in recent weeks. Much has been said about actions to protect the population from possible contagion and actions to deal with the inevitable economic and social consequences of maintaining a long quarantine. However, little is known about specific measures […]

Tradeoffs

By Isaac Cohen* As there are tradeoffs in economics, for example, between wage inflation and unemployment, in medicine they are called “triage.” Scarcity is the mother of triage, as when there is only one respirator to serve several high-risk patients. President Donald Trump, last week, unleashed a discussion about tradeoffs in the present emergency, when […]

Politico: Trump Failed to Follow Pandemic Playbook, Squandering Precious Time

Politico: Trump Failed to Follow Pandemic Playbook, Squandering Precious Time

Politico reports the White House failed to follow hundreds of pandemic response guidelines laid out in a 69-page National Security Council playbook, squandering more than two months when the federal government should have mobilized to test for new infections while procuring life-saving medical equipment. And ProPublica has published internal emails detailing how the Centers for […]

Trump Doubts New York City’s Need for 30,000 Life-Saving Ventilators

Trump Doubts New York City’s Need for 30,000 Life-Saving Ventilators

With intensive care beds and life-saving ventilators increasingly in short supply, Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded for federal authorities to ship an additional 15,000 of the life-saving devices — half of the 30,000 he says are needed to keep critically ill patients breathing. Mayor Bill de Blasio: “If you have a ventilator, you can save […]

Pandemic Shock

By Isaac Cohen* The pandemic spreading globally is becoming a profound setback to the world economy, worse than the last Great Recession of 2008-2009. In the United States, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told legislators that unemployment may climb to Great Depression levels of 20 percent. Commodity prices collapsed, with oil prices falling over two thirds, […]

Cases Soar and Critical Supplies Dwindle in the U.S.

Cases Soar and Critical Supplies Dwindle in the U.S.

Here in the United States, cases have now topped 35,000 and over 450 deaths. The U.S. now has the third most confirmed cases worldwide. A widespread lack of testing nationwide means the actual number of cases, however, is likely significantly higher. Around one out of every three Americans or U.S. residents are now under stay-at-home […]

Coronavirus Cases Mount Across Africa

Coronavirus Cases Mount Across Africa

The World Health Organization has warned African nations to prepare for the worst, as cases continue to multiply. The continent now has over 1,000 confirmed cases in over 42 countries. In South Africa, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has topped 270, making it the country with the highest number of infections in sub-Saharan Africa. In […]

Human Rights in Emergency Contexts

Human Rights in Emergency Contexts

Even in the midst of a pandemic, the concentration of power, suspension or restriction of rights cannot be unlimited. By Celia Medrano (*) The Covid-19 has taken a while to activate alarm systems on this side of the world and, although we should have seen ourselves in the mirror of China, Italy or Spain, our […]

Covid-19, Emergencies, Deportations and El Salvador as a ” Safe Third Country”

Covid-19, Emergencies, Deportations and El Salvador as a ” Safe Third Country”

By Celia Medrano It has transpired that El Salvador would receive this month the more than 2,000 migrants from other nationalities seeking asylum in the United States within the framework of the commitments known as the “safe third country”. The deal was reportedly as a high-level meeting in Miami with Acting Secretary of the Department […]

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