On top of everyday responsibilities like maintaining clean water, state and local health departments face a massive burden in responding to COVID-19.   Andy they're doing it with fewer resources, not more. An AP/Kaiser Health News investigation found: 

A Mexican health worker beaten at a bus stop. A Yemeni doctor threatened for not having a ventilator available. In Afghanistan, quarantined patients attack hospital staff in an effort to escape.   Amid COVID-19, death threats and violence are part of health workers’ daily…

Many African countries face a “catastrophic shortage” of medical professionals as cases are rising fast, the Africa CDC warns. The continent's cases more than tripled in June—while infections among health care workers jumped 203% since late May, according to the…

A racist game played by ER staff in British Columbia—guessing the blood alcohol levels of Indigenous patients—is alarming but not surprising, CBC reports.  

From Anthony Fauci to local health officials, public health officials are being threatened for doing their jobs: advising the public and enforcing coronavirus containment measures, CNN reports.   The threats are happening in red and blue states alike, and in both rural and…

What if the COVID-19 pandemic had been stopped before it started?  

COVID-19 has sent ICUs eerily silent, save the ambient noise of machines working to keep the sickest patients alive.   With loved ones forced to stay away, palliative care workers teams are often been the only person in the room when a person dies.   Several shared their…

Race is included in many digital decision-making tools that guide doctors and can lead to reduced access to treatments for Blacks compared with whites, according to a New England Journal of Medicine article published yesterday.

Lawmakers are the latest round of leaders to declare racism a public health emergency.   City councils in Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis, plus county officials in California and Maryland have acknowledged the crisis. More are sure to follow.     Why these places?…

Labs went quiet, field research paused, and data collection halted. Thousands of scientists worldwide stopped working yesterday to protest racism in STEM fields and focus on solutions, according to CNBC.