There’s really never a dull moment in a pandemic, and this week was filled with Covid-19 news — both good and bad. Here are three stories from Medium’s Coronavirus Blog to get you caught up as you head into the weekend.
Trump knew. The president’s downplaying of Covid-19 throughout the pandemic has been perplexing, but new tapes of conversations between the president and journalist Bob Woodward revealed this week Trump knew and said Covid-19 was more dangerous than the flu, even though he publicly said different. “He knew an invisible fire was coming here and he let the fire rage. And the people around him knew he knew. And they too did nothing,” writes health care expert Andy Slavitt on the blog.
What Else Does He Know?
The pandemic would have been different under anyone but a madman
A history of redlining makes Covid-19 worse for Black Americans. A new report from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) shows that people in neighborhoods that were redlined over 80 years ago are at a higher risk of severe illness or death from Covid-19. Redlined neighborhoods continue to face increased pollution, decreased access to healthy food, and widespread poverty, and the new report shows that people in redlined neighborhoods have a higher incidence of conditions like asthma, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, kidney disease, obesity, and stroke. As a result, they are more vulnerable to the severe effects of Covid-19. “Health inequities will persist until we address the legacy of racism in the housing market,” one of the co-authors says. Read more about the findings here.
The Long History of Redlining Makes Covid-19 Worse for Black Americans
Health effects of racist housing policy persist 80 years later
Don’t give yourself a DIY vaccine. A group of scientists in the Boston area have been developing and taking a DIY coronavirus vaccine. The problem is that the experiment bypasses many important aspects of vaccine clinical trials — like clinical trials for safety and effectiveness testing. It’s also an ethical nightmare. Critics say the experiment is “far more likely to contribute to growing public mistrust of all vaccines than it is to provide a path forward to combating the pandemic.” As the blog reports, scientists may believe that taking a vaccine made by a friend only puts themselves at risk, but that’s not the reality. Their actions suggest to the public that they will dismiss peer-reviewed science for their own gain. In a pandemic where trust is currency, it’s a potentially dangerous message. Read more.
The Problem With DIY Covid-19 Vaccines
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Everything you should know about vaccines this week. The blog is rounding-up the news each week on the vaccine race. Here’s the latest.