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Hospitals Tell Doctors They'll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear | Bloomberg |

Hospitals are threatening to fire health-care workers who publicize their working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic -- and have in some cases followed through.

"Hospitals are muzzling nurses and other health-care workers in an attempt to preserve their image," said Ruth Schubert, a spokeswoman for the Washington State Nurses Association. "It is outrageous."

NYU Langone Health employees received a notice Friday from Kathy Lewis, executive vice president of communications, saying that anyone who talked to the media without authorization would be "subject to disciplinary action, including termination."

Jim Mandler, a spokesman for NYU Langone Health, said the policy was to protect patient and staff confidentiality. "Because information is constantly evolving, it is in the best interest of our staff and the institution that only those with the most updated information are permitted to address these issues with the media."

Not all hospitals are blocking staff from talking to the press. New York's Mount Sinai has been scheduling media interviews for nurses, physicians and trainees to help the public understand the severity of the crisis.

by Oui on Sat Apr 11th, 2020 at 05:15:55 PM EST
Can't muddle the minds of the masses with medical reality now can we?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Apr 11th, 2020 at 07:49:21 PM EST
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hashtag #physciansunite is fertile forum for disgruntled NYC medics--licensed and conscripted--who daily calculate the costs of Covid "combat." #protectnurses is its complement among so-called frontline workers begging for PPE and workplace safety enforcement by gov agencies.

Fortunately, the Anglomerican presses have assured amateur and expert homicidal maniacs that this policy, reportedly executed by CN.gov to SUPPRESS "whistleblowers" handling WMD is unacceptable.

I am delighted to learn now that personal "privacy" rights may be transformed into a double-edged razor flaunted by champions of liberal democracy, who happen to occupy public offices in the US and UK, both to punish "rivals" abroad, generally, and the "vulnerable" and "essential" labor force domestically.

by Cat on Sat Apr 11th, 2020 at 08:52:21 PM EST
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BLS March Situation Summary
Warehouse workers risk COVID-19 to ship Gucci shades, face cream, sofas
The facility recently closed for cleaning after a co-worker contracted COVID-19, but it reopened 36 hours later.

With Americans stuck at home, warehouse workers scramble to fill surging online orders. Some, such as Amazon.com Inc and Walmart Inc employees, often ship groceries and other essentials. Others risk their health for furniture or fashion retailers such as IKEA, Wayfair Inc or Macy's Inc.

Government stay-home orders have carve-outs for warehouses or e-commerce operations, allowing a wide array of retailers to piggyback on exemptions intended primarily to ensure the flow of necessities. The loophole means a large segment of retail workers - who often have scant benefits or sick time - must choose between their health and their paycheck. Some retailers, including Wayfair, Kohl's and Macy's, have given workers letters from executives to show police if they are stopped while commuting.
IKEA and Wayfair called their products essential to people who suddenly need home-office furniture or other household items. Consumers depend on "companies like Wayfair to keep them supplied with the items they need for their homes during these challenging times," Wayfair said, adding that the government has recognized its crucial role.

archived There Are Two Types of People Now: Online Shoppers and the People Who Serve Them
by Cat on Sat Apr 11th, 2020 at 09:25:58 PM EST
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Fauci says the government is considering giving out COVID-19 'immunity cards' as part of push to reopen [sic] the economy
"I mean, it's one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not," he said. "This is something that's being discussed. I think it might actually have some merit, under certain circumstances."
trusted expert, "America's Mayor Doctor" offers precision guidance
While existing coronavirus tests tell people whether they have the virus or not, an antibody test shows if someone has previously had the virus and recovered, which could mean [?!] they're immune [no]. Deploying them would be a part of the next phase of the government's plan to reopen the economy.

"Within a period of a week or so, we're going to have a rather large number of tests that are available," Fauci said Friday.

"authoritarian" transmogrification
Apple and Google are currently partnering [with WHO?] for a contact-tracing program that will use Bluetooth data from people's smartphones to gauge [sic] whether they have come in contact with someone exposed [!] to coronavirus.
by Cat on Sat Apr 11th, 2020 at 09:04:49 PM EST
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16 days ago
"Fauci expressed optimism that medical experts could develop a vaccine in time to handle a potential return of COVID-19 next winter."
by Cat on Sat Apr 11th, 2020 at 09:06:50 PM EST
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Britain's NHS working with Google, Apple on app to track coronavirus contact: Sunday Times
of unions and "smart cities"
Pentagon awarding contract to boost N95 mask production capacity by 39 million
The Pentagon [!] said Saturday it is using its [!] authority under the Defense Production Act to boost the supply of N95 masks
The Defense Production Act, approved in 1950, grants the president the power to expand industrial production of key materials or products for national security and other reasons.
brains of "self-isolating" liberal whathaveyou's, who were demanding Trump's "full authority" to invoke the DFA, explode. "Nationalization" is not coming, as it didn't 1953.
Andrews said the Pentagon in coming days will identify the companies involved [?!] when the contract is awarded.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department awarded GM a contract for $489 million to produce 30,000 ventilators, while it also announced a $646.7 million contract given to Dutch health technology company Philips (PHG.AS) to produce 43,000 ventilators.
ssssso, where are those manufactured?
by Cat on Sun Apr 12th, 2020 at 01:58:30 AM EST
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Where?? The nation freed from COVID-19 naturally. It's spelled C - H - I - N - A  😄

Philips director Van Houten was recently on Dutch Newshour to explain why there were not enough ventilators to help support the addition of a few hundred ICU in Dutch hospital. People were dying!

He calmly explained that didn't understand the lack of urgency by Western Nations and the U.S. Philips Asia had been on the forefront when the epidemic started and delivered thousands of ventilators. ... Trump prevented export of the needed units to Europe ... Philips promised to start local production and to react to the question when the units for The Netherlands could be delivered? Van Houten was reluctant to answer ... when the interviewer persisted, he answered the 200 ventilators were ordered a fortnight ago! Lying liars Trump - Johnson - Rutte ... the latter admires America and the UK ... calls Trump a friend.

by Oui on Sun Apr 12th, 2020 at 06:11:33 AM EST
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China uses a smart phone app, the US would use cards?
by asdf on Sun Apr 12th, 2020 at 05:02:43 PM EST
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