“Stretched, secret supply chains hold Covid-19 patients’ lives in the balance” Quartz, May 12, 2020 / Image: Michael Parkin/Folio Art for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

In the U.S., stock futures edged higher as investors monitor reopening efforts across the country. U.S. consumer prices dropped by the most since the Great Recession in April. China waived tariffs on some U.S. imports, adding to hopes that easing off some shutdowns would jump-start the global economy. However, an increase in cases in some countries caused global stocks to waver .

Reporting new cases for the first time since its lockdown was lifted, Wuhan has ordered officials to test its entire population of 11M people. These six new cases are the first in more than a month, and come at a time when health officials are wary of a second wave of infections.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been a central figure in the government’s response to coronavirus, is expected to deliver a frank message at the Tuesday hearing in front of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Dr. Fauci is expected to warn that Americans would see “ needless suffering and death” if the country opens prematurely. In an email to the New York Times, he encouraged Americans to adhere to the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control

As the nationwide death toll for coronavirus tops 80,000, a report released Monday that focuses on New York City indicates the virus may have directly or indirectly killed more people than the city’s official death count shows.

As of yesterday, a free course launched by Johns Hopkins will train anyone to become a contact tracer in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Contact tracing aims to “break the chain of transmission of infectious diseases.” Public health experts estimate that an effective system will have at least 15 tracers per 100,000 Americans.

Cases continue to rise within the Navajo Nation, which if it were a state, would have the second highest rate of cases per capita after New York . Despite the spread-out population, many live under one roof and suffer from high rates of diabetes and heart disease . These are commonalities between other minority groups, which have seen disproportionately high rates of hospitalizations and death compared to their communities.

In a Singapore park, a robot dog patrols to ensure people are practicing social distancing. The robot, made by U.S.-based Boston Dynamics, also carries a loudspeaker to broadcast social distancing measures. Alternatives to touching when greeting someone include bowing, sticking out your tongue, and placing your hand on your heart.

On International Nurses Day, nurses are asking for people to stay home, be healthy, and provide more personal protective equipment.

Millions Stuck At Home With No Plumbing, Kitchen Or Space To Stay Safe – Kaiser Health News – 5/12/2020
In nearly half a million American homes, washing hands to prevent COVID-19 isn’t as simple as soaping up and singing “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing. In many of those homes, people can’t even turn on a faucet. There’s no running water. In 470,000 dwellings in the United States — spread across every state and in most counties — inadequate plumbing is a problem, the starkest of several challenges that make it tougher for people to avoid infection.

If Landlords Get Wiped Out, Wall Street Wins, Not Renters – Bloomberg – 5/12/2020
More than half of the tenants in the 27 low-income apartments she owns in the city of West Haven and its vicinity aren’t paying and there’s nothing she can do about it. […] But Shields can’t pay, either. Her profit last year came to only $24,000, and now she’s behind on $1.2 million in mortgages. Like millions of other U.S. landlords, who owe lenders more than $1 trillion combined, her fate is tied to renters now urgently focused on their own self-preservation.

Covid-19 has streamlined addiction medicine. Will the changes stick? – STAT – 5/12/2020
Godinez thought she’d be forced to make an impossible choice: Her own care, or potentially exposing herself and her twins to Covid-19. Instead, since their birth, Godinez has had an easier time than ever accessing addiction care, thanks to aggressive government reforms in response to the pandemic. Since March, federal officials have arguably done more to reform addiction medicine in the U.S. than they had in the two decades prior — expanding access to some treatments far more quickly and thoroughly than any of the legislative reforms Congress passed even at the height of the opioid epidemic.

Phone Call in The Age of Coronavirus – Longreads – 5/12/2020
Cell phones, so thin and light and little, don’t seem fitting for momentous calls, for life and death communications, for last words, or even if the calls aren’t literally life and death, they’re emotionally weighty, too weighty to receive or conduct on an iPhone or flip phone. For calls of that sort, a landline is required, or so my psyche thinks.It would be awful to get such a call as I’m imagining in public, standing in line to board that ferry or waiting for an order of coffee.

Lockdown walk inspired social distancing game – BBC News – 5/12/2020
“It encourages everyone to avoid others and secondly makes the point that it does make a difference.” Players of the free game must avoid other people, and collect PPE and healthy food to gain more lives. “The score increases rapidly, to show that by avoiding one person you are not infecting others and so they are not infecting others,” he said.

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

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Michael Knigge @kniggem 12 May “Doctors Without Borders is best known for sending medical professionals into international conflict zones in the midst of medical crises. It did not, however, have a medical presence in the U.S. — until now.”

HuffPost @HuffPost 12 May The nation’s most populous reservation has a higher per capita coronavirus infection rate than any state.

CNN @CNN 11 May Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says he fully supports South Dakota Sioux tribes in refusing to take down checkpoints that the governor says are illegal because they’re hoping to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in their communities

KELOLAND News @keloland 12 May The South Dakota Highway Patrol lacks agreements to enforce laws on the Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge Indian reservations, Governor Kristi Noem acknowledged Monday.

Anna Cafolla @AnnaCafolla 12 May “A beautiful act of solidarity from our friends in Ireland, who remember the kindness shown to them by our Choctaw brothers and sisters, who sent them aid during the great potato famine in 1847“ 

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