President Barack Obama championed the Affordable Care Act, enacted into law during his administration in 2010.
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For millions, the ACA is making a big difference during the coronavirus crisis.
A lot of transmission has been happening in workplaces. Previous restrictions have seen cases plateau at several hundred per day, but these latest measures are designed to drive numbers down.
When home and work life look the same, events tend to blur into a single unmemorable blob. And that's when we start to forget things.
Public data is vital to the functioning of a democracy.
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A White House decision to take over collection of COVID-19 data from the CDC sparked worries over political interference. A public data expert talks about the importance of transparent public data.
A detail from Abbott Thayer’s 1887 painting ‘Angel,’ in which his eldest daughter appears as a heavenly figure.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of John Gellatly
When Abbott Thayer's wife succumbed to the disease, his life and art underwent a dramatic shift.
We miss too much when we treat all seniors as helpless.
COVID-19 public health messages often classify 'elderly neighbours' as in need of aid, and overlook the substantial contributions, achievements and resources of older people.
Reliance on public transit and front-line jobs puts low-income Californians at a higher risk of coming in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus.
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California’s COVID-19 disparities are sobering. Everyone is at risk, but low-income, Black and Latino residents are dying at higher rates.
As cases surge, testing needs to increase as well.
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Test positivity rates measure the success of a testing program. Even though the US performs a huge number of tests, high test positivity rates across the country show that that it still isn't enough.
Medical assistance teams are a group of experienced health workers sent to handle a medical or humanitarian crisis, including from today, the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria's aged care.
We still don't know if being in lockdown during the pandemic really does lead to fewer premature babies, as some people report. Maybe we're trying too hard to find some good news.
The polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, is used to copy strands of DNA.
COVID-19 tests rely on a process developed at a biotech company co-founded by a Canadian. Canada’s current testing expertise needs to be channelled to prepare for the next wave, and the next pandemic.
African urban dwellers pay 55% more in rentals than their counterparts in other cities in the world.
The demon is not density but rather that African countries have not planned and made the investments necessary to manage the downsides of the type of density found in informal settlements.
Despite a lighter lockdown, Sweden hasn’t avoided the damaging economic disruption experienced elsewhere.
My analysis suggests when COVID-19 cases reach 100 over 14 days, an outbreak gets very difficult to control — as we saw in Victoria. Over the last fortnight, NSW has recorded at least 154 new cases.
A fisherman removes a fishing net laid out to dry on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, on May 5 2020.
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The pandemic has disrupted local, regional and national supply chains, making the problem of hunger in India much worse.
Reducing deforestation of tropical forests and supporting the communities that live there can reduce the risk of future pandemics.
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A new study estimates that $22 billion to $30 billion dollars per year needs to be spent to maintain forests and reduce the likelihood of a pathogen jumping from wildlife to humans.
Just because someone isn't wearing a mask doesn't mean they don't want to. They might have a disability or medical condition you can't see that makes wearing a mask difficult or distressing.
Many people are reporting persistent symptoms like headaches and shortness of breath after two months or more since being infected.
President George H.W. Bush signing the American Disabilities Act into law on July 26, 1990.
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Congress needs to make sure the HEROES Act includes adequate funding for people with disabilities.
Children receive biscuits and other foods from the Groundbreakers community feeding programme in Ocean View, Cape Town.
South Africans have experienced significant shocks to their livelihoods, and the threat of hunger presents a major concern for health, political and social stability.