Tag: Risk

How do we think about risk, regulation, and COVID-19? | American Enterprise Institute

The disruptive forces of novel coronavirus politics are not so new after all. Like scattered iron filings, various factional perspectives are reorganizing and returning back toward their more familiar polar home bases. Whether you term such analysis as heuristics, sorting categories, or just oversimplified mental shortcuts, consider these magnetic forces at work, influencing how we all think about the policy trade-offs surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. (1) Reinforcing confirmation bias My sampling of health policy webinars at the Zoom buffet line over the past few weeks uncovered few surprises. The Brookings Institution, Niskanen Center, Consensus Group, and Catalyst for Payment Reform ... Read more

Supreme Court: Democrats’ proxy voting plan in Congress is at risk

Earlier this month, the House voted, almost entirely along party lines, to permit members of Congress to cast votes by proxy so long as the coronavirus pandemic makes it dangerous for many members of Congress to travel to Washington. On Tuesday, 21 House Republicans filed a lawsuit claiming that the new House rule permitting proxy voting is unconstitutional. The case is McCarthy v. Pelosi. Under the new rule, a member of the House who is present in the Capitol may cast proxy votes on behalf of up to 10 colleagues, provided that those colleagues give the member written authorization to ... Read more

Economic Update: More women losing jobs than men – ECB says financial stability is at risk’

28 May Citi research has shown that the Covid-19 crisis is leading to more women then men losing their jobs, mainly due to the sectors that are being impacted most as well as often their role as caretaker of children or elderly. Citi wrote on its blog: “Given this level of economic loss from women leaving the workforce, decision makers must take women into account in any policies being implemented to address the Covid-19 economic disruptions. “These policies should be some of the same vital policies that supported female labor force participation and employment prior to the coronavirus shock. Covid-19 ... Read more

Over 40 million at risk for severe storms through holiday weekend

May 24 (UPI) — After damaging storms blew through portions of the Plains on Friday, the threat for more severe weather will persist over the area through the weekend. Late Friday afternoon, severe thunderstorms fired up from Texas to Oklahoma and Arkansas. These storms produced hail, some of it more than 2 inches in diameter, and damaging winds across all three states. According to the Storm Prediction Center, there were also four reports of tornadoes associated with these storms, three of which occurred in north-central Texas, and the other which occurred in southeastern Oklahoma. An additional tornado was reported in ... Read more

To Test a Vaccine for COVID-19, Should Volunteers Risk their Lives?

Illustration by Golden Cosmos Larissa MacFarquhar talks with a would-be volunteer for a human-challenge trial, in which—hypothetically—subjects are infected with SARS-CoV-2 to test a potential vaccine. MacFarquhar then interviews two scientists about how much risk is too much. Jelani Cobb talks with a legal scholar about the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, which the scholar describes as a fatal confusion of citizen’s arrest, stand-your-ground laws, and racial profiling. Plus, a short story by Peter Cameron about a teen-age boy spending a long, boring Memorial Day trapped with two people he cannot deal with: his mother and his new stepfather. To ... Read more

Trump’s favorite COVID-19 drug might actually increase risk of death

This isn’t the final word on the drug, but it looks like another nail in the coffin. (Unsplash/) For weeks, hydroxychloroquine has been making headlines as a hotly contested therapy for treating patients with COVID-19. President Donald Trump publicly praised the antimalarial drug on numerous occasions, and on Monday he claimed he’d been taking it himself for the last week and a half. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned back in April that the medication could cause heart problems, and most experts agree that taking it as protection against COVID-19 is a bad idea. Now, there’s further evidence ... Read more

Hydroxychloroquine linked to increased risk of death in COVID-19 patients

Coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine or its related drug chloroquine were more likely to die or develop an irregular heart rhythm that can lead to sudden cardiac death, compared to those who did nothing, a retrospective review published in The Lancet shows. Why it matters: Despite warnings from the Food and Drug Administration, President Trump has insisted the anti-malarial drug as a “game-changer” and admitted he has taken it as a preventative even though the drug is unproven. The big picture: The medical journal’s review consisted of 96,000 hospitalized patients diagnosed with the coronavirus in six continents, the largest analysis ... Read more

Michael Cohen leaves New York prison for home due to coronavrus risk

May 21 (UPI) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump‘s former personal attorney, left prison Thursday to serve the remainder of his sentence at home due to risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak. Cohen left the minimum-security prison in Otisville, N.Y., on Thursday morning. Attorney Jeffrey Levine said he expects a statement later from Cohen that will address his release. Cohen had been at the New York prison since he was sentenced 12 months ago to three years in prison for lying to Congress, tax charges and campaign finance charges. Defense attorney Roger Adler said last month he’d hoped Cohen would ... Read more

President Trump’s job is to manage risk. Coronavirus shows he’s failing.

A few months ago, I had dinner with a friend who argued that it was time to rethink Donald Trump’s presidency. After all, the economy was fine, we hadn’t ended up in a nuclear war, and the tough posture toward China was paying some trade dividends. Maybe the madman routine was working. Maybe it really was just a routine, and Trump was managing the presidency well enough. Wasn’t it time for critics like me to rethink their most dire warnings? Wasn’t it time to admit we’d gotten him wrong? There were, even then, obvious rebuttals, and I made some of ... Read more

Trump Is Putting Himself at Risk for COVID-19

No one would have been allowed on Air Force One without first getting searched for weapons. Yet here the journalists boarded with no guarantee they hadn’t recently contracted a potentially lethal and highly contagious virus. The episode illustrates how Trump, who likes to project a certain hypermasculine invincibility, has faced greater exposure than he might let on.   “There’s no question [Trump’s] behavior in many circumstances, from what I can see on the outside, puts him at risk,” says Ingrid Katz, the associate faculty director at the Harvard Global Health Institute. She cites his consistent refusal to wear a mask ... Read more