Florida residents on COVID-19 pandemic: “There is no way we can go longer than a month at this rate.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 March 2020
Workers and students spoke with the WSWS about lack of supplies, limited testing, and growing concerns over the economic, social, and health impact on their families and friends.
COVID-19 hits Nevada: Catastrophic job losses coupled with woefully inadequate health care infrastructure
By Jacob Crosse, 24 March 2020
Hundreds of thousands of workers have been laid off and Nevada’s sparse health care infrastructure is buckling as community spread of coronavirus takes hold.
By Phyllis Steele and Jerry White, 24 March 2020
Even as school districts deliver free meals to millions of low-income students, state governments have already begun slashing school spending and reneging on promised pay raises to teachers.
By Tom Peters, 24 March 2020
Medical professionals have warned that the country is unprepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus and New Zealand “will look like Italy or the US” without extreme measures.
Coronavirus crisis in New York: As doctors warn of “our Chernobyl,” state government plans Medicaid cuts
By Clara Weiss and Ali Elhassan, 23 March 2020
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been calling for the deployment of the military, warned on Sunday that between 40 and 80 percent of the population of New York state (roughly 19.5 million people) would be infected.
By Ulrich Rippert, 23 March 2020
The social democratic state premier of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, has called for a clamp-down against those contradicting official government propaganda about the coronavirus epidemic.
By Sam Dalton, 23 March 2020
Thirty-eight people in the New York prison system test positive for COVID-19 as reports emerge that Harvey Weinstein has also been infected by the virus.
By Julie Hyland, 23 March 2020
The students’ petition to university bosses highlights the widespread opposition to the disastrous course of the Johnson government, which has already forced a shift in its reckless policy of allowing the spread of COVID-19.
By Steve James, 23 March 2020
World productive capacity of medical ventilators is far below peak requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.
By Patrick Kelly, 23 March 2020
The chaotic situation reflects the wider disarray and criminal neglect in the ruling elite’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
By Mike Head, 23 March 2020
Yesterday the soaring rate of infections triggered an open rift in the self-styled “national cabinet” and forced governments into partial economic shutdowns.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 March 2020
The ruling class is seeking to exploit this crisis to engineer another multitrillion-dollar redistribution of wealth, on a scale even greater than the 2008 bank bailout.
By Penny Smith, 23 March 2020
The entertainment industry across the US and Canada has effectively shut down, leaving hundreds of thousands of already precariously employed workers suddenly without an income.
By Benjamin Mateus, 20 March 2020
The CDC recommends that when facemasks are no longer available, health care workers may have to improvise, using scarves or bandanas to protect themselves when treating patients suspected of or confirmed with COVID-19.
By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2020
The number of Americans with coronavirus is nearing 15,000, and more than 200 have died.
Retired UK welfare advice worker Terry Craven: “If they are going to build a herd immunity, they already know it’s going to kill thousands of people”
By our reporters, 20 March 2020
Retired welfare advice worker Terry Craven contacted the WSWS to express his concerns about the lack of provision for people in the UK on social security benefits showing symptoms of Covid-19.
By Josh Varlin, 20 March 2020
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a “shelter in place” order in response to the skyrocketing COVID-19 case numbers.
Drivers shut down Detroit bus system with sick-out over health and safety concerns during coronavirus outbreak
By Kevin Reed, 20 March 2020
Bus drivers took matters into their own hands in Detroit on Tuesday morning and shut down the city’s public transportation system to demand sanitary conditions.
By Mike Head, 20 March 2020
The federal and state governments are handing billions of dollars to the banks and corporate elite as they unleash massive job losses.
By Tom Hall, 20 March 2020
Within hours after wildcat strikes in Fiat Chrysler plants in Michigan and Ohio forced a temporary shutdown of much of the North American auto industry during the coronavirus pandemic, the corporate media entered into full cover-up mode.
By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2020
The central message delivered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her address to the nation Wednesday evening was that the federal government will do nothing to avert a catastrophe for the population.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 March 2020
There are mounting fears among health care workers that they are running unacceptable risks because of the lack of equipment.
Life for immigrants in the US during COVID-19 pandemic
ICE raids continue, asylum seekers turned away, and detention facilities remain potential hotbeds for coronavirus
By Genevieve Leigh, 19 March 2020
“We do not have access to hand sanitizer or masks, or anything else that could protect as we are all stuck together in close quarters.”
By Mike Head, 19 March 2020
Letters, signed by thousands of doctors, warn that a catastrophe “worse” than Italy’s can only be averted by a lockdown and the urgent pouring of resources into hospitals.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 March 2020
Doctors4Assange has restated its demand that the Australian government immediately fulfil its obligations to Assange, under conditions in which his life is imperilled by the coronavirus pandemic.
Temporary work stoppage at Fiat Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant as wildcat strikes spread in global auto industry
By Jerry White, 17 March 2020
Actions against continued production during the coronavirus pandemic have spread from Italy to Spain, Canada and now the United States.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 March 2020
The UK, along with much of the rest of the world, faces a prolonged social emergency which will affect the lives of millions.
By our reporters, 17 March 2020
Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site spoke to two medical doctors on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting Britain’s National Health Service and their concerns for the future.
By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2020
The exchanges between the candidates had been rendered largely irrelevant by consolidation of the Democratic Party behind Biden, making him the presumptive nominee.
By Mike Head, 17 March 2020
Many of these people will die as a direct result of the failure of the governments, both federal and state, to take the urgently needed action and allocate the necessary medical resources.
By Mike Head, 17 March 2020
These laws contain powers only previously used in wartime, such as arbitrarily detaining, imprisoning or imposing massive fines on people, to be imposed now in the name of protecting public health.
By Naomi Spencer, 17 March 2020
The state has, by many metrics, the unhealthiest and poorest adult population in the US, putting a majority in higher risk categories for COVID-19.
By Josh Varlin, 13 March 2020
New York City and New York state have announced new measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, of which there are now 328 cases statewide.
“It’s like the workers are second rate citizens”
By Jerry White, 13 March 2020
The decision by Fiat Chrysler, which has been backed by the United Auto Workers union, is imperiling the lives of workers.
Massachusetts health care professionals warn of Covid-19 testing shortage and lack of worker protections
By Kate Randall, 13 March 2020
Doctors and nurses are frustrated over the lack of testing kits for the coronavirus as well the lack of protective equipment for health care workers in hospitals.
By Hector Cordon, 13 March 2020
The virus continues to infect residents and employees of a nursing home at the center of the outbreak in Washington state and in the US.
By Mike Head, 13 March 2020
Within hours, Morrison’s “stimulus” package was swamped by the deteriorating economic news from around the world and share prices plunged.
After weeks of delay
By Alan Gilman, 13 March 2020
The shutdown has extended to college and university athletics, including the NCAA national basketball tournament.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 March 2020
As of Thursday morning, just 29,764 people had been tested nationally in the UK for coronavirus.
By Terry Cook, 13 March 2020
The attempt by Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar to slash the conditions of pilots and ground crews is part of a global onslaught against airline workers.
Ontario’s “Roadmap to Wellness” continues austerity for youth mental health services even as demand spikes
By Penny Smith, 13 March 2020
The Ford government is refusing to provide tens of thousands of children and adolescents with ready access to mental health care services that they urgently need.
By our reporters, 12 March 2020
“There is a perception that the government does not care about the interests and safety of healthcare workers, and trust in authorities is low.”
By Margot Miller, 12 March 2020
Life expectancy decreased in the most deprived 10 percent of neighbourhoods—the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the East of England.
By Benjamin Mateus, 11 March 2020
Italy’s health care system is being overwhelmed by the growing number of serious respiratory illnesses that are filling the emergency rooms and hospitals throughout the Lombardy region.
By Nick Beams, 11 March 2020
The main factor behind the Wall Street rise appears to have been the announcement of a “major” US economic relief package, prompting the belief there are profits to be made out of such measures.
By Katy Kinner, 11 March 2020
A nationwide survey shows that a vast majority of hospitals are underprepared for COVID-19 outbreak as WSWS interviews with nurses across the country confirm.
By James Cogan, 11 March 2020
The great risk is that the virus is spreading, largely unknown and unchecked, via transmission within Australia—as took place in Italy and elsewhere.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 March 2020
In comments to the WSWS, Dr Stephen Frost warned that “the UK government is effectively playing Russian roulette with Julian Assange’s life” and demanded that he be released from Belmarsh Prison immediately.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 March 2020
At a press conference yesterday, WHO Director General Tedros raised the concern that governments and authorities are “not taking the deaths of elderly and senior citizens as a serious issue.”
By Mike Head, 10 March 2020
Morrison’s speech shows that his main concern is to protect corporate profits and prop up his discredited government, not protect people from the coronavirus.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 March 2020
The World Health Organization has emphatically stated that the international community needs to take immediate action to curb the impact of the pandemic.
By Katy Kinner, 9 March 2020
The Franklin County coroner recently released data showing a shocking increase in overdose, suicide and homicide deaths in the first two months of 2020.
By Bryan Dyne, 7 March 2020
If the current trends continue, the total number of cases outside China will surge past the number of cases within China by the end of the month.
By James Cogan, 6 March 2020
Frustration and anger are rising over the lack of pre-emptive action by federal and state governments.
By Mike Ingram, 5 March 2020
An Amazon employee, the first at the company’s Seattle headquarters, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Two of the company’s employees in Italy had contracted the virus and are in quarantine.
By Josh Varlin, 5 March 2020
There are now 11 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York state, which is likely a significant underestimation given indications of community spread.
High cost of health care, lack of paid time off, leave US workers vulnerable to coronavirus outbreak
By Jerry White, 4 March 2020
The Trump administration, primarily concerned with the impact on the stock market, has sought to downplay the seriousness of the threat to public health.
By Kate Randall, 3 March 2020
The risks facing health care workers are bound up with the lack of preparedness of US hospitals and other health care facilities, the underfunding of public health and the subordination of medical care to profit.
By Ben Trent, 27 February 2020
Over a 12 month period, 55 million patients had to wait longer than a fortnight to see a GP.
By George Gallanis, 27 February 2020
The health of Greek workers continues to deteriorate after years of austerity measures imposed by Syriza and previous capitalist governments.
By Mike Head, 27 February 2020
The central purpose of the royal commission is to absolve the federal and state governments of responsibility for the disaster, and to introduce unprecedented national emergency powers.
By Clare Bruderlin, 25 February 2020
Such is the contempt of the ruling elite for the working class that many elderly people have died while waiting for a home care package.
By Adam McLean, 22 February 2020
The CWU’s attack on Sanders’ proposal for “Medicare for All” is motivated by its financial interests in the health care fund that it operates.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 February 2020
The US evacuated more than 300 Americans, including 14 confirmed infected with coronavirus, from a cruise ship in Yokohama harbor.
By Laura Tiernan, 18 February 2020
The world’s pre-eminent medical journal carries a letter from 117 doctors in 18 countries calling for urgent action to save the life of the WikiLeaks publisher.
By Mike Head, 18 February 2020
As well as students having their lives and futures severely disrupted, thousands of casual academics are having their hours slashed.
By our reporters, 15 February 2020
The WSWS urges all our readers to watch this powerful documentary on SBS television, at 8.30 p.m. Sunday night, February 16.
By Mike Head, 12 February 2020
The bushfire and coronavirus disasters have had an enormous economic and social impact.
By Tom Peters, 11 February 2020
A student who spoke to the WSWS described the travel ban, ostensibly aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus, as a “dream come true” for the NZ First Party and other right-wing nationalists.
By Kevin Reed, 10 February 2020
The Trump administration is scheduled to release a 2021 budget plan on Monday that includes deep reductions in entitlement programs and other mandatory spending while increasing funding for the military and the Department of Homeland Security.
By Eric Ludlow, 8 February 2020
The blanket ban by the Morrison government affects any foreign national trying to enter Australia from mainland China.
By Ajanta Silva, 7 February 2020
Research by the Patient Association found that 5,500 NHS patients died over the past three years due to spending so long on a trolley in overcrowded hospital A&E units.
By Kevin Reed, 6 February 2020
At an informational meeting Monday evening in the Detroit suburb of Madison Heights officials sought to contain growing public anger over chemical contamination by a local industrial operator.
By Laura Tiernan, 5 February 2020
Errol weighed just 30kg, or 66 pounds, when his body was found by bailiffs after they broke down his front door to evict him for rent arrears.
By Kate Randall, 1 February 2020
The Trump administration’s proposed Medicaid changes could slash benefits for millions of recipients, while opening the door for a broader assault on other entitlement programs.
By Kate Randall, 31 January 2020
It is a stain on the record of the US, that in a country that spends more per person on health care than any other, more people die prematurely than in the vast majority of the world’s industrialized and growing economies.
By Katy Kinner, 31 January 2020
A recent study in the American Journal of Medicine found large decreases of net worth among those with worsening as well as improving cancer status.
By Dan Conway, 31 January 2020
More than 7,800 nurses and caregivers at Swedish medical centers in Seattle struck for a third day Thursday against short staffing levels and inadequate compensation.
By Benjamin Mateus, 29 January 2020
The Wuhan coronavirus epidemic is accelerating while Chinese officials attempt to mitigate the rising social tensions.
By Bryan Dyne, 28 January 2020
The outbreak in China has exposed the vulnerability of contemporary society to new strains of infectious disease, dangers for which no capitalist government has adequately prepared.
By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2020
Since the virus was first identified, more than 1,000 people have now been infected worldwide, and in the latest report the death toll has climbed to 41, all having died in mainland China.
By Trévon Austin, 24 January 2020
In an interview at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Trump said social programs would be targeted to reduce the federal deficit.
By Clare Bruderlin, 23 January 2020
The pressure on over-worked paramedics and other ambulance workers is the result of years of budget cuts and understaffing.
By Kate Randall, 18 January 2020
Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability free” life after age 50 than the poorest American and English adults.
By John Mackay, 18 January 2020
The fine particulates in smoke from fires has been known to contain a toxic mix of chemicals that are a concern to public health.
By James Cogan, 17 January 2020
The fires have most severely affected low-income workers and welfare recipients, self-employed contractors, small-business owners and family farmers.
Australia: Kinglake residents speak on government inaction 11 years after Black Saturday blaze killed 173
By our reporters, 14 January 2020
One resident stated: “I don’t care which party they are from—Labor, Liberal, whatever—these politicians only look after their pockets.”
Australia: Gospers Mountain fire survivors denounce government cuts in firefighting and bush management
By our reporters, 13 January 2020
One resident stated “With regards to government policy, it’s all about the bottom line. It’s all about money.”
By James Cogan, 9 January 2020
With his government under siege, Prime Minister Morrison announced that $2 billion in assistance will be provided over the next two years.
By our reporters, 9 January 2020
One resident of Balmoral, a village in NSW, stated: “We’ve been through tough times before but nothing like this. The size of fires is unprecedented. All the resources are stretched to breaking point.”
By James Cogan, 8 January 2020
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will go down in history as the political leader who secretly went on holiday to Hawaii while the country burned.
By Thomas Scripps, 7 January 2020
Overall, NHS trusts in the United Kingdom’s capital and largest city are expected to post a combined deficit of over £150 million.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2020
A discernable shift is underway in how masses of people view the political parties and institutions that have downplayed or denied the reality of climate change.
By John Braddock, 6 January 2020
Despite denials by the prime minister, Samoa was warned repeatedly to improve measles vaccination rates months before the arrival of a deadly epidemic.
By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2020
Blood supplied from contaminated sources led to thousands of people being infected with diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, and the deaths of nearly 3,000 people in the UK.
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 January 2020
The study found a staggering 85 percent increase in opioid deaths in counties which experienced a plant closure.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2019
Figures compiled by NHS England found that in November the health service missed all targets for Accident and Emergency (A&E) care, operations and cancer treatment.
By Margaret Rees, 28 December 2019
Patients, carers and medical staff “are being traumatised by an under-resourced system.”
By Frank Gaglioti, 27 December 2019
The measles virus is particularly dangerous as it wipes out immunity previously acquired after exposure to other microbes in a process known as “immune amnesia.”
By Margot Miller, 27 December 2019
Faulty washing machines, tumble dryers, cookers, fridges, freezers—everyday household items we take for granted—are turning the homes of millions into death traps.