Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna


magazine journo | @WIRED Ideas | TED | senior fellow @EmoryCSHH | BIG CHICKEN (PLUCKED), SUPERBUG, BEATING BACK THE DEVIL | public health, global health, food

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Strong words from @hastingscenter  on the CDC’s school-opening document:

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"Florida Lawyers Offering Free Living Wills to Teachers Who Have to Return to School” One lawyer got 600 inquiries from teachers and school employees. Another got 800. Are we just numb to the outrages now?

10 days to get results by phone and 8 more before the urgent care put the results in my online chart.

Are we at the point yet where "consultants to help Americans relocate to saner countries" has become a coronavirus career option?

"Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.” Rep. John Lewis’s final gift to us is this extraordinary essay. Every line is a trumpet call.

There is now evidence that HHS taking away CDC control of #COVID19  hospitalization data went badly. But that’s just one of many deep problems with public health data collection in the US. Me in @WIRED :

@KaraPlatoni  Taking the garbage out counts too. And I feel we should get double points for remembering whether we showered in the last 24 hours, because what are days anyway

@aetiology  I’ve said this in interviews already, but: In all the stories I did over YEARS on the likelihood of a pandemic someday, and the multiple possible scenarios, the one scenario I never imagined was that the CDC would be absent and the White House would be hostile to the whole idea.

#COVID19 isn’t waves; it’s a wildfire. @mtosterholm  and Mark Olshaker on metaphors, readiness, and denial: “The cost of not acting will far exceed the cost of our second chance to get this right. And we may not have the luxury of a third.”

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The chief executive of a MA hospital, outbid for PPE by the feds multiple times, cut a deal, paid extra, hired the trucks — and then was interrogated by the FBI and had to get his Congressperson to intervene to keep DHS from heisting the shipment.

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Do not eat, serve or sell romaine lettuce. If you bought it, throw it away. If it's in a mix, throw that away. And sanitize your fridge, too. Unusually comprehensive and candid warning from the CDC this afternoon:

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Combine in a bowl: ⅔-cup rubbing alcohol (99% isopropyl alcohol) ⅓-cup aloe vera gel. Stir. Decant into a clean soap or pump bottle. That's it, that's the recipe. Originates with a 2019 post by biomedical PhD@azareal  :

people: it is not an accident that govt accts are all suddenly tweeting climate data. it’s a plea. get scraping now please.

"I, a Black man, cannot walk into a store with a bandana covering the greater part of my face if I also expect to walk out of that store. The situation isn’t safe.” Yet another way in which self-protection from #covid19  is a function of privilege.

a professor accuses a Latina student of plagiarism on the assumption she wouldn’t know the word “hence.”:

If air cargo is not allowed through, then the White House may have just substantially worsened the shortage of materials needed to conduct the coronavirus test.

This successful businessman and his US citizen wife were willing to self-deport to stay together: sold their house, went to airport. ICE told them to go home. A week later they scooped him up and put him on a plane with no chance to say goodbye to his family.

Nick Cordero was famous, much-awarded, and adored by his wife and family. He was also 41, healthy, and in Broadway shape. #Covid19  took his leg, took his lungs, then killed him. The least you could do in his memory is wear a mask. #RIPNickCordero 

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