The pandemic is both a catastrophe of historic dimensions and a monumental crime. Its impact is the result of decisions made by capitalist governments to deliberately prioritize profits over lives and adopt policies that have allowed the virus to spread wildly throughout the global population.
As we approach the end of the year, workers in the United States and throughout the world must decide to act collectively and finally put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday that the fact that COVID-19 predominantly kills people who are “unwell to begin with” is “encouraging news.”
Omicron is raging out of control
The Zero COVID strategy must be implemented in every country, aimed at progressively stopping human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in ever-broader geographic regions until the virus is eliminated globally.
This Inquest is necessary to break through the cover-up, falsifications and misinformation that have been deployed to justify policies responsible for the avoidable deaths of millions since the initial detection of SARS-CoV-2.
“We know how to prevent infections … but health care workers are having to choose who to save”
Engineer Nicolas Smit exposes Canadian authorities’ refusal to protect workers from COVID-laced aerosols
In this interview, expert Nicolas Smit documents the negligent response of Canada’s governments to the COVID-19 pandemic, including their longstanding refusal to admit the virus spreads primarily through aerosols, and the unions’ failure to fight for the PPE workers need to protect their health and lives.
“This is going to be an enormous wave that’s going to create a lot of disease and death, and they’re still not doing the right thing”
In this interview, Dr. Jimenez reviews the science of airborne transmission, the present threat of the Omicron variant, and why the WHO and world governments refuse to educate the population on airborne transmission.
“Staff are overwhelmed. They’re stressed out, they’re burned out, they’re sick from COVID.”
California nurse Elizabeth gives testimony for the Global Workers’ Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic
In this interview, Elizabeth speaks on her experiences and those of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hospitalizations for COVID hit pandemic highs. Yet, every measure is being implemented to keep schools and businesses open despite the catastrophic impact on health systems.
Getting rid of Johnson means striking out on an independent course of political and social struggle, in opposition to all the political representatives of big business.
Although this region, which stretches from the Czech Republic to Russia and Romania, is home to only 39 percent of the European population, it accounts for 55 percent of the 1.8 million European coronavirus deaths.
Health officials are warning of an unprecedented tsunami of hundreds of millions of COVID-19 cases in Europe and opposing calls to let the Omicron variant spread.
On October 24, the World Socialist Web Site and the International Workers Alliance of Rank-and-File Committees featuring leading scientists and epidemiologists from throughout the world to explain the case for the global elimination of the virus that causes COVID-19.
The way forward for high school students in the fight against the pandemic and the reopening of schools
In fighting against the unsafe reopening of schools, youth are fighting not only for their own health and safety, but for the community as a whole.
“The teachers are with us, and we have their backs”: 1,000 K-12 students in New York City walk out to protest unsafe reopening of schools
The New York City walkout was organized by high school students at Stuyvesant High School and Brooklyn Technical High School, who formed the group “NYC Student Walkout for COVID Safety” to organize their fellow students.
The Chicago Teachers Union was flooded with angry questions by educators at a membership meeting Tuesday night, during which union executives sought to present any further struggle against unsafe school reopenings as hopeless.
High school students in Oakland are threatening to strike if school is not taken online, or conditions made safer.
In this video interview, UK parent Lisa Diaz speaks with World Socialist Web Site education writer Evan Blake about the October 1 UK school strike and the need to eradicate COVID-19 globally.
The call issued by Diaz for parents in Britain to keep their children home in a one-day strike, as a protest against the irresponsible reopening of schools that has placed young peoples’ lives at risk, evoked deep-felt support from the working class.
Professor Marks’s work centres on chronic respiratory diseases and has been dedicated to the global eradication of tuberculosis, with a particular focus on the Asia and South East Asia regions, including India, Vietnam and Myanmar.
“It’s been an utter shambles and a failure of government”
“There’s no national approach. There are different definitions for things, different ways of calculating, different contact-tracing systems that don’t talk to each other, different border regulations and different testing situations.”
Dr Dan Suan: “Unfortunately, the government has left the field, so it’s up to us.”
Warnings that unprecedented numbers of workers may fall ill, leading to mass deaths and infrastructure collapse, point to the urgent need to halt transmission of the virus.
In this ten minute video clip, Dr. Malgorzata Gasperowicz explains why stopping a virus as contagious as the Delta variant requires not only vaccines and masks, but also public health measures like the temporary closure of schools and non-essential workplaces.
Dr. Gasperowicz is a developmental biologist and a researcher at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She earned her Master’s at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology in Gdansk, Poland and a Ph.D.in biology at Albert Ludvig University of Freiburg, Germany. Dr. Gasperowicz is a co-founder of ZeroCOVIDCanada, a member of COVIDisAirborne, and a member of the World Health Network (WHN).
As COVID-19 infections skyrocket across the University of Michigan (UM) campus and health facilities, opposition is growing to the administration’s potentially deadly return of students and instructors to in-person learning.
“The virus is rampant onboard…”
The World Socialist Web Site has closely followed the crisis facing thousands of cruise ship workers and passengers across the world in the wake of the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
“They care more about these trucks than people”
In response to the publication of a letter on workplace conditions by a temporary worker, autoworkers have flooded the WSWS with comments denouncing conditions in their own factories.
Drivers told the WSWS they are being forced to report for duty despite having COVID symptoms or when they should be self-isolating.
The Autoworkers Rank-and-File Committee calls for the shutdown of auto plants and nonessential production, with full compensation to workers, until the virus is contained and workers aided by scientists determine it safe to return.
Urgent action is needed by cruise ship workers to protect health and safety as the Omicron variant spreads across the globe.
Airlines reported thousands of cancellations due to COVID-19 infections among flight and ground crews.
UK Employment Tribunal rules against worker who refused to return to work over COVID safety concerns
The corporate media are using the tribunal ruling, hinging on the question of what constitutes a philosophical belief, to assert that workers have no legal right against being forced to labour in unsafe conditions.
In boycotting the Winter Olympics in Beijing, US President Joe Biden is pointing his finger at China from atop a mountain of corpses.
As scientific studies continue to undermine the conspiracy theory that SARS-CoV-2 is a genetically engineered virus, journalist Glenn Greenwald has accused the New York Times and Washington Post of being insufficiently faithful to the lab leak “theory.”
The report conservatively estimates that if China followed the US “herd immunity” policy the number of daily cases would exceed 637,000, and the daily tally of serious cases would be more than 22,000, quickly overloading the country’s health system.
A minor incident in China involving the death of a pet, while no doubt distressing to its owner, has been inflated for political purposes out of all proportion in the American and international media.