Healthcare

US coronavirus death toll predicted to reach 295,000 by December

By Bryan Dyne, 8 August 2020

The IHME projection of nearly 300,000 deaths by December exposes the lie that it is safe to reopen the schools.

Columbia University pressures faculty into teaching in-person classes, triggering backlash

By Elliott Murtagh, 8 August 2020

Faculty and graduate instructors have denounced university demands they teach in-person classes during the planned fall campus reopening.

Health Commissioner forced out as New York City prepares to reopen schools amid national pandemic surge

By Josh Varlin, 7 August 2020

Dr. Oxiris Barbot’s ouster indicates a more open return to the herd immunity strategy that guided the city’s disastrous early response to the pandemic.

Dangerous conditions in Melbourne quarantine hotels helped cause Australia’s COVID-19 resurgence

By Martin Scott, 7 August 2020

Victoria’s state Labor Party government presided over the hiring of poorly-paid security guards with no infection control training.

Britain’s National Health Service workers demand pay rise amid COVID-19 crisis

By Rory Woods, 7 August 2020

Hundreds of health workers demonstrated in London last week and dozens of protests are scheduled in cities across the country this Saturday, organised by Facebook groups.

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The Line movingly conveys health care workers’ struggles during the pandemic

By Erik Schreiber, 7 August 2020

A powerful play based on interviews shows how New York City’s health care workers battled the pandemic as the health care system collapsed around them.

Stricter lockdown reimposed in Philippines as cases top 100,000

By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2020

The Duterte administration has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with authoritarianism and anti-scientific nonsense.

Mass unemployment to worsen in Australia following Victorian lockdown

By Mike Head, 4 August 2020

Workers, especially those in casual and insecure employment, will bear the burden of the sweeping “state of disaster” COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victoria’s Labor government.

Amid COVID-19 “disaster,” Australian state government announces limited workplace closures

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 August 2020

The measures were only announced after the Victorian surge of infections had spiralled out of control, sparking fears of a collapse of the healthcare system.

New COVID-19 infections take hold in first week of attempted cruise industry restart

By Tom Casey, 4 August 2020

Among the first ship operators to resume sailings, Norwegian-owned Hurtigruten suspended operation of two ships this weekend after 36 passenger and five crew tested positive for coronavirus.

COVID-19 takes hold in Papua New Guinea

By John Braddock, 4 August 2020

A surge of new COVID-19 cases has been recorded in the past 14 days, threatening to overwhelm the impoverished country’s ill-equipped healthcare system.

One month of the coronavirus pandemic: 7.2 million infected, 165,000 dead

By Bryan Dyne, 4 August 2020

July was the worst month yet in terms of new cases of COVID-19, as the pandemic continued to tear through the global population.

Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center intensive care unit head physician dies of COVID-19

By Dominic Gustavo, 3 August 2020

Health care workers have been placed on the front lines of the pandemic as safety precautions such as social distancing have been lifted.

Six months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 August 2020

Nearly 700,000 people have succumbed to the pandemic over the past six months.

The coronavirus pandemic and the growing mental health crisis

By Ben Oliver, 1 August 2020

Dealing with the insidious uncertainty of COVID-19's spread is more like living with a domestic abuser or being deployed to a war zone.

Doctors at Michigan’s Beaumont Health submit no-confidence petition on eve of merger

By Stephen Fuller, 1 August 2020

A group of doctors at Michigan’s Beaumont Health system are submitting a no-confidence petition on the eve of a possible merger with Chicago-Milwaukee-based Advocate Aurora Health system.

COVID-19 deaths mount at GM plant and maquiladoras across Mexico

By Andrea Lobo, 30 July 2020

The state-owned oil company reported that 234 family members of workers have also died from coronavirus, highlighting the horrific human cost of the rush to reopen the economy.

Auto parts worker dies at Michigan Faurecia plant of unexplained causes

By Tim Rivers, 30 July 2020

Management at the Saline, Michigan plant has not released the cause of death, but coronavirus is widely suspected.

India set to surpass two million COVID-19 cases within days

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 30 July 2020

While the government claims that it is mounting a “successful battle,” the virus is rampaging across the India, with half a million new infections in the past 12 days.

UK coronavirus infections and death rates increase as Johnson blames Europe

By Robert Stevens, 30 July 2020

The Tories’ aim is to divert attention from the resurgence of coronavirus infections in the UK due to their own criminal policies.

Record Australian COVID-19 deaths and infections

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 July 2020

Today’s toll of 723 infections and 13 deaths in Victoria demonstrates that the authorities have completely lost control of the state’s coronavirus surge.

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine racket

By Bryan Dyne, 30 July 2020

Moderna’s exorbitant price point for its taxpayer subsidized vaccine exemplifies the corporate-financial elite’s exploitation of the coronavirus catastrophe for its selfish private gain.

Michigan Medicine laying off hundreds of workers despite ongoing pandemic

By George Kirby, 29 July 2020

The medical center owned by the University of Michigan is cutting the jobs of hundreds of nurses, emergency technicians and other hospital workers.

COVID-19 spreading widely in auto plants as Detroit automakers push for more production

By Shannon Jones, 23 July 2020

Reports continue of spreading COVID-19 infections at US auto plants as Detroit automakers are making clear that they will not permit even temporary shutdowns for cleaning and quarantining.

New coronavirus cases globally rocket past a quarter million

By Bryan Dyne, 23 July 2020

Multiple countries yesterday set new records in their daily death tolls, case counts or both.

California: 700 health care workers at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on five-day strike

By Brian Dixon, 23 July 2020

Workers are protesting understaffing at the hospital, inadequate access to personal protective equipment, and management’s proposal to slash their benefits.

Widespread opposition as union sells out Joliet, Illinois nurses strike

By Alex Johnson, 23 July 2020

The Illinois Nurses Association isolated the courageous two-week strike and then pushed through a deal that does nothing to address dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.

Record daily coronavirus infections in Australia

By Patrick O’Connor, 23 July 2020

The pandemic has been exacerbated by the casualisation of the workforce that was engineered over the last four decades by successive Labor and Liberal governments.

Ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases across Pacific Island states

By John Braddock, 23 July 2020

The global health and economic crisis is having a catastrophic impact on the fragile and impoverished former colonies across the Pacific.

Health and safety of medical workers jeopardized by world leaders’ negligent response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 July 2020

Health care workers have faced the brunt of the pandemic, with tens of thousands who have contracted the coronavirus and thousands who have died caring for those infected with COVID-19.

Australia: Hundreds of health workers in Victoria contract COVID-19

By Clare Bruderlin, 18 July 2020

A national survey of 500 healthcare workers found that half were experiencing PPE shortages and some were having to source their own supplies.

Millions of Americans are losing health insurance as joblessness skyrockets

By Alex Johnson, 17 July 2020

The pandemic has left approximately 5.4 million American workers uninsured between February and May, according to an analysis by the Families USA consumer advocacy group.

Two-week strike by Joliet, Illinois nurses in danger

By Benjamin Mateus and Jerry White, 17 July 2020

The nurses have taken a defiant stand not just for themselves but for all health care workers, but the unions are isolating their strike.

US drug overdose deaths soared to record highs in 2019

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2020

Preliminary data shows that nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, a staggering increase of 5 percent from 2018, and that the toll will be even higher this year.

Nearly 70,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in US prisons

By Sam Dalton, 16 July 2020

As the virus’s spread in prisons continues unabated, a new study shows the COVID-19 death rate for US inmates is triple the population at large.

Australian governments reject lockdowns, as Victoria hits highest daily infection toll

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 July 2020

Infections are spiralling out of control, because governments are refusing to implement measures that would impinge on the profits of the corporate elite.

Houston hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as Texas continues to reopen

By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020

Coronavirus skyrockets in Texas’ largest city as reopening continues.

French trade unions agree to attacks on healthcare system amid coronavirus pandemic

By Will Morrow, 13 July 2020

As far as the capitalist class is concerned, if more workers die, particularly elderly workers no longer able to produce profits for employers, this can be a positive good.

Joliet, Illinois nurses reject sellout contract, continue strike

By Benjamin Mateus, 12 July 2020

The nurses voted 393 to 154 to defeat the contract proposed by the Illinois Nurses Association, which did nothing to reduce the dangerously high patient-to-nurse ratios.

North American autoworkers expand fight against unsafe conditions amid COVID-19 nightmare

By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2020

Fiat Chrysler Toledo Assembly workers in Ohio have decided to launch a rank-and-file safety committee, after similar committees were set up last month at two FCA plants in the Detroit area.

Pandemic surges in the Americas as the global death toll nears 560,000

By Kate Randall, 11 July 2020

The United States is leading the global toll of new COVID-19 cases and deaths, with nearly 3.2 million cases and 134,092 deaths as of Friday evening, about a quarter of the global total.

Striking Joliet, Illinois nurses should reject sellout deal

By Benjamin Mateus, 11 July 2020

AMITA Health St. Joseph Medical Center nurses in Joliet should reject the Illinois Nurses Association's deal, which does nothing to address chronic understaffing.

COVID-19 disrupts reopening of US professional sports

By Alan Gilman, 11 July 2020

Professional baseball, basketball, football and soccer are all attempting to resume play without live audiences, but dozens of athletes have fallen victim to coronavirus.

Lenox Hill: Portrait of New York City hospital obscures more than it shows

By Clara Weiss, 11 July 2020

Netflix is currently streaming the mini-series documentary Lenox Hill, which focuses on four doctors at the hospital of the same name in New York’s Manhattan.

“This is going to kill us—not coronavirus, but how broken the health care system is”

An Illinois nurse speaks out against corporate control of health care systems

By Jessica Goldstein, 10 July 2020

The nurse spoke to the WSWS after being furloughed for speaking out against a hospital’s corporate policies that discriminated against low-income patients during the pandemic.

Striking nurses in Joliet, Illinois denounce unsafe conditions at AMITA hospital

By Benjamin Mateus, 8 July 2020

Striking nurses spoke to WSWS reporters about their demands for adequate staffing and safe working conditions.

New York City EMS worker commits suicide

By Ali Elhassan, 8 July 2020

The warnings by mental health experts about the traumatic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health care workers are now being tragically borne out.

The COVID-19 vaccine and the drive for profit

By Frank Gaglioti, 8 July 2020

As the pandemic rages across the planet, the struggle to develop a vaccine has become an urgent task. But the vaccines will be weaponized for geopolitical purposes, not to provide the treatments equitably on a global scale.

Over 700 Joliet, Illinois nurses go on strike for better wages and safe working conditions

By Benjamin Mateus and Kate Randall, 6 July 2020

Strikes of health care workers are part of a growing global response of workers across industries to the dangers posed by government back-to-work drives.

Zimbabwe nurses strike as economic crisis brings threat of second coup and military dictatorship

By Stephan McCoy, 4 July 2020

Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is preparing to confront mounting opposition in the working class through dictatorial forms of rule and the abrogation of democratic rights—even as it is threatened by the possibility of a coup.

Riverside, California: HCA nurses strike continues as coronavirus takes its toll

By Alex Johnson, 4 July 2020

According to health officials, the confirmed active case count in Riverside bloated to 10,059 on Thursday, compared to 9,532 on Wednesday. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 stands at 465.

HPAE union betrays New Jersey nurses’ fight for PPE and better pay

By Erik Schreiber, 4 July 2020

New Jersey nurses must not allow their struggles to be strangled by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union.

Tories resurrect cynical “Clap for Carers” on 72nd anniversary of the NHS

By Rory Woods, 4 July 2020

Sunday’s event insults the memory of hundreds of health and social care workers who died of COVID-19 trying to save the lives of others.

Letter from a New York City transit worker on miscarriages and pregnancy on the job

By our reporters, 3 July 2020

A New York City transit worker has written in to the WSWS describing the atrocious conditions faced by pregnant workers at the facilities run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

“The company is taking risks with the lives of 5,000 workers”

As COVID-19 cases surge, Texas GM workers demand closure of factory

By Jerry White, 2 July 2020

Just days after Fiat Chrysler workers in Detroit halted production, GM workers in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are demanding the closure of Arlington Assembly.

“Chrysler was telling everybody that it was safe to come back to work, and it’s not.”

Autoworkers at FCA Trenton Engine call for rank-and-file safety committees to fight COVID-19

By Tim Rivers, 2 July 2020

Autoworkers at the FCA Trenton Engine Plant south of Detroit called on their co-workers to build rank-and-file safety committees to fight the spread of COVID-19 in factories and save lives.

Arizona Department of Health Services activates plan to ration healthcare for COVID-19 patients

By Benjamin Mateus, 2 July 2020

As the pandemic surges throughout Arizona, the governor is seeking emergency support from the federal government to supplement the beleaguered hospital staff in hard-hit counties.

Riverside, California Nurses strike continues as ICU beds reach capacity

By Kevin Martinez, 2 July 2020

Nurses are protesting unsafe working conditions while county health officials announced this week that ICU beds were at 99 percent capacity

Respiratory therapist at New York’s Elmhurst Hospital describes horrors during COVID pandemic:

“The patients in March didn’t have to die like this, if we would have had more staff and better equipment to work with”

By Clara Weiss, 2 July 2020

At poor community hospitals like Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, patients were up to three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than they were in facilities in the richest parts of Manhattan.

Johnson pledges “New Deal” for UK as he prepares savage attack on workers

By Chris Marsden, 2 July 2020

Johnson is prime minister of a declining imperialist power, dominated politically, economically, and socially by a financial oligarchy whose sole concern is that the flood of wealth into its coffers continues.

The inequality pandemic: How American capitalism puts profits over lives

By Andre Damon, 2 July 2020

The resurgence of COVID-19 is the outcome of a policy, led by the Trump administration but supported by the entire political and media establishment, of subordinating society’s needs to the interests of the financial oligarchy.

Chile: COVID-19 outbreak in mining regions

By Mauricio Saavedra, 1 July 2020

Three mineworkers have died in the giant state-owned mining corporation Codelco, and some 2,528 are infected, according to the official figures of the Ministry of Mining.

COVID-19 increase at UK’s 2 Sisters, Rowan and Kober meat processing factories

By Tony Robson, 1 July 2020

Inadequate and unsafe forms of transport, poor working conditions, and rundown accommodation are class issues bound up with the wealth extraction demanded by capitalism.

Hands off Fiat Chrysler workers fighting the COVID-19 disease!

By the Jefferson North and Sterling Heights Rank-and-File Safety Committees, 1 July 2020

This joint statement was issued by the rank-and-file safety committees set up by Detroit-area Fiat Chrysler workers to fight for safe conditions during the pandemic.

”I can get another job. I can’t get another life”

Food processing plants in Ohio and New York hit with outbreaks

By Alex Findijs, 1 July 2020

Outbreaks at salad and fruit processing plants in Springfield, Ohio, and Oswego, New York, show the vulnerability of food workers to the deadly disease.

New York City transit worker suffers miscarriage on the job

By Sam Dalton, 1 July 2020

Transit workers are outraged at the Transit Authority and the union after a conductor who was six-months pregnant lost a baby when she was forced to return to track switching.

Pandemic profiteering: Gilead Sciences cashes in on COVID-19

By Bryan Dyne, 1 July 2020

Gilead’s declaration that it will charge over $3,000 per patient for the drug remdesivir sends a clear message that pharmaceutical companies plan to use the COVID-19 crisis to make billions of dollars.

“Street medics” provide emergency care to US protesters injured by police

By Alex Johnson, 30 June 2020

”Street medics” have helped protesters cope with the effects of tear gas and pepper spray, broken limbs and injuries from “less-lethal” rounds of rubber bullets and bean-bag hits.

Brazilian health care workers strike for PPE and risk bonus

By Brunna Machado, 27 June 2020

On Thursday, health care professionals in the Brazilian state of Piauí started an indefinite strike as their counterparts in Rio de Janeiro launched protests.

As pandemic rages, Trump administration calls on Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 27 June 2020

An overturn of the Affordable Care Act would wipe out health care coverage for as many as 23 million Americans.

“Back to work” campaign in the US has led to surge in COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 27 June 2020

The resurgence of the pandemic was the entirely foreseeable outcome of the homicidal campaign by the Trump administration, with the support of the Democrats and the media, to force workers back into factories and workplaces.

Contact tracing and capitalism’s response to the pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 June 2020

As the globe rapidly approaches ten million cases of COVID-19, the United States continues to ignore any public health measures to contain the pandemic.

Riverside Community Hospital nurses strike in California

By Kevin Martinez, 26 June 2020

Nurses in the SEIU have launched a 10-day strike to protest staffing cuts while their for-profit hospital chain has received government bailouts.

Nurses and support staff at HCA Healthcare set to strike California hospital over cuts and PPE shortages

By Benjamin Mateus, 26 June 2020

One thousand nurses and support staff at HCA Healthcare are set to strike over concessions the hospital chain is demanding from frontline health care workers as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the US.

The United States nears a new one-day high of COVID-19 infections

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 June 2020

The United States neared a new one-day high in new cases of COVID-19, with 38,386 new infections, only a few hundred below the high set back on April 24 with 39,072 cases.

COVID-19 cases rapidly surge in Texas

By Trévon Austin, 25 June 2020

Texas confirmed over 5,000 cases for the first time on Tuesday.

Brazilian government hides scale of COVID-19 pandemic to promote criminal reopening

By Tomas Castanheira, 25 June 2020

Different studies point to severe underreporting of COVID-19 cases and deaths, as outbreaks at working places spread across Brazil.

India rapidly emerging as epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic in Asia

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 25 June 2020

As a result of the Modi government’s abandonment of lockdown measures, the coronavirus is spreading like wildfire in both urban slums and rural areas.

Detroit nurses’ lawsuit exposes horrific conditions at Sinai-Grace Hospital as COVID-19 deaths spiked

By Kevin Reed, 25 June 2020

Four nurses who worked at Sinai-Grace Hospital have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Tenet corporation that operates the facility where dozens of people died from COVID-19 due to management’s cost-cutting.

Johnson announces end of UK’s lockdown

By Robert Stevens, 25 June 2020

The bulk of the UK economy, barring “close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools and spas, will reopen July 4. All schools will reopen in September.

London bus drivers’ lives threatened by union collusion on inadequate COVID-19 measures

By Laura Tiernan, 25 June 2020

The Unite union is playing a crucial role for the government and Transport for London in policing the back-to-work drive and concealing the immense dangers facing bus and transport workers.

Unite union facilitates cover-up of COVID-19 outbreak in UK meat processing plants

By Tony Robson, 25 June 2020

Meat processing factories across the world have become a breeding ground for the virus, and working in them is a potential death sentence.

Tennessee legislature passes anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill

By Warren Duzak, 24 June 2020

The Republican-backed bill would require doctors to refuse to provide abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detectable.

Johnson used pandemic to step up privatisation of UK public sector

By Margot Miller, 24 June 2020

The corporate raid underscores the cynicism of government ministers clapping frontline workers and hailing NHS workers as “heroes.”

Western Massachusetts psychiatric units facing imminent closure

By Ben Oliver, 22 June 2020

Trinity Health plans to close the three inpatient units of Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, eliminating 202 jobs, 74 beds and the region’s only pediatric unit.

WHO warns coronavirus pandemic entering a “dangerous phase”

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 June 2020

As nations open their economies, new cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, and the death toll has begun to climb again.

Doctors head legal challenge to UK government on health care deaths and PPE

By Rory Woods, 20 June 2020

At least 181 health workers and 131 social care workers have died while working on the frontline.

Johnson government reneges on waiving health surcharges on NHS workers from overseas

By Tony Robson, 19 June 2020

What is being demanded by migrant NHS workers is not preferential treatment, but rights that should be extended to all overseas workers.

UK nurses from overseas demand permanent residence after battling COVID-19

By our reporter, 19 June 2020

The SEP was contacted by an overseas nurse from the south of England, urging support for a petition demanding permanent residence for non-EU National Health Service migrant workers.

More than 40 percent of all US deaths from COVID-19 are in nursing homes

By Benjamin Mateus, 17 June 2020

A report published Tuesday says that there were 51,000 COVID-19 deaths among residents of US nursing homes and extended care facilities.

Outbreaks of COVID-19 in Brazil’s meat processing plants and mines

By Tomas Castanheira, 17 June 2020

Clusters of coronavirus at large companies across the country threaten the lives of thousands of workers.

Canada’s grocery chains slash wages as pandemic continues to rage

By Roger Jordan, 17 June 2020

The decision to abolish the pay premium shows the companies’ shocking disregard for the lives of workers.

An interview with Dr. Mona Masood, founder of the Physician Support Line

By Kate Randall, 17 June 2020

The WSWS spoke to Dr. Mona Masood about her experience setting up a support line of psychiatrists serving the mental health needs of physicians during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nurses outraged over US hospital chain bailouts, layoffs and bloated CEO pay

By Gary Joad, 15 June 2020

The largest health care corporations and hospital chains have collected billions in federal grants and laid off tens of thousands of health care workers, while compensating top executives hundreds of millions.

UK Health and Safety Executive provides cover for Johnson government’s back-to-work drive

By Tony Robson, 13 June 2020

The Health and Safety Executive has not carried out any inspections of workplaces since March to reduce risks to its own staff.

Scottish government moves to end lockdown as COVID-19 deaths hit 4,000

By Stephen Alexander, 13 June 2020

Scotland has the third worst coronavirus death rate in the world.

Ontario calls military into another for-profit long-term care facility ravaged by COVID-19

By Matthew Richter, 13 June 2020

The vast majority of the care home deaths have been at for-profit facilities, where wages, staff levels and working conditions are generally even lower.

COVID-19 cases spike across the United States

By Jacob Crosse, 12 June 2020

Twelve US states—Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Delaware and Hawaii—have all seen a 25 percent or more spike in average cases within the last week.

“They treat us like we are slaves”

Detroit Flex-N-Gate workers denounce sweatshop conditions

By J. Cooper, 12 June 2020

Workers are facing intolerable conditions after the reopening of the auto parts plants.

“Make no mistake, the union supports ramping up production”

UAW threatens job losses at Ford Kentucky Truck Plant over COVID-19-related absences

By Marcus Day and Jessica Goldstein, 12 June 2020

The UAW’s threats came the same day that Ford’s Chief Operating Officer, Jim Farley, announced that the company expects production to return to pre-pandemic levels by July 6.