By Margaret Rees, 28 November 2020
Even before they were placed on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, paramedics reported the highest rates of workplace injury of any occupation.
By Danny Knightley, 28 November 2020
As if the stress and fear of living away from family and support networks, many for the first time in their lives, in the middle of a deadly pandemic was not bad enough, students and young people have been targeted by the right-wing media and government as being one of the primary reasons for the spread of COVID-19.
By Kevin Reed, 28 November 2020
The exponential surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan during the months of October and November has resulted in an alarming increase in the number of patients entering hospitals across the state with 53 facilities at 75 percent or higher bed occupancy.
By Erik Schreiber, 27 November 2020
Faced with increased costs, care facilities are cutting staff, jeopardizing the lives of elderly residents.
By Benjamin Mateus, 27 November 2020
The purpose of reducing the isolation period to as little as seven days is to ensure workers will be back on the job faster, even though the CDC admits this will increase the transmission of the virus.
By Katerina Selin, 26 November 2020
With death and infection figures skyrocketing, doctors and nurses are sounding the alarm over the crisis in Greece’s health care system.
By Andre Damon, 26 November 2020
Amid mass unemployment, hunger and death, America’s financial oligarchy is celebrating a bumper year.
“I think school should be closed until the virus is brought under control”
By our reporter, 26 November 2020
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with Elizabeth, a student nurse in her final year in Manchester, and her daughter Claire, aged 15, about their experiences during the pandemic.
UK mother whose children all contracted COVID-19 speaks out to demand school closures: “I agree you must close schools and universities to save lives”
By our reporters, 25 November 2020
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Linda, a parent of three school children, who all tested positive for coronavirus at the end of October.
By Patrick Smith, 25 November 2020
Amazon’s entry into the pharmaceutical industry underscores the conglomerate’s accelerating domination over sector after sector of the US and global economy.
By Alexander Fangmann, 24 November 2020
Nearly 700 certified nursing assistants and other workers walked out Monday morning for higher pay, more staffing and protections against COVID-19.
By Thomas Scripps, 24 November 2020
From Wednesday next week, all non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses in England will be allowed to reopen, along with places of worship.
By Niles Niemuth, 24 November 2020
Even as travel this week is expected to decline from last year, with many citing concerns over COVID-19 as a reason to stay home, the movement of tens of millions across the country threatens to massively accelerate the spread of COVID-19.
By Josh Varlin, 24 November 2020
Hundreds of people, mostly victims of the pandemic, have been stored in freezer trucks in Brooklyn for months as city authorities struggle to identify their next of kin and make funeral arrangements.
By Katy Kinner, 23 November 2020
Over 800 St. Mary’s nurses in Pennsylvania returned to work on Sunday with no evidence of a contract deal, just one example of various unions strangling strikes as health care workers face death on a massive scale.
By Marianne Arens, 23 November 2020
Triage—treating some but not others—is now a major topic of discussion in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are being called on to make a living will and forgo treatment.
Iowa hospitals overwhelmed, Wisconsin health care system on brink of collapse amid exponential rise in COVID-19 cases
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 November 2020
Nearly every intensive care unit bed and every medical-surgical bed is full in the majority of hospitals throughout the state, and over a third of all hospitals in Wisconsin are operating at peak capacity and are unable to admit new patients.
By Clare Bruderlin, 23 November 2020
Nurses and midwives walked out because of the deaths of five babies at the hospital in under two years, ongoing staffing shortages and concerns about patient safety.
By Benjamin Mateus, 21 November 2020
To date, there have been 12.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and more than 260,000 deaths.
21 November 2020
The following letter was sent to the WSWS from a frontline nurse at the UK’s Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
As Canada’s ruling class lets pandemic run rampant, workers must fight to shut down nonessential production and schools
By Laurent Lafrance and Roger Jordan, 21 November 2020
Canada’s Public Health Agency warns that new COVID-19 infections will rise to 20,000 per day by the end of December—the equivalent of 200,000 per day in the United States—if social contacts remain at current levels.
By David Fitzgerald, 21 November 2020
The city has resorted to urgently asking the general public for help in locating structures that can shelter the homeless from the cold while protecting them from COVID-19.
By John Mackay, 21 November 2020
A recent report found that the mental health of three out of four people has been negatively affected by COVID-19, while calls to crisis and suicide lines have soared.
As Europe’s governments preside over mass death, workers must fight for the shutdown of nonessential production and schools
By Jordan Shilton, 20 November 2020
Growing numbers of workers and young people support the demand for the shutdown of nonessential production and ending of in-person teaching in schools to contain the pandemic.
By Genevieve Leigh, 20 November 2020
One of the impacts of the pandemic is a rising mental health crisis, particularly among youth, for which no faction of the ruling class proposes any solution.
By Harvey Thompson, 20 November 2020
In Hull, 57 of the city’s 97 schools have been affected, while in the wider East Riding area, cases have been reported in 103 of 150 schools.
By Cole Michaels and Kristina Betinis, 19 November 2020
As the St. Louis area sees record hospitalizations, local mitigation measures have been partial and limited, and Republican leaders are scheming to prevent workers from suing their employers for COVID-19 exposure.
By Zac Corrigan, 19 November 2020
New restrictions on public gatherings exclude K-8 in-person education as well as all factories and workplaces, all major vectors for the spread of COVID-19 in communities.
By Marianne Arens, 19 November 2020
Governments at the national and state levels are keeping schools and day care centres open, ensuring that the pandemic will continue to explode, pushing up death rates.
New York City educators and parents must take control over online learning! Schools must stay closed until the pandemic is contained!
By New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 19 November 2020
Our committee warns that the closure of schools is a temporary maneuver and we call on educators, parents and students to demand no resumption of in-person learning until a proven vaccine has been verified and distributed free of charge.
By Samuel Davidson, 19 November 2020
The strike by nurses at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is the latest to demand safe staffing levels during the pandemic.
By Ulaş Ateşçi, 19 November 2020
The Turkish government is committing to a “herd immunity” policy in the interests of the ruling class, regardless of how many lives are lost.
By Jerry White, 19 November 2020
Anger among workers is boiling over as corporations keep operating even though COVID-19 infections are spreading uncontrollably throughout factories and other workplaces.
By Alex Findijs, 19 November 2020
Most of the infections have come after the reopening of schools, highlighting the dangers of in-person instruction during the pandemic.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 November 2020
The infections in Adelaide underscore the risk of a rapid spread of the virus as governments seek to lift all remaining safety restrictions.
By Josh Varlin, 18 November 2020
Amid the worst-hit regions in the world during the spring, COVID-19 is resurging in New York and New Jersey.
By Andrea Lobo, 18 November 2020
Mexico has reached 1 million cases and is expected to reach 100,000 deaths this week, while the country reports the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the world.
By Alberto Escalera, 18 November 2020
Schools will remain open in New York City Wednesday despite the positivity rate reaching 3.2 percent Tuesday, with the latest data showing a 2.74 percent seven-day rolling average infection rate in the city.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 November 2020
Only when the infection figures reached five times the peak of the spring — as more and more experts sounded the alarm and outrage in the population became unmistakable—has the government enacted some disjointed and half-hearted measures.
By Shannon Jones, 17 November 2020
US auto plants have become major vectors for the spread of COVID-19, yet auto executives, the UAW union and government officials at every level are determined to continue full production no matter what the cost to life.
By Will Morrow, 17 November 2020
Hundreds of people are continuing to die every day in France as tens of thousands of new coronavirus infections are being reported.
By Kayla Costa and David Fitzgerald, 17 November 2020
Teachers in Utah conducted a sickout strike opposed by the union to demand an end to in-person instruction as the pandemic spreads uncontrolled.
By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2020
The United States is entering the winter season with coronavirus numbers hitting records in 45 states.
By Katy Kinner, 16 November 2020
While the union wants to limit the strike to a set of minimal and vague demands, anger is growing among workers over low wages, unsafe conditions amidst the pandemic and rising health care costs.
Australia: Obstetricians at Sydney’s Blacktown Hospital threaten to resign amid the deaths of four babies in 18 months
By Clare Bruderlin, 16 November 2020
Doctors take a stand as understaffing crisis highlights the fragility of the public health system even without a COVID-19 resurgence.
By Benjamin Mateus, 16 November 2020
The winter surge in the US is well underway, with fatalities climbing as hospital systems from one region to the next reach capacity.
By Gregor Link, 16 November 2020
The federal and state governments are responsible for a situation in which the virus is running out of control nationwide.
US health care workers demand strike action to address understaffing, low pay as pandemic crisis deepens
By Alex Johnson, 14 November 2020
Mass resistance among nurses and other health care workers against the criminal policies of hospital conglomerates and governments is erupting across the United States.
By Benjamin Mateus, 14 November 2020
The mounting surge in new infections is placing immense strain on health care workers and the health systems as they scramble to manage a rapidly growing number of new admissions to hospitals across the nation.
By Andre Damon, 14 November 2020
All sections of the ruling class are opposed to taking measures necessary to contain the pandemic. That is why workers must take emergency action.
By Kate Randall, 13 November 2020
Many months into the pandemic, with a surge in COVID-19 cases affecting virtually every US state, a new study shows that there is a veritable tsunami of depression flooding over the nation’s young adult population.
“Why do I, an EMT, have to sob, plead with you to take a patient?!”
By Andrea Peters, 13 November 2020
Desperate health care workers and family members of those infected with the coronavirus are finding that there are no more beds in the country’s medical facilities, even as the government insists that the situation is “under control.”
By Melody Isley, 13 November 2020
While San Diego has entered into California’s supposedly more restrictive ‘purple tier,’ officials are appealing the designation, business owners are pledging to defy orders and schools remain open.
By Benjamin Mateus, 13 November 2020
Nurses in North Dakota infected with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic will be “allowed” to continue working rather than quarantine, regardless of the hazards posed for both patients and nurses.
By Marianne Arens, 13 November 2020
Particularly in southern and western Switzerland, infections have skyrocketed over recent days. Intensive care units in the hospitals are full, and doctors and nurses on the verge of collapse.
Worker at Canadian senior care home describes COVID-19’s horrific impact in a system where “the profit motive is paramount”
By Louis Girard, 13 November 2020
The first wave of the pandemic last spring saw a catastrophic loss of life in Canada’s long-term care facilities. The second wave now underway threatens to exact a similar horrific toll, because Canada’s governments have done next to nothing to improve the situation.
By Will Morrow, 13 November 2020
The thousands of deaths now occurring every day were not inevitable; they are the product of a deliberate policy by the European ruling class.
By W.A. Sunil, 12 November 2020
From the beginning of October, the grossly understated official number of cases has increased dramatically by more than 10,000, while the death toll has risen by 33, or more than tripled.
Maryland governor re-imposes restrictions as COVID-19 cases reach record levels in the Washington, DC region
By Nick Barrickman, 12 November 2020
Daily COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in the past month throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan region.
By Sheila Brehm, 12 November 2020
Santa Staples, an operating room nurse at McLaren Hospital who died Saturday, was much loved and respected by co-workers.
North Dakota reaches 100 percent hospital capacity, tells health care workers to continue working if infected with COVID-19
By Alex Findijs, 12 November 2020
North Dakota is facing a critical health emergency, with hospitals at full capacity. The state’s herd immunity policy has resulted in a crisis so dire that infected health care workers are being told to continue working to avoid staff shortages
By Kevin Reed, 12 November 2020
An alarming surge in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is underway in metropolitan Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan, threatening to overrun the capacity of the health care system.
By Roger Jordan, 12 November 2020
That Canada’s governments are pursuing a “herd immunity” policy that will result in mass death is increasingly being admitted even within the corporate media.
By Gregor Link and Markus Salzmann, 12 November 2020
Although studies show that the closure of schools, day-care centres and non-essential businesses effectively slow down the increase of infections, governments in Germany and Europe generally reject such closures.
By Benjamin Mateus, 12 November 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has refused to call for a national lockdown despite Dr. Osterholm’s declaration that this is the only way to bring the pandemic under control.
By Bryan Dyne, 11 November 2020
The seven-day average of daily deaths in the United States surpassed 1,000 on Monday for the first time since August 22.
By Cole Michaels and Kristina Betinis, 11 November 2020
Hospitalizations again hit another high Tuesday at 2,055 across Missouri, and some St. Louis-area hospitals are postponing elective procedures to free up capacity.
By Kate Randall, 11 November 2020
Most of the justices gave a skeptical hearing to arguments that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety because Congress eliminated the tax penalty for those who did not purchase insurance.
By Ben Trent and Rory Woods, 10 November 2020
The burnout of staff, backlog of non-COVID patients and the surge of the pandemic are the responsibility of the deliberate and criminal policies of the Tory government, carried out with the tacit support of Labour Party and the trade unions.
By Jacques Valentin, 10 November 2020
In a press conference Monday, health director Jérôme Salomon warned that the “peak” remained “ahead of us,” and “the second wave is continuing.”
By Markus Salzmann, 10 November 2020
The situation is particularly tense in the capital. For the first time, Berlin is registering more than 15,000 active coronavirus cases.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 10 November 2020
Contrary to Modi’s lies, a humanitarian crisis is being generated in the world’s second most populous country.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 November 2020
The post-viral syndrome associated with COVID-19 infection has been recognized in the SARS and MERS pandemic. The scope of this disease will have lasting impact on health care systems.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 November 2020
The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 is rising dramatically across the nation, with 43 states seeing a rise in cases.
By Riksen Stewart, 6 November 2020
Even as Alberta is experiencing a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, the UCP provincial government is moving to eliminate 11,000 public health care jobs.
By Brunna Machado, 5 November 2020
A fire at a hospital in the state of Rio de Janeiro resulted in the deaths of eight people, at least three of them COVID-19 patients.
Over 850 dead in 24 hours
By Jacques Valentin, 5 November 2020
The government’s policies are dictated by its willingness to tolerate catastrophic levels of death.
By Markus Salzmann, 5 November 2020
Experts are warning of the consequences of a shortage of staff and intensive care beds as a massive increase in COVID-19 infections pushes hospitals throughout Europe to their limits.
By Bryan Dyne and Marty Robbins, 5 November 2020
There are currently a record 3.2 million active coronavirus cases in the United States, a number that has been steadily growing over the past two-and-a-half weeks.
By Pradeep Ramanayake, 5 November 2020
The Rajapakse regime’s decisions are aimed at continuing corporate operations, particularly factory production for exports, forcing workers to stay on the job.
As Boris Johnson’s partial lockdown begins: The working class must intervene to prevent COVID-19 catastrophe
By Thomas Scripps, 5 November 2020
The Labour Party and the trade unions stand exposed by this crisis as accomplices of the Johnson government. Opposition to the government is growing, but it can only go forward by developing a new political programme and leadership.
By Alex Johnson, 5 November 2020
Nurses in California and Connecticut have held protests and strike votes to fight unsafe staffing levels as infections and hospitalizations rise across the US.
By Genevieve Leigh, 4 November 2020
More than 61,000 children in the US were diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, more than in any other week during the pandemic.
By John Braddock, 4 November 2020
The move to legalise euthanasia was championed by the far-right ACT Party amid growing demands among ruling elites for the elderly to be sacrificed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Barış Demir, 4 November 2020
President Erdoğan’s government insists on continuing its back-to-work, back-to-school policy as thousands fall ill and deaths mount.
By Genevieve Leigh, 3 November 2020
The sudden and tragic death of such a young child has sent shockwaves through the community and across the US.
Who bears responsibility for the Canadian ruling elite’s catastrophic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic?
By Roger Jordan, 2 November 2020
By systematically prioritizing corporate profit and investor wealth over human lives, Canada’s governments have created conditions for a second wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths even bigger than the first.
“The WSWS has not only commented on the struggles of the working class it has been an active participant in them”
By Jerry White, 2 November 2020
In the vast archive of the WSWS, the working class will find the most critical lessons from the history of the global class struggle and an international socialist perspective needed to conduct its fight against world capitalism today.
By Samuel Tissot, 2 November 2020
Students denounce abrupt, inadequate second lockdown as confusion and precarity loom large.
Johnson government forced into new national lockdown, but schools, universities and factories must stay open
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2020
The lockdown was forced on Johnson because coronavirus has escalated out of control since the economy was reopened in May, threatening to swamp the National Health Service and result in deaths on a scale dwarfing the height of the pandemic in spring.
By Cole Michaels, 2 November 2020
Hospital administrators across the state are raising the alarm, demanding the governor take action to limit the spread, including mandating masks, even as plans remain to reopen schools.
Amid explosive rise in new COVID-19 cases
By Benjamin Mateus, 2 November 2020
The White House denounced Dr. Anthony Fauci for “playing politics” after the top infectious disease expert warned that Trump’s policies were leading the US into “a whole lot of hurt.”
By Erik Schreiber, 2 November 2020
For two years, the New York State Nurses Association has allowed its members to work without a contract while opposing a genuine fight for the minimum safety measures needed to protect nurses against infection.
By Bryan Dyne, 31 October 2020
There were more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States over the past seven days, measured both by the daily new case counts and the seven-day running average.
By Mike Head, 31 October 2020
The similar ending of safety measures caused the COVID-19 catastrophes, now engulfing hospitals throughout Europe, the US and many other parts of the world.
By Benjamin Mateus, 29 October 2020
The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.
By Andrea Peters, 29 October 2020
With coronavirus cases far outpacing their May peak, outbreaks are hitting medical facilities and cultural institutions across the country.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 29 October 2020
If the resurgence of COVID-19 across Europe is not halted, it is a matter of only a few weeks before hospitals are overrun and masses of people cut off from treatment.
By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 29 October 2020
A government appointed committee has warned of a potential second wave of infections in winter leading to a sharp rise in the percentage of the population hit by the coronavirus.
By Roger Jordan, 28 October 2020
The walkout by the poorly-paid health care workers expressed growing class anger against Alberta’s right-wing UCP government and the Canadian elite’s ruinous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.