Tag: Coronavirus
State Mismanagement of Covid-19 Data Continues

Mindy Clark of Sarasota, Florida, drove to a COVID-19 testing site at Manatee Rural Health because she thought she might have contracted the virus. At the drive-thru testing center, she was told to take the test only if she had experienced symptoms. She drove away before being swabbed. Two days later, she received a…
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Coronavirus Crises: Everything to Fear from Fear Itself

The coronavirus has spawned crises on three fronts—medical, financial, and economic—and the tide in each turns at different times. The stock market has rebounded from its March 23 bottom, two weeks after Treasury bond yields began to rise from their all-time low. COVID-19 death rates passed their peak in the United States and most…
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The “Prominent Hole” in CDC Epidemic Intelligence

Federal government briefings on the current pandemic have failed to feature anyone openly identified with the Epidemic Intelligence Service, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Embattled Americans might find that odd, since the EIS is tasked to protect the country from health threats. 

Don’t Trust Government to Distribute Covid-19 Drugs

As new Covid-19 cases continue across the U.S., many states are preparing for a potential second wave of outbreaks and reinstated lockdown measures. Arizona hospitals are enacting emergency plans to accommodate a rapid influx of new infections. Florida has ordered bars to stop serving alcohol (after allowing them to reopen less than a month…
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President Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Vaccine Project Might Crash Into Perverse Incentives

This May, President Trump unveiled Operation Warp Speed, a partnership between federal regulatory agencies and private drug producers that aims to develop and distribute a Covid-19 vaccine by January. The president described the project’s lofty goal of achieving a pioneering scientific discovery in record-breaking time as “unlike anything our country has seen since The Manhattan…
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IRS Sent $1.4 Billion in Coronavirus Relief Money to Dead People

Proving once again that federal bureaucrats who do little other than spend trillions of dollars are really bad at it, the Government Accountability Office has found that the IRS sent $1.4 billion in coronavirus emergency relief payments to 1.1 million dead Americans. That’s an average of $1,272 for every deceased American who was posthumously…
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Uruguay’s Freer Approach Has Severely Limited the Pandemic While Protecting the Economy

We are not talking enough about Uruguay. That small South American country boasts impressive results in its handling of the coronavirus. It is also signaling that it wants to prosper and that it understands more freedom might be the way to go about it. Under president Luis Lacalle Pou, Uruguay has suffered a very…
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Are Special Interests Undermining the Quest for a Covid-19 Vaccine?

At the time of peak lockdown, nearly 94 percent of the U.S. population was placed under stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of Covid-19. Currently, every state is working toward ending, or already has ended, their stay-at-home measures. Lifting the lockdown has provided many benefits. Foremost, the U.S. economy climbed out of a severe…
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Coronavirus Lockdowns to Cause Earlier Insolvency of Failing Public Employee Pensions

The pensions of public employees, the people who work for state or local governments, are in trouble. After years of promises by politicians—who, like public employees themselves, have done little to provide funds to pay for the generous retirement benefits—many public employee pension funds are now at increased risk of insolvency as the economy…
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Coronavirus Is Quickly Draining Social Security

The 2020 Social Security Trustees’ Report is out, and it is not good news. According to Social Security’s trustees, the Old Age and Survivors’ Insurance Trust Fund will run out of money in 14 years, meaning that beginning in 2035, all of Social Security’s beneficiaries will have their monthly income checks slashed by 21…
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