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Health: Coronavirus/COVID-19

Source: Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins / NPR

Are New Cases and Deaths Still Growing in Your Country?

Source: Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins / NPR

Source: Delphi COVIDCast / Carnegie Mellon University

Masking Up - Fewer covid-19 symptoms reported in states with higher rates of mask use, Oct. 2020

Source: Delphi COVIDCast / Carnegie Mellon University

This billboard outside the Des Moines Airport in Iowa points toward one of President Donald Trump's campaign rallies, which was scheduled to be held on October 14, 2020. The sign draws attention to the danger of holding such large rallies during this pandemic.

"Trump COVID Superspreader Event," 2020

This billboard outside the Des Moines Airport in Iowa points toward one of President Donald Trump's campaign rallies, which was scheduled to be held on October 14, 2020. The sign draws attention to the danger of holding such large rallies during this pandemic.

Source: Riley (2005) / Clio Infra (2015) / UN Population Division (2019) / CDC / NCIRD / World Bank / New York Times

1918 Pandemic Deaths vs. 2020 Pandemic Deaths (as of October 1, 2020)

Source: Riley (2005) / Clio Infra (2015) / UN Population Division (2019) / CDC / NCIRD / World Bank / New York Times

- Daily deaths of patients diagnosed with coronavirus (7-day rolling average) Source: FT analysis of data from the ECDC, the Covid Tracking Project, the UK Dept. of Health and Social Care, Spanish Ministry of Health

COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 1 Million, Sept. 28, 2020

- Daily deaths of patients diagnosed with coronavirus (7-day rolling average) Source: FT analysis of data from the ECDC, the Covid Tracking Project, the UK Dept. of Health and Social Care, Spanish Ministry of Health

New confirmed cases of COVID-19 in United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands (August 6, 2020) Source: Financial Times analysis of data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control / the Covid Tracking Project / the UK Dept of Health & Social Care and the Spanish Ministry of Health

New cases of COVID-19 in U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Belgium & Netherlands (August 6, 2020)

New confirmed cases of COVID-19 in United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands (August 6, 2020) Source: Financial Times analysis of data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control / the Covid Tracking Project / the UK Dept of Health & Social Care and the Spanish Ministry of Health

3.4% of Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 die.  Source: Johns Hopkins University

COVID-19 Case Mortality, August 2020

3.4% of Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 die. Source: Johns Hopkins University

Source: European CDC

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people

Source: European CDC

Sources: covidtracking.com / factba.se / WaPo / @TBPInvictus

Annotated New Confirmed US COVID-19 Cases, Feb. 2020 - July, 2020

Sources: covidtracking.com / factba.se / WaPo / @TBPInvictus

In just 15 days the total number of #COVID19 cases in Georgia is up 49%, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the state's data visualization map of cases. The first map is July 2. The second is today. Do you see a 50% case increase? Can you spot how they're hiding it?  ~ @andishehnouraee

Can you spot how Georgia is hiding the increase in COVID-19 cases? July 2020

In just 15 days the total number of #COVID19 cases in Georgia is up 49%, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the state's data visualization map of cases. The first map is July 2. The second is today. Do you see a 50% case increase? Can you spot how they're hiding it? ~ @andishehnouraee

Northern hemisphere approaching summer. Countries listed started to ease their measures weeks ago. Cases continue to drop as shown on the graph. Southern hemisphere approaching winter. Cases continue to rise as shown on graph. For example, Argentina introduced lockdown around the same time as Austria. The difference between those two countries in number of cases is clear, even though they enacted similar measures at the same time.

Coronavirus cases, where are they rising and where are they dropping?

Northern hemisphere approaching summer. Countries listed started to ease their measures weeks ago. Cases continue to drop as shown on the graph. Southern hemisphere approaching winter. Cases continue to rise as shown on graph. For example, Argentina introduced lockdown around the same time as Austria. The difference between those two countries in number of cases is clear, even though they enacted similar measures at the same time.

Source: Johns Hopkins University

What you think is happening vs. what is actually happening

Source: Johns Hopkins University

Source: John Hopkins COVID19 dataset, as of May 12

Daily COVID-19 Death Tolls for Western Countries -- per million, 7-day rolling average

Source: John Hopkins COVID19 dataset, as of May 12

Source: Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University / NPR

The U.S. Has Yet to Emerge from 1st Wave of Coronavirus Cases

Source: Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University / NPR

Source: Johns Hopkins University

Coronavirus cases in the US have not fallen as much as in the European Union, March 1 to June 17

Source: Johns Hopkins University

~ @_davegorman

Here...here is why teachers are scared

~ @_davegorman

Source: The New York Times

New reported cases by day in the United States, July 2020

Source: The New York Times

12 Perspectives on the Pandemic: International Social Science Thought Leaders Reflect on Covid-19

The U.S. now has the largest number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide, but a number of Western European countries have lost the most people to the virus compared to their population sizes. Source: Johns Hopkins University / World Bank

COVID-19 Deaths Per 100,000 Inhabitants

The U.S. now has the largest number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide, but a number of Western European countries have lost the most people to the virus compared to their population sizes. Source: Johns Hopkins University / World Bank

Source: The MEKD / The Washington Post

Change in reported cases since May 5

Source: The MEKD / The Washington Post

Source: Philip N. Cohen

U.S. COVID Cases in Rural Counties, May 16, 2020

Source: Philip N. Cohen

Sources: State and local health agencies / The New York Times

Average daily cases per 100,000 in the past week, July 2020

Sources: State and local health agencies / The New York Times

Source: HuffPost / YouGov poll

Most Americans Wearing Masks Don't Feel Judged For It, May 14-16, 2020

Source: HuffPost / YouGov poll

I don't understand how COVID is worse than ever after we've tried everything from pretending it's over to pretending it never happened.  ~ @ZackBornstein  COVID has now killed more Americans than WW1, but that's only if you believe WW1 happened, and it wasn't just routine seasonal trench warfare.  ~ @ZackBornstein

I don't understand how COVID is worse than ever after we've tried everything from pretending it's over to pretending it never happened. ~ @ZackBornstein COVID has now killed more Americans than WW1, but that's only if you believe WW1 happened, and it wasn't just routine seasonal trench warfare. ~ @ZackBornstein

Source: Pew Research Center

One-in-five Americans personally know someone who was hospitalized or died due to COVID-19, May 2020

Source: Pew Research Center

Source: CDC / NCHS

U.S. COVID deaths by age and gender, 2/1/2020 - 5/1/2020

Source: CDC / NCHS

Source: New Jersey Resident Death Certificate Registry, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health Compiled by: Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health

NJ Resident Deaths by Month and Year, 2015 - YTD2020

Source: New Jersey Resident Death Certificate Registry, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health Compiled by: Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health

We are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm (in reference to the current pandemic)

We are not all in the same boat

We are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm (in reference to the current pandemic)

Here's How Americans Feel about COVID-19, along with Other Topics That Get Similar Levels of Agreement for Comparison  Compiled with help from Huffpost Polling Editor Ariel Edwards-Levy.   Recent Coronavirus Polls 86% Say "Stay-at-home orders are responsible government policies that are saving lives" rather than "an over-reaction" (ABC/IPSOS)....Sources: XKCD.com/2305/sources

It's Hard to Get People to Agree on Anything in Polls But We Agree about the Coronavirus

Here's How Americans Feel about COVID-19, along with Other Topics That Get Similar Levels of Agreement for Comparison Compiled with help from Huffpost Polling Editor Ariel Edwards-Levy. Recent Coronavirus Polls 86% Say "Stay-at-home orders are responsible government policies that are saving lives" rather than "an over-reaction" (ABC/IPSOS)....Sources: XKCD.com/2305/sources

Last updated: April 24, 2020  Source: CEBM

(3 of 3) COVID-19 Events Vary Considerably by Country

Last updated: April 24, 2020 Source: CEBM

Source: CEBM

(2 of 3) COVID-19 Events Vary Considerably by Country

Source: CEBM

Source: CEBM

(1 of 3) COVID-19 Events Vary Considerably by Country

Source: CEBM

Democrats, black and Hispanic Americans more likely to say it is acceptable for the government to track people's cellphones amid the coronavirus outbreak, 2020  Source: Pew Research Center

Dem's, blacks & Hispanics say it's acceptable to track cellphones amid the coronavirus outbreak

Democrats, black and Hispanic Americans more likely to say it is acceptable for the government to track people's cellphones amid the coronavirus outbreak, 2020 Source: Pew Research Center

Americans divided on whether it's acceptable for the government to track people who have tested positive for COVID-19 through their cellphone, 2020  Source: Pew Research Center

Is it okay for the government to track the phones of people who have tested positive for COVID-19?

Americans divided on whether it's acceptable for the government to track people who have tested positive for COVID-19 through their cellphone, 2020 Source: Pew Research Center

More Americans think location tracking through cellphones won't make a difference in limiting the spread of COVID-19 than say it would help, 2020  Source: Pew Research Center

Most think location tracking won't help to limit the spread of COVID-19

More Americans think location tracking through cellphones won't make a difference in limiting the spread of COVID-19 than say it would help, 2020 Source: Pew Research Center

Source: Maryland Transportation Institute

Social Distancing Index by State

Source: Maryland Transportation Institute

Source: Department of Labor and CDC / Joe Fox / The Washington Post

COVID-19 killed more people last month than any other cause of death does in a typical April

Source: Department of Labor and CDC / Joe Fox / The Washington Post

I am angry that these shits have stripped all meaning from the concept of herd immunity. Herd immunity protects vulnerable people. Killing vulnerable people willingly to "get deaths out of the way faster" is NOT fucking herd immunity, it's eugenics. ~ @SofiaRune

I am angry that these shits have stripped all meaning from the concept of herd immunity. Herd immunity protects vulnerable people. Killing vulnerable people willingly to "get deaths out of the way faster" is NOT fucking herd immunity, it's eugenics. ~ @SofiaRune

What Caused the Shortage?  - Just in Time Shipping - A practice that reduces the inventory held by retailers and hospitals to increase cash flow--but can lead to shortages when unexpected disruptions affect supplies. - Manufactured Disruptions - As the pandemic began, Chinese manufacturing experienced labor shortages and slower production--affecting many of the protective articles we now find in short supply. --Source: Social Work Degree Center

(9 of 10) The Social Impact of Mixing Business and Medicine

What Caused the Shortage? - Just in Time Shipping - A practice that reduces the inventory held by retailers and hospitals to increase cash flow--but can lead to shortages when unexpected disruptions affect supplies. - Manufactured Disruptions - As the pandemic began, Chinese manufacturing experienced labor shortages and slower production--affecting many of the protective articles we now find in short supply. --Source: Social Work Degree Center

On March 20, 2020 a 17-year-old with symptoms of COVID-19 went to an urgent care facility in California to seek treatment. Due to lack of insurance he was denied care and sent to a local hospital instead. He went into cardiac arrest before reaching the hospital and died 6 hours later.  The Role of Business in COVID-19  - As the coronavirus spreads, U.S. hospitals face critical shortages of equipment Source: Social Work Degree Center

(8 of 10) The Social Impact of Mixing Business and Medicine

On March 20, 2020 a 17-year-old with symptoms of COVID-19 went to an urgent care facility in California to seek treatment. Due to lack of insurance he was denied care and sent to a local hospital instead. He went into cardiac arrest before reaching the hospital and died 6 hours later. The Role of Business in COVID-19 - As the coronavirus spreads, U.S. hospitals face critical shortages of equipment Source: Social Work Degree Center

Source: Philip N. Cohen / ECDC data

Daily reported COVID-19 deaths by county (3-day smoothing), on their own scales

Source: Philip N. Cohen / ECDC data

Source: Philip N. Cohen / ECDC data

Daily reported COVID-19 deaths by country (3-day smoothing), on their own scales

Source: Philip N. Cohen / ECDC data

Health: Mental Health & Suicide

U.S. Suicide Rates (deaths per 1,000,000 girls) Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Suicide Rates, 1999-2018

U.S. Suicide Rates (deaths per 1,000,000 girls) Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Artist: Alyse Ruriani

If we want to address mental health, we need to dig deeper

Artist: Alyse Ruriani

Even after chaining was deemed inhumane for psychiatric patients, restraints and other devices were used to protect patients from harming others - or themselves. Today, few photographs exist of restraining tools - but this photo of a late 1840's "Utica Crib" survived.  This crib is made out of intricately carved wood - many were made out of iron - and patients would sleep in it for extended periods of time until a regulatory crackdown curtailed restraint use for all but the most…

Even after chaining was deemed inhumane for psychiatric patients, restraints and other devices were used to protect patients from harming others - or themselves. Today, few photographs exist of restraining tools - but this photo of a late 1840's "Utica Crib" survived. This crib is made out of intricately carved wood - many were made out of iron - and patients would sleep in it for extended periods of time until a regulatory crackdown curtailed restraint use for all but the most…

Suffering from mental illness? Maybe you need a physical fever. In 1927, Viennese psychiatrist Dr. Julius von Wagner-Jauregg won a Nobel Prize for discovering fever therapy when he "cured" a patient with late-stage syphilis 10 years earlier, by injecting him with malaria-tainted blood to induce a fever. It was considered the first true cure that halted a psychotic disease.  Soon, all sorts of doctors were infecting their patients with malaria to cause a fever - until they realized many…

Suffering from mental illness? Maybe you need a physical fever. In 1927, Viennese psychiatrist Dr. Julius von Wagner-Jauregg won a Nobel Prize for discovering fever therapy when he "cured" a patient with late-stage syphilis 10 years earlier, by injecting him with malaria-tainted blood to induce a fever. It was considered the first true cure that halted a psychotic disease. Soon, all sorts of doctors were infecting their patients with malaria to cause a fever - until they realized many…

Electricity's role in psychosis therapy reached its pinnacle in 1938, with the development of electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, in Italy. The shock therapy was said to cure - or at least reduce - symptoms of schizophrenia and depression. Once Italian physicians fled to the U.S. from Benito Mussolini's dictatorship, the practice took off in the States. This photograph from the mid-1940s shows a patient undergoing ECT.  Photo credit: Stanley Burns

Electricity's role in psychosis therapy reached its pinnacle in 1938, with the development of electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, in Italy. The shock therapy was said to cure - or at least reduce - symptoms of schizophrenia and depression. Once Italian physicians fled to the U.S. from Benito Mussolini's dictatorship, the practice took off in the States. This photograph from the mid-1940s shows a patient undergoing ECT. Photo credit: Stanley Burns

In this image Dr. Walter Freeman performs a lobotomy at Western State Hospital in Virginia, using an ice-pick-like instrument he invented for the procedure, July 1949. Freeman traveled to 23 states to demonstrate his "miracle cure." In all, he performed some 3,439 lobotomies—some on patients not yet in their teens. Despite the obvious risks and lack of concrete success rates, hospitals let Freeman continue; however, everything changed in 1967, when Freeman performed a lobotomy in…

Dr. Freeman performs a lobotomy using an instrument he invented for the procedure, July 1949

In this image Dr. Walter Freeman performs a lobotomy at Western State Hospital in Virginia, using an ice-pick-like instrument he invented for the procedure, July 1949. Freeman traveled to 23 states to demonstrate his "miracle cure." In all, he performed some 3,439 lobotomies—some on patients not yet in their teens. Despite the obvious risks and lack of concrete success rates, hospitals let Freeman continue; however, everything changed in 1967, when Freeman performed a lobotomy in…

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Suicide Rate among U.S. Youth

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Suicide Rate (2014-2016) and Percent Change (1999-2016) by State  Source: CDC / NPR

Suicide Rate (2014-2016) and Percent Change (1999-2016) by State Source: CDC / NPR

U.S. Hospital Admissions for Non-Fatal Self Harm, Girls Ages 10-14 and 15-19, 2001-2015 (per 100,000) Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Hospital Admissions for Non-Fatal Self Harm, Girls Ages 10-14 and 15-19, 2001-2015

U.S. Hospital Admissions for Non-Fatal Self Harm, Girls Ages 10-14 and 15-19, 2001-2015 (per 100,000) Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What Happens to Americans with Mental Illness (2 of 3)  Who gets treated? About 18 percent of U.S. adults report having a mental disorder of some sort. A little more than 4 percent of them, about 9.8 million people, say they have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Women are more likely than men to report having a mental disorder, and prevalence of mental illness appears to decline with age.  However, a significant proportion of Americans who report having a mental disorder are not…

What Happens to Americans with Mental Illness (2 of 3) Who gets treated? About 18 percent of U.S. adults report having a mental disorder of some sort. A little more than 4 percent of them, about 9.8 million people, say they have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Women are more likely than men to report having a mental disorder, and prevalence of mental illness appears to decline with age. However, a significant proportion of Americans who report having a mental disorder are not…

Effects of Bullying on Children's Mental Health, 2011 to 2012 (UK)  1 in 8 children reported being bullied frequently in 2011-12  Source: Understanding Society, The UK Household Longitudinal Study

Effects of Bullying on Children's Mental Health, 2011 to 2012 (UK) 1 in 8 children reported being bullied frequently in 2011-12 Source: Understanding Society, The UK Household Longitudinal Study

The game of Life for a young person with a mental health problem

The game of Life for a young person with a mental health problem

Health: Health Insurance Coverage

This 2-year old's family couldn't afford his $20,000 electric wheelchair, and their insurance didn't cover it. So, a high school robotics team built him one for free. ~ @CBSNews This country is so accustomed to its monstrous health care system that when a 2-year -old child with a genetic condition needs to rely on a high school robotics team to meet his basic health care needs the media thinks its a feel-good story, not a dystopian nightmare. ~ @Public_Citizen

This 2-year old's family couldn't afford his $20,000 electric wheelchair, and their insurance didn't cover it. So, a high school robotics team built him one for free. ~ @CBSNews This country is so accustomed to its monstrous health care system that when a 2-year -old child with a genetic condition needs to rely on a high school robotics team to meet his basic health care needs the media thinks its a feel-good story, not a dystopian nightmare. ~ @Public_Citizen

You can learn more about Nataline's life & dreams, and struggle to live, at the link below. I never had the privilege of meeting Nataline Sarkisyan, but I think of her every day. And today, on her 30th birthday, I hope many others will, as well.  ~ @WendellPotter

(7 of 7) I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower

You can learn more about Nataline's life & dreams, and struggle to live, at the link below. I never had the privilege of meeting Nataline Sarkisyan, but I think of her every day. And today, on her 30th birthday, I hope many others will, as well. ~ @WendellPotter

That was it for me. I quit and became a whistleblower, because I couldn't keep defending life-threatening industry practices like this. I'll regret for the rest of my life not blowing the whistle sooner on what essentially are industry death panels. It's now my life's work. ~ @WendellPotter

(6 of 7) I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower

That was it for me. I quit and became a whistleblower, because I couldn't keep defending life-threatening industry practices like this. I'll regret for the rest of my life not blowing the whistle sooner on what essentially are industry death panels. It's now my life's work. ~ @WendellPotter

"Prior authorization" requirements (which doctors say have become increasingly prevalent) are time-consuming. Patients often can't get the care they need in time. That's what happened to Nataline. 5 days before Christmas in 2007, just hours after Cigna's reversal, she died. ~ @WendellPotter

(5 of 7) I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower

"Prior authorization" requirements (which doctors say have become increasingly prevalent) are time-consuming. Patients often can't get the care they need in time. That's what happened to Nataline. 5 days before Christmas in 2007, just hours after Cigna's reversal, she died. ~ @WendellPotter

When reporters learned that Cigna had denied the transplant, they called me because I was the company's spokesman. Eventually, Nataline's case became a huge PR problem for us, forcing the company to reverse course and agree to pay for the transplant. But it was too late. ~ @WendellPotter

(4 of 7) I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower

When reporters learned that Cigna had denied the transplant, they called me because I was the company's spokesman. Eventually, Nataline's case became a huge PR problem for us, forcing the company to reverse course and agree to pay for the transplant. But it was too late. ~ @WendellPotter

2,500 miles away from Nataline's hospital bed, a Cigna medical director refused her doctor's pleas. He'd never laid eyes on or examined her. But he ruled the transplant would be "experimental" even though liver transplants were listed in her policy as a covered benefit. ~ @WendellPotter

(3 of 7) I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower

2,500 miles away from Nataline's hospital bed, a Cigna medical director refused her doctor's pleas. He'd never laid eyes on or examined her. But he ruled the transplant would be "experimental" even though liver transplants were listed in her policy as a covered benefit. ~ @WendellPotter

Nataline needed a liver transplant her surgeons were confident would save her life. But due to a little-known loophole called "prior authorization," her doctors had to seek Cigna's approval in order to perform the transplant--even though a perfect match had been found. ~ @WendellPotter

(2 of 7) I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower

Nataline needed a liver transplant her surgeons were confident would save her life. But due to a little-known loophole called "prior authorization," her doctors had to seek Cigna's approval in order to perform the transplant--even though a perfect match had been found. ~ @WendellPotter

(1 of 7) I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower. A big turning point was the death of 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan. She should be celebrating her 30th birthday today, but died after a tragic saga with my company.  Here's her story:  ~ @WendellPotter

(1 of 7) I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower

(1 of 7) I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower. A big turning point was the death of 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan. She should be celebrating her 30th birthday today, but died after a tragic saga with my company. Here's her story: ~ @WendellPotter

Vulnerable = jobs within each industry that pay less than the median wage and do not provide employer-sponsored health care--Source: Brookings Institute

The U.S. employment system has left 32M workers vulnerable

Vulnerable = jobs within each industry that pay less than the median wage and do not provide employer-sponsored health care--Source: Brookings Institute

- Each year more than 26,000 American adults die due to lack of health insurance - The uninsured face between 25% and 80% greater risk of death  Who Are the Uninsured?  - Nearly 9 in 10 are nonelderly adults - More than 8 in 10 are low-income families - More than 7 in 10 had at least one full-time worker in their family - Another 1 in 10 had a part-time worker in their family...Source: Social Work Degree Center

(7 of 10) The Social Impact of Mixing Business and Medicine

- Each year more than 26,000 American adults die due to lack of health insurance - The uninsured face between 25% and 80% greater risk of death Who Are the Uninsured? - Nearly 9 in 10 are nonelderly adults - More than 8 in 10 are low-income families - More than 7 in 10 had at least one full-time worker in their family - Another 1 in 10 had a part-time worker in their family...Source: Social Work Degree Center

Health: Health Care Spending & Cost of Care

$32.6 trillion dollars. That's how much Washington Democrats' single-payer healthcare proposal would cost over 10 years. Even doubling all federal individual and corporate income taxes wouldn't cover this cost. It is just absurd.  ~ @SpeakerRyan  When someone says that Medicare for all costs $32 trillion, we should mention how our current system costs $49 trillion.  Medicare for All would take the excessive costs of insurance, hospital facility fees, and prescription drugs out of the…

$32.6 trillion dollars. That's how much Washington Democrats' single-payer healthcare proposal would cost over 10 years. Even doubling all federal individual and corporate income taxes wouldn't cover this cost. It is just absurd. ~ @SpeakerRyan When someone says that Medicare for all costs $32 trillion, we should mention how our current system costs $49 trillion. Medicare for All would take the excessive costs of insurance, hospital facility fees, and prescription drugs out of the…

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(10 of 10) The Social Impact of Mixing Business and Medicine

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-67% of medication non-adherence is linked to the high cost of healthcare -20-30% of prescriptions are never filled -50% of medications for chronic diseases aren't taken as prescribed | Going without Treatment ends up costing even more.  -Annually, in the US treatment non-adherence costs between $100 b and $289 b -For patients with chronic diseases, treatment non-adherence can cost $949 to $44,190, due to worsening symptoms, complications, and hospital readmittance...

(6 of 10) The Social Impact of Mixing Business and Medicine

-67% of medication non-adherence is linked to the high cost of healthcare -20-30% of prescriptions are never filled -50% of medications for chronic diseases aren't taken as prescribed | Going without Treatment ends up costing even more. -Annually, in the US treatment non-adherence costs between $100 b and $289 b -For patients with chronic diseases, treatment non-adherence can cost $949 to $44,190, due to worsening symptoms, complications, and hospital readmittance...

Americans who do seek medical care, don't always follow through  - In 2019, 26% of Texans had a claim denied by their insurance company--including doctor-ordered medicines, procedures, tests, and scans - 30% paid for medicine, procedure, or test out of pocket - 14% appealed and their insurer changed its decision - 10% had symptoms worsen, or a delayed diagnosis  Source: Social Work Degree Center

(5 of 10) The Social Impact of Mixing Business and Medicine

Americans who do seek medical care, don't always follow through - In 2019, 26% of Texans had a claim denied by their insurance company--including doctor-ordered medicines, procedures, tests, and scans - 30% paid for medicine, procedure, or test out of pocket - 14% appealed and their insurer changed its decision - 10% had symptoms worsen, or a delayed diagnosis Source: Social Work Degree Center

Health: Vaccinations

Source: Pew Research Center

72% of U.S. adults say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if available today, 2020

Source: Pew Research Center

Health: HIV/AIDS

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Source: Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins / NPR

Are New Cases and Deaths Still Growing in Your Country?

Source: Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins / NPR

Source: Delphi COVIDCast / Carnegie Mellon University

Masking Up - Fewer covid-19 symptoms reported in states with higher rates of mask use, Oct. 2020

Source: Delphi COVIDCast / Carnegie Mellon University

This billboard outside the Des Moines Airport in Iowa points toward one of President Donald Trump's campaign rallies, which was scheduled to be held on October 14, 2020. The sign draws attention to the danger of holding such large rallies during this pandemic.

"Trump COVID Superspreader Event," 2020

This billboard outside the Des Moines Airport in Iowa points toward one of President Donald Trump's campaign rallies, which was scheduled to be held on October 14, 2020. The sign draws attention to the danger of holding such large rallies during this pandemic.

Source: Riley (2005) / Clio Infra (2015) / UN Population Division (2019) / CDC / NCIRD / World Bank / New York Times

1918 Pandemic Deaths vs. 2020 Pandemic Deaths (as of October 1, 2020)

Source: Riley (2005) / Clio Infra (2015) / UN Population Division (2019) / CDC / NCIRD / World Bank / New York Times

This 2-year old's family couldn't afford his $20,000 electric wheelchair, and their insurance didn't cover it. So, a high school robotics team built him one for free. ~ @CBSNews This country is so accustomed to its monstrous health care system that when a 2-year -old child with a genetic condition needs to rely on a high school robotics team to meet his basic health care needs the media thinks its a feel-good story, not a dystopian nightmare. ~ @Public_Citizen

This 2-year old's family couldn't afford his $20,000 electric wheelchair, and their insurance didn't cover it. So, a high school robotics team built him one for free. ~ @CBSNews This country is so accustomed to its monstrous health care system that when a 2-year -old child with a genetic condition needs to rely on a high school robotics team to meet his basic health care needs the media thinks its a feel-good story, not a dystopian nightmare. ~ @Public_Citizen

- Daily deaths of patients diagnosed with coronavirus (7-day rolling average) Source: FT analysis of data from the ECDC, the Covid Tracking Project, the UK Dept. of Health and Social Care, Spanish Ministry of Health

COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 1 Million, Sept. 28, 2020

- Daily deaths of patients diagnosed with coronavirus (7-day rolling average) Source: FT analysis of data from the ECDC, the Covid Tracking Project, the UK Dept. of Health and Social Care, Spanish Ministry of Health

U.S. Suicide Rates (deaths per 1,000,000 girls) Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Suicide Rates, 1999-2018

U.S. Suicide Rates (deaths per 1,000,000 girls) Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Artist: Alyse Ruriani

If we want to address mental health, we need to dig deeper

Artist: Alyse Ruriani

Even after chaining was deemed inhumane for psychiatric patients, restraints and other devices were used to protect patients from harming others - or themselves. Today, few photographs exist of restraining tools - but this photo of a late 1840's "Utica Crib" survived.  This crib is made out of intricately carved wood - many were made out of iron - and patients would sleep in it for extended periods of time until a regulatory crackdown curtailed restraint use for all but the most…

Even after chaining was deemed inhumane for psychiatric patients, restraints and other devices were used to protect patients from harming others - or themselves. Today, few photographs exist of restraining tools - but this photo of a late 1840's "Utica Crib" survived. This crib is made out of intricately carved wood - many were made out of iron - and patients would sleep in it for extended periods of time until a regulatory crackdown curtailed restraint use for all but the most…

Suffering from mental illness? Maybe you need a physical fever. In 1927, Viennese psychiatrist Dr. Julius von Wagner-Jauregg won a Nobel Prize for discovering fever therapy when he "cured" a patient with late-stage syphilis 10 years earlier, by injecting him with malaria-tainted blood to induce a fever. It was considered the first true cure that halted a psychotic disease.  Soon, all sorts of doctors were infecting their patients with malaria to cause a fever - until they realized many…

Suffering from mental illness? Maybe you need a physical fever. In 1927, Viennese psychiatrist Dr. Julius von Wagner-Jauregg won a Nobel Prize for discovering fever therapy when he "cured" a patient with late-stage syphilis 10 years earlier, by injecting him with malaria-tainted blood to induce a fever. It was considered the first true cure that halted a psychotic disease. Soon, all sorts of doctors were infecting their patients with malaria to cause a fever - until they realized many…

Electricity's role in psychosis therapy reached its pinnacle in 1938, with the development of electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, in Italy. The shock therapy was said to cure - or at least reduce - symptoms of schizophrenia and depression. Once Italian physicians fled to the U.S. from Benito Mussolini's dictatorship, the practice took off in the States. This photograph from the mid-1940s shows a patient undergoing ECT.  Photo credit: Stanley Burns

Electricity's role in psychosis therapy reached its pinnacle in 1938, with the development of electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, in Italy. The shock therapy was said to cure - or at least reduce - symptoms of schizophrenia and depression. Once Italian physicians fled to the U.S. from Benito Mussolini's dictatorship, the practice took off in the States. This photograph from the mid-1940s shows a patient undergoing ECT. Photo credit: Stanley Burns

In this image Dr. Walter Freeman performs a lobotomy at Western State Hospital in Virginia, using an ice-pick-like instrument he invented for the procedure, July 1949. Freeman traveled to 23 states to demonstrate his "miracle cure." In all, he performed some 3,439 lobotomies—some on patients not yet in their teens. Despite the obvious risks and lack of concrete success rates, hospitals let Freeman continue; however, everything changed in 1967, when Freeman performed a lobotomy in…

Dr. Freeman performs a lobotomy using an instrument he invented for the procedure, July 1949

In this image Dr. Walter Freeman performs a lobotomy at Western State Hospital in Virginia, using an ice-pick-like instrument he invented for the procedure, July 1949. Freeman traveled to 23 states to demonstrate his "miracle cure." In all, he performed some 3,439 lobotomies—some on patients not yet in their teens. Despite the obvious risks and lack of concrete success rates, hospitals let Freeman continue; however, everything changed in 1967, when Freeman performed a lobotomy in…

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Suicide Rate among U.S. Youth

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Suicide Rate (2014-2016) and Percent Change (1999-2016) by State  Source: CDC / NPR

Suicide Rate (2014-2016) and Percent Change (1999-2016) by State Source: CDC / NPR

U.S. Hospital Admissions for Non-Fatal Self Harm, Girls Ages 10-14 and 15-19, 2001-2015 (per 100,000) Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Hospital Admissions for Non-Fatal Self Harm, Girls Ages 10-14 and 15-19, 2001-2015

U.S. Hospital Admissions for Non-Fatal Self Harm, Girls Ages 10-14 and 15-19, 2001-2015 (per 100,000) Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What Happens to Americans with Mental Illness (2 of 3)  Who gets treated? About 18 percent of U.S. adults report having a mental disorder of some sort. A little more than 4 percent of them, about 9.8 million people, say they have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Women are more likely than men to report having a mental disorder, and prevalence of mental illness appears to decline with age.  However, a significant proportion of Americans who report having a mental disorder are not…

What Happens to Americans with Mental Illness (2 of 3) Who gets treated? About 18 percent of U.S. adults report having a mental disorder of some sort. A little more than 4 percent of them, about 9.8 million people, say they have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Women are more likely than men to report having a mental disorder, and prevalence of mental illness appears to decline with age. However, a significant proportion of Americans who report having a mental disorder are not…