Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:08:42 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/betsy-mccaughey-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey e48073172c96b408d091a45a98e1fa21 Yikes! It's Airborne for 07/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/20/yikes-its-airborne Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're working in an office or eating in a restaurant and someone 30 feet away exhales tiny particles of coronavirus, those particles can drift across the room and infect you. Picture cigarette smoke wafting across a room. Same thing. The precautions agencies like the World Health Organization and the federal CDC are telling you to take against this virus aren't good enough. Social distancing &#8212; placing desks and restaurant tables six feet apart &#8212; and washing your hands won't protect you from this airborne virus. </p> <p>That's not fear-mongering. It's science. New research from the National Academy of Sciences contends that airborne transmission of the virus is "highly virulent" and the "dominant" way it spreads. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 08, 2020</p> 894c77ec8611bc47a07d891137bdc600 Washington Bureaucrats Drag Their Feet Against the Virus for 07/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/20/washington-bureaucrats-drag-their-feet-against-the-virus Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a pandemic, government efficiency can make the difference between life and death. You'd expect our civil "servants" to rise to the occasion. Some are. But the Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog, is sounding the alarm that, for the most part, Washington bureaucrats are dithering. </p> <p>The GAO report released June 25 uncovers dozens of dangerous failings. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 01, 2020</p> 9ef196e27e56fe6e6e9811aaefff047e Time to Reopen the Economy for 06/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/20/time-to-reopen-the-economy-7149a Wed, 24 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Mainstream media are sounding the alarm about the coronavirus cases spiking across the South and West. They're exaggerating the peril and trying to pin the blame on Republican governors and President Trump for reopening the economy too soon. </p> <p>No surprise, Governor Andrew Cuomo is piling on, accusing states of playing politics instead of opening "intelligently." Sorry, but there was nothing intelligent about how the Cuomo administration handled the pandemic. Metropolitan New York has had the highest number of deaths from the coronavirus of any place in the U.S. That's partly because New Yorkers who caught the virus had a far worse chance of surviving than infected patients in almost any other state. New York ranks a dismal 48 out of 50 in survival rates. Serious questions need to be raised about New York's poor performance. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 24, 2020</p> 5608660acf1f0cbe37a1c98d984d3563 Hiding COVID-19's Origins for 06/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/20/hiding-covid-19s-origins Wed, 17 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>China is determined to block investigations of where COVID-19 came from. But worse, influential American scientists are going along with censoring any inquiry. They're declaring their "solidarity with the scientists and health professionals of China."</p> <p>That's a deadly problem. Conquering this virus and devising a vaccine will require unbiased research, no matter where it leads. The best weapon to fight this virus is the truth. The biggest mistake is to limit scientific inquiry and pander to China. We need scientists to be scientists, not political censors. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 17, 2020</p> 1e83d3972118a3a327f7204b4dfca7ab Left-Wing Lockdown for 06/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/20/left-wing-lockdown Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Three months ago, America was told to trust public health experts. Never again. Most of them have revealed themselves to be left-wing ideologues cloaked in the mantle of science. On their advice, states slammed their economies shut, put 40 million people out of work, sent school kids home and pushed businesses into bankruptcy.</p> <p>These public health experts hardly blinked at the economic loss these lockdowns caused. Anyone who even expressed these concerns was denounced for putting dollars ahead of lives. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 10, 2020</p> b9b05c0c03ed3cddb4dcfd3207e540a0 Funding the World Health Organization Is Money Down a Rat Hole for 06/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/20/funding-the-world-health-organization-is-money-down-a-rat-hole Wed, 03 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump is taking heavy criticism for his announcement on Friday that the U.S. is "terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization." </p> <p>But the evidence is mounting that the $450 million the U.S. spends yearly on WHO is money down a rat hole. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 03, 2020</p> d47cbd771521db0ec9b7c77645bd4481 US at Heightened Risk for a Germ Attack But Also More Ready for 05/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/20/us-at-heightened-risk-for-a-germ-attack-but-also-more-ready Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America hasn't seen the last of killer coronaviruses. </p> <p>China's "bat woman," a Wuhan Institute of Virology investigator who handles bat viruses, is warning that the current pandemic is "just the tip of the iceberg." Friendly advice from a researcher? Perhaps, but America's enemies are watching. <p>Updated: Wed May 27, 2020</p> 510b6f93bc4b09224868a2a209c5dbcf Liberty v. Lockdowns for 05/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/20/liberty-v-lockdowns Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Citing the Bill of Rights and the "ideals of civil disobedience," the owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, defied Governor Phil Murphy's orders by reopening on Monday. Cops "formally" notified the gym owner he was in violation of the shutdown order and then wished him "a good day." The crowd cheered.</p> <p>Civil disobedience is alive and well, even in this pandemic. Americans are not sheep.<p>Updated: Wed May 20, 2020</p> 8dc78a579ff677eb9271f76baa34f619 Time to Reopen the Economy for 05/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/20/time-to-reopen-the-economy Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All across the nation, business owners are waiting for the signal to reopen. In some places, it's happening now, but in too many parts of the U.S., towns and cities are being held to the same footdragging schedule that is killing commerce in the epicenter of the pandemic, New York City. </p> <p>New York officials fear half the city's smallest businesses are going to fail. Restaurants, bars, shops and salons will become boarded-up storefronts. Neighborhoods will feel like ghost towns. It's a grim prospect, yet officials seem ready to let it happen. Gem Spa in the East Village, known since the 1920s for its egg creams, is shutting for good, and the Strand, an iconic bookstore, says it may also. <p>Updated: Wed May 13, 2020</p> ee3c71020ff97fbcceee118378f61ff6 Prolonging the Shutdown Defies Science and the US Constitution for 05/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/20/prolonging-the-shutdown-defies-science-and-the-us-constitution Wed, 06 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Across the nation, protesters are taking to the streets and business owners are filing lawsuits objecting to the coronavirus shutdown rules. As the rules drag on, they're causing job losses, bankruptcies and a feeling that people have no rights. The liberal media are labeling the protesters "virus deniers." Don't fall for that. The protesters have science and the U.S. Constitution on their side. </p> <p>Not to mention common sense. As New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday: "This is not a sustainable situation. Close down everything, close down the economy, lock yourself in the house." <p>Updated: Wed May 06, 2020</p> e2c5182d1b95fa116e841650b6b426cc Anti-COVID Technology Makes Returning to Work Safer for 04/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/20/anti-covid-technology-makes-returning-to-work-safer Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Governor Andrew Cuomo is allowing upstate construction and assembly line businesses to reopen May 15, but other businesses have to stay shut longer. How long? That depends on how "essential" they are, he said. </p> <p>Sorry, Governor, but any business is essential if it's how you earn your paycheck. People need to work, and new research indicates for otherwise healthy, working-age people, it's safer than taking a car trip. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 29, 2020</p> ef7da3d30e72ab6b4d803409027fd4d7 Public Being Misled About Masks for 04/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/20/public-being-misled-about-masks Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New York, New Jersey, Maryland and other states are requiring everyone to wear a mask or a substitute face covering to leave home. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suddenly flipped from urging the public not to wear masks to recommending that they wear something that covers their nose and mouth. </p> <p>New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio's new signature look is a western-style bandana pulled up over his mouth and nose. No doubt he's well-intentioned. But that kind of face covering is only a hair better than no covering at all. Science shows it's a mere 2% to 3% effective. It's misleading.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 22, 2020</p> e9ec1e04a73c2614eb76c238719aa338 Shutdown Could Kill More Americans Than COVID-19 for 04/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/20/shutdown-could-kill-more-americans-than-covid-19 Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Thursday's unemployment update confirms that over the last three weeks, nearly 17 million Americans have been laid off because of the shutdown. That's one-tenth of the nation's workforce. It's not just an economic fact. It's a public health disaster. If the shutdown is dragged on, as many public health experts recommend, it is almost certain to kill more Americans than coronavirus. </p> <p>The academics and public health officials who have concocted models of the virus's spread are telling us that we have to continue the shutdown to save thousands of lives. But none of their models considers the deaths that will be caused by unemployment. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 15, 2020</p> 3f6fb09185b1a6a631625d1d7d8b3649 How to End the Shutdown for 04/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/20/how-to-end-the-shutdown Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>President Donald Trump is hinting at a second task force responsible for getting Americans back to work. Appoint it now, Mr. President. Don't wait until the virus peaks. This second task force should prepare the country to reopen, with new tools to fight the virus.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 08, 2020</p> b9aefa0e011b94efb41e549771945643 The Facts and Fears Behind Continuing the Coronavirus Shutdown for 04/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/20/the-facts-and-fears-behind-continuing-the-coronavirus-shutdown Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump is extending the nation's shutdown at least until the end of April. He's largely basing his decision on predictions from the University of Washington that even if the nation sticks to the shutdown, 83,967 Americans will die of coronavirus by early August, including 15,788 in New York state.</p> <p>Deaths will likely soar over the next two weeks, with the daily toll peaking April 15, and then dropping off sharply by June. The graph of the coming death toll looks like a steep mountain peak we are just about to ascend. And that's with the shutdown continuing. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 01, 2020</p> 31baaf4a896255dcb3b02e2629193493 When to End the Coronavirus Lockdown? Soon for 03/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/20/when-to-end-the-coronavirus-lockdown-soon Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New facts about coronavirus are pouring in from scientists around the globe. This information needs to guide our response. </p> <p>People infected are most contagious before they have symptoms, and some spread the infection widely but never get sick themselves, reports the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. That's why screening for fever and telling people who don't feel well to stay home isn't enough to stop this virus. It's a danger to merely stand close to someone unknowingly infected. Traces of the virus can survive for hours on a shopping cart handle or an elevator button, the New England Journal of Medicine warns. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 25, 2020</p> 67615bbb07f0fd3503d6803d1d70208b New York's Ventilator Rationing Plan for 03/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/20/new-yorks-ventilator-rationing-plan Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Coronavirus is causing working-age people to worry about missing paychecks, caring for kids home from school, stockpiling groceries and canceling plans. But people in their 50s, 60s or older have bigger worries. Many are lying awake wondering if this is how they're going to die. </p> <p>At its most severe, coronavirus attacks the lungs, making it impossible to breathe without a ventilator. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Landing in the hospital on a ventilator is bad. But worse is being told you can't have one. </span>After learning that the state's stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to a fork in the road in 2015. He could have chosen to buy more ventilators. Instead, he asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 18, 2020</p> 5dcbe7731891a721c4ef1ba84279b4b7 Good and Bad News About Coronavirus for 03/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/20/good-and-bad-news-about-coronavirus Wed, 11 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's good news and bad news about coronavirus. </p> <p>First, there's reason for optimism. The virus struck only four months ago, yet we already know its genetic features. It took scientists years to get that far with HIV/AIDS. Antiviral drugs are in development, and a vaccine could be available within 18 months. The pace of scientific progress is breathtaking.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 11, 2020</p> c5bb752f8b3f0e9e0626f3df7d8ba593 What the First Coronavirus Deaths Tell Us for 03/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/20/what-the-first-coronavirus-deaths-tell-us Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The first nine coronavirus deaths in the U.S. show the biggest risks are not traveling internationally, riding mass transit or attending a crowded event. The most dangerous place to be is in a rehab or nursing home. The second-most dangerous is a hospital. </p> <p>Five residents of the Life Care Center, a nursing facility in Kirkland, Washington, have died, and some 50 other residents and staff members there reportedly have coronavirus symptoms.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 04, 2020</p> 1f397252b877d33014548b868bd6bcb1 Coronavirus: Dire Warnings and Vulnerabilities for 02/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/02/20/coronavirus-dire-warnings-and-vulnerabilities Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>With outbreaks raging in Italy, Iran, South Korea and other countries, U.S. authorities now predict coronavirus will strike Americans here, causing "significant disruptions to our lives." The warning came from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Nancy Messonnier at a Tuesday briefing. </p> <p>If the virus &#8212; now dubbed COVID-19 &#8212; starts to infect large numbers of people inside the U.S., here's what you need to know. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 26, 2020</p>