In Need of Inspiration? Discover Writing Prompts Are Coming in April

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Odds are that your world has changed quite a lot in the past few weeks, whether it became more chaotic, more challenging, or more limited. Writing is a way to process complicated thoughts and feelings — especially when we write as part of a supportive community. So we wanted to help.

During the month of April, we’ll publish a new writing prompt every day right here on Discover. If you’re struggling to find the time or focus for your blog, prompts are a quick, low-friction way to get going. And if you wish to connect with other writers and bloggers around the world, with prompts it’s easy to find new readers and extend your community.

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For anyone looking for quick instructions, we have a cheat sheet just for you.

How to participate:

  • Check out the daily Discover Prompt.
  • Write a new post on your site…

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Private hospital coronavirus agreement to expand bed numbers to tackle pandemic

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-31/coronavirus-agreement-to-keep-private-hospitals-open/12106496

“The Federal Government has struck a deal with the country’s 657 private hospitals, giving the Commonwealth access to another 34,000 hospital beds to tackle the coronavirus crisis.”

Key points:

  • A third of Australia’s intensive care capacity is in the private sector
  • Staff and equipment will be made available to treat people with coronavirus
  • Private hospitals faced an uncertain future, with restrictions on elective surgeries

The deal also opens up access to private hospital staffing and equipment, such as ventilators.

One third of Australia’s intensive care capacity is in the private sector.

In exchange, the Commonwealth will guarantee the survival of private hospitals during the period while elective surgery, which is their main form of income, is cancelled.

“It will bring over 105,000 full and part-time hospital staff, including 57,000 of our amazing nurses and midwives,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

“It guarantees them their future … but most importantly it brings their resources to the fight against coronavirus, COVID-19, in Australia.”

Mr Hunt also confirmed the rate of infection in recent days was 9 per cent, down from between 25 to 30 per cent a week ago.

That drop came after the National Cabinet forced the closure of pubs, clubs, sporting and entertainment facilities and imposed restrictions on most gatherings.

“This progress is early, it’s significant, but now, with these additional rules around gatherings and movement, we are going the next step to help reduce again the level of infection, and to support our containment,” he said.

“All of that is then backed by our attempts and our plans and the reality of improving capacity.

 

Navy warship to continue exercises despite virus fears

https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/navy-warship-to-continue-exercises-despite-coronavirus-fears-20200331-p54flf

Andrew Tillett
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The Defence Department is persisting with exercises involving one of its biggest warships despite the cruise industry exposing how rampant coronavirus can spread on vessels at sea.

HMAS Adelaide was due to depart Sydney on Tuesday bound for north Queensland and will berth at Townsville in late April.

HMAS Adelaide played a key role helping during the recent bushfire season and is now sailing to north Queensland amid the coronavirus threat. AP

The ship is one of the navy’s two landing helicopter docks and carries a crew of about 360 personnel.

While the navy has suspended training exercises, deployments and other activities, it defended the decision to still send HMAS Adelaide to sea, saying it was undergoing “essential training”.

“All crew will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before departure,” the Defence Department said.

Corona-Krise: Offener Brief an die Bundeskanzlerin von Prof. Sucharit Bhakdi

 

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Get the latest information from the Australian Government Department of Health about COVID-19.

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Prof. Dr. med. Sucharit Bhakdi, Facharzt für Mikrobiologie und Infektionsepidemiolgie, leitete 22 Jahre das Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene der Universität Mainz. Er hat einen offenen Brief an die Bundeskanzlerin geschrieben mit 5 Fragen, die nach sofortigen Antworten verlangen, um festzustellen, wie begründet die derzeitigen massiven Einschränkungen unserer Grundrechte sind. Das Video erläutert die Fragen und deren Hintergrund. Der ganze Brief im Wortlaut mit den Fragen, Hintergründen und Referenzen kann hier eingesehen werden: https://docdro.id/23IE5dj Aus Platzgründen hier nur Referenzen, die Details sind dem Brief entnehmbar: [1] Fachwörterbuch Infektionsschutz und Infektionsepidemiologie. Fachwörter – Definitionen – Interpretationen. Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin 2015. https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Service… (abgerufen am 26.3.2020) [2] Killerby et al., Human Coronavirus Circulation in the United States 2014–2017. J Clin Virol. 2018, 101, 52-56 [3] Roussel et al. SARS-CoV-2: Fear Versus Data. Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents 2020, 105947; https://www.sciencedirect.com/science… [4] Charisius, H. Covid-19: Wie gut testet Deutschland? Süddeutsche Zeitung. https://www.sueddeutsche.de/gesundhei… (abgerufen am 27.3.2020) [5] Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus Resource Center. 2020, https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html (abgerufen am 26.3.2020) [6] S1-Leitlinie 054-001, Regeln zur Durchführung der ärztlichen Leichenschau. AWMF Online, https://www.awmf.org/uploads/tx_szlei… (abgerufen am 26.3.2020) [7] Martuzzi et al. Health Impact of PM10 and Ozone in 13 Italian Cities. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. WHOLIS number E88700 2006 [8] European Environment Agency, Air Pollution Country Fact Sheets 2019, https://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/air/… (abgerufen am 26.3.2020) [9] Croft et al. The Association between Respiratory Infection and Air Pollution in the Setting of Air Quality Policy and Economic Change. Ann. Am. Thorac. Soc. 2019, 16, 321–330. [10] United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Living Arrangements of Older Persons: A Report on an Expanded International Dataset (ST/ESA/SER.A/407). 2017 [11] Deutsches Ärzteblatt, Überlastung deutscher Krankenhäuser durch COVID-19 laut Experten unwahrscheinlich, https://www.aerzteblatt.de/nachrichte… (abgerufen am 26.3.2020)

Time to Change America

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W.J. Astore

In my latest article for TomDispatch.com, I argue that the coronavirus crisis provides an opportunity to reimagine America.  Please read the entire article at TomDispatch; what follows is an extended excerpt.  Thanks!

This should be a time for a genuinely new approach, one fit for a world of rising disruption and disaster, one that would define a new, more democratic, less bellicose America. To that end, here are seven suggestions, focusing — since I’m a retired military officer — mainly on the U.S. military, a subject that continues to preoccupy me, especially since, at present, that military and the rest of the national security state swallow up roughly 60% of federal discretionary spending:

1. If ever there was a time to reduce our massive and wasteful military spending, this is it. There was never, for example, any sense in investing up to…

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