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This is The Tyee’s Coronavirus Curated for April 6.

Tyee Staff 6 Apr 2020 | TheTyee.ca

We scour the web for you Monday through Friday in the early afternoon for the best pandemic-related articles, so check in daily. Please suggest your own links in the comments.


Cheer for…
LEADING WOMEN.

“Women are still underpaid and undervalued in Canadian medicine, but half of the provincial health officers leading their region's COVID-19 response plans, are women,” notes Tyee reporter Katie Hyslop.

Canada’s Chief Medical Officers Put Women’s Leadership in Spotlight
(Policy Options)

Scientists are trying to figure out…
WHAT’S UP WITH COVID-19 IMMUNITY?

“Scientists are grappling with a key question that will help determine how long COVID-19 is with us. Are people who have been infected immune? And if they are, how long will that last?” shares Tyee senior editor Paul Willcocks.

What Scientists Know About Immunity to the Novel Coronavirus
(Smithsonian Magazine)


As if designed for disaster…
THE SCARY FACTS ABOUT SENIOR HOMES.

“‘One can scarcely imagine a more nightmarish scenario than a novel virus spreading among a high-risk group such as seniors,’ writes André Picard. And care homes in Canada, understaffed by people treated as second-class workers, are a disaster in waiting,” shares Willcocks.

If You Can Get Your Relatives out of Seniors’ Homes, Try to Do So as Fast as You Can
(The Globe and Mail)


Not your grandparents’ pandemic…
BIG BROTHER MEETS BIG CRISIS.

“Privacy, be damned? The big digital platforms are using data on your location to help officials quantify the effects of social distancing measures,” notes Tyee health reporter Moira Wyton.

In Coronavirus Fight, Oft-criticized Facebook Data Aids US Cities, States
(Reuters)

Google Data Shines Light on whether Coronavirus Lockdowns Worldwide Are Working
(Reuters)


No, the coronavirus is not equal opportunity…
COVID-19 DISCRIMINATES BY RACE AND INCOME.

“We shouldn't expect much different here in Canada, where systemic racism is more invisible to white people, but very much present in our health-care system,” observes Tyee reporter Katie Hyslop.

How Racial Health Disparities Will Play Out in the Coronavirus Pandemic
(Slate)

Hyslop adds: “COVID-19 is harsher on seniors than any other age group, but in the American South, where the pre-existing conditions caused by poverty and racism — like diabetes, heart disease and cancer — run rampant, almost half of the deaths are people under 70.”

The Coronavirus’s Unique Threat to the South
(The Atlantic)


Unrolling why…
THE TP FRENZY IS A MYTH.

“Turns out we may not be surrounded by toilet paper hoarders after all,” muses Tyee’s Hyslop.

What Everyone’s Getting Wrong about the Toilet Paper Shortage
(Medium)


For these stuck honeymooners…
PARADISE IS PURGATORY.

Wyton: “Fascinating read. Paradise might be one of the worst places to be stuck right now. But they went there long after the pandemic’s dangers were known, and are now essentially holding all the staff hostage.”

They’re the Last Couple in Paradise. Eventually, It May Bankrupt Them.
(The New York Times)


Amidst a global emergency…
MEET THE OILY OPPORTUNISTS.

“Wondering what’s getting missed as COVID-19 dominates media coverage? The pushing through of a pipeline, for one,” notes Tyee reporter Amanda Follett Hosgood.

Big Oil Is Using the Coronavirus Pandemic to Push through the Keystone XL Pipeline
(The Guardian)


And here are some insights on…
SURVIVING STAYING AT HOME.

Moira Wyton shares the first two, Paul Willcocks the next two, and Tyee editor-in-chief Robyn Smith winds up with a reality check on parenting in the pandemic:

Larry David, Master of His Quarantine
(The New York Times)

Why Are My Dreams So Weird?
(Vice)

David Hockney Urges Us to Escape Lockdown through a Pencil
(The Guardian)

The Instagram Project Documenting the Everyday Drama of Life under Lockdown
(The Guardian)

Parents Are Not OK
(Medium)


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