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COVID-19

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Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Governors

Ramp up COVID-19 testing and hiring of contact tracers nationwide otherwise 1M+ will die.

Over 80,000 have died in US due to COVID-19 at the time of writing this. More deaths continue even after shelter in place for more than 30 days in most of the states. CDC and WH have provided different models for best and worst case scenarios. This petition is to request significant increase in government organized nationwide effort for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. Centralized effort is necessary as folks move from one state to another so individual state's contact tracing will not be able to make a significant impact unless Federal Government steps up and help states both in terms of resources, support and political willpower needed for each state's effort to work cohesively. South Korea, Australia, New Zealand have successfully contained COVID-19 disease even though disease start was reported in each of these countries around the same time. USA has been lagging in testing and contact tracing from day 1. This petition is to request U.S. House of Representatives, US Senate and President Trump to invest in widespread COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. An estimated 45 billion dollars are needed in this field alone - and it will possibly require ongoing additional funding - if COVID-19 cases continue to rise the way and spread in rest of the population. An estimated 1 million people can die in U.S. alone if this disease as per Tom Frieden ex-CDC Director (https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/could-coronavirus-kill-million-americans The time to act is now !! We urgently need widespread accurate COVID-19 testing, prompt isolation of cases and proper contact tracing - all led by teams of trained people - to control the COVID-19 pandemic and thereby allow safe opening of the country. The text and message of this petition has been reviewed and approved by Dr Rakesh Ahuja, MD Bridgewater NJ (USA)

Narendra Talreja
24 supporters
Started 11 hours ago

Petition to Florida Attorney General's Office, Ashley Moody, Florida state prosecutors, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Free Florida COVID-19 data analyst Rebekah Jones

Rebekah Jones is a former employee of the Florida Department of Health. In her role as a data scientist, she curated and analyzed COVID-19 data, while also helping to manage the state's COVID-19 dashboard. Jones publicly alleged she and others were pressured to manipulate the data for better appearances, thereby helping allow the state to reopen businesses that were closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. She was subsequently terminated from her role by the Department of Health for "insubordination." Following her termination, Jones's home was raided by armed Florida police, who seized her computer equipment and other electronic devices. On January 13, 2021, it was reported that a motion to return Jones's seized property was neither granted nor denied by a county judge. As of January 17, 2021, there is an outstanding warrant for Jones's arrest. She has indicated that she will surrender to authorities, potentially facing a heretofore undisclosed felony charge. In a free and open society, it is absolutely essential that analysts and scientists be allowed to conduct their work without undue pressure and fear of censorship or legal repercussions. They must be allowed to freely share public information and participate in a scientific discourse, especially at a time when human lives are imminently threatened by a global pandemic. We hereby call upon Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, the Florida Attorney General's Office, Florida state prosecutors, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to take these actions: Immediately recall the arrest warrant for Rebekah Jones. Fully disclose and immediately drop charge(s) against Rebekah Jones. Return all personal computers and other property taken from her residence. Establish, disclose, and enforce policies that promote a truly unrestricted exchange of data with the public by those who curate and analyze it, without any undue interference. Make all source data sets (as validated by data analysts, engineers, and scientists using generally accepted best practices) available to the public, redacting only that which is strictly necessary according to generally accepted best practices (such as removing the minimal amount of personally identifiable information necessary to protect the privacy of individual people) and publicly disclosing all such redactions. Vigorously protect all whistleblowers acting in good faith from all forms of harassment and retribution, whether systematic or otherwise.

Trey Perry
295 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to President of the United States

Encourage Every Citizen to Participate in the Mask2May Campaign

I'm in.  I will wear a mask. I will commit to wearing a mask until May 1, and support the president's campaign to get Americans to take the easiest personal action one can take. I believe the science, and I know that I have a role in helping to combat this pandemic.To slow the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends almost all healthy kids and adults wear a mask, except for children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. "On the first day I’m inaugurated, I’m going to ask the public for 100 days to mask,” - President-elect Joe Biden Experts say that if 95% of Americans wear masks between now and December, we can save almost 70,000 lives. Joe has called on every American to wear a mask when they are around people outside their household.The top reasons for wearing a mask? When you ask people why they wear their mask or cloth face covering, you get lots of different answers, and with good reason. We are all individuals living in different circumstances. The good news is that any reason is the right reason to wear a mask. Here are the top responses to the question, “Why do you mask?” To keep myself well. People often say things like, “I can’t afford to get sick.” Which is true. No one can afford to get sick with a potentially fatal disease. Even a few weeks of illness creates huge inconveniences and financial distress for many. While we know that masks actually protect people who come into contact with the wearer more than the wearer themselves, wearing a mask sets a good example and encourages others to wear masks too. That means everyone is less likely to get ill. To keep my friends and neighbors safe. That’s right. Your mask protects others from any infection you may be unknowingly carrying. It protects anyone that you come into contact with, including grocery store workers, fellow shoppers, family, and friends. Many note that they wear their masks particularly to protect the most vulnerable people in our communities, including the elderly and those with conditions that put them at higher risk. It is so easy. Wearing a mask, for most people, is as easy a thing as could possibly be accomplished. It is a small thing that makes a big difference. If you’re having difficulty finding a mask, a handkerchief or other improvised face covering is better than nothing. It’s a form of self-expression. For those artistic folks among us, a mask presents a whole new opportunity to introduce fun colors and patterns to their wardrobe. For healthcare workers and first responders.  Even if you never come into direct contact with a hospital worker or first responder, your mask shows them you care. You are keeping them safe by limiting the spread of illness in your community. We appreciate it! To get back to business. Right on. The more people wear masks, the fewer cases there will be. And when cases are fewer, we can get back to doing the things that make our lives healthy and productive, like going back to work and back to school. We’ll also have easier access to the services we rely on, which is good for our neighbors’ livelihoods and our economy overall. To get back to fun. Masks lessen cases. The more of us wear masks, the sooner we will be able to do things like visit friends, go to movies, travel where we want, and eat out safely. It’s a way to show your support for good times ahead. Showing yourself in your mask helps normalize it for people who are still uncomfortable with wearing theirs. Before long, when everyone has a mask on, it’s no longer unusual. You may even stop noticing altogether. Until, you see someone without a mask, which will seem out of place.  

Earl Bridges
13 supporters