Adeline Fagan tested positive in early July and died in September – one of more than a dozen health workers to have died from the virus
Alastair GeeNEW: “Adeline had an N95 mask and had her name written on it,” her sister said. “Adeline wore the same N95 for weeks and weeks, if not months and months.”
I wrote about Dr Adeline Fagan, and how US medical staff dying of Covid are younger and lack PPE.
In the last decade, amid drought and searing heat, California has entered the ‘era of megafires’ and has become the ‘examplar for climate change extreme events today’
Alastair GeeNew by @Dani_Anguiano and me:
"There’s an idea that when the climate crisis begins, we will know it. But living in expectation of a definitive global break can blind us to the fact that gradually, insidiously, the crisis has already arrived in California"
Death Valley’s forbidding landscape registered a preliminary high temperature of 129.9F on 16 August. Don’t look away
Alastair GeeIt's possible that a recent reading from Death Valley was the world's highest ever recorded temperature.
But in our crazy news cycle, this was only a blip.
@bhensonweather: "It would be unwise to skip over what has just happened in the California desert"
Enter to win one of 50 free copies available. Giveaway dates from Jul 31-Aug 09, 2020. The harrowing story of the most destructive American wildfire in a...
Alastair GeeThere's a FIRE IN PARADISE giveaway on @goodreads!
Tooting of own horn: "gripping" (NYT)/"sweeping in scope and vivid in its particulars" (WaPo)/an Amazon best book of year
@Dani_Anguiano and I sought to resurrect Paradise from the ashes. Do take a look.
A comprehensive shutdown may be required in much of the country.
Alastair GeeWe rightly lament the 4,500 US soldiers killed in Iraq.
Yet we are approaching 140,000 deaths from Covid-19.
Where is the righteous fury? Will there be a reckoning?
"Had we done it right... tens of thousands of Americans would not have died."
We are launching a project to document the lives of every US medical worker who dies helping patients during the pandemic. These are some of the first tragic cases
Alastair GeeSurgeon J Ronald Verrier dialed into meetings even after he got sick
Nurse Debbie Accad cared for veterans for decades
Cleaner Alvin Simmons turned his life around
This is a project by @guardian/@KHNews to record lives of medical staff lost to Covid-19.
Frank Gabrin, a New York physician, knew the stakes of his job – but circumstances around the pandemic unsettled him as he donned used protective gear
Alastair GeeNEW: "Everyone wants a Covid test that I do not have," New York ER doctor Frank Gabrin texted a friend in March.
"Don’t have any PPE that has not been used."
"No N95 masks – my own goggles – my own face shield."
Two weeks later, Gabrin died. My story
Since I visibly transitioned, things are better at work, there’s less struggle, and I earn more. Am I benefiting from bias?
Alastair GeeA privilege to work on this piece with @drcompton.
"Since I visibly transitioned, there is less struggle. My interactions are not as fraught. Things have gotten easier at work. I’m earning more.
I wonder: is this what male privilege feels like?"
Lhakpa Sherpa works for minimum wages and currently washes dishes, as she trains for her 10th Everest summit with no endorsement deals, no nutritionist and no trainer
Alastair GeeThe incredible story of the single mom who has summited Everest nine times - once while pregnant - and has been virtually ignored in the climbing world. She works at Whole Foods washing dishes. Now she's going for the 10th...