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We Can Prevent COVID-19 Deaths in Prisons and for Homeless Now Without Administering COVID Vaccine . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 16 January 2021

Dear Ones,

I write this blog for prison health care officials in the United States, and for agencies that look to the welfare of the homeless in this nation. I offer a timely, cost-effective solution to COVID-19 deaths among these populations, as a stopgap measure until the COVID vaccine can be provided to them.

I see that people in prisons and the homeless are not slated to receive the COVID-19 vaccine until Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan. (1) Yet prisoners and the homeless are at very high risk for COVID-19 deaths (2) (3); of concern on a par with residents of adult care facilities.

In the long run, I feel that this country’s disregard of the urgent need of the downtrodden … the indigent, the homeless, those judged lacking or wrong … will be seen as a great disgrace, a blot upon the escutcheon of our honor as a nation. But in the short run, because our hopes of liberty and justice for all are so bound down by our fears for our own lives and those of our families … so ringed round by notions of danger lurking everywhere … I feel that Americans may see prisoners and the homeless as adding to the notion of the bête noire that prowls through their unsettled dreams.

Government and politicians know that punishment of the downcast will be a sop to the masses, and are bound to act in such a way that the fears of the people are assuaged. Considering the social unrest that growls through the nation, hungry for work, hungry for recreation, hungry to enjoy once more the prosperity of former times, I can hardly hold government and politicians culpable in that regard.

There are other ‘fear factors’ in the news right now. For instance, I see that supply chain shortages are anticipated in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. (4)

As well, there are two new strains of COVID that add to the currently very high level of stress most Americans are experiencing …

  • The very infectious strain in Europe, which I feel may have hit California last week, and may be responsible for greatly increased numbers of infection soon, bringing the numbers closer to those Europe has suffered in recent month; (5) and
  • A mutant strain in Brazil, which may render the COVID vaccines somewhat less effective. (6)

These two new strains add to the public onus of COVID-19 concerns, and by my lights, might make it continue to be difficult for the public to place emphasis on the plight of prisoners and the homeless, and their urgent need for the COVID-19 vaccine, who might be viewed in a less felicitous light, for placing a burden on the social system.

I understand the reaction of health care planners nationwide to serve first those whose lives are deemed to be most of value to our communities, and that prisoners and the homeless may not be high on the distribution list for that reason.

Thus I feel there can be no hope of timely COVID vaccine distribution to prisoners and to the homeless. I say this for prison health care officials in the United States, and for agencies that look to the welfare of the homeless in this nation.

Yet there is a timely, low-cost answer to the urgent problem of COVID-19 deaths among prisoners and the homeless. That answer lies in the recent finding of the University of Denver that the ordinary, everyday flu shot prevents severe COVID-19 symptoms …

Link: “Ordinary, Everyday Flu Shot Prevents Severe COVID Symptoms,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 9 January 2021; updated … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-lbl ..

You may not have heard about this startling finding yet, and the reason for that may, I feel, lie with Big Pharma, and the need of COVID vaccine research and development companies to recoup their investments. Big Pharma’s concern for profit is understandable, considering the investments that have been made in rapid vaccine development; but I feel certain that, long-term, those with approved vaccines will see good profits. After all, the need is very great for these products, and will be great for years to come. So I feel.

If severe COVID-19 symptoms are prevented in most cases, for those who receive the everyday, ordinary flu shot, then there will be many fewer deaths. Prison health officials and agencies providing health care for the homeless might turn to administration of the annual flu shot as a means of preventing COVID-19 deaths among those in their care.

Alice Clagett

This article is also featured in my blog “Awakening with Planet Earth.”

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FOOTNOTES

(1) Link: “Phased Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines,” by Kathleen Dooling, MD, MPh, ACIP Meeting, 20 December 2020 … https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/downloads/slides-2020-12/slides-12-20/02-COVID-Dooling.pdf ..

(2) Link: “The Coronavirus Pandemic Turns Every Arrest into a Potential Death Sentence,” by Ephrat Livni, 24 March 2020, in Quartz … https://qz.com/1824280/coronavirus-turns-every-arrest-into-a-potential-death-sentence/ ..

(3) Link: “COVID-19: The ‘Crisis Within a Crisis’ for Homeless People,” by Molly Bohannon, Katie Surma, Austin Fast, Nino Abdaladze, Megan Lupo, Jamie Fields and Sanjana Garg, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, 28 August 2020, in USA Today … https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2020/08/28/covid-19-invisible-victims-homeless-people/5636938002/ ..

(4) Link: “The COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain: Potential Problems and Bottlenecks,” by Caroline Barnhill, 5 January 2021, at NC State University … https://poole.ncsu.edu/thought-leadership/the-covid-19-vaccine-supply-chain-potential-problems-and-bottlenecks/ ..

(5) Link: “New COVID Strain May Dominate US by March,” by Brenda Goodman, MA, 15 January 2021, in WebMD … https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20210115/cdc-new-covid-strain-may-dominate-us-by-march ..

Link: “New Coronavirus Variant Reaches Canada, Japan and Several EU Countries,” by Rebecca Falconer, 27 December 2020, in Axios … https://www.axios.com/covid-19-variant-canada-japan-eu-c9266832-476d-47c3-8226-ba61fa26cceb.html ..

(6) Link: “A New Covid Variant Has Been Discovered in Brazil – Here’s What We Know So Far,” by Sam Meredith, 15 January 2021, at CNBC … https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/15/brazil-a-new-covid-variant-has-been-discovered-heres-what-we-know-so-far.html ..

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The Red Gila and Other Dreams . by Alice B. Clagett *

Awakening with Planet Earth

Filmed on 13 January 2018; transcribed on 15 October 2018

  • INTRODUCTION
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • Alice’s First Dream: The University Man Who Was a Member of the Army of the Night
    • Alice’s Second Dream: The Young, Homeless Woman in the Public Restroom
    • Alice’s Third Dream: The Young Woman Walking in a Maze of Streets
    • Alice’s Fourth Dream: The Red Gila
    • Alice’s Fifth Dream: Death by Drowning of 16 People in a Dugout in the Mountains
    • Prayer for Homeless and the Homed
    • Conclusion
  • MORE INFORMATION

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

This is a description of a vision I had  … the vision of the Red Gila … as I recall, on a night after a day or so of rain in Los Angeles, most likely on 9 January 2018.

  • There was a ‘swooping in’ to the persona of an antisocial personality and his wife, maybe at Caltech or some place…

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Call to Action: Homelessness in the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Posted on www.nextdoor.com 8 October 2017; revised … new text is in green font

  • Homeless Statistics in the San Fernando Valley
  • Scarcity of Homeless Shelters in the San Fernando Valley
  • On the Notion of Assigning a Parking Lot … Such as the Vacant Costco Parking Lot on Roscoe … for a Temporary Tent Community
  • Neighborhood Watch and Foot Traffic on Our Public Streets
  • Loitering Laws in Los Angeles
  • Can We Provide Safe Places for the Homeless to Store Their Property?
  • On Working Within the Law for a Solution to the Difficult Problem of Homelessness
  • My Thanks to California for Its Positive Regard for the Underprivileged

Dear Ones,

HOMELESS STATISTICS IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

I read there were about 7,600 homeless in the San Fernando Valley, and 58,000 in LA County as of last year … I read this in:

Link: “Homelessness Increased In Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley: The rising…

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Soothing Prospective Social Unrest in America: Historic Land Grants as a Wealth Distribution Model . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Filmed and published on 27 May 2016, revised
Previously titled: Soothing Social Unrest: Historic Land Grants as a Wealth Distribution Model

  • INTRODUCTION
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Image: “Map of All Federally Owned Land in the United States,” in Wikimedia Commons …Page URL: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AUS_federal_land.agencies.svg … File URL: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/US_federal_land.agencies.svg … See page for author … public domain

Image: “Map of All Federally Owned Land in the United States,” in Wikimedia Commons …Page URL: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AUS_federal_land.agencies.svg … File URL: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/US_federal_land.agencies.svg … See page for author … public domain

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

This blog is about ways to soothe social unrest and improve our urban environments through land distribution. The information in green font below is not mentioned in the video …

  • After Columbus discovered America, the problem of unrest among younger sons of nobility was solved in England by offering them land grants to plantations on the East Coast of America. This was…

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Call to Action: Fabricas to Employ California Homeless . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Written on 25 August 2018

  • Are San Fernando Valley Thrift Store Throw-Aways Being Sent to Mexico?
  • Call to Action: Retain Cast-Off Thrift Store Items in Los Angeles, and Set Up Fabricas to Employ Homeless Here, Repairing or Repurposing These Goods
  • Request That California Legislature Sent Delegations to Africa and South America to Find Out How Throw-Away Items an Create an Income Stream for Our Homeless
  • Offer Tax Inducement for California Entrepreneurs with Fabricas in Mexico, to Employ No-US-Citizen California Homeless in their Mexican Fabricas?

Hello, Dear Ones,

This is a call to action regarding fabricas to employ the San Fernando Valley homeless.

Are San Fernando Valley Thrift Store Throw-Aways Being Sent to Mexico?

I was just over at one of the big thrift store chains in the San Fernando Valley, and I noticed, in the donation area, this gigantic dumpster full of items that did not pass muster…

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United States Call to Action: ‘Homeless Trains’ Like the ‘Orphan Trains’? . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Published on 20 April 2018
Previously titled: ‘Homeless Trains’ Like the ‘Orphan Trains’?

Dear Ones,

I saw an intriguing video about the Orphan Trains that settled orphans (some of them ‘street urchins’ or ‘juvenile delinquents’) from urban environments in farm communities at the turn of the last century. Here’s a good source of information on that …

Link: “West by Orphan Train,” in PBS LearningMedia …   https://iptv.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/orphan-train/#.WtoYCG4vzAV ..

I see that the Trump administration has offered 2 billion dollars’ worth of grants to help the homeless …

Link:  “US Gives $2B to Help Homeless Amid Plans to Cut Housing Aid,” 11 January 2018 …   https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2018-01-11/trump-administration-announces-2b-to-help-the-homeless ..

I expect it will take some time for this grant money to filter down into local communities. I have a thought about that:

Might ‘Homeless Trains’ be devised, along the lines of the ‘Orphan Trains’, to resettle the homeless from urban areas…

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The Great Depression, Homelessness Today, and Criminal Justice Reform in America . by Alice B. Clagett *

Awakening with Planet Earth

Filmed on 1 March 2016; published on 12 March 2016
Written in Santa Clarita, California, on returning from a trip up the California Central Valley in springtime.
Previous title: The Great Depression, Homelessness Today, and Criminal Justice Reform

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • My Mother’s Story About Employment of the Homeless for Public Works in the Great Depression
    • A Recent News Story about a Homeless Encampment
    • On Restorative Justice and Work Ethic Education of Prisoners
  • HOW SAN FRANCISCO IS DEALING WITH ITS 6,000 HOMELESS
  • THE SHANTYTOWNS OR ‘HOOVERVILLES’ OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION
  • THE NEW DEAL AND PUBLIC WORKS TO EMPLOY THE UNEMPLOYED
  • FOOTNOTES

Dear Ones,

A video about the homeless encampments of the Great Depression, the situation in America today, and the solutions implemented by President Theodore Roosevelt long ago. What answers to this problem might be usefully considered today? Also, American work furlough programs as the wave of the future for prisoners…

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A Homeless Plan for the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Filmed on 4 December 2017; revised

  • INTRODUCTION
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

I was reading an article about how a fire at a homeless encampment alongside Fwy 405 is thought to have started the pricey Skirball fire on 6 December 2017 …

Link: “Skirball fire sparked by illegal cooking fire, California officials say,” by Julia Jacobo, 12 December 2017 … http://abcnews.go.com/US/skirball-brush-fire-sparked-illegal-cooking-fire-california/story?id=51746393 ..

I thought it might be a good time to publish the below video about a homeless plan for Los Angeles, as clearly, it’s important to find a solution to the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles, not only for humanitarian reasons (which I myself find very compelling) but also because of …

  • the threat to property owners caused by forest fires,
  • improper sanitation at encampments, which might lead to disease outbreaks, and their spread through homed populations
  • potential lawlessness in confrontations between the…

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Ground Zero: How Will an Insolvent California House Its Homeless? . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Published on 21  May 2019

  • WHAT IS CALIFORNIA REALISTICALLY ABLE TO PROVIDE ITS HOMELESS RIGHT NOW?
    • Favelas as Housing?
    • Cardboard Packing Crate, or Old Tire Housing
    • Free Zone with Offer of Landfill Building Materials
  • CONCLUSION

Dear Ones,

It is possible that the slow roll of the HIV – AIDS pandemic will provide relief from the California housing crisis over time, by slowing or halting population growth over the next 10 or 20 years. But in the meantime, we have a homeless problem that is impossible to solve, using the current measuring stick for adequate housing, because the solutions put forth are too costly, considering the state of the California budget.

Have we not done next to nothing for some years now, because we have not the money on hand to live up to our expectations in housing the homeless? And in the meantime, they are suffering and dying on our…

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Notes on Forestalling Social Unrest in California . by Alice B. Clagett *

Awakening with Planet Earth

Written on 12 April 2018; published on 6 December 2019

  • THOUGHTS ON PROVIDING STAGE ONE WORK FOR THE CALIFORNIA HOMELESS AT LESS THAN MINIMUM WAGE, IN EXCHANGE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES
    • Prison Work Programs for Less Than a Dollar an Hour
      • Prison Release Work Camps.
    • A Stage One Consideration in Employing California’s Homeless at Less Than the Minimum Wage
  • THOUGHTS ON SLOWING THE SPREAD OF HIV AND AIDS IN PRISONS
    • On Isolating HIV-Positive Prison Populations in Cell Blocks, Together with HIV-Positive Prison Guards
    • Conjugal Visits
  • HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF IMMIGRANTS TO THE UNITED STATES, COMPARED TO THAT IN CHINA
    • How China Deals with an Influx of Minimally Employable People from North Korea
    • How the United States Deals with an Influx of Minimally Employable People from Mexico
  • CONCLUSION

Dear Ones,

I wrote up these notes in April 2018, with a hope that I would soon finish them off. More than a year later…

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