Five on Friday: The Climate Crisis and Air Pollution
Welcome back to Five on Friday, your weekly rundown of news and resources on migrant health and beyond, chosen by Migrant Clinicians Network staff. So many pieces to choose from this week, so we tried to find important ones you may have missed. Have a great weekend – stay safe!
Amy noted, when forwarding this article, that immigrant workers are more likely to die from work-related illness and injury, particularly in the dangerous construction industry. “Safe workplaces are possible with engineering controls (in this case, water-based dust suppression systems); proper PPE also makes a difference... No worker should die because of their job.” Ancient Lung Disease Strikes Countertop Cutters in Southern California
Kaethe offered National Nurses United's rejection of “immunity debt” narrative that claims that COVID masking last year is the cause of dangerous spikes in RSV this year. Increased RSV Infections Are Not Due to “Immunity Debt,” But Failure to Protect Public Health
Kaethe also sent in a Nature news article on air quality. How a Dangerous Stew of Air Pollution Is Choking the United States
Esther sent over this opinion article on a possible bipartisan compromise deal for Dreamers that is circulating in the Senate. It would provide a path to citizenship for two million Dreamers! It would also boost resources to speed up asylum seeker processing and removal, for those who don't qualify for asylum. Esther calls it “a mixed bag of opportunity and heartbreak.” Finally, A Bipartisan Deal to Help the ‘Dreamers’ is Within Reach
Weekly Win: Brenda sent along the news that Haitians with temporary protected status that is expiring will be granted 18 more months of TPS, and 100,000 more Haitians will be offered the lifesaving status. Biden Administration Expands Protections for Haitian Migrants