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February 4, 2022

Around the nation: Neil Young's former bandmates ask to have their music removed from Spotify

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    Neil Young's former bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have asked to have their music removed from Spotify in protest of Covid-19 misinformation, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, and New York.

    • California: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) on Tuesday responded to criticism over a photograph posted over the weekend by former NBA player Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. at the NFL NFC championship game. In the photo, Johnson posed with several California politicians, including Garcetti, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), and San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D), none of whom were wearing a mask—even though masks are required in all public indoor venues in Los Angeles County. SoFi Stadium policy also requires masks for anyone not "actively eating or drinking." According to Garcetti, he wore his mask "the entire game" and did not inhale or exhale while he was posing for the picture. "When people ask for a photograph, I hold my breath," Garcetti said. "There is a 0% chance of infection from that." (Salcedo, Washington Post, 2/3)
    • Georgia: CDC on Tuesday debuted a newwebpage that contains information to help support health care professionals who provide maternal care. On the site, the agency provides information and clinical tools to help obstetric professionals, pediatricians, and other health care professionals recognize and address urgent maternal warning signs. Every year over 700 women die in the United States from pregnancy-related complications—and two-thirds of those deaths are preventable, according to CDC. The new site is part of Hear Her, a campaign intended to reduce pregnancy-related deaths in the United States. (Carbajal, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 2/2)
    • New York: Neil Young's former bandmates David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have asked to have their music removed from Spotify in protest of the platform’s hosting of Joe Rogan’s podcast, which they say has been spreading Covid-19 misinformation on the platform. In a written statement to NPR, Crosby, Stills, and Nash said, "We support Neil and we agree with him that there is dangerous disinformation being aired on Spotify's Joe Rogan podcast. While we always value alternate points of view, knowingly spreading disinformation during this global pandemic has deadly consequences. Until real action is taken to show that a concern for humanity must be balanced with commerce, we don't want our music—or the music we made together—to be on the same platform." (Tsioulcas, NPR, 2/2)

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