WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

China will begin reporting asymptomatic cases of coronavirus in an effort to assuage fear people could be spreading the virus unknowingly as the country transitions back into daily life. The United Nations chief launched a plan on Tuesday to counter the socio-economic impact of the pandemic, encouraging global solidarity.

Stock-index futures pointed to a lower start Wednesday following President Trump’s warning of an impending “very, very painful” two weeks. Despite the calmer stretch markets have entered for the past few days, investors warn stocks and corporate debt could still fall further.

Mortgage applications to buy a home plummet 24% annually following last week’s rise. Real estate agents have reported a sharp drop in buyer interest, resulting in demand that is much lower than what is typical for spring.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows COVID-19 patients with underlying health issues are more likely to require hospital treatment. The connection between health and wealth in the U.S. could mean low-income communities are hit harder.

Grocery and delivery workers are demanding increased protection as they remain on the front lines of the pandemic. Despite the conditions, companies have had no issues filling job positions with more Americans out of work– Walmart has kept a pace of 5,000 new hires a day.

Zoom has surged in popularity with more individuals working from home, but the videoconferencing platform is facing scrutiny for accusations of lax privacy practices.

Democrats are pushing for increased funding for mail-in voting. The stimulus package signed into law last week allocated $400 million to help states adapt to upcoming primary and general elections, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wants to see funding for the U.S. Postal Service to send ballots to Americans.

Covid-19: The race to build coronavirus ventilators – BBC – 4/1/2020
There are not enough ventilators available in hospitals right now for all of the potential patients who will be struck by the virus. An influential report from Imperial College London estimates that 30% of Covid-19 hospitalised patients are likely to require mechanical ventilation.

It took a global pandemic, but Facebook Live is back in favor – Digiday – 4/1/2020
Over the last month, the number of U.S. users watching live video on Facebook has surged 50% compared to February, according to the company. Now that people can’t attend a concert or visit the zoo, Facebook Live has gone from being the backup way to experience those events to be one of the only ways. 

How the coronavirus pandemic is impacting shared workspaces and social clubs – Fortune – 4/1/2020
It’s unclear how many of WeWork’s members are deemed “essential” or from which locations those businesses operate. But as of March 30, the only WeWork building closed in North America was in Los Angeles, where someone in the building had tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus Vaccine Race Gets Unlikely Partner: Big Tobacco – Bloomberg – 4/1/2020
Cigarette makers may seem like an unlikely source of life-saving vaccines, yet Philip Morris International Inc. and British American Tobacco Plc are trying to devise a defense against the coronavirus from the humble tobacco leaf.

COVID-19 could lead to an epidemic of clinical depression – The Conversation – 4/1/2020
How we talk about depression must change. The distress we feel is a normal human response to a severe crisis. Acknowledging and accepting these feelings prevents distress from turning into disorder. Describing depression solely as a brain disease increases helplessness and substance use among those who are depressed and decreases help-seeking.

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

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Tom Warren @tomwarren 1 Apr Zoom risks becoming a victim of its own success, as it faces a privacy and security backlash. It was never designed for virtual yoga glasses, beers with friends, and more. Here’s my take on the issues Zoom faces:

Arvind Narayanan @random_walker 31 Mar Every day there’s a fresh Zoom privacy/security horror story. Why now, all at once? It’s simple: the problems aren’t new but suddenly everyone is forced to use Zoom. That means more people discovering problems and also more frustration because opting out isn’t an option.

WIRED @WIRED 31 Mar The $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill includes $500 million for a “public health surveillance and data collection system.” Watchdog groups are concerned it may enable new types of surveillance of Americans, without adequate privacy safeguard.

EFF @EFF 31 Mar Governments worldwide are using technology to track the coronavirus outbreak. But the public should first be told how these systems can contain the spread of COVID-19—and such reasoning must be based in rigorous science.

POLITICOEurope @POLITICOEurope 1 Apr European researchers think they have found a way to use mobile phones to contain the spread of #coronavirus without sacrificing the region’s high standards on privacy

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