WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide hit 1 million, with more than 50,000 deaths, the actual number of cases are estimated to be much higher due to testing shortages and unreported mild cases. White House officials confirmed a planned guidance encouraging Americans to wear face coverings outside in areas where the virus is being actively spread. 

Stimulus cash payments may take up to 20 weeks for some Americans who do not have direct deposit information on file with the IRS. Checks will be distributed to individuals with the lowest adjusted gross income first. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin committed to sending out the first round of checks in two weeks at the White House coronavirus task force briefing Thursday evening.

U.S. stock futures are lower following Thursday’s unemployment claims marked the highest initial jobless claims report in American history. March’s unemployment data confirms employers shed 701,000 jobs, marking the beginning of a labor market collapse.

About 30 million small businesses are awaiting their cut of the $350 billion relief program from the government’s economic stimulus package, and those in need of money quickly were expected to apply the first day. Some banks are still unsure if they will participate after the 31-pages of guidance on how to lend the money was released hours before the program’s launch.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York has approximately six days worth of ventilators left as the city’s death toll tops 1,500. Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner announced a large shipment of supplies will go to New York City at yesterday’s briefing, and Admiral John Polowczyk said the government is seeking to procure 100,000 ventilators by the end of June. The White House released a statement Thursday ensuring domestic manufacturers can produce ventilators needed to save American lives.

Studies have found only a small percentage of patients that require ventilation recover enough to breathe on their own. Ventilators have been seen as a critical treatment for coronavirus, likely because they are very successful treating common forms of pneumonia.

Tobacco sales are holding up during the coronavirus lockdown, with some indications that smokers may be stockpiling cigarettes just as some amass food. Some studies have shown smoking or vaping can increase the risk of a severe coronavirus infection. 

Why the Coronavirus Slipped Past Disease Detectives – Scientific American – 4/3/2020
Experts say that like a fishing net with many holes, the surveillance network had numerous gaps, with too little money and manpower to be truly effective. “We’ve been gutting surveillance for too long,” says Michael Buchmeier, a virologist and associate director of the Center for Virus Research at the University of California, Irvine. “And by doing that, we’re creating blind spots in our ability to identify and contain threats of infectious disease in the world.”

The rise of quarantine UX: How COVID-19 has upended the very idea of convenience – Fast Company – 4/3/2020
It is clear that much of the last decade of smash-hit UX has been more or less abandoned in the wake of COVID-19. The in-store experience design championed by Starbucks, the touch interfaces at in-store checkouts, and even the shared platforms behind Uber and Airbnb have all become liabilities.

How to stop the virus making us all fatter – France 24 – 4/3/2020
“I don’t know if we are going to come out of this experience stronger, but we will have gotten fatter,” warned nutritionist Beatrice de Reynal, who said that was only one thing to do — eat less.” It is going to happen to us all, even if we try to exercise,” said the similarly fatalistic Julian Mercier, a French sports, health and cooking coach.

We’re All Having Coronavirus Dreams Now – Vice – 4/3/2020
Deirdre Barrett, an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and author of The Committee of Sleep, has started to collect COVID-19 dreams to analyze and compare to dreams before the pandemic; she currently has about 50 dreams.

Coronavirus tips: How to properly wipe down your groceries and remove dirty gloves – CNN – 4/3/2020
CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta demonstrates the proper way to wipe down grocery or take-out items before bringing them into the house, and how to remove contaminated gloves without compromising your hands.

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

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Misha Collins @mishacollins 2 Apr For homeschool today the kids prepared a typical civil-war-era meal for me & recited the Gettysburg address in period, hand-stitched costumes. Oops. Damn text to speech. That should have read, “For homeschool today the kids are eating popsicles & watching DuckTales on an iPad.”

UC San Diego @UCSanDiego 2 Apr Frustrated with spotty WiFi connection while you work from home? @UCSDJacobs engineers developed a “smart surface” that could make signal available in dead spots—and also make the existing connection twice as fast.

George Takei @GeorgeTakei 3 Apr The states that have yet to issue a statewide stay-at-home order are Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, and Utah all have more than 1,000 cases.

KTLA @KTLA 3 Apr Kim Prather, a leading atmospheric chemist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, wants to yell out her window at every surfer, runner, and biker she spots along the San Diego coast.

Fast Company @FastCompany 2 Apr It’s possible to be comfy and not look like a slob while working from home.

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