WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has doubled in the last week to 400,000, placing the U.S. at five times the number of cases reported in China. However, data from the University of Washington suggests that the curve has already flattened in 14 states, some without having seen a severe shortage of medical supplies. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he expects that students will return to school in the fall, although he warned that “this is not going to disappear.” Many European countries are considering lifting lockdown restrictions, with Austria and Denmark potentially beginning next week.
A report has surfaced that U.S. intelligence authorities knew about the coronavirus and warned of its potentially “cataclysmic” consequences as early as November. President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general responsible for overseeing the implementation of the relief funding law. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Moldy has resigned hours after publicly apologizing for his criticism of a captain’s plea for help in containing the coronavirus on his ship.
Wisconsin on Tuesday navigated a primary election during the pandemic, offering a glimpse of what obstacles states could face for the general election in November. Wisconsin’s effort included thousands of nonuniformed National Guard members and a variety of social distancing protocols.
In an effort to protect some of the most vulnerable to the disease, Los Angeles authorities are working to place the city’s homeless in hotels. The White House is embracing a plan to reopen the economy with ample testing at the same time that Walgreens announced it will open 15 drive-thru rapid testing sites across seven states. More than half of Americans in an Axios-Ipsos poll have said they are self-quarantining, while mental and emotional health appears to be stabilizing. Singer and songwriter John Prine has died due to complications of the coronavirus.
Jigsaw puzzles are getting their time in the limelight as Americans seek ways to stay entertained during lockdown. Videos, photos, and interviews about puzzling abound on social media with Millennials largely promoting their use in self-care.
NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC
Dr. Birx sees encouraging signs, but warns people of second wave if they start going out – NBC News – 4/8/2020
In an interview with Savannah Guthrie on the “TODAY” show, Birx said that California and Washington state began social distancing very early and said their curves are “persistently flat and that’s very encouraging.” […] Birx acknowledged a rising death toll, however, but said that those numbers reflect the people who were infected by COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, two to three weeks ago, before some of the strict guidelines were implemented. Still, she said that a number of metro areas are still struggling.
Hong Kong airport to test all arrivals for coronavirus, a world first – Fortune – 4/8/2020
The measure, enacted on Wednesday, came amid a second wave of coronavirus infections in the city that resulted in part from a steady rise in imported infections. The city had 936 confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with at least 359 of them in travelers who’d been overseas.
How California disasters helped the state respond to coronavirus – Politico – 4/8/2020
Nothing could fully prepare any state or country for the magnitude of the pandemic, and California’s public health system suffered the same severe cutbacks that have hampered the nation’s response to Covid-19. But California’s perpetual state of disaster response — be it fires, floods or earthquakes — has forced state and local governments to prepare.
Covid-19 May Change Corporate Sustainability as We Know It – Bloomberg – 4/8/2020
Corporate social responsibility, or CSR, has become a shorthand for what companies do to integrate environmental, social and governance issues into their businesses. Until now it’s been a mashup of philanthropy, employee engagement, renewable energy programs and investor relations. But the coronavirus pandemic will press industries and investors to make sure CSR is truly connected to delivering value.
Anesthesia machines can become COVID-19 ventilators – Futurity – 4/7/2020
Anesthesia machines can be converted to ventilators in a matter of minutes with a few simple modifications such as the addition of a heat and humidity exchange filter to the breathing circuit and the removal of anesthetic gas vaporizers.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
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Josh Eidelson @josheidelson 7 Apr Talked to dozens of workers and activists in warehouses, healthcare, retail, delivery, transportation, fast food, farms, and manufacturing for this essay on how fear of coronavirus is helping fuel a worker revolt and how fear of retaliation impedes it
Yahoo Finance @YahooFinance 7 Apr Amazon sought ‘retaliation’ when it fired worker who led coronavirus walkout: NY AG by @alexiskweed
The Cut @TheCut 8 Apr Workers announced the first walkout at Target’s delivery service app Shipt on April 7 and are asking customers to boycott the app on Friday, April 10 in solidarity
Shailja Patel @shailjapatel 7 Apr “McDonald’s workers are asking for an extra $3 per hour hazard pay, adequate protective equipment, two weeks paid sick leave, and a guarantee that the company will cover their health care costs if they get sick with COVID-19.”
Lisa Ko @iamlisako 7 Apr From @PaydayReport: an interactive tracking map of strikes and worker walkouts happening across the US since the start of the Covid pandemic – more than 35 wildcat strikes in the last few weeks alone.
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