WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
Following a number of rousing tweets from President Donald Trump this weekend to “liberate” the U.S. economy, protesters continued to gather at state capitols in Texas , California and other states to call for the end of statewide lockdowns and reopen businesses. Restrictions in some states and municipalities were softened over the weekend, including the reopening of some beaches in Florida, parks and retail “to-go” in Texas, and limited farmer’s markets in Vermont.
However, public health experts argue a robust testing system is necessary to begin reopening public spaces, and the World Health Organization is warning that there is no evidence that people who have recovered from the virus are now immune. Some point to the rising number of patients in South Korea who recovered from COVID-19 and then tested positive again.
Meanwhile, an antibodies study in Santa Clara suggests that the true number of people who contracted the virus is 50 to 85 times greater than what was reported at the time. A similar narrative emerged after the entire crew of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt was tested, showing that most of the positive cases were asymptomatic.
The USDA has detailed a $19 billion relief program for farmers and ranchers affected by the coronavirus, the majority which will be funded by the CARES Act. Some banks have reported applications for the federal government’s small business stimulus from the likes of hedge funds and financial firms, which they say are not experiencing a dire need.
Easter was observed today by the world’s Orthodox Christians, leaving empty churches amid stay-at-home orders. More than 1 billion Muslims are preparing for Ramadan on Friday with plans to fast as normal but forego social gatherings and prayer groups, although some leaders are working towards a virtual Iftar feast.
The Dalai Lama in a hopeful address encouraged the world to fight the coronavirus with compassion, noting that only by coming together can the world overcome the “unprecedented magnitude of the challenges we face.”
One developmental psychologist is studying young couples who spend more time together in isolation, finding a rise in mens’ heart rates when the couple experiences “annoyance” throughout the day. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to allow for remotely issued marriage licenses. “There is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage,” he said jokingly at a press conference. “You can do it by Zoom.”
NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC
Journalism must be saved before coronavirus deals the press a killer blow – the Guardian – 4/19/2020
In the past week alone national newspapers including the Telegraph, the Financial Times and the Guardian have furloughed staff and announced further cost cuts after warning of a sharp drop in revenue. Enders Analysis, which forecasts a 50% fall in advertising revenues this year, estimates the total potential cost to the industry at about £650m once circulation declines are included. This is despite record levels of traffic and engagement from online readers.
Why contact tracers are key to unlocking economy – TheHill – 4/18/2020
“I think there is a real recognition that while this is a lot of people and a lot of money, the other side of the coin is a country where we continue to be in lockdown, where our commerce is forced to a fault, people are scared, and kids are not in school,” said Adriane Casalotti, chief of government and public affairs for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
NASA team is controlling the Mars Curiosity rover from home — take a look at their work from home setups – CNBC – 4/19/2020
The Curiosity team, which typically works from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, has been working remotely since California officials issued a “stay at home” order for all non-essential workers to help stop the spread of coronavirus in March, the space agency said in a blog post this week.
How one country set a course to totally eliminate the COVID-19 virus – Fortune – 4/19/2020
When historians assess how countries approached the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand is sure to stand out. The South Pacific nation is alone among its western peers in explicitly attempting to eradicate the virus. It adopted one of the strictest lockdowns in the world before a single death was reported, and has isolated infections to keep the disease from spreading out of control.
Zoom marriages are now legal in New York – Quartz – 4/19/2020The digital nuptials do have to follow certain rules laid out in the order, which is in effect through May 18. For example, “the video conference must allow for direct interaction between the couple and the town or city clerk, the witness or the person to solemnize the marriage.” In other words, no pre-recorded video is allowed, so participants still have to actually attend, even if they’re not there physically.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
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Garry Shandling @Garry Shandling 18 Apr I was sick a couple of months and lost 25 pounds. My friends said, Man you lost 25 pounds. But I was sick-Yeah, but you lost 25 pounds. Like that is a good way to lose weight? So if I died-well, you don’t lose it right away you have to be patient. No, I’ll stop at disease, thanks
The Daily Telegraph @The Daily Telegraph 19 Apr Your home already has everything you need for a comprehensive, full-body workout and you don’t need to spend a cent on expensive equipment or set up a home gym, health and fitness expert Adam MacDougall reveals.
CNN International @CNN International 18 Apr His aim is to inspire and teach people of all ages, faiths and abilities techniques to stay fit during the coronavirus pandemic and he’s urged others to post similar videos.
Tripadvisor @Tripadvisor 19 Apr Elevate your workout by enjoying National Parks, forest trails, and ancient sites while walking the treadmill.
Dallas Cowboys @Dallas Cowboys 18 Apr This weekend, stay active with an ab workout brought to you by #DallasCowboys Strength & Conditioning Coordinator Markus Paul. #StayHomeStayStrong
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