"Many states are far short of Covid-19 testing levels needed for safe reopening, new analysis shows" Stat, April 27, 2020 / Image: Alissa Ambrose, Harvard Global Health Institute, COVID Testing Project, Stat
“Many states are far short of Covid-19 testing levels needed for safe reopening, new analysis shows” Stat, April 27, 2020 / Image: Alissa Ambrose, Harvard Global Health Institute, COVID Testing Project, Stat

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

As global infections reach nearly 3 million, U.S. cases account for almost a third

Beaches in Southern California saw crowds on Sunday as people sought respite from a heat wave, despite the state’s stay-at-home order. Mississippi’s shelter in place order is set to expire today as the state adopts a “safer at home” order in its place. 

U.S. stock futures are up as more states are slated to begin lifting lockdown orders, including New York. This week will also yield quarterly earnings reports from Apple and Microsoft following the tech sector’s contribution to a late session rally last Friday. A drop in oil prices kept stocks’ gains in check. 

Bank of America’s CEO said analysts predict the economy will return to normal “late next year” on CBS’s Face The Nation. This follows Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s prediction that the economy will begin to recover in May and June, and really “bounce back” in the fall. 

An analysis uncovered the global death toll from coronavirus could be up to 60% higher than reported. A clinical trial in New York has begun testing a heartburn remedy against coronavirus, an idea first introduced by an infectious disease doctor based in Boston. 

An increased interest in pulse oximeters could be due to research showing severe cases of COVID-19 have low oxygen levels in the blood. Used for measuring the saturation of oxygen in red blood cells, pulse oximeters were sold out on CVS and Walgreens websites. 

Research from the Federal Reserve illustrates how the lowest level of wage earners are being hit the hardest . The demand in food, leisure and hospitality dropped by 75%. Those same industries that could continue to suffer even as the economy recovers. The situation could also be exacerbated due to the initial coronavirus cases occurring in regions with lower levels of economic stress, which is now spreading to regions with higher stress. 

The Los Angeles Times found those who live in lower-income communities in L.A. are three times more likely to die of COVID-19 than those in wealthier communities. The number of new coronavirus cases in L.A. has surged over the past week and the number of deaths doubled. 

Grocery store workers continually face the threat of coronavirus though most do not have paid sick leave– a study found only 8% can take at least 14 days off. Last week, an expert suggested grocery stores ban customers from coming inside and convert entirely to curbside pickup and home delivery. A Kroger near Cincinnati is now temporarily “pick-up” only to meet customer demand for alternative shopping methods. Walmart has also implemented single-direction aisles to encourage social distancing. 

Being one of the first schools to announce a shift to online learning, Purdue College is now at the forefront of making sure students are back on campus in the fall. Despite the uncertainty, one semblance of normal life is still a reality for some aspiring college students– advanced placement exams. AP exams will be conducted with a new online format that is raising some questions about fairness.  

Why Not-So-Small Businesses Benefited From Small-Business Rescue – Bloomberg – 4/27/2020
The Paycheck Protection Program, touted as a Covid-19 lifeline for businesses with fewer than 500 workers, provided tens of millions of dollars in loans to firms with far larger payrolls than that, according to disclosures filed by publicly traded firms that received the aid. Companies with as many as 1,500 workers could access the program — thanks to obscure federal rules that in 2016 redefined what constitutes a “small” business.

The virus hunters who search bat caves to predict the next pandemic – CNN – 4/27/2020
Daszak is a virus hunter. Over the past 10 years, he has visited over 20 countries trying to prevent the next big pandemic by searching bat caves for new pathogens. More specifically, new coronaviruses. The findings of Daszak, and others like him, inform an open-source library of all known animal viruses, from which scientists can forecast which strains are most likely to spill over to humans, in order to ready the world for a new pandemic like Covid-19.

From pews to patients – churches have long served as hospitals, particularly in times of crisis – The Conversation – 4/27/2020
Churches are looking to open up their doors to groups beyond their usual congregants during the coronavirus crisis: doctors, nurses and patients. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the seat of the Episcopal diocese of New York, and one of the largest churches in the world, started a process of converting its premises into an emergency field hospital, earlier this April.

The COVID-19 pandemic is sparking an era of ‘smart generosity’ – Fast Company – 4/27/2020
During challenging times, companies with purpose are often better positioned to adapt and endure than peers without a purpose. Why? Purpose serves as a vision and lens for smart decision-making during both good times and bad. More than just a reason for existing, purpose can help leaders prioritize stakeholders, redirect resources, and more precisely respond during crises such as COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Viral WhatsApp messages ‘drop 70%’ – BBC News – 4/27/2020
WhatsApp says it has seen a drop of 70% in “highly forwarded” messages – the kind that may spread misinformation about the coronavirus. […] “WhatsApp is committed to doing our part in tackling viral messages,” a spokesman for the messaging platform said. “This change is helping keep WhatsApp a place for personal and private conversations.”

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

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UN Women @UN Women 26 Apr From the cashier to the emergency room nurse to the drugstore pharmacist to the home health aide, the soldier on the front lines of the #COVID19 pandemic is most likely a woman. via @nytimes

60 Minutes @60 Minutes 26 Apr “You just step up to the plate.” JoAnne Ritchie has worked for Ford for 30 years and is now making face masks. Her daughter is a critical care nurse. Ritchie’s grandmother worked during WWII to help the U.S. war machine.

Nurses Association @Nurses Association 26 Apr Way to go! This #nurse found a way to serve her community even outside of the hospital. In just two weeks, she raised over $8k to support her local food bank. Another example of nurses going above and beyond the call of duty.

Bath Rugby @Bath Rugby 27 Apr Happy Monday! Here’s to Anne Stone, a Minor Injuries Nurse Practitioner at Bridport Community Hospital – who has treated a few rugby players in her time! She and her colleagues are working hard to help the people of Bridport – thank you Anne. #WeAreBath #stayhomesavelives

Budweiser USA @Budweiser USA 26 Apr Cheers to these hard-working Americans who represent the #OneTeam spirit: -JJ Johnson, nurse in Crossville, TN. Nominated by his father, Jim. -Walter Luck, HVAC supplier/distributor in Phoenix. -Andrea Wall, hospital worker in Louisville, nominated by her husband @boochuckbeans.

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