“How the US stacks up to other countries in confirmed coronavirus cases” Vox, May 4, 2020 / Source: Data: COVID Tracking Project, news reports, government websites; Chart: Vox


The U.S. could suffer as many as 135,000 coronavirus-related deaths due to the “premature relaxation” of social distancing, according to revised projections. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model has nearly doubled the amount of predicted U.S. deaths from COVID-19 by August. Internal documents from the White House project that the U.S. could see up to 3,000 coronavirus-related deaths per day by June 1.

An online tool created by the RAND Corporation simulates the economic impacts of varying restrictions for every U.S. state. The model points to higher projected cases and deaths by Sept. 1, accompanied by greater improvements in the economy, the earlier that states end their restrictions.

The healthcare industry faces an economic collapse due to the cancellations of elective surgeries and a decline in voluntary doctors visits. Healthcare spending is down an adjusted rate of 18 percent, forcing hundreds of hospitals to furlough their workers.

Disparity within the management of public social distancing, particularly in New York City, sparked outrage after a leaked video allegedly showed a police officer violently confronting a black man for stepping out of his apartment even as white people gathered in large groups undisturbed in local parks. The police claimed the confrontation started as an effort to enforce social distancing rules. New York activists are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to address this disparity between police treatment between black and white people who left their homes this past weekend. 

Minority neighborhoods have infection rates that are five times higher than in ZIP codes that have less than 10% non-white populations.

Fears surrounding leaving the house and joining group gatherings are fading, according to a new survey by Axios and Ipsos. Although the results are likely impacted by “cabin fever”, decreasing anxiety could also be attributed to emergency supplies like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and soap becoming more readily available, the poll shows.

As new cases continue to drop in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools and entertainment will be the last to reopen. Businesses meeting rigorous requirements will be allowed to start their reopening phases on May 15. New Jersey schools will also be closed until the end of the academic year.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced it will tighten antibody testing standards to reduce the number of fraudulent tests on the market. Previously, the agency allowed a number of antibody tests, which can indicate if a person has recovered from the coronavirus, onto the market with limited scrutiny to meet the onslaught of demand. At the same time, scientists in the Netherlands have created an antibody capable of overcoming SARS-CoV-2, but remain early in the testing stages. 

Native American tribes like the Navajo and Hopi are receiving generous donations from the Irish, as they repay a debt from the 19th century Great Famine. The Choctaw and Navajo people donated to Ireland in 1847 to send food aid during the famine, despite being in poverty and facing starvation themselves.

Overwhelmed? Adopt a Paradox Mindset – INSEAD Knowledge – 5/5/2020
We have to do both – work plus managing our lives, our spouses, kids, pets and home – all at once. Doing both depends on our ability to adopt a paradox mindset, to consider the world with a “both/and” approach instead of an “either/or” one. In times like these, times of change, uncertainty and scarcity, we need to do many tasks together. And people need to feel comfort with discomfort – these hurdles aren’t going away.

The groundbreaking way to search lungs for signs of Covid-19 – BBC News – 5/5/2020
Around the world, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are being rapidly deployed as part of efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Some question whether these tools are reliable enough, though – after all, people’s lives are at stake.

Google’s new AI-powered search tool helps researchers with coronavirus queries – The Next Web – 5/5/2020
The COVID-19 research explorer tool is a semantic search interface that sits on top of the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19). The team says that traditional search engines are sufficient at answering queries such as “What are the symptoms of coronavirus?” or “Where can I get tested in my country?”. However, when it comes to more pointed questions from researchers, these search engines and their keyword-based approach fail to deliver accurate results.

Homeschooling desperately needs a redesign. I would know—I’m in third grade – Fast Company – 5/5/2020
The worst part is I’m not really learning anything. […] We spend all of our time just fighting with all of the apps that are supposed to help us. When we were still going to school, we might use some of these programs in class once in a while, from once a week (an educational app with cartoon videos called BrainPop) to once a month (Google Classroom). But never at home.

Is it okay to laugh during a pandemic? – The Conversation – 5/5/2020
Memes and funny videos are all over social media, even while an increasing number of people across the world get sick and die. So why is this happening? […] One thing that makes the current situation unique is that it is not a single event in a specific place and time. It is a rolling and continuous crisis, spreading endlessly across continents with no end in sight.


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NBC Latino @NBC Latino 5 May #CincoDeMayo for a cause? Latino artists, actors organize a studded virtual concert to raise millions for farmworkers during the #coronavirus pandemic. By ⁦@Nicolemarie_A⁩

Nick Warren @Nick Warren 5 May It feels really good to be a part of another charity initiative in these very uncertain times. My track ‘I Can Make Lights Come On’ opens this beautiful compilation album with a whole host of amazing talent who have gifted their music in aid of vulnerable children in Mexico City.

Mark Spector @Mark Spector 5 May Journalists: Have a tequila shot tonight for the humble desker whose creation makes us smile still.

Matt McAllister @Matt McAllister 5 May Good Morning and Happy Cinco De Mayo!! New research shows that tequila sales have gone up 54% recently and it’s now the top-selling liquor in America. Have you found yourself drinking more tequila lately? #MWP #LOC @SeattleWolf

Tony V. @Tony V. 5 May Imagine if you will . . . a world where Cinco de Mayo falls on Taco Tuesday . . . only to be ruined by a virus named after a Mexican beer. SMH! You’ve entered, the 2020 zone. Good morning fam! 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️


CORRECTION: In yesterday’s briefing, an insight incorrectly stated that Texas had a three-day period of 1,000 deaths per day. The state had seen 1,000 cases per day.

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