“11,000 deaths avoided during lockdown in Europe – thanks to cleaner air” World Economic Forum, May 11, 2020 / Image: CREA analysis of ENSTO-E data


Global stock markets lost their earlier gains Monday as reports of a second-wave of coronavirus threatens to complicate the easing of lockdown restrictions. Across the U.S, factory furloughs are becoming permanent closings– a sign shutdowns are weighing on the industrial economy.

Shanghai’s Disneyland is reopening with a list of safety protocols– sending a hopeful message to the 43,000 furloughed Disney park employees in Florida. Disney shares have climbed 8% since May 5. 

Witnesses, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, will testify remotely via videoconference in the Senate committee hearing on coronavirus this week following potential exposure to the virus. The administration had previously opposed having officials testify remotely. White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett voiced Sunday how it is “scary to go to work” now that several staff have tested positive for coronavirus. 

As the U.S. death toll from the pandemic nears 80,000 states are navigating how to reopen their economies. With summer approaching, some researchers say outside temperature could play a role in making the virus spread less aggressively, though there is no consensus yet. Despite this preliminary evidence, heat and humidity could still complicate the risk for some people. High temperatures along with the pandemic could force people to stay inside, raising the risk of extreme heat which can be deadly for the elderly and infirm. 

While the pandemic has essentially brought travel to a standstill, experts predict when it does begin again the recovery will start locally. International tourism could decline by up to 80% this year, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Digital technologies and automation will play a critical role to reduce the “touchpoints” at airports once people begin venturing further, experts say. In the meantime, countries are looking at regional travel bubbles. Australia and New Zealand have committed to a travel corridor and Vietnam and Thailand are looking to do the same.  

In the U.S., national parks have begun testing public access to several parks, though some are choosing to keep visitor centers and campgrounds shuttered. Acting Park Service Director said visitors should brace themselves for a “new normal.” 

Some entrepreneurs and start-up investors are saying now may be the best time to set up a new business venture from home, calling the pandemic a “catalyst to creation.” A force of resilient businesses emerged from the financial crisis of 2008, Index Ventures Partner Jan Hammer said.

Americans Struggle to Navigate COVID-19 “Infodemic” – Gallup – 5/11/2020
Americans divide evenly over whether it is harder or easier to be well-informed about the coronavirus because of easy access to a wide variety of information sources. Fifty-eight percent believe they are well-informed about the virus. Separately, 36% indicate they feel overwhelmed. U.S. adults acknowledge that misinformation about the virus is a major problem.

The Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 in Historical Perspective – National Review – 5/11/2020
Indeed, European settlers unknowingly brought some of them, such as smallpox and influenza, to the New World in the 17th and 18th centuries. Yellow fever probably arrived in the Americas via the slave trade and became a source of epidemics in cities such as New York and New Orleans. […] By far the most lethal pandemic in American history occurred just over 100 years ago, when the “Spanish influenza” (as it was then called) mysteriously erupted and invaded every continent on earth.

Those with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. They are also the most prepared. – Richmond Times-Dispatch – 5/11/2020
Budzynski, a 65-year-old airplane mechanic, is one of a small segment of society that is the most vulnerable to the coronavirus: those whose immune systems are compromised. […] But the immunocompromised are also, in many ways, the most prepared to combat the pandemic. They were comfortable with social distancing before there was a name for it. They’re adept at keeping their hands clean and watching what they touch.

What Is College Without the Campus? – Intelligencer – 5/11/2020
May 1, the date when most colleges ask that the students to whom they’ve offered admission declare their intentions for the fall, has come and gone with many students (and their parents) unsure of what they should do. Facing the prospect of mass deferrals, many schools are granting families extra mull time because nobody, not the schools, not the families, not public-health experts or politicians, knows whether it will be safe or wise (or legal) to be on campus in September.

COVID-19 has changed celebrity culture—and it may never go back to normal – Fast Company – 5/11/2020
Social media is now most often the first platform where gossip is broken—either directly through a post or increasingly in the comments section—before outlets such as The Daily Mail, Us Weekly, and People pick it up. This development has only accelerated under quarantine as famous people are mostly stuck at home and their industry is largely shut down, forcing the traditional gossip machinery to play catch up.


To view each social media post, click on the date link within the post. 

The Wall Street Journal @WSJ 10 May Flying an empty plane might seem absurd, but airlines are often left with no other option

hussein kanji @hkanji 11 May Flying used to be unpleasant. But scarcity, low demand, and public-health risks could make it unbearable.

IMAGE Media @image_magazine 11 May When lockdown ends, we might be less enthusiastic about flying somewhere for a break, but gathering with much-missed friends and family will be a priority. If you can plump for luxury self-catering…

Dr. Keisha N. Blain @KeishaBlain 11 May The last flight I took was during the first week of March. The airline took *more* precautions then and fewer people were on the flight. More than 70, 000 people lost their lives to #COVIDー19 in the US and here we are

@CountryWalking @countrywalking 11 May #OnThisDay in 1969, Monty Python was formed. Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Palin, Chapman and Jones hatched a plan for The Flying Circus at a Kashmir tandoori restaurant in Hampstead. Our favourite walky skits include Climbing the Uxbridge Road and the Ministry of Silly Walks 🥾🤣


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