“How Covid-19 Really Spreads” Elemental by Medium, May 27, 2020 / Arrangement of restaurant tables and AC airflow at the site of an outbreak of Covid-19 in Guangzhou, China. Red circles indicate people who were infected. The yellow spot, A1, was the source. Open circles indicate diners who were not infected. Image: CDC


More than two million Americans filed for unemployment in the last week, the lowest number of weekly claims since the coronavirus crisis began. Many laid-off professionals say they are “ sitting in limbo” as new ventures are paused and hiring remains frozen.

Economists expect international tourism to plunge this year by 70 percent, assuming that most countries around the world will begin to reopen their borders in August. 

The U.S. Covid-19 death toll has surpassed 100,000, more than any nation in the world. Even so, a growing number of statisticians say that most countries are still not accurately counting coronavirus-related deaths. Wisconsin set a one-day record for new reported Covid-19 cases, joining a handful of states that have reported no improvement in new cases since lockdown measures were loosened. 

An investigation in Texas found that access to testing is disproportionately more accessible in predominantly white neighborhoods, compounding on previous findings that African Americans face a much higher risk of death. 

New research based on an outbreak on one cruise ship suggests that up to 80 percent of Covid-19 infections are asymptomatic. Experts say the virus is so infectious because it can spread in a considerable variety of ways. Still, scholars argue that the majority of transmission occurs through the airborne transmission of aerosols. In a non-peer reviewed study, scientists suggest that restaurants, hotels and fast-food restaurants are likely to be “ super-spreaders” of the virus. 

Ford is testing a new disinfection solution in vehicles with software that heats them to over 133 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Police forces in Michigan, New York City and Los Angeles are piloting the software.

As more tech companies transition to permanent work-from-home models, the large populations of America’s urban centers may be redistributed to smaller cities and rural areas. Some U.S. churches are filing lawsuits to fight restrictions on gathering for services, citing a violation of their religious freedoms. 

A recently laid-off Oregonian who sold homemade face masks used the proceeds to buy a winning $127,000 lottery ticket.

In Massachusetts, a 103-year-old woman who beat the coronavirus said she celebrated her victory by cracking open a beer.

The coronavirus will reshape how we build offices—and where we build community – Fast Company – 5/28/2020If some of these companies realize they can function with much smaller offices, it’s worth thinking about what the consequences will be for work life and for cities. There will be consequences not just to the office real estate market, but how workplaces function, and even for where our communities take root.

Wastewater could provide up to a week of warning for a COVID-19 spike – Science News – 5/28/2020Scientists have found the coronavirus’s RNA in stool from some COVID-19 patients. Though it remains unclear whether the virus can be transmitted through feces, researchers have also detected coronavirus RNA in raw wastewater. Because most people don’t get tested for the virus until they begin to get sick, and some may never develop symptoms (SN: 4/15/20), researchers are considering using sewage to look for early signs that the virus has hit a community.

Coronavirus sent us home. Will VR bring us back together? – Protocol – 5/28/2020With work teams around the world stuck at home, Zoom and other video-chatting services exploded. That same wave might have been caught by immersive systems that can connect you with your colleagues and replicate some of the finer details of the office, the lab or the factory floor. But in reality, VR systems have remained a niche product (mostly explored by gamers), and their AR counterparts even more so. And COVID-19 crumbling supply chains didn’t help.

The pandemic made life harder for deaf people. The solutions could benefit everyone. – MIT Technology Review – 5/28/2020In the next few weeks, Ava will introduce a floating box that automatically subtitles conversations in any video chat, whether it takes place in Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or elsewhere. […] These updates are aimed primarily at users who are deaf or hard of hearing, but others may also benefit. Duchemin says he’s received positive feedback on live captioning from hearing people too: students who miss class lectures and use transcripts to catch up, for example, and people who have bad video connections. 

Driving Hasn’t Found Its New Normal Yet – Bloomberg – 5/28/2020Memorial Day weekend, the typical start of the U.S. summer driving season, has come and gone. Data on just how much driving Americans did is trickling in, and it’s a bit noisy. Apple mobility trends show searches for directions  down only 4% from baseline, but gasoline consumption was 25% to 35% off the numbers from a year earlier. Not only are we far from the old normal in road transport, it seems we’re still quite far from establishing what the new normal will be.


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MSNBC @MSNBC 28 May “All of you who are hurting so badly, I’m so sorry for your loss,” Joe Biden says in eulogy for Americans killed by coronavirus. “The day will come when the memory of your loved one will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes.”

Global Health Strategies @GHS 28 May Last night, the US reached another tragic #coronavirus milestone: more than 100,000 Americans have died due to #COVID19. A tremendous loss. Now, more than ever, we need national unity and aggressive public health measures to fight this pandemic and save lives. 

CBS This Morning @CBSThisMorning 28 May It took just 16 weeks for the number of Americans killed by the coronavirus pandemic to reach 100,000. Experts agree the real number is likely higher, because many people who have died were never tested for COVID-19. @DavidBegnaud explains.

Eric M. Strauss @ericMstrauss 28 May 100,000. But it’s not about numbers. This is about us. This is about incalculable loss. About lives snuffed out too soon. Something different, awful, is in our midst, doing unspeakable acts. By ⁦@PierreTABC⁩ ⁦@johnbrownstein⁩ ⁦@sonysalz

Graham Messick @grahammessick 28 May My dad died from coronavirus. I’m not just grieving — I’m angry.


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