“Americans Have Stopped Thinking the Economy Is Getting Worse” Bloomberg, May 29, 2020 / Source: Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape

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Americans are saving money at a historic rate of 33 percent, reflecting a drastic shift in spending habits and fear for the economy’s future. U.S. consumer spending plummeted by more than 13 percent in April as personal income increased, likely due to a rise in government benefits. 

With the news that women disproportionately lost employment in the pandemic and are taking on more extra childcare and housework, advocates fear that efforts to achieve workplace equality for women could be reversed. Women – especially women of color – have experienced high rates of layoffs due to their “over-representation” in service jobs.

As the outbreak shifts worldwide to new epicenters in Latin America, U.S. states grapple with a patchwork of rising and falling cases. Officials in Maine and several California counties are scaling back on reopening efforts after Covid-19 cases surged. In Texas, however, the governor declared that professional outdoor sporting events will be allowed at 25 percent capacity. Authorities in New YorkNew York City and Colorado are taking independent steps to address safety protocols while reopening.

As European countries navigate a return to tourism, industry experts worry that visitors will choose destinations outside of the European Union due to  inconsistent travel regulations from country to country. The residents of British destinations say they need tourists for the local economy, but fear that outsiders will reintroduce the virus to their communities. In an effort to draw more visitors, Cyprus authorities announced the country will pay the vacation costs of anyone who contracts coronavirus during their visit. 

Some doctors are exploring the possibility that Covid-19 starts as a respiratory illness but later morphs into a blood vessel disease. Scientists say that a key challenge in understanding the coronavirus is distinguishing between symptoms caused by the virus versus those that stem from the body’s immune response. 

A 7-year-old in North Carolina hosted a prom for his high school babysitter after hers was canceled. “I had no idea he was going to go all out,” the graduating senior told Good Morning America. “It was very thoughtful and sweet.”

Coronavirus May Be a Blood Vessel Disease, Which Explains Everything – Medium – 5/29/2020What do all of these symptoms have in common? An impairment in blood circulation. Add in the fact that 40% of deaths from Covid-19 are related to cardiovascular complications, and the disease starts to look like a vascular infection instead of a purely respiratory one.

As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice – Fast Company – 5/29/2020Since the coronavirus outbreak, all three networks have worked to promote appropriate sources of health information and pull down content that could harm users. However, they have traditionally shied from removing false information that is politically charged. As health misinformation becomes increasingly politicized, they may be forced to take a stance

The Planes the Coronavirus Won’t Bring Down: National Carriers – OZY – 5/29/2020For decades, many government-owned national carriers have faced criticism for bureaucratic management styles, low profits or massive losses. They’ve battled reputations for poorer customer service than that of private counterparts. Now, as those private airlines run from pillar to post seeking bailouts and other financial lifelines, that same link to governments that was a source of pain for national carriers is helping them secure an ensemble of loans, equity and other palliative measures far more easily.

How Colleges Can Help Educate the 40-Million-Plus Newly Unemployed – EdSurge – 5/28/2020Roughly one out of every four American workers are now unemployed, after jobless claims rose to more than 40 million this week. Typically, that results in a rush of people looking to higher education for new skills and credentials. But with such a sudden shift in the employment landscape, how can colleges best respond?

Covid-19 is making way for a tabletop game renaissance – Quartz – 5/29/2020Covid-19 lockdowns have created new interest in intricate games that require creativity and concentration—which would seem like good news for hobbyist game makers. But like so many workers in small, creative industries, they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic’s economic downturn. “From the business side of things, it’s been disastrous,” says Geoff Englestein, a board game designer and professor at New York University.

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M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS @kit_delgadoMD 29 May I miss going to church with my family so I understand the desire to hold in-person services. Unfortunately, data show many #coronavirus outbreaks in congregations & many deaths. If you ‘love thy neighbor’ & ‘thyself’, virtual attendance remains way to go

NCR @NCRonline 29 May Michael Sean Winters writes: Religious exercise in Minnesota is not threatened by a Democratic governor but by a nonpartisan virus. And the bishops there need a reminder about what the church actually teaches about religious liberty.

AP Europe @AP_Europe 29 May Taking Holy Communion from a shared spoon: The Greek Orthodox church says it’s blasphemy to suggest the ritual could spread the coronavirus

Earle Kimel @earlekimel 29 May White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance – The Washington Post

702 @Radio702 29 May “This is not about religious freedom, this is about health. It is about whether people live or die and one thing we have learned about this virus is that it loves to go to church.” – Reverend Professor Peter Storey, former Methodist Bishop #Church #Level3

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