“Is the world making progress against the pandemic? We built the chart to answer this question” Our World in Data, June 9, 2020 / Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)


U.S. futures dropped this morning ahead of a two-day Fed policy meeting that will bring news of the central bank’s next move following mentions of more stimulus measures. Economists have officially declared that a recession began in the U.S. in February, after employment, income, and spending peaked and then crashed following 11 full years of growth. 

British oil and gas producer BP will cut 10,000 jobs despite some recovery in the sector and an agreement among the world’s top oil-producing nations to extend production cuts for another month. 

Coronavirus patients who are asymptomatic are not driving the spread of the virus, the WHO announced on Monday. The recent update contradicts the CDC’s current guidelines on asymptomatic patients, an underlying reason for the agency’s emphasis on social distancing. Through contract tracing data, the WHO found it was “very rare” for a patient to not show symptoms and transmit Covid-19, although it is still likely to spread the virus through mild symptoms

A record-breaking number of hospitalizations were documented in Texas on Monday as the state moves forward with reopening at 50 percent capacity. Nationwide, 22 states have reported a jump in new cases. 

Mixed news came for pet owners on Monday from a CDC report announcing that humans cannot contract the virus from animals. However, people can pass the virus on to their pets.

A new Harvard study has shown that the coronavirus may have been spreading in Wuhan as early as August, although the research was dismissed as “ridiculous” by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Wuhan satellite traffic surged from August to December in 2019, paired with a spike in internet searches for symptoms such as “cough” and “diarrhoea,” according to the study. 

Genetic analysis company 23andMe found that people with type O blood are particularly impervious to the virus, furthering a theory that there is a link between variants in the ABO gene and Covid-19. In Bergamo, Italy’s most devastated city, more than half of its sampled residents tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, according to Italian officials.  

Demand for German goods has declined during the pandemic, leading to a slump in the country’s exports. In China, the country’s business elite have joined tycoons around the world in making humanitarian donations. Lockdown restrictions in Moscow, Russia have been lifted, although the city continues to report more than 1,000 cases daily. Pakistan has recorded more than 100 deaths in a single day since the country began tracking them in March.

Google Maps Ensures Safer Transits In Pandemic With COVID-19 Travel Alerts – Taxi – 6/9/2020
The app will provide information on travel restrictions and reports on the volume of crowds in public transportation, as well as inform users about things to take note of beforehand such as if their trip will require a mask during mass transit or will include a COVID-19 checkpoint.

The Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine Runs on Horseshoe Crab Blood – Smithsonian Magazine – 6/8/2020
A special compound in the crab’s blood quickly clots in the presence of endotoxins, microbial byproducts that can be harmful, supplying a perfect natural test for purity. In the race to find a COVID-19 vaccine, horseshoe crab blood is very important.

Movie sex scenes will be replaced with CGI wizardry to cut coronavirus risk – New York Post – 6/8/2020
The film editors’ trade association has released a 22-page file dictating how “close contact moments” should be “either rewritten, abandoned” or replaced with computer-generated imagery (CGI) to minimize spreading COVID-19 while filming, the Sun reports.

Gin Bottles Containing Hand Sanitizer Sold to Public In Coronavirus Mix-Up – Gizmodo – 6/9/2020
Countless alcohol distilleries around the world started churning out hand sanitizer back […] But Apollo Bay seems to have messed up, sending out hand sanitizer in its “SS Casino Gin” bottles. The SS Casino was a ship that sunk off the coast of Australia in 1932.

Scientists around the world are already fighting the next pandemic – The Conversation – 6/9/2020
For many years, people believed antibiotic resistance in bacteria was primarily driven by imprudent use of antibiotics in clinical and veterinary settings. But growing evidence suggests that environmental factors may be of equal or greater importance to the spread of antibiotic resistance, especially in the developing world.


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Matt Gregory @MattGregoryNews 9 Jun This morning the @WHO announced “asymptomatic” patients rarely spread Coronavirus. A big discovery over the last few weeks. How does this help shape policies going forward? We asked @JohnsHopkinsSPH expert on #GetupDC @wusa9

Seb White 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈 @SebWhite 8 Jun OMG THIS IS AMAZING NEWS. If you don’t show symptoms of Coronavirus, its “VERY RARE” that you will be contagious. This will surely ease lockdown, unless you’re symptomatic in which case you self-isolate for 14 days.Can I go to the pub now?

Ari Herzog @ariherzog 8 Jun April 5: “Between 25% and 50% of people who get the coronavirus may show no symptoms but still be contagious.” – Dr. Anthony Fauci June 8: WHO says he’s wrong!?

Melanie Martin @M3lanieMartin 9 Jun “Correction: An earlier headline should have said most asymptomatic coronavirus patients aren’t spreading new infections. The word “most” was inadvertently omitted”.

Beau Dure @duresport 9 Jun Don’t take the mask off and share water bottles just yet …


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