“COVID-19 Risks Outlook: A Preliminary Mapping and its Implications” World Economic Forum, June 11, 2020 / Image: World Economic Forum

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Jobless claims reached 44 million on Thursday as 1.5 million new claims were filed the week of June 6. The market declined this morning after the Federal Reserve forecasted a 6.5 percent shrink in the U.S. economy this year, coupled with a sluggish recovery. Along with closing 400 of its stores, Starbucks announced plans to open dozens of to-go only cafes after sales plummeted almost 40 percent in May and its shares dropped by 4.5 percent Wednesday. 

A Silicon valley CEO has been charged with conspiracy to commit health fraud for falsely claiming that the company had a government-approved blood test for the coronavirus, marking the first criminal securities fraud prosecution related to the outbreak. 

The U.S. has surpassed 2 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, with Texas reporting its third consecutive record-breaking day on Wednesday for hospitalizations. Some public health experts ascribe the rise in cases and hospitalizations to the premature reopening of state economies, while Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has warned that physically gathering for protests of the killing of George Floyd is also “taking a risk.”

President Donald Trump’s task force warned state governors this week of a surge in Covid-19 cases tied to protests. Still, the president will hold a rally next week in Oklahoma, his first since the outbreak began.

Researchers are exploring more reliable alternatives to the antiviral Covid-19 drug Remdesivir after results showed it could effectively reduce a hospital stay but not the mortality rate. Johnson & Johnson has accelerated the start of human trials for a Covid-19 vaccine by two months, with trials set to start in July. If the vaccine works, Johnson & Johnson has pledged to distribute the vaccine at a non-profit rate

Outbreaks of coronavirus are spreading across the country’s fruit and vegetable farms and packing plants, similar to the dangerous uptick in cases at American meatpacking facilities, causing fear of labor shortages and additional disruptions to U.S. food production. 

Cuba will test all incoming tourists for the coronavirus, officials announced Wednesday. In Spain, authorities in the Balearic Islands will allow Germans to visit in a two-week “virus tourism” trial that begins June 15. 

With the outbreak eliminated in China, authorities have launched a “spending spree” to make testing available in every area of the country.

Experts say there are many ways people can volunteer virtually in order to boost mental and physical strength during the pandemic. Adults over 50 who volunteer two hours a week have a higher life expectancy and reduced risk of physical functioning limitations, a new study found.

Activists, artists, and academics collaborate to tackle racism’s toll on heath – STAT – 6/11/2020
Now the group’s focus is broadening beyond academic circles to work with people all over the world from multiple fields — not only medicine but also art, architecture, and social justice — toward dismantling systemic racism and discrimination in health.

Two hairstylists who had coronavirus saw 140 clients. Officials are studying how no one got infected – CNN – 6/11/2020
“This is exciting news about the value of masking to prevent Covid-19,” said Clay Goddard, the county’s director of health. “We are studying more closely the details of these exposures, including what types of face coverings were worn and what other precautions were taken to lead to this encouraging result.”

Science explains why time seems to move so slowly during COVID-19 quarantine – Fast Company – 6/11/2020
My team and I have been able to show how approach motivation causes our sense of time to speed up, but avoidance motivation causes it to slow down. The more motivation we feel in either direction, the more pronounced the change in our perception of time.

I’m an ICU doctor treating coronavirus patients. But somehow I’m not angry – The Guardian – 6/11/2020
As a doctor you learn that patients die often; in the middle of the night, early in the morning, on bright summer afternoons and dark winter evenings. What I find most difficult about this crisis is how people die: alone, with their families distanced in some other world.

The next COVID-19 challenge: Convincing people to get flu shots – The Hill – 6/11/2020
“We are going to try to encourage people, urge them, implore them even, to come out and roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated so we can mitigate the impact of this season of viral attack,” […]

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

Pippa Crerar @PippaCrerar 11 Jun NEW: Test and trace stats out. They show 8,117 people had their case referred to contact tracers between May 28 and June 3 (out of around 13,000 new cases that week).Of those, two thirds (5,407) provided contacts but *one third* (2,710) did not.

Vox @voxdotcom 11 Jun Asymptomatic means people who have been exposed and infected but never develop symptoms.Presymptomatic describes people who have been exposed to a disease and infected but are not yet showing symptoms.In both cases, Covid-19 transmission is a risk:

Live Science @LiveScience 11 Jun A few superspreaders transmit the majority of coronavirus cases

CBS This Morning @CBSThisMorning 11 Jun The U.S. government is using satellites in the fight against COVID-19 by helping track new coronavirus hot spots as countries reopen.Only on @CBSThisMorning, @CBS_Herridge gets an inside look at the Pentagon agency responsible for satellite intelligence.

I can’t breathe – Maurice Mcleod @mowords 11 Jun The contact-tracing app that we’re told is vital to containing the virus, apparently cannot be used in crowded tower blocks. So it won’t work for many of the very communities that are being hardest hit by the virus?

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