Doctor Jazma Phelps kneels while holding a sign during a “White Coats for Black Lives” tribute outside Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, near Los Angeles, California, June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson


According to a Bloomberg Economics study, just under a third of jobs lost during the pandemic are at risk of becoming permanent, echoing the theme touched on by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell last week. The risk is caused by “reallocation shock” in which sectors could suffer lasting damage inflicted by the pandemic. Sunday morning news programs touched on economic recovery, including CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview with the White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow. When questioned, Kudlow was optimistic about a “v-shaped recovery,” saying the country is likely to see economic growth in the second half of the year. 

The pandemic – which has disproportionately affected Black Americans in terms of cases and unemployment – could exacerbate Black mortality rates, which have risen in recent years. Black Americans account for 23% of all U.S. coronavirus deaths. Data gathering on race and ethnicity have been inconsistent, leaving coronavirus’s impact on minority communities unclear. More than half of reported cases in the U.S. are still missing information on race or ethnicity. 

Some states are seeing a dramatic increase in new coronavirus cases amid reopening efforts. Texas, one of the first states to reopen, set another record high of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Saturday, tallying 18 deaths. Florida also saw more than two thousand new cases reported in 24 hours. A pandemic preparedness expert said Florida is showing indications of a resurgence in the number of cases. Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations that said attending mass gatherings created a high risk for infections, Iowa and Illinois canceled their state fairs. 

China reported 57 new coronavirus cases Sunday – its highest daily number in two months. The new cases indicate the virus may come back as “anti-disease controls” are relaxed. Beijing returned to a partial lockdown after the discovery that dozens of cases were tied to a local market. Iran is also seeing a spike in cases for the first time in two months as lockdown measures have eased. Iran has been the Middle East nation most affected by the pandemic. 

A preliminary study showed Sinovac Biotech’s experimental vaccine generated immunity responses in patients, pointing to early data that suggests it may protect people against the novel coronavirus. There are currently more than two dozen research efforts in various phases underway to develop a coronavirus vaccine. As of June, the U.S. government has invested more than $2B in various companies’ vaccine trials. Volunteers remain a crucial factor in testing a vaccine’s ability as developments progress around the world. 

Face masks with windows have provided relief to some deaf people who were unable to read lips as the pandemic forced many to have their mouths hidden under a typical mask. The windowed masks have also been sought after by teachers, hospitals, and businesses in an attempt to improve communication.

How tech companies from Google to Salesforce are planning to reopen offices and bring employees back to work in the wake of the coronavirus crisis – Business Insider – 6/13/2020
While companies like Apple have had employees reporting to the office since May, others, like Twitter and Facebook, have assured employees that while offices may reopen, employees won’t be due back for the rest of the year — or longer — if they prefer staying home. But the tech world still has to decide what to do about the hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space in their portfolios, particularly in places like the San Francisco Bay Area, where companies like Salesforce and Google are based.

Therapists are under strain in the coronavirus era – NBC News – 6/14/2020
Yuki Yamazaki makes sure her space is clean before a session, devoid of too many personal touches, as she begins virtual calls with her clients in her small, one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment. To accommodate the need for Yamazaki to create a private and confidential space for her clients in a space-limited apartment, Yamazaki’s fiancé relocates to the bathroom to work, wearing noise-canceling headphones and using the toilet as a chair and a hamper as a desk. Yamazaki, a psychotherapist and student, is one of thousands of mental health professionals adjusting to a new normal while demand for their services increases during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cybercrime’s COVID-19 surge—and what we can do about it – MIT Management Executive Education – 6/12/2020
Covid-19 has forever transformed the way we run our businesses. Digital transformation is accelerating, priorities are shifting, and working from home will be the new normal. As we continue to navigate this new world, we must also think differently about how to mitigate the risks of cyberattacks—attacks which are surging amidst the current crisis and the related spike in remote work.

Family planning: how Covid-19 has placed huge strains on all stages of surrogacy – The Guardian – 6/14/2020
The spectre of Covid-19 has cast its shadow over most things, including family planning – in the broadest sense of the term. Pregnant parents are facing dramatically different births than those they’d planned for; IVF, too, has been on hiatus; and anyone hoping to create a family using a surrogate abroad is facing huge uncertainties due to travel chaos and national shutdowns.

Performing In A Pandemic: Taking The High School Play Online – NPR – 6/13/2020
At Zeeland High School in western Michigan, that was THE week. The week they were to perform — onstage — the annual spring musical. David Miller, the school’s theater director, said they were one of the lucky ones. His students actually got one full show in before all the schools in Michigan shut down. He says many of his colleagues at other schools never got that far.


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Liam Stack @liamstack 14 Jun Sometimes in quarantine I have trouble remembering what day of the week it is, but luckily my iPhone calendar is here to remind me: today is Flag Day.

Anne Helen Petersen @annehelen 14 Jun This morning, walking the dogs, it was absolutely pouring rain, but the 90-something year old man who lives down the street came out at 7:30 am in his robe and slippers to put up his flag for Flag Day, which feels like a metaphor for, well, something

Jillian Freeland for Congress @FreelandCO5 14 Jun Today is Flag Day. Normally, we would celebrate the flag. Today, we mourn with those who are mourning. I still believe that America has the opportunity to ensure we guarantee the promises of Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness to all people. #FlagDay #COpolitics

ColonialWilliamsburg @colonialwmsburg 14 Jun This Flag Day, we wish we were welcoming new citizens at the capitol. We hosted our first naturalization ceremony in 1976 & biannually since 2008. COVID-19 canceled today’s, but we look forward to resuming with the Williamsburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Wausau Pilot @WausauPilot 14 Jun Thought for Today: “It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the men whose people have been here many generations.” — Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. senator and historian (1850-1924).


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