WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
New reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. continued to soar over the holiday weekend, with new records set in virus hotspots such as Los Angeles, Texas,and Florida. Reports of maskless parties and crowded beaches in celebration of the Fourth of July have prompted concern from experts that cases could spike even further, while physicians warn that hospitals could reach their breaking point in coming weeks.
The surge in new cases has many businesses bracing for announcements of delayed reopenings or a second shutdown. Those in the hospitality and tourism industries who were banking on phased reopening say they must reassess their models to account for more long-term pandemic conditions and reduced profit. A new reliance on outdoor dining means that restaurant profits depend wholly on good weather this season, some restaurant owners say.
U.S. lawmakers will not address the rise in infections or their economic impact until at least the end of the month as they depart for a two-week recess. Despite stimulus efforts, economists say Generation Z may be faring the worst in terms of unemployment.
Even as COVID-19 cases surge, deaths in the U.S. have remained relatively flat. While the trend may not last, experts say the disparity can be attributed to more widespread testing, improved treatment and a shift in patient population toward younger people. New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the extent that Black and Latino people have been disproportionately infected by the virus across age groups and population density.
More than 200 scientists around the world are urging the World Health Organization to provide clearer technical guidance about the threat of the virus’ spread indoors, which they say poses a higher risk of infection than previously thought. In Spain, new research on antibodies points to the challenges in achieving herd immunity, which could result in collateral damage and strained healthcare systems.
The coronavirus outbreak has moved authorities in China to limit the sale of exotic meat for human consumption, a step that health experts say is necessary in the prevention of zoonotic disease. In Australia, efforts to quell an outbreak in Melbourne has prompted the closure of a state border for the first time in 100 years.
Baking homemade pies, biscuits and bread has exploded in popularity as a common pastime during lockdowns. Over the past several months, expert and novice bakers report new achievements in everything from cathedral biscuits to layered cakes.
NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC
Candidates Confront 2020 Election Campaigns Remade by Coronavirus – Wall Street Journal – 7/6/2020
The coronavirus lockdown forced campaigns online at an accelerated clip this spring, resulting in a flood of live-streamed candidate meet-and-greets, fundraisers via videoconference and virtual volunteer training sessions by Republicans and Democrats alike.
How the coronavirus pandemic impacted immigration around the world – Coda Story – 7/6/2020
On Europe’s southern border, the coronavirus is being used as justification to intensify an already existing EU blockade of migration via North Africa. As the pandemic has spread, civil war in Libya has continued, and many migrants are still trying to cross the Mediterranean to nations such as Italy to seek asylum in Europe.
The impending retail apocalypse – Axios – 7/6/2020
“Now that retailers are reopening, they’re finding that they have to really look at their sales floor quite differently — it’s about doing much more than just selling,” says MJ Munsell, chief creative officer of MG2, a Seattle-based retail/architectural design company that counts Nordstrom, DSW and T.J. Maxx as clients.
Tom Hanks on surviving coronavirus: ‘I had crippling body aches, fatigue and couldn’t concentrate’ – The Guardian – 7/6/2020
There’s really only three things everyone needs to do: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands. I know societally it’s been politicised, but I don’t get it, man. I don’t understand how anyone can put their foot down and say: ‘I don’t have to do my part.’”
Masks don’t just save lives. They boost the economy – Fast Company – 7/6/2020
According to the research, a federal mandate forcing people to wear masks in public could lower the national daily growth rate of new coronavirus infections from 1.6% to 0.6%. To achieve a similar decrease in infections by closing businesses would bring about a fall in GDP of 5%.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
Sam Meredith @smeredith19 6 Jul 🏥 Hundreds of scientists are reportedly preparing to urge the WHO to revise its Covid-19 recommendations. 🗣️ The experts say the coronavirus is airborne and can infect people when inhaled. 🇺🇳 WHO says it is reviewing the contents of these claims.
Alex Howard @digiphile 6 Jul The @who still holds primary vector for the novel coronavirus is large droplets after a sneeze or a cough, but there’s been enough evidence about the risk of airborne particles with sufficient viral load to be infectious to mandate #masks4all for MONTHS:
Raza Ahmad Rumi @Razarumi 6 Jul ‘Whether carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze, or by much smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, the coronavirus is borne through air and can infect people when inhaled, the scientists said’
Mike Buckley @mdbuckley 6 Jul If the virus can hang in the air and infect people going to the pub might be less of a great idea.
Isaac Bogoch @BogochIsaac 6 Jul The airborne vs droplet debate for #COVID19 is getting old. In Canada we primarily use droplet/contact precautions for majority of scenarios. When droplet/contact PPE is available & used appropriately, it is remarkable how few infections there are.
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