WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
An additional 1.3 million people filed for jobless benefits in the past week, a number lower than projected by economists. The total number of people seeking unemployment has fallen by 700,000, suggesting a plateau in layoffs. Even so, United Airlines has said the company expects to furlough up to 36,000 workers amid a continued reduction in capacity, while Stanford University announced that 11 varsity sports will be removed from the school’s athletic program next year to buoy its financial resources.
Levi’s announced the company will cut 700 corporate jobs to counter a drop in sales, and the 200-year-old menswear company Brooks Brothers has filed for bankruptcy protection. While the rise of casual workwear reduced demand for the company’s clothing before the pandemic, office closures resulted in an even steeper decline in consumer appeal for dress attire.
As new infections rise in the American South and West, surging virus hospitalizations have moved treatment centers to add intensive care beds, bolster their staffs and cancel elective surgeries. An increase in the number of people dying in their homes in Houston indicates that the presence of coronavirus there may be even greater than the rising numbers suggest. Authorities in Tulsa are reporting a rise in new COVID-19 cases, which some health officials say can be traced back to President Donald Trump’s campaign rally there. Amid high demand, Los Angeles has established a priority system for coronavirus testing, while local authorities across the nation are escalating their efforts to quell the virus with strict mandates to wear masks even outdoors and threats of jail time for refusing to use a face covering.
In the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, pharmaceutical companies have voiced concern for weaker intellectual property rights, which they say could be a result of the vaccine being deemed a public good. U.S. authorities have already begun to establish a tiered system for which populations will need immediate access to the vaccine. Among the considerations are whether to prioritize Black and Latino people, who have been disproportionately affected by the virus.
A new study has surfaced the risk of brain disorders as a complication from COVID-19, even among patients with relatively mild symptoms. The risk of spread associated with air-conditioning continues to alarm public health experts, not just due to the circulation of aerosols, but the likelihood that air-conditioned places – especially in hot, humid climates in the American south – lead to less social distancing. Some doctors cite new research that suggests wearing a mask may be more effective in protecting the wearer in addition to those in close proximity.
A household pet in Medellin, Colombia is helping neighbors there stay socially distanced with grocery deliveries. Eros the dog learned the names of his family’s mini market customers and can now deliver vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to them on his own.
NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC
COVID-19 Is Forcing Us to Rethink Clinical Trials for Cancer Treatments – Scientific American – 7/9/2020First, we need to remove archaic geographic barriers that prevent patient participation in trials. After COVID-19 struck, we had several patients concerned about their ability to travel to our trial site to receive care.
What cleaning products are approved to kill coronavirus? Lysol, Microban 24, Clorox – Cincinnati Enquirer – 7/8/2020In March, the EPA released a lengthy list of household cleaners that were expected to be effective against coronavirus because they have been tested and proven to work against similar viruses. The list includes products like Clorox disinfecting wipes and spray and Microban 24 products.
Pandemic Schemes: How Multilevel Marketing Distributors Are Using the Internet—and the Coronavirus—to Grow Their Businesses – Time – 7/9/2020Facebook posts promising jobs are easy to spot, though the caveats that these opportunities do not offer guaranteed paychecks are rarely mentioned. “Worried about the Coronavirus?” reads a Facebook post by a Young Living essential-oils distributor touting its Thieves product line.
Larry Brilliant on How Well We Are Fighting Covid-19 – Wired – 7/8/2020If I would not be excommunicated from the world of science, I would call this an evil virus, but I can’t do that because I can’t impugn motives to it. But if I could, I would call it that. It’s certainly pernicious. This is the worst pandemic in our lifetime.
Mounting evidence suggests coronavirus is airborne — but health advice has not caught up – Nature – 7/8/2020This is particularly important now, as government-mandated lockdowns ease and businesses reopen. “To control [the pandemic], we need to control all the means of infection,” says Morawska, who first contacted the WHO with her concerns and published a summary of the evidence in early April.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
Brianna Westbrook @BWestbrookAZ8 9 Jul “When our student’s lives are at stake, when our lives are at stake, I think it may be best for us to strike,” #coronavirus #SchoolReopening
@TheJessieWoo 9 Jul I truly feel for the parents who have to make the tough decision to send their kids back to school with no plan to keep them safe from coronavirus. America is a joke.
Real Simple @RealSimple 9 Jul Going back to school may be a little different this year, but there are still ways to keep learning fun.
Craig Newman @craignewman 9 Jul With No End in Sight to the Coronavirus, Some Teachers Are Retiring Rather Than Go Back to School
Ann Mroz @AnnMroz 9 Jul Anti-selection group Comprehensive Future asks education secretary how it can be suitable to continue to test 10-year-olds this year when it has been decided that to run Sats, GCSEs and A levels would be ‘unfair and unsafe’
Clarification: The briefing on July 8 linking to a story by NPR incorrectly detailed the allocation of pandemic funds to schools. The briefing should have read, “diversion of pandemic relief funds from private to public schools” and not the other way around.
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