“Axios-Ipsos poll: Fear of voting” – Axios, August 4, 2020 / Data: Axios- Ipsos Poll / Note: ±3.0% margin of error for the total sample; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios


The U.S. on Tuesday recorded fewer than 50,000 COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row, a reduction from a daily average in July of 60,000 cases per day. In California, coronavirus-related hospitalizations are down by 10% from mid-July following a second statewide shutdown. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday that it is possible the downward trend is due to a second statewide shutdown combined with a rigorous campaign encouraging the public to wear masks, although he said it is too early to identify a trend in cases. 

U.S. President Donald Trump returned to some previous rhetoric regarding coronavirus case numbers in an  interview released Monday on HBO, arguing that high numbers are due to widespread testing while casting doubt on South Korea’s reported coronavirus death tolls.  

The debate over when to close in-person classes at public schools continues after 260 employees in Georgia’s largest public school district reported testing positive for COVID-19 or possible exposure to it before the school year has even begun. The debate has grown more complicated as some new evidence suggests that young children can spread the virus more extensively than adults. While the largest-scale pediatric studies find that COVID-19 is generally a “mild disease in children,” two teenagers in Florida and a 6-year-old boy in Nebraska have reportedly died of coronavirus complications.

As partisan deadlock in Congress continues to delay action on a new coronavirus aid package, President Trump said on Monday that he is examining his options for unilateral action to stop evictions and lower payroll taxes. 

The Independent Restaurant Coalition has turned to Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman to call on Congress to help the industry as restaurants say they are “facing extinction.” A new TV ad advocates for the RESTAURANTS Act, which would create a $120 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The majority of workers in service industries, education and other jobs that require human contact say they are also concerned about exposure to the virus and working in an environment where the risk may not be taken seriously.

A study of more than 3 million people working from home around the world found that the average pandemic workday is 48 minutes longer and has more meetings. Business leaders are seeking more information on productivity, morale and culture as they incorporate the new shift moving forward. A recent Gallup poll reported a “historic drop” in engaged employees, defined as those who are highly involved, enthusiastic, and committed about their work. The drop is likely due to unprecedented conditions deriving from the pandemic and widespread awareness of discrimination in the workplace, analysts say. 

One etiquette training institute has created a printable pocket book on COVID-19 etiquette, tackling the growing points of contention in public interaction during the pandemic. The mini book details how to politely ask others to keep their distance and how to gracefully leave a socially distanced gathering if guidelines are not being followed.

Johns Hopkins’s COVID-19 dashboard alerted us to trouble ahead. Meet the woman who made it – Fast Company – 8/4/2020
The organization “is reliant on the states to get data to them, and not all states com­­ply­. . . It would be really nice if we could learn some lessons and come out of this with a better plan in terms of how we collect and provide and share data so that I don’t ever have to deal with this again.”

Reading during COVID-19 can trigger anxiety – but it helps us build resilience too – World Economic Forum – 8/4/2020
These books offer opportunities for readers to show empathy, witness injustice and reflect on the ethics of representation. They offer skills (critical reading and thinking, debate, negotiation) that are transferable to diverse work contexts. They come to understand the value of literature (broadly conceived), and the wide cultural and political influence it may have.

Nut Company Stuck with Huge Surplus Due to COVID-Related Travel Policies – Vice – 8/4/2020
For the past 30 years, GNS Foods has supplied the blend of roasted and salted cashews, pistachios, pecans and almonds that American passed out to front-of-the-plane flyers. Now without an airline to sell to, they’re stuck with an estimated 87,000-pound nut surplus.

Choosing a work-from-home scent can boost focus and productivity – Quartz – 8/4/2020
Scent has a subconscious affect on everyone. “Even at extremely low levels, it’s affecting you,” […] Jezler and her co-authors describe an experiment in which vanilla- or lemon-scented modeling clay appeared to prompt participants to make rounder or spikier shapes.

Covid-19 apps and wearables are everywhere. Can they benefit patients? – STAT – 8/4/2020
One of the planned uses was to monitor signs of possible infection of frontline health care workers. So far, however, none of the health workers who have tested the device with Northwestern’s health system has become sick. It’s not clear whether none has contracted the virus, or whether some did but were asymptomatic, which points to a challenge facing any tech tool designed to track Covid-19 symptoms.


Fakhr-e-Alam @falamb3 3 Aug @CNN is reporting USA has lost control of the virus….this will further weaken the US$ so hold onto your gold & bitcoin.

SCMP News @SCMPNews 4 Aug Coronavirus recovery: gold price spike shows real fear of inflation

CNBC @CNBC 3 Aug Michelle Meyer, Head of U.S. Economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, says the economy is entering a “healing phase” after the initial shock from the coronavirus pandemic. She explains how some inflation would be a good problem for the economy.

Jonathan Allen @jonallendc 3 Aug In theory, Fed has a dual mandate to stabilize markets and employment. But the Fed is limited by law and by expectation, and its response to coronavirus made borrowing a LOT cheaper for banks, drove investors into stocks and had minimal effect for people who don’t own things. 2/x

Joseph Ax @josephax 3 Aug In a whip-sawing market, the length of time investors are holding stocks is at record lows, a @Reuters analysis found (PSA: the vast majority of regular people who own stock should make sure they’re invested in broad-based funds and just hold)


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