WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Stock futures pointed to a slightly lower start, searching for direction after Monday’s rally. Investors are awaiting a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the economic outlook and data on the trade deficit.
Two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed a statement about airborne transmission of the coronavirus, the agency on Monday replaced it with language citing new evidence the virus can spread beyond six feet indoors. Tiny droplets and particles known as aerosols can remain in the air for minutes or even hours.
President Donald Trump left the hospital and returned to the White House with a cautious prognosis Monday after three days of treatment for COVID-19. Since the news of Trump’s positive test, the U.S. has reported more than 97,000 new coronavirus cases.
Misinformation and conspiracy theories have swarmed social media and the broader web since Friday as moments of national urgency become flashpoints in digital information wars. The most popular claims circulating in the media related to Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis include that the president is faking, the diagnosis is a plot to kill or infect the president, that masks don’t work, that hydroxychloroquine is being censored and China engineered the virus.
A new report from The Department of Labor shows women are leaving the workforce at four times the rate as men as the burden of parenting and running a household while also working a job largely falls onto women. Just in September, 865,000 women over 20 dropped out of the American workforce compared with 216,000 men in the same age group. Women also account for 47% of the U.S. labor force, but made up 54% of initial coronavirus-related job losses and still make up 49% of them.
One study found that Black women are more likely than others to consider stepping away from their careers due to the pandemic. Black Americans are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as white, non-Hispanic people and Black women are three times as likely as men or women overall to say their biggest workplace stress during the pandemic has been grieving the loss of a loved one.
The U.S. advisory panel made recommendations for who should be first in line to get a COVID-19 vaccine, including a plea for special efforts by states and cities to get the shots to low-income minority groups. The panel recommended health care workers and first responders get first priority while vaccine supplies are limited. Melinda Gates told Time magazine that Black people should be next, and many other people of color, who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Concerns have arisen regarding the history of medical experimentation on African Americans. However, some experts cited a workaround, which rather than using race as a criterion, the program would use location, perhaps at zip code or census tract level, when deciding where to concentrate vaccine allocation.
A six-foot long candy chute has been proposed in an effort to save Halloween during the pandemic. The chute would deliver candy to trick-or-treaters through a tube or pipe and can be bought off Amazon. One man tested the contraption with his daughter and found that the thinnest of candies, like a Hershey bar, zoomed right down, however, the bulbousness of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup posed an issue
NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC
What We Dream When We Dream About Covid-19 – The New York Times – 10/6/2020
Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and the author of “Pandemic Dreams,” has administered dream surveys to thousands of people in the last year, including the one with the home-schooling mother. “At least qualitatively, you see some shifts in content of dreams from the beginning of the pandemic into the later months,” Dr. Barrett said. “It’s an indication of what is worrying people most at various points during the year.”
‘Long Covid’: Why are some people not recovering? – BBC News – 10/6/2020
The condition known as “long Covid” is having a debilitating effect on people’s lives, and stories of being left exhausted after even a short walk are now common. So far, the focus has been on saving lives during the pandemic, but there is now a growing recognition that people are facing long-term consequences of a Covid infection. Yet even basic questions – such as why people get long Covid or whether everyone will fully recover – are riddled with uncertainty.
Covid Kid Reporters: Back-to-School Edition – Wired – 10/6/2020
Back in March, as kids first began feeling out the words “shelter in place,” I started a free pandemic newspaper by and for children and teens. Six Feet of Separation—they named it—launched with a 10-year-old’s passionately ambivalent “School’s Out!” essay on the cover, plus quarantine-themed Mad Libs, some shoe-leather reporting on restaurant closures, tips on next-level squabbling with your homebound sibling, a cat’s perspective on pandemic living, and other investigations of the shut-in lifestyle.
This Company’s Cooling Chip Became An Essential Tool During The Coronavirus Pandemic – Forbes – 10/6/2020
Near the end of last year, Phononic’s Tony Atti set up a strategic plan for the year 2020, which involved three areas of expansion for his company’s unique thermoelectric cooling technology. Like many companies, the Covid-19 pandemic changed Phononic’s plans. Unlike many companies, it didn’t change its plans because they were thrown into disarray, but rather because they were kicked into high gear.
Even In COVID Hot Spots, Many Colleges Aren’t Aggressively Testing Students – NPR – 10/6/2020
Of the colleges and universities that have chosen to hold classes in person this fall, most are not conducting widespread testing of their students for the coronavirus, an NPR analysis has found. With only weeks remaining before many of those schools plan to send students home for the end of the semester, the findings raise concerns that communities around the U.S. could be exposed to new outbreaks.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
CBS This Morning @CBSThisMorning 5 Oct Contact tracing is underway for more than 200 people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus at a New Jersey fundraiser for President Trump last week.New Jersey’s @GovMurphy responds to the decision to hold the Bedminster event and how his state is handling the visit.
Katie Benner @ktbenner 5 Oct The White House has given the world the most textbook example of how the coronavirus spreads — its contagious nature, its incubation time, its free movement among unmasked people gathered in close proximity; and how contact tracing can help us predict who will get it next.
Benazir Shah @Benazir_Shah 5 Oct Children and young adults are efficient superspreaders of coronavirus, reveals the largest contact tracing study conducted of the virus to date.
LBC @LBC 5 Oct Thousands of coronavirus test results went unreported after an IT failure, delaying tracing the contacts of those who tested positive, it has been revealed
Kyle Griffin @kylegriffin1 5 Oct One of White House journalists who tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week said that more than a week after he believes he became infected, White House staffers have not reached out to him about contact tracing.
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