WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
U.S. futures rose Monday morning on the prospect of more economic stimulus, even as both Democrats and Republicans raised opposition to the Trump Administration’s latest $1.8 trillion relief proposal. President Donald Trump will return to the campaign trail on Monday for his first planned rally in Orlando, Fla. since falling ill with COVID-19. Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was also released from the hospital on Saturday after a weeklong fight against COVID-19.
Dr. Anthony Fauci accused Trump’s reelection campaign of taking his words out of context in an ad that touts Trump’s response to the pandemic. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said in a statement that the GOP campaign did not seek his permission to run his comments regarding the general efforts of federal public health officials, to which he said, “I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more.”
Confirmation hearings are slated to begin on Monday for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. As Republicans scramble to assure Barrett is seated before the general election, Democrats are citing fresh concerns for safety during the hearings after two GOP senators on the panel tested positive for COVID-19.
At the helm of the confirmation process will be Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., who is also running a reelection campaign. Graham’s challenger, South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison, reported a record for the highest fundraising quarter in the Senate’s history, raising $57 million in the past three months. Democratic donations have surged across the country following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Republican vows to replace her seat as quickly as possible.
Even moderately overweight people face a heightened risk of severity if they contract COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned. The new evidence means that the majority of Americans could face complications if they contract the virus, a warning that was previously in place only for those who are obese.
Walmart, Target and Amazon are among the retailers launching their online holiday season this week, accelerating a practice usually reserved for November. Economic uncertainty, efforts to reduce crowds in stores and an anticipated crunch on the e-commerce supply chain is prompting retailers to brace for an unpredictable shopping season.
The Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th NBA title on Sunday night, concluding an irregular and turbulent season that dealt with coronavirus outbreaks and social issues. The Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in six games, marking the fourth NBA title for LeBron James.
NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC
Virus that causes Covid-19 can survive for 28 days on common surfaces, research says – CNBC – 10/12/2020
The virus responsible for Covid-19 can survive for up to 28 days on surfaces such as glass, steel, vinyl, paper and polymer banknotes, Australian researchers said on Monday, reinforcing the importance of effective cleaning and handwashing to curb the spread of the disease. The findings from Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, appeared to show that SARS-CoV-2 can survive on surfaces for significantly longer than many had anticipated.
When Symptoms of Covid-19 Don’t Go Away – The New York Times – 10/12/2020
At the start of the pandemic, doctors were necessarily focused on combating the acute effects of Covid-19 and saving lives, but research is now underway to assess its long-term effects and find ways to prevent and treat lasting symptoms. There is increasing concern that the pandemic will result in “a significant surge of people battling lasting illnesses and disabilities,” the journal Nature reported.
Pandemic fuels New York used-car sale surge, risking ‘Carmageddon’ – Yahoo News – 10/12/2020
Increasing numbers of New Yorkers are buying cars as they avoid public transport because of the coronavirus pandemic, igniting the second-hand market but undermining hopes of less congestion in the Big Apple.
Admit it. You miss your work spouse. – Washington Post – 10/12/2020
Much of the joy and synchronicity of the work-spouse relationship comes from having a similar mission while dealing with shared challenges (that chatty co-worker in the next cubicle, an unreasonable boss or an over-air-conditioned office). The proximity of an office means it doesn’t take much planning to meet up for coffee, lunch or happy hour. Or just shoot a glance and know, without saying a word, what your work spouse is thinking.
A simple solution to safe pandemic voting: Close streets to let people vote outside – Fast Company – 10/12/2020
A record number of people have already voted in the U.S. presidential election—more than 8 million Americans had voted by October 9, more than 50 times above the number that had voted by the same point in 2016. But even as many states push for voting by mail as a safe alternative in a pandemic, it’s possible that in-person voting could surge on Election Day, with many voters questioning mismanagement of the Postal Service or if their ballots will get thrown out on a technicality.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
Paul Joseph Watson @PrisonPlanet 12 Oct A company based out of Utah has developed a ‘space helmet’ type pod for people too afraid to travel with only a mask for protection, adding to the range of panic pod equipment on offer.
ABC News @ABC 11 Oct Airlines push for coronavirus testing before international flights.
Newstalk ZB @NewstalkZB 11 Oct Photos reveal cruise ships being torn apart after coronavirus sell off
NYT Business @nytimesbusiness 12 Oct British Airways has announced thousands of job cuts as the coronavirus devastates travel. On Monday, it announced one more: its C.E.O.
The Verge @verge 12 Oct Grounded airline planes turned into pop-up restaurants sell out in 30 minutes
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