WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Surging cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. prompted a sharp, 500-point drop in Dow futures Wednesday morning as consumer confidence sinks for the first time in two months. Economists say the drop acknowledges a new reality that economic growth may have reached a standstill, even as the U.S. on Thursday is expected to report its fastest quarterly growth in GDP on record, reflecting the surge of business that came with reopenings after shutdowns in March and April.
As Election Day approaches in less than one week, voters at polling places say they are less concerned about staying safe from the coronavirus than they are about avoiding confrontations or even violence that could ensue between supporters and protesters of the opposite party. Tensions are particularly high in Philadelphia, where the fatal shooting of a Black man sparked two nights of protests and the mobilization of National Guard troops.
With few places in the U.S. untouched by the virus, its impact on this year’s election has seeped into nearly every aspect of electoral processes. Politicians had to navigate both how to campaign at a safe social distance and how to incorporate COVID-19 responses into their platforms.
Pharmacies in the U.S. are reporting a sharp rise in demand for the flu shot, a sign that the public may be following the advice of public health experts who warn that the healthcare industry could be overwhelmed by patients with both the flu and COVID-19. Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid say that demand for flu shots in some areas is up more than double from last year.
The U.S. government will purchase a limited supply of Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 antibody treatment for $375 million. The deal secures 300,000 vials of the experimental antibody, although it still must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall near New Orleans Wednesday afternoon, following two tropical storms and two hurricanes that have already hit Louisiana and complicated mitigation of the coronavirus. Wildfires in California continue to burn, forcing nearly 100,000 people to evacuate Orange County.
Used car prices have reached “remarkable” highs this year, reflecting another commodity that has thrived during the pandemic. The shortage of new car inventory following the shutdown of manufacturing plants in the spring pushed more people into the used car market, prompting a 15% spike in used car values over last year.
NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC
The strange ingredients found in vaccines – Future – 10/27/2020
And thus the field of “adjuvants” was born. Named after the Latin word “adjuvare”, meaning “to help” or “aid”, these are substances which can be added to vaccines to make them more effective. They’re widely used to this day – and they’re no less weird than they were to begin with.
Maps are a critical weapon in our fight against COVID-19. We can be smarter about how we use them – Fast Company – 10/28/2020
Place not only helps us understand our full health context but also shows us where and how to intervene. Take the current COVID-19 pandemic. […] Smart maps and dashboards are also helping with prediction and planning for how many people will need hospitalization; addressing food shortages; and enabling companies to adapt indoor workspaces for when employees return to work.
Covid Cost-Cutting May Backfire in the Long Run – INSEAD Knowledge – 10/28/2020
The Covid crisis has left the world’s economy blanketed in uncertainty. […] If past crises are any indicator, such economic uncertainty triggers swift initial reactions. On the demand side, consumers delay large purchases and reduce discretionary expenses. On the supply side, managers draw up cost-cutting plans – and often hurriedly implement them – with the survival of their firm in mind.
Stuck-At-Home Moms: The Pandemic’s Devastating Toll On Women – NPR – 10/28/2020
Women are seeing the fabric of their lives unravel during the pandemic. Nowhere is that more visible than on the job. In September, an eye-popping 865,000 women left
the U.S. workforce — four times more than men.
Heading back to the playground? 10 tips to keep your family and others COVID-safe – The Conversation – 10/27/2020
With lots of kids running around, and parents looking on, how can you ensure your trip to the playground is COVID-safe for you, your children and others? A good place to start is to understand how COVID-19 spreads, and what you can do to interrupt it.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
Jennifer Edwards Baker @jbakerohio 28 Oct No dogpile, no champagne and a mask on nearly every face — the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a manner no one could have imagined prior to the coronavirus pandemic
Ryan Baker @RyanBakerMedia 28 Oct Justin Turner being removed from game 6 after testing positive for covid & returning to the on-field celebration has stolen some of the Dodgers World Series championship shine. But LA was unquestionably the best team this crazy coronavirus season. Way to set it straight like ’88.
Leo Trasande, MD, MPP @leotrasande 28 Oct Did @redturn2 violate the #WorldSeries bubble, or did @MLB mess it up? Yet media coverage is all about glorifying a team that flaunted basic notions of isolation in a pandemic that has kept schools closed all over LA.
Los Angeles Times @latimes 27 Oct Wear a mask, Dodger fans. Officials are worried that the post-season success of the Lakers and the Dodgers may be playing a role in the increased coronavirus cases in Los Angeles.
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