WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Stock futures traded higher Tuesday as many Americans head to the polls. The market is buoyed by bets that former Vice President Joe Biden will win and Democrats will take control of Congress, spurring hopes lawmakers will approve a generous stimulus package. Nearly 100 million voters have already cast their ballots, giving Democrats hope going into the election. Typically, Democrats outperform Republicans in early voting, who largely turnout on Election Day.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention condoned the quarantined, coronavirus-ill people to vote in person. The agency said Sunday that voters have the right to vote, regardless of their health.
Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced new coronavirus restrictions Monday, including a mask mandate for residents over five, in an attempt to curb the rising COVID-19 cases in the state. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also updated the state’s policies, tightening the trip on her lockdown orders. The guidelines now require all dine-in establishments must record customers’ names and phone numbers for contact tracing or will face a civil fine of up to $1,000.
Slovakia undertook a massive effort to test nearly all adults in the country for coronavirus over the weekend. After a steep spike in cases, 3.6 million Slovaks were tested for the virus. Of those tested, about 1.06% tested positive.
A handful of obscure races in local elections may decide the future of climate change. States including Arizona, Montana, Nebraska and Texas are facing races like deciding who regulates the oil and gas industry, who determines the fate of one of the largest coal plants in the west and how fast clean energy is adopted. Over the next four years, what the president does or doesn’t do will have a profound impact on whether the world is able to avert the worst effects of climate change, scientists say.
The Latino population – which has historically had lower turnout rates in elections than other racial and ethnic demographics – is projected to become the largest nonwhite voting demographic and Generation Z Latinos could potentially sway the 2020 presidential election. Historically, Latinos became more politically active after World War II years, which is when parties began reaching out to Latino voters.
More high schoolers are staffing polling stations, a position usually held by those 65-plus. Unprecedented numbers of 20- and 30-somethings have signed up for polling jobs this election, which have been freed by veteran workers whose age puts that at greater risk of infection.
The Pandemic And Fears Of Civil Unrest Led To A Historic Boom In Gun Sales This Year – BuzzFeed News – 11/3/2020
The chart above shows estimates of monthly gun sales, derived from background check data on prospective gun buyers compiled by the FBI, superimposed over mass shootings and other key events. The latest release of federal data, complete to the end of October, shows a months-long trend of unprecedented sales.
Viruses are not just threats, but actors in evolution’s long story – David Waltner-Toews – Aeon – 11/3/2020
In an interview in May 2020, the physician Ali Khan, former director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was asked what had gone ‘so disastrously’ wrong with the global response to COVID-19. ‘Was it a lack of scientific information, or a lack of money?’ asked the interviewer. ‘This is about lack of imagination,’ Khan replied.
Seniors Form COVID Pods to Ward Off Isolation This Winter – Kaiser Health News – 11/3/2020
Older adults in all kinds of circumstances — those living alone and those who are partnered, those in good health and those who are not — are similarly deliberating what to do as days and nights turn chilly and coronavirus cases rise across the country.
Luxury goods: why elite brands are weathering the pandemic better than high street retailers – The Conversation – 11/3/2020
One important difference is in how the luxury groups justify the value of their goods to their customers. These brands put lots of emphasis on heritage. They typically date back more than a century – Louis Vuitton founded in 1854, Kering’s Boucheron in 1893, Richemont’s Cartier in 1847 and Chanel in 1910.
21 ways to distract yourself on Election Day – Fast Company – 11/3/2020
This post is for your ~good vibes only~ Election Day needs. If you’ve performed your civic duty and now just want to find that mental escape button that will deflect any news related to exit polls, electoral maps, or the world’s most infuriating data visualization, might I refer you to this shortlist of creative inspiration to distract yourself from Election Day?
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
Farnaz Fassihi @farnazfassihi 2 Nov A Country Facing High Joblessness, Virus Rates and Anxiety Picks Its President #Election2020
USC Alumni Association @USCAlumni 2 Nov With fears of the coronavirus and concerns about the voting process putting added stress on voters. @USC experts in health, policy and security offer ways to stay safe and secure at the polls
Andrea Jackson FOX 35 🇺🇸 @AJacksonTV 3 Nov “Experts say they are seeing significant mental and physical problems among children who are out of school, including weight gain, increased rates of depression, anxiety, drug overdoses and suicidal thoughts among teens.”
@drinkaware 3 Nov 20% of adults report drinking more than the recommended limit of 14 units a week. With men being almost twice as likely as women to drink more. Find out the reasons that the public gave for drinking more
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust @croydonhealth 3 Nov With new government guidelines being put in place from Thursday, many people are starting to feel stress and anxiety. Here are 10 tips which can help you if you are stressed about Coronavirus this #StressAwarenessWeek
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