WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Hospitalizations of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have doubled since September, with health experts fearing that multiple epicenters in coming months will prevent the movement of resources to areas most in need. An influx of coronavirus patients is straining hospital capacity in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska and New Mexico.
Tens of millions of coronavirus tests are going unused , further complicating inconsistencies in data collection and reporting. Public health experts say they do not have a clear understanding of where the outbreaks are located, hampering efforts to contain them.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in a challenge to the constitutionality of the landmark healthcare legislation known as Obamacare. The hearing marks the third time the legislation will go before the Supreme Court, but its first time before a 6-3 majority of Republican-appointed justices. Up to 20 million Americans could lose their healthcare coverage if the Supreme Court strikes down the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
President-elect Joe Biden will defend the health law in a speech on Tuesday, underscoring the importance of healthcare as he prepares to take office during what could be the worst of the pandemic. President Donald Trump is pushing ahead with legal challenges to the results of the election. U.S. Attorney General William Barr has authorized the Justice Department to pursue “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, but warned of “far-fetched claims.”
A COVID-19 antibody treatment produced by the drugmaker Eli Lilly was granted emergency authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The treatment was approved for people who are at the highest risk of developing severe forms of COVID-19 and raised immediate questions about who would be the first to have access.
Following the announcement that drugmakers BioNTech and Pfizer found their vaccine to be 90% effective, a BioNTech executive said the vaccine will likely be priced below market levels and differentiated across regions or countries.
Record-low interest rates are driving a rise in refinancings and home prices, widening the wealth gap especially among people of color. Those who qualify for cheap credit are quickly purchasing suburban homes, worsening disparities that existed before the pandemic. Rents are also rising in suburban spaces, which have grown more popular throughout the year. Occupancy rates among homes owned by America’s “mega landlords” are at all-time highs, compounding challenges for those who have lost employment.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has tested positive for COVID-19, joining the ranks of world leaders who have contracted the virus. In Peru, Congress voted amid coronavirus outbreaks in the country to impeach President Martín Vizcarra following allegations of corruption.
How co-living could replace the human connection that we’ve lost in the pandemic – Fast Company – 11/9/2020
A profound lesson of the COVID-19 crisis is just how deeply humans care about connecting with each other. While quarantines, lockdowns, and social distancing rules have been introduced to keep people apart to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, these restrictions have also challenged us to discover new ways to interact.
Would you trust a machine to pick a vaccine? – Chicago Booth Review – 11/9/2020
In the past few years, machine-learning methods have come to dominate data analysis in academia and industry. Some teachers are using ML to read students’ assignments and grade homework. There is evidence that machine learning outperforms dermatologists at diagnosing skin cancer. Researchers have used ML to mine research papers for information that could help speed the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.
How might a mask mandate play out? Look to the battle over seat belt laws – STAT – 11/10/2020
If public health officials want to get people to wear masks to curb the spread of Covid-19, they might take a lesson what is now a widely accepted aspect of American life: buckling up.
‘I began to lose hope’: the people living with post-Covid psychiatric disorders – The Guardian – 11/9/2020
A study from researchers at the University of Oxford and NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre found that nearly one in five people who have had Covid-19 were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder – such as anxiety, depression or insomnia – within three months of testing positive for the virus. We speak to survivors about their experiences.
Coffee Battleground During Coronavirus Era Is Your Kitchen Counter – The Wall Street Journal – 11/10/2020
The morning coffee ritual is one of the toughest consumer habits to change, food executives have long said. Once people got used to stopping at Starbucks or Dunkin’ on their way to work, they weren’t likely to switch things up, the thinking went.
WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
NBCWashington @nbcwashington 9 Nov COVID-19 changed life in cities almost overnight. Maybe the most drastic shift came from the closure of office buildings and the shift to work-from-home lifestyles. Will an exodus to small towns change urban living forever?
World Economic Forum @wef 9 Nov The number of permanent remote workers is set to double in 2021#COVID19 #RemoteWorking #JobsReset
Sue Stone @knittingknots 9 Nov Tens of millions at higher risk for Covid-19 were essential workers who couldn’t work from home — or lived with one
Mark P. Mills @MarkPMills 9 Nov Hey, wait. We were told telework was FOREVER. But, as I said reality is different; this chicken coming home to roost?Zoom tumbles 20% as Pfizer’s vaccine success drags on work-from-home stocks
Keir Bowden @bob_buzzard 10 Nov From pay cuts to permanent work-from-home, here’s how Silicon Valley companies are thinking about the future of work
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