“Coronavirus Is Surging: How Severe Is Your State’s Outbreak?” – NPR / Source: Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Census Bureau 2019 population estimates, 2010 Census (U.S. territories)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Stock futures rose Tuesday, signaling the broad market gauge is likely to erase its muted losses from Monday and extend the November rally. Investors’ sentiment has been buoyed recently by the development of COVID-19 vaccines. 

White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas, who advocated for the loosening of social distancing restrictions during the pandemic, resigned his post Monday. His departure closes a controversial tenure – the neuroradiologist had no background in infectious disease prevention or public health. 

As Americans return from Thanksgiving, many are faced with new coronavirus measures in an attempt to mitigate the nationwide surge exacerbated by holiday gatherings over the long weekend. Los Angeles County imposed a stay-at-home order and the mayor of Hawaii County said trans-Pacific travelers arriving without a negative COVID-19 test must quarantine for 14 days. Health experts are also urging Americans to take aggressive action as December holidays loom, including complying with mask mandates and physical distancing. 

Turkey’s president announced the country’s most widespread lockdown Monday, extending curfews to weeknights and pulling a full lockdown in places over the weekend. Turkey has been centered among the hardest-hit nations in Europe during the pandemic.  

In January, Georgia voters will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate in two runoff elections in which Democratic challengers are going up against Republican incumbents. Sen. David Perdue, a Republican, is facing criticism for his well-timed stock trades. As the coronavirus ravaged the country in March, Perdue saw a stock-buying opportunity, then avoided a sharp loss and reaped a stunning gain by selling and then buying the same stock. Though there is no definitive proof that Perdue acted on information gained as a member of Congress, legal experts say the timing of sale is warrant for scrutiny.

While the Danish government reels from another coronavirus-related mink scandal – the corpses of “zombiemink” are surfacing due to improper burials after culling – the U.S. is now reporting multiple states with a coronavirus outbreak on a domestic mink farm. Oregon became the fourth state to confirm an outbreak, though no mutation has been detected in U.S. minks. Some experts are concerned that escaped mink could spread the novel coronavirus to wild animals. 

A low-budget horror movie about a group of friends who enact a seance over Zoom for a laugh during lockdown became a cult sensation when it launched on the horror streaming service Shudder. It has been hailed as a horror “that speaks to our moment of uncertainty.”

NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC

COVID-19 shutdowns disproportionately affected low-income black households – ScienceDaily – 11/30/2020
“It became clear that while all low-income households struggled in the early months of the pandemic, Black households in America were disproportionately affected. Even among low-income populations, there is a marked racial disparity in people’s vulnerability to this crisis,” said study co-author Diana Enriquez, a doctoral candidate in Princeton’s Department of Sociology.

Why School Districts Are Bringing Back Younger Children First – New York Times – 11/30/2020
“With younger kids, we see this pleasant confluence of two facts: Science tells us that younger children are less likely to contract, and seemingly less likely to transmit, the virus,” said Elliot Haspel, the author of “Crawling Behind: America’s Child Care Crisis and How to Fix It.”

Reading Suffered Less Than Expected During Pandemic, New Fall 2020 Student Data Show – Education Next – 12/1/2020
In almost all grades, most students made some learning gains in both reading and math since the Covid-19 pandemic started. However, gains in math were lower on average in fall 2020 than over the same time period in prior years, resulting in more students falling behind relative to their prior standing.

Where COVID Is on the Menu: Failed Contact Tracing Leaves Diners in the Dark – Kaiser Health News – 12/1/2020
Contact tracers in Maricopa County, Arizona, prioritize learning the names of individuals over the locations where the coronavirus may be spreading. With the exception of long-term care facilities and a few other locations, investigators don’t consider something an outbreak until they can trace 10 potential cases to a location, said Ron Coleman, a county spokesperson.

How a Bidding War for Covid-19 Nurses Hurts the Pandemic Response – Undark Magazine – 12/1/2020
The fall surge in Covid cases has turned hospital staffing into a sort of national bidding war, with hospitals willing to pay exorbitant wages to secure the nurses they need. That threatens to shift the supply of nurses toward more affluent areas, leaving rural and urban public hospitals short-staffed as the pandemic worsens, and some hospitals unable to care for critically ill patients.

WHAT INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING

Justine McDaniel @McDanielJustine 30 Nov With Thanksgiving over, public health officials are already worried about December. “This year, we need to change how we enjoy the holidays.” via @phillyinquirer

David Alexander @davidalexander5 1 Dec “While many public health professionals have asked Americans not to congregate in large group settings and avoid travel over the holidays because of the coronavirus pandemic … , the White House is expected to throw more than a dozen indoor parties …”

Anne Kramer WBAL @AnneKramerWBAL 1 Dec No winter sports for now in @HCPSS Winter sports supposed to start next Mon but spike in #coronavirus cases has that pushed back to Jan 4 @wbalradio

TIME @TIME 1 Dec Is there any safe way to socialize inside this winter? Here’s what five experts said about indoor socializing

Children’s Colorado @ChildrensColo 30 Nov You’re not the only one wondering what the holidays will look like this year. Here’s how to talk about uncertainty with kids, truthfully. #Holidays2020 #parenting #coronavirus

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