10 Sunday Reads

My helpful collection of resources and information for your easy like Sunday morning reads:

How to Stay Safe:

• Lessons From New York: The state has crushed the curve. Other governors need to pay attention. (Medium)
• How Taiwan beat the coronavirus (CNBC)
• Dining out right now will come with certain risks. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself and others around you safe. (Eater)
• Mental Resilience Can Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic; Here’s How to Build It. (Wall Street Journal)
• The Greatest Coronavirus Risks When You Fly (Wall Street Journal)
• Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many? (New York Times)
• The Covid Death Rate in Majority-Black Counties Is Getting Worse (Bloomberg)
• America Should Prepare for a Double Pandemic: COVID-19 has steamrolled the country. What happens if another pandemic starts before this one is over? (The Atlantic)
• The Pandemic Could Get Much, Much Worse. We Must Act Now. (New York Times)
• Larry Brilliant on How Well We Are Fighting Covid-19: Three months ago, the epidemiologist weighed in on what we must do to defeat this new threat. We went back to ask: How are we doing, and what comes next?  (Wired)

All About Masks:

• The growing scientific evidence for masks to fight Covid-19, explained (Vox)
• Study: Mandatory Mask Use Could Have Saved 40,000 Lives (Businessweek)
• Mask mandates catch on as states, businesses try to bypass a toxic debate (Washington Post)
• The Dudes Who Won’t Wear Masks: Face coverings are a powerful tool, but health authorities can’t simply ignore the reasons some people refuse to use them.  (The Atlantic)
• Your mask feels uncomfortable? Get over it. As a surgeon, I know how vital they are. (Washington Post)
• A mask cuts your COVID-19 risk by 65%, experts say (World Economic Forum)
• A Detailed Map of Who Is Wearing Masks in the U.S. (New York Times)
• How the World Learned to Love Face Masks (Bloomberg)
• Time to make masks mandatory? It’s not just a US debate (AP)
• Covid-19 news: Face coverings may become mandatory in shops in England (New Scientist)
• Walmart, Kroger to Require Shoppers to Wear Masks in All U.S. Stores (Wall Street Journal) see also Walmart will start requiring customers in US stores to wear masks (CNN)
• Is Walmart the Tipping Point on Masks? Let’s Hope So (Bloomberg)
• Best Buy to Require Shoppers to Wear Masks Inside Its Stores (Wall Street Journal)
• Masks offer much more protection against coronavirus than many think (Los Angeles Times)
• Poll: Who always wears a mask in public—and who doesn’t? (National Geographic)

Vaccine & Treatment Medical News:

• First data for Moderna Covid-19 vaccine show an immune response (Stat)
• Inside Johnson & Johnson’s Nonstop Hunt for a Coronavirus Vaccine (New York Times)
• What’s a coronavirus superspreader? There’s more evidence to suggest most covid-19 infections are transmitted by “superspreaders.” (MIT Technology Review)
• Covid Vaccine Front-Runner Is Months Ahead of Her Competition (Businessweek)
• A Second Coronavirus Death Surge Is Coming: There was always a logical explanation for why cases rose through the end of June while deaths did not. (The Atlantic)
• An mRNA Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 — Preliminary Report (New England Journal of Medicine)
• Merck CEO Ken Frazier Discusses a COVID Cure, Racism, and Why Leaders Need to Walk the Talk (Harvard Business School)
• Can we become immune to the coronavirus? What the evidence says so far (New Scientist)
• Choke Point for U.S. Coronavirus Response: The Fax Machine (New York Times)
• A New Understanding of Herd Immunity (The Atlantic)
• Scientists Hoped Summer Temperatures Would Tamp Down Covid-19 Cases. What Happened? (Wall Street Journal)
• When Plague Is Not a Metaphor: I was supposed to be the expert. But when Covid-19 hit, I didn’t know what to say. (Chronicle of Higher Education)
• Immunity to Covid-19 could be lost in months, UK study suggests (The Guardian)
• COVID-19 Proves We Can’t Let Technology Dictate Medical Treatment (Slate)
• Hospitals Stock Up on Covid-19 Drugs to Prepare for Second Wave in Fall (Wall Street Journal)

Aid, Assistance & Economics:

• Covid Fear Will Keep the World in a Slump (Bloomberg)
• Coronavirus: Why everyone was wrong: The immune response to the virus is stronger than everyone thought (Medium)
• The U.S. will suffer a generational loss of talent and expertise if it sends foreign students home (Marketwatch)
• Protecting your finances during the coronavirus pandemic (CFPB)
• Ben Bernanke: Give States Billions, and You Help the Entire Country. Congress must act decisively to avoid repeating mistakes of the recovery from the Great Recession. (New York Times)
• A $2 Trillion Rescue Leaves America’s Black Neighborhoods Behind (Businessweek)
• How to Save a Half-Open Economy: It may take months or even years to recover its vigor. Here’s how economists say the government could help. (New York Times)
• How the Pandemic Is Changing the Economy (Hamilton Project)
• China Is First Major Economy to Return to Growth Since Coronavirus Pandemic (Wall Street Journal)
• Suspending Evictions is About Saving Landlords From Themselves (Notes on the Crises)
• 10 Steps to Take to Try to Prevent Your Own Eviction (New York Times)
• Super-rich call for higher taxes on wealthy to pay for Covid-19 recovery (The Guardian)
• You Want the Truth? You Can’t Handle Total Lockdown (Bloomberg)

We Suck at this:

• Growing Wait Times for Covid-19 Test Results Hinder Virus Response (Wall Street Journal)
• The administration is undermining public health: We ran the CDC. No president ever politicized its science the way Trump has. (Washington Post)
• In Some Countries, Normal Life Is Back. Not Here. (New York Times)
• Trump cites game show host on pandemic while undercutting doctors and questioning their expertise (Washington Post)
• White House seeks to discredit Fauci as coronavirus surges (NBC News)
• I’m a GOP governor. Why didn’t Trump help my state with coronavirus testing? (Washington Post)
• Will Competition Be Another COVID-19 Casualty? (Hamilton Project)
• Global surge in coronavirus cases is being fed by the developing world — and the U.S. (Washington Post)
• We’re the accidental Sweden, raising fears Covid-19 will get worse (Stat)
• Covid parties are “dangerous, irresponsible and potentially deadly,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. “Attending such a party may be a path to an early demise, if not chronic and unrelenting fatigue, chest pain, difficulty breathing and daily fevers, if you do survive,” Dr. Glatter said. (New York Times)
• Hospitals Are Suddenly Short of Young Doctors — Because of Trump’s Visa Ban (ProPublica)
• Vigilance Had a Three-Month Shelf Life (The Atlantic)
• Covid-Like Virus Was Sent to Wuhan in 2013, Sunday Times Says (Bloomberg)
• U.S. Coronavirus Cases Hit Another Daily Record as State GOP Officials Target Mask Orders (Wall Street Journal)
• COVID Deaths Have 1.2 Million Americans Grieving (WebMD)

We Suck at this, Florida/Arizona editions:

• I’m from Wuhan. I got covid-19 — after traveling to Florida. (Washington Post)
• How the coronavirus pandemic became Florida’s perfect storm (The Conversation)
• Nearly one-third of children tested for COVID in Florida are positive. Palm Beach County’s health director warns of risk of long-term damage (Sun Sentinel)
• Florida Breaks U.S. Coronavirus Record for Most New Cases in a Day: 15,300 new coronavirus cases, passing NYC’s one-day high of 12,274  (New York Times)
• Are Florida’s COVID-19 Hospitalization Numbers Really Inflated? (Slate)
• Hospitals in Covid-19 Hot Spots Are Filling Up: Patients stranded in emergency rooms, transferred between facilities as surge in coronavirus cases pushes hospitals in Texas, Arizona and Florida near capacity (Wall Street Journal)
• Why Arizona Wasn’t Ready for Its Coronavirus Surge: State leaders didn’t prepare when cases were low and are now struggling to cope; ‘Everyone needed to do more’ (Wall Street Journal)
• Covid-19 Cases Jump in Sun Belt Nursing Homes (Wall Street Journal)
• Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump’s Tulsa rally, according to video and a person familiar with the set-up (Washington Post)


• Fight the Virus! Please. (Marginal Revolution)
• ‘From worst to first’: These states have tamed coronavirus, even after reopening. Here’s how they’re doing it, and why they can’t let up (CNN)
• Israeli Data Show School Openings Were a Disaster That Wiped Out Lockdown Gains (Daily Beast)
• Alabama Gov. Ivey issues statewide mask mandate in public spaces, beginning Thursday (Montgomery Advertiser)
• Employees Feel Pressured as Bosses Order Them Back to Offices During Pandemic (Wall Street Journal)
• More than 1,000 TSA employees have tested positive for coronavirus (Washington Post)
• A Lesson from the Spanish Flu: Don’t End Restrictions Too Soon (Businessweek)
• “Essential” Means Underpaid and Unprotected: What we owe the people we rely on during the pandemic (Medium)
• California orders new closures as U.S. retreat from coronavirus reopenings accelerates (Washington Post)
• How Trump Closed Down the Schools: The president is demanding that classes resume this fall—but his own failures are forcing districts to shut their doors (The Atlantic)
• Los Angeles and San Diego Schools to Go Online-Only in The Fall (New York Times)


• Even if remote work is here to stay, Manhattan office space will always be among the most valuable in the world — here’s why (Business Insider)
• Coronavirus Has Only Made the Mafia Stronger (Vice)
• Will COVID Push People Out of Cities for Good? (Slate)
• The Nature of Work after the COVID Crisis: Too Few Low-Wage Jobs (Hamilton Project)
• In the Fog of Pandemic, Companies Are Embracing Epidemiology (Businessweek)
• ‘I Can’t Keep Doing This:’ Small Business Owners Are Giving Up (New York Times)
• Ban Airlines From Booking Middle Seats: The federal government could make companies protect the public during the pandemic. It doesn’t want to. (Slate)
• Cuomo says New York will use formula to determine if it’s safe to reopen schools (Axios)
• A Record 5.4 Million Americans Have Lost Health Insurance (New York Times)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Martin Franklin of Mariposa Capital. Franklin is credited with successfully reviving the use of SPACs, or blank check companies, as public vehicles for long term M&A.


Daily number of deaths has (inevitably) started to increase again

Source: Washington Post



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Avert your eyes! My Sunday morning look at incompetency, corruption and policy failures reads:

• Trump’s performance on covid-19 looks especially bad compared with the rest of the world (Washington Post)
• Why Is Voting By Mail (Suddenly) Controversial? Here’s What You Need To Know (NPR)
• What the Post-Trump Right Will Look Like Conservative intellectuals will end up focusing (Bloomberg)
• Trump Raises New Objections to Subpoena Seeking His Tax Returns (New York Times)
• The nation is in a downward spiral. Worse is still to come. (Washington Post)
• Inside the White House, a Gun Industry Lobbyist Delivers for His Former Patrons (New York Times) see also How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic (New Yorker)
• Did Mueller Ever Stand a Chance Against Trump and Roger Stone? (New York Times)
• Who thought putting Betsy DeVos on TV was a good idea? It wasn’t. (Washington Post)
• President Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims (Washington Post) see also Liar, Liar, Nation on Fire (New York Times)
• Trump Warns That Biden Presidency Would Be Disaster (for Ratings) (New York Magazine)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Martin Franklin of Mariposa Capital. Franklin is credited with successfully reviving the use of SPACs, or blank check companies, as public vehicles for long term M&A.


Why Trump — Not Biden — Might Have An Enthusiasm Problem

Source: FiveThirtyEight


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