Weekly Covid-19 News Round-Up 8.23.20

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

How to Stay Safe:

• How our brains numb us to covid-19’s risks — and what we can do about it (Washington Post)
• 5 Things We Know About Flying Right Now: As passengers cautiously return to air travel, there are a few issues worth considering — from middle-seat policies to questions about virus transmission on airlines. (New York Times)
• Evidence grows that children may play a larger role in transmission than once believed (Washington Post) see also WHO warns young people are emerging as main spreaders of the coronavirus (Washington Post)
Coronavirus Cases Drop 46% In Parts Of S. Carolina With Mask Mandates Compared To Areas Without (Forbes)  
• To Get People to Wear Masks, Try Comparing Them to Seatbelts and Helmets (Bloomberg)
• CDC mask guidance: Masks with valves don’t prevent coronavirus spread (Washington Post)
• What Works to Persuade People to Wear Masks (Bloomberg)
• How to Test Every American for COVID-19, Every Day (The Atlantic)
• COVID-19 Studies Are Proving That Density Is Not the Enemy (New York Magazine)
• Coronavirus Doctors Battle Another Scourge: Misinformation Physicians say they regularly treat people more inclined to believe what they read on Facebook than what a medical professional tells them. (NYT)

Vaccine, Testing & Treatment Medical News:

• Covid-19 Is Creating a Wave of Heart Disease: Emerging data show that some of the coronavirus’s most potent damage is inflicted on the heart (New York Times)
• Seven months later, what we know — and don’t know — about Covid-19 (Stat)
• Scientists See Signs of Lasting Immunity to Covid-19, Even After Mild Infections: New research indicates that human immune system cells are storing information about the coronavirus so they can fight it off again. (New York Times)
• How Covid Sends Some Bodies to War With Themselves (New York Times)
• Southeast Asia Detects Mutated Virus Strain Sweeping the World (Bloomberg)
• Trust, Fear, and Solidarity Will Determine the Success of a COVID Vaccine (Daily Beast)
• Forty percent of U.S. Covid-19 tests come back too late to be clinically meaningful, data show (CNBC)
• Covid-19: What if ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Closer Than Scientists Thought? In what may be the world’s most important math puzzle, researchers are trying to figure out how many people in a community must be immune before the coronavirus fades. (New York Times)
• Biometric Tracking Can Ensure Billions Have Immunity Against Covid-19 (Businessweek)
• COVID-19: why it took us so long to understand the coronavirus. (Slate)
• How likely are you to be infected by the coronavirus on a flight? (New Scientist)
• Federal Study of Covid Treatments Enters a New Phase (New York Times)

Aid, Assistance & Economics:

• What You Should Do If Your Struggling Company Offers a Buyout (Bloomberg)
• Virus Alters Where People Open Their Wallets, Hinting at a Halting Recovery (New York Times)
• Home Depot Braced for Covid Pain—Then Americans Remodeled After lobbying to be open, the big box scrambled to meet demand. Old benchmarks don’t apply, says CEO Craig Menear: ‘None of that has a correlation anymore.’ (WSJ)
• UCSF Hack Shows Evolving Risks of Ransomware in the Covid Era (Businessweek)
• Land & Buildings Jonathan Litt on His Pandemic Office Shorting Strategy (The Real Deal)
• Coronavirus-Hit State Budgets Create a Drag on U.S. Recovery (Wall Street Journal)
• Working From Home: Buyout Offers in the Coronavirus Economy (Businessweek)

We Suck at this:

• The Militias Against Masks Groups protesting lockdown measures see the coronavirus pandemic as a pretext for tyranny—and as an opportunity for spreading rage. (New Yorker)
• The True Coronavirus Toll in the U.S. Has Already Surpassed 200,000 (New York Times)
• A Sweltering Pandemic Summer (The Bulwark)
• Why the U.S. Hasn’t Contained Covid-19 (New York Times)
• American Passports Are Useless Now (The Atlantic)
• Coronavirus Doctors Battle Another Scourge: Misinformation (New York Times)
• Meatpacking Companies Dismissed Years of Warnings but Now Say Nobody Could Have Prepared for COVID-19 (ProPublica)
• Cellphone Data Shows How Las Vegas Is “Gambling With Lives” Across the Country: Las Vegas casinos, open for months now, are a likely hotbed for the spread of COVID-19. For many reasons, contact tracing has proved next to impossible as tourists return to homes across the U.S  (ProPublica)
• Yep, Masks And Protective Gear Are Still Hard To Get — Especially For Small Buyers (NPR)
• A Deadly Coronavirus Was Inevitable. Why Was No One Ready? (Wall Street Journal)
• The Lesson Americans Never Learn: Trying to replace the government with personal initiative requires an impossible amount of energy. (The Atlantic)
• Not Afraid of Covid? How About Lockdowns? (Bloomberg)

Re-Opening Schools:

• What the Pandemic Is Doing to College Towns: America’s College Towns Are Facing an Economic Reckoning Communities that rely on student spending and higher education jobs are struggling with fiscal woes and Covid-19 fears as the school year begins. (Bloomberg)
• Why Young Adults Are Driving the New Coronavirus Spike (Bloomberg)
• Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I am not sending my kids back to school (CNN)
• The Virus Is Killing Young Floridians. Race Is a Big Factor. (New York Times)
• Ohio State Football Is Canceled. Will Trump Take the Hit? (New York Times)
• New U.S. Coronavirus Cases Tick Up Again as Back-to-School Worries Intensify (Wall Street Journal)
• Reopening Schools: College Orientation at Notre Dame Welcomes Students to a Strange New World (Wall Street Journal) see also After Reopening, Notre Dame to Move Classes Online Due to Coronavirus Cases (Wall Street Journal)
• There has been a 90% increase in Covid-19 cases in US children in the last four weeks, report says (CNN)
• Less Than A Week After Starting Classes, UNC-Chapel Hill Reports 4 COVID-19 Clusters (NPR) see also UNC Experience Should Be A Lesson To Other Universities, Says Faculty Chair (NPR)
• Is Your Child’s School Ready to Reopen? (New York Times)
• The Disproportionate Effects of COVID-19 on Households with Children (Liberty Street Economics)
• Coronavirus Quarantine Rules Complicate College Move-In (Wall Street Journal)

Around the World:

• COVID-19 spikes in South Africa, Melbourne offer America clues ahead of winter 2020 (NBC News)
• South Korea Warns of ‘Massive’ Coronavirus Risk (Bloomberg)
• South Korea warns it is on brink of new Covid crisis as church linked to outbreak (The Guardian)
• Wuhan coronavirus: From silent streets to packed pools (BBC News)
• Covid-19 Vaccine Developer Soars in Shanghai Market Debut (Wall Street Journal)
• The realism of magic: Human beings have always needed something to leaven the effects of science and religion. (New Statesman)


• The Hottest Commodity in Pandemic New York? Fresh Air (New York Times)
• Your Covid Gray Hair? It’s Here to Stay: People are dropping the dye and embracing silver beards and roots. Reactions vary; ‘confusing me with the Unabomber’ (Wall Street Journal)
• New York Has Tamed the Virus. Can It Hold Off a Second Wave? The sustained low rate of infection has surprised local health officials. But a resurgence may be inevitable, despite the state’s and city’s best efforts. (New York Times)
• Coronavirus Chased Off Tourists—Lots of Locals Don’t Want Them Ever Flocking Back: In Japan’s Kyoto, people are split on whether the visiting masses were worth the trouble (Wall Street Journal)
• Long-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19 (The Atlantic)
• Experts Predict What Life Will Be Like After A COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives (Huffington Post)
• No One Knows How Many Restaurants Have Closed in New York City (Eater)
• Covid-19 Creates Suspense for the Fall TV Lineup (Bloomberg)

57% of global Covid-19 cases are concentrated in four countries

Source: KPMG


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