Good morning. Shoppers everywhere are on edge while out buying essentials in this time of coronavirus. One Ohio woman noticed the tense atmosphere at a local Walmart and decided to spread some cheer by leaving humorous jokes and sayings on sticky-notes around the store.
Our favorite one: “Post Malone suspended his tour. Does that make him Postponed Malone?” (Here’s the rest).
Thursday: International Fact-Checking Day, Weekly U.S. jobless claims
Friday: March jobs report
Coronavirus: Fact or Fiction (Part 3)
With the coronavirus outbreak dominating recent news coverage, it can be difficult to parse through and identify sources of misinformation. Never fear – we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions (or inaccurately made statements) to help you separate fact from fiction:
What Are The Early Signs Of COVID-19? FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS – These symptoms may vary, but studies have shown they generally include a dry cough (~80%) and fever (98%) – and sometimes a sore throat – to go along with body aches and fatigue (11% to 44%). In rare cases, patients have reported a loss of taste or smell. (World Health Organization, Emory University, New England Journal of Medicine)
If I Don’t Exhibit Any Symptoms, I Can’t Have COVID-19 FALSE – A recent study found the median incubation period for coronavirus is five days after exposure, with a delay in symptoms of up to 13 days in some studied cases. Infected persons still have the ability to spread the virus to others during the incubation period before symptoms begin to show. Additionally, experts have implied that a large population of mild or asymptomatic carriers may already exist beyond officially reported numbers. (Reason, University of Oxford, Stanford Medicine)
Taking Ibuprofen Will Make COVID-19 Symptoms Worse FALSE – The WHO has said the use of ibuprofen (such as Advil) will not make coronavirus symptoms any worse. Alternatively, acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) is a recommended treatment for fever and body aches associated with the virus.
Thermal Scanners (Seen Here) Can Detect COVID-19 KIND OF – Thermal scanners – which have exploded in popularity – are able to identify individuals who are running a fever, which is a key symptom of coronavirus. The scanners do not have the ability to accurately diagnose the cause of the fever.
Mutations Are Making COVID-19 More Dangerous FALSE – The coronavirus – like all other viruses – constantly changes small parts of its genetic code. There are currently eight identified strains of COVID-19 around the globe, but so far “there is no credible evidence of a change in biology either for better or for worse” according to a leading Harvard epidemiologist.
What Will Be The Ultimate Impact Of The Virus In America? UNKNOWN – Experts have produced a wide variety of opinions on the subject. On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the virus could eventually infect millions of Americans and result in 100,000 to 200,000 deaths. A recent University of Washington study predicted around 80,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths over the next four months.
That’s A Wrap… But before you go further down the newsletter, here are a few positive coronavirus-related stories to give you a brief respite from the doom and gloom:
Coronavirus: From clapping to kindness, five reasons to be hopeful
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Global cases rose above 722,000 over the weekend with more than 34,000 deaths. The number of confirmed U.S. cases rose to more than 142,000 with 2,484 confirmed deaths.
President Trump signed the ~$2.1 trillion ‘phase three’ spending bill on Friday afternoon. Check out this calculator to see how much you’ll receive.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he tested positive for the virus on Friday.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo postponed the state’s primary elections from April 28 until June 23. Fourteen states in total have moved the date of their nominating contest as a result of the virus.
On Sunday, President Trump extended the current national social distancing guidelines until April 30.
North Korea Conducts Missile Test
North Korean state media on Monday announced a successful test of what it called a “super-large multiple rocket launcher,” reportedly firing two missiles into the ocean off its east coast. The missile launch was North Korea’s sixth such maneuver in the past month.
The U.S. restricted an exemption given to Iraq that allows them to import Iranian gas and electricity in the face of strict American sanctions on Iran. The U.S. also sanctioned 20 individuals and entities it said had been taking advantage of the exception to funnel money to militia groups in Iran.
As of Sunday night, U.S. stock index futures were down about 1% across the board.
President Trump on Friday authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to compel GM to produce ventilators.
The FDA issued an emergency use authorization approving medical device company Abbott’s new rapid virus test that allegedly delivers results in less than 15 minutes.
The North American International Auto Show – scheduled for June in Detroit – was canceled, as the city prepares to use the event center for a makeshift hospital instead.
According to CNBC, Airbnb is instituting a hiring freeze and suspending its marketing as the company also institutes a 50% reduction in salary for executives over the next six months.
Out Of Orbit
Satellite internet provider OneWeb filed for bankruptcy on Friday, despite having raised $3.4 billion. Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is its largest shareholder ($2 billion invested) and reportedly held recent discussions to bailout OneWeb – who had hoped to directly compete with SpaceX’s Starlink network – but ultimately decided against doing so.
More: SoftBank’s decision follows two other recent moves (backing away from a $3 billion WeWork tender and selling up to $41 billion in assets) aimed at freeing up cash during the current crisis.
Let’s Get Down To Business
While most businesses’ performance has suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, several companies and products have seen enormous growth in recent months:
Video-conferencing services: Zoom is now the most downloaded app on the App Store and the company’s share price has climbed 221% on the year. Similarly, Houseparty has seen a more than 2,600% increase in daily downloads.
Workplace communication platforms: Earlier this month, Microsoft reported 44 million daily active users, a nearly 40% week-over-week increase. Likewise, Slack has seen a record number of concurrent users (up to 12.5 million last week).
Streaming services across the board have seen an uptick in subscribers over the past weeks – Disney+ leads the pack with a 300% increase in new subscriptions.
Seeds For Success
In his career as Senegal’s Minister of Ecology (and later Fisheries), Haidar el Ali worked to protect the country’s natural beauty. Perhaps his most impressive environmental feat, however, occurred in the decade following his retirement.
Since 2009, the 67-year-old Haidar, with the help of local citizens, has been attempting to restore a vast mangrove swamp in Southern Senegal – over the past ten years, Haidar has overseen the planting of an incredible 152 million mangrove buds.
Sign Of The Times
As the emergency room staff at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey busied themselves attending to patients, a few nurses on duty noticed an unknown man approach the window and hold up a sign for them to read.
“Thank you all in emergency for saving my wife’s life. I love you all,” read the sign. Several hospital staff burst into tears after reading the message, and they quickly snapped a photo of the man to showcase the moment to all of their co-workers.
On The Spot
When current events rendered him unable to go out to dinner for his 46th birthday, Milwaukee attorney C.J. Krawczyk came up with a philanthropic twist to celebrate his special day.
C.J., along with his wife Julie, started a GoFundMe called S.O.S. (Save Our Spots) to assist Milwaukee restaurants through these trying times. C.J. and Julie offered to match the first $4,600 in donations, and so far have collected more than $25,000 for the cause.
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