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The Vox 04/02/2020 08:00
Jennifer Wittlin prepares for dinner takeout orders in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 25, 2020. | David Goldman/AP. From how to think about the stock market to what to do if you lose your job, here’s what you need to know about coronavirus and the economy. The American economy seems to have transformed in a matter of weeks as the coronavirus has brought activities across the country to a grinding halt. Not only did the US fail to anticipate the public health crisis caused by , but it appears to be unprepared for the of getting the pandemic under control. Most Americans already know they are in a than they were in February. Restaurants are closed or only doing takeout or delivery. Clothing boutiques are shuttering. Americans across the ec.
The Vox 04/02/2020 07:20
Your boss may be looking over your virtual shoulder right now. | Zac Freeland/Vox. Software that monitors remote employees is seeing a sales boom. It’s a scenario that perhaps millions of employees across the US have experienced: Because of , your office closes up shop and your boss sends you home with a company laptop and the hope that you can get the same amount of work done remotely that you did when you were in the office. But some bosses don’t have to hope. They’ve installed tracking software on those computers to supervise their employees at home as well as — if not better than — they do in the office. Meanwhile, you may have no idea that your employer is virtually looking over your shoulder. Employee monitoring software comes in many
The Vox 04/02/2020 07:10
The homebody economy has been on the rise for years. Now, massive numbers of people are at home. | Getty Images. The homebody economy has consumers right where it wanted them. But what happens next? Over the past few years, brands have wanted nothing more than for us to stay at home and buy stuff. The “,” as Kaitlyn Tiffany named it in 2018, encompasses everything from mattress companies to CBD seltzers. What these companies all have in common is a promise to burnt-out workers that they can avoid the anxieties of daily life by filling their homes with soft clothes, soft lighting, soft bedding, and the right plants. Now more than two-thirds of Americans are under government orders to stay at home. Homebody brands finally have consumers — espe.
The Vox 04/02/2020 07:00
Demonstrators from several environmental groups attend a youth-led climate strike near City Hall in New York City on December 6, 2019. | Scott Heins/Getty Images. The environment is the biggest driver of doubts about Trump among his wavering supporters. Most of the people who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 tell pollsters they’re firmly backing his reelection this fall. But elections are won by margins. And the relatively small number of Trump voters — about 10 percent, according to the Cooperative Congressional Election Survey — who say they’re at least considering casting a vote for the Democratic nominee are a critical slice of the population to understand. And , provided to Vox by Tufts University political scientists Brian Schaffner and
The Vox 04/01/2020 19:00
A medical personnel walks past a “Thank You” sign in Queens, New York City on March 27. | John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images. Assume that everyone at the hospital has Covid-19 until proven otherwise. “Team 700 to B4.”Before took over our hospital, I may have heard this page — which summons a medical team because a patient’s heart has stopped — once or twice a week. In the past couple of days, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard it. One recent page stands out: It was the afternoon of March 23, for a male in his early 30s with no medical problems. We had maxed out on his ventilator settings yet his lungs couldn’t deliver the oxygen his body needed, so his heart had naturally stopped. Over the past week, the hospital in Elmhurst, Q.
The Vox 04/01/2020 18:30
President Trump at the White House on March 30. | Win McNamee/Getty Images. Insurance companies and Democrats had asked the administration to reopen the insurance market to help with the pandemic. The Trump administration has reportedly under the Affordable Care Act so that people without health insurance — including some newly laid-off workers — can enroll in coverage during the coronavirus pandemic. Trump administration officials had initially said they were considering creating a special enrollment period on for the pandemic after insurance companies and Democrats asked them to, but ultimately ruled against it, telling Politico they were “exploring other options.”There are concerns of a significant increase in the uninsured rate after ma.
The Vox 04/01/2020 18:20
Covid-19, the disease caused by the , can look very similar to the flu. They have similar symptoms — , and the possibility of leading to pneumonia — and even spread the same way. So wanting to compare the two is natural and, frankly, understandable. But Covid-19 is very different from the flu. It’s more dangerous in almost every way. Not only is it twice as contagious, but the time it takes you to realize you are contagious is much longer. With the flu, the average time it takes you to feel sick from the moment you become sick (called the incubation period) is . With Covid-19, most people don’t realize they’re sick — and possibly contagious — for five days; it can take up to . You can also show no symptoms and still be contagious. And when
The Vox 04/01/2020 17:00
A pharmacist works behind plastic sheeting in Elmhurst, Queens, New York City on April 1. | Stephanie Keith/Getty Images. Four factors will determine how much Covid-19 hikes premiums next year. is going to cost a lot of money, and if it doesn’t get under control soon, that might mean dramatic increases in insurance premiums next year. The cost to health insurers for covering , especially as many of them waive cost-sharing for patients, could be enormous. Analysts for California’s insurance marketplace recently insurers nationwide could end up spending as much as $251 billion to cover care for coronavirus patients. Arguably the most important variable for 2021 insurance premiums is whether the Covid-19 pandemic extends into next year or is br.
The Vox 04/01/2020 16:50
President Trump during a briefing about the novel coronavirus pandemic at the White House on March 30. | Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images. Trump had a chance to avert the unfolding coronavirus disaster. He blew it. President Donald Trump revealed a grim projection in the on Tuesday: Even with the social distancing the US is doing now, 100,000 to 200,000 Americans as a result of the ongoing outbreak. “When you see 100,000 people, that’s a minimum number,” Trump said. It’s a horrifying figure. That’s more people than ever died in a single year from HIV/AIDS, drug overdoses, gun violence, or car crashes in the US. It’s more than American casualties during the entire Vietnam War. But it’s also a horrifying number, in part, bec.
The Vox 04/01/2020 16:40
An undertaker wearing a face mask walks ahead of a hearse bringing the coffin of an elderly woman to a funeral service in Lombardy, Italy, on March 20. | Piero Cruciatti /AFP via Getty Images. Italy’s case fatality rate is 10 times higher than Germany’s. Learning why could help save lives. The race to track and slow the pandemic has been very much a numbers game. While we watch the number of cases — and deaths — climb, experts also are closely eyeing what they call the . This tells the proportion of people who get Covid-19 and ultimately die from the illness, and it’s a number that has been . Some countries, such as Germany, have a fatality rate of approximately 1 percent of confirmed cases, whereas Italy’s rate has climbed above 11 percent.
The Vox 04/01/2020 15:20
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) arrives for the Republican policy luncheon in Washington, DC, on March 19, 2020. | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images. Loeffler is one of many lawmakers under fire for suspicious stock-trading activity following a coronavirus intel briefing. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) benefited from stock trades worth millions of dollars shortly before the general public was alerted to the severity of the Covid-19 crisis, selling off shares in industries that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and buying shares of companies that have benefited, according to an published late Tuesday. Loeffler, who sits on the Senate Health Committee, first began selling stocks on January 24 — the same day that committee held a p.
The Vox 04/01/2020 15:10
The Federal Correctional Institution building on Terminal Island, San Pedro, Los Angeles, in 2010. | MyLoupe/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. Sanitation issues and exceptions to new guidelines mean incarcerated people still have a concerning level of infection risk. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced late Wednesday that, due to Covid-19 concerns, all of those incarcerated in federal facilities will be under . The guidelines come as a growing number of incarcerated people and prison employees have begun testing positive for and displaying symptoms indicative of the novel coronavirus, and represent the BOP’s latest effort to reduce the rate of transmission in federal facilities. But while the new guidance is certainly better than ta.
The Vox 04/01/2020 14:17
Community was a very different show by the time it ended — but still a terrific one. | Sony Pictures Television. Across six seasons and two networks, the terrifically funny comedy took on nearly every genre and pop culture trope. Few TV shows have changed my life like has. That sounds like hyperbole, I realize, but it’s really not. The sitcom about a group of study buddies at a community college, which very quickly became a free-wheeling parody of nearly all pop culture, was one of my favorite shows of its era, and when I was a young critic, it helped me codify many of the ways I think about TV. I reviewed in my old job at the A.V. Club, and doing so caused my career to explode. It’s 100 percent true that I would not be sitting here, writing.
The Vox 04/01/2020 14:10
Nicole Byer is the queen of Nailed It! — and she’s back. | Courtesy of Netflix. The playful reality baking show celebrates the joy of sugar, friendship, and messing up. Take heart, friends. The kindest, goofiest, lowest-stakes, highest-return show on TV has returned — right when need it most. Nailed It! is back for a new season. The Netflix reality competition series sounds, to the uninitiated, like a show that would have been invented by Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock . It’s based in which someone shows off both a gorgeous tricky craft or project — say, a fancy cake — and an amateur’s botched attempt to remake it. “Nailed it!” proclaims the text superimposed on the image. As with most things on the internet, the meme takes different forms. Sometim.
The Vox 04/01/2020 13:30
Unemployment claims in the United States soared to 3.3 million the week ending March 21. | Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images. The upcoming jobs report will be far too rosy. The reality is much grimmer. On March 24, 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, to not much fanfare, predicted that to a point higher than that reached at the peak of the Great Depression: 32 percent. That is an astonishing — even incomprehensible — figure. Just four weeks ago, before the coronavirus pandemic plunged us into a recession, . During the depths of the Great Recession, the highest unemployment reached was . Nearly a century ago, in the Great Depression, the worst figure was — lower if you count people in work relief jobs as employed.
The Vox 04/01/2020 13:00
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks to reporters at a news conference about legislation addressing the ongoing coronavirus outbreak March 26, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images. Speaker Nancy Pelosi says there are “serious constitutional” concerns with remote voting. Is she right? Several members of Congress have coronavirus, and there is a small risk that Congress itself could become . There’s a much greater risk that members of Congress will be reluctant to assemble in Washington out of fear that they could become infected. An obvious solution is to allow lawmakers to vote remotely while they are socially distancing within their homes. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has thus far been reluctant to implement remote voting,
The Vox 04/01/2020 12:30
Ridley Epstein, 9, and her grandmother, Donna Forsman, 78, bid goodbye to one another after a through-the-door visit at Brookdale Arlington Senior Living in Arlington, Virginia, on March 20. | Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images. “If he passes, I don’t even know how I’ll get through that.”Two weeks ago, during her daily visit to her dad’s nursing home on Staten Island, New York, a nurse notified Jan McDonnell that they were setting up stricter restrictions in response to the growing threat. Visitors won’t be allowed after today, the nurse said. While McDonnell digested the information, she thought it was best to go about the routine she has kept with her 94-year-old father for the past two-and-a-half years. She shared his f.
The Vox 04/01/2020 12:20
President Trump, flanked by Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, and Vice President Pence, speaks about the novel coronavirus at the White House on March 31, 2020. | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images. Here’s what to know today. The White House delivered Americans grim news evening: Even with mitigation strategies, the United States could see between 100,000 and 240,000 coronavirus deaths. President Trump, who has previously the coronavirus, called the infection “vicious.”The White House projections are based on what’s happening across the United States — and they could still change, as the country isn’t expected to reach its peak in cases for at least another two weeks. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Unit.
The Vox 04/01/2020 12:00
I want to see your selfies, your pets, even your pushups. | Getty Images. Now is the time to post with abandon. A couple of weeks ago (or what could have been a couple of weeks ago but was really just a couple of days ago), everyone on Instagram Stories seemed to be posting drawings of carrots. The crudely rendered orange triangles all appeared in a chain, showing the carrots that came before, some of which were anthropomorphized with googly eyes and smiley faces and little green leaf hats. The point was that you were supposed to draw a carrot and then “challenge” a bunch of other people into also drawing a carrot by tagging them. It was called the “carrot challenge.”The “carrot challenge,” courtesy of my friend Desiree. Like most social me.

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