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The Guardian (April 12)

2021/ 04/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Japan does not especially want to deliver the prestige of the first major global sporting event since the pandemic started to China.” Cancelling the Olympics would also place “billions of dollars at stake.” But “set against that are the lives that could be lost…. Undoubtedly, the cancellation of the Games would lead to disappointment and financial losses. However, these factors must be weighed against any risk that the Olympics could make the pandemic worse.”


Boston Globe (April 5)

2021/ 04/ 07 by jd in Global News

“After a year of forced dormancy, the restaurant industry is scrambling to get ready for an expected boom this summer…. Despite a massive labor pool, some restaurants say they are having trouble finding people willing to return to the business. The pandemic, it seems, prompted some to reconsider life in an industry notorious for difficult working conditions.”


Tampa Bay Times (April 5)

2021/ 04/ 06 by jd in Global News

“Physical distancing and masks are being credited for a decline in common viruses.” Pediatric hospitalizations for respiratory illness are down 62% while only a single child has died of the flu, an illness that usually claims the lives of 100 – 200 children per season in the U.S. Beyond masks and physical distancing, other pandemic factors also play a role. “It’s become a serious societal faux pas to go anywhere with a fever – so parents don’t send their ailing kids to school.”


The Economist (April 3)

2021/ 04/ 04 by jd in Global News

There are now “growing worries that, like a ship which is too big to steer, supply chains have become a source of vulnerability…. As they battle the pandemic and face up to rising geopolitical tensions, governments everywhere are switching from the pursuit of efficiency to a new mantra of resilience and self-reliance.”


Washington Post (April 2)

2021/ 04/ 03 by jd in Global News

“At the onset of the pandemic, analysts feared it would mark a disaster for women.” All of their “concerns proved to be true. But the social damage wrought by what’s been dubbed the ‘shadow pandemic’ may be felt for decades to come.”


Wall Street Journal (March 29)

2021/ 03/ 30 by jd in Global News

“The downward trend in personal bankruptcies bucks predictions by analysts and economists that disruptions from Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions early in the pandemic would lead to a sharp increase in filings. Economists and bankruptcy lawyers say federal suspensions of evictions, home foreclosures and student-loan obligations have helped limit bankruptcies—though they worry bankruptcy rates could go up after aid ends.”


Washington Post (March 26)

2021/ 03/ 26 by jd in Global News

The “psychological grip” of the coronavirus “on the United States has weakened. Pandemic fatigue, warmer weather and a surge in vaccinations have led to a spring fever palpable across much of the country.” The number of Americans flying surged last weekend and cellphone data shows “movement steadily increasing everywhere except in large cities, where office buildings remain empty.” The pandemic “won’t last forever. But even as people are on the move, so is the virus.” There may yet be “a spring bump, if not yet anything as significant as a surge.”


Atlanta Journal Constitution (March 25)

2021/ 03/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Far more workers are becoming eligible for vaccines now. Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that all Georgians over the age of 16 will qualify for access starting today. An array of Georgia-based companies…said they are strongly encouraging employees to get shots that could curb the pandemic, protect the public and help open workplaces more quickly.”


Boston Globe (March 15)

2021/ 03/ 16 by jd in Global News

“A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the timeline for our return to the office is still hazy.” The schedule keeps “getting extended. Some of the area’s biggest companies now have June or July circled on their calendars. Many others are talking about Labor Day [September 6] again. And many aren’t giving any return dates, no matter how tentative, just yet. They’ve been burned before.”


Reuters (March 15)

2021/ 03/ 15 by jd in Global News

U.S. airlines are pointing to “concrete signs of an industry recovery as a slowing COVID-19 pandemic helps leisure bookings.” One of them, “Chicago-based United, which had been among the most pessimistic of the airlines heading into the pandemic a year ago, is the first to say it could hit the industry’s cash burn milestone” and return to the black in March.


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