Your Weekend Reading: Fear of a Second Wave
Normalcy remains a distant, perhaps unattainable dream. But in some places, coronavirus-induced restrictions are beginning to ease—despite stark warnings of the potential consequences. In the U.S., where more than 50,000 people have died from Covid-19, Georgia is already reopening for business (perhaps for this reason) and a Tennessee mayor faces a difficult choice. As the virus slowly recedes in some nations, the fear now is of a second wave.
What you’ll want to read this weekend
President Donald Trump signed a $484 billion bailout package that includes more money for small businesses. Trump’s dangerous idea on how to disinfect lungs prompted a disinfectant maker to state that “under no circumstance” should its products enter the human body. It’s another reminder of how his widely televised briefings can go sideways.
Temperature checks. Empty public spaces. Constant anxiety. Bloomberg Businessweek goes inside the dystopian world of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the pandemic began. America’s always-on work culture has reached new heights, and Peloton is smiling. The perfect laboratory for studying the virus? Iceland.
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Higher fares, fewer routes, pre-flight health checks, less free food? The pandemic is ushering in a new era of air travel. At eerily empty airports, mask-wearing and social distancing already show a behavioral change among the few staff and travelers left. A long shakeup lies ahead, one that’s set to touch almost every aspect of flying.
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