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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

A new study says that delirium, confusion, and agitation may be common in severe coronavirus infections while patients are hospitalized. But added that long-term mental health problems seem unlikely. Speaking of symptoms, the UK’s updating its official list of coronavirus symptoms to include the loss of taste or smell. Cue some backlash, since this has been a known symptom for months. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Over in the European Union, Germany and France are teaming up to propose the creation of a recovery fund worth $543 billion (yes, with a b). The fund would apparently help out the EU countries and industries hit hardest by the pandemic. The US has its mind on biz, too. This week, thousands of autoworkers are heading back to work in Michigan, while Texas is letting office workers go to work in limited capacities. Meanwhile, Iran’s facing a surge in new cases after reopening last month. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

Prez Trump’s got some news. Hint: he says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug he’s rec’d to fight the virus. Intro warnings from lots of health officials, including Fox News’ chief medical editor. In some good news: Moderna says the first human tests of its coronavirus vaccine were successful. The vaccine reportedly created antibodies that were able to defend against Covid-19. 

 

SO…?

The whole world’s looking to the future of this pandemic. TBD, TBD, TBD. 


THE ACTION

USA: For weeks, Prez Trump’s criticized the World Health Organization for its initial coronavirus response. Plus halted US funding to the org. Now, it looks like the Prez is taking things a step further and declaring he’ll ditch the WHO altogether and permanently end funding to the org if it doesn’t “commit to substantive improvements within the next 30 days.” This comes as China is donating $2 billion to the WHO - and calling on other countries to do the same. Not a typo. In other news, everyone’s talking about the Pensacola shooting. Reminder: last year, a Saudi Air Force trainee opened fire at a Naval training facility in Pensacola, Florida, killing three US sailors before being shot and killed. Fast forward to yesterday, and the FBI announced that the gunman was a terrorist associated with al Qaeda. Stay tuned. 

 

DISASTERS: Meet Cyclone Amphan. The storm (think: a hurricane, but formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean) is currently headed toward northeastern India and Bangladesh. And already, it’s been classified as an “extremely severe cyclonic storm” - plus reached “super cyclonic storm status,” the highest rating for tropical cyclones in India. Amphan’s expected to bring damaging winds, torrential rains, and extreme storm surges to India and Bangladesh when it makes landfall tomorrow. In response, millions of people are being evacuated from low-lying coastal areas in both India and Bangladesh. Speaking of which, a new study suggests that global warming is making hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons stronger. Not good. 

 

BIZ: ICYMI, J.C. Penney’s not doing all that well. As in the dept store chain recently became the largest retailer to file for bankruptcy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Enter: Amazon. Recently, it came out that Amazon’s in talks with J.C. Penney to make some kind of deal that could have the biz converting its stores into fulfillment centers or cashier-less Amazon retail stores. And in other news, Uber’s set to cut 3,000 jobs, just weeks after firing 3,700 employees. The biz is also reportedly shutting down 45 offices. Because, coronavirus pandemic. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Inner tubes:” what a restaurant has been using to encourage social distancing. First pool noodles, and now this?


SAY WHAT?

“A man who wore a watermelon on his head while stealing from a convenience store has been arrested” - an actual headline. What(ermelon). 

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