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The Cramm Fam chatted with young people all over the world to get the deets on what the coronavirus pandemic has been like in their communities. Watch the IGTV video here. Plussss...our podcast is now available in Japanese! Listen now on all the platforms. Also, a quick note: there will be no Cramm tomorrow as we'll be taking some AP tests. We'll see you back in your inbox on Friday! 


THE HIGHLIGHTS

Here’s your daily coronavirus update. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

All 50 US states have now partially reopened. Not a typo. Only a slight problem...at least 17 states are still trending up when it comes to coronavirus cases. Enter: the CDC. The org’s releasing a 60-page version of the coronavirus guidance it gave the Trump team, which blocked it last week because it was too specific. In other US news, colleges are starting to brainstorm ideas for how to deal with the virus when the fall semester rolls around. And so far, it looks like there are plans to go back to school early - then head back home by Thanksgiving. Because, second wave. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

ICYMI, the other day, the European Union drafted a resolution calling for an independent and impartial inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution was backed by about a hundred countries. Now, it looks like the WHO’s giving the thumbs-up to this resolution. Big big deal, since everyone’s watching to see whether the world ends up blaming China’s gov for this pandemic. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

The CDC’s got some good news. As in the org announced that the virus mainly spreads through person-to-person contact - and doesn’tttt “spread easily” through contaminated surfaces. And over in Hong Kong, a new study says that face masks can cut person-to-person transmission by as much as 75 percent. 

 

SO…?

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


THE ACTION

DISASTERS: All eyes are on Cyclone Amphan. The storm has now weakened to the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane, but it still marks the most powerful cyclone in 20 years. And it’s just started to make landfall. The coastline of India and Bangladesh - where 2.6 million people have been evacuated, and where 1 million Rohingya refugees live - is expected to be hit hardest, with Cyclone Amphan bringing high winds of 120 mph, torrential rains, and storm surges. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, two dams failed in Michigan yesterday, causing severe floods and flash flood warnings. In response, thousands of people were forced to evacuate. Authorities say some towns could soon be under nine feet of water. 

 

WORLD: Recently, Hungary passed a bill banning people from legally changing gender. You read that right. The country’s parliament voted 134-56 to define gender on the basis of “sex at birth” and barred transgender and intersex people from changing their gender on identity docs. Intro backlash from a number of rights groups, who say the move could lead to increased intolerance and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. Meanwhile, a new analysis says daily global carbon emissions dropped by 17 percent due to recent coronavirus restrictions. That could be the largest worldwide drop in history - one that reportedly hasn’t been seen since World War II. 

 

POLITICS: Quick refresher: the 2020 US primary elections are technically still on. But they’ve been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic as states work to keep infections down. Cue debates over vote-by-mail. Dems are all for it and say it expands access to voting for those who want to stay home amid the pandemic - while Republicans worry that it could lead to voter fraud. So yesterday, a federal judge weighed in….and ruled that Texans can request absentee mail-in ballots to vote from home. No word yet on whether other states will follow. In other news, the Federal Election Commission has a new member. Meet James “Trey” Trainor, a Texas Republican who worked on the Trump campaign in 2016. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Krispy Kreme:” what’s giving away free donuts to graduating seniors dressed in their caps and gowns. Kool. 


SAY WHAT?

“Antarctic penguins release an extreme amount of laughing gas, it turns out” - an actual headline. No laughing matter. 

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