April 15, 2020

COVID-19: Need-to-Know News from
the USA

Exclusive: Democrats, Furious with Trump, Much More Keen to Vote Now Than Four Years Ago - Reuters/Ipsos
Why Share It: New analysis of Reuters/Ipsos national opinion survey results reveals that Democratic voters are motivated to vote in November. Democrats have for years outnumbered Republicans in the United States, but they also tend to be less politically active. Yet, for the first time since at least 2012, nearly the same percentage of Democrats and Republicans said that they planned to vote in 2020. While Republicans continue to support President Trump by an overwhelming margin, Democrats' intention to vote is rising more than it is among Republicans, both nationally and in historically competitive battleground states, like Wisconsin, that Trump narrowly won in 2016.

Trump’s Key 2020 States Reel Under Twin Blows of Virus, Job Loss
Why Share It: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — three battleground states that helped President Donald Trump win in 2016 and that are crucial to his 2020 re-election bid — are among the hardest hit by the coronavirus, in terms of COVID-19 cases and the economic toll. This Bloomberg article explains how the damage being done in those keys states, and especially among blue-collar workers, at this critical moment in the presidential campaign could impact the results in November.

A Second Round of Coronavirus Layoffs Has Begun. Few Are Safe.
The Wall Street Journal 
Why Share It: Not even high-skilled jobs are immune to the coronavirus crisis. A second wave of job loss is hitting those who thought they were safe, showing the far-reaching reverberation of this pandemic. The longer shutdowns continue, the bigger this second wave could become, risking a repeat of the deep and prolonged labor downturn that accompanied the 2007-09 recession. Already, nearly 17 million Americans have sought unemployment benefits in the past three weeks, dwarfing any period of mass layoffs recorded since World War II.

Harvard Researchers Say Some Social Distancing May Be Needed Into 2022

Why Share It: Bloomberg reports on an article published by Harvard disease researchers in the journal Science, that identifies likely trajectories of the COVID-19 pandemic under alternative approaches. The Harvard researchers posit that the United States may need to continue some level of social distancing, perhaps intermittently, through 2022.

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