April 6, 2020

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

What top CEOs fear telling America about the coronavirus shutdown
Why Share It: Axios captures the tension in the United States between the damaging effects of the pandemic to the economy and to public health. American business leaders believe some part of the economy needs to get going again — yet they do not want to look callous. Will American businesses force the hard, national conversation about trade-offs involved in any widespread lockdowns beyond the middle of next month?

430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced
The New York Times
Why Share It: This article presents unsettling news about how many flights have arrived in the United States from China, and specifically, Wuhan, since news of the novel coronavirus surfaced —  and how haphazard and spotty the screenings have been for the passengers arriving. They vary greatly from airport to airport, not just in the initial screening upon entry, but also in the follow up to ensure people are quarantining for two weeks, which calls into question the efficacy of U.S. measures to stop the spread of the virus.

Covid-19 and America’s political system
The Economist
Why Share It: This article describes the pros and cons of America’s decentralized response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, governors and mayors are the primary deciders on what to close and when to implement a shelter-in-place order.

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