April 22, 2020

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

Americans’ Fear of Job Loss Surges to 45-Year High, Poll Shows
Why Share It: According to a new Gallup poll, one-quarter of working Americans believe it is “very likely” or “fairly likely” that they will lose their job or be laid off in the next 12 months. “‘We’ve never seen this before,’ said Jeff Jones, senior editor at Gallup. ‘We’ve said we wouldn’t believe these numbers unless we were living through it.’” Bloomberg further reports that minority households have even more dire expectations, with 32 percent of working Americans of color saying they are likely to lose their job or be laid off in the next 12 months, compared with 21 percent of employed whites.

Trump says he’ll suspend green card applications amid coronavirus outbreak
Why Share It: The Los Angeles Times does a nice job of summarizing the confusion and chaos surrounding President Trump’s tweet Monday night, stating that he would close off the United States to immigration to guard against the coronavirus. It is still not clear what exactly the U.S. President’s order will do.

Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Week 6: Too risky to go back to "normal"
Why Share It: President Trump has championed the idea that some U.S. states should reopen by May 1. But the latest findings from the sixth weekly installment of the Axios/Ipsos national poll suggest most Americans aren't ready and worry it would hurt their health and well-being. The results also suggest that the recent protests in Michigan and elsewhere against the stay-at-home orders do not reflect the views of the majority of Americans.

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