April 13, 2020

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

‘There Will Be Losses’: How a Captain’s Plea Exposed a Rift in the Military
Why Share It: The New York Times reports that, in addition to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, sailors aboard three other U.S. aircraft carriers — the Ronald Reagan, the Carl Vinson and the Nimitz — have had sailors test positive for the COVID-19 infection. Meanwhile, French news outlets report that the entire crew of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has been quarantined after 50 infections were detected. A critical element of Western military power projection may be temporarily unavailable.

The Pandemic Will Cleave America in Two
Why Share It: Americans are experiencing the COVID-19 crisis differently, depending on their job or profession. The answer to two questions are turning out to be the best predictors for how Americans will fare on the other side of the pandemic: (1) Are you still able to work? (2) And if so, can you work without risking exposure to the virus?

Survival of the biggest: Coronavirus transforms retail
Why Share It: America’s retail industry is on track to be massively reshaped — the largest retailers are getting stronger, while the mom and pop shops are scrambling to survive. Amazon has "essentially become infrastructure," says one expert, as America’s reliance on Amazon is becoming increasingly apparent.

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