July 24, 2020

Ben Palmer's reads

Should we be preparing for a 'double' epidemic? The Atlantic's Ed Yong writes that America should be preparing for another infectious disease epidemic to occur even before the country's current coronavirus epidemic ends. He explains why it's possible that the United States could end up fighting two infectious disease epidemics at once—and details how the United States can get ready to handle a "double" epidemic.

Should we go back to the office? Many Americans have been working at home since the country's coronavirus epidemic began, with early research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NBER, and Upwork finding that around 50% of Americans who were employed before the epidemic are now working remotely. But while some companies have started to bring employees back to the office, Gretchen Gavett, writing for Harvard Business Review, examines the benefits of working remotely and ponders whether returning to the office is really needed for a large portion of the American workforce.

Danielle Poindexter's reads

What a real-life Rosie the Riveter is doing during the Covid-era. Ninety-four-year-old Mae Krier spent her teenage years at a Boeing factory making B-17 and B-29 warplanes during World War II. Now, as a tribute to Rosie the Riveter, Krier is making red and white polka dot face masks to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and to keep the Rosie the Riveter legacy alive. "These little pieces of red and white polka dots tell the story," she said. "That's what I'm really looking for. I want our legacy to stay alive."

Planning a trip to Uzbekistan? You could get $3,000 for contracting Covid-19. The Uzbekistani government announced it will pay tourists $3,000 to cover the cost of Covid-19 treatment if they contract Covid-19 during their trip. The government is making the offer because it "is so confident that the new safety and hygiene measures being implemented across the tourism sector will protect tourists from COVID-19 that the president is prepared to put money where his mouth is," according to Sophie Ibbotson, Uzbekistan's tourism ambassador to the UK.  There are certain conditions to the pledge, however, key among them that any tourists who do contract the virus will have to have done so while traveling with a local tour guide certified in the latest safety and hygiene standards.

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