Thursday, April 9, 2020

2/3 of Americans can't work remotely

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Public health officials have urged Americans to hunker down at home to slow the spread of the potentially deadly coronavirus, but for millions of workers in fields like dining, manufacturing and health care, doing their job remotely isn’t an option. ⁣ ⁣A new analysis by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that just 37 percent of jobs in the U.S. can be plausibly performed at home, a percentage that varies drastically across different cities. For instance, 45 percent of jobs in San Francisco, San Jose and Washington, D.C. could be performed at home. But that number dropped to 30 percent or less for cities like Fort Myers, Florida, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Las Vegas. ⁣ ⁣Researchers found a strong correlation between the ability to work remotely and high-wage positions. Jobs in finance, corporate management and professional and scientific services could be done remotely, while very few jobs in agriculture, hotels and restaurants, or retail could be.

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Public health officials have urged Americans to hunker down at home to slow the spread of the potentially deadly coronavirus, but for millions of workers in fields like dining, manufacturing and health care, doing their job remotely isn’t an option. ⁣ ⁣A new analysis by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that just 37 percent of jobs in the U.S. can be plausibly performed at home, a percentage that varies drastically across different cities. For instance, 45 percent of jobs in San Francisco, San Jose and Washington, D.C. could be performed at home. But that number dropped to 30 percent or less for cities like Fort Myers, Florida, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Las Vegas. ⁣ ⁣Researchers found a strong correlation between the ability to work remotely and high-wage positions. Jobs in finance, corporate management and professional and scientific services could be done remotely, while very few jobs in agriculture, hotels and restaurants, or retail could be.

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Federal Reserve launches $2.3T Loan Program to support Main Street

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The Federal Reserve will provide up to $2.3 trillion of loans to further support the economy, the central bank said Thursday. ⁣ ⁣The so-called Main Street Lending Program will provide support to households and businesses of all sizes and help governments deliver critical services to combat disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. ⁣ ⁣“Our country's highest priority must be to address this public health crisis, providing care for the ill and limiting the further spread of the virus," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in a statement. "The Fed's role is to provide as much relief and stability as we can during this period of constrained economic activity, and our actions today will help ensure that the eventual recovery is as vigorous as possible."

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For what it's worth...

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After more than two months indoors, millions of people in Wuhan enjoyed a renewed sense of freedom when the Chinese city's 76-day coronavirus lockdown was lifted Wednesday. ⁣ ⁣The end of Wuhan's lockdown came one day after Japan declared a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures in an effort to stem the virus’s spread. India and much of Europe and the U.S. have also ordered stay-at-home orders, although not nearly to the same extreme as Wuhan. ⁣ ⁣Restrictions in the city where most of China’s more than 82,000 virus cases and over 3,300 deaths from COVID-19 were reported have been gradually eased as cases declined. The government reported no new cases in the city on Wednesday. ⁣ ⁣While there are questions about the veracity of China’s count, the unprecedented lockdown of Wuhan and Hubei province, where the city is located, have been successful enough that other countries adopted similar measures.

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FDA approves small, randomized trial of antiviral drug called favipiravir in Massachusetts

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Three major Massachusetts hospitals are testing a Japanese drug that could be used to treat novel coronavirus patients, The Boston Globe reported, citing a doctor involved in the trials. ⁣ ⁣The Food and Drug Administration approved a small, randomized trial of the antiviral drug called favipiravir at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. ⁣ ⁣"We have to prioritize, and this absolutely rose to the top," Dr. Keith T. Flaherty, who is leading a team of experts at MGH to review COVID-19 clinical trials, told the Globe. ⁣ ⁣The Trump administration has reportedly been pushing the FDA to approve the drug known by its brand name Avigan and touted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a possible treatment since late March, Politico reported, citing internal documents.

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Soon, we'll be over that curve.

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#WashTimes’ Tom Howell Jr. and David Sherfinski report: U.S. officials are increasingly confident they will avoid the estimated 100,000 to 200,000 coronavirus deaths that spooked Americans last week but warned Wednesday of a “second wave” of infections if folks get sloppy and start to go out before the end of the month. The White House said Americans can beat dire forecasts by doubling down on good behaviors, even as key states reported their deadliest days of the pandemic. “Soon we’ll be over that curve, we’ll be over the top and we’ll be headed in the right direction,” President Trump said. “Some terrible days ahead, but we will have some wonderful days ahead.” • Full story on our website #donaldtrump #trump #presidenttrump #potus #flattenthecurve #covid #stayhome #stayhealthy #socialdistancing #health

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Ppl give China less money but the world reduces its dependence on Chinese manufacturing...(hulk voice) I see this as an absolute win!

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AG Barr: "When Pandemic Ends, Americans Will Realize Trump Saved A Lot Of Lives By Closing The Border"



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🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Actor Dennis Quaid has praised President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, giving a rare Hollywood thumb’s up to the commander in chief’s efforts to meet the country’s emergency needs while also trying to hold the economy together. The star of The Right Stuff, Innerspace, and The Day After Tomorrow also revealed that as a young man, Ronald Reagan was his favorite president, saying that he voted for Reagan in 1980. Dennis Quaid offered his words of praise for President Trump in an conversation with The Daily Beast to promote his new podcast “The Dennissance.” “I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states — and all of the American people — what they need, and also trying to hold our economy together and be prepared for when this is all over,” he said. Later in the interview, The Daily Beast tried to assign blame to President Trump, claiming he acted late. But Quaid pointed out that the president’s travel ban to China, which was enacted in January, was met with accusations of racism. “Trump did do the travel ban to China, and then to Europe very quickly afterward, and he was castigated by a lot of members of Congress, who were just getting out of the impeachment, that it was racist what he was doing,” the actor said. “It’s a good thing we had that travel ban at the time. You know, the world has never experienced this, and I don’t think it’s a time to be political. I think it’s just time to get behind our government and have everybody do what they can.” Quaid also said he approves of President Trump’s daily White House briefings on the coronavirus. “I do appreciate that Trump is giving the briefings and on television every day giving out the information, and I think they have great people handling it.” Quaid revealed he was supposed to star in a biopic of President Reagan, but the project has been put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak. “He was my favorite president growing up. I voted for him in 1980.”

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Because that’s what decent ppl do!

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