It has been quite a month in our World. The World has been in the midst of a pandemic and the United States has passed over 100,000 deaths. China has launched a crackdown in Hong Kong and President Trump has just announced, as we went to press, that The United States is terminating its' relationship with the World Health Organization.
As we also went to press, we were also assessing the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. Protests erupted throughout the United States and the National Guard was called out to help quell the violence. The main culprit, a former Officer fired by the Mayor of Minnaepolis, was arrested and charged with murder. President Trump also signed off on an Executive Order on Social Media after Twitter instituted a fact-checking process on President Trump.
As these developments were on-going, the US Election Season was well on its' way. Our team captured a snapshot of some of the polling in some key US Senate races:
It is also of note that the members of the "Squad", a number of US House Members (Alexandaria Ocassion Cortez (@AOC) along with others have been facing primary opponents.
We also were continuing to assess the state of affairs in the World Quest against COVID as countries began to open up this week--a sampling of the discourse courtesy the Washington Post on-going coverage of COVID is noted below along with the on-going updates from Johns Hopkins:
Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb linked the increase in covid-19 hospitalizations to states lifting restrictions. “We now see a trend in an uptick in hospitalizations. It’s a small uptick, but it is an uptick, and it is unmistakable, and it is probably a result of reopening,” he said Tuesday morning in an interview on CNBC. “I’m concerned that there are people who think that this is the all-clear.”
The number of Tyson Foods employees with covid-19 has exploded from less than 1,600 a month ago to more than 7,000 today, according to a Washington Post analysis. Meat companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on protective gear, paid leave and ventilation systems. Despite the safety precautions, the industry has still seen a significant surge in cases, showing how difficult it is to get back to normal, even in essential fields such as food processing.
Local officials were stunned by raucous Memorial Day weekend festivities, even as covid-19 killed at least 2,000 more people in the U.S. At a flashy club in Houston, dozens splashed around the pool. In rural North Carolina, thousands packed the stands without masks at a speedway. And in Daytona Beach, Fla., hundreds danced in the street and on top of cars near the boardwalk. The events led local officials to sound the alarm, warning that consequences could be dire.
The nation’s political leaders honored generations of war dead on Memorial Day, with former vice president Joe Biden wearing a mask and President Trump going without. Hours later, Trump retweeted a Fox News commentator criticizing Biden for wearing one, which sparked backlash from critics who questioned whether they valued Biden looking “cool” more than efforts to slow the spread of a deadly virus. (Analysis: Trump’s seeding of a culture war over masks just got a lot less subtle.)
We’re swimming in statistics, trends, models, projections, infection rates and death tolls, but even the experts are struggling to make sense of the numbers. With the fuzzy science, people are forced to do their own calculations and estimates, and figure out what’s safe and what isn’t. Read about the challenges we all face to interpret the uncertainty and the basic questions still unanswered.
With a simple Airbnb reservation, an American couple, their two dogs, a Chinese couple and their set of newborn twins have created an unexpected temporary family in a Salt Lake City suburb. A month-long reservation turned into more than three, and now all of the adults eat together, play games and hike together, and care for the new babies.
Other important news
A visual story: How one French town made going to the beach safe again.
The WHO has halted its global trial of hydroxychloroquine, citing a new study that found a significantly higher risk of death.
The Trump administration will begin enforcing a Brazil travel ban two days early, as the nation outpaces the United States’s daily death toll.
Trump threatened to move the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina, accusing the governor of being in a “shutdown mood.”
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