If it was a realization last week, it seems destined to be biting for reality. Millions of Americans’ daily lives have already been turned upside down and millions more are being altered by rapid evolutionresponse from local, state and federal authorities. Many of the largest cities in the United States have decided to close schools, theaters, bars and restaurants with the exception of the takeaway service and the list is growing.
The federal government denies rumors that the whole country is facing a two-week quarantine, but Anthony Faucci, the veteran epidemiologist who helps prepare the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic, has made it clear that all options they remain “on the table”.
More than 3,700 people tested positive for the new COVID-19 disease in the United States and at least 69 died. Globally, the death toll was just over 6,500 on Monday, with the weekend spotting an alarming spike in fatal crashes in three European nations grappling with aggressive outbursts. While over 169,000 people have caught the virus worldwide, nearly half have already recovered and the vast majority of cases remain mild.
The need to protect older people and those with immune systems weakened by the disease has prompted a global movement – promoted by disease experts and officials around the world – for people to practice “social distancing”. The message is simple: the more we avoid mixing with others, the more we can slow down the spread of the virus and give scientists time to develop weapons against it and ease the burden on hospitals.
In addition to the toll on human health, it is clear that the disease will have a lasting impact on the global economy. The Earth’s atmosphere could breathe a sigh of relief while thousands of commercial aircraft that erupt carbon remain unused amid rising international travel bans and the disconcerting lack of demand. But with some of the world’s largest airlines cutting over half their permanent workforce, the aviation industry could be the most dramatic example of how the pandemic is affecting business.
In an effort to build confidence in the ruined stock markets, the world’s major central banks, led by the US Federal Reserve, cut interest rates over the weekend and announced major liquidity infusions. But those moves failed to stop the sell-off: equities collapsed as negotiations resumed Monday in Asia and Europe and US futures prices were not improving.
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