Daily Digest 7/8 – Combing Farm Fields to Feed the Newly Hungry, Why The Arctic Is So Hot Right Now


New Data Sheds Light on Who Is Moving Because of the Pandemic (TS)

Anecdotal evidence and news reports have already shown that the pandemic has spurred people to rethink their living situations. Campus shutdowns have pushed many college students back to their families’ homes. School closings have forced parents to seek out relatives for help with child care. Some people have made their vacation homes into primary residences; others, facing job losses and evictions, are struggling to find shelter.

Delta, United among airlines that will accept government loans under Cares Act (TourGuideDC)

“These airlines are among the companies most heavily affected by the disruptions to social and economic activity caused by the pandemic,” Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the airlines to finalize agreements and provide the airlines the ability to access these loans if they so choose.”

Seattle City Council passes tax on big businesses (TourGuideDC)

The bill passed with seven of nine council members voting for it. Only Councilmembers Debora Juarez and Alex Pedersen voted against the measure.

If that majority holds, the council could override a mayoral veto if one were to come. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office did not indicate Monday what action she would take.

Warren demands answers from PE lobbying group (PBN)

AIC chief Drew Maloney told CNBC the lobbying group would respond to Warren and would soon issue a report showcasing the industry’s investment across the country during the pandemic. Private equity-backed companies were largely left out of the Paycheck Protection Program for small-business loans, part of the roughly $2 trillion in federal funding provided by the CARES Act.

Warren has argued previously that firms should tap into the industry’s estimated $1.5 trillion in dry powder to save portfolio companies rather than make new investments.

What Happened In Bethel, Ohio? (tmn)

“People were screaming at us to go back where we came from,” Anwen Darcy, who attended the demonstration with her mom and sister, recalled. “But I was looking around, and I saw Mrs. Dennis, who’d been a teacher for 30 years. I saw my mom, who’d been on the PTA for years and served as the drama director. I saw the woman who ran all the prom fundraisers and a city councilman. The people yelling at us weren’t from here, because if they were, they would’ve known we were home.”

Bolsonaro Gets Covid After Downplaying Its Impact on Brazil (jdargis)

Bolsonaro has refused to use a mask in public and even battled the court over an order forcing him to. During the announcement of his test results, he refrained from suggesting that Brazilians cover their faces, saying that any precautions should be weighed against the economic damage they might cause.

The 65-year-old president, who during his campaign to reopen the economy called the virus “just a little flu,” has repeatedly disobeyed medical recommendations to avoid contamination, mingling in crowds and shaking hands.

How it feels to predict a pandemic: Interview with David Quammen, author of Spillover (000)

Viruses are spooky to people. Unlike bacteria, you can’t see them, even with a [standard] microscope. We didn’t even know viruses actually existed until the 1930s, although the word was bandied about. The whole 1918 influenza pandemic was caused by a virus—a hypothetical agent no one could see, isolate, or identify. How spooky was that? Because there were lots of secondary infections from bacteria, and we didn’t have antibiotics then.

So 1918 must have been a peculiar, frightening event: This invisible thing comes to town, kills off members of your family, and then leaves. It’s like the angel of death in the Book of Exodus.

The Pandemic Experts Are Not Okay (tmn)

Popescu is one of many public-health experts who have been preparing for and battling the pandemic since the start of the year. They’re not treating sick people, as doctors or nurses might be, but are instead advising policy makers, monitoring the pandemic’s movements, modeling its likely trajectory, and ensuring that hospitals are ready.

In-Hospital Use of Statins Is Associated with a Reduced Risk of Mortality among Individuals with COVID-19 (Wayne N.)

In terms of the whole hospitalization period, lipid profiles were comparable between the two groups. Days from onset of symptom to hospitalization and the median follow-up days were longer in the individuals on statin treatment compared to the non-statin group. The absolute values of the median and interquartile range (IQR) of each laboratory examination are shown in Table S1. The laboratory values, including for c-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin, D-dimer, LDL-c, TC, and creatine kinase (CK), had different reference ranges for hospitals, which are listed in Table S2.

Meet the Gleaners, Combing Farm Fields to Feed the Newly Hungry (tmn)

Gleaning is a hallowed agricultural tradition, traditionally defined as gathering anything left over after a harvest. In this country, it has long been the province of religious groups inspired by the ancient Jewish story of Ruth, written at a time when gleaning was still a protected right for the poor. In recent years — as new emphasis has been placed on supporting local agriculture, reducing waste and improving the nutritional quality of food in hunger relief — a fresh wave of organizations have taken to the idea.

Why it’s so damn hot in the Arctic right now (tmn)

And the small Siberian town isn’t alone. Much of Russia has been facing a heat wave in recent weeks, with multiple locations reporting temperatures as high as 113 degrees on June 19. The surprising warmth was also felt in other parts of the Arctic like northern Canada and Scandinavia.

It’s part of a pattern of soaring temperatures this year in what are ordinarily some of the chilliest parts of the planet. The current searing weather of the region stands to have global consequences and foreshadows the future of the Arctic, and the planet, as the climate changes.

“Godzilla” Dust Cloud Described As “Amazing” by NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station (000)

The plumes in June 2020 spanned thousands of kilometers. When the leading edge arrived in Puerto Rico and skies turned a hazy yellow-gray, beaches were closed and air quality plummeted. “This is the most significant event in the past 50 years,” Pablo Méndez-Lázaro, a University of Puerto Rico scientist told the Associated Press. “Conditions are dangerous on many Caribbean islands.” Méndez-Lázaro is working on a NASA applied sciences project to develop an early warning system for poor air quality in the region.

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