We just lived through the week that America changed: The second installment of our weekly Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index shows sudden, massive shifts in how we work, shop, socialize and care for ourselves and our families.
Partisan divisions about the seriousness of the coronavirus have collapsed, writes Margaret Talev, Axios White House and politics editor.
The Smart Brevity on the poll: Everything's worse.
People trust their employers (68%) far more than they trust the federal government (53%) to look out for their best interests.
Between the lines: One area where the numbers haven't really moved yet is known exposure, though that may be shaped by lack of available testing.
President Trump, egged on by a growing number of advisers and business leaders, believes the economy will crater absent a strong signal, and wants to stagger the reopening of work nationwide, sources tell Axios' Jonathan Swan.
Trump said he plans to leave many of the details up to governors.
What's next: Nothing has been decided yet. But Trump has been persuaded, in line with his instincts, that the economy can’t sustain this shutdown for much longer.
Between the lines: Remember that Trump has no public health professionals in his circle of informal advisers. Those are not his go-to calls when he's in the residence late at night. They’re all business or media folks.
Reality check, via Axios health care reporter Caitlin Owens: For now, the only way to avoid large numbers of deaths is to keep people away from each other to stop the virus' spread.
How it's playing ...
News consumption has skyrocketed in the U.S. over the past few weeks due to the coronavirus, according to TV ratings, web traffic, app downloads and social media interactions.
According to a new survey from TV analysis company Magid, 51% are increasing their consumption of news amid the coronavirus outbreak, with 49% checking on the news multiple times a day.
Between the lines: In what is normally a scattered and decentralized media and entertainment landscape, the nation's interest is now concentrated around the same information and the same developments in the news.
Loss of smell or taste might be an early sign of infection with the pandemic virus, medical experts who cite reports from several countries tell AP science writer Malcolm Ritter.
Now, there's evidence from South Korea, China and Italy for loss or impairment of smell in infected people.
The sense of smell returns within a couple weeks.
The response to the coronavirus outbreak is increasingly taxing Americans' mental and emotional health, health care editor Sam Baker writes from the second installment of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
🍽️ 25% said they've gone out to eat in the past week, down from 56%.
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios
Tech companies are using AI and other tools to comb through coronavirus data to track cases and find transmission hotspots, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill writes.
Google subsidiary Kaggle, an online community of data scientists, opened a competition last week to use data to forecast the number of cases and fatalities that will be confirmed between March 25 and April 22 in a number of regions.
Federal lobbying is one of the few boom industries right now.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared a "moment of national emergency" as he imposed a near full lockdown of Britain last night, per The Times of London.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Media outlets and e-learning companies are opening up access to free kids' content, tools and resources to parents who are struggling to entertain their kids at home while also working remotely, Axios' Sara Fischer and Kim Hart write.
P.S. ... Total day viewing of many of the largest children's TV networks, like The Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Boomerang and Nickelodeon, have experienced massive upswings, per Digiday.
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