📊 Situational awareness: President Trump gained ground on Joe Biden in the WashPost/ABC News poll this month, going from 7 points down in February to a statistical tie — Biden 49%, Trump 47% among registered voters. Per the WashPost:
🥞 Please tell your friends about Axios AM/PM.
Times Square yesterday. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images
The year of the mass uprising has collided with the year of the coronavirus lockdown, leaving protest movements around the world stalled.
Seemingly overnight, though, social distancing has made such mass demonstrations almost unthinkable.
During Hong Kong's protests, face masks were worn as a symbol of defiance and protection against tear gas. Now, the same masks are worn to protect against infection, AP notes.
In India, protests against laws that discriminate against Muslims were intensifying in the weeks leading up to the coronavirus outbreak.
Where things stand: Women in Mexico attempted a novel tactic on March 9. To protest violence against women, they held a “day without women” by staying inside their homes all day.
🍾 P.S. Dave Lawler, an Axios original, yesterday stuck with his long-planned wedding to Melissa Dazo: "We weren’t able to have a small ceremony in the end, but we slipped on the rings, popped some champagne and celebrated anyways."
In the photo above, Rhode Island Air National Guard Technical Sgt. William Randall and Westerly police officer Howard Mills approach a home while looking for New York license plates.
State Police set up a checkpoint on I-95 Friday where drivers with New York plates have to stop and provide contact information, and are told to self-quarantine for two weeks, WPRI-TV reported.
Below, at the Westerly Amtrak station, members of the Rhode Island National Guard look for passengers getting off a train from New York.
🗽 All in 8 hours ... President Trump backed off an idea he floated for a quarantine of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on CNN that "would be a federal declaration of war on states."
Instead, Vice President Pence tweeted: "At the recommendation of the Coronavirus Task Force & after consulting with @NYGovCuomo, @GovMurphy, & @GovNedLamont, @CDCgov issued a Domestic Travel Advisory urging residents of NY, NJ, & CT to refrain from non-essential travel for the next 14 days."
This is Ed Yong, science writer at The Atlantic:
Down through the centuries, diseases have always excelled at exploiting flux.
Humanity is now in the midst of its fastest-ever period of change. There were almost 2 billion people alive in 1918; there are now 7.6 billion, and they have migrated rapidly into cities, which since 2008 have been home to more than half of all human beings.
In these dense throngs, pathogens can more easily spread and more quickly evolve resistance to drugs.
🔮 That was in the magazine's July/August 2018 issue ("When the Next Plague Hits").
Pandemics can ... catalyze social change. People, businesses, and institutions have been remarkably quick to adopt or call for practices that they might once have dragged their heels on, including working from home, conference-calling to accommodate people with disabilities, proper sick leave, and flexible child-care arrangements. ...
Aspects of America’s identity may need rethinking after COVID-19. ... Having internalized years of anti-terrorism messaging following 9/11, Americans resolved to not live in fear. But SARS-CoV-2 has no interest in their terror, only their cells.
Donuts Delite in Rochester, N.Y., is offering these customized donuts.
Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios
All teachers face the "summer slide" — when students lose skills during summer breaks. This year will be doubly hard because students are losing one to three months of classroom instruction, Kim Hart and Margaret Harding McGill write.
So school districts are exploring ways to keep their homebound pupils connected to the classroom, even though many students don't have the internet service or devices they need for assignments.
In Maryland, Montgomery County Public Schools are distributing the district's limited supply of Chromebook laptops to students who don't have access to a computer or laptop at home.
In Philadelphia, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and his family donated $5 million to help pay for 50,000 Chromebooks for students in the Philadelphia School District to use for online lessons in April.
What companies are doing: Many home internet providers have waived data caps for existing customers.
"Since early March, when concerns around the coronavirus started to get more severe, people have been listening to podcasts a lot less," the fashion trade publication Women's Wear Daily writes:
🤯 BUT so many people are at home, with all that commute time, so MORE people are making podcasts, the N.Y. Times' Reggie Ugwu writes ("Broadcasting From Closets at Home, Daily Podcasts Come of Age"):
Mike Pesca, host of the long-running daily podcast “The Gist,” said the pandemic could soon be regarded as the format’s breakout moment.
He compared it to World War II, when Edward R. Murrow’s man-on-the street radio broadcasts after the bombings in London captured the attention of anxious Americans at home.
Some 150 monitoring stations around the Ile-de-France — the name given to Paris and its suburbs — have quantified the "unusual silence" since the virus prevention lockdown began March 17.
🗞️ Today's print N.Y. Times has a 16-page special section, "The Great Empty," featuring lavish displays of the work of some 40 photogs around the world who were dispatched to document "the quiet desolation of cities during the pandemic."
Explore "The Great Empty."
Spotted on the window of a grocery store in Brooklyn.
📬 Thank you for the honor of your time. Please spread the word about Axios AM/PM.