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The coronavirus is spreading a dangerous strain of inequality, Axios White House and politics editor Margaret Talev writes.
Driving the news: That sobering reality emerges from Week 3 of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. (1,355 adults were polled online Friday through Monday, with a margin of error of ±2.8 points.)
Just 3% of the lowest status group said they're working remotely or from home.
Why it matters: "It's a tale of two Americas," said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos U.S. Public Affairs.
Between the lines: Ironically, those with the most resources and least exposure are significantly more likely to say their emotional health is taking a hit.
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Never has President Trump looked and sounded so somber and downbeat as he did at dinnertime yesterday as walked America through the "very, very painful" days of death ahead.
"I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead," Trump said before introducing his medical experts at the 2 hour, 12 minute briefing.
Between the lines: Trump, without digressions to points conservative skeptics have been pushing on him, handed the podium to his top medical advisers — Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx — and stood in front of their grim graphics.
Turning to his personal perspective, Trump said: "When you look and see at night [on TV] the kind of death that’s been caused by this invisible enemy, it's incredible. I was watching last night, Gov. [Phil] Murphy of New Jersey say '29 people died today,' meaning yesterday, and others [New York] talking about numbers far greater."
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Why it matters: The new labor movement is amplified by the power of social media, and fueled by concerns that workers deemed essential during the crisis are putting their lives at risk to ensure the well-being of others.
Driving the news: Instacart shoppers called for a strikes, and some Whole Foods employees used an online petition to demand hazard pay.
Between the lines: Social media is proving to be a new avenue for workers to organize.
But noisy protests don't necessarily result in lasting change, notes Kochan.
What to watch: After urging Detroit automakers to shut down, UAW members are now volunteering to produce medical supplies as GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler respond to Trump's demand for their help.
Above: The Empire State Building is lit in red to honor emergency workers.
Below: Texas Tavern in Roanoke, Va., is now open only for takeout.
The author Paul Theroux writes in an essay for New York Times Opinion:
This peculiarity that we are now experiencing, the nearest thing to a world war, is the key theme in many of Shakespeare’s plays and Jacobean dramas, of old ballads, apocalyptic paintings and morality tales.
It is the essence of tragedy and an occasion for license or retribution.
As Hamlet says to his father’s ghost, "Time is out of joint."
Because Axios readers relish data, and for history, here are the charts that President Trump presented yesterday, and that he said influenced his decision to extend nationwide social-distancing guidelines to April 30:
This is the official kickoff, and the Census Bureau says its self-reporting numbers are on track despite the virus, Axios Cities author Kim Hart reports.
The bureau has not been able to visit college campuses, and many students have returned home or are staying with friends — causing confusion about which address to report.
A flutist plays "By loving forces silently surrounded," by Dietrich Bonhoeffer on her balcony in Erfurt, Germany.
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