🏀 Situational awareness: NBA players will be allowed to return to team training facilities starting Friday, provided their local governments don't have a stay-at-home order prohibiting such movement. — AP
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The coronavirus pandemic is already changing American life in ways that will far outlast the pandemic itself, for better and worse, Axios health care editor Sam Baker writes.
Our health care system will have to adapt:
Our economy will take a long time to recover, Axios markets editor Dion Rabouin writes:
Our cities will be reeling from these twin health and fiscal crises for a long time, Axios cities editor Kim Hart notes:
Our politics will have a new center of gravity:
Our information ecosystem is convulsing, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer explains:
Between the lines: Some of these adaptations could be good for us, if we stick with them, including getting our flu shots and washing our hands.
I get emails from readers who think health experts are relying on imperfect data to make doomsday proclamations which so far have been vastly overstated.
This school of thought has two main arguments:
Two opinion pieces in yesterday's Wall Street Journal have sparked conversation in the business community and on the right:
1. One is headlined, "The Bearer of Good Coronavirus News" — an interview with John Ioannidis, a Stanford School of Medicine professor in disease prevention, who "finds himself under attack for questioning the prevailing wisdom of lockdowns":
The Journal's interview is by subscription. But STAT posted a piece by Ioannidis on March 17 that's available free: "A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data."
2. Wall Street Journal "Business world" columnist Holman Jenkins, "The Lockdowns Were the Black Swan" (subscription):
U.S. politicians ... are stuck trying to save their constituents simultaneously from the virus and poverty, and get only cheap shots from the media.
Reality check ... Julia Coronado, founder and president of the research firm MacroPolicy Perspectives, told Axios Markets Editor Dion Rabouin that economy vs. public health is a false choice:
Or as Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf put it (subscription):
Axios thought bubble: Underlying all of this is the fact that we're relying on numbers that we know aren't accurate. We have a very limited number of tests, and coroners say the deaths attributed to the virus are understated.
Frustration is mounting as more families enter their second or even third week of distance learning — and some overwhelmed parents say it will be their last, AP's Gillian Flaccus and Jocelyn Gecker report:
Why it matters: The stress is only compounded for families with multiple children in different grades, or when parents work long hours outside the home.
NASA marked the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, launched into earth orbit from the space shuttle Discovery in April 1990 and still feeding images, by releasing this Hubble shot, "resembling a cosmic version of an undersea world teeming with stars."
Why Hubble matters: "Unlike any space telescope before it, Hubble made astronomy relevant, engaging and accessible for people of all ages. The space telescope's iconic imagery has redefined our view of the universe and our place in time and space."
What's next: Hubble is expected to stay operational through the 2020s, in synergy with the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.
A gravelly voiced Dr. Anthony Fauci, played by Brad Pitt, translates President Trump in the "Saturday Night Live" cold open:
"So, yeah, I'm gettin' fired," the Fauci character concludes.
Pitt dropped character to say: "And now, live — kinda — from all across America, it's Saturday night."
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