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Americans are doubling down on their worst habits to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the pandemic, Sara Fischer writes.
What a list!
Americans are streaming more TV than ever before. More people are binge-watching — three or more episodes from a series at a time.
The bottom line: The lockdown is unhealthy — but it is keeping us alive.
President Trump predicted yesterday that the Republican National Convention will open as scheduled in Charlotte on Aug. 24 — "We have no contingency plan" — setting a new bar for a phased return to business in America.
With the virus peak for New York projected as Thursday, and for the nation as April 15 (a week from Wednesday), Trump said in the White House briefing room:
After emphasizing dire warnings earlier in the week, Trump was back in reopen mode:
Before the briefing, Trump held a conference call with 13 commissioners of major men's and women's U.S. pro sports leagues, including WWE chairman Vince McMahon.
🗞️ P.S. The cover of today's WashPost Sports section is: "Wait till next year? Uncertainty abounds, but some experts say the games may not return until 2020," by Adam Kilgore.
"Since Chinese officials disclosed the outbreak of a mysterious pneumonialike illness to international health officials on New Year’s Eve, at least 430,000 people have arrived in the United States on direct flights from China," the N.Y. Times reports in a quintuple-bylined analysis of flight data from both countries.
See the data (outside paywall).
More than 12,000 Americans from all 50 states, D.C. and four U.S. territories applied to be part of NASA's next astronaut class, AP's Marcia Dunn reports from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
NASA's previous call for astronauts, in 2017, attracted a record 18,300 applicants. Twelve ended up being selected.
"Nearly vacant flights have become the norm for U.S. airlines, despite a drastic reduction in the number of planes," Reuters reports ("Single passenger flights: The daily woes of airlines, and the crew still working").
Maureen Dowd writes that she decided to "reach to out to the world’s leading expert on the art of nothing: the endlessly irascible man whose mantra has always been: 'It doesn’t pay to leave your house — what’s the point?'"
Quotes from Larry David, 72 — "Master of His Quarantine" — who was on an iPad at his home in Pacific Palisades:
P.S. It was Maureen's first FaceTime, and designer Tom Ford gave her these tips:
Put the computer up on a stack of books so the camera is slightly higher than your head. Say, about the top of your head. And then point it down into your eyes. Then take a tall lamp and set it next to the computer on the side of your face you feel is best. The lamp should be in line with and slightly behind the computer so the light falls nicely on your face.
Then put a piece of white paper or a white tablecloth on the table you are sitting at but make sure it can’t be seen in the frame. It will give you a bit of fill and bounce. And lots of powder, et voilà!
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