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Twice as many Democrats as Republicans say they're very concerned about the coronavirus, according to nearly 1,100 adults polled over the weekend for the debut installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
Details: This new index, produced in a partnership between Axios and global research firm Ipsos, is a vivid weekly barometer of the pandemic's effects on Americans’ health, finances, trust and quality of life.
Why it matters: The effects of school closures, business restrictions, social distancing and the overload on the medical system are only beginning to set in.
Some basic social conventions have already changed: 64% said they'd stopped shaking hands, and 93% said now they're washing their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
Bethesda Metro during yesterday's morning rush. Photo: Tom Brenner/Reuters
"Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin raised the possibility with Republican senators that U.S. unemployment could rise to 20% without government intervention because of the impact of the coronavirus," Bloomberg reports.
Why it matters: "He told the senators that he believes the economic fallout from the coronavirus is potentially worse than the 2008 financial crisis," per Bloomberg.
Treasury spokeswoman Monica Crowley said: "During the meeting with Senate Republicans, ... Secretary Mnuchin used several mathematical examples for illustrative purposes, but he never implied this would be the case."
The primaries have illustrated how Democrats don't believe Bernie Sanders has the ability to defeat President Trump, Axios' Margaret Talev and Alexi McCammond write.
Why it matters: Sanders has continually lost states where a majority of Dem voters supported Medicare for All.
The bottom line: The coronavirus has been smothering Sanders’ already difficult path to a comeback.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
If companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon are able to demonstrate they can be a force for good in a trying time, many inside the companies feel they could undo some of the techlash's ill will, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried writes from S.F.
According to insiders she talked to, the companies all view their roles similarly: to keep existing products working even amid new demand, to provide accurate information and fight misinformation, and to help in the broader fight against the coronavirus.
Between the lines: The giants face the challenge of meeting the needs of the moment while also shorthanded themselves. Most are based in California and Washington, two states hard hit by the pandemic.
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Many of China's measures to combat the coronavirus aren't authoritarian: They are the kind of total social mobilization that happens during war, Axios China reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian writes.
Reality check: Citywide quarantines, travel restrictions and obsessive public health checks aren't authoritarian. They're the kind of total mobilization that happens during major national crises such as war, regardless of the system of government.
Democracies have a long history of successful mobilization, and they have mechanisms that both enable extreme policies and bring them to an end when they are no longer needed, to prevent authoritarian creep.
What to watch: Fundamental questions about the health of our governance today and the effectiveness of our leadership suggest the United States may not rise to the occasion as well as it did almost 80 years ago.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Every corner of the U.S. is at risk for a severe shortage of hospital beds as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, according to new simulations from Harvard, mapped out by ProPublica and the New York Times.
Harvard's projections show if 50% of all currently occupied hospital beds were emptied and sizable percentages of Americans were infected, the country would need at least three times more beds to care for everyone.
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Coronavirus is now poised to feed Middle East unrest and, possibly, terrorism, Axios energy columnist Amy Harder writes.
How it works: The less money Middle East governments have to provide services for their populations, the greater the risk of unrest that could, experts say, eventually lead to more terrorism, both in the region and abroad.
Isabel Wilkerson's first book since her Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Warmth of Other Suns" is a years-long project that will explore what she calls the "unseen skeleton" of hierarchy in American life, AP reports.
Authors James Patterson and Kwame Alexander are teaming up on a book for young people about Muhammad Ali.
Tom Brady warms up before the 2018 Super Bowl. Photo: Matt Slocum/AP
Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback of all time, will play the 2020 season in an unfamiliar uniform after announcing his departure from the Patriots on social media, Axios Sports editor Kendall Baker writes.
Why it matters: Brady's departure ends perhaps the greatest run in the history of American team sports.
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