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An in-depth analysis of Google searches since January shows Americans' questions became increasingly urgent as they moved from "What is coronavirus?" to "What is Zoom?" to how to apply for unemployment, Axios' Stef Kight reports.
The project by Google Trends, Schema and Axios drew on more than 51,000 of the top-searched Google "what is," "what are" and "how to" queries across the U.S. from Jan. 20. through April 24. More than 22,000 were coronavirus-related.
Between the lines: The search trends signal how widely people are heeding (or at least hearing) the advice from public health officials, who early on urged Americans to wash their hands, and more recently to wear masks in public.
With the first report of a confirmed U.S. coronavirus-related death on Feb. 29, queries took on a new sense of immediacy. People sought more information about specific symptoms. They searched, "What is a dry cough?" and "What is considered a fever?"
Searches about working and socializing from home began to rise in late March, with questions like, "How to group Facetime?" and "What is remote learning?"
While the number of daily coronavirus tests is going up again, it's still not nearly enough for the country to safely reopen, Axios' Caitlin Owens writes.
Between the lines: Testing has been hampered by shortages of supplies like swabs and test kits. There has also been a lack of coordination between labs with excess testing capacity and communities struggling to meet testing demand.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
The reports of the death of the oil industry are, to quote Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated as the coronavirus crisis continues, writes Axios' Amy Harder in her "Harder Line" column.
The state of play: After the virus has passed, governments will likely have deepening recessions to worry about, putting environmental concerns on the back burner.
In the Netherlands, Pitrik van der Lubbe waves from a crane outside a nursing home to his 88-year-old father Henk, whom he hadn't seen in a month.
A Goldman Sachs survey of 1,790 participants (54% women) in the firm's 10,000 Small Businesses program, conducted by Babson College and David Binder Research, found that 91% have applied for PPP loans and 71% are still waiting.
Students lounge in the sun at Brown in 2019. Photo: Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Christina Paxson, the president of Brown University, argues in a New York Times op-ed (subscription) that reopening college campuses this fall "should be a national priority":
The basic business model for most colleges and universities is simple — tuition comes due twice a year at the beginning of each semester. Most colleges and universities are tuition dependent. Remaining closed in the fall means losing as much as half of our revenue. ...
Institutions should develop public health plans now that build on three basic elements of controlling the spread of infection: test, trace and separate.
Controversy over revisions made to a public report from the European Union under pressure from China is pitting EU staff against each other and against media outlets that have covered the issue, Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports.
What happened: The European External Action Service (EEAS), which acts as the EU's foreign ministry, houses a task force that publishes regular updates about disinformation targeting the EU.
Why it matters: The furor over the report demonstrates how behind-the-scenes pressure from an authoritarian government can sow division within democratic societies.
Illustration: The New Yorker
Charles Duhigg tweets that he spent a month reporting why New York and Seattle have fared so differently in the pandemic. His piece for The New Yorker concludes that Seattle's response mirrored longtime guidelines of a CDC program known as the Epidemic Intelligence Service. New York's didn't:
The initial coronavirus outbreaks in New York City emerged at roughly the same time as those in Seattle. ... By the second week of April, Washington State had roughly one recorded fatality per fourteen thousand residents. New York’s rate of death was nearly six times higher. ...
[T]he cities’ leaders acted and communicated very differently in the early stages of the pandemic. Seattle’s leaders moved fast to persuade people to stay home and follow the scientists’ advice; New York’s leaders, despite having a highly esteemed public-health department, moved more slowly, offered more muddied messages, and let politicians’ voices dominate.
Alabama outside linebacker Terrell Lewis is drafted by the L.A. Rams in the third round. Photo: NFL via Getty Images
The virtual NFL draft, hosted by Commissioner Roger Goodell from his mancave in Westchester County, averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network, beating last year's record 6.2 million, AP's Joe Reedy reports.
Photo: Baton Rouge Youth Coalition via AP
In party dresses or come as you are, with colored lights flashing in their bedrooms and teachers-turned-DJs spinning, high schoolers have turned to virtual proms to salvage at least one slice of fun and tradition for the Class of 2020, AP's Leanne Italie writes.
The theme was "Royaltee," an acknowledgement that while some kids had already bought their dresses before lockdown, others never got the chance and were welcome in T-shirts.
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