As Fordham Law students begin their remote internships, clerkships, and fellowships this summer, five recruiters convened with Jayne Schreiber, assistant dean of career planning, and Deborah Dempster, associate director of the Career Planning Center (CPC), on June 4 to share their best practices for video interviews and working remotely. “It’s great to see people growRead More Although some gyms are reopening with restrictions, many Arkansans continue their fitness routines at home. The demand for streaming group exercise classes, virtual personal training and mobile health applications has never been higher. Show/Hide Want to know how to take online high school courses or get your diploma online? Accredited JMHS lets you earn your diploma from anywhere at your own pace. The university is concerned about bringing hordes of people to campus amid the pandemic. New cases in the U.S. account for 20 percent of new global infections. New York City allowed offices to reopen, with limits. Watch the latest Apple keynote stream, and check out the archive of special event announcements for our products and services.
As Fordham Law students begin their remote internships, clerkships, and fellowships this summer, five recruiters convened with Jayne Schreiber, assistant dean of career planning, and Deborah Dempster, associate director of the Career Planning Center (CPC), on June 4 to share their best practices for video interviews and working remotely.
“It’s great to see people grow through all of this and figure out—as firms, individuals, students, and practitioners—what can we all do to really create the best experience for people in these circumstances?” said Donna Manion, director of legal recruiting at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, towards the end of the third week of the firm’s summer program.
Other panelists included: Lillian Evans, deputy director of legal recruiting for the New York City Law Department; Maja Hazell, global head of diversity and inclusion at White & Case; Michele Moorman, director of people and recruiting at Chaffetz Lindsey LLP; and Nancy Parker, director of attorney recruitment at Fried, Frank (which has hired six Fordham Law summer associates this summer).
Be prepared for distractions: “You can control what you can control, but there are things that will be out of your control,” Parker said. “Maybe you’re living with roommates, family members, siblings, or pets. I think we’re all understanding of that, as long as we’re each doing our best. But roll with the punches and be fluid.”
Practice, practice, practice: “What’s most important is the substance coming out of your mouth, and what you’re conveying about who you are; why you are passionate about the law, about this particular firm; your direction; all of the skills in terms of knowing yourself, knowing your resume; and demonstrating that you’re client-ready through the video medium,” Hazell said.
Maintain eye contact with the camera, not the screen: “Really get used to looking at the camera instead of looking down … because that doesn’t come naturally, especially when your images are below the camera, talking. You’re almost like a moth to a flame looking down,” Evans said.
Be proactive and outgoing: “It’s really important in this remote summer that you need to be yourself—but I think you need to be your most outgoing self and to do things that maybe you wouldn’t necessarily be comfortable doing in a ‘normal’ year,” Evans suggested. “For example, after meeting your fellow interns via a Zoom orientation, reach out to a few of them and say, ‘Hey, can we do a Zoom lunch hour or coffee break together?’”
Put your best foot forward: “It’s very likely that interactions with your summer colleagues this year will be relatively limited as compared to other years, so make the most of each conversation, meeting, and exchange,” said Schreiber. “Always be enthusiastic and curious about the work and your assignments. Make sure your work product is as good as it can be. You may only have a brief moment to make a great impression!”
Stay in touch with your assigned attorney: “What you’re in high danger of when you can’t just stop by somebody’s office to check in with them is getting an assignment, thinking you understand the assignment, going off and doing your work and producing something that is not what the attorneys want. You need to prevent that from happening,” Evans warned. “In the initial assignment meeting, ensure that you fully understand the assignment and then follow up consistently.”
Reach out for help: “Figure out who’s responsible for what in the firm and access them as you need to, rather than just completely trying to rely on your own resources to get things done,” Moorman said. “Take in the information, know your resources and access them, and don’t be concerned or embarrassed to ask about that.”
“Use your mentors,” Parker added. “You might not have easily accessible support in your immediate surroundings, but there are people here who are going to help you, so just ask for help. No one will ever say you’re asking too much.”
Don’t shield yourself in video calls: “People need to see your face, they need to connect with you—and if you need support and getting comfortable around that, participate in smaller, more informal get-togethers with mentoring audiences to practice,” Hazell said. “For example, you shouldn’t be off-camera for a networking affinity group event.”
Communicate and engage: “Establish and figure out what works well for you and what works well for that person you’re working with. Understand that it might not be Zoom—it might be a regular phone call,” Manion said. “The different people you work with will have different styles, so you can’t assume that what worked in the first instance is exactly what is going to work best in the next one. Be nimble, flexible, communicate, and figure out how to move forward.”
Check in with your supervisors: “If you work at an employer that has an assignment coordinator, make sure that person is aware of your availability and willingness to take on new assignments,” Schreiber recommended. “If there are types of assignments you would like to receive, make sure the assignment coordinator is aware of your interests so he or she can assist you with getting those types of projects to the extent possible.”
Take responsibility when making a mistake: “Everyone you work with has made a meaningful mistake in their workplace. Recovering from it and reacting to it is key, whether it’s virtual or in person,” Moorman said. “If it happens, I think you have to quickly assess what happened and speak to someone about what happened … take responsibility for it and people will work with you to get it resolved.”
Speak to a CPC counselor about how to handle a mistake you’ve made, or a negative review/feedback you may receive at any time during your summer job.
Remain professional: “Professionalism is something that we’re all always conscious of and working on throughout our careers. I think that it’s very important to think before you act and to take that time and that step,” Manion said. “A lot of us are using Zoom as social platforms with our friends, but it is different when you’re engaging professionally because it’s part of the work environment. It’s important to be mindful of how everyone is treating one another, and it’s important to be mindful of how you engage.”
Manage your voicemail accordingly: “Respond promptly to phone calls and emails. Make sure your voicemail on your cell phone is professional and that the mailbox for messages is not full,” Schreiber suggested. “The message on your voicemail should include your name, not just your phone number, so that callers can be certain that they reached the right party.”
Determine your role prior to meetings/calls: “I think it’s important to talk about ‘Am I presenting this? Are you presenting this? Do you need me to contribute? Should I take notes?’ It’s an opportunity for you to learn and to show leadership. Show up as your best self and be prepared, and be particularly mindful of your setting and your attire,” Moorman suggested. “I would get clarification from whoever you’re working with to see who’s going to be on the call, so that you’re ready to go in that context as well.”
Read in your spare time: “Downtime reading that you do should include professional readings on the practice area you’re interested in and in also being a good first year [associate],” Hazell said, recommending An Associate’s First Year: A Guide to Thriving at a Law Firm by Jennifer Bluestein.
If Fordham Law students have any questions or concerns about navigating work opportunities, CPC counselors are available for assistance and advice.
MASTER CLASS: Be less alone, work out more often
Although some gyms are reopening with restrictions, many Arkansans continue their fitness routines at home. The demand for streaming group exercise classes, virtual personal training and mobile health applications has never been higher.
This paradigm shift is a great way to slow the spread of the virus, and home fitness is here to stay — because remote work clearly will be more common moving forward. This week, I will present a few keys to a successful home-based program and will introduce an exercise that fits perfectly into this category.
Group dynamics are powerful. In general, people accomplish more within a group than they would on their own — and fitness is no exception.
The social element of a traditional community fitness environment is difficult to re-create at home. Anyone can print off a workout, watch a YouTube video or dust off the old treadmill in the basement. Access to information is not the sticking point with home-based programs — it is about trying to generate the motivation and inspiration that will result in doing your program faithfully long term.
For this reason, I think it is important to find a way to bring in a social element that will help drive the feeling that people expect you to show up — “accountability.”
That feeling of accountability can be achieved in several ways, and the method of social engagement will be a personal decision based on individual factors. Some will succeed by using technology (mobile apps, livestreaming, etc.). Others will work out with a buddy they can trust to be as hygiene-conscious as they try to be. A few will go all-in and buy the expensive home equipment that comes with a built-in trainer.
Whatever the solution is, make sure it fits your personality, lifestyle, budget and — most of all — drives adherence.
Workout accountability with social engagement is most successful when appointments are made — and kept. Maybe the schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. Others could be more motivated to complete their workout via livestream during the lunch hour. The time and day of each appointment need to be set in advance so that one can mentally and logistically plan.
This week’s exercise is a great addition for any program featuring social engagement, simply because it’s appropriate for almost any fitness level or goal structure. The Porch Lunge helps to strengthen the hips, quadriceps and hamstrings with one simple home-based motion.
1. Facing away from the porch, step back with the right foot and place the right toe on the porch.
2. Lunge down by bending the left knee and hip until the left knee reaches 90 degrees.
3. Slowly reverse direction and return to a fully extended position.
4. Complete 10 repetitions, then switch sides.
The Porch Lunge can obviously be performed without a buddy or a livestream workout coach — but my advice is to start thinking about more ways to bring some social engagement into your overall program. I am confident that more goals will be reached as we work alongside one another (virtually if necessary), and Lord knows we’ve had enough time for self-reflection lately. Let’s do it together.
Matt Parrott has a doctorate in education (sport studies) and a master’s in kinesiology and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine.
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University of Michigan to Drop Out as Presidential Debate Host
The university is concerned about bringing hordes of people to campus amid the pandemic. New cases in the U.S. account for 20 percent of new global infections. New York City allowed offices to reopen, with limits.
Published June 22, 2020Updated June 23, 2020, 3:00 a.m. ET
The University of Michigan will withdraw from hosting a presidential debate in October, two people familiar with the school’s plans said Monday night.
The university is pulling out of hosting the second presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 15, because of concerns about bringing hordes of national and international media and campaign officials to the Ann Arbor campus amid the coronavirus pandemic, the people said.
Two people directly familiar with the debate planning said the Michigan gathering will be moved to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, which hosted the first debates of the 2020 Democratic primary season last summer.
The move is expected to be formally announced on Tuesday. The Detroit Free Press first reported Michigan would withdraw from hosting the debate.
Rick Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the University of Michigan, declined to comment on the school’s plans.
Presidential general election debates cost their hosts millions of dollars, which universities typically raise from their own large donors in order to bask in the prestige of hosting an event that draws international attention.
But with the coronavirus pandemic stretching budgets and making large gatherings of students and donors on campus not viable, some of the value in hosting a major debate may be lost.
The debate is set to become the second major presidential campaign event to move to Florida after officials elsewhere raised concerns about large gatherings being safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
After officials in North Carolina, including Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, sought assurances that delegates would adhere to social distancing at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, the Trump campaign announced that Mr. Trump would instead accept the G.O.P. nomination in Jacksonville, Fla.
As Texas cases double, governor says closing businesses again would ‘always be the last option.’
Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas delivered a somber assessment of the coronavirus on Monday, saying that it was spreading in the state at “an unacceptable rate” and that tougher restrictions could be necessary, although he did not specify what those measures would be.
“Closing down Texas again will always be the last option,” he said at a news conference. “We can protect Texans’ lives while also protecting their livelihoods.”
The number of daily hospitalizations and confirmed cases in Texas has doubled when compared with last month, according to the governor. But he said he was hopeful that the trend could be reversed if people wore face masks, washed hands and abided by social distancing.
“I know that some people feel that wearing a mask is inconvenient, or it’s like an infringement of freedom, but I also know that wearing a mask will help us to keep Texas open,” he said. “Not taking action to slow the spread will cause Covid to spread even worse.”
Texas has averaged more than 3,500 new coronavirus cases a day during the last five days, Mr. Abbott said, compared with about 1,500 daily cases during the second half of May. There have recently been more than 3,200 hospitalizations a day, compared with 1,600 last month.
Even though Mr. Abbott again assured Texans that there was an abundant supply of hospital beds, fears of plummeting capacity have continued to escalate among local officials after the state reported its 10th consecutive day of record-high hospitalizations.
In other U.S. news:
As parts of the country tentatively reopen, clusters of cases have spread from the most widely known locations — like meatpacking plants, nursing homes and prisons — to locations that have gotten far less attention. Four people who spent time at Cruisin’ Chubbys Gentlemen’s Club, a Wisconsin strip club, recently tested positive. In Colorado, at least 11 staff members at Eagle Lake Overnight Camp came down with the virus before any campers showed up, leading the camp to close for the rest of the summer. And in Connecticut, the city of New Haven shut down a nightclub that the authorities said hosted a gathering of about 1,000 people on Saturday night in its parking lot, violating orders on the size of gatherings.
Black people have been hospitalized for Covid-19 four times more than white people, new data released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found. The data reinforced the many public accounts of the disparities in access to health care and treatment outcomes faced by African-Americans during the pandemic.
As the pandemic erodes the economy and civil unrest sweeps the country, state universities, trying to reverse years of brain drain, are attracting students newly focused on family and community over prestige. At Montclair State University in New Jersey, 16 students applied to transfer back from out of state, and half have accepted offers of admission.
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid nine hand sanitizer products manufactured in Mexico because, it said, they may contain methanol, which can be toxic if absorbed through the skin or ingested.
South Carolina reported an additional 1,008 new cases on Monday, the third-highest daily increase in the state.
Every year, Saudi Arabia plays host to millions of Muslims from around the world taking part in the pilgrimage to Mecca known as the hajj. It is a sacred rite for Muslims and a reliable source of income for the Saudi economy and of prestige for its monarchy.
But not this year.
The kingdom announced on Monday that the hajj, which is taking place next month, would welcome “very limited numbers” of pilgrims to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
In a statement published by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, which oversees the pilgrimage, said the event would allow only Saudi pilgrims and those from other countries already inside the kingdom.
The ministry did not specify the target attendance, but the limitations will surely make this year’s pilgrimage much smaller than those in recent years, which have been vast.
In 2019, 2.49 million pilgrims took part in the hajj, according to the Saudi General Authority for Statistics, and 1.86 million of them came from abroad.
The reduced numbers could strike a big financial blow to a kingdom already reeling from low oil prices and an economic slowdown caused by the lockdown. The holy cities of Mecca and Medina are likely to be especially hard hit.
For the many Muslims planning to make the pilgrimage, it will also be a major disappointment. The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and a journey every Muslim who is able must undertake once in a lifetime.
Muslims who have spent years saving for the trip and jockeying for bookings will now have to wait until next year to try again.
Key Data of the Day
As the virus spreads at record speeds around the world, the United States accounted for 20 percent of all the new infections worldwide on Sunday, according to New York Times data, even as the country’s population makes up about 4.3 percent of the world’s.
New cases continued to surge over the weekend in 22 states, especially in the West and the South. Oklahoma and Missouri reported their largest single-day case increases yet on Sunday.
Over the weekend, Florida also passed 100,000 cases according the state’s health department and the surgeon general there began formally advising that all residents wear face coverings “in any situation where social distancing is not possible.” In Miami, Mayor Francis Suarez went further on Monday, making it a requirement that residents wear masks in public, effective immediately.
In Washington’s Yakima County, where the number of cases has more than doubled in the past month, the situation is dire. Gov. Jay Inslee said the county was at a “breaking point.” With a shortage of hospital beds, patients were being taken to Seattle, more than two hours away, for medical care. Yakima hospitals are also reporting significant staffing shortages because of employees who are sick with the virus or are under a 14-day quarantine after being exposed.
In the wake of another record-setting day for new cases, Dr. Michael Ryan, the executive director of the W.H.O.’s health emergencies program, said on Monday that increased testing was not driving the surge in cases.
“We do not believe that this is a testing phenomenon,” he said. “Clearly, hospital admissions are also rising in a number of countries, deaths are also rising, and they are not due to increase testing, per se. So there definitely is a shift in the sense that the virus is now very well established at the global level.”
The declaration comes two days after Mr. Trump told supporters at a political rally in Tulsa, Okla., that he had urged U.S. officials to slow down testing for the virus. Mr. Trump has attributed the recent upswing of cases in the United States to increased testing.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the W.H.O., said on Monday that more than 183,000 new cases worldwide were reported in the last 24-hour period, “easily the most in a single day so far.”
He also warned countries not to make the virus a political issue, particularly as infections worldwide are on the rise.
“We know the pandemic is so much more than a health crisis — it’s an economic crisis, a social crisis and in many countries a political crisis,” Dr. Tedros said. Though he did not call out specific countries, the virus has become politically contentious in several countries, including the United States, where the White House has begun rolling back its own virus-related precautions, and Brazil.
It seems that almost every day we reach a new and grim record — yesterday more than 183,000 new cases of Covid were reported to W.H.O., easily the most in a single day so far. The consequences of these disruptions will be felt for many years to come. The world is learning the hard way that health is not a luxury item. It’s the cornerstone of security, stability and prosperity. We urge countries to be careful and creative in finding solutions that people stay safe while getting on with their lives. We continue to urge all countries to double down on the fundamental public health measures that we know work. Finding and testing suspected cases works. Isolating and caring for the sick works. Tracing and quarantining contacts works, and protecting health workers works.
Over the weekend, Brazil became the second country to log more than 50,000 virus-related deaths. New cases across the country continue to spike, particularly in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Some epidemiologists say if that trend continues, Brazil could top the United States for the most virus-related deaths by late July.
The case and death counts in Mexico also continue to rise, prompting officials in Mexico City — which has seen the brunt of the infections — to hold off on plans to reopen malls and outdoor markets.
Health department leaders across the U.S. face threats.
Leaders of local and state health departments have been subject to harassment, personal insults and death threats in recent weeks, a barrage of abuse from a vocal and angry segment of the population who say that mask requirements and restrictions on businesses have gone too far.
The steadily escalating threats prompted one top health official, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, to issue a statement on Monday condemning attacks on public health directors and disclosing that she has been living with repeated threats to her safety.
“In my case, the death threats started last month, during a Covid-19 Facebook Live public briefing when someone very casually suggested that I should be shot,” Dr. Ferrer said in a statement. “I didn’t immediately see the message, but my husband did, my children did, and so did my colleagues.”
“It is deeply worrisome,” she added, “to imagine that our hardworking infectious disease physicians, nurses, epidemiologists and environmental health specialists or any of our other team members would have to face this level of hatred.”
Many public health officials entered the coronavirus pandemic this year with bare-bones staffing and strained budgets, leaving them ill-prepared to handle the mounting crisis.
Lori Tremmel Freeman, the chief executive of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, said in an interview last week that dozens of top health officials have resigned or been fired since the pandemic began.
“There’s a big red target on their backs,” she said. “They’re becoming villainized for their guidance. In normal times, they’re very trusted members of their community.”
The White House on Monday began easing virus-related restrictions it has had in place since March, even as the Trump campaign announced that two more campaign aides had tested positive.
Temperature checks at the complex will be scaled back, allowing many White House staff members who have been working remotely to return to their offices. And the cafeteria in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, across the street from the West Wing, will be reopened.
But assuring that Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will not be exposed to the virus by visitors remains a priority.
“Every staff member and guest in close proximity to the president and vice president is still being temperature-checked, asked symptom histories and tested,” Judd Deere, a White House spokesman, said in a statement.
Mr. Deere said that White House officials would continue to practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer and wear face masks on a voluntary basis, and that the work spaces would be deep cleaned regularly.
In announcing the new guidelines, the White House followed the lead of the City of Washington, which began the second phase of its reopening on Monday.
The White House guidelines also reflect Mr. Trump’s emphasis on returning to normal. They were put in place just days after he staged a “comeback” rally in Tulsa, Okla., where he tried to pack an indoor arena with 19,000 people.
Tim Murtaugh, a campaign spokesman, said in a statement on Monday that the two staffers who had tested positive “attended the rally but were wearing masks during the entire event.”
“Upon the positive tests, the campaign immediately activated established quarantine and contact tracing protocols,” he added.
The news brought to eight the number of Trump campaign advance staffers who have tested positive in recent days. Six aides who had worked on the event had tested positive on Saturday, hours before the rally, and did not attend. The rally drew 6,200 people, according to the Tulsa Fire Department.
Democrats pounced on Monday on Mr. Trump’s claim during the Tulsa rally that he had asked his “people” to “slow the testing down” so they might find fewer cases, pressing top administration officials on Monday to provide records and internal assessments related to the sharp uptick in cases across the country.
Representative James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina and the chairman of a special virus oversight committee, wrote to Mr. Pence and top health officials asking for details on what the Trump administration was doing to control the spread.
“No American should go untested because the president fears an accurate count of infections, and there is nothing ‘overblown’ about saving American lives,” Mr. Clyburn wrote.
Germany is scrambling to contain a fast-growing outbreak in the country’s largest pork processing plant.
The authorities have confirmed 1,331 new cases among workers at the Tönnies plant in the northwestern town of Rheda-Wiedenbrück in the last week. The surrounding community has been quarantined and schools and day care centers have been closed. State and federal health workers and soldiers had been deployed to carry out large-scale testing.
Some workers blamed a lack of safety measures and space to practice social distancing. A video released in early April, apparently recorded by a worker, showed a crowded cafeteria. The state prosecutor said he was considering opening an investigation.
In other international news:
India’s underfunded hospitals have begun to buckle as the country reports more infections per day than any country besides the United States and Brazil. People in desperate need of treatment are being turned away, especially in New Delhi. Scores have died in the streets or in the back of ambulances.
A top health official in South Korea, Jeong Eun-kyeong, said that the country had been battling a “second wave” since early May, but that the caseload remained too small to qualify as a true “wave.” South Korea has reported new cases in the double digits in recent weeks, after recording as many as 800 cases a day several months ago.
Local authorities in Spain on Monday were forced to reimpose lockdown restrictions in some municipalities of Huesca, a northeastern province, after new clusters of infections surfaced, including one among seasonal farm workers. The step back came only a day after Spain lifted a nationwide state of emergency.
The local authorities in Australia have recommended that people in six Melbourne neighborhoods remain at home after a resurgence in coronavirus cases in those communities. Daniel Andrews, the premier of the state of Victoria, blamed the spike — 17 new cases reported on Monday — in part on people failing to self-isolate after being directed to do so, as well as large family gatherings. “If people don’t do the right thing, it is almost certain they will give the virus to other people,” he said.
French schools opened their doors in earnest after weeks of incremental steps, though only two weeks remain before the summer break. Jean-Michel Blanquer, the education minister, told France Inter radio that confinement had been a “global education catastrophe” for students, and vowed that those who had dropped behind during the lockdown would receive special support.
Thousands of Palestinians, many wearing masks and gloves, gathered in the West Bank to demonstrate against the prospect of Israeli annexation. Mai Kaila, the health minister of the Palestinian Authority, emphasized the urgency of the protest. “Our people know about the dangers of the coronavirus, but they wanted to send a message to the whole international community against annexation,” she said. Hundreds of new virus cases have been recorded in the West Bank in the past week, bringing the total just under 1,000.
The United Nations General Assembly will conduct its annual meeting virtually for the first time this September, and world leaders are expected to deliver their speeches via prerecorded video statements, the president of the 193-member organization said Monday. The president did not rule out the possibility that some leaders may choose to speak in person.
NEW YORK ROUNDUP
Two weeks after it began easing virus restrictions, New York City reached another major milestone on Monday, as offices were allowed to open and as many as 300,000 people were expected to return to work in person.
Phase 2 of reopening also allows for outdoor dining, some in-store shopping, hair salons, barbershops and real estate work.
At his daily briefing on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “a giant step for this city.”
“This is where most of our economy is,” he said.
Still, with offices required to limit their maximum capacity to ensure social distancing, the number of people returning to work appeared to be a fraction of those who once jostled elbows on crowded subways and in high-rise elevators.
Updated June 22, 2020
A commentary published this month on the website of the British Journal of Sports Medicine points out that covering your face during exercise “comes with issues of potential breathing restriction and discomfort” and requires “balancing benefits versus possible adverse events.” Masks do alter exercise, says Cedric X. Bryant, the president and chief science officer of the American Council on Exercise, a nonprofit organization that funds exercise research and certifies fitness professionals. “In my personal experience,” he says, “heart rates are higher at the same relative intensity when you wear a mask.” Some people also could experience lightheadedness during familiar workouts while masked, says Len Kravitz, a professor of exercise science at the University of New Mexico.
The steroid, dexamethasone, is the first treatment shown to reduce mortality in severely ill patients, according to scientists in Britain. The drug appears to reduce inflammation caused by the immune system, protecting the tissues. In the study, dexamethasone reduced deaths of patients on ventilators by one-third, and deaths of patients on oxygen by one-fifth.
The coronavirus emergency relief package gives many American workers paid leave if they need to take time off because of the virus. It gives qualified workers two weeks of paid sick leave if they are ill, quarantined or seeking diagnosis or preventive care for coronavirus, or if they are caring for sick family members. It gives 12 weeks of paid leave to people caring for children whose schools are closed or whose child care provider is unavailable because of the coronavirus. It is the first time the United States has had widespread federally mandated paid leave, and includes people who don’t typically get such benefits, like part-time and gig economy workers. But the measure excludes at least half of private-sector workers, including those at the country’s largest employers, and gives small employers significant leeway to deny leave.
So far, the evidence seems to show it does. A widely cited paper published in April suggests that people are most infectious about two days before the onset of coronavirus symptoms and estimated that 44 percent of new infections were a result of transmission from people who were not yet showing symptoms. Recently, a top expert at the World Health Organization stated that transmission of the coronavirus by people who did not have symptoms was “very rare,” but she later walked back that statement.
Touching contaminated objects and then infecting ourselves with the germs is not typically how the virus spreads. But it can happen. A number of studies of flu, rhinovirus, coronavirus and other microbes have shown that respiratory illnesses, including the new coronavirus, can spread by touching contaminated surfaces, particularly in places like day care centers, offices and hospitals. But a long chain of events has to happen for the disease to spread that way. The best way to protect yourself from coronavirus — whether it’s surface transmission or close human contact — is still social distancing, washing your hands, not touching your face and wearing masks.
A study by European scientists is the first to document a strong statistical link between genetic variations and Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Having Type A blood was linked to a 50 percent increase in the likelihood that a patient would need to get oxygen or to go on a ventilator, according to the new study.
The unemployment rate fell to 13.3 percent in May, the Labor Department said on June 5, an unexpected improvement in the nation’s job market as hiring rebounded faster than economists expected. Economists had forecast the unemployment rate to increase to as much as 20 percent, after it hit 14.7 percent in April, which was the highest since the government began keeping official statistics after World War II. But the unemployment rate dipped instead, with employers adding 2.5 million jobs, after more than 20 million jobs were lost in April.
States are reopening bit by bit. This means that more public spaces are available for use and more and more businesses are being allowed to open again. The federal government is largely leaving the decision up to states, and some state leaders are leaving the decision up to local authorities. Even if you aren’t being told to stay at home, it’s still a good idea to limit trips outside and your interaction with other people.
Common symptoms include fever, a dry cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Some of these symptoms overlap with those of the flu, making detection difficult, but runny noses and stuffy sinuses are less common. The C.D.C. has also added chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache and a new loss of the sense of taste or smell as symptoms to look out for. Most people fall ill five to seven days after exposure, but symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days.
If air travel is unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Most important: Wash your hands often, and stop touching your face. If possible, choose a window seat. A study from Emory University found that during flu season, the safest place to sit on a plane is by a window, as people sitting in window seats had less contact with potentially sick people. Disinfect hard surfaces. When you get to your seat and your hands are clean, use disinfecting wipes to clean the hard surfaces at your seat like the head and arm rest, the seatbelt buckle, the remote, screen, seat back pocket and the tray table. If the seat is hard and nonporous or leather or pleather, you can wipe that down, too. (Using wipes on upholstered seats could lead to a wet seat and spreading of germs rather than killing them.)
If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.
If you’re sick and you think you’ve been exposed to the new coronavirus, the C.D.C. recommends that you call your healthcare provider and explain your symptoms and fears. They will decide if you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there’s a chance — because of a lack of testing kits or because you’re asymptomatic, for instance — you won’t be able to get tested.
“It’s nice to get back to kind of normal, even though it’s not 100 percent normal,” said Kiki Boyzuick, 45, who works in human resources in Midtown Manhattan.
On Monday morning, a time when Midtown would typically be crammed with workers, the sidewalks remained largely vacant and the subway cars still felt relatively empty.
The mayor said that while some businesses might be reluctant to reopen their offices in the summer, he would encourage them to bring workers back in the fall.
“The more that people see it’s working, the more people will want to come back,” he said. “I think a lot of businesses will say, ‘We just cannot get done this work as well if people don’t spend more time together.’”
In a survey conducted this month by the Partnership for New York City, a business group, respondents from 60 companies with Manhattan offices predicted that only 10 percent of their employees would return by Aug. 15.
At Fancy Wave Salon in Flushing, Queens, hairstylists wore face shields, gloves and masks as they attended to their clients’ hair. Derrick Chan, the owner, said he was thrilled to reopen.
“We had to pretty much stay home, no income,” he said. “That’s why you have to save up for the rainy days.”
Here’s what else is happening in the region:
More riders returned to public transportation during Phase 1 in New York City than transit officials had anticipated. On the subway, daily ridership has climbed to 17 percent of pre-pandemic levels, when ridership exceeded five million. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority expects as many as two million people during Phase 2.
Regarding Phase 3, Mr. de Blasio said Monday the city would wait the state-mandated minimum of two weeks, and that officials would need to see particular evidence of the outbreak easing.
“It’s going to be of course a higher bar because to do something here affects so many millions of people,” he said.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said Monday on CNN that he was discussing, with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut, what to do about travelers coming from other states recording increases in cases, even as he described a quarantine by Florida imposed on New Yorkers in March as “more political than anything else.”
“I wouldn’t target a specific state,” he said. “I would consider states with the highest transmission rate, that if somebody comes from that state to New York, there’s a period of quarantine where they quarantine themselves to make sure they’re not spreading it.”
Sweden’s lax approach to combating the virus alarms its neighboring countries.
While Scandinavian countries like Norway, Denmark and Finland went into strict lockdowns this spring, Sweden famously refused, and now has suffered roughly twice as many infections and five times as many deaths as the other three nations combined, according to figures compiled by The New York Times.
Though reporting differences can make comparisons inexact, the overall trend is clear, as is Sweden’s new status as Scandinavia’s pariah state.
Swedish officials, including the architect of the country’s measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Anders Tegnell, say Swedes have been stigmatized by an international campaign to prove Sweden was wrong and warn their neighbors that they are going to be much more vulnerable if a second wave of the virus hits in the fall.
“We are really confident that our immunity is higher than any other Nordic country’s,” Mr. Tegnell said during a news conference last week. He added that while Sweden was not striving for so-called herd immunity, the higher level of immunity “is contributing to lower numbers of patients needing hospitalization, as well as fewer deaths per day.”
Mr. Tegnell also said that infections in Sweden “had peaked,” and were now falling, a trend reflected in The Times’s figures.
Experts in the other Scandinavian countries say the higher immunity levels have not been proven through rigorous testing, and that such talk misses a major point.
“When you see 5,000 deaths in Sweden and 230 in Norway, it is quite incredible,” said Gro Harlem Brundtland, a former prime minister of Norway and the former director of the World Health Organization, during a digital lecture at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in May. “It will take a lot to even out this difference a year or two into the future.”
Under coronavirus lockdown, a Philippine priest hits the streets.
When Manila was placed under lockdown in March, Father Eduardo Vasquez moved his daily Mass online. That kept him safe from the coronavirus but left some of his poorest parishioners — the ones without cellphones — beyond his reach.
So he set off to find them. In the city’s teeming slums, already reeling from President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody antidrug campaign, he celebrated Mass, served the Eucharist, and distributed food and face masks.
“Journalists, doctors, garbage collectors and undertakers were out doing their duties” during the lockdown, he said in the city of Caloocan, the district of Manila where he works. “It’s a big knock on the Catholic Church if we don’t.”
The Philippines has nearly 1,200 deaths from Covid-19 and more than 30,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, one of Southeast Asia’s highest tallies.
On many days, Father Vasquez, 47, tends to his churchyard garden, baptizes children, and attends to the dead at funeral parlors and crematories.
But when he dresses for work these days, his vestments are as protective as they are holy. His cassock has been replaced by a protective suit, his collar hidden behind an N-95 respirator mask.
All that identifies him as a priest is his stole, a scarf about two meters long, the perfect length to measure an acceptable social distance.
Federal aid has averted poverty for millions in the U.S., studies say.
An unprecedented expansion of federal aid has prevented the rise in poverty that experts predicted this year when the pandemic sent unemployment to the highest level since the Great Depression, two new studies suggest.
The studies carry important caveats. Many Americans have suffered hunger or other hardships amid long delays in receiving the assistance, and much of the aid is scheduled to expire next month. Millions of people have been excluded from receiving any help, especially undocumented migrants, who often have American children.
Still, the evidence suggests that the programs Congress hastily authorized in March have done much to protect the needy, a finding likely to shape the debate over next steps at a time when 13.3 percent of Americans remain unemployed.
“Right now, the safety net is doing what it’s supposed to do for most families — helping them secure a minimally decent life,” said Zachary Parolin, a member of the Columbia University team forecasting this year’s poverty rate. “Given the magnitude of the employment loss, this is really remarkable.’’
The Columbia group’s midrange forecast has poverty rising only slightly this year, to 12.7 percent, from 12.5 percent before the virus. Without the March law that provided one-time checks to most Americans and weekly bonuses to the unemployed, it would have reached 16.3 percent, the researchers found. That would have pushed nearly 12 million more people into poverty.
Gilead Sciences, an American biopharmaceutical company, will soon start trials of an inhalable version of remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has shown some preliminary promise as a virus treatment, the company said in a statement on Monday.
Currently, remdesivir is given intravenously, which restricts its use to hospitals. Gilead’s inhalable version of the treatment would be administered through a nebulizer, a device often used to treat asthma patients, that sends a mist of therapeutic liquid into the airway. Gilead scientists hope that a more convenient treatment could be used by patients at various stages of infection.
Nebulizers are more commonly available than IV equipment, said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University. “Pretty much every outpatient urgent care clinic has them.” She said that the device could potentially be used to immediately treat people who have tested positive but lack symptoms.
Remdesivir, which interferes with virus replication, is the first drug to show effectiveness against the coronavirus in human trials. It was given Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration on May 1, allowing physicians to administer the drug to Covid-19 patients. But the drug has not yet been approved, and its safety and efficacy are currently being investigated in several clinical trials.
Beginning this week, healthy volunteers will be screened for participation in Phase I trials, which will test for safety. Covid-19 patients are expected to join the lineup as early as August.
Culture and Sports Roundup
The 2021 Golden Globes will take place on Feb. 28, a date that the Oscars abandoned last week in pushing its ceremony back. That allows the Globes to retain its place before the Oscars in the calendar.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the small group of journalists that hands out the Globes, did not say how the date would affect eligibility of film and television series, which normally adheres to the calendar year. In other culture and sports news:
The P.G.A. Championship announced that golf’s first major championship this year would proceed without spectators Aug. 6 to 9 at T.P.C. Harding Park in San Francisco. Originally scheduled for May, the event would be the first golf major of 2020 contested without fans, but potentially not the last.
The Orlando Pride withdrew on Monday from the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup after several staff members and players tested positive without specifying how many. The team said that no one displayed symptoms.
An exhibition tennis tournament organized by the top-ranked men’s player, Novak Djokovic, is causing panic in Zadar, Croatia, which had no confirmed infections until it hosted a leg of the competition, where there weren’t social distancing protocols. Now the players Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric and two coaches have confirmed infections.
Wednesday is the deadline for N.B.A. players to notify their teams whether they wish to withdraw from participation when play resumes July 7 at the Walt Disney World Resort. The rate of confirmed cases in Orange County, Fla., where the resort is, has risen significantly over the last week.
As communities begin to reopen, many people are wondering when it will be safe for babysitters and housekeepers to return to work. Here are some tips on how domestic employees and their employers can stay safe.
Reporting was contributed by Ian Austen, Jes Aznar, Brooks Barnes, Julie Bosman, Aurelien Breeden, Christopher Clarey, Choe Sang-Hun, Troy Closson, Michael Crowley, Reid J. Epstein, Thomas Erdbrink, Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Jeffrey Gettleman, Rick Gladstone, Michael Gold, James Gorman, Maggie Haberman, Andrew Higgins, Ben Hubbard, Mike Ives, Annie Karni, Jeré Longman, Iliana Magra, Jonathan Martin, Raphael Minder, David Montgomery, Heather Murphy, Joe Orovic, Matt Phillips, Tariq Panja, Suhasini Raj, Adam Rasgon, Dagny Salas, Christopher F. Schuetze, Nate Schweber, Michael D. Shear, Daniel E. Slotnik, Megan Specia, Mitch Smith, Marc Stein, Matt Stevens, Eileen Sullivan, Lucy Tompkins, Neil Vigdor, Daniel Victor, David Waldstein, Katherine J. Wu, Mihir Zaveri and Karen Zraick.
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