Best Buy moves to curbside pickup only as it sees surge in orders for home office equipment

Starting today, Best Buy is limiting its US stores to “contactless” curbside service, allowing only employees into its stores, according to a statement from the company. Orders placed on the Best Buy website or via its app will be delivered to customers’ cars outside its stores by employees. The curbside system includes returns and exchanges, and in an email to customers, Best Buy says “if, for … Read more

India begins to draw the iron curtain to curb the spread of coronavirus

India’s showing that it means business when it comes to curbing the spread of coronavirus.The government has decided on complete lockdown in 75 districts with confirmed coronavirus cases across 22 states, the Indian Council of Medical Research said in a press conference today (March 22).https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/b8c16/1/Read the rest of this story on qz.com. Become a member to get unlimited access to Quartz’s journalism.

FEMA administrator says more masks are being shipped from stockpile amid shortage

Critical medical gear is still in short supply as the nation grapples with new coronavirus, but Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor said on ABC’s “This Week,” that masks are in the midst of shipping from the national stockpile, but could not provide details on a concrete timeline. Raddatz pushed Gaynor further on the question as the need looms from coast to coast: would health … Read more

NJ gov. urges people to take coronavirus seriously, ‘no time for business as usual’

As the spread of the novel coronavirus ripples across the country, the nation’s governors are on the front lines of the battle to curb the evolving crisis. Many of them, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, have taken drastic measures in their home states to fill gaps that the two Democratic governors say were left by the federal government. In an … Read more

Social distancing ‘not possible’ for people with disabilities, raising challenges

As health experts and government officials stress the importance of social distancing to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, workers and families who care for those with developmental disabilities are faced with the harsh realization that it’s an impossible task for them. “We have to work very intimately with people,” Leann McQueen, a residential coordinator for the Young Adult Institute (YAI) in Brooklyn, which provides a multitude … Read more

Virtual tip jars are helping workers in one of the hardest hit industries in the country

Service industry workers have been economically devastated as bars and restaurant close, and people practice social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. In response, some have gotten creative in providing continued sources of income for service workers, including the use of virtual tip jars. Sam Schutte, an entrepreneur and the CEO of Unstoppable Software, said he had originally created a virtual tip jar for himself so he … Read more

Africa’s mountain gorillas also at risk from coronavirus

As the coronavirus infects more people around the world, conservationists are warning of the risk to another vulnerable species: Africa’s endangered mountain gorilla. Congo’s Virunga National Park, home to about a third of the world’s mountain gorillas, is barring visitors until June 1, citing “advice from scientific experts indicating that primates, including mountain gorillas, are likely susceptible to complications arising from the COVID-19 virus.”

Rise in ‘forced disappearance’ preys on Brazil’s young men of colour

Carlos Eduardo Nascimento is the latest apparent victim of a trend aided by police impunity and Bolsonaro’s rhetoric, activists sayCarlos Eduardo Nascimento was at a bar with friends in the city of Jundiaí, 50km from São Paulo, when the police arrived.The only black man in the group, Nascimento, 20, was handcuffed, bundled into a squad car and driven away.Nearly three months later, he hasn’t been seen … Read more

As the coronavirus upends the 2020 race, Biden seeks to offer a possible presidency preview

Former Vice President former vice president Joe Biden appeared well on his way to the Democratic presidential nomination in the weeks before the COVID-19 virus essentially ground the party’s nominating contest to a screeching halt for the next few weeks amid postponed primaries. “I find myself, literally on the phone with my key advisors, medical advisors and economic advisors literally four or five hours a day, … Read more

Afghanistan reports 10 new coronavirus cases

Afghanistan on Sunday reported 10 new cases of coronavirus as authorities restricted movement of civilians in the war-torn country, officials said. Health minister Ferzoddin Feroz said 97 samples were tested in last 24 hours, 10 of them were positive.

4 times it’s OK to dip into your emergency fund

  During the coronavirus outbreak and resulting economic uncertainty, it’s never been more important to have a cash emergency fund.  If you find yourself with a sudden loss of income, emergency medical expenses, or other unexpected expenses, it’s time to use your emergency fund.  Note that emergencies will look different for everyone. So ask yourself: Is this expense standing in the way of your ability to … Read more

Coronavirus and the contagion of fear

While stress and anxiety can drive us to take healthy precautions in trying circumstances (like a pandemic), our irrational fear can become dangerous when it goes off the rails

Coronavirus live updates: US now 3rd highest globally in COVID-19 total cases

The United States now has 26,747 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus, the third highest total globally, while the number of deaths around the world has now surpassed 13,000. As the number of confirmed cases increases, some states are acting quickly by ordering variations of stay-at-home orders for residents. Oregon issued such an order on Friday night, joining states that include California, Illinois and New York.

These 4 stunning charts show just how quickly the coronavirus outbreak decimated key US industries

The coronavirus has started to drive major downturns for key US industries. Initial hits to the world’s travel and tourism activity have started to bleed into the airline, hotel, and cruise sectors, new data shows. Restaurants have also suffered as cities order businesses to conduct only take-out and delivery orders. Here are four charts detailing the virus’s fallout in the airline, hotel, restaurant, and cruise industries. … Read more

GOLDMAN SACHS: Buy these 15 cheap, cash-rich stocks in order to dominate the market, even as we barrel towards recession

Goldman Sachs says companies with strong balance sheets are not only safe investments today, but also unexpectedly cheap.  Companies with weaker balance sheets outperformed throughout the just-ended bull market thanks to low interest rates, but that’s changing abruptly because it looks like a recession is beginning. David Kostin, Goldman’s chief US equity strategist, has a comprehensive financial metric to find the companies with the best chance … Read more

Voi, the European e-scooter rentals startup, ‘pauses’ operations in several countries

Following similar moves by Lime, Bird, Tier and others, Voi Technology, the European e-scooter rentals and so-called micro-mobility startup, says it has “paused” operations in several countries due to the Coronvirus pandemic. This sees the company suspend operations in all but nine key cities. In a short statement issued to media on Friday, Voi said it had regrettably been “forced” to pause operations in the majority … Read more

FEMA administrator says masks are being shipped from national stockpile

Critical medical gear is still in short supply as the nation grapples with new coronavirus, but Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor said on ABC’s “This Week,” that masks are in the midst of shipping from the national stockpile, but could not provide details on a concrete timeline. Raddatz pushed Gaynor further on the question as the need looms from coast to coast: would health … Read more

Optimism in a Dark Time

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Coronavirus Hits Home for the Royal Family. Princess Diana’s AIDS Activism Could Be Inspirational.

Vanderlei Almeida/ReutersIf you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get The Royalist in your inbox every Sunday.Diana set the royal example for pandemic responseThe Sunday Times reports this weekend that the queen will, in response to increasing calls for her to do so, make an extraordinary national televised address … Read more

Calls, no hugs: UK moms spend Mother’s Day far from family

Sunday is Mother’s Day in Britain and the government has a stark message for millions of citizens: Visiting your mom could kill her. In a message to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson implored Britons to forego the day’s traditional family visits, parties and Sunday lunches since authorities could not “disguise or sugarcoat the threat” poised by the coronavirus pandemic. “This time, the best thing is … Read more

Volunteer group develops a COVID-19 testing location database for the U.S.

The effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic globally relies on testing as a core component of the current strategy, which primarily focuses on isolating individuals to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and give researchers time to develop potential treatments and vaccines. The availability and amount of testing can help chart how the virus is moving through a population, to inform and direct necessary … Read more

Here’s why the US is behind in coronavirus testing

As the US has lagged behind other advanced nations in testing for the coronavirus, former government officials and public health experts point to a series of policy and procedural decisions that they say hindered the nation’s response to the pandemic.