Coronavirus Daily Digest: What Businesses Need to Know – Live Update

As the number of Coronavirus cases continues to climb, globally and in the U.S., businesses must be prepared to make timely decisions to protect the health of employees and the general population.

If they haven’t already, businesses should consider how they’ll respond to potential scenarios. An accompanying Coronavirus communications plan – while it may change as news unfolds – is essential to being able to reach all key stakeholders with time-sensitive decisions or updates, if needed. Coronavirus communications plans should include elements such as: who will own communications; what stakeholder groups will need to be reached; what channels will be used.

To help businesses stay up to date on Coronavirus, SHIFT will be sharing a recurring Coronavirus news scan as well as new, helpful resources:

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 31, 2020 Edition 

Coronavirus economic updates: Markets slip slightly, ABC News

The health crisis has increasingly become an economic one. ABC News is compiling the economic updates you need to stay in-the-know here.

Model cited by White House says 82,000 people could die from coronavirus by August, event with social distancing, CNN

The White House reviewed 12 different statistical models ahead of President Trump’s decision to extend social distancing guidelines this past weekend. As of Monday morning, the model estimates that more than 2,000 people could die each day in the US in mid-April, when the virus is expected to hit the country the hardest.

The CDC is said to be considering asking people to cover their face in public – but would reserve masks for medical workers, Business Insider

The CDC’s current advice is to wash hands, obey social distancing and stay home. Healthy people are not recommended to wear face masks or coverings at this time. If the advice is updated, the CDC would stress that surgical masks and N95 masks should be saved for medical professionals and that others should make their own masks.

Is 6 feet enough for social distancing? An MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet, USA Today

Social distancing guidelines are telling us to stay 6 feet apart to avoid spreading coronavirus. An MIT researcher found that the germ droplets can actually travel up to 27 feet.

Your Employee Tested Positive for Covid-10. What Do You Do?, Harvard Business Review

When one of your employees tells you they have tested positive for the coronavirus, what do you do? Act quickly to help minimize the spread. Read more tips on how to handle this situation in your workplace here.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 30, 2020 Edition 

Trump extends distancing guidelines through April 30 to keep US death toll below 100,000, CNBC

President Trump reversed himself after saying he wanted the country to reopen for business by Easter and extended social distancing guidelines through April 30.

When the coronavirus outbreak worsened, we moved a 300-person live event online in 38 hours. Here’s how you can do the same., Business Insider

Two days before She-Suite’s fifth annual summit, they decided to move it online. Melissa Dawn Simkins, CEO tells that story and offers tips to help your company do the same.

McDonald’s and other brands are making ‘social distancing’ logos, CNN

McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Audi and Volkswagen are interpreting ‘social distancing’ with logo redesigns as part of wanting to help, educate and be part of the physical distancing movement. Of note, McDonald’s Brazil pulled apart its iconic golden arches, Coca-Cola separated each letter of its logo, and both Audi and Volkswagen spaced out their logos on their social media accounts.

OpenTable launches tool to help you avoid long lines at restaurants, grocery stores, USA Today

The dinner reservation platform announced Monday that it’s expanding its reservation software to let users chose between available shopping times slots at supermarkets and retailers. Just as you’d make restaurant reservations, you ca now reserve a time to shop or join a wait list.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 27, 2020 Edition 

US now has more coronavirus cases than either China or Italy, CNBC

The total number of cases in the United States reached 82,404 on Thursday evening (with at least 86,000 cases as of Friday morning)– eclipsing China’s 81,782 and Italy’s 80,589, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The pandemic is accelerating, WHO Director-General said on Monday: confirmed U.S. cases passed 5,000 just last week.

What we know about the coronavirus keeps changing – from who is most susceptible to the virus’ shelf-life, USA Today

Grappling with coronavirus has been a constant learning process – for epidemiologists, doctors, patients, governments and individuals. Somethings we thought we knew have changed as more data arrives and more countries study its effects – USA Today has the most up-to-date info for what we know today about the novel coronavirus. 

US consumer sentiment falls to lowest level in more than 3 years, CNBC

The index of customer sentiment dropped to 89.1 in March, the lowest level it’s been since October 2016. Sentiment was at 101 in February.

10 Digital Miscommunications – and How to Avoid Them, Harvard Business Review

As the shift to the remote workplace becomes the new normal for more and more of us across the globe, it’s crucial to take steps to avoid miscommunication when working as part of a virtual team. Harvard Business Journal rounded up their tips for teams to stay connected, remain supportive and communicate effectively in these times.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 26, 2020 Edition 

$1,200 cash payments, help for businesses: Here’s what’s in the historic stimulus package for coronavirus, USA Today

The Senate approved a massive stimulus bill to help families and businesses hurt by the coronavirus epidemic on Wednesday. It now moves to the House and then to the President for his signature. What’s in the bill anyway? USA Today breaks it down in this article.

A record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus slams economy, The Washington Post

Last week the US saw the largest jump in new jobless claims in history, surpassing the record of 695,000 set in 1982. A staggering 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. And this is only the beginning.

Social distancing could create 15 million jobs in the next decade. Career experts predict which industries and workers stand to benefit the most., Business Insider Prime

The last month has upended the traditional office structure. Moving forward, companies can reduce unemployment numbers by applying what they’ve learned by having their employees work remotely. If employers hire remote workers, they’ll gain access to a wider talent pool and create about 15 million job opportunities.

Coronavirus Is Widening the Corporate Digital Divide, Harvard Business Review

We’re currently seeing the most rapid organization transformation in the history of the corporate workplace. As employees work from home, schools shift to fully online teaching and restaurants transition to online ordering and delivery, this need to virtualize in driving digital transformation and deepening differences across people and across firms at an incredible rate.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 25, 2020 Edition 

White House, Senate reach historic $2 trillion stimulus deal amid growing coronavirus fears, CNN

After days of negotiations, the White House and Senate leaders finally came to agreement early Wednesday morning over a $2 trillion stimulus package to aid the struggling economy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The package includes $250 billion set aside for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion in small business loans, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.

US on track to become next coronavirus epicenter, but there’s time to reverse course, health official says, CNN

With more than 53,000 Americans infected with COVID-19, the US is on track to quickly become the next epicenter of the virus pandemic. However, a World Health Organization spokeswoman has said there’s still time to reverse the trajectory. The formula for success is testing people, finding each case, identifying people who have come into contact with those who have been infected, isolating those who are ill or who have been exposed and quarantining, she said.

Companies seek epidemic insurance as coronavirus affects events, NBC

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, may companies and organizations have had to cancel or postpone major events around the world – leading to an increased interest in epidemic insurance. The impact of a cancelled or postponed event could result in a huge lack of revenue for a city, in addition to loss for airlines, hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants and other businesses throughout the wider economy.

Asian economies may ride out the coronavirus crisis better than the West, analysts say, CNBC

Analysts say that the region is much more prepared economically to ride out the current epidemic, compared to Western countries. Past severe outbreaks in Asian countries – such as SARS – led governments to position themselves strongly for impending disasters. In addition, Asian companies have stronger cash positions and central banks have more room to cut rates and use monetary policy to boost their economies.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 24, 2020 Edition 

Japan, International Olympic Committee agree to postpone Tokyo Games, The Washington Post

Facing global pressure and rising athlete dissent, the International Olympic Committee sharply reversed course on Tuesday and agreed with Japanese officials that the Olympics and Paralympics will not take place this summer in Tokyo in the wake of the growing coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say they hope to hold the Games by summer 2021.

Congress is getting closer to a deal on the massive coronavirus stimulus bill, CNBC

Democrats and Republicans are getting closer to a deal on the massive stimulus package. House Speaker Pelosi said there is “real optimism” this morning that they can agree to a pact within a few hours. Stay tuned for more on this.

Trump Has Given Unusual Leeway to Fauci, but Aides Say He’s Losing His Patience, The New York Times

The president has become increasingly concerned as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has grown bolder in correcting his falsehoods about the spread of coronavirus. President Trump knows that he is seen as credible by a large portion of the public and with journalists, but both Trump and some of his White House advisers see Dr. Fauci as taking shots at the president in some of his interviews.

Viral Event Tech Is Booming as Companies Scramble to Take Conferences Online, AdWeek

With the coronavirus pandemic preventing any large gathering for the foreseeable future, instead of cancelling conferences and events – some are going digital! However, that’s easier said than done… High-quality video streams with TV-level production and interactive audience engagement tools are some of the biggest keys to competing with the offline distractions people face for these events.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 23, 2020 Edition 

Beware of Virtue Signaling or Outright Greed in Brand Communications About COVID-19, Gartner

Brands are tripping over one another to broadcast their message about coronavirus. The problem? Few are taking a customer-centric approach. Many messages are a reflecting a growing sense of brand virtue signaling or outright desperation for business. Gartner has pulled together a guide on what customers want and need to hear from you to best help your brand while dodging potential risks

Governor Baker orders closure of all non-essential businesses in Massachusetts, Boston Globe

Massachusetts is the latest state to order a closure of non-essential businesses. Additionally, as of Tuesday, March 24 at noon, Massachusetts residents will be under a “stay-at-home” advisory. Both will be in effect until April 7.

CVS Health looking to fill 50,000 jobs to meet demand, CNBC

CVS is in need of more store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and customer service professionals. The company will use virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and tech-enabled job tryouts to find the right candidates.

Amazon Prime delivery delays are now as long as a month, Vox

Amazon Is prioritizing household staples and other high-demand items during the coronavirus pandemic. Customers were finding that their orders with certain non-essential items were showing April 21 delivery dates.

Trump went on a Twitter spree urging the US economy to go back to business as usual starting as early as next week, Business Insider

Trump went on a Twitter spree urging the US economy to go back to business as usual in just 15 days, likely setting up a major clash with both states and public health experts. He wrote – in all caps – that we cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 20, 2020 Edition 

California governor issues statewide order to ‘stay at home’ effective Thursday evening, CNBC

In the most extreme effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. thus far, California is under a mandatory statewide order to stay at home until further notice. Essential services, such as pharmacies, grocery stores, takeout delivery and restaurants and banks will stay open.

Senators sold stocks before coronavirus sank the markets: what we know, USA Today

A handful of senators are facing backlash this morning to selling millions of dollars in personal stocks shortly before the coronavirus pandemic sent markets into a freefall earlier this month. It appears they made their sales around the same time senators received information about the virus.

Live updates: Tax filing deadline extended to July 15, due to coronavirus disruption, The Washington Post

The IRS has moved the deadline for filing taxes from April 15 to July 15. The new deadline gives millions of taxpayers more time to fill out their forms as coronavirus upends daily life across the country.

America’s coronavirus testing failure as forced us to rely more on painful social distancing, Vox

More testing earlier on could have helped mitigate an outbreak. The reliance on social distancing is a consequence of that initial failure of poor policy in pandemic preparedness. 

Yale’s most popular class ever is available for free online – and the topic is how to be happier in your daily life, Business Insider

In these trying times, Yale is offering its most popular class in history – The Science of Well-Being – for free online. Learn more about the class and how to enroll here.


Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 19, 2020 Edition

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers, Harvard Business Guide

With many companies and universities asking their employees to work from home in the midst of the coronavirus, managing remote workers is something some are doing for the first time. This guide from Harvard Business Journal can help to navigate this new territory.

Uber says it’s working with health officials to deliver coronavirus tests, Business Insider

As the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global economy and widespread testing in the U.S. got off to a slow start, Uber is looking into the possibility of delivering coronavirus tests.

Unprecedented spike in weekly jobless claims is just the start, as unemployment is set to double, CNBC

Jobless claims spiked 33% to 281,000 last week. Economists say this signals just the start of a crush of layoffs that could more than double the unemployment rate.

Congress just passed a bill that will guarantee free coronavirus testing for all Americans, Vox

Congress has officially passed a major package guaranteeing free coronavirus testing for all Americas, as well as an expansion of paid sick days for a subset of workers. The legislation now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk, where he’s expected to sign it.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 18, 2020 Edition

Amazon to stop accepting all products other than medical supplies and household staples to its warehouse amid coronavirus crisis, Business Insider

Amazon announced Tuesday that it was suspending shipments of all nonessential products to its warehouses to deal with the increased workloads following the coronavirus outbreak. They are now prioritizing medical supplies, household staples and other high-demand products until April 15.

Facebook is flagging some coronavirus news posts as spam, Vox

As social distancing limits in-office staff, social platforms like Facebook are relying more on AI to moderate their content. This is leading to some users complaining that the platform is making mistaking and blocking legitimate posts and links, including those with news articles related to the coronavirus pandemic and marking them as spam.

Live updates: U.S. stocks and oil prices slump as coronavirus reaches all 50 states, The Washington Post

U.S. markets nose-dived again Wednesday morning, with the Dow plunging 1,300 points before recovering some losses as the White House plans to bail out embattled industries and cut checks to Americans to quell investor fears. Keep updated on the situation with The Washington Post’s live updates.

Telemedicine has a big role in the coronavirus fight, but doctors say the laws remain murky, CNBC

The Trump administration and several states – including Massachusetts and Florida – are working to expand telemedicine options and coverage amid the coronavirus crisis. However, a patchwork of laws governing the industry make steps forward regarding information and processes complex.

Layoffs Are Just Starting, and the Forecasts Are BleakThe New York Times

Shutdowns in the U.S. retail and hospitality businesses may be an early sign of the job losses that the coronavirus outbreak will inflict on the economy.

Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 17, 2020 Edition

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs declare global recession underway, Fortune

Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley economists joined the rush on Wall Street to declare the coronavirus has triggered a global recession, with the debate now focusing on how deep it will be and long it will last.

Amazon Notifies Brands That it is Shipping Only Essentials Until April 5, AdAge

Amazon has taken steps to prioritize shipping of essential items as part of its new emergency response measures. That includes pausing non-essential deliveries as it tries to manage its supply chain strained by coronavirus-related demand.

5 actions freelancers should take right now to protect against crises like COVID-19, CNBC

As PR professionals we work with a number of freelancers on a daily basis who help us to share client stories. As for all of us, the coronavirus outbreak is a time of uncertainty for them. They are looking for support and guidance just like the traditional workforce.

Lead Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis, Harvard Business Journal

Going back to basics. Harvard Business Review breaks down crisis management to help leaders navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Their 12 lessons are evergreen steps to responding to the constantly changing status of the world.

Microsoft’s new coronavirus map lets you track the number of COVID-19 cases in countries and around the world and every US state, Business Insider

Stay in the know with this interactive map to help people observe the spread of COVID-19. It provides up-to-date information about confirmed cases, as well as the number of active, recovered and fatal cases by both country and US state.

Dollar General cuts store hours, dedicates hour to senior shoppers during coronavirus pandemic, USA TODAY

Dollar General, Stop & Shop and other grocery stores throughout the US are dedicating an hour in their stores to support their senior shoppers. Dollar General’s more than 16,000 stores will be open only to seniors for the first hour they’re open. Stop & Shop is dedicating an hour and a half and stores in Jersey City, New Jersey are allocating two hours every morning.

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 16, 2020 Edition

When a CEO Has COVID-19, Boards Must Decide What to Tell Investors, Bloomberg

CEOs should operate with transparency if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 to disclose it to their board, as well as their shareholders. Even if all the recommended steps are being taking, companies should consider disclosure and communication about the status of their health.

States begin imposing harsher measures to contain coronavirus as U.S. cases rise sharply, The Washington Post

Individual state officials began imposing the most severe emergency measures to date on Sunday, with restaurants, bars, schools and businesses closing starting this week.

Hackers just attacked a US health agency’s computer system in an attempt to slow down its COVID-19 response, Business Insider

The US Department of Health and Human Services was reportedly hit with a cyberattack on Sunday night. The attack aimed to slow down HHS computer systems and slow down their response to COVID-19. There is currently no evidence that the attackers were successful.

Uber is delivering free meals to health-care workers and first responders amid coronavirus crisis, CNBC

Uber is giving away over 300,000 free meals to health workers and first responders in the United States and Canada. Their Uber Eats segment is also waiving the delivery fees for small businesses in some of the company’s markets.

Wall Street Plummets Despite the Fed’s Support: Live Updates, The New York Times

Stocks on Wall Street fell more than 10% upon opening on Monday morning, despite moves by the Federal Reserve. Keep up to date on the situation here.

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 13, 2020 Edition

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus, The Atlantic

There currently is an abundance of information and updates swirling around about the Coronavirus – The Atlantic outlined the top things you need to know. The article is free to readers who don’t subscribe and they will continually update it.

America faces a new normal as coronavirus outbreaks show no sign of slowing down, CNN

The spread of Coronavirus continues and officials say it’s going to get worse before it gets better. From school closings and many workplaces moving to telecommuting to Disney, Broadway and sports leagues hitting pause, life in America today is drastically different than it was at the beginning of this week.

The New York Times is providing free access on the global coronavirus crisis, The New York Times

New York Times is providing free access to the most important news and guidance on the coronavirus outbreak to help their readers understand the pandemic. All those interested have to do is sign-up for a free New York Times account.

How canceled events and self-quarantines saves lives, in one chart, Vox

Epidemiologists suggest closing schools, canceling mass gatherings, telecommuting, self-quarantining and avoiding crowds to help reduce rapid spread of the virus and “flatten the curve.”

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 12, 2020 Edition

Coronavirus: COVID-19 Is Now Officially A Pandemic, WHO Says, NPR

The World Health Organization is calling Coronavirus a pandemic. This if the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 swine flu in 2009.

White House suspends travel from most of Europe to the United States beginning Friday, Washington Post

Starting this Friday, March 13, nearly all travel from Europe to the US will be suspended for 30 days in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus. The ban does not include Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

N.B.A. Suspends Season After Player Tests Positive for Coronavirus, New York Times

Following a positive Coronavirus test from a Utah Jazz player, the NBA abruptly made the decision to suspend its season. The NCAA is carrying on with games and the upcoming tournament without fans.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Announce Coverage of Coronavirus Testing for Members and Other Steps to Expand Access to Coronavirus Care, BCBS

Blue Cross/Blue Shield is covering Coronavirus testing for members and taking other steps to expand access to care, including expanding access to telehealth and nurse/provider hotlines.

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 11, 2020 Edition

Three TSA employees in California test positive for coronavirus, The Hill

Increasing concerns around travel and likely to drive more cancellations, TSA employees working at the San Jose Airport have tested positive for the virus.

Coronavirus death toll in U.S. hits 32 with the epidemic still spreading fast, CBS News

With cases now in 37 states and Washington D.C., and 15 of those declaring emergencies, the virus continues to spread nationwide.

How Chinese Companies Have Responded to Coronavirus, Harvard Business Review

HBR outlined 12 lessons for leaders, based on how Chinese organizations are reacting, including constantly reframing efforts; proactive employee communications; and relocate labor to different tasks.

Brands like Clorox, Netflix, and Campbell are benefiting from the coronavirus. Most companies aren’t., Vox

As consumers stay in and practice “social distancing,” they’re stocking up on ‘protective’ products and increasing usage of at-home services – at the cost of other consumer products.

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 10, 2020 Edition

All of Italy is in lockdown as coronavirus cases rise, CNN

Italy takes extreme measures to protect its population as its deaths surpass 400 and cases climb toward 10,000.

Olive Garden’s parent begins offering paid sick leave to all employees amid coronavirus outbreak, CNBC

Coronavirus is pushing businesses to revisit operations across the board. In the case of Darden Restaurants, paid sick leave for all hourly workers has been fast-tracked due to the outbreak.

Will the Coronavirus Unleash Corporate Debt Contagion?, PYMNTS.com

With such a globally intertwined economy, companies being more leveraged due to low interest rates and many companies operating unprofitably, cash flow – and repayment risk – could be especially high.

Coronavirus outbreak leads CVS to say it will deliver medications to customers for free, USA Today

In a series of steps health companies are taking to address Coronavirus, CVS has started a free home delivery. CVA company Aetna has also made a move to waive early refill limits on certain medicine types.

In the U.S., More Than 300 Coronavirus Cases Are Confirmed, The New York Times

Florida records the first U.S. deaths due to Coronavirus while the West Coast continues to bear most cases.

Canceled Because of Coronavirus: A Brief List, The New York Times

From cultural, to sporting, to political events, this list provides an overview of some of the major global happenings being cancelled due to Coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 6, 2020 Edition

Venture firm Sequoia is sounding the alarm about the economy again as coronavirus spreads, CNBC

Yesterday, Sequoia Capital sent a memo to its portfolio companies about the economic threats and impact of Coronavirus. It advised them to consider how to trim expenses to withstand a few poor quarters, revise sales forecasts, evaluate their headcounts and whether they can ‘do more with less.’

Why the Coronavirus Could Threaten the U.S. Economy Even More Than China’s, The New York Times

With a culture for which traveling, entertainment events and general mobility is the norm and far greater than China’s, many sectors of the U.S. economy – from sports, to travel, to brick-and-mortar retail – could be impacted.

Trump signs $8.3 billion coronavirus package, The Hill

On Friday, President Trump signed a bill to provide $8.3 billion in funding to address the Coronavirus outreach. The funding goes to federal, state and local agencies, as well as “authorized an additional $500 million in waivers for Medicare telehealth restrictions.”

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 5, 2020 Edition

Sense of crisis deepens in U.S. as worldwide cases approach 100,000, New York Times

California joins the other states who have declared a state of emergency, and U.S. cases continue to climb, with 18 states now reporting cases.

Why Amazon can’t stop coronavirus price gougers, Vox

As concerns rise about Coronavirus and shoppers look to stock up on food and household products, Amazon is experiencing price-gouging from some sellers.

Cluster, COVID-19 and all the coronavirus terms you need to know, CNN

Communications are easily complicated by difficult-to-understand language and jargon. In the case of Coronavirus, there are many medical terms the average person might not understand. CNN breaks them down here.

Etsy has started cracking down on coronavirus merchandise, The Verge

As sellers on Etsy have begun capitalizing on Coronavirus, mentioning that their products can help protect against the virus, Etsy has taken measures to remove merchandise on the platform to avoid misinformation.

Facebook closes Seattle office after contractor tests positive for coronavirus, CNBC

Amazon and Facebook have not both had employees test positive for Coronavirus

Companies, with the former only asking employees experiencing symptoms to stay home while Facebook shut its office and encouraged employees to work from home until March 31.

The markets continue to be a rollercoaster as companies change financial forecasts, CNBC

While BJ’s Wholesale Club says it’s too early to gauge, Southwest Airlines announced that Coronavirus could cost the business up to $300 million during its first quarter as customer demand declines and trip cancellations ramp.

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 4, 2020 Edition

COVID-19: Implications for business, McKindsey & Company

In this analysis, McKinsey shares specific challenges the human tragedy will have on business operations.

China’s economy could shrink for the first time in decades because of the coronavirus, CNN

Coronavirus is taking its toll on the world’s second largest economy, and the businesses that serve it. China’s factories recorded their worst month on record in February; global businesses such as ABInBev have lost millions in revenue; and companies have struggled to reopen or hire workers during the government-mandated shutdown.

Live updates: Italy to close schools as coronavirus death toll passes 100, L.A. County declares health emergency as cases mount, Washington Post

Los Angeles declared Coronavirus a local health emergency, and other cities are confirming new cases. This is leading to increase disruptions in work and daily life as local governments, schools and companies increase precautionary policies to avoid the spread of the virus.

Drug shortages likely from India, China as coronavirus spreads, Fox News

Coronavirus isn’t only a healthcare threat in terms of contracting the virus; it is also likely to cause drug shortages. Many factories in India and China have halted production of drugs that could impact the availability of antibiotics and vitamins.

Coronavirus: China’s tech fights back, BBC

Technology is being put to use for good as Coronavirus spread. “Disinfecting robots, smart helmets, thermal camera-equipped drones and advanced facial recognition software are all being deployed,” reports BBC. Use cases span identifying symptoms, spraying disinfectants and delivering medical samples, and monitoring the disease’s spread.  

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Coronavirus Daily Digest: March 3, 2020 Edition

Twitter is strongly encouraging all employees to work from home to prevent spreading coronavirus, The Verge

Major tech companies are telling employees not to come into the office over concern for community spread. Twitter and Coinbase are amongst the companies to do so today. With public transportation and other exposure risk, many are like to continue following suit.

U.S. stocks volatile after Fed’s interest rate cut, The New York Times

After a dire drop in the wake of Coronavirus concerns last week, stocks rebounded with news of The Federal Reserve slashing interest rates, only to drop again.

As coronavirus spreads in the US, employers gear up for massive work-from-home experiment, ABC News

Employers should think about remote work measures, what jobs must be done from the office and alternatives for getting that work done. This article also outlines how to communicate expectations to ensure business continuity and productivity with remote workers.

8 Questions Employers Should Ask About Coronavirus, Harvard Business Review

This helpful article shares considerations for potential scenarios the Coronavirus poses for businesses and what threats and measures to consider.

Up to 1 million people could be tested for coronavirus in the US by the end of the week, health officials say, CNN

As concern over community-related spread of Coronavirus spreads, the US Food and Drug Administration expanded who could test for the virus. With additional labs able to develop their own testing, private companies and academic centers may be able to test.

Stay tuned for more in the coming days.

Posted on March 31, 2020 in Crisis Communications

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