The coronavirus is spreading from America’s biggest cities to its suburbs, and has begun encroaching on the nation’s rural regions. The virus is believed to have infected millions of citizens and has killed more than 34,000.
Yet President Trump this week proposed guidelines for reopening the economy and suggested that a swath of the United States would soon resume something resembling normalcy. For weeks now, the administration’s view of the crisis and our future has been rosier than that of its own medical advisers, and of scientists generally.
In truth, it is not clear to anyone where this crisis is leading us. More than 20 experts in public health, medicine, epidemiology and history shared their thoughts on the future during in-depth interviews. When can we emerge from our homes? How long, realistically, before we have a treatment or vaccine? How will we keep the virus at bay?
Some felt that American ingenuity, once fully engaged, might well produce advances to ease the burdens. The path forward depends on factors that are certainly difficult but doable, they said: a carefully staggered approach to reopening, widespread testing and surveillance, a treatment that works, adequate resources for health care providers — and eventually an effective vaccine.
Still, it was impossible to avoid gloomy forecasts for the next year. The scenario that Mr. Trump has been unrolling at his daily press briefings — that the lockdowns will end soon, that a protective pill is almost at hand, that football stadiums and restaurants will soon be full — is a fantasy, most experts said.
“We face a doleful future,” said Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, a former president of the National Academy of Medicine.
He and others foresaw an unhappy population trapped indoors for months, with the most vulnerable possibly quarantined for far longer. They worried that a vaccine would initially elude scientists, that weary citizens would abandon restrictions despite the risks, that the virus would be with us from now on.
“My optimistic side says the virus will ease off in the summer and a vaccine will arrive like the cavalry,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a preventive medicine specialist at Vanderbilt University medical school. “But I’m learning to guard against my essentially optimistic nature.”
Most experts believed that once the crisis was over, the nation and its economy would revive quickly. But there would be no escaping a period of intense pain.
Exactly how the pandemic will end depends in part on medical advances still to come. It will also depend on how individual Americans behave in the interim. If we scrupulously protect ourselves and our loved ones, more of us will live. If we underestimate the virus, it will find us.
More Americans may die than the White House admits.
By comparison, heart disease typically kills 1,774 Americans a day, and cancer kills 1,641.
Yes, the coronavirus curves are plateauing. There are fewer hospital admissions in New York, the center of the epidemic, and fewer Covid-19 patients in I.C.U.s. The daily death toll is still grim, but no longer rising.
While this is encouraging news, it masks some significant concerns. The institute’s projection runs through Aug. 4, describing only the first wave of this epidemic. Without a vaccine, the virus is expected to circulate for years, and the death tally will rise over time.
The gains to date were achieved only by shutting down the country, a situation that cannot continue indefinitely. The White House’s “phased” plan for reopening will surely raise the death toll no matter how carefully it is executed. The best hope is that fatalities can be held to a minimum.
Reputable longer-term projections for how many Americans will die vary, but they are all grim. Various experts consulted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March predicted that the virus eventually could reach 48 percent to 65 percent of all Americans, with a fatality rate just under 1 percent, and would kill up to 1.7 million of them if nothing were done to stop the spread.
In this country, hospitals in several cities, including New York, came to the brink of chaos. Officials in both Wuhan and New York had to revise their death counts upward this week when they realized that many people had died at home of Covid-19, strokes, heart attacks or other causes, or because ambulances never came for them.
In fast-moving epidemics, far more victims pour into hospitals or die at home than doctors can test; at the same time, the mildly ill or asymptomatic never get tested. Those two factors distort the true fatality rate in opposite ways. If you don’t know how many people are infected, you don’t know how deadly a virus is.
China is also revising its own estimates. In February, a major study concluded that only 1 percent of cases in Wuhan were asymptomatic. New research says perhaps 60 percent were. Our knowledge gaps are still wide enough to make epidemiologists weep.
“All models are just models,” Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, science adviser to the White House coronavirus task force, has said. “When you get new data, you change them.”
There may be good news buried in this inconsistency: The virus may also be mutating to cause fewer symptoms. In the movies, viruses become more deadly. In reality, they usually become less so, because asymptomatic strains reach more hosts. Even the 1918 Spanish flu virus eventually faded into the seasonal H1N1 flu.
No one knows exactly what percentage of Americans have been infected so far — estimates have ranged from 3 percent to 10 percent — but it is likely a safe bet that at least 300 million of us are still vulnerable.
Until a vaccine or another protective measure emerges, there is no scenario, epidemiologists agreed, in which it is safe for that many people to suddenly come out of hiding. If Americans pour back out in force, all will appear quiet for perhaps three weeks.
“There’s this magical thinking saying, ‘We’re all going to hunker down for a while and then the vaccine we need will be available,’” said Dr. Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
In his wildly popular March 19 article in Medium, “Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance,” Tomas Pueyo correctly predicted the national lockdown, which he called the hammer, and said it would lead to a new phase, which he called the dance, in which essential parts of the economy could reopen, including some schools and some factories with skeleton crews.
Surges are inevitable, the models predict, even when stadiums, churches, theaters, bars and restaurants remain closed, all travelers from abroad are quarantined for 14 days, and domestic travel is tightly restricted to prevent high-intensity areas from reinfecting low-intensity ones.
The tighter the restrictions, experts say, the fewer the deaths and the longer the periods between lockdowns. Most models assume states will eventually do widespread temperature checks, rapid testing and contact tracing, as is routine in Asia.
Even the “Opening Up America Again” guidelinesMr. Trump issued on Thursday have three levels of social distancing, and recommend that vulnerable Americans stay hidden. The plan endorses testing, isolation and contact tracing — but does not specify how these measures will be paid for, or how long it will take to put them in place.
Americans can take domestic flights, drive where they want, and roam streets and parks. Despite restrictions, everyone seems to know someone discreetly arranging play dates for children, holding backyard barbecues or meeting people on dating apps.
“It will be a frightening schism,” Dr. David Nabarro, a World Health Organization special envoy on Covid-19, predicted. “Those with antibodies will be able to travel and work, and the rest will be discriminated against.”
Soon the government will have to invent a way to certify who is truly immune. A test for IgG antibodies, which are produced once immunity is established, would make sense, said Dr. Daniel R. Lucey, an expert on pandemics at Georgetown Law School. Many companies are working on them.
The California adult-film industry pioneered a similar idea a decade ago. Actors use a cellphone app to prove they have tested H.I.V. negative in the last 14 days, and producers can verify the information on a password-protected website.
As Americans stuck in lockdown see their immune neighbors resuming their lives and perhaps even taking the jobs they lost, it is not hard to imagine the enormous temptation to join them through self-infection, experts predicted. Younger citizens in particular will calculate that risking a serious illness may still be better than impoverishment and isolation.
“My daughter, who is a Harvard economist, keeps telling me her age group needs to have Covid-19 parties to develop immunity and keep the economy going,” said Dr. Michele Barry, who directs the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University.
Dozens of Cuba’s homeless youths infected themselves through sex or blood injections to get in, said Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila, an AIDS specialist who is Cuba’s version of Dr. Fauci. Many died before antiretroviral therapy was introduced.
It would be a gamble for American youth, too. The obese and immunocompromised are clearly at risk, but even slim, healthy young Americans have died of Covid-19.
The virus can be kept in check, but only with expanded resources.
The next two years will proceed in fits and starts, experts said. As more immune people get back to work, more of the economy will recover.
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But if too many people get infected at once, new lockdowns will become inevitable. To avoid that, widespread testing will be imperative.
Dr. Fauci has said “the virus will tell us” when it’s safe. He means that once a national baseline of hundreds of thousands of daily tests is established across the nation, any viral spread can be spotted when the percentage of positive results rises.
To keep the virus in check, several experts insisted, the country also must start isolating all the ill — including mild cases.
In this country, patients who test positive are asked to stay in their homes but keep away from their families.
Television news has been filled with recuperating personalities like CNN’s Chris Cuomo, sweating alone in his basement while his wife left food atop the stairs, his children waved and the dogs hung back.
But even Mr. Cuomo ended up illustrating why the W.H.O. strongly opposes home isolation. On Wednesday, he revealed that his wife had the virus.
“If I was forced to select only one intervention, it would be the rapid isolation of all cases,” said Dr. Bruce Aylward, who led the W.H.O. observer team to China.
In China, anyone testing positive, no matter how mild their symptoms, was required to immediately enter an infirmary-style hospital — often set up in a gymnasium or community center outfitted with oxygen tanks and CT scanners.
There, they recuperated under the eyes of nurses. That reduced the risk to families, and being with other victims relieved some patients’ fears. Nurses even led dance and exercise classes to raise spirits, and help victims clear their lungs and keep their muscle tone.
Still, experts were divided on the idea of such wards. Dr. Fineberg co-wrote a New York Times Op-Ed article calling for mandatory but “humane quarantine processes.”
By contrast, Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, opposed the idea, saying: “I don’t trust our government to remove people from their families by force.”
Ultimately, suppressing a virus requires testing all the contacts of every known case. But the United States is far short of that goal.
Someone working in a restaurant or factory may have dozens or even hundreds of contacts. In China’s Sichuan Province, for example, each known case had an average of 45 contacts.
Even though limited human trials of three candidates — two here and one in China — have already begun, Dr. Fauci has repeatedly said that any effort to make a vaccine will take at least a year to 18 months.
All the experts familiar with vaccine production agreed that even that timeline was optimistic. Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccinologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, noted that the record is four years, for the mumps vaccine.
Researchers differed sharply over what should be done to speed the process. Modern biotechnology techniques using RNA or DNA platforms make it possible to develop candidate vaccines faster than ever before.
But clinical trials take time, in part because there is no way to rush the production of antibodies in the human body.
Also, for unclear reasons, some previous vaccine candidates against coronaviruses like SARS have triggered “antibody-dependent enhancement,” which makes recipients more susceptible to infection, rather than less. In the past, vaccines against H.I.V. and dengue have unexpectedly done the same.
A new vaccine is usually first tested in fewer than 100 young, healthy volunteers. If it appears safe and produces antibodies, thousands more volunteers — in this case, probably front-line workers at the highest risk — will get either it or a placebo in what is called a Phase 3 trial.
It is possible to speed up that process with “challenge trials.” Scientists vaccinate small numbers of volunteers, wait until they develop antibodies, and then “challenge” them with a deliberate infection to see if the vaccine protects them.
Challenge trials are used only when a disease is completely curable, such as malaria or typhoid fever. Normally, it is ethically unthinkable to challenge subjects with a disease with no cure, such as Covid-19.
But in these abnormal times, several experts argued that putting a few Americans at high risk for fast results could be more ethical than leaving millions at risk for years.
“Fewer get harmed if you do a challenge trial in a few people than if you do a Phase 3 trial in thousands,” said Dr. Lipsitch, who recently published a paper advocating challenge trials in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Almost immediately, he said, he heard from volunteers.
Others were deeply uncomfortable with that idea. “I think it’s very unethical — but I can see how we might do it,” said Dr. Lucey.
The hidden danger of challenge trials, vaccinologists explained, is that they recruit too few volunteers to show whether a vaccine creates enhancement, since it may be a rare but dangerous problem.
“Challenge trials won’t give you an answer on safety,” said Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. “It may be a big problem.”
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, a virologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, suggested an alternative strategy. Pick at least two vaccine candidates, briefly test them in humans and do challenge trials in monkeys. Start making the winner immediately, even while widening the human testing to look for hidden problems.
As arduous as testing a vaccine is, producing hundreds of millions of doses is even tougher, experts said.
Most American vaccine plants produce only about 5 million to 10 million doses a year, needed largely by the 4 million babies born and 4 million people who reach age 65 annually, said Dr. R. Gordon Douglas Jr., a former president of Merck’s vaccine division.
But if a vaccine is invented, the United States could need 300 million doses — or 600 million if two shots are required. And just as many syringes.
“People have to start thinking big,” Dr. Douglas said. “With that volume, you’ve got to start cranking it out pretty soon.”
Flu vaccine plants are large, but those that grow the vaccines in chicken eggs are not suitable for modern vaccines, which grow in cell broths, he said.
European countries have plants but will need them for their own citizens. China has a large vaccine industry, and may be able to expand it over the coming months. It might be able to make vaccines for the United States, experts said. But captive customers must pay whatever price the seller asks, and the safety and efficacy standards of some Chinese companies are imperfect.
India and Brazil also have large vaccine industries. If the virus moves rapidly through their crowded populations, they may lose millions of citizens but achieve widespread herd immunity well before the United States does. In that case, they might have spare vaccine plant capacity.
Alternatively, suggested Arthur M. Silverstein, a retired medical historian at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the government might take over and sterilize existing liquor or beer plants, which have large fermentation vats.
“Any distillery could be converted,” he said.
Treatments are likely to arrive first.
In the short term, experts were more optimistic about treatments than vaccines. Several felt that so-called convalescent serum could work.
The basic technique has been used for over a century: Blood is drawn from people who have recovered from a disease, then filtered to remove everything but the antibodies. The antibody-rich immunoglobulin is injected into patients.
The obstacle is that there are now relatively few survivors to harvest blood from.
In the pre-vaccine era, antibodies were “farmed” in horses and sheep. But that process was hard to keep sterile, and animal proteins sometimes triggered allergic reactions.
The modern alternative is monoclonal antibodies. These treatment regimens, which recently came very close to conquering the Ebola epidemic in eastern Congo, are the most likely short-term game changer, experts said.
The most effective antibodies are chosen, and the genes that produce them are spliced into a benign virus that will grow in a cellular broth.
But, as with vaccines, growing and purifying monoclonal antibodies takes time. In theory, with enough production, they could be used not just to save lives but to protect front-line workers.
Antibodies can last for weeks before breaking down — how long depends on many factors, Dr. Silverstein noted — and they cannot kill virus that is already hidden inside cells.
Having a daily preventive pill would be an even better solution, because pills can be synthesized in factories far faster than vaccines or antibodies can be grown and purified.
But even if one were invented, production would have to ramp up until it was as ubiquitous as aspirin, so 300 million Americans could take it daily.
“I doubt anyone will tolerate high doses, and there are vision issues if it accumulates,” Dr. Barry said. “But it would be interesting to see if it could work as a PrEP-like drug,” she added, referring to pills used to prevent H.I.V.
Others were harsher, especially about Mr. Trump’s idea of combining a chloroquine with azithromycin.
“It’s total nonsense,” said Dr. Luciana Borio, a former director of medical and biodefense preparedness at the National Security Council. “I told my family, if I get Covid, do not give me this combo.”
Chloroquine might protect patients hospitalized with pneumonia against lethal cytokine storms because it damps down immune reactions, several doctors said.
Several antivirals, including remdesivir, favipiravir and baloxavir, are being tested again the coronavirus; the latter two are flu drugs.
Trials of various combinations in China are set to issue results by next month, but they will be small and possibly inconclusive because doctors there ran out of patients to test. End dates for most trials in the United States are not yet set.
Goodbye, ‘America First.’
Previously unthinkable societal changes have taken place already. Schools and business have closed in every state, and tens of millions have applied for unemployment. Taxes and mortgage payments are delayed, and foreclosures forbidden.
Stimulus checks, intended to offset the crisis, began landing in checking accounts this week, making much of America, temporarily, a welfare state. Food banks are opening across the country, and huge lines have formed.
A public health crisis of this magnitude requires international cooperation on a scale not seen in decades. Yet Mr. Trump is moving to defund the W.H.O., the only organization capable of coordinating such a response.
And he spent most of this year antagonizing China, which now has the world’s most powerful functioning economy and may become the dominant supplier of drugs and vaccines. China has used the pandemic to extend its global influence, and says it has sent medical gear and equipment to nearly 120 countries.
A major recipient is the United States, through Project Airbridge, an air-cargo operation overseen by Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
This is not a world in which “America First” is a viable strategy, several experts noted.
“If President Trump cares about stepping up the public health efforts here, he should look for avenues to collaborate with China and stop the insults,” said Nicholas Mulder, an economic historian at Cornell University. He has called Mr. Kushner’s project “Lend-Lease in reverse,” a reference to American military aid to other countries during World War II.
Dr. Osterholm was even blunter. “If we alienate the Chinese with our rhetoric, I think it will come back to bite us,” he said.
“What if they come up with the first vaccine? They have a choice about who they sell it to. Are we top of the list? Why would we be?”
Once the pandemic has passed, the national recovery may be swift. The economy rebounded after both world wars, Dr. Mulder noted.
The psychological fallout will be harder to gauge. The isolation and poverty caused by a long shutdown may drive up rates of domestic abuse, depression and suicide.
Even political perspectives may shift. Initially, the virus heavily hit Democratic cities like Seattle, New York and Detroit. But as it spreads through the country, it will spare no one.
He calculated that those voters could be 30 percent more likely to die of the virus.
In the periods after both wars, Dr. Mulder noted, society and incomes became more equal. Funds created for veterans’ and widows’ pensions led to social safety nets, measures like the G.I. Bill and V.A. home loans were adopted, unions grew stronger, and tax benefits for the wealthy withered.
If a vaccine saves lives, many Americans may become less suspicious of conventional medicine and more accepting of science in general — including climate change, experts said.
The blue skies that have shone above American cities during this lockdown era could even become permanent.
These 37 Business Articles Are Must-Reads for Any Entrepreneur
1. “50 Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur”
Do you have a feeling you might be an entrepreneur at heart? In “50 Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur,” published on Entrepreneur.com, John Rampton could point out the one—or many—things that makes you the perfect small business owner deep down inside.
Entrepreneurs and business owners have a certain kind of spirit and drive that keeps pushing them forward. Use this business article to find out if you possess the qualities of an entrepreneur yourself.
2. “The iEconomy”
If you’re a small business owner on the forefront of the tech industry, then the New York Times’ “The iEconomy” is one of the best compilations of business articles to read.
The articles in this Pulitzer Prize-winning series look closely at the constantly changing high-tech industry. As an entrepreneur in a tech-facing business, you might find that the iEconomy series has a unique outlook on how challenging it can be to keep up in the tech industry.
3. “‘Don’t Take It Personally’ Is Terrible Work Advice”
In this Harvard Business Review article, Duncan Coombe explains why small business owners and employees should take work personally.
This Harvard Business Review piece is one of the best business articles for entrepreneurs looking for advice on how to engage their employees, build a successful business, and take pride in their work.
4. “Why You Hate Work”
In the New York Times’ “Why You Hate Work,” Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath look into what the modern employee needs to be fulfilled while in the workplace.
If you’re wondering how you can make your employees happier at work, this is one of the best business articles to read. Schwartz and Porath dive deep into what motivates people—and what pushes them away.
Or if you’re one of those 9-to-5 employees who hates your job, this might be one of the best business articles to inspire you to take your career into your own hands.
5. “Think You’re Too Old to Be an Entrepreneur? Think Again”
Despite what you might have learned from “Silicon Valley” or “The Social Network,” not every entrepreneur is a 20-something male wearing a hoodie.
If you’re looking for business articles that will reassure you that you’re not too young to start your own business, then you’ve found one in this infographic. Entrepreneurs are of all ages and come from all walks of life, and Anna Vital’s infographic will convince you of that.
6. “Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change”
“Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change,” by legendary economics scholar Clayton Christensen and business consultant Michael Overdorf, is one of the best business articles for entrepreneurs who need help getting a handle on change in their business.
Growing pains are an inevitable part of any successful small business. This article helps business owners identify when their companies desperately need a change or how to handle change when it’s thrown their way.
The Harvard Business Review has a handful of small business articles that have withstood the test of time, but “Meeting the Challenge of Disruptive Change” is one of the best business articles to keep coming back to as you manage more and more employees.
7. “What Makes a Leader?”
Another one of the best business articles in the Harvard Business Review is “What Makes a Leader?” by Daniel Goleman.
Starting and growing your own business is one thing. Managing and leading your employees once you’ve gotten a few years of business experience under your belt can be a whole different skill set. If you need some advice on how to be a more effective leader of your small business, this is a great read.
8. “The Top 5 Reasons Why ‘The Customer Is Always Right’ Is Wrong”
You’ve heard it before—or maybe you’ve said it yourself: “The customer is always right.”
In his Huffington Post article, Alexander Kjerulf explains why “the customer is always right” shouldn’t be your motto as a small business owner. If you deal with customers in your day-to-day operations, this business article deserves your attention. You’ll not only realize why you might be treating your customers wrong, but you also might find that you’re making your employees worse-off along the way.
9. “Reclaim Your Creative Confidence”
While most of the Harvard Business Review’s business articles are tailored to the management side of things, “Reclaim Your Creative Confidence” is all about empowering the creative side in everyone.
Creativity is an important trait in a business leader—a recent IBM survey of chief executives around the world shows that it’s the most sought-after trait in a leader. But as a business owner trying to run a successful company, you might put your creative, “big picture” ideas on the back burner while you work through the operations of your business.
But it’s creativity and innovation that drive businesses and industries forward. So if you feel like you need to re-spark your creative spirit as an entrepreneur, “Reclaim your Creative Confidence” is one of the best business articles to read through.
10. “Richard Branson to Young Entrepreneurs: ‘Just Do It’”
In Oscar Raymundo’s Inc. article, famous entrepreneur Richard Branson explains why young wannabe entrepreneurs need to get over the inherent risk factor of starting a business.
You can sit on a great business idea for years, weighing the pros and cons of starting it. But according to Branson, a point in time comes when you have to just do it. If you fail, you fail—and hopefully, you learned something valuable for your next business venture along the way.
“His message was very clear: It takes guts but you have to just do it. Feel the fear, but do it anyway,” says Darko Jacimovic, who says Branson’s article gave him the confidence to start his business.—WhatToBecome.com. “Over the course of the years, I have realized that this advice helped me stop overthinking and pushed me to start working. Now that I reflect on my experience, I realize how such simple advice is incredibly important for young entrepreneurs.”
If you’re an entrepreneur who’s been poised to launch a small business for quite some time now, this is one of the best business articles to help you make the plunge.
11. “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?”
“Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?” will make you look closely into your skills as a business leader.
This Harvard Business Review article gives four traits of the best kinds of business owners—and they’re qualities that you’ve probably never thought of before. So if you’re looking for business articles that not only help you take a step back and look at how you are as a leader but also give you tangible steps to become a better one, this piece is for you.
12. “6 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away: How to Recognize Them in Yourself and Change Them”
Have you noticed a lot of your employees don’t last long at your business? Or maybe you have a hard time finding customers who keep coming back?
First published in 1999, this article teaches us what it means to develop ourselves and place ourselves in the best possible positions—not just for you, but for everyone. How can you make the greatest possible contribution to your business, to your organization, or to your community? This article will get you closer to figuring out what your fundamental strengths are, and how you can use them to perform better at anything you do.
14. “Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid”
“Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid” is one of the most popular business articles around.
Because this article features an overwhelmingly accurate list by clinical social worker Amy Morin on what to avoid if you want to be a better leader. You might find that, without knowing it, you spend so much time and energy on thoughts and actions that will hold you back in the long run—like wasting time trying to prevent change or worrying about pleasing others.
This is one of the best business articles to figure out the things you do that are setting both you and your business back.
This article highlights the things that you think are motivating your best employees to be even better, but are actually discouraging them. The article looks at a study done on employee incentives at five commercial businesses—and you might be surprised by the results.
An “Employee of the Month” award program? Don’t do one. Read the article to learn why.
16. “Why Google Doesn’t Care About College Degrees”
This VentureBeat article gives you an inside look into how one of the most successful businesses in the world goes about hiring their employees. (Hint: It’s not about expertise—it’s about skill, talent, and grit.)
“It stresses that when every applicant is the best and brightest from a great school with a great GPA, does any of that really mean much anymore”? says Chane Steiner, CEO of Crediful. “People want to hire the best, but determining who that is has to be about more than a piece of paper. What are applicants capable of? The answer to that is likely not found on a college campus anymore. ”
So the next time you’re hiring for your small business, pull this piece up—it’s one of the best business articles to get you thinking about how you can get the best talent for your business.
17. “Managing the Family Business”
If you own or are a part of a family-owned business, then you know how downright complicated it can get. The best business owners can keep their personal and business life separate, but it gets tricky when the two are inherently connected.
If you’re looking for the best business articles specifically for family-owned businesses, then go straight to Harvard Business Review’s two-part series called “Managing the Family Business.”
18. “How Things Change”
While you might be surprised to find this one on a list of the best business articles, “How Things Change” is a worthy 30-second read for any entrepreneur who feels discouraged.
TechCrunch’s Greg Kumparak summarizes the crazy journey of entrepreneurship in just three tweets from Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp.
19. “The Psychological Price Of Entrepreneurship”
Working a traditional 9 to 5 can have its stress, and the stress, worry, and fear that comes along with the make or break atmosphere of being an entrepreneur can be even more intense. Entrepreneur and investor Kumar Arora explains the psychological impact being an entrepreneur can have on a person from his first-hand experiences in his Forbes article “The Psychological Price Of Entrepreneurship.”
Starting and running your own business can be an isolating and physically and mentally exhausting process and it’s important to keep your mental wellbeing in mind. This advice from Arora is one of the best pieces to help you prepare for life as an entrepreneur.
20. “8 Mistakes First-Time Founders Make When Starting a Business”
When you’re just starting out it can be easy to fall into the same pitfalls many entrepreneurs fall into. But maybe with this article, you won’t have to.
Mitch Zuklie, the CEO of Orrick Law Firm, and a business and legal advisor wrote about the top mistakes he sees entrepreneurs make. He detailed the mistakes that include growing too fast, and ignoring sound advice, in an article for Entrepreneur Magazine.
21. “How to Hire the Right Person”
Finding the right people to fill out your new business can be hard and you want only the best. Compiled from more than 500 interviews, the article “How to Hire the Right Person” by Adam Bryant of The New York Times brings together some of the best hiring advice from CEO’s he’s interviewed.
From questions to setting Bryant breaks down some of the best advice he’s gotten over the years. Some of the advice includes walking candidates around the office, paying attention to what questions they ask, assigning them a take-home task, and more.
22. “A Study of 3,526 Companies Shows 1 Decision Makes Startups More Successful. Most Founders Do the Opposite”
The appeal of having a partner in business is strong. Some entrepreneurs feel more comfortable having someone to share the work of starting a business with, but research shows that might not give the company the best chances of survival.
Research from New York University and the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania found that companies with a solo CEO were actually more likely to succeed. A story from Inc. breaks down the method used to derive the findings, but it turns out going it alone might actually be an advantage.
23. “CEOs Share Their Best Advice for College Graduates”
This article rounds up some of the best advice CEOs had for college graduates this year, but most of it can also be applied to new entrepreneurs. Both recent grads and entrepreneurs are starting a new chapter in their careers and the advice in “CEOs Share Their Best Advice for College Graduates,” can be helpful to them both.
The ability to listen, have patience, and be flexible were all traits CEOs highlighted in their advice to students. After years of experience and earning the title “CEO” they’ve learned a thing or two that can be helpful to those looking to follow in their footsteps.
24. “7 Tips For Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs, According To A CEO”
This article is based on advice from CEO and founder of the woman-powered app Mogul, Tiffany Pham. It’s a compilation of advice from her book and interviews with Bustle. While her book offers far more insight into how she got to be where she is today, “7 Tips For Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs, According To A CEO,”gives a quick preview.
Pham’s advice is centered around her experiences and lessons she’s learned over the years that could help other female entrepreneurs. Her book is called “You Are a Mogul: How to Do the Impossible, Do It Yourself, and Do It Now.”
25. “Good Advice: Tips From Successful Small Business Owners”
This article from The Hartford highlights what CEOs wish they had known back when they were first starting out. That includes the importance of a good support system and mental health and trusting their employees enough to delegate to them.
Sam Williamson, owner of the business Streaming Movies Right, says his favorite business article is “The Slow Death of Hollywood” by Matt Stoller. The article focuses on the monopoly that Netflix and other streaming platforms are trying to create, and how it will impact creatives and the film industry.
“It fascinated me when I read it at first because in my mind, the abundance of streaming options had previously seemed like a great move for filmmakers,” Williamson says. “But the way that Stoller lays it out reminds me that often convenience is created at the cost of ethics, and this certainly seems to be the case with the streaming industry. It reminds me to generally question everything I see in business, no matter how ‘good’ it seems at first.”
27. “10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Own Business”
Written by entrepreneur John Rampton, the article recounts mistakes Rampton made when he launched his business, and what he could have done to prevent them.
“It’s brilliant for the preparation of being a business owner and guiding you through what to do and how to do it,” says Dean. “With that in mind, I think that knowing what could happen and how to overcome it or even mitigate the adverse effects will help to build the business in an effective manner and allow for fewer setbacks as time goes on.”
28. “3 of the Worst Ways Small Businesses Waste Money on Marketing”
The article, written by Donald Miller for the website BuildingAStoryBrand.com, recounts the mistakes Miller made when investing in marketing for his business, and how other entrepreneurs can avoid making the same mistakes.
29. “Protecting Your Valuable Trade Secrets, Proprietary, and Confidential Information”
This business article recommendation comes from Nick Galov, owner of the business Review42. he says this article, which was written by Richard Huford for the website Stout.com, helped him understand all the ways he needed to secure his business from hackers and cyberattacks.
“Although the article isn’t recent, the information is presented in a very clear way and based on some of the major legal acts,” says Galov. “As an IT expert, I appreciated the clarity of the article as I felt I honestly understood all of its main points. Of course, I needed more research afterward, but this article gave me a great starting point. ”
30. “10 Ways to Evaluate a Market”
Ben Mirecki, founder of CarPages.com, recommends Josh Kaufman’s article “10 Ways to Evaluate a Market.” The articleis a checklist that’s helpful in identifying the overall attractiveness of a new market.
“When considering investing in other markets, I like to reflect on Josh’s article and tick off each of his criteria during my research,” Mirecki says. “I think, If I were to start a new business, this article would definitely be an integral part of my own commercial strategy. For this reason, it is definitely one of the best articles I’ve read and I would definitely advise it to entrepreneurs when considering starting a business.”
31. “Being a Successful Entrepreneur Isn’t Only About Having the Best Ideas”
This recommendation comes from Dawna Boone, owner of Valet Maids. The article, published in the Harvard Business Review by Andy Molinsky, explains how entrepreneurship is more about execution than ideas.
“Often times, having a great idea or concept is praised,” Boone says. “However, the execution is what matters in business and entrepreneurship. Ideas are the easy part; execution is the hard part.”
“Our brains hold amazing power to push through any problems, create the next off-the-chart ideas, and to make business better. We just have to know HOW to access all that power,” says Grossman. “This article was eye-opening, and gave me an insider’s look into what Google’s brainstorming process looks like. Specifically, pay attention to the 10X idea, as well as building a prototype. We can do all of these things in our own businesses, even if it’s just one person doing the brainstorming.”
33. “What Is Strategy?”
This is another HBR article penned by Michael Porter that defines the difference between strategy and tactics. It comes recommended by Kevin Borders, CEO of Collage.com.
“‘What Is Strategy?‘ clearly defines the line between tactics and strategy, with strategy being a choice that you can’t have both ways, like high quality vs. low cost,” Borders sats. “The article has great examples of how failing to appreciate this difference has led to major blunders at large companies, and provides a mental framework for making successful strategic decisions at a company of any type and size.”
34. “1,000 True Fans”
“1000 True Fans,” an article penned by Kevin Kelly, is recommended by Ryan Hankins, a freelance copywriter. In the article, Kelly explains that to be a success, you don’t need millions of customers, just 1,000 true fans.
“The article does a great job of breaking down the math on the importance of building an audience and how that effect snowballs,” says Hankins.
35. “500+ Free Tools to Help You Bootstrap Your Startup”
“There are 500 tools on that article and they are divided in categories. Every and any time I need help figuring something out and know a tool could help I go back to this article. It has introduced me to endless ways which help me save time and manage my business because I don’t have to scroll on the play store for hours or go through articles to find recommendations,” Chopra says. “Moreover, it taught me that businesses need to be very tool-conscious. We usually have smaller teams which means finding the quickest way to do things and remembering that in today’s world there is a tool for all our problems. Definitely a lifesaver.”
“The article is my favorite for several reasons. It was the first time anyone talked about personal branding, which was a unique concept at the time. He thought it was as much about how you do it as what you do that impacts your success. It revolutionized the way people thought about jobs and their careers,” Marhsall says. “While Peters had no idea, when he wrote it, digital media and social networks were going to create a platform where everyone truly can be a brand—giving way to a whole new way people do business.”
37. “The Busy Trap”
Our last recommendation for the best business articles for entrepreneurs is “The Busy Trap,” an essay by Tim Kreider in the New York Times. The article comes recommended by Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation.com.
“As a business owner, I completely understand what it’s like to respond to the question (or talk to others that reply in kind) ‘How are you doing?’ with ‘I’m so busy!’ as a stock reply,” says Sweeney. “It’s a fascinating article because it’s applicable to everyone, especially entrepreneurs. They do have to stay busy to make sure their startup succeeds. But the important takeaway is that the busyness we fill our lives with must be purposeful and not consume all of who we are. Kreider notes, towards the end of the article, that while a few individuals *may* reflect upon their deathbeds that they wish they had worked harder, most will wish they had gotten another drink with a friend or spent more time with a loved one.”
Learn From the Best Business Articles
There you have it—the 37 business articles that every small business owner and entrepreneur should keep bookmarked. Sometimes good advice can be forgotten so make a point of writing down essential tips from your favorite articles and keeping them at your desk or in a running document. Entrepreneurship can be a difficult journey but with the right resources, including these articles, you can overcome roadblocks, level up your abilities, and plan for the future.
Thinking about the keywords you want to rank for is really the first and foremost step you need to take for your SEO strategy. Still, keyword research can be quite daunting. So, which keyword research mistakes should you avoid at all times? In this post, I’ll take you through the most common keyword research mistakes people are making. Being aware of these mistakes helps you set up a successful keyword research strategy and avoid practices that harm your rankings.
1. Not executing your keyword research correctly
Some people seem to think that they can forego keyword research, or that it’s no longer important. Doing proper keyword research can indeed be a tough, time-consuming process. And it’s true that ranking high isn’t just a matter of stuffing the right keyword in your text, and it hasn’t been for a long time. But skipping or winging your keyword research means you create content without a single idea of what your potential users are looking for. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’ll just instinctively know what your audience wants.
It’s still crucial you take some time to really dive into the language of your audience. Which words do they use? What terms do they search for? Which terms are competitive and which less so? The result of your keyword research should be an extensive list of keywords you would like to rank for. Make sure to update your keyword research list or sheet regularly. Your audience may change, as could your business focus and business needs. That has implications for your keyword strategy as well.
2. Aiming at unrealistic keywords
Make sure you aim for realistic keywords. Some niches are very competitive. Ranking in competitive niches is hard, especially if you’re just starting your website or business. If you’re just starting out, you shouldn’t aim for the competitive ‘head’ keywords (yet). Instead, focus on long tail keywords (which are easier to rank for and have a higher chance to convert).
For instance, if you have a fitness center and start a blog about fitness, it will be too hard to start ranking for the term [fitness]. Find out which aspects of your blog are unique and try ranking for those terms. Perhaps you write about fitness exercises for retired people. Aiming to rank for [fitness routines for retired people] could be a good strategy. In that case, you should also aim for [fitness tips for seniors], [fitness exercises for retirees] and so on. If you have been around in your niche for a little longer and you successfully rank for long-tail keywords, you could aim to rank for more head terms as well. Ranking for competitive keywords should be part of a long-term successful keyword research strategy.
3. Not thinking about search intent
More than ever, taking a good look at search intent is a crucial part of keyword research. You need to have a clear idea of the kind of intent that’s behind your keywords. People could be looking for information (informational intent), a specific website (navigational intent), or they might want to buy something (commercial or transactional intent). And that’s not all there is to it, as search engines aim to give users the exact answer they’re looking for. In other words, if your content doesn’t match searcher’s intent, it probably won’t make it to the results pages, no matter how great and well-optimized it is.
So, it’s important to evaluate whether the content you plan to publish for a certain keyword is in line with what people are looking for. You can do that by looking at the search results. Do the types of intent match? What answers do people want? Is your content in the right form? For instance, if you wrote an extensive DIY post to rank for the term [wedding decorations] and all you see in the results pages is online stores selling wedding decorations, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Check out this post about writing intent-based content for your keywords for more information on how to do that!
4. Using irrelevant keywords
This mistake is partly related to the previous one. If you don’t look at search intent, you’re more likely to optimize for words that potential visitors or customers won’t use. Two things can happen: either you do offer something people are looking for, but these potential visitors simply use different keywords and therefore won’t find you. Or, your keywords are too long tail and don’t get any traffic.
The keywords you aim to rank for should be the same words your customers use. Always try to use the language of your audience. Imagine yourself selling dresses for gala events. In your marketing, you refer to these dresses as ‘gala dresses’. However, most people do not search for [gala dress]. They search for [gown] or [evening dress]. You won’t get much traffic for the search term [gala dress] compared to the search terms [gown] or [evening dress].
The second problem could occur when you focus on long tail keywords that are so obscure they simply don’t generate any traffic. Long tail keywords are a great way to start your keyword strategy. These words attract less traffic, but you’ll have a higher chance to convert your visitors into buyers or returning visitors. People that use specific terms, to search for exactly that thing you’re writing about, are just a very good match. However, if your keyword is too specific and doesn’t bring in any traffic, it won’t help your SEO. So make sure you aim for long tail keywords that actually generate some traffic!
5. Focusing on only one keyword per post
If you write a nice blog post, its ranking opportunity may not be limited to one exact keyphrase, but includes related terms as well. So, if you can optimize for related (long tail) keyphrases without stretching it, you should definitely do so. For example, we have a post about timeless SEO tips. It’s optimized for [timeless SEO tips], but also for the similar phrases [universal SEO tactics] and [universal SEO improvements], and it’s doing quite well for each of these keywords.
Not sure how to optimize your content for related keywords and synonyms? Our Yoast SEO Premium plugin can help! It allows you to optimize for related focus keyphrases, and also gives you the option to define synonyms for your focus keyphrase, so that it can take them into account. Awesome, right?
6. Not checking whether you should use singular or plural
Always check if you should target the plural or the singular form of a specific keyword. Should you aim to rank for [ballet shoe] or for [ballet shoes]? Do people search for [holiday home] or [holiday homes]? While Google can recognize that the plural and singular versions of a word refer to the same thing, the search result pages and the number of results are often still different, because what users are looking for differs slightly.
In this case, again, it’s important to think about the intent of people searching for your keyword. Someone looking for the singular version of a keyword may be looking for information, while someone looking for the plural version could be looking to compare products and/or buy something. In any case, whether you should use a singular or a plural depends on your specific keyword and its intent, so take that into account.
7. Forgetting to evaluate
If you aim to rank for certain terms, make sure to check whether you succeed. You need to evaluate regularly if people actually find your articles. One way to do that is googling your proposed focus keyword every now and then. But be aware that your search results may be biased because Google has personalized search. So, use a private browser session, or a tool like https://valentin.app/ and check if your article turns up in the results. If you forget to evaluate, you won’t know whether you could aim for more competitive keywords or you should focus on long tail variants.
Conclusion: avoid these mistakes for a successful keyword research strategy
Executing keyword research takes a lot of time. It’s important that you take that time and really think about the terms you want to rank for. Read Keyword research: the ultimate guide for lots of practical tips that’ll help you to set up a successful keyword research strategy. And if it’s starting to look good, you can check for other common SEO mistakes as well.
As part of the recent $2 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress, most people will receive a check or direct deposit in the coming weeks and months. But how much will you get?
The answer, in multiple respects, is “it depends.”
First, it depends on your filing status: if you’re single, the payment is $1,200, but it doubles for a married couple filing jointly to $2,400.
It also depends on your family size; you’ll get an additional $500 for every child under the age of 17.
In addition, if you are claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, you are not entitled to any payment at all.
And for high-income taxpayers, it depends on just how high your income goes; a married couple will start to lose the payment once adjusted gross income (AGI) — think, all of your income less only a few deductions — exceeds $150,000, and the same will occur for a single taxpayer once AGI exceeds $75,000.
Easy enough…but lost among the other aspects of the calculation is that your payment also depends on whether or not you have filed your 2019 tax return, and that is a factor that you may still control.
According to the new law, the IRS is going to look first to your 2019 tax return to compute the payment. If no 2019 return has been filed, however, the IRS will grab your 2018 return instead. (If you receive Social Security and don’t need to file a return, the IRS will send you a payment based on your Form 1099-SSA).
This, of course, presents opportunity. An individual who has not yet prepared his or her 2019 return should take into account the relevant variables — adjusted gross income, marital status, number of children — and determine which year would yield the bigger payment. If it’s 2019, then you’d better hurry up and file; if it’s 2018, then hold that 2019 return back until you receive your payment.
Example 1.In 2018, A and B are married but have no children. Adjusted gross income for the couple is $200,000. In 2019, however, A and B have a child, and B takes a leave from work. As a result, income has dropped to $120,000.
Based on A and B’s 2018 return, they would receive no stimulus payment because their income exceeds the phase-out limit. Based on their 2019 return, however, they are entitled to a payment of $2,900 ($2,400 + $500). As a result, A and B should file their 2019 return as quickly as possible.
Example 2. C is claimed as a dependent on her parents’ tax return for 2018. In 2019, C graduates college and gets a job, and is no longer claimed as a dependent.
Based on C’s 2018 return, she is not entitled to any payment, because she is claimed as a dependent on another’s return. Based on her 2019 return, however, she is entitled to a stimulus payment of $1,200. As a result, she should file her 2019 return as quickly as possible.
Example 3. D, a single taxpayer, left the workforce in 2017 to go back to school. D was in school full time throughout 2018 and 2019, and as of yet, has not filed a return for either year. D should quickly file a 2019 return, even with no income, in order to generate a $1,200 stimulus payment.
In other scenarios, it will behoove you to delay filing your 2019 return until AFTER you’ve received the stimulus payment, a task made easier once the IRS delayed the April 15th filing deadline to July 15, 2020.
Example 4. In 2018, A and B have a 16-year old daughter and income of $120,000. In 2019, they have the same income, and their daughter has turned 17.
Based on A and B’s 2018 return, they are due a payment of $2,900 ($2,400 + $500). Based on their 2019 returns, however, the payment would drop to $2,400, because their daughter has turned 17. As a result, A and B should delay filing their 2019 return until they receive their payment.
Of course, you should also take into consideration any refund you would be due on your 2019 return. If it’s substantial enough that you don’t want to wait, then…well, you’ve got a decision to make. A large refund now and potentially a smaller stimulus, or a larger stimulus now and the same refund in a few months.
Of course, the stimulus payment is intended to be an advance payment against an actual credit you will compute on your 2020 tax return. Thus, you may suspect that in Example 4 above, by delaying the filing of their 2019 return in order to receive a $2,900 advance payment, A and B will receive only a temporary benefit, because when they file their 2020 return, they will receive a credit of only $2,400, and will be required to recognize income or, worse, pay back the extra $500 credit.
But that’s not how the stimulus package appears to work. In fact, it’s favorably one-directional: if your advance payment is LESS than what you’re owed when you compute your 2020 return, you’ll get the excess as a credit on that return. But if your advance credit is GREATER than what you’re actually owed come the filing of your 2020 return, there appears to be no mechanism to either 1) repay the excess payment, or 2) recognize the excess amount as income.
As a result, every taxpayer who has not yet filed their 2019 return must consider whether doing so will increase or decrease their stimulus payment and react accordingly.
In his Tuesday afternoon briefing with the coronavirus task force, President Trump couched earlier comments about the need to reopen the U.S. economy within weeks, emphasizing that the decision would ultimately be data driven and made in consultation with public health experts.
The president said he still wants Americans working again by Easter Sunday, something he first said during a virtual town hall with Fox earlier in the day. But he was much more circumspect over whether that would be possible from a medical standpoint.
“I want to assure Americans that we have a team of public health experts … also economists and other professionals working to develop a sophisticated plan to reopen the economy as soon as the time is right, one based on the best science, the best modeling and the best medical research there is anywhere on earth,” he said.
Trump stressed that this is a “medical crisis, this isn’t a financial crisis.”
In the Fox News TV special earlier Tuesday, Trump said he “would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”
That’s April 12, within the timeline of “weeks” that Trump said he hopes is appropriate for curtailing the social distancing, isolation and other measures that officials have outlined to slow the spread of the coronavirus — but that have also paralyzed the economy.
During the briefing, officials also recommended that people who have recently left the New York City metro area should self-quarantine for the next 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t spread.
The rate of infections inside the U.S. has not stopped climbing — by Tuesday afternoon, there were more than 50,000 confirmed cases nationwide, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University — and Trump’s April 12 target date is far sooner than other milestones set by officials across the country.
The District of Columbia has closed its schools through April 24, for example; schools in Virginia won’t reconvene at all for the rest of this academic year.
Trump and Vice President Pence have talked up what they call the need for the U.S. to reset in stride, as military commanders might say — to continue some mitigation measures to constrain the pandemic but also permit some businesses to reopen.
“You can destroy a country this way by closing it down,” Trump said in the Fox special on Tuesday.
The president and vice president framed one focus for the upcoming months on the most vulnerable populations, particularly older people with preexisting medical conditions.
Under this construction, life might shift away from keeping everyone apart to permitting more people to leave their homes and return to work. For the time being, Trump said Americans might still be discouraged from shaking hands and other such activity. “We can socially distance ourselves and go to work,” he said.
At the same time, as Pence described it, the national response would shift from one based on dispersing everyone to defending the elderly, although it isn’t clear whether public health officials agree or what new steps that might require.
Partway through isolation
The United States is nine days into a 15-day period of White House guidelines to “slow the spread” of the virus. When that ends, the administration will begin to assess whether to recommend more isolation and mitigation — or to permit some people to work or travel, as Trump has suggested.
It isn’t clear what metrics the White House might use when making that assessment, and the challenge of moving out of this isolation phase is compounded by the unequal affliction of the coronavirus across the country.
Washington state, California and New York state have been hit particularly hard but aren’t moving through their rates of infection at the same rate.
Dr. Deborah Birx, leader of the White House’s coronavirus response task force, says Washington state is about two weeks ahead of New York, for example.
The White House has acknowledged that many of the important upcoming decisions about the pandemic belong to governors or local officials. Trump and Pence have come under pressure, however, to at least give broad expectations about when life can start to get back to normal.
In recent days, the president has taken on board the idea that too much isolation and too much mitigation could be too ruinous for the economy, saying the “cure” can’t be worse than the disease.
“We have a pent-up energy that’s going to be unbelievable,” Trump said.
The president said he wants to be mindful about the need to balance public health interests with the desire to reopen America for business, but he also suggested that public health officials might be too conservative.
“I’m sure we have doctors who say, ‘Let’s keep it closed for two years,’ ” Trump said. “No, we’ve got to get it open — our people want it open, and that’s the way this country was built.”
Trump appeared in a separate interview on Fox on Tuesday and described a scene he had imagined in which millions of worshippers were able to attend Easter services next month.
“Wouldn’t it be great to have all of the churches full?” Trump said, noting that churches had been forced to move online because of social distancing guidelines.
“Online is never going to be like being there,” he said. “You’re going to have packed churches all over our country. I think it would be a beautiful time.”
Call for consensus on legislation
Trump and Pence called for Congress to complete work on the relief and stimulus legislation that has been under negotiation for the past several days, but they also faulted Democrats for what they called opportunism about the bill.
“All of a sudden they started to throw the Green New Deal stuff in — ‘we want green energy,’ ” Trump said.
The president dislikes wind turbines after a dispute over the prospect that they might be installed near a golf course he owns in Scotland, and Trump suggested on Tuesday that Democratic support for wind energy might have caused him to reject some of the proposals in the bill.
“They had things in there that were terrible — windmills all over the place … windmills that kill the birds and ruin the real estate, right?” Trump said.
Washington must focus on “the workers,” the president said. “Workers first.”
Trump said in his second interview on Fox that he wasn’t concerned about the costs associated with what could be a $2 trillion stimulus package, because he considered that to be an investment.
“It’s not really spending, because a lot of it is helping companies” through loans, he said. “It’s loaded to save corporations,” he said, specifically mentioning Boeing.
“They’re going to pay that back,” he said, noting that some may pay by giving the government some equity and also by repaying with interest.
“We’re going to get stock for the taxpayers of our country,” Trump said.
Lawmakers’ disagreements threaten a sweeping federal economic stabilization package.
Last-minute fighting among lawmakers over the details of a more than $1 trillion economic stabilization package to aid families and businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic left the sweeping legislation teetering on the brink on Sunday, with the Republican-controlled Senate pushing ahead toward a vote on the package without a formal compromise with Democrats.
The top four congressional leaders met with Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, to hash out differences over the package, which remains unfinished after days of rapid closed-door negotiations with administration officials and bipartisan groups of senators.
They emerged without news of an agreement, but indicated that talks would continue even as Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, planned to move forward with an initial procedural vote on the package during a rare Sunday session in the Senate.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who returned from San Francisco on Saturday to take part in the final stages of negotiations, went so far as to say the House would pursue its own legislation.
“It’s on the Senate side now because that’s their deadline for a vote,” Ms. Pelosi told reporters as she left the meeting. “But we’ll be introducing our own bill and hopefully, it will be compatible with what they discussed in the Senate.”
But Mr. McConnell said that the leaders “were very close” and “were still talking” after the meeting in his office, which included Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, the two minority leaders.
“We’re at the point in the discussion where people will shortly have to say yes or no,” he said. “And I’m confident, given the desire of the country to see an outcome, that we’ll get to yes.”
“Make no mistake about it, we’ll be voting tomorrow,” he added. “I mean, the wheel has to stop at some point.”
Having missed a self-imposed deadline at 5 p.m. on Saturday to strike a full agreement, Republicans began drafting and circulating their own text, which was obtained by The New York Times.
Democrats, for their part, continued to push for stronger protections for workers and raised alarms about the scope of some funding levels and programs. Among the concerns, according to Democratic aides, was the size of a Treasury Department fund and the discretion Mr. Mnuchin and his lieutenants would have to decide who would receive those funds, as well as how quickly the administration would have to disclose loans or loan guarantees made to companies and industries.
Democrats have also voiced concerns that the bill does not contain enough barriers to prevent industries from laying off their work forces after receiving federal funds, and are pushing for giving grants instead of loans to airlines.
Governors plead for masks and ventilators, but a top U.S. official says some areas will have to wait.
The governors of multiple states and other leaders made urgent pleas on Sunday for masks and other protective equipment to help fight the swelling outbreak, imploring the federal government to do more to increase the products’ availability.
California officials told hospitals to restrict coronavirus testing, and a hospital in Washington State warned that it could run out of life-preserving ventilators by early next month. Washington State’s Department of Health told local leaders that only the highest-priority areas would have access to the government’s reserves of protective equipment, including N95 masks.
As the number of cases in the United States crossed 29,000, local elected officials across the country have called on President Trump to use his authority under the Defense Production Act to mobilize the private sector to increase the production of scarce goods.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, which reported more than 750 cases, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that states continued to compete against one another in a race to procure protective gear as it became available.
“This should have been a coordinated effort by the federal government,” said Mr. Pritzker, a Democrat. “It’s a wild — Wild West, I would say, out there.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, also a Democrat, said on ABC’s “This Week” that the state needed “clear directive and guidance from the federal government.”
“Had the federal government really started focusing when it became clear that the whole world was going to be confronting this, we would be in a stronger position right now,” she said. “And that’s an issue I’m not going to belabor because I’ve got to keep solving problems and I would like the federal government to be a partner.”
In many cases, state and local officials are trying to strike a balance between sounding the alarm about their supply shortage and withholding sharp criticism of the Trump administration’s role in addressing those shortages as they lean on the federal government to provide critical aid.
Mr. Pritzker and Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey, a Democrat, praised the work of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for having fulfilled a fraction of their supply requests.
But Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” Mr. Trump would “not lift a finger to help his hometown” and repeatedly called for the military to be mobilized.
“If the president does not act,” Mr. de Blasio said, “people will die who could have lived otherwise.”
On “State of the Union,” Peter T. Gaynor, the F.E.M.A. administrator, said that the federal government was focused on places hit hardest: New York, California and Washington. Other areas not severely affected by the outbreak would simply have to wait.
“There’s hundreds of requests — virtually every state in the union looking for the same thing, and it’s not just the demand nationally, it’s a demand globally for these items,” he said.
He added, “If you don’t need it right away, you’re going to be a little bit farther down the list.”
Pressed on the number of supplies like masks that the government has distributed, Mr. Gaynor declined to say.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, said there were still not enough supplies at hospitals in her district, and argued that places where the epidemic was not as severe could ill afford to wait.
“The fact that the president has not really invoked the Defense Production Act for the purposes of emergency manufacturers is going to cost lives,” she said on “State of the Union.”
A Department of Defense contractor who had tested positive for the coronavirus died on Saturday, the Pentagon said on Sunday.
New York State now has roughly 5 percent of the world’s cases.
The jump stemmed from both the rapid growth of the outbreak and a significant increase in testing in the state. Health officials emphasized that testing was revealing how quickly the virus had spread.
There are now 15,168 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state, up 4,812 since Saturday, and 114 deaths, Mr. Cuomo said. About 13 percent, or 1,974 people in New York who tested positive for the virus, were hospitalized, Mr. Cuomo said.
The governor also took issue with what he called the “insensitive” and “arrogant” behavior of New York City residents who continued to gather in parks and other public spaces. Mr. Cuomo indicated that he would give the city 24 hours to come up with a plan to reduce density in these spaces, which he would need to approve.
“I don’t know what I’m saying that people don’t get,” Mr. Cuomo said, suggesting that city officials could close some streets to traffic to give residents more outdoor space.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York warned that the city’s hospitals were straining under a deluge of cases, and he again called on President Trump to send more help.
“April is going to be worse than March,” he said. “And I fear May will be worse than April.”
Also on Sunday, Mr. Cuomo said the Federal Emergency Management Agency would build four hospitals with a total of 1,000 beds at the sprawling Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side.
Mr. Cuomo also said that he supported continued testing for the virus, and that he wanted the federal government to test people for antibodies indicating they had recovered from the virus, in part to help combat health care worker shortages.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky tests positive for the virus.
Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, has tested positive for coronavirus, his office announced in a statement on Sunday. He is the first senator and the third member of Congress to test positive.
Mr. Paul “is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events,” his office said on Twitter, and he has since self-quarantined. His Washington office began operating remotely 10 days ago, the statement said, and “hence virtually no staff has had contact” with him. The statement did not detail how long Mr. Paul had been in quarantine.
Two other members of Congress — Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida and Representative Ben McAdams, Democrat of Utah — have also tested positive for the virus. Over a dozen others have since self-isolated after coming into contact with them or other individuals who had also tested positive for Covid-19. But as the Senate continues to meet in a bid to cut a deal on a massive rescue package, lawmakers have largely taken few precautions to comply with public health guidance.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said on Sunday that she was going into isolation because her doctor had tested positive for the coronavirus, as the country banned groups of more than two people from gathering, except for families, to fight the outbreak.
The chancellor was informed of her doctor’s infection after a news conference Sunday at which she announced the tough new measures severely limiting social contact. The doctor vaccinated Ms. Merkel against pneumonia on Friday, the chancellor’s office said.
Ms. Merkel said the new social-distancing rules, which would be in place for at least two weeks, were among the strictest that any country had imposed on movement outside the home. They were announced as the number of confirmed cases in Germany rose to more than 23,900 on Sunday, with more than 90 deaths.
Under the new restrictions, restaurants, which were previously allowed to seat customers during the day at a safe distance from one another, will be allowed to stay open but provide only delivery and takeout services. Hairdressers, massage studios and tattoo parlors must now close their doors.
The announcement came as officials prepared to make 150 billion euros, or more than $160 billion, available to help the country weather the fallout.
The measure is expected to be passed by Ms. Merkel’s government on Monday with Parliament taking it up later in the week.
Before she announced that she would be self-isolating, Ms. Merkel demonstrated what responsible shopping looked like in times of the coronavirus when she was spotted at her local supermarket in Berlin.
Gingerly, U.S. police departments take up enforcing restrictions.
The rapid spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. is creating twin challenges for police departments around the country: how and when to enforce the new safety regulations, and how to do their regular work during a national health emergency.
One after another, a series of states and counties have issued stay-at-home warnings, ordered most businesses to close and banned public gatherings and unnecessary travel, all in hopes of slowing the pandemic.
The country exceeded 30,000 known cases on Sunday afternoon, with at least 378 related deaths.
Several large police departments in areas under restriction orders, including the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, have said they would take a soft “education over enforcement” approach, preferring to warn violators than to arrest them.
“This isn’t martial law,” Chief Eddie Garcia of San Jose, Calif., told The Mercury News.
National Guard troops have been activated in all 50 states and several U.S. territories, but generally not for law enforcement duties. Rather, they are assisting with logistics, distributing supplies, setting up and operating testing sites, cleaning and securing public buildings and other urgent work.
The police in New Jersey, after breaking up several weddings, have reportedly arrested two hosts in recent days for holding large gatherings in defiance of the state’s order. But in general, there have been few reports of arrests for virus-related violations.
“If we see large groups, we’ll go and talk to them, educate them about it, and try and get compliance,” Chief Terence Monahan of the New York Police Department, told NY1.
Gov. David Ige of Hawaii on Saturday ordered a mandatory 14-day quarantine for everyone arriving in the state, including tourists and returning residents. Hawaii had 48 known cases on Sunday. Mr. Ige said in a Facebook post that failure to follow the order would be punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, up to a year’s imprisonment or both.
Police forces across the country said they were also cutting down on other kinds of arrests where possible, to avoid crowding more people into jails.
The researchers found that most cases occurred in regions with low temperatures, between 37.4 and 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit (or 3 and 17 degrees Celsius).
“Wherever the temperatures were colder, the number of the cases started increasing quickly,” said Qasim Bukhari, a computational scientist at M.I.T. who is a co-author of the study. “You see this in Europe, even though the health care there is among the world’s best.”
The temperature dependency is also clear within the United States, Dr. Bukhari said. Arizona, Florida and Texas have seen slower outbreak growth compared with Washington, New York and Colorado. Coronavirus cases in California have grown at a rate that falls somewhere in between.
Dr. Bukhari acknowledged that factors like travel restrictions, social distancing measures, variations in the availability of tests and hospital burdens might have affected the number of cases in different locations.
The combination of heat and high humidity that appears to reduce transmission comes mainly in July and August for much of the Northern Hemisphere, Dr. Bukhari cautioned.
“This suggests that even if the spread of the coronavirus decreases at higher humidity, its effect would be limited for regions above 40 degrees North, which includes most of the Europe and North America,” he said.
And because so much is unknown, no one can predict whether the virus will return with ferocity in the fall.
Thousands of health workers in Spain test positive, as countries worldwide struggle.
Some 3,500 doctors and other health workers in Spain have tested positive for the coronavirus, accounting for roughly 12 percent of the country’s roughly 28,500 cases, the Spanish health ministry said on Sunday, as authorities moved to extend countrywide emergency measures two more weeks.
The toll on health workers came amid some reports that hospital staffs had been forced to work without face masks and other basic protective gear. The number of dead in Spain rose by about 400 overnight to reach 1,753 on Sunday.
In the coming days, the Spanish army will also be deployed in greater numbers across the country, including to help transfer patients to hospitals.
“The wave that we’re going to suffer will be very hard, very hard in the coming weeks,” Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said in a televised news conference on Sunday.
The World Health Organization’s top emergency expert said on Sunday that lockdowns could not prevent a resurgence of the virus.
“What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them,” the expert, Mike Ryan, said in an interview on the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show.” “If we don’t put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up.”
Among the dead in Spain was Lorenzo Sanz, a former president of the soccer powerhouse Real Madrid, who died on Saturday, becoming the most prominent person to succumb to the virus in Spain to date. Mr. Sanz, 76, led the soccer club from 1995 to 2000. The Madrid region has been the epicenter of the Spanish coronavirus crisis, with more than 800 deaths.
Italy reported 3,957 new cases on Sunday and the country’s total reached 59,138. There were also 651 deaths, with the total reaching 5,476. But the increases in both numbers were lower than reported a day earlier, and officials hoped that the lockdowns and other restrictive measures were working.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece on Sunday announced “a ban on all unnecessary movement by citizens across the country.” As of 6 a.m. Monday, only those who are going to or from work, buying food, visiting a doctor or pharmacy, taking brief exercise or walking a pet will be allowed on the streets, Mr. Mitsotakis said. All citizens must carry their police identity cards or passports with them. Greece reported a total of 624 cases.
A quake struck on Sunday near the Croatian capital, Zagreb, complicating quarantine measures and sending residents pouring into the streets during a partial lockdown. A 15-year-old was reported to be in critical condition and others were injured, news outlets reported. It was the strongest earthquake to hit the city since 1880. Croatia has 235 cases.
Uzbekistan, which has reported 42 cases, said the country’s borders with Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan would be closed to everyone except foreign citizens leaving the country and international cargo haulers. From Wednesday, anyone not wearing a mask in a public place will be fined.
In Iran, the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rejected a reported offer of U.S. assistance, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus was “created by America.” The country has more than 21,000 cases. The French medical charity M.S.F., or Doctors Without Borders, said it was setting up a 50-bed emergency center to treat severe Covid-19 cases.
Cases in the Czech Republic rose to 1,047, Health Ministry data showed, and 15,584 people had been tested as of Saturday.
Belgium is heading into “the peak of the epidemic, after which the curve will go down,” the country’s health minister, Maggie de Bock, said on Twitter. There were 3,400 confirmed cases and 75 deaths as of Sunday in the nation of 10 million, which hosts the European Union institutions. Over the weekend, police vans were deployed in Brussels neighborhoods asking people to stay indoors.
France, one of the countries in Europe hit the hardest, raised its totals to 16,018 confirmed cases and 674 deaths on Sunday. French officials said they had ordered more than 250 million face masks. In an interview on French TV on Sunday, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced the first death of a French doctor from the virus. Inmates in several prisons have protested the government’s confinement measures.
In Pakistan, where Prime Minister Imran Khan has resisted implementing a total lockdown, provincial governments are calling for one that comes with strict measures for those who violate it. Several provinces have sought help from the military, which is setting up temporary medical facilities and deploying doctors to help provide civilian medical services.
India observed its first so-called people’s curfew on Sunday, with millions staying indoors and emerging only for a few minutes at 5 p.m. to ring bells and bang on steel plates. The country has reported around 350 cases, relatively low for its population of 1.3 billion. The authorities also shut down metro lines and interstate passenger trains on Sunday.
Afghanistan on Sunday confirmed its first coronavirus death — a 40-year-old man in northern Balkh Province — as the total number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 34. Testing remains extremely low. With as many as 15,000 people arriving daily from Iran, one of the worst-hit countries, Afghanistan remains extremely vulnerable.
Officials in the densely populated Gaza Strip reported the first two coronavirus cases, two Palestinian men who had been in Pakistan and then entered Gaza via Egypt. Aid workers fear a public health disaster.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis on Sunday called for a moment of collective prayer: He asked all Christians to recite the Lord’s Prayer together at noon on March 25. “Let’s remain united,” the pope said, “and be close to those who are alone and in greatest need.” He blessed an empty St. Peter’s Square.
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Trump wrote to Kim Jong-un offering help, North Korea says.
President Trump sent a letter to North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, expressing willingness to help the North battle the coronavirus, according to North Korea, which responded by expressing gratitude.
“I would like to extend sincere gratitude to the U.S. president for sending his invariable faith to the Chairman,” Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader’s sister and policy aide, said in a statement carried by the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency. Ms. Kim lauded Mr. Trump’s decision to write the letter as “a good judgment and proper action.”
In the letter, Mr. Trump “wished the family of the Chairman and our people well-being,” Ms. Kim said, referring to her brother by one of his official titles. She said Mr. Trump had also expressed a desire to move relations between the two countries forward.
The White House confirmed that Mr. Trump had sent Mr. Kim a letter but did not comment on its specifics.
Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim have repeatedly touted their unusual relationship. But relations between Pyongyang and Washington have cooled since the leaders’ second summit meeting, held in Vietnam in February of last year, collapsed over differences regarding how quickly North Korea should dismantle its nuclear weapons program and when Washington should ease sanctions.
The move came as the White House has signaled that American companies are increasing efforts to restock hospitals with crucial supplies during the pandemic, but it has stopped short of more assertive steps that some state and local leaders have been demanding.
Vice President Mike Pence said at a news conference at the White House on Saturday that the federal government had ordered hundreds of millions of N-95 masks for health care facilities, but he did not say when they would be delivered.
The White House’s moves appeared unlikely to satisfy calls for more aggressive action as the nation grappled with a reorientation of American life. More than 21,000 cases have been confirmed in the United States, a number expected to soar in the coming weeks.
For weeks, Olympics leaders had resolved to go forward with the Games, which are scheduled to open on July 24 and run through Aug. 9, despite the pandemic and the growing restrictions that athletes face on training as lockdowns have been announced in their home countries.
Norway’s national Olympic committee, in a statement on Friday, became the first to clearly state a preference that the Olympics to be delayed until the global pandemic can be brought under control. The Brazilian Olympic committee on Saturday also endorsed postponing the Games until next year.
In the United States, whose companies invest a significant portion of the money that funds the Olympics, U.S.A. Swimming and U.S.A. Track & Field, the governing bodies for those sports, have called for a one-year delay. Together, those sports typically account for most of the United States’ medals.
Italy’s crisis stands as a warning for the world.
Italy has imposed a lockdown, deployed the army and risked its economy to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Yet its toll is growing more staggering by the day: By Sunday the country had more than 53,500 cases and over 4,800 deaths, surpassing China as the country with the highest death toll.
Italy’s struggle is increasingly being seen as a tragic warning for other countries to heed, in part because it is paying the price of early mixed messages by scientists and politicians. The people who have died in staggering numbers recently were mostly infected during the confusion of a week or two ago.
The government has sent in the army to enforce the lockdown in Lombardy, the northern region at the center of the outbreak, where bodies have piled up in churches. On Friday night, the authorities tightened the nationwide lockdown, closing parks, banning outdoor activities including walking or jogging far from home.
On Saturday night, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced another drastic step in response to what he called the country’s most difficult crisis since World War II: Italy will close its factories and all production that is not absolutely essential, an enormous economic sacrifice intended to contain the virus and protect lives.
“The state is here,” he said in an effort to reassure the public.
If Italy’s experience shows anything, it is that measures to isolate affected areas and limit the movement of the broader population need to be taken early, put in place with absolute clarity and then strictly enforced.
You know it’s coming. It’s going to tower over you as you traverse the main square at Patriot Place outside Gillette Stadium. It’ll cast a long shadow as the sun passes overhead. Like the Lincoln Memorial and other D.C. landmarks, it will take an in-person visit to Foxborough to understand its sheer size and scale.
The Tom Brady statue is coming some day. It’s time to start wondering what shape it will take.
For an athlete who engineered as many dramatic and iconic moments as he has, Brady has a curious lack of a singular defining image. There’s no one photo or moment that fans would collectively point to as the clear choice. Perhaps he’s accomplished so much that there’s no single capture that transcended the rest, like Bobby Orr flying through the air.
So it’s bound to become a good old-fashioned Sports Debate™ as to what image(s) should come to define the Brady statue. This thing isn’t going anywhere once it’s planted in Patriot Place, folks. This is a serious discussion. So let’s go over some of the general candidates…
Ultimately, it’s hard to believe that the Lombardi Trophy wouldn’t be incorporated in some way with the Brady statue. The guy won six of the things and there are more than enough photos to use for reference. So perhaps they go with something from Brady’s demonstrative gestures with the Lombardi after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI. They could also go the route of the image of Brady after winning his first Super Bowl, hands on his head, shaking in disbelief. Referencing the championships is the most obvious route to take.
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Brady had simple ways of showing his emotions when the adrenaline flowed. He fist-pumped with the best of them and had plenty of opportunities to celebrate touchdowns and wins with a flourish. There’s no one fist-pump that became a defining clip of Brady over the years, but there are all kinds of possibilities. One of the best-looking fist pump photos came from the Patriots’ unforgettable 2014 divisional round win over the Raven
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Brady has also made for some exciting imagery with the way he took the field at Gillette Stadium. The simplest way to illustrate Brady’s legendary competitiveness and commanding leadership is to put the statue in full uniform letting out a lion’s roar for the fans. Bucs fans will get it soon enough with why Brady is considered the greatest of all time. It will start with the way he greets them on Sundays.
The Snow Spike
The Patriots dynasty truly marked its arrival with the first Super Bowl win over the Rams in 2001, but the famous snow game against the Raiders planted the seed. Go back and watch that game and you get some severely early glimpses of Brady’s budding greatness. His best image from that game came when he spiked the ball after trudging into the snow-covered end zone. Maybe not the ideal choice of a moment to memorialize with an actual statue, but one of Brady’s iconic moments for sure.
Brady has made a lot of signature plays, but one of his most famous wasn’t a throw at all. When Brady scrambled and juked the Bears’ Brian Urlacher, while the linebacker was in the midst of an All-Pro season, Brady gave fans a unique reason for why he was such a superior football player to his peers. I submit Brady’s subsequent first-down celebration as a wild card, dark horse kind of option for the statue.
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Utah on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said, knocking out power and rattling residents already shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic.
About 73,000 homes and businesses lost electricity in the Salt Lake City Area, utility Rocky Mountain Power said, but power was being quickly restored in some areas.
Some people ran from their homes and into the streets as dishes fell from shelves and pictures from walls. Operations at Salt Lake City International Airport stopped, and the control tower and concourses were evacuated, the airport tweeted. The airport was expected to reopen later Wednesday.
The quake also shut down the light rail service for Salt Lake City and its suburbs.
People in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada reported feeling the quake.
In downtown Salt Lake City, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ iconic Salt Lake Temple sustained minor damage. Gov. Gary Herbert warned people to stay away from downtown Salt Lake City while crews checked for further damage.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, Utah Emergency Management spokesman Joe Dougherty said.
The quake’s epicenter was located near Magna, Utah, which is just southwest of Salt Lake City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The earthquake hit a little after 7 a.m. local time. An estimated 2.76 million people likely felt the quake, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Most residents felt their homes shaking for 10 to 15 seconds.
New father Ryan Jensen, whose baby was born Wednesday morning at Altaview Hospital in West Jordan, Utah, told USA TODAY via text that the “hospital was rocking. Man oh man as if being born in a pandemic wasn’t enough, man that was nerve rattling.”
Janis Ferre of Salt Lake City wrote on Facebook: “It sounded as though our house was stretching,” the Salt Lake City Tribune reported.
Added Holladay resident John E. Henderson: “It felt like somebody picked up my house and dropped it,” the Tribune said.
It was the largest earthquake in Utah since a 5.9 magnitude quake hit the state in 1992, Utah Emergency Management said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said that in general, magnitude 5 or larger earthquakes occur at an average rate of about one every 10 years in this area.
Magnitude 6 or larger earthquakes occur about every 50 years in this area
While the team did not identify the players in a news release, Durant spoke with The Athletic, saying he feels fine. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.”
Brooklyn’s announcement brings the NBA’s publicly known cases of players who have tested positive for coronavirus to seven. Utah’s Rudy Gobert was the first last week, which led the NBA to suspend the 2019-20 season. Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell and Detroit’s Christian Wood also tested positive last week.
The Nets have not played the Jazz or Pistons recently and have not played teams who have played the Jazz or Pistons since late February.
“The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting,” the Nets said in a statement. “All players and members of the Nets travel party are asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff.”
Durant has been out all season while recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered in last year’s NBA Finals.
The Nets’ previous four games were against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 10, Chicago Bulls on March 8, San Antonio Spurs on March 6 and Memphis Grizzlies on March 4.
The Nets initially welcomed Durant traveling with the team so he could support his teammates behind the scenes. Durant traveled with the Nets last week for their game against the Lakers.
Durant did not plan to travel with the Nets for their game behind closed doors against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Even though the Warriors planned to play a tribute video for Durant, who helped them win two NBA championships in three Finals appearances.
St. Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with large gatherings, parties and parades. But St. Patrick’s Day 2020 may look a little different this year as many are self-isolating and practicing social distance amid the coronavirus outbreak.
But if you don’t want to let the St. Patrick’s Day holiday pass by and would still like to celebrate Ireland and Irish culture, here are the Irish and Irish American movies you can stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Irish Movies to Stream on Netflix
The Crying Game
The Young Offenders
Irish director Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game(1993) tells the story of a British soldier who is captured by the IRA and makes friends with one of his captors. The Crying Game has a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Young Offenders (2016) is an Irish comedy film about two teenagers, Conor and Jock, who steal bicycles and embark on a quest to find €7 million worth of cocaine, and the movie has a rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 100 percent. Additionally, two seasons of The Young Offenders spin-off sitcom have aired, with the third airing in 2020.
Cardboard Gangsters (2017) is a movie about a group of young men who seek money and power while trying to take over the drug trade in Darndale, Dublin. Cardboard Gangsters has a rating of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Irish Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime
Black ’47 (SHOWTIME on Amazon)
Song of the Sea (STARZ on Amazon)
The Hole in the Ground
The Irish Pub
Black ’47(2018) is a historical drama set during the Great Famine that sees an Irish Ranger abandon his fight against the British Army to return home to his family. Black ’47 features Northern Irish actor Stephen Rea and Irish actor Barry Keoghan and has a 78 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Families should watch Song of the Sea(2014), an Irish animated fantasy film about Celtic folklore and how a young Irish boy discovers that his sister is a selkie. The movie has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 99 percent.
Horror fans will enjoy the Irish movie The Hole in the Ground (2019), which is about a young boy who disappears in the woods, only to return with increasingly disturbing behavior. The Hole in the Ground has an 84 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Irish Pub (2013) is a documentary about the traditional Irish pub and has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100 percent.
Irish Movies Available to Rent or Buy
Brooklyn is a 2015 movie starring Saoirse Ronan about a young Irish woman who travels to New York in the 1950s. (YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, Microsoft, iTunes, DirectTV)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) is a movie starring Cillian Murphy, set in the Irish War of Independence, and tells the story of two brothers fighting side-by-side. (Amazon, Microsoft and iTunes)
Intermission (2003) is an Irish black comedy film set in Dublin and starring Irish actors Coin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. (Amazon)
The Commitments (1991) is a musical comedy-drama film about an unemployed Dublin man who forms a jazz band made up of Irish working-class people. (YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, Microsoft, iTunes, Redbox)
In the Name of the Father is a 1993 movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis as an Irish man wrongly sentenced to life in prison after the IRA bombing of 1974. (YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, Microsoft, iTunes, Redbox)
Once (2007) is a romantic musical drama film about a street musician and a Czech immigrant who meet in Dublin and record music together. (YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, iTunes, Vudu)
Sing Street is a 2016 movie about a boy who starts a band in 1980s Dublin. (Amazon, iTunes, Microsoft)
Ondine (2009) is a romantic drama directed by Neil Jordan that explores the Celtic mythology of the selkie. (Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, Microsoft)
A Date for Mad Mary (2016) is a romantic drama about a woman named Mary who tries to find a date for her best friend’s wedding after leaving prison. (YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu)
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