At this point, we are on the other side. Many parts of the world are figuring out how to reopen as safely as possible after being under quarantine due to COVID-19. For people who are actually emerging—because some places (such as New York City) are still on lockdown—it’s like when a butterfly emerges from a cocoon or the reverse. Without access to grooming, the gym, and generally being able to move around freely, people were left to their own devices, for better or worse. … [Read more...] about These hilarious memes reveal what we thought pre-quarantine versus our post-quarantine reality
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Schneiderman also suggests acknowledging that the employee is likely not alone at home. “Managers should be aware that the recipient of the news may be in a room where children or other adults can overhear the message and should be sensitive to that. She advises telling the employee that the conversation is private and making sure they can get to a place where others can’t listen in. It may be revealing, she says, but necessary to respect the privacy of the individual receiving the information in the immediate moments after the news is delivered. … [Read more...] about This is what a compassionate layoff looks like
With companies and employees still suffering across the country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a new bill meant to address one of the biggest complaints about the federal loan program for small businesses—how they can spend the money. Under the bill, which passed the House almost unanimously and will head to the Senate next week, some restrictions for the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, would be relaxed. Here’s a breakdown of what would change: … [Read more...] about Paycheck Protection Program rules could get easier under House bill: Here’s what it would do
Israel, on the other hand, is gearing up for large scale serology tests in order to gauge the proportion of population which has developed antibodies against the novel coronavirus. Israel, whose aggressive response to the coronavirus has held its fatality rate to a fraction of those of the United States and other hard-hit nations, is readying a nationwide serological test of 100,000 citizens. Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov, director-general of Israel’s Health Ministry, said that if antibody tests show a sizable portion of the population has developed antibodies, that could mean Israel is on its way to “herd immunity” and would be well equipped to withstand further outbreaks. Meanwhile, studies have estimated the percentage of Israelis with antibodies range widely, from less than 1% to upward of 10%. … [Read more...] about In-Depth: Is Herd Immunity our best bet in the fight against coronavirus?
It could get worse as restrictions and lockdowns continue to constrain people's movement, severely hurting economic activity. The nationwide lockdown kicked in from March 25, and its actual impact on the economy will show up in the subsequent months when businesses screeched to a standstill. … [Read more...] about COVID-19 impact | India’s GDP growth for January-March quarter at 3.1%, FY20 at 4.2%