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  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/04/oil-set-to-crater-monday-as-opec-meeting-delayed-tensions-flare-between-saudi-arabia-and-russia.html Any deal might be in trouble
  2. (Washington Post) -- The Trump administration on Friday changed the description of the Strategic National Stockpile on a government website after journalists noted that it contradicted a claim Jared Kushner had made about the program. Kushner on Thursday evening offered a novel argument about the national stockpile. He said some states still had stockpiles that they hadn't been employing and that localities should go to them first. And then he suggested that the national stockpile wasn't even meant for them. "And the notion of the federal stockpile was it's supposed to be our stockpile," Kushner said. "It's not supposed to be state's stockpiles that they then use." As reporters quickly noted, that didn't jibe with how the Department of Health and Human Services was describing the program. On its website, it said, "Strategic National Stockpile is the nation's largest supply of life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out." It continued to say, "When state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency." That language suddenly disappeared from the site Friday morning, as journalist Laura Bassett noted, and was replaced with something de-emphasizing the role of the federal stockpile in helping states and casting it as a "short-term stopgap." "The Strategic National Stockpile's role is to supplement state and local supplies during public health emergencies," it now says. "Many states have products stockpiled, as well. The supplies, medicines, and devices for life-saving care contained in the stockpile can be used as a short-term stopgap buffer when the immediate supply of adequate amounts of these materials may not be immediately available."
  3. Capitalism at it's best Goes to the highest bidder? But what could you arrest them for?
  4. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-03-25/3m-doubled-production-of-n95-face-masks-to-fight-coronavirus Doesn't sound like they're made just in China: Andrew Rehder, manager of 3M Co.’s respirator mask factory in Aberdeen, S.D., got the call from headquarters on Tuesday, Jan. 21. He gathered about 20 managers and supervisors into a conference room, where they sat, unworried, less than 6 feet apart. Rehder told them that a new virus was spreading rapidly in China and that 3M was expecting demand for protective gear to jump. The Aberdeen plant had already ramped up production of respirator masks in response to demand from first responders battling wildfires in Australia and contending with a volcano in the Philippines. Now, Rehder told his charges, Aberdeen would shift to “surge capacity.” Idle machinery installed for precisely this purpose would be activated, and many of the plant’s 650 employees would immediately start working overtime. “We knew it wouldn’t be a two-week blip, it would be longer,” Rehder says. “But I had no idea.”
  5. I agree but it will only happen if the federal government works to make it so. otherwise, I think it will be business as usual.
  6. Gross incompentence: After resisting a statewide stay-at-home order for days, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) succumbed to the pressure and issued one on Wednesday. Part of the reason, he said, was that he had just learned some new information. Kemp said he was "finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs." "Those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad, but we didn't know that until the last 24 hours," he said. He added that the state's top doctor told him that "this is a game-changer."
  7. Maybe the tests can be produce by the end of April (have doubts based on current shortages of PPE, tests for the virus etc) , but can the test be effectively rolled out and delivered en mass to millions. Like the drive-through testing sites in NJ have seen backups for hours. I don't know how you logistically get millions potentially tested by the end of April. Or in 29 days starting today.
  8. I'm a bit skeptical that by the end of April, 60% of working age in the U.S. can be supplied a test given that testing for Covid itself has proven difficult to supply and get results.
  9. Interesting way to track the virus... https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-04-01/tracking-coronavirus-by-smell-test-is-risk-manager-s-project-now Encourage everyone in the world with access to the internet to report whether they can or cannot smell. Make it easy for them to do so. Find widely admired people with big social-media followings to make short videos on the subject — at the bottom of which there’d be a simple button that allows anyone watching to report their sense of smell. Go viral with the virus. Before long you’d have a pile of data that smart analysts could use to map it, and evaluate its risks. The results might not be perfect, but they were far better than what we have now in any rich country and far better than what they might ever have in countries with fewer resources. I love this idea. Hancock is well on his way to building an organization to make it happen — the website is sniffoutcovid.org.
  10. The Internal Revenue Service posted a notice on its website on Monday instructing Social Security recipients to file a "simple" tax return, which will be available soon. "People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment," the IRS said. "Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax."
  11. And consumer behavior may change to rely more on online shopping / delivery becoming the new norm.
  12. I think there will be a segment of the population that will need to get their finances in order before jumping back to where they were with discretionary spending. How does that play into the recovery.
  13. Economics Economists Are Losing Hope in a ‘V-Shaped’ Post-Virus Recovery https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-31/a-quick-rebound-from-virus-economists-have-reason-to-doubt-it
  14. sounds like another diamond princess experiment... https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Exclusive-Captain-of-aircraft-carrier-with-15167883.php# Exclusive: Captain of aircraft carrier with growing coronavirus outbreak pleads for help from Navy The captain of a nuclear aircraft carrier with more than 100 sailors infected with the coronavirus pleaded Monday with U.S. Navy officials for resources to allow isolation of his entire crew and avoid possible deaths in a situation he described as quickly deteriorating.
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