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The Hill

Reopening schools seen as vital step in ...

Reopening schools seen as vital step in ...

Public health experts are increasingly calling for the reopening of schools in the fall, citing the educational and social damage to children if they are kept away, even if such a move would require tradeoffs to safeguard public health.The extent to...

Forbes

Watching Hamilton Will Give You What You ...

Watching Hamilton Will Give You What You ...

As coronavirus cases rise across the United States, it is starting to feel like there is no clear end in sight. However, on July 3rd, Hamilton was released on Disney Plus and, for all of us, especially healthcare professionals, it is providing a much needed glimmer of hope.

The Hill

WHO halts hydroxychloroquine trials after failure to ...

WHO halts hydroxychloroquine trials after failure to ...

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Saturday it is halting its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and HIV treatment lopinavir-ritonavir in patients hospitalized with the coronavirus after results showed the drugs did not reduce...

New York Times

How Infrared Images Could Be Part of ...

How Infrared Images Could Be Part of ...

In a post-quarantine world, heat sensors could help spot sick people with elevated temperatures as they enter public places. But it’s not that simple.

Forbes

Covid-19 Coronavirus Won’t Be Last Or Worst ...

Covid-19 Coronavirus Won’t Be Last Or Worst ...

The Pandemic Action Network has put forth recommendations on how to prevent the next pandemic.

CNN

Latin America sees half of all new ...

Latin America sees half of all new ...

At the end of April, video emerged from the main hospital in the Brazilian city of Manaus of bodies lined up in corridors, the victims of a sudden surge in the coronavirus. At the same time, the city began digging mass graves for hundreds of people who'd not even had the chance of treatment.

New York Times

The Pandemic’s Big Mystery: How Deadly Is ...

The Pandemic’s Big Mystery: How Deadly Is ...

Even with more than 500,000 dead worldwide, scientists are struggling to learn how often the virus kills. Here’s why.

The Atlantic

Scolding Beachgoers Isn’t Helping

Scolding Beachgoers Isn’t Helping

People complain that going to the shore is a careless act during a pandemic, but the science so far suggests otherwise.

New York Times

Moderate Drinking May Be Good for the ...

Moderate Drinking May Be Good for the ...

A study found that older men and women who drank in moderation had slower rates of cognitive decline.

Forbes

Over 50% Of People Say Women’s Intimate ...

Over 50% Of People Say Women’s Intimate ...

While conversations about health have opened up over the last decade, there’s still a stigma attached to many aspects of women’s health. A recent study found that half of women feel society wants them to keep silent about their health despite this being detrimental to their mental health.

CNN

A 24-year-old Covid-19 survivor is celebrating a ...

A 24-year-old Covid-19 survivor is celebrating a ...

On Saturday, as people across the country celebrate America's independence, Shakell Avery will celebrate a different kind of freedom.

CNN

As coronavirus cases skyrocket, US marks July ...

As coronavirus cases skyrocket, US marks July ...

After a week of skyrocketing coronavirus cases in the United States, officials are issuing a stark warning this July Fourth: Skip the parties.

CNN

Military vets and fireworks: It's a complicated ...

Military vets and fireworks: It's a complicated ...

While the Fourth of July can be likened to one of America's biggest street parties — at least in pre-pandemic times — our celebration of the sacrifices made by our nation's warriors can cause intensely painful trauma reactions for some who fight our wars.

CNN

If the United States were my patient: ...

If the United States were my patient: ...

Back in the middle of May, I wrote an essay titled "If the United States were my patient," pondering what it would be like if the United States were a flesh-and-blood person who had gotten sick with coronavirus.

CNN

See Momo. See Momo run. See Momo run much faster now that's he's taking an anti-aging pill.

The Hill

Infectious disease specialist: Florida 'heading a million ...

Infectious disease specialist: Florida 'heading a million ...

An infectious disease specialist is warning that Florida is "heading a million miles an hour in the wrong direction" in its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. "Right now, we are heading a million miles an hour in the wrong direction,"...

CNN

Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the US, and health experts are warning that if Americans don't take precautions this weekend, the holiday could fuel a surge in new cases. CNN's Jason Carroll has more.

CNN

Dr. William Schaffner reacts to comments made by South Dakota's attorney general ahead of a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, saying that statistically, people infected with Covid-19 will be in attendance and likely spread the disease to others.

Forbes

Sentencing Older COVID-19 Patients To Death By ...

Sentencing Older COVID-19 Patients To Death By ...

Older COVID-19 patients face age discrimination when medical practitioners decide who should get access to life-saving treatments.

New York Times

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Sharply, but ...

U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Sharply, but ...

This seemingly counterintuitive trend might not last, experts said. But the nation can still learn from the decline.

CNN

The US, Brazil and others lifted lockdowns ...

The US, Brazil and others lifted lockdowns ...

Patience in lifting coronavirus restrictions is paying off all over the world, but lifting lockdowns too early can have deadly consequences.

NPR

How Much Would Coronavirus Vaccine Cost?

How Much Would Coronavirus Vaccine Cost?

Governments and drug companies agree there is an urgency to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. But their motives for developing it are different — and it might hugely affect the vaccine's price.

The Hill

Infectious disease expert: Trump Mount Rushmore event ...

Infectious disease expert: Trump Mount Rushmore event ...

Celine Gounder, a prominent infectious diseases specialist and epidemiologist, said Friday that President Trump's Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore is "beyond irresponsible" as the nation sees record-breaking outbreaks of the novel...

Forbes

Stocks Are Rallying Too Much On Vaccine ...

Stocks Are Rallying Too Much On Vaccine ...

Markets need to be more “skeptical” about each vaccine announcement.

The Hill

Study ties hydroxychloroquine use to lower COVID-19 ...

Study ties hydroxychloroquine use to lower COVID-19 ...

A study released Thursday links the use of hydroxychloroquine by COVID-19 patients to lower death rates, as health experts around the country try to find an effective treatment to combat the pandemic.The study, conducted by Michigan's Henry...

New York Times

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

The tragic history of “I can’t breathe.” Why you can have a kid or a job right now, not both. How Brooklyn Drill went global. Farewell, Carl Reiner. And more.

CNN

CNN'S Paula Newton explains what measures Canadians are taking to flatten the curve as countries continue to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

CNN

Think of these babies the next time ...

Think of these babies the next time ...

My twin boys were supposed to be born in June, but they had other plans. I went into early labor in March, just as the coronavirus was sweeping into my hometown of Atlanta.

Forbes

An Infectious Disease Doctor Explains Why Coronavirus ...

An Infectious Disease Doctor Explains Why Coronavirus ...

Dr. Mark Kortepeter, who’s been involved in combating multiple epidemics, explains why Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the United States.

Forbes

Don’t Mess With Stress, But There’s Something ...

Don’t Mess With Stress, But There’s Something ...

Like that old Jim Croce song says, “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger, and you don’t mess around with Jim." And there’s one more don’t: You don’t mess with stress. But there's something you can do to make it work for you.

Forbes

10 Ways To Get Good Sleep In ...

10 Ways To Get Good Sleep In ...

Sleep is fundamental to our physical and psychological well-being, but a rise in insomnia during the pandemic has many searching for answers just as new, innovative solutions appear on the horizon.

Forbes

How To Change The World With Astronaut ...

How To Change The World With Astronaut ...

Astronaut Leland Melvin was training to perform a spacewalk at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, a five million gallon pool that simulates space’s microgravity, when he realized something had gone wrong.

Forbes

July 4th Hot Dog Heroes? Joey Chestnut ...

July 4th Hot Dog Heroes? Joey Chestnut ...

Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest was held on Saturday, keeping a stomach-churning July Fourth tradition alive and feeding a sports-starved nation.

Fortune

The U.S. Constitution needs an overhaul. Here’s ...

The U.S. Constitution needs an overhaul. Here’s ...

The nation's most populous state has a lot of experience amending its own constitution—experience that could help America break its own political gridlock.

Forbes

It’s Not The Salmon: Rethinking The Jobs ...

It’s Not The Salmon: Rethinking The Jobs ...

The student backlash against paying full tuition for online or remote learning is a rude reminder that the academic program of any institution is a given for students and there is a limit to how much value and willingness to pay they attach to it.

Forbes

5 Ways Brands Can Take Meaningful Action ...

5 Ways Brands Can Take Meaningful Action ...

Charged conversations and changing times call for meaningful, intentional action on the part of large and small brands alike.

Forbes

Learning To Act Instead Of React When ...

Learning To Act Instead Of React When ...

How to regulate your emotional reactions and achieve more success when your job throws those inevitable curve balls and things don't go your way.

Forbes

CFOs And Procurement, Help Your Marketers Declare ...

CFOs And Procurement, Help Your Marketers Declare ...

By forcing marketers, and their media agencies, and the ad exchanges they buy from, to get lower and lower prices, CFOs and procurement departments are inadvertently increasing their own risk of getting ripped off by fraudulent digital ads, created on fake sites by fake users - bots.

Forbes

Declaring Independence In College Admission

Declaring Independence In College Admission

Declare your independence from restrictive approaches to college admission and be intentional about your future.

Fast Company

How this software company saw the opportunity—and ...

How this software company saw the opportunity—and ...

Many companies have had to shift to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure their teams stay safe and healthy—but it’s a massive undertaking. In the case of software company monday.com, this was certainly the case. Before the pandemic, only 10% of the company’s 550 total team members worked remotely on a full-time basis. But with the arrival of the coronavirus crisis, suddenly, 100% of the company was forced to begin working remotely. The process happened nearly overnight. On top of this, they also managed to recruit an additional 150 new employees (a 27% increase in staff) over the past three months while the team adjusted amid the new work-from-home arrangement. How did the team manage to do so? I spoke with a few members from the company to find out. Successfully shifting to 100% remote work Going 100% remote so quickly required intense work from the company’s operations team. They worked to ensure all employees had updated and accurate information at their fingertips, adjusted their business plan to maintain continuity, and made certain each team member had exactly what they needed to effectively work from home. To this last point, the ops team focused on providing the right technology (like extra chargers, headphones, and videoconferencing software), and in some cases, even basic necessities like desks to those who needed them and mobile hotspots for people with internet connectivity issues. The company was also able to leverage its own software to empower successful remote work, which allows them to make Zoom calls, collaborate on virtual whiteboards, review and approve workflows, and view status updates for each employee all within their work operating system. “We use Slack as our virtual watercooler for office chit-chat, which is embedded directly into the software,” said Yael Miller, monday.com’s content team lead. “Our leadership felt it was important to keep our daily rituals and routines, so we still hold our start and end-of-week all-hands meetings, and every team has kept up their regular meetings as well.” Moreover, training and continued employee engagement were two other essential elements. To accomplish this, they held dedicated training for managers on how to manage the newly remote teams, as well as gave employees access to lectures on healthy work habits, virtual workout sessions, and daily activities for children. Recruitment and expansion When it came to rapidly expanding their workforce, the monday.com human resources department shifted into high gear, including launching several new processes at once. Virtual recruitment. Aside from working with sourcing companies and adjusting their applicant-facing messaging, the HR team launched both external campaigns (using mainly social media) and internal campaigns to recruit applicants. For the internal campaign, the team members incorporated a referral program for current monday.com employees. Remote interviewing. With face-to-face interviewing no longer an option, they established a remote interviewing process leveraging tools like videoconferencing, updated training for interviewers, and created a Slack channel for regular, ongoing feedback collection around the process to fine-tune it along the way. Online onboarding. To ensure new hires picked up a feel for the company and general culture, monday.com implemented an onboarding process that included several videos from its archives, including presentations from the cofounders, tours of office spaces, leadership content, sales insights, policy information, and more. Furthermore, the team implemented a “buddy program” where new joiners were matched with a veteran team member to act as a support system. To kick off the program, senior team members sent out care packages as a warm welcome. Advice for going remote If you ask the team at monday.com what their single best tip is for rapidly going remote-first, their biggest answer was, “deploy radical transparency.” From giving employees and investors a larger view of company’s data and business goals, to keeping customers in the loop about what’s happening behind the scenes, companies who adopt this open approach can more smoothly build trust, respect, and rapport across every aspect of the organization. Miller says this technique has paid off, so far. “We haven’t let COVID-19 disrupt anything that we had plans to execute. The business continues to grow and our customers continue to see success in using our platform for remote work.” Kaleigh Moore is a writer and consultant for companies in the SaaS industry.

Forbes

Honoring Thomas Jefferson’s Accomplishments This July 4th

Honoring Thomas Jefferson’s Accomplishments This July 4th

We are not likely to hear many speeches celebrating Thomas Jefferson this July 4th. His statues are being torn down and defaced. He deserves to be rebuked for his racism. But his gifts to this country were unique and powerful.

Forbes

Russia Has Given Putin The Result He ...

Russia Has Given Putin The Result He ...

While the result of the vote in Russia was never in serious doubt, the way forward for President Vladimir Putin is much less clear.

Forbes

Just Take The Next Step: Lessons On ...

Just Take The Next Step: Lessons On ...

Grit. When each day feels like one uphill slog after another, just take the next step.

Forbes

Is Mandatory Mask Wearing Discrimination At Work? ...

Is Mandatory Mask Wearing Discrimination At Work? ...

As with vaccines, there is a small percentage of the population that simply cannot wear a mask. They do not have the luxury of debating the pros and cons. Since they have no choice, it is even more important for the rest of society to do their part and bring down the overall rate of transmission.

Inc.

This Viral Video Is Cute, But It ...

This Viral Video Is Cute, But It ...

The video went viral. But what about when it starts happening to your employees all the time?

Inc.

How to Stop Yourself From Panicking When ...

How to Stop Yourself From Panicking When ...

When things feel overwhelming, here are steps to take to keep things in perspective.

Quartz

How France extorted Haiti for one of ...

How France extorted Haiti for one of ...

Recognizing the gravity of this scandal, French economist Thomas Piketty acknowledged that France should repay at least $28 billion to Haiti in restitution.

Inc.

Here's What Every Business Traveler Should Know ...

Here's What Every Business Traveler Should Know ...

While flights may be ramping up, traveling for business may not be as accessible just yet.

FloridaPolitics.com

Here comes the boom: Fireworks risks loom ...

Here comes the boom: Fireworks risks loom ...

Block parties bring the boom in the era of social distancing. The post Here comes the boom: Fireworks risks loom for Americans on pyrotechnic Fourth appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

FloridaPolitics.com

Virus takes Willie Nelson July 4 picnic ...

Virus takes Willie Nelson July 4 picnic ...

COVID-19 drives changes for another event. The post Virus takes Willie Nelson July 4 picnic virtual appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

FloridaPolitics.com

COVID-19 strikes NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson first driver ...

COVID-19 strikes NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson first driver ...

Seven-time NASCAR champion out of action. The post COVID-19 strikes NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson first driver to test positive appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

FloridaPolitics.com

White couple draws assault charges after drawing ...

White couple draws assault charges after drawing ...

Restaurant parking lot incident. The post White couple draws assault charges after drawing gun on Black family appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

FloridaPolitics.com

Wendy Miller: On this Fourth of July, ...

Wendy Miller: On this Fourth of July, ...

Our national pain has exposed many things, and both the importance and shortcomings of the public realm are among them. The post Wendy Miller: On this Fourth of July, remember that public space is democracy’s great stage appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

FloridaPolitics.com

Social media war rages between Donald Trump, ...

Social media war rages between Donald Trump, ...

Trump’s head start may be tough to overcome. The post Social media war rages between Donald Trump, Joe Biden appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

FloridaPolitics.com

‘We will not be terrorized’: President pitches ...

‘We will not be terrorized’: President pitches ...

Trump dug deeper into America’s divisions. The post ‘We will not be terrorized’: President pitches culture war at Mount Rushmore appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

FloridaPolitics.com

11K new COVID-19 cases as Florida poised ...

11K new COVID-19 cases as Florida poised ...

As of the Fourth of July morning, Florida has 190,052 total cases. The post 11K new COVID-19 cases as Florida poised to cross 200K total appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

FloridaPolitics.com

‘Special evening’: As virus rages, President Trump ...

‘Special evening’: As virus rages, President Trump ...

Trump has been aching to see the nation return to normalcy. The post ‘Special evening’: As virus rages, President Trump plans big July 4 appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

FloridaPolitics.com

Takeaways from Tallahassee — Dancing with history

Takeaways from Tallahassee — Dancing with history

“Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of Americans need some serious education.” The post Takeaways from Tallahassee — Dancing with history appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..