9 charts showing what coronavirus is doing to the economy

The coronavirus crisis in the United States quickly went beyond a public health emergency to become a dire economic threat.

It’s not hard to see why. Coronavirus has led governments to urge residents to stay out of physical offices, work from home if they can, avoid restaurants and other in-person services, not gather in groups of 10 or more, and otherwise make choices for the sake of public health that dramatically reduce economic activity.

But the situation is graver than just shutdowns spurred by public health concerns. In addition to the supply of workers and goods falling, demand has …

Why we want to buy so much stuff during quarantine

My greatest concern at the outset of quarantine, I admit, was boredom while working from home and being stuck in my apartment for weeks on end. It was the very thing I had spent years avoiding even as a freelance writer, renting co-working spaces and going to cafes. So when I had reassured myself that the necessities were in order in my and my girlfriend’s apartment — enough food, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes — or at least available nearby, I embarked on an Amazon-enabled nesting campaign.

Anxiety comes in different varieties right now. We worry about the basics, like staying …

Why Jeff Bezos’s $100 million donation to food banks won’t satisfy his critics

Jeff Bezos is giving $100 million to help America’s hungry during the coronavirus crisis, a gift that is one of the largest by a tech leader in response to the pandemic. But it also comes amid mounting concerns about how Bezos is treating his employees in his day job as CEO of Amazon.

Bezos announced on Thursday that he would be making the donation to Feeding America, a nonprofit that is serving as a clearinghouse to distribute money to food banks around the country. The gift is the nonprofit’s largest-ever single donation, Bezos’s third-biggest commitment to date, and is tied …

How Covid-19 immunity testing can help people get back to work

Testing to see who has the Covid-19 coronavirus has become one of the most crucial elements of slowing the global pandemic. And it may also hold the key to a return to normal.

“Everyone staying home is just a very blunt measure. That’s what you say when you’ve got really nothing else,” Emily Gurley, an associate scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told NPR. “Being able to test folks is really the linchpin in getting beyond what we’re doing now.”

In particular, serological tests, also known as “immunity tests,” for antibodies to the virus could …

Wilbur Ross’s prediction about the coronavirus helping the US economy could not have been more wrong

Over the last two weeks, nearly 10 million Americans have filed unemployment claims — meaning the coronavirus crisis has already resulted in the US economy shedding more jobs than the entire Great Recession.

In light of that grim reality, it’s worth remembering comments Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made about the coronavirus in January that reveal the Trump administration’s minimizing approach to the crisis early on.

For those who don’t remember, during an interview on Maria Bartiromo’s Fox Business show on January 30 — 10 days after the first US coronavirus case was recorded — Ross made a case that the …

How Trump’s impeachment trial foreshadowed his handling of the coronavirus crisis

President Donald Trump’s frustration with Democratic governors who have the temerity to criticize his administration’s flailing response to the coronavirus isn’t just leading him to post sour tweets about them. It’s also reflected in disparities surrounding which states are receiving the medical resources they need to keep patients alive and health care workers healthy.

It’s a situation at least one woman, Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, saw coming, and warned about during Trump’s impeachment trial. In hindsight, her comments look remarkably prescient.

That trial, you might recall, was all about Trump’s abuses of power as it pertained to his efforts …

Celebrate the life and work of songwriter Adam Schlesinger with this soaring Fountains of Wayne album

Adam Schlesinger, one of the great unheralded songwriters of our time, died Wednesday, April 1, due to complications from Covid-19. He was 52.

Even if you don’t know Schlesinger’s name, you’ve undoubtedly heard one of his songs. He wrote the title track for the Tom Hanks movie That Thing You Do, for instance, as well as the songs from Josie and the Pussycats.

He won three Emmys — two for songs he wrote for the Tony Awards, and one just last year for one of the many songs he wrote as the primary songwriter for The …

We don’t know yet if lockdowns are working. But we could see results as early as this week.

Now that most states have shut down temporarily to combat the coronavirus, our greatest enemy is our own impatience.

The measures taken over the past two weeks in 37 states and parts of eight more hurt. They kill off businesses that are critical to the livelihoods of millions of people. They throw millions of Americans out of work and off their health insurance.

And for a little while longer, it won’t even be clear if they’re doing anything.

“We have sacrificed so much already, but it feels like nothing is working. That’s because it takes weeks to see results. We …

My Queens hospital is at the center of America’s coronavirus crisis. Here’s how doctors can prepare.

“Team 700 to B4.”

Before Covid-19 took over our hospital, I may have heard this page — which summons a medical team because a patient’s heart has stopped — once or twice a week. In the past couple of days, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard it.

One recent page stands out: It was the afternoon of March 23, for a male in his early 30s with no medical problems. We had maxed out on his ventilator settings yet his lungs couldn’t deliver the oxygen his body needed, so his heart had naturally stopped.

Over the past …

Trump could have reopened health care enrollment for coronavirus. He chose not to.

The Trump administration has reportedly declined to reopen enrollment under the Affordable Care Act so that people without health insurance — including some newly laid-off workers — can enroll in coverage during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump administration officials had initially said they were considering creating a special enrollment period on Healthcare.gov for the pandemic after insurance companies and Democrats asked them to, but ultimately ruled against it, telling Politico they were “exploring other options.”

There are concerns of a significant increase in the uninsured rate after mass layoffs over the last month, as health insurance in the US is largely …