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Consumer confidence dips with spread of COVID-19

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 27, 2020
As people see workplaces close, big layoffs and stock market uncertainty, they fear for their financial security.
Confidence is likely to get a lot worse, and could reach levels last seen in the Great Recession.
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"Cooking with heart" through the COVID-19 crisis

by Victoria Craig Mar 27, 2020
One east London cafe might be closed during the city's lockdown, but its co-owners are still cooking to serve the more vulnerable members of their community.
A Portuguese Love Affair, a cafe in east London, during normal business hours.
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Stop utility shut-offs during COVID-19 crisis, NAACP Legal Defense Fund president says

by David Brancaccio, Rose Conlon, and Alex Schroeder Mar 27, 2020
"We would love to have a nationwide moratorium on all utility shut-offs, but every day, turn-offs are happening," Sherrilyn Ifill says.
Some states have worked to stop utility shut-offs, including Maryland, Kansas and Kentucky.
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What kind of unemployment benefits are right for the unprecedented time of COVID-19?

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 27, 2020
Economists say generous benefits historically can give people an incentive not to look for a new job. But those benefits also stabilize families, and could keep people at home now when social distancing is required.
A closed restaurant after a "shelter in place" order was given to residents to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 20 in Oak Park, Illinois.
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COVID-19 stirs questions about medical supply chains

by Sabri Ben-Achour Mar 26, 2020
Dependence on global supply chains can be useful in a crisis only if countries don't set up export barriers like some are now with medical supplies.
A doctor wearing personal protective gear checks a ventilator on March 16.
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Struggles of working parents on full display amid pandemic

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 26, 2020
But the difficulty of balancing work and family predate this crisis.
About 75% of moms and more than 90% of dads work In the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now, those parents are also homeschool teachers.
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For the gig economy, emergency aid will be crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Kai Ryssdal and Krissy Clark Mar 26, 2020
In a historic move, gig and freelance workers will qualify for unemployment benefits.
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Tracking the pandemic? There's an app for that.

by Jack Stewart Mar 26, 2020
Tech companies and universities are trying to use mobile devices to get a handle on the spread of COVID-19.
The Weather Channel app has a new tool that lets users track reported cases of COVID-19 near them.
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Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson: "The impact to people's lives will be profound."

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Mar 26, 2020
The hotel industry has been decimated by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson announced thousands of employees would be furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Young, newly unemployed, and facing the COVID-19 recession

by Samantha Fields Mar 26, 2020
More than 3.2 million people across the country filed for unemployment last week, as the economic ripple effects of the coronavirus pandemic spread.
Restaurants across New York are closed temporarily, as the city tries to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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