Introverts, Climate Science, and Planning for the Worst

Five stories we’re reading about Covid-19 (with a bonus bit of good news)

Yasmin Tayag
Medium Coronavirus Blog
1 min readApr 3, 2020

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  • Mandated lockdown came as a welcome change for many introverts — until their schedules became overwhelmed with online events like Google hangouts and Zoom happy hours. At MIT Technology Review, Abby Ohlheiser argues that Covid-19 has ruined self-isolation for introverts.
  • Most of the data we use to monitor climate change is collected by automated instruments on land and at sea. But as Covid-19 restrictions wear on, The Guardian cautions, we may no longer be able to repair or replace those instruments — threatening our ability to stay up to date on the state of the changing planet.
  • Huge health care disparities have emerged among the increasing number of states grappling with Covid-19 outbreaks. In ThinkGlobalHealth, Ali H. Mokdad explores why a handful of states — Louisiana, New York, Michigan, and North Carolina — will likely be overwhelmed by a surge of cases, with maps showing the estimated shortage of ICU beds in each.
  • A growing number of people have begun preparing for the worst by writing wills, reports CNBC, with one international financial advisory firm recording a 76% jump in demand for wills last month.
  • And, because we could all use some inspiration: Most of the time, the New York Times Travel section’s “36 Hours” series involves short itineraries to colorful, far-flung locales. This week’s edition is an unexpectedly uplifting plan for spending 36 hours indoors, crowdsourced from readers who have rediscovered small joys within their own homes.

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Yasmin Tayag
Medium Coronavirus Blog

Editor, Medium Coronavirus Blog. Senior editor at Future Human by OneZero. Previously: science at Inverse, genetics at NYU.