Multiple Crises in Minneapolis, Virtual Offices, and 3 Plans to Disinfect the World

A roundup of Covid-19 stories we’re reading today

Yasmin Tayag
Medium Coronavirus Blog
2 min readMay 28, 2020

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  • The murder of a black man named George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis has sparked outrage and protests in the city. His killing occurred amid multiple crises already unfolding in the city, including the disproportionate treatment of black residents affected by the coronavirus. “It’s been horrible,” said Leslie Redmond, an attorney and the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, in an interview with the New Yorker. “Black people were already in a state of emergency, and now we are constantly being denied access to health care. This is not new.”
  • Many companies have moved their operations online during the pandemic, with some even planning to do so permanently. For a while, it seemed like the office was not long for this world, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, some companies that really, really miss watercooler chats have built virtual replicas of their offices online. These Sims-like reproductions allow employee avatars to mill about the kitchen and ask awkward questions about your kids as if the pandemic never happened.
  • The planned re-opening of Florida’s Disney World in mid-July will no doubt bring much-needed cheer to cooped-up families — and cash to the state’s decimated tourist industry. But attendance will be limited, at least at first, the New York Times reports. If you manage to get in, you can expect to wear a mask, potentially see an NBA practice game, and be denied if you try to hug Mickey.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance, stating that the coronavirus primarily spreads from close contact and less so via surfaces. But scientists are still trying to figure out how to Lysol-wipe the whole world just in case. In Wired, experts lay out three plans for de-germing the planet, which include applying microbe-killing coatings to handrails and doorknobs, regular viral swabs to detect germs, and installing disinfecting UV lights.

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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.