Reality Checks, Bread-Baking, and a Google Docs Escape Room

Four stories about Covid-19’s impact we’re reading today

Yasmin Tayag
Medium Coronavirus Blog
1 min readApr 6, 2020

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  • In Scientific American, Dr. William Haseltine, who led the U.S. response to the HIV/AIDS and anthrax crises, gives a reality check on the state of the Covid-19 vaccine: The likelihood we’ll have one soon is ambiguous, at best.
  • Young adults are less prepared for the financial crisis created by Covid-19 than previous generations who faced economic hardships, a New York Times analysis shows. When Gen X entered the 2008 financial crisis, they had on average “twice the total assets that millennials have now when all bank accounts, stocks, and loans are added together.”
  • Yeast and flour shortages due to the uptick in lockdown-induced bread-baking have been well documented, but at the CBC, a researcher explains why we’ve all suddenly found ourselves elbow-deep in flour: “There seems to be a shared cultural value around cooking, baking that is coming out now — it’s normally sort of buried in our busy economic industrial society.”
  • Lockdowns have sparked a flurry of creativity in Google Docs, reports Quartz. Now you can watch comedy, collaborate on crosswords, and even play a spooky Escape the Room game through shared documents that are open to the public.

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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.