On Monday we reported how thousands of young Americans laughed off warnings to self-isolate and partied on Florida beaches anyway for spring break – with several now testing positive for COVID-19.
The poster child for these selfish ‘covidiots’ – who will statistically survive coronavirus – was a spring breaker from Ohio, Bradley Sluder – told CBS News: “If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying,” adding “We’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.” CLICK for complete article
There’s a high chance you’re reading this while practicing social distancing, or while your corner of the world is under some type of advised or enforced lockdown.
While these are necessary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, such economic interruption is unprecedented in many ways—resulting in some surprising side effects.
The Evidence is in NO₂ Emissions
Nitrogen dioxide (NO₂) emissions, a major air pollutant, are closely linked to factory output and vehicles operating on the road.
As both industry and transport come to a halt during this pandemic, NO₂ emissions can be a good indicator of global economic activity—and the changes are visible from space.
These images from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), as well as satellite footage from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), show a drastic decline in NO₂ emissions over recent months, particularly across Italy and China…CLICK for complete chart
A supermarket in Denmark got tired of people hoarding hand sanitizer, so came up with their own way of stopping it. 1 bottle kr40 ($10.00) 2 bottles kr1000 ($280.00) each bottle. Hoarding stopped!
Effective immediately Apple is closing all stores outside China. Online and app stores still remain open. CEO Tim Cook says the most effective way to “minimize risk of the virus’s transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance.”
Ongoing coronavirus-related concerns prompted two companies to temporarily halt fan-favorite activities. Coffee chain Tim Hortons will not feature its yearly Roll Up the Rim promotion while Costco Wholesale Corporation won’t offer food samples. Click for full article.
Consumers have become intoxicated by information, making it increasingly difficult for brands to cut through the noise.
Brands that cultivate meaningful emotional connections with customers are known as intimate brands, and their benefits are impressive – many of them outperform companies listed on the S&P 500 and Fortune 500 across revenue and profit. Click here to see infographic.