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Thousands throng central Jerusalem in anti-Netanyahu protest
« Reply #16845 on: August 09, 2020, 10:43:42 AM »


JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators thronged the streets near the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in central Jerusalem on Saturday night, in a renewed show of strength as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader showed no signs of slowing.

Throughout the summer, thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets to call on Netanyahu to resign, protesting his handling of the country’s coronavirus crisis and saying he should not remain in office while on trial for corruption charges. Self-employed workers whose businesses have been hurt by the economic crisis also joined Saturday’s march.

Though Netanyahu has tried to downplay the protests, the gatherings only appear to be getting stronger.

In Jerusalem on Saturday, protesters held Israeli flags, blew horns and chanted slogans against Netanyahu. Some held posters that said “Crime Minister” or called him “out of touch.” A large banner projected onto a nearby building said “Balfour is in our hands,” a reference to the street where Netanyahu lives.

The demonstrators accuse Netanyahu of corruption and say that he and the country’s bloated coalition government have failed to recognize the suffering of its citizens.

Israeli media estimated some 15,000 people at the Jerusalem demonstration. An estimated 1,000 also protested at an intersection near Netanyahu’s beach house in the upscale coastal town of Caesaria, and smaller gatherings took place on bridges and at intersections across the country.

There was a heavy police presence at the demonstrations but no reports of violence in the loud but orderly protests.

The rallies against Netanyahu are the largest Israel has seen since 2011 protests over the country’s high cost of living.

After moving quickly to contain the virus last spring, many believe Israel reopened its economy too quickly, leading to a surge in cases. The country is now coping with record levels of coronavirus, while unemployment has surged to over 20%.

Many of the demonstrators, including many young unemployed Israelis, accuse Netanyau of mishandling the coronavirus crisis and the economic damage it has caused.

Netanyahu’s Likud Party announced that Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting had been called off because of disagreements with the chief coalition partner, the rival Blue and White Party. The sides have been feuding over the country’s national budget, and if they cannot reach a deal by late this month, Israel would be plunged into an early election.

Likud and Blue and White have repeatedly squabbled since forming a coalition government in May. While Blue and White leader Benny Gantz has defended the protesters, Netanyahu has dismissed them as “leftists” and “anarchists” and inciting violence against him. He also accuses the local media of strengthening the demonstrations by giving them heavy coverage.

Netanyahu’s son, Yair, this week caused a public uproar when he described the protesters as “aliens.” Many protesters Saturday dressed up as visitors from outer space to mock the comments.

While the demonstrations have largely been peaceful, there have been signs of violence in previous weeks. Some protesters have clashed with police, accusing them of using excessive force, while small gangs of Netanyahu supporters affiliated with a far-right group have assaulted demonstrators. But recent gatherings have taken place without incident.

The demonstrations, taking place several times a week at locations around the country, are organized by a loose-knit network of activist groups. Some object to Netanyahu remaining in office while he is on trial. He has been charged with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in a series of scandals. Many carry black flags, the name of one of the grassroots movements.

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5.1?  Pfffft, Chump Change.  We get those all the time.

Generally speaking to b really significant (and then only very near the epicenter) you gotta hit at least 6 on the Richter Scale.  At 7, they start to get really fucking SCARY.   :o  I cannot imagine what the 9.0 that hit Anchorage back in the 60s was like.  I am pretty sure an 8 would crash my digs on top of me.  I thought the 7 would do it, but the buiiding took the hit pretty good overall.  Big mess here in the digs to clean up though.  Preps all over the floor and off the shelves, etc.

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COVID-19 and the great reset: Briefing note #17, August 6, 2020
« Reply #16847 on: August 10, 2020, 09:43:53 AM »
Banks are using new techniques to find out who’s ‘swimming naked.’ And new MGI research looks at the cost of disruption in global supply chains.
Millions of employees have lost their jobs and cannot pay their credit cards. Restaurants and shops are only slowly reopening; many cannot pay their rent. Industrial companies can’t make payments on their equipment leases. Landlords have less income and cannot keep up with their mortgages. Suddenly, the world is awash in credit risk. Our new research shows how banks are tending to a radical surge in demand for one of their most ancient practices: measuring and monitoring credit risk. Leading banks are deploying a new configuration of sector analysis, borrower resilience, and high-frequency analytics. They are moving past sectoral analysis to take subsector views of the probability of default (exhibit). Some are going even deeper, to understand what’s happening in the financial life of their borrowers.



Like credit risk, supply chains have experienced intense disruption. This week, the McKinsey Global Institute looked at the effects not only of COVID-19 but of all manner of disruptions, including natural disasters, geopolitical uncertainty, climate risk, cyberattacks, and more. A key finding: over the course of a decade, companies can expect disruptions to erase half a year’s worth of profits.

This week, McKinsey also had the privilege of speaking with three CEOs about what is shaping up to be the defining moment in their careers. Alain Bejjani, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim, told us about the resilience needed to keep this Dubai-based operator of shopping malls and other consumer real-estate businesses vital and relevant during the crisis. Lance Fritz, CEO of Union Pacific Railroad, talked with us about tactics to stay present in video calls and keep the board informed. Kristin Peck, the brand-new CEO of animal-health company Zoetis, reflected on the core beliefs that have kept her company on track through the crisis.

Also this week: a new report documents the disproportionate effect of the pandemic on Asian-American communities. And McKinsey’s industry research examined the potential for greater collaboration with government in global tourism, outlined the moves that European restaurants are taking to thrive in the next normal, considered how life insurers can use artificial intelligence to better underwrite risk, and reviewed the nascent Tech for Good movement in the United Kingdom.

McKinsey continues to track economic and epidemiological developments around the world. For an overview, read our latest briefing materials (July 6, 2020). In 54 pages, we document the current situation, the economic outlook, the forces shaping the next normal, and the new organizational structures that can help companies keep pace sustainably. You can also see the full collection of our coronavirus-related content, visual insights from our “chart of the day,” a curated collection of our first 100 coronavirus articles, our suite of tools to help leaders respond to the pandemic, and a look at how our editors choose images that help readers visualize the impact of an invisible threat.

https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/risk/our-insights/covid-19-implications-for-business#
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The lack of human activity during lockdown caused human-linked vibrations in the Earth to drop by an average of 50 percent between March and May 2020.

This quiet period, likely caused by the total global effect of social distancing measures, closure of services and industry, and drops in tourism and travel, is the longest and most pronounced quiet period of seismic noise in recorded history.

The new research, led by the Royal Observatory of Belgium and five other institutions around the world including Imperial College London, showed that the dampening of 'seismic noise' caused by humans was more pronounced in more densely populated areas.

The relative quietness allowed researchers to listen in to previously concealed earthquake signals, and could help us differentiate between human and natural seismic noise more clearly than ever before.

Co-author Dr Stephen Hicks, from Imperial's Department of Earth Science and Engineering, said: "This quiet period is likely the longest and largest dampening of human-caused seismic noise since we started monitoring the Earth in detail using vast monitoring networks of seismometers.

"Our study uniquely highlights just how much human activities impact the solid Earth, and could let us see more clearly than ever what differentiates human and natural noise."

The paper is published today in Science.

Anthropause

Measured by instruments called seismometers, seismic noise is caused by vibrations within the Earth, which travel like waves. The waves can be triggered by earthquakes, volcanoes, and bombs -- but also by daily human activity like travel and industry.

Although 2020 has not seen a reduction in earthquakes, the drop in human-caused seismic noise is unprecedented. The strongest drops were found in urban areas, but the study also found signatures of the lockdown on sensors buried hundreds of metres underground and in more remote areas.

Human-generated noise usually dampens during quiet periods like over the Christmas/New Year period and Chinese New Year, and during weekends and overnight. However, the drop in vibrations caused by COVID-19 lockdown measures eclipse even those seen during these periods.

Some researchers are dubbing this drop in anthropogenic (human-caused) noise and pollution the 'anthropause'.

Dr Hicks said: "This is the first global study of the impact of the coronavirus anthropause on the solid Earth beneath our feet."

To gather the data, researchers looked at seismic data from a global network of 268 seismic stations in 117 countries and found significant noise reductions compared to before any lockdown at 185 of those stations. Beginning in China in late January 2020, and followed by Europe and the rest of the world in March to April 2020, researchers tracked the 'wave' of quietening between March and May as worldwide lockdown measures took hold.

The largest drops in vibrations were seen in the most densely populated areas, like Singapore and New York City, but drops were also seen in remote areas like Germany's Black Forest and Rundu in Namibia. Citizen-owned seismometers, which tend to measure more localised noise, noted large drops around universities and schools around Cornwall, UK and Boston, USA -- a drop in noise 20 per cent larger than seen during school holidays. Countries like Barbados, where lockdown coincided with the tourist season, saw a 50 per cent decrease in noise. This coincided with flight data that suggested tourists returned home in the weeks before official lockdown.

Listening in

Over the past few decades, seismic noise has gradually increased as economies and populations have grown.

The drastic changes to daily life caused by the pandemic have provided a unique opportunity to study their environmental impacts, such as reductions in emissions and pollution in the atmosphere. The changes have also given us the opportunity to listen in to the Earth's natural vibrations without the distortions of human input.

The study reports the first evidence that previously concealed earthquake signals, especially during daytime, appeared much clearer on seismometers in urban areas during lockdown.

The researchers say the lockdown quietening could also help them differentiate between human-caused noise and natural signals that might warn of upcoming natural disasters.

Lead author Dr Thomas Lecocq from the Royal Observatory of Belgium said: "With increasing urbanisation and growing global populations, more people will be living in geologically hazardous areas. It will therefore become more important than ever to differentiate between natural and human-caused noise so that we can 'listen in' and better monitor the ground movements beneath our feet. This study could help to kick-start this new field of study."

The study's authors hope that their work will spawn further research on the seismic lockdown, as well as finding previously hidden signals from earthquakes and volcanoes.

Dr Hicks said: "The lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic may have given us a glimmer of insight into how human and natural noise interact within the Earth. We hope this insight will spawn new studies that help us listen better to the Earth and understand natural signals we would otherwise have missed."

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200723143728.htm
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Weekly Update: Global Coronavirus Impact and Implications
« Reply #16849 on: August 10, 2020, 09:50:04 AM »
COVID-19 Week 32 Update
The total number of deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic crossed the 700,000 mark on Wednesday with the US alone accounting for more than 160,000 deaths. However, in terms of fresh daily deaths, Brazil (1,322) nudged past the US (1,311) on Wednesday. In daily new cases, India took the top slot with 56,626 cases. However the US data is becoming increasingly dubious following the US administration’s insistence on taking over some aspects of data reporting from the US CDC.

A big casualty of COVID-19 has been the education of children the world over. On Tuesday, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world was facing a “generational catastrophe” due to shutting down of schools. According to UN calculations, schools remained closed in around 160 countries in mid-July, impacting more than 1 billion students, with around 40 million missing out on pre-school. This is accentuating the digital divide where relatively affluent children can often use PCs, tablets or smartphones to reach online learning resources, but many in families with marginal incomes cannot.

From the COVID-created economy this week, Teladoc Health announced on Wednesday that it would buy chronic care provider Livongo Health in a $18.5-billion deal, spurred by the boom in online medical care due to coronavirus.

Sony reported a marginal 1.1% fall in profit for the June quarter, surprising markets and analysts. The company registered a profit of around $2.15 billion riding the demand for its gaming products, which managed to neutralize the impact of profit drop in other business segments.

Another Japanese major, Nintendo, has reported an operating profit of $1.37 billion for the June quarter on the soaring demand for its Switch device and popular title ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’.

On the other hand, Japan’s Sharp reported 38% drop in its June-quarter operating profit at $85.2 million, beating analyst estimates. The pandemic has affected its sales of electronic devices and office printers.

Many other companies have reported earnings with several high profile component players reporting slightly better results than they expected. They continue to expect the 2H to be down slightly (c5% Y/Y) with smartphones and compute a bit better due to WFH/distance learning. But automotive likely a bit worse. Macro conditions cloud the perspective as the full impacts on unemployment are not yet visible due to job retention/furlough schemes that are beginning to wind down in some countries, leading companies to make people redundant in increasing numbers.

COVID-19 seems to have shown the way forward to the newspaper industry. The New York Times’ revenues from its digital business overtook that of the legacy print segment in the second quarter for the first time in its history.

COVID-19 Week 31 Update
COVID-19 has tightened its grip across countries with the total number of cases crossing the grim milestone of 17 million. It took just three days for the cases to rise from 16 million to 17 million.

etc...

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(COVID-19): The Impact and Role of Mass Media During the Pandemic
« Reply #16850 on: August 10, 2020, 09:51:43 AM »
About this Research Topic

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has created a global health crisis that has had a deep impact on the way we perceive our world and our everyday lives. Not only the rate of contagion and patterns of transmission threatens our sense of agency, but the safety measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus also require social distancing by refraining from doing what is inherently human, which is to find solace in the company of others. Within this context of physical threat, social and physical distancing, as well as public alarm, what has been (and can be) the role of the different mass media channels in our lives on individual, social and societal levels?

Mass media have long been recognized as powerful forces shaping how we experience the world and ourselves. This recognition is accompanied by a growing volume of research, that closely follows the footsteps of technological transformations (e.g. radio, movies, television, the internet, mobiles) and the zeitgeist (e.g. cold war, 9/11, climate change) in an attempt to map mass media major impacts on how we perceive ourselves, both as individuals and citizens. Are media (broadcast and digital) still able to convey a sense of unity reaching large audiences, or are messages lost in the noisy crowd of mass self-communication? Do social media provide solace or grounds for misinformation, (de)humanization, and discrimination? Can we harness the flexibility and ubiquity of media technologies to increase the public's adherence to the safety measures suggested by global health organizations to combat the spread of COVID-19? How can different media industries and channels for mass communication promote adaptive responses to foster positive health attitudes and adherence to preventive measures? How media impact the dynamics in the private domain (e.g. strengthen family bonds versus domestic conflict and violence)?

Within this ample framework of complexity, we welcome research addressing media impact and its role during the COVID-19 pandemic, in the following subtopics:
• Effective health communication for the adoption of sustainable preventive measures and curtailing misinformation;
• Public health communication to increase psychological resources and resilience in distinct age groups and socioeconomic conditions;
• Effective strategies for helping individuals in dealing with social and physical distancing;
• Reduction of stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and inequalities.
Type of articles may include Brief Research Report, Community Case Study, Data Report, Original Research, Systematic Review.

***Due to the exceptional nature of the COVID-19 situation, Frontiers is waiving all article publishing charges for COVID-19 related research in this Research Topic.***


Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus disease, mass media, health communication, prevention, intervention, social behavioral changes


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For much of her adult life, Marsha Miller had been lucky enough to receive health insurance through an employer. But in March, when the novel coronavirus pandemic hit, that luck ran out, revealing how tenuous work-based health care coverage can be — not just for Miller, but for millions in the United States.

Miller said she had a great insurance plan when she worked recently as an executive assistant for a consulting company. Then, at the beginning of the year, she took a new job with a staffing firm, switching to a different plan that cost her about $200 a month. Just two months later, as most states began to take some kind of measures against the spread of COVID-19 and businesses began to feel the impact, she was laid off on March 16.

The recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is one of the worst in modern American history, with more than 11 percent of workers unemployed as of the beginning of July, down from a peak of nearly 15 percent in April. In a country where many rely on their employer for health care coverage, the economic crisis has also left a significant number of Americans uninsured. According to a report released by the nonpartisan organization Families USA during the week of July 13, an estimated 5.4 million workers in the U.S. are uninsured because of job losses they experienced from February to May this year. Another recent study by the Commonwealth Fund found that among people who lost a job or were furloughed because of the pandemic, two out of five had health care through their job, and one out of five of those respondents said that they or a spouse or partner was now uninsured.

Miller, who is 63, was told by her health care group that if she wanted to keep her plan, she’d need to pay the full insurance premium directly to her provider on her own. She initially assumed she’d be able to do so by collecting unemployment benefits, but a series of clerical errors resulted in months of delay in getting her unemployment application approved. Four months after losing her job, Miller said she had only received two weeks of unemployment benefits from the state of Florida, and thus been unable to pay the premium. (A spokesperson from Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity said that the department has paid more than 1.7 million people state unemployment since March 15, and that “paying eligible Floridians the benefits they are owed continues to be DEO’s number one priority.”)

Some of the newly uninsured, like Miller, say they’ve found themselves in limbo — unable to qualify for Medicaid, but also unable to afford an Affordable Care Act plan or COBRA coverage from their recent employer — and for the moment, living without a safety net in the middle of a pandemic.

For Miller, who is due for a colonoscopy and has previously undergone surgery to remove polyps from her colon, the fear of contracting the virus while being unable to afford health care is compounded by the stress of delaying a procedure she knows she needs.

“I’m potentially sitting here with polyps right now, and no way to get a colonoscopy because I can’t afford it,” Miller told the PBS NewsHour.

Official numbers on the uninsured rate due to the COVID-19 crisis will not be available until next year, but recent reports offer a picture of a new challenge many Americans — and the health care centers serving the most vulnerable — may be facing in the coming year.

How the U.S. health care system has been affected by the pandemic
By early May, a month and a half after many businesses had begun to lay off or furlough workers, close watchers of the health care industry in the U.S. were already expecting the COVID-19 pandemic to have a significant impact on the uninsured rate.

“Because we have a system that provides health insurance through an individual’s employer, when we go through economic crises like the one we’re currently experiencing, it’s fully expected that some people losing their job today because of coronavirus are also losing their job-based health insurance,” Jennifer Tolbert, the state policy reform director at Kaiser Family Foundation, told NewsHour at the time.

WATCH: For many Americans, health coverage is tied to a job — and now they have neither

Historically, the number of uninsured people has risen dramatically during past economic crises. Following the 2008 Great Recession, the number of uninsured Americans reached an all-time high of 50.7 million. As of last December, this number was much lower, with just below 27 million non-elderly adults living without health insurance. Unlike the last recession, individuals today have more options for care if they lose their health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act, Tolbert said.

Americans who lose their health insurance now have the option to apply for coverage through the ACA marketplace, and if their income is low enough, they may qualify for Medicaid. But in states that chose not to expand Medicaid under the ACA, as many as 2 million Americans are not able to access this option, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. COBRA, the stopgap coverage provided by some employers to people who have lost their jobs, was described by many of the newly unemployed who spoke to the PBS NewsHour as prohibitively expensive.

“COBRA was ridiculously expensive, who can afford that? It was somewhere in the vicinity of $700, $800 a month,” said Lisa Westerman, 61, who was laid off at the end of February from her job as a manager and technician at a family entertainment park in Houston that offered attractions such as go-karts and batting cages.

“At the end of the day, we know it’s really hard to connect people with coverage. And so there are going to be people who fall through the cracks,” said Molly Smith, vice president of coverage and state issues at the American Hospital Association.

Living uninsured and in limbo
For some Americans who were already dealing with health problems, losing health insurance during the pandemic has created extra anxiety during an especially stressful moment in history.

Tamara Ames, a 58-year-old IT consultant based in Denver, came down with COVID-like symptoms about a month before she was laid off from her job. She said she had a fever for weeks, and was too nervous to risk going into a health center during the outbreak to get tested, so she never confirmed whether she indeed had COVID-19. Ames said she lost her insurance on April 30, and has been living without reliable coverage since.

“I’d wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning and not be able to go back to sleep because of the uncertainty of the situation,” Ames said, adding that she found herself wondering, “What if those unemployment benefits run out? There’s only so much in that bank. What happens if I get sicker after that point?…There were so many days that I lived in this fugue state,” Ames said.

“If I do contract COVID and find myself in very dire straits, I’ve instructed my family to not take any heroic measures to keep me alive.”
Ames managed to get a new job as a consultant with Schwab, but has since moved back in with her parents to save money. She’s staying isolated until she starts her job and is able to receive health care through her new employer, and has been ordering groceries to be delivered to avoid going outside for fear of catching the virus. But even her situation — finding a new job after losing one and being able to order groceries for delivery — is more fortunate than many.

Terilee Henderson, who was laid off from a mortgage managing company before the pandemic, had been offered a job through the 2020 census and expected to receive health insurance through that new position. But the work was delayed due to COVID-19 concerns, and now Henderson, who is immunocompromised, is living without insurance.

“Right now I am in limbo of going back to work, and then I’ll have my coverage again, or if that doesn’t happen, coughing [up] out of pocket for non-employer sponsored health insurance,” said Henderson, who lives in Douglas County, Colorado, and is due to have an injection for her osteoporosis this month. She may qualify for Medicare when she turns 65, but that’s five months away.

Joel Kilgore of Raleigh, North Carolina, doesn’t have any immediate health concerns, but the recently laid-off 49-year-old has had three spinal neurosurgeries in the past. He worries that if he’s hit with an additional medical cost while uninsured, he wouldn’t be able to pay it. He’s been receiving unemployment benefits from the state, but the extra $600 per week allocated by Congress he received is set to expire at the end of the month, which Kilgore said has further compounded his stress.

“Almost all my daily thoughts and daily activities center around, what am I going to do if I somehow become unhealthy?” he said.

Kilgore looked into options on the federally run health care exchange, but said he couldn’t afford the cost of plans he qualified for right now.

After incurring serious debt from previous medical surgeries, he said he was so worried about the potential damage coronavirus could wreak on his finances that he warned his family not to push for treatment as long as he didn’t have health insurance.

“If I do contract COVID and find myself in very dire straits, I’ve instructed my family to not take any heroic measures to keep me alive. I’m not going to saddle my family with a million dollar plus bill for something that this country should have been better on top of and working harder to get under control,” Kilgore told the NewsHour. He said that shouldering a large bill that rendered him unable to take out a loan or buy a house in the future sounded “worse than death” itself.

Health clinics feel effects of the recession
As recently laid-off Americans navigate their new health care realities, clinics that primarily serve low-income patients are bracing to see an uptick in newly uninsured clients seeking care due to the pandemic. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), a network of clinics across the U.S. that receive federal funding to care for patients that cannot afford premium health care, had projected a $7.6 billion loss due to the pandemic as of April. The CARES Act did appropriate $1.3 billion to more than 1,300 of these health centers as part of the federal coronavirus response.

Dr. Ron Yee, chief medical officer for NACHC, said that one in 12 U.S. residents already received care from the centers in his network before the pandemic, and 23 percent of those patients were uninsured. He said that some states’ decision not to expand Medicaid could make it harder for some health care centers to take on a crush of new patients. Without extra Medicaid dollars to refund providers, clinics are limited in their ability to accommodate people who cannot afford to pay.

READ MORE: How uninsured patients can get help during COVID-19 pandemic

As of July 1, 13 states had elected not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Two of these states — Texas and Florida — have recently seen dramatic spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases.

“For those 30-plus states that did Medicaid expansion, those health centers are much more able to take on the newly uninsured,” Yee said. “If you’re in a non-expansion state, that doesn’t leave too many options” for people who have recently lost their health insurance.

For AccessHealth, which operates five clinics in Fort Bend County, Texas, about 55 percent of their patients are typically uninsured, CEO Mike Dotson said. While they had yet to see a significant uptick in newly uninsured patients seeking care, Dotson expects numbers to go up as the recession lingers into the fall.

“The effects of those closures and that commercially insured income that we depend on, we will feel that for years.”
Dotson said around 90 percent of AccessHealth patients are minorities, representing populations that have been disproportionately affected by the virus. The COVID-19 Tracking Project reports that Black Americans account for at least 23 percent of virus deaths where race is known, but only make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population. Native Americans and Hispanic or Latino populations are also dying of COVID-19 at higher rates than Asian or white Americans.

The Brookings Institution reported that these disparities could be caused by a number of factors, including the fact that these communities may be more vulnerable in health and economic positions.

These COVID-19 disparities are reflective of historic gaps in wealth and income that Black communities in America have always faced, NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman recently reported. Michigan State University economics professor Lisa Cook told Solman in a story that aired mid-July that because many Black Americans work in low-wage service jobs, they embody the adage “last hired, first fired” during recessions.

“The ‘last hired’ means that there is not the ability to accumulate income,” said Cook. “That makes African Americans less able to weather such a storm.” Economist Trevor Logan said this level of economic insecurity makes many Black Americans more likely to “need to be employed in the places where they are essential workers,” and thus more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Although the Affordable Care Act increased health coverage rates for Americans across the board, 11.5 percent of Black Americans were uninsured as of 2018. This number was higher among Hispanic and Native American populations — 19 and 21.8 percent of whom were uninsured, respectfully.

Sindy Benevidez, the president of the League of Latin American citizens, noted in a statement to the NewsHour that members of the Latino community are less likely than members of other demographic groups to have coverage to begin with, due to lack of employer-sponsored plans or citizenship restrictions. Without federally qualified health centers like Dotson’s, Benevidez said, many Latinos would “not be able to walk into a doctor’s office…and expect care.”

Dotson said AccessHealth is “predominantly the safety net” for folks who cannot afford health insurance in Fort Bend County, a region in greater Houston which has processed more than 11,000 unemployment claims since the beginning of May. “My assumption is, as folks become unemployed and insurance benefits go away, we are generally the provider that would cater to” them, he said.

The CEO said that for the time being, AccessHealth’s clinics have seen a drop in patients during the pandemic despite their efforts to provide telehealth services. This is particularly true among Medicaid patients who access their OB-GYN and pediatric services, which typically fuels a lot of revenue for AccessHealth.

Dotson said that Access Health is preparing for their uninsured patient population to increase “if there’s not a vehicle to connect these folks to benefits,” such as Medicaid. He added that AccessHealth would try to connect with funders like the Episcopal Health Foundation to provide additional financial support for both existing and new uninsured patients in the coming months.

The likely rise in uninsured patients, coupled with a drop-off in business due to the pandemic, is worrying to some health clinic owners who typically rely on revenue from insured patients to supplement care for those who can’t afford it.

Brittany Martinez-Clark, who operates a family clinic in New Albany, Mississippi, said that although most of her patients are on Medicaid or are uninsured, her business counts on patients with private health insurance plans to help balance the books. Martinez-Clark said that after a major commercial refrigerator factory in town shut down back in May, patients who had previously received insurance through that employer would now have to pursue other plans.

“The effects of those closures and that commercially insured income that we depend on, we will feel that for years,” Martinez-Clark said. She noted that the difference in money that the clinic receives for patients with employer-sponsored insurance versus those without it is about $100.

As the pandemic shows no sign of letting up, the concern among many health providers is that people may delay regular wellness checkups or vaccinations due to fear of contracting COVID-19 at the doctor’s office, or racking up a costly bill.

“We don’t know exactly how people will respond in the current environment, but what we do know from ongoing data from uninsured individuals is that they are more likely to delay seeking care because of cost,” said Jennifer Tolbert of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“What scares me is that, if we’ve got pockets of our population that are foregoing medical care right out of fear” of the virus, said AccessHealth’s Mike Dotson, they might not receive treatments for other conditions, such as diabetes, or fall behind on immunizations for their kids.

This rapid drop in insured Americans threatens a blow to the long-term health of the U.S., experts say. And the landscape for coverage could change again very rapidly for both patients and providers in the coming years, bringing more uncertainty. The Trump administration is still advocating to have the Obama-era health care law struck down in its entirety, which would end insurance for 20 million Americans.

In February, before the COVID-19 pandemic really hit the U.S., a vast majority of voters ranked health care costs as a top priority issue, no matter the political party. And many newly uninsured patients who spoke with the NewsHour more recently said that navigating the current system during the pandemic has made them more inclined than ever to keep the issue of health care top-of-mind should they vote in the presidential election this November.

“The fact that Americans’ health care is tied to having a job, especially now with so many people that are out of work, it’s absolutely asinine ridiculous,” Terilee Henderson said.

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« Reply #16852 on: August 10, 2020, 09:58:19 AM »
changed during the first coronavirus lockdown

With Victorians heading into a new round of even harsher lockdown measures, there will again be a focus on how people will cope—the various ways such restrictions change lifestyles and how we adapt to them.

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides a snapshot of how Australians changed their behaviors, activities and consumption patterns as people were forced to stay home during the country's first COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year.

To understand how the virus affected people's everyday lives, the ABS ran a fortnightly survey with the same group of 1,000 people from April 1 to July 10. Here are some of the key findings.

Higher levels of anxiety

Lockdown restrictions began to be implemented in Australia from mid-March. Not surprisingly, in the first ABS survey in early April, respondents reported some immediate changes, such as a loss of contact with other people.

Just under half of people reported having no in-person contact with friends or family outside their household. Nearly all had used phone and video calls and text messages to keep in touch.

By mid-April, financial hardship was also starting to set in for people. Nearly a third of respondents reported their household finances had worsened due to COVID-19.

People's mental health was also beginning to suffer by mid-April. Compared with a pre-COVID health national survey of Australians, twice as many people reported feelings of anxiety at some point. One in nine Australians also felt hopeless at least some of the time.

More women and younger people reported these feelings compared with men and people aged 65 years and over.

Working from home and changes in diets

Survey results from early May 2020 began to show how people were adjusting their lifestyles to the new routines. Restrictions had just started to ease slightly at this point.

Findings from this stage showed some gender differences. Women (56%) were more likely to be working from home compared with men (38%). Perhaps related to this, women were also more likely to be feeling lonely than men (28% compared with 16%).

The ABS found some notable changes in consumption habits. The early May survey showed fewer people were purchasing additional household supplies (21%) compared with March (47%), suggesting panic-buying had subsided.

People were spending their money on other purchases instead. From early April to early May, one in five people reported eating more snack food, while 13% of respondents were eating more fruit and vegetables.

Purchase of takeaway or delivered food declined over this period, with almost a third of respondents reporting less frequent consumption.

Perhaps contrary to popular belief, the overwhelming majority of people were not drinking more in isolation. Just 14% of people reported increasing their alcohol consumption.

More chores and reading

During the early May phase of the lockdown, people were also seeking solace in home-based activities.

Though a majority of people (60%) were reporting more time on screens during lockdown, others were turning to hobbies and other activities.

Forty-one percent of respondents said they were spending more time on household chores and other work around the house and garden: for instance, 39% were doing more reading and crafts, and 38% were spending more time cooking or baking.

When it came to physical health and exercise, though, just one in four people had increased their level of physical activity during lockdown, while one in five had actually spent less time exercising.

Restrictions ease but some lifestyle changes remain

As more restrictions began to ease around the country, people began to think about what they would do once lockdown ended. By late June, Australians' mental health had improved compared with the height of the lockdown in April.

Fewer people reported feeling stressed, lonely, restless, nervous or that everything was an effort.

More than 90% were still keeping their distance from others, but fewer were avoiding social gatherings.

Interestingly, the easing of restrictions did not change other lifestyle routines that significantly: many people were still spending a lot of time on screens and with pets, cooking, baking and online shopping compared with before the lockdown period.

An optimistic outlook, except for Victorians

When the final ABS survey was conducted in early July, things were looking brighter for most Australians.

Three in five respondents reported their mental health status as good or very good. Most people had an optimistic outlook on the future, with over half believing life had already returned to normal or would return to normal within six months.

The big exception was people living in Victoria. In late June and early July, Melbourne had begun to experience a second wave of infections and a re-introduction of restrictions.

Not surprisingly, only 2% of Victorians said their life had already returned to normal or had not changed due to COVID-19.

Where to from here?

The ABS has finished this survey, but is starting a new monthly survey in August, with a new group of respondents. This survey will also focus on Australians' everyday lives and well-being during the pandemic.

There are also many university-based social research projects currently underway. Once completed, their findings will provide a more detailed picture of how life has changed in Australia during COVID-19—a situation that continues to evolve day by day.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-08-screen-snacking-chores-snapshot-everyday.html
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Dreams in the time of the coronavirus: How have they changed, and why?
« Reply #16853 on: August 10, 2020, 10:00:12 AM »
Since the start of the pandemic, many people around the world have noticed uncanny changes in the nature of their nightly dreams. They report having stranger, more unsettling, and more vivid dreams. We have spoken to two dream experts to better understand this phenomenon.

“I was being held hostage by a nasty man with a gun, and the only thing my loved ones were worried about was the fact that I hadn’t been able to prepare their dinner.”

“I had [a dream] where I was stranded at sea with thousands of planes exploding overhead in a red sky, with debris falling all around me.”

“[I dream] about adventure in distant lands, exploring [and] meeting new people whom I’ve never seen [before]. I wake up feeling saddened that I’ll never see them again.”

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These are just a few of the examples that Medical News Today readers gave when we asked them what kinds of dreams they had been having since the start of the pandemic.

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, many countries around the world have taken stringent measures to curb the spread of the virus. These have included regional and nationwide lockdowns and travel restrictions.

People have been reporting the impact that the pandemic and resulting measures have had on their mental health and general well-being, but other effects have surfaced as well.

One of the most unusual phenomena that people have reported during the pandemic is a change in the nature or intensity of their nighttime dreams.

More and more people have been noticing that, in recent months, their dreams appear to have become stranger than usual, or that they have taken on a more vivid quality.

Indeed, this phenomenon has become widespread enough for it to have gained nicknames such as “quarandreams” or “corona dreams.”

So, what is going on? To learn more, MNT interviewed two experts on dreams and dreaming: Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D., and Denholm Aspy, Ph.D.

Barrett is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. She is also the author of numerous books on dreams, including her most recent work Pandemic Dreams.

Aspy is a visiting research fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He is also a lucid dreaming scientist and trainer.

How our dream landscapes are shifting
To inform her book Pandemic Dreams, Barrett conducted a survey with 3,700 people from around the world. They described around 9,000 dreams — all of them experienced since the start of the pandemic.

She noticed a few themes popping up more often than usual, such as dreams highlighting:

fears and anxieties
trauma
solution-seeking
post-apocalyptic or post-pandemic scenarios
“Definitely, people are reporting more dream recall, more vivid dreams, more bizarre dreams, and more anxious dreams since March,” Barrett told MNT.

“Early in the pandemic,” she added, “the best figures indicated that dreams recalled were up by 35%.”

“My survey focuses on the large numbers of these that are about the pandemic. I’m finding those dreams cluster in several categories: literal dreams of coming down with the virus, metaphoric dreams [in which] one is menaced by swarms of poisonous bugs or by a hurricane, tornado, fire, tsunami, or mob of attackers. Other dreams deal with whether one is practicing safe distancing: [Some dreamers] are out and realize they’ve forgotten their masks or gotten too close to someone, [while] others are surrounded by others who crowd too close, touch them, or cough on them.”

– Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D.

According to the researcher, a lot of people’s current dreams seem to reflect fears and desires that the pandemic has accentuated.

In a dedicated article, Aspy also writes about the ways in which people’s dreams seem to have changed during the pandemic. He notes, “We’re […] seeing many reports of direct references to COVID-19 in people’s dreams.”

“People are dreaming about things like wearing face masks, getting into fights at the local supermarket, being admitted to hospital, and in extreme cases, some people are dreaming that they’re unable to breathe or that their friends and loved ones are getting sick and passing away,” he adds.

According to Barrett, many dreams seem to echo the sense of social isolation that some people have been experiencing due to physical distancing measures and other barriers that have been preventing them from connecting with friends and family.

“[Some dreams] are more focused on the issue of isolation and loneliness, either by directly portraying it as abandonment on a desert island or alternatively with lots of images of friends, extended family, or parties that one is missing,” Barrett pointed out.

However, not all of these dreams are nightmares or unpleasant. In fact, many people seem to experience in dreams what they cannot currently have in real life.

Dreams in which “the person is cured of the virus or discovers a cure for all mankind” have also been quite widespread in this period, Barrett told MNT.

“There is much more anxiety in these dreams than [one would witness in] a comparison group of dreams from more normal times, but most of them are not nightmares for the average person,” she went on.

Essential workers and those who have experienced ill health during the pandemic seem to be the most likely to have disturbing dreams, according to the results of Barrett’s survey.

“Healthcare workers on the front lines during the local surges are having classic traumatic nightmares, and people who are sick with [the coronavirus] report classic fever dreams,” she told us.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/dreams-in-the-time-of-the-coronavirus-how-have-they-changed-and-why
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'Fake background office chatter helps me work from home'
« Reply #16854 on: August 10, 2020, 10:08:58 AM »

Paul Hewson finds background noise helps him concentrate

Being forced to work from home during lockdown has been isolating for many.

Some, like statistician Paul Hewson, have turned to websites providing artificial office noise to help.

The sites, which provide background noises of things like printers and coffee machines, as well as people chatting, have attracted millions of hits during the crisis.

"Having the background office chatter means when I really need to concentrate I can," Mr Hewson told the BBC.

"I don't know whether it is the office sound that works or just having a feeling of human contact."

Mr Hewson has worked in a wide variety of settings in the past, from open plan offices to his own private office in academia.

However, lockdown has been his first "extended experience of isolated working" and he has found it harder to concentrate being in the same environment all the time.

A friend suggested he try one of the increasingly popular "soundboards" available online , which offer a range of ambient noises and let you to control which sounds you put higher in the mix.

Mr Hewson found one called Office Noise Generator which helped.

"After about a week I found the photocopier noise was annoying me, so I mixed that out. And voila, when I really need to concentrate I can."

'Started as a joke'
When lockdown hit, a number of experts set up office noise websites, largely as a bit of fun or entertainment. But many workers have found them useful and the response has surprised the people behind the free sites.

Belgium research engineer Stéphane Pigeon, who created Office Noise Generator, told the BBC: "When the pandemic hit and people starting to work from home, I released an office noise generator, really as a joke. I didn't think anyone would listen."

But many people did and he says his page has racked up 200,000 views since April.

The Sound of Colleagues has done even better, attracting more than a million page views, including 164,000 from the UK.

It was set up by Swedish sound design company Red Pipe studios when they had no work at the start of lockdown.

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"It was a reaction to a new reality that was every bit as real for us in Sweden as anywhere else," head of production Tobias Norman told the BBC.

"Initially, we thought of it more as a light-hearted distraction during a very serious situation.

"We speculated people might actually enjoy the relative peacefulness of their home offices, but as it turned out it was quite the opposite."

A third site I Miss The Office was set up by the Kids Creative Agency in Berlin.

Fred Wordie, who created the noise generator, told the BBC: "As of this morning, we have had 1.2 million visits. From the UK we have had 50,000 visits."

How does it work?
According to Mr Pigeon, noise generators are designed to mask a sound you don't want to hear - silence, for example - with a pleasant one.

"The trick is for the pleasant noise to be constant so that your brain will filter it out from your conscious perception," he said.

"After a couple of minutes, you won't actively hear it anymore - especially if you are doing something else, like working on your computer - but this noise will still block the nuisance you didn't want to hear in first place."

'Feeling of isolation'
He says he was surprised to learn the website was also helping workers to be more productive.

"It's like if the brain associated that sonic environment with work, and was looking for the same sounds to enter its 'comfort zone'," he said.

Mr Norman thinks it also helps people feel less lonely when working from home.

"People seem to really enjoy the 'company' provided by office sounds. It takes away the feeling of isolation.

"We as humans feel more comfortable together than alone, even if we are not actively engaging with the group that surrounds us.

"And with sounds, we can trick the mind into thinking you are actually physically together with other people."

For Paul Hewson, there's an added benefit. "It's also another way of demarcating work from home. Office noise on, you're working. Office noise off, you are at home."

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Lebanon government resigns after deadly Beirut blast
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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced on Monday the resignation of his government after a powerful Beirut port explosion sparked public uproar against the country’s leaders.

Diab, in a televised speech, said the detonation of highly-explosive material warehoused at the port in the capital for the last seven years was “the result of endemic corruption”.

“Today we follow the will of the people in their demand to hold accountable those responsible for the disaster that has been in hiding for seven years, and their desire for real change,” he said. “In the face of this reality ... I am announcing today the resignation of this government.”

The cabinet had already been under pressure to step down over last week’s explosion that killed 163 people, wounded some 6,000 and left around 300,000 without habitable housing. Several ministers had already resigned over the weekend.

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TORONTO -- An online petition slamming Ontario's "disturbing" back-to-school plan has gained nearly 200,000 signatures but the government still won’t budge on reducing elementary class sizes this September.

Late last month, the provincial government released its back-to-school plan, which includes elementary students returning to the classroom full-time with regular class sizes.

Students will be with one cohort for the full day and enhanced health and safety protocols will be put in place.

"The Ontario government's 'plan' for reopening schools essentially amounts, in most elementary and middle school grades, to sending 30 students and a teacher back into a room for 6 hours/day with poor to no ventilation and probably only enough space for 30 cm of distancing between desks,” an online petition, titled "Ontario Demands Better: Reduce Class Sizes to Keep Schools and Communities Safe," reads.

"This is shameful and demonstrates a reckless and disturbing lack of care for the health and safety of our children, teachers, school staff, and communities."

"We have evidence from countries and regions that went back to school in the spring to show that it can be done safely, without a surge in cases. The evidence suggests that the way to do this (along with other measures) is small class sizes."

As of Monday morning, the petition had been signed by more than 196,000 people, which is just 4,000 short of its goal of 200,000.

When asked about the petition on Monday morning, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education told CTV News Toronto that the plan to reopen schools has been crafted by the "best medical and scientific minds in the country."

"We are proud to lead the nation in funding per-student, an aggressive masking policy for grades 4-12, hiring over 1300 custodians and $75M in additional cleaning funding, along with the hiring of 500 public health nurses to support student health in our schools," the statement said.

"The evidence is emerging, and our plan is a living document - it's meant to be augmented and adapted to apply the best advice as it emerges. We will never hesitate from taking further action to protect the health and safety of Ontario’s students and education staff."

The chair of Ontario's largest school board also expressed concern last week over the provincial government's decision to not reduce class sizes for elementary students.

Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Ward 7 Trustee Robin Pilkey said that the decision to keep class sizes the same for Kindergarten to Grade 8 was not up to the board, but required under the province’s order.

"I think everybody is concerned," Pilkey said. "Not just trustees, I know parents, teachers, you know I think everybody is a bit concerned about that."

Parents are allowed to decide whether their child returns to school in-person this September. Students will have the option of remote learning, which would be delivered by the school board.

Ford 'won't hesitate' to close schools again if cases surge

Last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he would close schools again if Ontario is hit with a second wave of COVID-19.

Ford also asserted that his decision to keep elementary class sizes the same was not a financial one.

"I'm not holding back on a penny here," Ford said. "I've proven to the public it is not about dollars and cents."

He said his plan is based on advice from "the brightest minds in the entire country."

"We could play armchair quarterback all day long everyone....I'm relying on the health and the science," he added.

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/nearly-200-000-people-sign-petition-slamming-ontario-s-shameful-back-to-school-plan-1.5058088

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Chicago police arrest more than 100 people after shootout and looting downtown
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More than 100 people were arrested in Chicago after an overnight fit of violence that appears to have begun with police exchanging gunfire with a 20-year-old man, Police Superintendent David Brown said Monday.

This was not a protest, he made clear, dubbing it instead "an incident of pure criminality." Thirteen officers were injured in frays around the city.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot called it "deeply painful" and said it had nothing to do with the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.
"You have no right to take and destroy the property of others," she said. "We will not let our city be taken over by criminals and vigilantes, no matter who they are and what they're doing."
Those arrested were charged with looting, disorderly conduct, and battery against police, Brown said
Police will maintain a heavy presence downtown until further notice, he said. Officers will work 12-hour shifts, and days off are canceled, the superintendent said.
Downtown access will be restricted from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The limited access means all Cook County courts, except for bond courts, are closed Monday. Monday's cases will be continued 30 days, Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans said.
Bus and train service was suspended at police request, but was restored Monday morning, the Chicago Transit Authority said.
The shooting
It appears the unrest was born of an officer-involved shooting Sunday, but police brass has said there was a great deal of misinformation regarding the incident.
Chicago police Deputy Chief Yolanda Talley addressed the situation Sunday, well after the crowd took to the streets with "emotions running high." An officer suffered an injured shoulder, and another officer was sprayed with mace in the unrest, she said. Someone also threw a brick through a squad car window, she said.
"This is a direct response to one agitator on the scene getting people worked up without having the whole story," Talley said.

Police responded to reports of an armed man about 2:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET), and upon arrival attempted to question a 20-year-old man with a previous arrest record, Brown said. He took off, police gave chase, and as the man fled he opened fire on the officers, he said.
Officers shot back, hitting him, the police superintendent said. The man was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center and is expected to survive, he said. Three officers were taken to a hospital for observation.
The suspect's gun was recovered at the scene, police said in a statement.
The man has faced criminal charges four times previously, including burglary, child endangerment and domestic battery, Brown said.
Stores hit hard
CNN crews saw a heavy police presence overnight on Michigan Avenue, which makes up part of the Magnificent Mile commercial strip. Large groups gathered shortly after midnight and vandalized businesses overnight. Looters were seen taking expensive shoes and bags from a Nordstrom.
Video taken outside of Saks Fifth Avenue shows armed police officers standing near the entry door. Its glass is broken out, and the security gate inside is partially raised.
Another video shows a large crowd gathered outside a Coach store. Windows are shattered. In a separate video, someone is seen tossing a projectile at a jewelry store window on Michigan Avenue.
Video also shows damage to a Saks Fifth Avenue and Pandora store.
Police did not have specific information on the size of the crowd, amount of damage or level of police response, saying only, "This is an ongoing situation."
It wasn't just large chains that were attacked, Lightfoot sad, but also small businesses and restaurants that were already hit hard "by closures related to Covid-19 stores."
"This is a time for us all to step up and we will do just that," she said.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/10/us/chicago-crowds-police-looting/index.html
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Re: Women are better bosses than men — here's why
« Reply #16858 on: August 10, 2020, 08:48:23 PM »
About 62 years ago, market research firm Gallup asked a group of adults in the US: "If you were taking a new job and had your choice of a boss, would you prefer to work for a man or a woman?"
A whopping 66% said they preferred a male boss; 5% said they preferred a female boss; and 25% claimed it made no difference to them.

Fast-forward six decades to Gallup's latest report, "State of the American Manager," which reveals a slight shift in those numbers.

In 2012, Gallup asked 11,434 adults in the US that same question. This time, only 33% said they preferred a male boss, while 20% said female, and 46% said they have no preference.

But perhaps more people should strive to work for female managers.

Why?

They tend to be better leaders than their male counterparts, finds Gallup.

The survey discovered that employees who work for a female boss are, on average, 6% more engaged than those who work for a male manager. (Female employees who work for a female manager are the the most engaged of any group of workers.)



The survey also found that women leaders themselves tend to be more engaged (41%) than men (35%).

The Gallup report says womens' higher engagement levels likely result in more engaged, higher-performing teams.

Here are a few reasons women make better bosses than man:

Employees who work for a female manager are 1.26 
times more likely than those who work for a male boss to strongly agree that "There is someone at work who encourages my development."

"This suggests that female managers likely surpass their male counterparts in cultivating potential in others and helping to define a bright future for their employees," the report says. "It does not mean that female managers are more likely to promote their associates, but 
it could signify that women are more apt than men to find stimulating tasks to challenge their employees, thus ensuring associates develop within their current roles and beyond."

Those who work for a woman are 1.29 times more likely than those who don't to strongly agree with the following: "In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress."

Female managers are more inclined to provide regular feedback to help their employees achieve their development goals — one of the three things workers said they most want from their boss.

Employees who work for a female manager are 1.17 times more likely than those with a male manager to strongly agree
 that "In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work."

"This suggests that female managers surpass male managers in providing positive feedback that helps employees feel valued for their everyday contributions," the report says. "It also indicates that female managers may be better than male managers at helping their employees harness the power of positive reinforcement."

Overall, female managers in the US exceed male managers at meeting employees' essential workplace requirements.

One possible explanation for this — thanks to the gender bias which still saturates leadership and management in the US — is that female managers "might be somewhat more adept and purposeful in using their natural talents to engage their teams because they need to exceed expectations to advance in their organization," the report explains.

But, no matter what the reason, Gallup concludes that organizations should place more emphasis on recruiting and promoting more female managers.

https://www.businessinsider.com/why-women-are-better-managers-than-men-2015-4

If the data on being engaged at work and some one helping or caring about the development being higher are positives under female bosses, the people would also report preferring female bosses.

Engaged" is a vague term, but I guess it means busy. If they are busier/working harder under the female boss, it may be because women work less hours on average and that would leave more for the underlings to cover.

The result they wanted was to have workers say it is the female boss caring about it supporting them at work, since that is what they interpret. Clearly they could not get that result by asking that question, does the boss care about your development? This means it is often someone else other than the female boss if they have to frame the question as "someone at work". It may well be that workers are seeking support from each other more when working under females than men.

That's not to say there aren't some advantages. My experience is men are more likely to explain something quickly, say 'ok u got that? Good, get out of here.' Women will be trying to make sure u got it even if you said u did and theyre not sure u did. Women also tell you to go and pick up a sick kid or go to a school event when you don't want to ask. Men treat it like a strike against your name, broadly generalising
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Re: Women are better bosses than men — here's why
« Reply #16859 on: August 10, 2020, 09:11:33 PM »
Anybody who buys this bullshit never worked under a female boss,  They are t least as bad as their male counterparts, often worse.

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