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March 27, 2020
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The Verge

During a public health crisis in the US, distancing power rests with the states

At press conferences for the past week, President Donald Trump has continued to push the idea that the United States could relax the distancing measures put in place around the country to slow the COVID-19 outbreak by Easter, April 12th. ... Many governors (both Republican and Democrat) and local officials are shrugging off that suggestion. ... During a public health crisis like this one, they are the ones who have the final say, says Ross Silverman, professor of health policy and management at Indiana University. "Public health powers are generally handled at the state level," he says. ... Legally, the states can maintain social distancing orders and business closures, even if Trump says that they shouldn't, but that can create communication problems. "It sends really mixed messages," Silverman says.


News Brief: Coronavirus' economic effects, testing for COVID-19

This interview on NPR included Aaron Carroll, a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. New unemployment claims are expected to shatter records. A $2 trillion emergency relief package passes in the Senate and heads to the House. And, the mixed message about testing for the coronavirus. AARON CARROLL: We have to know who's infected and who's not. And there's too many people in the community who are infected and don't know it or who aren't showing symptoms. We have no idea who they are. And if we just lift the rules of shelter-in-place and let all of those people go out, we'll just snap right back into the growing curve of where we were before.

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The Conversation

The Federal Reserve is promising to do everything it can to save the economy -- but what is that

Written by Ryan Matthew Brewer, Associate Professor of Finance and MBA Director, IUPUC. The United States Federal Reserve has committed to do everything it can to save the financial system and the American economy from collapse. Most recently, it began an unprecedented effort to ensure banks, companies and now households have all the money they need by offering to buy unlimited amounts of securities, including bundled student loans and credit card debt. Even at the peak of the financial crisis in 2008, the Fed's actions were much more limited in scope -- as well as speed. My colleagues and I at the Indiana Business Research Center have been studying the Fed, its actions and the economic impact for over a quarter-century. Here’s a quick primer on the U.S. central bank, how it works and what it’s doing to keep the economy from sinking into depression.


Layoffs, job losses -- COVID-19 impact expected to play out over months

The pandemic has economic forecasters talking about recession in the wake of massive jobs losses. The headlines are about plants closing, unemployment claims rising, the government working on details of stimulus relief to American workers -- and failing to come to terms. An NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll said that by last Wednesday, "nearly 20% of U.S. households have experienced either a layoff or a reduction in work hours because of the coronavirus." ... Andrew Butters, assistant professor of business economics and public policy at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, said that some aspects of the downturn are hard to predict and not likely to show up right away. "I certainly suspect that the timing of this is going to be such that it might even imagine that while the Q1 number comes in maybe lower than initial forecasts it's still commensurate with expansion of economic activity, and that where some of the real significant downside risks are I think would be showing up in Quarter 2," Butters said. "Now, of course, part of an unfortunate situation when it comes to broad measures of economic activity is that we're not going to really have the final, final tally on that in terms of relationship to Q2 for still several, several months' time." Butters said that the pandemic-driven economic decline, which he fully expects, still has too much unpredictability attached.

Poets & Quants

Here's practical advice for teaching online, from an expert at the IU Kelley School of Business

Written by Sarah Smith-Robbins, the director of learning technologies at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University as well as an adjunct lecturer in marketing. She is responsible for ensuring that Kelley's online and residential programs make use of cutting-edge technology to support maximum student learning outcomes. Her research centers on the connections between digital games, social media platforms and learning. Smith-Robbins provided five tips for educators who find themselves transitioning to online teaching: Don't try to recreate your classroom ... Let your hair down just a little ... Consider the wide range of student circumstances ... Learn from other instructors ... Think of it as an adventure.

The Indianapolis Star

Here are 7 ways the census will impact education in Indiana

Who does and doesn't complete the 2020 U.S. census will influence Indiana's K-12 students for a decade. So it's critical for everyone to fill out the decennial count, which impacts both funding and decision making for schools, said education leaders in the state. ... "The schools need to know: How many kids are we responsible for educating?" said Carol Rogers, the co-director for the Indiana Business Research Center at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. ... The number of students in a school district and which school they attend also impacts transportation. Not only does it impact the number of bus drivers and buses that a district needs, but it could also impact the length of bus routes, said Rogers, who is also the governor's census liaison.


Unintended consequences of social distancing impacting mental health

Coronavirus social distancing could be taking a toll on mental health. Mental health experts say, during times of uncertainty, connections are more important than ever. Unfortunately, many people are isolated and feeling alone. ... John Gallagher is a professor of social work at IU South Bend. He says, depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mental illnesses can get worse through unemployment, uncertainty and social isolation. Gallagher says the lack of social connection could have a deadly impact for some. "We talk about social distancing. And perhaps the best word is physical distancing. From a social standpoint, we know what is meant by that. But I would recommend we say physical distancing because this, of all times, we want people to be social. Social may not be face to face. But we want people to call their loved ones, call their support systems," says Gallagher. Gallagher says people may feel lost and confused during these times. He warns that people without previous mental health diagnosis may be at increased risk because they don't have the coping skills and treatment background that others with years of treatment and therapy have. He is also concerned about people who struggle with addiction. AA and NA meetings have been closed temporarily and instead are being held online.

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