Analysis finds 5.5M have lost health insurance amid pandemic

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Nearly 5.5 million people who lost their jobs between February and May of this year also lost their health insurance, according to a new analysis released Tuesday. 

The analysis from Families USA, a consumer health care advocacy organization, finds that the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis have caused the greatest health insurance losses in American history. 

Nearly half of the coverage losses occurred in five states: California, Texas, Florida, New York and North Carolina. 

“Families in America are losing comprehensive health insurance in record numbers,” the authors of the analysis wrote. “This creates particularly serious dangers during a grave public health crisis and deep economic downturn.”

Coverage losses are likely steep because about half of Americans get health coverage through their jobs. 

However, the 5.4 million people who are estimated to have also lost their health insurance doesn’t count family members who might also have been on those

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American teachers are facing ‘a perfect storm’ of crises amid the coronavirus pandemic

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The compounding stresses of the coronavirus pandemic, the sudden transition to remote learning, and the politicization of schools reopening are burning out teachers.

“I was on the verge of leaving,” an art teacher from Connecticut, who teaches kindergarten through fifth grade but did not want to be identified out of fear of professional retaliation, told Yahoo Finance. “The reason why I stayed truthfully was because of my loan payments.”

According to a survey by Horace Mann of 2,490 educators in the U.S. in June, 34% of them are considering leaving the profession due to the financial stress they’re feeling. 

“It’s like a perfect storm happening right now because the federal government hasn’t passed any legislation to give states any money,” Tish Jennings, an associate professor at the University of Virginia who studies how stress affects teachers, told Yahoo Finance. “ And so when they don’t have enough money in the

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3 New York City businesses on what it’s been like reopening in the first U.S. epicenter of the pandemic

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New York City quickly became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States this past spring. As the novel coronavirus has spread rapidly elsewhere nationwide, New York has been able to bring cases down and began to reopen businesses this summer, making it a possible blueprint for other American cities once they have the virus under control.

Anyone who has ventured out to a store or small business that is not a grocery store or a pharmacy (which are also quite different than they used to be but remained open during the shutdown) knows that retail experiences and services are not like what they once were. There are a lot of new rules put in place to keep customers and employees safe, which might look very different

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5 emergency documents that can protect you during the pandemic

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As the U.S. continues struggling with how to stop the spread of COVID-19, it’s critical to consider whether you have the right emergency documents.

No matter if you live in a coronavirus hot spot or don’t know anyone with COVID-19, there’s never been a better time to understand how different legal documents can protect you.

Here are five types of emergency documents that will help you and your family make essential health care decisions and manage your finances during an unexpected illness or accident.

1. Last will

Your last will is a document that communicates your final wishes after your death. Every adult should have a will. Otherwise, the courts decide what happens to your possessions and who will take care of any minor children who survive you.

You don’t need a lawyer to create a will, but if you have a high net worth or many different types of

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‘This pandemic has completely stripped away my freedom as a deaf person’

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This feature is part of the ADA 30th Anniversary series, which marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, civil rights legislation which prohibits discrimination based on disability, provides accommodations for employees with disabilities, and requires public spaces to be accessible.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted lives around the globe. But for people with disabilities, making adjustments like wearing a face mask, avoiding public transportation or ride-sharing apps, pivoting to teleconferencing and isolating at home aren’t mere inconveniences; they’re huge obstacles.

Stacey Valle, a deaf social education coordinator and Deafinitely Wanderlust travel writer based in Los Angeles, tells Yahoo Life that she struggles to communicate with people wearing masks.

“And of course, I want them to and they have to,” the 30-year-old clarifies — but adds that, unless a mask is clear, it makes lip-reading impossible and obscures many of the facial expressions she relies on during

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Big data may help BOJ guide economy through pandemic pain

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By Leika Kihara

TOKYO (Reuters) – Big data is providing some surprising results for the Bank of Japan and helping ease concerns about pressure on the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, which could influence the way the BOJ manages the world’s most radical monetary stimulus.

By tapping data provided by Google showing people’s movement via mobile phones, the BOJ found that households’ discretionary spending rebounded faster and more vividly in Japan than in other countries after lockdown steps were lifted in May.

Other big data also showed a marked rebound in durable goods sales such as personal computers, which offset some of the weakness in spending on services including leisure, eating-out and travel.

The revelation helped convince BOJ policymakers to conclude the economy has past the worst and did not need immediate, additional monetary support.

“We expect the economy to recover gradually and steadily,” BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said after

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How the Miami school district has been uniquely prepared for the COVID pandemic

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School reopenings have become a hotly debated issue across the U.S. as the Trump administration is threatening to withhold funds from schools that do not open in-person as scheduled. A number of public school systems such as New York have begun to plan for the new year. Many plans call for an extension of online-only learning through the fall.

One school system that may be better prepared for a reopening despite its state’s rising COVID-19 cases is that of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) school district.

Operating under extremely challenging environmental conditions isn’t new for the district, Alberto M. Carvalho, the district’s superintendent, told Yahoo Finance.

“The reason why we had the seamless transition from traditional schooling to distance learning is because we had been somewhat influenced by the fact that we are coastal towns subject to periodic hurricane threats,” he said. “So we do have experience in shutting

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As Shoppers Go Digital Amid the Pandemic, Here’s How Neiman Marcus Is Adapting Its Services

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Neiman Marcus is expanding its roster of online services as the coronavirus pandemic continues to change the way shoppers engage with retailers.

The luxury department store announced today the launch of a digital hub dubbed Your Neiman’s, where customers can secure personal appointments in stores, set up curbside pickup, learn about trends and designers during virtual events or engage via video with the chain’s stylists.

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“The world is changing, and we’re all adjusting our habits to accommodate the new normal,” president and chief customer officer David Goubert said in a statement. “The comfort and safety of our customers and associates are our utmost priority. We’ve introduced innovative ways to be here for them, now in more ways than ever.”

As state and local governments loosen lockdown restrictions on nonessential businesses, Neiman Marcus is gradually reopening its locations across the

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Believing in science helps in a pandemic

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday ordered that most classrooms in the state stay closed. <span class="copyright">(Associated Press )</span>
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday ordered that most classrooms in the state stay closed. (Associated Press )

As coronavirus infection rates continue to spike around the country, states and cities are diverging in their response on how to contain the spread of COVID-19.

President Trump and many governors are insisting that public schools reopen for the fall, as is the case in Florida, while other states and regions are adopting a more cautious approach.

Los Angeles and San Diego, for instance, announced last Monday that their public schools would be online only this fall. On Friday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered that most school classrooms in the state stay closed. And he has rolled back the reopening of many businesses and closed indoor dining and social spaces, even as Georgia’s governor rescinded local mask orders.

Political leaders in California have largely had public support for their decisions. One reason

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Pandemic drives business schools to overhaul curricula

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Andrea Galeotti, a professor at London Business School, did not realise what he had started when he began preparing a talk on coronavirus for his students this spring in response to growing interest in the pandemic.

“There was a lot of confusion,” he recalls. “It was a mess in Italy, and the UK was not even talking about lockdown. I started to pull together information so people could make sense of it. I couldn’t stop, it was so interesting to learn about, and soon I had 40 slides. I was very surprised to see the reaction.”

His presentation with his colleague Paolo Surico evolved into Leading Through a Pandemic, a range of free online materials which have been widely shared. They sparked discussions with governments to shift policy towards the use of real-time data to guide a more rapid economic recovery, and helped inspire an overhaul of the curriculum for

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