A doctor’s guide to reopening businesses safely

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Dr. Po-Chang Hsu explains the necessary conditions to safely welcome back customers and workers. The pandemic has taken a devastating economic toll on businesses worldwide. The fallout is brutal in the United States, where COVID-19 case numbers are rising again, cause for additional concern during the colder months. Nearly 100,000 businesses in industries like the retail and restaurant sectors have closed. Many companies that were granted pandemic relief assistance during the initial lockdown phase were able to stay afloat. Read Full Story

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Ready to quit after COVID-19? Use these 3 strategies to find a better job

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If you’re among the 68% of people who admitted they would consider leaving their job because of the poor treatment they received during the pandemic, this is how to be strategic about your exit. Unsurprisingly, no one was prepared for what 2020 would bring. With little warning, nonessential businesses were shut down or forced to transition to a fully remote work environment, and many faced tough decisions that involved pay cuts, furloughs, and layoffs. Others scrambled to ramp-up hiring to meet pandemic-driven demands and take necessary precautions to keep their employees safe and healthy. Read Full Story

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This twist on the four-day workweek could get people back to work without causing new outbreaks

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Four days on followed by 10 days off would let businesses reopen but make sure employees were isolated in case they became infectious. There’s an obvious risk to reopening the economy during the pandemic, even in places where the number of COVID-19 cases is dropping: As more people come back into contact, cases could surge again, and businesses could be forced to shut down a second time. South Korea is seeing a new spike in cases after the outbreak seemed to be under control. In China, new cases have emerged in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the virus. But an adjustment to work schedules—along with social distancing and other tools like contact tracing—could help businesses that can’t work remotely to potentially reopen safely. Read Full Story

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MIT researchers say these are the unsafe businesses to avoid during COVID-19, and these are okay

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The study, in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Science,’ identifies the businesses that have the best overall risk-benefit profiles. Want to know which businesses are safe to frequent during the coronavirus pandemic? Data crunchers at MIT analyzed 26 categories of businesses by a dozen metrics for necessity and crowdedness and determined which are most essential and safest, and vice versa. The insightful research aims to guide policymakers in choosing which commerce to reopen, and, as cases rise, which to close first or regulate. Read Full Story

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B2C Marketers Outline Their Top Concerns and Priorities This Year

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Even before the pandemic, consumers were looking for convenience across most facets of their shopping experiences, but after the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for convenient and safe ways to shop have become essential. B2C marketers are very much aware of this demand, per data [infographic] from Interable, which looks at the primary business concerns of… Read More » The post B2C Marketers Outline Their Top Concerns and Priorities This Year appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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This automated checkout app tries to make shopping feel safe again

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As the immersive retail startup Showfields reopens its doors in New York City, it is launching a contactless in-store app to help customers feel comfortable shopping during the pandemic. As late as March, customers at the four-story shop of Soho-based retailer Showfields were lining up to take a slide into inventive physical installations (think artificial forests and shiny discos) where they could touch and test products on offer, like premium haircare from Act and Acre, olive oil from startup Brightland , and art from independent artists like Azuki Furuya. Read Full Story

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