This new monument will be the first to remember the victims of COVID-19

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In Uruguay, the World Memorial to the Pandemic will force people to confront their relationship with the deadly potential of nature. As of early September, more than 900,000 people have died around the world because of COVID-19. Designers are already working on how to remember them: A plan for a massive new monument would honor the victims, along with everyone else who has been affected by other pandemics throughout history. Read Full Story

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I was the White House’s chief information officer: Let’s not compromise our privacy in the fight against COVID-19

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Theresa Payton, who saw how the 9/11-inspired Patriot Act undermined our civil liberties, wants us to ask serious questions about deals to allow tech giants such as Apple and Google to get access to new streams of user data to help combat the pandemic. For the second time in a generation, Americans are having to make critical choices that will affect our fundamental way of life in order to defeat an insidious enemy. In 2001, we watched in horror as nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens were killed and thousands more injured when fanatics launched hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Today, more than 41,000 Americans have joined the tens of thousands of victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Full Story

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Remembering some of the designers, architects, and creative thinkers who died in 2020

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It’s been a devastating year. These are just a few of the brilliant minds we lost. The coronavirus pandemic has taken nearly 2 million lives around the world. Like every other industry, the design world has suffered some incalculable losses. Here, we remember just a few of the designers and creatives who have passed away this year due to COVID-19 complications. Read Full Story

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How co-living could replace the human connection that we’ve lost in the pandemic

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A strategic adviser to a co-living pioneer outlines how the sector could play a transformational role in a post-pandemic world. A profound lesson of the COVID-19 crisis is just how deeply humans care about connecting with each other. While quarantines, lockdowns, and social distancing rules have been introduced to keep people apart to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, these restrictions have also challenged us to discover new ways to interact. Read Full Story

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CDC: people without a college degree are more likely to consider suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic

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While the study found that, overall, 10.7% of U.S. adults seriously considered suicide during the pandemic, that proportion increased in certain segments of the population due to socioeconomic factors. While the physical and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t be more glaring, the pandemic has had a horrifying effect on something that is most often invisible: people’s mental health. That’s according to an alarming new study released by the CDC that examined people’s self-reported state of mental health during the pandemic. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 claims another victim: Halloween

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Universal Orlando’s cancellation of its popular Halloween Horror Nights leads to the realization—expressed through memes—that All Hallow’s Eve won’t be fun-sized this year. Universal Orlando announced on Friday that it’s canceling its annual Halloween Horror Nights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Full Story

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