Category: Business / National Affairs

April 2, 2020

The High-Stakes Race to Build More Ventilators

The US is short of ventilators to help Covid-19 patients breathe. Ford, GM, and satellite-launch company Virgin Orbit are trying to fill the gap.

by Alex Davies in Business
April 2, 2020

China Flexes Its Soft Power With ‘Covid Diplomacy’

Initially criticized for covering up and failing to control the virus, China is rebranding its response as a symbol of leadership and strength.

by Will Knight in Business
April 1, 2020

One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack – April 2020

Mohammad Mosaed, a reporter who criticized the Iranian government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, has been arrested and banned from social media.

by Wired Staff in Business
April 1, 2020

Why Some States Are Resisting Social Distancing Measures

Governors of a half-dozen states worry about the economic fallout of forcing businesses to close and say there’s no clear guidance from Washington.

by Paris Martineau in Business
March 31, 2020

The Coronavirus Relief Bill Promotes Surveillance for Health

The latest stimulus package includes $500 million for tracking and data collection, worrying some government watchdogs.

by Sidney Fussell in Business
March 29, 2020

How Decades of Offshoring Led to a Mask Shortage in a Pandemic

US companies have shifted production overseas, especially to China. We got cheaper products. But now we can’t make vital health care supplies.

by Tom Simonite in Business
March 28, 2020

A Rush Back to ‘Normal’ Would Be the Blunder of the Century

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers warns that trying to restart the US economy too soon would put countless lives in danger and risk far more economic damage.

by Will Knight in Business
March 27, 2020

What Amazon Workers Are Facing as Coronavirus Spreads in the US

Amazon has emerged as an essential service during the coronavirus pandemic. Warehouse and delivery workers say they’re risking their health to provide it.

by Louise Matsakis in Business
March 26, 2020

Record Jobless Claims Are Overwhelming States’ Aging Tech

Laid-off workers struggle to file claims for unemployment benefits; economists say the situation will likely get worse.

by Paris Martineau in Business
March 25, 2020

The Coronavirus May Actually Reinforce US-China Economic Ties

Talk of shifting supply chains away from China has quieted as illness spreads in the West. Reduced demand meets rebounding supply. 

by Zachary Karabell in Business