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What we're reading: Another challenge is on the way for US disaster planning

Another disaster: The world is still in the midst of disaster planning for Covid-19, but another disaster awaits for much of North America: Hurricane season. The Atlantic reports on how the pandemic is forcing emergency managers to rethink disaster planning from the ground up to prevent one crisis from worsening another.

What’s in store: The post-Covid retail store could look a lot like supermarkets do today. The Guardian writes that when stores reopen, changing rooms will likely stay closed, merchandise will harder to touch, and floors could have directions telling people which way they can walk.

Always on call: Social life is playing out over video chat these days, but those virtual check-ins could be making people lonelier too. Vox reports on the psychological effects of this social distancing mechanism and how it could feed people’s sense of anxiety and isolation.


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