5 Reads: We’re Quitting on Covid-19, Harmful and Helpful Vulnerability, Optimism and More

It’s starting to feel like we’ve become bored with covid-19 and have decided that we don’t want to do it anymore.

I continue to fear that the general loosening of social distancing practices across the nation will lead to more cases and deaths. For whatever reason, we aren’t listening to the experts, let alone following the guidelines we have put in place for reopening.

Again, I’d love to be wrong.

Below are five articles that have made me think over the last two weeks or so.

As always, consult the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and local sources (San Antonio) for the most up to date information and resources.

Experts’ 7 best ideas on how to beat Covid-19 and save the economy
Matthew Yglesias. Vox

Key quote: “We’re just not trying. We’re not doing things that have worked in Asia, and we’re also not trying bold new ideas that American experts have dreamed up. We’re underresourced in combating the virus but have millions of people unemployed. And we’re worried about the economic toll of social distancing, but we’re not enacting economic relief measures that are equal to the scale of the problem.” Read the rest here.

Other countries are winning against the virus. We are quitting.
Dana Milbank. The Washington Post

Key quote: “Trump has abandoned attempts to control the pandemic, though there is no downturn in cases. His administration ignores its own reopening requirements and shelves guidelines written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead Trump applauds reckless reopening in a way that, as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, admitted, “will lead to an increase and spread. It’s almost ipso facto.” Read the rest here.

To Be More Creative, Schedule Your Breaks
Jackson G. Lu, Modupe Akinola, and Malia Mason. Harvard Business Review

Key quote: “Why is it the case that switching at your own volition, the approach most participants in our study took, may not generate the most creative outcomes? Because when attempting problems that require creativity, we often reach a dead end without realizing it. We find ourselves circling around the same ineffective ideas and don’t recognize when it’s time to move on.” Read the rest here.

The Fine Line Between Helpful and Harmful Authenticity
Adam Grant. The New York Times

Key quote: “Being vulnerable with emotions is a form of authenticity. Authenticity is about being true to yourself — expressing your inner thoughts and feelings on the outside. Instead of wearing a mask, you let people see what’s really going on inside your head. When we can’t do that, studies show it’s stifling. The pressure to conform to other people’s expectations puts us in an emotional straitjacket, leading to stress and exhaustion.” Read the rest here.

How to Stay Optimistic When Everything Seems Wrong
Kristin Wong. The New York Times

Key quote: “Optimism is simply being hopeful about the future, even when the present feels wholly negative. Cognitively, this is a challenge, because it requires you to acknowledge your positive and negative emotions at once and to allow them to exist simultaneously. As hard as it may be to make the case for optimism during a time of crisis, that’s when it happens to be the most useful.” Read the rest here.

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