Tunheim Live Webinar from Milan and Hong Kong Scheduled for 8 a.m. CST Thursday 3/19
Thursday (3/19) morning at 8:00 a.m. CST, Tunheim is hosting a live webinar with leaders from our network offices in Hong Kong and Milan. Both offices have been in lockdown mode since government leaders took drastic steps to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Allen Montrasio from Imageware in Milan leads the technology public relations practice; David Croasdale is a U.K. expatriate who has lived and worked in Hong Kong for more than three decades and is the CEO of Newell Public Relations with offices in Bejing and Shanghai. Allen and David will share an update on the state of business in both regions and share how communications practices are evolving as living in lockdown settles down and becomes “the new normal.”
While the initial shock in Italy was “terrifying,” according to Imageware’s CEO Stefania Trazzia, clients have figured out new and even humorous ways to engage their employees, partners and customers. In preparation for the webinar, we asked Allen what he would have done differently had he known he would be in lockdown for months and working from home. “I would have gotten a haircut because I won’t see a barber for probably three months and I would have bought a dog.” Turns out, walking the dog is a great excuse to get outside the house more regularly. If you are wondering why you should practice your flash mob moves, well, you’ll have to join the webinar to hear the rest of the story.
Here are a few articles that we consider required reading today.
- New Analysis Suggests Months Of Social Distancing May Be Needed To Stop Virus, NPR
The take-home message from an analysis done by a group at the Imperial College London—who works with computer simulations of outbreaks—is that “in order to keep from overwhelming the health care system with severe cases, we are going to have to have very tight controls in place on transmission through social distancing,” says expert on infectious disease modeling at Harvard, Marc Lipsitch.
- Stocks, Oil and Bonds Drop in Sync as Economic Fears Deepen, Wall Street Journal
Stocks, bonds and commodities fell today in a simultaneous selloff suggesting that investors are trying to raise cash quickly to cope with the economic disruption sparked by the current health crisis. To put a number to this, the plunge is as follows: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,350 points or 6.4%; The S&P 500 dropped 5.6%; and the Nasdaq dropped 4.6%.
- Coronavirus Live Updates: Nations Pledge Trillions to Stave Off Economic Catastrophe, New York Times
Today, the Senate has planned to take up the coronavirus relief package approved by the House last week. This package would provide paid leave, enhanced unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing and food and health care aid.
- Bethesda long-term care hospital in St. Paul to become a COVID-19 facility, Star Tribune
For the next few weeks, the Bethesda long-term care hospital located in St. Paul will be transformed into a COVID-19 treatment center to provide specialty care to those with severe cases and to keep infected patients from other hospitals.