How to be financially ready for the next COVID-19 lockdown

Emilee Geist

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has hit 200,000. And, a chilling forecast from the University of Washington predicts the number could more than double or even triple by January as people spend more time indoors and tire of social distancing and other recommended measures.

Other countries are imposing new lockdowns as coronavirus case numbers explode, and a new Newsweek poll finds a majority of Americans would support a national lockdown to stop the spread.

The earlier lockdowns in the U.S. led to layoffs and furloughs, and even a new series of smaller, more localized ones could spell trouble for workers still feeling drained after round one.

But you have time to prepare if Americans are asked to hunker down again. Here are nine things you can do to protect your finances ahead of a second lockdown wave.

1. Keep on saving

As the first wave of the pandemic swept

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How COVID-19 is fueling a new wave of Bay Area transplants to the Sacramento region

Emilee Geist

Jesse and Shanni Burke were working on their laptops a few feet apart in their cramped Silicon Valley apartment this spring, sweltering without air conditioning, when it dawned on them.

The coronavirus pandemic that was virtually imprisoning them in their tiny downtown San Jose walk-up also offered an unexpected escape option. No longer tethered to the office, they could live almost anywhere outside the pricey Bay Area and keep their jobs.

Last week, the couple moved into a 2,700-square-foot home on a leafy street in the suburban Sacramento community of Fair Oaks. It’s their first home purchase. They’ll turn two of the four bedrooms into his and hers offices. And they plan to add a gym and a backyard pool.

“Because of COVID, we didn’t want to be stuck in a tiny space,” Shanni, a 34-year-old tech worker, said. “But we knew there was no way we could afford in

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The Webster’s new store offers the COVID-19 weary a chance for retail therapy

Emilee Geist

The recently opened Webster at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles stands out because of its pink concrete architecture and list of buzzworthy brands. <span class="copyright">(Laurian Ghinitoiu / The Webster LA)</span>
The recently opened Webster at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles stands out because of its pink concrete architecture and list of buzzworthy brands. (Laurian Ghinitoiu / The Webster LA)

The retail landscape has been marred by the closures of well-known fashion stores as well as a high unemployment rate and the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet there are still bright spots when it comes to in-store shopping — such as L.A.’s the Webster, which has emerged as a sanctuary for style.

Magüis Sosa, a 32-year-old manager of online influencers, is one design-savvy fan who found refuge in the 11,000-square-foot store, anchoring a prime corner of the Beverly Center at Beverly and San Vicente boulevards in Los Angeles. The Webster opened at the start of the year before the pandemic hit California and has had to close twice because of COVID-19 safety restrictions and the unrest that swept L.A. this spring.


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Concord Regional Technical Center Prepares For COVID-19 Learning

Emilee Geist

CONCORD, NH — In early August, when Concord’s Board of Education voted to implement fully remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year, it surprised a lot of people — especially when it comes to the school’s career technical center.

The Concord Regional Technical Center is a four-decade institution in the capital region offering hands-on education in automotive technology, computer engineering, construction, cosmetology, culinary, graphic design, and other programs — many skills and subjects that cannot be completely absorbed educationally in a remote setting. The tech students spend part of the school day cooking, cutting hair, building structures, or breaking down car engines, and the rest of the day emersed in learning like any other high schooler.

Less than two weeks later, the district moved to a slightly modified hybrid model with in person learning for any student with an individual education plan and special education designation, English language learners, and

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9 ways to prepare for the next COVID-19 lockdown

Emilee Geist

After giving up spring break and summer barbecues, cooped-up Americans are looking forward to the day when things go back to normal. But COVID-19 isn’t like a natural disaster that strikes once, then fades away.

Several states have paused or walked back their plans to reopen, as new hot spots emerge and the number of active cases remains high.

Now health experts are warning that a second round of lockdowns may be necessary as the fall flu season begins, classes resume and cool weather drives people into cramped indoor spaces.

still feeling drained after round one.” data-reactid=”35″Even a series of smaller, more localized lockdowns could spell trouble for Americans’ livelihoods, especially for those workers still feeling drained after round one.

But you still have time to prepare. Here are nine things you can do to protect your finances ahead of a second wave.

1. Keep saving

As the first

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“COVID-19 Is Not an Equal Opportunity Virus”

Emilee Geist

Photo credit: Photo by Bre'Ann White, courtesy Carrie Mae Weems and Library Street Collective
Photo credit: Photo by Bre’Ann White, courtesy Carrie Mae Weems and Library Street Collective

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Referring to the recommended six feet of separation required for proper social distancing, artist Carrie Mae Weems’s Resist COVID Take Six! public awareness campaign aims to get information and resources to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus into the hands of BIPOC communities via billboards, buttons, lawn signs, take-out bags, and other creative means. Activism and a belief that representation matters has always been central to the MacArthur Genius grant recipient’s work. In her iconic The Kitchen Table Series (1990)—currently on view at Jack Shainman gallery’s online viewing room—Weems herself posed as the self-assured main subject, using a kitchen table as her domestic stage, and she has consistently created images that insist on the worth of Black people throughout her more than four-decade photographic career.

Since its launch in April, Weems’s grassroots

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12 fun kids’ face masks for the COVID-19 pandemic

Emilee Geist

 <span class="copyright">(Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)</span>
(Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)

With in-person school just starting for many children, face masks have become the new backpacks in terms of being necessities for at least 2020 and 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children 2 and older “wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in your household.”

As the world adjusts to life in the age of COVID-19, it’s safe to say many parents are probably adding fashionable face masks to their children’s back-to-school shopping lists. Although students in Los Angeles may be confined to online learning, kids in other states are returning to the classroom, for which the CDC also states, “Appropriate and consistent use of cloth face coverings is most important when students, teachers and staff are indoors and when social distancing of at least 6 feet is difficult to implement or maintain.”

We’ve rounded up

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Universities that reject ‘business as usual’ have best chance of surviving COVID-19

Emilee Geist

Businesses — whether large or small, or whether they are healthcare, educational cultural or recreational institutions — all have been tragically affected by COVID-19. For colleges and universities, the beginning of the fall semester will be especially challenging.

Even prior to the onset of the coronavirus, many universities and colleges were confronted with dire challenges, particularly enrollment declines (down for the ninth year in a row and more than 2 million this decade); rising operating costs; and competition from less expensive, online, for-profit educational vendors. Almost 60 institutions of higher learning — public and private non-profit — have gone out of business or merged over the past four years. Urban universities, such as FIU, are projected to fare better because of its neighboring population and affordable tuition. Those most vulnerable for the next round of closings and mergers are small, church-related institutions where private tuition invariably exceeds that of nearby

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CES 2021 Looks Set to Be All-Online in Wake of COVID-19

Emilee Geist

Anyone interested in product design has likely heard of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) traditionally held in famous Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, the event’s organizers have recently announced that the 2021 edition of the show would look much different than in years past. Not just figuratively or literally speaking, but virtually, taking on an all-digital format in the wake of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Promotional graphic for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Promotional graphic for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) made the announcement in July 2020, a full six months before the January show. On one hand, that means attendees need not worry about airfare and hotel rooms. On the other hand, it means preparing to observe, disseminate information, and make purchasing decisions entirely online.

Traditionally, the show is set up like any other type of trade exhibition, with rows of booths manned by product specialists ready

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Sees ‘Strong’ Car Order Demand Despite Covid-19

Emilee Geist

Tesla Inc.’s (TSLA) billionaire founder Elon Musk said that the electric car maker sees “strong” order demand during the coronavirus pandemic even as some dealerships have been shut down.

“We saw strong orders through the whole pandemic, we still had a good order volume,” Musk said in an interview to Automotive News’ Daily Drive podcast released on Friday. “I guess people are less inclined to want to go to a dealership, do the test drive and hang out in the lobby and that kind of thing.”

During the second quarter, Tesla’s vehicle production was affected by the pandemic, like most other automakers. Its main California factory was shut down for more than a month, and a lot of its retail operations were closed due to restrictions put in place to try to slow down the pace of the pandemic.

What’s more, the global economic crisis made many people

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