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A Message From the Business Connect Team
The likelihood that any newsletter or article these days will feature COVID-19 is quite high, and the majority of such news, unfortunately, brings negativity and anxiety. Thus, in our April newsletter, our team has decided to focus on positive aspects and actions from people in the midst of the global pandemic. These times have shown how a common adversity can grow people closer to each other (while maintaining the 6-feet distance rule) and bring the best out of us.
To start with, here is a list brought by Forbes that shows how large companies across the world and different industries have responded to the outbreak of the disease:
- Google established a COVID-19 fund that enables all temporary staff and vendors, globally, to take paid sick leave if they have potential symptoms of COVID-19 or can’t come into work because they’re quarantined. They have also made their video conferencing service, Hangouts Meet, available for all G-suite customers until July 1, 2020.
- Loom, a video recording and sharing service has made Loom Pro free for teachers and students at K-12 schools, universities, and educational institutions. They have also removed the recording limit on free plans and have cut the price for Loom Pro in half.
- LinkedIn is opening up 16 of its learning courses for free. These include courses that provide tips on how to stay productive, build relationships when you’re not face-to-face, use virtual meeting tools, and balance family and work dynamics in a healthy way.
- Amazon is hiring 100,000 more workers and giving raises to current staff to deal with coronavirus demands.
- Uber Eats and DoorDash have waived commission fees for independent restaurant partners, while Postmates has launched a pilot program for small businesses that temporarily waives commission fees for businesses in the SF Bay Area.
- Dolce & Gabbana announced that it has partnered with Humanitas University to fund a coronavirus research project.
- Giorgio Armani has donated $1.43 million dollars to four hospitals in Rome and Milan, as well as to the Civil Protection Agency.
As we can see, this crisis has illustrated that “for-profit” companies on paper may not necessarily be “for-profit” in action.
Winners During COVID-19
Every coin has two sides, and so does the effect of COVID-19 on the economy. In this section, we will present J.P. Morgan’s list of six companies that have been and still are projected to continue benefiting from the increased demand due to the virus. The bank rates these companies as “buy”:
Doug Anmuth at JPMorgan claimed that [e-commerce] "will benefit as closings of physical stores & fear of public places should accelerate the secular shift of retail online, which we believe will prove sustainable even after the crisis ends." As people start to live, eat, and work according to the new social distancing rules, subscription-based services including Netflix and Peloton "should be at least stable or benefiting from the current environment."
For the peace of mind and body, “trying to preserve some sense of normalcy is really important for people’s well-being,” said Dr. Russell G. Buhr, a pulmonologist at U.C.L.A. Health. The American Heart Association also recommends adults engage in at least 150 minutes (two and a half hours) per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity.
In order to keep yourself active and healthy in quarantine, consider this workout provided by trainer Ashley Borden. You can perform this set of exercises at home without any advanced equipment.
- Try doing 15 air squats, 20 lateral bounds, and a bear crawl five times to one side, then five times to the other, repeating the series for seven minutes.
- Try doing the following four times: alternating reverse lunges, squat jumps, elbow planks while reaching out with each arm, and holding a bear crawl position each for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest per exercise.
- Try doing the following four times: a wall sit, a wall sit with reach, a hollow body hold, and a Superman position for 30 seconds each, followed by 30 seconds of rest after all of them.
We wish everyone safety, peace, and love as we “raise our hands” in Zoom to sign off.
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Sarah Downey graduated from Hamilton College in 2007. She is a venture capitalist in Boston. She currently works at Accomplice, an early stage technology firm.
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