Reuters e-book about society after the pandemic

Once in a Lifetime? What will change after the coronavirus pandemic has wrought its damage
Reuters, Breakingviews
June 2, 2020, 73 pages

Humanity either learns key lessons from the pandemic, corrects course and becomes a more resilient species. Or it tears further apart and expands the divisions in society that predated Covid-19. In a new e-book on what will change, Breakingviews (a unit of Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters) takes the more optimistic view.

The resulting e-book is a compendium of Reuters articles published mainly in the last five weeks.


Preface (Rob Cox – June 2, 2020)

The flat curve: Life and work
Offices will get roomier when the virus passes (Aimee Donnellan – May 4, 2020)
Big Elevator faces a cable-free race to the top (Ed Cropley – May 26, 2020)
Icky cash gets shove towards eventual obsolescence (Lisa Jucca – May 20, 2020)
Hotels can ride out a cleaner, more vacant future (Aimee Donnellan – May 12, 2020)
Mall-to-retailer relationships will get creative (Jennifer Saba – May 29, 2020)
Handshake will be relic of a more trusting time (John Foley – May 19, 2020)
Cities exodus will be more fringe than fashion (Lauren Silva Laughlin – June 1, 2020)

Not burning down the house: Staying at home
U.S. moviegoers will never again fill theaters (Jennifer Saba – April 29, 2020)
Vacant arenas fortify TV’s financial grip on sport (Christopher Thompson and Anna Szymanski – May 28, 2020)
Cable networks risk post-virus vicious cycle (Jennifer Saba – May 7, 2020)
China virus may fast-track drone flight (Robyn Mak – February 6, 2020)
Telemedicine may be U.S. healthcare’s new normal (Robert Cyran – May 21, 2020)
Will casual sex get shafted by the pandemic? (Dasha Afanasieva – May 9, 2020)
M&A bankers should consider going back to college (Lauren Silva Laughlin – May 8, 2020)

Life during plague time: New boundaries
Supply chains’ tectonic shift will get viral jolt (George Hay and Ed Cropley – May 7, 2020)
It’s a long jump back onto the travel bandwagon (Sharon Lam – May 19, 2020)
Silicon Valley gears up to leave Silicon Valley (Gina Chon – May 13, 2020)
Phones will restore freedom at the cost of privacy (Ed Cropley – April 30, 2020)
Economic distancing is sad sequel to social kind (John Foley – May 27, 2020)
African debt holiday choices open new divisions (Ed Cropley – May 20, 2020)

Crosseyed and painful: Market forces on hold
Chancellor: Big is beautiful will also be ugly (Edward Chancellor – May 4, 2020)
Big Tech will emerge from virus too big to fail (Gina Chon – April 28, 2020)
Brace for America’s version of Saudi Aramco (Rob Cox – May 5, 2020)
Central bankers have more cards up their sleeves (Swaha Pattanaik – April 29, 2020)
Why 150% is the new 100% for public debt/GDP (Swaha Pattanaik – March 26, 2020)
Fed’s credit market duct tape will come unstuck (Anna Szymanski – May 20, 2020)

Worry about the government: The role of the state
Fringe taxes will go mainstream when lockdowns ends (Peter Thal Larsen – May 11, 2020)
Critical workers hold keys to higher minimum pay (Richard Beales – May 6, 2020)
Welfare states will be big Covid-19 winners (Edward Hadas – May 13, 2020)
Virus bailouts will be messier than past rescues (Neil Unmack – May 29, 2020)
Pandemic protection will be a governmental affair (Aimee Donnellan – May 14, 2020)
Virus-ebbed tide exposes the better leaders (Rob Cox – March 26, 2020)

Take me to the recovery: Returning to growth
Regulators will owe banks a favour post-pandemic (Peter Thal Larsen and Liam Proud – May 21, 2020)
Stock-pickers will join endangered species list (Anna Szymanski – May 27, 2020)
Emerging markets will see less index, more Rolodex (Una Galani – May 13, 2020)
New normal will demand new gold-standard portfolio (Swaha Pattanaik – May 6, 2020)
Activist curve will get flattened by the pandemic (Lauren Silva Laughlin – May 28, 2020)
Buyout barons will keep getting cake and eating it (Lauren Silva Laughlin and Neil Unmack – May 18, 2020)

Road to somewhere: A better world?
Energy’s titans will experience a dead cat bounce (George Hay – May 21, 2020)
Climate fight will survive pandemic’s mixed legacy (Antony Currie and George Hay – May 14, 2020)
Carmakers’ green future gets revved up by Covid-19 (Christopher Thompson – May 18, 2020)
China’s soft power will be hardened by the virus (Pete Sweeney – May 8, 2020)
One odd U.S. healthcare habit to get a viral cure (Robert Cyran – May 13, 2020)
Bailouts will store up lots more trouble (Hugo Dixon – April 28, 2020)

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