How are you ? As we approach the second month of the US coronavirus crisis, it's the question that floods every email, text, and slack message. As with most simple queries, the answer is often, "Well, it's complicated." Key employees – like those who run emergency rooms and grocery stores – are lucky enough to still have paychecks. However, you must be exposed to a possible infection, while cuts in public transport related to Covid-19 make access to work more difficult. Many gig workers, like those who work for Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart, are happy not to be sick. However, many say that the companies they work for don't do enough to protect them and society at large. Manufacturers like Ford and Virgin Orbit are happy to be part of the nationwide project to build more fans. But wouldn't it be nice if their businesses didn't fall apart around them?
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Statistics of the week: –12.5%
The decline in Ford's US sales in the first three months of 2020 compared to the previous year, according to the automaker's figures last week. Only a third of the 3,100 U.S. Ford dealers are fully open during the nationwide Covid 19 crisis. All automakers are suffering: Sales in the first quarter also fell significantly at Toyota (9 percent), Fiat Chrysler (10 percent), General Motors (7 percent), Hyundai (11 percent) and Nissan (30 percent).
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