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Last Updated:April 4, 2020

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Navigator Sight: AI-powered COVID-19 news service for decision makers


Times like these remind us of the importance of decision-making based on sound data and informed opinions.

Like all Canadians, Navigator is carefully watching the development and spread of the COVID-19 virus and working to appropriately adapt our business practices.

The volume of information is overwhelming, making it difficult to identify information and opinions that matter most in any news cycle. To help you make sense of it all, Navigator Sight uses AI and machine learning to separate the signal from the noise. Browse the latest recommendations or subscribe to receive email updates.


China Enters The Next Phase of Its COVID-19 Outbreak: Suppression (NPR) Published on: April 4, 2020 | Category: Global Response
  • China has driven coronavirus transmission down to nearly zero (although there’s some question among international academics about China’s case reporting and whether some cases are being overlooked, it’s generally agreed that they’ve suppressed transmission to a very low level).
  • Numbers have dropped dramatically in many parts of China, including Hubei and Chongqing provinces – although newly reported COVID-19 cases are increasing in Beijing, Guangdong, Shanghai and Fujian, largely due to imported cases from travelers.
  • “Areas where the outbreak was less had movement restrictions removed sooner,” said Kylie Ainslie, a research associate at the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London. “But that didn’t mean completely. It meant first they started major factories and started letting those people who work there go back to work so that they could restart their industries.”
Food security experts warn of supply shortages, higher prices due to global pandemic (CBC) Published on: April 3, 2020 | Category: Canadian Business, Global Response
  • Food security experts are warning the global pandemic could lead to supply shortages, higher prices and a growing nutrition gap between rich and poor.
  • Elaine Power, a food security expert at Queen’s University, said various problems caused by the pandemic — border closures restricting the movement of foreign farm workers, transportation and import bottlenecks, panic hoarding at grocery stores — can all contribute “massively” to higher prices or food shortages.
  • Even the honeybees normally imported from other countries to pollinate Canadian crops could become harder to source, she said.
See how your community is moving around differently due to COVID-19 (Google) Published on: April 3, 2020 | Category: Economic Impact
  • As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19.
  • These Community Mobility Reports aim to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19.
Toronto restaurant owners say they cannot survive coronavirus shutdowns (CityNews) Published on: April 2, 2020 | Category: Canadian Business
  • The city, known for being a “foodie town,” is home to over 17,000 eateries, from cult favourite holes-in-the-wall to more upscale establishments with months-long wait lists.
  • Summerfield says after it’s all over, Toronto’s restaurant scene will be decimated and he estimates a 50 to 70 per cent failure rate among establishments in the city, including large chains.
  • Stinson says the government’s 75 per cent wage subsidy is of no use to a business like hers because they no longer have any employees to pay wages to.
The Countries That Are Succeeding at Flattening the Curve (Foreign Policy) Published on: April 2, 2020 | Category: Global Response
  • Lessons from Taiwan, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, and Iceland show that the coronavirus can be stopped.
  • Amid the pandemic, U.S. President Donald Trump and other world leaders have faced criticism for their slow and ineffective response since it became clear that the coronavirus would not be contained to China, where it originated.
  • Taiwan recorded its first case of the coronavirus on Jan. 21, but it has managed to keep its number of confirmed cases to just 329 with five deaths as of April 1.
  • Given that Taiwan has faced everything from its giant neighbor—the spreading of fake news, military threats, the withholding of vital medical information during the SARS outbreak in 2003—the country knows it must be on its fullest guard whenever any major problem emerges in China.
The early days of a global pandemic: A timeline of COVID-19 spread and government interventions (Brookings) Published on: April 2, 2020 | Category: Global Response
  • It started with a few deaths in Wuhan, China, with the earliest reported case on November 17, 2019.
  • From the outbreak in Wuhan, the virus took different times to reach the borders of different countries, depending on various factors such as connectivity and proximity to the Chinese city.
  • When tackling a virulent virus like COVID-19, early interventions are crucial to stay ahead of the disease and we restrict our analysis to the first few hundred cases.
‘It’s going to be stark,’ Ford agrees to release COVID-19 infection modelling to public (CP24) Published on: April 2, 2020 | Category: Canadian Business, Economic Impact
  • Premier Doug Ford has reversed course on releasing Ontario’s COVID-19 modelling data, saying now that the public needs to see the data he has seen, adding “it’s going to be stark.”
  • He wouldn’t speak to the data provincial doctors will release sometime on Friday, but said it will be sobering for some.
Social Distancing Might Stop. And Start. And Stop. And Start. Until We Have A Vaccine. (BuzzFeed) Published on: April 1, 2020 | Category: Global Response
  • “Putting people through that process will be extremely difficult.” A recent spate of think tank reports and scientific presentations expand the Imperial College scientists’ vision, suggesting that cities, counties, and towns will need to enact public health lockdowns of varying lengths, with stops and starts based on if and when coronavirus cases hint at rising again.
  • “If you pull the trigger off too early, not only will the circulating virus do what it naturally does, but all the economic and social disruptions are for nothing” said University of Michigan pandemic historian Howard Markel. The US is just at the start of its first social distancing cycle, with upward of 186,000 coronavirus cases and at least 3,600 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.
  • Wuhan, China, which started a severe travel lockdown in late January, is why social distancing is happening in the US now, Harvard pandemic modeler Marc Lipsitch said.
Traffic at Walmart, Costco and Target falls for the first time in weeks as coronavirus stockpiling behavior shifts (Market Watch) Published on: April 1, 2020 | Category: Economic Impact
  • Traffic at Walmart Inc., Costco Wholesale Corp. and Target Corp. dropped for the first time in the weeks since the coronavirus pandemic ramped up in the U.S., according to
  • Shopper traffic could climb again, though social distancing and e-commerce may keep consumers away from stores.
Start-Ups Are Pummeled in the ‘Great Unwinding’ (NY Times) Published on: April 1, 2020 | Category: Economic Impact
  • After a crush of travel cancellations in March, WanderJaunt, a short-term home rental start-up in San Francisco, laid off 56 of its 240 employees last week.
  • And at ClassPass, which offers a membership program for fitness classes, over 95 percent of revenue evaporated in just 10 days as studios and gyms around the world shut down.
  • Airbnb, the home rental start-up valued at $31 billion, has stopped hiring and has suspended $800 million of marketing.
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