Today's Curated NoPo Headlines - April 21, 2020

Consumer/Personal Finance

Oil plunges below $0 a barrel in unprecedented wipeout…does this mean that gas stations are going to pay us to fill up?; Spotify launches new curated playlists to make it easier to discover new podcasts; Earnings season kicks into high gear; Credit card industry trying to be empathetic (letting holders skip payments w/out incurring interest); Kangaroos bouncing through deserted streets in one of Australia’s biggest cities; Quarantined families bonding over TikTok dances; How coronavirus and retail closures accelerating rise of Amazon (stock will keep going ‘up up up’); Why banana bread has become unofficial baked food of pandemic; A dark cloud looming over spring real estate (here are markets that could see sharpest drop in prices); The post COVID-19 restaurant model (“restaurmart“); Shooting star extravaganza (peak viewing late tonight into tomorrow morning).

Health & Wellness

Three months ago today, U.S. confirmed nation’s first case of coronavirus…since then, we’ve genetically sequenced the virus, identified risk factors, initiated drug tests, and learned that social distancing (silent killer in and of itself) helps bend the curve…lots of progress, but still a lot we don’t understand – from where it originated to why men affected more than women to why it kills some but not others to when a second wave will hit (and what it will look like) to how long we’re immune if we get this to what long-term mental health effects might be–PTSD?; A new interactive coronavirus symptoms map that shows what % of your neighbors are feeling sick; The new hot spot (ugh-Massachusetts).

Fashion/Beauty

Bra? Never. Underwear? Sometimes. Makeup? Only for Zoom calls. Deodorant? Why bother!!!!!; Vestiaire Collective closes big round of funding in middle of crisis for its second-hand fashion platform; Levi’s finds early success selling products on TikTok; CBD – necessary in our shampoo??; The lingerie brand for women who dress for themselves; A new hand sanitizer spray from Peter Thomas Roth.

Fitness/Diet

Try again September 14th? Boston Marathon runners deal with emotions of postponed dreams; Peloton stock falls after analyst turns bearish; Louis Vuitton releases new “sporting goods range” (including dumbbells for $2,720); Tom Brady – busted for working out in closed park?; How Apple Watch went from fashion accessory to fitness must-have; Why fashion-athletic collaborations will still win despite coronavirus.

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