Today’s Coronavirus Tracker

Current updates on association response to the global COVID-19 crisis, along with a roundup of conference, travel, and business news and information.

Keeping Families Engaged During COVID-19

To highlight how its members are helping kids and families around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association of Children’s Museums has launched #MuseumsMobilize.

“Since March, children’s museums around the world have developed new efforts and transformed existing ones to support children, families, and communities facing unprecedented challenges,” said ACM Executive Director Laura Huerta Migus in a press release. “In these trying times, children’s museums have leveraged their expertise in child- and play-centered approaches to academic and social-emotional learning to meet direct and pressing needs—as shown in our new initiative, Museums Mobilize.”

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To help shape the campaign, ACM is collecting stories from 300-plus children’s museum members, which it will share across the association’s channels in the coming months. In addition to showcasing current efforts, the campaign will provide resources to help ACM members communicate their work at the local level.

ACM is also building a network of global partners to increase children’s museums’ capacity to serve their communities. The first partner in the network is Nickelodeon.

Recent Headlines

Do Your Remote Employees Feel Included in Meetings? (Harvard Business Review, 12/02/20) “As some workplaces cautiously reopen, with some workers easing back into in-house work and some remaining at home, leaders face yet another challenge: What steps can we take to ensure that both team members in the office and at home feel included and valued?”

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The Pandemic Gives Us a Chance to Change How We Get Around (Wired, 12/02/20) “Why hasn’t there been more innovation in transportation? Why is the 21st-century street still being trod by 19th-century vehicles? The pandemic gave the world a pause, the sort capable of disrupting entrenched habits—Zoom changed our notions of social connectivity almost overnight. Had a similar glitch in the matrix allowed us the temporary means to envision better—safer, cleaner, quieter, more efficient—ways to move around?”

How to Deal With Life in Long-Term Isolation (New York Times, 11/25/20) “Cases of COVID-19 are climbing, and winter weather is going to cut off many of the lifelines—picnics in the park, running outside, outdoor dining—so many people have depended on for sanity this year. Vaccines are on the horizon, but even the most optimistic timelines put them months away. And time with family during the holidays, normally a bright spot in winter months, is all but canceled this year. But there are ways to steel yourself for such a dark set of circumstances!”

Current Incidence Statistics

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Data sources include the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, as well as local authorities, medical sources, and news reports.