Brooklyn Coronavirus Update and Open Thread: Mask Safety, Mortgage Risk (5/18/20)

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    We’re in the tenth week of sheltering in place and the 40th day of home schooling for New York City schools.

    Public health guidance on masks has changed dramatically since the start of the pandemic, but large swathes of people in Brooklyn, at least, don’t seem to be getting the message, based on how many were out and about in public biking, walking and socializing without masks on streets and in parks over the weekend. Clearer messaging in a variety of languages and free masks that fit children, not only adults, could help Brooklyn reopen as safely and quickly as possible.

    Newly discovered systematic inflation of building profits by lenders in mortgage applications could mean commercial mortgage-backed securities are riskier than previously known and, in tandem with COVID, could lead to another mortgage collapse similar to the 2008 crisis, according to a ProPublica investigation.

    What are your thoughts, and how are you weathering the shutdown? What do you think should be done in Brooklyn to combat the spread of the virus and blunt the damage to local businesses and jobs? Please feel free to comment in a respectful manner (please, no personal attacks, nothing libelous). If you are not already logged in, go up to the top right hand side of the page and log in to be able to comment.

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