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04-24-2021
transport futures recent perspective on covid-19 situation

After a brief flurry of new cases, the numbers are headed back down again.  Given the normal lags between cases and deaths, the death numbers should begin to follow the case numbers in 10 days or so. 


 

Here are some thoughts about the tensions around lockdowns, masks and washing of surfaces.  The proponents of such policies, things we have been taught from little on up understand that one can't get sick from something one has no exposure to.  It makes sense.  Avoid contaminated water and you avoid typhoid.  Avoid mosquitoes and you avoid yellow fever.  Avoid touching poison ivy and you don't get the rash.  The data, however, shows clearly that such policies have had little or no effect on the spread of this particular scourge.  Why?  This is a respiratory scourge, and respiratory scourges are notoriously difficult for people to isolate from.  They float in the air we breathe.  Cleaning surfaces doesn't help.  You have to clean the air.  (Incidentally,  the odds are 10,000 to 1 for you getting SARS-COV-2 from touching a contaminated surface.  Factor in the probability that any given surface is contaminated and you get very, very long odds against getting SARS-COV-2 from touching something at the supermarket.  All that washing of things is pure show.)

 

Back to the air we breathe.  Masks work poorly because they fail to filter out the SARS-COV-2 virus particle.  The latter is too small.  People also fail to replace their masks after each use.  Imagine your surgeon standing over you in a mask she has been wearing for two weeks!  So the only way to avoid contamination is to avoid being in the same room with other breathing humans.   Oh sure, limiting that can lower your immediate risk.  Still even minimal contact with other humans will eventually bring the virus into your presence, not to mention the mental anguish of living in solitary confinement.  

 

So the whole thing sums to this.  Isolation has logic, but has been doomed to failure in this pandemic.  The act of breathing in the presence of other people will eventually get one infected.  The only benefit is the possibility of avoiding infection until a vaccine appears - or until everybody else has achieved herd immunity and the virus necessarily disappears.   

 

This leaves us with the balance between the large known costs of isolation against the chance of your avoiding infection due to your isolation.  The costs are very large.  The benefits are limited by two factors.  First, our immune systems are surprisingly effective in protecting us from the COVID-19 reactions to the infections.  That nearly 600,000 deaths seems huge.  It is however, .18% of the population, and most victims already have health issues, with many near death already.  Second, again there is no clear empirical evidence that the isolation policies have worked.  It not some hundreds of thousand of deaths less than we would have had without the lockdowns, social distancing, and masks.  Many critics have cited research that postulates an increase in health effects due to the policies.   We have the weighing of large, known costs against highly questionable benefits.  

 

Why then the continuation of the policies?  Well, almost all officials are retreating.  Maybe the obvious is becoming obvious even to them.  However, we still have the received human wisdom concerning contagious disease.  Maybe measles is the best example.  Your sister got measles, then you did too.  "Duh, she gave them to me."  The word 'contagious' comes from the latin for together and touch. Now, however, we have a vaccine that conquers measles.  Get the shot and you are immune.  Same logic is working now with COVIS-19 The important difference between measles and COVID-19 is that humans did not stop the world until that measles vaccine appeared.  They came to realize that the virus was sometimes fatal or injurious, but most people survived okay.  We are learning the same thing about COVID-19.  It just has taken a while.  We now know that the risk to the healthy large majority of our population is very small.  Certainly not worth the large costs of isolation.  Even the arch conservative CDC says schools should open.  

 

This all leaves us here.  To the average American, COVID-19 can be a deadly risk, but a highly unlikely one.  Like being killed in a car wreck.  The numbers are similar.  We keep driving despite the risk.  We should be free to keep up our social intercouse despite the risk.  For the other 10% of Americans there is, blessedly now the vaccines.  We are up to over 10% of Americans jabbed, with a much higher percentage of the vulnerable innoculated.  Was it worth the very real costs of the waits?  Seems to me a choice left to the individual.  What should be clear now is that the vaccines have moved the risks to the vulnerable to those same tolerable low levels.  I ate dinner in a country restaurant tonight where almost no one was masked.  Maybe the country folk are out in front on this one. 


04-08-2021

WIlson center provides updates on covid statistics

The Wilson Center is currently providing periodic updates of COVID statistics.   Please see the following link for additional detail:
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04-02-2021

InHouse Physicians provide covid-19 update for companies

InHouse Physicians recently provided an update to the American Logistics Aid Network on activity that companies should be considering while returning operations back to 100 percent in light of the COVID pandemic situation.  Topics included vaccine complexity and flow, temperature checks and other start up considerations.   InHouse Physicians was created in 1992 to meet the corporate need to provide access to convenient, high-quality medical care for employees and/or meeting attendees. This service is focused on meeting “Duty of Care” and risk management requirements.  For more information please contact:

Patrick Gahagan

Vice President – Customer Development

InHouse Physicians

pgahagan@ihphysicians.com

630-634-0011

www.inhousephysicians.com


03-17-2021

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures releases latest statistics on Covid situation. Trend suggests improvement in case count. For more information please see the attached PDF.
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03-17-2021

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now issues latest update.   Latest heat map suggests improvement. See the following link for more details:
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03-09-2021

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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03-09-2021

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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03-05-2021

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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03-04-2021

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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02-25-2021

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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02-17-2021

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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02-17-2021

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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02-05-2021

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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02-02-2021

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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​01-27-2021

JP Morgan releases us covid-19 Chartbook

JP Morgan releases US COVID-19 Chartbook which includes new exhibits to help track the path to potential herd immunity. 

See the following link for more information:
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01-27-2021
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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01-27-2021
COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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01-21-2021

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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01-19-2021
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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01-16-2021

CDC REleases categories of essential workers

CDC issues interim list of categories of essential workers mapped to standardized industry codes and titles.  See the following link for more information:
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01-16-2021

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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01-08-2021

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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01-06-2021

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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1-06-2021
Littler Mendelson tracking for state vaccine plans

Law firm Littler Mendelson is maintaining a tracking document  updated for (all) state vaccine plans and prioritization frameworks.  It was last updated on 1/5/21.  For more information please contact:
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12-30-2020

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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12-28-2020

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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12-23-2020

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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12-22-2020

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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12-16-2020

National Association of counties shares states preliminary vaccine plans

National Association of Counties has shared a listing of each state’s preliminary plans for administration of the COVID 19 vaccine.   See the following links for more information:
KFF LINK
NACo LINK

12-15-2020
COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
LINK


12-15-2020

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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12-10-2020

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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12-10-2020
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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12-04-2020

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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12-02-2020

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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11-27-2020

American institute for economic research issues update on COVID-19

American Institute for Economic Research issues update on Coronavirus death statistic reporting.   See the attached link for more information.   
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11-24-2020

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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11-24-2020

COVID ACT NOW ISSUES LATEST UPDATE

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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11-21-2020

COVID ACT NOW issues latest update

Covid Act Now has issued its latest update.   Please see the following link for more information: 
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11-21-2020

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures has issued its latest COVID-19 update.  See the attached PDF for more information
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11-10-2020
Department of Homeland security issues report on covid-19 

Department of Homeland Security issues report on information and communications technology supply chain impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.   For more information please see the attached PDF file.
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11-10-2020
COVID ACT NOW ISSUES UPDATE ON COVID-19

COVID Act Now releases latest update.  See the following link for more information:
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11-10-2020
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures issues latest Covid-19 update.  See attached PDF for statistical details.
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11-04-2020

NITL webinar: Transporting the covid-19 Vaccine

The National Industrial Transportation League Presents

Transporting the COVID-19 Vaccine:  Supply Chain Impact and Obstacles

November 19
11am - Noon EST
 

The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution will be the World's Greatest Logistical Feat- Learn about the Bottlenecks, Obstacles and Challenges from the Front Lines. 

Regardless of your company's involvement, your supply chain may be impacted. Don't miss this important session.

The pandemic transformed global supply chains, tested their limits and has proven most to be highly resilient. Operation Warp Speed—the name given to the shipping of COVID-19 vaccine, in a cold/cool environment in the US, (and everywhere on earth), is an undertaking like no other before.  Whether involved or not, this project will likely have several unintended consequences for shippers and service providers in our interconnected world. Join this panel as they explore challenges from the perspectives of a global package delivery provider, a healthcare freight forwarder, a temperature-controlled packaging supplier, and a healthcare and food trucking service provider. They'll discuss the vaccine launch, and how it might lead to potential complexity in related and unrelated areas of the supply chain. 

Featured Speakers:
Michael Haley, SkyCell
Lorant Kovacs, DB Schenker
Mary Tussing, United Airlines Cargo
Larry St. Onge, DHL
Jeff Tucker, Tucker Company Worldwide


Reserve your spot for this complimentary session! 


11-03-2020

TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures issues statistical update on the U.S. Covid 19 situation.  For details please see the attached PDF file.
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11-03-2020
COVID ACT NOW issues update ON COVID-19

Covid Act Now issues update on the U.S. Covid situation.  For more information please go to:
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10-27-2020
COVID ACT NOW RELEASES UPDATED Information on Covid-19

Covid Act Now has released updated information on the U.S. Covid 19 situation.  Please see the attached link for more information:
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10-20-2020
COVID ACT NOW RELEASES UPDATED STATS

Covid Act Now has released their latest heat map that tracks Covid-19 cases and related statistics.  For more information click on the following link:
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10-20-2020
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures released a recent update on the COVID-19 statistics that they are tracking.  See the attached PDF for additional detail.
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10-16-2020
COVID ACT NOW releases updated trends

Covid Act Now, a non profit group dedicated to providing accurate information on the Covid 19 pandemic, released updated trends on cases by state and county.  See the attached link for more details:  https://covidactnow.org/?s=1147275


10-07-2020
COVID ACT NOW

Covid Act Now is volunteer-driven 501c3 non-profit, built by a multidisciplinary team of technologists, epidemiologists, public health experts, and public policy leaders. Their aim is to provide the best-available local-level disease intelligence and data analysis on COVID in the U.S.

Covid Act Now published the first version of their model on March 20, 2020. Since then, they have provided information to millions of Americans and engaged with dozens of federal, state, and local governments, to enable data-driven COVID decisions.


To sign up for their alerts newsletter go to:
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10-07-2020
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures releases its latest statistical summary of COVID-19 figures.  See the attached PDF for more detail.
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10-02-2020
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures issues latest statistical Covid update and offers a perspective on the effectiveness of lockdown restrictions.  See the attached PDF for details.
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09-29-2020
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures issues latest COVID-19 statistical update.   Please see the attached PDF file for more detail.
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09-24-2020
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures releases latest COVID-19 update:

 

"Many, many more deaths on the way. Prediction models, which fluctuate, currently suggest the US could see 180,000 more deaths by the end of 2020 -- 380,000 deaths total. If fatalities approach that level, they'll far eclipse even Civil War battle deaths."  

 

                                                                                                     CNN 9/23/20 

 

“To reach 380,000 deaths from the 205,000 we have now, the daily death rate would have to more than double from the current falling rate to return to levels not seen since Mid May.  Sadly such quotes are typical of the hysterical attention-grabbing statements we are getting from the media.  There is not one piece of data from the current contagion that supports such a prediction.  Note the key words 'prediction models'.  Such language implies a model based on data.  Obviously these models are not.”  

 

“How is a citizen to understand what is going when fed such nonsense from leaders and experts from both sides of the issues?” 

 

See attached for statistical detail. LINK

 

 

Noël Perry

Transport Futures


09-08-2020
TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Transport Futures issues updated virus report and tracking statistics.  See attached for more information.
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08-31-2020
BROUGHTON CAPITAL AND TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Broughton Capital and Transport Futures issue updated coronavirus statistics.  See attached PDF for more detail.
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08-26-2020
BROUGHTON CAPITAL AND TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED STATS ON COVID-19

Broughton Capital and Transport Futures issue updated coronavirus statistics.  See attached PDF for more detail.
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08-21-2020
cisa guidance on the essential critical infrastructure workforce

The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance Version 4.0 provides guidance on how jurisdictions and critical infrastructure owners can use the list to assist in prioritizing the ability of essential workers to work safely while supporting ongoing infrastructure operations across the nation.   

CISA issued the guidance originally on March 19, 2020, and published three additional updates to reflect the changing landscape of the nation’s COVID-19 response. While earlier versions were primarily intended to help officials and organizations identify essential work functions in order to allow them access to their workplaces during times of community restrictions, Version 4.0 identifies those essential workers that require specialized risk management strategies to ensure that they can work safely. It can also be used to begin planning and preparing for the allocation of scare resources used to protect essential workers against COVID-19.

If you have feedback or additional questions, please reach out to: CISA.CAT@Cisa.DHS.gov

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08-17-2020
BROUGHTON CAPITAL AND TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES COVID-19 impact report

Broughton Capital and Transport Futures issued updated COVID 19 impact report.  See attached for details.
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08-11-2020
BROUGHTON CAPITAL AND TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES UPDATED Stats on Covid-19

Broughton Capital and Transport Futures issue updated statistics on the coronavirus pandemic.  See the attached PDF for details.
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08-03-2020
BROUGHTON CAPITAL AND TRANSPORT FUTURES ISSUES updated VIRUS REPORT

Broughton Capital and Transport Futures issue updated COVID-19 virus report.  For additional information please see the attached PDF document.
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08-02-2020
new AAMC Report released

The Association of American Medical Colleges has released a new report “The Way Forward on COVID-19” which is positioned as a “Road Map to Reset the Nation’s Approach to the Pandemic”. 
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07-20-2020
Broughton capital and transport futures issues virus report

Broughton Capital and Transport Futures issue updated virus report.

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07-19-2020
PATH FORWARD lessons learned from companies on the ground

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation presents an interview with Starbucks, IBM and Dow to talk about operating in a Covid 19 environment.  

Watch the session at: 

https://youtu.be/z_dGSrDSEF8


07-16-2020
Special edition of path forward with dr anthony fauci

Special Edition of Path Forward with Dr. Anthony Fauci 

Friday, July 17

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

 

Don't miss this chance to learn more about the state of the coronavirus pandemic from one of the world's top public health experts.

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci joins us tomorrow for an in-depth conversation about COVID-19. During this live edition of Path Forward, Dr. Fauci will field questions from U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark and members of the audience.

 

This event is a free public event. Reserve your spot by registering today:
Registration Link


07-05-2020
Why we should not be concerned about increasing covid-19 cases in Texas

Why We Should Not Be Concerned About Increasing Covid-19 Cases in Texas: 


https://www.aier.org/article/why-we-should-not-be-concerned-about-increasing-covid-19-cases-in-texas/


07-03-2020
broughton capital issues covid-19 analysis and update

Broughton Capital issues latest Covid 19 analysis and update.  See PDF for details.
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06-15-2020
CDC Posts new guidelines as more businesses open

06-05-2020
TMSA Webinar on navigating supply chain challenges and disruptions

Transportation Marketing and Sales Association (TMSA) conducts webinar on “Navigating Supply Chain Challenges and Disruptions in the COVID-19 Economy”.  

To view the event please click: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/2797486742365788687


06-03-2020
j.p. morgan - Counting the days: risks of a covid-19 second wave

Counting the days: risks of a COVID-19 second wave
Link to Article
 

​06-01-2020
Lear industries Playbook for restarting business

Lear Industries shares their playbook for restarting business.   More information is available at:

 

https://www.lear.com/safeworkplaybookfiles

 

​05-27-2020
AMERICAN LOGISTICS AID NETWORK COVID-19 Related resources

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) identified several COVID 19 related resources this week including:

 

•US Chamber of Commerce Guide to Reopening:
https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/safely-reopening-businesses-tips

•FEMA COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season:
https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/188203

•Exercise Starter Kit for Workshop on Reconstituting Operations
https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/188077


05-15-2020
american logistics aid network covid-19 conference call notes

Key points made by participants during the May 13th call included:

  • Items that participants “wish they would have known or had access to”:

◦Documented Business Continuity Plans for Pandemics

◦Defined protocols for alternative sourcing of PPE materials

◦Common industry and government agreed definition of “essential” business/worker  

◦Federal worker ID card system for essential workers

◦Federal plan for a pandemic impact response that provided uniformity across states

◦Federal template outlining the possible scenarios to facilitate planning

  • At the Federal level
  • At the state level
  • At the county level
  • At the company level

◦A better understanding of the magnitude of the pandemic’s likely impact (scenarios)

◦Plan to rapidly ramp up an eCommerce response based on a surge in market demand

◦Available support resources (like ALAN) to assist in dealing with the pandemic

 

05-15-2020
OSHA offers resources to assist companies restart their business

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers resources to assist companies restart their business.   For more information visit https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/.

 

05-12-2020
CDC Announces safety guidelines for long haul motor carriers

CDC Announces Safety Guidelines for Long Haul Motor Carriers:

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/long-haul-trucking.html

 

05-12-2020
AMERICAN logistics aid network (ALAN) covid-19 update

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) COVID-19 Update:
 
ALAN continues to host weekly conference calls with other trade associations and interest groups to discuss opportunities to collaborate and identify best practices regarding the COVID-19 response.   Highlights from the latest call include:

  • The American Trucking Association has arranged to distribute face masks and place hand sanitizer at 10 locations across the U.S. exclusively for drivers to replenish their personal supply.
  • An increasing number of companies are adopting formal on site protocols for work place operations including taking employee’s temperatures, providing face masks and requiring notification of any employee who feels ill.    Companies are reporting that they have implemented protocols to ensure compliance with CDC recommendations. 
  • PPE and cleaning supplies continue to be a challenge to source.  ALAN has requested input from call participants to share sources where they have been successful securing these items.  Several companies cautioned regarding the growing prevalence of fraudulent or substandard product offerings.   ALAN has shared the following potential sources:

 

05-08-2020
Cnn News Posts Reopening guidelines

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05-06-2020
Truckstop.com webinar replay

Truckstop.com Webinar Replay on "Freight Transportation in a Post COVID-19 World" is available at the following link:
 
https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2299310/0DD9337BF6EDF18F7CB3F9E1056FEDC6


04-25-2020
AMERICAN LOGISTICS AID NETWORK COaVID-19 UPDATE

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) COVID-19 Update:

 

ALAN is continuing to host weekly COVID-19 update calls with other industry trade associations.  Highlights from the most recently released call notes include:

 

•Paycheck Protection Program:   To date several participants report that they are aware of companies successfully securing funds through this program.  Information also was shared that suggests that the earlier a company “got in line” the greater the likelihood that they have been approved and/or received funds. 

 

•Workforce Issues:   There have been numerous reports of companies (Kraft, ConAgra, Smithfield, Tyson, etc.) having to close their production facilities due to high levels of COVID-19 cases among the plant’s workforce.  Several participants report that companies are demonstrating a variety of facility policies and protocols including requiring anyone entering the premises to submit to having their temperature checked and/or to wear a face mask while on site.   Many facilities are making hand sanitizer readily available for use at entry points.   There were numerous comments that companies have implemented the CDC guidelines as a minimum course of action.  Several comments were made about litigious organizations approaching drivers at rest stops trying to solicit business to purse action against shippers, receivers and transportation companies.   The ATA/TIA government affairs groups, as well as Food Industry organizations, are looking at legislation that could be introduced to limit liability.   CDC and OSHA guidance is likely to change as more is learned and up to date information is available at the CDC COVID-19 website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  and OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 website https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

 

•Policy Restrictions:   ALAN has made a map of county level policy restrictions available on their web site: http://alanaid.org/map

 

Additional information is available at ALAN’s COVID-19 website:  https://www.alanaid.org/2020/04/20/just-the-facts-maam-alans-no-frills-covid-19-operations-report/.   You can also sign up for regular updates from ALAN.


04-24-2020
FEMA AND CISA RELEASE COVID-19 RELATED INFORMATION GUIDES

FEMA and CISA Release COVID-19 Related Information Guides:

 

Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting 
 

Critical Infrastructure Operations Centers and Control Rooms Guide for Pandemic Response 


04-24-2020
FTR UPDATES INFORMATION ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION
 

FTR is providing complimentary access to this information at www.FTRintel.com/Coronavirus.com  which includes:

 

COVID-19 Impact Heatmap — In addition to Truck Spot Rates, FTR has enhanced their COVID-19 Impact Heatmap to include Truck Load Volumes. The heatmap provides interactive state-level impacts for four trucking equipment types – dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and specialized – using Truckstop.com spot market data.

Spot Market Update — This report is updated weekly to provide a quick detailed look at the spot markets.

Freight Update — This flash update provides a detailed look at the FTR forecast for the freight markets. As more data enters into the Freight•cast™ model, the scale of economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic becomes clearer.

Rail Equipment Update — Specific to the Rail Equipment markets, this update provides the newest information and expectations for where things are headed.  

Commercial Vehicle Update — This update provides an update to our previous outlook that is specific to the Commercial Vehicle markets.  

Weekly Transportation Update — This report is being published weekly to provide an overview of changes in the freight markets to keep all transportation professionals well informed.

Webinar Replays and MORE — As FTR provides new webinars and ongoing updates and reports, this page will continue to be updated to only contain relevant and useful information.  

 

04-23-2020
BROUGHTON CAPITAL AND TRANSPORT FUTURES COVIE-19 UPDATE REPORT

Broughton Capital and Transport Futures COVID 19 Update Report:
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04-15-2020
AMERICAN LOGISTICS AID NETWORK PROVIDING CORONAVIRUS SITUATION INFO

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) Providing Key Coronavirus Situation Information

ALAN continues to provide valuable information to assist companies respond to the Coronavirus situation.   ALAN has available the following web link for additional information:  

LINK

 

04-15-2020
PERISHABLE FOOD SUPPLY GROUP CALL

ATA Agricultural and Food Transporters Group Hosts Call on Perishable Food Supply:

The minimization or closure of restaurants, schools, etc. has caused a significant surplus in the perishable food supply.    In an effort to create more National attention on the food supply chain the ATA has invited a substantial list of companies, including growers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, carriers, warehousing, charitable and logistics organizations, to participate in a call for further discussion on how to best address key issues facing the food supply chain.  

Call information is:

Time:  April 16, 2020 - 10AM Eastern Time

Conference Access for Participants

Local Phone Number: 703 838 1700

Toll Free: 866 278 8785

Attendee Conference ID: 358914

For more information please contact Jon Samson, Executive Director, Agricultural & Food Transporters Conference of ATA at 703-838-7955.

 

04-15-2020
HanD SANITIZER PRODUCTION GUIDELINES

World Health Organization (WHO) Recommended Hand Sanitizer Production Guidelines
LINK


04-14-2020
Coronavirus Statistical Review

Coronavirus Statistical Review:   
Broughton Capital, LLC www.broughtoncapital.com is providing a series of statistical reviews of the emerging data on the Covid-19 virus.  Broughton’s intent is to place the U.S. contagion in the context of the patterns revealed by the more mature Covid-19 contagions in Asia and Western Europe.  Noel Perry and Donald Broughton are collaborating to provide this insight (see attached for the latest update).
Virus Report April 14


04-12-2020
J.P. MORGAN’S OUTLOOK ON GAUGING THE COVID-19 EXIT

J.P. Morgan’s Outlook on Gauging the COVID-19 Exit
LINK


04-07-2020
Recommendation REGARDING THE USE OF CLOTH FACE COVERINGS

CDC Publishes Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings:   
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html


04-05-2020
TRUCK DRIVER SAFETY PROPOSAL SUGGESTED

Truck Driver Safety Proposal Suggested: 
Steve Syfan, EVP at Syfan Logistics, serves on the Georgia’s Economic Development Board Directors, and is suggesting a trucking protocol change to safeguard drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic and reduce the spread of the virus.  The suggested change would allow the drivers to stay in their truck throughout delivery or pick up.  The attached letter outlines this proposal in more detail.   Food Shippers of America has shared this information with the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) for use in their overall pandemic response effort.
Steve Syfan health safety proposal for trucking industry April 2020


04-02-2020
AMERICAN LOGISTICS AID NETWORK DROPBOX FOLDER

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has created a DropBox folder to provide easy access to coronavirus related information.   There are detailed documents covering Essential Workforce Credentials, Facility Sanitation Best Practices and Labor Law Concerns.  

The folder is available to all and can be accessed at 
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9sdgpq0x9a2vtbd/AADPZ42K0q3ln7Aw_kb2gEILa?dl=0

In conjunction with the ALAN effort the American Trucking Association (ATA) has posted a large amount of relevant information on matters especially relating to the movement of freight during the coronavirus pandemic. 

More information is available at 
https://www.trucking.org/COVID19#states.


03-31-2020
FOOD INDUSTRY GROUPS FORM PARTNERSHIP

Food Industry Groups Form Partnership to Ensure Sufficient Food Supply Amid COVID 19 Crisis.
https://www.foodlogistics.com/transportation/press-release/21123237/international-foodservice-distributors-association-ifda-food-industry-groups-form-partnership-to-ensure-sufficient-food-supply-amid-covid19-crisis


03-30-2020
FTR INTEL SHARES COVID-19 RELATED MARKET ANALYSIS

FTR advised FSA that they are committed to making sure that everyone in the transportation industry is kept up to date with the latest information on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting freight transportation markets. This week FTR has published several special reports with updates on their forecasts (Economic, Freight, Commercial Vehicle Equipment, Rail Equipment...) and will be reviewing these areas for updates in light of the recently announced Federal stimulus package.   

Please click on the following link for access to this information:  
ftrintel.com/coronavirus

 

03-21-2020
CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE RESOURCE LIST

Coronavirus Response Resource List:
 
The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has put together a list of useful resources that may provide relevant information during the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation:   
 
General Resources

 
Guidance on Workplaces 
 
Other Information Sources 


Mark your Calendars

Future FSA  Annual Conferences!

2022
February 20th- February 22th
JW Marriott Grande Lakes
Orlando, FL

2023
March 5th- March 7th
​J.W. Marriott Desert Springs
​Palm Desert, CA