- Technology. Today, digital technologies support nearly all group interactions, which has accelerated innovation. Traditional video communications platforms are in high demand, and multi-person virtual platforms are emerging. Robotics innovations are racing ahead, too. Robotic dogs enforce social distancing in Singaporean parks, reported Accenture. Other types of robots sanitize streets and facilitate contactless delivery around the globe.
- Consumer products and services. COVID-19 increased demand for staples, cleaning, and personal hygiene products. The virus may have inspired deeper and longer-lasting changes in consumer behavior, too. Accenture reported people are favoring healthier lifestyles, consuming goods more conscientiously, and showing a preference for locally-sourced goods.
- Healthcare, drug development/delivery, and medical equipment. Last Friday, 316 COVID-19 treatments and 212 vaccines were in development around the world, reported the Milliken Institute. In some places, humans are collaborating with artificial intelligence to streamline drug discovery processes. Demand for telehealth services has increased dramatically. So has demand for personal protective equipment, reported Pankaj Singh of Plastics Today.
Data as of 9/25/20
|Standard & Poor's 500 (Domestic Stocks)||-0.6%||2.1%||10.5%||9.7%||11.8%||11.2%|
|Dow Jones Global ex-U.S.||-4.2||-7.9||-0.2||-1.5||3.5||1.7|
|10-year Treasury Note (Yield Only)||0.7||NA||1.7||2.2||2.2||2.5|
|Gold (per ounce)||-4.7||22.1||21.5||12.9||10.2||3.7|
|Bloomberg Commodity Index||-3.2||-12.6||-10.4||-6.1||-4.4||-6.6|
- Carving or decorating pumpkins at home and displaying them
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
- Holding a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Having a Halloween movie night at home with your family or roommates
- Having a Halloween scavenger hunt with lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while walking outdoors, at a safe distance from other participants
- Having a scavenger-hunt style trick-or-treat event with your household members in or around your home instead of trick-or-treating from house to house
- Participating in one-way trick-or-treating. Individually wrapped treats are lined up for families to take while remaining at a safe social distance (end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
- Small group, outdoor, open-air costume parades or parties with participants remaining at safe social distances (six feet apart)
- Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than six feet apart (if screaming is likely, distances should be increased)
- Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least six feet apart (again, if screaming is likely, distances should be increased)