For Quartz members—coronavirus, workouts, and field guide summaries

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Dear members—

If you haven’t visited our Coronavirus Living Briefing lately, here are just a few of the updates you might have missed:

  • British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has received orders for 400 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine—largely from the US. Despite the vaccine still being under development with Oxford University, the company says it expects to start shipping as early as September.
  • EasyJet announced it will resume some flights across the UK and France in mid-June, with plans to introduce more routes as lockdowns ease across Europe.
  • Walmart saw its online business grow by 74% and in-person shopping rise 10% in the first quarter. Even while hiring 235,000 new hourly employees to work in stores, the company beat earnings expectations.
  • Executives running Outback Steakhouse, Chipotle, Taco Bell, Domino’s Pizza, Wendy’s, Papa John’s, and Dunkin’ Brands have all mentioned expanding their footprints or snapping up prime real estate as other businesses fail and leave storefronts vacant.

I checked in on the briefing today, and all the updates since I last visited were highlighted, so it was easy to get caught up. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll check it out and bookmark it to visit again later.


Every Monday, we send you an email about a new field guide, summarizing the main idea and the key points to help save you time. We’ve now published these synopses on our site, so if you’re looking for some of the most important trends in business and economics these links are a good place to start.

As members, you always have access to every guide we’ve ever published. Find them—or just brush up on the summaries—any time you want on our Guides page.


A few weeks ago, we devoted a field guide to the home workout boom. But if you’re trying to decide on your own exercise regimen amid lockdowns and social distancing, it helps to go back to basics. This week’s reading list for members is about the science of exercise, including why it’s so important to get moving and the most effective way to do so.

Best wishes for a safe and restorative weekend,

Walter Frick
Membership editor, Quartz