Mamaroneck, New York high schooler Jerry Orans saw a need and put his friends (and their printers) to work. Join in!


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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

So wrote Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, back in 2002. And true enough, in the midst of the pandemic, I didn’t have to look far to find a helper. Jerry Orans is a 16-year-old high school sophomore in my home community of Mamaroneck, NY, who is more than just helping: He is leading a movement of makers to get hospital workers the PPE they so desperately need. 

We spoke on the phone about his passion project, Hack the Pandemic, and how you can help support this incredible grassroots effort to equip the first responders. 

Dan Bova: What gave you the idea to do this? 

Jerry Orans: I’ve been reading for a while about how all of these hospitals in the New York area don’t have enough PPE or personal protective equipment to safely treat their patients, while also keeping

The coronavirus recession has left no industry untouched, but the restaurant business is arguably the hardest hit so far. The food and beverage sector accounted for 60% of the jobs lost in March, the first wave of the tsunami that has since prompted 16.8 million Americans to apply for unemployment. The impact on those workers foreshadows a supersize blow to the economy at large. The restaurant industry—which includes five chains large enough to appear in the Fortune 500—­contributes an estimated 4% of the U.S. GDP, or roughly $1 trillion. 

To get a sense of the ways in which the industry has been impacted—and how it might ultimately pick up the pieces, Fortune spoke to three restaurateurs, each leading a very different type of establishment. 

Brian Niccol

Chairman and CEO, Chipotle

National chain
2,600 locations 
$5.6 billion in annual revenue
85,000 employees

 The Impact of the virus on Chipotle and its employees “breaks my heart,” says Brian Niccol. The crisis comes at a particularly frustrating time for the new CEO, who was guiding the chain past its earlier food safety issues by redesigning restaurants and rolling out new menu items like carne asada—changes that helped provide a 15% bump in revenue …

No country’s stock market has been immune to the global selloff spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. To get a snapshot of where investors have been hit hardest, we examined 100 of the largest and most heavily traded markets tracked by Bloomberg. The graphic above shows how far primary stock indexes in each have fallen this year—from their peak to their lowest point. Thus far, stocks in the world’s biggest economies have fared relatively well. The U.S., despite the most cases and deaths from the virus of any country, didn’t plunge nearly as far as, for example, energy-dependent Russia. And though the pandemic originated in China, Beijing’s success in managing the health crisis has translated to the market. Chinese stocks have yet to hit bear territory. 

Source: Bloomberg; Jan. 1 to April 9, 2020. Calculated from index prices in U.S. dollars.

A version of this article appears in the May 2020 issue of Fortune with the headline “A Shock Wave Around the World.”

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