Dow Jones Futures Fall As Cororonvirus Drives Stock Market Rally; Qualcomm Near Buy Point; Apple Looks Tired| Investor’s Business Daily


Dow Jones futures rose modestly Sunday night, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. The stock market rally has had a wild two weeks, with record coronavirus cases and upbeat Covid vaccine news swinging sectors back and forth. But in many ways, the market is back where it was, with many tight weekly closes and growth stocks back in favor.




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The Nasdaq composite has actually formed a three-weeks-tight pattern. So have Apple (AAPL) chipmakers Qorvo (QRVO) and Qualcomm (QCOM), along with marijuana stock Innovative Industrial Properties (IIPR).

Meanwhile, Apple stock, Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon.com (AMZN) are looking tired. The megacaps were big winners during the coronavirus stock market rally from April-September. But lately they have struggled to keep pace with the broader indexes.

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Dow Jones Futures Today

Dow Jones futures rose 0.3% vs. fair value. S&P 500 futures advanced 0.3%. Nasdaq 100 futures climbed 0.3%.

Remember that overnight action in Dow futures and elsewhere doesn’t necessarily translate into actual trading in the next regular stock market session.

Coronavirus Cases

Coronavirus cases worldwide reached 58.98 million. Covid-19 deaths topped 1.39 million.

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have hit 12.58 million, with deaths above 262,000.

The U.S. topped 200,000 cases for the first time on Friday. Hospitalizations are soaring, overloading many local hospital systems.

Los Angeles County suspended all in-person dining, including outside, as of Wednesday night. That follows a curfew for most of the state, including all of Southern California, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

With states, counties and cities increasingly raising restrictions and social distancing increasing, the economic recovery could begin to stall out.

On Saturday, the FDA approved an Regeneron (REGN) antibody cocktail for treating coronavirus patients. President Trump received the Regeneron treatment when he had Covid-19.

Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) filed for FDA approval of their coronavirus vaccine. Moderna (MRNA), which released strong interim data  on its Covid vaccine last Monday, will likely follow in days. An FDA advisory panel will meet in early December to discuss coronavirus vaccines, with FDA approval likely soon after.

The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine could win U.K. approval in less than a week, the Telegraph reported, citing government sources.

Stock Market Rally Last Week

U.S. Stock Market Today Overview

IndexSymbolPriceGain/Loss% Change
Dow Jones(0DJIA)29263.28-219.95-0.75
S&P 500(0S&P5)3557.65-24.22-0.68
Nasdaq(0NDQC )11854.97-49.75-0.42
Russell 2000 (IWM)177.47+0.16+0.09
IBD 50 (FFTY)38.34+0.13+0.34
Last Update: 4:06 PM ET 11/20/2020

The stock market rally had a mixed week for the major indexes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.7% in last week’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index retreated 0.8%. The Nasdaq composite edged up 0.2%.

Growth stocks fared well overall.

Among the best ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) rose 1.9% last week. So did the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) and VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH). Microsoft stock is a major IGV holding.

Three-Weeks Tight

A three-weeks tight is when a stock ends the week within 1%-1.5% of the prior week’s close, for two straight weeks. The buy point is 10 cents above the high point of the tight pattern. It’s a chance for add-on buys, but also new positions if the tight pattern is close to a prior base.

Qorvo stock

Qorvo stock fell less than 0.2% last week to 147.39, following a 0.2% rise the prior week. The three-weeks-tight is just above a prior, messy consolidation, consolidating following a jump on earnings. The buy point is 154.53. However, 151.31, just above last week’s high, also could be an early entry.

The relative strength line for Qorvo stock is just below all-time highs. The RS line, which tracks a stock’s performance vs. the S&P 500 index, is the blue line in the charts provided.

Qualcomm Stock

Qualcomm stock rose 1.2% last week to 146.03, ending near weekly lows. That followed 0.5% decline in the prior week. The tight entry is 153.43, according to MarketSmith analysis. Like Qorvo stock, QCOM stock consolidated tightly following a strong gain on earnings.

Both Qualcomm and Qorvo are Apple chipmakers and 5G plays. With 5G wireless taking off and the new 5G iPhone just launched, both chipmakers are in sweet spots.

IIPR Stock

Innovative Industrial Properties stock surged on election results, with more states legalizing marijuana and Joe Biden the apparent winner of the presidential race. Last week, IIPR stock dipped 0.3% to 151.95 after edging up a few cents in the prior week. The buy point is 165.09.

Innovative Industrial Properties is a REIT that owns properties for growing marijuana.

Not-So-Young Growth Stocks

There comes a point in life where you may have a steady workout routine, staying relatively fit, better than most. But when you have do something really strenuous — playing a long, intense basketball game, helping someone move, etc. — you can still do it. However, now you feel the effects for days.

That’s what it can be like for Apple, Microsoft and Amazon stock. These megacaps went on strong runs in 2020, with Microsoft stock outperforming the S&P 500 for years. But at some point these megacaps have to take a rest.


These 5 Stocks Are Flashing Multiple Buy Signals


Apple Stock

Apple stock fell 1.6% last week to 117.34 after rising 0.5% in the prior week. Shares are still above their 50-day moving average. But in the post-election stock market rally, Apple stock hasn’t broken trend lines or other aggressive entries.

On the other hand, AAPL stock is that far away from clearing recent resistance with a 122.09 entry or at 125.49. The official buy point is 138.08.

The RS line for Apple stock went on a strong run from January 2019 and finally peaked on Sept. 1. Since then it’s been going sideways.

Microsoft Stock

Unlike Apple stock, Microsoft actually broke out briefly on Nov. 9, when the Pfizer coronavirus news came out, but then reversed lower to close just below its 50-day line on Nov. 10. Microsoft stock fell 2.8% last week, just below its 50-day line, after a 3.2% drop in the week prior.

Microsoft would seem to be well-positioned in the current volatile market, given its strong growth before and during the coronavirus pandemic.

But the RS line has been trending lower since early July, especially in the last two weeks. Long-Term Leaders like Microsoft can go through those stretches after long periods of outperformance.

Buying off the 50-day/10-week line can be a smart strategy for Long-Term Leaders, but investors might want to wait until MSFT stock clears very short-term resistance, with a 219.21 entry. A new handle has formed with a 228.22 buy point.

Amazon Stock

Amazon stock dipped 0.9% to 3,099.40 last week after a 5.5% tumble in the week before. Shares of the e-commerce and cloud giant have been below the 50-day line most of that stretch.

As with Microsoft stock, the RS line for AMZN stock has been falling since early July.

The official buy point is 3,552.35, though 3,496.34 would work. An early entry for Amazon stock could be 3366.90. An especially aggressive investor could draw a trend line from the latter two points to find an even-lower entry. But would you want to?

Stock Market Rotation

After a violent rotation out of stay-at-home stocks into “real economy” coronavirus vaccine stocks in the prior week, there was a general return to growth and even some pure Covid plays such as Zoom Video (ZM).

So, stock market rotation over? Maybe, but perhaps not for long.

Yes, investors are once again focusing on stay-at-home stocks with record coronavirus cases and restrictions intensifying. But if all goes according to plan, two coronavirus vaccines will be approved in just a few weeks, with perhaps two more by February. While vaccinations will take several months, at some point the pandemic will recede and the economy can fully recover.

As for real economy, coronavirus vaccine stock plays, Boeing (BA) closed well off highs, but still gained 6.7% last week. Fellow Dow Jones stocks Caterpillar (CAT) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) edged higher after big gains in the prior week.

The ideal situation would be a broad-based stock market rally. Not only would that provide investors with more options to buy, but the market might be less-prone to big sector swings.

But, for now, the swing between stay-at-home stocks and coronavirus vaccine plays may continue for some time. Just as you don’t want to be overly concentrated in a particular group or sector, don’t be too weighted in one particular coronavirus investing theme.

Many stocks are doing great and are well extended. But aside from a few names like Qorvo and Qualcomm stock, there aren’t a lot of good setups right now. However, a few good days could bring more stocks into play, including Apple, Microsoft and even Amazon stock.

Read The Big Picture every day to stay in sync with the market direction and leading stocks and sectors.

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New Village people trio set to replace tired Kirby bros act


It’s hard to see how Village Roadshow could be worth the price tag Mittleman ascribes to it. It is four years since Village traded at that level and now seems to be in a sufficiently parlous financial position that it will need an injection of equity to keep its bankers happy.

Given its line of business, Village Roadshow has been one of the most negatively COVID-impacted companies on the ASX.

But its woes pre-date COVID. Its performance has been disappointing and internal brawls between the Kirby brothers, who are the major shareholders, cast a pall over the unconventional governance of the company.

Even pre-pandemic, BGH had been working on a bid at $4. By the time BGH formalised its offer in August it was re-pitched at the far more abstemious base level of $2.20. And even at that level it was supported by Village Roadshow’s independent directors.

More recently, influential proxy group CGI Glass Lewis put its weight behind the deal – essentially advising shareholders to cut and run.

The board must be jumping through hoops that a previously recalcitrant investor Spheria Asset Management, which speaks for 7.8 per cent of the stock, has pushed BGH higher.

BHG needed to have the support of either Spheria or Mittleman to get the deal across the line and Spheria had stated previously that $3 was its magic number.

Incidentally Mittleman had threatened to take legal action against the directors accusing them of failing to discharge their duties to shareholders while fielding the BGH takeover bid.

“Given our belief that the [independent board committee] and the VRL board of directors have not properly discharged their duty to act in the interests of VRL shareholders by protecting them from blatant opportunism on the part of BGH, we have engaged legal counsel in Australia to petition ASIC in hopes of garnering regulatory intervention, and failing that, having our objections brought to the attention of the court,” Mittleman chief investment officer Christopher Mittleman wrote in a letter last month, which was sent to the ASX.

Just in case there were any other like-minded shareholders with rosie-eyed views on Village Roadshow’s current financial situation, on Monday the company included a snapshot of its current position. It doesn’t make for happy reading.

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In the four months to October 31, it generated $5 million in cash flow and it expects cash flow to be in the order of $5 million to $15 million over the next seven months – and that includes the benefits of Jobkeeper. But it expects to need $55 million over that period in capital expenditure. Thus its net debt will blow out from $311 million to between $370 million and $380 million.

This equates to a $152 million increase in debt between January 2020 and June 2021.

Adding further uncertainty to Village Roadshow’s future was the September announcement that its contract with Warner Brothers to distribute theatrical films in Australia and New Zealand will be axed at the end of the year.

Dealing with these financial and operational issues will now fall to its new owners, who will undoubtedly have devised a strategic plan on the company’s prospects post COVID.

BGH has been particularly active in the pandemic-opportunism space, having made an unsuccessful tilt at buying Virgin Australia but lost out to another bunch of bargain hunters at Bain Capital.

It also forked out about half a billion dollars to snap up Healius’ 70 medical practices in a deal that other suitors had shied away from in the midst of the pandemic.

BGH founders Ben Gray, Robin Bishop and Simon Harle now need to strap themselves in for the Village Roadshow ride.

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Stock Market Rally Rotation Over As Coronavirus Cases Soar? Qualcomm Near Buy Point; Apple Stock Looks Tired


The stock market rally has a wild two weeks, with record coronavirus cases and upbeat Covid vaccine news swinging sectors back and forth. But in many ways, the market is back where it was, with many tight weekly closes and growth stocks back in favor.




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The Nasdaq composite has actually formed a three-weeks-tight pattern. So have Apple (AAPL) chipmakers Qorvo (QRVO) and Qualcomm (QCOM), along with marijuana stock Innovative Industrial Properties (IIPR).

Meanwhile,  Apple stock, Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon.com (AMZN) are looking tired. The megacaps were big winners during the coronavirus stock market rally from April-September. But lately they have struggled to keep pace with the broader indexes.

Microsoft stock is on IBD Leaderboard, while Apple is on the Leaderboard watchlist. MSFT stock also is on IBD Long-Term Leaders. Amazon stock and Innovative Industrial Properties are on the IBD 50.


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Coronavirus Cases

Coronavirus cases worldwide reached 58.49 million. Covid-19 deaths topped 1.38 million.

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have hit 12.45 million, with deaths above 261,000.

The U.S. topped 200,000 cases for the first time on Friday. Hospitalizations are soaring, overloading many local hospital systems. With states and cities increasingly raising restrictions and social distancing increasing, the economic recovery could begin to stall out.

On Saturday, the FDA approved an Regeneron (REGN) antibody cocktail for treating coronavirus patients. President Trump received the Regeneron treatment when he had Covid-19.

Pfizer (PFE) and BioNTech (BNTX) filed for FDA approval of their coronavirus vaccine. Moderna (MRNA), which released strong interim data  on its Covid vaccine last Monday, will likely follow in days. An FDA advisory panel will meet in early December to discuss coronavirus vaccines, with FDA approval likely soon after.

Stock Market Rally Last Week

U.S. Stock Market Today Overview

IndexSymbolPriceGain/Loss% Change
Dow Jones(0DJIA)29263.28-219.95-0.75
S&P 500(0S&P5)3557.65-24.22-0.68
Nasdaq(0NDQC )11854.97-49.75-0.42
Russell 2000 (IWM)177.47+0.16+0.09
IBD 50 (FFTY)38.34+0.13+0.34
Last Update: 4:06 PM ET 11/20/2020

The stock market rally had a mixed week for the major indexes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.7% in last week’s stock market trading. The S&P 500 index retreated 0.8%. The Nasdaq composite edged up 0.2%.

Growth stocks fared well overall.

Among the best ETFs, the Innovator IBD 50 ETF (FFTY) rose 1.9% last week. So did the iShares Expanded Tech-Software Sector ETF (IGV) and VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH). Microsoft stock is a major IGV holding.

Three-Weeks Tight

A three-weeks tight is when a stock ends the week within 1%-1.5% of the prior week’s close, for two straight weeks. The buy point is 10 cents above the high point of the tight pattern. It’s a chance for add-on buys, but also new positions if the tight pattern is close to a prior base.

Qorvo stock

Qorvo stock fell less than 0.2% last week to 147.39, following a 0.2% rise the prior week. The three-weeks-tight is just above a prior, messy consolidation, consolidating following a jump on earnings. The buy point is 154.53. However, 151.31, just above last week’s high, also could be an early entry.

The relative strength line for Qorvo stock is just below all-time highs. The RS line, which tracks a stock’s performance vs. the S&P 500 index, is the blue line in the charts provided.

Qualcomm Stock

Qualcomm stock rose 1.2% last week to 146.03, ending near weekly lows. That followed 0.5% decline in the prior week. The tight entry is 153.43, according to MarketSmith analysis. Like Qorvo stock, QCOM stock consolidated tightly following a strong gain on earnings.

Both Qualcomm and Qorvo are Apple chipmakers and 5G plays. With 5G wireless taking off and the new 5G iPhone just launched, both chipmakers are in sweet spots.

IIPR Stock

Innovative Industrial Properties stock surged on election results, with more states legalizing marijuana and Joe Biden the apparent winner of the presidential race. Last week, IIPR stock dipped 0.3% to 151.95 after edging up a few cents in the prior week. The buy point is 165.09.

Innovative Industrial Properties is a REIT that owns properties for growing marijuana.

Not-So-Young Growth Stocks

There comes a point in life where you may have a steady workout routine, staying relatively fit, better than most. But when you have do something really strenuous — playing a long, intense basketball game, helping someone move, etc. — you can still do it. However, now you feel the effects for days.

That’s what it can be like for Apple, Microsoft and Amazon stock. These megacaps went on strong runs in 2020, with Microsoft stock outperforming the S&P 500 for years. But at some point these megacaps have to take a rest.


These 5 Stocks Are Flashing Multiple Buy Signals


Apple Stock

Apple stock fell 1.6% last week to 117.34 after rising 0.5% in the prior week. Shares are still above their 50-day moving average. But in the post-election stock market rally, Apple stock hasn’t broken trend lines or other aggressive entries.

On the other hand, AAPL stock is that far away from clearing recent resistance with a 122.09 entry or at 125.49. The official buy point is 138.08.

The RS line for Apple stock went on a strong run from January 2019 and finally peaked on Sept. 1. Since then it’s been going sideways.

Microsoft Stock

Unlike Apple stock, Microsoft actually broke out briefly on Nov. 9, when the Pfizer coronavirus news came out, but then reversed lower to close just below its 50-day line on Nov. 10. Microsoft stock fell 2.8% last week, just below its 50-day line, after a 3.2% drop in the week prior.

Microsoft would seem to be well-positioned in the current volatile market, given its strong growth before and during the coronavirus pandemic.

But the RS line has been trending lower since early July, especially in the last two weeks. Long-Term Leaders like Microsoft can go through those stretches after long periods of outperformance.

Buying off the 50-day/10-week line can be a smart strategy for Long-Term Leaders, but investors might want to wait until MSFT stock clears very short-term resistance, with a 219.21 entry. A new handle has formed with a 228.22 buy point.

Amazon Stock

Amazon stock dipped 0.9% to 3,099.40 last week after a 5.5% tumble in the week before. Shares of the e-commerce and cloud giant have been below the 50-day line most of that stretch.

As with Microsoft stock, the RS line for AMZN stock has been falling since early July.

The official buy point is 3,552.35, though 3,496.34 would work. An early entry for Amazon stock could be 3366.90. An especially aggressive investor could draw a trend line from the latter two points to find an even-lower entry. But would you want to?

Stock Market Rotation

After a violent rotation out of stay-at-home stocks into “real economy” coronavirus vaccine stocks in the prior week, there was a general return to growth and even some pure Covid plays such as Zoom Video (ZM).

So, stock market rotation over? Maybe, but perhaps not for long.

Yes, investors are once again focusing on stay-at-home stocks with record coronavirus cases and restrictions intensifying. But if all goes according to plan, two coronavirus vaccines will be approved in just a few weeks, with perhaps two more by February. While vaccinations will take several months, at some point the pandemic will recede and the economy can fully recover.

As for real economy, coronavirus vaccine stock plays, Boeing (BA) closed well off highs, but still gained 6.7% last week. Fellow Dow Jones stocks Caterpillar (CAT) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) edged higher after big gains in the prior week.

The ideal situation would be a broad-based stock market rally. Not only would that provide investors with more options to buy, but the market might be less-prone to big sector swings.

But, for now, the swing between stay-at-home stocks and coronavirus vaccine plays may continue for some time. Just as you don’t want to be overly concentrated in a particular group or sector, don’t be too weighted in one particular coronavirus investing theme.

Many stocks are doing great and are well extended. But aside from a few names like Qorvo and Qualcomm stock, there aren’t a lot of good setups right now. However, a few good days could bring more stocks into play, including Apple, Microsoft and even Amazon stock.

Read The Big Picture every day to stay in sync with the market direction and leading stocks and sectors.

Please follow Ed Carson on Twitter at @IBD_ECarson for stock market updates and more.

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Tired of coronavirus conspiracy theories in your Facebook feed? So was Elissa — so she did something about it


When the coronavirus pandemic first became serious back in March, Elissa McKay started noticing more and more troubling social media posts appearing in her feed.

“It ran the entire spectrum from it [COVID] is no worse than the flu, all the way up to it has been planned, this is a hoax, it doesn’t exist or it does exist and it is part of government control,” she said.

She also noticed a lot of fury directed at the media.

“And ‘the media’ was a catch all term, it was everyone from the ABC all the way up to Andrew Bolt. It was, ‘I don’t like what you are telling me so I am going to shoot the messenger.'”

What worried the Mount Dandenong mum and former communications advisor was where people would then turn for vital health information if they were not consuming news during the pandemic.

“I was getting very concerned, particularly with our demographic up here in the Hills,” she said.

‘We began to build consensus together’

Ms McKay helps run a community Facebook group called Mums of the Hills, which has many members from the Yarra Ranges, east of Melbourne.

Previously, she spent years working in communications for not-for-profit groups, the Federal Government and the Greens.

She decided to use her skills to try and include public health information in posts on her local community Facebook page.

Elissa McKay says her local Facebook page can be used as a template for other groups who also want to share health information online.(ABC News: Ron Ekkel)

It was a different response to many community groups on Facebook, which banned conversation about COVID-19 because it was deemed too controversial, too political or too difficult to moderate.

But Ms McKay thought it was important for people who were not consuming news to have another space to access information and talk about the pandemic.

“We were certainly expecting a fair amount of conflict and a fair amount of pushback,” she said.

Ms McKay wrote COVID updates, taking information from the Premier’s daily press conferences and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and summarising the news of the day with humour and links to external news reporting.

“I wanted people to question what they were reading, and what they were hearing,” she said.

As the conversations grew, members of the group who were doctors, lawyers, public servants and psychologists began to share their own knowledge.

“We were able to cut through the misinformation and say ‘this is the piece of the puzzle that I have’ and ‘this is the information I am quite confident on’, and we began to build consensus together.”

Ms McKay believes her experience shows community social media groups can be part of the answer to combating dangerous online misinformation.

Women tuning out of news and into social media

RMIT University’s program manager for journalism, Alex Wake, said research from the University of Canberra had been tracking “news fatigue” in some groups, even before the pandemic started.

It shows that certain groups of people, particularly women, were starting to avoid news. Women are also spending more time on social media than men, Dr Wake said.

“Women, in this social media sphere, have always preferred taking recommendations of stories from others,” she said.

“So they are more likely to get the anti-vaxxer story, rather than going to The Age or to the Sydney Morning Herald or whatever it is to go to a verifiable news source.”

Dr Alex Wake looks into the camera, with a bookshelf visible behind her.
Dr Alex Wake says it is important for Australians to read widely and support quality journalism, to ensure they are getting accurate and verified information.

While major news outlets recorded big audience jumps during the pandemic, and some outlets recorded increased trust levels, Dr Wake said there was also another emerging trend.

Just as Ms McKay noticed on her Facebook page, Dr Wake said there had been a growing number of people who didn’t trust any media for their information.

She said the best way to get accurate information was for Australians to pay for quality journalism and read widely.

Political extremists and government agents pushing misinformation online

Cyber analyst Jake Wallis works for the independent think tank the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, which tracks online misinformation campaigns that some people read and share as news.

“There is a whole eco-system of misinformation around COVID-19 and the origins of the virus,” Dr Wallis said.

Jacob Wallis at work
Jacob Wallis tracks misinformation campaigns across the world.(Supplied)

His research has found there are “state actors” involved in propagating false information about the virus.

“We have tracked pro-Russian vaccine disinformation from Eastern Ukraine into a prominent anti-vax Facebook group here in Australia,” he said.

While Dr Wallis acknowledged the links were not always direct, “you can track narrative and the impacts on audiences as far away as here in Australia”.

And it is not just foreign government agents trying to spread misinformation online.

Dr Wallis said extremist groups, from Islamic State to far-right political organisations, were “increasingly adapt at using social media environments to target mainstream audiences with narratives and perspectives that are outside the bounds of healthy political discourse”.

He has some simple tips for avoiding misinformation online.

“Just taking some critical distance, checking the source, reading content before we share it, and retaining our own critical judgement about content that we see online,” he said.



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‘Daniel you’re looking very tired’: Premier’s mum calls radio


She’s seen her son like the rest of us, on the podium in front of that familiar purple background, in his daily press conferences.

“I have watched every press conference. And some days I have thought, ‘yes, you look OK’, other days, I’ve taught ‘oh Daniel you’re looking very tired’,” she said. “But he’s strong.”

Health Minister Martin Foley led the coronavirus briefing on Saturday in the Premier’s absence. Ms Andrews said she purposely didn’t ask her son what he had planned for today when she spoke to him on Thursday.

Hold on, that’s not Dan: Health Minister Martin Foley delivered Saturday’s coronavirus briefing.Credit:Getty

“I purposely didn’t ask him because I thought no, that’s their time,” she told host Libbi Gorr. She suspected the family may have “just put the shutters up, turned the phones off and just be a family”.

“Just to let him have a day of just doing whatever if it makes him happy.”

Although she said she hadn’t been able to figure out how to video call her son’s family during their nearly 10 months apart, Ms Andrews was up to date on some of the internet ‘meme’ culture that has sprung up around the Premier, such as his fashion choices.

“I was quite surprised with the fascination that people seem to have when he wore the jacket, they thought,’ Oh, that’s good news’. And we put a suit on, ‘Oh, we were in trouble’,” she chuckled.

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“But I think it just reflected that it was him as a person. He’s just, he’s an ordinary person doing the very, very best that he can do.”

The interview ranged from the Premier’s taste in music growing up (Midnight Oil was his favourite), to his likeness to his late father, Bob.

“[He was a] wonderful man. And had an amazing work ethic and both Cynthia, Daniel’s sister Cynthia, they both have inherited their father’s work ethic,” she said.

And from his mother?

“Perhaps that sort of maybe a little bit of wit,” she chuckled. “And a little bit of empathy too I think. I would like to think that that if he has inherited anything good from me, it would be a little bit of empathy.”

“I’m 77 years of age and I never thought that I would live through something like this [pandemic],” she said.

“And for my grandchildren, they will look back on this and remember it forever.”

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Feeling tired during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s how you can improve your energy and motivation levels


This year has largely been swallowed up by COVID-19, leading to the shutdown of economies, schools, businesses, arts and entertainment.

If you are constantly tired or feeling trapped in a state of perpetual jetlag during the pandemic, you are not alone.

While consistent tiredness could point to a serious medical condition, experts say knock-on effects from the pandemic may explain why some normally healthy people feel sluggish.

Christine Morgan says anyone experiencing difficulty should reach out for help.(ABC News: Matt Roberts)

Christine Morgan, the chief executive of the National Mental Health Commission, said she regularly heard from people who were confused about why they felt fatigued, despite their social and work lives slowing down.

Ms Morgan said fear, anxiety and depression was heightened at the start of the pandemic.

The resurgence of the virus in Victoria, leading to a deadly second wave, ended any hopes of a return to normalcy anytime soon.

“Fatigue comes from a number of factors and emotional fatigue is a very real condition.”

Research from the Australian National University released last week showed three in five people felt anxious or worried about coronavirus in August, along with increases in loneliness and declines in life satisfaction.

Sleeping it off won’t work

Working from home requirements, job losses, lockdowns and curfews in Victoria may have increased opportunities for people to spend time in bed.

For adults, it could finally provide enough time to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

But Darren Mansfield, from the Epworth Sleep Centre, says “the general view is people are sleeping worse in the lockdown”.

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Sleeping too much can lead to a state of perpetual jetlag, experts say.(Unsplash: Alexandra Gorn)

Quality of sleep matters more than quantity, Dr Mansfield said.

“The solution is trying to match your time in bed with the amount of sleep you ordinarily need.”

Dr Mansfield said anxiety in younger people often centred around the social and job impacts of the pandemic, while older people’s concerns were more around catching the virus itself.

A multinational research team is also investigating whether people are experiencing more vivid dreams, including nightmares, during the pandemic.

“It will be interesting to see whether people dream more about virus-related threats, like getting infected, and whether social isolation changes the kinds of social interactions we have in our dreams,” said Monash University researcher Jennifer Windt.

Look into the (natural) light

For all the complaints about the morning commute to work, Associate Professor Sean Cain said it did have one clear benefit; exposing people to natural light.

Dr Cain, a Monash University expert on the body’s circadian clock, said more time indoors during the pandemic could be causing people to be exposed to less sunlight.

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Dr Sean Cain recommends dimming lights inside after dusk.(Supplied: Sean Cain)

“When we’re in bright light we tend to feel in a better mood,” he said.

“Having less of that will result in a lower mood.

On the flipside, Dr Cain believes homes are too bright at night and he suggests dimming lights inside about three hours before going to bed.

That includes limiting screen use just before bed, or at the very least, turning on a device’s blue light filter.

“The body clock wants regularity and it wants really distinct signals,” Dr Cain said.

Routine is key

The experts all agree that setting a routine and trying to stick to it can have mental and physical health benefits.

Delwyn Bartlett, an Associate Professor at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, said a good balance of sleep, exercise and diet were vital.

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People in Melbourne’s Stage 4 lockdown zones have been restricted to one hour of exercise outside their homes each day.(ABC News: Simon Winter)

“Even at home, you can do some weights and some exercises on the floor,” she said.

“You can get up and stretch. Humans need to get that mind-body connection.

A quick afternoon nap is also OK, Dr Bartlett said, as long as it does not drag on for longer than 10 or 15 minutes of slight sleep.

“It’s when we go to slow-wave sleep or deep sleep, that’s what really impacts and is destructive for night-time quality of sleep,” she said.

‘Do things you enjoy everyday’

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Cooking challenges are one way to stay connected with friends and to eat a healthy diet.(Unsplash: Kevin McCutcheon)

University of Newcastle health sciences director, Clare Collins, said she had been encouraged by some of the dietary changes brought on by the pandemic.

“People aren’t getting out to pubs and clubs, and people are cooking,” she said.

“People are making basic food and people haven’t gained huge amounts of weight, because the food you cook is not as energy dense and poor as the junk food you buy when you’re away from home.”

Dr Collins said food can serve another role; it provides a connection between people.

“You could have a cooking challenge with a group of friends,” she said.

Ms Morgan also said anyone needing help should reach out to friends or professionals.

“Do things you enjoy every day,” she said.



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