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2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) Data Repository by Johns Hopkins CSSE

“This is the data repository for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Visual Dashboard operated by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (JHU CSSE). Also, Supported by ESRI Living Atlas Team and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU APL).”

Reported coronavirus death toll in U.S. tops 100 – There have been almost 200,000 deaths worldwide. #CoronaVirusUpdates

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The COVID Tracking Project

State Data – For an overview of how our project works, please check About the Tracker. This page will dig into the specific data issues we’ve seen with various states, and document the data sources we’re using for each of them.”

This project is made by hand. We use technical tools to alert us to changes in the information states report, but all the information we publish has been collected and double-checked by humans. We prize accuracy over speed while also trying to keep the data fresh. We update the full dataset each day between 4pm and 5pm EDT and do additional updates throughout the day as new information arrives. Where do you get your data? All our information comes from state/district/territory public health authorities—or, occasionally, from trusted news reporting, official press conferences, or (very occasionally) tweets or Facebook updates from state public health authorities or governors. We cite all sources in the spreadsheet and discuss the dataset’s constantly fluctuating oddities in the annotations that accompany each state’s data on our site and in the spreadsheet…”

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Free Resources on the Coronavirus Pandemic to Help You Stay Informed

Book Riot – “The coronavirus pandemic has been riddled with misinformation and panic, including panic buying. Part of the panic is knowing so little about this particular strain of the virus. Fortunately, there are journalists and healthcare professionals rigorously researching information for us. Here’s a list of free resources on the coronavirus pandemic, many of which are usually behind a paywall, that are releasing quality, updated information…” [Includes news, newsletters, podcasts and government sites]

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Inside the National Quarantine Center, There Is No Fear of Coronavirus. There Is Only Urgency.

Esquire was granted exclusive access to the nation’s only federal quarantine and biocontainment center in Nebraska. We met the people who work there, and they are as extraordinary—and as courageous—as you think they are. The National Quarantine Center, this nation’s only federal quarantine facility, sits on a single floor of a new building on the campus of the University of Nebraska Medical Center west of downtown Omaha. It holds 20 beds, 15 of which are occupied by patients exposed to the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV2, including several passengers from cruise ship Diamond Princess. A couple of blocks away sits the UNMC biocontainment unit, the largest of its kind in this country, which takes up part of an upper floor in a large inpatient-care facility. Ten beds, with a 35-bed surge capacity. Two pressurized entrances providing constant negative air pressure via a HEPA airflow system, and decontamination autoclaves for waste disposal. Currently four of the beds are occupied by contagious COVID-19 patients. (“COVID” means coronavirus disease.)..”

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New to remote work? These tools will make your transition to working from home easier

Poynter: “As the coronavirus outbreak continues (even appearing in newsrooms), organizations are asking employees to work from home when they can. For some, this may mean discovering gaps in your toolstacks. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of tools that might help you address different needs your team may have in staying connected and effective at work. An exhaustive list is near impossible to compile given the rate at which new products are launched, or closed for that matter, but these are some of the most common tools we see newsrooms use. We’ve also aimed for tools with simpler onboarding and usability rather than sharing complex tools that aren’t easy to adopt. We’ve included information about pricing but you should check the platforms’ websites for the most accurate information as it may be different depending on your organization’s size and needs. Keep in mind that your company may have policies about which versions of tools you are able to use because of security constraints. These tools are organized by three common tool needs that most organizations share: communication, documentation and project management. Remember that the tools you use should not be more complicated than the task you are trying to accomplish. Pick what works best for the workflow and work styles of you and your team…”

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So We’re Working From Home. Can the Internet Handle It?

The New York Times – With millions of people working and learning from home during the pandemic, internet networks are set to be strained to the hilt. “..As millions of people across the United States shift to working and learning from home this week to limit the spread of the coronavirus, they will test internet networks with one of the biggest mass behavior changes that the nation has experienced. That is set to strain the internet’s underlying infrastructure, with the burden likely to be particularly felt in two areas: the home networks that people have set up in their residences, and the home internet services from Comcast, Charter and Verizon that those home networks rely on. That infrastructure is generally accustomed to certain peaks of activity at specific times of the day, such as in the evening when people return from work and get online at home. But the vast transfer of work and learning to people’s homes will show new heights of internet use, with many users sharing the same internet connections throughout the day and using data-hungry apps that are usually reserved for offices and schools…”

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Excellent Presentation on Latest COVID-19 Research Hygiene Tips and Treatment Options “From Stanford professor of neurobiology and bioengineering Michael Lin, this is an excellent 31-page PDF presentation (Slideshare) on what we know about COVID-19 so far and how to deal with it, with extensive references to the latest research (as of 3/15). I’m going to include a few of the most interesting and important slides right here, but do read the whole thing — it is very informative…”

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The best thing everyday Americans can do to fight coronavirus?

USAToday: “The coronavirus pandemic seemed so far away just weeks ago. No one likes to be isolated and sit at home and be bored. You want to be near friends as you work from home. The numbers you’re hearing about the virus seem too big to believe. You’re worried about your neighbors and the impact on local businesses and workers You feel healthy, and how much worse can it be than the flu, after all? COVID-19 is spreading, and you won’t know you’re infected until you’ve already infected others. Right now, you have no immunity to prevent you from getting the disease. It’s especially lethal for older people or those with underlying conditions. This will come to communities in waves and will be a marathon, not a sprint, so pay attention to local events. And our hospitals won’t have sufficient resources — people, beds, ventilators or protective gear — if cases keep spreading as fast as they are in Italy. But there’s something important you can do: #StayHome…”

Be a neat freak. Wash your hands. Give to people in need. If you’re going to spread anything, spread help, compassion and humor. And do not panic…”

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Best Twitter accounts to follow for reliable information on coronavirus

Fortune: “In the face of a global pandemic like the coronavirus, one of the best defenses is staying armed with information. Misinformation is spreading quickly and easily as the world faces all the anxiety around COVID-19. That makes it hard to decipher what is real and what is fake, particularly on social media, where most Americans get at least some of their news. Fortune compiled a Twitter list of trusted public health officials, epidemiologists, virus experts, family doctors, and others for you to follow…”

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Sharing Courses not Viruse Educational Innovators Respond to COVID-19

Internet Archive Blogs – Kate Tairyan, MD, MPH  – “The University of Washington’s (UW) Seattle campus is about 5 miles as the vector flies from Kirkland’s “Life Care Center,” the now ironically named the first epicenter of North America’s COVID-19 epidemic. And on March 6, after >25,000 people had signed a petition to stop in-person classes — they did. UW is hardly alone among academic institutions both domestically and globally dealing with such concerns: according to UNESCO, an unprecedented 777+ million students in 100 countries are currently out of school because of COVID-19. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay says: “While temporary school closures as a result of health and other crises are not new, unfortunately, the global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled and, if prolonged, could threaten the right to education.”  The news release adds:  “In response, UNESCO is supporting the implementation of large-scale distance learning programs and recommending open educational applications and platforms that schools and teachers can use to reach learners remotely. The organization is sharing best practices to leverage inexpensive mobile technologies for teaching and learning purposes to mitigate educational disruption.”..

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White House Takes New Line After Dire Report on Death Toll

The New York Times: “Sweeping new federal recommendations announced on Monday for Americans to sharply limit their activities appeared to draw on a dire scientific report warning that, without action by the government and individuals to slow the spread of coronavirus and suppress new cases, 2.2 million people in the United States could die. To curb the epidemic, there would need to be dramatic restrictions on work, school and social gatherings for periods of time until a vaccine was available, which could take 18 months, according to the report, compiled by British researchers. They cautioned that such steps carried enormous costs that could also affect people’s health, but concluded they were “the only viable strategy at the current time.” The White House guidelines urged Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. That is a more restrictive stance than recommendations released on Sunday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said that gatherings should be limited to 50…”

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LexisNexis Offers Free Comprehensive COVID-19 News Coverage

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, today announced two free resources from Law360® and Lexis Practice Advisor® to help legal professionals, lawmakers and business leaders become better informed and successfully navigate the legal issues and intricacies surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Law360 has launched a dedicated COVID-19 page containing breaking news, in-depth features and expert analysis and commentary on all things relating to COVID-19 and the law. Its comprehensive coverage and content illuminates how the global pandemic has impacted the legal industry and the practice of law, as well as the U.S. court system, federal agencies, industries, businesses and more. The free content is available at or delivered via an electronic newsletter…”

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Global Economic Effects of Covid-19: In Brief

EveryCRSReport – Global Economic Effects of Covid-19: In Brief March 13, 2020 – March 16, 2020 – Since the Covid-19 outbreak was first diagnosed, it has spread to over 100 countries and almost all U.S. states. The virus is having a noticeable impact on global economic growth. Estimates so far indicate the virus could trim global economic growth by 0.5%, but the full impact will not be known until the effects peak. This report provides an overview of the global economic costs to date and the response by governments and international institutions to address these effects.”

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Step Away from the 24-Hour News Cycle

Outside – It’s never a bad time to re-evaluate your digital addiction: “…Jim Davies, a professor of Cognitive Science at Carleton University, says that everything about the news—from the dramatic headlines to the riveting background music to the colors on the screen (lots of red, which experts agree is one of, if not the most, emotionally charged color)—is engineered to prey on our hardwired impulses to pay attention to what seems exciting and important. The manner in which the news is presented—be it on television or the social feeds on our phone—often triggers the release of dopamine, a powerful neurochemical that tags experiences as meaningful and makes us want to seek them over and over again, Davies explains in his book, Riveted. “High dopamine makes everything look significant,” he writes. “The news needs a fear to monger, regardless of how important it is. It deemphasizes the routine and constant, and brings irregularities to our attention.” The more compelling the drama, he writes, the more we’ll be sucked in…”

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By the end of May most world airlines will be bankrupt

CAPA – Center for Aviation – “By the end of May-2020, most airlines in the world will be bankrupt. Coordinated government and industry action is needed – now – if catastrophe is to be avoided. As the impact of the coronavirus and multiple government travel reactions sweep through our world, many airlines have probably already been driven into technical bankruptcy, or are at least substantially in breach of debt covenants. Cash reserves are running down quickly as fleets are grounded and what flights there are operate much less than half full. Forward bookings are far outweighed by cancellations and each time there is a new government recommendation it is to discourage flying. Demand is drying up in ways that are completely unprecedented. Normality is not yet on the horizon…”

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Suddenly working at home? We’ve done it for 22 years and have advice

“Here at Ars Technica, our staffers have seen their phones and messaging apps blow up with countless versions of the following: “How the heck do you pull off this whole work-from-home thing?” We’re in a position to know. Ars Technica has operated as a remote workforce since it was founded in 1998, decentralized and connected entirely by Internet-fueled collaboration. If this is news to you, fear not: Senior Technology Editor Lee Hutchinson wrote a massive February explainer about how our site functions this way. That feature is one part of a recent remote-work series, and its other entries have focused largely on the business feasibility of the practice. But that conversation’s tenor is shifting rapidly in the face of coronavirus, and you might be more interested in a broader set of impressions and tips. Thus, we’re here to offer ways big and small to improve your remote workplace experience, based on our staff’s years of doing it successfully. These range from brief to lengthy, and they include suggestions that may seem obvious or silly to some, but sometimes in the course of working from home, the little stuff adds up in a big way…” [h/t Pete Weiss]

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You Can Virtually Tour These 500+ Museums and Galleries

If you are at home, take some time each day to enjoy, learn, and travel safely!  Via Lifehacker: “Google Arts & Culture has a collection of more the 500 different museums and galleries up on its site that you can visit virtually. Clicking through to each one will bring up images of some of the museum or gallery’s collection, and in some cases full virtual tours of the museum you can take to pretend like, in a way, you’re actually there. You can check out the full (massive) list of included galleries and museums here. The list defaults to listing some of the most popular options first, but you can also sort them in alphabetic order or look at where they all are on a map…”

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Could the 2020 Election Be Postponed? Only With Great Difficulty. Here’s Why.

The New York Times – “With Louisiana and Georgia delaying their primary votes, we answer six key questions about holding elections in a crisis. And no, a president cannot cancel an election with executive authority…”

The coronavirus outbreak is inflicting new disruptions on the 2020 presidential campaign by the day, but few compare to the decisions by Louisiana and Georgia over the past 48 hours to reschedule their upcoming primary elections. The postponements were a highly unusual development in an American political campaign, though not an entirely unprecedented one. So how much disruption can voters expect in the coming months? And how freely can local, state and federal authorities switch up the timing and other details of elections? We took a crack at answering some of the questions that may be on your mind…”

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Your Phone is More Disgusting Than You Think

4 Ways to Clean Germs off Your Dirty Smartphone – iFixit Video via YouTube: “All this corona virus talk, got us thinking, what are the most common ways people clean their smartphones and just how effective are they? To figure it out, we recruited a few iFixit employees to see how dirty their phones were and put some common cleaning methods including a microfiber cloth, LCD/Screen Cleaner, Disinfectant Wipes, and a UV phone sanitizer to the test using SCIENCE!”

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What your health plan will cover if you get coronavirus

Washington Post “In his prime-time speech, President Trump announced Wednesday night [March 11, 2020] that health insurers had pledged to eliminate “all co-payments for coronavirus treatments” and “extend insurance coverage to those treatments. That is not exactly correct. A broad swath of the nation’s private health insurers has agreed to waive the charges for a coronavirus test for their members. But they have not committed to cover the cost of care for those sickened by the virus. And while there is no specific treatment for the rapidly spreading infections, insurers have not expanded coverage for anyone, including the more seriously ill who need hospitalization. Almost all private health plans include hospital coverage, with patients in different plans left to pay different amounts of the bill, and that arrangement is intact in the era of covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. “We haven’t agreed to waive out-of-pocket costs for treatment,” said Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s main trade group. The president’s misstatements reflect confusion about the patchwork response to efforts to ensure that Americans’ inability to afford testing is not a hurdle — a critical matter when knowing who has the virus is crucial to slowing its spread. Those misstatements were repeated Thursday [March 12, 2020] morning by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testifying on Capitol Hill. Until very recently, when only the CDC and then public health labs could perform the test, the government paid for the test itself, but not for the expense, say, of going to an emergency room to get tested…”

  • See also Jared Kushner’s brother Joshua has several companies – this one offers services that include capturing your personal health data via a requisite survey as well as pre-authorization by a medical professional – Oscar Launches First Testing Center Locator for COVID-19
  • See also The Guardian – “Why has coronavirus testing in the US been such a disaster? The Trump administration is scrambling to provide more testing, leaving many to wonder how it got its Covid-19 response so wrong.”
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