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Are Running or Cycling Actually Risks for Spreading Covid-19?

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 04/14/2020 - 06:00
An unpublished study went viral after a research team warned that respiratory droplets may travel more than 6 feet during exercise. But that's not the whole story.
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The Rise of a Hindu Vigilante in the Age of WhatsApp and Modi

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 04/14/2020 - 06:00
India, the world's largest democracy, has also become the world's largest experiment in social-media-fueled terror.
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Dominican Republic Delays Presidential Vote Over Coronavirus Concerns

The country's election commission said in a statement Monday that it had been forced to postpone the election, originally scheduled for May 17, to July 5 due to the ongoing epidemic.

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India Extends 'Total' Lockdown By Nearly 3 Weeks

In a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Indians they must remain at home through May 3.

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Bloomberg News Killed Investigation, Fired Reporter, Then Sought To Silence His Wife

The story investigating Chinese political elites would "wipe out everything we've tried to build there," Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg's editor-in-chief at the time, said on audiotape obtained by NPR.

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Who Will Advise Trump On Reopening The U.S.? White House To Set New Pandemic Council

President Trump said he would announce on Tuesday who would help him decided when to ease up on social distancing guidelines meant to mitigate the public health impact of coronavirus.

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Putin Warns That Russia's COVID-19 Pandemic Is Getting Worse

A month ago, Vladimir Putin said the outbreak in Russia was "under control," but in a teleconference with health officials on Monday he acknowledged the situation was changing "not for the better."

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Fla. Governor Says National Guard Ramping Up Coronavirus Testing In Nursing Homes

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to increase the number of National Guard personnel on "strike teams" that have been sent to long-term care facilities in the state to identify COVID-19 cases.

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How Apple And Google Are Going To Enable Contact Tracing

JOEKENT.NYC: “This post is a technical translation of the contact tracing specification Apple and Google recently released, aimed at folks that are interested in understanding the implications for security, privacy, and usage. If you are not familiar with contact tracing, I suggest you first read this blog post that explains the topic and the various methodologies that are being used and developed globally. At a high level, the way this technology works is by having an app on your phone broadcast a random, unique identifier over the device bluetooth antenna, and simultaneously listen for other phones broadcasting their identifiers. Your phone keeps a log of everyone you come into contact with who is running this app and is broadcasting advertisements over the Bluetooth service. It is important to note, Bluetooth is not the same as GPS, it cannot determine your physical location. Your contact list is simply a giant list of random numbers representing other devices that were near you at some point. If you test positive for COVID-19, you can upload the unique identifiers your phone was previously broadcasting to the cloud. Meanwhile, everyones phone will be pulling down a list of identifiers that tested positive on a frequent basis so they can compare them to their own contact list. If a match between the cloud list and your local list is found, you will be notified to self-isolate and follow CDC guidelines…”

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Rapid Expert Consultation on the Effectiveness of Fabric Masks for the COVID-19 Pandemic

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Rapid Expert Consultation on the Effectiveness of Fabric Masks for the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 8, 2020). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. “In response to a request from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a standing committee of experts to help inform OSTP on critical science and policy issues related to emerging infectious diseases and other public health threats. The standing committee includes members with expertise in emerging infectious diseases, public health, public health preparedness and response, biological sciences, clinical care and crisis standards of care, risk communication, and regulatory issues. This publication responds to questions concerning the effectiveness of homemade fabric masks worn by the general public to protect others, as distinct from protecting the wearer.”

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"I Felt Like Rip Van Winkle": One of First U.S. Doctors With COVID-19 Is Back Home

He was the unnamed doctor in his 40s reported to be clinging to life, one of the earliest cases of an American health care worker laid low by COVID-19. He says timely medical interventions saved him.

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Lobbyists Descend On Washington Seeking Coronavirus Relief Money

Sheila Krumholz, the executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, talked with All Things Considered about a new wave of lobbying for money in coronavirus relief measures.

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Verizon introduces open-source, big data coronavirus search engine

ZDNet -“As we struggle to get a grip on exactly how COVID-19 makes us ill and what we can do about it, researchers have created over 50,000 articles. That’s a lot of information! So, how do you make sense of it all? Verizon Media is doing it by using Vespa. This is an open-source, big data processing program to create a coronavirus academic research search engine: CORD-19 Search.   This engine works on top of the  COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19). This dataset should help medical researchers to find and create new insights in the fight against SARS-CoV-2. The documents within it are updated weekly as new research is published in peer-reviewed publications and archival services like bioRxiv, biological sciences preprints and medRxiv, health science preprints. It also includes document links to PubMed, Microsoft Academic, and the WHO COVID-19 database of publications…”

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How is COVID-19 affecting your ZIP code in Illinois?

The Chicago Reporter – “The Illinois Department of Public Health is now publishing daily counts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 by ZIP code. Look up your ZIP code and explore your area below..”

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The Judge Will See You On Zoom, But The Public Is Mostly Left Out

The Marshall Project – Volunteers who monitor courts across the country say they are getting little access to online-only proceedings. “…Monitoring court hearings has become difficult, in some cases even impossible, for dozens of court watch programs scattered throughout cities and towns in the country. They rely on volunteers to sit in open court and take notes in the interest of transparency and accountability. But they said their access has been slowed or halted as virtually every system in the country suspended or reduced public court and moved online during the pandemic. In New York City, anyone wanting to see a hearing has to go to the courthouse and watch on a screen there, possibly risking contagion. In Los Angeles and Miami, officials have not given court watchers a way to join their courts’ video conferences. In New Orleans, access has depended on individual judges, with some being more reliable than others. It’s not just a matter of convenience, the court watchers said. Public trust in what happens in court is eroded when they—or anyone else—can’t witness it, they said, and their presence helps ensure the courts function as they are supposed to…”

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SCOTUS to Break Tradition Hold Oral Arguments by Teleconference

The Court will hear oral arguments by telephone conference on May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 in a limited number of previously postponed cases.  The following cases will be assigned argument dates after the Clerk’s Office has confirmed the availability of counsel:

18-9526, McGirt v. Oklahoma
19-46, United States Patent and Trademark Office v. B.V.
19-177, Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.
19-267, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, and 19-348, St. James School v. Biel
19-431, Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania, and 19-454, Trump v. Pennsylvania
19-465, Chiafalo v. Washington
19-518, Colorado Department of State v. Baca
19-631, Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Inc.
19-635, Trump v. Vance
19-715, Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, and 19-760, Trump v. Deutsche Bank AG

In keeping with public health guidance in response to COVID-19, the Justices and counsel will all participate remotely. The Court anticipates providing a live audio feed of these arguments to news media. Details will be shared as they become available. The Court Building remains open for official business, but most Court personnel are teleworking. The Court Building remains closed to the public until further notice.”

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Trump Officials Ask To Delay Census Data For Voting Districts, House Seats

The Census Bureau is asking Congress to change the legal deadlines for numbers used to redistribute congressional seats and Electoral College votes, as well as data used to redraw voting districts.

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The XFL Has Hung Up Its Football Cleats... Again

The XFL is no more once again. The fledgling pro spring football league has folded just five games into its return season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league played one season in 2001.

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The COVID-19 Struggle In Chicago's Cook County Jail

Cook County Jail's coronavirus outbreak has prompted policy changes and a federal lawsuit. More than 500 staff and detainees infected.

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How Runners Can Keep Themselves And Others Safe During The Pandemic

As coronavirus-related restrictions take hold, the number of runners hitting roads and trails outside is surging. Here are some ideas for how to minimize your risks as you log your miles.

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