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U.S. Surpasses 1 Million Coronavirus Cases

The U.S. also has more than 57,000 deaths, just months after the coronavirus was identified.

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Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access

Wiley Online Library – “Following an outbreak of pneumonia without a clear cause in the city of Wuhan in China, a novel strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was detected in December 2019. Coronaviruses were identified in the mid-1960s and are known to infect humans and a variety of animals (including birds and mammals). Since 2002, two coronaviruses infecting animals have evolved and caused outbreaks in humans: SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) identified in southern China in 2003, and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Together, they have caused more than 1600 deaths. It’s in these times of crisis where communities come together even more. As a publisher of trusted health science, we’ve made the relevant research articles, book chapters and entries in our major references freely available below, in support of the global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and further research in this disease and similar viral respiratory infections. Our approach is to use the world-class information we have available to directly improve health and to support the virtual efforts of healthcare practitioners globally. We are continually monitoring the developments and we will update the content of this page periodically.”

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:02
Hackers laid the groundwork months ago for attacks. Now they're flipping the switch.
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Blue Angels And Thunderbirds Salute New York Coronavirus Responders With Flyover

The joint demonstration between the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's Thunderbirds will begin early Tuesday afternoon over New York City, Newark and Trenton, N.J., and Philadelphia.

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Secretary DeVos Forgoes Waiving Disability Law Amid School Closures

The Education Department will not request waivers to the bulk of the federal law that protects students with disabilities. Disability advocates and special education are relieved.

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Bandcamp Will Again Waive Fees To Support Artists

The company generated $4.3 million for artists when it paused the collection of a percentage of sales for a day in March — which it will repeat on May 1, June 5 and July 3.

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'The New Flying Etiquette': JetBlue Mandates Face Masks For All Passengers

JetBlue is the first major U.S. airline to require passengers to wear face coverings, though others have issued similar mandates for crew members. Flight attendants have pushed for the change.

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Did the Paycheck Protection Program Hit the Target?

Granja, Joao and Makridis, Christos and Yannelis, Constantine and Zwick, Eric, Did the Paycheck Protection Program Hit the Target? (April 25, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3585258

“This paper takes an early look at the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a large and novel small business support program that was part of the initial policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We use new data on the distribution of PPP loans and high-frequency micro-level employment data to consider two dimensions of program targeting. First, we do not find evidence that funds flowed to areas more adversely affected by the economic effects of the pandemic, as measured by declines in hours worked or business shutdowns. If anything, funds flowed to areas less hard hit. Second, we find significant heterogeneity across banks in terms of disbursing PPP funds, which does not only reflect differences in underlying loan demand. The top-4 banks alone account for 36% of total pre-policy small business loans, but disbursed less than 3% of all PPP loans. Areas that were significantly more exposed to low-PPP banks received much lower loan allocations. As data become available, we will study employment and establishment responses to the program and the impact of PPP support on the economic recovery. Measuring these responses is critical for evaluating the social insurance value of the PPP and similar policies.”

Categories: Law and Legal

89% fear economic collapse

“89% of Americans — both Republicans and Democrats — now worry about the economy collapsing, Axios White House editor Margaret Talev writes from the newest Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

  • Why it matters: In this 50-50 nation, we almost never see lopsided results like that. This figure is one of the most vivid indications yet that real panic about the future is settling in throughout America.
  • Three-fourths of those polled said they fear their communities will reopen too soon, although there’s a massive partisan gulf on that question…”
Categories: Law and Legal

Child Sexual Abuse Reports Are On The Rise Amid Lockdown Orders

The National Sexual Assault Hotline reports a jump in calls coming in from minors in the month of March, when many shelter-in-place orders began.

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What To Do When People Don't Practice Social Distancing

Some people stand too close, or jog without masks, or go so far in their defiance as to throw "coronavirus parties." What should you do if you see people who are not maintaining social distance?

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'It's Just ... Empty': This Truck Driver Has Little To Haul

Neftali Dubon, a truck driver at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, says he needs at least five or six runs a day to make a living. By mid-March he was doing just one or two.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Neftali and Cynthia Dubon)

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Thousands Of Migrants Head Back To Venezuela To Flee Colombia's COVID-19 Lockdown

Colombian officials say 12,000 Venezuelans have taken buses back to their home country since Colombia imposed restrictions to stop the coronavirus outbreak. Many other Venezuelans are fleeing on foot.

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How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store—Again and Again

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 04/28/2020 - 10:51
Malicious Android apps from the so-called PhantomLance campaign targeted hundreds of users, and at least two slipped past Google's defenses.
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How our favorite pastimes will change in post COVID-19 world

Morning Consult Analysis – “The coronavirus outbreak has separated many Americans from their typical pastimes, relegating people to their homes during any free time they may have. With this, certain pastimes are seeing new life. But how likely is it that consumers will continue to enjoy these pastimes post-pandemic, and which ones are just temporary ways to pass the time?…” [Note – this extensive analysis includes charts and data]

Categories: Law and Legal

Democratic Rep. Adam Smith On Military Response To Coronavirus

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Adam Smith, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, about supply chain issues preventing the U.S. military from increasing its coronavirus testing capacity.

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30 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope

NASA Image of the Day - Tue, 04/28/2020 - 09:02
On April 25, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the cargo bay of space shuttle Discovery.
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Could Staring Into a Stranger’s Eyes Cure Zoom Fatigue?

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 04/28/2020 - 09:00
Human Online still requires a screen, but in place of the agony of work meetings or happy hours, you spend 60 seconds with a single person—no speaking.
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During the Pandemic, the FCC Must Provide Internet for All

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 04/28/2020 - 09:00
Broadband access is more crucial than ever, particularly for low-income Americans. The Trump administration must stop withholding it.
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Now Is the Time for Main Street Shops to Go Digital

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 04/28/2020 - 09:00
WIRED editor in chief Nicholas Thompson talks to branding expert Amanda Brinkman about how America’s small businesses are coping with coronavirus
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