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Daily Archives: July 21, 2020

Why you need a coronavirus care plan and how to make one

MarketWatch – “…At any stage of life, a medical crisis might render you unable to make health care choices. Because of visitor restrictions to health care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, it will be harder for family or other advocates to be present. Sometimes decisions have to be made quickly. That said, doctors often don’t know a patient’s wishes. In today’s medical landscape, if you go to the hospital, your primary care doctor probably will not be the one taking care of you. Doctors can change daily, so you need to make your wishes easily accessible. People of all ages have become more interested in making care plans. Advance care planning involves learning about the kinds of health decisions you will need to make, selecting your choices and letting others know. Clear information and a definitive person who can speak on your behalf can help avoid arguments between family members about your wishes. The Conversation Project has starter kits in over 10 languages that can jump start talking to loved ones. When the pandemic hit the U.S., the organization had 43,000 more visits to its site than in the same period in previous years. On April 4, the group released a guide specific to COVID-19. Within two months, it was downloaded 7,607 times. If you or your loved one needs a COVID-19 care plan, here’s how to get started…”

WSJ Journalists Ask Publisher for Clearer Distinction Between News and Opinion Content – Letter to publisher Almar Latour cites concerns about Opinion section’s accuracy and transparency – “A group of journalists at The Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones NWS 0.24% staffers sent a letter on Tuesday to the paper’s new publisher, Almar Latour, calling for a clearer differentiation between news and opinion content online,… Continue Reading

State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus

Kaiser Family Foundation – “In late 2019, a new strain of coronavirus emerged in China. With the number of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by this coronavirus, growing rapidly in the United States and around the world, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Controlling the spread of the… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 18, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, July 18, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

EPIC Obtains Records on White House COVID-19 Response, Location Data Tracking

“EPIC has obtained hundreds of pages of records (1, 2, 3, 4) from the Office of Science and Technology Policy about the White House’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and proposals to use location data for public health surveillance. The documents were produced in response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act request. The records… Continue Reading

Tracking COVID-19 in the United States

Prevent Epidemics – From Information Catastrophe to Empowered Communities: “The use of accurate, real-time data to inform decision-making is essential for infectious disease control. Unlike many other countries, the United States does not have standard, national data on COVID-19. The US also lacks standards for state-, county- and city- level public reporting of this life-and-death… Continue Reading

Google Map revamps its bike routes for easy riding

CNET – “To help people get around this summer in an eco-friendly — and healthy — way, Google Maps has added new features to its offerings for cyclists. Users can now access the most up-to-date bike routes generated by machine learning algorithms, as well as data from government authorities and community contributions.  In addition, Google… Continue Reading

“It’s Amazing to Me How Distinctly I Remember Each of These Women”

Slate – Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflects on her nine female classmates at Harvard Law School and the divergent paths their lives all took from there. “When we started this project, our goal was to talk to as many of the women in Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Harvard Law School class as possible. My colleague Molly Olmstead… Continue Reading

The House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee’s Russia Report

Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament – Russia – Presented to Parliament pursuant to section 3 of the Justice and Security Act 2013. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed on 21 July 2020. “…The Report covers aspects of the Russian threat to the UK (Cyber; Disinformation and Influence; and Russian Expatriates) followed… Continue Reading