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Social distancing strategies for curbing the COVID-19 epidemic

Social distancing strategies for curbing the COVID-19 epidemic – “The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is straining healthcare resources worldwide, prompting social distancing measures to reduce transmission intensity. The amount of social distancing needed to curb the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in the context of seasonally varying transmission remains unclear. Using a mathematical model, we assessed that one-time interventions will be insufficient to maintain COVID-19 prevalence within the critical care capacity of the United States. Seasonal variation in transmission will facilitate epidemic control during the summer months but could lead to an intense resurgence in the autumn. Intermittent distancing measures can maintain control of the epidemic, but without other interventions, these measures may be necessary into 2022. Increasing critical care capacity could reduce the duration of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic while ensuring that critically ill patients receive appropriate care…” This article – CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 International license. It is made available under a author/funder, who has granted medRxiv a license to display the preprint in perpetuity. The copyright holder for this preprint

See also the WSJ [paywall] – Government Tracking How People Move Around in Coronavirus Pandemic – “Goal is to get location data in up to 500 U.S. cities to help plan response; privacy concerns call for ‘strong legal safeguards,’ activist says.”

COVID-19 Pushes Up Internet Use 70% And Streaming More Than 12%

Forbes: “The first internet streaming and usage figures are coming in as the coronavirus pandemic places a quarter of the world’s population under lockdown. As millions of people go online for entertainment and more, total internet hits have surged by between 50% and 70%, according to preliminary statistics. Streaming has also jumped by at least… Continue Reading

How to choose a free videoconference app

The Verge: “Most people are currently relying on videoconferencing to keep in touch with work colleagues, family, and friends — and if they’re facing financial difficulties, free is best. While Zoom seems currently to be the most popular videoconferencing app, there are several applications out there that will allow people to meet online for free.… Continue Reading

Check out these virtual tours of museums around the world

TimeOut – Take a trip through some of the world’s greatest collections on these virtual museum and gallery tours: “Our much-loved museums and art galleries may be closing their doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, but don’t despair. Tech-savvy curators are getting creative with how the public can access their collections, and many are catering to an online… Continue Reading

National Emergency Library to Provide Digitized Books to Students and Public

Internet Archive Blogs: “To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension… Continue Reading

The case for books as “essential” in a time of pandemic

Quartz – “Food, water, and medicine are obvious essentials right now. We rely on these things to survive. Technically, however, we don’t need lots of the other stuff that was a given before the coronavirus pandemic made shut-ins of a huge chunk of the global population. Thus, what is essential has become a matter of great… Continue Reading

ABA digital resources available for students and teachers

“As students and teachers rely more on remote learning amid the COVID-19 health emergency, the American Bar Association Division for Public Education is offering free digital resources on legal topics. The resources provide a way to explore current and historical information about the law to help boost learning though school doors are closed. As teachers… Continue Reading

COVID-19: Cybercrime Opportunities and Law Enforcement Response

CALI – Guest Speakers Available for Remote Teaching Law School Courses / Coronavirus/Covid-19 – Updated 3/20/2020: “I noticed that several generous folks were offering to be guest speakers for law school courses and thought it would be a good idea to consolidate a list in one place.  I sent out a short survey – –… Continue Reading

Guide and Design for Rapidly Produced Face Shields

Columbia University Libraries – What is the problem? As the Coronavirus Pandemic  continues to spread around the world, the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) becomes more acute. With a 3D printer, however, it is possible—while supplies last—for ordinary citizens to manufacture PPE and make them available to hospitals and clinics in their communities.… Continue Reading

Cyborgs, trolls and bots: A guide to online misinformation

AP: “…Political misinformation has been around since before the printing press, but the internet has allowed falsehoods, conspiracy theories and exaggerations to spread faster and farther than ever. Misinformation is defined as any false information, regardless of intent, including honest mistakes or misunderstandings of the facts. Disinformation, on the other hand, typically refers to misinformation… Continue Reading