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White House teams up with Google to build coronavirus screening site

During a press conference at the White House, President Trump today announced that the government is working with Google to build an online screening website for COVID-19. The announcement was short on details, but the idea, it seems, is to give users the ability to enter their symptoms and see if they need additional testing. None of this sounds extremely complicated, but according to Trump, Google has 1,700 engineers working on this. According to Debbie Birx, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, users will have to log into this new…

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The Mathematics of Predicting the Course of the Coronavirus

In the past few days, New York City’s hospitals have become unrecognizable. Thousands of patients sick with the novel coronavirus have swarmed into emergency rooms and intensive care units. From 3,000 miles away in Seattle, as Lisa Brandenburg watched the scenes unfold—isolation wards cobbled together in lobbies, nurses caring for Covid-19 patients in makeshift trash bag gowns, refrigerated mobile morgues idling on the street outside—she couldn’t stop herself from thinking: “That could be us.” It could be, if the models are wrong. Until this past week, Seattle had been the…

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This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For

The shock itself is shocking. Shouldn’t we have been more prepared? Hasn’t culture been drenched in catastrophe porn for decades? The bomb. The breakdown. The fallout. The senseless armies of shambling corpses, all the nightmares of dead generations sliding out of our screens. For more than a decade, young and young-ish people have been living in anticipatory grief for everything we know. But somehow, this is different. The idea of imminent annihilating catastrophe has been part of the collective unconscious for as long as we've had one. From the end…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Aggravates Disputes Around Gig Work

The rapidly spreading novel coronavirus is supercharging a debate about the treatment of gig workers. The relief bill signed Friday by President Trump will provide a short-term lifeline. But some workers for companies such as Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Instacart, and Amazon worry the help won’t come soon enough. Today, many gig workers are considered independent contractors, not entitled to workers’ compensation, health care benefits, or sick pay. Because their employers don't pay into unemployment insurance, the workers haven’t been able to obtain those benefits either. Many app-based companies have established…

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How child care startups in the U.S. are helping families cope with the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of billions of people around the world. For many parents with young children in the United States, shelter-in-place orders implemented in different areas over the past few weeks mean they now spend each day balancing work with taking care of their families. For child care providers, a vital but often under-appreciated part of the American economy, the crisis means dealing with economic uncertainty, but also adapting to serve new roles, including providing care for essential workers. Child care startups, including home-based daycare networks,…

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14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

As more and more counties and states impose shelter-in-place restrictions while the new coronavirus spreads, everyone's suddenly spending much more time at home. While you might be glad to have escaped the grind of the daily commute for a while, staying indoors for the majority of the day comes with its own set of challenges. Your smartphone can help. With the right choice of apps, you can forget you're in such a confined space, get some exercise, and let your mind roam free. From socializing to exercise to checking up…

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This Is the Cozy Catastrophe Americans Have Always Wanted

Here’s a little secret about the coronavirus crisis: If you and your loved ones are healthy and financially secure—for now—then some not-so-small part of you might just be enjoying this whole thing. Lazy days at home, ALL CAPS headlines, desolate parking lots, that warm-and-fuzzy-end-of-the-world feeling. The turmoil is thrilling from afar. The internet works just fine. And, let’s be honest, you needed a break from the daily grind. These pandemic days flow by in waves of exhilaration and stillness. Who knew a trip to the grocery store could be so…

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The Nonprofits and Companies Helping to Fight the Pandemic

It’s been a tough few weeks for everyone. At times, it can feel like the world is unraveling. Whether you’re dealing with sickness, social distancing, working from home for the first time, and/or trying to homeschool kids, it isn’t easy. We all want to get back to normal. We don’t know when that will be, and what normal will look like, but we wanted to point out a few of the organizations, companies, and brands (big and small) that are chipping in to help. While the government has been struggling…

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Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Melania Trump: The Inventor of Social Distancing

Some of our thickest-headed politicians have been passing the time by spreading nonsense about the coronavirus, Jimmy Kimmel said in the argued to Tucker Carlson on Monday that, in Kimmels words old people are willing to go to an early grave in order to help boost the stock market. And that doesnt make me noble or brave or anything like that, Patrick said on Fox News. No, it makes you an idiot, Kimmel replied, before adding, I shouldnt say it makes you an idiot. It reveals to us that you…

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While Many Restaurants Struggle, Here’s How One Is Thriving

Driving through eerily quiet Seattle on Friday, I tuned into an widely-echoed sentiment. Making the rush-hour trip in a fraction of the time it normally takes to cross town, I was on my way to see one of the only chefs I know who's offering a bit of hope. When the world is not under siege from a deadly virus, Eric Rivera runs Addo, a busy restaurant with constantly changing offerings, from inexpensive homestyle Puerto Rican to high-end, multi-course meals with wine pairings. Now, though, as despair has seized other…

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The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

The Jacob K. Javits Center occupies over 22 million square feet on the west side of New York City, a block or so down from where the Lincoln Tunnel splashes into the Hudson River. This week, it had been scheduled to host the World Floral Expo until coronavirus fears scuttled those and most other non-essential plans. Instead, thanks to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the convention center is being transformed into four field hospitals with a thousand total beds. And that’s only the beginning. Since its founding in…

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How ProMED Crowdsourced the Arrival of Covid-19 and SARS

It was about 8:30 pm on December 30, and Marjorie Pollack, a physician and epidemiologist, was working in her home office in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Her email pinged. In her inbox was a note from a frequent and reliable contributor to ProMED, an email list of disease alerts for which Pollack serves as deputy editor. The contributor, who speaks and reads Chinese, wanted her to know about a new post that was getting some attention on Weibo, a within-China social media network. The post said that a few hours earlier,…

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WIREDs Video Guide to Extreme Indoor Activities

Though it’s necessary to stay home and minimize person-to-person contact during a pandemic, the inescapable reality of “sheltering in place” is: It’s boring. The trick is to defeat the dullness. At WIRED, we’ve always loved a good indoor activity, and we’ve made lots of videos over the years of master-class practitioners doing everything from building world-record airplanes to Rube Goldberg-style kinetic art projects. Now you can find them all in one place—here! Whether you’re a restless kid, a stretched-thin parent, or just another citizen doing their part to slow the…

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Data Reveals the True Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Something was wrong with Malaysia’s internet. It was March 13, and the more Simon Angus looked at the data, the more he suspected that the country might be in the midst of a Wired UK This story originally appeared on asked Netflix to restrict high-definition streaming until the emergency is over.) Now, Angus’ scanning had detected that Malaysia’s internet had become allowed a religious mass gathering to go ahead in Kuala Lumpur. Once Covid-19 cases linked to the event started to emerge, the government scrambled to find all the attendees,…

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Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19and Silicon Valleys Into It

The chatter about a promising drug to fight Covid-19 started, as chatter often does (but science does not), on Twitter. A blockchain investor named James Todaro Google doc he’d cowritten, explaining the idea. What Is the Coronavirus? Plus: How can I avoid catching it? Is Covid-19 more deadly than the flu? Our in-house Know-It-Alls answer your questions. nearly a dozen drugs to treat coronavirus are in clinical trials in China, just one—remdesivir, an antiviral that was in trials against Ebola and the coronavirus MERS—is in linked to Todaro’s Google document;…

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