MLive: University of Michigan develops web app to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms

MLive: University of Michigan develops web app to screen people for COVID-19 symptoms. “MI Symptoms is allowing more than 2,500 employers across Michigan meet state guidelines to screen employees before entering the workplace, according to a news release. The application was built by students, staff and alumni from the College of Engineering and the Public Health school to also help provide data for the state, industry decision-makers and the public during the pandemic.”

Gustavus Adolphus College: SSRC Grant Explores COVID-19’s Impact on Marginalized Communities

Gustavus Adolphus College: SSRC Grant Explores COVID-19’s Impact on Marginalized Communities. “A Minnesota-based research team led by Gustavus Adolphus College history professor Maddalena Marinari has been awarded a Rapid-Response Grant on COVID-19 and the Social Sciences by The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to explore the impact of COVID-19 on African, Asian, and Latinx immigrant and refugee communities.”

Wave3 News: Kentucky launches K-12 COVID-19 dashboard

Wave3 News: Kentucky launches K-12 COVID-19 dashboard. “Kentucky has launched a new tool that will allow the public to see how many coronavirus cases are in schools. The K-12 COVID-19 dashboard visualizes self-reported data to give decision-makers and parents critical information that could impact their families. It provides case information from the state level down to individual buildings.”

Coronavirus: The major events that could be cancelled due to COVID-19 (9News Australia)

9News (Australia): Coronavirus: The major events that could be cancelled due to COVID-19. “As Australia continues to enforce tough restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19, key events normally enjoyed by thousands could be canned. With festival season usually in full swing, sports finals on the way and Christmas only three months away, you may be wondering whether your favourite end-of-year events will be possible.” If I did every “so-and-so event is cancelled” story I find, I would do nothing else. This is a substantial roundup of big Australian events.

Tulane University: Google search data reveals major panic attack issue, Tulane study shows

Tulane University: Google search data reveals major panic attack issue, Tulane study shows. “The team used Google Trends to analyze an extensive list of mental health-related terms that people searched for before and after the World Health Organization issued a pandemic declaration on March 11, 2020. They found a major jump in searches related to anxiety, panic attacks and treatments for panic attacks, especially remote and self-care techniques, in the weeks following the pandemic declaration.”

Fox 25: Oklahoma launching new app to alert people of recent COVID-19 exposure

Fox 25: Oklahoma launching new app to alert people of recent COVID-19 exposure. “A new exposure notification app being launched by the Oklahoma State Health Department will soon be able to alert users if they’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, helping slow the spread of the virus.”

The Harvard Crimson: HMS Researchers Develop New Tool for Early Detection of Local-Level COVID-19 Outbreaks

The Harvard Crimson: HMS Researchers Develop New Tool for Early Detection of Local-Level COVID-19 Outbreaks. “The COVID-19 Outbreak Detection Tool — which was developed in partnership with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgia Tech, and Boston Medical Center — includes an interactive map dashboard that color codes counties by predicted COVID-19 case count doubling time. The tool also includes a ‘data explorer’ table which can sort counties by a variety of relevant parameters, such as 14-day new case trends or average daily cases in the past week.”

‘Maskne’: How to fight face mask breakouts (BBC)

BBC: ‘Maskne’: How to fight face mask breakouts. “Face masks and face coverings are compulsory in shops, on public transport and in many people’s jobs but for some, they’re taking a lot of getting used to. One of the problems they’re causing is ‘maskne’ or mask-related acne. Consultant dermatologist Dr Sivanie Sewell has some tips on what you can do to prevent spots when wearing a mask but also how to deal with breakouts should you get one.”

EurekAlert: Making raw data more usable

EurekAlert: Making raw data more usable. “Computers play a significant role in data science and analysis, but despite their speed and accuracy, they are unable to understand nuance and mitigating factors that could make raw data more usable. Gautam Das, a computer science professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, is leading a team of researchers working to address that shortcoming by increasing the role of humans in the data science pipeline.”

New York Times: What’s the Plan if Trump Tweets That He’s Won Re-election?

New York Times: What’s the Plan if Trump Tweets That He’s Won Re-election?. “Imagine: It’s midnight, and the electoral map looks quite red. But news networks and election officials aren’t calling the swing states, as this year’s record numbers of mail-in and absentee ballots have yet to be fully counted. Mr. Trump, leading in the popular vote, decides he’s seen enough. He takes to his social media platforms and declares that he has won re-election and will accept no other result. He tells his tens of millions of followers that the Democrats and the press will try to change the result and steal the election. The door to unrest and constitutional crisis swings wide open.”

DCist: D.C. Gave Cash Assistance To Undocumented Workers. It Barely Covered Essentials

DCist: D.C. Gave Cash Assistance To Undocumented Workers. It Barely Covered Essentials. “In June, Silvia Cordon heard about a new city program from her youngest son’s teacher. The program, called DC Cares, would provide undocumented workers left unemployed by the pandemic $1,000 in direct cash assistance. Cordon, a 42-year-old single mother who emigrated from Guatemala in 2017, was intrigued: She’d been laid off as a hotel housekeeper after COVID-19 hit and was struggling to pay her bills, including her $600 monthly rent for a room she shares with her 14-year-old son. So, with the teacher’s help, she applied for the program online.”

Barron’s: China Search Engine Sogou To Be Taken Private By Tencent

Barron’s: China Search Engine Sogou To Be Taken Private By Tencent. “Chinese search engine Sogou confirmed Tuesday it would be taken private by tech giant Tencent, in a deal that values the US-listed firm at around $3.5 billion. The announcement comes a day after Chinese internet giant Sina Corp, parent company of the country’s Twitter-like platform Weibo, said it would be taken private.”

Yahoo News: Trump promised 300 million N95 masks by September. He isn’t even close.

Yahoo News: Trump promised 300 million N95 masks by September. He isn’t even close.. “The Trump administration is falling far short of its goal of having 300 million N95 respirators available in time for the flu season, according to internal documents reviewed by Yahoo News. Though the supply of N95 respirators has greatly increased in the last several months, it is at a little less than one-third of promised levels.”