CNN: As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns

CNN: As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns. “Hospitals across the United States continue to be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients; in New York, patient beds line the hallways of some facilities, morgues are overflowing and supplies like ventilators are in short supply. As a result, an increasing number of hospitals are banning or limiting visitations to nurseries specializing in the care of ill or premature newborns — a demographic that is particularly vulnerable to contracting outside sicknesses.”

NAACP and BET Present: A COVID-19 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL SERIES (BET)

BET: NAACP and BET Present: A COVID-19 VIRTUAL TOWN HALL SERIES. “To address the ways in which Covid-19 is impacting Black people specifically, the NAACP and BET are partnering for a four-part virtual town hall series called Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series Powered by NAACP & BET. The town hall will be focused on how the pandemic is affecting African Americans and what steps the community can take to build an action plan for positive change. The first town hall kicks-off on Wednesday, April 8, at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT, and will focus on the health, emotional, economic toll, congressional response and how activists can apply pressure to ensure legislation is equitable.”

Road|Show: How to effectively clean the inside of your car if you’re worried about COVID-19

Road|Show: How to effectively clean the inside of your car if you’re worried about COVID-19. “If the coronavirus outbreak has you cleaning up against bacteria and viruses, your car can prove a real challenge. It has lots of fussy nooks and crannies, all crammed into a closed space shared by multiple people. I recently showed you some new tech that will use ultraviolet light to keep cars sanitary, but in the meantime let’s go after germs in your car with solutions we have right now.”

CNET: Senators raise privacy questions about Google’s COVID-19 tracker

CNET: Senators raise privacy questions about Google’s COVID-19 tracker. “Two US senators want to make sure Google’s COVID-19 tracker isn’t infringing on millions of people’s privacy. In a letter sent to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday, Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal raised questions about how the tech giant’s tracker is ensuring that the location data it’s collecting and presenting stays confidential.”

Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Protect Your Right to Vote From the Coronavirus (Mother Jones)

Mother Jones: Exclusive: Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Protect Your Right to Vote From the Coronavirus. “Today, Warren is releasing a new plan—shared in advance exclusively with Mother Jones—that calls for a series of provisions in Congress’ next coronavirus recovery package that would protect voters’ ability to safely cast a ballot during the pandemic. The proposals would require states to mail a ballot to every registered voter with a prepaid return envelope, as is standing practice in states like Oregon and Washington; outline $4 billion in federal funding to help states transition to universal vote-by-mail before November (10 times what Congress allocated in its first recovery package); and say states should refrain from removing voters from registration rolls unless they can prove the person has moved or died since it will be very difficult for anyone removed to reregister during the outbreak.”

Filth in a time of handwashing: why lockdown erotica is the hottest trend in publishing (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Filth in a time of handwashing: why lockdown erotica is the hottest trend in publishing. “You can’t write traditional erotica now because it wouldn’t ring true. There are no chance encounters any more. The plumber doesn’t come to visit. Your personal trainer has to stay two metres from you. Your babysitter has been declared nonessential. Your child’s teacher now gives you feedback solely through Google Classroom. Erotica has to adapt, or it will die.”