New York Times: How to Make College Decisions When Campuses Are Closed. “With coronavirus closings, tours for admitted students are off the table. Here are some workarounds in this time of social distancing.”
Google Blog: COVID-19: How we’re continuing to help. “For 21 years, Google’s mission has been to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Helping people get the right information to stay healthy is more important than ever in the face of a global pandemic like COVID-19. Since my last update, we’ve accelerated our work to help people stay safe, informed and connected. Here are the latest developments in our ongoing global response.”
The Conversation: How to flatten the curve of coronavirus, a mathematician explains. “This general concept of slowing the virus’s spread has been termed “flattening the curve” by epidemiologists – experts who study how often diseases occur in different populations, and why. The term has become widespread on social media as the public is encouraged to practise ‘social distancing’. But how does social distancing help to flatten the curve? We can explain by referring to what mathematicians call ‘exponential growth’.
CNET: Coronavirus vaccines and treatment: Everything you need to know. “Since it was first discovered as the causative agent of the new disease, scientists have been racing to get a better understanding of the virus’ genetic makeup, how it infects cells and how to effectively treat it. Currently there’s no cure and medical specialists can only treat the symptoms of the disease. However, the long-term strategy to combat COVID-19, which has spread to every continent on Earth besides Antarctica, will be to develop a vaccine.”
NME: Australian music industry reports nearly $50million in lost income due to coronavirus and bushfires so far
NME: Australian music industry reports nearly $50million in lost income due to coronavirus and bushfires so far. “A new website has in the span of two days logged nearly $50million in lost income due to coronavirus- and bushfire-related cancellations. These numbers come from ILostMyGig.net.au, which was launched by the Australian Music Industry Network and the Australian Festivals Association on Saturday, March 14 as a way of tracking the Aussie music industry’s financial losses.”
SingularityHub: Coronavirus: Seven Ways Collective Intelligence Is Tackling the Pandemic. “Advances in digital technologies have transformed what can be achieved through collective intelligence in recent years—connecting more of us, augmenting human intelligence with machine intelligence, and helping us to generate new insights from novel sources of data. It is particularly suited to addressing fast-evolving, complex global problems such as disease outbreaks. Here are seven ways it is tackling the coronavirus pandemic.”
Amazing Educational Resources: Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
It started off as a Google Sheet and then it moved to its own domain because it got really, really big: Amazing Educational Resources. It’s described on the front page as “Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings (Updated) : Amazing Educational Resources.” There are also links to a Facebook support group.
Phys .org: How do I include my pets in my family’s emergency planning for COVID-19?. “The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has created a helpful toolkit on how to include pets in preparedness planning for house fires, natural disasters, and other emergencies. I recommend reviewing the AVMA’s pet-evacuation kit checklist for a list of items to have on hand—and stocking up on two weeks’ worth of food, water, medicines, flea and tick prevention, kitty litter (if needed), and cleaning supplies for your pet.”
Information is Beautiful: COVID-19 #CoronaVirus Infographic Datapack. Regularly-updated information about COVID-19: rates of infection, media mentions, contagiousness, etc.
From PBS Kids on Twitter: “Is your child’s school closed due to COVID-19? PBS KIDS is launching a weekday newsletter to share activities and tips you can use to keep your child playing and learning at home.”
Playbill: Metropolitan Opera, After Shutting Its Doors, Will Offer Free Streams From Live in HD Catalog
Playbill: Metropolitan Opera, After Shutting Its Doors, Will Offer Free Streams From Live in HD Catalog. “Beginning March 16, the Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the closure. The performances, originally captured as live broadcasts in movie theatres worldwide, will begin at 7:30 PM from the company’s homepage. (The featured performances—and several others—are available via the Met Opera on Demand subscription service, though the videos in the nightly series will be made available for free for 20 hours following the initial stream).”
The Next Web: Porn sites have turned coronavirus into a viral marketing scheme — and it’s working. “While the coronavirus pandemic is forcing governments across the world to put entire nations under lockdown, adult entertainment companies have found a way to spin this health crisis into yet another opportunity to make you watch more porn — and according to data, the strategy is working.”
BusinessWire: OpenSesame Offers Free Access to Coronavirus Preparedness and Remote Work Training (PRESS RELEASE)
BusinessWire: OpenSesame Offers Free Access to Coronavirus Preparedness and Remote Work Training (PRESS RELEASE). “OpenSesame, the global elearning innovator, announced unlimited free access to coronavirus preparedness and remote work training for any organization through 15 May 2020. The offer includes elearning courses in multiple languages on preventing coronavirus and other illnesses as well as working and managing employees remotely.”
Audubon: The Joy of Birds. “Birds bring us happiness in so many ways—especially in trying times. Whether you’re just looking for a lift, unable to enjoy the outdoors, or in desperate need of distraction, look no further than this birdy care package, from Audubon to you.” Photography, humor, activities, virtual tours…