Phys .org: Most laws ignore human-wildlife conflict—this makes us vulnerable to pandemics

Phys .org: Most laws ignore human-wildlife conflict—this makes us vulnerable to pandemics. “The current available evidence indicates COVID-19 was first transmitted in a wildlife market in Wuhan. The disease likely originated in pangolins, bats, or a combination of both and was then transmitted to humans. While various commentators have blamed pangolins, bats, or even our lack of ‘mastery’ of wildlife, the real cause of this pandemic goes deeper—into the laws, cultures and institutions of most countries.”

Phys .org: Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires

Phys .org: Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires. “They are two disasters that require opposite responses: To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters must work in close quarters for weeks at a time. Wildfires have already broken out in Texas and Florida, and agencies are scrambling to finish plans for a new approach. They are considering waivers for some training requirements to previously-certified crew members, and moving some training online.”

CNET: TikTok pledges $250 million in COVID-19 aid

CNET: TikTok pledges $250 million in COVID-19 aid. “TikTok has committed $250 million to coronavirus aid as of Thursday. According to a statement by TikTok’s president, Alex Zhu, the funds will go toward supporting ‘front line medical workers, educators, and local communities deeply affected by the global crisis.’”

Fox 28: School meal delivery and pick up services starting to reduce and stop across county

Fox 28: School meal delivery and pick up services starting to reduce and stop across county. “School bus drivers in Central Ohio are demanding better protection as they claim meal drop offs are exposing them to deadly coronavirus dangers. A day after Scoring Our Schools found out face masks weren’t mandatory for area districts continuing to serve meals, drivers wishing Westerville City Schools started calling in with concerns.” The headline says “county” but includes examples from across the country.

COVID Journalism: Episodes 1-3 (BuzzMachine)

BuzzMachine: COVID Journalism: Episodes 1-3. “In our Social Journalism program at the Newmark Journalism School, we believe community journalism must start with listening to the community. Well, science journalism must start with listening to the scientists. This is why I have been maintaining a COVID Twitter list of more than 500 credentialed, relevant experts. So I have spoken so far with an epidemiologist, an infectious disease expert, and a virologist. I will continue with other experts in more disciplines. Here are the first three interviews.”

Alabama Governor’s Office: Governor Ivey Launches New COVID-19 Search Engine Tool

Alabama Governor’s Office: Governor Ivey Launches New COVID-19 Search Engine Tool. “Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced the launch of a COVID-19 search engine tool that enhances the state’s official resource site, altogetheralabama.org. Through a public-private partnership between Yext and the state of Alabama, this innovative platform will provide real-time answers to questions about everything from the virus itself, through a symptom checker that was developed at UAB, to upcoming COVID-19 testing site locations.”

North Carolina State University: Visualization Tool Tracks COVID-19

North Carolina State University: Visualization Tool Tracks COVID-19. “How does where I live compare with other regions in reports of COVID-19 infections and deaths? When should we expect our region to start ‘flattening its curve,’ or showing declines in the number of COVID-19 cases? NC State analytics experts Christopher Healey and Susan Simmons built a visualization dashboard using publicly available data that shows these comparisons and predictions.”

BBC: Virus could push half a billion people into poverty

BBC: Virus could push half a billion people into poverty. “The economic fallout from coronavirus could increase global poverty by up to half a billion, Oxfam has warned. Using research by the Australian National University (ANU) and Kings College, London, the charity says it will be the first time poverty has risen globally in 30 years.”

BBC: Coronavirus fuels a surge in fake medicines

BBC: Coronavirus fuels a surge in fake medicines. “Growing numbers of fake medicines linked to coronavirus are on sale in developing countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. A BBC News investigation found fake drugs for sale in Africa, with counterfeiters exploiting growing gaps in the market.”

House Beautiful: Airlines Will Now Be Mandated to Provide Refunds to Passengers With Cancelled Flights Due to Coronavirus

House Beautiful: Airlines Will Now Be Mandated to Provide Refunds to Passengers With Cancelled Flights Due to Coronavirus. “If 2020 was supposed to be a big travel year for you but your plans got completely shattered by the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a silver lining: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has mandated that airlines give full refunds to passengers with cancelled flights or significant delays. The announcement comes after a series of complaints from ticketed passengers who were denied refunds and only offered vouchers or credits for future travel. The order applies to all flights to, within, or from the United States.”

Hartford Courant: Most New York coronavirus cases came from Europe, genomes show

Hartford Courant: Most New York coronavirus cases came from Europe, genomes show. “New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia. ‘The majority is clearly European,’ said Harm van Bakel, a geneticist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who co-wrote a study awaiting peer review.”

Backstage: These Orgs Are Helping Out-of-Work Actors Affected by Coronavirus

Backstage: These Orgs Are Helping Out-of-Work Actors Affected by Coronavirus. “The show must go on—and now you can watch it from your living room. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraging self-isolation to halt the coronavirus’ spread, those who are financially dependent on the television, film, and theater industries have seen their livelihoods flash before their eyes. But in true showbiz fashion, nobody is going down without a fight.”