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Daily Archives: March 16, 2020

So We’re Working From Home. Can the Internet Handle It?

The New York Times – With millions of people working and learning from home during the pandemic, internet networks are set to be strained to the hilt. “..As millions of people across the United States shift to working and learning from home this week to limit the spread of the coronavirus, they will test internet networks with one of the biggest mass behavior changes that the nation has experienced. That is set to strain the internet’s underlying infrastructure, with the burden likely to be particularly felt in two areas: the home networks that people have set up in their residences, and the home internet services from Comcast, Charter and Verizon that those home networks rely on. That infrastructure is generally accustomed to certain peaks of activity at specific times of the day, such as in the evening when people return from work and get online at home. But the vast transfer of work and learning to people’s homes will show new heights of internet use, with many users sharing the same internet connections throughout the day and using data-hungry apps that are usually reserved for offices and schools…”

Excellent Presentation on Latest COVID-19 Research Hygiene Tips and Treatment Options “From Stanford professor of neurobiology and bioengineering Michael Lin, this is an excellent 31-page PDF presentation (Slideshare) on what we know about COVID-19 so far and how to deal with it, with extensive references to the latest research (as of 3/15). I’m going to include a few of the most interesting and important slides… Continue Reading

Best Twitter accounts to follow for reliable information on coronavirus

Fortune: “In the face of a global pandemic like the coronavirus, one of the best defenses is staying armed with information. Misinformation is spreading quickly and easily as the world faces all the anxiety around COVID-19. That makes it hard to decipher what is real and what is fake, particularly on social media, where most… Continue Reading

Sharing Courses not Viruses – Educational Innovators Respond to COVID-19

Internet Archive Blogs – Kate Tairyan, MD, MPH  – “The University of Washington’s (UW) Seattle campus is about 5 miles as the vector flies from Kirkland’s “Life Care Center,” the now ironically named the first epicenter of North America’s COVID-19 epidemic. And on March 6, after >25,000 people had signed a petition to stop in-person… Continue Reading

White House Takes New Line After Dire Report on Death Toll

The New York Times: “Sweeping new federal recommendations announced on Monday for Americans to sharply limit their activities appeared to draw on a dire scientific report warning that, without action by the government and individuals to slow the spread of coronavirus and suppress new cases, 2.2 million people in the United States could die. To… Continue Reading

LexisNexis Offers Free Comprehensive COVID-19 News Coverage

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, today announced two free resources from Law360® and Lexis Practice Advisor® to help legal professionals, lawmakers and business leaders become better informed and successfully navigate the legal issues and intricacies surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Law360 has launched a dedicated COVID-19 page containing… Continue Reading

Global Economic Effects of Covid-19: In Brief

EveryCRSReport – Global Economic Effects of Covid-19: In Brief March 13, 2020 – March 16, 2020 – Since the Covid-19 outbreak was first diagnosed, it has spread to over 100 countries and almost all U.S. states. The virus is having a noticeable impact on global economic growth. Estimates so far indicate the virus could trim… Continue Reading

Step Away from the 24-Hour News Cycle

Outside – It’s never a bad time to re-evaluate your digital addiction: “…Jim Davies, a professor of Cognitive Science at Carleton University, says that everything about the news—from the dramatic headlines to the riveting background music to the colors on the screen (lots of red, which experts agree is one of, if not the most, emotionally charged… Continue Reading