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COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources

“[On April 23, 2020] the U.S. Census Bureau released a new resource page on to help federal agencies, businesses and communities make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the Census Bureau’s resource pages created during natural disasters, this resource page includes information on population demographics, economic indicators and businesses. It features a new interactive data hub that centralizes data previously released from the American Community Survey and the County Business Patterns program to facilitate users’ access to data useful in pandemic-related decision-making. The data hub, released as a beta version, will be updated periodically as the situation changes and as feedback is received from users.

The data hub provides four interactive features:

  •  The COVID-19 Impact Report allows users to browse dashboards with demographic and business data for the nation, states and counties. Information is presented in an interactive visualization that allows for further exploration and downloading.
  • The Demographic and Economic Analysis feature provides selected statistics in an interactive map that can be incorporated into users’ own maps.
  • The Highlighted Datasets allow users to access even more of these key data in an interactive map that includes further details down to the census tract level.
  • The Categorical Datasets search allows users to select a data theme and to find and download (in map service and Excel formats) the census data that interests them…”

This 3-D Simulation Shows Why Social Distancing Is So Important

The New York Times – “Public health experts and elected officials have emphasized again and again that social distancing is the best tool we have to slow the coronavirus outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people to stay home. If you must venture out, you should stay at least six feet away… Continue Reading

How Virus Surveillance And Civil Liberties Could Collide

Law360: “…“Do you give up a little liberty to get a little protection?” [per Dr. Anthony Fauci]…The answer seems to be yes in at least 23 countries, where dozens of “digital contact tracing” apps have already been downloaded more than 50 million times. Authorities in Australia, India, the United Kingdom and Italy are also deploying… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 25, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 25, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

A Non-Scientist’s Primer on Testing for COVID-19

Medium: “Broadly, there are two types of tests, doing two very different things in two different ways. There are others, also, but these are the two you’ll be doing, and hearing a lot about. There’s 1) diagnostic tests (sometimes called “tests”), and 2) serological tests (sometimes called “antibody tests.”) They’re easy to confuse if you’re… Continue Reading

‘Quarantine fatigue’: Americans venturing out against coronavirus stay-at-home orders

Washington Post – Social Distancing Decreasing Across the Country: “Researchers tracking smartphone data say they recently made a disturbing discovery: For the first time since states began implementing stay-at-home orders in mid-March to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, Americans are staying home less. The nationwide shift during the week of April 13 was… Continue Reading

NYPL – ‘We may need to quarantine our books’ when libraries reopen

New York Public Library CEO – “To reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, Americans may continue social distancing for many more months — but such precautions could last even longer for books kept at the nation’s libraries, said Tony Marx, the chief executive of the New York Public Library, the largest public library system in… Continue Reading

What You Should Know About Online Tools During the COVID-19 Crisis

EFF: “A greater portion of the world’s work, organizing, and care-giving is moving onto digital platforms and tools that facilitate connection and productivity: video conferencing, messaging apps, healthcare and educational platforms, and more. It’s important to be aware of the ways these tools may impact your digital privacy and security during the COVID-19 crisis. Here… Continue Reading

Get Lost in the Stacks of These Stunning Libraries You Can Virtually Tour

House Beautiful: “There’s nothing better than getting lost in a stack of books—bonus if it’s amidst impressive architecture. Given that it’s currently National Library Week, there is no better time to visit (albeit virtually) some of the most impressive libraries in the world. Below, House Beautiful has rounded up a list of virtual tours of… Continue Reading