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AppleMagazine #441

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4 Min.
modeling coronavirus: ‘uncertainty is the only certainty’

A statistical model cited by the White House generated a slightly less grim figure this week for a first wave of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. — a projection designed to help officials plan for the worst, including having enough hospital staff, beds and ventilators. The only problem with this bit of relatively good news? It’s almost certainly wrong. All models are wrong. Some are just less wrong than others — and those are the ones that public health officials rely on. Welcome to the grimace-and-bear-it world of modeling. “The key thing is that you want to know what’s happening in the future,” said NASA top climate modeler Gavin Schmidt. “Absent a time machine you’re going to have to use a model.” Weather forecasters use models. Climate scientists use them. Supermarkets…

2 Min.
cdc considers loosening guidelines for some exposed to virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering changing its guidelines for self-isolation to make it easier for those who have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus to return to work if they are without symptoms. The public health agency, in conjunction with the White House coronavirus task force, is considering an announcement as soon as Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence said. Under the proposed guidance, people who are exposed to someone infected would be allowed back on the job if they have no symptoms, test their temperature twice a day and wear a face mask, said a person familiar with the proposal under consideration. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss the draft because it had not been finalized and described the proposal on the condition of anonymity. The…

4 Min.
local newspapers are facing their own coronavirus crisis

Just when Americans need it most, a U.S. newspaper industry already under stress is facing an unprecedented new challenge. Readers desperate for information are more reliant than ever on local media as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S. They want to know about cases in their area, where testing centers are, what the economic impact is. Papers say online traffic and subscriptions have risen -- the latter even when they’ve lowered paywalls for pandemic-related stories. But newspapers and other publications are under pressure as advertising craters. They are cutting jobs, staff hours and pay, dropping print editions -- and in some cases shutting down entirely. Circulation and web traffic are up at the Sun Chronicle, a daily in Attleboro, Massachusetts, as it scrambles to cover the coronavirus pandemic. It’s “all we do,” said…

2 Min.
alaska residents urged to complete census online, by phone

An Alaska official trying to promote participation in the national census has urged residents to file their forms online and by phone as the state falls behind the national response average. The push for remote filing comes as efforts by the U.S. Census Bureau to collect residency data have been been hampered by the cornoavirus pandemic, Alaska Public Media reported. The outbreak prompted the agency to close field offices and delay door-to-door interviews. The national response rate stands at nearly 43%, but less than 27% of Alaska households have completed the form. Many Alaska residents who have been waiting for visits from census takers are unaware they can file without the visits, Cook Inlet Housing Authority Chief Operating Officer Gabe Layman said. “People in remote Alaska were not notified that they could respond online, because…

2 Min.
microsoft engineer adapts fan-tracking app for covid-19 use

A Microsoft engineer who designed an app to track North Dakota State University football fans on their annual trek to Texas for the national championship has taken that concept and applied it to contact tracing for the coronavirus. The Care19 app is meant to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by retracing the steps of people who test positive for the virus, in order to find others who may have had contact with the sick person and also collect data to help with modeling, Gov. Doug Burgum said Tuesday during his daily briefing. “This is a way that every North Dakotan can save lives by downloading the Care19 app,” Burgum said. Tim Brookins, 55, a principal software engineer at Fargo’s Microsoft campus and CEO of sports app software company ProudCrowd, came up with…

7 Min.
reinvent yourself: finding new ways to make money

Though millions of professionals are relying on technology to adapt to working from home, others do not have that luxury, with their jobs on the line due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no end in sight, making the best of your circumstances and utilizing your talents during quarantine could help you to unlock a revenue stream and turn a side hustle into a career. CHANGING EVERY PART OF OUR LIVES As the coronavirus spreads to all four corners of the globe, businesses and individuals are beginning to feel the pinch. The airline industry has, quite literally, fallen from the sky, bars and restaurants have been forced to close in many countries, and actors, barbers, beauty therapists, and personal trainers are just some of the entrepreneurs who are suffering the most. Entering these…