AI tool searches thousands of scientific papers to guide researchers to coronavirus insights

The scientific community is churning out vast quantities of research about the coronavirus pandemic – far too much for researchers to absorb. An AI system aims to do the heavy lifting for them.

John Dagdelen, Graduate Student Researcher, Persson Group, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence covid-19 coronavirus science new-coronavirus research-brief research biomedical-research scientific-inquiry search

How Apple and Google will let your phone warn you if you've been exposed to the coronavirus

Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible for people to get alerts on their phones when they've been exposed to the coronavirus. Adding the right cryptography scheme keeps those alerts private.

David Starobinski, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity pandemic new-coronavirus privacy contact-tracing smart-phones wireless bluetooth smart-phone-apps contact-tracing-app

Robots are playing many roles in the coronavirus crisis – and offering lessons for future disasters

Robots are helping health care workers and public safety officials more safely and quickly treat coronavirus patients and contain the pandemic. They have something in common: They're tried and tested.

Vignesh Babu Manjunath Gandudi, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: robotics covid-19 coronavirus robots automation pandemic quarantine disaster public-safety hospitals healthcare new-coronavirus drones disinfection

We're measuring online conversation to track the social and mental health issues surfacing during the coronavirus pandemic

America's news reports and social media chatter open a window into the nation's psyche. An AI-based text analysis of these words shows that the coronavirus is driving up familiar social ills.

Amit Sheth, Founding Director, Artificial Intelligence Institute, University of South Carolina • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence mental-health covid-19 coronavirus depression big-data pandemic social-distancing alcoholism new-coronavirus research-brief domestic-violence drug-addiction

Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity

After your body fights off an infection, antibodies remain in your blood. Two researchers explain how tests identify these antibodies and what the data can be used for.

Daniel Stadlbauer, Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus antibodies sars-cov-2 immunity coronavirus-2020 new-coronavirus blood plasma blood-test

Videoconferencing keeps people connected while the coronavirus keeps them inside – but privacy and security are far from perfect

Zoom's privacy and security shortcomings are just the latest videoconferencing vulnerabilities. Knowing each platform's risks can help people avoid many of the downsides of virtual gatherings.

Elizabeth Stoycheff, Associate Professor of Communication, Wayne State University • conversation
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity internet pandemic quarantine online-learning zoom new-coronavirus whatsapp privacy skype online-privacy online-security security passwords distance-learning video-conferencing home-office two-factor-authentication

Digital surveillance can help bring the coronavirus pandemic under control – but also threatens privacy

Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.

Jennifer Daskal, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Technology, Law & Security Program, American University • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~9 min

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Three graphs that show a global slowdown in COVID-19 deaths

These graphs reveal something you may have not seen illustrated before.

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  new-coronavirus  graphs

Coronavirus case counts are going to go up – but that doesn't mean social distancing is a bust

COVID-19 has a long incubation time, and testing can take days to get results. Don't let continually rising case numbers make you give up on staying at home.

Abram Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~6 min

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What the coronavirus does to your body that makes it so deadly

The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, spreads faster than the H1N1 influenza virus and is much deadlier. SARS-CoV-2 is particularly skilled at keeping cells from calling out for help.

Benjamin Neuman, Professor of Biology, Texas A&M University-Texarkana • conversation
April 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  influenza  infectious-diseases  epidemiology  covid-19  coronavirus  immune-system  pandemic  blood-pressure  vaccines  sars-cov-2  viruses  new-coronavirus  mers-cov  virology

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