“Researchers at Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago have developed a novel wearable device and are creating a set of data algorithms specifically tailored to catch early signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 and to monitor patients as the illness progresses.” Read more about it Northwestern.
“A group of Japanese elementary schoolchildren found a creative workaround to the coronavirus quarantine which has prevented them and countless others from attending their end-of-year graduation ceremonies: building and holding their own ceremony in Minecraft.” Read more about it at MSN.
“About four days a week, 3rd grade teacher Karen Ruark and her two daughters drive to school to get some work done. Once they get there, Ruark parks the car—and they all pull out their laptops.
Ruark lives on Hoopers Island in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Her internet access is weak and unreliable, so she works in the parking lot of her school in Dorchester County to use the WiFi there. While Ruark posts messages to her students and downloads class materials, her daughters, who are both in high school, sit in the back seat and work on their assignments. Some days, they spend close to two hours in the car.” Read more about it at Education Week.
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by going to Google and playing their fun and educational game about bees. Soothing music accompanies your bee as it pollinates flowers and discovers interesting facts about the most important pollinator in the world.
A primary care doctor shares her tips with NPR on when to call your doctor and how to get the most out of your virtual visit:
- To get the most out of your initial call, try to summarize what’s going on in one or two sentences.
- Prepare for the conversation with your doctor by making a list of your issues.
- Keep track of when your symptoms started and if they’ve changed.
- Take and send a photo of obvious symptoms.
- Address routine issues before the visit such as medication refills, notes from a doctor that are required by your employer or insurer, or other paperwork may not even require a telemedicine visit.
- Sign up for your doctor’s online patient portal, if it’s offered — that’s the secure app that’s connected to your medical record,
- Be ready to talk with your doctor from a quiet place, avoid playing phone tag, and have health tech and equipment (thermometer, blood pressure cuff, etc.) on hand to use at your doctor’s request.
Get more detailed information at NPR.
California had a bunch of broken ventilators so its governor asked if San Jose-based Bloom Energy could repair them so coronavirus patients could breathe. Tavi, an engineer who grew up taking apart the family vacuum cleaner to see if he could put it back together, said he would sleep on it … read more about it at AP News.
Apple and Google collaborate with contact tracing while considering privacy issues . There will be no recording of where you were or when. The only thing you know is whether you’ve encountered someone who tested positive in the last 14 days with no revelation of who that person was. Read more about it at Engadget.
Labster, a virtual science lab, and other online edtech companies discount their online programs now hoping to secure contracts once schools start back up in the fall. Read more about it at TechCrunch.