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25 Investigates: Will There Be a Second Surge of the Novel Coronavirus in Massachusetts?

25 Investigates: Will There Be a Second Surge of the Novel Coronavirus in Massachusetts?

Boston 25 News, September 22, 2020

It’s been more than six months since the coronavirus was first detected in Massachusetts. The global pandemic has disrupted school, work, travel, sports and even friendships. Data from the Massachusetts Department of Health shows the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths has dropped significantly since it peaked last spring but the number of people with the virus has been steady or climbing for more than two months. More people are getting sick with COVID-19 than getting better.

Operation Warp Speed Plan Released for COVID Vaccine Distribution

Operation Warp Speed Plan Released for COVID Vaccine Distribution

Managed Healthcare Executive, September 22, 2020

Recently, the White House released its COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The two departments, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated their plan provides a “playbook” for state and local public health programs on how to plan and operationalize a vaccination program for COVID-19.

Strip Casinos Dominate COVID Tracing List; Cosmopolitan on Top

Strip Casinos Dominate COVID Tracing List; Cosmopolitan on Top

Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 19, 2020

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas topped reported locations of possible COVID-19 exposures in June, July and August in Southern Nevada, according to state disease investigation analyses obtained by the Review-Journal. The resort ranked first in each of five analyses, with other Strip hotel-casinos also near the top. The analyses — one conducted in July and the remainder in August — show that since hotel-casinos reopened in early June, they have consistently ranked higher as “possible exposure sites” than any other types of businesses in Clark County.

Keeping Coronavirus Vaccines at Subzero Temperatures During Distribution Will Be Hard, but Likely Key to Ending Pandemic

Keeping Coronavirus Vaccines at Subzero Temperatures During Distribution Will Be Hard, but Likely Key to Ending Pandemic

The Conversaiton, September 18, 2020

Just like a fresh piece of fish, vaccines are highly perishable products and must be kept at very cold, specific temperatures. The majority of COVID-19 vaccines under development – like the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines – are new RNA-based vaccines. If they get too warm or too cold they spoil. And, just like fish, a spoiled vaccine must be thrown away. So how do companies and public health agencies get vaccines to the people who need them?

Trump Contradicts CDC, Pledges 100 Millino Vaccines in 2020

Trump Contradicts CDC, Pledges 100 Millino Vaccines in 2020

YourSun.com, September 18, 2020

President Donald Trump touted vaccine distribution plans in a Friday news conference and pledged 100 million vaccine doses by the year's end, a promise that contradicts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most optimistic projections. "We will have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year, and likely much more than that," Trump said. "We expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April."

Last-Minute Deals Entice Travelers

Last-Minute Deals Entice Travelers

Good Morning America, September 18, 2020

With the loosening of change fees and the flexibility to work remotely, some travelers are considering booking last-minute getaways and holiday travel.

Ozarks Tonight: Herd Immunity

Ozarks Tonight: Herd Immunity

OzarksFirst.com, September 18, 2020

Brian Calfano sat down to talk with Julie Swan, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at North Carolina State as well as a CDC science advisor. The two talked about herd immunity, which is the point at which the public is protected from a virus because enough people are immune.

Troy Taylor: Clamoring for Fall Football

Troy Taylor: Clamoring for Fall Football

Review Atlas, September 17, 2020

Gov. J.B. Pritzker brought in two medical experts to act as his pulling guard and his tackle — using scientific reasoning to defend his decision not to allow contact youth sports. The governor has stood his ground in the pocket, unmoved by a vocal and persistent opposition. On the other side of the line are the coaches, parents and players that are part of the Let Us Play movement, who want fall football (and other sports) and they’re rushing in with rallies scheduled for Saturday in Chicago and Springfield.

State Health Authorities Worry About Slow Planning for Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

State Health Authorities Worry About Slow Planning for Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

The Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2020

As the Trump administration pushes ahead with its Covid-19 vaccine distribution plans, state health authorities are expressing concerns that the government hasn’t resolved critical issues, complicating their efforts to deliver any shots that get cleared for use to those most in need. The federal government released two vaccine-distribution plans this week, but state health officials, who will play a key role in immunization campaigns, say much work still needs to be done.

US Freezers Aren’t Cold Enough to Store One Major Coronavirus Vaccine

US Freezers Aren’t Cold Enough to Store One Major Coronavirus Vaccine

Quartz, September 17, 2020

Ultra-cold freezers are suddenly a hot commodity. One of the most advanced US coronavirus vaccines, created by Pfizer in partnership with BioNTech, has to be stored at -70° Celsius (-94° Fahrenheit), or around 30°C colder than the North Pole in winter. It’s far from certain that the vaccine will be approved for widespread distribution. But if it is, very few freezers go that cold.

With Big Ten Set to Resume Football This Fall, Why Won't Illinois High Schools Follow Suit?

With Big Ten Set to Resume Football This Fall, Why Won't Illinois High Schools Follow Suit?

Chicago Tribune, September 16, 2020

High school athletes across the Midwest are playing football this fall and the Big Ten announced Wednesday morning it would resume the sport, too. But Gov. J.B. Pritzker has slammed the door on the possibility that Illinois high school players will join in, saying football and other contact sports are still too risky in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kansas Could Approve $50 Million in COVID-19 Testing. Here's How it Might be Spent.

Kansas Could Approve $50 Million in COVID-19 Testing. Here's How it Might be Spent.

The Kansas City Star, September 16, 2020

Kansas may spend $50 million to provide residents easier, faster access to coronavirus testing in the months ahead — an expansion that will take place as people grapple with the twin threats of COVID-19 and the flu. Kansas has continued to struggle to establish the kind of quick, broad testing that some states have largely achieved more than six months into the pandemic. Kansas has one of the highest rates of positive tests in the country, a possible sign the state isn’t testing enough.

The AI Transformation of Finance

The AI Transformation of Finance

CIO Review, September 16, 2020

Managing money has traditionally involved more art than science. Investment managers would rely on instinct and experience to decide which opportunities are the best match for the needs of each client. This worked well enough for decades, but in the age of Big Data, we can certainly do better. Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), the industry has, within its grasp, the potential for a powerful expansion in capabilities. Now, all it takes is the will to embrace the cultural change needed to convert possibility into reality.

Merchants Can Build Their Own Businesses by Choosing the Right Daily Deal Platforms

Merchants Can Build Their Own Businesses by Choosing the Right Daily Deal Platforms

ixtenso, September 15, 2020

Researchers from the University of Maryland and Harvard University analyzed the bargaining process between the daily deal platforms Groupon as well as LivingSocial and merchants to identify the trade-offs made by both parties during the transaction to achieve their goals. While merchants may have less leverage and sacrifice certain net profits for the short term when selling their goods or services on the larger platforms, they can win in the long run by adding new customers and creating the opportunity for future sales to a larger customer base.

How Mathematics Can Help You Vote This November

How Mathematics Can Help You Vote This November

The Hill, September 14, 2020

We are just under two months before Election Day. As voters weigh the choices, mathematics offers a clue in how you should cast your vote in November. Every decision we make is weighed amongst several criteria. When we opt for the fries over the salad, the satisfying taste of greasy potatoes outweighs the health benefits of greens and fiber. Other days, we pick the apple over the apple pie, for the exact opposite reason. These choices are made with limited thought, often more by impulse rather than with sound reason. 

Should a Covid-19 Vaccine Be Mandatory for Kids? Health Experts Are Trying to Decide

Should a Covid-19 Vaccine Be Mandatory for Kids? Health Experts Are Trying to Decide

Gizmodo, September 14, 2020

As the race to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus that causes covid-19 continues, a crucial question is on the horizon: Should a successful vaccine be made mandatory for children entering school? In a new paper out Monday, a group of experts argue that it’s still too early to answer the question definitively, but they outline several important criteria needed for a childhood covid-19 vaccine to be deemed required.

Driving Robust Decision Making: General Motors Seeks Academic Expertise

Driving Robust Decision Making: General Motors Seeks Academic Expertise

PennState, September 14, 2020

In the automotive industry, content decisions ranging from engine selection to the style of seats can affect a vehicle’s market sales. Automakers need to anticipate vehicle trims and options that customers will want to purchase from dealer lots. Failing to deliver the preferred combinations of content features may cause General Motors (GM) to lose customers to competitors or experience delayed purchases.

Monday's Lethargy Could Affect Your Amazon Orders: Study

Monday's Lethargy Could Affect Your Amazon Orders: Study

The Bulletin Time, September 14, 2020

It’s no secret that we’re all very slow on Mondays, but now a serious study claims that “bad Monday” could negatively affect how long it will take for your next order to arrive from Amazon — or from any other online retailer, for the case. “Monday sickness” is the documented depression that occurs when you resume work after the weekend. It has been shown to have a negative impact on productivity and human psychology, among other things. Now researchers from Lehigh University, the University of Maryland, and the University of California, San Diego, have shown that it also has a negative impact on supply chains and the speed with which your latest shipment of disposable dishwashers will arrive from the nearest warehouse.