The Daily Dose: Thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak, America’s digital divide has never been clearer

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With concerns about London going into lockdown rampant, British authorities have played down the possibility. Unfortunately Prime Minister Boris Johnson refuse to rule out the measure so it appears as if apprehension will continue. The government released its official COVID-19 stats. As per The Guardian, “A further 29 people have died in England from Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England to 128, NHS England said. It takes the UK total to 133 from 105 on Wednesday. Northern Ireland reported its first death today and there three more casualties in Scotland.”

Russia has reported its first COVID-19 death. As per, RT, “A 79-year-old woman, with numerous underlying health conditions, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 has died in an infectious disease hospital in Moscow, the agency for monitoring the situation with the disease reports. The cause of death was pneumonia against the background of other very severe health problems, including type 2 diabetes, arterial hypertension, coronary heart disease, and arteriosclerosis among other things.” Russia closed its borders to Chinese visitors early on the pandemic and has been conspicuous in its lack of reported cases.

New data coming out of Europe and the United States is highlighting a popular misconception about SARS-CoV-2 infections. Contrary to beliefs, people younger than 65 years old are proving very susceptible to the novel coronavirus. “An analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday underlines a message that infectious disease experts have been emphasizing: Millennials are not invincible. The new data show that up to one-fifth of infected people ages 20-44 have been hospitalized, including 2%-4% who required treatment in an intensive care unit.”

In many instances, visualizations offer the most succinct and effective explanations for data sets. Nature selected four charts from the seemingly infinite COVID-19 choices available that communicate the scope of the current pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many of the social, political, and economic inequalities that usually go unnoticed. The closure of schools in the United States has forced teachers and students to continue lessons online. Unfortunately, many children do not have access to broadband, whether it be an infrastructure issue or an economic one. As per CNET, “The Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 21 million people in the US don’t have a broadband connection with download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second. That includes nearly three in 10 people, or about 27%, who live in rural areas where broadband infrastructure simply isn’t available. It also includes about 2% of people who live in cities where broadband is available but who aren’t subscribed to service.”

If you thought Turducken was a modern invention, think again. Seems like Mother Nature beat us to it. There are even fossils to prove it. As per Science, “Whereas the earliest birds, like the 150-million-year old Archaeopteryx, look very different from today’s, the new fossil has clear characteristics of modern land and waterfowl, perhaps offering a glimpse of their common ancestor. Discovered near the Dutch town of Maastricht, in famous fossil beds that formed between 66.8 million and 66.7 million years ago, the turducken lived just before the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs.”

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