Coronavirus: Can you get too much news?

When you turn on your TV, listen to the radio or even surf the internet you will be flooded by news of the Coronavirus.  Now don’t get me wrong staying up to date is important to help keep ourselves safe.  However, In the article “How Much News Is Too Much News These Days?” Dr. Carole Lieberman coins a term coronavirus stress syndrome. Researchers say that too much bad news may not be good for your mental state. Believe it or not it may even make you more vulnerable to catching the disease.  The more stressed you become the more your immune system is weakened.  So watching the news or surfing the internet seeing all this information about the virus may increase the feelings of hopelessness or anxiety that you may already be experiencing.  Now, I’m not saying to turn off the TV and stop surfing the internet completely because you do want to stay informed.  Just reduce your time online reading about the situation. You most likely spend to much time on the internet already.  To avoid seeing all news about the virus shut off your computers and do a puzzle or read a book.  It can do a body good.



by: Rashelle Brown

Drones could be crucial during pandemic

During this coronavirus pandemic, life has been completely altered for some people. Daily routines are completely different. People can’t just stop in a store and get what they need anymore or go get a haircut. But for some people it is more serious than that. People who are not in good health and usually have weekly or monthly doctor’s appointments or have to go to the pharmacy every couple days may have trouble getting there. Most doctor’s offices and pharmacies remain open, but there is a risk in going to them, especially for people who already have medical problems.

A San-Francisco based company called Zipline, plans to ease these stressors for people with chronic health issues. This company has been using drones to deliver medical supplies to hospitals and health care centers in Africa since 2016. They now are looking into expanding into the U.S. to help reduce risks of getting medical supplies and even free up hospital beds. In Africa, doctors are able to order supplies off of their phones and receive them quickly. The drones can make deliveries up to 50 miles away and can carry up to four pounds. They are delivered to the ground using small parachutes. Zipline was already planning to expand to the U.S. in 2020 but now hope to be able to help with the coronavirus pandemic. Technology like this might be able to make a huge difference during a time like this and can help stop the spread of the coronavirus by allowing people to stay in their homes.

YouTube Tightens Rules Around Corona Conspiracies

Many people may have already heard about the conspiracies surrounding COVID-19 symptoms, but to summarize: there are people arguing that the symptoms that we’ve been blaming on coronavirus have actually been caused by the construction of new 5G towers, supposedly the signal negatively affects the human body. Scientists and health experts vigorously deny this of course, but everyone is not convinced. Those who believe in the 5G theory have begun to spread media about the subject, including what they believe to be proof about the theory and “what they don’t want you to know”. YouTube, however, has chosen to stop the spread of this sort of media on its online platform. Its leaders have opted to remove all videos that claim corona was caused by the 5G towers. I think this has pros and cons. My biggest concern is that this may be a violation of free speech, deciding that conspiracy theorists need to be muted could be a grave precedent in the future of important controversial discussions, what else will YouTube begin to form restrictions on? Secondly, truthfully, this does not look good for YouTube assuming that their platform would greatly benefit from the construction of 5G towers (people could access their content faster). But I understand that the spread of disinformation can and will be disruptive to our country’s healing, and thus I understand the decision that they decided to make. I only hope that this move will not be, and at the very least will not need to be, repeated and for no reasons other than for the good of the public.

3D Printing to Help Combat Covid-19

With the corona virus affecting millions around the world, there has been a call to take preventative measures to stop the spread of the disease. One of these measures has been to wear face masks whenever you go out into public, however this measure is increasingly becoming harder to do with the shortage of face masks sweeping the globe. In class, we talked about 3d printing, and how you can pretty much fabricate anything if you have the right design logistics for it. Now in this time of need, many 3d printing designers and manufactures are starting to produce 3d printed masks and respirators for people to use. According to an article posted by the 3d Printing Industry, “professional AM providers, makers and designers in the 3D printing community have already begun to respond to the global crisis by volunteering their respective skills to ease the pressure on supply chains and governments” (3d Printing Industry). This illustrates the power that 3d printing can have on our lives, where it can help produce things that can help keep us safe during difficult times. It’s also just not masks and respirators that are being 3d printed to help combat Covid-19, but also needed hospital values, door handle attachments (to help stop the spread of germs), and hand sanitizer holders.

I believe that the corona virus has really started to show people the power that 3d printing can have to help make our lives easier. It has really started easing the pressure on placed on companies that are having supply-chain issues because of the virus, and it has started to produce items that everyday consumers can use as well. I believe that we are only on the forefront of what 3d printing is going to be able to do, and the coronavirus has only highlighted the benefits that 3d printing can bring. It will be interesting to see the role that 3d printing will play after the pandemic is finally over.

3D Printing Community responds to COVID-19 and Coronavirus resources

Tracking Apps and the Corona-Virus

Every day on the news you hear about a new way to either treat, test, or track COVID-19. Through all of the media missinformation that has been coming out lately, one idea has stayed prevalient and is being repeated all over the world. This is the idea of people downloading an app on their phone and being able to track if they have been in contact with someone who has had the virus. These tracking apps are being developed by the biggest tech companies in the world. The main two creators being Apple and Google. The people are worried about these apps though becuase this combines almost a social interaction with people’s health informaiton. There are many pros and cons to these kinds of apps. Two major pros would be that this would ideally slow the spread of the virus even more and it would limit your exposure to people that could possibly be infected. Two major cons to these apps would be that you are putting your health infromaiton out for others to see and that there is always the possiblity of that informaiton to be stolen once it is digitized.

The main question I want to ask the blog is, do people feel these apps are safe enough to use or are they a breach of personal privacy?

Google to Require Verification of Advertisers

According to the New York Times, in response to a number of disinformation campaigns related to the Corona Virus, Google will require perspective advertisers to verify that they are who they say they are. This policy is an expansion of their already existing policy regarding the verification of the identity of political advertisements.

Google has stated that they will begin with the verification of US companies before expanding the verification process internationally. They will be verifying thousands of companies per month but have already predicted that it will take them years before they are able to get to the international stage.

This is a good example of both security and ethics in IST. Because of the malicious intent of small parties, Google now has to spend a lot of resources to change their advertisement process to ensure their advertisements can be trustworthy.


Technology Changing Life in the Face of Corona-Virus

If you walk up to a building, how do you get inside? You find a door and grab the handle and go in right? Well in todays world with this virus that is spreading like wild fire through our country that does not seem like the safest option anymore because you do not know who all has touched that handle, when the last time it was cleaned, or if anyone who touched that handle is carrying this new virus. A gorup in FInland is now 3D printing their way around this problem by creating 3D printed hands free door handles. This idea was came about in the beginning in April and has been implemented in acouple of groccery stores in Finland and customers are really starting to like the idea. The group coming up with this design is also making the design schematics available online so that anyone who has a 3D printer is able to print these handles whether it is for your house, shed or your own business.


3D printer can help people do what

Recently, we learn about 3D print, and I see the classmate just writes about how people could print the cotton swab for medical material. I think it is a good idea, but I don’t think it is a useful way for everyone to make it at home. Firstly, is the material of 3D print safe for people to use for swab. As we know, mostly we need use the swab for the wound. If the material is toxic or bad, it would be bad for recover. And there must be a company to prove the codes for how make this swab. So, I want to know what else the 3D printer can help us. It is a useful techonolgy. But it has some disadvantages, like it takes long time, and good material costs lot. But the advantages are a lot too. So, are there other ways that 3D print techonolgy could be used for every people.

Home 3D printing will work in the following way: you need a collar for your dog, so you go online to one of the websites which has ready designed objects and choose a dog collar you like.  You personalise it, perhaps choosing the colour, putting your dog’s name on it and making it a bit larger because you’ve been overfeeding him.  Then you purchase the tailored design and it is downloaded to your printer on your kitchen table (via your computer) which immediately prints it out, ready to use.

Not all objects will be printable, there will be size limitations and complex objects like smart phones will be beyond home printers.  However, given that it is possible to already print in a huge variety of materials from glucose (i.e. sugar) to ceramic, including combining different materials in one object, the majority of everyday items will be printable.

Coronavirus Tracking Technology Is On Going Program for Apple and Google

As this Covid-19 is ongoing pandemic, the two world biggest technology-driven companies, Google and Apple are trying to develop a technology that could track coronavirus.

The basic concept of this contact tracing technology is by using Bluetooth in application user’s cell phones. If someone is infected with the virus, the phones will send out the signals to all the other phones that they encountered during those preceding 14 days.

Of course, there are worries whether this tech is innocuous for our privacy. Both of Apple and Google CEOs, Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai promised user’s privacy will not be at risk.

While the privacy is the primary concern, there are some other problems. To make this technology effective for people, more than billions of people should opt in for this. Also, for the I-phone users, they need to be able to power IOS 13, which is available after I-phone 6S. As this shows, there are some conditional obstacles, but we do not know, yet, how those two biggest rivalry companies would cooperate to make such technology.

No one knows how long it will takes, but it is worth that both Apple and Google is in the framework of this tracking technology.

False Information About the Coronavirus

Currently there is a pandemic around the world caused by the coronavirus. It has caused an uproar all over the world and it is extremely contagious causing people to have to self quarantine. Recently basically every college has been sent home for the rest of the spring semester and schools and jobs have been sent home indefinitely. This leads to working from home and college students and many other students k-12 doing school from online. With increased internet use caused by boredom of staying home people have been o social media a lot so that’s where many people tend to see their information but not all of it may be true. In the article “Social Media Fuels Spread of Covid-19 Information and Misinformation” it informs us that “Dredze’s team recently launched a website, Social Media for public Health, which aims to combat misinformation, support messaging from public health organizations, and track information about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.” This is very helpful because many people like myself want to look more into the virus but there are so many different articles out there currently that it is hard to keep track of. Social media has played many roles to the pandemic like a way to connect with friends and family still, a source of entertainment, and much more. In the article it says “The covid-19 pandemic is at scale that we have never seeing these of social media. And it is critical to use social media to understand what kind of information is being shared and what people believe in order to ensure effective policy.” This basically mean there has ever been something like the Coronavirus that has such a huge effect on the whole world during the age where social media is so popular. Social media is not only doing bead it is also doing a lot of good during this pandemic.