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March 25, 2020
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Indiana University provides free Wi-Fi access in response to COVID-19 crisis

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Times of Northwest Indiana.

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Track Indy's vulnerable areas with new Coronavirus Data Hub from IUPUI

The Polis Center at IUPUI has created a new resource to help find areas of Indianapolis that are vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak. The Coronavirus Data Hub includes data and maps about Indiana's current virus numbers and continues to add new information on at-risk communities as the outbreak develops. "Using demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau and estimates of neighborhood health data from the CDC's 500 Cities Project, we can estimate areas with high-risk populations. We can use statistics to simplify and synthesize the information. We found there are two distinct groups of indicators that relate to risk populations. One group relates to socioeconomic status and one group relates to age," says Matt Nowlin, Information Designer. 

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Interchange -- On pandemics and panopticons

Today we look at the local effects of COVID-19 in and around the major cities of Italy and then we'll widen our view to try to see the socio-political impacts of governmentality in the face of a crisis like a pandemic. Using both lenses we hope to find a focus that often escapes us when confronting the global and seemingly diffuse catastrophe of climate disruption in the capitalocene, out of which this novel coronavirus comes. ... We begin with Andrea Ciccerelli on what's happening in Italy by way of his home in Bloomington, Indiana via the social distancing option of internet communication tools. Andrea Ciccarelli is Provost Professor of French and Italian at Indiana University. His work focuses on the concepts of migration, exile and borders in Italian literature and culture, as well as on the historical, artistic and cultural effects of 1968 on Italy. Ciccarelli is from Rome where his brother and his family live and he has relatives in the Milan area, two of whom are doctors who have been battling the disease.

South Bend Tribune

South Bend health care workers try to conserve masks, equipment amid national shortage

Dr. W. Graham Carlos, a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, said he's seen hospital personnel using homemade masks in situations that don't involve direct patient care. IU Health Systems and Eskenazi Health, where he is chief of medicine, are requiring all staff to wear masks to decrease the spread of droplets "now that we know that the virus is endemic in our communities." Carlos said covering the N95s with the masks sewn by volunteers sounds safe. "It sounds like they've taken the proper steps by doing this in a way that gives credibility to the material and ergonomics of the mask," Graham said. "So it sounds like a good idea for hospitals that reach a desperate situation and need to protect their N95s as much as possible."

Inside Indiana Business

Prof: 'Economic pain' will be felt for months

A business economist at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI says the stay at home order issued Monday by Governor Eric Holcomb was an expected ratcheting up of social controls that is being seen across the country. Phil Powell, associate dean of academic programs at the Kelley School, says the order will continue to contribute to a "very deep economic pain" that will be felt over the next two to three months. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Powell said looking at Europe and Asia, there has been about a two-week ramping up period, followed by six to eight weeks of lockdown before things start to ease up. "For small businesses in Indiana, the goal is to survive, to go into hibernation and to just hit the pause button," said Powell. "That's what the Indiana economy is doing right now is we're hitting the pause button and if I'm a small businessperson, I've got to figure out how I survive this pause without going bankrupt."

Inside Indiana Business

Economist: RV sector faces tough road to recovery

An economics professor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis thinks the COVID-19-related shutdowns in Indiana's recreational vehicle industry will not have the same, extended economic impact as the plant closings during the 2008 recession. But they will have an immediate effect. "I think that RV sales can be hit hard by this, certainly in 2020," said Kyle Anderson, an economist at the Kelley School. "And really how long that lasts, I think now is the big question that we're really trying to, get a sense of from the economic data."


You can't kill the coronavirus. That's OK.

Many microbiologists who know viruses best say it's a stretch to call any virus truly alive. And so, they can't be killed -- only disarmed, like pulling the plug on an appliance. But today, with a rapidly spreading viral pandemic that's stirring serious unease in American emergency rooms, it doesn't really matter if a virus meets biologists' definitions of dead or alive. Whatever these entities are, they're powerful. "It's more of a philosophical question," said Ryan Relich, a medical microbiologist at Indiana University's School of Medicine, of whether viruses are alive or not. "What's more important is that they're winning," he said.

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