Health Ministry launches revamped COVID-19 tracking app

The Health Ministry announced a new version of its contact tracing app on Monday, promising an array of new features, which it said would help boost its accuracy.

A key tool in containing the spread is epidemiological, or contact, tracing — investigations that seek to identify and send into self-quarantine all those who may have been exposed to patients in the days before they were diagnosed, hopefully cutting off the spread.

The first version of HaMagen (The Shield), which was released in March, worked by tracking its users via their phones’ built-in GPS, and correlating their location history (which was

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COVID-19 weight gain? These apps, wearables can help you lose pounds

You’ve probably heard of the “Freshman 15,” a silly expression that refers to the amount of weight you may gain, in pounds, during your first year away at college.

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, pop culture in 2020 has morphed that into the “Quarantine 15” and the “COVID 19,” given many of us have been in lockdown at home, and perhaps eating more – and baking more –while also exercising less, in part because of gyms remaining closed for many.

Fortunately, a few apps and gadgets may be able to help whip you into shape this summer – even while

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DHS Wants COVID-19 Response Tech that Protects Health and Privacy

As the number of new daily COVID-19 cases continues to climb, the Homeland Security Department’s tech wing—the Science and Technology Directorate, or S&T—released a call through its Silicon Valley Innovation Program for new technologies and processes focused on protecting employees’ and citizens’ health and privacy.

The new call for proposals is being issued against S&T’s ongoing SVIP Other Transaction Solicitation, a multiyear broad agency agreement using the agency’s other transaction authority—a procurement method outside the Federal Acquisition Regulation often used to tap nontraditional tech companies to work on edge problems.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on many facets

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Effective websites and digital marketing can help businesses survive COVID-19

With COVID-19 decreasing face-to-face interaction, it is more important than ever for small businesses to connect successfully with their customers, and potential customers, through their websites and digital media, Extension is offering an online town hall this Wednesday on website best practices for small businesses. Then on Friday, Extension will follow up with a webinar on how businesses can drive potential customers to their websites through social and digital media. Both the town hall and the webinar are free, and there will be English-language and Spanish-language sessions.

The events are part of a series of town halls and webinars for

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COVID-19 has ravaged American newsrooms – here’s why that matters

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Many newsrooms across the U.S. will be quieter places when journalists return to their workplace after the coronavirus lockdowns end.

COVID-19 has ripped through the industry. In the United States alone, over 36,000 journalists have lost their jobs, been furloughed or had their pay cut.

Analysis by Kristen Hare, a reporter at the journalism institute Poynter, shows that more than 200 newsrooms and media groups have been affected by lay-offs and other cost-saving measures, including mergers and reduced print runs. Local journalism has been hit particularly hard.

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By 3 to 1, Americans reject Trump’s push to reopen schools despite COVID-19 risk

With coronavirus infections spreading fast and COVID-19 deaths climbing yet again, most Americans say the country is not ready to send children back to school this fall — and they emphatically reject every aspect of President Trump’s new effort to force public schools to fully reopen, according to the latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll.  

The survey, which was conducted between July 11 and 14, found a remarkable consensus on the issue of school reopenings that transcended party lines, geographic boundaries and demographic divisions.

A full 63 percent of Americans say Trump should not be pressuring schools to reopen. Only 25

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