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Tech companies are using artificial intelligence and other tools to comb through coronavirus data to track cases and find transmission hotspots, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill reports.
Why it matters: Finding patterns in otherwise discrete data points could help make sense of where and how the virus is spreading in the U.S., and could aid in allocating the country's limited testing and treatment capabilities.
Driving the news: IBM, through its Weather Company subsidiary, is planning to launch an incident map as soon as Wednesday that tracks confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths at the county level.
The big picture: The map ties in with a tech industry push, much of it relying on AI, to marshal data to assess where the coronavirus may already be and where it might be headed.
IBM is separately using the data that powers its map alongside other information to create an interactive dashboard for researchers. It will also provide a trends chart showing whether the number of cases is accelerating, flattening or declining.
Google subsidiary Kaggle, an online community of data scientists, opened a competition last week to use data to forecast the number of cases and fatalities that will be confirmed between March 25 and April 22 in a number of regions around the world, with one subset dedicated to California.
SparkBeyond, a startup that provides AI-driven data analysis tools to businesses, gathered publicly available data on infections and patient routes in Italy to create a heat map predicting the risk of contracting the virus in certain locations, CEO Sagie Davidovich told Axios.
Kinsa Health has long made data from its internet-connected thermometers available online, which is proving useful in tracking the coronavirus in real time.
Yes, but: Even with sophisticated analytical tools at the ready, there remain big holes in the data that's available in the U.S., as testing remains very limited and the amount of information that's available to the public varies by state.
Twitter on Monday withdrew its prior earnings guidance, saying it now expects first-quarter revenue to be down from where it was last year.
My thought bubble: We will surely see tons more of this. I think the only reason we haven't seen more is that most companies don't have any kind of handle on what actual business will look like in the new financial world shaped by the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, in other virus-related news:
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A growing number of media outlets and online learning companies are offering free kids' content, tools and resources to parents who are struggling to entertain their kids at home while also working remotely, Axios' Sara Fischer and Kim Hart report.
Why it matters: As schools and offices shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak, parents are trying to figure out how to do two full-time jobs at once. Access to free content and educational programs can help reduce that burden.
Driving the news: Time Inc. says that for the first time it will provide parents at home with a free version of "TIME for Kids," its 25-year-old school-based publication. The package includes the entire TIME for Kids digital library.
A slew of e-learning companies are also putting their classes and online tutorials online for parents to access for free.
Some movie companies, including Disney and Universal, are fast-tracking kids content to streaming platforms given that most U.S. theaters are closed. Those titles, however, are only available for an on-demand fee or with a monthly subscription service.
Yes, but: Most of these kids' activities and content rely on strong broadband connections. Many of the country's families, particularly in rural areas, do not have the same level of broadband access at home as they do at work. Additionally, the places they used to rely on for WiFi, like libraries, have also closed.
The big picture: Many parents who are forced to simultaneously balance child supervision and working at home have thrown screen time limits out the window.
Go deeper: Parents' daunting new coronavirus reality
House Democrats' coronavirus response plan unveiled Monday would direct funding for WiFi hotspots for students and bar broadband providers from imposing data caps during the crisis, Margaret reports.
The big picture: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the legislation after Republicans and Democrats in the Senate failed to move their own stimulus measure forward.
Details: The House's $2.5 trillion "Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act" includes several provisions related to tech and telecom issues for the duration of the national emergency, including...
A draft summary of the bill that Senate Republicans are backing includes allocations of:
Check out drone footage of America's largely empty cities.