An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

An Expert Answers the 50 Most Googled Coronavirus Questions

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to whip around the world, killing thousands of people and overloading hospitals, you’ve probably turned to Google to answer your questions.But you can’t trust everything you find on the internet, so we got Dr. Seema Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, to answer the week’s 50 most Googled…

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting communities around the world. For the 2 billion of those people who also use the encrypted communication service WhatsApp, now more than ever is a time for calling, messaging, and seeking trustworthy information. So the World Health Organization is going where the people are, launching a new tool called WHO…

How Fast Does a Virus Spread? Let’s Do the Math

How Fast Does a Virus Spread? Let’s Do the Math

How far and how fast will the Covid-19 pandemic spread? That question is on everyone’s mind, and it’s something most of us don’t have a good intuition for. The problem is, our human brains tend to extrapolate in a straight line from recent experience, but infectious diseases spread exponentially. On Monday, March 15, the US…

Has the Coronavirus Killed the Techlash?

Has the Coronavirus Killed the Techlash?

Hi, all, and welcome back to Plaintext. The dumbest thing that happened to me this week was that during an open Zoom session in which Sarah Frier and I were talking about our books, some retromingent troll took over screen sharing to bomb us with images that would turn the stomach of an 8chan-er. People,…

Google has completely canceled Google I/O 2020

Google has completely canceled Google I/O 2020

Google has completely canceled Google I/O 2020, its biggest event of the year, due to the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus. The company announced on March 3rd that it canceled the physical I/O event, but now the whole thing is off. “Out of concern for the health and safety of our developers, employees, and…