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People distrust contact-tracing apps: Can a new approach help?

A team at Carnegie Mellon University thinks it can inspire greater buy-in with a new approach that helps users to prevent infection in the first place.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

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National committee recommends who should be first in line for a coronavirus vaccine

The report weighs four criteria: the odds of an individual contracting the virus, a person’s overall health, the societal impact of certain individuals falling ill, and how likely certain people are to spread the virus to others.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

New tool identifies potential bottlenecks for in-person voting ahead of November

The nonprofit group Voter Protection Corps compiled data on the number of polling places and voter turnout to predict where bottlenecks are likely to occur.

By Lucy Perkins/WESA


Could robots help in the fight against pandemics? A group of researchers say it’s possible

Robots have long been used to tackle dangerous and dirty jobs. But during a pandemic, even everyday tasks outside the home carry a risk, especially for the elderly or those with underlying medical conditions.

By Avery Keatley/WESA

Pittsburgh universities, schools increasing precautions over coronavirus

Pitt is asking university members who have recently been to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea to practice "social distancing" for two weeks.
By Kathleen Davis/WESA

Carngegie Mellon, Pitt and UPMC restrict official travel to China

The disease, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected some 17,000 Chinese citizens and killed more than 360.
By Sarah Boden/WESA

CMU researchers create system to locate gunshots with as few as three smartphones

It uses triangulation to find the gunshots based on the camera’s location.
By Sarah Schneider/WESA
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