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Chicago area supercomputers pumping out projections during pandemic

Chicago area supercomputers pumping out projections during pandemic

As city and state leaders decide the critical next steps for their communities when it comes to COVID-19, who are they leaning on for advice? How do they know what things will look like in the coming days or months?It’s anything but intuition and far from an educated guess.They are relying on hard data. And leaning on machines in the Chicago area to pump it out. It’s some of the best equipment on the planet too.The computers inside the Argonne National Laboratory are humming 24 hours a day and churning out data for the city at a critical time in our history.Dr. Charles Macal is a senior...

April 24, 2020
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Just how busy is the Cook County morgue during COVID-19?

Just how busy is the Cook County morgue during COVID-19?

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoCHICAGO — When Illinois caught wind that the virus from Wuhan was making its way to the Midwest, authorities went into action.The first effort was to save lives. Another was to deliver dignity to the dead.The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office doing its part by learning from the past and opening up a surge center to ease overcrowding.Natalia Derevyanny, explains how history in Chicago will not repeat itself. In 1995 when a heat wave resulted in over 700 deaths in a matter of days, the county morgue was overwhelmed.With all eyes on Wuhan for the...

May 1, 2020
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Chicagoan stuck in China shares a glimpse of life in Wuhan as it starts to reopen

Chicagoan stuck in China shares a glimpse of life in Wuhan as it starts to reopen

WUHAN, China — An Evanston man trapped in China since 2019 due to the coronavirus said Wednesday he’s landed back in Wuhan, where many believe the virus first originated.Kurt Mitenbuler left Chicago onDecember 22, and he’s not home yet.The Evanston traveler with ties to China as the virus took hold and the government dramatically shut things down. Finally emerging from lockdown last week, he says he’s returned to a very different Wuhan. “Like any Chinese city, there’s that blue haze, and that first day I woke up and it was crystal clear. i was like, ‘wow,’” Mitenbacher said.Months of...

May 13, 2020
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