Madagascar’s mysterious, lemur-eating cats started as ship stowaways Science (martha r)
Exclusive: ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ at the Museum of the Bible are all forgeries National Geographic (Chuck L)
#COVID-19. In Alabama, the governor declared a state of emergency at 5:00 PM on Friday. The governor admitted only to two confirmed cases, one in Montgomery, one in Jefferson County (the later had come back from abroad, no country reported; I bet the Montgomery one picked it up in Washington DC at the CPAC or AIPAC conference). Fox at that time said three others being tested; right after, a contacts with an MD daughter who had not heard the news said were are three cases at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham’s medical complex) but they didn’t want to say to the public. Now six confirmed cases; AL.com reporting one in Tuscaloosa. All K-12 schools will close for 2 and a half weeks starting end of day Wednesday. Also heard from an MD contact that UAB is refusing to test members of their system (they run a large HMO) unless they are inpatient. Drive up testing starting tomorrow at a private lab in Vestavia, however. More details here; note number of performances closing (and not closing….). Also note other areas starting to get drive by testing: Local hospitals launch drive-up COVID-19 testing Albuquerque Journal
Trump declares US national emergency for coronavirus Financial Times. Subhead: “Markets soar as president authorises actions including large purchases of oil”
Let's dispel the notion that "novel coronavirus is just like the flu". Sharing this striking comparison of #Flu, #COVID19, #SARS and #MERS made by @BioRender. #COVID19 is 30x more deadly and almost 2x more contagious than the flu. We have no existing immunity to COVID19. pic.twitter.com/fdJgsSFMnB
— Prof. Akiko Iwasaki (@VirusesImmunity) March 13, 2020
CT-Scans and X-Rays Display the Damage to the Lungs of COVID-19 Patients Interesting Engineering. A question of incentives. Nevertheless: “A recent study of over 1,000 patients, published in Radiology, discovered that CT scans were the best method for diagnosing coronavirus at an early stage and that it should be the primary screening method.”
The Guy Who Wore a Giant Donut in Public to Enforce Social Distancing Is the Hero We Need Popular Mechanics (resilc)
Govt makes surgical masks and hand sanitizers ‘essential commodities’ Times of India (J-LS). To prevent price gouging.
South Korea’s coronavirus response is the opposite of China and Italy – and it’s working South China Morning Post (David L)
European countries search for ventilators as virus cases surge Financial Times
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 13, 2020
We are calling for the immediate evacuation of migrants and refugees stuck living in unhygienic, cramped conditions on the Greek islands, in the wake of the first confirmed case of #COVID19 on #Lesbos.https://t.co/iZFFbJSpFR
— MSF International (@MSF) March 13, 2020
U.S. hospitals brace for ‘tremendous strain’ from new virus Associated Press (martha r)
Failed State Yasha Levine
How one company made $208m on an untested coronavirus vaccine STAT (martha r)
Cancelations and Rising Confusion: This Week’s Coronavirus News Undark (martha r)
Wow — dean of University of Washington medical school is asking qualified graduate students to pause their research and instead help run COVID-19 lab tests.
Voluntary until compensation structure can be determined pic.twitter.com/JlOH0SJSBR
— ian haydon (@ichaydon) March 12, 2020
A hospital in Seattle area has sent out a note to staff, shared with me, suspending elective surgery and warning that "our local COVID-19 trajectory is likely to be similar to that of Northern Italy." The hospital is down to a four-day supply of gloves.
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) March 14, 2020
Coronavirus: Survival of the Richest! Jonathan Pie, YouTube
You can now take up to 12 ounces of hand sanitizer through airport security The Verge (resilc)
Baltimore Neighborhood Quarantine Response Teams GoogleDocs (Chuck L)
‘We are not cattle’ Albuquerque Journal
Seattle Symphony Announces Free Video Broadcasts and Livestreams Seattle Symphony (furzy)
House will vote Friday on coronavirus relief bill, Pelosi says — with or without Trump’s backing Washington Post. Furzy: “Um, how about free health care if you ARE sick?”
BREAKING: Pelosi and Trump Administration reach agreement on the Families First Coronavirus Reaponse Act.
This is great news. Obviously still needs passage, the Senate, and wet signature next week. But here’s what’s in it. 1/
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) March 13, 2020
What are the health coverage provisions in the House coronavirus bill? Brookings. Important.
Trump’s Coronavirus Presser Was an In-Kind Contribution to Joe Biden’s Campaign Charles Pierce, Esquire
US Intel Agencies Played Unsettling Role in Classified Coronavirus Response Plan Mint Press (Chuck L)
China’s rise may not be inevitable Asia Times (Kevin W)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Ballot-mailing blocked in Maricopa County; Biden not tested for coronavirus Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Louisiana Shifts Presidential Primary Back to June 20 Amid Rising Coronavirus Concern Frontloading HQ (UserFriendly)
Radicalism is the most realistic program. pic.twitter.com/TvAIQfHyGJ
— corey robin (@CoreyRobin) March 14, 2020
Elon Musk reportedly told SpaceX employees they have a much higher chance of dying in a car crash than from the coronavirus Business Insider. Kevin W: “Well, maybe more so in one of his cars.”
Private Equity-Backed Nursing Homes Are Bad for Patients, Research Shows Institutional Investor (Chuck L). Quelle surprise!
Patagonia has closed all of its stores; will continue to pay all employees: https://t.co/qnuhGoPJ8R
— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) March 13, 2020
Apple Closes All Its Stores Outside China Over Coronavirus Wall Street Journal
Bayer Advances Toward Resolving Roundup Litigation Wall Street Journal
Notes on the Myth of Working Class Racism (2) Policy Tensor (UserFriendly). Today’s must read.
From Dan K:
"Mitchell and Webb – Kill The Poor"
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— Michael Wiik (@mwiik) August 16, 2019
Antidote du jour. Lee: “The Leisure Class”:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.