Meghan and Harry Overplayed Their Hand The Atlantic. That’s a damn shame.
Close the Markets? Data and Psychology Say Maybe John Auther, Bloomberg
The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance Lucian A. Bebchuk and Roberto Tallarita, SSRN
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In Vitro Antiviral Activity and Projection of Optimized Dosing Design of Hydroxychloroquine for the Treatment of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Clinical Infectious Diseases
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Demographic science aids in understanding the spread and fatality rates of COVID-19 (PDF) Jennifer Beam Dowd, Valentina Rotondi, Liliana Andriano, David M. Brazel, Per Block, Xuejie Ding, Yan Liu, and Melinda C. Mills Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, University of Oxford & Nuffield College. Includes this chart on flattening the curve in Italy
Real-time evidence of flattening the curve. Lodi had the first Covid-19 case in Italy, and implemented a shutdown on Feb 23. Bergamo waited until March 8.
Look at the difference.
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) March 15, 2020
‘Hunker down’: U.S. scrambles to stem virus spread through extreme measures Politico. Fauci on the Sunday talk shows.
How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly? Scientific American. From 2014, still germane.
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Thousands leave Miami cruise ship without screenings after former passenger got COVID-19 Miami Herald. Re Silc: “We have no central government, like Somalia. My goal is to be the warlord of southern vermont….” I’m waiting for somebody to go postal in the ER because a family member can’t get treatment.
Ten-Minute Coronavirus Test for $1 Could Be Game Changer Bloomberg. Big if true, but only by June.
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Trump’s Student Loan Interest Waiver Isn’t What You May Think NYT. “Monthly payments aren’t going to go down at all. Instead, the entire payment will go toward paying down the principal amount on the loan.”
Means testing (1):
“Please see our website and plug your information into our TP Calculator to see if your current circumstances entitle you to benefits.”
— ninetek 4 Congress / boxy costume 2020 (@ninetek) March 15, 2020
Means testing (2):
Completely insane pic.twitter.com/qPTwC83nqO
— Corona The Savior (@daveanthony) March 15, 2020
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Nativism and xenophobia hides the real origin of the coronavirus — which is political and global Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon. Today’s must-read.
Pandemic Through The Eyes Of A Globalist The Amerian Conservative
The incompetence pandemic Politico. Europe.
New York’s Two Sandys Metro Politics. From 2014, still germane.
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Remedies and ameliorations:
Anti-inflammatories may aggravate Covid-19, France advises Guardian (J-LS).
No-Touch Greetings Take Off: People Are Getting Creative About Saying ‘Hi’ NPR. I hate the elbow bump. I’m not a jock. I don’t care if WHO advocates it, the Indian namaste and the Thai wai not only involve no contact, they mean “I bow to the divine in you,” which is a good thing to mean.
The Tourist–Volume 98 Philip Christman
Brilliant mask solution for the long-term. Make them fashion items:
Coronavirus: Nigerian celebrities wear blinged-up masks https://t.co/0L3iPnKXr0
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 15, 2020
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From the front lines (which are everywhere):
Personal testimony (1). Thread:
As I think everybody knows, Italy is on quarantine because of the coronavirus outbreak.
This situation is bad, but what's worse is seeing the rest of the world behaving as if it isn't going to happen to them.
We know what you're thinking because we were in your place too.
— Yano (@JasonYanowitz) March 14, 2020
Personal testimony (2). Thread:
I gave 4 rides tonight, all of them going to bars or clubs. After the 4th, I logged off, pulled into a parking lot, and sobbed. No one is quarantining. No one is listening. They don't know it yet, but they are killing each other. The sense of hopelessness is overwhelming.
— Your Uber Driver (@uber_trips) March 15, 2020
Personal testimony (3):
Friends canceled their son’s Bar Mitzvah this weekend but decided to keep the contract with their caterer, a tiny Hmong-owned business. They delivered the food to friends in quarantine & sent pans home with others. Grateful for stories like this and for community in a bleak time.
— hodel in the streets, chava in the sheets (@mrotzie) March 15, 2020
Life at the epicenter of N.J.’s coronavirus outbreak. ROI-NJ. “Holy Name’s 11 positives are all males — and all between the ages of 28 and 48.”
Troops on the streets in the fight against coronavirus: Government plans to draft in Army to keep hospitals and supermarkets secure, escort food convoys and build tented field wards next to care homes to cope with crisis as deaths almost double in 24 hours Daily Mail
Germany and US wrestle over coronavirus vaccine Deutsche Welle
Inside Germany’s Piecemeal Response to Corona Der Spiegel
The battle for the Saudi crown is raging even if it is overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic Patrick Cockburn, The Independent
A Biden-Sanders Ticket: The Unthinkable May Be the Only Path Forward The Intercept. The proposal:
[T]he Biden and Bernie Sanders campaigns could broker a split ticket of Biden-Sanders with a clear, publicly announced, historically powerful role for Elizabeth Warren — presumably secretary of the treasury. Such an arrangement would be infuriating to vast numbers of people in all three camps. It would anger the authors of this very article…. To make it work, this could not simply be a symbolic offering of the vice presidential nomination in an effort to placate Sanders supporters. There would need to be an agreement more akin to a parliamentary power sharing agreement among Biden, Sanders, and Warren. Biden simply pledging to adopt some of Sanders’s and Warren’s plans carries far less weight.
And by “far less weight,” we mean no weight. First, Sanders is not a woman, last I checked, and Biden already told Warren she should keep baking cookies in the Senate. More centrally, for reasons too complex for me to untangle, the political class has elevated serial fabulists — Trump, Warren, and Biden — to the top tier of leadership. How is a deal to be “brokered” between Biden, Warren, and Sanders, when the first two of the three are demonstrably not agreement-capable? Where is the honest broker to be found? Perez? Tanden? Pelosi? Bloomberg? Jimmy Carter? UN Observers? How about Terry McAuliffe?
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) March 16, 2020
Antidote du jour (Eureka Springs):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.