Fires Left These Wallabies Nothing to Eat. Help Arrived From Above. New York Times (David L)
When fish gave us the finger: this ancient four-limbed fish reveals the origins of the human hand The Conversation (Kevin W)
Japan schoolgirl uses own savings to handcraft 612 masks for people in need The Mainichi (martha r)
Here Are Some Incredible Virtual Tours To Help You Pass The Time Refinery29 (David L)
Two 20-somethings extend ‘invisible hands’ in virus outbreak Associated Press
The coronavirus is starting to spread on a US Navy warship, and the flattop’s crew is scrambling to stop it Business Insider. Kevin W: Key section:
The Boxer has reportedly had some problems with social distancing. The morning after the first sailor tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus, military leaders gathered dozens of crew members into a small space for a 30-minute meeting on social distancing, ProPublica reported Monday.
Grocery Shelves Won’t Always Be Empty NPR (David L)
I just got home from 4 hours of stocking grocery store shelves at the local store I work at part-time. We were slammed the entire time. Here's what I saw:
— Resisting Bitch Face (@DisabledResist) March 17, 2020
Democracies’ Covid-19 cures could be worse than the disease Asia Times (resilc). Important.
Coronavirus patient on hellish ordeal: ‘I was screaming for mercy and praying to God’ New York Post. Note this guy was 50. And the hospital went all out to save him.
80% of US coronavirus deaths have been among people 65 and older, a new CDC report says — here’s what it reveals about the US cases Business Insider (Kevin W). What this headline obscures that younger people account for 55% of hospitalizations. Younger people who get seriously ill are more likely to be saved….with heavy-duty intervention. What happens if and when young and old can’t get care? Presumably we go to triage like Italy, with the elderly left to their own devices…except for the very rich and connected elderly.
Younger Adults Comprise Big Portion of Coronavirus Hospitalizations in U.S. New York Times (Kevin W). Story on the same report at the BI piece immediately above.
Children and Coronavirus: Research Finds Some Become Seriously Ill New York Times (Kevin W)
Relationship between the ABO Blood Group and the COVID-19 Susceptibility MedRxiv.org (PlutoniumKun)
Just received word from an ICU doctor at a small NY hospital: They are officially out of ventilators and are now double venting patients with COVID (using the same ventilator for 2 infected patients). Do everything possible to avoid infection. PLEASE ISOLATE as best you can.
— Peter Attia (@PeterAttiaMD) March 18, 2020
The shortage of face masks is so severe that the CDC is now advising nurses and other health care providers that they can "use homemade masks" like a "bandana" or "scarf" "as a last resort" — even though it admits the effectiveness "is unknown."https://t.co/nA5D9gXgoi
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) March 19, 2020
I have changed my mind about masks. I didn’t like the idea of surgical masks for normal people because they don’t protect you against the coronavirus (no seal from outside air_ and you can wind up fiddling with the mask on your face, leading to touching your face. Plus normal people were cutting into supplies for MDs and nurses.
However, upon reflection, masks can reduce spreading the disease (if you are incubating it) to others, plus this type of home-made mask (in use in Venezuela thanks to our embargo, even MDs can’t get surgical mask) because it fully covers the face, preventing transmission via touching your face. But I can’t figure out what she is using as material. Baby wipes?
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) March 15, 2020
3. We will have to either suppress the epidemic entirely (my strong recommendation), or increase hospital capacity greatly. A @NYTimes story uses the @HarvardGH numbers to look at plausible scenarios.
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) March 19, 2020
New York City Weighs Turning Hotels Into Hospitals Wall Street Journal. Honestly, I don’t get this: “for ‘those non-Covid patients who are really minor but need care.’” Um, that’s normally outpatient.
Coronavirus sleuth outlines his ‘Apollo program’ for bringing down the pandemic GeekWire. This “It’s really just logistics” is “Assume a can opener”.
What will go down as the biggest breakdown in the US response to #COVID19 is the lack of test kits. South Korea and the US had their 1st patients on Jan 20 and Jan 21, respectively. Look at the difference in daily testing. By March 4th, SK was ~18,000 per day. pic.twitter.com/466Du8Iq2V
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) March 17, 2020
Drug Companies Will Make a Killing From Coronavirus New York Times (David L)
Drug Cartels Switch To Producing Hand Sanitizer Babylon Bee (BC)
THREAD: If the concern is that asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic younger Americans (millennials) are continuing to spread #Coronavirus because they don’t heed warnings, you could require anyone between certain ages to wear a procedure mask when they go out. 1/n ThreadReader (martha r)
— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) March 18, 2020
New Cold War
Coronavirus: NHS trusts gave staff the wrong advice on self-isolation Independent (Kevin W)
French Amazon workers protest in coronavirus pushback Reuters (resilc)
Italy charges more than 40,000 people with violating lockdown Guardian (resilc)
Hello from Italy. Your future is grimmer than you think. Washington Post
Coronavirus updates: 2 members of U.S. Congress test positive, New York City cases double NBC. Note doubling may be in part a function of more testing.
The Risk to Fox News Viewers Barry Ritholtz
ECB announces €750 billion Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) ECB. PlutoniumKun: “The ECB just brought out a bazooka.”
From BC: “Another obstacle to sending checks, from the FDIC”:
Estimates from the 2017 survey indicate that 6.5 percent of households in the United States were unbanked in 2017. This proportion represents approximately 8.4 million households. An additional 18.7 percent of U.S. households (24.2 million) were underbanked, meaning that the household had a checking or savings account but also obtained financial products and services outside of the banking system.
Reserve Requirements Federal Reserve (Paul R). Now zero. Among other things, lets them pay out their vault cash. See American Banker: Branches brace for staff shortages, rush for cash Haven’t had time to think about this, though.
Bernanke and Yellen: the Federal Reserve must reduce long-term damage from coronavirus Financial Times (David L)
Green Jobs Are the Answer to the Coronavirus Recession New Republic (resilc)
We need tax breaks and direct grants to sectors hit by pandemic Adair Turner, Financial Times
How To Structure the Coronavirus Bailout Matt Stoller. Our bad. Getting to this only now. I like this but I can guarantee there is no appetite in either party to wipe out shareholders. AIG was an exception because among other things, Hank Greenberg hadn’t curried favor (he may have overpresumed on how useful he’d been via having AIG employment serve as cover for CIA assets overseas).
U.S. Stock Futures Falter Despite Central Banks’ Action. As readers noted, a lot of aggressive tape-painting to get the Dow to a mere 1300 points down (versus down 2300 at its low for the day). That seems not to be holding. The notable feature of yesterday’s action was the lack of any apparent safe haven, or perhaps as accurately, everyone dumping everything and anything to cover margin calls. Traders wanted cash. Even Treasuries sold off. Not that the Fed would be unhappy with higher yields per se, just not for this reason.
US set to be inundated with jobless claims Financial Times. As we warned yesterday.
The virus is an economic emergency tool Martin Wolf, Financial Times. As we’ve been saying….
6,000 Nissan Workers Forced to Work During COVID-19 in Mississippi PayDay Report. Go Mike Elk! Followed by: IMPACT: Nissan to Suspend Production at Mississippi Plant
As we all contend with #COVID19, it's vital to protect access to housing for all and ensure families have a roof over their head during these challenging times.
Here's our statement: pic.twitter.com/I66dEwvAhV
— CAReinvestCoalition (@CalReinvest) March 18, 2020
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Imperial Collapse Watch
Irish planners reject Trump golf resort’s plan to build wall Guardian (resilc)
What If Trump Tried to Cancel the November Election? New York Magazine
CalPERS using factor-weighted equity portfolio to mitigate market decline Pensions & Investments (Kevin W)
The tech execs who don’t agree with ‘soul-stealing’ coronavirus safety measures Guardian. Their perceived right to disrupt is more important than lives.
Antidote du jour. Arizona Slim:
Stuck at home with the kids, Sylvester shares his opinion of the Coronavirus.
Backstory: In dove culture, the guys take the day shift on the nest. Women do the overnights.
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Baby Baltic seal rescue in St. Petersburg pic.twitter.com/3KQtHiT89z
— RT (@RT_com) March 19, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.