Lambert here: Patient readers, again I apologize for too many links; we are in an overly dynamic situation now, and although I am desperately trying to curate, there’s too much. I hope the categories help you navigate the complexity, so you can take what you like and leave the rest.
Also, we’ve noticed a drop-off in comment quantity. While we appreciate your efforts to spare the moderators, it’s not quantity we’re worried about, but quality. As I wrote:
Take your time to be analytical, add links and evidence, and if possible quotes. Then the commentariat can proceed on the basis of building collective knowledge, as opposed to spending its time, and ours, filtering out ego-driven, self-involved crap.
No shit-stirring. No quackery. And don’t throw your drink in your host’s face! Otherwise, carry on as above.
How to rescue our coronavirus-infected economy from collapse Richard Vague, The Hill. Let’s hope proposals like this set the baseline for what Congress does.
Jobs Aren’t Being Destroyed This Fast Elsewhere. Why Is That? Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, NYT. “The next bill should introduce a Covidcare for All program. This federal program would guarantee access to Covid-19 care at no cost to all U.S. residents — no matter their employment status, age or immigration status.” Yes, #MedicareForAll for this one pandemic is something the Democrat Establishment might be cajoled into accepting….
Turbulent Gas Clouds and Respiratory Pathogen Emissions JAMA. Turns out the “large” vs. “small” expiratory droplet dichotomy has issues. Important:
Although such social distancing strategies are critical in the current time of pandemic, it may seem surprising that the current understanding of the routes of host-to-host transmission in respiratory infectious diseases are predicated on a model of disease transmission developed in the 1930s that, by modern standards, seems overly simplified. Implementing public health recommendations based on these older models may limit the effectiveness of the proposed interventions.
To be fair, Yves: “The top expert in South Korea [YourTube here] disagrees. He thinks aerosol transmission isn’t a common method of contagion. He thinks it’s droplets on surfaces. But he thinks masks are very beneficial in preventing droplets from getting on surfaces.”
Cutaneous manifestations in COVID-19: a first perspective (PDF) Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
U of M’s Osterholm says obesity could be deadly factor in U.S. COVID-19 outbreak Bring Me The News (CL).
How stress can cause a fever Nature. One reason for false positives?
* * *Materiel shortages:
Why the U.S. Is Running Out of Medical Supplies (transcript) Sarah Kliff, New York Times. Very good.
* * *Spread:
The coronavirus is washing over the U.S. These factors will determine how bad it gets in each community STAT. For example, Oregon:
A few days ago, Oregon’s peak was supposed to be on April 24th. Today, it’s projected to be May 3rd… with estimates for hospital bed needs within our state’s supply. This is what flattening the curve looks like, folks. Stay home. Save lives. (Source: https://t.co/xz7vl7D7t3) pic.twitter.com/oYFIZ5U21n
— Esther “STAY HOME” Choo, MD MPH (@choo_ek) March 30, 2020
— Alan Cole (@AlanMCole) March 31, 2020
Darwin Award: Dad hid coronavirus symptoms to visit maternity ward after wife gave birth Democrat and Chronicle
‘Everybody’s in the same boat’: Coronavirus drives New York’s hospitals to breaking point Politico. Not the rich who escaped to the Hamptons!
* * *Models:
Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model FiveThirtyEight.
* * *Corporate response:
The $1 billion bet: Pharma giant and U.S. government team up in all-out coronavirus vaccine push Science. The Manhattan Project cost $2 billion in ’40s dollars. $1 billion is not too much. Oh, and the vaccine will naturally be free to all. Right? To be read in conjunction with Developing Covid-19 Vaccines at Pandemic Speed NEJM.
* * *Political response:
Careful or careless? Perspectives on the CARES Act Brookings Institution
The CARES Act Small Business Paycheck Protection Program may not be a debacle. Thread:
Okay, gonna do a quick thread on my first impressions of this since there seems to be confusion. 1/n
First, the Treasury factsheet: https://t.co/kSh7YLsdkC
— W. K. Winecoff (@whinecough) April 1, 2020
Of course, “Paycheck Protection” only applies to employees of small businesses. It’s not a universal benefit that would protect all employees, because that would mean there were no complex eligibility requirements, and we can’t have people asking for that sort of thing.
Rikers Island Prisoners Being Offered PPE and $6 an Hour to Dig Mass Graves The Intercept. Well, at least it’s outdoor work.
In 1348 LRB. Very good.
In the Coronavirus, Putin May Have Met His Match Foreign Policy
Why Quebec’s coronavirus cases have skyrocketed Globe and Mail
Biden: Difficult to imagine having Democratic convention as scheduled Politico. Maybe hold it in front of the green screen in Biden’s house?
Our Famously Free Press
It’s Modern Monetary Theory time as the state steps in Australian Business Review
The Postal Service Is Breaking Down The Nation. The USPS is useful not only to deliver pharmaceuticals, as well as handle the last mile for Amazon, but for voting by mail.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Trump’s Chernobyl Moment: the US May Lose Its Status as World Superpower and Not Recover Counterpunch. Country comparison:
Here’s China’s COVID-19 Hospital. Here’s Russia breaking ground for their COVID-19 Hospital. And Here are our tents in Central Park. Guys…if we are ever attacked by a bio or chem weapon… WE. ARE. NOT. PREPARED. What the hell is our military money going towards? pic.twitter.com/Qxrqx67tzb
— Kim Iversen (@KimIversenShow) March 31, 2020
Silicon Valley Mom Gets Seven Months for $450,000 College Scam Bloomberg. From 2005, still germane: Man released after 35 years in N.C. prison for stealing TV Deseret News. From 2019: Man who spent 36 years in prison for stealing $50 from a bakery is now set to be freed ABC
“Parasite,” COVID-19, and U.S. Wealth Inequality Federal Reserve Bank of St Lous (!).0987652
Day 15: Rent’s Due Yasha Levine, Immigrants as a Weapon
Exactly What We Said Would Happen: Instacart Is Quietly Informing Shoppers That They May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19 Gig Workers Collective, Medium
What Makes a Community Resilient? Stanford Business
Everyone Does What They’re Told, But No One Knows Why The American Conservative
The Law of Informational Capitalism (PDF) Yale Law Journal. From the abstract:
Drawing on Cohen’s insights, I construct an account of the ‘law of informational capitalism,’ with particular attention to the law that undergirds platform power. Once we come to see informational capitalism as contingent upon specific legal choices, we can begin to consider how democratically to reshape it. Though Cohen does not emphasize it, some of the most important legal developments—specifically, developments in the law of takings, commercial speech, and trade—are those that encase private power from democratic revision. Today’s informational capitalism brings a threat not merely to our individual subjectivities but to equality and our ability to self-govern. Questions of data and democracy, not just data and dignity, must be at the core of our concern.
Antidote du jour (via):
Reindeer starting their move up north is one of the signs spring is coming to the Yamal Peninsula. Vid credit Ivan Sakal pic.twitter.com/CKVfIP2MTY
— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) March 30, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here