P.S., Mushrooms Are Extremely Beautiful JSTOR (Micael)
Humanity’s Origin Story Just Got More Complicated Gizmodo (Kevin W)
Geologists say recent earthquakes not tied to Yellowstone Caldera Star Tribune (David L)
Antarctica was warm enough for rainforest near south pole 90m years ago Guardian (Kevin W)
Zantac products should be pulled from market immediately, FDA says CNN (furzy). Hoo boy.
Tips from someone with 50 years of social distancing experience MPR. My kind of guy!
Our neighborhood is doing a “bear hunt”—putting stuffed toys in windows for kids to spot while out on (socially distanced) walks. I’m really touched by how many there were on just a short walk. pic.twitter.com/GOJSGWuVda
— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) April 1, 2020
Comments on COVID-19 Cathy O’Neil (David L). Important.
Be Wary of a Model That Shows a Decline in COVID-19 Deaths Nautilus (Micael)
Coronavirus update- TB vaccine in childhood may offer Covid-19 protection: Researchers Hindustan Times (J-LS). Consistent with a friend’s thesis that serious cases look an awful lot like latent TB kicking into active, including very sudden onset, ground glass X-ray images, etc.
Families try to access Gilead’s drug remdesivir The Washington Post (furzy). Note the treatment they diss, chloroquine + azithromycin, appears to be the most successful in combatting serious cases, based on reports out of Italy.
Can you kill coronavirus with UV light? BBC (furzy)
Tokyo wrestles with possible lockdown Asia Times (Kevin W)
Will the Coronavirus Threaten Our Food? New York Times
Coronavirus lockdowns and stay-at-home orders across the U.S. NBC. 12 states still not participating, including Alabama.
Coast Guard: Cruise ships must stay at sea with sick onboard Associated Press
Not sure about this Kinsa….1 million bought or given away, supposedly representing 2 million US households out of 128 million. This may be indicative but a sample of <2%, when there is bound to be sample bias, is far from robust. I would never use a thermometer that spied on me.
If you’re American and not familiar with @kinsa and their smart-thermometer based https://t.co/8ZaoeY11Qq site yet (have you been under a rock, you lucky soul?!) thus far they appear to be tracking COVID-19 flare ups better than anyone else using fever data.
— Auntie Lesley, in isolation (@hacks4pancakes) April 1, 2020
28 Students Have Coronavirus After Spring-Break Trip New York Magazine
Cerabino: A rough draft of Florida’s eventual apology to the rest of the country Palm Beach Post (resilc)
Amish parochial schools adapting to closures Wooster Daily Record. Phillip H: “The item discusses some of the problems for the Amish relating to the mandatory school shutdown. It doesn’t deal with any great global issues, but does highlight just how truly local some aspects of the pandemic can be.”
Putin Sends Military Plane With Coronavirus Aid to Help U.S. Bloomberg (furzy)
How It Starts Craig Murray (TVH). Important.
As Coronavirus Surges, ‘Medicare for All’ Support Hits 9-Month High Morning Consult (martha r)
What If a Shrinking Economy Wasn’t a Disaster? JSTOR (Micael)
COVID-19: Winners and Losers Baseline Scenario
US jobs picture darkens as large employers axe staff Financial Times
Stronger pandemic response yields better economic recovery PhysOrg (Robert M)
Banks stand to make billions from US small business rescue Financial Times
Gilead forsakes monopoly status for its experimental Covid-19 drug – STAT. Dr. Kevin: “Got caught with their hand in the cookie jar …”
China’s economy has yet to reach bottom Financial Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The ‘S’ in Zoom, Stands for Security Objective See
Microsoft President Calls Washington State’s New Facial Recognition Law ‘a Significant Breakthrough’ GeekWire. If Microsoft likes it….
“The Campaign Panicked”: Inside Trump’s Decision to Back Off of His Easter Coronavirus Miracle Vanity Fair (Dr. Kevin)
76 percent of Democrats say they'd vote for a socialist for president, new poll shows https://t.co/zFyBhWLUQn
— TiaPryce (@PryceTia) April 1, 2020
How Much Water Do Google Data Centers Use? Billions of Gallons Bloomberg (martha r)
Pakistan, China and Russia decide to conduct trade in local currencies skip dollars Business Recorder (Chuck L)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus video. Marhra r, from the YouTube summary:
During a fortunate opportunity as part of a research team studying population ecology of Weddell seals in the Antarctic, Jessica Farrer and myself were able to record this video of one of the seal pups, recently weaned by its mother and on its own to learn how to survive. A pup must first get in the water to be successful as a seal!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here