Tiny picnic tables for feeding squirrels in style Boing Boing (JBird4049).
What’s a virus, anyway? Part 1: The bare-bones basics Stanford Medicine
CSU Predicts Busier-Than-Average Atlantic Hurricane Season in 2020 Weather Underground
The hilltop fortress town that cut itself off from the world — and coronavirus CNN. As I write, billionaire concierges checking for a helipad…
Aerosol emission and superemission during human speech increase with voice loudness Nature (nvl). From 2019, still germane. A possible avenue of research into superspreaders.
Stability of SARS coronavirus in human specimens and environment and its sensitivity to heating and UV irradiation. Biomedical and Environmental Sciences. From 2003, still germane. From the abstract: “Viruses stayed stable at 4 degrees C, at room temperature (20 degrees C) and at 37 degrees C for at least 2 h without remarkable change in the infectious ability in cells, but were converted to be non-infectious after 90-, 60- and 30-min exposure at 56 degrees C, at 67 degrees C and at 75 degrees C, respectively.” This is SARS, not SARS-COV-2.
* * *Potential treatment:
Can a century-old TB vaccine steel the immune system against the new coronavirus? Science (re-upping this from March 23). See also The BCG World Atlas: A Database of Global BCG Vaccination Policies and Practices PLOS One (BCG being the TB vaccine). Handy map:
Key. A: The country currently has universal BCG vaccination program. B: The country used to recommend BCG vaccination for everyone, but currently does not. C: The country never had universal BCG vaccination programs.
Inoculating the world may mean reviving old curbs on patents Economic Times of India
* * *Materiel shortages:
The great mask controversy:
White House expected to recommend Americans wear cloth masks to prevent coronavirus spread STAT. On masks, thread:
1. So much of the mistrust swirling around mask recommendations from WHO and other authorities seems to have arisen out of confusion between receiver protection (your mask protects you from others) and source control (your mask protects others from you).
— Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) April 3, 2020
COMMENTARY: Masks-for-all for COVID-19 not based on sound data CIDRAP. Note sponsors at right… .
* * *Spread:
COVID-19 projections assuming full social distancing through May 2020, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. National peak resource use is projected as April 15:
The drop-down at top center gives the projected peak date for your state. Lots of other setttings to play around with.
Map Reveals Hidden U.S. Hotspots of Coronavirus Infection Scientific American (JT McPhee).
* * *Press:
Tips and Tools for Reporting on COVID-19 Knight Science Journalism, MIT
* * *Political response:
Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August AP. OTOH, a shred of decency: “The checks will be issued in reverse order of adjusted gross income, meaning that people with the lowest income will get payments first.”
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is what real coronavirus leadership looks like The Week. “Stop slobbering over Andrew Cuomo already.”
FACT CHECK: Money-To-Hospitals Plan To Treat Coronavirus Patients Could Face Problems NPR. I have to say this sounds more sensible than opening the horrid ObamaCare exchanges again.
* * *Corporate response: * * *Travel: * * *Remedies and ameliorations:
Coronavirus – What Are the Best Alternatives for Self-Care? Organic Consumers Association
Tragedy unfolds as virus deaths rise in Europe’s homes for elderly FT. Deaths not in hospital are not counted.
Coronavirus: strategic failure EU Referendum
Witnessing Wuhan Project Syndicate
Testing in Japan. Thread:
One of the most intensely discussed questions about Japan’s anti-virus strategy is why, despite having growing capacity, the authorities carry out so few tests. A meeting this morning with a senior official of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party offers a answer to the mystery.
— Richard Lloyd Parry (@dicklp) April 3, 2020
Mossad officer describes covert global battle to obtain ventilators at all costs Times of Israel (Re Silc).
Similar issues to Xinjiang? Thread:
THREAD about how Douyin, the Chinese version of #TikTok, is banning livestreamers for speaking Cantonese instead of Mandarin. 1/
— David Paulk 波大卫 (@davidpaulk) April 1, 2020
Trump Admin’s Bounty on Venezuelan President Triggers Explosive Confession of Violent Plot Consortium News (Furzy Mouse).
US Escalates Warmongering Against Venezuela Because Of… Drug Trafficking? Caitlin Johnstone, Medium
Bernie Sanders isn’t making it easy for the Democratic Party NBC. That’s a damn shame.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
‘War Dialing’ Tool Exposes Zoom’s Password Problems Krebs on Security (BC).
The Inspector General’s Disturbing FISA Memo Lawfare. “It appears that the facts presented in a lot of FISA applications are not reliably accurate.” No!
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Blob Sucked Away Your Public Health And Gave You War Instead The American Conservative
The tragedy of two failing superpowers Martin Wolf, Straits Times
Good Guys with Guns Harpers
Now the world faces two pandemics – one medical, one financial Robert Shiller, Guardian
How a debt jubilee could help the U.S. avert economic depression (transcript) Michael Hudson, Marketplace
Antidote du jour (via):
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