Searching for the Birthplace of Sharks Maritime Executive
High microplastic concentration found on ocean floor BBC (Re SIlc).
ICANN Board Withholds Consent for a Change of Control of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) ICANN. “After completing extensive due diligence, the ICANN Board finds that withholding consent of the transfer of PIR from the Internet Society (ISOC) to Ethos Capital is reasonable, and the right thing to do.” Some good news!
An analysis of SARS-CoV-2 viral load by patient age (PDF) Terry C. Jones, Barbara Mühlemann, Talitha Veith, Marta Zuchowski, Jörg Hofmann, Angela Stein, Anke Edelmann, Victor Max Corman, and Christian Drosten. From the abstract: “Analysis of variance of viral loads in patients of different age categories found no significant difference between any pair of age categories including children. In particular, these data indicate that viral loads in the very young do not differ significantly from those of adults.”
Estimation of SARS-CoV-2 infection fatality rate by real-time antibody screening of blood donors medarXiv. Danish study.
The problem with the Covid-19 death numbers Newsweek (Furzy Mouse).
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CLUSTER BOMBS Coronavirus map shows the 22 hotspots where cases could explode as eight states lift lockdowns The U.S. Sun (Re Silc). Based on social media chatter.
COVID-19: How can airports help in the fight against future pandemics? World Economic Forum. Deep clean everything, for starters.
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Fashion industry turns to face masks Bangkok Post. As I’ve been saying.
Don’t Drive Whilst Wearing a Face Mask – Here’s Why DriveTribe (Re Silc).
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NIH Clinical Trial Shows Remdesivir Accelerates Recovery from Advanced COVID-19 NIH. “More detailed information about the trial results, including more comprehensive data, will be available in a forthcoming report.” A “report,” presumably published in a peer-reviewed journal. Not that I’m foily, but my spidey sense is really twitching on this one.
Remdesivir Now ‘Standard of Care’ for COVID-19, Fauci Says MedScape. Fauci unilaterally declares a “standard of care” based on a Gilead press release. A trial attorney firm writes:
The standard of care is developed by a complex network of doctors, medical researchers, government regulators, and writers for medical journals… [S]tandards organically grow from research studies, current doctor practices, and technological developments.
With the caveat that I Am Not A Doctor Or A Lawyer, Fauci is saying that doctors who don’t use remdesivir could get sued (as my citing to a trial lawyer above would imply). From “The Standard of Care: Legal History and Definitions: the Bad and Good News“, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine”:
Negligence, in general, is legally defined as “the standard of conduct to which one must conform… [and] is that of a reasonable man under like circumstances.” In law, medical malpractice is considered a specific area within the general domain of negligence. It requires four conditions (elements) be met for the plaintiff to recover damages. These conditions are: duty; breach of duty; harm; and causation. The second element, breach of duty, is synonymous with the “standard of care.”
Unless Fauci has unilaterally appointed himself a one-man “empowered council” while I wasn’t looking, I don’t see how he gets to make this call.
Is remdesivir a miracle drug to cure coronavirus? Don’t get your hopes up yet The Conversation. “A data and safety panel has looked at the initial results, but they haven’t been peer-reviewed.”
Appendix A, Table 2. Panel on COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Financial Disclosure for Companies Related to COVID-19 Treatment or Diagnostics (Reporting Period: May 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020 NIH. By my hasty calculation, of the persons disclosing interests, 36/50 (72%) had none. There were 14 (28%) diclosures of at least one interest. Of those 14, nine (64%) disclosed an interest in Gilead.
Twitter transcription of interview with Gilead executives. Thread:
$GILD CEO: Looking to have enough remdesivir doses for 1 million patients by end of year. Donating entire existing supply, because right thing to do amid pandemic. Ramping up production since January. As additional raw materials become avail, will produce more.
— Anjalee Khemlani (@AnjKhem) April 30, 2020
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Dual-Functional Plasmonic Photothermal Biosensors for Highly Accurate Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Detection American Chemical Society. From the abstract: “The routinely used reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is currently the reference method for COVID-19 diagnosis. However, it also reported a number of false-positive or -negative cases, especially in the early stages of the novel virus outbreak. In this work, a dual-functional plasmonic biosensor combining the plasmonic photothermal (PPT) effect and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensing transduction provides an alternative and promising solution for the clinical COVID-19 diagnosis.”
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An FAQ on China PPE China Law Blog
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Hundreds of protesters, some carrying guns in the state Capitol, demonstrate against Michigan’s emergency measures NBC. “The right to infect others shall not be infringed.”
Trump contradicts US intel community by claiming he’s seen evidence coronavirus originated in Chinese lab CNN. “Contradicts intel community” [fans self, clutches pearls, heads for fainting couch]. Not that I agree with Trump, but holy cow.
Timeline of the Coronavirus Pandemic and U.S. Response Just Security
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Germany’s Covid-19 expert: ‘For many, I’m the evil guy crippling the economy’ (interview) Guardian. Christian Drosten, who directs the Institute of Virology at the Charité Hospital in Berlin” “Now, what I call the ‘prevention paradox’ has set in. People are claiming we over-reacted, there is political and economic pressure to return to normal.” Handy diagram:
— BDub (@bdubeckyj) April 27, 2020
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Remedies and ameliorations:
Time to Check Your Pandemic-Abandoned Car for Rats NYT. Not a lot of amelioration today. Sorry.
Depression cake is the all-star chocolate cake you can make with pantry staples Salon. Come on, man. Depression cake is an empty plate and no fork.
Answers to Common Questions About North Korea WomenCrossDMZ
Why Thae Yong-ho’s Election Isn’t a Model for North Korean Defectors to Follow The National Interest
Indonesians soak up the rays to battle coronavirus Straits Times
China frauds, auditors and regulators’ obligation to protect investors Francine McKenna, The Dig
China strengthens its global influence through standards setting Hinrich Foundation
Commission explores EU-wide crowdfunding project to finance recovery Euractive. Come on, man.
The ‘Bombshell’ That Wasn’t? Lawyers Say the FBI’s Tactics in Michael Flynn Case Were ‘Routine’ Law & Crime. A balanced write-up. Looks to me like Flynn violated the unwritten law.
Colombia’s great coronavirus exodus Columbia Reports
Democrats in Disarray
How Democrats blew up #MeToo The Week
The unlikely alliance trying to rescue workplace health insurance Politico. “Big businesses and powerful Democrats are aligning around a proposal to bail out employer health plans.” Politico thinks this is “unlikely”?
Imperial Collapse Watch
On the Toxicity of the ‘Warrior’ Ethos Wavell Room
Nannies Tell the Truth About Working During the Coronavirus New York Magazine
One of my colleagues, whenever she is in the city, has to shop around for specialty items for them: things the chef needs that they can’t find in the Hamptons, and obviously they can’t use any old kind of toilet paper; they have to use their nice toilet paper, so she has to go to a few different shops to try and find it. There’s lots of specific items that they have become accustomed to and that they can’t go without. Just like the people. We are like items to them; they can’t go without us.
“Twas ever thus.
Forget the Haircut Protesters. There’s a Real Labor Movement Blossoming in America. Charlie Pierce, Esquire
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.