Bird-watching takes flight amid coronavirus outbreak as Americans head back outdoors Los Angeles Times. And as long as you’re watching:
If you find a stunned bird with no visible injuries, it might just need a couple of hours in a quiet, dark place (a paper bag) to recover. Avoid flushing it back into the glass. Once it revives and starts to flutter, you can take it to a safe place and let it go.
— Wild Bird Fund (@wildbirdfund) May 3, 2020
Global Oil Demand Starts a Long, Painful and Uncertain Recovery Bloomberg. That’s a damn shame.
Five Steps to Eradicate COVID-19 Outbreak.Asia. A dash of cold water.
A human monoclonal antibody blocking SARS-CoV-2 infection Nature. “Here we report a human monoclonal antibody that neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 (and SARS-CoV) in cell culture.” Only in vitro, before animal testing and human trials.
Effectiveness of isolation, testing, contact tracing and physical distancing on reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in different settings medaRxiv. “Consistent with previous modelling studies and country-specific COVID-19 responses to date, our analysis estimates that a high proportion of cases would need to self-isolate and a high proportion of their contacts to be successfully traced to ensure an effective reproduction number that is below one in the absence of other measures. If combined with moderate physical distancing measures, self-isolation and contact tracing would be more likely to achieve control.”
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15 Children Are Hospitalized With Mysterious Illness Possibly Tied to Covid-19 NYT. Kawasaki syndrome.
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Face masks: What the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory World Economic Forum
Understanding Changing Guidance on Mask Use Johns Hopkins University. From last week, still germane.
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Cost of vaccinating billions against Covid-19 put at more than $20bn FT. So, pocket change? And three bucks a pop?
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Fair price for Gilead’s COVID-19 med remdesivir? $4,460, cost watchdog says FiercePharma. For some definition of “fair.”
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Dogs are being trained to sniff out COVID-19 in humans Live Science. A second project, the first being in the UK. “Trained dogs could be ready to start sniffing out COVID-19 in humans by July, according to the Penn Vet statement.” I find this a lot more believable than any timeline from Big Pharma.
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FDA to rein in flood of coronavirus blood tests after lax oversight Los Angeles Times. The magic of post facto regulation.
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Small Firms Still in Dark on Loan Forgiveness as Clock Ticks Bloomberg. Reminds me of HAMP…
Australian intelligence knocks back US government’s Wuhan lab virus claim Sydney Morning Herald
Remember when people were naming their dogs after Mueller?
— Page Six (@PageSix) May 4, 2020
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Reopening Narratives Bond Economics
We have seen, in all the examples of ancient and modern confederacies, the strongest tendency continually betraying itself in the members, to despoil the general government of its authorities, with a very ineffectual capacity in the latter to defend itself against the encroachments. Although, in most of these examples, the system has been so dissimilar from that under consideration as greatly to weaken any inference concerning the latter from the fate of the former, yet, as the States will retain, under the proposed Constitution, a very extensive portion of active sovereignty, the inference ought not to be wholly disregarded. In the Achaean league it is probable that the federal head had a degree and species of power, which gave it a considerable likeness to the government framed by the convention. The Lycian Confederacy, as far as its principles and form are transmitted, must have borne a still greater analogy to it. Yet history does not inform us that either of them ever degenerated, or tended to degenerate, into one consolidated government. On the contrary, . These cases are the more worthy of our attention, as the external causes by which the component parts were pressed together were much more numerous and powerful than in our case; and consequently less powerful ligaments within would be sufficient to bind the members to the head, and to each other.
Auto dealerships in your local Chamber of Commerce are, as it were, over-ruling the pencil necks at the CDC and the NIH. Local oligarchs are filling the power vacuum left at the Federal level, and our globalist oligarchs are indifferent (denial) or favorable (eugenics). This outcome is consistent with declining life expectancy never having become a political issue, along with deaths of despair and the opioid epidemic. Benign or malign neglect, it comes to the same thing.
I suspect that the US is deeply split right now between people who think that a persistent plateau of 2,000 deaths per day is prima facie unacceptable, and those who think that it’s just another risk that Americans will learn to live with. https://t.co/VMJPO3gTQ4
— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) May 3, 2020
i have been searching term "oregon+[disease]" every day since early march just to see other people's stories that get missed by the news. until about three days ago it was chat and anecdotes and suddenly its 1000s and 1000s of identical posts about "tyranny" and rumors about CPS
— semper bufo (@spindlypete) May 4, 2020
Texans Brace for a COVID-19 ‘Explosion’ Just Days After Reopening Daily Beast. Should be two weeks, no?
The great re-opening debate takes Capitol Hill USA Today. What debate? The Democrats have articulated no alternatives — because There Is No Alternative — and haven’t provided the means for workers to stay safe by “sheltering in place” (vile, horrid phrase). The only bright side is that we have clear proof that the political class are not “essential workers.”
Chinese virologist at centre of ‘coronavirus came from a laboratory’ claim denies defecting South China Morning Post
Iraq, China launch ‘oil for reconstruction’ agreement Al Monitor. Just in time for W’s rehabilitation!
Hot-desking banned, separate with screens, canteens closed and over-70s and the obese working from home under leaked plans to reopen offices that could remain in place for a YEAR Daily Mail (Re Silc).
New Cold War
Why Warlike One-Upmanship Works to Russia’s Benefit The National Interest
Venezuelan Armed Forces: Paramilitary Incursion Neutralized Venezuelanalysis. With a copy of the contract (!).
Chile’s Six Months of Struggle Jacobin
Our Famously Free Press
Mass unemployment is a choice. A federal job guarantee could eliminate it (interview) Pavlina Tcherneva, Vox
Not just Europe:
— Max Ernst (@artisternst) May 3, 2020
Antidote du Jour (via):
#VIDEO Every morning white mare Jenny leaves her stable to stroll through her Frankfurt neighbourhood. Bringing trams to a halt and smiles to people's faces, the free-roaming horse is brightening up the coronavirus lockdown for many 🐎♡https://t.co/9mZsqyTmP3 pic.twitter.com/l07DJDtnaj
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 3, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.