A virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea.
[adding page in middle of virus ness along with: virus noticings; things supposedly impossible; to (virus) leap;.. pages]
Coronavirus makes clear what has been true all along. Your health is as safe as that of the worst-insured, worst-cared-for person in your society. It will be decided by the height of the floor, not the ceiling.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/1233041575414050817
Lucas Gonzalez “how are we going to do this” (@lucasgonzalez) tweeted at 3:26 AM – 1 Mar 2020 :
I’m giving myself a break today.
If you want the 500-word article I wrote for @leashless initiative @theFWD, just for some perspective, here it is: https://t.co/Dt928hVhKs
Take care. Or not! (http://twitter.com/lucasgonzalez/status/1234062474498002945?s=17)
Caitlin Rivers, PhD (@cmyeaton) tweeted at 2:24 PM – 29 Feb 2020 :
In an effort to convey that most people with COVID-19 have mild illness, I think we overlook that probably all of us have a loved one with a health condition at higher risk. We can all do extra to help keep those people healthy. 1/ (http://twitter.com/cmyeaton/status/1233865718178906112?s=17)
Lucas Gonzalez “how are we going to do this” (@lucasgonzalez) tweeted at 3:26 PM – 29 Feb 2020 :
This! #improveNPI https://t.co/kTRaa4DPVB (http://twitter.com/lucasgonzalez/status/1233881288802787331?s=17)
Dr Emma Hodcroft (@firefoxx66) tweeted at 1:13 AM – 29 Feb 2020 :
“If the virus is everywhere, what’s the point of preparedness?”
On neither why continuing about your day as usual OR buying every can in the shop are helpful responses to #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 #Coronavirus #SARSCoV19 :
gregorylent (@gregorylent) tweeted at 4:47 AM on Sun, Mar 01, 2020:
interesting how the world works .. just as #FacialRecognition becomes a thing, so does wearing #Masks
Michel Bauwens (@mbauwens) tweeted at 4:57 AM on Sun, Mar 01, 2020:
Coronavirus and the Blindness of Authoritarianism – The Atlantic https://t.co/fCVXSo9u7E
Ali (@aliostad) tweeted at 1:22 AM on Sat, Feb 29, 2020:
Coronavirus epidemy in Iran has past the crisis level. The country is imploding – law and order to disappear in the next days. A number of officials already died and mass infection among hospital staff and police forces reported.
Cameron Sinclair (@casinclair) tweeted at 5:02 AM – 2 Mar 2020 :
Coronavirus will affect those most on the fringe of society. As a global pandemic, the first time it hits a refugee camp, a migrant detention center or an informal settlement we will see huge uptick in (undocumented) deaths. #RefugeeCrisis (http://twitter.com/casinclair/status/1234448925718974465?s=17)
Cameron Sinclair (@casinclair) tweeted at 5:04 AM – 2 Mar 2020 :
This will lead to fear, persecution and abandonment of those less fortunate. Pandemics have no borders and the @WHO and @Refugees will face its toughest challenge – politics. (http://twitter.com/casinclair/status/1234449386597429248?s=17)
links to pic/graph of impact of protective measures: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158090834227200&set=a.451878642199&type=3&theater
measures (from insights/links below):
social distancing – keep people home as much as possible, for as long as possible until this recedes..stop mass gatherings;
pay people to stay at home;..
then this from jason several days later:
Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel) tweeted at 3:33 AM on Thu, Mar 19, 2020:
Western governments and media became enamoured with that ridiculous “flatten the curve” graph. Widespread infection but over a prolonged period of time. Still 2% mortality. Mass deaths.
Meanwhile, East Asia didn’t try to flatten the curve. They stopped the curve in its tracks.
3 min video: https://www.facebook.com/lauren.szymecko/videos/10157801959186355/
drink, drink.. esp warm.. self test by breathing in and holding 10 sec..
from dr v:
there was a report from the WHO released just a few days ago which analyzed a significant amount of data from China: everything from the disease characteristics, to treatment, to the China response. The SINGLE most important factor in the control of this disease is actually shutting things down…finding the positive cases and isolating them immediately, keeping people apart, washing your hands, and not touching your face.Pretty much the basics of public health measures.It’s actually incredibly amazing . It’s not fancy medicine, or technical medical gadgets, or complex treatment protocols that really matter: it’s covering your cough and washing your hands!so: although it feels like the world is crumbling apart in front of us…think of it as a “return” to the basics. A reminders how vulnerable and dependent we are on each other to do the right thing.you do not need to panic, but you do need to take this seriously; especially mom and dad.1. the most important surface to wash is your hands. you cannot get sick just by touching a countertop, or silverware, or store items that might be contaminated. However, when you get the virus on your hands and then touch your face (and by face we mean “points of entry”: mouth, nose and eyes) then you can get sick.2. COVID is spread by sneezes and coughs, not by food (at least this is what we know now) You have to inhale the virus…not eat it. Everyone needs to cover their coughs. 6′ is the distance the droplet particles are thought to travel3. The most important goal is to keep your most vulnerable friends and family from getting sick. right now studies show that elderly with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and any kind of weakened immune system are those at highest risk. So mom and dad: you need to be very careful where you go. I would recommend you pretty much stay either at home or the office.Expect as the number of cases increase in colorado public health will start to limit large gatherings and encourage people to stay home.4. Your employees and family members MUST stay home if they are sick. This must be strictly enforced, again to protect the most vulnerable.5. the number of cases will increase, probably pretty rapidly. That’s not because anyone is failing to do the right thing. It’s just the nature of the illness. and the fact that we don’t follow Steps 1-46. the messaging from public officials will change often and be confusing. This is because the virus spreads fairly easily and still we don’t know a whole lot about it. the bottom line is as cases increase they will implement stronger and strong social distancing recommendations (i.e. postponing big events like concerts or sporting events)7. 80% of cases are mild…just a cold or at worst a bad flu. Unfortunately the news coming out of Seattle does not make it look that way because our outbreak started with the most vulnerable population8. Travel: Everyone needs to stop travel to meetings, conferences, entertainment events and spring break activities. traveling may not be wise unless you drive. Closed in spaces with lots of people is how this thing spreads: think Diamond Princess Cruise ship.8 Call me if you start to feel sick. or if you can’t reach me, call your doctor/clinic first before going in. Your healthcare system will become increasingly crowded and needs to be saved for those most ill. Stay home, drink lots of fluids, take motrin and tylenol for pain/fever. Binge watch Netflix :)Expect this to last 6-8 weeks minimum…maybe longer so settle in for the ride!the ER is busy but we are seeing a variety of things. Unfortunately it is still flu season so everyone with a fever is not COVID which makes things a little complicated sometimes.Just know that your healthcare system and public health is working overtime on this to keep everyone as safe as possible. But it “takes a Village” so please do your part!
via seth – thoughts on virus: https://seths.blog/2020/03/thoughts-on-a-virus/
Very worrying to see the enormous and growing number of children out of school.
@UNESCO is supporting distance learning programs and recommending open educational applications and platforms that schools and teachers can use to reach learners remotely. https://t.co/Eos7suWteQ
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/MelissaFleming/status/1235310400993927170
virus attacking/breaking-down alleged supposed to’s.. of school/work/money (stocks et al)
like facial recog comes and then we all wear masks..
TIME (@TIME) tweeted at 4:47 AM – 6 Mar 2020 :
Italian grandparents are out in force as schools close amid coronavirus outbreak. Is that safe? https://t.co/UOLJs7lQYj(http://twitter.com/TIME/status/1235894874492280832?s=17)
“Altogether it makes me happy, because then I have them around me more,” he said.
Shilpa Anand (@shilpaanand) tweeted at 5:16 AM – 7 Mar 2020 :
Your read for the day : “Working from home is a privilege afforded almost exclusively to knowledge workers.”…..”heavily underwritten by a vast digital underclass”
Could Coronavirus “intensify the inequities” that result from a WFH culture? https://t.co/PnuhFdIJvm (http://twitter.com/shilpaanand/status/1236264541933076480?s=17)
milandv (@milandv) tweeted at 5:22 AM – 7 Mar 2020 :
Coronavirus is Katrina. It’s a disaster and also an allegorical window into where we’re at as a community and as a country. It will reveal how resilient our support networks are and who those in power are willing to abandon quickest. I suspect much of it will be sobering. (http://twitter.com/milandv/status/1236266066344587264?s=17)
After what happened in a Seattle nursing home, nursing homes across the country are confining residents to their rooms.
No entertainment or transportation.
No group meals. Staff will bring meals (eat alone).
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/johnrobb/status/1236300307384188929
Thought experiment: What if instead of “coronavirus/covid-19” we had a situation where the annual flu season is 2x as high as usual? Would there be a moral panic? Methinks opiods & regular flu is infecting/killing more people in the global north; malaria, etc in the global south
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/barrywellman/status/1236300894783844352
Plot twist: massive spike in babies in 9/10 months due to ‘self- isolation’ leading to… well, you know. #covidbabies
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/casinclair/status/1236352567426326530
mar 6 2020 – 20 min video – Coronavirus expert: ‘War is an appropriate analogy’
limited data on kids.. shows less infected ness.. but is it because they are dealing with it better..
a death probably signifies circulation of virus for weeks/months
6 min – most concerning .. is combo of infectiousness and severity (death).. not since 1918 .. spanish flue.. have we seen virus that combined both in same way.. ie: ebola.. high mortality rates.. but not the infectiousness..
i don’t want to make a prediction.. because i think what happens is up to us.. some countries increased by 1000 fold.. some by 10 and 100 fold..
9 min – we need to modify our behavior.. society has to continue.. but ways that reduce transmission
10 min – people who are young.. won’t perceive risk in terms of changing behavior.. but we need to see social risk .. traveling virus to elderly.. chronically ill.. et al.. can’t view in terms of personal risk
11 min – ie: china.. all of society is mobilized in fight against virus.. likened to war
i don’t think it’s a crazy analogy to compare this to ww2.. i think if british people could see this as something to come together against.. who are using metaphors of war
14 min – i think the embedded ineq in america will be played out
16 min – if we treat as moonshot.. could have vaccine in time to save lives.. if who would take 12-18 months.. and would be a record
17 min – this is a virus that is going to be with us for some time.. will need vaccine for long term
18 min – on his asking for funds for vaccine.. against him saying.. most threatening virus he’s seen
Srećko Horvat (@HorvatSrecko) tweeted at 3:34 AM – 7 Mar 2020 :
Probably one of the best articles about #coronavirus I’ve read so far. The only thing I disagree with is the concept of “resilience”. Is “resilience” really an answer to our contemporary barbarism? @NafeezAhmed https://t.co/SaOMTJ6QZN(http://twitter.com/HorvatSrecko/status/1236238684988506114?s=17)
Firstly, he points out that the coronavirus is spurring a new global scientific culture of open collaboration, rapid publication, and open-sourcing. We have seen new platforms created and even new illegal scientific archives go up to aid the process of tracking and understanding the coronavirus. What happens when we leverage such processes to tackle wider issues?
Secondly, there are now numerous remote working initiatives to attempt to keep businesses operational despite the closure of offices.
Thirdly, Azhar points out that as global supply chains feel the pain from the silence of Chinese factories, the demand for local solutions will ramp up. There could be two results from this, in my view. One is that we may learn that we really don’t need to keep buying ‘shit we don’t need’. Another is that for the stuff we do need, we may innovate simpler local-based solutions.
As the coronavirus crisis kicks off, it is our capacity through love to work, give and share not for monetary gain, not for self-protection, not for any reason other than the intrinsic beauty of the act itself, that will get us through to the other side.
Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) tweeted at 5:39 AM on Sun, Mar 08, 2020:
Must read Ignore the disclaimer at the top. This is a clear and on target explanation of the exponential dynamics of outbreaks and why they are catching people off guard who don’t understand complex systems. @nntaleb Outstanding:
Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) tweeted at 5:29 AM on Sat, Mar 07, 2020:
How can we explain to people how bad it can get?
First: 1 in 5 (20%) of cases are severe needing hospitalization for extended periods.
Second: 3-4% die, with increasing risk for those over 50.
Third: Spreads rapidly with 1.5X per day new cases, over 10X per week.
Four concepts that may help us think clearly about the coronavirus epidemic
delayed feedback cycles
leverage points medium.com/@dannybuerkli/ With thanks to@yaneerbaryam, @marcelsalathe& @tylercowenfor the inspiration.
Lance Parkin (@ParkinLance) tweeted at 9:06 AM on Fri, Mar 06, 2020:
Boomers: the Coronavirus is important, because it kills people over 60, let’s close the borders
Millennials/Gen Z: It is called COVID-19 and its spread shows how connected the world is, how health is a social justice issue.
Gen X: Too ra loo ra too ra loo rye aye. COVID-EILEEN
zeynep tufekci (@zeynep) tweeted at 9:32 AM on Sun, Mar 08, 2020:
Incredible, even though I have so little expectation. Musk’s theory must be public health professionals and epidemiologists with all their education and statistics training are completely unaware of all these considerations, and are just “panicking” because they’re all dumb. https://t.co/DGAXguBjzj
The Coronavirus Is Much Worse Than You Think – How COVID-19 is infecting our minds, not our lungs
The coronavirus is a similar no-brainer. As a generic member of the human species, you have about the same odds of dying of the coronavirus as winning in the gambling scenario. These are overall rates, meaning that unless you are already in very poor health, are very old, or very young, the odds for you are much lower. Or next to nil.
Judging by the exponential spread and ‘success’ of such plant species as wheat, corn, rice, or marijuana, and the radical modes of restructuring of human activities and human bodies following their adoption as mono-crops, one might suggest, as Michael Pollan once did, that these plants colonized us. The abandonment of varied sources of proteins and fibre, as well as the flexible modes of livelihoods and environmental knowledge that sustained hunter-gatherer lifestyles gave rise, in record evolutionary time, to deep physiological changes and damages to the human body. By many accounts, the human species has yet to recover from the shock of the agricultural transition, which, for a while, led to lower statures, tooth decay, and lower bone density from malnutrition; a spike in auto-immune diseases; and increased mortality from new pathogens.
The bad news for you is that, if you live in a densely populated area, you are very likely to contract the coronavirus — if not this year, next year, or the year after as it undergoes its seasonal global migration pattern with its zoonotic cousins.
The good news is that you will almost certainly not die from it, and it may not even register that you are slightly more sluggish than usual for a week or two. Much more relevant to the terrible threat caused by our Pathogen Overlords, you can prepare to fight the yearly Corona invasions to come by resisting your own neuroticism, your own prejudice, and your own irrationality.
reduces cases.. what china did
extension on prescription meds so that people came to hospital less
It’s hard to find the virus in general swabs done in the community. And that’s interesting and reassuring. It’s not like flu. But we couldn’t answer the question of why some young, otherwise healthy people suddenly deteriorate. We need to understand that if we [want to] keep people alive.
Liz Ryan (@humanworkplace) tweeted at 12:07 PM – 8 Mar 2020 :
Coronavirus is teaching us that:
1) Healthcare is a right
2) Paid sick time is a right
3) Many, many people could do their jobs from home
4) We are more dependent on a healthy society than we want to acknowledge (http://twitter.com/humanworkplace/status/1236715212029349888?s=17)
If hand sanitizer being produced by ppl in prison making 65 cents an hour to protect us against a virus that makes millions choose btwn going to work sick or staying home w/o getting paid doesn’t tell the story of how America has failed its most vulnerable I don’t know what does.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ClintSmithIII/status/1237165863826046977
track corona in real time (dots on map): https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2lN0xfK8aMCrmOqnK64aDKzO1g4W3yk6HyvRrsUggcRgsqLq70YwkPaWA#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
live update (numbers in grid): https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
updated site by 17 yr old: https://www.timesofisrael.com/updated-every-minute-17-year-old-whiz-kids-coronavirus-site-used-by-millions/
A self-taught computer maven from Seattle, Avi Schiffmann uses web scraping technology to accurately report on developing pandemic, while fighting misinformation and panic
He said he isn’t in it for the money, but rather to be creative and make an impact.
“I want to have the skills to make the next big thing, to change the world. I’m not interested in imitating anyone else. I want to be the next Avi Schiffmann,” he proclaimed.
I love the way the headlines of a global pandemic in America are about…the stock market. As if there was ever a more perfect example of how capitalism makes dummies of us all
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/umairh/status/1237429231061291011
virus helping supposed to’s.. of school/work take a hit .. an opp to set us all free (has to be all of us or it won’t work.. ie: can’t just be school.. can’t just be work..
ᴸᵁᴸᵁ ᴸᴱ Wash Your Hands (@LuluLemew) tweeted at 4:39 AM – 11 Mar 2020 :
Walmart is enacting an emergency leave policy for its 1.4 million hourly workers, allowing them to take time off without penalty after a worker at its store in Cynthiana, KY, tested positive for the #COVID19 https://t.co/emhwcYzMB5(http://twitter.com/LuluLemew/status/1237689524630798336?s=17)
let’s try/code money (any form of measuring/accounting) as the planned obsolescence
ie: ubi as temp placebo..
Harvard. MIT. Tufts. I’m sure other colleges are doing this. Maybe this will give people ideas about changing college as it is today & the ridiculous costs. Online with “multiple” classes in session concurrently or recorded sessions. Maybe cut costs in half (or more) etc https://t.co/nGZbTjHq26
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/MDTrades12/status/1237714567901437953
16 nations close all schools.. et al
let’s just facil daily curiosity ie: cure ios city
photos – when everyone stays home: https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2020/03/empty-spaces-due-coronavirus-fears/607666/
California can test 7,400 people a day for coronavirus. Washington state can test 750. Oregon can test 40 people a day. @tessriski reports. https://t.co/AjL1RAsXio
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/AaronMesh/status/1237813666138877952
Social distancing is underrated.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Snowden/status/1237818171446513666
“Countries that act fast reduce the number of deaths at least by 10x.” https://t.co/qFyVKJcg2Z
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/hrheingold/status/1237870295534292993
linked to 22 min read medium post: [https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca]
There is one very simple thing that we can do and that works: social distancing.
The current scientific consensus is that this virus can be spread within 2 meters (6 feet) if somebody coughs. Otherwise, the droplets fall to the ground and don’t infect you.
thinking of song – i will fight – 6 ft apart
The worst infection then becomes through surfaces: The virus survives for hours or days on different surfaces. If it behaves like the flu, it can survive for weeks on metal, ceramics and plastics. That means things like doorknobs, tables, or elevator buttons can be terrible infection vectors.
The only way to truly reduce that is with social distancing: Keeping people home as much as possible, for as long as possible until this recedes.
same post showing up a lot in stream
Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) tweeted at 2:03 PM – 11 Mar 2020 :
Well I read this and now I’m one of those “cancel everything” people https://t.co/0miw8M2GiE (http://twitter.com/CaseyNewton/status/1237831596515840002?s=17)
A list of universities canceling classes/moving online/pausing classes. Feel free to update or edit.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/KRA2104/status/1237458090355720192
SUNY & CUNY – 700 000 students
Middlebury MonMouth Northeastern U Seattle Campus Rowan Rutgers Saint Louis Skidmore San Jose State San Francisco Loyola Indiana University Kean State Hofstra Maryville U of St Louis MIT Case Western Barnard Bellevue American U Academy of Art Georgetown UCLA Xavier West Chester Grinnell..
Michael Hobbes (@RottenInDenmark) tweeted at 2:45 PM on Wed, Mar 11, 2020:
Just went to Seattle’s UW Medical Center to ask how much patients are being charged for a coronavirus test.
$100-$500 if they have insurance.
$1,600 if they don’t.
LSE Impact Blog (@LSEImpactBlog) tweeted at 5:38 AM – 12 Mar 2020 :
The COVID-19 online pivot: Adapting university teaching to social distancing
#COVID19 #HigherEd @mweller https://t.co/iFM99I9wgm (http://twitter.com/LSEImpactBlog/status/1238066955787124736?s=17)
bon, maha, et al
hanks, nba, et al: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/business/media/tom-hanks-coronavirus.html
The Intercept (@theintercept) tweeted at 5:44 AM – 12 Mar 2020 :
“You divert a lot of resources when you are focused on closing borders, rather than focusing on protecting your health workers, preparing your health systems, and enhancing your disease surveillance.” https://t.co/ztogcM04HR (http://twitter.com/theintercept/status/1238068303651909632?s=17)
These things play out at the community level,” she said. “These communities need the resources.
beyond face masks et al..
great opp to let go of all of it.. and try ie: cure ios city
we have the means for everyone to be connected.. so we could listen to every voice everyday.. (w detox embed so that have/needs are true have/needs.. aka: basic needs) .. then at least till virus slows/relaxes.. use self drive and drones to deliver resources
Question: why does South Korea have a 0.7% fatality rate while Italy has 5%?
They have a similar number of cases.
Italy does have an older population, but is that the whole story? https://t.co/rkMMRs3jTZ
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/JamesAALongman/status/1238088997680877568
The sections on transmission, self-protection, and care during a social distancing lockdown or quarantine are likewise levelheaded, clear and informative.
This is a tab you should just keep open in your browser, IOW. Mole’s updating frequently, too.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/doctorow/status/1238091151703289856
thread links to post
“Our response is much, much worse than almost any other country that’s been affected,” Jha says. (Jha is head of the Harvard Global Health Institute) https://t.co/EoYHvPvhCG
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/EthanZ/status/1238141920532148224
free testing.. and stop mass gatherings
Katie Porter Wins CDC Promise To Pay For Coronavirus Testing
free testing for every american – 5 min video – quoting authority to man (dr redfield) in authority.. and he commits.. for every american regardless of insurance coverage
everyone in america hear that.. you are eligible to go get tested.. and have that covered regardless of insurance.. don’t let lack of ins stand in way of virus
it’s becoming obvious this is why tests were withheld nationally — cuz if they did testing, it would show that tens of thousands of people are already infected. https://t.co/yob2lMl1j5
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/_pem_pem/status/1238203628499939329
Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel) tweeted at 11:57 AM on Thu, Mar 12, 2020:
The govt are taking an enormous gamble: allow the virus to spread enough to build immunity, and then intervene right before a deadly spike. But if they miss that moment, the NHS will break and we will face calamity. It is an experiment to which no one has consented. #CobraMeeting
and see below from chris hayes thread et al on ie: everyone can’t be tested.. other safer/measures
What do you think of this solution to COVID-19? https://t.co/mhrengLpYx #Solutionary #COVID19 #SolutionarySolution #UBI #UBIStimulus
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ZoeWeil/status/1238179728391131137
What’s needed, among other measures, is direct cash into the hands of people in distress. We literally need to pay people to stay home, because that’s the most valuable thing they can do for society in this crisis. The easiest way to achieve that is to put cash into everybody’s hands, immediately. What’s needed is some form of universal basic income (UBI)
but if we want the system to change.. not just get thru another crisis.. let’s try/code money (any form of measuring/accounting) as the planned obsolescence
ie: ubi as temp placebo..
thread – kids calling it boomercide
So many things that were impossible to even consider changing are suddenly changing Fast. Flights, conferences, schools, public debate,grocery lists,family communications, finances, work schedules etc.These changes create more changes that change other plans & even change ideas.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/NoraBateson/status/1237635911690653697
there’s a nother way.. not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…
SCOOP: AT&T is suspending all broadband data caps during coronavirus crisis, showing that these are bullshit nonsense caps anyway https://t.co/k39ANimGzM
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/jason_koebler/status/1238214044403859456
Stephen Redmond (@stephencredmond) tweeted at 5:07 AM – 13 Mar 2020 :
“Proactive school closures—closing schools before there’s a case there—have been shown to be one of the most powerful nonpharmaceutical interventions that we can deploy.” https://t.co/73KQfC4afM (http://twitter.com/stephencredmond/status/1238421469706715136?s=17)
Aaron Swartz Day (@AaronSwartzDay) tweeted at 6:12 AM – 13 Mar 2020 :
#RequiredWatching Excellent video answering all sorts of important questions about when you need to get tested for #COVID19, what the test is like, what you do if you test positive, and whether or not you can get it more than once. https://t.co/ZhOMOqNsmc (http://twitter.com/AaronSwartzDay/status/1238437866805452801?s=17)
if think need to be tested.. call dr first.. test puts brush in thru nose.. virus lives in lining of back of nose and down back of throat
can’t tell if you have flu or covid19.. only way to be sure is to do a lab test
if test positive.. most people who get this have mild illness.. looks like if you get it once won’t get it again.. but we don’t know for sure yet
Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) tweeted at 9:03 PM on Thu, Mar 12, 2020:
So tonight I spoke w the head of Emergency Medicine at Langone NYU and I want to pass along some important takeaways from our segment about What To Do If You Feel Ill…
Naturally, people feeling they have flu-like symptoms that may be COVID-19 want to be tested, but the reality is: at this point that is neither a realistic possibility nor a medical priority.
His advice: if you’re in a low-risk group and feel symptoms, self-isolate. Monitor your temperature. Drink plenty of fluids and take ibuprofen. Stay away from people and just rest up as if you had the flu.
If your conditions worsen, seek contact with your doctor, ideally through telemedicine of some kind. But don’t expect a test, and DO NOT go to medical centers seeking one, unless you have concern you need urgent care or emergency medicine.
Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) tweeted at 10:12 PM – 12 Mar 2020 :
I increasingly convinced we need Congress to pass a trillion dollar stimulus in the next week, focused on people not industry bailouts. Probably best just direct cash. (http://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1238316870337531904?s=17)
In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.
— “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays
Italians in lockdown all over Italy are keeping each other company by singing, dancing and playing music from the balconies. A thread to celebrate the resilience of ordinary people. This is Salerno: https://t.co/3aOchqdEpn
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/leonardocarella/status/1238511612270690305
thread shows other places
Put simply, medics found that severely ill flu patients nursed outdoors recovered better than those treated indoors. A combination of fresh air and sunlight seems to have prevented deaths among patients; and infections among medical staff. There is scientific support for this. Research shows that outdoor air is a natural disinfectant. Fresh air can kill the flu virus and other harmful germs. Equally, sunlight is germicidal and there is now evidence it can kill the flu virus.
things supposedly impossible:
Resharing this because it’s so good. https://t.co/2eCNeAMpVh
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Mlsif/status/1238816261900992512
A thread of things which were supposedly impossible or impractical, which have magically become trivially easy now that #COVIDー19 is a reality.
1. Reducing airline travel.
2. Conferences accommodating people with disabilities by offering live stream and/or Skype calls.
3. Government-provided universal basic income so parents can stay home and take care of children.
ubi not enough.. let’s try/code money (any form of measuring/accounting) as the planned obsolescence
ie: ubi as temp placebo..
4. Major companies adopting work-from-home policies for all employees.
we need to let go of the supposed to’s.. of school/work.. and live in the city.. as the day..
has to be all of us.. everyday
5. Mass rollout of contactless payments, which the industry has been dragging its feet on.
6. Universities offering remote learning for all classes and all students
again.. we need to let go of the supposed to’s.. of school/work.. and live in the city.. as the day.. has to be all of us.. everyday
7. Suspending mortgage payments and implementing “debt holidays” for a whole country.
8. Detroit finally halting water-shutoffs for residents after six years of predation amidst intense criticism.
flint .. what the eyes don’t see.. ness
9. A moratorium on evicting tenants in the 10th-largest city in the United States.
10. San Francisco staging RVs in the Presidio to provide emergency housing for unhoused people.
11. Iran released 70,000 incarcerated people, many of them imprisoned for nonviolent or political reasons.
I don’t buy the story that “Now that coronavirus has shown us what’s possible in a crisis, maybe these things will become the norm.” No. The people in power have always know what’s possible; they were just lying to you. You have to TAKE their power away. Organize. Unionize.
ie: 2 convers as infra via cure ios city
12. Broadband caps lifted. Those caps were always articial bullsh*t.
while reading blueprint.. reading nicholas’s tweets on virus ness.. ie:
@NNAChristakis: Flu pandemics recur reliably but unpredictably every decade or so, and their extent and intensity varies. With COVID19, we may be in midst of a once-every-50-years event, perhaps similar to 1957 pandemic, but not as bad as the 1918 pandemic. Let’s talk about the 1957 pandemic. 1/
“I realize that not everyone can do everything. But we have to try our absolute best as a community, starting today. Enhancing social distancing, even by one day, can make a large difference.”
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/DanParham/status/1239013159266066432
We must move to pandemic mitigation through widespread, uncomfortable, and comprehensive social distancing. That means not only shutting down schools, work (as much as possible), group gatherings, and public events, but also making daily choices to stay away from each other as much as possible to Flatten The Curve below.
best single advice: [https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12316640&fbclid=IwAR3EDB8mI3G1CDpBX___F9l9qxYR9KuYtSvlmISjaUK46l0MpTXdqT-ETHs]
people shouldn’t act like someone who is avoiding contracting the virus but rather as someone who already has the virus and is trying not to pass it onto others.
Nika Dubrovsky (@nikadubrovsky) tweeted at 6:07 AM on Sun, Mar 15, 2020:
#coronavirus @alk1967 The virus can only disappear for those who are ill… The problem of a collapsed economy will have to be loosened up by everyone, with minimal chances of survival for the poor.”
.@davidgraeber : When I give a lecture on Marx …
Italians talk to themselves 10 days ago “In 10 days life will be no more like this”https://t.co/tBKV6QABi8
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/yaneerbaryam/status/1239649018415927297
3 min video – basically.. stay home.. chill
harvard prof connected to wuhan .. craziness.. [https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/harvard-university-professor-and-two-chinese-nationals-charged-three-separate-china-related]
Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) tweeted at 4:03 PM on Mon, Mar 16, 2020:
Fear mongering about lockdowns lasting for months is wrong. If we really lock down, in 2 weeks we know everyone infected now. They can be isolated. The next two weeks only people they live with might be sick. That is why it can be fast. See China attached. https://t.co/B9A2cdKq2m
BREAKING: Coronvirus Outbreak. One week after Italy’s national lockdown (8 days after the north), Italy has three days with same number of new cases. This means 5 days after lockdown cases leveled off, consistent with typical incubation period of 3-5 days. This is good news. https://t.co/YS9WQaVamP
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/yaneerbaryam/status/1239697605606682626
colorado – Polis: All on-site dining prohibited at Colorado restaurants and bars; Gyms, theaters and casinos closed – https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/polis-all-on-site-dining-prohibited-at-colorado-restaurants-and-bars-gyms-theaters-and-casinos-closed/
and under 10 rule for gatherings
ireland developed a kit.. confirms in 15 min.. could be out in 7 days
US CONGRESS MUST ACT TO KILL THE VIRUS
US facing 1M+ deaths
Demand for ICU beds est. to be 8 – 10x of supply
State, individual, corporate action critical but not enough
Congress must enact “no regrets” actions & policies
Starts with a radical mental shift
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ShellenbergerMD/status/1239689600718655488
italy balcony music during virus quarantine.. image
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/doctorow/status/1239881674122571777
BREAKING: Coronavirus Outbreak. More good news: Fourth day of stability in Italy, Iran also seems stable.
But 10 countries in Europe have over 1,000 cases.
US jumps by at least 1,776 to 6,439. Growing by 1.32X, 32% more new cases per day.
Imagine one week from now https://t.co/RdCe7E8iTf
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/yaneerbaryam/status/1240070680873447425
days later via peter leyden fb share
This is very important and positive new understanding, if confirmed with more research. Worth the read from a legitimate news organization for all the emerging facts. Stay steady and don’t panic if you are healthy and under 70.
image (singing from balconies while others in distress) via becca fb share:
The romanticization of the Quarantine is a class privilege! Credit: Kerem Gurbuz https://t.co/qNKA1X6BHz
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/joelene22jo/status/1250067035071053824
If you feel the tickle, gargle with warm salt water, this can kill germs in your throat.. before gets to lungs
Say it again, #YangWasRight. Now Trump is on board w/ #MoneyForThePeople ! https://t.co/CwsyZl987vhttps://t.co/5PFXk0yatS
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ddrrnt/status/1239963721331396608
then people have to cash them? how? where?.. maybe just let go of money.. or at least use something that doesn’t require another step..
silly monopoly game..
Andrew Yang’s team has been in touch with the White House.
Andrew Yang: “Our team reached out and said hey we’d love to be able to help, and they said well we’d love any resources you have in terms of studies as to what cash in people’s hands can do.” https://t.co/4jgQ0muXOJ
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ZachandMattShow/status/1239985622464561156
do we want a bandaid..? or a cure..?
if we get a chance to try ubi ness.. let’s try/code money (any form of measuring/accounting) as the planned obsolescence
ie: ubi as temp placebo..
via fb convos (paul):
Is Trump going to turn into FDR? He just announced the submission of something like an 800 billion bail-out to individual families and small businesses – that’s bigger than the TIRP financial bail-out Obama made in 2008!
Clearly, it is not enough, but the fact that he is sending checks to individual families and businesses is not a policy that any Democrat or progressive would expect from a committed, sociopathic narcissist who they view as evil incarnate..
But, as it turns out, it appears that Trump is in an ideal position to play FDR, win re-election, and go down in history as a great humanitarian. Ha ha ha ha.
Trump doesn’t have a category.. Anything is possible and that is his superpower…
1000 to every adult in america: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/03/17/checks-virus/
bill passed for 1000 in 2 weeks:
france president suspends rent, taxes, utilities: https://www.graphic.com.gh/international/international-news/coronavirus-france-president-macron-suspends-rent-taxes-and-utilities.html
via jon fb share – good (less bad) virus news
How about some good news from my friend Jana Hrstkova!
-China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.
– Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally.
– Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus.
– A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China.
– Apple reopens all 42 china stores,
– Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.
– Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining.
– Italy is hit hard, experts say, only because they have the oldest population in Europe.
– Scientists in Israel likely to announce the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
– 3 Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life.
– A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in Covid-19 research.
– A San Diego biotech company is developing a Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore.
– Tulsa County’s first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery.
– All 7 patients who were getting treated for at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered.
– Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid -19 can treat others infected by Covid-19.
So it’s not all bad news. Let’s care for each other and stay focused on safety of those most vulnerable.
austria bans gatherings of 5 or more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-austria-update-symptoms-gatherings-ban-latest-a9402866.html
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Sunday that there should be only three reasons for people to leave home: essential work, essential purchases such as food, and helping other people.
People will be able to go out “only alone or with the people with whom [they] live in their apartment”.
italy and spain ban cycling: http://cycling.today/italy-and-spain-ban-cycling-completely/
If the journey is not for food or medical supplies, riders could face a €3,000 penalty, according to several sources.
jon fb share:
Cuba has been good at medical treatment for quite some time now.
Smart well-educated people (education is free in Cuba).
Headline says “No COVID-19 in Cuba and it has an effective plan to face it”.
..some key aspects of life for their ‘subjects’, i.e Cuba’s free education, free medical care, encouragement of the arts etc.
via jon fb share:
Replicating critically-necessary medical equipment that costs $11K for $1.
Via the use of 3D printing.
original manufacturer threatens to sue
#99learns #dgspride #wearedgn – Great tips for those of you who have chosen to use Zoom! https://t.co/ebVqBGS8CA
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/creativeisa/status/1240262427050225665
wow.. anytime this would be unsettling.. but esp during a crisis.. in the name of Ed.. use mute to quiet the kids.. great tips..?
dang .. we’re messed up..
let go.. listen deeper
wom: during china’s lock down (not driving et al) .. air cleared so much that estimated 77 000 lives saved
So good treatment news (and btw, can’t verify the quality or source of the news, so please take that in mind when reading but there was already a lot of buzz about this drug for the last few weeks) https://t.co/iaV7Dmtt8j
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/BiellaColeman/status/1240605041247096835
New controlled clinical study conducted by doctors in France shows that Hydroxychloroquine cures 100% of coronavirus patients within 6 days of treatment (covidtrial.io)
@BiellaColeman: Now, a recent well controlled clinical study conducted by Didier Raoult M.D/Ph.D, et. al in France showed that 100% of patients that received a combination of HCQ and Azithromycin tested negative and were virologically cured within 6 days of treatment.
@BiellaColeman: More info on these treatments (and others) and where they are and are not being used medium.com/@adrianbye/is-…
dr v: greatest need – surgical and n95 masks
80% of cases in China were cohabitants. To cut the curve (death and medical impacts) separate roommates and families. Need rapid mobilization to provide separated spaces in hotels, schools, public buildings, businesses. After two weeks, non-symptomatic individuals can be reunited
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/yaneerbaryam/status/1240612630596915201
@yaneerbaryam: Students returning from college are vectors of transmission. Healthcare workers too. Safeguard your loved ones. Let’s find a way to do this for as many as possible.
@yaneerbaryam: “Familial clustering of COVID-19 has been identified, especially in Guangdong and Sichuan, where up to 78% – 85% of the confirmed cases were from familiar clusters.” who.int/docs/default-s…
@yaneerbaryam: At the very least, separate as much as possible at home.
Minnesota and Vermont classified grocery clerks as essential workers, meaning they can get free childcare.
Shouldn’t they also get free healthcare, better wages, and a union? https://t.co/6jXRO8jMec
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/parismarx/status/1240632826023817218
full lock down coming: https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/18/america-united-states-lockdown-coming/
The virus is transmitted by droplets and fomites—it isn’t like measles, capable of drifting about in the air for hours. It dehydrates quickly if not inside water, mucus, or fomite droplets. The size of the droplets may be far below what the human eye can see, but they are gravity-sensitive, and will fall from an individual’s mouth down, eventually, to the nearest lower surface—table, desk, floor. You do not need to clean upward.
However, a newly published study, backed by the National Institutes of Health, foundthat the virus survives in “aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.” This means an uncleaned surface can pose a risk to members of the household for a very long time—a doorknob, tabletop, kitchen counter or stainless steel utensil.
The virus is killed by ultraviolet sunlight, and air flow will hasten dehydration. Do not create air flow by turning on building central air systems—you will spread contamination. If there are windows, open them wide and leave them open whenever weather conditions allow. If there are curtains or shades, open them and let sunlight pour in.
Deliveries should be left in a common area, such as the building lobby, rather than having outsiders use the elevators and knock on household doors.
bored w quarentine? we in gaza have been living it for 14 yrs
few days later
This is the news we all feared the most.
#Gaza’s health sector, battered and broken by 13 years of illegal closure and blockade and the burden of thousands of injuries inflicted at the Great March of Return, is not prepared for #coronavirus.
Pray that it stays contained. https://t.co/15gSlHex6H
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/rohantalbot/status/1241517277125754882
shilpa fb share:
not at all to downplay the suffering and struggle, and tremendous grief and loss in this moment…
and just another perspective…
if this virus leads to:
– universal healthcare
– cancellation of student debt
– universal basic income
– cleaning of the air and water
– massive slow down to fossil fuel industries
– massive slow down to consumerism
– huge amounts of neighborhood and community support
– more care for the elderly, disabled and most vulnerable
– unschooling experiments
– release of prisoners
…and who knows what else?
the US and world will (thankfully) never be the same.
as my friend just wrote, “as far as a rate of return on the apocalypse, this one is through the roof.”
via michel fb share
via Satish Jha, explaining why Corona is such a dangerous virus:
“Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand…
It has to do with RNA sequencing…. I.e. genetics.
Seasonal flu is an “all human virus”. The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year…. you get immunity two ways…through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.
Novel viruses, come from animals…. the WHO tracks novel viruses in animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to humans… then it’s a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it so, we can’t fight it off.
Now…. sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human, for years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human…. once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how contagious, or how deadly it’s gonna be..
H1N1 was deadly….but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. It’s RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.
Now, here comes this Coronavirus… it existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long…but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person… But here is the scary part…. in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”
This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity…doctors have no known medicines for it.
And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus, changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs..
That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any other type of influenza…. this one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater…And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L….which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.”
on vicki and ellie and surgical/n95 masks via kosta
Writing a protocol on making 3D printed masks using HEPA air conditioning filters. Pass it on.
on 100 000 masks in brussels – https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/bruxelles/detail_coronavirus-la-region-bruxelloise-veut-faire-fabriquer-100-000-masques
mask challenge: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1e81ceSrVT6Bl4UaS1SxIUUUzgZAdkIstU7Hzot08Ld8/edit#gid=0
open covid initiative: https://app.jogl.io/program/opencovid19
I’m focused on face shield parts, because that has been what’s requested.
The mask design you link to looks a bit tough, as it requires you to “fold” plastic. I think some groups have dropped that design, but I’m not certain as everything is a bit up in the air…
Governor Polis showed this one today:
This is a design many people are printing:
via twitter – n95 project: https://www.projectn95.com/
3-D printing face shield initiative in NYC @Columbia libraries https://t.co/pMwqROKnW1
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/BiellaColeman/status/1242097106267095040
500 patients in northern Italy are starting to breathe thanks to hacked scuba gear, modified with 3D printers. #COVIDー19 solutions!
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/dgiluz/status/1242130312802467842
Pandemics & Infodemics – Wisdom In The Time Of Covid-19 | Russell Brand & Dr. Gabor Mate – 25 min video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FEoQOurpGo]
g: virus has gone viral.. not just an epidemic and infodemic
6 min – g: all these fears.. a lot of people live with them chronically.. we just don’t see them.. even 9 11.. lot more people have died from bombing.. when it happens to us that’s when we become aware of it.. ie: air pollution kills more.. threats all of a sudden and strange.. but slow and chronic are killing many
9 min – r: great opp for re ordering
10 min – g: buddhist – say – relax.. everything is out of control.. how to be w whatever happens.. crisis is always a combo of danger and opp
12 min – g: not sure if will be a learning opp or not.. doesn’t this just clarify all our values..?.. so possible learning moment but will we take it or not?.. system against us doing so.. wants us to go back to our ordinary narrow/individualistic mode of thinking
17 min – g: bruce alexander .. written 2nd book on addiction.. called – globalization of addiction.. about dislocation.. addiction is mark of social dislocation.. people were dislocated from the commons.. gave rise to gin craze
very deep.. perhaps we try to get commoning ness back..
21 min – g: what if as a society we admitted all our disfunctions.. another book – when society is an addict.. let’s not deny it anymore.. what if we acknowledged (poverty et al) as a society..
g: when people get that something is intolerable.. people ask a lot more things about the nature of society.. so this virus can maybe contribute to that question.. response .. was denial.. dr’s first spoke truth about it .. they were shut down.. what if we stopped being a society in denial
Imagine if this was the ethos and way political leaders went about their work. Sigh. But thanks to the actual heroes and what they risk/sacrifice for others. https://t.co/KstJCszF2b
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/cogdog/status/1241400986410729472
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, here’s what doctors and nurses nationwide are doing to prepare: Drafting wills. Moving into basements so they don’t infect their families. Talking to their children about where they’d want to live if mom and dad die.
newspapers and mail: https://www.timescall.com/2020/03/22/johnnie-st-vrain-mail-newspaper-carriers-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/
“According to the World Health Organization,” the statement read, “‘the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.’”
The statement went on to note that the coronavirus has poor “survivability” on surfaces.
All this, as you can imagine, is quite a relief to me. The post office, like grocery stores, pharmacies, food delivery businesses and, of course, hospitals, is especially critical during this period of isolation and social distancing
In interesting side note, Boxrud said that the United States Postal Service is hiring around 600 workers in Colorado, which goes to show how much e-commerce and shipping has stepped in to replace the errands and other activities many have had to forego.
via jon fb share on denmark freezing econ:
Larsen: I have to say that the decision-making process in Denmark has been very extraordinary. We have 10 parties in Parliament. From the very left-wing to the really, really right-wing.
And they all agree. There is nearly 100 percent consensus about this. And that’s really amazing. People are convinced that it’s wise to do this now.
This week, the Danish government told private companies hit by the effects of the pandemic that it would pay 75 percent of their employees’ salaries to avoid mass layoffs. The plan could require the government to spend as much as 13 percent of the national economy in three months. That is roughly the equivalent of a $2.5 trillion stimulus in the United States spread out over just 13 weeks. Like I said: very, very big.
Denmark’s government agreed to cover the cost of employees’ salaries at private companies as long as those companies do not fire people. If a company makes a notice saying that it has to either lay off 30 percent of their workers or fire at least 50 people, the state has agreed to take on 75 percent of workers’ salaries, up to $3,288 per month. (This would preserve the income for all employees earning up to $52,400 per year.)
The philosophy here is that the government wants companies to preserve their relationship with their workers. It’s going to be harder to have a strong recovery if companies have to spend time hiring back workers that have been fired. The plan will last for three months, after which point they hope things come back to normal.
updating data site
fed reserve to lend additional trillion/day to large banks: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/federal-reserve-to-lend-additional-1-trillion-a-day-to-large-banks
‘We should start thinking about the next one’: Coronavirus is just the first of many pandemics to come, environmentalists warn | The Independent https://t.co/mhTulMnVeq
Sweeping change is needed including making the crucial link between human health and conservation of the planet.
ie: cure ios city
drink warm – post gone
Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel) tweeted at 2:23 AM on Tue, Mar 24, 2020:
The GOP is downplaying the danger of COVID-19 for the same reasons they downplay the danger of climate breakdown: because they know that the response that these crises demand poses a direct, inescapable challenge to patterns of capital accumulation.
George Monbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) tweeted at 3:30 AM on Tue, Mar 24, 2020:
One thing #COVID19 has made abundantly clear is who the total bastards are. We need a political system that ensures the likes of Mike Ashley, Tim Martin and Richard Branson are never allowed to dominate our lives again. https://t.co/7mRGRMmoUr
ie: cure ios city
Jeff Yang (@originalspin) tweeted at 3:33 PM on Mon, Mar 23, 2020:
So I had my first “breathing while Asian” moment.
Went out for groceries and an older masked white woman passing by the line shouted “FUCK YOU!” at me for no apparent reason. As I stared at her, she pulled off her mask, coughed directly at me, turned on her heel and walked off.
“The pandemic is really showing and kind of showing the cracks in our systems as they are now, and the reality is that we’re going to continue to see new types of crises continue to come up.” —@johannabozuwa
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/DemocracyCollab/status/1241076260501061637
“What social movements working on the grounds tend to think of in terms of a disaster like the one we’re in—or climate change—is that they’re exacerbations of slower-moving forms of emergency.”
Without transformative changes, we still won’t see the end of those issues. . this is our opportunity. It’s time to actually make change so that we are more resilient and we’re ready as more crises come barreling down at us.”
ie: cure ios city
getting us back/to an antifragile/undisturbed ecosystem
“as scary as this is, it’s also a potential quantum leap forward for organizers. We can expand our skillsets; we can pioneer new forms of digital organizing; we can meet people where they’re at;’
linked to article from mar 13 2020 – Coronavirus Demands a Quantum Leap in Organizing
here are 10 ideas to get you started
let’s go with just two: 2 conversations as infra .. ie: 10 listed.. will just perpetuate current infra/org
deep enough ness
perhaps it’s time to legit curate
1.3 billion people. 21 days. This should be interesting! https://t.co/cegr1sOAfq
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ericgarland/status/1242665105894051840
@realDonaldTrump All schools in Canada are closed for the rest of the school year, each family will receive $950 every two weeks for the next 15 weeks, banks were notify to suspend mortgage payments for at least 6 months, and student loans deferred. Imagine if the United States did this. https://t.co/0JJoFGa4jy
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Gina660/status/1242157782691913728
virus ness and scotland
Nika Dubrovsky (@nikadubrovsky) tweeted at 2:26 PM on Wed, Mar 25, 2020:
Scotland is considering giving each citizen a universal basic income https://t.co/tT2DvMOZfz
1200 in 3 weeks: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/coronavirus-checks-direct-deposits-are-coming-here-s-everything-you-n1168936
tackling displaced persons during virus crisis.. including drs/nurses who are sleeping in cars so as not to go home and infect families (convo on fb post on this was intro to jupe)
cameron sinclair as humanitarian advisor
Feels like the dam is finally breaking on the power of gig work platforms…strong words and action by San Francisco Supervisors. @veenadubal @lyoshki @nicoemoe @_drivers_united @AJRavenelleNYC @mawnikr @spvallas @HilaryCRobinson
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/JulietSchor/status/1244069063367766016
Matt McCarthy (@DrMattMcCarthy) tweeted at 7:24 AM on Sat, Mar 28, 2020:
NEW: CDC guidance on masks expected to change in next 10 days. Americans will be advised to wear masks in everyday life. Current recommendation is for high-risk groups only.
diarrhea kills 1.8 m a year
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Arr/status/1243963788895744002
via michel fb share: I absolutely and strongly recommend that you read this article, which I have moved to the top of my list regarding Corona: the game is over..?
I have said it before, and I will say it again: the same political or journalistic treatment applied to any episode of seasonal flu would terrify us just as much as the current epidemic. Just as the staging (with real-time counts of victims) of any major health problem, be it cardiovascular disease, cancer, or the effects of air pollution, would make us shudder with fright just as much, if not infinitely more!
Raoult noted caustically that it was not impossible that the discovery of a new therapeutic utility for a drug that had fallen into the public domain long ago would be disappointing for all those hoping to win a Nobel Prize thanks to the breakthrough discovery of a new molecule or vaccine… Not to mention the prospect of tens of billions of dollars in revenue to be made, whereas chloroquine costs literally nothing. (reduces infectious stage from 20 days to 4-6 days)
in praise of caregivers.. Unfortunately, the situation is far less admirable among our leading experts. Medical research and medical authority are also often made up of petty, manipulative, dishonest or abusive practices of all kinds, as well as pitiful but violent clashes of egos.
Raoult summarizes this absurd situation as follows : “There is a health emergency and we know how to cure the disease with a drug that we know perfectly well. We must be clear on where our priorities lie.” Given the reality of the epidemic, he recommends that we stop panicking and start detecting the ill without waiting for their case to get worse in order to give them a better treatment.
Confining the entire population without screening and without treatment is on a par with the way epidemics were treated centuries ago… The only strategy that makes sense is to screen massively, then confine the positive cases and/or treat them, as well as high-risk cases, since this is possible, as may be seen in China and Korea, whose treatment guidelines include a combination of massive screening and the prescription of chloroquine, included in their treatment guidelines.
tweet for same article:
“We must dare to say it: it is not the virus that kills, it is the chronic pathologies that make a CoV-2 SARS infection potentially fatal to certain patients already heavily affected by these societal diseases, whereas it is benign for healthy people.”
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/mbauwens/status/1244851246743408642
emergency library during virus ness
Archive, in San Francisco, announced—and, in the blink of an eye, opened—the National Emergency Library, a digital collection of 1.4 million books. Until June
invisible hands free delivery – currently just ny and nj – https://twitter.com/InvisHandsHQ
Our co-founder Liam Elkind at work delivering groceries for people in need!
If you are elderly or immunocompromised and in need of help in the NY area, fill out a delivery request form below:
michel fb – wrong about tp shortage: https://medium.com/m/global-identity/what-everyones-getting-wrong-about-the-toilet-paper-shortage-c812e1358fe0
In short, the toilet paper industry is split into two, largely separate markets: commercial and consumer. The pandemic has shifted the lion’s share of demand to the latter. People actually do need to buy significantly more toilet paper during the pandemic — not because they’re making more trips to the bathroom, but because they’re making more of them at home. With some 75% of the U.S. population under stay-at-home orders, Americans are no longer using the restrooms at their workplace, in schools, at restaurants, at hotels, or in airports.'”
HEADS UP: It seems your $1200 stimulus check is actually an advance on your 2020 tax refund
Your year 2020 tax credit will be subtracted by any amount received as a stimulus check in 2020.
Seems like they should be MUCH clearer about that.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/TheTNHoller/status/1246598346589995010
michel fb share: https://www.ccn.com/chillingly-scariest-coronavirus-death-toll-may-not-come-from-covid-19/
Chillingly, Scariest Coronavirus Death Toll May Not Come from COVID-19
A great deal of scientific research indicates the coronavirus containment strategy will cause more deaths than COVID-19 would have.
The link between unemployment and suicides will be a concern that has to be addressed while the majority of the population stays-in to duck the coronavirus pandemic.
Many people will die because of coronavirus, but drastic containment strategies in many countries may leave even more dead. Alarmingly, the death toll from a now imminent coronavirus recession could be much higher than that from COVID-19.
There is a robust scientific literature on the link between unemployment and higher suicide rates (then gave diff ie studies covering all age groups)
michel fb share: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/opinion/coronavirus-pandemic-social-distancing.html
Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?
Importantly, that robust immune response also prevents transmission. If a germ can’t secure its hold on your body, your body no longer serves as a vector to send it forward to the next potential host. This is true even if that next person is not yet immune. When enough of us represent such “dead ends” for viral transmission, spread through the population is blunted, and eventually terminated. This is called herd immunity.
What we know so far about the coronavirus makes it a unique case for the potential application of a “herd immunity” approach, a strategy viewed as a desirable side effect in the Netherlands,and briefly considered in the United Kingdom.
michel fb share:
yes, many people I know feel exhausted, including myself
“Feeling exhausted during the pandemic? This philosopher says you could have moral fatigue
While humans are creatures of habit, everything is out of order right now. Michael Baur says ‘slow down’.”
h/t Gerhard Jung
“It is possible to take this situation as an occasion to not be so mindless and habituated and to think twice about what really was necessary,” he said.
langer outcome law page:
We should exploit the power in uncertainty. (p5)
this is how i view entropy.. ness
carhart harris entropy law et al
For those feeling as if things are a bit out of their control and looking for something to ease their anxiety, Baur encourages people to stop looking for rules or policies to follow.
no agenda ness.. off script ness.. et al
Note that a “lockdown” is not really for social distancing but to
“restrict movement, which is why you have a lockdown, the cordon sanitaire in French.”
Cordon Sanitaire: A barrier designed to prevent a disease or other undesirable condition from spreading.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/yaneerbaryam/status/1249668402710528002
image (singing from balconies while others in distress) via becca fb share:
The romanticization of the Quarantine is a class privilege! Credit: Kerem Gurbuz https://t.co/qNKA1X6BHz
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/joelene22jo/status/1250067035071053824
on turning cities over to cyclers/walkers during virus ness: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/11/world-cities-turn-their-streets-over-to-walkers-and-cyclists
Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) tweeted at 7:21 AM on Thu, Apr 23, 2020:
If policy makers turn to experts, they should recognize the difference between those who study flu (endemic disease) and those who study deadly outbreaks (Ebola, SARS, etc). The latter know that a virus can be completely extinguished when exponential growth turns to decline
This thread is horrifying. US prisons were human rights violations before this, now they are hellscape death traps and the public doesn’t care. https://t.co/Y8SlIkTJ4z
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/quinnnorton/status/1255532899102842882
kevin slav fb share
Seriously, tho, the raw math of
1 country with
4% of the global population and
30% of the deaths
from a global pandemic
that took months to arrive after appearing elsewhere
and only spreads through human behavior and contact
should be the only headline about the United States.
That’s it. It’s sort of the only thing you need to know, to understand its leadership, people, socioeconomic, and health care systems.
Over 160 pairs of white nursing clogs lined the lawn facing the US Capitol on Tuesday in memory of the nurses who’ve died during the coronavirus crisis https://t.co/wnWaDfuV4w https://t.co/l7BPgmBD1E
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1286228338877575168
1918 pandemic killed 50+ million in a world with 1.7 billion pop. Half of those were healthy adults between 20 and 44. COVID has killed 750K in a world with 7.7 billion pop and 80% are sick people over 65. There is no way to compare these 2 but people are trying to!
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/SGSafran/status/1294512417653821440
3 weeks in Sweden and haven’t seen one mask. Old and young out and about living their life. Restaurants, bars, cafes all open. People aren’t living in fear. Amazing to see! Economy open and people are smiling. @Zigmanfreud
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/JonBlum7/status/1294724223865364481
What the CDC actually said was that for 6% of the deaths included in its statistics, “Covid-19 was the only cause mentioned” on the person’s death certificate.
That means the other 94% were listed as having additional factors contributing to their death. https://t.co/U89gMlj3tl
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1300354074160881664
People who never had COVID (i.e. unexposed) were already immune to COVID (they had COVID T-cells). This is due to their exposure to the common cold (25% of colds are from the coronavirus family), and therefore they developed immunity without ever having COVID (so no antibodies).
An extreme example of a university (and an entire city) blaming students for administrative failures: “Boulder County Public Health enacted a new public health order requiring all local city of Boulder residents between the ages of 18 and 22 to avoid gatherings of any size.” https://t.co/5bJCW70Rkv
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Jessifer/status/1309213837334282240
My brain boggles at all the problems with issuing this order specifically targeting 18-22 year olds. It is a crude and malignant version of “kids these days.” It is also paternalistic, as though they’re suggesting these people need to be protected from themselves.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/Jessifer/status/1309213838940811267
video showing how vaccine works on virus – antibodies
This is super great. Must watch. https://t.co/CNQxu0k0Hv
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/rjallain/status/1327976175382179842
We need to be talking constantly about the spike in mental illness and suicides that’s accompanied the Covid pandemic not only so that people realize the value of limiting isolation as much as possible, but also so that desperate people realize this isn’t permanent.
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/babadookspinoza/status/1355527258824454145
what i’m learning:
[from here on will be adding learnings on virus noticings page]
things can change overnight.. (expo ness)
let’s leap to a nother way .. for (blank)’s sake
hoping we (finally) are brave enough to say.. good bye cycle.. as things supposedly impossible.. are staring us in the face..
let’s go deep enough.. to get to the root of healing.. virus/us ness et al
no more same song
interesting what ‘non-essential’ gatherings are disbanded: schools, work-places, (supposed to’s.. of school/work et al), mega-gatherings, gyms (people have time to go outside more.. natural movement), airports, restaurants, ..
and that (hopefully) more are getting a wake-up call.. zoom out view.. to the big monopoly game we keep perpetuating.. when they see ‘impossibilities‘ happen ie: debt/rent/mortgage suspended/dismissed, reset of the game – everyone getting new money – no strings, people bypassing money exchange just to get resources to people in need
10 people or less – missing piece #2 – be w fam – 7ish people – 30 min/day
shelter in place – missing piece #1 – be w self – time/space to talk to self – first 3 min/day – bachelard oikos law
perhaps it’s time to legit curate