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Links 4/26/2020

How Our Planet Looks on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Weather Underground

Tracking Fish Art Prints To Monitor Biodiversity Forbes

The Surprising Role of Whales in Ocean Carbon Capture The Maritme Exective. Before petroleum, there was whale oil….

Quantifying methane emissions from the largest oil-producing basin in the United States from space Science. From the abstract: “Based on satellite measurements from May 2018 to March 2019, Permian methane emissions from oil and natural gas production are estimated to be 2.7 ± 0.5 Tg a−1, representing the largest methane flux ever reported from a U.S. oil/gas-producing region and are more than two times higher than bottom-up inventory-based estimates. This magnitude of emissions is 3.7% of the gross gas extracted in the Permian, i.e., ~60% higher than the national average leakage rate. The high methane leakage rate is likely contributed by extensive venting and flaring, resulting from insufficient infrastructure to process and transport natural gas.”

Before-and-after photos show dramatic decline in air pollution around the world during coronavirus lockdown CBS


The science:

Presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections and Transmission in a Skilled Nursing Facility (article) and Asymptomatic Transmission, the Achilles’ Heel of Current Strategies to Control Covid-19 (editorial) NEJM. Important.

SARS-CoV-2 Isolation From Ocular Secretions of a Patient With COVID-19 in Italy With Prolonged Viral RNA Detection Annals of Internal Medicine

SARS-Cov-2 RNA Found on Particulate Matter of Bergamo in Northern Italy: First Preliminary Evidence medrXive. ” At the present, no assumptions can be made concerning the correlation between the presence of the virus on PM and COVID-19 outbreak progression.”

What Autopsies Can Reveal about COVID-19 Der Spiegel

A Stanford Professor’s Wife Recruited People For His Coronavirus Study By Claiming It Would Reveal If They Could “Return To Work Without Fear” Buzzfeed. The controversial Santa Clara study.

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Fixing Nursing-Home Death Traps Is Key to Europe’s Virus Fight Bloomberg

Coronavirus spreads in a New York nursing home forced to take recovering patients NBC

‘Did I Mess This Up?’ A Father Dying From Coronavirus, a Distraught Daughter and a Midnight Rescue. Frontline

Coronavirus: serial killers at large EU Referendum

The pandemic at sea WaPo. Good reporting, but I’d still like to see aggregated reporting closer to the various ground zeros in the United States: international airports like SEA, SFO, LAX, JFK, EWR, etc. “The Pandemic in the Air,” as it were.

Is the developing world sleepwalking into disaster? RTE. Good round-up.

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Treatment and Vaccine:

Editorial: Who do we save from coronavirus and who do we let die? Take wealth, race and disability out of that brutal equation Los Angeles Times

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Test performance evaluation of SARS-CoV-2 serological assays (PDF) The COVID-19 Testing Project. From the abstract: “Our evaluation showed heterogeneous assay performance.” NYT summarizes: “Of the 14 tests, only three delivered consistently reliable results. Even the best had some flaws.”

About Medical Detection Dogs Medical Detection Dogs

Inexpensive, portable detector identifies pathogens in minutes Phys.org

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Many states fall short of mandate to track virus exposure AP

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Economic effects:

Coronavirus chokes the drug trade — from Wuhan, through Mexico and onto U.S. streets LA Times

U.S. reels toward meat shortage; world may be next Portland Press-Herald

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Corporate response:

Stanford Health Care to cut workers’ wages by 20% Palo Alto Online

Got coronavirus? You may get a surprise medical bill, too NBC. Shocker.

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Political response:

Trump says briefings ‘not worth the effort’ amid fallout from disinfectant comments Guardian. Trump has been pretty much “not a step back” guy, so this is an interesting straw in the wind.

Trump Admin Gives Coronavirus Tracking Contract to Peter Thiel’s Palantir: Report Gizmodo

US stays away as world leaders agree action on Covid-19 vaccine Guardian (WHO press release).

Lawmakers press for small business loans for payday lenders Politico

Remembering the Montgomery Ward Seizure: FDR and War Production Powers Lawfare

What 1918’s “Forgotten Pandemic” Can Teach Us About Today Vanity Fair

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Exit strategy:

The coronavirus crisis is way worse than feared Axios

March, April, May: City’s Mood Darkens as Crisis Feels Endless NYT. “A near-doubling of reports of loud televisions in the past five weeks compared with the same period last year, from 400 to 794, suggests an I’ve-had-enough drawing of lines.” I should perhaps refrain from being judge-y, as an introvert who already works from home and just had to add a few tweaks to an already obsessive daily routine, but get a grip, people! The Siege of Leningrad this is not.

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Remedies and ameliorations:

COVID-19/At-Home Mental Health Resource List Dr. Sarika Persaud, GoogleDocs. Quite a compilation.

It was my job to call people whose Covid-19 tests were positive. That taught me a lot about medicine, the law, and society STAT

Empathy Revisited JAMA

Coronavirus: Why going without physical touch is so hard BBC

We’re in a golden age of TV re-runs. Soon they’ll be the only thing on CNN. Great metaphor…

American ingenuity:

Also peak neoliberalism? And/or a harbinger of the Jackpot?

‘Noriega Hotel will not reopen,’ signaling the end of Bakersfield as we know it The Bakersfield Californian

Dozens of COVID-19 Cases Have Been Reported in Rural Texas Counties With No Hospitals and No Licensed Physicians Texas Observer


Yemen war: Separatists declare autonomous rule in south BBC

Saudi Arabia bans flogging as form of punishment Independent. I hate to imagine how that will affect tourism.

The Koreas

Satellite imagery finds likely Kim Jong Un train amid health rumors USA Today

Japan Weighs Need to Extend State of Emergency, Reports Say Bloomberg

Vietnam May Have the Most Effective Response to Covid-19 The Nation


Day 33 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian Cities Times of India

Bags on their heads, fear in their hearts People’s Archive of Rural India

Reinventing Agriculture in the Time of COVID-19 The Wire

Brazil’s star justice minister Sérgio Moro resigns in blow to Jair Bolsonaro Guardian


New details emerge in declassified Papadopoulos transcript CBS News


Video Appears to Show Tara Reade’s Mother Knew of Allegations Against Biden in 1993 Slate. Speaking of vetting:

40 Coronavirus Cases In Milwaukee County Linked To Wisconsin Election, Health Official Says WUWM. Nobody could have predicted…

Bernie Sanders Says the Struggle Must Continue Through 2020 Election and Coronavirus Relief (interview) Teen Vogue. Movie recommendtion from Sanders: Into the Storm. (There are several “Storm” movies; this is the one about Churchill.)

Our Famously Free Press

Corporate Media Deny Their Own Existence, Despite Driving Biden’s Primary Victory FAIR


Embraer hits out after Boeing scraps $4.2 billion tie-up Reuters

Guillotine Watch

Do you know a good submarine-maker? The Economist. Yachts are passé. “These days it’s all about being a middle-aged man in aeronautical-grade aluminium.”

Class Warfare

Kanye West Is Now Officially A Billionaire—And He Really Wants The World To Know Forbes. Sturgill Simpson thinks West wants to run for President.

Organizing for Survival in New York City Commune

Capital Swallows Itself Jacobin

Visualising Viruses LRB

Antidote du Jour (via):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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