Coronavirus pandemic may not have started in China, experts say Sydney Morning Herald. “[Dr Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University] believes that many viruses lie dormant throughout the globe and emerge when conditions are favourable. It also means they can vanish as quickly as they arrive.” Jefferson believes fecal transmission is more significant than currently thought.
Why the U.S. still hasn’t solved its testing crisis Politico (Re Silc). It’s hard to solve a manufacturing problem in a deindustrialized country. It’s hard to solve a national problem with a Federal system. And for those who think “leadership” would solve the problem–
COVID-19 meets Election 2020: the perfect storm for misinformation Seattle Times. All the examples are on the right, which, to be fair, is a yarn diagram-heavy environment. The difficulty here is that supposed authorities WHO and Fauci provided misinformation on key issues: Fauci and WHO on masking, and WHO on asymptomatic transmission. The masking kerfuffle wasn’t merely misinformation, either; it was dis information, a falsehood propagated deliberately. Could we have some sort of single standard?
Black Lives Matter Protests, Social Distancing, and COVID-19 (PDF) NBER. From the abstract: “Event-study analyses provide strong evidence that net stay-at-home behavior increased following protest onset, consistent with the hypothesis that nonprotesters’ behavior was substantially affected by urban protests. This effect was not fully explained by the imposition of city curfews. Estimated effects were generally larger for persistent protests and those accompanied by media reports of violence. Furthermore, we find no evidence that urban protests reignited COVID-19 case growth during the more than three weeks following protest onset. We conclude that predictions of broad negative public health consequences of Black Lives Matter protests were far too narrowly conceived.”
A yarn diagram, but Catholic. Fun stuff. Or not. Thread (VE):
So… this isn’t really an Alphaville thing so I thought I would tweet thread it (rather than write about it formally) as it’s both a fascinating story and an important development that the secular minded might not appreciate is going on in. Relates to this Trump tweet https://t.co/4yZX8f3eAw