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  1. Last 7 days
    1. Prominence as a critic tends to reinforce itself. The person who appears on news shows is the person who gets to star in a documentary is the person who gets to testify before the Senate is the person who gets invited back onto the news shows, and so forth.

      Another specific example of this has been noted by Zeynep Tufekci of an economist becoming the face of criticism of the education space being open or closed during the coronavirus pandemic. The woman, who had no background in public health or epidemiology, became the public face of the argument about whether schools should be open or closed.

  2. May 2021
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  4. Mar 2021
    1. His answer was that nature had endowed humans with reason (“logos”) and that, hence, the function of humans is to think and, more specifically, to participate — by way of thinking — in the divine thought that organizes the cosmos.

      F*** you aristotle.

    1. If no manufacturer guidance is available, preliminary data(19, 20) suggests limiting the number of reuses to no more than five uses per device to ensure an adequate safety margin.
    2. Extended use is favored over reuse because it is expected to involve less touching of the respirator and therefore less risk of contact transmission.
    1. An interesting look at critical thinking applied to the example of Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis and severity.

      Interesting take on metaepistemology and the idea of "authoritarian muscle memory".

    2. When his medical team held a press conference, one detail stood out: he had been given dexamethasone—a steroid that has been shown to greatly reduce mortality, but only when the patient was severely ill. In the early stages of the disease, the result was the opposite: it increased risk and negative outcomes. 

      I don't recall seeing/hearing reporting on this tidbit at the time.

    1. As Karan pointed out to us, the fact that some people refuse to wear masks makes it even more imperative that we distribute higher-grade masks to those willing to wear them.

      Abraar Karan on coronavirus masks

    1. <small><cite class='h-cite via'> <span class='p-author h-card'>Charlie Warzel and Zeynep Tufekci</span> in Opinion | It’s Been 10 Months, and I Still Don’t Know When to Replace My Mask! - The New York Times (<time class='dt-published'>03/02/2021 04:23:02</time>)</cite></small>

    1. Fit is very important for upping one’s mask game.

      Mask fit is important for helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    2. If I were wearing an N95 just for the weekly grocery store run, I’d probably be fine with alternating two carefully handled masks for many months as long as the elastic works and there’s no soiling. That’s not a lot of use! But if I were wearing one all day, every workday, I’d consider having one for each day and replacing them maybe every month. So that’s about five per month. Could one be really careful and make that two months? Probably.

      Guidance on how long masks could potentially be worn and used/reused.

    3. I will give a modified version of what health care workers were advised during the worst of the shortages. Rotating a few is enough for disinfection. Just let them rest for a few days in a non-airtight container (like a paper bag or a Tupperware container with holes) and replace one only when it no longer fits well or the elastics have gone soft, or if it is soiled. It’s also good to use hand-sanitizer before putting them on and taking them off. Handle them gently, because a good fit is essential to getting the most out of it. My sense from having heard a lot from people using all the other disinfection methods, like heat, is that they just increase the risk of damaging the mask.

      They've definitely buried the lede here, but this is the answer everyone will be looking for.

    4. It’s Been 10 Months, and I Still Don’t Know When to Replace My Mask!

      It is a horrific public health problem that this is a headline nearly a year later.

    1. We have a problem here with analogies: the so-called “vaccine resistance” is not like antibiotic resistance. Our mental models of “resistance” come mostly from antibiotics, but this analogy isn’t applicable here in the same way. Vaccines aren’t drugs; they are tools to give our immune system test practice so that when the real thing shows up, our body knows what to do. When antibiotics don’t work, they don’t work. Not so here. If the test practice isn’t as precise because the variant is a little different around the spike protein, the conclusion isn’t necessarily that the immune system won’t be able to do its job and stave off illness.

      Antibiotic resistance is not the same thing as vaccine "resistance".

    2. But what about the variants? That six-fold drop in neutralizing antibodies? The scary headlines warning about immune escape and vaccine resistant variants? There are things to worry about there, but not necessarily in the way they are being reported.

      Zeynep has spoken about these troubling headlines in other places. She shouldn't lead with them, but instead should focus on the better version, then talk about the alternate perspectives, and finally reiterate the positive news again. In other words, she should use George Lakoff's Truth sandwich here.

  5. Feb 2021
    1. coronavirus

      El nuevo Coronavirus (COVID-19) ha sido catalogado por la Organización Mundial de la Salud como una emergencia en salud pública de importancia internacional (ESPII) y a la fecha se han identificado casos en todos los continentes.


    1. ReconfigBehSci. “Launching a New SciBeh Tool- the Video-Viewer: Https://T.Co/LhfABNTBJM Over the Pandemic, @SciBeh Has Suggested Many a Great Webinar, Video, Lecture or Interview. but on Twitter Material Is Gone in a Flash. So We’ve Collected It in One Place, to Search, and View. Enjoy!” Tweet. @SciBeh (blog), February 8, 2021. https://twitter.com/SciBeh/status/1358798007341363203.

    1. Between mass evictions, unemployment numbers soaring, unemployment benefits ending, there's a lot of people lucky to have any place to sleep. They're certainly not worrying about new clothes, or matching curtains, they're just trying to find any job and find any place to sleep, take care of their children, take care of their own mental health, etc. According to the social contract, they haven't earned the right to self-expression if they haven't even earned the right to a stable place to live.
    1. En cas de survenue d’un cas confirmé portant la variante britannique du SARS-CoV-2Conformément à l’avis du Conseil Scientifique, la confirmation d’un cas de variante britannique du virus SARS-CoV2 dans une classe doit conduire à la fermeture de la classe, dans les établissements d’enseignement du premier degré et du second degré. Les élèves de la classe sont donc assimilés à des contacts à risque. L’identification des contacts à risque parmi les personnels se fait dans les conditions décrites selon les règles définies par Santé publique France



    1. I identify with this a lot and I feel like I'm failing while working on an even easier "difficulty setting" than Kimberly.

      Take care of yourselves people!

    1. On the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Proceed to S. Con. Res. 5 )

      Note that not a single Republican voted to advance the COVID-19 relief bill in the Senate.

      They failed us miserably on Epiphany and now they've failed us again on Caldlemas. Miserable that they consider themselves Christians.

  6. Jan 2021
    1. mRNA vaccines are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
    1. the mRNA in the vaccine contains instructions to tell our body how to build a coronavirus spike protein. As soon as we do that, our immune system freaks out, as it’s supposed to, and creates antibodies to the spike protein. The mRNA is destroyed shortly after the injection, but the antibodies stick around. They can then recognize the real virus if we ever encounter it in the wild.
    1. Science says the risk of transmission outdoors is roughly 20 times lower than it is inside.Even a faint breeze helps to disperse most virus particles that hang in the air.The risk is low, but it's not zero.
    1. One report found that if there’s an infected person living in your house, you have an 18% chance of getting infected yourself.
    2. people who have played it safe at home, albeit with the occasional run to the grocery store, are testing positive, suggesting that retail stores may have a bigger role in community transmission than originally thought.
  7. Dec 2020
    1. People who think that racial differences are all biological might say that all these non-White groups have suffered so much excess death because of that bottom circle, because of greater biological susceptibility.  Recent studies have evaluated this hypothesis and found that it’s not true.  Instead the answer is simpler: Black and Latino/a people in particular are dying of COVID-19 at such staggering rates because they are more likely to be exposed to the virus in infectious settings, particularly workplaces.
    1. In a webinar hosted by MIT Sloan School of Management professor Andrew Lo on April 1, Bancel said that Moderna is already manufacturing mRNA for vaccines in its potential Phase II study, which could begin enrolling hundreds of people this spring, as well as its potential Phase III study, which could enroll thousands of people as early as late summer or early fall. In a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing the week before, Bancel also indicated that Moderna may request special permission to give people like doctors and nurses access to its vaccine this fall, before a formal approval. It’s an audacious plan for a company—and technology—that has yet to put a drug on the market.
    2. Moderna also benefited from experience working on MERS, for which it had an ongoing vaccine collaboration with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). By Feb. 7, Moderna had manufactured, filled, and finished the first vials of the vaccine for human testing. That night, the company started its quality-control and sterility testing of the lot. On March 2, the US Food and Drug Administration gave Moderna and the NIH, its clinical partner, a green light to begin its Phase I study in humans. Two weeks later, on March 16, a volunteer in Seattle received the first shot.

      Interesting to have a timeline for this. Making the thing was relatively quick while the testing is much trickier.

    1. This is why there are fewer opportunists in sensitive areas like security and infrastructure.

      And a solid reason why we can't have Trumps in power, because eventually a crisis will occur and it could be lethal at scale. See COVID-19 death toll in America.

    2. This is why there are fewer opportunists in sensitive areas like security and infrastructure.

      And a solid reason why we can't have Trumps in power, because eventually a crisis will occur and it could be lethal at scale. See COVID-19 death toll in America.

    1. Months and a lot of play-testing later and we are excited to present The Big Lockdown, a tongue-in-cheek card game inspired by people’s experiences during the global pandemic.
  8. Nov 2020
    1. “Let’s say a trial is listed and I have to cross examine a witness,” he said. “Now, what is the guarantee that the witness would be willing to go all the way to the court in such a time?” If witnesses do not appear, then the matter would merely be adjourned.

      access to justice

  9. Oct 2020
    1. An NSC official confirmed the existence of the playbook but dismissed its value. “We are aware of the document, although it’s quite dated and has been superseded by strategic and operational biodefense policies published since,” the official said. “The plan we are executing now is a better fit, more detailed, and applies the relevant lessons learned from the playbook and the most recent Ebola epidemic in the [Democratic Republic of the Congo] to COVID-19.”

      If this is the case, then where is this "new" playbook? And can they point to specific pieces on that timeline that indicate that they're actually performing better than the prior playbook? Let's see the evidence here.