Covid-19 related links

The most up to date statistics for US and Canada, can be filtered down to county:

NEW: Mystery illness is killing about 4,000 people in the UIS each week” “The Cheating Is Getting Worse”

NEW: Study on cluster transmission in Japan, 20-39 Year Olds are major contributors.  “Clusters of Coronavirus Disease in Communities, Japan, January–April 2020”

NEW: Details on how Iceland dealt with the pandemic. “How Iceland Beat the Coronavirus”

NEW: Good twitter thread on trending cases from @ScottGottliebMD

“These Are The Fake Experts Pushing Pseudoscience And Conspiracy Theories About The Coronavirus Pandemic”


Good collection of interesting articles and guidance on Pandemics

“The emerging long-term complications of Covid-19, explained”

As things start to open back up, understanding this info is your key to not getting infected. “The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them”

More on modeling (READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS ONE), then push for more testing.
“On Squirrels And Viruses”

Blog, opinion (with math) from an Epidemiologist..

“The Coronavirus Isn’t Just the Flu, Bro
A very good, plain English, discussion on why all the models are wrong.
“The Wild World Of Pandemic Modeling”

Info on nursing homes.    If you brought someone home from one, and are questioning the decision, don’t.   If you didn’t bring them home, but still can, consider it.   It can be very rough emotionally, and some can’t afford the care that is required.    But, if you are able to….   Consider this….

Numbers for the rest of the world.
“WorldOMeter Covid-19 Pandemic cases.”

“What if immunity to covid-19 doesn’t last?”

“Direct observation of repeated infections with endemic 2 coronaviruses”

I think a refresher on herd immunity might be in order.
“Herd Immunity: How does it work?”

Good opinion piece on a couple ways the pandemic might play out over the next few years.
“How the Pandemic Will End”

Interesting opinion piece on the next year or two and how society might change.
“The Coronavirus in America: The Year Ahead”

“1918 Influenza Pandemic: A United States Timeline”

“A German Exception? Why the Country’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low”

“The initial results from California’s coronavirus antibody tests”

“Meet the Stanford researchers mobilizing to understand, fight COVID-19”

“Antibody research indicates coronavirus may be far more widespread than known”

“Researchers report 21% COVID-19 co-infection rate”

“Coronavirus lockdown: Lessons from Hokkaido’s second wave of infections”

BBC Story on the Smithfield factory hotspot in South Dakota.
“Coronavirus: The untold story of America’s biggest outbreak”

“Coronavirus destroys lungs. But doctors are finding its damage in kidneys, hearts and elsewhere.”

“How does coronavirus kill? Clinicians trace a ferocious rampage through the body, from brain to toes”

“Meta-Analyses Reveal Who Should Be More Cautious of COVID-19”

How long does it last on a surface, real scientific data in real medical journal:
“Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1”

“Here’s How to Clean Your Groceries During the COVID-19 Outbreak”

“Why 5G has melted your brain”

“Putin’s Long War Against American Science”

“Dexcom gets FDA permission to use continuous glucose monitors on hospitalized COVID-19 patients”

“We Are 100 Times Safer Now Than In Early March: Here is the Math”

Good background information in plain language from a Virologist, some opinion, not a study.
“The Tip of the Iceberg: Virologist David Ho (BS ’74) Speaks About COVID-19”

Interesting article about the people around the world who track the genetics of outbreaks as they happen.
“Gene sleuths are tracking the coronavirus outbreak as it happens”

A paper from the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team explaining the “flatten the curve” theory with the science to back it up.   As far as I can tell, this paper has not been published yet.
“Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand”

PBS American Experience Influenza:

If you think you got Covid-19 before February in the US you didn’t.   Read this article.
“No, You Did Not Get COVID-19 in the Fall of 2019”

And, another article, no, you and all your friends did not have Covid-19 in January.

South Korea, recovered testing positive again:

Blog discussing patients who test positive after “recovering”.
“What We Know About Coronavirus and Reactivation”

Some science about virus reactivation:
“Virus reactivation: a panoramic view in human infections”

Harvard: How people react during a pandemic:

Texas A&M pandemic expert: Coronavirus will have 5 stages. We’re in stage 2:

A Discussion about “distributive justice” and ethics.
“A disturbing medical consensus is growing. Here’s what it could mean for Black patients with coronavirus.”

Covid vs. US Daily Average Cause of Death: (8 April last update)

Important article to read for those who stocked up on Alcohol before being locked in their homes:
“Alcohol and the Immune System”

LA Times article, the interesting part to concentrate on is how long particles stay in the air.
“A beach coronavirus warning meets a tidal wave of controversy, and the test of science”

Actual science behind the “more than 6 ft” part of the LA Times article:
“Rapid Expert Consultation on the Possibility of Bioaerosol Spread of SARS-CoV-2 for the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 1, 2020)”

Interesting opinion article on one of the add on effects of everyone being out of work.
“Opinion: Another victim of COVID-19: Social Security”

“Compassionate Use of Remdesivir for Patients with Severe Covid-19”

If you are Diabetic, read these next two articles before taking an unapproved “hope it works” medication
“Two potential COVID-19 treatments could be deadly when combined with metformin”
“Fatal toxicity of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine with metformin in mice”

“Malaria drugs fail to help coronavirus patients in controlled studies”

And yet another study shows you should not get medical advice from a politician.
“More deaths, no benefit from malaria drug in VA virus study”

Another tracker of statistics that some people like (I like the one at the top of this list).

“What’s the Best Material for a Mask?”

“Ethics in Life Sciences and Healthcare”

“Introduction to Python: Absolute Beginner”

“The Weirdest, Most Obscure Online Courses You Can Take”

“Viruses revealed to be a major driver of human evolution”

“The WHO Outlines Six Criteria Nations Must Meet Before Lifting Lockdown Measures”

This is an unsubstantiated OPINION that I hope is correct.  Many researchers disagree with it, but there is insufficient data to prove or disprove this concept.   Like the others that are looking at this from an economic standpoint, assume there is a bias to fixing the economy and getting everyone back to work.   Anyway, the opinion is worth considering.
“We could be vastly overestimating the death rate for COVID-19.”

Interesting way to look at the statistics, total deaths year to year comparison around the world.
Note that most of these numbers are as of about April 10, they doubled between the 10th and the 22nd and the charts haven’t been updated.
“28,000 Missing Deaths:  Tracking the True Toll of the Coronavirus Crisis” (story updated, 36,000)

If you ignore the fact that many of the assumptions in numbers (the math) in this article are just flat out wrong.   The discussion about lack of reliable data and the implications of that failure are worth thinking about.
“A fiasco in the making? As the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, we are making decisions without reliable data”

“Changing Conspiracy Beliefs through Rationality and Ridiculing”

Don’t be a useful idiot.
“Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine”

These are the links to back up the posts I put on FB each day.   If you put a bunch of links in a post, FB tends to hide the post from feeds.
On my FaceBook page, I share my OPINION on all of this daily.   Some of it is open, some of it is friends only.    If you send me a friend request, also send an instant message explaining why you want to be friends (want to read stuff you disagree with or whatever).   If we don’t have a few hundred mutual friends, I am not going to accept your request without a private message.    I get too many BOTs and Trolls.