Link 25 Jan 2022 | Naked Capitalism
Dr. Fish’s Feelings (Podcast) Conversation, ABC
The Right View on Covid-19 in Japan Hitoshi Oshitani, The New York Times (MR). “Japan’s unique approach to contact tracing also gives us more clues about how the virus spreads. While other countries focus on proactive contact tracing, where contact tracers identify and notify infected people after they become infected of contacts, but we used retrospective contact tracing. This is a way for a tracer to identify an infected person and look back to find out when and where that person was infected, and others who may have been infected at the same time as them. It turns out, This approach is critical because we understand that the coronavirus is primarily spread by a small number of infected people, who then go on to cause super-spreading events.” That’s how a serious country responds to an epidemic. In the United States, by contrast, official discourse does not even include communication theory, let alone the concept of super-communicators.
Op-ed: Two years into Covid, and we still don’t get the word: It’s airborne! Crain’s New York business (MR).
Corsi-Rosenthal (CR) Box Home Quarantine Success Stories:
We are all #corsirosenthalbox The community is active.
We all have a common interest in having clean lungs — not CoVid.
This is a ? home where one person unfortunately brought back CoVid.
But no one else found its home. pic.twitter.com/w7OlAkg6sH
— Lazarus Long (@LazarusLong13) January 24, 2022
(Not sure when the nomenclature change from “Corsi Box” to “Corsi-Rosenthal Box” happened, but since everyone is using it…)
Evidence for the semi-solid state of aerosols and droplets associated with airborne transmission and surface survival of pathogens National Aeronautics and Space Administration (MR). Abstract: “Here, we present evidence for a humidity-dependent, semi-solid state of aerosols and droplets associated with pathogen survival. These observations suggest that semi-solid state can protect by hindering disinfection responses at moderate to low humidity levels. Pathogens are protected from inactivation. The formation of semi-solids depends on the composition of the aerosol, suggesting that the humidity for optimal pathogen destruction will depend on the composition of respiratory particles released by the infected host.” From a long list of comments:
Therefore, it is likely that proteins and other sticky substances in respiratory emissions form a protective shell around the virus. what can you do? It is not healthy to keep your home or business at 70% relative humidity. So I suggest the best is 55% RH with ventilation, filtering and shading keys. 12/n
– Ryan Davis (@MicroLevitator) January 23, 2022
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‘I’m fed up with COVID’ is easier said than done Globe and Mail. “‘I’m fed up with COVID’ is the equivalent of offering ‘thoughts and prayers’ after a mass shooting.” Two bromides I hate in a sentence, well done.
Fallacy of the “Mild” Omicron David Glassman. a review.
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Ivermectin: A Nobel Prize-winning, multifaceted drug with dramatic efficacy against the new global scourge, COVID-19 New Microbes and New Infections (Elsevier; peer-reviewed). Still closely related from September 2021. Another meta-study. Abstract: “Since the first use of IVMs in the fight against the new global scourge, COVID-19, in March 2020, more than 20 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have tracked such inpatient and outpatient care. A review of the IVM treatment RCTs reported in 2021 Six of the seven meta-analyses found a significant reduction in COVID-19 deaths, with an average 31% lower relative risk of death compared to the control group. During the massive IVM treatment in Peru, the ten states where it was most extensively treated 30-day excess deaths decreased by an average of 74% in 2019. The decrease in deaths correlated with the degree of distribution of IVMs across all 25 states.”
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UF Health study shows link between COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction (press release) University of Florida. n = 146. This makes sense given the vascular aspect of Covid.
CDC shifts focus of COVID-19 messaging from ‘fully vaccinated’ to ‘up-to-date’ Bakers Hospital Review. This could also have been done a year ago, as the idea that a vaccine could be sterilized was always wishful thinking. “There’s never time to do it right, but there’s always time to do it all over again.”
How another civilized country handles Covid home care packages:
Covid 19 home quarantine government medical kit unboxing. Apparently I’m going to get 300 baht a day in takeaway food stamps, but there’s no sign yet. pic.twitter.com/4yRykgy23G
— ?lex St??sfield ?? in ?? (@SirMuttley) January 21, 2022
Conservative medication, but watch out for the thermometer and, more importantly, the oximeter.
China tests 2M in Beijing, lifts COVID lockdown in Xi’an Associated Press
‘China will be China’: Why journalists brought recorder phones to the Beijing Olympics Warburg. Why don’t they use burner phones all the time?
Looking for wild cats in Beijing The Straits Times
Extraction, Redistribution: Empire, Nation, and the Construction of the British Welfare State British Journal of Sociology. Very worth reading.
23 Australians on board delivering aid to Tonga contract virus Associated Press. Scotty, Gladys, great job. More about Tonga:
Surprisingly, after 7 days #Tonga #break out The shock wave continues to circle the Earth (10 times!) and is still detectable in infrared by geostationary satellites, e.g. #GOES16 and #GOES17. @matplotlib @xarray_dev @Satellite_GOES pic.twitter.com/1dSYZMdlGT
– Diego Aliaga (@diegoaliaga2) January 24, 2022
Also relevant is this chart, which has to be one of the most shocking things I’ve ever seen. (from here: https://t.co/tlQtbad5x3)
This graph shows the marriage rate for men in their 30s, broken down by income decile. Of the top 10% of income earners, 86.3% are married. In the bottom 10%, only 20.3% are married. pic.twitter.com/RBnu2O56Mp
— AAK’s TK! (@AskAKorean) January 24, 2022
Eat his cake! ‘Disturbed’ cabinet minister refuses to ‘defend’ Boris’ June 2020 birthday ‘party’ at No10 and admits ‘asked questions I can’t answer’ – warns PM could face police investigation daily mail
IAB Europe was unable to audit how the more than 1,000 companies that use its TCF system handle our personal data Irish Civil Liberties Commission. IAB Europe = European Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Disagreement splits U.S. team in talks with Iran over nuclear deal Wall Street Journal. “Some members of the U.S. team have left or stepped back after urging a tougher stance in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.” That’s a shame. But maybe they can turn to starting a war in Ukraine.
new cold war
The Hidden Roots of the Escalating Ukraine-Russia Conflict Canadian dimension
The role of emotion in military strategy texas national security review
How Cognitive Empathy Prevented the Ukraine Crisis non-zero. Simple solution:
I’m just waiting for Putin to retire to the Thor board.
— Steve Randy Waldman (@interfluidity) January 25, 2022
Biden rushes to pressure Russia as Ukraine concerns mount hill. “Now kids, don’t get excited!” “Who gets excited?” – Naruto Theater
Havana (Syndrome) Incident dissatisfied. Immortal quote from an anonymous Hill staffer: “Why should we question the sanity of those highly trained to handle the government’s most sensitive information and negotiations?” Why, indeed!
Ghosts and the haunting of Russian regional studies post socialism
Why Washington can’t learn Andrew Bacevich and Tom Engelhardt of Antiwar.com. Because learning is the end of a career.
How much of our workforce is lost due to COVID-19? market. Incapacitating labor increases the price of labor. who knows?
Union Break Tracker Labor Lab (DCblogger). Handy interactive map:
Sadly, payday report Strike trackers are not embeddable. It should be; I bet there are plenty of sites out there that want to pair these two maps. (Both have difficulties about what a strike or union sabotage is; these are inherent in conflict within the field, not a careless approach.)
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