I just got rickrolled by The Guardian
Friday, 16 October 2020

FAQs on Protecting Yourself from Aerosol Transmission

quote [ Where should I stand around someone with a poorly fitting mask? ]

This is a very good resource! Jason Kottke has a nice summary with links to some background on the creators.

The smoke analogy helps explain examples like the thumb: a well-fitting cloth mask might capture your breath better than an industrial one.
[SFW] [health] [+2]
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Sunday, 11 October 2020

On Being Bipolar | The Walrus

quote [ There are many benefits that one gets, being the good sick. And there are compromises one makes to remain the good sick. And then there is the fear of becoming the contagion ]

Somehow these reads make me value my own, emotionally less complicated life a little more. Seems like acting as a projection for other people is at the centre of this article though.
[SFW] [health] [+1 Underrated]
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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

This Overlooked Variable Is the Key to the Pandemic

quote [ Japan thus carried out a cluster-busting approach, including undertaking aggressive backward tracing to uncover clusters. Japan also focused on ventilation, counseling its population to avoid places where the three C?s come together?crowds in closed spaces in close contact, especially if there?s talking or singing?bringing together the science of overdispersion with the recognition of airborne aerosol transmission, as well as presymptomatic and asymptomatic transmission. ]

Somehow many of these reasonable articles originate in the same magazine, oh well.

The gist is that the reproduction number might not be the best metric for the spread, as it lags on clustered outbreaks and that instead of tracing current contacts, backtracking clusters seems a more efficient measure.
[SFW] [health] [+2]
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Monday, 28 September 2020

Bodies into Bits

quote [ During the remainder of the 1960s, hundreds of students at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and nearby Parkland Community College completed PLATO nursing lessons, thus inscribing the biases into their own care. ]

Some great anecdotes on education and medical prejudice, as well as the ever-present hopes on tech solutions.

Thumb via New Old Stock
[SFW] [health]
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Sunday, 27 September 2020

How to Vaccinate a Planet

quote [ What it will take to build the fastest inoculation program in history and defeat COVID-19 ]

Vaccinate your ass
[SFW] [health] [+3 Interesting]
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Friday, 25 September 2020

Too much candy: Man dies from eating bags of black licorice

quote [ The problem is glycyrrhizic acid, found in black licorice and in many other foods and dietary supplements containing licorice root extract. It can cause dangerously low potassium and imbalances in other minerals called electrolytes. ]

A yummy way to drain your minerals till you drop. In the end it was about blood pressure.
[SFW] [health] [+3 Interesting]
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Saturday, 29 August 2020

Covid Gag Rules at U.S. Companies Are Putting Everyone at Risk

quote [ Employees say the biggest names in American business have banned them from alerting others to coronavirus outbreaks. ]

Covid-19, why are you so mean?
[SFW] [health] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:04amGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Black Newborns Are 3 Times More Likely to Die When Treated by White Doctors

quote [ In the United States, race is a disturbing factor in infant-mortality rates: Research shows that Black newborns are three times as likely to die as their white counterparts. But according to a sweeping study published earlier this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the race of the mother?s doctor could also have a bearing on her child?s survival. ]

"How surprising," he deadpanned.

Black, Hispanic mothers report more pain after delivery but get less pain medication - Reuters

[SFW] [health] [+4 WTF]
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Friday, 7 August 2020

Two Students Say They Were Suspended From Their Georgia High School For Posting Photos Of Crowded Hallways

quote [ The images of students packed together in hallways went viral on Twitter as the school faces scrutiny from staff and students. ]

I got suspended, ooh, you got suspended
[SFW] [health] [+2 WTF]
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