Coronavirus Tidbits #96 11/1/20

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Announcements:

First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting.

Tidbits will likely be a bit shorter and a little less frequent for the next little bit. I have been immersed in #GOTV efforts. Now there are opportunities to help w post-election challenges. Don’t know if I can muster the energy for that…

Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that.

News 

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Another maskless mega-rally. Trump is spreading Covid and hate-mongering throughout sleepy little towns, this in PA–hours after this study came out:

What are the health consequences of Pres. Trump’s campaign rallies? A Stanford study examined 18 Trump rallies and estimated that just those rallies led to 30,000 Covid infections and 700 deaths. https://sebotero.github.io/papers/COVIDrallies_10_30_2000.pdf

This is also after last week’s sh*t show in Omaha, where fans were left stranded in the cold, with no transportation back to their cars. At least 7 were taken to hospitals for hypothermia.

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Smart–and nice to see voting encouraged in some places. 

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Diagnostics:

still an incredible, negligent lack of testing.

Drugs:

Devices:

Epidemiology/Infection control:

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Excellent dataviz and explanation of superspreader event:

Tips, general reading for public:

StayAtHome

Wash your hands.

Rinse and repeat.

Politics:

Good thread by Dr. Eric Cervini:

and video

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GOP working very hard to suppress the vote:

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Challenging >100k votes in Houston…

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Feel good du jour:

Comic relief:

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Perspective/Poem

Quarantining With My Holocaust Survivor Grandmother

Thoughtful read by Emily Barasch

https://www.jewishexponent.com/2020/10/29/quarantining-with-my-holocaust-survivor-grandmother/

Bits of beauty:

 

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