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“But if you’re not accounting for testing patterns, it can throw your conclusions entirely out of whack. You don’t just run the risk of being a little bit wrong: Your analysis could be off by an order of magnitude. Or even worse, you might be led in the opposite direction of what is actually happening. A country where the case count is increasing because it’s doing more testing, for instance, might actually be getting its epidemic under control. Alternatively, in a country where the reported number of new cases is declining, the situation could actually be getting worse, either because its system is too overwhelmed to do adequate testing or because it’s ramping down on testing for PR reasons.”
Coronavirus Case Counts Are Meaningless. Unless you know something about testing. And even then, it gets complicated., by Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight, 4 April 2020

“For now anyway. Increasingly, when I leave the house I find myself not relaxed and rejuvenated by exercise and fresh air but anxious and frustrated at the terrible social distancing job my neighbors are doing. I see people walking in the middle of the sidewalk; families out together en masse, taking up the entire width of the path; cyclists riding down the sidewalk instead of the bike lane. All of these behaviors make it impossible to keep six feet distance. And I worry that if we don’t change the way we use our public spaces, governments will forbid going outdoors at all.”
Rules for Using the Sidewalk During the Coronavirus, by Eleanor Barkhorn, NY Times, 5 April 2020

Eleanor, I seriously doubt NYC would even try to discourage, let alone stop people from going outside. This isn’t the 14th Century, even in NYC.

“Accounts of bucolic isolation by Leïla Slimani and Marie Darrieussecq prompt charges of elitism and comparisons to Marie Antoinette.”
French writers’ coronavirus getaways prompt backlash, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 6 April 2020

“To better understand how mergers and acquisitions have shaped the healthcare market, a brief history lesson may be in order. Some of the oldest insurers were built by medical professionals expanding their philanthropic roots to create affordable, local health coverage for those who needed it. In Texas, in 1929, low-income patients in communities surrounding Dallas could scarcely afford hospital care. This meant they were putting off needed treatments and hospitals had too many open beds. Baylor University Hospital came up with a win-win plan, allowing Dallas public school teachers to pay for care in advance: 50 cents a month bought 21 days in the hospital each year. From these humble beginnings came Blue Cross.”
The Power of the Payer, by Tammy Worth, Leader’s Edge, 1 April 2020

“In a rare bit of good news these days, Libro.fm is hiring 10 booksellers from among those who were laid off due to the new coronavirus crisis. part of a special month-long project.Booksellers who reside in the U.S. are eligible to apply to work remotely from April 13 through May 15. The Seattle-based retailer, which offers audiobooks for sale through its website and in partnership with independent bookstores, has had its strongest sales in the company’s history in recent months; in March, it saw a 300% increase in subscriptions from the previous month. The company has also so far raised more than $80,000 for bookstores through its #ShopBookstoreNow campaign, which returns 100% of the sale price or $15 for a subscriber credit on a selection of promotional titles.”
Libro.fm to Hire 10 Unemployed Booksellers, by Ed Nawotka, Publishers Weekly, 5 April 2020

“Flatten the curve.”
“That idea has spread through the population faster than COVID-19 ever could.
“That’s the power of culture, of human psychology, of brains interacting with brains. Of course, culture and human psychology and brains interacting with brains are also how the virus spread to begin to with, and that is what this show is about — the psychology behind the spread, and the prevention of the spread, of COVID-19.”

YANSS 177 – Why people waited so long to take precautions against COVID-19, how to better persuade those who still refuse, and how to take bettercare of your mental health during isolation, by David McRaney, You are not so Smart, 5 April 2020

I love this guy. Really I do.

“Other than a vaccine or an extra 500,000 ventilators, tests and hospital beds, reliable information is the best weapon we have against Covid-19. It allows us to act uniformly and decisively to flatten the curve. In an ideal pandemic scenario, sound information is produced by experts and travels quickly to the public. But we seem to be living in a nightmare scenario. The coronavirus emerged in the middle of a golden age for media manipulation. And it is stealthy, resilient and confounding to experts. It moves far faster than scientists can study it. What seems to be true today may be wrong tomorrow. Uncertainty abounds. And an array of dangerous misinformation, disinformation and flawed amateur analysis fills the void.”
What We Pretend to Know About the Coronavirus Could Kill Us, by Charlie Warzel, NY Times, 3 April 2020

“As the coronavirus crisis tests the resilience of democracies around the globe, Germany has gone from cursing its lead-footed, decentralised political system to wondering if federalism’s tortoise versus hare logic puts it in a better position to brave the pandemic than most.”
Germany’s devolved logic is helping it win the coronavirus race, by Philip Oltermann, The Guardian, 5 April 2020

Quotes:

I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.
Vincent Van Gogh

I am very averse to bringing myself forward in print, but as my account will only appear as an appendage to a former production, and as it will be confined to such topics as have connection with my authorship alone, I can hardly accuse myself of a personal intrusion.
Mary Shelley

I believe I can even yet remember when I saw the stars for the first time.
Max Muller

I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?
Jean Cocteau

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
Vincent Van Gogh

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.
Mary Shelley

I don’t want our youth to become anti-romantic. We have to make room for the soul.
Marcel Marceau

I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
Vincent Van Gogh

I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man’s destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth. I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow of man startled by his anguish.
Marcel Marceau

I have never been a victim of antisemitism if you put to one side my war-time experience. That said, I am lucky not to have been sent into a concentration camp.
Marcel Marceau

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