Don’t Go Out Without Wearing a Mask (or a Bandanna, or Something)

Look, it’s really simple: coughing into the air infects people. You’re supposed to put a barrier between your cough and everybody else, like a handkerchief. If you were the clever inventor type, you’d come up with the idea that tying a handkerchief around your face would intercept your coughs even if both hands were full or if the cough was very sudden. You’d have invented the face mask. Read more...

Turning the Corner on Coronavirus

A lot of our so-called leaders, putative experts, and alleged Brainiacs of all kinds have a real talent for obsessing over trifles.

Take masks. All we need are a few hundred million n95 masks and a few billion surgical masks. We’re not there yet, but it won’t take long.

Especially because everyone’s focused on ramping up production, right? No, of course not! People with teeny-tiny minds (most people in the suit-wearing and sounding-smart biz) are freaked out because Home Depot is sold out. I hate to tell you this, but hospitals don’t buy their masks at Home Depot. They buy them from medical-supply wholesalers. Read more...

Coronavirus: Positive Developments

Reuse of FFP2 masks. Paper from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health.  FFP2 is the European equivalent of an n95 mask. They found hydrogen peroxide effective in sterilizing the mask, allowing it to be used three times. Read the paper for details: it involves more than spritzing it.

UW Medicine Interim Treatment Guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 Infection/COVID-19. These are the current treatment guidelines (updated March 19) by the most experienced coronavirus team in the US. Interestingly, they already use antivirals on every COVID-19 patient, preferably Remdesivir, which is in clinical trial, but otherwise Hydroxychloroquine. Read more...

Moving Outdoors for Social Distance

The Corvallis Indoor Farmer’s Market was mostly outdoors today. Why? Well, obviously, if you want to maintain social distance during the coronavirus epidemic, the outdoors is where all the distance is.

Of course, farmer’s market customers are used to having the market happen outdoors: we only have an indoor market at all because of all the pesky winter rain in Oregon. But the weather’s a lot better now. Read more...

Epic Epidemic Reading

While we’re practicing social isolation, it probably frees up some time for reading. Here’s my recommended book list:

Loserthink by Scott Adams. Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook. How do people keep themselves stuck by putting themselves into mental cages? How can you escape? And how can you make your life more entertaining by noticing the loserthink of others, even many so-called experts, turning them into unintentional comedians? This book tells all. Read more...