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by AnalyticalEngine
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: COVID-19

The time to truly worry is when we start seeing sustained community transfer that we can't trace back to China. That is, when people start getting sick on a sustained and community basis, and when contact tracing no longer helps. Note that the CDC is now testing for COVID-19 in patients that test ne...
by AnalyticalEngine
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"
Replies: 70
Views: 7272

Re: Brooks: "The Nuclear Family was a Mistake"

Serious question. Has anyone actually read these studies about social relationships causing happiness? Because I hear a lot of pop sci discussion on the topic, but I'm wondering if there isn't a serious flaw in the logic. For example, is this just correlation or causation? Do relationships make peop...
by AnalyticalEngine
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: COVID-19

Not to mention they have Hubei and other provinces inside a sanitary cordon, so the odds of a random infected person getting on a given plane are pretty low. Combined with airport fever screenings and quick isolation, they've done a pretty good job at containing it. Note that you don't have to detec...
by AnalyticalEngine
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: COVID-19

WHO mentioned in their press conference this morning that the spike was causes by allowing for clinically diagnosed cases instead of just lab confirmed cases. The old test involved swabbing the back of the patient's throat and sending it off to a PCR lab to check for viral RNA. The clinically diagno...
by AnalyticalEngine
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: COVID-19

Thanks for the reference, Ego. That was a concerning read, and just when I was getting hopeful because the mortality rate seems to be slowing. I read yesterday that Spanish flu had a mortality rate of 2.5%, although I think that varied country to country. So if COVID-19 has a mortality rate of 2%, w...
by AnalyticalEngine
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

Interesting case data. I'm extremely curious how the international cases will compare to it. I do think the sex difference in fatality is probably due to smoking rates, but we'll have to see. Spanish flu was actually more like to kill men than women too. Unless the woman was pregnant, in which case ...
by AnalyticalEngine
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

Seems like there's quite the perverse incentives going on in the pharmaceutical company. The director of the CDC even complains about this in the link Ego posted. She said something to the effect of "[pharmaceutical companies] are happy to make opioids [but they won't make the vaccine]" I'm also rem...
by AnalyticalEngine
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Best storage containers for bulk dry goods?
Replies: 6
Views: 1145

Best storage containers for bulk dry goods?

I know this has come up before, but I'm having trouble finding an answer in one place. So my question is: for all of you who buy dry goods (rice etc) in bulk, how do you store them? I'm not a huge fan of leaving them in the bag because the lack of standard container size makes cooking harder. So I'd...
by AnalyticalEngine
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

This is pretty long, but if any of you are interesting in seeing how policy makers/government leaders think about this stuff behind the scenes, the Center for Health Security (ran by John Hopkins) ran a tabletop exercise in 2018 with a bunch of folks from Washington to simulate a global pandemic. Th...
by AnalyticalEngine
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Health Insurance
Replies: 18
Views: 2040

Re: Health Insurance

Ages makes a big difference too in some states. Pre-ACA, I think insurers were allowed a 5x range (iirc) between what they charged the young and what they charged the old. So if they charged the young $200/mo, they could charge the older age brackets up to $1000/mo. I believe ACA changed this so the...
by AnalyticalEngine
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Health Insurance
Replies: 18
Views: 2040

Re: Health Insurance

Out of curiosity, what factors constitute an insurance death-zone? I've been on a Bronze plan for awhile due to working as a contractor, and I've had to pay the full premium rate due to being too high income. One thing to watch out for too is if you live in a state where balance billing is legal or ...
by AnalyticalEngine
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Post-factualism: Goodbye Enlightenment--Hello Idiocracy?
Replies: 149
Views: 28537

Re: Post-factualism: Goodbye Enlightenment--Hello Idiocracy?

Jesus, that Atlantic article is terrifying. It would have been less terrifying if I hadn't also noticed these things personally. That part about belief and cynicism is so dammed accurate. I think this is also what's leading to today's hyper partisan environment. Does anyone have any idea of what can...
by AnalyticalEngine
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

Esh they found 60 more cases on the cruise ship, bringing the total number of cases on that thing up to 130. If th cruise ship was a country, it's got the second highest amount of cases after China. :? If I had a trip planned, I would still go, but I'd take precautions. Wash your hands and don't tou...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

Ego has a good point. I was also reading that this is a problem on the plague quarantined cruise ship too. Many of the passengers are dependent on regular medications, and getting refills to 2k+ people has been a logistical nightmare that's resulted in some people not having enough. Really underscor...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Web of goals examples
Replies: 7
Views: 1409

Re: Web of goals examples

The way I think about the web of goals is basically the concept of synergy. That is, how can I achieve more with one action? Are there strategic actions I can take that will fulfill multiple needs? Are there actions I am taking currently that produce more drain than benefit? If you're used to thinki...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

they just announced it spreads by arosol (you only need to breathe the same air as an infected person). keep hoping. This is a simplification of what aerosol spread means, and the distinction is important. What it means is when you cough or sneeze, it creates a bunch of tiny aerosol droplets. These...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

It's been about two weeks, and so far we haven't seen an explosion of new cases outside of China. I'm starting to become hesitately hopeful that they're actually able to isolate the cases and reduce the spread. (Or its just spreading undetected...) If another place starts to have sustaining H2H spre...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

Have any of you noticed the droves of conspiracy theorists coming out of the woodworks about ncov? My least favorite one has got to be that the Gates Foundation released the virus on purpose in order to sell vaccines. Or people complaining that WHO isn't running around like a headless chicken yet. :...
by AnalyticalEngine
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

They're actually already doing randomized trials with those antivirals in China. It's a little surprising how fast they were able to spin up the randomized trial study, but it's already underway. So while the in vitro study is questionable, we should have real data soon if they make a difference. Th...
by AnalyticalEngine
Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19
Replies: 1970
Views: 128091

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

Right, I do think they were likely talking about strains of the virus shifting in the future. Since it has so many humans to infect, there will be many copies of the virus made. Many copies of the virus increases the odds of genetic drift/evolution. I also read a paper this morning that even casual ...