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George the original one wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:22 pm
making its evolution rate similar to other coronaviruses such as Ebola, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The article probably just made an error, but Ebola isn't a coronavirus. It's an ebolavirus. The two viruses aren't really that closely related.

Now granted, the critical point that SARS-CoV-2 appears to mutate slowly still stands. Which is great news when it comes to the vaccine.

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Texas is requiring people from New Orleans and New York to quarantine for 14 days. It's a self-quarantine in a specific hotel or residence, specified on arrival, so not sure how strict they are actually being. Interestingly, we have a surgery on our schedule for Texas next week (we usually fly someone out from New Orleans)...

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Rhode Island cops are pulling over cars with NY plates and requiring quarantine for 14 days if the occupants are staying within RI.

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Thanks sky, great find.

After
MyLabs, Pune https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqQVCW7yfYg
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lr01-IJsZ8
now Core Diagnostics, Gurugram https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5SpX-6n7Rs
receive approval for their testing kits.

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IlliniDave wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:06 pm
I'm a month out from my last haircut and will be looking scruffy here pretty soon.
Minus 4 ERE points for a male who does not cut his own hair.

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We received notice that our recycling will probably not be picked up for the foreseeable future. They also said we can't put out any trash that isn't in the can that gets emptied by the truck's arm because drivers are being instructed not to leave their vehicles.

In better news, the grocery stores around me aren't as overwhelmed as they were a week or two ago. I guess everyone is finished stockpiling and is back to regular shopping. Deliveries are impossible to book but if you're willing to go into a store you can get almost anything you need. This might be the ideal time to do some shopping -- between the initial onslaught and the inevitable shortages -- in case this thing drags on until summer.

@all -- Thanks for the well-wishes wrt our dog. We've decided she's a member of the family (had her 12 years) so she gets the medical care she needs, regardless of quarantine efforts. I'm scared but at peace with our decision. Her appointment was moved to Tuesday so maybe we'll get it done before cases explode in our area. Fingers crossed.

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classical_Liberal wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:19 am
Minus 4 ERE points for a male who does not cut his own hair.
That's probably my smallest points deduction yet!

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Abbott has announced FDA approval of a point of care test which can give results within 15 minutes. They will start with 50k tests per day beginning next week and expect to ramp up production to 5MM/month in April.

This is very good news and gives the US a chance to bring our outbreak under control like Korea and Singapore have.

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Aren't you all worried about the Fed going to own about everything?

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It appears my assumptions about a 3% infection rate were far too conservative. Every single state is showing above that in the tests. 5-20% infection rates among the tested. Lower mortality than expected is the obvious conclusion. Hope we don't shoot ourselves in the head to cure a headache by destroying the economy and future generations.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/202 ... tates.html

https://www.joshuakennon.com/what-price ... -covid-19/

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Ironically, the worse fears about Trump - autocratic tendencies - have turned in the opposite direction. Instead of leveraging this event into his "make the trains run on time" opportunity, he has been reluctant to impose federal oversight (just yesterday he invoked Defense Production Act). Complaints from his detractors is that he is not doing enough. Crises always involve chaos vs. control (security) dichotomies and generally speaking, people favor security i.e. Patriot Act > Bill of Rights at these times. From an economic standpoint, US is always Federal. But as far as all other policy is concerned, Trump is siding on state's rights. Obviously politics are involved but his reaction to this is about as far from the "strong man" narrative as one can get.

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@slowtraveler:

The math in that piece by Joshua Kennan is abominable. For instance, he simultaneously claims that almost all who die will be within a few years of previously expected death absent Covid, yet he also claims that only 75/1000 people over the age of 80 will die.

I actually don’t disagree entirely with his premise that hard-eyed calculations will have to be made, heck I even made such a calculation for myself about quitting my job early vs. asthma/age 55 risk etc, but to try to sell such an agenda as general policy with the use of misleading data and math solidly qualifies him for inclusion in the intelligent/evil quadrant in my book.

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Jason wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:03 am
Obviously politics are involved but his reaction to this is about as far from the "strong man" narrative as one can get.
Except that little bit about congressional oversight of the relief funds. And the whole pettiness of not supporting all governors as if the people in those states don't matter.

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@7Wannabe5

The math is correct for the assumptions made: a 15% mortality rate and a 50% infection rate.

1000 people infected *15% mortality rate * 50% infection rate = 75 deaths

To confirm in a calculator:
1000*.15*.5=75

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George the original one wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:34 am
Except that little bit about congressional oversight of the relief funds. And the whole pettiness of not supporting all governors as if the people in those states don't matter.
Fighting congress on implementation of policy is part and parcel of US government. FDR attempted to stack the Supreme Court to implement his New Deal policies. The fact that Trump is not supporting governors is far different than imposing his will on those governors. People have noted the irony of Trump declaring himself a "wartime" President because of his reluctance to mobilize the country based upon Executive decrees. Whether you agree with what he is doing is besides the point. One thing he is not doing is using the pandemic to increase his executive power. Call it unethical, call it incompetence, call it political, call it idealogical. One thing it is not is autocratic.

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The Kennon piece is bad because he doesn't state his assumptions. He says the "worst case scenario" is 2.2 million Americans die ~0.66%. Based on Jacob's estimates, if the death rate with access to ventilators is 1.2% and 60% of people get it then 0.72% of Americans die. So, no allowance for running out of ventilators, which under jacob's model, doubles the death rate, no allowance for people who die because of unavailable hospital beds and no discussion of the economic cost of all this health care, no allowance for the potentially destabilizing effects of healthcare systems collapse in the United States and abroad, no mention of the potentially increased death tolls in poorer nations. No accounting for the massive uncertainty that still surrounds the actual rate of anything with this disease. This isn't his "college try at what might happen scenario," this is his worst case scenario!

<sarcasm> >10% of diagnosed Italian cases have died and many are still ill. Based on this I conservatively project that 20% of all Italian cases will die and thus 20% of all Americans or .2*330,000,000 = 66,000,000 Americans will die. I dub this my "best case scenario" and present it as Fact #1. I used math so it has to be true. </sarcasm>

His worst case for the economy is complete economic collapse into an authoritarian dictatorship. Not bad for a worst case scenario, certainly not outside the realm of possibility, but still completely invented by the author. Also, where's the math dawg?

I don't disagree with him that we are currently facing a tough trade-off between the economy combatting the virus and that tough decision need to be made. I don't disagree with him that we are currently doing a poor job making those decisions. Assigning seemingly certain number values to invented scenarios, labeling those scenarios as facts and then making projections based on those scenarios is fucking fraud. It's goal post setting and it doesn't help clarify the discussion or aid in decision making.

Edit: Added sarcasm tags after terrifying at least one person.
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Jin+Guice wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:03 pm
He says the "worst case scenario" is 2.2 million Americans die ~0.66%.
Hum. Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that is the same worst case scenario number that appeared in the Imperial College report that caused the US and UK to lockdown. That report has since been revised down significantly.

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@Ego - Apologies for hammering this [very important point], but the downward revision is because action was subsequently taken relative to the underlying "do nothing" assumptions of the first model (with the 2.2M estimate). This lead to a new and much lower death toll in the second model---thus indicating that the adopted measures would be effective. If those measures are lifted in order to return to BAU, the first model will hold again.

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@Ego: O.k. I didn't know that. Looks like I need to take my rage posting down a notch because this is not the grotesque abuse of mathematification that I thought it was.

From the Imperial College report: "The higher peak in mortality in GB is due to the smaller size of the country and its older population compared with the US. In total, in an unmitigated epidemic, we would predict approximately 510,000 deaths in GB and 2.2 million in the US, not accounting for the potential negative effects of health systems being overwhelmed on mortality.

For an uncontrolled epidemic, we predict critical care bed capacity would be exceeded as early as the
second week in April, with an eventual peak in ICU or critical care bed demand that is over 30 times
greater than the maximum supply in both countries.
"

Whoops, looks like the Imperial College acknowledges that their own "worst case scenario" doesn't account for something they predict to happen. Assuming I have the right paper (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperi ... 3-2020.pdf), their central point is not to present a worst case scenario, but to outline strategies that would not overwhelm ICU capacity in the U.S. and U.K. I admit that I thought Kennon made up the numbers based on his own model without stating assumptions, which is why I was so mad. He instead abuses other peoples numbers, the advantage here is that assumptions can be examined.

The point of Kennon's article is that we need to look at the trade off between the economic costs and loss of life. These are big decisions and brashley making comparisons based on incorrect assumptions and incomplete models is not doing anyone any favors nor does it help us examine trade offs.


@Augustus: Thanks for the compliment, but don't confuse the fact that I work in a hospital with me having actual medical training. I was trained solely for my job and honestly being an audio technician for years prepared me more for my specific job than any of the shallow medical knowledge I acquired during "training." My job has nothing to do with the part of medicine that's important for this pandemic. I am actually out of work because surgeries are largely cancelled and my skills are non-transferable. Even trained medical professionals such as doctors or nurses, who have a depth of general medical knowledge (which again, I do not), are still highly specialized. As usual, the crowd here is different and I think the medical professionals here have made conservative and accurate statements where they acknowledge their level of expertise and how it relates to this issue.

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Today, 28 of March, Austria, little mountain village, friends of me on walking distance, a family of four, parents about 40+ children 13 and 11y. Mother became infected, became explicit ill on 20 of March, later all tested positive. Before: one parent healthy, other parent healthy but with a long standing muscle illness can hardly walk, children healthy. All isolated in their own home. Neighbors delivering groceries. First days, woman felt very fatigued, difficulty breathing, hardly appetite, man quickly tired. Now slightly improving health. I brought some things to them today (left it on their doorstep) and spoke from 7 yards with the children and mother. Children are hardly noticing it (only their confiness) parents feel slowly return of their strength. Not heard of any medicine.
For me it meant a relief, not only that my friends will overcome, but a real proof that healthy, fit people can withstand this virus.
A thing I like to share with you all.

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