Monthly Archives: April 2020

Links 4/30/20

Links for you. Science: Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier embraces the conspiracy theory that SARS-CoV-2 was made in a Wuhan lab Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model Obituary: Jacques Acar, ISID co-founder, former president Oregon Humongous … Continue reading

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Science Reporting, Serology, and Bayes Theorem

Last week, we discussed the implications of Bayes Theorem on estimating the actual prevalence. Specifically (foreshadowing with a bad pun here), the specificity of a test measures the probability that someone who tests seropositive wh is not seropositive is really … Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19, Statistics

Links 4/29/20

Links for you. Science: The first news report of the laser (1960) Reading the literature and writing The pandemic might set back field science for years Two Antibody Studies Say Coronavirus Infections Are More Common Than We Think. Scientists Are … Continue reading

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Heroes, Patriots, and Service

A lot of navel-gazing pundits are bandying around the word ‘hero’ to describe people who are simply doing their jobs under difficult or even dangerous conditions. This has led to an understandable–and correct–backlash from those who are putting themselves at … Continue reading

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Links 4/28/20

Links for you. Science: SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines: Status Report Coronavirus found in Paris sewage points to early warning system Why Some People Get Sicker Than Others Autopsies find first U.S. coronavirus death occurred in early February, weeks earlier than previously thought … Continue reading

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One Reason Some Governors Want to Reopen So Quickly

Follow the money (boldface mine): Republican governors in states like Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina have announced plans to begin reopening their states’ economies despite warnings by health officials that it’s too early to do so. The decisions mean that … Continue reading

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Links 4/27/20

Links for you. Science: Concerns with that Stanford study of coronavirus prevalence When a Mantis Shrimp Fights a Disco Clam, It Meets Its Match Grant Review in the Time of Corona: NIH Says “No Slackening!” NIH Panel Recommends Against Drug … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Flattening the Curve

Over the weekend, I saw a spate of tweets and other commentary along the lines of ‘we should end lockdown because we’re all going to get COVID-19 anyway, so why destroy the economy too.’ A slightly more sophisticated version argues … Continue reading

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Links 4/26/20

Links for you. Science: Genomic Surveillance of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: A Mathematical Early Modeling Study of Cost-effectiveness (important) Is fungus the answer to climate change? Student who grew a mushroom canoe says yes. “Mushrooms are here to help us — … Continue reading

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Pink and Orange

Observed on Q Street NW, between 17th and 18th, Dupont Circle, D.C.:

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