[Share n burn] Today's coronavirus (COVID-19) links - April 6, 2020

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In no particular order, here are today's links from my RSS feed. Please consider clicking through to upvote any Steem post(s) on the list.

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As mentioned in previous posts, here is a visualization tool for mapping the cases of COVID-19 occurrences.

According to the site, this morning's worldwide number of reported cases was 1,288,372 with 270,098 recoveries, 70,482 deaths, and 337,933 cases in the US.

Of the cases in the US, the site reports 17,582 recoveries, 9,653 fatalities, and 11,589 cases in my own state, Pennsylvania (151 deaths).

It may be worth noting that (based on the daily numbers that I've logged) the number of new cases in the US dropped by 8,020 from 33,708 to 25,688. This is the highest magnitude drop (or gain), by far, that I've seen in new cases on a single day. Could just be that data entry was slow for the holiday yesterday, though. We'll have to see what the future brings.


  1. Steem @rt-international: Privacy-minded Germans wary as Berlin develops nationwide Covid-19 tracking app & calls for EU-wide system

  2. Steem @rt-international: Coronavirus lockdowns shave off almost 30 percent of entire US economy — Moody's

  3. Steem @meepins: US COVID Update - We might be peaking! (06-04-2020)

  4. Can We Really Develop a Safe, Effective Coronavirus Vaccine? - Subtitle: We don’t know for sure, but if we can, it probably won’t be easy, cheap or fast

  5. #coronavirus #covid-19 Chinese virus: the exit strategy

  6. Here's what we know about the bizarre coronavirus conspiracy theory that led to people setting fire to 5G masts

  7. Argo Blockchain Defies COVID-19, Mines Record Levels of Bitcoin in Q1 2020

  8. The Reality of Covid-19 Is Hitting Teens Especially Hard - Subtitle: The pandemic has been emotionally devastating for us adults, but its impact on teenagers is arguably far greater.

  9. The Asian Countries That Beat Covid-19 Have to Do It Again - Subtitle: Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan had flattened the curve. Then travelers from the US and Europe began reimporting the virus.

  10. When Can We Lift the Coronavirus Pandemic Restrictions? Not Before Taking These Steps - Subtitle: Johns Hopkins health security expert Tom Inglesby discusses the need for widespread testing, protective equipment and face coverings

  11. Opinion: Coronavirus has ushered in an economic ice age. When can we expect activity to heat up again? - Subtitle: U.S. recession or depression isn’t yet clear, but severe pain is unavoidable

  12. CFOs looking to make remote work, telecommuting more permanent following COVID-19, says Gartner survey - Subtitle: The move to remote work may be a bit more permanent than many managers and employees realize.

  13. UK government slams ‘crackpot’ 5G-coronavirus theories following mast arson attacks - Subtitle: Suspected arson attacks have been connected to theories spreading online of 5G as a cause of coronavirus.

  14. YouTube will delete videos that falsely link 5G to the novel coronavirus after reports of people setting phone masts on fire

  15. Heart Damage in COVID Patients Puzzles Doctors - Subtitle: Up to 1 in 5 infected patients have signs of heart injury. Cardiologists are trying to learn whether the virus attacks the organ

  16. Blockchain Firms Team Up on Private Coronavirus Testing App

  17. Instead of just flattening the COVID-19 curve, can we 'crush' it?

  18. Six unknown factors in coronavirus models and how they could affect predictions

  19. Coronavirus Case Counts Are Meaningless* - Subtitle: *Unless you know something about testing. And even then, it gets complicated.

  20. Blockchain App Used to Track COVID-19 Cases in Latin America

  21. Waves Lets Users Bet on Spread of COVID-19 For Charity

  22. Surgeon General: More People Will Die From Cigarette Smoking Than From Coronavirus This Year

  23. The coronavirus will reshape the PR industry, from squeezing small firms to elevating internal communications

  24. A tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with an asymptomatic caretaker

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I choose #10 today :)

widespread testing and case tracking, adequate supplies of protective gear for health care workers and the use of nonmedical masks by the public.

Does this not describe the South Korean response to the pandemic? And look at their numbers.

We're the best, right? The greatest, right? The most industrially advanced, right? In what way are we any of these things if we have failed to meet each of the criteria listed in the quote?

This virus was not uniquely virulent, nor uniquely deadly. It could have been worse. It could have been a virus with higher mortality. All of this was foreseeable. Pre-pandemic we were like the drunk driver who never got caught. We were lucky, but our luck was bound to run out. Every intelligent person knew it. Biosecurity experts knew it. And yet, we were grossly unprepared.

There is no excuse for the incompetence of elected leaders, those responsible for insuring public safety. This is, after all, the primary responsibility of government. People join together and elect leaders for common security. Our government has failed abysmally in this basic function.

Thanks so much for giving me a place to rant :))

Thanks for the reply. One of those points that you excerpted is rapidly turning into a pet-peeve for me.

The more I read about this, the more I have come to believe that not using masks/face-coverings in public is the single biggest thing that the US got wrong from January through a couple days ago.

And the thing that really annoys me now is that they're still running around saying that a mask protects other people, but not the person wearing it. Of course it's not perfect, but it's not even plausible to think that a mask could block particles in one direction, but not the other. It doesn't even pass the laugh test, but it's discouraging people from using them.

At any rate, I'm a little bit encouraged by the decline in the number of new cases today. Hopefully, it's not just because people were off from work or delayed medical treatment for Palm Sunday. Fingers crossed.

The more I read about this, the more I have come to believe that not using masks/face-coverings in public is the single biggest thing that the US got wrong from January through a couple days ago.

That's the most obvious and intuitive isn't it. And yes, we have to take heart, but still be careful