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I wouldn't want to pretend that I read anything other than articles on COVID-19 this last week. And so, this week will be exclusively focused on the best resources around COVID-19. I hope you will allow me some leeway - and that the reference points below become interesting angles for you to follow up on.
These are unprecedented times. It feels like the opening scene of dystopic war movie, before the robots took over. I can hear Linda Hamilton narrating how we survived SARS, then MERS, but it was COVID-19 that depleted the humanoids.
It's not quite that bad, but we are in unchartered territory. There will be naysayers amongst us who will compare this to the regular flu and say that we are overreacting. The COVID-19 mortality rates are at about 3.4% according to the WHO and seasonal flu generally kills about 1% and it's been around for hundreds of years. Personally, the evolving nature of the unknown requires preemptive measures, which most governments, on a regional and national level, are using effectively to halt the speed of spread. Untethered spread of the virus would cause a global meltdown, unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes.
But I'm hopeful. We know that the disease is mild in most people that get it, that children seem particularly protected from it, and that scientists are coming together to solve this. But this is an unknown situation - and that's what is breeding uncertainty and fear,
and the stockpiling of toilet rolls and pasta and rice. It's what leads people to move into survival mode, stealing N95 medical masks. But I'm hopeful that people will see sense, act smart and be considerate.
That said, it does feel a little like a war, where the enemy is an unknown being, spawned from a bat or a snake. It feels weird writing that, but it also feels weird doing elbow bumps, and the Wuhan Shake. It also feels that working from home is the new normal. So we had better get used to it.
Stay safe, wash your hands (while singing happy birthday, twice), elbow bump, stay away from crowded places, wash your hands, read from qualified news sources, but above all, wash your hands. You will probably get COVID-19, but if you're old and have an underlying condition be especially careful, keep your distance and, oh yeah, wash your hands. And if you do get it, rest up, drug up, and self-isolate - because you don't want to be that person.
I'm neither an economist nor a medical professional, but I hope that you take some knowledge from the articles below. Box of Amazing will hopefully resume with normal service next week, but I fear that COVID-19 will still have some representation. And perhaps, there will be some way of actually calling this a global pandemic without scaring everyone further.
Anyone know where I can get some anti-bacterial gel?
My COVID-19 recommendations for this week:
1. The Coronavirus Is Us Link
2. The Pattern That Epidemics Always Follow Link
3. Bern scientists claim coronavirus breakthrough Link
4. A design trends forecaster calls the coronavirus “an amazing grace for the planet” Link
5. The emerging coronavirus economy Link
6. A Warning From a Scientist Who Saw the Coronavirus Coming Link
7. Coronavirus could kill handshakes Link
8. The economic effects of a pandemic Link
9. Can We Get a Vaccine Early? How the Rich Are Preparing for Coronavirus Link
10. Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020 Link - MUST READ
11. How to Tell If You Have the Flu, Coronavirus, or Something Else Link
12. How to Prepare Now for the Complete End of the World Link
13. A Local Guide to the CoronaVirus Link
14. How to make your own hand sanitizer Link
15. 32,000 articles unlocked for scientists Link
16. Coronavirus: Are there two strains and is one more deadly? Link
17. COVID-19 Isn’t As Deadly As We Think Link
18. How people are using AI to detect and fight the coronavirus Link
19. Dr. W. Ian Lipkin Breaks Down Coronavirus Link - MUST WATCH
20. As Coronavirus Spreads, Hastily Produced Books Capitalize on Fear Link
Previous COVID-19 Links I have recommended:
1. How to respond to COVID-19 by Bill Gates Link
2. You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus Link
3. Coronavirus Forces World’s Largest Work-From-Home Experiment Link
4. Virus Scenarios by Kevin Kelly Link
5. What are the best coronavirus treatments? Link
6. Coronavirus: What are the worst symptoms and how deadly is covid-19? Link
7. Mapping 2019-nCoV Link
8. WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak Link
9. See where on the map live cases are Link
10. Six ways coronavirus will change our world Link
Onward! - Rahim
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