Lots of informative pics in this Bored Panda post:
— Oscar Lamme (@OscarLamme) May 2, 2020
… In the times of the current crisis, keeping a safe distance is key. Even if countries are starting to ease restrictions on quarantine, it doesn’t mean it’s over. But how do we know, from the pictures alone, that people are doing what’s right? It turns out, we can’t.
Photographers Ólafur Steinar Gestsson and Philip Davali conducted an experiment for the photo agency Ritzau Scanpix. The Copenhagen-based artists photographed the same people chilling out outside on the same day. Their trick was to use two different perspectives—a wide angle and a telephoto lens. The pictures show a staggering difference in the distance between these people and make us rethink the things we take for granted…
Laurie Garrett retweeted this, or I wouldn’t have given it a second look. It’s actually informative:
“The coronavirus has killed so many people in Iran that the country has resorted to mass burials, but in neighboring Iraq, the body count is fewer than 100.” https://t.co/ZSxGXBYeAm
— David Wallace-Wells (@dwallacewells) May 3, 2020
… The coronavirus has touched almost every country on earth, but its impact has seemed capricious. Global metropolises like New York, Paris and London have been devastated, while teeming cities like Bangkok, Baghdad, New Delhi and Lagos have, so far, largely been spared.
The question of why the virus has overwhelmed some places and left others relatively untouched is a puzzle that has spawned numerous theories and speculations but no definitive answers. That knowledge could have profound implications for how countries respond to the virus, for determining who is at risk and for knowing when it’s safe to go out again.
There are already hundreds of studies underway around the world looking into how demographics, pre-existing conditions and genetics might affect the wide variation in impact…
The protestors who, for some reason, are *not* getting extensive favorable coverage from national media:
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 4, 2020
Millions of U.S. workers without traditional bank accounts must wait weeks for federal relief paper checks during the pandemic. They are disproportionately black and Hispanic and often have little choice but to use expensive check-cashing services. https://t.co/4eVf4u9UOs
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 3, 2020
What if a vaccine for #COVID19 is never developed?
Even if a vaccine is developed, bringing it to fruition in 12-18 months would be a feat never achieved before.
— Microbes&Infection (@MicrobesInfect) May 3, 2020
… Instead of wiping out Covid-19, societies may instead learn to live with it. Cities would slowly open and some freedoms will be returned, but on a short leash, if experts’ recommendations are followed. Testing and physical tracing will become part of our lives in the short term, but in many countries, an abrupt instruction to self-isolate could come at any time. Treatments may be developed — but outbreaks of the disease could still occur each year, and the global death toll would continue to tick upwards.
It’s a path rarely publicly countenanced by politicians, who are speaking optimistically about human trials already underway to find a vaccine. But the possibility is taken very seriously by many experts — because it’s happened before. Several times…
In 1984, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler announced at a press conference in Washington, DC, that scientists had successfully identified the virus that later became known as HIV — and predicted that a preventative vaccine would be ready for testing in two years.
Nearly four decades and 32 million deaths later, the world is still waiting for an HIV vaccine…
HIV poses very unique difficulties and Covid-19 does not possess its level of elusiveness, making experts generally more optimistic about finding a vaccine.
But there have been other diseases that have confounded both scientists and the human body. An effective vaccine for dengue fever, which infects as many as 400,000 people a year according to the WHO, has eluded doctors for decades. In 2017, a large-scale effort to find one was suspended after it was found to worsen the symptoms of the disease…
Conspiracy theories and speculation about coronavirus have flooded social media. But who starts these rumours? And who spreads them?
Specialist disinformation reporter Marianna Spring has some answers
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 4, 2020
They have seen war and toured the world's "hot zones" tackling the kind of biological hazards that can threaten civilizations. But for these returned exiles the US coronavirus outbreak has in some ways been more painful. https://t.co/06pFVD5QaT pic.twitter.com/MWtFdfM4nC
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 4, 2020
Where did Covid-19 come from? What we know about its origins https://t.co/C3dcXqadyU
— ɪᴀɴ ᴍ. ᴍᴀᴄᴋᴀʏ, ᴘʜᴅ 🦠🤧🧬🥼🦟🧻 (@MackayIM) May 3, 2020
It is not the first catastrophe they have faced.
While a global pandemic bears no resemblance to Syria's almost decade-long civil war, some refugees believe their experience of violence and exile helps them deal with the anxiety sparked by coronavirus https://t.co/NQUXipPJ5A
— AFP news agency (@AFP) May 3, 2020
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) May 3, 2020
— ɪᴀɴ ᴍ. ᴍᴀᴄᴋᴀʏ, ᴘʜᴅ 🦠🤧🧬🥼🦟🧻 (@MackayIM) May 3, 2020
… [M]uch else about the pandemic is still maddeningly unclear. Why do some people get really sick, but others do not? Are the models too optimistic or too pessimistic? Exactly how transmissible and deadly is the virus? How many people have actually been infected? How long must social restrictions go on for? Why are so many questions still unanswered?
The confusion partly arises from the pandemic’s scale and pace. Worldwide, at least 3.1 million people have been infected in less than four months. Economies have nose-dived. Societies have paused. In most people’s living memory, no crisis has caused so much upheaval so broadly and so quickly. “We’ve never faced a pandemic like this before, so we don’t know what is likely to happen or what would have happened,” says Zoë McLaren, a health-policy professor at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. “That makes it even more difficult in terms of the uncertainty.”
But beyond its vast scope and sui generis nature, there are other reasons the pandemic continues to be so befuddling—a slew of forces scientific and societal, epidemiological and epistemological. What follows is an analysis of those forces, and a guide to making sense of a problem that is now too big for any one person to fully comprehend…