“The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide” – Nature


The U.S. set another coronavirus record on Tuesday with more than 60,000 hospitalizations as public health experts warned that cases could soon reach 200,000 per day. Texas became the first state in the nation to surpass 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases. If it were a country, Texas would be among the top 10 countries in the world with the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

President-elect Joe Biden told reporters on Tuesday that he will “get right to work” on addressing the pandemic and other issues facing the nation, brushing off President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential election as little more than an embarrassment. The Trump administration has still not yielded classified information that would allow Biden to prepare for office and continues to dispute the election results with additional lawsuits. 

A fresh report published on Tuesday underscores how limiting indoor capacity could significantly reduce the spread of coronavirus this fall and winter. The study, which used mobile phone data from 98 million Americans, found that the highest risk of spreading the virus is linked to restaurants, gyms and hotels. In all, about 10% of the locations examined accounted for 85% of predicted infections.

While Americans cannot gather in person to mark Veterans Day on Wednesday, cities across the country will hold virtual ceremonies, drive-by parades and wreath-laying ceremonies to honor those who have served in the military.

European bank executives and regulators are bracing for the end of financial aid, which they say could result in $1.7 trillion in bad loans. That amount would be severe but possible if economies falter even more than expected, according to the European Central Bank. The news comes as negotiators in the U.K. say they will extend Brexit talks with the European Union beyond this weekend’s informal deadline. Negotiators need enough time to reach an agreement that can be ratified by parliament before the U.K leaves the bloc on Dec. 31.

Journalists in Charlotte, North Carolina are exploring creative ways to present coronavirus-related news. The collaborative of news outlets is publishing stories every two weeks in the form of a comic book or graphic novel in a project called, “Pandemic,” which seeks to tell stories in a non-traditional style.


Thinking About a Holiday Gathering? Look at This Troubling Map First – Wired – 11/11/2020
Not to nag, but if you’re considering seeing family for the holidays, I need you to take a look at this map. It’s a color-coded guide to Covid-19 risk level, sorted by geography (at the US county level) and crowd size. First, you choose the location where the gathering would happen. Then, at left, you can choose an event size with the slider, from 10 to 5,000 people, and watch the risk of at least one Covid-positive person being there skyrocket the bigger the gathering gets.

Talk Openly about Mental Health With Your Team – Harvard Business Review – 11/11/2020
So how can you open up a conversation about how your employees are really doing — without overstepping? It starts with talking about health holistically. If your team member tore their ACL, you wouldn’t hesitate to ask them about their recovery, so treat mental health the same way. Something as simple as, “How is your mental health these days?”

Viruses Can Be Delicious as Well as Deadly – Scientific American – 11/11/2020
In retrospect, it’s not entirely surprising that massively abundant, defenseless, drifting bonbons of protein and nucleic acid would be scarfed up by something. A paper also published this year in Scientific Reports even showed that marine sponges were extremely efficient at removing virusesfrom seawater and concluded it was possible they too are eating viruses.

Here’s why we need Covid models, even if they are controversial – The Guardian – 11/11/2020
If data is imperfect and answers are needed quickly, it can help to have the “wisdom of the crowd”. Since the start of the pandemic, academics like me have regularly contributed analysis – in an independent, unpaid capacity – to government advisory groups, such as the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M) in the UK. 

Study: Testing COVID-19 T cells instead of antibodies more accurately finds past infections – The Week – 11/11/2020
The researchers also studied 2,200 people who had tested negative for COVID-19, and only 45 of them were found to have been infected with the T cell test. Dr. Lance Baldo, a coauthor of the unpublished study, said many of those 45 people likely had COVID-19 at some point but did not realize it.


Alan W. Silberberg @IdeaGov 11 Nov Coronavirus is a Disinformation Virus too. via @Digijaks

WPEC CBS12 News @CBS12 10 Nov The spike in COVID-19 cases in Florida and nationwide can be attributed to pandemic fatigue, mixed messages from television and social media, and “wrong messaging coming from the top.”

Jim Clancy @ClancyReports 11 Nov Florida GOP Governor DeSantis’ latest hire for data team: Uber-driving, COVID-conspiracy sports blogger

Marianna Spring @mariannaspring 11 Nov Coronavirus vaccine disinformation online tends to spread in conspiracy Facebook groups before spilling over into community forums, parent groups, insta stories. It’s been a constant drip for months – with the conspiracy narratives flaring up whenever there’s vaccine news.

Astronomy Magazine @AstronomyMag 11 Nov There’s no evidence Coronavirus came from space, yet a group of panspermia proponents are wildly speculating that’s the case — and the implications could be downright dangerous.


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