We have been taking the Coronavirus and Covid-19 Pandemic seriously and as of March 16th we have decided to self-isolate.
Obtaining good information about the pandemic is critical. In this age of distrust, personality politics and lack of investment in our institutions, it is important to cut through the noise to determine what is really happening.
Here are some sources which we have been using:
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The World Health Organization’s information source.
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Great graphic map of the current extent of the pandemic.
- Coronavirus Dashboard. Just the data. A great dashboard, compiled using BNO, WHO and CDC data, by two Washington State High School students.
- The COVID Tracking Project. Another great raw data source tracking testing, hospitalization and deaths from COVID-19 in the USA.
- Tracking COVID-19 in Texas. Good source of information from the Houston Chronicle on the current state of the virus in Texas.
- Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”. Great simulations that show why self-isolation, or extreme social distancing is the best preventative action against the pandemic.
- Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now. A long article that needs to be read carefully and heeded to the greatest degree possible. It is, at this point, the single best overall summary of the prospects of what we are facing with regard to Covid 19 and what we can and should do about it that I have read so far. The article is not political in any way and is blame-neutral and only deals with (in essence) the “math” of what has happened and what is happening along with some advice. Read and heed.
The last article provides this advise:
- The coronavirus is coming to you.
- It’s coming at an exponential speed: gradually, and then suddenly.
- It’s a matter of days. Maybe a week or two.
- When it does, your healthcare system will be overwhelmed.
- Your fellow citizens will be treated in the hallways.
- Exhausted healthcare workers will break down. Some will die.
- They will have to decide which patient gets the oxygen and which one dies.
- The only way to prevent this is social distancing today. Not tomorrow. Today.
Extreme social-distancing seems to be the best tactic for this global pandemic, but what is the exit strategy?