Hey, all! I feel like I’ve spent the last week in some kind of Twilight Zone here in the US with regards to all of the coronavirus news. Luckily, I have some friends with biology expertise who can help me navigate the ins-and-outs in a field where I do not have expertise. So, for today’s Quickies, I’d like to share what they are reading in order to get a handle on the situation. (Later, I’ll follow up with a post about an area I have at least some expertise, online learning and remote teaching.)
Update 3/16/20: see additional links in Part II of this series
General Information Round Ups
- Of course, everyone is recommending that you get your news from the World Health Organization. They also have a general FAQ.
- For those in the US, you will also want to follow the CDC’s response, and further, your state’s health department.
- Topher (of Mad Art Lab lightsaber fame) recommends this comprehensive summary on arstechnica.
- Bethany Brookshire at ScienceNews also sent over a great summary page from there.
Steps You Can Take
- WHO’s comprehensive resources for personal prevention and mitigation.
- The Dos and Don’ts of Social Distancing, via Bug Girl
- A very comprehensive set of notes from a panel of experts at UCSF. Came from Bethany with the warning, “Good but scary.”
The Larger Issues
- Will the coronavirus happen every year? via Topher
- From Feb 23, the call to act now, which seems a little late today but I particularly like the sections on how to emotionally prepare, as we’re all in a bit of OMG right now.
- The testing situation in the US as of March 6th, from Bethany.
- Also from Bethany, what we’re leaning from the cruise ship outbreaks
- HAVE to travel? Check this master list of major airline changes and cancellations.
- What is working from home going to look and feel like?
- Topher has been keeping track of the technical details as they unfold at JAMA
- Bethany suggests this article on how testing works
I have to get to teaching now, but I’ll follow up with a post on that AND cute animals!