fishing through the noise

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

Historical Note: On 19 February 2004, states of emergency were declared in Atlantic Canada after a prolonged blizzard, later named White Juan, dumped as much as 100 centimetres of snow. Many roads were impassable, blocked with snow drifts of up to 4 metres. On that same day, 17 years ago, I started this blog.

“If you give someone a fish they’ll eat for a day. But if you teach someone to conduct workshops on how hungry people can practice self-care then you dodge the question of why people are hungry while also cutting the fish budget and the savings can be passed on to the shareholders.”@n_hold

“A network of experts introduces among other aspects:
1) Humility: Networks undercut ego and emphasize results. Oh my! :-))
2) Doubt: ‘He who knows most, doubts most.’ — Jerónimo de Carranza.
Doubt is not the enemy of learning as much as overconfidence is.”@ResearchRonin

“Rarely is anyone thanked for the work they did to prevent the disaster that didn’t happen.”Mikko Hypponen

Supporting community participation in a pandemic by @CormacRussell

“Instead of professionals dedicating their heroic efforts to society’s meek and helpless pawns, the inimitable capacities of communities must be deployed in a way that is termed generative. Top-down, reactive and poorly-communicated government decrees and mandates do not work when citizens-in-community are excluded and can have unintended degenerative effects on community capacities. Generative approaches, in contrast, are grounded in the belief that communities themselves are best placed to know what is best for them. With the right support and clear information, citizens are effective in creating locally sensitive solutions to challenges. Sancho Panza often knows more than Don Alonso. Sancho and the supposed pawns have more power to check the virus than we realise.”

Ranking the effectiveness of worldwide COVID-19 government interventions via @dfisman

“Assessing the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2 is critical to inform future preparedness response plans. Here we quantify the impact of 6,068 hierarchically coded NPIs implemented in 79 territories on the effective reproduction number, Rt, of COVID-19. We propose a modelling approach that combines four computational techniques merging statistical, inference and artificial intelligence tools. We validate our findings with two external datasets recording 42,151 additional NPIs from 226 countries.”

  1. Small gathering cancellation

  2. Closure of educational institutions

  3. Border restriction

  4. Increase availability of PPE

  5. Individual movement restrictions …

Irish Times: Aerosols, masks, infectiousness: Coronavirus myths debunked

“Seventeen review co-authors outline what they consider as myths about Sars-CoV-2 transmission; explain why they are outdated; and highlight current evidence illuminating other directions. Droplets are defined as particles that fall to ground under gravity, the momentum of an infected person’s breath, or both; aerosols are particles in suspension due to size, environmental conditions, or both; and “particles” are droplets/aerosols in general.
Myths debunked include:
—Aerosols are droplets with a diameter of five microns or less. (A micron is a millionth of a metre.)
—If the virus is airborne then surgical masks (or cloth face coverings) won’t work.
—The virus measures 0.1 micron, so filters and masks won’t work.
—Unless it grows in tissue culture, it’s not infectious.”


IT: “Covid-19: Healthcare professionals and the public are all confused about coronavirus terms.”

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