Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“The day life got better was the day I stopped arguing with people who don’t read.” —@MrErnestOwens
“COVID Haiku: Coffee in morning. Then a bunch of stuff happens. Red wine in evening.” —@JohnCHavens
“Really, there are just two kinds of people in the world, the narcissists and the rest of us who care about each other. One of these days we will stop falling for their selfish tricks and send them into trauma recovery programs.” —@NurtureGirl
“Why is morale low? Hmm, well, you promoted all the assholes without ever making them clean up their act. Maybe start there.” —@MeetingBoy
“General Motors, Toyota, and Volkswagen each produced 10 million cars in 2015, yet their employment sizes varied substantially. GM (based in the US) had 215,000 employees in 2015; Toyota (Japan) employed 344,000; VW (Germany) had 593,000 workers. Even among firms making the same products, in the same numbers, with similar technology, at the same time, there is wild variation across countries in how big firms are. What can we make of this?”
“Nah. Let’s not lose perspective here. The vast (vast) majority of #COVID19 transmission is indoors. We know how to make safer indoor spaces but choose not to or fail to (ahem: essential workers).
Outdoors is so much safer. Move as much business & school outdoors as possible.” —Dr. Isaac Bogoch
Here’s another way we’ve blown it. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not a flu virus. But Canada’s public health officials remain locked in a pandemic flu playbook especially in B.C. Bad move.
Unlike the flu, which is spread by children, COVID-19 is driven by random superspreader events originating in just 20 per cent of the population. The two viruses represent radically different diseases requiring totally different public health responses.
The flu pandemic playbook, for example, is largely passive: it’s wipe your nose, close some schools, and wait for the vaccine, which may or may not be effective.
But as Zeynep Tufekci, the brilliant Turkish sociologist has noted, you can’t do that with a deadly coronavirus because of superspreading events in which one individual can trigger the infection of 5,000 people. (Yes, that happened in a South Korean church.)
“It’s widely accepted that #MeaslesIsAirborne
I summarized the evidence for airborne spread of Measles vs. COVID-19 in a table [below]
The results were quite shocking to me …
How is it that we are still discussing whether or not #COVIDisAirborne??”