Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
@DavidBoxenhorn — “The most important thing is the ability to survive until you get lucky.”
@ProfCharlesHaas — “I am glad to be in a field that is enriched by assimilating knowledge from other fields, rather than one that tries to maintain a monopoly of wisdom on the basis of credentials.”
Right now, it’s hard to imagine that any global pandemic could ever fade into a routine fact of history.
But Esyllt Jones says that is what occurred with a previous worldwide disaster, the Great Influenza of 1918.
That pandemic faded despite a death toll in the tens of millions, and the loss of entire families and communities.
The public health historian notes that: “There are decades of almost complete neglect of (the 1918 influenza) as a historical subject, during which many of the survivors died.” —CBC Ideas
“On Friday, April 30, the WHO quietly updated a page on its website. In a section on how the coronavirus gets transmitted, the text now states that the virus can spread via aerosols as well as larger droplets. As Zeynep Tufecki noted in The New York Times, perhaps the biggest news of the pandemic passed with no news conference, no big declaration. If you weren’t paying attention, it was easy to miss.”
“What’s going on?
We are being mentally rewired by the technologies of social networking. It’s an involuntary process.
That mental rewiring is forcing a reorganization of society.
Those changes are dangerous during the early phases (think: printing press/30-years war)” —John Robb