The Origins of the “Masks Don’t Work” Narrative

The False Idea That Masks Make You Sicker - The Atlantic In fact, the earliest instance of a “masks make you sicker” claim I could find was in a February 27 news article published on a Utah radio station’s website. (Its author did not return a request for comment.

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The “k” in COVID-19

Ok, this Atlantic article is worth reading in full, but here are some highlights that give you a good summary. By now many people have heard about R0—the basic reproductive number of a pathogen, a measure of its contagiousness on average. But unless you’ve been reading scientific journals,

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The Lingering Effects

‘It’s Not in My Head’: They Survived the Coronavirus, but They Never Got Well - The New York Times The first few months, I didn’t believe myself. Is this in my head? When I got the antibody test a few weeks ago saying I had a positive antibody

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The Coronavirus in Japan

From near disaster to success story: how Japan has tackled coronavirus | World news | The Guardian Experts have pointed to universal healthcare, low obesity rates and expertise in treating pneumonia. More fanciful theories have gained traction – the consumption of foods, such as natto, that boost the immune system and, according to

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It’s Just Politics

Opinion | When the Mask You’re Wearing ‘Tastes Like Socialism’ - The New York Times From the perspective of moral foundations theory, conservatives’ greater concern for purity and fear of contamination would suggest that they would respond more vigorously to a virus than would liberals. This was indeed the case

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Don’t Celebrate Too Early

How Virus Data Can Mislead - The New York Times With more parts of the U.S. starting to reopen, many people will be tempted to look at the data this week and start proclaiming victory over the virus. But this week’s data won’t tell us much. It

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COVID-19 by the Numbers

One thing I hear bandied about with COVID-19, specifically related to the stay-at-hope orders that have been in effect, is that “lots of other things kill more people than this and we don't shut things down for them.” Ok then, I’m open to new information, so let’s look

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