Gov in the Time of Corona

In between hand washing and getting fitted for a straight jacket (my last attempt to come up with a way to stop touching my face), I’ve been reading, studying, and obsessing over news stories, tweets, and expert commentary on Covid-19, and here’s my key takeaway: The key to all of this is hospitals. We need to delay the virus transmission to ease an overwhelming burden on health resources. Wash hands, avoid crowds, skip the high fives. It’s not about you. It’s about us. We made sure that social media apps and streaming video services could scale. We forgot to make sure the health system could. The more we can delay the spread, the better. I had a couple more takes. Well, 29. So, let’s start there. Gov in the Time of Corona: 30 thoughts on living with bad leadership in bad times.

+ At a Harvard forum, three who know warn of most daunting virus in half a century.

+ Wired: Kids Can Get Covid-19. They Just Don’t Get That Sick. (Or why your kids’ school is probably going to close soon…)

+ Seattle Times: “Testing for the novel coronavirus in the Seattle area will get a huge boost in the coming weeks as a project funded by Bill Gates and his foundation begins offering home-testing kits that will allow people who fear they may be infected to swab their noses and send the samples back for analysis.” (And with that, everything associated with IE6 is forgiven…)

+ Seattle provides a glimpse into the future for many cities. For a look a little further into the future, let’s check in on Italy. Meanwhile, an Italy prison was in flames, and more than 50 prisoners were on the loose, after visitation restrictions ignited a riot.

+ Here’s a very interesting thread on how South Korea seems to be getting ahead of the virus.

+ The earliest it would be deployable, Fauci added, is ‘in a year to a year and a half, no matter how fast you go.'” The New Yorker: How Long Will It Take to Develop a Coronavirus Vaccine?

+ Thousands prepare to get off cruise ship hit by virus in California.

+ “Couriers are ants. Nothing can stop them.” Photos from NPR: Wuhan Delivery Workers. (Related: Driverless Delivery Van Startup Sees Demand Surge Amid Outbreak.)

+ CityLab: “With travelers scarce, some carriers are turning to a troubling practice: flying planes with no passengers, in order to hang on to take-off and landing slots.” (Who would have guessed you’d ever be able to achieve social distancing in coach…)

+ “Why exactly is soap so good? To explain that, I will take you through a bit of a journey through supramolecular chemistry, nanoscience and virology.” An interesting thread on the power of soap.

+ The Guardian: Nine reasons to be reassured.

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