Thank you for your in-depth reply.
I am a grateful student here.
Thank you also for your time, and the language you chose so I [we] can understand. I say this as a native English speaker.
Detection limits and test sensitivities are something I pay attention to at one of my day jobs (working for environmental engineers). Presence/absence and detect/non-detect data points are what we look at re pollution of soil and water.
And just as it is the rule re water and soil sample data, I can guess that as the test sensitivity for SARS-CoV-2 increases, the amount of time and money to conduct the testing also increases. I get that HCWs don’t have the luxury of time and that cost-benefit curve is A Thing.
ETA: grammar (again)
De nada. I’m lucky to work with people smarter and a lot more knowledgeable than I am, but I’m pretty good at translating their work into Human.
And to clarify about the detection limits, that 5x10^-5 figure is not for coronavirus, it’s for a different virus type. Some of the labs I’ve worked with will quote a reasonable price for 10^4 reduction, an astronomical price for 10^5 reduction, and nopenopenope! for 10^6 when it comes to viruses.
Maybe this John Kerry might have gotten elected in 2004?
I was going to make a joke, but this made me go to his wikipedia page and I can’t actually believe this much of a stereotypical libertarian exists.
Seems like yet another fake. I don’t think anybody should repost these chain letter’s, not even with the notation “grain of salt”. No citation. No link to Johns Hopkins. Nothing.
Aaaaand proper full lock down in ireland announced live on telly now, the day that emergency legislation passed so that they actually can force all businesses to close.
They also have to form a government now. The upper house passed the emergency legislation and announced it is now invalid until a government (which will have to be cross party) is formed.
So… nobody really expected Trump to downplay the epidemic, when he did, right? And to great personal benefit, too. Not only did his polls soar, apparently, but so did the stock market. Must be great trading when you’re the one person in the world, whose words directly impact the stock market, like no one else’s…
If you read this - and I recommend you do, despite some undertones I don’t like, especially because they are undertones and not spelled out and reflected upon - then be sure to read the last paragraph, too.
New boomers on the making.
Maybe Pelosi and Schumer were invited and said, “No thanks, we’re social distancing!” I mean, half the congressional GOP are exposed at this point. Would you want to stand in that room with them? I wouldn’t, at least not without a Class IV biohazard suit.
Just look at them!
Ed Yong called them “Generation C” in The Atlantic.
(Somewhat recommended read.)
Thanks for the clarification, @DukeTrout, and thanks @milliefink for the deletion! I very much appreciate this.
In general, @everyone: if you are looking for info, please check official sources.
If you do not trust your local authorities, look for other authorities and not for news sites or social media posts, including even this topic or anything posted on this BBS or Boing boing.
If you understand German, try the RKI.
If not, try the WHO.
There are tons of trustworthy sources out there. Please use them.
(Hopefully unnecessary comment FTR)
So far, nearly every major service I recently used on multiple devices directs me to websites with info, and most I checked were government info which can be trusted. Spotify, Google Maps and Google Assistant, Siri, Amazon’s services, whatever.
I am not in favour of trusting politicians. I am not in favour of trusting government, in general. I love when people use their own brain.
Part of this is to know when to trust health advice from the authorities.
Not that he will care, of course, but FTR…
He’s paying attention, no MAGA aka Klan rallies yet.
Maybe he’s waiting until Easter.