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Covid 19 is serious but there are a lot of overlooked facts. As best I can tell:
* Wearing a mask in public is most important for symptomatic people (coughing/sneezing). They should not be in public at all and wear a surgical mask when seeking medical care.
* Wearing a mask for protection is most important for people who are close up to others, especially health care providers. They should wear an N95 mask.
* The masks that most people wear are mostly ineffective. Air simply travels around the mask when they breathe in. The exception is a well fitted N95 mask.
* Washing your hands is more important than wearing a mask. When non-symptomatic people spread the disease it is most likely by touching something that is then touched by someone else
* In most situations social distancing is more important than wearing a mask
* Hydorchloroquine is effective in the early stages of the disease but not so effective later
* Zinc, vitamin C and vitamin D are all helpful against the disease
* Obesity and diabetes make one a lot more susceptible to the disease
This is the best I can tell from lots of reading. I am sure some would dispute some of these. Anyway the big message we hear is wear a mask all the time. For a lot of people wearing a mask has become a cardinal virtue. They say we should do it for confidence and solidarity. I see people wearing these alone in their cars. It seems ridiculous. And whoever asks if others are washing their hands or taking zinc? No one.
Back in the day your commentary and article digest were on the same page and were not always daily (sometime two days between posts). This allowed the comment section time to ferment (so to speak). I started reading TAE in early 2009 and back then I would check the comment section multiple times a day. It was a great pleasure to read the banter between greenpa, el gallinazo and snuffy (to name a few) that arose in response to your and Nicole’s thought provoking articles. The TAE comment section was (and is) unique among the blogs I read in the thoughtfulness, tone and civility of its comments. My guess is that a small format change might encourage more of the kind of commenting we used to see.
I just made a donation in honor of Nicole’s return.
I like the heart failure analogy. My analogy would be a marriage: if there is no volatility you’re probably pretty close to divorce.
Also, a comment on the comments section. A post with a comment section once a day or more doesn’t allow comments to reach critical mass. People want there comments to be read and responded to and currently they lose top billing too quickly. I appreciate immensely the work Ilargi (and now Stoneleigh) have been doing to explain the goings on but I also miss the TAE comment section of TAE 1. It would be nice if we could have both.April 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm in reply to: Debt Rattle Apr 24 2014: When Does Government Policy Become Criminal Behavior? #12519
“Government is a criminal enterprise”
Wikipedia says: The word crime is derived from the Latin root cernō, meaning “I decide, I give judgment”.
The decider is by definition a criminal. Why am I not surprised.