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How we can redesign cities to fight future pandemics

Adele Peters voor Fast Company:

If you’re walking around the city and there’s actually nowhere where you can wash your hands or use a public toilet, you’ve actually created a scenario that you’re forcing people to actually take risks that they maybe don’t want to take.

Dat stoort me al heel lang: het gebrek aan openbaar sanitair in ons land. Op het station moet je betalen om het toilet te mogen gebruiken. Lijkt me een wenselijke investering…

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How to Spend the Time

Dahlia Lithwick op Slate:

Now we are in the next phase, or if you aren’t, you may soon be. This is the phase in which you begin to fill your newfound time learning that someone you know has the virus, someone else you know is extremely sick with the virus, and someone you know has just died from the virus. The great thickening of friendship and community that came in the days before the virus means that these losses are thicker too. Punch in the throat, punch in the throat, punch in the throat. The frantic schedule of online concerts and quarantinis starts to recede because the days are filled with the horror of what’s been lost and what might be lost and also with taking your temperature, which can take a good deal of time, especially when you’re terrified. And the worst part is the knowledge that it’s still going to get worse.

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Five Trends Shaping Medium-Term Policy

Quillette:

One early prototype for the kind of flexible and graduated policy that all nations may eventually adopt is provided by New Zealand, which now has a system of four COVID-19 “alert levels”: (1) Prepare, (2) Reduce, (3) Restrict, and (4) Eliminate.

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Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance

Thomas Pueyo in een uitgebreid Medium-artikel:

During the Hammer period, politicians want to lower R as much as possible, through measures that remain tolerable for the population. In Hubei, they went all the way to 0.32. We might not need that: maybe just to 0.5 or 0.6.

But during the Dance of the R period, they want to hover as close to 1 as possible, while staying below it over the long term term. That prevents a new outbreak, while eliminating the most drastic measures.

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These famous logos have been remade for the coronavirus age

AdAge:

Jure Tovrljan, a creative director based in Slovenia, has given makeovers to famous brand’s logos to make them more relevant for the coronavirus age.

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Ik probeer er niet té veel over te lezen, want anders word ik helemaal zot. Maar als mij iets opvalt, ga ik deze post af en toe bijwerken met links en quotes.

Marc Van Ranst, 16 maart 2020:

De piek zal nog niet voor deze week zijn. Die is moeilijk te voorspellen, maar we zitten er nog zeker een maand vanaf. En dan ben ik nog optimistisch. Hopelijk kunnen de maatregelen het afvlakken.

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Steven Van Gucht, 19 maart 2020, Het Laatste Nieuws:

We gaan ervan uit dat dit nu wel moet werken. We zullen het effect pas over een dag of tien beginnen te merken, als er een knik in de curve komt. Dan kunnen onze hospitalen het aan. We maken de eerste evaluatie op 5 april. En dan hoop ik dat we op 6 april terug een pintje op een terras kunnen drinken, want daar snak ik ook naar (lacht). Maar: de maatregelen te snel loslaten, houdt ook het risico in dat het virus weer opspringt.

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3 Ways The Next 2 Weeks Could Go: Even The Best Case Scenario For Sanders Doesn’t Look So Great

Nate Silver:

Unless something big changes, things will get very out of hand for Sanders very soon.

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You’re Likely to Get the Coronavirus

James Hamblin voor The Atlantic:

With its potent mix of characteristics, this virus is unlike most that capture popular attention: It is deadly, but not too deadly. It makes people sick, but not in predictable, uniquely identifiable ways. Last week, 14 Americans tested positive on a cruise ship in Japan despite feeling fine—the new virus may be most dangerous because, it seems, it may sometimes cause no symptoms at all.

Opvallend:

Lipsitch predicts that, within the coming year, some 40 to 70 percent of people around the world will be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. But, he clarifies emphatically, this does not mean that all will have severe illnesses. “It’s likely that many will have mild disease, or may be asymptomatic,” he said.

En:

The emerging consensus among epidemiologists is that the most likely outcome of this outbreak is a new seasonal disease—a fifth “endemic” coronavirus. With the other four, people are not known to develop long-lasting immunity. If this one follows suit, and if the disease continues to be as severe as it is now, “cold and flu season” could become “cold and flu and COVID-19 season.”

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Apple Weighs Letting Users Switch Default iPhone Apps to Rivals

Gurman voor Bloomberg:

The web browser and mail are two of the most-used apps on the iPhone and iPad. To date, rival browsers like Google Chrome and Firefox and mail apps like Gmail and Microsoft Outlook have lacked the status of Apple’s products. For instance, if a user clicks a web link sent to them on an iPhone, it will automatically open in Safari.

*Finally*

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How ‘The Mandalorian’ invisibly reinvented film and tv production

Zotjes:

But while a successful live-action Star Wars TV series is important in its own right, the way this particular show was made represents a far greater change, perhaps the most important since the green screen. The cutting edge tech (literally) behind “The Mandalorian” creates a new standard and paradigm for media — and the audience will be none the wiser.