“This guy’s a fucking idiot.”

Classic. I attended a Zoom meeting of doctors who, as a subculture, is not used to technology (we are the “Reply All” crowd), nor understands the “MUTE” function. Some guy in the middle of the meeting says, “This guy’s a fucking idiot.” And that ended the meeting. — Wayne (@Toaster_Pastry) March 21, 2020

Hand Washing

Well this is cool, per the CDC: Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Why? Because hands could become recontaminated if placed in a basin of standing water that has been contaminated through previous use, clean running water should be used. However, washing with non-potable […]

Terminology for Pedants

Terminology for pedants: “coronavirus” is a category of many viruses, not just this one. This virus is “SARS-CoV-2”. The disease it causes in humans is “COVID-19”. Before “SARS-CoV-2” was standardized, the virus was provisionally named “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCov”. — Marco Arment (@marcoarment) March 13, 2020

Spread of a Disease

Bit of a long read, but fascinating mathematics behind the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The upshot being that even as newly reported cases of the virus level off, the number of “true” cases (e.g. the ones that were present but never tested or from folks showing no symptoms at that point) continue to grow exponentially. Example. […]

Brilliant Kids

They don’t need to do any homework, considering their current level of intelligence. In locked down Wuhan, teachers use an app called DingTalk to set homework. Kids realised if it got enough one-star reviews it would be removed from App Store. Thousands of reviews flooded in, and DingTalk’s rating fell from 4.9 to 1.4 overnight. […]