5. So far deaths are still not spiking. To be clear, this result still may change, and if so I will report.
1. “Belgium was the worst-hit country per capita in Europe. They did systematic testing for #SARSCoV2 in long-term care facilities, just reported…o symptoms were reported in 6,244 *(74.8%)* of 8,343 people who tested positive” Link here.
3. “On a per-capita basis, of the European majors only Germany has done better than the US in death rate” Link here.
4. The WHO was (and is) wrong about the virus being airborne (NYT). A remarkable story about an unfathomable error of great import.
3. Somerville, Mass. recognizes polyamory (NYT).
4. France bans Dutch bike TV ad for creating ‘climate of fear’ about cars. “The French advertising code prohibits the exploitation of fear and suffering in commercials.”
5. “…a novel song sung by white-throated sparrows is spreading across Canada at an unprecedented rate. What’s more, the new song appears to be replacing the pre-existing melody, which dates as far back as the 1960s.” Link here.
2. The Roy and Paul Romer WSJ “keep our schools open and test” ad. Yet the CDC recommends against entry testing for higher education, see these Bergstrom tweets. Deeply irresponsible.
3. The culture that was Finland — until now!
1. Training the professional auctioneer, good story.
3. Predictive performance of the IHME model: doesn’t beat the baseline forecast.
6. MR readership much higher than TLS readership. What a strange world we live in.
8. Ross is completely correct here (NYT).
1. Deaths are still falling. Including in some key states. Don’t take this for granted (at all), but be accordingly suspicious of those who are not dealing with this fact in some manner.
4. Miami fact of the day (NYT): “One-third of all patients admitted to the city’s main public hospital over the past two weeks after going to the emergency room for car-crash injuries and other urgent problems have tested positive for the coronavirus.”
5. Five-day course of Remdesivir will be priced at $2,340. One-third more for insurers, cheaper in other countries.
7. Claims about virus mutation, and increased infectiousness (speculative, but at the very least an important caution about all the premature moralizing you are seeing. I at least know I don’t know enough to judge this one, do the other commentators you are reading?).
1. Ross Douthat on fast-forwarding to 2030 (NYT).
1. Another shoutout to Progress Studies School (for high school students, though not only).
3. The work of one Fast Grants winner, toward understanding how Covid takes over cells and in turn designing a drug cocktail for defense.
5. Election coming up in Singapore (The Economist).
4. In this SuperFinal, Stockfish is actually slightly ahead of the AlphaZero semi-clone.
3. “I like saber cuts and bold steps. I get bored.” Why one fellow left academia.
1. “Autistic women are often the most socially intelligent of anyone, because we have to be.” (Times of London)