Sunday assorted links

1. Margaret Atwood on public health in the 1940s.

2. 250 things an architect should know, recommended, Michael Sorkin RIP.

3. Sign up for curated videos from The Browser.

4. The enforcement culture that is Britain: “”We are getting calls from people who say ‘I think my neighbour is going out on a second run – I want you to come and arrest them’.”

5. Why are airlines pricing tickets so very low even below marginal cost?

6. Health and Pandemics, Econ Working Group, now with virtual seminars.

7. Tape of the Neil Ferguson parliamentary testimony.  And here are Ben Yeoh notes on the presentation.

8. Do we have the personnel infrastructure to support test and trace?

9. “Here we propose that national differences in COVID-19 impact could be partially explained by the different national policies respect to Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) childhood vaccination.

10. Christopher Balding’s full take.  Chris makes many good points, but two comments.  First, on the policy side he is far too quick to dismiss “test and trace,” which seems to be working in South Korea and Singapore.  Second, I would like to see more comparative attention to the regions where we know things are going very, very badly.

11. Why previous attempts to build a new ventilator fleet failed (NYT).

12. RIP Krzysztof Penderecki.


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