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  1. Comment on CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public in ~health.coronavirus

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    The CDC doesn't exactly have a convincing record of competency as of late. And this is coming from someone who works in medical science with public health friends a deep respect for public health...

    The CDC doesn't exactly have a convincing record of competency as of late. And this is coming from someone who works in medical science with public health friends a deep respect for public health policy.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on How the pandemic will end: The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out in ~health.coronavirus

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    Actually? I thought they just get addressed as "former president"?

    Actually? I thought they just get addressed as "former president"?

  3. Comment on How the pandemic will end: The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out in ~health.coronavirus

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    Hold the phone... Obama can time travel? Or did he somehow get reelected overnight...?

    President Obama

    Hold the phone... Obama can time travel? Or did he somehow get reelected overnight...?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Alternatives to desktop speakers in ~tech

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    If you're still open to desktop speakers, and if you're an audiophile on a budget, I would consider something like the A2+'s from AudioEngine and lay them sideways under your monitors, it would...

    If you're still open to desktop speakers, and if you're an audiophile on a budget, I would consider something like the A2+'s from AudioEngine and lay them sideways under your monitors, it would barely take up any space. They have excellent sound and also have a respectable amount of bass response (speaking from experience).

    Apparently these are wireless now, might be a bonus?

  5. Comment on Alternatives to desktop speakers in ~tech

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    I have a pair that I use for cycling, and I love them! It's almost a surreal experience. But I would also strongly recommend against them for anything else except speech/voice. The highs and lows...

    I have a pair that I use for cycling, and I love them! It's almost a surreal experience. But I would also strongly recommend against them for anything else except speech/voice. The highs and lows are both crap, to the point where I would expect that it would be a detriment to gaming, even casually. Also, certain low frequencies, which are common in games for effects, will tickle (yep, tickle) the inside of your ears somewhere in the canal. So I can see that being super annoying. I only get it once in a while on high volumes (which really aren't that high, a limitation of bone conduction) with certain deep voices.

    How small is your desk exactly? There are lots of options for compact desktop speakers, you could even mount them to the edges of your desk and even your chair. There are also some really comfy open-back headphones that you should at least test out in person.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on White House, Senate agree to $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package in ~finance

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    Do you know if Schumer or Pelosi were responsible for the buyback provision too?

    Do you know if Schumer or Pelosi were responsible for the buyback provision too?

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Coronavirus could reshape global order in ~health.coronavirus

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    I'm surprised this isn't being discussed more. Big changes require powerful catalysts, and a pandemic qualifies as a powerful catalyst. I'm really curious what maneuvers the Chinese and Russian...

    I'm surprised this isn't being discussed more. Big changes require powerful catalysts, and a pandemic qualifies as a powerful catalyst. I'm really curious what maneuvers the Chinese and Russian regimes are going to execute over the next year.

    5 votes
  8. I wonder what the social media meta data is like right now

    Facebook et al. must be excited right now with this jackpot of acute behavioral data they're acquiring, in the context of a global catastrophe. I wonder if anyone has any insight here into what...

    Facebook et al. must be excited right now with this jackpot of acute behavioral data they're acquiring, in the context of a global catastrophe. I wonder if anyone has any insight here into what kind of research they are doing? I know it's all usually a tight secret.

    One idea that came to mind is that this would be excellent data to weaponize. Now we (as in social media corps.) can generate a pretty good model of what a global conflict looks like on the level of individual behavior and how that can be used for an advantage. The other edge of the sword would be this will help future public health initiatives but somehow I don't see this info being made publically available...

    7 votes
  9. Comment on Silver lining to this pandemic? in ~health.coronavirus

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    What do you mean? Isn't the fad for wearing masks based on the misconception that it will improve the air quality (including airborne pathogens) for you? And it's also a fashion/culture thing for...

    A trivial one might be that mask usage becomes more popular outside Asia.

    What do you mean? Isn't the fad for wearing masks based on the misconception that it will improve the air quality (including airborne pathogens) for you? And it's also a fashion/culture thing for some...

    If you're sick enough to wear a mask, you should stay home or get help. It's likely that your cough is not the only mode of transmission (e.g. hands).

    3 votes
  10. Silver lining to this pandemic?

    I'm wondering if there could be a silver lining to this coronavirus pandemic, at least for the current generations. Maybe everyone will be more careful in the future about spreading infectious...

    I'm wondering if there could be a silver lining to this coronavirus pandemic, at least for the current generations.

    Maybe everyone will be more careful in the future about spreading infectious diseases by practicing better hygiene e.g. coughing in the elbow, washing hands more often, considering staying home etc. And maybe the number of people accepting vaccines will increase? I'm willing to make a bet on that one: a modest increase. I'm also hoping we can shame all the hoarders after this is over and have a better understanding of how society functions via cooperation which might lead to more self awareness. This is not going to be the last pandemic let alone epidemic, so I also hope that more governments will be better prepared for future biological natural disasters, like how Taiwan and S Korea seem to be dealing with this rather well because of their previous history with SARS.

    What does everyone else think? I don't expect this to last too long, maybe a decade or two, but that would still be a good thing.

    18 votes
  11. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    Haha, no, I was making a joke out of your (apparently unintentional) pun. Just to lighten the mood... BUT, I was talking to some friends and they're actually waiting a bit before doing so, but it...

    Haha, no, I was making a joke out of your (apparently unintentional) pun. Just to lighten the mood...

    BUT, I was talking to some friends and they're actually waiting a bit before doing so, but it would also be good to buy as things go up (average it out). But overall, yes.

  12. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    Yep, same here! That and maybe some video games to veg out... Too soon man, too soon...

    I find meditation helps me relax

    Yep, same here! That and maybe some video games to veg out...

    [...] take stock of the situation.

    Too soon man, too soon...

    2 votes
  13. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    Okay so I went from asking for consolation (albeit subtly) to now being more anxious... Not that I blame you... EDIT: also, natural disasters like hurricanes are pretty isolated, so although it's...

    Okay so I went from asking for consolation (albeit subtly) to now being more anxious...

    Not that I blame you...

    EDIT: also, natural disasters like hurricanes are pretty isolated, so although it's acutely and locally catastrophic, you can still rely on the global system. Not so much in this case, especially with such a huge reliance on China. Hence my concern...

    2 votes
  14. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    Why are you bringing up Trump here? There are other threads for that. This is more of a sociological and psychological concern I'm asking about here.

    Why are you bringing up Trump here? There are other threads for that. This is more of a sociological and psychological concern I'm asking about here.

    4 votes
  15. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    It depends on what is out of stock e.g. NSAIDS, electrolytes etc. Of course maybe for the coronavirus electrolytes are not as necessary, but in general for an pandemic it could be the case.

    It depends on what is out of stock e.g. NSAIDS, electrolytes etc. Of course maybe for the coronavirus electrolytes are not as necessary, but in general for an pandemic it could be the case.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing in ~health.coronavirus

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    Do you know about what the general stockpiles are like for foodstuffs? TP is the least of my concerns to be honest.

    Do you know about what the general stockpiles are like for foodstuffs? TP is the least of my concerns to be honest.

    2 votes
  17. I'm meta-anxious about coronavirus and the panic it's inducing

    I'm usually the least anxious person among all the people I know, even when shit is hitting the fan. I practically revel in hardships for the problem solving. But, what is freaking me out right...

    I'm usually the least anxious person among all the people I know, even when shit is hitting the fan. I practically revel in hardships for the problem solving.

    But, what is freaking me out right now is this mass panic. It started off as a joke but now it's real, people are literally selling toilet paper on craigslist of whatever. Maybe it's still a joke, I don't know. But mass hoarding of important goods seems to be causing disruptions already, from a lack of toilet paper to a shortage of surgical masks for medical professionals.

    I would like to ask the community here what they think about this and how they expect things to go on. Are we going to have a second-order crisis in supply shortages? Are shipping route delays going to hit us on top of the local supply shortages? Because right now it's feeling apocalyptic, and I'm struggling between not acting like a selfish hoarder but also making sure I can get through this.

    EDIT: Toilet paper is just a prominent example, not my primary concern (we have plenty still). I'm more concerned about e.g. pharmacy goods and produce, since where I live literally 95% of our produce is imported.

    EDIT 2: This article articulates what is on my mind much better: An Infectious Diseases Specialist Reflects on COVID-19

    26 votes
  18. Comment on Coronavirus: Why you must act now in ~health.coronavirus

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    Then again, it's not like a TED talk is much of a qualifier...

    Then again, it's not like a TED talk is much of a qualifier...

    5 votes
  19. Comment on Joe Rogan Experience #1439 - Michael Osterholm (expert in infectious disease epidemiology) in ~science

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    Well then, I wouldn't recommend taking medical advice from Joe anyways. The doctor on the other hand...

    Well then, I wouldn't recommend taking medical advice from Joe anyways. The doctor on the other hand...

    6 votes
  20. Comment on If the female employment rate across the OECD matched that of Sweden, OECD GDP could be boosted by over US$6 trillion, according to PwC's latest Women in Work Index in ~finance

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    The problem with this is that it doesn't take into consideration of the "employment" that is commonly and traditionally* done by women such as taking care of kin (children and elderly) and also...

    The problem with this is that it doesn't take into consideration of the "employment" that is commonly and traditionally* done by women such as taking care of kin (children and elderly) and also households. It's an invisible employment that supports society and the economy.

    *For the reactionaries: it's not an endorsement of gender roles, it's reality.

    2 votes