I'm still pondering the implications of transmission being mainly about air, not touching. What interventions does that suggest? Besides the obvious things (opening windows, HVAC filters etc, masks & goggles), one thing I thought of is ... perfume!

We could all encourage everyone to wear perfume / cologne when they leave their home, and if anyone can smell anyone else, then they know you're not sufficiently well physically-distanced (too close or not enough air circulation).

Assuming this would work, I'm not sure how to get it to take off. Maybe an unusually considerate boss of an could tell their employees to all wear perfume (if they have any), to help ensure that everyone is keeping safe distance from each other, and to identify HVAC gaps? Or I could wear perfume and a hat / T-shirt that says "if you can smell my perfume, you're too close!" I dunno, just brainstorming :-P

March Coronavirus Open Thread

by Elizabeth 1 min read8th Mar 2020377 comments


This thread was created on 3/8/2020, or approximately one million years ago in virus time. It’s getting pretty bloated now, and a lot of things that were high value at the time have been eclipsed by events, making karma not a very useful sorting tool. So I’m declaring this thread finished, and asking everyone to move over to the April Coronavirus Open Thread.

Interested in what happened in this thread? Here’s the timeless or not-yet-eclipsed highlights:

  • Scott Alexander comes up with Hammer and Dance 6 days before Tomas Pueyo
  • Spiracular on why SARS-Cov-2 is unlikely to be lab-created.
  • Two documents collating estimates of basic epidemiological parameters, in response to this thread
  • Discussion on whether the tuberculosis vaccine provides protection against COVID-19.
  • Suggestive evidence that COVID-19 removes sense of taste and smell.
  • Could copper tape be net harmful?