LW Coronavirus Agenda Update 4/6

by Elizabeth1 min read6th Apr 20201 comment

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Three weeks ago I announced the LessWrong Coronavirus Agenda, an attempt to increase knowledge by coordinating research between LW participants. This post is an update on that. If you want to skip to action items, check out the last section.

Last Week’s Spotlight Questions

What are the costs, benefits, and logistics of opening up new vaccine facilities?

I learned several things about vaccine facilities thanks to answers from micpie and ChristianKI. We also achieved the hidden goal of Bill Gates doing exactly what David Manheim suggested and building facilities for the 7 top vaccine candidates, which is the best result for any of these questions so far if you don’t look too closely at causality.

Economics Questions

We made incremental progress on these but there’s a lot of ground to cover. Top comments:

Changes To The Agenda

“What are the costs, benefits, and logistics of opening up new vaccine facilities?” is being retired from the spotlight on account of “picked up by billionaire.”

Added question “What is the impact of varying initial viral load of COVID-19?”

This Week’s Spotlight Questions

Economics Questions

Having failed to solve all of economics, we’ll continue those questions into next week.

What is the impact of varying initial viral load of COVID-19?

The hypothesis that lower initial viral load leads to better outcomes, and might be worth pursuing deliberately, is a central assumption is Zvi’s post Taking Initial Viral Load Seriously. Is it true?

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