As part of the LessWrong Coronavirus Link Database, Ben, Elizabeth and I are publishing daily update posts with all the new links we are adding each day that we ranked a 3 or above in our importance rankings. Here are all the top links that we added yesterday (March 20th), by topic.
Worldwide current and historical stats
History of number and percent infections, recoveries, deaths, worldwide. Uses John Hopkins data
Kurzgesagt: Accessible video to basic science of C19
High quality (in both production values and content) intro to the physical form of C19 and how it interacts with the body
(EV): They state that C19 can invade immune cells, but the only identified C19 receptor isn't on immune cells, and the paper they cite is for SARS proper, not C19
WHO coordinates C19 drug trials
WHO to coordinate multinational testing of remdesivir (lopinavir + ritonavir) and chloroquine (malaria)
Do more with fewer tests by batching
Batching multiple people's samples could give us much more information with the same number of tests, at the cost of slower results
Guide to C19 pharma in development
A guide to the vaccine and treatment regiments currently in testing
List of hospitals requesting donations of equipment
Aggregation of hospital requests for donors to tackle
Progression & Outcome
Optimistic scenario exploration
Long now explores a set of assumptions, unproven but consistent with current knowledge, under which things might be pretty okay
Video explanation of basic C19 science
Great explanation of C19's form and lifecycle, including explanations of how certain potential treatments could work
Spread & Prevention
Video: estimating prevalence from deaths
Estimating actual COVID 19 cases (novel corona virus infections) in an area based on deaths. Based on work by Tomas Pueyo.
(EV): They're still only using cases that came to the attention of medical authorities, potentially missing people w/o severe symptoms
Work & Donate
A short list of recommendations for organizations that would benefit from more money and are (perhaps indirectly) fighting COVID-19
From the Long Now article:
This seems very unlikely to me. For this to be true, the majority of humans would have to be able to develop antibodies and then clear the virus much faster than a substantial minority, and the virus would have to spread much faster than we currently think (i.e., have a much bigger R0 or shorter incubation time which would it place it outside the range of other respiratory viruses). Is there any inside view or outside view reasons to think this? E.g., has there ever been another virus like what the Long Now article suggests?
It seems not very decision-relevant for the vast majority of LWers to bring up this "optimistic possibility" at this point, given how unlikely it is, and how long we'd have to wait to distinguish it from the the "pessimistic possibility". (Also I don't like the subtext here subtly suggesting that until we know for sure, the two possibilities should be equally salient.) Am I missing anything, or is decision-relevance not the main reason for linking this?
A little mistake with the parenthesis, they're different things