COVID: The Big Picture

A bird’s eye view of the pandemic.

Screenshot of NPR’s map titled “Where Hospitals Are Filling Up,” downloaded from WBUR website 01.09.21.
Is Your Hospital Dangerously Full? (WBUR,
updated periodically)

“It’s concerning when that rate rises above 10%, hospital capacity experts told NPR.
Anything above 20% represents “extreme stress” for the hospital, according to a framework developed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. If that figure gets to near 50% or above, the stress on staff is immense.”

The light at the end of the tunnel.
Image by Marc Pascual from Pixabay.
The Most Likely Timeline
For Life to Return to Normal
(The Atlantic, 02.22.21)

“An uncertain spring, an amazing summer, a cautious fall and winter, and then, finally, relief.”

The coronavirus. Image by allinonemovie from Pixabay.
Natural Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, Study Suggests
(Gizmodo, 01.07.21)

“In most people, a robust immune response to the virus lasts for at least eight months—and there are good signs that it could even last years.”

Flag and map outline of Sweden.
Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay
Sweden Kept Schools Open This Spring Without Causing Outbreaks (Letter to New England Journal of Medicine, 01.06.21)

“Despite Sweden’s having kept schools and preschools open, we found a low incidence of severe COVID-19 among schoolchildren and children of preschool age during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. “

US map of COVID severity by county.
How severe is the Coronavirus epidemic where you live?

Stay safe out there, people.

NY Times COVID dashboard screenshot.
NY Times Build Your Own
COVID Dashboard

Keep track of what’s going on in your county. Includes relevant background info on what data is available in your area, because cases are being reported and tracked differently all across the country.

Image by MetsikGarden from Pixabay
Pandemic Has ‘Fat Tail’ With More Superspreading Events Than Expected, MIT Study Finds (WBUR Commonhealth, 11.06.20)

New research from MIT calculates that superspreading events are even bigger drivers of the COVID-19 pandemic than previously thought.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.
This Overlooked Variable
Is the Key to the Pandemic
(The Atlantic, 09.30.20)

The definition of k is a mouthful, but it’s simply a way of asking whether a virus spreads in a steady manner or in big bursts, whereby one person infects many, all at once.


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