How is Covid-19 affecting the way we relate to the world: ‘Physical distancing’ would be more accurate phraseology, but instead we call it ‘social distancing’, our language betraying that we think of social and physical proximity as being the same thing. In this new version of ‘in real life’, though, we have no choice. If we are to socially connect with people outside of our own household, we will largely have to do it online. [Em distanciamento físico, ISS crew blast off after long quarantine]
O Impacto Social da Pandemia em Portugal: duas das principais conclusões:
1. Embora maiorias expressivas dos inquiridos afirmem ter “muita” ou “alguma” confiança nas respostas dadas à pandemia pelas diferentes autoridades, são, em particular, os inquiridos que já viviam com maiores dificuldades económicas antes da pandemia que tendem a revelar menor confiança. São também estes inquiridos quem menos confia nas fontes tradicionais de informação, os que mais dizem estar a ter dificuldades em lidar com as restrições trazidas pelo estado de emergência e os que mais afirmam já terem sido afetados financeiramente pela crise.
2. Os inquiridos mais jovens (16-34 anos) distinguem-se dos restantes de vários pontos de vista: para além de tenderem a ter menos confiança na resposta das autoridades e em quase todas as fontes de informação, tendem também a defender medidas mais restritivas para lidar com a pandemia e, ao mesmo tempo, a considerar que as restrições terminarão mais cedo, apontando para final de abril ou maio.
Why it’s too early to start giving out “immunity passports”: Coronavirus antibody testing needs to get a lot better, and so does our understanding of immunity, before people can start circulating freely & Scientists are scrambling to determine the course of the coronavirus pandemic: While Morgan Stanley predicts the peak will come sometime in late May, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) says the country’s peak will come in just a few days on April 11. A recent report by Imperial College London scientists predicts late May to early June
“We’re Definitely Not Overreacting” to COVID-19: I think vaccines are not going to be a realistic solution for years. The 12-to-18 month timeline that you’ve likely heard assumes that the science works in our favor. But it will take years to get the quantities that we need. I don’t see vaccines being a viable solution for a long time [do passado: How America Brought the 1957 Influenza Pandemic to a Halt: the country made 40 million doses of the vaccine within months]. Bill Gates Says an Outbreak like the Current One Could Happen “Every 20 Years or so”: “Standby diagnostics, deep antiviral libraries, and early warning systems,” would all be at-the-ready in post-coronavirus times.
COVID-19: top science stories of the week [Top? US officials knew of Wuhan health crisis in November, a second report claims: Repeated warnings made to White House throughout December. However, President Trump “played down the threat and failed to take action that might have slowed the spread of the pathogen.”]
Les médias face à la crise du coronavirus: Il faut s’attendre à la disparition de certains titres et à d’importantes réductions d’effectifs dans les rédactions quand la crise sera terminée. [também se lhes pode dar 15 milhões de euros durante três meses, diz um jornalista-deputado em Portugal]
We must all fight the global pandemic of misinformation, while protecting free expression & What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on anti-vaxxers? How Coronavirus Fears Have Amplified a Baseless But Dangerous 5G Conspiracy Theory (exemplo de não partilhar sem antes ler)
In global war on coronavirus, some fear civil rights are collateral damage… These 30 Regimes Are Using Coronavirus to Repress Their Citizens
Algoritmos para o bem: SocialTruth & Silicon Valley has responded to the “infodemic” with aggressive intervention and an embrace of official sources and traditional media outlets.
COVID-19 could make this year’s wildfire season more dangerous: The pandemic has raised the stakes at the worst possible time, forest managers say, and is forcing firefighters, officials, and communities to rethink how they combat blazes.
I’ve read the plans to reopen the economy. They’re scary. There is no plan to return to normal. G20 Leaders’ Statement: We commit to do whatever it takes and to use all available policy tools to minimize the economic and social damage from the pandemic, restore global growth, maintain market stability, and strengthen resilience. When will the economy be good again? “What this shock is doing is exacerbating preexisting inequality issues across the country. The individuals who have been hit the hardest are the individuals who were in the most precarious position to start with.” The Crisis This Time – Health Versus the Economy: Coronavirus has exposed capitalism as unable to meet our most basic needs, but that has never been enough for the Left. We need to develop democratic organizations and build our social power, even in the middle of a pandemic, to win. [Mainstream economics still thinks growth is essential, but this blind belief in GDP is just enriching the rich and killing the planet. We don’t need more growth to improve people’s lives. By working less, buying and producing less, and investing in public services, we can improve quality of life – and fight the climate crisis.] Netherlands, blocking EU’s Covid19 recovery plan, has cost EU countries $10bn in lost corporate tax a year (Time for the EU to close its own tax havens)
Parents now spend twice as much time with their children as 50 years ago [Ok but] Everyone Is Home Right Now, Who’s Doing All the “Home” Work?