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Yet another privacy-preserving contact tracing app system, this time from a pan-European consortium:
Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing
(PEPP-PT) makes it possible to interrupt new chains of SARS-CoV-2 transmission rapidly and effectively by informing potentially exposed people. We are a large and inclusive European team. We provide standards, technology, and services to countries and developers. We embrace a fully privacy-preserving approach. We build on well-tested, fully implemented proximity measurement and scalable backend service. We enable tracing of infection chains across national borders. 

(via Cory)
coronavirus  tracing  gdpr  covid-19  privacy  contact-tracing  apps  europe  via:doctorow 
3 days ago by jm
How they flattened the curve during the 1918 Spanish Flu
How some cities ‘flattened the curve’ during the 1918 flu pandemic
Social distancing isn’t a new idea—it saved thousands of American lives during the last great pandemic. Here's how it worked.

(via Vipul Ved Prakash)
via:vipul  covid-19  history  coronavirus  pandemics  flu  1918  social-distancing 
3 days ago by jm
The Dismantled State Takes on a Pandemic | The New Republic
It didn’t occur to the right that a more terrifying series of words than “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” would turn out to be “I’m from the government, and I guess I anticipated that the private sector would have engaged.”
cdc  coronavirus  covid19  politics  republicans  us-politics  pandemics  government 
22 days ago by jm
Health expert brands UK's coronavirus response 'pathetic'
There were no strategies for protecting the vulnerable and there had been a failure to engage the public. “We have a superficial prime minister who has got no grasp of public health,” Ashton said. “Our lot are behaving like 19th-century colonialists playing a five-day game of cricket. “This virus will find the weak points. You can’t just plan this from an office in Whitehall. It’s pathetic. The government doesn’t seem to understand classic public health. You need to be out and about. You need to get your hands dirty – though preferably gloved and using frequent gel,” he said.
coronavirus  covid-19  guardian  uk  health  medicine  herd-immunity 
22 days ago by jm
Internet Book of Critical Care (IBCC) on COVID-19
Detailed info on COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment for healthcare professionals
medicine  covid-19  coronavirus  diseases  pandemics 
29 days ago by jm
We’re learning a lot about the coronavirus. It will help us assess risk
Early studies on Covid-19 suggest people who have contracted the coronavirus are emitting, or “shedding,” infectious viruses very early on — in fact sometimes even before they develop symptoms. “We do know from shedding studies that people can shed in the pre-symptomatic phase,” Van Kerkhove said, adding that while the data are still preliminary “it seems that people shed more in the early phases rather than the late phases of disease.”

...also: 'This week the WHO said the case fatality ratio currently looks like 3.4% — which is not a reassuring number.'
diseases  coronavirus  covid-19  health  pandemics 
29 days ago by jm
Ciarán Murray on Twitter - another Coronavirus thread - estimating the COVID-19 case fatality rate
'on the basis of what we can learn from the very unfortunate experiment that was the Diamond Princess, the coronavirus is probably at most 13x more lethal than the flu and likely a lot less lethal - probably closer to 5x more lethal (.3% CFR).'
cfr  diseases  covid-19  coronavirus  medicine 
4 weeks ago by jm
Coronavirus in China: The most important lessons from China’s Covid-19 response - Vox
Here, again, is where I’ve seen things starting to break down. What I’ve been told is if you think you’ve been exposed and have a fever, call your [general practitioner]. We’ve got to be better than that. If we are going to use our GPs — do they have an emergency line where you can get through? Do they know what to do?

In China, they have set up a giant network of fever hospitals. In some areas, a team can go to you and swab you and have an answer for you in four to seven hours. But you’ve got to be set up — speed is everything.
covid19  coronavirus  china  hospitals  healthcare  medicine  pandemics 
4 weeks ago by jm

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