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Coronavirus links round up

I’ve been gathering interesting links on the Coronavirus epidemic. Here are the ones that stand out from the rest:

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now – A well-circulated summary with some great graphs. The main takeaway is that the real count is far higher than what is being reported, so it is better to act now rather than wait. And that travel restrictions will at the most delay things by a few days, but social distancing is the best way to contain things.

CORONAVIRUS: LINKS, SPECULATION, OPEN THREAD – Some good graphs on mortality rates, exponential growth etc on SlateStarCodex. This is from March 2, and things are changing fast though.

Seeing the Smoke – A rationalist argues that it makes sense to prep NOW rather than wait for the slow engines of the government to move. This post inspired me to start working from home without waiting for an official mandatory recommendation from my company.

Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 3/12] – ArsTechnica, as always, with comprehensive coverage.

Information

How quickly does this virus spread, compared to other diseases? The R0 (R-naught) number gives this estimate. Ed Yong has a good explainer on what the number is estimated to be, and why it is not very easy to measure.

Misinformation

Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents – I’ve seen some forwards talk about the virus being active for only about 12 hours on surfaces. But this paper shows that it can remain infectious for up to 9 days, depending on things like the temperature and material.

I’ve seen the usual conspiracy theories doing the rounds about this being a human-engineered bioweapon. This paper, specifically was getting some traction. if any one sends that to you, tell them that the paper has already been retracted.