Covid Snippet Dump


We have been incidentally tracking the Covid outbreak due to its effects on events. To clear our Covid in-tray, here's a snippet dump [non-expert curation and opinion, check with health authorities for proper information ]:

  • Quick self-test: if you suddenly lose your sense of smell or taste, you may have acquired the bug.
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  • Hibernation: To tide the economy over during the covid crunch, all parts of the economy may need to pull or slow down together.
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  • Darwin: Some countries are considering letting the bug run rampage and let the winnow of Darwinism immunise the community. Studies suggest blood group type A is more susceptible than type O. According to some beliefs, type A are geeks and type O are jocks. Consequently, after Darwinism does its work, will the community become more jock like?
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  • Admissions: In practice, it is likely not blood type that decides who makes it or not, but the hospital admissions officer. If an admissions officer turns away a patient, it will impact the patient and his or her family. So, stay home and stay safe.
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  • Tech: Who has stepped forward? EV: Tesla, GM and McLaren to ramp up production of ventilators. Drones: Used in US, FR, ES and CN to monitor lockdowns. SmartCity: Carnival offers to turn its mini-city cruise liners into temp hospital ships. Fintech: Contactless payment reduces the risk of notes and coins as bug vectors. SmartMfg: BYD and Razer go into face mask production. HealthTech: Fujifilm makes bug-fighting drug. SocialEnterprise: Engineer offers award winning, emergency low-cost ventilator design ($500 vs standard $25,000) to the public and manufacturers at no cost.
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  • F1. Formula 1 pivoted its season to virtual beginning yesterday. Drivers, instead of racing high powered cars on a track, switched to game consoles to compete in a virtual Bahrain. Watch the race here [flag off is at the 1:02:20 mark of the video].