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Hola Pandemic Pals,
Just so you understand, I invested well over 10 minutes searching for a joke to start this newsletter off with. However absolutely nothing seems particularly funny right now.
The LA Times recently released a short article detailing the plight of the inmates put behind bars at the San Quentin males’s correctional facility in California.
San Quentin has actually been ravaged by COVID-19 Per the LA Times post:
” Since Monday, there had been more than 2,200 cases and 25 deaths, amongst a population of more than 3,260 people.”
There’s two things we need to do in order to put that into point of view:
First, we need to acknowledge that San Quentin still hasn’t attained herd immunity. “Neighborhood spread” continues at the prison. And that’s with around two-thirds of the population contaminated.
Second, those numbers get terrifying when broadened. If we use the San Quentin herd immunity design to the US, we ‘d see 2.5 million COVID-19 deaths at the comparable infection rate, and we still would not have actually reached herd immunity.
To put it simply, based upon what we’re seeing in a closed, forced experiment at San Quentin, if the US chose to totally resume and depend on herd resistance to end the pandemic, it’s likely that more Americans would die of COVID-19 than performed in the Korean war, Vietnam dispute, World War I, World War II, The Civil War, The H1N1 pandemic, the AIDs epidemic, the 1918 flu pandemic, and 9/11 combined (!!!) before we even reached that objective.
And the earlier we tried to expose everyone, the greater the death toll might be. Since what the “herd resistance” supporters aren’t telling you is that herd immunity, in real practice, would depend on a significant portion of the population ending up being immunized, and we do not have a vaccine yet.
The science is clear. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands.
Tech Security By the numbers
|Recently we started counting down the days left in2020 This week, let’s broaden on the death toll numbers from above. (Source: Time, CDC)|
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| In this little section, we wish to discuss the tech that’s getting us through the pandemic. Today, let’s talk about Zoom.
I always forget when I have a meeting turning up, so whenever I get the 10- minute-reminder on my phone a feeling of instantaneous panic sets in. My anxiety shoots through the roofing system and I’m ensured to start the call tired.
This isn’t my fault.
I can’t keep in mind the last time I attempted to connect to a meeting and something didn’t go incorrect. Here’s a list of the issues I’ve had in the last 10 approximately meetings I’ve taken through Zoom, Meet, phone call, or Slack:
Every bit of software application has its problems and tribulations, but I have actually been getting a provision of it recently.
Part of my problem is that I don’t have a simple innovation option for my workplace. I review a lot of products so I’m constantly changing software application and I seldom use the same device for more than a few days or weeks.
Where the majority of people exercise the kinks after the 3rd or 4th conference, my setup changes on a weekly basis. It’s a bit paradoxical, as an innovation journalist you might anticipate me to have a sweet setup that works like a finely-tuned device. Instead, I live stuck in a hodge-podge of innovation that typically gets switched out the minute I find out how to work it.
So, with that in mind, now you know why innovation journos (or maybe simply me) constantly seem to spend the very first five minutes of a conference seeming like the Verizon person: “Can you hear me now?”
Do not believe whatever you continue reading social networks. Stay healthy and look after each other,