They're uniquely dangerous for spreading the coronavirus. We need to pay to keep them closed.
Derek ThompsonIndoor bars and pubs are not the most important business in America, but they are
a) exquisitely designed to spread COVID-19, and
b) frigging awesome
So, let's shut em down and bail em out, until things change.
The gap between soaring cases and falling deaths is being weaponized by the right to claim a hollow victory in the face of shameless failure. What’s really going on?
Derek ThompsonI wrote about the statistical mystery that’s obsessed me for the past few weeks—the gap between soaring COVID-19 cases and flatlining deaths
- what explains it
- why it matters
- whether it's already closing
- and how it’s being weaponized by the right
Derek ThompsonAfter all the graphs, statistics, science, and interpretations, we’re left with a simple fact: Hundreds of Americans are dying daily of a disease that's infecting hundreds of thousands of us each week.
If that’s success, let’s pray we never see failure.
The line is blue when a country performs many tests relative to the size of the outbreak.
Red indicates a low number of tests per case. This suggests that the true number of infections may be far higher than the number of confirmed cases.
This blog post draws on data and research discussed in our entry on Child Mortality.
Derek ThompsonApproximately half of all people died before the age of 15 before the 1600s.
This is true for every available historical data set from Ancient Greece and Rome, to pre-Columbian Americas, medieval Japan, the European Renaissance, and Imperial China.
Vietnam is one country which has responded well to the Coronavirus pandemic. How did they do so? In-country experts provide key insights.
Derek ThompsonVietnam reported its first case of COVID on January 23. The nation of 95 million shares a border with China.
It has reported zero (!) confirmed COVID deaths. Schools opened in May.
How they did it
Harvard researchers, drawing on insights from tuberculosis research, say air conditioners may be a factor in COVID-19’s spread down South, and relatively inexpensive germicidal ultraviolet lights a weapon.
Derek ThompsonMounting evidence that A/C can spread aerosolized COVID droplets
"Hot summers can create situations similar to winter, when respiratory ailments surge, driving people indoors to breathe—and rebreathe—air that typically is little refreshed from outside."
The uptick in the Sun Belt’s largest cities and suburbs could accelerate their movement away from the GOP.
Derek ThompsonThis is a great, great piece by @RonBrownstein that really crystallized something for me about how the Sunbelt COVID outbreak is a demographic, electoral, rhetorical, and existential nightmare for Trump.
When Gov. Greg Abbott let businesses start reopening, he pointed to two metrics as encouraging signs: the hospitalization rate and the infection rate, or the ratio of positive cases to tests conducted. Both of those metrics are on the rise in Texas.
Something is weirdly absent from the general discussion about police violence in America: the weapon most commonly used to inflict it.
Derek ThompsonI wrote about an obvious contributor to police violence that’s received a shockingly small amount of attention in the police reform debate—guns.
Derek ThompsonResearch shows that in states with more gun prevalence:
- civilians kill more civilians
- civilians also kill more cops
- cops also kill more civilians
It is glaringly obvious that a whole ecosystem of human relations has been poisoned by guns.