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.
Protesters who are now calling to defund or reform the police are fundamentally questioning what these numbers have become.
Derek ThompsonI have something bigger on this soon, but the fact that police militarization accelerated long after the crime wave ended is really important-->
So many American institutions are lost in the labyrinth of late-20th century path dependency.