Illuminati

Interesting Links for 24-03-2020

Illuminati

Interesting Links for 23-03-2020

Illuminati

Could an antibody test help us keep society functioning over the next few months?

Researchers have developed a test for COVID 19 antibodies. Which means we have a method for telling who has had the virus, and is now immune to it.

Those people are _safe_. They can't catch the disease any more, which means they can't spread it (excepting on their clothes, I assume, which is probably reasonably low-risk).

That means that they're the best people to put on the front line. Get them on the tills at supermarkets, driving the food trucks, and opening the schools up (albeit only for children who have also got the antibodies).

Basically, we can start dividing the world into those who are safe and those who aren't - and the safe people can be a lot of use to those of us who are still waiting to catch it. Particularly the people who are at-risk.

I wonder how fast this could be scaled up.

Note: I am completely sure that this has drawbacks. If nothing else the tests will take ages to make available in volume. And it relies on much much more testing, (although we're going to end up doing a ton of testing for either the infection or the immunity, or both).
And it does rely on the immunity lasting a while. I'm hoping it will mostly last the two years that SARS did. If it lasts only a few months then we're in an awful lot of trouble.



Original post on Dreamwidth - there are comment count unavailable comments there.
Illuminati

Interesting Links for 22-03-2020

Illuminati

Interesting Links for 21-03-2020

Illuminati

Interesting Links for 20-03-2020

Illuminati

Work in the time of Coronavirus

Last Thursday (a week ago) Jane emailed her boss to say that she had a fever and so would be taking the day off. "See you tomorrow," she said. "Oh no you won't," he said, and reminded her of the brand new guidelines saying she had to work from home for 7 days if she was sick.

Because the guidelines said nothing about partners, I went in to work.

On Tuesday evening that changed. The advice became "If your partner self-isolates then you have to do so for 14 days". And so I started working from home yesterday.

I have a desk from Ikea (there was one other person on the bus, I sat at the other end. There were 12 people total that I saw in Ikea, staying 2m away from them was trivial). I have a network cable on the way which will get my desktop online, and in the meantime I have a I spent a chunk of today working out how to make Lync (the Microsoft chat application we use in the office) forward calls to my phone. (Thanks to Adam for tons of help there!)

In the day or so since that point large swathes of the company have been switched to working from home. A couple of thousand of us will, by Monday, be working remotely. I still don't like it as much as I do working in the office (you can get problems solved much faster when you can get three people in a room with a whiteboard for ten minutes), but it's definitely bearable. And I can listen to music without headphones while I do it.

As far as I can tell pretty much all of the large companies in Edinburgh are doing likewise. Hopefully they're doing it everywhere.

Even my parents are being somewhat sensible. My father was quite sceptical to begin with. But they have agreed with their regular walking buddies that all (12?) of them will spend the next two weeks self-isolating in their own homes, and then once they are past that point they can meet up as a group, so long as they aren't meeting up with anyone else. Which isn't perfect, but is better than I was expecting of them.

We're supposed to be having a family holiday in late June. I wonder what state the world will be in by then.



Original post on Dreamwidth - there are comment count unavailable comments there.
Illuminati

Interesting Links for 19-03-2020

Illuminati

Interesting Links for 18-03-2020

Illuminati

Interesting Links for 17-03-2020