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The mask we need

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What do we believe now?

We think that coronavirus is moderately contagious and is spread primarily from person to person rather than by surfaces to person. We think the best way to get COVID-19 is to join an indoor dance and singing session and that outdoor spread is rare. We think indoor masks are valuable and outdoor masks are primarily social gestures. We think cloth masks work primarily by reducing spread from someone with early COVID-19 and minimal symptoms. As of today there's a suggestion that children get mild COVID-19 infections but don't spread them well.

We believe social distancing reduces spread but has a terrible economic cost that falls primarily on non-college workers and small business owners.

We believe effective therapies will emerge gradually over the next 4-18 months and effective vaccines over the next 6-18 months.

So what could we do now that would reduce infection, possibly suppress disease, and allow the economy to reopen?

We should test and trace of course, but given the state of American government and American media (Fox, Murdoch, etc) that's unlikely to be enough.

So what else could we do that doesn't require new technology or new innovation?

We could give everyone over a better indoor mask. A mask that gives bidirectional protection, that protects against both infection and transmission. Give it first to 70+, then 60+, then every adult.

What are the features of this mask?

It's reusable of course. Washable with a filter module that's easy to replace. It comes with a UV light sterilizer than can hold several masks. It's a high air flow mask; you can wear it to your indoor CrossFit speakeasy and get your deadlifts done. It's not medical grade, but it's a hell of a lot better than a surgical mask.

If you're going to wear a damned indoor mask, it should work.

This doesn't require new science. It doesn't require new technology. It doesn't require closing the economy. At $100 a unit we could give every American adult this mask and family UV sterilization unit for 30 billion dollars.

30 billion dollars. That's nothing. Jeff Bezos could do it from his change pocket.

Want to restart the economy?

Make this mask.
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jcherfas
82 days ago
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It won't happen, but it should.
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Sourdough Starter

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Once the lockdown is over, let's all get together and swap starters!
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jcherfas
112 days ago
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emdeesee
114 days ago
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#SFT
Sherman, TX
GaryBIshop
115 days ago
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Good one.
alt_text_bot
115 days ago
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Once the lockdown is over, let's all get together and swap starters!

Scientific Briefing

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"I actually came in in the middle so I don't know which topic we're briefing on; the same slides work for like half of them."
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jcherfas
156 days ago
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alt_text_bot
157 days ago
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"I actually came in in the middle so I don't know which topic we're briefing on; the same slides work for like half of them."

Microsub bridge

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jcherfas
898 days ago
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Bring it on, if I understand even half of this, I want it.
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The Food Size Cycle

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There's data suggesting that this model may apply to deep-dish/thin-crust pizza. I've designed a thorough multi-year study to investigate this personally, but funding organizations keep denying my grant requests.
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jcherfas
945 days ago
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Candies too.
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davebelt
944 days ago
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Never actually seen tacos get bigger
earth dimension c-138
lepperk
942 days ago
https://www.amazon.com/Old-El-Paso-Stuffer-Shells/dp/B01CO6GZJC
expatpaul
945 days ago
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If I recall correctly, the film Super Size Me made the point that burger chains' (obviously -- he was talking about McDonalds) products are all so similar that quantity is really the only thing they can compete on.
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Covarr
946 days ago
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McDonald's understood the appeal of having multiple sizes of Big Mac, leading to the inception of the Grand Mac and the Mac Jr. Then they got rid of them because they were popular and McDonald's is trying to flatline their business.
Moses Lake, WA
benzado
945 days ago
Is "flatline" mean something about simplifying a product line or supply chain, or are you just saying they are trying to shoot themselves in the foot?
Covarr
945 days ago
The latter. It was meant to be sarcasm; I don't literally think they are making bad decisions on purpose, but they've been losing marketshare for years now and ruining perfectly solid comeback opportunities like that.
benzado
945 days ago
Gotcha. I just thought there was a chance you might be dropping cool new (to me) terminology. :-)
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946 days ago
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There's data suggesting that this model may apply to deep-dish/thin-crust pizza. I've designed a thorough multi-year study to investigate this personally, but funding organizations keep denying my grant requests.

Eclipse Science

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I was thinking of observing stars to verify Einstein's theory of relativity again, but I gotta say, that thing is looking pretty solid at this point.
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jcherfas
1092 days ago
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SciComm 101
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DrGaellon
1092 days ago
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Holy shit, look at the sky.
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JayM
1093 days ago
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Ha!
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jefron
1093 days ago
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Holy shit look at the sky
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alt_text_bot
1093 days ago
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I was thinking of observing stars to verify Einstein's theory of relativity again, but I gotta say, that thing is looking pretty solid at this point.
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