Two things to share with you today: one is some good advice and the other is some nice visuals.
You’d probably guessed that from the title of the post though.
First up, a nice, practical piece from the Daily Maverick, written in language we can all understand.
We cannot be saved by government policy alone – the things we can all do are what will save South African lives. And those things are pretty simple.
Do everything possible outdoors;
Keep at least one metre distance (two metres is better) from people
Avoid crowded spaces
It’s good stuff, it’s easy to read, and each point is backed up by (layman’s) scientific reasoning.
My one gripe is the little contradiction that creeps in under the “No Shaming” heading:
There is no need to shout at people exercising outdoors without a mask but at a distance, or in the park with their family; they are not going to infect you.
Sure, I wasn’t going to shout at them. But wearing a mask outdoors costs no time, money or effort and reduces the risk of transmitting the virus from “low” to effectively “nil”. So why make any exception at all: why not just wear the damn mask like the law and any decent sense of morality says you should?
It’s not hard.
And then these visuals of “How the Virus Won” from the NY Times. (This link spotted first via @JacquesR, and then in about four other places I frequent very shortly afterwards.) Yes, you need to register (free), but it’s very interesting and probably worth it.
Some basic graphics, some good data – again explained in layman’s terms, the odd political quote (only the ones where the politicians in question got it horribly wrong – hindsight is 2020 – but why on earth would you want to go there ever again?).
It regularly looks horribly like one of the 1960s graphics you get where some killer plague spreads across the world.
Those are your interesting links for Friday. Have a nice day.
Wear a mask. Don’t be in America.