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Is the current coronavirus thing worth worrying about? We realize that even asking this might be seen as putting us in “Internet commentators who post about ‘crooked Hilary’ a lot” territory because here in the US of A anything can be politicized, unfortunately. But people need to know just how serious the current virus of focus is, or isn’t, because currently the sources of information they tend to rely on, the government and the media, have failed to provide them with accurate data. People do seem to think that their political affiliation, and if they just believe hard enough, like saving...
Been a lot going on lately, no? It’s to the point where we almost feel pressured to post something like all those CEOs of giant corporations have about how we here at You&Me think racism is bad. Well, we may be going out on a shocking limb here, but we here at You&Me do think racism is bad. We are also aware that it exists and has existed prior to 2020. One interesting way that that does impact our site, is in our selection of stock photos. Over the past few years, we have mostly used images without people in them to illustrate our articles. We have done that for two main reasons,...
Remember Me? Coronavirus Updates and questions Once we have information how are we going to use it? For all the “we’re in this together” talk, no, we aren’t. Certain groups are much more at risk from respiratory viruses in general than others, and in the case of COVID-19 (which we will continue to call it for clarity purposes) younger people are typically only mildly impacted, but older people, especially people in their 70s and 80s are much more seriously affected. Let’s look at some findings. Here’s data collated in a Forbes post from May 26th. This is still (as of Jun 9th) the latest data...
There are times when our media can be toxic, so here are some concepts to “inoculate” yourself and increase your “immunity” to toxic and unhelpful news. FYI, some of this might be helpful for the current virus news, but it also applies to anything involving technical future predictions or discussions of science based conditions in the popular media. Good news is no news, but bad news means clicks. So here are some ways the media try to make sure that your news is as bad as possible. Beware of Percentages News organizations love to present percentages in the most dramatic way possible. One of...
What about religion? Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. First Amendment, US Constitution Americans take their religion seriously. But what should happen if we have a really dangerous epidemic in the United States? Coronavirus, by the way, isn’t that epidemic. So far coronavirus infections have killed an estimated 180 to 320 people under the age of 45 in the...
Medscape, a medical website, has a long list of “health care providers” who have died recently in ways that are somehow related to COVID-19. Some facts about this list that might not be completely apparent, so before we drive into an analysis we need to list some cautions and caveats. This list is rather random and is basically a bunch of user driven posts, not a comprehensive and curated list. It doesn’t represent everyone who passed away from COVID-19 who was also at some point in their lives working as a health care provider. Most of the people on this list are not from the United States,...
We started off a planned longer series of looking at where we should go with our response to this (and other) viral threats, but this opinion piece from the New York Times pretty much sums up where we were going with it. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/opinion/reopen-america-coronavirus-lo... The writer is certainly one of our top qualified experts in infectious disease (remember, there is NO one “top expert” in infectious disease, despite what media writers keep parroting) so his opinion is certainly worth reading, although no person can predict the future and experts are some of the...
Why we don't need politics but science. People seem to want to make everything about politics these days. But if we are going to figure out what to do with coronavirus and all the other viruses that aren’t going anywhere soon, or which will start up in the future, because that’s what viruses do, we need to gather large amounts of accurate data, and then have it analyzed by non-political experts in the fields of virology and epidemiology, so we can minimize viral impact with the least amount of collateral damage. Imagine a scenario where you go to the hospital with a bad toe infection. And the...
We seem to recall some science-y/medical types in New York City grumping the other day about the results of a community survey of coronavirus antibody prevalence in Los Angeles. They didn’t like the 1.5-2% prevalence that was found, for some reason. We guess they all shut up after New York did their own survey and found that the antibody prevalence in New York City was about 20%. We haven’t seen that they have done any more surveys, again for some reason. And when we say for some reason, we mostly think it’s because these results are counter to the current prevailing narrative. That’s too bad...
You all have that Facebook friend, right? The one who responded to virus news with posts like “We should shut down the country now!” and so on. Probably, you realized that there wasn’t any point in responding and let it go. But you thought something like this. Okay, let’s shut down the country. But wait, we need police and firefighters and EMS to respond to life threatening emergencies. And we need hospitals for the sick people. And then we need the roads to stay clear and repaired, and gas and tires and auto repair to be available so that those police and firefighters and EMS and hospital...

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