Useful Covid Links
There are two types of medical websites prevalent in the US. The first (constituting the vast majority) is at the level of “See spot run. Run spot run. Wash your hands.” All US government sites are like this. Whether this represents the intellectual acumen of our current administration or a policy of “no adult left behind”, it does not reflect well on our educational system or bode well for the future.
The second consists of preprint servers consisting of highly specialized (and often unreviewed) cutting edge research inaccessible to even a PhD in another field.
What decidedly is missing is useful technical information, accessible to the intelligent layperson. There are many possible reasons for this dirth: fear of legal liability, the miniscule fraction of the population that has the aptitude or inclination to read such literature, and (if one is particularly cynical) old-fashioned knowledge-hording and guild-style protectionism by the AMA.
Whatever the cause, it is hard to find non-sensationalist, useful info on covid. For example, that chlorhexidine is ineffective or that ibuprofen (and even aspirin) may aggravate covid.
This is a list of links — primarily for myself, but also made available to friends — which contain information I found interesting or useful. Naturally, the most valuable info is from a translated Chinese document because heaven knows why our own government would bother to offer such information.
Now the mandatory disclaimer because this is the US: I’m not a doctor (of the useful kind anyway), don’t know anything, can’t advise anything, and all info I include here is considered a work of fiction from a legal standpoint. Heck, most news is anyway these days.
Here is some useful info:
- Virus Name: SARS-CoV-2
- Disease Name: Covid-19 [Name of syndrome caused by virus]
- Time airborne: 3 hours in still air
- Time on Cardboard: 24 hours
- Time on Plastic/Steel: 2-3 days
- Time on Copper: 4 hours
- Time on Porous clothing: Probably 24 hrs
- Time on polyester/spandex: Possibly 2-3 days
- Washing clothes: highest temp wash/dry material can handle, use bleach if possible, but generally ok to mix clothes or use public washer/dryers. If handwashing 80+ F.
- Surface disinfection: 62-71% alcohol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide bleach, 0.1% Sodium Hypochlorite bleach
- Not effective: Hibiclens or Chlorhexidine products
- Dubious: Sunlight kills lots of germs, but there is no evidence that exposure to sunlight for short periods kills SARS-CoV-2
- Fever reducers when sick (unconfirmed, but possibly true): Avoid NSAIDs (ibuprofen and aspirin) if possible because may aggravate Covid. Focus on acetaminophen (Tylenol). Note: Do NOT mix tylenol with alcohol or take too much, it can cause major liver damage!
Here are the links:
- Translation of Chinese Government Treatment Plan: This contains lots of detailed useful information about the Coronavirus as compiled by the Chinese Govt. This is the single most useful source, in my opinion.
- MA Govt Emergency Alert Site: While this doesn’t contain any press-release level info about new rules, it does provide basic statistics (very coarse), etc.
- CORD-19 Dataset: This is a website which links to downloading the newly released CORD-19 parseable dataset. Note that the dataset itself consists of articles in JSON format, NOT case information. The page also links to a number of other useful sites.
- John Hopkins’ Coronavirus Case graph: Not very high resolution. Doesn’t break down cases by state for example, just deaths.
- WHO Global Research Publication DB: Downloadable DB of Research Papers
- Australian Info for Health Professionals
- U of Minnesota’s CIDRAP Summary of Chinese Study on Death Rates
- U of Minnesota’s CIDRAP Summary of Chinese Study on Lung Damage
- U of Minnesota’s CIDRAP Covid Page: Very useful list of summaries of papers, updates, etc, from a reputable source (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy).
- Paper on real estimates of mortality (as of Mar 1)
- Wikipedia SARS Coronavirus 2 page: Describes the virus as an organism.
- Wikipedia Coronavirus disease 2019: Describes the disease in humans.
- Wikipedia 2019-20 Coronavirus Pandemic Page: Describes the pandemic.
- BusinessInsider Article on Mortality by Age: Not a legit medical info source — but does have a nifty graph of age-related mortality from the Chinese center for disease control.
- WHO How to use a Mask: Useful info on proper use of a mask
- Technology Review article listing diffs between flu and covid: Not medically legit source, but it’s probably sufficient for this.
- Worldometer consolidated info on incubation period: Lists sources and various estimates.
- Worldometer consolidated info on death rates: Lists sources and various estimates
- Worldometer list of cases by state: One of the best sources for this.
- NIH Info on Surface Survival: Summary of Mar 17 paper in New England Journal of Medicine. Paper studied virus survival rates on various surfaces.
- List of Effective Disinfectants: List produced by American Chemistry Council