Thoughts on COVID-19

Ninth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts

17 May 2020 Each Sunday, a friend organises a two-hour call for friends (many of whom are senior figures from finance, industry, and academia) to hear 10-15 experts talk about the COVID-19 crisis. This has now grown to 500-1,000+ attendees, with a consistently all-star cast of speakers drawn from many different fields. Tonight’s installment, theContinue reading “Ninth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts”

Eighth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts

10 May 2020 Each Sunday, a friend organises a two-hour call for friends (many of whom are senior figures from finance, industry, and academia) to hear 10-15 experts talk about the COVID-19 crisis. This has now grown to 500-1,000+ attendees, with a consistently all-star cast of speakers drawn from many different fields. Tonight’s installment, theContinue reading “Eighth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts”

Seventh weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts

3 May 2020 Each Sunday, a friend organises a two-hour call for friends (many of whom are senior figures from finance, industry, and academia) to hear 10-15 experts talk about the COVID-19 crisis. This has now grown to more than 1,000 attendees, with a consistently all-star cast of speakers drawn from many different fields. Tonight’sContinue reading “Seventh weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts”

Sixth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts

26 April 2020 Each Sunday, a friend organises a two-hour call for friends (many of whom are senior figures from finance, industry, and academia) to hear 10-15 experts talk about the COVID-19 crisis. This has now grown to more than 1,000 attendees, with a consistently all-star cast of speakers drawn from many different fields. Tonight’sContinue reading “Sixth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts”

Estimating the effective reproduction number; looking ahead

21 April 2020 Here are some of the most interesting posts, articles, papers, and resources I’ve come across recently, organised by theme. How close are we to R=1? You’ve probably heard about the basic reproduction number by now, R0 (R-naught). This is the average number of people infected by each infected individual a situation inContinue reading “Estimating the effective reproduction number; looking ahead”

Fifth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts

19 April 2020 (minor typos corrected 20 April) Each Sunday, a friend organises a two-hour call for friends (many of whom are senior figures from finance, industry, and academia) to hear 10-15 experts talk about the COVID-19 crisis. This has now grown to more than 1,000 attendees, with a consistently all-star cast of speakers drawnContinue reading “Fifth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts”

A seductive idea that’s probably (but not definitely) false

It’s unlikely, but not impossible, that many or most people have already been infected 16 April 2020 (minor updates 17 April 2020) Contagious (and possibly dangerous) memes Many false and/or dangerous memes have spread about coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and COVID-19. These include that 5G cell phone towers cause COVID-19, that people of certain ethnic backgrounds don’tContinue reading “A seductive idea that’s probably (but not definitely) false”

Fourth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts

12 April 2020 Each Sunday, a friend organises a two-hour call for friends (many of whom are senior figures from finance, industry, and academia) to hear 10-15 experts talk about the COVID-19 crisis. This has now grown to hundreds of attendees, with a consistently all-star cast of speakers drawn from many different fields. Tonight’s installment,Continue reading “Fourth weekly Sunday off-the-record chat with experts”

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