COVID-19 Day 75: Checking Back on Singapore’s Pandemic Predictions

At least they fixed this for the Sonic movie. The Imperial College and SUTD, not so much.

I discovered that The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) had hidden their SIR model, which showed their predictions for when each country’s COVID-19 pandemic would end. In their words, “Over-optimism based on some predictions is […]

COVID-19 Day 74: Freedom is always worth the risk.

Today, Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers who died protecting our freedoms. COVID-19 has been compared to WWII to describe our existential threat and the need for collective sacrifice. It’s also been humorously used to belittle those bemoaning being ‘stuck-at-home’ during the lockdown. I would argue that we haven’t been treating coronavirus enough like […]

COVID-19 Day 70: Letter to Kamala Harris on SB580

One of my state senators and one-time DNC presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, recently co-authored Senate Resolution 580 which aims to condemn and denounce anti-Asian sentiment, racism, discrimination, and religious intolerance as evidenced in the use of such phrases as “Wuhan virus,” “Chinese virus,” and “Kung-flu.” 

I wrote this letter to her:

Ms. Harris,

“Wuhan Virus” […]

COVID-19 Day 68: A Safer Treatment Than Hydroxychloroquine

Despite early hopes by President Trump and Chinese researchers, chloroquine, and its less toxic derivative hydroxychloroquine, has disappointed as a cure for COVID-19. At high doses, hydroxychloroquine has caused dangerous heart arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm) which could easily kill a critical patient, clinging to life, intubated in an ICU. Patients with moderate-to-severe […]

COVID-19 Day 67: The CDC Didn’t Hide Chloroquine Research

On social media we’ve been seeing posts claiming the government knew that chloroquine could treat COVID-19. They cite a 2005 scientific paper from CDC scientists. The implication is […]

COVID-19 Day 65: The Pitfalls of Scientific Peer Review

We rely on scientists in these uncertain times for the ‘truth’. But as Indiana Jones said, if you want the truth, ask a philosopher, not a scientist.

As a guy from the corporate world, I never knew the academic world was so cut-throat or that peer review had a dark underbelly. […]

COVID-19 Day 64: Why the 2nd Wave of Spanish Flu was more deadly

We’ve been warned to be careful about re-opening because the 2nd wave of COVID-19 could be worse. Experts remember the devastating Spanish Flu of 1918 which killed an estimated 675,000 people in the United States. More than half of these deaths occurred in the 2nd wave of infections that occurred in the […]