Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide | Serious Eats


Like many densely populated metropolitan areas, the Bay Area is now on complete lockdown. All non-essential businesses are closed, gatherings of large groups of people are banned, and residents have been told to leave their houses only if necessary. Among the businesses still running—at least in limited capacity—are supermarkets and restaurants, the latter of which are solely allowed to operate as take-out and delivery venues. I expect more cities will follow suit in the coming days and weeks.

Even so, plenty of folks—myself included—have been confused or curious about the safety of allowing restaurants to continue preparing and serving food. Is it actually safe? Should I reheat the food when I get it home? Is it better to support local businesses by ordering food, or am I only putting workers and delivery people at risk? And if I’m cooking my own food, what guidelines should I follow?

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#groceries #food #advice

Food safety and Coronavirus – a comprehensive guide from Serious Eats


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Even so, plenty of folks—myself included—have been confused or curious about the safety of allowing restaurants to continue preparing and serving food. Is it actually safe? Should I reheat the food when I get it home? Is it better to support local businesses by ordering food, or am I only putting workers and delivery people at risk? And if I’m cooking my own food, what guidelines should I follow?

To answer these questions, I referenced dozens of articles and scientific reports and enlisted the help of Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist from the North Carolina State University and cohost of Risky or Not and Food Safety Talk.

A critical care doctor working in a UK: The initial UK government approach has been a total failure.


Originally posted on Reddit — reprinted in full, in case it disappears.

Q: There’s been a lot of confusion regarding the UK government policy re Herd Immunity and being contradicted by different officials. Was this ever part of the administrations plan, or was it just a miscommunication from BoJo? I understand if you don’t have details and are the wrong person to ask.


A: I’m sad to say that I do have the details, and there has been intense discussion about this over the past weeks. To answer your question: “herd immunity” would have been a beneficial outcome to slowing virus growth to a prolonged period of time. It was not a primary outcome.

That said, the official policy was wholly wrong and when all the dust has settled, when all the costs and lives have been counted, people have to make their governments accountable.

I’ll tell you what happened in the UK.

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Doctors in #España🇪🇸 with tears in their eyes tell how people over 65 must have their respirators removed to give it to the younger people suffering.


#Spain “Doctors in #España with tears in their eyes tell how people over 65 must have their respirators removed to give it to the younger people suffering . Seniors are sedated so they don’t suffer. ” #CoronavirusPandemic #CoronaVirusUpdates

A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients | HuffPost


I spoke to a respiratory therapist there, whose job is to ensure that patients are breathing well. He works in a medium-sized city hospital’s intensive care unit. (We are withholding his name and employer, as he fears retaliation.) Before the virus came to New Orleans, his days were pretty relaxed, nebulizing patients with asthma, adjusting oxygen tubes that run through the nose or, in the most severe cases, setting up and managing ventilators. His patients were usually older, with chronic health conditions and bad lungs.

Since last week, he’s been running ventilators for the sickest COVID-19 patients. Many are relatively young, in their 40s and 50s, and have minimal, if any, preexisting conditions in their charts. He is overwhelmed, stunned by the manifestation of the infection, both its speed and intensity. The ICU where he works has essentially become a coronavirus unit. He estimates that his hospital has admitted dozens of confirmed or presumptive coronavirus patients. About a third have ended up on ventilators.

Via: A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients | HuffPost

Make a Facemask to Donate – COVID-19 – Atlantic Health System


Your help in making masks for our care team will help to ensure the safety of our health care professionals and allow them to provide extraordinary care to our patients.

These masks will be used for those in health care spaces who are not directly at risk for Coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure but still may want additional protection. This will allow the professional protective gear to be used exclusively for health care professionals who are at higher risk of exposure.

If you’d like to help, we would ask you to sew masks with the following specifications and have provided written and video instructions.

Via: Make a Facemask to Donate – COVID-19 – Atlantic Health System

Go way germs! Germs go away!


Even the toddlers get it – #uplifting, #funny, #cute.

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Don’t watch the number of cases — watch doubling of deaths rate


Number of days between doubling of deaths is the one stat to watch to see if we are flattening the curve.

Covid-19 Death Stats at OurWorldInData

Coronavirus: Put Yourself in Lockdown (NOW) – The Atlantic


Coronavirus: Put Yourself in Lockdown – The Atlantic:

Social distancing has become the rallying cry of the coronavirus pandemic—a guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has blown up into a social-media hashtag and even a line of Etsy attire. It’s an alluring prospect: Just cancel those plans with friends and stay six feet away from everyone, and we should be able to stave off a Contagion-style lockdown. But California, New York, and Illinois have now taken it a step further, compelling their residents to stay at home.

Some People.


Great.

Must read: The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming


LARRY BRILLIANT SAYS he doesn’t have a crystal ball. But 14 years ago, Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, spoke to a TED audience and described what the next pandemic would look like. At the time, it sounded almost too horrible to take seriously. “A billion people would get sick,” he said. “As many as 165 million people would die. There would be a global recession and depression, and the cost to our economy of $1 to $3 trillion would be far worse for everyone than merely 100 million people dying, because so many more people would lose their jobs and their health care benefits, that the consequences are almost unthinkable.”

Wired – The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What’s Coming

Get Updates from The WHO via Whatsapp


When you text “hi” to +41 79 893 1892 over WhatsApp, you’ll receive back a text from the WHO that includes a variety of menu items for the latest information, like novel coronavirus infection rates around the world, travel advisories, and misinformation that should be debunked. Think of it like a hotline: Text 1 for the latest statistics, 4 for mythbusters, that type of thing. The WHO can also send out proactive alerts as needed to everyone who’s signed up.

Wired – WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

The Plan


Wildly underestimated the damage


No way to win


How To File and What Qualifies for Unemployment in California During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Californians who may be missing work because of the novel coronavirus can now apply for benefits through the state’s EDD. Specific policies instituted as a result of the coronavirus can be seen here (also available in Spanish). The department is providing workers and caregivers various options to collect payment.

Sick or quarantined Californians who are unable to work as a result of the virus can file a disability insurance claim online.

If you’re unable to work because you’re taking care of a sick or quarantined relative with COVID-19, you can file a paid family leave claim, according to EDD.

Those who have had reduced hours or have lost their job due to their employer shutting down operations, can file an unemployment insurance claim.

via KQED

Shelter in Place Do’s and Don’ts


To help slow the spread of coronavirus, eight Bay Area counties have issued shelter-in-place orders that require people to stay at home and leave only for essential activities. The orders began going into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, and cover the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma as well as the City of Berkeley. Napa County has announced orders that will go into effect on Friday. Santa Cruz and Lake counties are also requiring residents to shelter in their homes.

The orders are currently effective until April 7.

via KQED

The scariest thing I’ve ever read


This thread is very bleak. A report on the #ImperialCollege report on Covid-19 models.

I kinda think we are all expecting something like this. My guess is real life will fall short of full #suppression. We just won’t be able to do it. But we will come close.

Strap in everyone – time to get busy.