Saturday, June 06, 2020

Weekend Reading: Just a Few Links this Week

I lost most of my morning to an almost-migraine. I had the symptoms that tell me it would be wisest to go back to bed (the beginnings of a headache, a woozy feeling, and feeling very cold), so I did.  So now it is 11:30 and I'm still in my PJs and the sum total of my accomplishments so far are making toast for Petunia and hanging a load of laundry on the line. Let's just say that the weekend to do list has a lot more than that on it.

I had a few things I really wanted to share, though, so I decided to go ahead and write a short post.

If you read only one thing, read Whose Grief, Our Grief, by Saeed Jones.

I am about 2/3rds of the way through Ezra Klein's recent podcast with T-Nehisi Coates and it is outstanding. There's a lot of good stuff in there, but don't miss Coates' take on the progress represented by this moment of protest. It is right at the start.

Anne Helen Petersen has been tweeting a thread of protests in small towns and cities across the country. It is amazing.

She wrote about why this matters, too.

I found Dahlia Lithwick's essay on why these protests are different than earlier protests in the Trump era really insightful.

Geneviéve Jones-Wright, who recently ran to be San Diego's district attorney, wrote about why we need a better police oversight board here.

Meanwhile, in the pandemic....

The NY Times had a useful piece on how to hug right now.

Ed Yong wrote about "long haulers" - people who are still experiencing symptoms months after getting infected with SARS-CoV-2.

My local paper wrote a good piece about case investigators and contact tracers.

Derek Lowe provides an update on trials of remdesivir and to tocilizumab. There's some encouraging news in there, but nothing that makes me inclined to be willing to get close to other people without a mask.

And another antibody drug enters trials.

Here's a bunny for you:

Have a good weekend, everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Charlie P7:12 AM

    Thank you for the work you do.
    I understand that the Pipeline blog is highly scientific, but for me, reading it has proven exhausting because of the conflict and “show-off” quality of many comments. It’s a given that in this situation we will not initially have RCTs that satisfy everyone, so why the hostility over gathering multiple lines of indirect evidence.
    A writer I like is Chris Masterjohn, PhD. He talks about science studies with great clarity, includes the pros and cons of each (imperfect) study, and distills the results “for now” fairly, as I see it.
    And most relevant, his focus is on nutrition and supplements you can do for yourself, not prescribed drugs which are outside his expertise. He is NOT saying these are substitutes for medical care, or trivializing Covid-19, as for example, with “just use this essential oil and you’ll be fine” people.
    (I think he can lean to excess in ordinary life recommendations, but his Covid research for the rest of us is some of his finest work ever.)


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