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Links for 2020-04-06

  • The MakerMask

    a source for science-based mask designs for community makers to combat the spread of COVID-19. It is important that we use the best information possible to help protect ourselves and our communities. The MakerMask designs use latex-free, water-resistant materials that are likely to provide improved protection over cotton and elastic.  We need makers/sewists/helpers of all abilities to begin ramping up production to meet community needs.

    (tags: masks facemasks covid-19 sewing)

  • “A recent Nature paper reveal a remarkable trick SARS-Cov-2 learned that makes it nastier than the first SARS”

    an educational twitter thread by virologist @PeterKolchinsky

    (tags: viruses sars covid-19 sars-cov-2 medicine science)

  • CCC’s 10 requirements for the evaluation of “Contact Tracing” apps

    “Corona apps” are on everyone’s lips as a way to contain the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. CCC publishes 10 requirements for their evaluation from a technical and societal perspective. Currently, technically supported “contact tracing” is being considered as means to counteract the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in a more targeted manner. The general motivation is to allow greater freedom of movement for the broad spectrum of society by allowing quick tracing and interruption of infection chains. Contacts of infected persons should be alerted more quickly and thus be able to quarantine themselves more quickly. This, in turn, should prevent further infections. A “corona app” could therefore protect neither ourselves nor our contacts: It would be designed to break chains of infection by protecting the contacts of our contacts.

    (tags: covid-19 pandemics contact-tracing ccc privacy data-privacy)

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