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Let's be frank. I have long distrusted the NYT's political coverage, and & said so. But one aspect of the NYT's work that I have long trusted & continue to trust is its health coverage.

This @nytimes editorial board op-ed calling for a 2 week national lockdown is deadly serious.
2) The US, as the op-ed observes, has wasted the time window in which it could pursue the sort of testing intensive, micro-targeting approach that South Korea has used so successfully. The #COVID2019 #coronavirus has outstripped the possibility of making that work...
3) The *only* approach left to us, short of declaring martial law, is a 2 week shelter-in-place national lockdown, with trips outside restricted to buying absolute essentials, and exercise - keeping 6 feet of distance between all individuals.
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Mother nature is spreading us apart from one another a bit for her next great act.

Social distancing will now be a cultural phenomenon forever after this.
But it's interesting how we quickly we converged to a condensed piece of language, a phrase, that directed behavior in an intelligent way to mitigate the risk of extinction.

We memed the best of our knowledge quickly into "social distancing" due to the Internet.
The giant memer accounts on Instagram have already begun incorporating the new social phenomenon of #SocialDistancing into their recent memes.

These accounts have followings in the millions, and thus a giant sway on the collective subconscious.

Memes = Internet Genes

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These graphs—even when accurate—constrain our public conversation about #covid19au.

They are often very ‘zoomed-in,’ showing a few weeks from a given date (e.g. time to 100 cases).

The steepest incline in these graphs is South Korea. 1/n
We forget that these lines are graphing diagnoses not cases. The steepness can reflect testing capacity coming online and catching up with a backlog of cases.

And our obsession with the first few weeks reflects a problematic fantasy of complete prevention. 2/n
If we imagine that cases are exponential, that enables the fantasy that dramatic early intervention can prevent the #covid19 outbreak *altogether.* 3/n
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Collective sacrifice. A concept rarely asked of us as a society, but one being asked of us at this moment in time, as we face off against #COVIDー19 . Our initial response to this request (viewed through the admittedly skewed prism of social media) is underwhelming to the least.
We’ve all been told of the critical importance of slowing the spread of this disease, lest the healthcare system become overwhelmed and many more persons die. #bendthecurve, etc. We’ve been told the most effective way to do so is to practice...
#SocialDistancing. And to that end, we’ve cancelled concerts, conferences and numerous other venues in which the disease can most easily spread. School districts are closing, businesses are closing and untold amounts of people are working from home.
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