"It’s Time to Hunker Down"

"...a devastating surge is now under way...
Almost every day, America is breaking new records in confirmed cases: They are up 40% from just one week ago...the whole nation is in the midst of a terrible surge. So, too, is much of Europe"
"The US is also experiencing a steep increase in hospitalizations, as well as about 1,500 reported
deaths/day..Trevor Bedford, a scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, calculates that more than 2,000 deaths a day may already be baked in for early Dec
"...public-health experts knew a fall + winter wave
was a high likelihood, and urged us to get ready.
But we did not. The best way to prepare wld've been
to enter this phase with as few cases as possible. In exponential processes like epidemic, the baseline matters a great deal
"Once the numbers are this large, it’s very easy for them
to get much larger, very quickly—and they will.
When we start with half a million confirmed cases a week, as we had in mid-October, it’s like a runaway train"...
"It’s time to buckle up and lock ourselves down again,
and to do so with fresh vigilance. Remember: We are barely nine or 10 months into this pandemic, and we have not experienced a full-blown fall or winter season"...
"When community transmission is this high, every kind
of exposure is more dangerous...
Even transmission from surfaces may pose a higher risk now, because lower humidity levels may improve the survivability of the virus.
+ "all of this means that any gathering outside one’s existing quarantine pod should be avoided for now—especially if it's indoors. Think of it as a postponement + plan to hold it later..Pods shld not expand unless absolutely necessary.. Shop in bulk, so fewer trips
to the store
"On the plus side, though, it’s now possible for ordinary people to purchase higher-quality masks...It’s still wise
to avoid hoarding; most people don’t need that many,
and this surge will put a fresh strain on the supplies...
"As long as they are put on + taken off carefully
(use hand sanitizer..) such masks are reusable after
being left in a paper bag or breathable container
for at least 5 days..[so]as few as 5 are enough
to rotate through a typical work week": by @zeynep

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