The purpose of this post is to simply list useful links related to understanding the dynamics of COVID-19. THIS LINK takes you to my musings on these things and more.
Scroll to the bottom for an excellent set of videos that say it all.
Great Explanations by various experts who not only possess the requisite skills to serve as advisors, but who also back up their claims and explanations with evidence.
- [Bromage] Flying in the age of COVID-19
- [Bromage] How to Have a Safer Pandemic Memorial Day
- [Bromage] The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
- [Bromage] What’s the deal with Masks?
- [Built Environment Research Group] What kind of mask should I be wearing to protect against COVID-19?
- [Docjon] “This is a no-brainer” – airborne spread of Covid-19 and the need to change official guidance
- [Docjon] Its not only about social distancing: the importance of airborne spread of Covid-19
- [Howard] Widening the evidence base for masks
- [Maynard] Notes on estimating personal risk of contracting COVID19 while attending class (updated)
- [Miller] A HOPEFULLY HELPFUL SHORT REPORT ON AIR CLEANERS
- [Certified Air Filter Specialist (CAFS) from the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA)] Understanding How HEPA Air Filters Remove Covid-19 From the Air
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is its own field of study as well as an industry. Most of the long term solutions to zoonotic threats are here.
- Indoor Air and COVID-19 Key References and Publications [EPA listing of key findings]
Important Scientific Studies
- Association Between Universal Masking in a Health Care System and SARS-CoV-2 Positivity Among Health Care Workers [masks lower the spread of the virus]
- Droplet Infection and Its Prevention by the Face Mask [we’ve known it since 1919]
- Hydroxychloroquine with or without Azithromycin in Mild-to-Moderate Covid-19 [why it doesn’t work as promised]
- Nonmedical masks reduce aerosols spread by coughing [on the Physics of why masks MUST work]
- Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis [Absolute Risk (AR) of mask/not, distance/not etc]
- Quantifying SARS-CoV-2 transmission suggests epidemic control with digital contact tracing [how contact tracing apps will help]
- Short-range airborne route dominates exposure of respiratory infection during close contact
- Surgical mask partition reduces the risk of non-contact transmission in a golden Syrian hamster model for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [masks lower the dose = lower severity]
Specific Studies on Mask Efficacy [see my post for commentary] An all too common yet unfortunate claim is that masks do not work or that studies prove the same. At times it does sound that way when reading certain articles, but the devil is in the details as they say.
- A cluster randomized clinical trial comparing fit‐tested and non‐fit‐tested N95 respirators to medical masks to prevent respiratory virus infection in health care workers
- A Randomized Clinical Trial of Three Options for N95 Respirators and Medical Masks in Health Workers
- N95 Respirators vs Medical Masks for Preventing Influenza Among Health Care Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial
- Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis
- Efficacy of face mask in preventing respiratory virus transmission: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Tools & DATA Dashboards
- Coronavirus Risk
- COVID Act Now
- COVID-19 Projections
- COVID-19 Simulator
- COVID Exit Strategy
- COVID-19 Forecast Hub
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- Pandemics Explained-key metrics
- The COVID Tracking Project
Tutorial / Demonstration Videos
- COVID-19 & Mask Myths DEBUNKED!
- How do Face Masks and Respirators Work? | Risk Bites | Andrew Maynard
- The Astounding Physics of N95 Masks
- How Well Do Masks Work? (Schlieren Imaging In Slow Motion!)
- [EPA briefing by two top researchers in the field of Indoor Air Quality and Infectious Disease] SARS CoV 2 in Indoor Air: Principles and Scenarios