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Blue Ghost March 23rd, 2020 01:14 PM

Folding COVID-19
Linus' Tech Tips has an optimistic suggestion to help push back against COVID-19. As per forum policy the following link is to a YouTube video that explains about Folding, a TSR (terminate and stay resident) piece of software that runs in the background to model and crunch numbers for chemical simulations that might work against the latest virus.

Linus provides a link for the software the page in the "see more" options.

Timerover51 March 23rd, 2020 11:45 PM

I was under the opinion that any mention of COVID-19 was forbidden.

Cryton March 24th, 2020 03:31 AM

So long as geo-politics are not discussed out of the pit, I am all for allowing people to post things to do, passing information sources, and general discussion so long as politics are left out.

Also, anyone referring to the virus as the "Chinese Flu" instead of "CoVID-19" will get dinged for trolling and inflammatory remarks.


Blue Ghost March 28th, 2020 11:39 PM

As per Cryton's allowance and forum policy, the following links are videos made by people with lots of experience in mathematics, and explain distribution curves and the general mathematics of how viruses are spread;

This link is from a local Bay Area mathematician;

Numberphile, a channel I subscribe to and have a lot of trust in, offers much of the same information, but with more explanation on the details that go into the variables;

The following link is an hour long talk from the World Science Festival, which usually hosts a lot about physics, chemistry, and things related (usually lots of theoretical physics' kind of stuff), and is about new methods of fighting diseases with new approaches to antibiotics or chemical attacks at viruses and bacteria;

Blue Ghost March 29th, 2020 10:57 PM

For the DIYer who has access to off the shelf parts in these times, Oxford University cobbled together a very basic ventilator. A vacuum manufacturer, also in the UK, came up with their version of a basic ventilator that can be mass produced. Here are the links to those stories;

Oxford University;

Appliance manufacturer;

Note; I'm not advocating that you build one yourself to treat anyone, I just thought these were pretty inventive stories. Apparently here in the US MIT and other universities have stepped up to the challenge as well. Having said that, if you do own your own business, and know of a local need, then Oxford University stated they would post their plans on their website.

Condottiere March 30th, 2020 04:05 AM

As I understand the concept, the trick is to provide enough air pressure to force oxygen into the lungs, without blowing them up.

Blue Ghost March 30th, 2020 04:38 AM

That sounds about right.

I cruised over to Oxford's website, and they provided a link to their prototype;

Here's Oxford's official site;

Blue Ghost March 30th, 2020 10:07 PM

The truth about surgical masks
SciShow gives the lowdown on masks. Particles are small, and there are still gaps between the masks and skin, and the masks are more designed to protect other people from your germs, than anything else.

Blue Ghost April 1st, 2020 06:29 AM

These are a couple of older Q&A vids regarding Coronavid-19, but they're from sources I respect. First up is SciShow with some basic facts that probably most of us are familiar with by now. And next up is San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences, which I went to quite a few times as a kid, and again have great respect for. Again, in terms of current events, these are a couple of weeks old, but in case you've been hiking in the woods, sailing out in the Pacific, or otherwise been incognito to the world, in the words of Douglas Adams, "the universe, and some basic information to help you cope with it..."


California Academy of Sciences;

aramis April 1st, 2020 11:46 PM


Originally Posted by Blue Ghost (Post 611295)
SciShow gives the lowdown on masks. Particles are small, and there are still gaps between the masks and skin, and the masks are more designed to protect other people from your germs, than anything else.

A surgical mask is better than no mask.
Handwashing is essential - with soap, not alcohol - because it breaks the lipid shell on the virus. (There are other things that the alcohol works better on, most bacteria, for example.)

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