March Coronavirus Open Thread

This thread was cre­ated on 3/​8/​2020, or ap­prox­i­mately one mil­lion years ago in virus time. It’s get­ting pretty bloated now, and a lot of things that were high value at the time have been eclipsed by events, mak­ing karma not a very use­ful sort­ing tool. So I’m declar­ing this thread finished, and ask­ing ev­ery­one to move over to the April Coron­avirus Open Thread.

In­ter­ested in what hap­pened in this thread? Here’s the time­less or not-yet-eclipsed high­lights:

  • Scott Alexan­der comes up with Ham­mer and Dance 6 days be­fore To­mas Pueyo

  • Spirac­u­lar on why SARS-Cov-2 is un­likely to be lab-cre­ated.

  • Two doc­u­ments col­lat­ing es­ti­mates of ba­sic epi­demiolog­i­cal pa­ram­e­ters, in re­sponse to this thread

  • Dis­cus­sion on whether the tu­ber­cu­lo­sis vac­cine pro­vides pro­tec­tion against COVID-19.

  • Sugges­tive ev­i­dence that COVID-19 re­moves sense of taste and smell.

  • Could cop­per tape be net harm­ful?