April Coronavirus Open Thread

Last month’s Coron­avirus Open Thread did a fan­tas­tic job at be­ing a place for coro­n­avirus-re­lated in­for­ma­tion and ques­tions that didn’t merit a top level post, but at al­most 400 com­ments, many of which were great at the time but are now ob­so­lete, it’s get­ting a lit­tle creaky. So for the next month (prob­a­bly. Who knows what’s go­ing to hap­pen in that month) this is the new spot for com­ments and ques­tions about coro­n­avirus that don’t fit any­where else and aren’t worth a top level post.

Won­der­ing what hap­pened in last month’s thread? Here are the time­less and not-yet-eclipsed-by-events high­lights:

  • 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?

Want to know what’s com­ing up in the fu­ture? Check out the Coron­avirus Re­search Agenda and its re­lated ques­tions.

Won­der­ing why the April thread is go­ing up on 3/​31? Be­cause ev­ery­thing’s a lit­tle more con­fus­ing on 41 and I didn’t want the ex­tra has­sle.