Cold or COVID-19? How to use a pulse oximeter to tell if your lungs are in trouble

Disclaimer: Use your head, listen to your doctor, call 911 if you need help, etc. Medical disclaimer. About the author: Stephanie Arnold is an advanced practice nurse and educator working in the Los Angeles metro area. We’ve gotten many questions from worried readers about how to tell the difference between a cold, allergies, flu, and

Lessons from Lockdown: It was a very good year, until it wasn’t

“Lessons from Lockdown” is an op-ed series where contributors write about their personal experiences with self-isolation for COVID-19. We’re committed to publishing a variety of voices and perspectives in this series, and we generally leave contributors’ thoughts and ideas as-is even in places where we as a site might have a different take. For The

Thinking ahead: three possible long-term scenarios for COVID-19

About the author: Ari Allyn-Feuer has a PhD in bioinformatics and is a principal data scientist at a major pharmaceutical company. He develops lifesaving drugs for a living. Recently we published a framework for thinking about the COVID-19 pandemic, including the six levels of the pandemic from 0 to 5, the three forces that can

Lessons from Lockdown: I just bugged out of a major city, because the unthinkable is now real

“Lessons from Lockdown” is an op-ed series where contributors write about their personal experiences with self-isolation for COVID-19. We’re committed to publishing a variety of voices and perspectives in this series, and we generally leave contributors’ thoughts and ideas as-is even in places where we as a site might have a different take. For The

No toilet paper? No problem! Cleaning your crack in a crisis

When widespread coronavirus panic hit the United States, the first thing to disappear from shelves wasn’t food, bottled water, medicine, or even hand sanitizer, but toilet paper. In many ways, this wasn’t a surprise: Americans love their toilet paper. The United States is the world leader in toilet paper consumption, and Johnny Carson once accidentally

A gracious “welcome to the community!” is better than “I told you so!”

It’s tempting to be smug in moments like this. While COVID is horrible and we wish it hadn’t happened, since it is here, let’s be smart ambassadors and embrace this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help more people like us “see the light.” Because every rational person that joins the modern preparedness community makes us all stronger.

Six degrees of coronavirus: the math behind why COVID-19 is hitting elites so hard

Of the relatively small number of cases of COVID-19 so far, a striking number have hit elites. In government, members of parliament from the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Romania, and Australia, plus a whopping 24 Iranian MPs, as well as the British health minister, several Iranian cabinet ministers, the Mayor of Miami, the communications

Even if you can’t go full lockdown right now, you can still #FlattenTheCurve

There’s a kind of all-or-nothing fatalism I’ve seen take hold in some people, which goes something like: “if I can’t isolate myself entirely, then I’m just going to get infected anyway, so what’s the point in doing anything different?” This is wrong. Don’t be like this, because social isolation and “flattening the curve” aren’t solely

“Like a state of war in times of peace”: we talked to four Italians about life in lockdown

We interviewed four Italians about what life is like in Northern Italy, with the coronavirus filling up hospitals and the entire country on lockdown. The idea was to get a possible glimpse of what’s in store for us in the coming weeks, as the case counts rise and our own healthcare system approaches the tipping

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