State of the Pandemic, June 2020, Part II: Therapies and Vaccines

In this multi-part series, we step back from the flood of day-to-day pandemic news, and put our attention back on the big questions. This series is divided into three major parts: disease biology, therapies, and the progress of the pandemic. We’ll close by discussing the future. This is Part II, on therapies and vaccines. Read

Review: the GORUCK face mask

Here in Texas, we’re still having a hard time getting reusable cloth masks of decent quality. My wife ordered some fancy-looking masks from Canada over a month ago, and they’ve yet to ship. I recently waited three weeks for some overpriced masks that fell apart on first use. Luckily, more clothing makers and brands are

Still on lockdown from COVID-19? Psychologists say those ‘crazy’ feelings you’re having are normal

If you’re like most of us at The Prepared, you’ve been on lockdown for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, like us, you’ve probably spent the past few weeks watching friends go to bars, gyms, and the beach. Some people are even going on vacations. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in much

One large gathering is riskier than 10 small ones: the math of COVID-19 spread

COVID-19 risks are not linear. For example: Four people hanging out over dinner is not twice as dangerous as two people having dinner — it’s actually three times as dangerous. Many of us do our best to forget high school math classes, but understanding how network effects and linear, quadratic, and exponential relationships work can

State of the Pandemic, June 2020, Part I: What we know about SARS-CoV-2

In this multi-part series, we’ll step back from the flood of day-to-day pandemic news, and put our attention back on the big questions. This series will be divided into three major parts: disease biology, therapies, and the progress of the pandemic. We’ll close by discussing the future. This first post is about disease biology.  When