The unrest in my city could come to yours next. It’s time to get ready

I live in Minneapolis. On Saturday, the city released community safety recommendations during the unrest we’re experiencing. Those recommendations included the following: Pack a bag and have a plan to leave if you feel your residence has become unsafe: Identify a safe place you can go and stay. This may be the home of family

My Minneapolis neighborhood is under siege. Here’s how I’m preparing, now

I live in the city of Minneapolis. Unlike many of my colleagues at The Prepared, who’ve left the city for the country, I love living in a city. But the past week in Minneapolis has been scary. Last Monday, George Floyd, a member of my community, was killed by police outside the Cup Foods convenience

Good news: a mutation probably did not make COVID-19 more contagious

Three weeks ago, The Prepared was among the first in the English-language press to report on a new study indicating that SARS-CoV-2 had mutated into a more transmissible form. A more transmissible version of the virus that causes COVID-19 would be the second-worst possible news — second only to a more deadly strain. Given that

BREAKING: study shows ‘silent’ COVID-19 infections more widespread than expected

A peer-reviewed study published in Thorax tonight shows that it’s far more likely to have COVID-19 and be asymptomatic than previously thought. The data shows that more than eight out of 10 cruise ship passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 had no symptoms. One scientist on the study says the findings have big implications for “reopening,” or

Use the reopening to prepare for what’s next with COVID-19

There’s a lot of optimism in the air right now, as a mix of summer sunshine and state-by-state reopenings have substantially lifted the country’s mood. But many epidemiologists and public health experts believe we’re only in the second inning of a nine-inning game. It’s way too early to declare victory. I personally am hoping for

Supply chain problems: toilet paper is back in stock, but rolls are smaller

Earlier this morning, Rob McNealy pointed out on Twitter that while toilet paper is back on store shelves, it appears to be 20% smaller than before. I was in a perfect position to test this. I had some toilet paper rolls bought back in March to compare with recently-purchased toilet paper of the same brand and

Fact-checking the CDC’s new guidance: you should still disinfect packages [Updated]

Editor’s note: Between when we wrote this article and when it was scheduled to run, the CDC acknowledged that its guidelines were confusing and clarified them. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began a puzzling media push to minimize the risks of catching COVID-19 from touching packages or surfaces. Information spread around the

COVID-19: key developments for Monday, May 25, 2020

California city sees COVID-19 outbreaks at 9 facilities, including food processing plants New superspreader study from Hong Kong. They find 20% of infections are responsible for 80% of transmissions and a (k) of 0.45. Usual suspects: bars, restaurants and a wedding. Fourth new paper on SSE. (Authors @bencowling88 , @gmleunghku et al.). —