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VICE: How do you feel about the internet’s sabotage of the word?

Richard Dawkins: I’m quite amused by it, except that the internet uses just one tiny example of a meme. A meme is a much more general concept than that. But the internet is a very fertile ecosystem for the spread of memes.


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... the fictional Jeffersonian Institute Medico-Legal Lab, a federal institution that collaborates with the FBI. This reflects the historical relationship between the FBI and scientists of the Smithsonian Institution.

(edit: added link to Bones article at Wikipedia)

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What could be the potential causes for still waking up tired from tons of sleep?

(Not OP.) Sleep apnea is a common cause of this.

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What are the most recent reliable estimates of

  • the number of cases, on average, an infected person will cause during their infectious period (R0), and
  • the percentage chance someone suffering from COVID-19 will die (mortality rate)?

This 2020-02-12 article suggests the COVID-19 R0 is the range of 1.4 - 4.08, compared with 12-18 for measles and 2-3 for influenza.

This 2020-02-06 article says the mortality rate for COVID-19 is "around 2 percent, much less than SARS at about 10 percent" and about 7 percent for influenza flu-like illnesses and pneumonia.

(Which is not to diminish how serious either COVID-19 or influenza are!)

Do those sound about right? What might the error bars be for those estimates?

(edit: changed description of what has a 7% mortality rate)