Advice from the Doctor, experiences of isolation and recovery, the CDC in the past vs. the present

The Doctor Who crew have been releasing some heartwarming bonus content for your quarantine entertainment. Thirteen weighs in: “Listen to doctors. They’ve got your back.” And the sequel, “I just WhatsApped a Cyberman.” And a newly-released short about Sarah Jane’s funeral brings together a bunch of DW/SJA actors filming their lines from home — including a reference to Tegan and Nyssa as “a couple”, and the reveal that Luke married his college roommate Sanjay. Good job, canon.

March 28: “Thorn’s 12-week isolation was not at home but in a London hospital in 1995, a different time and a different infectious disease — tuberculosis — but a situation similar to what many are just entering. He wants to describe his experiences now to help people in isolation and to offer practical and psychological advice gleaned from the hardest lessons of his life: how to cope when human connection is siphoned off.

March 31: “When we talked, I was still so confident that this response was gonna look like the 2009 [H1N1] pandemic response, which was a good response. Initially, it had some problems… but once they realized what was going on, they kicked into gear and everything went pretty well. One thing that’s super different is that the CDC in 2009 provided central leadership. They were proactively reaching out to state, regional, and local Health officials saying, ‘Here’s what you need to be doing. Here’s what this should look like.’ And people did it. I am scared and enraged because there’s no central authority here. I don’t understand what’s going on.”

April 8: “The institutions that have their shipments disrupted get no clear information what happened, on what legal authority it was done or whether they can expect to get any of the goods back or be made whole from a federal stockpile. […] Many of the hospital systems and executives insisted that the Times allow them to remain anonymous because they feared retaliation from the federal government.” So, hey, if you were wondering what new lows this administration could find to sink to: they’re stealing shipments of personal protective equipment that were purchased by US citizens.

April 9: “All right, but apart from the pandemic response team, the pandemic playbook, the CDC expert in China, and the transition training scenario literally involving a mock pandemic, what did Obama ever do to stop this?”

Asterix vs. Pandemix

April 11 (NYT): “Health care workers who have fallen ill and bounced back fill the hospital shifts of colleagues who are still at risk. Many who have overcome the infection, including some of America’s newly unemployed, donate blood to biotech companies and researchers seeking to manufacture treatments from their antibodies.”

April 11 (NYT): “The remaining employees at Greek Peak decided to transform one of their restaurants, Trax, into a takeout and delivery operation, using the hotel kitchen to cook. After seeing pictures of empty grocery store shelves, they pivoted their business strategy again, transforming the lobby space of the hotel into a grocery store with low-cost items for the community.” Businesses adapt, in good ways.

April 13 (Borowitz Report): “In order to better coördinate their efforts to combat the coronavirus, the nation’s governors are considering the extraordinary step of forming a country.

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