Sometimes in the course of putting together the daily linkfests and standalone posts I end up with some items that I don’t know where to put. I have already written a couple of posts on the coronavirus and what experts are saying about the best ways to stay safe. In that same vein here are some items from the past week that are are worth a look. I would typically say ‘Enjoy’ here but there is nothing enjoyable about any of this. Instead I will say: be safe.


Russ Roberts spoke with Paul Romer about the importance of testing to re-open the US economy.  (EconTalk)

A lack of testing and effective tracing is an ‘information failure’ that will likely only be overcome by an effective vaccine. (Bloomberg)

We need to emulate what other countries that have been successful have done in taming the coronavirus. (Time)

When you undercut the science, you leave the field wild open to cranks and conspirators.  (STAT)


Why public officials should look to phase in activity based on various factors.  (Harvard Business Review)

Stacking various safety measures, including masking wearing, enhanced hygiene etc., is effective but harder than staying in lockdown.  (New Yorker)

Why any re-opening plans need to be responsive to what is happening on the ground with the virus. (The Walrus)

Complexity and confusion are mortal enemies of public health.  (Bloomberg)

We need to do more to protect the most vulnerable in the population.  (NYTimes)


What some public health officials will (and won’t) do when economies re-open.  (Washington Post)

What we know about the risks of catching the coronavirus outdoors.  (NYTimes)

Some generally common sense guidelines for anyone.  (The Conversation)

A continuum of risks from high (bars) to low (outdoor activities).  (Business Insider)

Messaging is important. The public needs to better understand the virus.  (The Atlantic)

Quarantine fatigue is real. We need to give people the tools to make better, safer decisions.  (The Atlantic)

Assessing the relative risks of exposure.  (Bloomberg)

A great graphic that shows the relative risk of various activities. (@julialmarcus)

Earlier on Abnormal Returns

Acceptable risks in a world full of uncertainty (Abnormal Returns)

Having no plan is just as bad as not following the plan you have (Abnormal Returns)