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    Note: I'm not sure if this thread belongs in Politics or as part of another existing thread It might be interesting to discuss the success stories vs the failures so far in the COVID-19 pandemic. My definition of "success" is based on the number of deaths compared to the number of confirmed cases. Success Stories: Japan Singapore Taiwan Hong Kong South Korea Not so Successful: Pretty much every other country. Factors of Success: 1. Widespread and systematic testing - testing is readily available on demand and the throughput for testing (amount of tests that can be completed per day) is significantly higher than unsuccessful countries) South Korea reportedly can test 10,000 people per day. Everyone is encouraged to be tested, symptomatic or not, which is crucial when dealing with this kind of covert virus. https://www.propublica.org/article/how-south-korea-scaled-coronavirus-testing-while-the-us-fell-dangerously-behind 2. Sufficient medical supplies / stockpiles for a pandemic. Countries like Japan already stockpiled a medicine to be used against the first SARS, which was ready to deploy when this pandemic emerged. 3. Innovative use of technology to alert, inform, and track the general public with regards to testing stations, active COVID-19 cases, and protocol for those who might be infected. In South Korea they send out alerts to all mobile phones about active cases within a 100 metre radius. 4. A compliant general public. The public in these countries is taking the outbreak seriously and following government protocol. 5. They actually had a plan. Because of past experience with MERS, SARS-1, Avian Flu, and Swine Flu, these countries have already developed a serious action plan to confront an epidemic.
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    There have been some promising developments regarding Chloroquine (a generic anti-malarial) as a potential treatment for COVID-19. South Korea has apparently begun incorporating it into their treatment regimens, with positive results. Chloroquine (chloroquine diphosphate) allows Zinc to permeate the cell membrane and inhibit the replication of the virus. Here is the full breakdown with citations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7F1cnWup9M
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    Federal elections are described in the constitution. The president’s term ends in January. If, somehow, elections are suspended, he will not be the duly elected president after that. The speaker would take over, per the constitution.
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    1: Error message says (bold by me): So get_memory_info does not exist in a process object. What happens if you replace get_memory_info with an attribute that exists? 2: Reading here: https://psutil.readthedocs.io/en/latest/#psutil.Process.memory_info gives some hints, "memory_info" might be useful. (Or use @Strange's suggestion above) 3: To reduce the risk that unnecessary details we test the change in isolation with three lines of code only. First repeat the error import psutil import os print(psutil.Process(os.getpid()).get_memory_info()[0]) Output: Traceback (most recent call last): File "main.py", line 3, in <module> print(psutil.Process(os.getpid()).get_memory_info()[0]) AttributeError: 'Process' object has no attribute 'get_memory_info' 4: Try a modified version import psutil import os print(psutil.Process(os.getpid()).memory_info()[0]) 144... (example ) 5: Try the whole program with the change above You might want to study more about how to debug code. It may help in the long run to be able to solve the most basic issues without guiding.
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    Germany's numbers match up well against pretty much any country, even those on your success list.
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    Being non-physicist this is puzzling to me. What is a mathematical theory in which lines have radius? By default a line is a certain geometrical object, and in geometry it is a circle that has a radius, whereas a line does not. The notion of stiffness seems to relate to a rigidity notion, though I have not seen it as a defined concept anywhere. Why is 'stiffness' important enough to explicitly exclude as a relevant property? You did not add "without colour". It is superfluous to say that lines have no physical properties. They are abstract objects. To 'fluctuate' only makes sense for systems for which you have a number or other measure to assign to their size. A single object does not fluctuate. But if you speak of any kind of time dependence here, then it contradicts the first part of your description, which speaks of time independent entities. If you say 'randomly', your description to be complete has to provide information about a relevant (type of) probability distribution.
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    it really depends on your precise extraction protocols and specimens and I have seen quite a few different setups. If the concern is more about cleanliness, one would obviously opt for positive pressure. Though sometimes the specimen are biohazards or otherwise should not escape the room (e.g. if you work through soil samples you do not want it to get elsewhere) negative pressure would be better. At the same time, it should be noted that the room configuration is more about general concerns. Specific ones can further be addressed by installing clean benches or biosafety benches or zero-flow boxes as appropriate, for example. But generally speaking, when sensitive tests are run (such as for diagnostics) folks generally are more concerned about getting the test right (i.e. uncontaminated and clean) rather than worrying about stuff getting out. So if you run a lot of RNA samples or amplify from low abundance then most would opt for positive.
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    I would exclude Japan from the list for now. They have a very low testing rate and it is unclear whether it is well contained or not. With regard to 5) a key element is that many (if not all) of these countries had a task force established in the wake of SARS. Those have become a central coordination centers for tracking, stockpiling of supplies and so on. What really annoys me is the fact is that while the epidemic raged in China, folks just looked on. It appears that folks still do not understand the concept of globalization. Just because their country dodged the bullet so far, does not make them immune. There were three months during which preparations could have been done, but apparently folks just started to realize it could hit them after Italy.
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    I have an idea for easy to implement method to keep people at home: Simply give them free access to Netflix/Steam for a couple months. They will be too busy to watch the all movies or play games (with premium enabled). It will be especially efficient in areas with small percentage of users of these platforms.
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    ! Moderator Note I have merged several threads into another to cut down on the number of threads on COVD-19 that are asking more or less the same questions. I haven't merged this one as it would have made that thread a little confusing, but if you wish to respond to anything posted here, please feel free to quote the relevant posts in the one I have kept open.
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    That's some of the non-standard terminology Studiot is referring to. That is not what QFT says. It says quantum particles are excitations of underlying quantum fields, and ,must meet or exceed a threshold of action to be real, but. can be physical ( ie have measurable effects ) even when they don't. Is that what you mean by physical and real ? And I doubt any 'real' physicist has mistaken quantum particle for classical particle since the 1930s.
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