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How Any Country Can Learn to Dance and Stop the Coronavirus

Our Coronavirus articles have been read more than 60 million times. Translations available in German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian,
Portuguese and Ukrainian. More welcome! To receive the next articles, sign up here.

In this article, you’ll learn:

  • How the US and the EU failed to control the virus, and how comparable countries succeeded.
  • How you can make sense of all the necessary measures with one simple idea.
  • Why the West’s testing and contact tracing is largely useless — and what they can do about it.
  • The questions that journalists and the People must ask politicians to keep them accountable.
  • How you can stop the virus in your own community, without the need of your government.


Which Citizens Should Countries Allow In? Under What Conditions?

Our previous articles, Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now, The Hammer and the Dance, Out of Many, One, and many others have gathered over 60 million views together and have been translated into over 40 languages. Translations at the bottom. New translations welcome. To receive the next installments and articles, sign up here.

Article summary: The current plans to reopen EU countries are too blunt. Citizens from different countries are either blocked or fully allowed to travel. This will result in new outbreaks. Instead, there should be tiers of countries based on best guesses on prevalence and value per visitor. Within that, higher value visitors such as those owning a home should be treated differently. There is no excuse for lack of PCR tests. …


And What Can Countries like the US or Netherlands Learn from It?

Our Coronavirus articles have been read more than 60 million times. Translations of this article are available at the bottom. New translations welcome! To receive the next articles, sign up here. Updated on November 22, 2020.

Sweden has famously followed a different coronavirus strategy than most of the rest of the Developed world: Let the virus run loose, curb it enough to make sure it doesn’t overwhelm the healthcare system like in Hubei, Italy or Spain, but don’t try to eliminate it. They think stopping it completely is impossible. The natural consequence is that most citizens get infected, and that eventually slows down the epidemic. …


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Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass without public participation due to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at St. Peter’s Basilica. April 5, 2020. (Photo by Vatican Media)

The Coronavirus loves churches.

They are its perfect breeding ground: confined environments where lots of people gather for a long time to talk, sing, and touch each other.

That’s why temples across the world have closed and masses are conducted online.

Yet in the United States, there’s been a debate. Some states have closed churches, while the President asked them to reopen them.

The debate is necessary. Churches are important for the spiritual and social lives of many people. It’s essential to try opening them back up as soon as possible.

It’s a conflict of values: between the freedom to gather and the freedom to live.


Dovremmo limitare i viaggi? Vietare i concerti? Tenere chiuse le scuole? Quali aziende dovremmo aprire? Quali eventi sociali dovrebbero essere consentiti?

Traduzione di Hi Max. Questa è la Parte 5 di “Imparare a danzare” (Parte 1, Parte 2, Parte 3. La Parte 4 non è stata pubblicata), una serie di articoli in cui approfondiamo come i Paesi devono combattere il virus (“danzare”), per far ripartire le loro economie senza nuovi focolai di infezione. Se vuoi ricevere i miei prossimi articoli, iscriviti qui.

Le nazioni stanno riaprendo. Vorrebbero cercare di imitare il successo di Paesi come la Corea del Sud o Taiwan. …


Should We Restrict Travel? Close Music Festivals? Schools? What Businesses Should We Open? What Social Events Should Be Allowed?

This is Part 5 of Learning How to Dance (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Part 4 unpublished), a series where we go in depth to understand what countries need to do to Dance, to reopen their economies without new outbreaks. Translations available at the end of the article. New translations welcome! To receive the next articles, sign up here.

Countries are reopening. They want to imitate the success of countries like South Korea or Taiwan. …


Part 3 of Coronavirus: Learning How to Dance

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Our previous articles, Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now, The Hammer and the Dance, and Out of Many, One have gathered over 60 million views together and have been translated into over 40 languages. This installment is part 3 (part 1 and part 2) of our 4th article, Learning How to Dance, a series that focuses on the specific steps required to open up the economy. Translations in 12 languages below, more welcome. To receive the next installments and articles, sign up here.

Summary

We can reopen the economy again if we do a few things right, including testing and contact tracing. We need to test all people with symptoms and their contacts, which means at most 3% of our tests should turn out positive. We need to identify as many infected as possible, and 70% to 90% of their contacts, to isolate or quarantine them. If we do all of that really fast (within a day or so), it might be enough to control the epidemic. We should hire lots of people to do that, and also use technology. The technology has some privacy tradeoffs, but they are really reasonable. Most of the bluetooth contact tracing apps built today are amazing pieces of technology that will be useless unless they get some fundamental changes. …


Part 2 of Coronavirus: Learning How to Dance

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Source: Sneezing and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Journal of the American Medical Association

Over 10 translations available at the bottom of the article. More translations welcome.

My two previous articles, Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now and The Hammer and the Dance, have gathered over 60 million views together and have been translated into over 30 languages each. This installment is Part 2 of a series (part 1, part 3, part 5) that focuses on the specific steps required to open up the economy. To receive the next ones, sign up here.

Summary: Any country can follow a series of measures that are very cheap and can dramatically reduce the epidemic: mandate wearing home-made masks, apply physical distancing and hygiene everywhere, and educate the public.


Part 1: A Dancing Masterclass, or What We Can Learn from Countries Around the World

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Dance is just discovery, discovery, discovery.—Martha Graham

Translations in 14 languages available at the bottom of the article.
The next installment is here:
Coronavirus: The Basic Dance Steps Everybody Can Follow. To receive the next articles, sign up here.

A month ago we sounded the alarm with Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now. After that, we asked countries to buy us time with Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance and looked in detail at the US situation with Coronavirus: Out of Many, One. Together, these articles have been viewed by over 60 million people and translated into over 40 languages.

Since then, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has grown twentyfold, from 125,000 to over 2.5 million. …


What the US Federal Government and the States Should Do to Fight the Coronavirus

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My two previous articles, Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now and The Hammer and the Dance, have gathered over 60 million views together and have been translated into over 30 languages each. This article focuses on the situation in the US as of March 31st 2020.

Following articles:

  1. Coronavirus: Learning How to Dance: How the best countries are fighting the epidemic
  2. Coronavirus: The Basic Dance Steps Everybody Can Follow

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Summary: It makes political and economic sense for the US to suppress the coronavirus. …

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Tomas Pueyo

2 MSc in Engineering. Stanford MBA. Ex-Consultant. Creator of applications with >20M users. Currently leading a billion-dollar business @ Course Hero

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