New York City facts of the day

In June alone some 270 people were shot in the city, a 154 per cent increase from a year earlier. July is not looking any better. Over the recent July 4 holiday weekend, 64 people were shot. Seventeen more were shot this Monday, a day after Gardner’s death. Those shootings have contributed to a 23 […]

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Self-doubt as a barrier

Nearly half of adults who responded to a national survey said self-doubt is one of the largest challenges they would face if they enrolled in a postsecondary education or training program. Self-doubt was one of the top three challenges respondents cited, below time and above cost. The new data are included in the findings from […]

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Excess deaths are down — below average — for those younger than eighteen

In the United States that is, link here, photo here: In other words, lockdown and shelter at home have limited some of the otherwise risky activities that young people engage in.  Excess deaths more generally seem to have reached a normal range, albeit at the upper end of that range: I wouldn’t want to call […]

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UK fact of the day

#COVID19 mortality in UK hospital patients has been falling steadily from >6% in March to ~1% now, with similar trends elsewhere. The reasons behind this pattern remain unclear, but #COVID19 Infection Fatality Rates will likely have to be revised downward. https://tinyurl.com/ybnlmkdz That is from Francis Balloux.  And again here is the source link.  And please […]

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Covid-19 India prize

It goes to the COVIN Working Group for their paper “Adaptive control of COVID: Local, gradual, and trigger-based exit from lockdown in India.”  As India ends its lockdown, the team, led by Malani, has developed a strategy to inform state policy using what is called an adaptive control strategy.  This adaptive control strategy has three […]

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Question about the Census and Census data

From an anonymous reader: You consume more economic research and data than anyone I can think of and you always ask great questions, so I wanted to ask: Do you have any experience working with census data and any thoughts about the kind of data, timeliness of data, etc, that you think is lacking from […]

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Database of 1,100 superspreading events

It is about time someone put this together, here are some summary conclusions: Nearly all SSEs in the database — more than 97% — took place indoors The great majority of SSEs happened during flu season in that location The vast majority took place in settings where people were essentially confined together, indoors, for a […]

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