Also: insight from astronauts, and mathematical models of epidemics
(Ashley Yeager, The Scientist, 3/24/20)
It is possible that loss of smell and taste are symptoms of SARS-CoV-2, which would indicate that the disease could affect the nervous system. Scientists in the article call for more research into this connection, including autopsies of SARS-CoV-2 fatalities, since loss of respiratory function could be related to nervous system damage.
(Josephine Harvey, HuffPost, 3/23/20)
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent almost a year at the International Space Station, offers advice for living where you work and extreme isolation. His advice covers many known tricks for working from home – sticking to a schedule, sleeping regularly, and pacing yourself – along with advice like enjoying nature, even if it is just through audio files of birds.
(Science Direct, 3/25/20)
“A new model developed by Princeton and Carnegie Mellon researchers improves tracking of epidemics by accounting for mutations in diseases. Now, the researchers are working to apply their model to allow leaders to evaluate the effects of countermeasures to epidemics before they deploy them.”