Covid-19 Links

A few links that I have found interesting:

March 29, 2020

A graphic predictor of where and when healthcare resources will be stretched thin.  You can set this to specific states.  Like all information related to this pandemic, it isn’t perfect, but it may be the most accurate for the moment.

IHME COVID-19 health service utilization forecasting team. Forecasting COVID-19 impact on hospital bed-days, ICU-days, ventilator days and deaths by US state in the next 4 months. MedRxiv. 26 March 2020. 

On a brighter note, if you look up toward the moon tonight, that’s the planet Venus hanging just below it.

If you have yet to notice all the stars now visible in Denver’s sky at night make a point of taking a look up after dark.  It’s been so long since stars were easily visible in our night sky, I have found myself startled.

Here’s a link to a tour of the constellations visible this month:

New Maps:  30 March 2020, Brussels – A comprehensive set of satellite images reveal how air pollution has fallen dramatically in cities across the world due to Covid-19 lockdown measures. 

From India:  On March 22, 2020 “… millions of residents went into lockdown, and on the same day, parts of India recorded the lowest average levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution ever recorded in the Spring season.

… in Delhi, particulate matter (PM2.5) dropped from 165µg/m3 on March 21, a level which is considered unhealthy to everyone, to 64µg/m3 on March 29, a level which is considered moderate or acceptable. 

…. in Jaipur, on March 21 PM2.5 levels averaged 139µg/m3, by March 29 levels had decreased to 48µg/m3. This is classified as ‘good’, meaning that air quality is satisfactory and poses little or no risk.”

From a 2017 paper:  

“Air pollution significantly affects health, causing up to 7 million premature deaths annually with an even larger number of hospitalizations and days of sick leave. Climate change could alter the dispersion of primary pollutants, particularly particulate matter, and intensify the formation of secondary pollutants, such as near-surface ozone. The purpose of the review is to evaluate the recent evidence on the impacts of climate change on air pollution and air pollution-related health impacts and identify knowledge gaps for future research.”

Orru H, Ebi KL, Forsberg B. The Interplay of Climate Change and Air Pollution on Health. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2017 Dec;4(4):504-513. doi: 10.1007/s40572-017-0168-6.

Full text online:

Done with NetFlix?  Try:

Denver Public Library Streaming Movies:  

Kanopy – Streaming Movies

Adult and children’s feature films and documentaries including collections from Criterion, Great Courses, and more. Available only to Denver residents with a library card.

Staying local:

Denver’s current Air Quality Index:

As I write this our PM2.5 near I-25 has gone up to 30 during the morning commute from a low of 5 yesterday.

Check the air quality anyplace in the world:

Or to quote Justice Potter, “I know it when I see it.”

View of Denver now

or one year ago in 2019