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This would be straight-up disastrous for the US pandemic response. I’m no fan of Palantir, but the HHS tracker is *the* best data set on the pandemic. Killing it now would be like closing your eyes while trying to take a highway exit:
Why can I keep an unlimited number of groceries in my head until I make a text file that says “Grocery List” at the top
Last month, we analyzed the HHS data at @COVID19Tracking and found that it is now reliable, rich in metadata, and without sign of political manipulation. It aligns to what states report but is often *more* inclusive than their totals. This is good data.
By the way, if you want to see this HHS data set yourself, go play around with it here: Type in your ZIP code and see how many COVID patients are in each hospital/ICU near you. You can also see what percentage of total beds are taken by COVID patients.
It’s underappreciated that we’re shutting America down precisely because we don’t have enough tests to look for the big outbreaks. It’s not only that we missed our chance at containment. It’s that we don’t know which cities are worst, so we have to flatten the curve everywhere.
Worth saying explicitly: DC is seeing a massive federal police presence—with very low-flying helicopters downtown, etc—not because things are especially bad here but because the Trump administration has special powers to call out the feds here.
I want a prestige HBO remake of Moby Dick. Six seasons. 10 episodes each. They don’t actually leave on the boat til S3 (at earliest). And a couple times a season, there’s a gorgeously shot hour-long doc that contains literally not a single correct whale fact
I’m feeling the same dissonance I felt in early March. Cases are up about 70% from a week ago, hospitalizations are at record highs, deaths are already rising. We’re back to a place where all the data is saying something very clearly, and people are acting like it’s not true.