Readings of Interest #4


  • Just a reminder to do the real thing. “But doing the real thing matters. Days wasted on fake activity may keep you busy, but they never seem to go anywhere. A life spent on real work may not always be the easiest or most entertaining, but it’s the one that adds up in the end.”
  • What makes people stop caring? “While most of us will see a single death as a tragedy, we can struggle to have the same response to large-scale loss of life. Too often, the deaths of many simply become a statistic.”
  • What is the definition of success? According to Ryan Holiday it is, “In a word: autonomy. Do I have autonomy over what I do and think? Am I free?”


  • I’ve heard people talking about thinking that more people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 than we know about, and using that as a reason for re-opening. After sampling over 61k people (35k households) in Spain, this paper found that only about 5% of the population likely has been infected, with a range of about 3-10% depending on geographical location.
  • COVID Exit Strategy added some new map visualizations.
  • Still a preprint, but an interesting study looking at testing frequency and speed vs. sensitivity. “These results demonstrate that effective surveillance, including time to first detection and outbreak control, depends largely on frequency of testing and the speed of reporting, and is only marginally improved by high test sensitivity. We therefore conclude that surveillance should prioritize accessibility, frequency, and sample-to-answer time; analytical limits of detection should be secondary.”
  • The racial inequity of the coronavirus continues to be evident in the data. “Latino and African-American residents of the United States have been three times as likely to become infected as their white neighbors”


  • Finished White Fragility. Tough read with some good points and areas to think about, despite some controversy around the book (see “Readings 3“).
  • Next up and already about 25% completed is Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg. I always gravitate to these books with actionable advice, but as always, it is remain to be seen if the advice sticks. So far, I’m finding BJ’s methods very simple and logical.
  • Finally checked out Cool Beans by Joe Yonan from my local library. Every recipe I’ve made has been delicious so far, so I’m looking forward to cooking more from this book.