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  1. apophenia

    Covid-19 Mask Anarchy

    No, you have to autoclave the masks. The inner layer depends on static electricity and needs to be dry for maximum effectiveness. Fortunately, heat kills C19.
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    Financial Goal, a boat in both Hemispheres

    It is (or was before C19) very easy to obtain permanent residency in Lisbon or Malta if you buy a condo there and hold on to it for a while. My plan was to keep an '80s Fast Is Fun type boat here in SF, and something like one of the bigger Beneteau Firsts or a Pogo of some sort on the Mediterranean. Post C19, the Admiral may insist that we relocate to Taiwan.
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    Covid-19 Mask Anarchy

    An Instant Pot or a rice cooker is an adequate desktop autoclave for renewing masks. IIRC, you can get 2-4 uses out of a mask this way. https://instantpot.com/who-knew-that-instant-pot-can-provides-scientific-grade-sterilization-actually-we-did/ Microwaves work by pumping energy into water, so may be less effective.
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    Covid-19 Mask Anarchy

    Masks and other PPE gear can be purchased and shipped from China. We need to build up domestic PPE manufacturing capacity, but probably not today. Anarchists - and the greater sailing community may be able to help fabricate custom equipment for hospitals. Already, 3D printing has made $10k valves available in minutes for about $1. The sailing community's experience with stainless steel might be extremely relevant. Old sails might be useful as partitions and tents for outdoor testing or triage facilities. Old lines are likely useful for securing tents or crowd management cordons.
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    Covid-19 Mask Anarchy

    DIY for emergencies: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/9999020/ Yes, even DIY masks are effective: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258525804_Testing_the_Efficacy_of_Homemade_Masks_Would_They_Protect_in_an_Influenza_Pandemic China’s treatment guide: https://covid-19.alibabacloud.com/
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    Covid-19 Mask Anarchy

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    I wasn't able to buy a boat before the quarantine order hit the SF Bay, so my dream of practicing singlehanded spinnaker jibes will have to wait. But the quarantine itself has made boat ownership during the plague somewhat moot.
  8. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/11/smurf-coronavirus-france/
  9. Fair: 151 shots at the dock, if you can stomach them! Edit: drinks outside, on the balcony in wind are good too. If you are freezing your ass off and would rather be sailing you might be doing it right.
  10. Recall that Wuhan had people literally dying on the streets. Chinese authorities setup ad-hoc incinerators to take care of the extra bodies. The incinerators were revealed to the world by increased pollution levels. Go sailing, but skip the bar & buffet!
  11. Everyone is terrified of cruise ships right now, so they are the safest place to be. Book a two week long trip departing this weekend and each passenger can probably have their own buffet.
  12. Washing your hands is a good idea because there seem to be two strains, or one strain and two routes of infection. The worst C19 cases give negative oral tests, but show up on CT scans. It is thought that these cases may come from ingested food. If so, then washing hands is important and avoiding buffets and other shared food may save your life.
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    Where Didja Get Your Log In Name

    Apophenia is the tendency to find patterns where there are none. Apophenia is always a danger when studying the weather.
  14. I've been following COVID-19 since the beginning of the year. I feel like sailing with a small group of people is a relatively safe activity particularly in heavy wind. I'm avoiding yacht club functions and working from home. Regattas are fine, I'm just not partying with more than five or so people at a time. The worst cases may come from ingested viral material, so if you must go to yacht club functions you should avoid the buffets and beer taps. Get that straight shot of 151 or a bottle you open yourself.