Monday, June 1, 2020

On hiatus (June and July)

This blog will be on hiatus for June and July...

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

Great quotes - Joe Biden


“For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she is talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time.”

Joe Biden on Christine Blasey Ford...

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Random charts - health equity



"A study says eliminating racial/ ethnic health disparities would reduce health care costs by $230 billion and indirect costs of excess disease and mortality by more than $1 trillion over four years."

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Random charts - preparedness



Source: Global Health Security Index (324-pg PDF)

"Biological threats—natural, intentional, or accidental—in any country can pose risks to global health, international security, and the worldwide economy. Because infectious diseases know no borders, all countries must prioritize and exercise the capabilities required to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health emergencies. Every country also must be transparent about its capabilities to assure neighbors it can stop an outbreak from becoming an international catastrophe. In turn, global leaders and international organizations bear a collective responsibility for developing and maintaining robust global capability to counter infectious disease threats. This capability includes ensuring that financing is available to fill gaps in epidemic and pandemic preparedness. These steps will save lives and achieve a safer and more secure world. 

 The Global Health Security (GHS) Index is the first comprehensive assessment and benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across the 195 countries that make up the States Parties to the International Health Regulations (IHR [2005])"

Note: The U.S. ranked 1st i.e. most prepared... Perhaps this might need to be reconsidered!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Random charts - traffic


"In an expensive effort to curb congestion in urban regions, we have overwhelmingly prioritized one strategy: we have spent decades and hundreds of billions of dollars widening and building new highways. We added 30,511 new freeway lane-miles in the largest 100 urbanized areas between 1993 and 2017, an increase of 42 percent. That rate of expansion significantly outstripped the 32 percent growth in population in those regions over the same time period. Yet this strategy has utterly failed to “solve” congestion."

Sunday, March 8, 2020

 
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