GOOD NEWS IF IT’S TRUE

The following is a podcast by Zdogg that is well worth listening to.  It’s so important that he doesn’t even drop the F bomb.  Please watch it to the end.

Hopefully, it’s true! It’s the first good news I’ve heard, and it supports wearing masks, social distancing and handwashing.

His last comment is shockingly true.  Americans are anti-science and pro-conspiracy, and that’s a pity. I also believe it is directly related to the internets ability to make the most outrageous lie into the gospel.

Yesterday, I saw a podcast in which the commentator used two studies to back up his premise that masks were worthless.  While I only saw the summary of the studies, it was apparent the commentator misinterpreted the results.  He claimed the studies showed that masks did not work because there was no statistical difference when wearing a mask.  He sounded like he knew what he was talking about.

In reality, the studies compared cloth masks with standard surgical masks and found no statistical difference between the two masks.  As far as I can tell from the part of the study he broadcasted, the authors did not comment on the overall effectiveness of the mask.

I’ve spent a lifetime interpreting studies, looking for bias and study design errors.  Interpreting data is not easy, yet every Tom, Dick and Harry can now use the internet to claim anything they want to.  Please be cautious when ingesting raw internet material.  It may be sewage.

Here’s today music and a joke.

What’s the square root of 69?

Eight something.

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