Empirically effective hygiene
How do I avoid infectious disease? What is the best trade-off of robust-immune-health versus exposure to nasty pathogens? Do particulate masks do anything useful against disease? What?
I am no particular expert. Perhaps I can outsource my thinking on this issue to the useful obsessives on the internet?
- Ian M Mackay and Katherine E Arden on risk minimisation and quarantine prep
- jkaufman kicks off lesswrong-style quarantine preparations.
- On lesswrong, willbradshaw on handwashing includes such gems as a cost benefit analysis and flashcards on handwashing routine and a link to the WHO leaflet on handwashing.
TBD: Does covering things with copper help?
How are we so bad at avoiding contagion? Are other animals any better? Keyword: “Disgust instinct”.
See hygienic masks
“063 - Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces for Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infection Risk.” 2016, 34.
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Curtis, Valerie, Mícheál de Barra, and Robert Aunger. 2011. “Disgust as an Adaptive System for Disease Avoidance Behaviour.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366 (1563): 389–401.
Davey, Graham C. L. 2011. “Disgust: The Disease-Avoidance Emotion and Its Dysfunctions.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366 (1583): 3453–65.
Fischer, Emma P., Martin C. Fischer, David Grass, Isaac Henrion, Warren S. Warren, and Eric Westman. 2020. “Low-Cost Measurement of Facemask Efficacy for Filtering Expelled Droplets During Speech.” Science Advances, August, eabd3083.
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Yasuyuki, Miyano, Koyama Kunihiro, Sreekumari Kurissery, Nandakumar Kanavillil, Yoshiro Sato, and Yasushi Kikuchi. 2010. “Antibacterial Properties of Nine Pure Metals: A Laboratory Study Using Staphylococcus Aureus and Escherichia Coli.” Biofouling 26 (7): 851–58.
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