We've heard so much about science from people with journalism and government backgrounds. They've truly bastardized the word at this point. But, from the start of all this, I wondered...where is the real information that people need about the virus? i.e. how long does it live on different types of surfaces at different temps? How long does it live in the air, etc. These things, I thought, should be easy enough to determine, or at least closely approximate, and then people would know better how to conduct themselves...rather than living in total fear.
OK...so the first piece of real science that I heard came from the airline industry. Was the study designed and done correctly? I don't know. But, it was a study which is the only way to learn something in SCIENCE. Science is based on experimentation; not the opinion or guess of anyone, even someone with a STEM background. I can't cite the airline info, but, it purported a level of safety in flight that surprised many people. Very self serving. BUT, if it is real science, the work will be reproducible by EVERYONE.
The second piece of real science I saw today. Apologies for not digesting it and really reviewing it, but, I'll share it here. It's the missing bit about how long and under what conditions the virus can live and be transmitted. Might be handy in approaching the handling of cash, groceries, and stuff in and out of the home. Here's the link -https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-11/coronavirus-can-persist-for-four-weeks-on-banknotes-study-finds?sref=xUpaiRrf
The new coronavirus may remain infectious for weeks on banknotes, glass and other common surfaces, according to research by Australia’s top biosecurity laboratory that highlights risks from paper currency, touchscreen devices and grab handles and rails.
Now...the article has been "updated" since I first saw it. So...maybe it's political to start with, maybe not real in the first place, or maybe will change due to pressure. You never know nowadays!
I will say that it on the surface does present a more "dire" picture than I would have thought. Sure, the virus "may" remain infections for weeks. But, what does that mean... 1 of 1000 surfaces have the virus after 2 weeks? Language like that, of course, would serve to be misleading with a deceptive sense of "accuracy." I'd hate to think at the electoral "end" of all of this, real science would finally come out and be twisted to fan the flames of fear. But, who would be surprised by that!
I'm going to read this and I'd be interested in the thoughts of anyone else who does or has other purported real data.