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Tasty Morsels from Groovy Hubs #7
The Covid-19 report that startled the world, How some people can turn tragedies into greatness and why not to look over digital shoulders
Covid-19 and Work from Home are currently occupying all my mind space.
I hope each one of you is diligently practising social distancing and avoiding unnecessary travel and gatherings. In times such as this, misinformation can lead to dire consequences. Each one of us needs to verify our claims before we communicate with our groups.
The report on Covid-19 that led the world to hit the panic button
Imperial college Covid-19 response team came up with an epidemiological modelling report. The study calls out two strategies (a) mitigation, which focuses on slowing but not necessarily stopping the epidemic and (b) suppression, which aims to reverse epidemic growth, reducing case numbers to low levels and maintaining that situation indefinitely. Suppression is the recommended intervention method for governments, which translates to the social distancing of the entire population, home isolation of cases, and household quarantine of their family members. A few experts, including Bill gates, are critical of the report stating, "Models are only as good as the assumptions put into them." China was able to reduce the rebound cases by doing mass testing and reducing the widespread infection. Here's a good tweet summary of the report with added historical context.
How some people can turn their tragedies into fuel for greatness
Every time one reads a story of an accomplished human, the chances of it having a history of a personal tragedy are astronomically high. I have always been curious about the correlation between a person going through a tragedy and their success. Dany Coyle, a bestselling author, points out in The Talent Code, researchers theorize that a tragedy instils in a child the feeling that the world is not sage and that an immense amount of energy and effort will be needed to survive. This attribute is what some people like to call the survival mindset. The flip side to this is that such individuals find it challenging to make the transition from a survival mindset to a growth mindset. Read this interesting Twitter thread, which talks about why gritty founders fail.
Don’t look over their digital shoulder
In addition to the stories here are my recommendations for the week:
Video - With all major live sports being cancelled, we need to resort to some creatives ways to source our entertainment. Here are two videos you will enjoy:
Product - I am incredibly bullish on around.co and its promise to make a dent in the videoconferencing world. I am a self-proclaimed Zoom aficionado. And yet, I think around is going to be around for a while.
Quote, I loved reading this week:
Everyone is different. We all suffer from the disease of being human. There are a thousand cures but no antidotes. - James Altucher
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