If they haven't already, I would love to see something like this focused on any YC companies involved in providing remote work options. I think they have at least one company called Moonlight that does, or did, that kind of thing for programmers. If that company is alive and well, I'm sure there are people here who would love to know more.
For any one interested, here's that thread: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22665398
A couple more resources:
List of Remote Jobs or Gigs Platforms (google doc -- not mine, just something I know about)
r/GigWorks (I'm the mod)
Nonetheless, I am filled with pride and optimism that so many talented people are working on these ambitious projects. Humanity the species will get through this yet.
If wonder why, the German government (procurement was handled by the military procurement agency and a department of German customs) "lost" a suppliers shipment of 6 million FFP2 masks (or 3 million, numbers are not really reliable so far) in Kenia. For everyone wondering why they have been shipped througj Africa, welcome to the club. I have no idea. But it seems logistics was handled by the supplier.
Having control over your supply chain, from sourcing through distribution, is critical right now.
Good to see YC has some of such companies in their portfolio.
The stories I've seen claim to be quoting der spiegel but I don't see the story on der speigel itself. For example, nothing is showing up on https://www.spiegel.de/suche/?suchbegriff=mask+kenya&seite=1
But I agree, it is highly dubious. Not having been involved, my only theory right now is that the supplier sold them to someone els. if he ran delivery himself, it is easy to route it through Kenia. Then the shipment get's lost. If he was smart, he has proper insurance for it.
"The authorities are trying to find out what happened,” a German defence ministry spokeswoman said, confirming a report first published by Spiegel Online."
Basically the only reason we trust the Germans over the Kenyans is because of reputation, keep in mind that there is no proof for that statement, we basically take their word for it. But in Germany even recently a stash of 100000 masks was stolen from a local hospital and everyone pretends there is no supply shortage.
So I don't know whether the Kenyans are lying, but I do know that the Germans are, because of information updates I get from local health department connections. Might just be the German government trying to talk themselves out of a bad situation. But right now, we don't know either way.
"We, therefore, wish to inform the public that we are treating this report of alleged disappearance of six million type FFP2 protective masks as fake news & that our cargo section continues with normal operations."
Luckily, I found a doctor who's heading a regional association today. and at least he was very happy to hear that someone was willing, and able, to help. I almost gave up today, would have been a quite a waste of available air freight and distribution capacities to get these thing from China.
As a side note, based on my experience with the german government in term of procurement and such things, this whole Kenia story is at least in realm of being possibly true. Still, a very strange story... I'm curious to see how it ends.
I'd like to know if I already had it so I can get on with my life.
That said, there are no hard rules
- you can still spread it physically (e.g., via clothing, on hands, surfaces)
- it isnt 100% clear you cannot be re-infected
- it isnt clear the length of time immunity is conferred
- it isnt clear if the virus might mutate drastically overstepping immunity from a previous infection
IANAD, of course get final answers from your doctor
I'm one of the many, many people who has been ill for a while during the past weeks, and would like to know if I had it. If I can know for sure that I had it, and no longer have it, then I can "move on with my life" indeed. As in, I no longer have to worry about getting this disease, spreading this disease, or getting organ damage from this disease. Most important, I'll know that when I visit my mother (nearly 70, and risk group) that I won't spread the disease to her. Same for my mother in law.
This is a super dangerous statement and absent proof you should probably retract it. There are plenty of viruses that you still shed even after recovery, there is some evidence already that COVID-19 is still contagious after recovery with an unknown for the duration, it could be hours, days or even weeks, without a very good test regime it is very hard to put a safe boundary on this.
Don't assume shedding stops once you have had it and got better.
(regarding ANA's "More than 50 years ago, the FDA approved a drug. Today, we’re evaluating that drug as a treatment for COVID-19")
After all if I suggest something I'm putting my reputation (in part) on the line, which I'm not prepared to do without at least understanding this is a serious proposal, and the science being at least superficially credible.
Good to see money and talent going to such good use.
(Edit) Here's the YC Companies list; which doesn't yet list these new investments:
Biomedical vertical: https://www.ycombinator.com/companies/?vertical=Biomedical
Healthcare vertical: https://www.ycombinator.com/companies/?vertical=Healthcare
"The Y Combinator Database" https://www.ycdb.co/
It's true that cynical comments often show up early in a thread, but that's partly because thoughtful comments simply take longer to write.