Out of the Blue – April 2020 Newsletter


Pandemic Special

While many countries around the world are battling the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s take a look at how this virus compares to other viruses and review a few DIY alternatives to a surgical mask.

How does COVID-19 compare to other viruses?
It seems pretty serious however thankfully not as contagious as measles and not as deadly as Ebola. Check out this Coronavirus datapack for many more interesting charts.
How some cities flattened the curve during 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic?
Philadelphia hosted a parade 10 days after detecting its first case while St. Louis was shut down 2 days after its first infection resulting in less than half of the death rate of Philadelphia. Find out more here.
How fast was the response to the 2009 Swine Flu pandemic?
The vaccine was developed in less than a year since it was first detected and it took 16 months for the pandemic to be over. This infographic shows how the events unfolded back in 2009.
Can I protect myself with a DIY face mask?
As one of the most common search terms this month has been ‘how to make a face mask’, let’s take a look at the alternatives to the surgical mask and their filtration and breathability properties.

And please remember to

Stay at Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.

Until next month!


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