TRC #591: COVID-19 Temperature Checks? + Evidence & Context + Mayans Doomsday Prediction 2020 Edition

As pandemic restrictions begin to ease around the world, Cristina investigates whether taking temperature checks at retail stores or workplaces gives us a false sense of security or if monitoring temperatures actually helps curb the spread of COVID-19. Darren builds on his segment from last week’s show on how to talk about talking about difficult topics, with a look at complications with concepts of evidence and context. Adam revisits Mayan doomsday prophecies after a few articles circulating the internet suggest the ‘math was wrong’ and the end of the world is really today, June 21, 2020.

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COVID-19 Temperature Checks?

JAMA: Presenting Characteristics, Comorbidities, and Outcomes Among 5700 Patients Hospitalized With COVID-19 in the New York City Area

Bloomberg: Are Temperature Checks Just Covid-Prevention Theater?

AP: Will temperature checks of employees make workplaces safe?

Mother Jones: Temperature Checks Are Becoming The New Normal

Slate: What Is the Point of Temperature Checks?

Consumer Reports: Fever and COVID-19

Wikipedia: Dave Chapelle

Evidence & Context

NY Magazine – Intelligencer

Wikipedia Omar Wasow

Matt Taibbi blogi

Current Affairs critique of Taibbi

Mayans Doomsday Prediction 2020 Edition

Mesoamerican Long Count calendar – Wikipedia

NO, THE MAYA DID NOT PREDICT THE END OF THE WORLD ON 21 JUNE 2020 – Bad Astronomy

Steven Hawking: Mayans miscalculated by 8 years, 2020 is actual end of civilisation – That Cricket Blog

Conspiracy theorists claim Mayan calendar was wrong and ‘world will end on June 21’ – Mirror – The Wayback Machine

Change From Julian to Gregorian Calendar – Time and Date

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