Dear Aquathin Dealer OnLine, Health & Wellness Doc, Splash NewsBulletin Members; 1)   Aquathin Corp. and Aquathin Dealers are designated as "Essential Business" and remain open.  See attached. 2)   Aquathin's supply chain and logistic chain remain open. 3)   Aquathin Dealers continue to place orders and provide sales and service to Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Hospital and Laboratory Customers. 4)   If you don't follow Peter Diamandis, I respectfully recommend you review his most recent newsletter on COVID-19 Facts below my commentary as follows LET'S DISCUSS THE "VIRAL SPREAD OF FEAR" FIRST, AQUATHIN IS CELEBRATING IT'S 40 BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH.  AND LIKE OTHER BUSINESSES, WE'VE BEEN THROUGH MANY ROUGH TIMES, RECESSIONS, HURRICANESMORE THAN THIS. CHINA AND HONG KONG COVID-19 NEW INFECTIONS HAVE LEVELED OFF AND DECLINING. EARLIER THIS WEEK, DR. SCOTT GOTLIEB, FORMER HEAD OF FDA SAID THIS WILL PEAK MID APRIL AND DECLINE.   I'LL REMIND YOU THAT H1N1 SWINE FLU, SARS, MERS, AVIANALL WORSE AND NOTHING SHUT DOWN OR PANIC.  AND ALL MISTERYIOUSLY WENT AWAY.  MORE PEOPLE DIE FROM FLU, CAR ACCIDENTS, HEART ATTACK, SUICIDE DAILY IN THE USA NOW DO YOUR PART, WHEN YOU HEAR THE "UNINFORMED", REMAIN CALM BECAUSE YOU AND YOURS ARE "INFORMED".



This blog is a look at the exponential growth curves and implications of COVID-19.Today we are witnessing the viral spread of fear that is definitively damaging both national economies and global markets. My heart goes out to those small businesses that are hardest hit (or will soon be closed), to those who are losing their jobs or facing the uncertainty of unpaid leave, to single-parent households struggling to support childrens online education at home, for the healthcare workers on double shifts and to those whose nest-egg savings are evaporating.Personally, Ive been heads down in research and conversations to distinguish Fear from Reality. (Note: If you like this blog, share it! | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Read on | Or send your friends and family to this link to subscribe!) As a surge of accurate data emerges and gets interpreted by top scientists, it is now evident that the fatality figures of COVID-19 are significantly greater than those of the annual flu.The CDC estimates that influenza was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018-2019 influenza season, which equates to a 0.1% mortality rate.By contrast, as of March 9, 2020, here are the comparative mortality rates for the top 4 infected nations (Source: Johns Hopkins University):                  Country         Cases      Deaths    Mortality %                  China              80,738         3,120                3.9%                  S. Korea            7,478             53                0.7%                  Italy                   7,375            365                5.0%                  Iran                   6,566            194                3.0%Please NOTE that these mortality rates may be significantly inflated. Why?While the death of a patient is an absolute measurable endpoint, given the lack of comprehensive and accurate testing, and the fact that many patients are asymptomatic, or have minor symptoms, there could be a much larger population of infected people than are being reported.So, for example, if Italys infected population was actually 5x bigger, then mortality rate would be 5x lower.#1: Implications of Exponential Growth Given the asymptomatic latency period between the time a person is infected and the time that they show symptoms (which may be as little as 5 days or up to 14), PLUS the high airborne transmission rate of the virus (and long survival times on surfaces), we are likely to see significant exponential growth rates in the early days of an outbreak until herd immunity can be established.(Note: Herd Immunity occurs when enough people have been infected and then recover, making them immune to being re-infected and infecting others in their community.)Data analysis and recent reports (here) lead to the estimate of doubling times for infected population as somewhere between 3 to 6 days (For Italy the rate is 5 days; For the US, France, and Germany its been 3 days).This high rate of geometric growth (doublings every 4-6 days) is likely in the early days and will plateau (i.e. its easy to double small numbers, but eventually other factors such as herd immunity, slow things dramatically). But what does a doubling time of 4 days actually mean?  If you have 100 people infected today, 4 days later there are 200, then 4 days later its now 400.An exponential is a simple doubling: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 etc.But exponential growth curves are deceptive, our minds evolved in a linear world, and we dont fully grok things that are exponential. For reference, please remember the following:

  • Double something 10 times and its 1,000 x bigger.
  • Double something 20 times and its 1 million x bigger.
  • Double something 30 times and its 1 billion x bigger.

For example: Lets assume that there are 100 infected people today, and the doubling rate is 4 days.  That means that in 20 doublings (80 days = 2.67 months), there could be as many as 100 million people infected by the end of May.




Source: Washington Post

So, what is the worst-case scenario? (And I stress that I believe this is the worst-case scenario.) German Chancellor Angela Merkel explained that 70 percent of Germanys population could become infected. From a US perspective, concerning 327 million residents, many predict that as many as 50% (or more) of Americans could be infected over the next 18 months.If the mortality rate is 1%, that means we could see somewhere on the order of at least 1.5 million deaths from this pandemic (projected from UCSF).To put this in perspective, last year the U.S. saw a total of 2.8 million people die from all combined medical causes (cancer, heart disease, suicide, etc.).Also, for reference (and perspective), here are the data on Deaths per Day Worldwide (and per year) from various infectious diseases on a global basis:                    Global Deaths                   Per Day                         Per Year                     Tuberculosis                       3,014                        1.1 million                     Hepatitis B                          2,430                          887,000                     Pneumonia                          2,216                          819,000                     HIV/AIDS                             2,110                          766,500                     Malaria                                 2,002                          730,000                     Shigellosis                           1,644                          600,000                     Rotavirus                             1,233                          450,000                     Seasonal Flu                        1,027                          375,000                     Norovirus                                548                          200,000                     Whooping Cough                    440                         160,000                     Typhoid                                    396                         145,000                     Cholera                                    392                         143,000                     Others                     (less than 300)                             - - - -                     Coronavirus                       50 80                              - - - -PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT >>> And to offer you a final insight into exponential growth, take a look at the Corona Simulator graphics page set up by the Washington Post. It is excellent and will help you intuitively understand what exponential "feels like."#2: Evidence of a Slow Down?Please note that there is evidence that Coronavirus is slowing down. In a recent article on the work and predictions of Nobel Laureate and Stanford professor Michael Levitt, journalist Ari Libsker explains:But then, the trend changed. When Levitt started analyzing the data on February 1, Hubei had 1,800 new cases each day and within six days this number reached 4,700, [Levitt] said. In Levitts words, And then, on February 7, the number of new infections started to drop linearly and did not stop. A week later, the same happened with the number of the deaths. This dramatic change in the curve marked the median point and enabled better prediction of when the pandemic will end. Based on that, I concluded that the situation in all of China will improve within two weeks. And, indeed, now there are very few new infection cases.Such a slowdown comes naturally in all exponential systems, sometimes from factors like herd immunity, sometimes from the exhaustion of resources. This is typically referred to as an "S-CURVE."




Sometimes the change occurs because of pro-active efforts. Wuhan in particularand China as a wholehas exercised an extraordinarily fast and radically effective response, influencing both individual behavior and institutional efforts.As discussed widely, societys ability to flatten the Coronavirus curveor limit the number of infections by reducing spread, is crucially important for achieving a general slowdown.




Source:The New York Times

Tomorrow, Ill be publishing an edited repost of an article featuring Chinas top tactics for containment and high-tech strategies for ensuring a slowdown.With Pause, Comes OpportunityNever allow a crisis to go to wasteFor many who are working from home, or have paid leave, or have the means to avoid panic, the situation at hand offers some re-invention opportunities.Here are the thoughts/questions Im personally focusing on:

  1. Increased time with family: Having meaningful discussions brought to light by this global crisis.  How are you using this time to better connect with the people you love?
  2. Focus on self: Key to surviving Coronavirus is a healthy immune system, which comes from sleep, meditation, stress reduction and exercise. How are you using this time to take care of your physical and emotional life?
  3. Re-inventing your business: Could this be the time your company ditches your legacy business model and pivots into a more profitable niche post-Coronavirus?
  4. Taking your company digital: COVID-19 will accelerate our digital lives. Heres a chance to digitize, dematerialize, demonetize and democratize every aspect of your business education, healthcare, products and services. How are you using this time to re-invent how you deliver your business products and services in a fully digitized way?
  5. Creating new businesses to help the world: As I teach my Abundance360 and Singularity University graduates, The worlds biggest problems, are the worlds biggest business opportunities. How could you use emerging exponential technologies (AI, robotics, 3D printing, sensors, networks, AR & VR) to help prevent pandemics and tackle the resulting implications?

I hope this piece will prove useful and thought-provoking, and to start a conversation over the course of this week, while we collectively practice social distancing and push forward.Warmest wishes for your health, safety and peace of mind.Peter Stay safeand warmest regards,




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