‘Rona Virus – Chimps and the Evening News – Hans Rosling TEDTalk

Hans Rosling discusses how Chimps and People differ in answering multiple choice questions. If a group of chimpanzees were given a challenge that had three possible responses, the likelihood is that each one of the responses would be chosen by 33% of the chimps.
That’s not the case with humans. Why? Hans explains how bias affects the answers. Humans watch the evening news. Chimps don’t.

Here are a few ‘Rona Virus questions to test whether you know more than the Chimps do!

First and foremeost: did Corona Beer Sales go up, down, or stay the same?
Answer: Up, then down. “Most consumers understand Corona the brand has nothing to do with corona the virus. Our consumers are very comfortable with the brand and the results speak for themselves.” Unfortunately production was stopped when the Mexican Government closed nonessential services.
– Constellation Brands CEO Bill Newlands –

Does a Thermal Scanner detect Covid or Not?
Answer: This is a kind of a trick question… yes, the scanner detects a fever, which might mean you have Covid. But no, there are many other causes of fever.
– WHO –


When you are exercising, should you wear a mask or not?
Answer: We’ve heard much about who, why, when and how we should wear masks – but should we wear a mask when we are exercising?

“People should NOT wear masks when exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably… instead – maintain physical distance of at least one meter from others.”
– World Health Organization (WHO) –

“People who are engaged in high intensity activities, like running, may not be able to wear a mask if it causes difficulty breathing. If unable to wear a mask, consider conducting the activity in a location with greater ventilation and air exchange (for instance, outdoors versus indoors) and where it is possible to maintain physical distance from others.”
– CDC –

Note: in some parts of the world, like Canada and the United States, the recommended distance is twice the WHO recommendations. Some countries say you should wear a mask during exercise…

3 thoughts on “‘Rona Virus – Chimps and the Evening News – Hans Rosling TEDTalk

    1. I’ve added a footnote to the exercise recommendation because not all countries agree with WHO’s blanket recommendation. The CDC addresses high intensity activities and swimming – face masks probably not a good idea.

      I’ve seen people alone in a park wearing face masks. Alone in their car – wearing a face mask. If that makes them feel safer, then it is good thing. Would I do that? No.

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      1. wearing a mask would be kind of tough while you’re swimming – at least one that covers your mouth and nose!

        and I don’t feel a need to wear a mask while I am driving or outside away from people.

        But I would rather people err on the side of caution than recklessness…


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