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Coronavirus Resource with Predictions for Business Planning

Doctor Wei-Shin Lai

SleepPhones CEO Dr. Lai was a board-certified family physician with an interest in public health and epidemiology. She was offered a position with the CDC as an epidemic intelligence officer at one point, but she went into private practice instead. She retains her interest in epidemics and is helping to disseminate unbiased science-based information during these confusing times.

SARS-CoV-2 is the virus causing the current pandemic. SARS-CoV-2 is a new type of coronavirus. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 stands for COronaVIrus Disease of 2019.

January 6, 2020

AcousticSheep CEO Doctor Wei-Shin Lai comments on the COVID-19 strain newly identified in South Africa

New South African Strain Ramifications for the US

The new 501Y.V2 strain discovered in South Africa is more concerning for its increased infectiousness than its evasion of vaccines.

December 23, 2020

COVID-19 UK strain spread predictions and warnings

New UK Strain Ramifications for the US

The new B.1.1.7 strain discovered in the UK has broad implications for the world over the next few months. In many ways, it may resemble a replay of early 2020, with almost the exact same timeline a year apart. Prepare now.

December 17, 2020

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15 Questions with Dr. Lai About the Coronavirus Vaccines [Coronavirus Q&A Series]

Dr. Lai answers questions about what’s in the new vaccines, how they work, and how safe they are.

December 11, 2020

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U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Mask Mandates Impact On Ecommerce Purchase Rate

We analyze sales of SleepPhones per state and how sales changed from 2019 to 2020.

October 30, 2020

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Coronavirus and eCommerce Per Country: How Less Virus Means More Sales

We analyze sales of SleepPhones per country and how sales changed from 2019 to 2020.

July 2020

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Watch Out for E-Commerce Scams During COVID-19

Some scams have popped up affecting some of our customers. Find out what tricks scammers use in e-commerce and how to protect yourself.

Jun 15, 2020

AcousticSheep® Response to COVID-19

To protect you, our customers, we must protect ourselves too. To reduce the risk of us catching and spreading the coronavirus, we made some specific changes documented here.

June 8, 2020

Why Do Some People Have a Worse Response to the Coronavirus?

Everything from your genes, virus strain, and type of exposure can impact your response to the coronavirus. Some people have no symptoms at all while some die. Understanding the reasons for the varying responses can help you mitigate risk.

June 2, 2020

How To Tell If Your Symptoms Are From Allergies or COVID-19

Is sneezing a COVID-19 symptom? What about a sore throat? Here, Dr. Lai discusses the likelihood of allergies versus COVID-19 based on symptoms.

May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Diet: What to Eat When Sick with the Novel Coronavirus

Surprisingly, Dr. Lai recommends not eating leafy green vegetables if you might be sick with COVID-19. Find out what you should eat and what to avoid.

April 8, 2020

The Most Comfortable Coronavirus Mask Design By A Doctor (Plus a Solution for Glasses Fogging up or Wearing With a Beard)

Do-it-yourself sew-your-own adjustable face mask design that’s more comfortable than the standard ear loop style.

February 29, 2020 - April 13, 2020

Updates on the Coronavirus Pandemic

There is constant news on the coronavirus that determines how we need to change our behavior.

February 28, 2020

Coronavirus Predictions and Business Impact: How Fast It Will Spread, Creating a Business Continuity Plan, and What You Should Stock Up On

This viral post was early in the pandemic - just before our first death in the US.

February 28, 2020

Doctor and Business Owner Answers Questions About Coronavirus: What You Should Do to Prepare

In discussions with business groups, Dr. Lai applies her knowledge of epidemiology to business challenges and helps her fellow business owners understand what to expect in the short term for the coronavirus so they can prepare their own businesses.

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