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1/ Q: Case numbers are jumping QUICK! What should I be doing?

A: Share your gifts without sharing COVID. Helpful gestures come in many shapes.…

#Omicron #ThoseNerdyGirls
2/ One HUGE help: Cancel non-essential plans.

Unfortunately, this includes New Year’s Eve plans. The perfect storm of a new variant & holiday get-togethers is hitting communities & health care w/ FORCE! Testing is in short supply.
3/ Health care is under extreme pressure with surging cases. If you can avoid even one additional contact, you are helping. This is a temporary and urgent request (from a health care provider).

#MedTwitter #HCWs @IMPACT4HC
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1/ Q: Is it true that #Omicron is less severe than previous variants?

A: We HOPE so, but we don’t know yet. The evidence so far is mixed.…
2/ We are WAY past due for some good variant news. But pinning our #Omicron hopes on a less virulent variant is not wise for 2 reasons:

1) It might not be less severe in those who are “immune naïve” (neither vaccinated nor with a previous infection—still millions of people).
3/ 2) Many more infections *even* if less severe can still lead to an avalanche of hospitalizations and deaths, and the risk of long Covid.

@AdamJKucharski raised this last December w/ the rise of Alpha:
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1/ Q: Do we know more about whether the vaccines reduce transmission?

A: YES! Evidence continues to mount that the vaccines DO in fact reduce transmission.

2/ ➡️ While the Nerdy Girls are still dreaming of transmission being tested in the clinical trials (call us☎️), the data pouring in from around the world strongly suggests that the vaccines are very good (but not perfect) at reducing ALL infections & by extension transmission.
3/ Recall the clinical trials (largely) tested only participants who developed symptoms. One possibility is that vaccines reduce the severity of COVID-19 to the point of no symptoms, but still allow the virus to replicate in the nose and throat & potentially be spread to others.
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1/ A: “Great trend, but terrible levels.”

That’s the TL;DR from well-respected labor economist @aaronsojourner in response to last week’s release of the March 2021 jobs report.…
2/ 👍The good news: The numbers roundly beat Dow Jones expectations. (Expectations: 675k added jobs; Actuals: over 900k added jobs). Yay!

👎The less good news: The economy was still approx. 10 million jobs below pre-pandemic trend.
3/ The President’s Council of Economic Advisers (@WhiteHouseCEA) estimates that we could be back to pre-pandemic employment by the end of this year if this faster pace of job growth continues.
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1/ Kevin from Texas asks: I just received the first Pfizer vaccination dose today & am scheduled to donate double red blood cells in one week. Should I reschedule? Will donating blood impact the success of the #vaccination? Image
2/ According to the @RedCross, if you received the Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, Novavax, or AstraZeneca vaccine & you're feeling well, you can donate blood--with no wait period. There is also no reason to expect that donating blood will impact your body’s response to the vaccine.
3/ It is safe for the donation recipient because getting these vaccines cannot cause #COVID19 infection-in fact, there is no SARS-CoV-2 virus in these vaccines at all!

Fun fact: this is the same reason that getting #vaccinated cannot cause a positive COVID-19 #infection test.
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