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🧵/ NEW: UK study throws cold water (again) on the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” the upshots are:
🔸#VaccinesWork but #DeltaVariant changed the game so #MaskUp
🔸unvaxed kids are the fuel, vaxed adults are the match
🔸#DeltaVariant infection in fully vaxed persons is *common*
2/ The study involves nearly 100,000 persons, and it’s run out of the Imperial College London (UK). Here’s the link to a pre-print of the article:…
3/🔸#VaccinesWork: unvaccinated persons were 3X more likely to test positive than *fully* vaccinated persons
🔸44% of #DeltaVariant infections occurred in *fully* vaccinated… Image
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Nine (9) states are dealing with critical staffing shortages in at least 1 out of every 5 hospitals: #Alabama, #Arizona, #Louisiana, #Missouri, #NewMexico, #Oklahoma, #RhodeIsland, #SouthCarolina, and #WestVirginia
*Note* the shortages are not necessarily due to COVID


Yellow = # of hospitals indicating “yes” to critical staffing shortage
Blue = # of hospitals indicating “no” to critical staffing shortage
Gray = # of hospitals that did not report yes or no
#Florida hospitals are reporting that 1 in 5 of their patients has #COVID19 (on average)
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𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗶-𝗠𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗧𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗦𝗮𝗻 𝗝𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝘀: “𝙸 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚐𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚕, 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚜 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚐.”

2 men walked into Recycle Books w/o masks Friday. When employees ask them to mask up & the men start… (1/3) #WearAMask
…giving workers a hard time. After a customer says the men are giving her a migraine, 1 man calls her “Karen” & says she should go back to Berkeley.

The woman says “I’m Mexican” & man says “adios Karen”

A group of anti-mask women came in days earlier & left this. #MaskUp
The men are part of a group called Easy Believism which records videos at different businesses & posts them to YouTube.

They dictated this statement to us today. #WearAMask
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🧵/This is a distraction. We are only using a third of our testing capacity, rapid tests are prone to error, and the UK’s massive #DeltaVariant wave occurred *despite* following Drs. Topol and Del Rio’s proposed playbook. A thread w/ data

Upshot: Get #vaccinated and #WearAMask
2/ The U.S. is only using about a third of its daily testing capacity. Is this surprising? No. Why? Because the U.S. public has gotten into the habit of not getting COVID-19 testing unless they’re feeling symptoms…
3/ OK, but what if we just test the symptomatic? If we use them that way, they’re going to miss cases.

The UK gov’t spent $4+ billion on rapid tests and still ended up w/ case surge. England in 2021:
125m rapid tests (57% of total testing)
5m cases…
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🔥 Re-upping this thread, now that it’s complete. It is a practical overview of the data on the following topics:
🔸#DeltaVariant in kids (+surge of RSV pneumonia)
🔸#LongCovid in fully vaccinated persons
🔸Masks protect the vaccinated, too
San Francisco indoor mask mandate 👀⤵️
#Tennessee should absolutely require masks in schools given what we know about #DeltaVariant in children. Vaccinations for those who are eligible should also be a requirement
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🧵/This is a thread that covers a few related topics
🔸#DeltaVariant in kids (+RSV)
🔸#LongCovid in fully vaccinated persons (+”brain fog”)
2/ The #DeltaVariant wave is different in kids: they're getting sicker, faster. Looking at the trends in hospitalizations (yellow) and new admissions (cyan) 👀⤵️ Note how quickly both lines are rising, and how the curve differs from any other point since we started tracking this
3/ As of yesterday, more children were in the hospital with #COVID19 than at any point since February 25, 2021 (yellow); more children were admitted with COVID-19 than at any point since February 12, 2021 (cyan)

source: HHS
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I’m a fan of @oliverdarcy’s work, but this one misses the mark. Let’s be explicit: the White House COVID response spent 6+ weeks snoozing blaring alarms to focus on a goal that was made meaningless by very thing they were ignoring: the #DeltaVariant…
Here’s why it matters: you can’t blame the unvaccinated when the unvaccinated are babies. That’s where things are at the moment, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better
And, like *every* setback encountered by the Biden Administration as it relates to COVID-19, even the surge among children was foreseen weeks ago. Because: data
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As a Chicagoan who has been to #Lollapalooza and a health professional, many looking at out city and some reaching out asking me how we got here.

🧵how this happened & why we must recognize “war” has changed but not just l #DeltaVariant on the ground in hearts & minds of people
Well, in May, recall CDC said vaxxed people can they can do whatever they want! And those unvaxxed should just wear a mask or #getvaccinated.

That set the conditions for #Lollapalooza to occur politically and socially. Chicago also had been on a very good trajectory.
Initially rules were proof of vaccine OR (-) test in 24h. Quietly at some point that was changed to a (-) test in 72h …

although the Dutch observed a 40h test (-) pre-interval was too long for their music festival which became super spreader so….…
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So, if I were the president, here's what I would do about Covid:
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1. Pay people to get vaxxed. This is cheapest, fastest way to get numbers up. Consider it another stimulus tied to vaccinating. (and retroactive!) If corporate America balked, I'd tell them to sit down.
Next, I'd just completely stop trying to squash ivermectin. Other countries use it for Covid. Pretending half the country doesn't know about it (& possibly already have it) is dumb. Drs use drugs off-label all the time. It has a 40 yr safety record. We need all weapons for delta.
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New Zealand defeated #covid19 - March 25th 2020 - full lockdown and it was lifted on June 8th, 2020.

A 75 day lockdown.

Daily infection since lifting their lockdown, 1 case.
26 #Covid19 deaths and no variants. /1
#ncpol #teamusa Image
US #Covid19 compared to New Zealand above. 👆
March 2nd, 2020 - 16 cases
January 8th, 2021 - 300,777 cases
July 29th, 2021 - 95,083 cases
#Covid19 deaths 612,389
The curve is going back up because the unvaccinated and the Delta variant is the cause
515+ days

#ncpol #teamusa Image
We are not going to return to normalcy until people get vaccinated and everyone wears a mask until we are like New Zealand.
#ncpol #teamusa
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@erinbiba @Laurie_Garrett Frankly if CDC left masking guidance in place until they had a handle on national virus spread & vaccinations it would be a clearer message. Telling ppl they don't have 2mask if they live in certain parts of the country doesn't mesh with "viruses have no borders" talk #WearAMask
@erinbiba @Laurie_Garrett Btw- Ppl aren't thrilled to know that scientists & medical professionals don't care if vaccinated ppl get sick as long as they don't come to a hospital or die. That's bad messaging too. Public health doesn't care about individuals but don't rub folks faces in it because we do...
@erinbiba @Laurie_Garrett Everything is ok,unless it's you who is sick aft vaccination.Ppl know 95% isn't 100% so don't gaslight folks 4concerns abt breakthrough cases esp whn the reason is high community spread &the unvaccinated. It's said we're all in ths 2gether &apparently rtn 2masking confirms tht...
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🧵/This thread does a point-by-point comparison of what I’ve been saying here, to what the CDC is finally (reluctantly) disclosing via a leaked internal document
2/ ✅ The leaked CDC document says that the rate of *symptomatic* breakthrough cases is ~12% (or ~1 in 10)
3/ ✅ The leaked CDC document says that, despite the breakthrough case rate for #DeltaVariant of ~1 in 10, #VaccinesWork to keep people out of the hospital and #VaccinesSaveLives
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🧵/ This thread consists of screenshots of the CDC’s internal document regarding the #DeltaVariant, as obtained and reported by WaPo
2/ Screenshots of the CDC’s internal document regarding the #DeltaVariant, as obtained and reported by WaPo
3/ Screenshots of the CDC’s internal document regarding the #DeltaVariant, as obtained and reported by WaPo
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About that pandemic of the unvaccinated...all children under 12 are not #vaccinated ,and try as you might to twist yourself into a pretzel of denial, kids are getting really sick with #DeltaVariant:
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⚠️ Nationally, the #COVID19 test positivity is now higher than at any point since February 5, 2021

source: CDC
🔥 Nationally, we are only adding 2.45 fully vaccinated persons for every 1 new #COVID19 case. A month ago it was 25 to 1.

Get #vaccinated *and* #WearAMask

source: CDC
🔥 Nationally, the daily #COVID19 case rate is rising faster than at any other point since April *2020* (note: the plot uses a LOG SCALE)

Get #vaccinated *and* #WearAMask

source: CDC
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Actually @rwjdingwall there are many choices along the way to #HerdImmunity

1) How many deaths & ppl w/ long term debilitating illness we allow as collateral damage?

2) How much we are prepared to invest in the health/safety of school children & the general working public?🧵
3) How much we are prepared to invest in adequate public health services & how clear/informative the vital messaging should be?

4) How much we value the lives of ALL UK citizens whether they’re young, old, poor, of BAME origin, disabled, living in deprived areas/on low incomes?
5) How much individuals are prepared to tolerate for the good of communities & how patient they are able to be?

6) How much we wish to work collectively to protect others by continuing to #WearAMask, get a vaccine etc rather than demanding “#Freedom”.

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⚠️ Just so we’re all on the same page, the “game-changer” data was published online 3 weeks ago. If this story is accurate, it sounds like the CDC was M.I.A. until yesterday. Also, there were widespread anecdotal reports dating back to mid-May

⚠️ Just so we’re all on the same page: *symptomatic* breakthrough case rate for #DeltaVariant is ~1 in 10

Breakthrough cases are “rare” in U.S. data b/c, until today, the CDC actively recommended *against* testing vaxed persons w/ known #COVID19 exposure…
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OK folks. Today seems like a good day to talk about masks, and why they matter, and why guidance from @CDCgov has been updated.

1. Masks work. Full stop. They prevent me from spreading SARS-CoV-2 to you, and prevent you from spreading disease to me.…
2. Masks cause literally ZERO HARM. Do they feel uncomfortable? Sure. But do they alter your physiology, cause infections, stunt growth, or do anything else bad? Nope.

(one of many articles proving this:… )
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~1 in 7 persons living in the U.S. are younger than 12 years, so the CDC's masking guidance will apply to most places

Help stop the spread of #DeltaVariant: please get #vaccinated *and* #WearAMask
🔥 Carve-outs would *not* be following the science, and should raise concerns about political interference in the CDC’s processes

Why? Because cases are rising precipitously everywhere, even in areas where the *eligible* population is more than 77% fully vaccinated
If the CDC’s new indoor mask guidance is restricted to areas with “high" #DeltaVariant transmission, then anything in red would qualify 👀⤵️

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Even if every unvaccinated eligible person were to get their first dose today, it would take *at least* 8 weeks for the country to reach 83-85% *fully* vaccinated (the remaining 15-17% of persons are too young or too sick to get vaccinated)

Upshot: we *also* need a mask mandate
This is happening throughout the nation. Yes, #VaccinesSaveLives but they’re not enough to overcome #DeltaVariant *on their own* — if we want to avoid shutdowns, now is the time to #MaskUp
The “pandemic of the unvaccinated” is nothing more than a political talking point detached from reality. The reality is that #VaccinesSaveLives but they’re not enough to stop the spread of #DeltaVariant— we also need to #WearAMask

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🔥 New data analysis: the good news is that #VaccinesWork against #DeltaVariant. The bad news is that they seem to work better for persons younger than 50 years…like *a lot* better

Take-home point is: get #vaccinated *and* #WearAMask Image
Before going further, I want to re-emphasize that the upshot of the totality of data I’ve seen is that: #VaccinesSaveLives but they’re not enough to stop the spread of #DeltaVariant. Therefore, we need *every eligible person* to get #vaccinated *AND* #WearAMask indoors/in crowds
Folks asking me to adjust for vax rate should know that it won’t change the upshot: get #vaccinated *and* #WearAMask

As you can see, the % of UK persons 50+ years old that were fully vaccinated changed *very little* between the two time points.

So what can we make of this?
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Just so we’re all on the same page: the #COVID19 surge in #Missouri will last at least another week…and the situation will deteriorate quickly in #Florida, #Louisiana, and #Oklahoma over the next week or so

Get #vaccinated and #WearAMask
I say this because there are large pockets where #COVID19 case rates have more than doubled in the last 7 days. In addition, there are surrounding areas (“halos”) where the test positivity is rising quickly. It’s behaving like a ripple effect 👀⤵️

source: CDC
If you think #Missouri is struggling with the surge in #COVID19 hospitalizations, just wait until you see what happens in #Louisiana and #Oklahoma in a few weeks

Get #vaccinated and #WearAMask
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I’ve avoided directly calling out misinformation from Mr. Slavitt for over a year but his latest thread is going to get people hurt. This is a point-by-point rebuttal to false assertions made by Mr. Slavitt, with citations.

My upshot: Get #vaccinated *and* #WearAMask

⚠️ Misleading: “So far those are largely among unvaccinated people”

20% of new cases in LA county are in fully vaccinated persons. Public health officials indicate that they expect that number to increase

Get #vaccinated and #WearAMask…
⚠️ Misleading: “There are areas of the country where there are low vaccination levels that are experiencing the largest growth in cases?”

#Massachusetts and #Vermont are in the top 5 for most vaccinated and growth case in cases……
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Future headline: Vaccinated persons may be responsible for the “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” officials say
Meaning: #DeltaVariant is more transmissible because it produces many more copies of itself in a shorter amount of time. Recent studies suggest that viral loads in vaccinated persons are high enough to infect other persons

Upshot: that’s why we need *everyone* to #WearAMask
For anyone looking to dive into the details, check out the methods in this study from the UK…
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