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1) In a shocking development in the #pandemic in Quebec, Montreal public health authorities announced Saturday they’ve launched #COVID19 investigations into at least five bars since July 1 where eight people were contagious. In this thread, I'll explain the full import of this.
2) What is truly disturbing is the speed with which the #COVID cases sprung up so soon after Quebec allowed bars to reopen on June 25 — despite a mountain of evidence that drinking establishments are breeding grounds for the highly contagious #coronavirus.
3) What’s also worrisome is Quebec health minister Christian Dubé (@cdube_sante) let bars stay open even though he cited a New York Times article about the huge risks they pose in the #pandemic — and even after the #COVID19 outbreak at the Mile Public House pub in Brossard.
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1/. The Dutch strategy for dealing with #coronavirus mirrors that being attempted by @BorisJohnson’s govt & is described as “a masterclass in framing & gaslighting.”

But in recent days, leaks & good journalism are exposing the Dutch #HerdImmunityScandal.
containmentnu.nl/en/articles/ga…
2/. On 16 March, PM Rutte gave a National Address.

He did not talk about suppressing #COVD19 as most countries were doing, but he did mention #HerdImmunity.

On 4 June, the PM said: “I did not make a speech about herd immunity. I have no knowledge of it.”
3/. Calculations that without suppression measures, 100,000 people could die, saw the govt shifting its description of #HerdImmunity from a “strategy” to an “outcome”.

Yet spokespeople still talked about “allowing #COVID19 to spread through the populace”.
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🕚11 AM tomorrow:

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Turning the #COVID19 crisis into an opportunity

Transforming India into #AatmanirbharBharat

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The #COVD19 antibody test has serious accuracy issues; there's a "medical free-for-all"
nytimes.com/2020/04/19/us/…
@SteveEder @mega2e @apoorva_nyc
Germany taking the lead with it @rki_de, Munich studies
nytimes.com/2020/04/18/wor… @kbennhold
Best 3 pieces I've seen to summarize the serology test assay challenges (besides other key issues as to whether IgG protects vs spread and its duration of protection)
Getting the antibody testing accurate is paramount to navigate re-entry. Here's what I learned about some aspects of testing from a pretty comprehensive, rapid immunoassay panel last month
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THREAD: #Data4BlackLives Movement Pulse Check and #COVID19 Roundtable

First of all, welcome! We are so glad you joined us today.

Please use our hashtags (#Data4BlackLives and #d4bl) to join the conversation!
Before we dive into our discussion on structural racism and epidemiology and organizing around public health, @YESHICAN, executive director and co-founder of #Data4BlackLives, encourages us to take a moment of silence to honor the lives lost due to #COVID19.
@YESHICAN: We've lost so many people but we have to remember that everyone that we've lost has joined the realm of ancestors. They are with us here and now, guiding us forward.
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I'm really unimpressed with this paper. It relies on non-peer reviewed data, it appears to misinterpret what it means for a virus to be airborne, and appears to ignore a literal statement of not being able to replicate the virus from air samples. #COVID19
nap.edu/read/25769/cha…
Look, I accept that it does not matter HOW many times @SaskiaPopescu or me or anyone else who knows the literature tells you that masks aren't effective in the way people want them to be. I know people are going to insist they Google better, or that a nutrition expert knows more
And I 100% know that there's an awful lot of a combination of "but we have to do something" and misogyny at the idea of female experts driving those arguments about whether masks for healthy people are a /useful/ thing or not. #COVID19
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Major military exercise cancelled over COVID-19. Anyone who has been on exercise and has seen how fast and often gastro goes through troops will not be surprised. Large number of people living together, eating together and limited running water. #coronavirus #COVID19
More info on this: it is note worthy that LGen Eyre says this could impact the Canadian Armed Forces war fighting ability. That's not a decision taken lightly. This is the biggest exercise the Army conducts and had over 4,000 ppl scheduled to participate #CAF #COVD19 #coronavirus
Maple Resolve is a Brigade level exercise which is BIG for those who don't speak military. It is the culmination of training for troops going down range to places like Ukraine, Latvia and Iraq. #CAF #COVD19 #coronavirus
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Detailed Information on the Spread of Coronavirus to Iranian Prisons- Alarming Situation of Political Prisoners
#CoronavirusPandemic #Covid_19 #freeallprotesters in #Iran
ncr-iran.org/en/77-news1613…
Scope of #Coronavirus crisis in Iran is far bigger than Wt #Iran has acknowledged.
D regime’s political calculations & utter incompetence have led 2current tragedy.
Warning about prisons in Iran,unless immediate action is taken,humanitarian tragedy on horizon #freeallprotesters
One special aspect that has not been scrutinized is a very dire situation in Iranian prisons.#NCRI has compiled a comprehensive report on the threat of Coronavirus in Iranian prisons. A copy will be made available to you on request.
#COVD19 #CoronavirusPandemic #freeallprotesters
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This entire NYT article from 2017 about Trump’s enormous cuts to the agencies and programs that are now struggling to react to #COVD19 is bone-chilling nytimes.com/2017/05/28/us/…
$136mm cut from The Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, which tracks outbreaks and disease

$65mm cut from the branch of the CDC that “fights threats like anthrax and ebola”

$76mm cut from the CDC’s Center Global Health, which helps "monitor outbreak responses"
In 2017, @TomColeOK04 told the NYT that “Sometime in the president’s term, you will have a pandemic. Cutting the Centers for Disease Control, I think, leaves you very vulnerable and the American people very vulnerable."
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Trying to get #COVD19 test after learning a person who I had close contact with was in close contact with a person who tested positive. @_DCHealth Department told me I didn’t meet its standards for a test since my symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) aren’t severe enough @wusa9
So called my doc and they sent me to urgent care to get a test. Bizarre scene. Packed waiting room, everyone wearing masks along with staff. Already heard another woman arguing over not being given #coronavirus test because her symptoms not severe enough, will I get same answer?
Absolutely crazy that in the United States of America we have to fight tooth and nail to get tested for one of the most contagious viruses of all time in an effort to ensure we are not sick, or infecting others!
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The peculiar thing about Crude oil price collapse & bloodbath in equity markets across the world is that, no one saw it coming, no one had expectation/expected OPEC+ & Russia fallout would result in so big mrkt crash - Why would b that ? 1/n #marketcrash #COVD19 #IndianEconomy
Such highly volatile markts r real challenges to traders & risk manager even though risk scenarios r built & MTM @ VAR r calculated, despite of that margin calls going to banks/dealers - This has resulted into domino effect 2/n
Are we into a grand lab of behavioral experiment - How could crude oil collapse lead to such a huge loss, today Indian investors lost 11 trillion rupees & Globally mrkts lost $ 5 trillion in last 2 months -thr were no signs of recession or global contagion like 2008 3/n
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My heart aches. This year I’m about to graduate a class @ University of Puerto Rico that has seen:
1. Since they were 8 yo, they have seen the economy shrinking every single year with no end on sight.
2. Their Island emptying out, more than 1/4 of the population left.
3. The creation of PROMESA by Obama and Paul Ryan, which came to undermine what we have built. To make sure Wall Street will get paid even if that meant destroying our economy.
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@nytimes reports Seattle ID doc was prohibited from using nasal swabs (already collected for flu research) to assess spread of #COVID19. She did it anyway.

I get why this seems "right" at first blush - but let's break it down more 1/ @phlu @UM_IHPI nytimes.com/2020/03/10/us/…
The "Common Rule" that (often) governs research w people and their identifiable specimens (like flu swabs) was actually written IN RESPONSE to research started during the emergent spread of an infectious disease

That disease was syphilis and the research was in Tuskegee 2/
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study went on to prevent impoverished African-American men from accessing treatment for their syphilis, or from realizing that they were being studied, for the NEXT 40 YEARS.

Funded and conducted by the US Gov 3/ cdc.gov/tuskegee/timel…
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This thread is dedicated to #coronavirus / #Covid19 information. The full name is "2019 novel Corona virus", shortened to 2019-nCoV & Covid-19. Its name comes from the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus that resemble flares in the sun's corona.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic diseases, meaning that humans become infected by animals that have the disease. Scientists speculate that #Covid19 may have originated from Chinese bats or ant-eating pangolin. It is possible the virus crossed multiple animals before infecting humans.
Dozens infected in the #Covid19 outbreak worked in a Wuhan animal market, but tests of #coronavirus samples from the market have yet to identify a source. The close proximity of shoppers to animals in wet markets has made them breeding grounds for zoonotic diseases in the past.
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Thinking about a low cost easy to manufacture home test kit for #Coronavirus. Outline: #Nasal_swab (Q-tip) w/ freeze dried reagents for isothermal #DNA amplification with #COVID19 primers. Colorimetric readout by #iOS or #Android #App w/ #geolocation & #HIPPA compliant reporting.
Read-out would be in minutes - timer in App - read by camera in your smart phone. No other machines. Links to telemedicine groups for positive results. Built in positive control - e.g. no color = improper test, green NEGATIVE, red POSITIVE.
I’ve done my best creating when faced by a challenge. Next gen sequencing when my son went to new born intensive care - #454 @iontorrent. Ultrasound on a chip @ButterflyNetInc when wanted to monitor my daughter’s kidneys.
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Day 8 of aggregating information on what goes on with #COVIDー19 in Iran.

Picking up from yesterday:

Finally authorities are putting Mazandaran province on quarantine: only fuel and food trucks are allowed. This late, its effectiveness will be limited.

The same authorities have had argued for quarantine to be "non-scientific" and "from middle ages".

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Con el surgimiento y propagación del #COVID19 también han venido rumores, imprecisiones o incluso mentiras. La @opsoms ha dicho que, además de una epidemia, enfrentamos una "infodemia".

Abrimos hilo sobre desinformación, #COVID19 y buenas prácticas informativas.
(📷: @CDCgov)
@opsoms @CDCgov Millones de tuits promoviendo teorías de conspiración, decenas de sitios publicando información falsa respecto al #COVID19, pero también esfuerzos conjuntos por combatir la desinformación.

Comenzamos el hilo con este recuento de @ciberfan: cronica.com.mx/notas-coronavi…
La desinformación se vale de las tecnologías y sus lógicas, pero también de sesgos cognitivos.

En el caso del #COVID19mx destacan dos:
🔸Olvido de la probabilidad.
🔸Cascada de la disponibilidad.

Aquí los explica el médico Rafael Bravo: rafabravo.blog/2020/02/29/el-…
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Learning points from @ESICM webinar on #COVID19 (based on experience in China)

- 10% of all cases had GI symptoms in the first week

-80% OF CASES WERE MILD

- 5% of all cases were 'critical' and needed ICU (respiratory failure on air, shock or other organ failure)
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- In ICU patients, prolonged steroid course may lead to longer virus shedding time.

- 50% of the ICU pts had high Troponin related to myocardial virulence of #coronovirus. They saw some sudden, resistant cardiogenic collapse
- They have not seen an increased risk of illness in pregnant or lactating female. This is different from what we know about influenza

- The most associated co-morbities with ICU admission were diabetes and hypertension. (Hypertension was associated the most)
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120. Bannon suggests that 5,000 doctors and nurses may be infected with the #Wuhan #coronavirus
121. New information out of Thailand suggests that #WuhanCoronavirus may be contagious for 24 rather than 14 days, and that #coronavirus-recovered patients can get sick with the #COVID19 infection a second time. thailandmedical.news/news/latest-mo…
122. Due to repatriation of the infected #diamondprinces Americans flown into the US against President Trump's stipulations, the number of US #coronavirususa cases has increased from 35 to 53 #coronavirus cases overnight. gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashbo… Image
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With the #COVID19 outbreak, it is important to use language responsibly. Here is the first entry of our new #ContagiousWords series, defining the buzzwords and terminology dominating today's conversation. #Pandemic #PandemicsCost
@ilariacapua Language is powerful, so we must be sure and accurate in the ways we communicate science. #Epidemic #ContagiousWords #COVID19
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97. #Coronavirus COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) 64,447 cases w newly broadened inclusion criteria not limited to PCR confirmation. Exposure and clinical confirmation inclusive of pulmonary lobar infiltration sufficient for case inclusion. gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashbo… ImageImage
98. #WuhanPneumonia: China's ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, on "Face the Nation" DID NOT deny that #coronavirus could've stemmed from the Chinese military's biological warfare program; at Wuhan Virology Institute #corona RNA/protein sequences' are researched.
99. The 3,700 people stuck on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined off the coast of Japan, were placed under a mandatory 2-week quarantine, after 10 passengers tested positive for the fast-spreading #coronavirus. Now, 175 people are confirmed to have the virus.
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a few take-aways from remarks by 陈一新 CHEN Yixin, Beijing's point man on the ground of Wuhan/Hubei on Thursday, Feb. 13. This may have not been widely circulated on international press but it's as authoritative as it can get on the frontline xinhuanet.com/politics/2020-…
要清醒认识武汉疫情的不确定性。We need to keep a clear mind of the uncertainties of the epidemic in Wuhan (meaning the authorities have yet to be confident in having a precise big picture of Wuhan's situation)
与输入地相比,武汉感染者底数还没有完全摸清,蔓延扩散的规模也没有较为精准的估计预测。compared with other "importing" regions, the authorities still do not have an exact number of infected people in Wuhan, nor an exact estimate of the scale of the spread of the #COVD19
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...to San Francisco. apnews.com/cc77e92054c495…
2. Roads in and out of #Wuhan (even small side roads) being barricaded with piles of dirt/rocks to block all traffic in or out.
3. "Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times. Ye shall not .. print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom"..."apnews.com/d59f43a911996a…
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