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@mattyglesias Dear @mattyglesias: your hot-take is just wrong. We were calling for flattening the curve early on exactly because it was nearly impossible to suppress and contain the virus with no commitment to testing and isolation early on. 1/
@mattyglesias Second, data on asymptomatic spread emerged slowly and early evidence was equivocal. Again, advice to flatten the curve and social distance was agnostic to that fact. We didn’t tell just the sick to break the chain but for everyone to social distance. 2/
@mattyglesias And as one of the other replies to your inane tweet points out the public health guidance has been similar across countries; it’s implementation and commitment they makes the US, Brazil outliers. 3/
@mattyglesias And on masks? Guess what? The data is equivocal too and WHO doesn’t even change its guidance on masking until June. 4/
@mattyglesias So @mattyglesias: if we had done what the global consensus public health advice dictated just as Germany, New Zealand, South Korea, Denmark, Singapore, had done we’d be in much better shape. 5/
@mattyglesias And the ooh-look-at-me-the-contrarian take is unhelpful as much as it is untrue. 6/
@mattyglesias I repeat, for the millionitj time: if we took the pandemic seriously, shutdown like many other industrialized countries did, with scale up of test-trace-isolate and massive social and economic support for ordinary Americans, we’d have outcomes like many of our peer nations. 7/
@mattyglesias The “experts” you are bashing got muzzled early on. Remember @DrNancyM_CDC? She told the truth once and was never heard from again. Others in Administration made a devil’s bargain not to quit like Birx and Fauci w the former getting soiled for towing Trump’s line. 8/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC But outside of government almost all public health experts were screaming bloody murder since March begging for a real against the virus. 9/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC Many were on front lines of clinical care, or working on public health response locally and in our labs. 10/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC A real response against the virus. 10/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC And this is the 2nd botched response to a pandemic I’ve gotten to see up close in my life. I have NO trouble going after anyone who fucks up and kills people. 11/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC I’ve protested Dems and Repubs, scientists and public health officials when they screw up. But you’re off the mark here in a big way. 12/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC This has been a political crisis not one of failing expertise, one where the best science is being ignored at the highest levels. 13/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC Again, again, again: the public health advice here was the same as countries that have done much better in combatting this pandemic. It was not acted on here. Govt public health officials have been on the tightest of leashes by the Administration, and do what they are told. 14/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC They have not had freedom to act, to speak frankly, to lead as they have done on SARS, H1N1, Ebola, etc. 15/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC Jared Kushner and small coterie of non-experts in @WhiteHouse have led this response, driven the whole fucking thing into a ditch. 16/
@mattyglesias @DrNancyM_CDC @WhiteHouse And like the rest of us in public health, I’m tired of the smarty pants pundits looking for something new to say without ever caring to talk to anyone who does the work. It’s lazy flippant and careless. 17/
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