So, it's getting harder to hold fast to pandemic protocols. Some of us never had the resources to do "social distancing" in the first place, but now even those who can are finding it harder to do. What can we do to help each other? 1/
First, it might be good to figure out who is most vulnerable in your community and what you can do for them. 2/
Then how do you help your friends, your neighbors? What might mitigate the fatigue, the anxiety, the depression of all this? 3/
We're not going to have help assistance from our government for months still and we still have to keep people from getting sick, from dying. 4/
Winter is coming and it will be rough? How do we prepare? 5/
This is where I don't pretend to know what to do to make things easier, but I also have faith in our collective ability to figure it out. Can we start that conversation here and now? Tell me what you think, what might help, might work? Our lives depend on it. end/

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15 Oct
So most leading organizations that represent public health & infectious disease experts in the US, from @PublicHealth to @IDSAInfo are now coming out to condemn #GreatBarringtonDeclaration. @NIHDirector has called it "fringe" epidemiology, @DrTedros has called it "unethical." 1/
Yet, its proponents now have a powerful patron in @realDonaldTrump and the financial backing of right-wing, libertarian donors. As in South Africa 20 years ago, when disease denialism becomes state policy, people die. 2/
Some die-hards will say focus on the evidence, why are you afraid of a scientific debate? But that's the point. Leading scientists have put the data out there to debunk "herd immunity," but it's never enough for the "believers". 3/
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14 Oct
Of course, now those in support of the Great Barrington Declaration will say, oh, it wouldn't be six million! My question is to @MartinKulldorff @SunetraGupta and #JayBhattacharya is how many are you willing to sacrifice for your "beautiful theory?"
Because it's now Policy. With a capital "P"--@MartinKulldorff was appalled when I suggested this was "Trumpian" epidemiology, but now it's actually branded as such more clearly than a Trump golf course.
But, but, but. We never said let people die. Butcha did. With no plan to shield the elderly/vulnerable, you said we should drop most restrictions on anyone young and fit. Now @realDonaldTrump agrees.
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13 Oct
Right now, there is an open channel, where #SARSCOV2 infections are traveling from the young to the old. In the UK, the pattern looks like this. 1/
In the US, this is the emerging pattern. 2/…
To my colleagues who say let's let the young go about their business, build up herd immunity, (since most won't get sick or enough of you to "count"), how will you stem this flow of transmission across age groups? How will you do it as community spread increases among young?
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12 Oct
And for the empiricists among us. I want you to look at this heat map. What does it suggest is happen in terms of trajectories of infections across age groups?
.@CDCgov sees something similar in the US. 2/…
So, yes, risk of severe complications of COVID19 are higher in young people (esp. w/o underlying conditions). It's not an issue. The point is that young people are currently a conduit for infections to those at higher risk. 3/
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12 Oct
So, no one likes lockdowns. No one thinks that they are without secondary harms. And most importantly, NO ONE is arguing for Wuhan-style full-scale lockdowns. No one is. But a straw man argument is being set up by those who want to mislead the American and British publics. 1/
The Great Barrington Declaration--named after the place that is HQ of a right-wing, libertarian think tank/investment fund, constitutively hostile to state action, public programs--is being promoted as alternative to a draconian fantasy of a public heath approach. 2/
What are public health experts really promoting? Testing, tracing, isolation, targeted screening, universal mask wearing, massive social/economic support for ordinary Americans (and Britons). If closures need to happen they can be targeted, focused,. 3/
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11 Oct
So, left, right and in between. You can protest safely. Here are some guidelines. 1/…
And if you're going to get into good (i.e. non-violent) trouble, here's more guidance. 2/…
"Do not participate in community protests if you feel ill, have active respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, fever (or other symptoms of COVID-19), or have recently been exposed to a close contact with documented COVID-19." 3/
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