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18 Oct, 7 tweets, 2 min read
I'm tired of the mask-debaters, anti-testers, herders and the like. I'm certain NOTHING will change their minds. People of that ideology, and it is an ideology, don't move to SD because they're welcome here, they are GROWN and nurtured here.

Many of them are my good friends.

If anyone wants to discuss the pandemic or has a legitimate question about how it spreads & how it does damage to the human body or economy, sure, I'll engage. We can start as far back in the basics of science as they want. I have all the patience in the world for that....
If anyone wants to discuss their fears & concerns about how the virus is impacting their life, I'll listen as long as it takes. I get that this is overwhelming & financially devastating to many. I will listen, and I'll propose that to get back to "normal" we must face the virus..
I do NOT want to spend time arguing about the range of proposed mitigation measures that are known to work. I don't want to argue that CoV is like influenza. I don't want to argue that it's just testing that make the "numbers" go up.

I do NOT want to argue about how a unified, thoughtful, science-based approach to dramatically reducing the spread of the virus and all its ravages is somehow an infringement on your freedom - because that is a steaming pile of ignorant BS.

I do NOT want to argue that our state leaders, our governor & our Dept of Health are brave & smart & doing all they can to help our state get through the pandemic while preserving freedom & businesses - because that too is as 5 gallon bucket of calf splatter, without the bucket.
So, to wrap, I'll continue to do what I can: offer factual info re what is happening all around us right in front of our eyes, make graphs, share links. I'll do more to tell anonymous stories from inside hospitals. People deserve to know.

Be kind, protect yourself and others.

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13 Sep
It is likely that HOSPITAL usage by COVID patients in South Dakota will become a hot topic in coming days & weeks.

Here are some questions that come to mind. It would be nice if media reps would consider pursuing this line of questioning at a press conf.

🧵 A short thread. Image
It should be easy to put this one to rest:

The # of "currently hospitalized", per DoH, "MAY include out-of-state cases". Does that mean SOME or ALL non-SD residents receiving care in SD hospitals? Or non-SD residents residing in SD for college? Or SD residents in non-SD hosp? Image
What are the current denominators used for these various CAPACITY METERS, and how are those numbers determined?

Does capacity value represent real-world, actively available beds or does is include "surge" capacities that would require re-appropriation of ORs, post-op beds, etc? Image
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27 Aug
I've noticed some confusion re discrepancies between # of CoV POSITIVES reported on a day & the # of POSITIVES for that same DATE on the TREND graph a couple days later.

I thought I could explain with a graphic. Unfortunately it became an uncontrolled, eye roll-worthy beast.
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At the top, imagine @SDDOH receives results in 2 batches each day, 1 in the morning and 1 in afternoon. The POS results will be tallied & presented on trend graph for that date 2 days later (to allow time to verify & add in results that might arrive shortly before midnight).

Dashboard results are those received during a different 24 hr period, 13:00 one day to 13:00 the next. Once that period ends DoH uses rest of afternoon & next morning to process data, & then post the results. So, dashboard #'s are from the PM 2 days prior & AM prev day.

Read 4 tweets
22 Aug
SCIENCE - What is so great about science?

Science is like that NAIL you pounded into the wall a while back because you needed a place to HANG YOUR HAT.

Another Saturday morning THREAD (about “social” DISTANCING, and CONTACT TRACING).

Imagine you’re moving into a new place. You thought you saw a closet by the front door but were so excited to sign the lease you didn't notice.

NP. You get your toolbox & grab a hammer & nail. You pound a big nail deep into a wall stud &, voila: a place to hang your hat.

All is good, for a while. You later realize there is a better place to hang your hat. You know if you pry out that first nail it will leave a big hole & you’ll likely damage the wall a bit too.

You can just leave it and put a NEW NAIL somewhere else.
So that’s what you do.

Read 9 tweets
21 Aug
How can we make sense of this?

Contact tracing is supposed to identify/warn potential contacts of a CoV infected person. Risk times include 2 days before symptoms started until the person was isolated.

When do you think this person was tested?
Do you think they had symptoms? Image
Seriously, think about it and offer a plausible scenario.

Open to hearing from a contact tracer or epidemiologist at
SD Dept of Health. @SDDOH @sddohkmr

I will chime in later.
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18 Aug
Most following here are prob aware of news about UNC shutting down in-person undergrad classes due to a bunch of CoV clusters among students.

I can't help but wonder why this wasn't fully anticipated & why stronger measure weren't enacted to prevent.

On-campus planning, rules & mitigation won't prevent students getting & spreading CoV infections if they engage in known, risky behavior off-campus.

As a parent of 3 college/grad students I accept one can only ask & expect so much, but I'm reminded of that "ass u me" saying.
Maybe universities are doing more direct communication of which I am unaware, but I think something more than a beige banner that links a page of "wash hands" suggestions might be required. I've clicked 3 & 4 levels deep on the USD site but could not find any plea for logic.
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17 Aug
People who have recovered from COVID will presumably have blood full of antibodies against the virus. These folks can donate the liquid part of their blood, so-called CONVALESCENT PLASMA, so it can be given to someone fighting the infection.

The transfer of antibodies from one person to another via convalescent plasma transfusion is an old, tried and true treatment for many infectious diseases. It makes sense, and it works.

Pharma companies can manufacture antibodies (aka monoclonal antibodies) against CoV.

So this hopeful treatment modality adds to the arsenal of therapeutics against COVID. But as with just about everything else related to CoV, clinical researchers using the scientific method will need time to sort this out.

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