Not an epi/biostat person but this doesn’t sound right to me. I’ve studied viruses I’ve gotten (rhinovirus, influenza), pandemic viruses I could get (HCV, HIV), and those I’m unlikely to get (Ebola, MERS, Lassa, CCHF). My analysis doesn’t change based on how they affect my life.
And as someone working on a pandemic virus, SARS-CoV-2, my analysis of my own data is not filtered through the lens of me being at high risk of contracting it based on living in the US.
When I look at the other data coming out in the field, I don't think—consciously or not—"let me interpret this study on ACE2 binding or host responses or immune profiles or vaccine efficacy or pathogenesis based on my personal opinions about public health policy"
We all have implicit biases, and it's important to be aware of them and always examine them carefully. We all have skin in the game but it's just not true that public health researchers are constantly struggling to interpret data objectively.

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20 Oct
The Great Barrington Declaration is a policy piece with few specifics.

If big criticisms of your vague policy declaration include "it's unethical" and "it will kill people," would you still sign it?

Here's some choice quotes from @apoorva_nyc's piece .
nytimes.com/2020/10/19/hea…
"'I don’t know exactly how it would work,' said Gabriela Gomes, a mathematical modeler at the University of Strathclyde in Britain and one of 42 co-signers."

Focused protection? Herd immunity? Sounds good!

Will it actually work in reality? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
"Another supporter, Paul McKeigue, a genetic epidemiologist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, said, 'Specific control measures for preventing coronavirus transmission are not my area of expertise.'"

IOW, I don't know much about this, but I'm gonna sign it anyway!
Read 9 tweets
20 Oct
Not to ruin all the "Zoom dick" jokes, but it's worth pointing out that sending unwanted dick pics is an extremely common form of sexual harassment, and claiming it was an "accident" is a favorite excuse.

In my experience, this is rarely accidental.
thecut.com/2020/10/media-…
There's nothing wrong with making jokes about this and in fact that can be a healthy coping mechanism, but we should not lose sight of the fact that this is a form of sexual harassment, and can be painful for survivors who have been repeatedly subjected to it.
"Jeffrey Toobin is a luddite who doesn't understand how the mute function on Zoom works" is one explanation. "Jeffrey Toobin is a creep and a predator who was intentionally sexually harassing his colleagues" is another.

That shouldn't be brushed off.
Read 4 tweets
19 Oct
LOL this is pretty rich coming from Scott Atlas, given today's piece in the Washington Post: "colleagues said they regard (Atlas) as ill-informed, manipulative and at times dishonest."

The time has come to clear out all the stupid shit he's shoveling.
Basically, all the other doctors on the Coronavirus Task Force can't stand Scott Atlas, who is both scientifically incompetent and a shameless Trump sycophant.

washingtonpost.com/politics/trump…
Favorite part of the piece: Atlas flexes by sitting at the big boy desk.

"Atlas’s ascendancy was apparent during a recent Oval Office meeting. After Trump left the room, Atlas startled other aides by walking behind the Resolute Desk and occupying the president’s personal space"
Read 20 tweets
14 Oct
I agree with Dr. Karan's thread about the false promises of "focused protection" advocated by the #GreatBarringtonDeclaration, with one exception. I do not believe the authors mean well.

Here's a thread of my own.
The GBD was funded by the American Institute for Economic Research. It's a libertarian think-tank w/ a mission of "educating Americans on the value of personal freedom, free enterprise, property rights, limited government and sound money.”
But I don't see anything about public health there! That's because they focus mainly on economic policies. Per Wikipedia (I know, I know), AIER is funded by the Charles Koch Foundation & due to large fossil fuel investments, are big climate change deniers.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_…
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13 Oct
Okay, new paper out in @TheLancetInfDis.

Yes, this guy was reinfected.

Yes, he got sicker the second time around.

No, it doesn't mean that this is common or that reinfection leads to enhanced disease.
thelancet.com/journals/lanin…
I wrote about reinfection back in August when there was an asymptomatic case of reinfection reported in Hong Kong. Bottom line: with only a handful of cases, we don't know what this means.
slate.com/technology/202…
A few days later, I tweeted about the preprint for this case and spoke to the great @apoorva_nyc, who has been on this beat for months about it for a brief piece.
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12 Oct
This guy.

A lot of this is technically true but there's more to the story:
-US Marshals, who are armed, routinely serve subpoenas for the government

-This subpoena was issued to a whole bunch of different companies that used fetal tissue. (nytimes.com/2016/03/31/us/…)

More...
-Dr. Gu is an unlicensed physician with a history of alleged sexual abuse and domestic violence (theverge.com/2019/3/5/18147…)

-He has admitted to maintaining at least one sock puppet account which he used to sexually harass a woman (vice.com/en/article/paw…)

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The assault on women's reproductive rights by people like Blackburn is appalling. Barrett is a danger to women's bodily autonomy and reproductive health. But please do not make Eugene Gu the poster child for pro-choice science. He's an abusive creep, not an ally nor a victim.
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