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30 Oct, 4 tweets, 2 min read
This is incredibly important & apparently unknown to many.

The US media reports of "1000 people are dying per day!" are misleading

1000 deaths are being REPORTED per day. The deaths go back weeks, even months, as local health authorities comb through death certificates to...
...either cross-check for a pre-death positive PCR test or for a "missed" COVID classification based on clinical suspicion.

When they find either, they retroactively add them to the death counts, and then they are reported as a "new death"

This isn't "conspiracy". It's fact
This is a very important part of the work that #RationalGround does -- pro bono, mind you. We dig up the truth that the media ignores.

They want your clicks.

We want transparency.

AMA about this. I'll do my best to point you to the facts or the person who has them.
Here's how Maricopa County in AZ counts deaths, for example:

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27 Oct
This will be the final Thanksgiving for 2.8M (the annual all-cause death toll) fellow Americans.

It could be my last-or yours. That likelihood is significantly higher for our elderly loved ones, too many of whom will not have touched or hugged their family in 9 months...
...some of whom don't understand why.😢

The hard truth is that we do not know who will be around for Thanksgiving next November. What we do have is right now--this moment--today.

We aren't promised one moment more...

We've all seen some version of the CDC's Thanksgiving recommendations by now. Twitter is abuzz with our newly-christened ‘expert’ class pontificating on ‘safety’ (and morality), asserting that the "right" thing to do is to physically distance from one's family this year.

Read 13 tweets
23 Oct
Hard “No”.

This mission creep is untenable and it will cost significantly more lives and futures than #Covid_19 ever could...


It’s often said, “In life, you get what you tolerate.”

And people have been shockingly willing to give up their lives and turn on their neighbors in exchange for a feeling of safety.

What we need moving forward is a willinness to question whether our values truly align...

with the policies we support.

We need to acknowledge the harms caused by “mitigation” and say, “Wait a minute...It doesn’t make me a bad person to want kids safely in school/a funeral for my father/a future to look forward to/a reason to live.”

Read 8 tweets
21 Oct
Here's a prime example of misinformation & omission of context in COVID media coverage:

Today, @12News in AZ pushes a story that "These 4 graphs show Arizona is losing the fight against COVID-19"

A thread of the graphs and context:

(For the images below, I (quickly) positioned the 12News graphs above those from the AZDHS dashboard and used the black lines to draw down to the dates from which the 12News data was pulled, giving a fuller picture.)



GRAPH #1: "100% increase in the 7-day average number of cases since October 1st"

CONTEXT: Yes. But cases are down est. 500% from the peak in July, despite new inclusion of antigen tests from the universities starting mid-Sept. Also, "cases" don't = illness/transmissibility.

Read 14 tweets
20 Oct
Surprising to whom? Not anyone who has been paying attention to the data (and children’s needs.)

Maybe it’s time we stop allowing “expert fears” about what “may” happen to supersede what we know i.e. kids drive minimal transmission in schools...


The most upsetting part of this article is the gaslighting.

1. Claims “fears...required... shutdown restrictions” (including schools)

Shutdown restrictions are not a required response to adults’ fears.

2. Suggests “the city’s efforts” should be upheld as an “influential model”, despite NYC repeatedly ignoring the data that schools were not significant sites of transmission.

Read 8 tweets
13 Oct
Don't think you are too small to make an impact.

This brief filed in support of an injunction by parents in CT presents a thorough argument as to why mandated masking of children in schools is harmful, non-evidence-based, w/o benefit & lacking in statutory authority...

Parents in Ohio filed a similar lawsuit against the Ohio Health Department Director for his mandate imposing masks on K12 students.


Parents in Florida have also sued to end mandated masking in schools.


Read 5 tweets
6 Oct
There is SO much more to this situation. @ianmSC, @kylamb8, @Hold2LLC, and I could never get the AZDHS hospitalization data to reconcile. Here's just the first piece of the puzzle as to why:

Because almost 3000 of those admissions did not exist...

This is the most important part of the press release:

"Recently, public health experts determined that a large healthcare provider was reporting an admission date for COVID-19 cases when these individuals were not actually hospitalized.”

Banner Health, "a large healthcare provider", collected at least $660M in CARES Act funding, including roughly 40% of the total High Impact funding for all hospitals in the state

"High Impact" requires a high number of COVID admissions & payed out $50K per patient...

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