1/11 THE RISE OF STILLBIRTHS DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS

This issue continues to be underreported.

Stillbirth rates during CV19 lockdowns have spiked globally and the reasons are twofold.

Why this issue has not been widely reported is also multifaceted. #RationalGround
2/11 A primary reason for the uptick in stillbirths due to lockdowns is from reduced access to medical care:

“CV19 has triggered a devastating secondary health crisis for women, children and adolescents due to disruptions in life-saving health services,”
reliefweb.int/report/world/n…
3/11 The potential increase in the developing world due to lockdowns is devastating:
“A pandemic-induced 50% reduction in health services, could cause nearly 200K additional stillbirths over a 12-month period in 117 low and middle income countries…”
news.un.org/en/story/2020/…
4/11 Stillbirth increases, however, are not limited to the developing world:
“What we’ve done is cause an unintended spike in stillbirth while trying to protect [pregnant women] from COVID-19,”
nypost.com/2020/09/16/ala…
5/11 In addition to lack of care, there are numerous studies indicating increases in stress & anxiety lead to higher rates of stillbirths:

nih.gov/news-events/ne…

pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18463464/

ibtimes.co.uk/poorer-women-t…

obgyn.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.11…
6/11 Frustratingly, the media’s constant fear mongering only exacerbates the existing worry; creating a perfect storm of anxiety, stress, & depression:
jmir.org/2020/9/e20955/

doi.apa.org/fulltext/2020-…

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…

medrxiv.org/content/10.110…

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…
7/11 Stillbirth deaths also negatively impact the mental health of families dealing with the trauma. This includes depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, social phobia, agoraphobia, PTSD, etc.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…

psychiatryadvisor.com/home/topics/an…

womensmentalhealth.org/posts/stillbir…
8/11 Also, due to lockdowns, the negative impacts from a stillbirth are less likely to be mitigated:

“…mothers of stillborn babies who perceived family support in the period after stillbirth experienced..." lower levels of anxiety & depression.
researchgate.net/profile/Joanne…
9/11 So why isn’t this a bigger story?

First, data on stillbirths isn’t readily available so the scale of the issue isn’t quickly noticed. For example, Scotland is "...one of a few countries that collate data on stillbirths and infant deaths monthly..."
guardian.ng/features/conce…
10/11 Secondly, opinions on stillbirths are complicated by the politics of abortion, making it a sensitive issue to cover.

This also minimizes the loss felt by families and negative mental health consequences after the stillbirth:
lifesitenews.com/news/un-ignore…

huffpost.com/entry/opinion-…
11/11 The spike in stillbirths is an issue that must be addressed & recognized as another consequence of lockdowns and fear-mongering.

I wrote about this topic before and will continue to push as long as politicians and public health experts stay silent.

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30 Oct
1/6 SPORTS ARE NOT A PRIMARY VECTOR OF COVID-19

Somehow it has still not gotten through to journalists and politicians that athletic competition rarely spreads CV19.

This has been shown at practices, in games, and even in the stands.
#LetUsPlay #RationalGround #NoNewNormal
2/6 Across professional sports, @williamfleitch notes:
“...there hasn’t been a single documented instance of a player getting COVID from an on-field event.”

“…leagues are starting to... [put] spectators in seats. This hasn’t led to any mass outbreaks...”
nymag.com/intelligencer/…
3/6 At the H.S. level, even indoor, contact sports like basketball saw almost no issues with practices.

A survey in Illinois indicated that during fall practices only 9% of 546 schools had a CV19 case and only 0.3% had more than 2 players get CV19.
il.nhsbca.org/returntoplay
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28 Oct
1/7 KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Keeping up with the daily barrage of CV19 information can be hard; here is a summary of a month’s worth of studies & articles.

Hopefully this will help combat the panicked CV19 decisions being made.

Citations are listed in the thread. #RationalGround
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26 Oct
1/7 The director of @CU_PublicHealth recently responded to a Covid-19 question in the local paper (@news_gazette).

The Question: Is Florida outperforming Illinois in its CV19 response?

Her Answer: No, Florida is doing much worse than Illinois.

Is that True? #RationalGround
2/7 If we first look at total deaths/100k since March and cases/100k in the last 30 days (to show the current trend). We see that Illinois is performing worse in both.

Illinois has slightly more overall deaths and almost double the cases.
3/7 Next, looking at current hospitalization data (provided by @HHS) we see again that Illinois is performing worse than Florida with a higher % of hospital beds filled and a higher % of Covid-19 patients in hospitals:
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21 Oct
1/7 This would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad.

The University of Michigan is now under a “stay in place order.”

Why don't you take a walk through insanity with me:
2/7 First off the order is in place due to…. you guessed it, cases.

Not hospitalizations, not deaths, but plain old cases:
cnn.com/2020/10/20/us/…
3/7 So why would cases be up? Well the county health department thinks it’s all those maskless college parties.

Call me crazy, but I’ve got another theory... maybe it’s because they’ve tested more people in the last 2 weeks than they tested From March through August:
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19 Oct
1/6 HOSPITALS AND COVID-19
Stories of hospitals being overwhelmed from CV19 are often without context

Hospitals operate near capacity, so needing extra space, staff, and resources isn’t uncommon

This graphic provides an overview from past years; 20+ citations are in the thread
2/6 This is not an exhaustive list , but shows the frequency which hospital capacity issues arise:

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…
news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/d…

nytimes.com/2004/01/18/nyr…

wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/17…

cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/05…
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11 Oct
1/5 I tried to ignore the political theatre of the Rose Garden event since I find it a ridiculous use of resources.

Now, however, that Fauci is using it to suggest an outdoor event without masks could cause a large outbreak, it needs to be addressed.
aljazeera.com/news/2020/10/1…
2/5 The first obvious issue is that the event was not only outdoors; it was an indoor/outdoor event.

This makes tying an outbreak to “rose garden” impossible to determine and irresponsible to suggest.
3/5 Next, of the 11 positive cases (out of 107) 5 are constantly around each other in a variety of other indoor situations.

In other words there is no evidence that being near each other in the rose garden was the cause of spread for Trump, Melania, Christi, Conway, or McEnany.
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