RATIONING CARE—El Paso has been so depleted by #COVID19 that besides moving bodies with inmates, hospitals are nearing a point where health workers could decide who gets care and who doesn’t. EP begging TX gov for national guard, but Abbott blocks so far. texastribune.org/2020/11/18/el-…
2) There are now 218 deceased bodies stuff in those refrigerated morgue trailers according to El Paso county judge.
4) Nurses are at the breaking point in El Paso. This nurse had to quit.

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21 Nov
📍NEW—Texas Army National Guard has just arrived in El Paso—they have been assigned the grim work of dealing with the overflow of deceased bodies now piled up in 10 refrigerated mobile morgues. It is hard work—previously county jail inmates. #COVID19
2) Previously it was done by jail inmates for $2/hour for past week.
3) El Paso has tried to hire workers for $27/ hour. But they switched to request for national guard instead and got approval yesterday.
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21 Nov
⚠️US has hit 12,000,000 #COVID19 cases.

📍Newest 1M took only 6 days—sharp **acceleration**: 11 days for 10th mil, and 7 days for 11th mil.

1 M April 28
2 M June 10
3 M July 7
4 M July 23
5 M Aug 8
6 M Aug 30
7 M Sept 25
8 M Oct 15
9 M Oct 29
10 M Nov 8
11 M Nov 15
12 M Nov 21
2) It didn’t have to be this way if Trump WH and many state leaders acted faster: because we know containment works.
3) and we know mask mandates work too. New CDC report
Read 5 tweets
21 Nov
⚠️Crap crap—El Paso morgue crisis escalated fast. First it was jail inmates moving deceased bodies for $2/hour, then $27/hour job posting, and now Texas National Guard summoned up to help at El Paso’s overflowing morgue.
2) Earlier El Paso morgue attendant job posting for $27/hour.
3) All the while, TX Senator Ted Cruz called Senator Brown a "complete ass" for asking a maskless Dan Sullivan (R) to wear his mask in the Senate. Since then, 87-year-old Chuck Grassley (R) & Rick Scott (R) have both tested positive for #COVID19 & El Paso having morgue crisis.
Read 5 tweets
21 Nov
📍DEVASTATING ANIMATION—Containment measures 🆚 #COVID19 case surges and hospitalizations 🏥 by state.

Hospitals are now almost full nationwide and ICU beds will soon run out. Please don’t do anything to risk spreading the virus over the holidays. Please stay safe everyone. 🙏
2) New York mostly kept it under control up until very recently.
3) As reminder — CDC report reminds you that masks work.
Read 7 tweets
21 Nov
📝VACCINE MIGHT BE BETTER than natural #COVID19 recovery for immunity. 36 days after 2nd dose of vaccine, titers for binding & neutralization are often substantially better in vaccinated individuals than naturally recovered patients (labeled as "convalescent"). Image
2) The above figure from the original Phase 1 trials of the Moderna vaccine. Hence why you should try to rely on the vaccine instead of natural infection (ie don’t do natural plow thru herd strategy). nejm.org/doi/full/10.10…
3) What about the Pfizer / Bio-N-tech vaccine—do we see the same pattern?? YES! Notice how antibody binding and neutralizing titer again higher for the Pfizer vaccine than natural #COVID19 infection recovery (labeled HCS). nejm.org/doi/full/10.10… Image
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21 Nov
Update: El Paso now hiring morgue attendants for $27.20/hour. But job applicant must be strong enough to lift deceased bodies weighing 100-400 lbs. (45-180 kg). Better than using jail inmates at $2/hour to move #COVID19 deceased. But so sad and surreal. 😓governmentjobs.com/careers/elpaso… Image
2) This job posting likely in response to the outcry from this video last week of inmates moving the surge of deceased bodies for $2/hr into overflow morgues. Still chilling. They now have 10 mobile refrigerated morgues.
3) RATIONING CARE—El Paso has been so depleted by #COVID19 that hospitals soon could decide who gets care and who doesn’t. EP begging TX gov for national guard, but Governor Abbott blocking so far. texastribune.org/2020/11/18/el-…
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