YOU GUYS: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STAY HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. THE CDC IS ASKING YOU TO. THE EPIDEMIOLOGISTS ARE ASKING YOU TO. PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE ASKING YOU TO. THEIR REQUEST IS NOT BORNE OF SOME SADOMASOCHISTIC DESIRE TO CREATE MORE SUFFERING.
IT IS BASED ON REAL ACTUAL UNDERSTANDING ABOUT HOW VIRUSES SPREAD AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN THIS PARTICULAR PANDEMIC.
I DON'T CARE IF YOU PERSONALLY THINK YOU CAN DO IT SAFELY. CONSIDER IT AN ACT OF SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE WHO CANNOT. LOOK AT THE GD-DAMNED NUMBERS. LOOK AT THE MANY MANY GRAPHICS GAMING OUT HOW THIS PLAYS OUT.
GOOGLE 'EXPONENTIAL GROWTH' GOOGLE 'LEADING VS. LAGGING INDICATORS' COME ON.
I ALSO DON'T CARE IF YOU ARE PESONALLY WILLING TO ASSUME THE RISK. GOOGLE 'CORONAVIRUS' AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE BASIC POINT: THE MORE RISK YOU TAKE THE MORE RISK YOU SUBJECT EVERYONE ELSE TO. THAT IS HOW THIS WORKS. JFC.
ok bye.
And you know what? Shaming is bad and wrong and ineffective, especially when we’re swimming in so much mis and disinformation. But if you clearly know better? Come on.

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19 Nov
1/ Presumably @NYGovCuomo color coded microcluster plan was developed by / with public health officials, based on solid evidence-based principles. Compared to other states, thresholds set in NYS & NYC are pretty conservative.
2/ Meaning 3% is not a bad threshold in itself, though I think it’s fair to ask whether case positivity rates are the right or only metric to use. (@angie_rasmussen @ushahmd @mlipsitch curious your thoughts on this)
3/ The problem is that despite those evidence based protocols, we still end up in a place where schools (low evidence of causing spread) close before bars, gyms etc (high evidence of causing spread)
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18 Nov
Value of antigen tests has always been for population screening, not clinical diagnostics. Proponents of these tests - at least in public health sector - have been pretty clear about that frm the start. Low accuracy of these has likewise been well known / acknowledged.
Insane that feds are still pressing states and states are still grappling with downstream units, on using these for diagnostics, given how much has been said about this already: propublica.org/article/rapid-…
Feels like nothing new in either of these articles until you realize, oh ok this is still happening; they are still doing this anyway. publicintegrity.org/health/coronav…
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13 Nov
1/ The willful rejection of reality will not be defeated w/ Donald Trump. In fact, it seems to have permeated every corner of our ever-fractious nation. This @MacaesBruno essay is such an excellent and thoughtful examination of that. nytimes.com/2020/11/12/opi…
2/ We have Democrats and Republicans planning big indoor celebrations, even as a surge of pandemic disease blankets the country, and leading health officials urge people to forego unnecessary risks, like indoor gatherings.
3/ We have people going on cruises. Come on. washingtonpost.com/travel/2020/11…
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1/ Hey hi, I get it. You are tired of shut downs and case counts and face masks and bar closures and limited capacity and all the rest of it. So am I. nytimes.com/2020/10/29/opi…
2/ And the holidays are important to your people and you want, NEED, to HUG your mom in person, and hold your dad’s hand on the porch, and see your eldest elderly kin across the dinner table, bc these ppl don’t have an infinite number of holidays left. I know. Me too.
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16 Oct
1/ Please read and consider the NYT Editorial Board’s case against Donald Trump, as you prepare to vote. Whatever you care most about, whatever you worry most about, wherever you come from, wherever you’re hoping to go – Donald Trump is not your guy. nytimes.com/2020/10/16/opi…
2/ “He has subsumed the public interest to the profitability his business and political interests. He has shown a breathtaking disregard for the lives and liberties of Americans. He is a man unworthy of the office he holds.” nytimes.com/interactive/20…
3/ He’s not your guy if you care about draining the swamp. “it’s amusing — and yet horrifying — to recall that Mr. Trump ran in 2016 as a tough, independent outsider who would bring in the best people to help him clean up political corruption.” nytimes.com/2020/10/16/opi…
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1/ There are some very basic things the medical and scientific community can do to bolster trust in the safety/utility of any forthcoming vaccine.
2/ Pharma: make your full protocols public now. I know that's not how it's normally done, but these are not normal times and the move would cost you very little and would go a long way towards relieving the understandable anxiety people have about what's up.
3/ Team Warp-Speed: get your comms strategy in order. political interference at the FDA and CDC have done tremendous damage to public trust over the past several months.
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