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20 Nov, 3 tweets, 2 min read
About that “permanent heart damage” people associate with #COVID19...

Study published 11/13 found odds of heart damage was found to be *lower* in intubated C19 patients than in those w/ Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome from non-Covid causes.

The much-feared “permanant heart damage” is a function of those patients already being very sick, pre-C19.

The implication is that heart damage is not a significant risk for younger, healthier people who have a low likelihood of developing any other critical illness.

This illustrates a major flaw w/ the framing of, “#COVID19 does this horrible thing!!!”—there’s no reference to how frequent that horrible thing is in the absence of COVID

In other words, so many risks we attribute to C19 were already there

This is why I harp on #contextmatters

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17 Nov
Here's another contributing factor as to why reported hospitalizations have increased:

Per updated (10/6) HHS guidelines, patients occupying "Observation" beds (>8hrs) are now included in Hospital admission totals.

They were not counted as admissions in July's guidelines... ImageImage
In addition to the new reporting guidelines, CMS also issued new rules, including severe financial penalties for hospitals who fail to report all required data.


Add this to the Remdesivir FDA approval on 10/22 which made it the first and only FDA approved #COVID tx (and requires a 3-10 day hospital stay--see tweet)


CMS waiving the Utilization Review process which ensures medical necessity of admissions...

Read 6 tweets
17 Nov
Keep the "Hosptializations from" vs. "Hospitalizations with" COVID data in mind when you see this headline circulating Twitter tomorrow: (Thread)

IA and ND are two states that delineate between hospitalizations "with" & "from" COVID.

If, like most states, they did not differentiate, each state's COVID hospitalizations would be overstated by 38% and 20%, respectively.


Overstatements matter b/c hospitalization data is used in two ways:

1. as a measure of disease severity i.e. "the proportion sick enough with C19 to require hospital care"

2. to measure the threat of overwhelming hospitals.

Overstatements inflate the perception of both...

Read 10 tweets
14 Nov
The significance of C19 having spread undetected for months pre-2020 would be that our current “understanding” is predicated on false assumptions.

A lot of people were trying to call attention to this back in March/April, myself included...
There has been a deliberate campaign to stifle any suggestion that #COVID was present before the first official cases were announced.

And this is just my personal experience....👇
I agree with Alex this this is important, but I don’t think it’s a step toward “rewriting” history.

I think it’s a matter of allowing it to be written in the first place.

Critical inquiry is not currently tolerated...
Read 6 tweets
6 Nov
On 10/22, Remdesivir became the only FDA approved #COVID19 treatment. It requires a 5-day hospital stay for administration.

Additionally, the increased CMS reimbursement for C19 remains until the federal state of emergency is lifted, as does the utilization review waiver.
In other words, the only FDA approved treatment requires hospitalization, and the hospitals are paid at increased rates to administer it, with less oversight on who actually needs admission.

Hospitalizations will go up, even without a corresponding increase in Covid-like-illness
Read 4 tweets
30 Oct
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.
Read 4 tweets
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

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