Let's have a Friday catch-up on this week in Covid-19 policy, as covered in @Brief_19!

Here's a thread of what we have covered and links to you need to know from our last five briefings.

#1 Pfizer Vaccine Implementation Limitations. Was Last Week's Major Announcement Actually 'News We Can Use'?

Not If It Can't Reach You.

Read up on the challenges and approaches.

#2 Coronavirus And Mass Decarceration.

It's possible and it can save lives.

The National Academies of Sciences weighs in on this crucial topic.

#3 A Randomized Clinical Trial Of Mask Use In Denmark Yields Equivocal Results...

Upshot: this was actually a study of public health messaging, not a study of whether masks work. Get the details...

#4 Can You Test Your Way Out Of A Second Lockdown? Yes! (An amazing new report from China shows).

But you'll need millions of tests--enough for every single resident--as we've argued for months.

We're impressed!
#5 First Coronavirus Home Test Granted Emergency Use Authorization.

Could this turn the tide?

That's it!

To get these briefs on the daily for free in your inbox, subscribe at brief19.com/subscribe/

And special shout out to @joshualeskomd for being a frontline doc AND writing so many @Brief_19 entries for us all!

Stay safe!

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21 Nov
Well folks, it’s been real.
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Let me be clear: I’m still going to work and I am protected...for the moment.

But if things continue to worsen, and I die because of this, I blame the weak federal response and incompetence in the face of our sustained pleas for adequate PPE.
Here’s a screenshot of the abstract present at #acep20. @TheSGEM Abstract for paper on failu...Abstract for paper on failu...
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20 Nov
🦠Happy Friday, everyone.

This was a big week for COVID-19 Research and the team @Brief_19 was all over it.

Let's do a thread what we learned in a short threat with links to the briefs!

(And as always, to get them first in your inbox for free ➡️ brief19.com/subscribe/)

Monday: What Happens To Patients 60 Days After They Are Hospitalized With Covid-19?

This look at the early phase of #LongCovid and follow-up in patients discharged from the hospital is harrowing.

More people died and many more had lingering symptoms
Tuesday: Moderna vaccine news!

What does 94.5% effective really mean? How does that compare to Pfizer's recent news?

Pros and cons of each vaccine?

All right here: brief19.com/2020/11/17/bri…
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3 Nov
On this day of great anxiety, I thought I'd share a little personal story to lighten the mood.

It's about what is right with people both here, and I suspect everywhere.

(Hopefully someone can find the hero of this story and thank him, a couple decades later!)

Here we go!
I was 20.

I had just arrived back to San Francisco for summer vacation.

This story happened after my first day working in Jonathan Weissman's @Jswlab lab at @UCSF.
We were studying how proteins fold (eventually my work ended up as an "acknowledgement" in the Cell paper below.

I'm still a little pissed at Jonathan for this.

I should've been an author! Come on, brother!


But we digress.

Read 19 tweets
23 Oct
Let's be fair with our comparisons between @BarackObama and @realDonaldTrump.

Both faced pandemics.

A short thread on why Obama apparently succeeded and Trump has been a total unmitigated failure.
Both faced pandemics.

2009 H1N1

2019 SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19.

Hard to compare them.

But Trump brought it up and it deserves consideration.

Ok, let's do it.
2009 and 2010 had NO excess deaths in comparison to surrounding years.

2020 we know has around 270,000 all-cause excess deaths so far, and we are sadly on track for well above 300,000.
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20 Oct

Suicide deaths in Massachusetts did NOT increase during the stay-at-home “shutdown” period in March, April, May, 2020.

The notion that suicide deaths increased during this period here is simply inaccurate, we now can confidently say.

Here’s a briefing summarizing our findings in the @nytimes: nytimes.com/live/2020/10/2…

And a direct link to the new research: medrxiv.org/content/10.110…

Let’s unpack this 2/
But first, if you or anyone you know is at risk or having mental health concerns, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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2 Oct
⚠️ Let's start over.

(This thread will review the timeline of early events of this crisis, and then towards the end, I will add my analysis of what went wrong)

🦠COVID-19 is a life-threatening disease.

It is caused by SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus.

Cases first emerged, likely jumping to humans from fruit bats, in late December. The first cases were reported then.

At first, the WHO and CDC did not know whether this was contagious between humans.

But by January 9th, we knew that it was a coronavirus.
On January 11, China furnished the genetic sequence of the virus initially called nCoV-2, and now referred to as SARS-CoV-2.

By January 14, human-to-human transmission was a real concern.
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