Millions Americans can't celebrate Thanksgiving with their family because the coronavirus gave their relatives "cold dead hands".

Taunting people to "Come and take it" is so irresponsible during pandemic. #COVID19
2) Meanwhile, Cruz can help out at the local morgue if he has time to taunt instead of trying to pass a Coronavirus Relief Bill.
3) Or Cruz can help out at the local El Paso ICU with this nurse in “the pit”
4) or help out some Texas National Guard at El Paso morgue too.

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24 Nov
📍BAD UPDATE—14 morgues—El Paso has to expand another 5 mobile morgues & plan to build a new refrigerated warehouse w/ **3000 square feet of refrigeration** to handle the surging of deceased bodies that need medical examination, amid the #COVID19 surge. 🧵… Image
2) “I don’t know what else we could do. I’m really focusing on a moral appeal to our community,” El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said.

“As soon as we get one solution, it’s not sufficient,” Judge Samaniego said.
3) “The deadly impact of COVID-19 on El Paso reached an all-time high on Monday, with more than 250 bodies now being held at the county morgue, part of over 480 total deaths under investigation for the coronavirus.”
Read 8 tweets
24 Nov
My take—I personally think the Oxford AstraZeneza #COVID19 vaccine at 90% efficacy (with its half-then-full dose regimen) simple refrigeration vaccine that costs $2.5-4/dose is superior. Cheaper + much easier to ship ➡️ means save more lives worldwide.
2) For the record, we need to stop quoting the 70% efficacy number. It’s a mix of regimen 1&2, which is not possible in the real world. You only take either 1 or 2, not both. Thus it’s either 90% or 62%. Many new outlets made this error, which I myself at first read. 90% folks!
3) Eventually, I think all 3 vaccines might be in the 90% ballpark for efficacy once more data comes out. Also Oxford vaccine reported also asymptomatic infections. While Pfizer did not—only symptomatic. Because asymptomatic can also spread it, I think that is key.
Read 4 tweets
23 Nov
UTTERLY SOBERING—cases rising so fast that we will likely see 3000 deaths a day by end of year. That is one 9/11 ✈️✈️✈️✈️ death toll *per day*!

➡️ Christmas 2020 🎄might be cancelled if this keeps up.

(Analysis by my FAS Team). #COVID19 Image
2) We can add more beds but we can’t just add more doctors and nurses. Especially if they keep falling ill or dying.

N Dakota is now asking infected doctors to keep working.

Thousands of doctors and nurses not so lucky.
3) Horrendous thing is that many places like the Dakotas have even given up on contact tracing.
Read 5 tweets
23 Nov
“I guarantee you...”

Worst words ever spoken. And Cruz has spoken a lot of bad takes. #COVID19
I hope these famous words will be forever etched on Cruz’s tombstone someday. #COVID19 ImageImageImageImage
Let’s remember all the HCWs who have died and continue to fall ill from #COVID19. It’s not an election hoax to them.
Read 4 tweets
23 Nov
DEVASTATING—A contact tracer says North Dakota almost given up tracing: “unless pregnant, we don’t gather any history. Unless their job is health care, or work/attend K-12 schools, we don’t notify their employers”. 🤦🏻‍♂️

👇 Horrendous story #COVID19.… Image
2) “This is what an emergency looks like in North Dakota: Every day seems to break a record for new infections. Even if hospitals have beds, they don’t have enough staff; the governor recently proposed allowing HC workers who test positive to continue working in #COVID19 units.”
3) please think of all the healthcare workers risking their lives too. So many have died. Beg you, please.
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23 Nov
BREAKING—Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine is 70% effective overall. But one of its dosing regimens of low-then-high yields 90% effectiveness.

Oxford #COVID19 vaccine cheaper than the Pfizer & Moderna vaccines, and does *not* does not require freezing transport.…
2) When volunteers were given two "high" doses the protection was 62%, but this rose to 90% when people were given a "low" dose followed by a high one. Not clear why yet.

The 90% effectiveness data was "intriguing" and would mean "we would have a lot more doses to distribute."
3) There were also lower levels of asymptomatic infection in the low followed by high dose group which "means we might be able to halt the virus in its tracks," Prof Pollard said.

In the UK there are 4 million doses ready to go, with another 96 million to be delivered.
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