The Great Barrington folks & other "dissident" academics have vocal supporters. Who write to me! Some are rude. Others engage politely & meaningfully. The latter group tell me I'm wrong to suggest the dissidents influenced policy.

Let's take a quick trip down memory lane! 1/n
The Greek-American epidemiologist who 'misled' Donald Trump 3/n

ekathimerini.com/255374/article…
The White House embraced the Great Barrington Declaration. Trump's coronavirus czar, Scott Atlas, championed it!

nytimes.com/2020/10/13/wor…
Alex Azar, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, met the with the Great Barrington authors, along with Atlas.

Trump went around promoting what he called "herd mentality" (i.e., herd immunity from natural infection).

Trump policy = Great Barrington

thehill.com/policy/healthc…
In one of the most upsetting pieces in recent memory (I literally wept when I read this), Trump's science advisor said the policy was to deliberately let people be infected. The 'herd immunity by natural infection' proponents were influential.

politico.com/news/2020/12/1…

6/n
In the UK the decision not to impose a circuit-breaker was influenced by a meeting between Johnson, Sunak & 3 of the most influential, prominent dissident scientists: Sunetra Gupta, Carl Heneghan, Anders Tegnell.

So. Much. Influence. Unfortunately. END.

thetimes.co.uk/article/48-hou…

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21 Dec
A reason I get enraged by the "herd immunity from natural infection" crowd is that letting the virus rip causes death AND disability (long COVID)

A new qualitative study on long COVID by Emma Ladds/Alex Rushforth et al (@trishgreenhalgh @_2000shazza) 1/n

bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1…
In this qualitative study, the researchers conducted 55 individual interviews and 8 focus groups with people with long COVID.

Their analysis revealed "a confusing illness with many, varied and often relapsing-remitting symptoms and uncertain prognosis" 2/n
What else did they find?
▶️a "heavy sense of loss and stigma"
▶️barriers to accessing care
▶️difficulty "being taken seriously & achieving a diagnosis"
▶️disjointed care
▶️varying care standards (e.g. "inconsistent criteria for seeing, investigating and referring patients") 3/n
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13 Dec
I want to share my thoughts, as someone who has been so alarmed by the so-called "dissident" scientists like Gupta, Heneghan, Kuldorff, Bhattacharya, & Ioannidis who consider themselves brave Galileos unfairly treated by "establishment scientists." I will try not to swear. 1/n
I want to talk about 3 things:
‼️Their fringe views are inhumane, unethical junk science that promotes harm
‼️They complain that they've been marginalized but this is simply untrue
‼️I am sick of people telling me we have to "listen to both sides." There aren't 2 sides here 2/n
These 'dissident' scientists have consistently downplayed COVID-19, urging policymakers not to take aggressive control measures. They claim it is not a serious threat. Gupta even went on TV saying people under 65 shouldn't worry about it!

RECEIPTS ⬇️3/n

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7 Dec
In between my Zoom meetings today, I'm going to start a list of my favorite *reissue* albums of 2020! Tune out if this isn't your cup of tea. Some of this year's finest "new" music was "old" music. I'll include re-releases & also discoveries of unreleased "heritage" sounds 👩‍🎤⏳⏲️
1. @Habibi_Funk has been reissuing some stone cold classic Arabic funk from the '70s & '80s. This year they released an album of killer tunes by Sharhabil Ahmed, the so-called "King Of Sudanese Jazz." Fierce funk-rock meets surf meets horns meets guitar

habibifunkrecords.bandcamp.com/album/habibi-f…
2. Nina Simone, the greatest musician who ever lived (or maybe it's Alice Coltrane?), released an album in '82 "Fodder on My Wings" that critics hated. They were so freaking wrong. It got a 2020 re-release and it is PERFECTION. Play 'Vous êtes seul, mais je désire être avec vous' Image
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