I’m seeing a LOT of commentary saying “there’s nothing the US can do other than wait for vaccine roll-out.”

I profoundly disagree. We can’t accept 300,000 new infections & 4,000 deaths daily as a “new normal.” We need to drive down transmission. There are 5 things we CAN do!🧵
First, we need to get serious about high filtration masks for all.

Y’all saw Mitt Romney on Wednesday, right? He had a tightly fitting N95 mask under his cloth mask. That’s what every single Americam should have.

Let’s invoke the Defense Production Act & GET IT DONE 💪 2/
Why are ANY workplaces & schools still unsafe? It’s 1 YEAR since the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in the US & these settings are still unsafe! We now know they need ventilation, air filtration, universal masking, physical spacing, & reduced density. WE CAN DO IT! 3/
Third, and related to the above, no essential worker in the country should be risking their life. None. They should ALL have the highest quality PPE. It’s a moral disgrace that so many essential workers were put in harm’s way & so many died a preventable death. 4/
Fourth, I wish Biden had not taken a national “circuit breaker” off the table. England & Scotland have instituted one—these will need high, tight adherence to drive down transmission. At the very least, we need circuit breakers at the state level in high transmission states 5/
What this means, of course, is there has to be serious, generous financial support to anyone out of work or unable to work from home (eg bar/restaurant workers, who would be the hardest hit by a circuit breaker). 6/
Finally, America gave up on test/trace/isolate/support (TTIS). That’s a mistake IMHO. We need to test & isolate cases, trace & quarantine the exposed, & provide serious financial support to those isolating or quarantining.

Let’s not be “numb” to 300,000 new infections/day. END

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24 Dec 20
In addition to the privilege of coauthoring many COVID-19 policy papers with the fantastic @DukeCPIGH team, in 2020 I was lucky to have the opportunity to write 12 columns for @TIME & to co-author several @bmj_latest editorials. Here's my end of 2020 look back. THREAD! 1/n
In March, I was worried that access barriers would prevent many Americans from getting COVID-19 testing and care. I also feared that the lack of mandatory sick pay would lead infected people to turn up to work. 2/n

time.com/5797295/corona…
On March 17, I wrote:

"The US has a narrow window of opportunity to determine the fate of its coronavirus crisis. Will we end up looking like Italy or South Korea?"

It's a moral disgrace that Trump rejected proven science based approaches.

time.com/5804899/u-s-co…
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21 Dec 20
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…
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21 Dec 20
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 20
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 20
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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