PREMIUM MASKS REQUIRED—Bavaria 🇩🇪 will soon require people to wear higher grade masks/respirators in all stores & public transit. European high filtration FFP2 masks now needed—comparable to KN95, N95, KF94 masks. FFP2 is cheap & plentiful in EU. #COVID19…
2) FFP2 masks ensure 95% filtration and some brands even have 97% filtration in Europe. They are regularly handed out for free in many EU countries at free mass testing sites, but can be bought for just $2-3 typically, or even ~$1 by bulk. That’s cheaper than KN95 in US. #COVID19
3) This N95/FFP2 is made in Britain 🇬🇧, and sold online in mainland Europe for just 2 euros each for a box of 10 according to @andreafeigl1.
4) comparison of premiums / respirator masks. Note it’s by 3M. (HT @kniggem).…

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14 Jan
NEW—How good is “natural infection” immunity? 83% protection—People who have been infected by #COVID19 “may have immunity to the virus for around five months”, says study led by Public Health England (PHE). Possibly longer with more followup. 🧵…
2) “Two groups of people, one with no evidence of previous infection and the other with evidence of past infection. It concluded that past infection reduces the chances of catching the virus again by 83% for *at least five months*.”
3) 83% protection via natural infection isn’t foolproof against reinfection at all. Would you assume you’re invincible with those odds?

Another reason chasing herd immunity isn’t as good as vaccines.
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14 Jan
WORRISOME—Australia suddenly saw 5 infections of the UK 🇬🇧 B117 variant among 4 quarantined travelers & a cleaner on the same floor—but get this—none of the 5 people occupied the same room!

(Whisper)—it’s airborne, & #B117 40-80% more contagious. #COVID19
2) To be clear, we’ve known #SARSCoV2 is airborne (and known for a while now, despite deniers & downplayers).

But the #b117 is even more transmissible.

aerosol study indicates that coronavirus is persistent and stable up to 16 hours in stagnant air.
3) 6 feet rule not enough indoors
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14 Jan
BREAKING—Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was charged for his role in Flint water crisis, where many lead poisoned + Legionnaire’s Disease that killed at least 12. He faces two counts of willful neglect of duty & could face 1 year prison + $1,000 fine. 🧵… Image
2) Other former members of his administration are expected to face charges as well, according to the Associated Press.
3) “At least dozen people died and more than 80 people were sickened with Legionnaires' disease after water from the Flint River caused lead to leach from old pipes, poisoning the water system city.
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14 Jan
I’m sure Hitler “learned a pretty big lesson” (as Collins would say) after Dec. 21, 1924 upon Hitler's release from prison.

Impeaching Trump alone isn’t enough. He will not have learned his lesson. Bring on all the indictments after Jan 21st. Image
2) Meanwhile today, they caught the “Camp Auschwitz” shirt guy in Virginia. Image
3) This is why @Schwarzenegger’s speech was so important, coming from the country of Hilter’s birth and witnessing fascism first hand.
Read 7 tweets
13 Jan
ATROCIOUS big pharma price gouging of insulin:

This crying mother can’t afford the $1000 for her son’s insulin.

📌yet, it only costs pharma $5 to produce.

📌Insulin was invented 100 years ago by Fred Banting—who donated patent for $1 to make it free for all.

Let that sink in.
2) Insulin is one of the most disgusting cases of price gouging ever.

America has long taken a free market approach to pharmaceuticals.
Drug companies haggle separately over drug prices with a variety of private insurers across the country...…
3) “Meanwhile, Medicare, the government health program for those over age 65 — it’s also the nation’s largest buyer of drugs—is barred from negotiating drug prices. That gives pharma more leverage, and it leads to the kind of price surges of EpiPens, opioid antidotes, & insulin.”
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13 Jan
Let this sink in:

Today, UK 🇬🇧 reports 1,564 new #COVID19 deaths, biggest one-day increase on record.

UK is ~1/5th the population of US.

This would be equivalent to almost ~7800 deaths per day if U.K. is the size of US.

#B117 is a nightmare. Image
2) this is why Boris Johnson says they are extremely worried about also the new Brazil variant.
3) meanwhile US just passed 4000 daily deaths. 7000+ death range in UK equivalent is horrendous!!!
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