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15 Feb, 4 tweets, 1 min read
Since “re-opening” 8 months ago Los Angeles has tried universal masks, closing dining, a tier system, curfews & a stay at home order

And yet the results have been dramatically worse than Stockholm, despite Stockholm being very high density w/few restrictions & almost no masks
Not only has LA done worse cumulatively, but in the time period where interventions & specifically masks, should make the most difference, the fall/winter surge, they accomplished essentially nothing.

How can this be if masks are so important and effective?
There is simply no logical explanation for why, if masks save lives, deaths in LA should skyrocket despite 10 months of masking with 99% compliance inside and 80% virtue signaling compliance outside, regardless of distancing.
And for that matter, none of the NPI made a difference. It didn’t stop LA from having significantly worse results for nearly the entire time period.

School closures, none of it.

What we’re doing is a complete joke and a historical tragedy.

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8 Feb
Back in October and throughout November, LA County health officials blamed Dodgers and Lakers fans for increasing Covid numbers.

Locals here know San Diego HATES LA. Especially the Dodgers.

So why did San Diego follow the exact same curve? Why would they be celebrating for LA?
Here is an LA Times “health reporter” and an “MD MPH” from UCLA also discussing this, literally yesterday.

Complete insanity.
This is what’s so insidious about the media allowing public health officials to lie. It’s easy for them to check if what the health officials are saying is factually accurate or makes logical sense. And they just don’t do it. They refuse to do it.
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7 Feb
I posted about this yesterday but I wanted to revisit it because it cuts to the heart of what’s so insidious about the vacuous media coverage and the dangerous dishonesty of “experts”

According to the experts quoted in this story, Iowans were “scared” into mask compliance.
They credit Iowa’s mask mandate in November for bringing the curve down, using anecdotal stories about increased compliance in grocery stores as “evidence”

They say there are no “anti-maskers” when the numbers go up. Because obviously the peasants start listening.
The experts in this unbelievable article are guilty of astonishing levels of misinformation. They just ignored that South Dakota followed the same exact curve and peaked at the same exact time without a mask mandates or increased compliance. Just ignored it.
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6 Feb
It’s been over three weeks since Alabama won the College Football National Title and had huge, maskless celebrations in the streets

Sports media, predictably, hysterically overreacted, predicting Covid disaster in Alabama two weeks afterwards

So what’s happened there?

Here’s a selection of stuff published immediately afterwards
@ByPatForde and @JGilesComedy did some good work
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6 Feb
Ok so I already did a thread on today’s CDC nonsense, but it's even worse than I thought

The CA counties used in the study, supposedly proof of statewide mask mandates working, are Alameda, Contra Costa & SF

Their mandates were all in effect by 4/22. State wasn’t until 6/18
So when did they start counting data from these counties? Who knows! Every site has different starting periods.

But it makes absolutely no sense to use only three sites from a state that all had mandates months earlier, and pretend like the STATEWIDE mandate made any difference
Obviously, they also, of course, got to ignore the fall surge, which, you know, seems relevant.
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5 Feb
Sigh. More misinformation from the CDC to combat.

Ok fine, here we go.

There are many things here, but the easiest way to determine that this is complete garbage is check where the CDC decided to end their “study”.

Well that’s sure convenient, huh? Image
Somehow, the mask mandates also worked for one specific age group! That’s right! Over 65? No statistically significant difference. Under 40? Also no difference

But at least 40-64, must have been a big success, right?

Nope, 5.5% decrease in growth rate. That’s their claim. 5.5% Image
Let’s keep going. How about the limitations?

Well, no biggie, it didn’t capture anyone under 18, didn’t control for some policies that might also effect growth rates, only captured COVID-NET states, and most importantly didn’t look at local mandates, only state ones! Image
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5 Feb
Recently I posted how Collier County, FL, home of the horrifying unmasked grocery store video, had done so much better than counties in CA & AZ

Well here’s Charlotte County, which is essentially next door

Even though Collier’s not enforcing masks, Charlotte’s also doing worse
In fact, cumulatively, population adjusted deaths are 51% higher in Charlotte County, despite Collier’s lack of compliance

Lee County is in between them &Lee doesn’t have a mask mandate at all

And yet they’re also doing better cumulatively, despite being the highest density
Lee is actually ~4x the density of Charlotte County, but Charlotte’s death rate is 53% higher.

So why are Lee and Collier doing so much better than Charlotte, despite having an unenforced mandate and none at all?

Who cares? The science is crystal clear. Masks work.
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