By Word War II, the practice of hanging a flag in your front window to show how many loved ones were fighting overseas became so common, that one couldn't walk the block without seeing many stars. The practice, first started in 1917, helped communities see their collective loss..
Or their collective hope. The flags were usually hand-made, about a foot long, with a blue star for each family member on the front lines. Blue was replaced with gold if a family member died in action. That's where the term "gold star" family came from.
We have not suffered such widespread loss at home in a century, and I would like to suggest to you our own flag... a heart for each family member who was #COVID19 positive, a heart w/a white stripe for those on the road to recovery, and w/a black stripe for all of those we lost
The #FlagsForCovid symbolize our mutual loss and collective journey through the #COVID10 pandemic. It's a step toward healing, toward remembrance, toward "after," if such a thing truly exists. I ask everyone to participate. We're not alone. We should show that to each other. ❤️

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More from @GeoRebekah

19 Feb
Call out a dude for being sexist, and he'll obsessively try to undermine your expertise and paint you as a conspiracy theorist for six months straight. Totally not psycho at all.

Looking at you, @MarcACaputo.

I thought @politico had better standards than that. #boysclub
For context, sometime last summer, Caputo decided to comment on an article written by @alemzs, questioning if I was a "real" scientist, thinking his misogyny was being masked in his "super cryptic" messages. He then tried to pretend he wasn't talking about me - which he was.
I blocked him, forgot about him, moved on, yada yada. But then a few weeks ago, when I realized Florida had hopped NYC in total excess deaths, he didn't seem to understand that NYC and NYS are different reporting jurisdictions with the CDC, and then added them to say "nu uh"...
Read 9 tweets
15 Feb
The #DataHeroAwards are about recognition, not competition.

I ask all current nominees to share our submission form so that other #DataHeroes can be recognized for their hard work during #COVID19.

Submit YOUR data hero here:
Sorry, @PeterHotez. I have no idea why the new website display image picked your photo ha. I kinda love it, though!
Read 5 tweets
15 Feb
#Florida #COVID19 update 2/14 ♥️

Signs of improvement across counties as vaccine distribution moves along, thanks to @FLSERT.

>1 million fully vaccinated (1.2 million received first shot, waiting for second)

Positivity higher today, but trending downward, even mong new ppl
That's the good news.

66,399 total #K12 cases since last August -

But that's nearly DOUBLE what it was in December (34,869 on 12/23).

Half of the #COVID #school cases in #Florida have been in the last five weeks.

But that's not what really worries me...
#Schools are showing some concerning trends w/a larger share of elementary cases being reporting since winter break.

In #collier, 2/3 of new #COVID19 #school cases reported occurred in the #K8 environment - opposite the pattern from the fall.
Read 6 tweets
12 Feb
The Biden Administration's full K12 reopening strategy is out!!!

Here's the good, the bad, the ugly from my quick read of their recommendations.

Read the entire doc here:…
Let's start with the good:

Despite the anti-science shouting from the "open them all up! schools are totally safe!" crowd, the plan acknowledges that schools are high risk.

The citations alone prove that. I suggest everyone read all 26 reports cited.
The good (cont...):

✔️PHASED reopening based on community transmission rates and the school's ability to meet the standards
✔️Equity considerations
✔️Masks for all students and staff at ALL times (lookin' at you, Florida)
✔️Staff vaccinations a priority

No rush to reopen but...
Read 6 tweets
10 Feb
Sorry, but the most disturbing thing about this isn't the shape of his face or the lack of masks...

Who drinks diet Pepsi?
Sorry, friends. There can be only one.

#CokeWins Image
I was going for the Ivanka thing. Did I nail it?
Read 5 tweets
7 Feb
On March 12, 2020, after ~2 months of pleading with the state, I finally received the go-ahead to start reporting data to the public about #COVID19 in #Florida

I plan to continue tracking the state's data through March 12, 2021 - an entire year of my life dedicated to the cause
Surgeon General Scott Rivkees praised my work with the state for @SUAlums article in March:

And other state officials did the same in April:

It's been an exhausting roller-coaster of a ride, most of which became quite public.
Even though my parents lost their house on Easter 2020, I never missed a beat. I dedicated myself to this mission, and gave my entire heart and soul to it.

Until I was asked to use the same data systems I designed to inform the public to mislead them.…
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