1/ For #Covid vaccines, shingles and even more dangerous and painful skin rashes may be the new thrombocytopenia. (Photos of Allen Luxenberg, now hospitalized in New York for lesions he fears were caused by his Moderna vaccination.)
2/ Israeli scientists reported over 1 percent of 500 patients with an autoimmune disorder developed shingles – a painful rash caused by a herpes virus – after receiving the Pfizer vaccine. The US reporting system also now includes many reports of post-vaccination shingles.
3/ Shingles is not usually deadly, but a handful of people have had far more serious skin lesions following vaccinations. Called Stevens Johnson Syndrome or in the worst case toxic necrolysis, these rashes cover most of the body before blistering, breaking open, and oozing fluid.
4/ Finding the root cause of SJS can be hard. SJS is very rare, occurring in 300 to 2,000 Americans annually. Drug or vaccine reactions are known to cause some cases. Viruses lurking in the body may also take advantage of temporary vaccine-caused immunosuppression to break out.
5/ Allen Luxenberg would like to know if his #Covid vaccine caused the rash that at its peak covered 70 percent of his body. Luxenberg, 51, received his second Moderna dose on Feb. 18. About six weeks later, he woke up with strange bullseye-like marks on his hands and feet.
6/ An ER doctor said the reaction might be related to a heartburn medicine called Protonix and prescribed prednisone, an oral steroid. But though Luxenberg immediately stopped taking Protonix and started the steroid, the rash spread across his chest and down his arms and legs.
7/ Over the next week, other doctors increased the prednisone, but the rash worsened. By April 10, he had blisters in his mouth and could no longer eat or walk; he took a car service to a Manhattan emergency room where he was immediately hospitalized.
8/ Doctors began solumedrol, a powerful injectable steroid, along with antibiotics to keep the blisters from infected. Now Luxenberg is slowly recovering, though doctors remain unsure whether he has Stevens-Johnson or another skin condition called erythema multiforme major.
9/ Either way, he says the doctors told him they would not report his case to VAERS, the federal side effect reporting system. Though his chart reports “his recent COVID vaccination” may have been the “inciting factor,” they can't be sure, so they won't report it, they said.


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21 Apr
1/ To look back at those crucial days last March when lockdowns spread globally is to realize NONE OF THIS HAD TO HAPPEN. Italy set the stage when it locked down March 9; at the time it had 9,000 cases out of 60 million people, and a few northern hospitals under serious pressure.
2/ It also had, on March 6, a physician in a hospital in Bergamo (a city near Milan that was the epicenter of the Italian epidemic) making a terrified Facebook post which caught the world's attention but in retrospect contains a few lines that should have been read more closely.
3/ In the post, the doctor wrote that his hospital was near collapse and that "each ventilator becomes like gold."

Yet the specific figure he cited for daily #Covid admissions was far less terrifying: "We arrive at a rate of 15-20 hospitalizations a day all for the same reason."
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20 Apr
1/ Yeah, vaccine protection against variants is nearly as good as a lil thing I like to call the human immune system.

Let’s be clear: Five months in to SARS-COV-2: PART 2, THE VARIANTS, we have precisely zero evidence that any variants affect the long-term course of the ro...
2/ And this has nothing to do with vaccines. Take a look at the course of the epidemic this winter in South Africa, home of the famed, umm, South African variant. Cases fell 95% from January to April. Ditto Ireland, where the British variant was a thing for a while. ImageImage
3/ The variants are a useful excuse to scare people into getting vaccinated at a time when the ro is on the way out (except in places where mass vaccination campaigns are just taking off)... as well as to getting vaccinated again next fall.
Read 4 tweets
18 Apr
1/ This paper on #Covid deaths in 30 million Medicare patients last year has received no attention. It should have. One key finding: ~NO excess risk of death in Covid patients in nursing homes (Covid or not, about 25% of patients died over the nine months studied)...
2/ Further, using case-matching (deaths in Covid v non-Covid patients) rather than comparing 2020 to a three year average of deaths reduced reported excess deaths from 131,000 to 101,000 - showing the sensitivity of the excess death count to different statistical techniques...
3/ And when the case-matching method was used, the researchers found that nursing homes in 2020 actually had FEWER deaths overall than expected. This cuts to the heart of the with/from question.

Of note, this was NOT true for Medicare beneficiaries outside nursing homes...
Read 4 tweets
15 Apr
1/ So a new study looks at CVST (the blood clotting disorder) rates in DNA/AAV vaccines, mRNA vaccines, and people with #Covid.

The study is half garbage and half VERY interesting.

The garbage part, no surprise, is the claim people with C-19 get CVST at very, very high rates...
2/ The reason that part of the study is junk is: it uses medical records to find people with C-19. BUT ONLY A FRACTION OF PEOPLE WITH COVID ARE TESTED, MUCH LESS NEED MEDICAL CARE. The study claims 500,000 out of 82MM (mostly) Americans got Covid from late January to late March.
3/ The real number is probably 15x-20x that figure - 7.5 million to 10 million out of the 80 million surveyed. Thus the study may overestimate the rates of blood clotting disorders in the Covid population by 15x to 20x. They aren't 39 per million, they are 2-2.5 per million...
Read 5 tweets
8 Apr
1/ Want real-world evidence that vaccine side effect databases do not capture ANYTHING close to the real number of adverse events, even extremely serious ones?

Here goes.

Britain has a system similar to VAERS, with voluntary reporting of post-vaccine side effects...
2/ Just a week ago, the British reported 30 cases of severe blood clotting problems, including 7 deaths, after 18 million doses of the @AstraZeneca vaccine. This is a very serious and unusual problem and it should pop out to doctors.

Yesterday, the Brits updated the number...
3/ Now they report 79 events and 19 deaths out of 20 million doses - a near-tripling of events and deaths in a week.

Did all those extra problems happen in the last week/2 million doses?

No. They are coming now because physicians are finally LOOKING for and reporting them...
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7 Apr
1/ This fascinating @CDCgov review of Covid death certificates in 2020 deserves way more attention than it's received.

Among the findings: of the 182 deaths under 18, 65 were probably unrelated to Covid. So 117 deaths out of 70 million kids and teens...
2/ Overall, @cdcgov found almost 10,000 deaths had "no plausible" connection to Covid.

Further, another 67,000 deaths were reported only as having a plausible "significant contributing condition" (this was defined very loosely and included hypertension and diabetes)...
3/ And those deaths disproportionately took place in homes, nursing homes and hospices, rather than hospitals. In other words, that 67,000 figure is probably the minimum number of "WITH" rather than "FROM" Covid deaths...
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