Images from the horrendous #COVID19 catastrophe in #India must start with #SuperSpreader events in early April. Religious festivals were not dampened, and there was no mask enforcement.
2/ And political campaigning was pursued vigorously in early April, with huge throngs and no mask requirements.
#COVID19 #SuperSpreader
3/ Fueled by a double-mutant variant strain of #SARSCoV2 on top of those #SuperSpreader events, India's #COVID19 epidemic soared at terrifying speed, all over the country, but especially in New Delhi. Burned-out healthcare workers feared for their lives.
4/ Soon, patients swamped the nation's hospitals and clinics, eventually to such saturation that they perished in hospital parking lots or lay on the clinic floors.
5/ Unable to keep up with the massive death toll, morgues stacked bodies where they could....
6/ And then, from one end of the country to the other, the stench of cremations filled the air, as formal crematoriums could no longer handle the burden and open pyres were erected.
We weep for India in her time of nightmarish grief and fear.

#COVID19India @Covid19

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Saagar Enjeti claims the public health syst is contributing to "anti-vax" sentiment across the country. And at 5:08 in this vid, he attacks me. His claim? Masks & social distancing aren't key to lowering #COVID19 risk, mixed messages frm @CDCgov suck.
2/ Enjeti calls me "anti-science".
Self-described "populist right" advocate -- a politics buff, not a scientist or MD.…
He has never been a fan of masking and social distancing, and he argues that the plateau we've reached, downturn in many States..
3/ due to the #COVID19 #vaccines.
He blames @POTUS @CDCgov & #TonyFauci for mixed messages leading people to opt for masks etc instead of vax.
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.@POTUS @JoeBiden
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2/ "So instead of losing 1000s of seniors each day, we're saving 1000s of lives, and more & more as each day goes by.
And, by the way, the proportion -- the proportion of seniors who have been vaccinated is essentially equal between white and seniors of color."
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Fauci is now discussing variants vs vaccines
what works?
P.1 Brazil variant
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OK, Santorum, derivations of these words, please:
Minnesota (mni-sota)
Dakota (a Sioux nation)
Michigan (mishigami)
Chicago (Shikaakwa)
Erie (an Iroquoian nation)
Takoma (*təqʷúməʔ)
Cheyenne (a Plains nation)
Mississippi (Ojibwe misiziibi)
Oklahoma (okla homa)
Wyoming (xwé:wamənk)
Alabama (Alibamu)
Missouri (the Missouri nation)
Indiana (Algonquin for "Indian land")
Alaska (alaxsxaq)
Arizona (ali ṣona-g)
Kansas (kką:ze)
Miami (the Mayaimi nation)
Idaho (ídaahę́)
Iowa (ayuxwe)
Massachusetts (Massachusêuck)
Nebraska (ñįbraske)
New Mexico (Mēxihco)
Ohio (ohi:yo’)
Tennessee (Tanasi)
Texas (táyshaʔ)
Utah (yúdah)
Illinois (ilenweewa)
Potomac River (Patawomeck)
Topeka (dóppikʔe)
Housatonic River (usi-a-di-en-uk)
Manhattan (man-ǎ-hǎ-tonh)
Witchita (a Plains nation)
Milwaukee (millioke)
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OK, to all those trashing my tweet on the national downturn in new cases & relationship to #COVID19 #vaccines, let's do the numbers. Drawing from @CDCgov & @CovidTracker data, for key States, compare high daily cases in latest surge, latest tally & vax rates per 100K pop.
2/This is doses admin'ed, so majority are 1-dose/persn.
Reported 1,084 new cases on April 13, down to 906 on 4/24 -- a 16% drop.
And it's latest vax rate is 74,859:100K, which is above average.
46% of adults have had 1 or both doses vax.
3/Few States have vax rates as high as MD.
New cases 4/13 = 10,083. 4/24 = 5,052
48% drop
Vax rate = 67,787/100K
41.2% adults have had 1 or 2 doses
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