1/ I’ve been criticizing @CDCgov camp guidelines since they came out last month. I have been advocating for parents to resist- “don’t send your kids to camps following the guidelines!” I know it’s easier said than done- especially if your child has a disability or illness.
2/ When I was in college, I spent a week volunteering at Camp Twin Lakes camp for children with cystic fibrosis. Kids came to this camp year after year. Best friends were met at this camp. It was the one time these kids felt normal- the people without CF were abnormal at Camp.
3/ When I think about those kids and thousands of kids robbed of their summer camp experience- whether it’s CF or sickle cell or hemophilia or childhood cancer- I’m overwhelmed with frustration at the outrageous “rules” being imposed on these already disadvantaged children.
4/ @CDCDirector and @CDCgov must be held accountable for the prolonged harm they are doing to children without scientific backing. Change the guidelines! Thank you @davidzweig for calling them out. nymag.com/intelligencer/…
5/ Dr. Christakis said, “We’ve consistently deprioritized the essential needs of human childhood. Keeping kids out of school, enforcing social distance on them.” We have to learn to tolerate some level of risk, he said. It’s clear that children’s well-being is not the priority”
6/ “we have to try as best we can to give children their lives back.” Mark Gorelik, the pediatric immunologist, said, “Irrational recommendations will do no good, could in this case do harm, and really discredit federal agencies.” @CDCgov you have already discredited yourself.

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21 Apr
1/ Must read. “The pandemic has turned American adults, or at least the ones who make the rules, into selfish neurotics who have been punishing innocent children for over a year—and still can’t restrain themselves.”
2/ “When the pandemic began, the lack of knowledge about Covid-19 justified this behavior. That excuse has vanished. It became clear long ago that the virus is less dangerous to children than the flu, and that keeping schools open poses minimal risk of spreading infections.”
3/ “The rationale for forcing anyone to wear a mask is questionable, as my colleague Connor Harris has meticulously demonstrated. Wearing masks might provide some protection for some high-risk adults in crowded indoor settings, but the evidence is mixed”
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19 Mar
1/ Yesterday I had a new patient, 55yo African American woman. She donated blood in February and was informed she has covid19 antibodies. She also had the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine already. She was wearing two masks.
2/ When I gently mentioned she may not need both masks anymore, and after fully vaccinated she could potentially drop the mask, she said “you just can’t be too careful.” Is this the message we want to send ???@CDCgov @CDCDirector
3/ I did see a tiny ray of hope in her eyes at the suggestion of dropping the mask in the future. Later in the afternoon, I had another new patient. 17yo with childhood asthma that had gone away since age 6 but seemed to be starting up again.
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16 Mar
1/ I think we need a new Twitter sunshine rule to shine the light on some “experts” who might have some conflicts of interest with life going back to normal , normal due to personal financial gain.
2/ So, if you comment about covid19 policies (school openings, masks, business reopening) start with the amount you’ve made from covid19 consulting / speaking / advisory fees and how much of your research grant money is tied to keeping covid19 an emergency. I’ll start: $0.
3/ not that I would be dubbed an “expert” on Twitter, but I haven’t missed a day of work during the pandemic and have been on the group for patient care with covid treatment, testing and vaccination in an outpatient primary care setting.
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