BREAKING—With #COVID19 cases and hospitalizations surging, Los Angeles will now *require* indoor mask again, **regardless of vaccination status**. @CountyofLA’s mandate is what needs to be done to slow #DeltaVariant—where is our @CDCgov? @CDCDirector—please rules update ASAP. Image
2) Los Angeles County's been posting more than 1,000 new cases a day for nearly a week now.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers transmission in LA and in Riverside and San Diego counties as "substantial."…
3) Statewide in CA, the average percentage of people testing positive has tripled in a little more than three weeks. And increases are speeding up. In LA County, about 61 % of residents 16 and older are fully vaccinated, but millions more have yet to get jabbed.
4) CDC knows how bad #DeltaVariant is becoming. Just 6 weeks ago it was just a trickled in the US. Now it’s a torrential downpour of Delta nationwide.
5) We don’t want to see what’s happening to children in Mississippi repeated nationwide. Please both #vaccinate and #MaskUp
6) Not just mask & vax, but we also urgently need to shield the elderly and immunocompromised and chronic illness patients— even if they are vaccinated. We have seen too many breakthrough cases in the elderly in UK (the #DeltaVariant 2-dose vaxxed hospitalizations in 🇬🇧 are real)
7) Let’s travel back in time to early June when I was warning #DeltaVariant is going to takeover the US and become dominant.
@WHO warned Delta was a VOC in early May! CDC didn’t declare #Delta a ‘variant of concern’ VOC until June 15th—a full week after my US Delta warning.
8) @CDCgov made a GRAVE MISTAKE. And I’m sticking to my May 19th statement damnit!
9) “despite every effort to follow CDC COVID protocols…” …pssst… maybe the @CDCgov’s protocols weren’t stringent enough… (cough, lack of indoor mask rules, cough)
10) Businesses and local govts need to take action into their own hands if CDC refuses to act in the face of #DeltaVariant surging nationwide (and worldwide). Part 3 of my interview from back in May 2021 when CDC first announce its ghastly “no mask needed” rule.
11) L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis is solid! Worthy to be a CDC Director someday:

“We’re not where we need to be for the millions at risk of infection here in LA County, and waiting to do something will be too late, given what we’re seeing”…
12) The county recorded 1,537 new coronavirus cases Thursday — a 83% increase over the last week.
“Masking indoors must again become a normal practice by all, regardless of vaccination status, so they can stop the trends and level of transmission we’re currently seeing,”
13) It’s unclear how long the new mask requirements will remain in effect. “We expect to keep this order in place until we begin to see improvements,” Davis said.
14) join #ThanksForMasking challenge.

I mask to protect my community.

➡️@mehdirhasan @MollyJongFast @WajahatAli — will you join us for #WorldMaskWeek?

Post a selfie in your mask + share why you still mask up—tag friends to join #ThanksForMasking challenge. HT @PandemicAction. Image
15) folks, even a small India news outlet knew and warned in June that the #DeltaVariant was going to cause a surge in the US July - let that sink in. But here, people acted like no pandemic.…
16) Dear @lapublichealth - mad respect to your team for your leadership to protect vulnerable people during the #DeltaVariant pandemic surge.
17) Heads up… #DeltaVariant spreading even in states with high vaccination rates - not because vaccines don’t protect, they do— but that Delta is so contagious it will keep spreading through unvaccinated (and some vaccinated) until double vaccinations much much higher. See 🧵
UPDATE— former Surgeon General @JeromeAdamsMD has come out in support of masks and even if vaccinated. Thank you sir.
19) Hell yes— “both vax it *AND* mask it” is right. The CDC is wrong and needs to change direction ASAP.
20) Current @Surgeon_General Vivek is also advising to mask indoors!!!

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27 Jul
📈NEW RULES—@CDCDirector Walensky announces new mask guidance, regardless of #COVID19 vaccination, due to surging #DeltaVariant:

📌Wear masks indoors, in public areas with ‘high transmission’ (why not all?)

📌All K-12 schools wear a mask indoors. More—🧵
2) “some vaccinated people infected with the #DeltaVariant after vaccination may be contagious and spread the virus to others.”

We have known this for MONTHS. A little late but better than never.
3) @CDCDirector: “the big concern is that the next variant that might emerge, just a few mutations potentially away, could eventually evade our vaccine… for hospitalization & death.”

note: breakthrough mild infections allows transmission too. #Maskup
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27 Jul
BREAKING—CDC reverses course—CDC is expected to recommend on Tuesday that people vaccinated for the coronavirus resume wearing masks indoors. The change follows reports of rising breakthrough infections with the #Deltavariant. ➡️ ABOUT DAMN TIME! #COVID19…
2) the new guidance would mark a sharp turnabout from the agency’s position since May that vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most indoor spaces.
3) As recently as last week, an agency spokesman said that C.D.C. had no plans to change its guidance, unless there were a significant change in the science. Federal officials met on Sunday night to review new evidence that may have prompted the reversal.…
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Damnit - there are again ZERO ICU beds available in the state of Arkansas (one of the lowest vaccinated states in the US). This means many others beside #COVID19 patients in the hospital awaiting beds may die. #vaccinate please for the love of god.

2) Anyone else see a vicious cycles happening if we know Covid infection and hospitalization also leads to IQ drop?
3) what’s worse is when we no longer have hospitals beds for kids. Pediatric hospitalizations soaring in multiple countries with #DeltaVariant
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27 Jul
⚠️“SUBSTANTIAL DROP” in intelligence—#COVID19 survivors suffer severe cognitive deficit. Patients hospitalised on ventilators saw the biggest drop in on intelligence tests—equal to a **7-point drop in IQ**!
Larger than suffering stroke or lead poisoning!🧵… Image
2) researchers found those who had contracted COVID saw the greatest underperformance on tasks requiring reasoning, planning and problem-solving compared to those who had not had the virus. ➡️ but they found a significant (starred) drop **even in mild patients too**! #LongCovid Image
3) "These results accord with reports of long-COVID, where 'brain fog', trouble concentrating and difficulty finding the correct words are common." the authors report.

Link to study… peer reviewed.…
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27 Jul
Vaccine trials for kids 5-11 expanded—possibly delayed. F.D.A. has asked the companies to include 3,000 children in the 5-to-11-year-old group, roughly double the original number of study participants. Unclear if EUA approval will be delayed or not. 🧵…
2) Pfizer is on a faster timetable than Moderna, and may be able to meet F.D.A.’s expectations on a bigger trial size and still file a request to expand emergency authorization by the end of September. Reviewing all the safety and efficacy data will likely take FDA a few weeks.
3) Pfizer has previously said it expects to have results for the 5-to-11-year-old group in September, with results for children aged 2 to 5 shortly after that. A spokeswoman said Monday that the company had no updates on its timetable.
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“The [nuclear missile] silo construction at Yumen and Hami constitutes the most significant expansion of the Chinese nuclear arsenal ever,” says ⁦@mattkorda⁩ of ⁦@FAScientists, author of the ☢️ silo satellite analysis⁩. This is worrisome.…
2) Satellite images reveal that China is building a second nuclear missile silo field. The discovery follows the report earlier this month that China appears to be constructing 120 missile silos, says @mattkorda @nukestrat…
3) People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) appears to have approximately 250 silos under construction – **more than 10 times the number of ICBM silos** in operation today.

Seriously. This is not normal! Ht @mattkorda who spotted it first. Project of @FAScientists Image
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