LEARN A LESSON—Netherlands leaders now admit they made a terrible mistake lifting #COVID19 restrictions. But 🇬🇧 Boris Johnson just did the unthinkable in lifting almost all restrictions for England amid #DeltaVariant surge and hospitalization increase. I fear for what is to come.
2) meanwhile this just happened overnight in London.
3) this is now UK… almost back to winter peak. Hospitalizations increasing behind it too.
4) the Dutch PM apologies for the “error” of releasing #COVID19 restrictions too soon. If only their scientists had warned them…
5) …if only Dutch scientists had warned the NL leadership about reopening nightclubs… oh wait, what’s this…. They did damnit!!!

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21 Jul
Staggering—new CDC/WHO study find 1.5 million children lost at least 1 parent, grandparent or other primary caregiver to #COVID19 during first 14 months of the pandemic. ➡️ **Numbers of children orphaned exceeded numbers of deaths** in adults aged 15–50!🧵
who.int/news/item/20-0… Image
2) “Orphanhood and caregiver deaths are a hidden pandemic resulting from COVID-19-associated deaths. Accelerating equitable vaccine delivery is key to prevention.” thelancet.com/journals/lance…
3) “Psychosocial and economic support can help families to nurture children bereft of caregivers and help to ensure that institutionalisation is avoided. These data show the need for an additional pillar of our response: prevent, detect, respond, and care for children.”
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21 Jul
More than 1 million children in England (14% or ~1 in 7) were out of school last week for #COVID19-related reasons, with absence rates at a record level, 🇬🇧 government figures reveal. This is a huge increase from 11% prior week. Kids & COVID is serious. 🧵 amp.theguardian.com/education/2021… Image
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21 Jul
📍J&J Vaccine May Be Less Effective Against Delta, Study Suggests. Many who received the shot may need to consider boosters, the authors said. FDA & CDC not recommending 2nd shot—yet. @VincentRK and I warned for months about 1-shot J&J not enough.
2) The coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson is much less effective against the Delta and Lambda variants than against the original virus, according to a new study posted online on Tuesday. biorxiv.org/content/10.110…
3) Although troubling, the findings result from experiments conducted with blood samples in a laboratory, and may not reflect the vaccine’s performance in the real world.
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21 Jul
We are out of carrots 🥕— if we are to save lives, we may need to think about other vaccine strategies from requirements and passports. #COVID19 Image
2) this poll is sobering. google.com/amp/s/www.axio…
3) we need to stop deluding ourselves that more incentives will work at this point. The anti vaxxers are dug in. Image
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21 Jul
KIDS HOSPITALIZATIONS—hospitalizations are ~2-3 times more than back in the winter months with #COVID19 in Arkansas. “We are seeing more and more kids admitted because of their COVID infection”. This is #DeltaVariant. Let’s vax and mask to protect kids.🧵
2) “Previously most children that were admitted were incidentally found to be COVID positive. They weren’t admitted because of COVID—some other reason. Now we’re seeing more and more children admitted because of their COVID infection—primary reason for their hospital admission."
3) “The most serious cases are those who are adolescents or “tweens.”
"They’re the ones that are in the ICU that have COVID-pneumonia and are requiring significant support," Barr said.
The hospital has not admitted a child that has been vaccinated.
Read 6 tweets
20 Jul
⚠️TRIPLING—US cases soared ⬆️198% (~3x) in the past 2 weeks—even despite few tests performed. Hospitalizations up ⬆️43%, & deaths up ⬆️75%. #DeltaVariant is now 83% of all #COVID19–data says it’s 2x more contagious & 4x severe—akin to “COVID on steroids”🧵
nytimes.com/interactive/20… Image
2) 83% dominant is quite fast considering we were at just 50% 2 weeks ago. The “COVID on steroids” quote is from @ASlavitt. It’s fair.
3) I hate this timeline the world is now in…
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