NEW: Mask mandates are set to make a comeback, as experts warn of “hyper-transmissible” Delta variant.

“Universal masking indoors is a way of taking care of each other while we get more people vaccinated,” @lapublichealth’s Barbara Ferrer told The Post.…
In California, one county is again requiring masks indoors and seven more are recommending them. And in hotspots like Arkansas and Missouri, local leaders say they want to discuss bringing mask mandates back.
But Americans have increasingly given up on masks — just 55% of respondents to Axios/Ipsos poll last month said they were still masking in public, down from nearly 90% earlier this year — and a growing number of Republicans say there’s no reason to go back.
Recent virus spikes have teed up a new communication challenge: convincing Americans to get shots, or brace for masks.

“We need to prepare the public for what could be, again, a return to some of these mitigation measures,” former Surgeon General @JeromeAdamsMD told @WISH_TV.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with Dan Diamond

Dan Diamond Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @ddiamond

15 Jul
NEW: How vaccine hesitancy has morphed into outright hostility, cheered on by some conservatives and amplified by their media echo chamber. With @KnowlesHannah @tylerpager.…
Attendees at CPAC applauded comments that the U.S. missed its vaccine goal. GOP officials are reining in state vaccination efforts.

Trump-aligned media also continues to stir up vaccine doubts. Here’s an excerpt from a 7-min coronavirus vaccine “fact-check” posted by OANN today.
The message appears to be resonating — and America’s red-blue gap is widening.

@KFF found last week that nearly 47 percent of residents in counties won by Biden were fully vaccinated, compared to 35 percent of residents in Trump counties.…
Read 4 tweets
1 Jul
White House launching “surge response” teams to deploy around nation and tackle fast-moving Delta variant.…
At White House briefing, @CDCDirector says that “99.5%” of coronavirus deaths in past six months have been in unvaccinated Americans, based on preliminary data.
We’re 18 months into the pandemic, and the auto-transcriber still struggles to spell Dr. Fauci. Image
Read 4 tweets
22 Jun
SCOOP: 153 hospital workers fired, resign from Houston-based health system after refusing to get vaccinated, spokesperson tells The Post.

More than 24,950 Houston Methodist workers did comply with system’s coronavirus vaccine mandate.…
One of those workers, a nurse named Jennifer Bridges, said she’s already found work at a firm and is planning a protest at Houston Methodist this weekend.

She excused herself from an interview with The Post to take a protest-planning call from InfoWars founder Alex Jones. Image
Bridges also led a much-watched lawsuit against Methodist, alleging its vaccine mandate was unlawful.

But a federal judge this month dismissed the case.

“Methodist is trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus,” Judge Lynn Hughes wrote. Image
Read 4 tweets
9 Jun
Breaking: Houston hospital system suspends 178 workers for not getting vaccinated.

"I know that today may be difficult for some who are sad about losing a colleague who’s decided to not get vaccinated,” CEO Marc Boom wrote in email shared with The Post.…
Wrote last month about the conflict brewing at Houston Methodist, which announced one of nation’s first coronavirus vaccine mandates — and largely succeeded, with nearly 25,000 workers now vaxxed — but drew legal threats and walkouts from some staff.
Here’s @D_Hawk on the staff who sued the hospital over its vaccine mandate, saying they didn’t want to be “guinea pigs.”

Experts have countered that vaccines are safe and effective, pointing to the growing body of evidence.…
Read 4 tweets
8 Jun
BREAKING: Mastercard Foundation is donating *$1.3 billion* to buy vaccines for more than 50M people in Africa, expand vaccine distribution and manufacturing on the continent, boost Africa CDC.…
The @MastercardFdn gift — one of the largest during pandemic — goes toward areas of great need.

Africa CDC aiming to vaccinate 60% of continent by end of 2022. So far, fewer than 2% of population has gotten shots.

(In United States, we are over 50% with at least one dose.)
Global health and development experts like @krishna_u @glassmanamanda praised the Mastercard Foundation gift and @AfricaCDC’s role.
Read 4 tweets
7 Jun
The national numbers are clear: the US vax rate has fallen two-thirds from its April peak, and the White House July 4 goal appears unlikely.

But the state-by-state situation is very different, as our team of reporters learned. Here’s what we found.

First, there’s a clear split, as @dtkeating has chronicled

- Thirteen mostly coastal states have already vaxxed 70% of adults w at least one dose (the July 4 goal)

- An additional 15 states, plus DC, are over 60% and will likely hit the goal

- But the rest are lagging behind Image
Second, even in places where most people still aren’t vaxxed, demand has cratered (and forced new tactics).

In Hamilton County, Tenn. — where more than half of the county’s 370,000 residents remain unvaccinated — officials are pivoting away from mass sites, @moody found. Image
Read 5 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!