⚠️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”🧵
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…
4) I think there has been too much downplaying of #COVID19 again. Even the WH hasn’t been disclosing every breakthrough case. We need more stringent mitigation on top of vaccines
5) it’s high time for the @CDCDirector to walk back the imprudent mask relaxation guidelines. We much change course ASAP. Tick took ⏰— time is off the essence to slow and stop #DeltaVariant
6) Unless the CDC acts, businesses need to step up with every way they can to encourage / require masks, and encourage / and maybe privately require vaccinations
7) We don’t want to go the road of England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 or Netherlands 🇳🇱—it’s a shit show there. NL had a 800% rise in one week last week.
8) is the #DeltaVariant surge somehow surprising? No! If only someone was trying to warn 2 months ago to pay attention to Delta (aka #B16172 as it was known then), as hospitalizations were rising then in UK 🇬🇧… I hate this shit. Pardon my french.
9) “Just over two weeks out from the Fourth of July holiday, the number of patients with COVID-19 in Alabama hospitals has more than doubled. Nearly every metric used to measure the pandemic is surging here" al.com/news/2021/07/n…

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22 Jul
📍A revealing outbreak among gold miners infected with #P1 #GammaVariant in French Guiana—55% of 44 infected—no severe but 87% symptomatic—65% fever, 22% difficultly breathing. Attack rate was 60% in fully Pfizer-vaccinated, 75% in unvaccinated miners.🧵
wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/27… Image
2) It all likely started with an asymptomatic index case… “Patient 40 could be the index case-patient; he reported visiting his family the previous week and had an asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection with Ct of 33–35.” 👀—a very low viral load index that triggered the cluster!
3) Any vaccine cold chain break? No. “Several BNT162b2 batch numbers were involved. Vaccine temperature had been monitored and electronically recorded by LogTag Analyzer (LogTag Recorders, logtag-recorders.com) without any break in the cold chain.”
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22 Jul
📍Great airborne policy from Belgium: ➡️‘Fitness centers, dining, health clinics, concert & sports halls are required to install a CO2 meter—if a problem (with high CO2), ventilation & air cleaning systems must be installed.'

HT @PedroFacon @mdc_martinus.
2) VENTILATION is key. Both ventilation and masks needed to reduce risk indoors. But most buildings not ventilated well enough. CO2 meters help provide a proxy for ventilation of fresh air.

3) “Until we recognise that #COVID19 is airborne we are setting ourselves up for repeated failure”
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22 Jul
CHANGE IS COMING—Top White House aides and Biden administration officials are now debating whether they should urge vaccinated Americans to wear masks in more settings as #DeltaVariant surges, according to insiders. ➡️We needed this yesterday! #COVID19 🧵
2) “It’s fair to say they are reconsidering everything,” said ASTHO’s @MarcusPlescia, who spoke with CDC and state officials this week. “I think everything’s on the table,” including whether to revisit recommendations on wearing masks and social distancing.”
3) they say late is better than never… but sometimes I worry if too late is almost as bad…
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21 Jul
If Marjorie Taylor Greene wants to “kick Chinese people out” of US for #COVID19 killing Americans, does she also want to self-deport herself for Europeans bringing disease & killing Native Americans? This is racist dog-whistle. Twitter—ban her permanently.
2) here is her quote - “every Chinese loyal to CCP” is very vague. I’m absolutely no fan of CCP, but how would she even define that. What about Chinese-American? This is white supremacy.
3) Of course, it’s not clear what criteria would be used to define someone as “loyal to the CCP,” or whether Greene is including American citizens of Chinese descent in her hypothetical plan.
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21 Jul
Horrible numbers. Life expectancy in the US dropped by ~1.5 years in 2020, the largest drop in a single year since World War II. Worse—Black Americans lost 2.9 years of life expectancy while Latinos saw a drop of 3 years. Among Whites, -1.2 years. #COVID19
2) in addition to the life expectancy- there’s also the issue of children being orphaned by parental deaths….
3) Folks, “From 1943 till now, the changes in life expectancy annually have been very small”. Almost three-fourths of that decline is attributed to deaths from covid-19, according to the report. The report did not include data for Asian Americans or other racial groups.
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21 Jul
Best video on why vaccine passports are needed. The burden should fall on the unvaccinated. Well said @IAmPoliticsGirl. #vaccinate #COVID19

2) great article on the deeply logical rationale of vaccine mandates. By @MaxBoot

3) We have run out of options with gentle carrot incentives for vaccinations. If we want to avoid mass hospitalizations, deaths, and a generation of #LongCovid, we will need to think about vaccine passports.
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