I need to rethink things.

People have been shaming me & others for speaking up against the #COVID19 panics. Hospitals! Hospitals are overwhelmed!
They may be right. I have to share some quotes about our hospitals I've been reading.

These are actual quotes from pieces I've just read. I don't know why I've been ignoring this. Let me say that I'm serious about my respect for frontline workers. I'm confident THEY are NOT the ones calling for us to lose our jobs so they can do theirs. Politicians did that.
"Tallia says his hospital is 'managing, but just barely,' at keeping up with the increased number of sick patients in the last three weeks. The hospital’s urgent-care centers have also been inundated, and its outpatient clinics have no appointments available.”
"Dr. Bernard Camins, associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says that UAB Hospital cancelled elective surgeries scheduled for Thursday and Friday of last week to make more beds available"
“We had to treat patients in places where we normally wouldn’t, like in recovery rooms,” says Camins. “The emergency room was very crowded, both with sick patients who needed to be admitted”
"In CA… several hospitals have set up large 'surge tents' outside their emergency departments to accommodate and treat … patients. Even then, the LA Times reported this week, emergency departments had standing-room only, and some patients had to be treated in hallways.”
"In Fenton, Missouri, SSM Health St. Clare Hospital has opened its emergency overflow wing, as well as all outpatient centers and surgical holding centers, to make more beds available to patients who need them. Nurses are being “pulled from all floors to care for them,”
“it’s making their pre-existing conditions worse,” she says. “More and more patients are needing mechanical ventilation due to respiratory failure”
"From Laguna Beach to Long Beach, emergency rooms were struggling to cope with the overwhelming cases… and had gone into 'diversion mode,' during which ambulances are sent to other hospitals.”
“Hospitals across the state are sending away ambulances, flying in nurses from out of state and not letting children visit their loved ones for fear they’ll spread… Others are canceling surgeries and erecting tents in their parking lots to triage the hordes of… patients.”
“There’s a little bit of a feeling of being in the trenches. We’re really battling these infections to try to get them under control,” McKinnell said. “We’re still not sure if this is going to continue … “
"At Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, waiting rooms turned into exam areas as a medical tent was built in order to deal with the surge of patients. A Houston doctor said local hospital beds were at capacity”
“Dr. Anthony Marinelli says they've seen a major spike in… cases. It's so overwhelmed the community hospital that they've gone on bypass at times -- that means they tell ambulances to bypass this ER and find another.”
“Dr. Atallah, the chief of emergency medicine at Grady, says the hospital called on a mobile emergency department based nearly 250 miles away to help tackle the increasing patient demand. "At 500-plus patients a day you physically just need the space to put a patient in. “
“We’ve never had so many patients,” said Adrian Cotton, chief of medical operations at Loma Linda University Health in San Bernardino County.”
“ least one hospital has set up an outdoor triage tent to handle the overflow of people”

“In Long Beach, hospitals have started visitor restrictions. In the South Bay, a conference center has been transformed into an ambulatory clinic.”
We have signage set up all over the hospital to inform patients that, if they have any family members with even signs of symptoms, not to visit”

“Loma Linda emergency physicians are seeing about 60 more patients a day than usual, Cotton said.”
“About 150 patients have so far been treated in the tent, which is staffed according to the number of people inside. It’s expected to be up [for months].”
“As the main emergency room gets full, patients are moved to the tent. For example, a patient who comes in with a broken arm is likely to be treated inside the tent, he said. Visitor restrictions have also been implemented.”

“The county saw a 300-percent increase”
“Overflow tents also have emerged in San Diego County hospitals. Though they haven’t pitched tents, most hospitals across Southern California have set up overflow areas inside their facilities.”
Our workers are incredible and I know they've been trained to deal with this. But maybe the lockdown folks are correct. Maybe we opened up too quickly. Maybe we should stay in shutdown mode.

I mean nothing like this has ever happened to our hospitals before?!
Our workers are incredible and I know they've been trained to deal with this. But maybe the lockdown folks are correct. Maybe we opened up too quickly. Maybe we should stay in shutdown mode.

I mean nothing like this has ever happened to our hospitals before?!
Except these are all quotes from the 2018 flu season.

Healthcare workers are amazing. I know they can do their jobs without the rest of us having to forfeit our lives.

No more lockdowns.
Get the kids back to school.
We got this.

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30 Jul
1/ Let's talk about masks, children and COVID-19 🧵
h/t to @OBusybody


No association of risk mitigation and mask use…

No association of disease incidence and mask use…
2/ Best case: a reduction of .09 to .6 odds ratio for a mask. Even within a hospital setting the use of masks gives little evidence. “Therefore, evidence for mask use versus nonuse and comparing mask types in health care settings remained insufficient…
3/ A May 2020 meta-study on pandemic influenza published by the US CDC found that face masks had no effect…

A Danish randomized controlled trial found no statistically significant effect…
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26 Jul
Looks at this! I put together cases and vaccination data from the CDC. (Cases are per 100K left Y-axis | vaccinations are increasing % right Y-axis)

Cases drop by 75% or more for every age group BEFORE any group hits 20% vaccination. Something else is going on entirely here.
Other age groups:
We've been operating under the assumption that the massive drop in cases is due strictly to vaccinations but (as you can see) for every age group cases DROPPED DRAMATICALLY before any group was even in single digit % vaccination rate. I blame seasonality and prior infection :)
Read 4 tweets
8 Jul
We examined 700+ #COVID19 death certificates. A good portion of these were likely NOT C19 deaths
- 77F, Accident, PART 1: a. exacerbation of COVID-19 pneumonia, b. prolonged bed rest, c. left femoral neck and pelvic fracture, d. fall, PART 2: fall from standing height
Part 1 indicates chain of events leading to death
Part 2 are "contributing" factors

- 84M, PART 1: a. Cerebrovascular accident, b. atherosclerosis, PART 2: COVID-19 pneumonia
- 59M, PART 1: a. cardiorespiratory arrest, b. failure to thrive, c. developmental delay, PART 2: C19
- 85M, PART 1: a. Ischemic cardiomyopathy, PART 2: Chronic kidney disease, COVID-19
- 57M, PART 1: a. Coronary artery disease, PART 2: asymptomatic COVID-19 positive swab
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1 Jun
Is there a bigger waste of money and effort than contact tracing?! Let’s walk through the latest report from San Diego County. First note (and this is true for every location) the contact tracers ALMOST NEVER identify any ACTUAL location of infection except for the home.
Small print important:

TL;DR --> "Oh, you don't know where you got it? Well, where have you been in the last 2 weeks?"

B4 we even get to the fact that California drove one third of all of its restaurants out of business... the data closing retail as a source is NON-EXISTENT
So, when you hear that 10% of infections came from restaurants or bars that is wrong and false.
1) 47% reported on WHERE they had been and 10% of those cases said they had VISITED a bar. So, at most 3%.
2) We have no idea how many of these reported HOUSEHOLD exposure
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24 Mar
HHS Regions 1 to 4
% of ER visits with probable COVID
HHS Regions 5 to 8
HHS Regions 9 & 10
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23 Mar
1/ Another thread on the DISASTER of lockdowns. The global havoc is only just being revealed.

Follow along here...…
2/ 1.4 million additional tuberculosis deaths due to lockdown disruptions. #RationalGround
3/ 500,000 additional deaths related to HIV projected because of lockdowns.…
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