GET HEPA FILTERS—Real-world data show that filters clean COVID-causing virus from air. An inexpensive portable #HEPA filter efficiently screened #SARSCoV2 and other disease-causing organisms from hospital air. #COVIDisAirborne #COVID19…
2) “This study suggests that HEPA air cleaners, which remain little-used in Canadian hospitals, are a cheap and easy way to reduce risk from airborne pathogens,” says @DFisman, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, Canada, who was not involved in the research.
3) And the scientists found that the filters don’t only protect against SARS-CoV-2. When the filters were switched off, the air contained detectable amounts of other pathogens that cause infections, such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Streptococcus pyogenes.
4) The filters largely removed them. These organisms are not typically thought to spread through the air, but “this study suggests that these infections may also spread by aerosol”, @DFisman says.
5) But make sure you don’t get fake HEPA filters. There’s a lot of “HEPA-like” -grade -equivalent nonsense. Don’t buy fakes!
6) Another way— make CORSI-ROSENTHAL BOXES—An army of students and faculty at the University of California-San Diego are coming together to build 250 homemade air purifiers for classrooms and labs around campus.

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8 Oct
So I hired a guy (let’s call him Gus) to paint my house—but Gus is unvaccinated. House is empty—so I hired him & chatted with him daily (w/🪟open) hoping he might consider. Day 3—Gus got #vaccinated this morning—he chose Moderna for lowest breakthroughs. Convince your neighbors!
2) I tried lots of lines of reasonings with him — hospitals are full — help keep hospitals empty for others. They seemed to work. It seems he lives a solitary life and mostly watches TV. So there wasn’t many real people for him to talk to. So some casual conversation eased him in
3) I pulled out my phone and showed him lots of CDC graphs and charts. He at first wanted J&J, which I said was good. But he just wanted to not goto the hospital, which I pointed out Moderna had lowest breakthroughs & higher efficacy than 1-shot J&J against hospitalization: see👇
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8 Oct
BATHROOMS. RESTAURANTS. SCHOOL CLASSROOMS. OFFICES. Not just hospitals and clinics. The virus can linger in the air for hours. Forget outdated 6-feet droplet 💧rule. Huge superspreading outbreaks from aerosols have been documented. REPEAT: #COVIDisAirborne - pass it on! #COVID19 Image
2) A single case led to a hospital outbreak - despite the max number of people just being 4. The virus stayed in the air for hours infecting many more people.
3) How is aerosol different from large droplets? aerosol study indicates that coronavirus is persistent and stable for many hours. Typical air exchange every 20 min to 4 hrs, depending on ventilation. #COVID19
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8 Oct
🏳A fuming top #NationalSecurity friend told me—“not having kids vaccine approved yet is like being in a 2-year World War but still having a Federal Bullet Committee casually debating (instead of expediting) if we are ready to send bullets to our troops dying in the trenches!” 🧵
2) This retired top national security friend has served in multiple WH administrations, and handled multiple global crises. He is completely disgusted that the FDA is going to casually wait till the 26th of October to meet.  #YoungBloodOnTheirHands was his suggested hash.
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8 Oct
⚠️KIDS & YOUNG ADULT DEATHS—An inconvenient horrible reality of #DeltaVariant is just how many young people are dying— both % deaths where ~8% of deaths in kids 5-14 are #COVID19, plus 10x⬆️ spike of age 15-24 per capita deaths! 👀 #vaccinate  🧵

CDC data—figure by @DrWilliamKu ImageImage
2) it is horrible. But I say “inconvenient reality” because many governments - from provinces to states around the world are ignoring this in efforts to push “learn to live with the virus”. That is abominable. Kids are not immune to #COVID19, not matter how many pretend it is. Image
3) 20 kids dying a week is nothing to scoff at.
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8 Oct
📍ORPHANED—The number of U.S. children orphaned during the #COVID19 pandemic likely larger than previously estimated—120,000—the toll has been far greater among Black & Hispanic Americans. And this only included up to Feb 2021– more during #DeltaVariant.…
2) more than 120,000 U.S. children lost a parent or grandparent who was a primary provider of financial support & care, the study found. Another 22,000 children experienced the death of a secondary caregiver —eg a grandparent who provided housing but not other basic needs.
3) In many instances, surviving parents or other relatives remained to provide for these children. But the researchers used the term “orphanhood” in their study as they attempted to estimate how many children’s lives were upended.
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I want to know — Why the hell does it take the FDA over 2.5 weeks to review & virtually discuss on Oct 26th the newly submitted Pfizer/BioNTech data on vaccines in kids 5-11… ➡️ during that same time, roughly📍 ~50 kids📍 will have died of #COVID19 in US alone in 2.5 weeks. 👀
2) Honestly, it should take a week tops to read and then meet 1-2 days later to discuss!

I’m an epidemiologist- and I do clinical trials. It shouldn’t take that long to look over the data.

20 kids are dying a week! Every day matters.
3) to be clear damnit— I don’t own Pfizer or pharma stocks! Jeez… how about folks think of kids lives and not profits.
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