His descent to Godwin was rapid:
“Dr. Prasad has previously expressed disdain for doctors who counter medical misinformation, comparing it to dunking on a 7-foot hoop…”

“As such, those of us who have long-believed that combating anti-vaccine misinformation was a worthwhile endeavor likely understand some important things about the anti-vaccine movement that he does not.”
“The risks of specious comparisons between public health measures and fascism becomes clear when one appreciates the extent to which many anti-vaxxers believe they are grievously persecuted victims and that vaccines pose an existential threat…”
Which is particularly dangerous given the fact that there has always been a “strong undercurrent of violent rhetoric in the anti-vaccine movement.”

Just read through the list of violence from anti-vaxxers compiled here. While far from comprehensive, still astounding.

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More from @tnicholsmd

9 Oct
“Groups known for spreading medical misinformation, including FLCCC, America’s Frontline Doctors, Children’s Health Defense, Urban Global Health Alliance, and the Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy Ltd., all have campaigns or donation pages.”

“Even though these fundraising efforts appear to violate the platforms’ policies, these groups have managed to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help fund their misinformation projects.”

Hey @nandoodles this seems right up your alley!
Read 4 tweets
4 Oct
For everyone who thinks that because on an individual level you have have a low risk of dying of COVID and therefore haven’t taken vaccinations or public health precautions seriously: I’m sorry.

A thread 🧵/
I’m sorry this year sucks again. I’m sorry we’re still stuck in a pandemic. I know that you don’t want to have to listen to more bad news and to have to think twice about seeing friends or family, about traveling, about attending big events...
...about having to calculate risk for what would have previously been easy decisions. Or at least that you should be doing these things, but maybe aren’t.

But most of all, I’m sorry that you’ve been lied to by the contrarians and grifters and sycophants.
Read 17 tweets
3 Oct
I don’t have words anymore.

I don’t know how @UCSF @UCSFHospitals @UCSF_Epibiostat could possibly believe that assertions from one of their physicians that public health measures for COVID are akin to Nazisim are appropriate or within the bounds of “academic freedom.”
This is outright offensive, and likely intentionally so given his trajectory towards increasingly inflammatory rhetoric and rallying his growing anti-science and conspiratorial follower base.

I just didn’t think he would reach Godwin’s law this quickly.
I feel sorry for folks who had tied themselves to him via his “lab,” working hard only to have hard work and publications linked to him. They are not at fault and should not have their work or reputations diminished because of him. Unfair to them.

Read 6 tweets
2 Oct
I wonder if @VPrasadMDMPH is going to say anything about this? Or acknowledge that this pre-print was used to specifically call vaccine safety into question, not just by dishonestly representing vaccine risks, but not presenting as a relative risk against disease.
Also, don’t listen to me, @PaulLantos is much smarter than I ever will be and this is an excellent thread.
The people who contributed to the distrust of vaccinations by overplaying the risks of vaccines and underplaying or outright refusing to fully acknowledge the risks of COVID in children need to be willing to own those consequences.

By @JHowardBrainMD
Read 4 tweets
28 Sep
Pfizer #1 Dec 2020.
Pfizer #2 Jan 2021.
Pfizer #3 sept 2022. ✅ Image
Thanks @CDCDirector for this.

I recognize that the data for the first two doses protecting against severe disease and death from the SARS-CoV-2 virus is excellent. We need more people to get vaccinated. And those who are should still be well protected.
The data also seems fairly strong for third doses, or “boosters,” for folks over 65 or who are immunocompromised.

I recognize that I am in neither of those categories. I am young and otherwise healthy.

I also recognize that third doses will not get us out of this pandemic.
Read 12 tweets
22 Sep
“Every newspaper article, Twitter thread, anecdote, from some poor benighted attending or RN who will need counselling from now until they’re mercifully old enough to forget everything else as well starts:
I wish you could see what I see.”

Damn @jamesheathers. This one hit hard.
Ping @drjessigold - looks like we will need you until we are “mercifully old enough to forget everything else” and that feels both terribly tragic and also brutally honest.
“If you get wrecked on barleywine and drive a combine harvester through a daycare center, you will never see daylight again. They’ll bury you under the prison when you die in it…”
Read 7 tweets

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