"[T]he Left’s position distanced it from any kind of working-class base, since low-income workers were the most severely affected by [lockdowns], and were also those most likely to be out working while the laptop class benefitted from Zoom."
"How did such a simplistic view of the relationship between health and the economy emerge, one which makes a mockery of decades of (Left-leaning) social science research showing just how closely wealth and health outcomes are connected?"
"Why did the Left ignore the massive increase in inequalities, the attack on the poor, on poor countries, on women and children, ... and the huge increase in wealth for the richest individuals and corporations resulting from these policies?"
"And how is it possible that the Left, often on the receiving end of state repression, today seems oblivious to the worrying ethical and political implications of Covid passports?"
"If recent history is anything to go by, governments will surely find a way to make many of the emergency rules permanent – just as they did with much post-9/11 anti-terrorist legislation."
"Ultimately the Left’s blatant disregard of people’s legitimate concerns is shameful. Not only are these concerns rooted in actual hardship but they also stem from an understandable distrust of governments & institutions that have been undeniably captured by corporate interests."

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13 Nov
Yesterday marked the end of public school mask mandates in Tennessee, as state law was signed prohibiting them except under extreme circumstances.

At the heart of the mask wars were Davidson & Williamson counties - the latter of which made national news:
Davidson (Metro Nashville schools) implemented a school mask mandate via board vote on August 5.

Williamson adopted its own mask mandate, but had pretty generous allowances for opt-outs, to the dismay of many worried about school safety:
The Delta surge of COVID-19 swept through Tennessee and other parts of the south in August & September. These two neighboring counties had different school mask policies. So how'd they do?

Since 8/1, cumulative cases for age 5-18 are essentially identical in the two counties.
Read 6 tweets
22 Oct
Thanks for (partially) defining an endpoint, Dr. Marr. But let's define what "have a chance" means: Is that a time period, i.e. 45 days after authorization?

Let's say only ~60% do get vaccinated, then. That would match rates & pattern for <40s.

What then?
By saying restrictions can be lifted when a very invulnerable group has "had a chance" to get vaccinated suggests you believe that those who don't take that "chance" are bearing their own risk.

But then you say you'd vaccinate your own child for others..

You're worried about her spreading it to... whom, exactly? The adults who are vaccinated and therefore protected? The (fewer) adults who didn't take their "chance" to get the vaccine -- the same chance that you are saying is merely prerequisite to lifting restrictions for kids?
Read 5 tweets
12 Sep
As my followers know, I'm personally pro-vax and am myself vaccinated. That said, this thread raises many valid points which public health officials would do well to address rather than assuming that those who are as-yet unvaccinated are simply anti-science morons.
Further, public health messaging which lumps COVID vaccines in with other vaccines with much longer histories and much more robust examination and approval by the FDA are equally unhelpful - it may actually sow distrust in other vaccines.
COVID vaccines appear to be the only (realistic) effective tool we have to reduce harms of the virus. Absent mandates, they are also fairly costless as compared to disruptive NPIs.
But coercion may prove counterproductive and further erode whatever trust in public health remains.
Read 4 tweets
9 Sep
Two statements dispense with the need for continued COVID measures:
1. You are not morally or ethically responsible for transmission of a respiratory virus.
2. COVID is not a unique risk to society above/beyond myriad other risks we've contextualized & accepted as part of life.
The first statement is either categorically true (i.e. not just for COVID but also flu, RSV, rhino/entero, & others which cause meningitis, pneumonia, etc) or it's false.
If false: We've accepted an ethical paradigm shift since 2019.
If true: Why unique precautions for COVID?
The second statement requires some unpacking. COVID risk is heavily stratified by age and pre-existing health condition. This is similar to all diseases (including infectious diseases). Anecdotes aside, the data does not distinguish COVID in this regard.
Read 11 tweets
20 Aug
- 70+% of eligible population vaccinated
- Masks required in all K-12 schools
- Statewide indoor mask mandate
- Pediatric cases are at all-time highs
- Hospitals are reportedly overcrowded just the same.
Those who are using the current situation in Tennessee to broadcast their moral superiority, their indignation towards others for presumably helping propel this summer wave, should take a look at Oregon and ask what they, too are doing wrong, or what they should be doing instead.
Refreshingly, the Oregon government's COVID blog took the opportunity today to reassure parents (imagine that!):
"0.9% of pediatric patients have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illness."
Read 4 tweets
12 Aug
This "Frontiers in Psychology" article has 65 (!!) references to peer-reviewed literature regarding the development of childhood emotional inferences and social development:

But no, @AmerAcadPeds, there are no studies to support this concern.
"These changes ... could have significant effects on activities of daily living, including social interactions, as well as other situations involving personal interactions such as education."
"In children, age, facial expression intensity and emotion category are important for predicting accuracy on emotion-processing tasks. Emotion category and expression intensity differentially affect performance [on] emotion-processing tasks."
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