Annnnnnnnd… Cruise ship 🛳 COVID outbreak is back. New Orleans-disembarked ship has a probable #Omicron among them. Painful lessons from 2020 wants its damn money back. We just don’t learn in this pandemic do we? 😢 🧵

#COVID19 #MaskUp #ventilation #BoosterShots #cruiseship
2) Ten people aboard the Norwegian Breakaway, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, tested positive on Saturday, before the ship docked, according to the Louisiana Department of Health, and by Sunday, that number had risen to 17, health officials said.…
3) That includes one “probable case” of the Omicron variant in a crew member, they said.
The Norwegian Breakaway, carrying over 3,200 people, departed from New Orleans on Nov. 28 and made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico before returning to Louisiana.…
4) The cruise line said in a statement that the crew member who was thought to have the #Omicron variant “was in isolation for the entirety of the cruise,” which began on Nov. 28.

👀 Ha, yeah right - as if the crew member was truly isolated on a ship with shared ventilation.
5) Beware of not just cruise ships but also mass conventions — especially the after hours partying.
6) Here is how to protect your family for the holidays. From friends at @TheWHN.

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9 Dec
⚠️OBESITY & #COVID—Now researchers demonstrate #SARSCoV2 infects both fat cells & certain immune cells within body fat, prompting a damaging defensive response. “Bottomline is—‘Oh my god, indeed, the virus can infect fat cells directly,’” ~Dr. Philipp Scherer. Bad news America 🧵 Image
2) “Whatever happens in fat doesn’t stay in fat,” he added. “It affects the neighboring tissues as well.”…
3) If the findings hold up, they may shed light not just on why patients with excess pounds are vulnerable to the virus, but also on why certain younger adults with no other risks become so ill.
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8 Dec
I have this sinking feeling that we're in the denial phase of a pandemic 2.0...⁣

And I think that's what the #Omicron is. It's a 2.0 pandemic virus, potentially. ⁣

It's SO much more transmissible than anything we had before.

HT @VincentRK @ConvSix
2) I think there's a lot of like misinformation on the severity because Delta first of all was much more severe than the original Wuhan strain…. So even if it's not as severe as Delta it could cause an enormous amount of havoc if it's milder quote unquote like the Wuhan strain.
3) And you know, hospitalizations right now clearly or sharply on the rise, there's no doubt that hospitalizations are going up and oftentimes deaths really accumulate when hospitalizations get overloaded, hospitals get overloaded.…
Read 8 tweets
7 Dec
⚠️41x DROP IN NEUTRALIZATION—first lab study of #Omicron neutralization is out from @sigallab. Huge drops in Pfizer vaccine’s neutralization of #Omicron variant—from ~1321 to just ~32. Even Pfizer+infection saw sharp drop. But I’m hopeful for boosters (stronger than infection).🧵
2) This 41x is a huge drop in neutralization. The majority of the samples had degrees of vaccine escape. Only 5 had incomplete escape- among those vaccinated also with another infection (akin to a booster).…
3) Notably, when you compare prior infection versus vaccine **head to head** (without layering on top) — the vaccine protected 5x stronger than previous infection. See this CDC study.

P.s. always trust @AliNouriPhD - my former mentor, virologist, & former chief of @FAScientists
Read 8 tweets
7 Dec
Another Christmas party outbreak—
Hospital staff in Spain held a Christmas party at a restaurant ➡️ 68 ICU nurses later tested positive for #COVID19, from 173 people attendees. Everyone had a negative antigen test or had a booster shot, Reuters reported.…
2) Unclear the variant. But Spain has identified seven cases of the Omicron variant.
3) Convention parties are a bad idea too.
Read 4 tweets
6 Dec
📍While we worry about #Omicron, we are completely forgetting that #DeltaVariant is surging worldwide with winter—proven to be more deadly than all earlier strains for everyone <65 years old (this is true even despite better testing in 2021 than 2020).🧵

HT @DrWilliamKu #COVID19
2) While COVID-19 rates has dropped but its case fatality rate - CFR (lagged 2-4 weeks) has not improved over 16 months.

By @DrWilliamKu
3) COVID-19 deaths among children and young adults remained high in October 2021, as a % of total deaths in that age group. And much more than 2020.

By @DrWilliamKu
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3 Dec
⚠️KIDS HOSPITALIZATIONS—The “highly transmissible” #Omicron variant is putting disproportionately large numbers of children under the age of 5 years old in hospitals, a top South African government medical adviser said Friday. #COVID19 🧵…
2) “for example, that in the city of Tshwane Metro, more than 100 children under the age of 5 were admitted to hospitals with COVID in the first two weeks of the new fourth wave (Nov. 14 to 27). In the first two weeks in May 2021 wave, <20 children were admitted to hospitals.”
3) She said that with adults increasingly vaccinated, children are the ones who are “getting sick and need to be admitted.”…
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