1/ Q: Case numbers are jumping QUICK! What should I be doing?

A: Share your gifts without sharing COVID. Helpful gestures come in many shapes.


#Omicron #ThoseNerdyGirls
2/ One HUGE help: Cancel non-essential plans.

Unfortunately, this includes New Year’s Eve plans. The perfect storm of a new variant & holiday get-togethers is hitting communities & health care w/ FORCE! Testing is in short supply.
3/ Health care is under extreme pressure with surging cases. If you can avoid even one additional contact, you are helping. This is a temporary and urgent request (from a health care provider).

#MedTwitter #HCWs @IMPACT4HC
4/ Wear a mask in public.

It works. It protects you & those around you & ⬇️ RAPID spread of the virus. If you have choice we recommend KN95 or surgical mask. If you can now is a great time to purchase & distribute better masks in your community. #MaskUp

5/ Strive for OK.

This is not likely to be the best weeks of life. Lower the bar a bit & be OK w/ OK for a little bit.

Even OK is a stretch for many at the moment. Focus on the things you do have control over. Avoid situations that could result in injuries or additional risk.
6/ Eat and sleep regularly.

Keep the lights on at home and work.

Some days will be better than others.

Celebrate the wins!
7/ Reflect and find joy in the little things.

“Bring on some more COVID” said no one ever.

This really sucks. For everyone. Instead of focusing on all the crappy things going on in your world or the whole world, find something good.
8/ Tell someone else about that nugget of good.

Reflect on the ways to create more good. (I’m sorry, English teachers).

When you are feeling defeated, go back to this practice of reflection.

9/ Help someone else.

Many are really struggling at the moment. This is a perfect time for excessive acts of kindness. Cook a meal & deliver to a doorstep. Call someone & ask about their day & just listen. Provide 20 min of supervision to a kid outside while a parent breathes.
10/ Be kind just because.

We need ALL OF IT right now!

Those Nerdy Girls will continue to ride this uncertain wave with all of you and bring on the science as it evolves. xoxo

#inthistogether @AshleyZRitter

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More from @DearPandemic

21 Dec 21
1/ Q: Is it true that #Omicron is less severe than previous variants?

A: We HOPE so, but we don’t know yet. The evidence so far is mixed.

2/ We are WAY past due for some good variant news. But pinning our #Omicron hopes on a less virulent variant is not wise for 2 reasons:

1) It might not be less severe in those who are “immune naïve” (neither vaccinated nor with a previous infection—still millions of people).
3/ 2) Many more infections *even* if less severe can still lead to an avalanche of hospitalizations and deaths, and the risk of long Covid.

@AdamJKucharski raised this last December w/ the rise of Alpha:
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16 Dec 21
1/ Nerdy Girl @drjenndowd (🇺🇸 in 🇬🇧 ) writing from not-so-sunny England, home of the strangest shaped epidemic curve ever seen.

"Buckle up America."

2/ And by buckle up, I mean BOOST-UP. And take other sensible precautions, especially leading up to the holidays. Things are not looking so good.
3/ Omicron has a significant foothold here, currently estimated at over 30% of current cases in the UK and doubling every 2-3 days 😳. In London where Omicron is a whopping 60+% of the cases, Omicron cases are adding to, but not displacing Delta…yet .
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16 Apr 21
1/ Q: Do we know more about whether the vaccines reduce transmission?

A: YES! Evidence continues to mount that the vaccines DO in fact reduce transmission.

2/ ➡️ While the Nerdy Girls are still dreaming of transmission being tested in the clinical trials (call us☎️), the data pouring in from around the world strongly suggests that the vaccines are very good (but not perfect) at reducing ALL infections & by extension transmission.
3/ Recall the clinical trials (largely) tested only participants who developed symptoms. One possibility is that vaccines reduce the severity of COVID-19 to the point of no symptoms, but still allow the virus to replicate in the nose and throat & potentially be spread to others.
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13 Apr 21
1/ Breaking news: Federal officials hit the pause button on #JohnsonandJohnson vaccine.

Giving themselves runway to perform all appropriate due diligence, the @US_FDA & @CDCgov have called for a temporary pause in the use of the #JandJ vaccine. Image
2/ Their diligence will analyze the cases of 6 U.S. women who developed very rare blood clots after receiving the J&J vaccine. Nearly seven million people have received this vaccine to-date in the U.S.
3/ Clinical notes:

All 6 events happened in women ages 18-48. All happened within three weeks post-vaccination. The pause is specific to the #JohnsonandJohnson vaccine, & not the #Pfizer & #Moderna vaccines.
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7 Apr 21
1/ A: “Great trend, but terrible levels.”

That’s the TL;DR from well-respected labor economist @aaronsojourner in response to last week’s release of the March 2021 jobs report.

2/ 👍The good news: The numbers roundly beat Dow Jones expectations. (Expectations: 675k added jobs; Actuals: over 900k added jobs). Yay! cnb.cx/2R877KY

👎The less good news: The economy was still approx. 10 million jobs below pre-pandemic trend.
3/ The President’s Council of Economic Advisers (@WhiteHouseCEA) estimates that we could be back to pre-pandemic employment by the end of this year if this faster pace of job growth continues.
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