🧵/NEW: Preliminary study findings suggest that “in addition to reducing the risk of acute illness, COVID-19 vaccination may have a protective effect against [#LongCovid]”
2/ “Of the 951 participants, 337 (35%) reported not fully recovering from the initial COVID-19 symptoms at follow-up. The most commonly reported symptoms at the time of follow-up were fatigue (22%), headache (20%), and weakness in arms or legs (13%)”

3/ “After adjusting for duration of follow-up and presence of symptoms at baseline, a 54-82% reduction in reporting symptoms among those fully vaccinated for seven of the ten most commonly reported symptoms was detected (Table 3).”

4/ Upshot: Emerging data suggests that receiving 2+ doses of a #COVID19 vaccine lowers the risk of developing #LongCovid. Get vaccinated + boosted + wear an N95/KN95 mask to protect your health.


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7 Jan
🧵/Remember when I said that New York would end up with a higher total number of patients in the hospital because most hospitals already reported numbers that excluded *with* #COVID19? Well… Image
2/ ⚠️ As I said, the data reported to HHS already excludes hospitalizations *with* #COVID19. Here’s an apples-to-apples comparison of pediatric hospitalizations using HHS data vs. New York state data:
🔸Dec 19-Dec 24: +3 HHS overcount
🔸 Dec 25-Jan 1: -87 HHS undercount ImageImageImage
3/ The difference stems from the fact that hospitalizations are the result of a simple equation:
# patients admitted - # of patients discharged

I wrote a short thread about this yesterday 👀⤵️
Read 5 tweets
7 Jan
PSA: hospitalizations and admissions are fundamentally different metrics— they're not comparable. Example:

A hospital reports 100 COVID-19 hospitalizations on consecutive days. That could mean:
🔸0 admissions - 0 discharged
🔸100 admissions - 100 discharged
🔸any combo netting 0
^^That's just scratching the surface. There are #COVID19 admissions that may not count toward daily hospitalizations— like short stays lasting <24 hrs

From a patient's POV: they were hospitalized

From a reporting standpoint: daily hospitalization totals may not reflect the stay
^^Yet another nuance: the patient's condition upon hospital discharged. Are they deceased? Were they transferred to another hospital? Were they transferred to a subacute or rehabilitation hospital? Or are they able to go back to their daily routine?
Read 5 tweets
6 Jan
Look at it this way: at least now you know which public health experts and pandemic pundits are MAGA supporters behind closed doors.

I still can't figure out why the Biden WH keeps amplifying their hot takes, tho
What they're saying in public now is exactly how they've been talking in DMs & emails for 21 months. They don't give AF about working families or BIPOC communities. I've tried to show several of them how their policies fall short, but they honestly believe we should be *grateful*
I straight up asked one of them: "Do you believe racism is a public health crisis?" Their response was, "I feel like this is a trick question."

Read 6 tweets
5 Jan
::whispers:: Volunteers were doing this work since mid-March 2020 and I was in touch with senior Biden Administration officials in Nov. 2020…they went radio silent, and volunteer enthusiasm waned so the effort shuttered in mid-October 2021.
And yes, scam COVID-19 testing sites are a real problem— and they’ve been a real problem since the earliest days of the pandemic.
Read 4 tweets
5 Jan
⚠️👀 “On days 0 and 1 following a positive PCR test, all of the antigen tests used produced false-negative results, even though in 28 of the 30 cases, levels of virus detected by the PCR test were high enough to infect other people.”
🔥🔥🔥 “In four cases, researchers were able to confirm that infected people transmitted the virus to others during the period before they had a positive result on the rapid antigen test.”

see: statnews.com/2022/01/05/stu…
Remember when I said “rapid antigen tests may be contributing to the spread of #Omicron
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5 Jan
🧵/ Preliminary study results suggest that patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) generate a less robust neutralizing antibody response to #COVID19 vaccination than healthy vaccinees— this underscores the importance of 3rd/4th doses.

2/ Study participants included 83 NSCLC patients + 53 healthy vaccinated volunteers (22 Moderna + 31 Pfizer).

NSCLC patients were able to mount a strong antibody response after 2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna #COVID19 vax *but* it was significantly lower compared to health volunteers
3/ Researchers then asked: Could the lower antibody response affect a lung cancer patients’ ability to neutralize the virus? Answer: 2 doses of mRNA vaccines should still work, but maybe not as well or as long (as compared to healthy volunteers)
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