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May 24 7 tweets 3 min read
I’d love to say I find this amusing. But in truth, I’m heartbroken.

I am heartbroken because I watched peoples loved ones die while they partied.

🧵 1/7
I am heartbroken because healthcare workers - including myself - risked their own lives to care for those Covid positive while they partied.

I am heartbroken because the conservatives made “extensive use” of emergency procurement contracts and misused £9BN pounds of taxpayers money to pay their mates for unsafe and unusable PPE, leaving healthcare workers exposed to a deadly virus.

Even today, healthcare workers go to work inadequately protected in masks which would not meet standards to ride public transport in other European countries.

2000 of my colleagues are now dead, while tens of thousands of healthcare workers now have multi-organ damage & are living a life of disability with Long Covid.

You will notice when Boris Johnson feels in control and is going to get away with his lies, his eyes have the beginning of a smirk. It hides the sociopath within. When he cannot get away with it & someone does not bend to his will, his eyes are hard & reveal the rage within. 6/7
Boris Johnson is a liar, a cheat, a thief, and a sociopath. Do not be fooled by his naughty little boy theatrics & mop of blonde hair; It’s all part of the act.7/7


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More from @fearnley_k

May 25
1/ An important thread on Long Covid and #viralpersistence

“Almost all infectious outbreaks leave behind a proportion of pts who remain chronically unwell with symptom patterns similar to #LongCovid. This is known as the ‘long tail’ of epidemics.”


2/ Clues can be gained from studying survivors of the SARS (SARS CoV-1) outbreaks of the early 2000’s, and the West Africa Ebola crisis of the past decade.
3/ After SARS CoV-1 in 2002 - 2004, some survivors were reported to feel “weak, extremely fatigued, had aches and pains all over their body, and they were completely unable to work”

Some also reported ‘sleeping extremely poorly’.
Read 25 tweets
May 24
🚨Attention medics.🚨 An important thread on #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis Forget what you think you know. It is not psychosomatic. These pts are desperately physically unwell, likely with a chronic infection. #MedTwitter #MedEd #TeamGP 🧵 1/
Bedbound & housebound, they make up #millionsmissing. They maybe out of sight, but they are never far from my mind.

Neglect of #ME is the biggest medical scandal of the 21st century. The medical community will soon look back on their treatment of #pwME with horror & shame./2
But some Drs maybe forgiven for their ignorance. #ME fails to feature on the UK medical curriculum and as such, awareness & understanding is low.

The condition has also been highly stigmatised & erroneously - but deliberately - labelled psychological./3
Read 22 tweets
May 23
I think we need to stop referring to these people as ‘experts’. Our immune systems are exhausted fighting against repeated infection with SARS CoV-2 and, in the case of long covid, chronic infection. @WHO @bbchealth 🧵1/3
From a medical perspective, nothing about this is the least bit puzzling.

What is concerning, is the moral compass of those in charge; leading politicians, scientists, medical professionals, who all play their part to deny #COVIDisAirborne & infection harms. #CovidIsntOver 2/3
I have two questions:

(I) When are we going to invest in #CleanAir? Air filtration systems must start to be installed in public buildings, starting with schools & hospitals.

(II) When are we going to stop breaking HSA legislation & equip patient facing NHS staff with RPE? 3/3
Read 4 tweets
May 22
This patient was ‘fortunate’ her d-dimer was raised.

Attention medics: why a normal d-dimer and CT imaging do *not* exclude the presence of micro clots 🧵 #MedTwitter #MedEd
A raised d-dimer is often indicative of clots. If raised, CT PA imaging is requested to further investigate for the presence of clots.
Despite micro-clots being present in blood of Long haulers our d-dimer is often normal. D-dimer is a break down product of clots & our micro-clots are not being broken down.

In the presence of a normal d-dimer, imaging isn’t requested.
Read 6 tweets
May 2
This is not how a healthservice should run.

Threat of contracting Covid will deter vulnerable patients from seeking medical care. Those who decide to take this risk, face risk of death or permanent disability.

How is this in any way legally or morally acceptable? @sajidjavid
Patients deserve to be treated & cared for in a safe environment.

NHS staff deserve to go to work without fear of dying or becoming permanently disabled.

Hospitals MUST start to install air filtration systems #hepa. It’s time to make the air safe & invest in #cleanair
Read 4 tweets
May 1
Dear companies, who are encouraging staff to work when they are symptomatic or have tested positive for Covid-19, how do you intend to protect customers, especially those clinically extremely vulnerable? @sainsburys @Tesco @BootsUK 🧵

As someone who has nearly lost their life to Covid, sustained multiple organ damage, and has now been significantly unwell Long Covid for 15 mths and illness ongoing, I would pls like an answer to this question.

And for any ableist’s reading this, who believe CEV ppl need to protect themselves and dodge society, prior to Covid, I had no underlying health conditions and was a fit and healthy 35yr old.

Being fit & healthy does not make you immune from adverse outcome.

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