The rampant public moralizing & growing stigma surrounding #covid19 is shocking & ‘anti-public health’ by all pre-2020 standards.
Add failures of transparency, Comm, & equity & it’s clear there’s an even bigger global crisis unfolding..(thread)
Co-signing mandated, non-evidence-based interventions like outdoor masks & using flawed metrics (PCR w/ high Cycle threshold, for example, which does not determine infectiousness but is still used to quarantine people) erodes public health’s credibility.
Not to mention that the myopic focus on C19 to the exclusion of all other public health threats, like deteriorating mental health & harm caused to children due to school closures, for example, violates the fundamental PH principle of equity.
My autistic daughter’s private school — the one I transferred her to so she could resume the in-person instruction she so desperately needs — just closed for two weeks due to one reported case of #COVID19.
The whole school. One case.
Telling her last night was heartbreaking. 😢
They also recommended that “ALL students and staff self-quarantine” (emphasis mine) and “contact...[our] local health agency for further instructions and precautions.”
We are not sick.
We are not vectors.
We are not at risk.
We will not play along.
And, as a single mom, I need to work to keep a roof over our heads.
As so many parents know—single or otherwise, w/ special needs kids or typical, whether you have 1 or 5, be they 6mo or 16yrs—
working while kids are at home is taxing in ideal circumstances...
We've all seen some version of the CDC's Thanksgiving recommendations by now. Twitter is abuzz with our newly-christened ‘expert’ class pontificating on ‘safety’ (and morality), asserting that the "right" thing to do is to physically distance from one's family this year.
It’s often said, “In life, you get what you tolerate.”
And people have been shockingly willing to give up their lives and turn on their neighbors in exchange for a feeling of safety.
What we need moving forward is a willinness to question whether our values truly align...
with the policies we support.
We need to acknowledge the harms caused by “mitigation” and say, “Wait a minute...It doesn’t make me a bad person to want kids safely in school/a funeral for my father/a future to look forward to/a reason to live.”
Here's a prime example of misinformation & omission of context in COVID media coverage:
Today, @12News in AZ pushes a story that "These 4 graphs show Arizona is losing the fight against COVID-19"
A thread of the graphs and context:
(For the images below, I (quickly) positioned the 12News graphs above those from the AZDHS dashboard and used the black lines to draw down to the dates from which the 12News data was pulled, giving a fuller picture.)
This brief filed in support of an injunction by parents in CT presents a thorough argument as to why mandated masking of children in schools is harmful, non-evidence-based, w/o benefit & lacking in statutory authority...
I was initially so struck by this gross error that I failed to address the rest of the article, which has even more misrepresentations, uses biased verbiage, and is lacking in context. Here's are my criticisms of the rest of the article:
1. Dismisses Dr. Atlas’s MD & public health expertise based on political affiliation 2. Characterizes a study analyzing France’s COVID cases up through May & the Diamond Princess cruise ship as “the most sophisticated estimates” of IFR & favors them over current CDC data
3. Biased, emotional language e.g. "virus-laden gobs of spit”, "lifelong illness", "wreaking havoc" 4. Cites a study finding 3/6 asymptomatic patients (out of 215 participants), ages 56-61, w/ lung findings w/i 12 days of testing +, as evidence of "long-term" abnormalities
* civil unrest
* lost livelihoods
* deaths of despair
* interrupted childhood development
* evications/loss of shelter
* debt accrual
* economic instability
* loss of trust in gov’t/public health
* social isolation
* shuttered businesses
* people forced to die alone
* people unable to be w/ loved ones as they died
* no funerals
* supply chain disruptions/impaired access to staples/medications
* deterioration of mental health
* unmanageable anxiety
* somatic manifestations of stress
* delayed healthcare