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The nerdy girls curating COVID-19 content for the greater good. We love facts.
4 Jun 20
1/ Q: There's inevitably going to be some socializing this summer. How do I stay safe? How do I tell my kids and my parents to stay #safe?

A: #StaySMART!
2/ Wow, these are some unusual times! Some of us are in the streets every day with large groups, some of us haven't left our homes in months.

Help!?!? How can we socialize while keeping ourselves and others safe from #COVIDー19?
3/ The Dear Pandemic Nerdy Girls are delighted to partner with @IMPACT4HC to offer this handy infographic to help you remember 5 simple rules of thumb for reducing your #COVID19 transmission risk: Stay SMART!

S: SPACE -- Keep your #socialdistance, 6ft. or more!
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2 Jun 20
1/ Q: Any good news on #COVID19 treatment/vaccines?

A: A: Yes! Three happy pieces of news this week (see next post in this thread)
1. An early-stage clinical trial begins for the first antibody treatment against #COVIDー19;
2. A @statnews interview with Dr. Fauci showing cautious optimism about vaccine development;
3. New data indicating #remdesivir's effectiveness for moderately sick patients.
3/ More context:
@LillyPad announced yesterday (6/1) that it launched a Phase I (aka: very early) trial to test the safety and tolerability of a brand-new potential treatment against COVID-19.
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1 Jun 20
1/ Q. What can to address racial inequities in #COVID19 and health more generally?

A: We must dismantle #racism at each level it operates on: individual, institutional, and structural.
1) Individual/interpersonal—check our own biases, and those of others, to end discrimination against people of color. Also work toward reconciliation in populations through open dialogue and share learning experiences with people from different cultural groups.
2) Institutional- overhaul policies, practices and procedures that benefit Whites at the expense of people of color. Especially for healthcare: in addition to implicit bias training, ensure that social determinants of health and racial justice are covered by school curricula.
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1 Jun 20
1/ Today we welcome @DrBMBrawner as a guest Nerdy Girl to discuss racial disparities and #COVID19. She is an Associate Professor at the @PennNursing and a nurse practitioner.

Q. Why are we seeing such disparities in #COVID cases and deaths?
2/ A. One word: racism. Individual, institutional, and structural.
There is no biological basis for “race,” even though people in these groups can share genetic traits. Race is a socially constructed way to categorize people that has changed over time, location, etc.
3/ This presents a challenge when these categorizations were used to deem non-Whites to be inferior, with laws and systems put in place to enforce and maintain this declaration.
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22 May 20
1/ Q: Can people get re-infected with SARS-CoV-2?

A: While some individuals test positive again after recovering from #COVID19, a new study suggests that these #infections are NOT active.

More about how the findings below
2/ Tests used to determine if someone has #COVIDー19 detect the presence of the virus' genetic material.

However, they do not indicate whether a person has an active infection: i.e. actively shedding virus capable of infecting cells.
3/ In the study, researchers tried to isolate INFECTIOUS #coronaviruses from samples taken from 108 people who retested positive. All of those samples tested negative.

Nearly all of them had neutralizing antibodies that prevent reinfection in at least the short term.💪
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18 May 20
1/ Q: Why do some people get some #COVID19 symptoms and others not? Is the virus changing?

A: It is likely one disease with different manifestations: we also see this with influenza, which has varying symptoms (even though its clinical presentation is more uniform). More below:
2/ Some people with #COVID__19 have gastrointestinal symptoms, while others seem to even have cardiac symptoms.

There are 2 main theories why #COVID affects both:
1) It uses the lungs to spread itself throughout the body, impacting other systems and
2) It binds to the ACE2 surface protein, which is present among many organs and systems including the kidneys, heart, and gastrointestinal tract.
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4 May 20
Q1: What is a contact tracer?
Q2: Can I get hired to do contact tracing?
Q3: Will the Apple/Google phone tracing technology replace the need for contact tracers?

Answers in this thread!
A1: A contact tracer... traces contacts! In an infectious disease outbreak, a contract tracer talks to people who have tested positive for the disease (a "case") to find out all the people they have recently been in contact with (the "contacts").
The tracer then reaches out to the contacts to inform them that someone they have been in contact with has tested positive for the disease, and give guidance about appropriate next steps: testing, self-quarantining, monitoring symptoms, etc.
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6 Apr 20
Q: Do all encounters with #COVID present the same risks for becoming infected and becoming very sick?

A: No. Definitely worth reading this full article but here is a summary = TL;DR = too long; didn't read
Prolonged one-on-one encounters with infected individuals (ex: a visit with a person with the virus or patient care in a health setting with infected individuals) carry greater risk of infection than short, indirect exposures (ex: passing someone on a run, delivery package).
When more virus enters your body, your body must work harder to control the spread of the virus. Keep up the #handwashing and #SocialDistancing to avoid encounters. Protect those that can't avoid repeat and prolonged encounters with appropriate #PPE.
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