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May 4 • 15 tweets • 9 min read
1/ Q: Has almost everyone been infected with COVID by now?
A: Recent estimates suggest around 58% of the population in the US and over 70% in England have been previously infected, with BIG increases during the Omicron wave.
1/Q: Did getting exposed to fewer germs for the last 2 years weaken our immune systems?
We've been hearing this question a lot. dearpandemic.org/fewer-germ-exp…2/ Not likely. If your kids are suddenly getting sick a lot, this is likely due to “catching up” on exposures rather than a weakened immune system.
Jan 27 • 17 tweets • 8 min read
1/ Q: Are cases peaking? That means it’s all downhill from here, right?
A: Sort of…. Remember that even if cases come down as quickly as they rise, there will be as many cases *after* the peak as before (think area under the curve).
1/ Nerdy Girl @drjenndowd (🇺🇸 in 🇬🇧 ) writing from not-so-sunny England, home of the strangest shaped epidemic curve ever seen.
"Buckle up America."
dearpandemic.org/buckle-up-amer…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.
Apr 16, 2021 • 20 tweets • 11 min read
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.
#vaccineswork dearpandemic.org/do-vaccines-re…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.
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. 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.
Apr 7, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
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.
1/ A: Make a copy, share it with your primary care provider, think before sharing it on social media, probably best not to laminate the original, and don’t panic if you lose it. 📱👛🍩 2/ 👌 DO THIS with your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card:
📷 Take a photo of the card.
Snap a photo of your official #CDC or other government-issued #vaccinationcard in case it gets lost. Take a photo after the first shot, and another one after your second shot.
Mar 29, 2021 • 16 tweets • 7 min read
1/ Do I need the vaccine if I’ve already been infected w/ COVID-19? Isn’t natural immunity better?
A: COVID-19 vaccines produce STRONGER & MORE CONSISTENT antibody responses than natural infection, meaning EVERYONE can benefit from the protection.
💥Don’t give away your shot! 2/ As more people become eligible for the COVID-19, we’ve heard some people who’ve already been infected, especially younger people, doubting whether they need the vaccine.
Mar 27, 2021 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
1/ Q: What is going on with the results from the United States AstraZeneca trial?
A: Despite a *strange* communication week, the new trial results show that the #Oxford/#Astrazeneca is safe & effective. GOOD NEWS!
2/ TLDR: The first results this week were based on data collected in the U.S. through a pre-specified end date for interim analysis of Feb 17th. They continued to collect data beyond that date & have now released updated results..spoiler alert..they are very similar (76% vs 79%).
Mar 10, 2021 • 27 tweets • 11 min read
Time to meet another Nerdy Girl! Introducing Dr. @shoshiaronowitz! Dr. Aronowitz is a researcher & clinician studying low-barrier substance use treatment, innovative delivery of harm reduction supplies, racial disparities in pain treatment in the context of the overdose crisis...
2/...the intersection of criminal justice and healthcare, and reproductive/sexual health.
Here at Dear Pandemic, Dr. Aronowitz is the lead on our (rather amazing) Instagram account. We have her to thank for the pithy, graphical & lovable Insta feed.
Yesterday, the United States @CDCgov issued new guidelines stating that 👏🏼 fully 👏🏼vaccinated 👏🏼 people can safely:
1️⃣ Visit other #vaccinated people indoors--without wearing masks or physically distancing! 😷
2/ 2️⃣ Visit unvaccinated people--without wearing masks or physical distancing, as long as the unvaccinated people (& the people they live with) are low risk for severe #COVID!
1/ A: Celebrate the mild #flu season & take what we have learned this year to inform future behavior. Harmful germs are not going away. 🦠 Illness from bacteria & viruses that make us sick do not “strengthen” the #immune system & contribute to significant complications & death. 2/ The lack of infectious illnesses will not #weaken your #immunesystem. Public health measures to combat #COVID19 including social distancing, masks, & extra hand washing greatly reduced the incidence of some bad microbes that cause common infectious illnesses such as the flu.
Mar 4, 2021 • 13 tweets • 7 min read
1/ Q: Can I go back to my indoor #fitness classes? 🚴♀️
A: The #NerdyGirls LOVE your efforts to stay fit 💪, but best to hang on to those online or outdoor workouts a bit longer.
TL;DR: Heavy breathing, no masks, and indoors is the perfect recipe for #SARSCoV2#transmission.
2/ A recent U.S. @CDCgov report described an #outbreak linked to an unnamed fitness facility in #Chicago in which *55 out of 81* attendees of an indoor high-intensity fitness class in Chicago were infected over the course of a week in August 2020.
Mar 3, 2021 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
1/ Q: Does the COVID vaccine only last 90 days?!
A: No. There is really no reason to think that protection from the #vaccines wears off after 90 days. We know the vaccines last longer than 90 days. But we don’t know how long. 2/ The @CDCgov recently updated their #guidance about quarantining after an exposure & included some changes for people who have been vaccinated.
Feb 25, 2021 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
1/ Q: Any news yet about whether vaccines prevent asymptomatic infection?
A: YES! We are getting a steady trail of clues hinting that the #vaccines DO IN FACT REDUCE INFECTIONS! 2/ The #clinicaltrials for the various #vaccines did not study whether they prevented asymptomatic infection or transmission. That’s because vaccines are thought of as medicine--something that operates at the individual level, not the pandemic-management level.
Feb 17, 2021 • 11 tweets • 5 min read
1/ Q: This pandemic winter is dragging on … and on. I need a safe #happiness boost. Right now.
A: We feel you! Here are four research-based tips to plant the seeds of change🌱even as many of us are still buried under the (literal and figurative) snow. ❄️ ⛄️
2/ 😊 Say no more often 😊
You might call it the “yes, sure… oh, dang” problem. Academics call it hyperbolic discounting. It’s the challenge we all have where we agree to things that are in the future because we discount it – we think it’s less valuable than the present.