Epidemiologist & health economist. Faculty @NECSI. Co-founder @TheWHN. Former 16 years @Harvard. SUBSCRIBE: https://t.co/I6xZVmz79l
Jun 2 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
⚠️Over 70% of household #COVID19 spread **started with a child**, says new study of 850,000 US households. Younger kids under 8 more likely source of transmission than kids 9-17. 📌In-person schools “also resulted in substantial spread”. Just the facts. 🧵 cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/more-…2) study authors: "Once US schools reopened in fall 2020, children contributed more to inferred within-household transmission when they were in school, and less during summer and winter breaks, a pattern consistent for 2 consecutive school years."
Don’t shoot the messenger.
May 31 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
👀Look here—Australian🇦🇺 COVID death data I trust because they don’t suppress data or limit testing as much as other places. 🇦🇺 May 2023 #COVID mortality to date is already 4x their 2020 and 3x their 2021 deaths. And flu deaths are low comparison, even their bad flu 2019 season.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…2) These Australian statistics are quite stark.
Restaurant workers who handle food while they are ill are among the leading drivers of foodborne illness outbreaks at restaurants, says a new @CDCMMWR study. ➡️41% were related to workers handling and contaminating food while ill. 💡PAID SICK LEAVE NOW! cnn.com/2023/05/30/hea…2) While most restaurants surveyed for the study had policies aimed at keeping sick staff from working, fewer than half (44%) offered paid sick leave. The study authors say that extending paid sick leave for more restaurant workers could curb food contamination by safeguarding… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 26 • 12 tweets • 8 min read
Welp—Remember how @CDCgov claimed there was no “outbreak” at their CDC conference 3 weeks ago? ➡️Now we learn 181 cases of #COVID19 arose of 1800+ CDC staffers/guests…. So basically 1 in 10 folks at a single CDC conference caught COVID. Yet @CDCDirector Walensky dismantles… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…2) Oh the irony… The CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service officers and alumni — the disease detectives deployed to identify and fight outbreaks — met April 24-27 at an Atlanta hotel. The conference drew 1,800 in-person attendees, the first in-person Epidemic Intelligence Service… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 24 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
THIS IS PERSONAL—Asian American hate is on the rise. And it is no accident that xenophobic pandemic conspiracies contributed to nearly 75% of Chinese Americans experienced racism/hate in past year. ➡️To date, ***almost half the country*** believes China purposefully released… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…2) Against this backdrop, so many—especially Republican members of Congress—still peddle a certain narrative that China deliberately spread the virus, despite no scientificevidence that the virus was purposefully engineered in a Wuhan lab.
📍Worrisome—New XBB-driven #COVID wave in China🇨🇳with ~40 million infections per week by late May and ~65 million infections/week by June… all while state-media downplayed outbreak last week. ➡️Bad sign—40% cases are already **reinfections** and rising as immunity from previous… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…2) leading scientist in China: “Zhong Nanshan said that it is very important to develop a vaccine with better protection against the XBB variant. He revealed that there are currently two vaccines against XBB that have been preliminarily approved, and three or four more will be… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 22 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
In 1997, Congress passed legislation that allowed the U.S. Mint to create platinum coins of any denomination — including $1 trillion.
Here are the 37 words of a law that allows for the $1 Trillion coin: “The Secretary may mint and issue bullion and proof platinum coins in… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…2) “While defaulting on debt is a serious problem, carrying debt isn’t always a bad thing for individuals or countries, according to financial experts.
“It’s almost like our credit rating that we have personally,” White said. “Let’s say we graduate high school, and we have no… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 15 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Folks—listen up—I have a very bad feeling about the stock market 📉 as we head towards the June debt ceiling cliff… short selling indicators are approaching fall 2007 and March 2020 warning levels… i.e. massive shorting of stock positions has already begun. 📖Short story—In… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…2) for those wondering… I’m personally converting my retirement funding into FDIC-insured short term CDs that earn ~5% APR. One can easily convert them inside your brokerage accounts via buying their brokered CDs (no fees)—you do *not* have to pull money out of retirement IRA… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 11 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
💊BLOCK ANYONE SOFT ON BIG PHARMA— Biden WH should not appoint anyone who is too soft on drug industry. The only person I fully trust as the next @NIH director is Dr Vincent Rajkumar @VincentRK, a tireless fighter for lower drug prices.
washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/…2) “Fundamental changes” in HHS policies are “long overdue.” The senator said that he has long-standing concerns that health leaders aren’t using all of the tools at their disposal, citing decisions at CMS, FDA and NIH.
⚠️Sobering—White House recently received a sobering warning of #COVID roaring back—experts estimating ~20% chance of a surge rivaling the onslaught of #Omicron in next 2 years—one estimates even **40% likelihood** of an omicron-like wave. #COVIDisNotOver washingtonpost.com/health/2023/05…twitter.com/i/web/status/1…2) “The potential for large indoor gatherings to fuel coronavirus infections remains high, as illustrated by about three dozen cases linked to a CDC conference last week. The virus remains on pace to be one of the top 10 causes of death this year.”
Apr 29 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP—➡️at the first celebratory @CDCgov conference for epidemic detectives since pandemic… a #COVID19 outbreak breaks loose, infecting multiple CDC employees—all while @CDCDirector set to dismantle the CL nationwide warning system. 🤦🏻♂️ washingtonpost.com/health/2023/04…2) ““We’re letting you know that several people who attended the [Epidemic Intelligence Service] Conference have tested positive for COVID-19,” a CDC branch chief wrote in an email to staff on Friday and obtained by The Washington Post…
Apr 28 • 12 tweets • 7 min read
⚠️“Alarmingly trending in WRONG DIRECTION”—Nevada’s entire congressional delegation is begging CDC to do more to fight a potentially lethal drug-resistant fungus causing the largest outbreaks in the country at Las Vegas hospitals and long-term care facilities. The Nevada State… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…2) The fungus can spread from surfaces such as bed rails and medical equipment, where it can linger for long periods of time, invisible to the eye. It can also be spread by colonized people who don’t know they have it.
Apr 25 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
📍Florida surgeon general “personally altered” key findings in study on #Covid19 vaccine safety. Researchers at Johns Hopkins & University of Florida, criticized the changes, saying it appears Ladapo altered study out of political—not scientific—concerns. politico.com/news/2023/04/2…2) “The newly released draft of the eight-page study, provided by the Florida Department of Health, indicates that it initially stated that there was no significant risk associated with the Covid-19 vaccines for young men.”
Apr 5 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
⚠️Worrisome—“These findings suggest that #SARSCoV2 infection damages the CD8+ T cell response, an effect **akin to that observed in studies showing long-term damage to the immune system after infection with hepatitis C or #HIV**.” ~@NIH study! #LongCOVID nih.gov/news-events/ne…2) The magnitude and quality of a key immune cell’s response to vaccination with two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were considerably lower in people with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to people without prior infection, a study has found.
Apr 4 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
Possible #MPOX mutation? An investigation has been launched in France 🇫🇷 after new cluster 17 cases—59% of people in a new monkeypox cluster were vaccinated—double usual % seen. Hence concerns of possible new #monkeypox mutation. telegraph.co.uk/global-health/…2) While the #MPOX jab does not offer complete protection against the disease, usually only 25% of French cases are in vaccinated individuals.
Mar 31 • 14 tweets • 6 min read
⚠️BREAKING—CDC team falls ill while investigating the health impacts of Ohio train derailment—➡️**7** US government investigators briefly fell ill in March while studying the possible health impacts of a toxic #OhioChemicalDisaster train derailment, @CDCgov confirms to CNN. 🧵 2) The investigators’ symptoms included sore throats, headaches, coughing and nausea – consistent with what some residents experienced after the February 3 train derailment that released a cocktail of hazardous chemicals into the air, water and soil. cnn.com/2023/03/31/hea…
Mar 31 • 7 tweets • 5 min read
Need to frame this for posterity. March 31, 2023. This is just the beginning.
Kids are dying in schools. Mad respect for @RepBowman passionately explaining kids dying to @RepThomasMassie. More guns = more school deaths. @JamaalBowmanNY as one of the only schoolteachers in Congress understands this. Massie does not.
📍The Great Salt Lake is on verge of collapse—it has lost 73% of its water & now unable to sustain some wildlife – worse, ➡️ millions will be exposed to toxic dust contained within the drying lakebed. Utah has done almost nothing.
Photo by @AndrewRCraig amp.theguardian.com/environment/20…2) “A team of 32 scientists and conservationists caution that the lake could decline beyond recognition in just five years. Their warning is especially urgent amid a historic western megadrought fueled by global heating”