Epidemiologist & health economist. Global health security. Co-founder @TheWHN. COVID updates since Jan ‘20 https://t.co/eNp7gjyhC0
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May 14 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
What the hell—“What we are calling for is a total ban, no exceptions” said Matt Sande, legislative director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. “We don’t think abortion is ever necessary to save the life of the mother.”— why can’t doctors even save lives anymore?!?!🧵 washingtonpost.com/health/2022/05…2) Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin called for a special legislative session to remove most exceptions from that state’s “trigger law” banning abortion.
May 11 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
📍The D.C. health department has not shared #COVID data with the CDC since April 27 on the number of new coronavirus cases in the District or on any deaths from the virus, as cases increase around the DC metro region. Local DC health officials are silent. washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/…2) Residents who monitor the CDC data to track the prevalence of the virus in their community have grown increasingly frustrated, with many asking D.C. officials where the numbers are.
“It’s a big problem for residents,” said Eric Toner, a Johns Hopkins University expert
May 11 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
So we can find another $40 billion for war, but can’t find it in our hearts to fund another $10 billion to stop #COVID19 and save lives after 1 million deaths. Got it. 🤦🏻♂️
2) I support the people of Ukraine and refugees, but this package is mostly military aid. Originally the Ukraine and COVID aid were going to be passed together but they dropped that idea to the frustration of many. Why not both???
SURGING—This should NOT be the new normal. Last month, this #COVID19 transmission chart was mostly blue or yellow (tiny bit of orange). But some got arrogant. Some got dismissive. Some got selfish. And now the pandemic continues. #CovidIsNotOver2) also…. If Congress does not approve the White House’s request for an additional $22.5 billion in COVID emergency aid, Dr @AshishKJha46 warns that U.S. is "going to run out of treatments, we’re going to run out of testing.”
May 6 • 19 tweets • 6 min read
The CDC is investigating 109 pediatric cases of unexplained severe #hepatitis—acute liver inflammation. 90% of these kids have been hospitalized, several needed liver transplants, and 5 have died to date. Still unclear if Adenovirus 41 or COVID or other.🧵 cnn.com/2022/05/06/hea…2) Nearly all the children -- more than 90% -- needed to be hospitalized.
Dr. Jay Butler, the CDC's deputy director of infectious diseases stressed that the investigation -- a partnership between the CDC and state health departments -- is an evolving situation.
May 6 • 14 tweets • 6 min read
⚠️OMICRON IS NOT MILDER—Huge study by Harvard scientists finds #Omicron variant is **not intrinsically milder**, in a study of 130,000 people. "We found that the risks of #COVID19 hospitalization & mortality were nearly identical”—just as my team warned.🧵 reuters.com/business/healt…2) The new study, based on records of 130,000 COVID patients in Massachusetts, is unique and "pretty strong," said Dr. Arjun Venkatesh of Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, who was not involved in the research.
May 5 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
NEW—FDA has issued remarks about Paxlovid and the recurrence / rebound 🏀 of positive #COVID19 after a negative. FDA admits it definitely happens but claims it’s only 1-2% with rebound in the trials, & no clinical guidance change. But I count more than 1%. fda.gov/drugs/news-eve…2) Based on lay reports Im hearing everywhere, it’s seems way more than 1-2% having a rebound positive after taking Paxlovid. A lot more.
📌US surpassed 1 million excess pandemic deaths already in February 2022. #CovidIsNotOver nbcnews.com/news/us-news/c…2) What is excess deaths? It’s the excess above the average per capita mortality rate across 2015-2019. It’s how many more people have died above historical rates. It captures COVID and indirectly those who also died because they couldn’t reach the hospital in time.
BREAKING—US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has just tested positive for #COVID19. He recently attended the @whca dinner event with 2600+ people, where reporters from many media outlets have also now tested positive. ➡️ This Vf headline was on point. #WHCD#COVIDisAirborne2) We epidemiologists and aerosol scientists have warned about the poor ventilation and high density being a bad setup for almost guaranteed transmission at @whca dinner if anyone in the audience had subclinical (undetected) virus. And indeed the superspreading event happened.
Story from a Paxlovid user—@RossR8 was positive to til 6, tested negative days 7-12. Doctor said he’s not contagious anymore—he didn’t buy that because of Paxlovid rebound🏀 risk. He tests positive again on day 13 & symptomatic—thankfully protects his pregnant wife from #COVID19! 2) We have known about Paxlovid rebound risk for a while. I warned about it before. I took Paxlovid too after my April COVID had suffered a 1-day symptomatic rebound myself. Pfizer data submitted to the FDA quietly warned about it too on days 10-14!
Let this sink in—“The republicans who said ‘my body my choice over the COVID vaccine’ now say I have no control over my body (to not be forced to give birth to baby of a rapist)”. Let that hypocrisy sink in.
📍BREAKING—here it comes—Jonathan Karl tests positive for #COVID19 on Monday after attending the @WHCA’s dinner—sitting next to Kim Kardashian and talking one on one with Biden at #WHCD—yes that dinner we epidemiologists all warned about.
By @maxwelltani politico.com/news/2022/05/0…2) We epidemiologists and aerosol scientists have warned about the poor ventilation and high density being a bad setup for almost guaranteed transmission at @WHCA dinner if anyone in the audience had subclinical (undetected) virus. Welp and it happened.
Holy hell—Trump wanted to shoot protestors. Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper charges in a memoir ($$$) that Trump said when demonstrators were protesting the death of George Floyd: "Can't you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?" axios.com/mark-esper-boo…2) That moment in the first week of June, 2020, "was surreal, sitting in front of the Resolute desk, inside the Oval Office, with this idea weighing heavily in the air, and the president red faced and complaining loudly about the protests under way in DC," Esper writes.
May 2 • 14 tweets • 8 min read
📍5th WAVE BEGINNING in SA—cases are surging again in South Africa 🇿🇦, which in the past week is seeing cases tripling, positivity rates also up, and hospitalization rising. The surge has SA facing a possible fifth wave, linked to #BA4 & #BA5 subvariants. nytimes.com/2022/05/02/wor…2) “What we are seeing now, or at least maybe the first signs, is not completely new variants emerging, but current variants are starting to create lineages of themselves,” Dr. de Oliveira said. Since initial identification last November, Omicron has produced several subvariants.
May 1 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
’The nation’s most distinguished super spreader event’. @Trevornoah at the #WHCD. 2) and yes, the CO2 meters don’t lie — very bad ventilation at the #WHCD.
Wow—a CO2 concentration reading at the @WHCA dinner tonight… at 8:20pm. A CO2 of 2233 is over *5.5x higher* than outdoors, and is a sign of VERY poor ventilation. They should have added more air disinfection at #whitehousecorrespondentsdinner.
From @nalticx. #COVIDisAirborne2) Even at the center of the table, CO2 still 1951 ppm. That is still over 4.8x higher than normal 400 ppm levels. Bad ventilation.
Dear @TuckerCarlson, Shame on you for attacking me with this nonsense & spreading disinformation as you always do on a news channel whose propaganda is likely responsible for countless #COVID deaths across the country and around the world. THREAD with the facts: 🧵
2) First of all, you attacked me about Shanghai’s #COVID19 situation—but you based it on a @bbcworldservice twitter post that misquoted me— @BBCNews staff had already deleted and retracted it on April 12th, and then apologized to me on April 13th for the mis-phrasing.
Apr 29 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
BREAKING—first ever human US case of #H5N1 avian flu confirmed in a Colorado man who had direct poultry exposure. This bird flu, now found in 34 states, has already led to 23 million poultry animals culled as of early April, because of deadliness to birds. gazette.com/health/first-h…2) The man was exposed while working at a commercial farm on a prison pre-release employment program. He was culling birds as part of a prison program. coloradosun.com/2022/04/28/col…
Apr 28 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
HISTORIC—The FDA has now proposed banning menthol cigarettes, a landmark action applauded by leading health and civil rights groups. The FDA also proposed prohibiting flavored cigars, including in small cigarillos that are popular among teenagers. 🧵 washingtonpost.com/health/2022/04…2) The proposed bans were announced by FDA commissioner Robert M. Califf in an appearance at a congressional subcommittee. He told the panel the agency had determined “that these actions are appropriate for the protection of public health” and would improve the health…