To understand this list, it’s helpful to know why pandemics happen.
Pandemics don’t happen for no reason. They always start with some first “spark” of infection.
May 25 • 34 tweets • 6 min read
There’s been some discourse on here about shame-based messaging in public health & I wanna talk about *why* it doesn’t work.
Because understanding the why can help us communicate better. Plus it can help us deal with feelings of shame we may face in our own lives.
A couple years ago, give or take a pandemic, I heard an interesting talk about shame which framed the emotion in a new light for me.
Now, I’m sure this isn’t the only (& maybe not even best!) way to understand shame, but it helped me and I think it will help you.
May 18 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
“Funny” story: the US used to have a whole industry of private investigative epidemiologists people could hire to trace the source of their illness.
Why? Because there used to be a lot more really awful infectious diseases and people are willing to pay when the stakes are high.
Hospitals ALREADY agree it’s important to ensure everyone takes precautions against infection, even when it’s kinda a hassle.
It’s time to step up & protect patients from respiratory infections.
May 13 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
It’s Saturday, so let’s get controversial about public health & medicine.
Grab a coffee, a tea, a snack, your choice. Then read this short thread, & weigh in with your comments!
Today’s topic: how do we choose public health policies?
When evaluating & deciding between public health intervention or policy choices, it’s never simply a matter of “do they work?” or even “which works better?”.
Instead, decision-makers generally want to know “are they worth it?” and “which one is ^more^ ‘worth it’?”
May 13 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
I’ve seen a bunch of people dunking on this take, but I think that Noah is being explicit about something many many people think:
that the question you ask is more important that the quality of the answer you receive.
This is a problem bigger than chat-gpt.
I’ve seen this attitude from all kinds of people.
It’s the same attitude that says “any RCT is better than any other type of data” no matter its flaws
It’s the same attitude that says “this grant proposal asks such an important question, we’ve gotta fund it” no matter its flaws
May 11 • 25 tweets • 5 min read
Last week, I tweeted that epidemiology is the science of public health.
But what *is* epidemiology?
First, a caveat for other public health practitioners & epidemiologists: this thread is not meant to 100% characterize all of epi or all of public health.
I couldn’t do that even in a whole book.
Many public health professionals do science, not just epidemiologists.
May 11 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
I got real candid with @andrewsthurston about what the “end of the emergency” really means for you and me and all our loved ones and communities. 👇🏼👇🏼