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NHS Doctor | Animal rights activist | time to invest in #CleanAir | #CovidIsAirborne #MasksSaveLifes #TreatLongCovid | advocate for ME/CFS | Pro Justice
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Jun 26 12 tweets 6 min read
1/ Please @sfchronicle retract this misleading article by @MonicaGandhi9 with immediate effect.

sfchronicle.com/opinion/openfo… 2/ Quoting the results of a small-scale study, @MonicaGandhi9 misleadingly claims “… We should reassure the public that Long COVID can be prevented through vaccination. Studies with good controls suggest that vaccination reduces the risk of Long COVID significantly.”
Jun 26 4 tweets 3 min read
Great work Ireland. Refreshing to see a public health message which promotes exercising caution and protecting others through social responsibility. @HSELive

This message could not be more timely as the UK starts its third wave of the year. Last week, cases numbers in the UK increased by nearly half-a-million. This week, rates of hospitalisation increased 25% #CovidIsNotOver #COVIDisAirborne #WearAMask😷 news.sky.com/story/covid-19…
Jun 24 6 tweets 1 min read
Major blow to Boris Johnson as Tories lose two by-elections. bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-p

“The Lib Dems stormed to victory Tiverton and Honiton in Devon, overturning a 24,000 Tory majority with a 30% swing” “Their leader Ed Davey hails the ‘biggest by-election victory our country has ever seen’ while winning candidate Richard Foord says it has sent a shockwave through politics”
Jun 22 27 tweets 8 min read
1/ Public health messaging has failed to warn the public on:

➡️ Long term infection harms

➡️ How to protect oneself from infection

Given we’re at the start of a new wave, case numbers & rates of hospitalisation are rapidly rising, here’s a

⚠️ public health warning ⚠️

🧵 This message is important to everyone, but is especially pertinent to those who erroneously believe #LongCovid is ‘just tiredness after infection’ and it won’t happen to them because they’ve had it and ‘it was just a cold’
Jun 21 7 tweets 2 min read
1/ Please be wary of those minimising Covid harms. The study Prasad refers to in this tweet was poorly conducted.

Please know significant pathology is evident when the correct investigations are performed. I’m sure most people would consider an MRI extensive. In this study, two long covid patients underwent neuro cognitive testing (questionnaire results revealed deficits in verbal memory and attention). They then underwent MRI imaging and a PET.
Jun 19 5 tweets 3 min read
Long Covid is no longer a mystery: Long Covid IS Covid. 👇🏼 We can learn from previous pandemics and emerging evidence.
Jun 17 14 tweets 11 min read
💥NEW PREPRINT from Harvard: #viralpersistence #LongCovid

Persistent circulating SARS-CoV-2 spike is associated with post-acute COVID-19 sequelae

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medrxiv.org/content/10.110… 2/ Plasma samples were collected from a cohort of 63 individuals previously infected with #SARSCoV2, 37 of whom were diagnosed with #LongCovid (PASC) & 26 recovered.
Jun 15 4 tweets 4 min read
I see @TorbaySDevonNHS have abandoned their legal & professional responsibility to keep patients safe.#CovidIsNotOver Case & hospital numbers are steeply rising. As we enter the 3rd wave of the yr, I urge you to put your #FFP3 mask back on & demand your trusts invest in #CleanAir #WearAMask😷 invest in #CleanAir #COVIDisAirborne
Jun 15 7 tweets 9 min read
1/ I politely and urgently request for the name of Dr Amy Proal @microbeminded2 to also be added. If she is willing, it is essential Dr Proal also be given a seat at the #ME round table. @LucyChappell2 @sajidjavid 2/ Dr Proal is a strong ally of patients with #ME. Having experienced the illness herself, she has a unique understanding of the condition which she is using to inform hypotheses.
Jun 5 9 tweets 3 min read
🚨 Can anyone who lives local to Southcote Road, BOSCOMBE, Bournemouth, check on the welfare of these dogs? Update below. @rickygervais @PeterEgan6 @domdyer70 This morning I have contacted Dorset Police and the RSPCA.
Jun 5 4 tweets 10 min read
We would not ask a builder to remove his hard hat. A reminder that wearing the correct PPE at work is a legal requirement, not an optional one. #COVIDisAirborne this requires workers are provided with RPE, including #FFP3. FRSM & droplet PPE are inadequate. @UKHSA @SecretNHSCEO @SecretNHSCEO @AmandaPritchard @Nickhulme61 @NHSBeeky @RMitchell_NHS @arroncumminsNHS @Kevin_McNamara1 @DudleyGroupCEO @Fiona_Noden @AngelaHillery @Eugineyafele @CEO_DavidB @MarkAxcellNHS @AdamSewellJones @matthewtrainer @annanhills @BarnsHospCEO @PaulRobertsNHS
Jun 5 23 tweets 3 min read
New preprint:

Long COVID is associated with extensive in-vivo neuroinflammation on [18F]DPA-714 PET

medrxiv.org/content/10.110… A significant number of COVID-19 patients develop ‘long COVID’, a condition defined by long-lasting debilitating, often neurological, symptoms.
Jun 4 26 tweets 10 min read
1/ According to latest ONS figures, 2M people in the UK now have Long Covid. Between 50-70% meet diagnostic criteria for #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis, a serious condition notoriously neglected & misunderstood by medical professionals.

Medics, read on for important information 🧵 2/ Thank you @AnilvanderZee for making this video. I want medics watching to understand that although Anil looks in good health, I can assure he is not. The exertion used to make this video will have triggered a ‘crash’
Jun 3 12 tweets 5 min read
1/ I tweeted earlier that wearing a mask is a sign of intelligence. This gentleman is not so sure. I thought others may feel the same, so let me tell you why I think this. This is esp pertinent to those who’ve had a mild-short lived illness & think #SARSCoV2 is nothing to fear.🧵 2/ Reason 1: Public health messaging fails to warn on the dangers of #LongCovid which can follow on from an asymptomatic or mild infection. Long covid steals your health, life and independence, and is currently absent of treatment or cure. This is what Long covid can look like:
Jun 2 5 tweets 1 min read
1/ Captain Daniel Chertow (MD, MPH Head, Emerging pathogens Sections, Clinical Centre, NIAID, NIH) presents results from a series of 44 autopsies showing evidence of SARS CoV-2 infection and persistence through the human body and brain.
videocast.nih.gov/watch=45296?jw… 2/ All autopsies were performed & samples collected within 24 hours of death.

“SARS CoV-2 can replicate within tissue for over 3 months after infection in some individuals, with RNA failing to clear from multiple compartments for up to 230 days.”
Jun 2 23 tweets 21 min read
1/ Important thread.

Why UK government failure to acknowledge & invest in #LongCovid will have irreparable health & economic consequences. 🧵

@Conservatives @UKLabour @LibDems @LSHTM @markjit @AnnaVassall 2/ In April 2021, #LongCovidKids hand delivered letters to Prime Minister, @BorisJohnson, requesting investment & treatment for #LongCovid.
May 25 25 tweets 14 min read
1/ An important thread on Long Covid and #viralpersistence

“Almost all infectious outbreaks leave behind a proportion of pts who remain chronically unwell with symptom patterns similar to #LongCovid. This is known as the ‘long tail’ of epidemics.”

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bbc.com/future/article… 2/ Clues can be gained from studying survivors of the SARS (SARS CoV-1) outbreaks of the early 2000’s, and the West Africa Ebola crisis of the past decade.
May 24 7 tweets 3 min read
I’d love to say I find this amusing. But in truth, I’m heartbroken.

I am heartbroken because I watched peoples loved ones die while they partied.

🧵 1/7 I am heartbroken because healthcare workers - including myself - risked their own lives to care for those Covid positive while they partied.

2/7
May 24 22 tweets 11 min read
🚨Attention medics.🚨 An important thread on #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis Forget what you think you know. It is not psychosomatic. These pts are desperately physically unwell, likely with a chronic infection. #MedTwitter #MedEd #TeamGP 🧵 1/ Bedbound & housebound, they make up #millionsmissing. They maybe out of sight, but they are never far from my mind.

Neglect of #ME is the biggest medical scandal of the 21st century. The medical community will soon look back on their treatment of #pwME with horror & shame./2
May 23 4 tweets 3 min read
I think we need to stop referring to these people as ‘experts’. Our immune systems are exhausted fighting against repeated infection with SARS CoV-2 and, in the case of long covid, chronic infection. @WHO @bbchealth 🧵1/3 From a medical perspective, nothing about this is the least bit puzzling.

What is concerning, is the moral compass of those in charge; leading politicians, scientists, medical professionals, who all play their part to deny #COVIDisAirborne & infection harms. #CovidIsntOver 2/3