And a clear, consistent list of what to NOT DO right now (regardless of personal health or local #covid19 prevalence) - DO NOT:
* go to bars
* go to indoor parties (50+ people)
* go to public indoor events where people are yelling or singing
1) The authors do a great job of summarizing the strengths & weaknesses drawn from the data
2) They ask as many questions as they answer. Which is appropriate, at this point in the pandemic.
3) Clear takeaways:
* asymptomatic spread is real
* asymptomatic spread is likely more common than we knew
* some people who are asymptomatic will nonetheless have effects from infection (e.g., lung findings on CT)
* we don't know who is asymptomatic, or why they don't get sxs
I was pushed by many on the issue of "deaths of despair" - by reps claiming they would be STOPPED if we "re-open" (without testing, tracing, etc).
I pushed back. This was a false equivalence.
In this piece, @drjessigold and I outline exactly why & how this connection is WRONG. 1) Although risk is there, these aren't new 2) Deaths may not (yet) be increasing 3) We have a chance for change 4) If we really care, let's make it happen. buff.ly/2MscO0Z@statnews
According to this observational analysis, "Taking the combination gives a three times increased risk of dying within 30 days of any cause."
** I personally have not seen the abstract, and suspect that the usual caveats about observational studies apply. E.g., the people who were receiving the drug may differ from those not receiving it, in important ways.
I do make mistakes, and I do change my statements when the data changes. But here we are, 3-4 weeks out, and lo & behold, what we said would happen based on science is, actually, what is happening. 🤷♀️
@AlexBerenson Thank you for highlighting that my tweets are consistent. As I said, I've been calling for testing, PPE, and public health messaging.
And nb we know that rises in hospitalizations occur 3-5 weeks after infections.
@AlexBerenson And I hope to God that science catches up so we can act based on data rather than conjecture.
@AlexBerenson In the meantime, I appreciate your commitment to not throwing political shade, but rather engaging in conversations based on what we do know, and what we don't know. And pushing forward to get more data and science, quickly.
I am so appreciative of @RepBlaine Q during the hearing today about "deaths of despair" & patients dying due to lack of care during #COVID19. His concerns about these people, informing his push for re-opening, is tangible.
I am also so appreciative of his focus on data & science
Here's the thing: It doesn't have to be either/or.
We MUST re-open.
We MUST take care of our vulnerable.
AND: we MUST do so in a way that has adequate PPE & testing & science.
Or else reopening is useless - no one will show up.
I'd be happy to talk any time about how we can support our workers and communities BOTH in getting back to work, AND in staying safe.
Staying "shut down" is not an option.
But neither is going back to early March.
I wish it were different. But this is where we are.
So honored to get to talk to the House today about the perspectives of frontline emergency docs, nurses, techs, & more. About our need for PPE. About our exhaustion & frustration in the face of #COVID19.
I also urge us to listen to the stories of the other speakers: