In the wake of past 15 months. I’m working on recovery & grieving This 15-minute audio (“mourning losses — even when they seem small”) was informative (physical effects, “disenfranchised grief” was new term to me) & compassionate & constructivehttps://pca.st/episode/6e668a4a-d889-482a-a7df-ed8eb3301798 …
6/ And of course
#COVID19 mitigation is multifaceted; there are lots of options out there aside from and in addition to universal masking. I’m hoping for more innovation in quarantine protocols for instancehttps://twitter.com/whitneyepi/status/1420356294486155264 …
5/ addendum: the flip side is that weak CDC guidance gives cover to those who don’t want to implement robust worker protections, etc. Even without the power of a mandate, guidance creates a floor for plausible deniability when it comes to institutional safety and care
4/ I feel less worried now & more reassured that we can have a year of in-person schooling without outbreaks in school buildings CDC guidance matters. It gives cover and direction to local and state officials trying to do the right thing against strong political headwinds
3/ but I’ve been worried about the fall. Our governor still has
#K12 mask requirement on the books (wisely specifically kept this when CDC rec’d all vaxxed could go unmasked) — but I’ve been worried about pushback to the policy
2/ My perception is that our state public health leaders have managed to nimbly avoid a lot of
#COVID19 culture war conflagrations engulfing neighboring states
I imagine them walking a constant tightrope w the legislature & public…I cannot imagine how tired they are…
1/ My predominant feeling hearing that CDC is recommending universal
#K12 masking was relief.
I live in NC, a highly politically polarized state (gerrymandered R legislature, Dem governor & health secretary). NC’s become a leader in making up & inflaming culture war issues…https://twitter.com/ProfLWiley/status/1420197841956478976 …
No, everyone didn’t experience the January 6 insurrection in the same way… https://twitter.com/joelakirsh/status/1420148442559549443?s=21 …https://twitter.com/WhitneyEpi/status/1413562868625285123 …
Sometimes I find myself at the cliff’s edge of despair re: humanity’s ability to address big global problems Then I read a story like this… It doesn’t fix all the bad stuff, but it sucks me back in to a hopeful stance. If they can trek mountains, who am I to despair?https://twitter.com/fatimabsyed/status/1420102710527922177 …
Watching this now.
Interesting to hear about
@PCORI’s funding portfolio and funding lineshttps://twitter.com/pcori/status/1420063952441122820 …
The authors has to make several sets of assumptions (eg, trusting and extrapolating from serosurveys in two Midwestern states) but ran some checks on assumptions. I look forward to reading the paper & thinking through the range of possibilities
In the US, we haven’t had large-scale nationally-representative
#SARSCoV2 seroprevalence studies
New @PNASNews paper takes a stab at estimating total % of infected + vaccinated as of March 2021 (pre-Delta)
with good commentary by @joshmichhttps://twitter.com/joshmich/status/1419781299192180741 …
Have recommendations for max indoor CO2 levels to suppress
#SARSCoV2 transmission changed with the dominance of the Delta variant?
Can anyone point me to updated guidelines from ventilation experts?
Someone asked me why infectious disease epidemic curves can rise so fast & also drop off so fast I am NOT an infectious disease modeler, but I wrote a quick to them about what I think as an epidemiologist who’s paid attn to the stats & a person w ties to affected groupshttps://twitter.com/WhitneyEpi/status/1417819666458812423 …
7/ And for those who don’t care much about the staggering sickness and death in the Subcontinent, theres another reason to care: the unchecked outbreak in India likely facilitated the explosion of the delta variant globally. Letting viruses run unchecked is not benign.
6/ I believe that facts matter I also believe that facts aren’t enough. Good policy is facts filtered through values, practicality, past experience, and public buy-in But the facts do matter
5/ In 2020 I wondered if people didn’t realize that the evidence was shakier than their tweets. But after multiple convos w dif people, I see it’s a strategy When we are convinced we’re on side of good, it’s easy to justify embellishment or shading the truth to make a point
4/ One of the more disturbing things I see on here is smart people willing to misrepresent data & leave out inconvenient data to make a point I see this from some people with whom I vehemently disagree and even with those w whom I mostly agree
3/ In India & the rest of South Asia now, we see that words matter, that scientific-sounding distortions of reality matter I remain enraged & heart-broken bc that scale of outbreak absolutely didn’t have to happen in a vaccine-exporting & scientifically rich country in 2021
2/ These scientific-sounding lies lowered rates of vaccine uptake & NPI. After all, prominent people said everyone already had protection from infection & cross-reactivity w other viruses These people were extremely wronghttps://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-57888460 …
1/ In Feb 2021, well-conducted national serosurvey found ~25% of India had
Didn’t stop Twitter “experts” from concluding India was at herd immunity & should be fully opened
High ranking & everyday people alike bought into this fiction…https://twitter.com/DKThomp/status/1417619997908680707 …