Vaccinations are rising again in the US after weeks in decline. For most of this year the rolling average number of daily Covid vaccinations trended downward. But for 8 straight days, the average number of inoculations more than doubled to 485,505 daily https://t.co/X6sDElnEAd pic.twitter.com/3CfMn1YthM
— delthia ricks ? (@DelthiaRicks) April 11, 2022
Be prepared to be your own, or your loved ones’, advocate:
I had to speak to my family who convinced the doc to prescribe it. His O2 sat was 65-75% at the time and getting worse daily
2 days after starting Paxlovid, he turned around
~12 days after first pos, he turned neg on rapid test
These drugs save lives remarkably well
— Michael Mina (@michaelmina_lab) April 10, 2022
The manufacturing hub of Guangzhou has closed itself to most arrivals as China battles a COVID-19 outbreak in its big eastern cities. Shanghai, under tight lockdown, has taken the brunt of the surge, with more than 26,000 new cases reported. https://t.co/wO5mHYqlYk
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 11, 2022
Authorities in China's financial centre of Shanghai will start easing lockdown in some areas, despite reporting a record of more than 25,000 new COVID infections, as they strive to get the city moving again after more than two weeks https://t.co/efDvCLZGNd pic.twitter.com/a8ngfGpzNW
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 11, 2022
On social media, there are some real horror stories concerning Shanghai — and also, I have to assume, an unknown percentage of doomsterism-fueled exaggerations, disinformation, and lies. I try to err on the side of caution:
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 11, 2022
When reporting deaths, if there is a choice between attributing them to Covid or underlying conditions, there are strong incentives not to attribute them directly to Covid. In China, “we just don’t know what the true number of deaths is.”https://t.co/pQYxzAfCbA
— Jonathan Cheng (@JChengWSJ) April 11, 2022
Health authorities have emphasized that the over 11,000 recovered COVID-19 patients that have been released in Shanghai must be allowed to return home, despite the lockdown that has severely restricted movement in China’s largest city. https://t.co/PKsIHiBKtw
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 10, 2022
… The shortages are affecting the top and bottom tiers of Shanghai society. Chinese tycoon Kathy Xu has tried to join a collective buying bread and milk, the marines based in the US consulate have had to beg for food to be delivered and some migrant workers have reported eating one steamed bun every two days.
“In Shanghai, we’re in the middle of the hurricane, this is also a lesson for all the other cities in China,” said Rodrigo Zeidan, a professor of business at NYU Shanghai and Fundacao Dom Cabral who lives in the Chinese metropolis.
“It was chaos. There’s a lot of frustration and anger, there are all sorts of feelings. It’s a city of 30 million people. So, there are 30 million individuals with their own feelings.”
The issue that has driven Shanghainese to the streets and to confrontations with medical workers and police is supply. This cosmopolitan hub suddenly shut down its economy, but officials now admit they had not thought through how they would get food delivered to compounds once delivery drivers or grocery workers were isolated or locked down themselves…
In their compounds, residents have had to co-ordinate with hundreds of neighbours to place orders big enough to bring in entire truckloads of shopping.
Fishman ordered $3700 worth of groceries with his neighbours to make sure they could get vegetables, eggs, chicken and other supplies delivered.
“The key was making sure no one was left out, including the elderly who aren’t savvy on their phones, and the foreigners who couldn’t read or keep up with the volume of Chinese messages in the group,” he said.
Zeidan said as an economist it was interesting to see supply chains break down in real life, but the experience had also shown how Chinese communities could band together when the government failed…
In some areas, food supply shortages that triggered widespread anger over the weekend are easing, but migrants, the elderly and itinerant workers remain vulnerable as China pushes ahead with its COVID-zero strategy. Footage of residents being hauled away, a beggar being stomped on and animals being taken by workers in hazmat suits has attracted outrage across China’s social media platforms…
The challenge for the Chinese government is pulling Shanghai out of a spiral of lockdowns while getting jabs to the 52 million elderly residents who remain unvaccinated around the country.
Mercator Institute for China Studies analyst Vincent Brussee said Shanghai had hoped to avoid a total lockdown but was now paying a much higher price…
— Hong Kong Free Press HKFP (@hkfp) April 11, 2022
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) April 10, 2022
An FDA panel is trying to figure out if there is enough time to revamp Covid vaccines by Fall. The hope is to have a vaccine that works well against all variants — if that's possible https://t.co/qF60bqsJBY
— delthia ricks ? (@DelthiaRicks) April 10, 2022
Hopeful news, from a longer thread:
Lots of uncertainty around what’s happening with Covid in the Northeast right now. Are we at the start of another surge, or will the slow rise continue a little longer and then drop off?
After a string of telehealth and hospital shifts in NYC recently, here are some thoughts: ??
— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig_A_Spencer) April 10, 2022