This winter's U.S. COVID surge is fading fast, likely thanks to a 'wall' of immunity – NPR https://t.co/h210Oykj1g
— Rod (@rodimusprime) February 3, 2023
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) February 6, 2023
The Green Lantern Pandemic Theory: We can force this epidemic to be over if only we have the WILL!
As of Monday at 8:00 a.m. ET, the unofficial #Covid toll in the U.S. reached 102,592,201 cases & 1,111,495 deaths, increases of 308,615 cases and 3,849 deaths since this time a week ago https://t.co/HHTq2gDcY1 #CovidIsntOver pic.twitter.com/Ur1C7DIkmq
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) February 6, 2023
15,625 Americans have died from COVID 19 in the past 28 days. This is not over.https://t.co/smPsGLI8qq
— Michelle RN, CHPN, Retired for Now (@MichelleRNCHPN) February 6, 2023
The US gov't will stop buying #Covid shots for the public this fall. Here’s what that means:
– Pfizer/Moderna will sell shots to health-care providers at higher cost
– People w/ health ins will still get shots free
– Uninsured may have to pay full price https://t.co/YpCr5KBgJE
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) February 7, 2023
… Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist, died on Feb. 7, 2020, from contracting the virus shortly after warning his colleagues about the COVID virus.
He was silenced by Chinese authorities for spreading rumors when the outbreak began.
Three years later, many people regard him as a symbol for freedom of speech in China…
In the months after the outbreak, President Xi Jinping enacted a strict zero-COVID policy and ordered lockdowns in many cities across the country.
Authorities lifted the restrictions in December after protests around the country in late November dubbed the “white paper” movement because of the blank white papers that protesters held up to show their dissatisfaction with the lockdowns as well as limits on freedom of speech…
Zhou Fengsuo, president of Humanitarian China, said the white paper movement was the largest demonstrations in China since the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.
“This was definitely the first time that I’m seeing such a deep, profound change in the young people,” said Zhou. “They are awakening to their true identity. They have transformed themselves through protesting, through calling for freedom in China.”
Zhou said he was hopeful for the younger generation, that they might bring change.
He quoted one of Dr. Li’s final utterances: “A healthy society cannot have only one voice.”…
China’s long-term future with Covid-19 will depend on accurate data https://t.co/sMJ5kykw0L
— South China Morning Post (@SCMPNews) February 7, 2023
Excellent article — well worth reading the whole thing:
The Beijing Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week declared that the Chinese capital’s population had reached temporary herd immunity from Covid-19, after a feared second wave did not occur after the Lunar New Year.
Beijing CDC deputy director Wang Quanyi said a serum survey will determine antibody levels among the city’s residents, to help formulate its response to further outbreaks.
This kind of survey is common after a wave of infectious illness, to assess the number of people affected and overall levels of immunity, but it is not the only information needed when preparing future policy.
Without reliable data on Covid-related deaths, it will be impossible to gauge the full impact of the outbreak or the effectiveness of vaccines and treatments.
While China has released data on deaths, severe cases and hospitalisations in the wake of mounting international pressure – including requests from the World Health Organization – many international experts doubt its accuracy.
They point to China’s definition of Covid-related deaths and the number of tests performed, as well as reports that doctors are discouraged from putting Covid-19 as the cause of death when a patient has other underlying illnesses.
When mass travel at the end of January for the Lunar New Year holiday did not bring the second wave that some mainland scientists were worried was coming, officials and state media were quick to report a dramatic drop in severe Covid-19 cases and deaths.
The National Health Commission recorded almost 60,000 Covid-related deaths between December 8 – when China scrapped mass testing and daily reporting of Covid-19 numbers – and January 12.
Since last month’s peak, China reported a nearly 90 per cent drop in Covid-19 deaths and severe cases among hospital patients on February 1 .
While Chinese state media is relaying a message that the worst is over, some scientists are now predicting another wave in three to four months, when the population’s immunity wanes, but with mild symptoms for most people…
Japan 🇯🇵 Covid cases & deaths 6th February (Daily)
(Weekend data, Sun/Mon, generally lower)
Number of newly confirmed cases
Compared to the previous day
– 16,847 cases
— Tigress (@tigresseleanor) February 6, 2023
Excess mortality among American physicians during the Covid pandemichttps://t.co/fGHu44FE9R
"Active physicians had lower excess mortality than nonactive physicians despite their higher risk " @JAMAInternalMed pic.twitter.com/gMEhQ2ibRc
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) February 6, 2023
From a longer thread:
Some are saying that the BMJ study shows vaccines are a higher risk for causing severe myocarditis than covid.
If anything it says you're ~4 times less likely to get myocarditis, ~23 times less likely to get heart failure, and ~80 times less likely to die.
— Kyle Sheldrick (@K_Sheldrick) February 6, 2023
New book "The Big Myth" argues that "market fundamentalism" leads to science denial. Anti-vaxxers & anti-public health troglodytes are drawn to easily digested falsehoods.
They also believe in [invisible] boogeymen trying to force something on them or take something away⬇️ https://t.co/Oj6LC13VgM
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) February 5, 2023
… The law — said to be the first of its kind in the U.S. — specifies that for physicians and surgeons, the dissemination of misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19 constitutes unprofessional conduct, which is subject to discipline by the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California. (Existing law specifies that the applicable board take action against any licensed physician or surgeon charged with unprofessional conduct.)
Notably, AB 2098 specifies that dissemination applies to information shared by the physician to a patient under their care in the form of treatment or advice. And it defines misinformation as “false information that is contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.” The law does not cover information stated in a public domain, such as on social media, because that provision was removed as the bill moved through the legislative process last year…
Jaffe told MedPage Today that, in representing the plaintiffs, the legal argument against AB 2098 especially needs to emphasize that “contemporary scientific consensus” is meaningless. As it relates to COVID-19, there have been instances of that consensus falling apart in real time, he said.
Jenin Younes, JD, litigation counsel for the NCLA, called the order granting a preliminary injunction against the law a “significant victory,” adding in a phone interview with MedPage Today that “people have the right to know what the law means” and that vagueness leads to a “chilling effect.”
Practical concerns arise if physicians are afraid that what they say violates the law, she said. “It damages the relationship and trust between physicians and patients.”
She further said that AB 2098 isn’t necessary, because there are already tools in place to hold physicians responsible for bad conduct…
The Center for Countering Digital Hate has been one of the strongest voices against disinformation throughout this pandemic. Their March 2021 “Disinformation Dozen” report has been extremely helpful to explain how a small number of individuals peddling pandemic lies have created such outsized noise through social media which has consequences in shaping public health behavior offline. Their calls to platforms to reign in the risk these individuals posed to global public health have gone mostly unanswered and in the case of Twitter, new owner Elon Musk has done the exact opposite of what is needed by re-platforming anti-vax extremists.
Their follow-up report “The Pandemic Profiteers” from June 2021 is worth giving as much attention as their first. For a more updated report, see “The science (and business) behind COVID-19 disinformation. And what to do about it.” from Your Local Epidemiologist Katelyn Jetelina. The contents of the CCDH’s 2021 report are echoed in what we are still seeing in 2023 and saw throughout 2022…
It pays to deceive online. All the way back in 2021 the CCDH was calling out RFK Jr. and Del Bigtree’s admission in court that social media was key to their organizations’ revenue streams. That is why deplatforming grifters is so important. The profit (and politics) are what drive their behavior. Social media companies have been complicit in allowing this to happen and harm their users in the process…
Buzzy disinformation gets more engagement on social media which increases the bottom line for the platforms. This was the case long before anti-vaxxer and far-right Republican Elon Musk – who invested in Steve Kirsch’s “Covid Early Treatment Fund” and has engaged in the extremist rhetoric of RFK Jr., Del Bigtree, and Dr. Simone Gold – took over at Twitter. His decision to drop Twitter’s Covid disinformation policy is likely due to a mix of prioritizing Twitter’s bottom line, his own politics, and protecting his own investments in the anti-vax movement.
This is the magnitude of the problem we are up against. In the absence of prioritizing facts, social media has had a direct hand in ushering in rising hate speech and attacks on the overwhelming majority of healthcare workers who are pro-vax. Just as anti-vax disinformation causes real life consequences in avoidable unvaxxed illness, hospitalization, death, and economic destruction, the hate speech generated from allowing these conspiracy theorist individuals a platform has frightening consequences on the safety of those who dare to stand up for truth…
We've sat on this piece for a bit, but IMO it's inarguable. If Republicans hadn't been killed off their own voters by being so anti-vaccine, Abe Hamedeh (who lost by 280 votes) would be the Arizona Attorney General.
— Lakshya Jain (@lxeagle17) February 5, 2023
time was, I was in favor of maximal vax policies because I believed that people shouldn't preventably die even if they're morons. congrats on successfully beating that out of me! now I just care about their idiocy to the extent it impacts me, which is of course still too much.
— William B. Fuckley (@opinonhaver) February 6, 2023
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