Helen Branswell

Helen Branswell


Sr writer, infectious diseases & global health, @statnews. I block: rude + locked accounts. Nieman ‘11. #flu #Ebola, #polio, #AMR #measles. ??

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We *may* get a bit of a break after #Omicron . So many people are catching it there’s going to be a lot of immunity around, which could slow Covid for a bit. (Unless, of course, there’s another variant.)

@_TheCrazyBear_  @EmbryEthanYeah , no. That wasn't what was behind ' @CDCgovs  guidelines. They are about trying to keep essentially infrastructure from collapsing because too many workers are in isolation.

Most of us haven't seen one of these for yonks. But as @HoganAlex  explains, fax machines are deeply entrenched in the U.S. medical system. Now, where did I park my horse and buggy...?

Have trouble keeping track of changes in clinical trial data? We've got the answer to your problem.

@MThallinger  That piece was published 6.5 weeks ago. A LOT of people have contracted Omicron in the interim. And as many again will before the wave ends. The only way SARS-2 won't become endemic is if the virus goes away. Not seeing that as a likely option.

Twitter burped and showed me this. Feels like it was another lifetime — the 2015 MERS outbreak in Seoul. @martinenserink 

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@carlzimmer  You've filed like a man possessed thru this pandemic, Carl. I hope the Times realizes how lucky they are. Also hope you have an easy go of it. Take good care.

Good night! Wordle 216 3/6 ⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬜🟩⬜🟨⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩

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South Korea's success at battling back #Covid19  is extraordinary. Only 76 cases on March 14. Look at this curve. Amazing. Don't focus on the blue line. Look at the green bars.

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Amazing! What South Korea is doing is really bending their #Covid19  epidemic curve. Only 131 new cases today, versus 909 on Feb. 29. It's not just China. This clearly can be done.

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Absolutely devastating: A #Covid19  denier throws a family party — then watches Covid rip thru generations of his family & his in-laws.

BREAKING: AstraZeneca's #Covid19  vaccine trials have been paused as the company investigates a serious adverse event the occurred in the UK. Not clear if the unexplained illness is linked to the vaccine, or what it was.

@CDCgov  investigations have linked 4 cases of melioidosis — a sometimes fatal bacterial infection — to an aromatherapy room spray sold at Walmart. 2 of the 4 cases in the U.S. have died. Walmart has issued a recall. Developing story,

The US #Covid  death toll hit a horrific height today. Three quarters of a million people have died — more than the population of Seattle. What to me is appalling, unconscionable, is that 75,000 of those people died in the past 45 days. When the country was awash with vaccine.

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Pretty interesting report of #Covid19  transmission during church services in Australia. Infected choir member appears to have transmitted to up to 12 church goers, some seated more than 15 meters from the choir loft. No masks. Yes, likely airborne.

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"It is going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that." — Tony Fauci, predicting the US may hit 100,000 #Covid19  cases per day if the trajectory of the outbreak is not altered. We're looking at hell, folks.

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