zeynep tufekci

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Thinking about our tools, ourselves. @UNCSILS prof+@NYTimes writer. Columns:@SciAm @Wired. Book:https://t.co/j57eEmRHYw Sign-up: https://t.co/AuuEUHWn84

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The mayor of San Fransisco at a jazz club last Thursday. The maskless partying became news because a reporter was there. Yes there is a mask mandate in SF. The issue isn’t what I think is fine. It’s that rules work if they’re workable and seen as fair.

Also, this has been going crazy viral for days now, especially among people/groups opposed to masking and/or mandates. If today is the first you've seen it, think about this moment again when you wonder why things are difficult.

*"San Francisco" — for some reason I can RT videos only from the phone and my typo defenses are even weaker on the phone. 😁

Not sure if there is a tinier hill to die on but... Here's mine: There's nothing "easy" about these "phone words". Just write out your actual phone number, dear (9XX) CALL-NOW.

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OK this might be too inside baseball, but... It’s the kinetics! Delta’s issue is the kinetics! Anyway.

@DFisman  @svscarpinoB  @kprather88u  @jljcoloradot  @linseymarr  @trishgreenhalgha  @DavidJDEarnl  @Ayjchanso  a hierarchy in people's own minds. We had MDs (hi! not personally!) and lab/bench virologists etc. commenting on all sorts of things as experts that they were not actually experts in at all. *I* don't mind it, but only one direction is recognized as "trespassing. "

@DFisman  @svscarpinoA  @kprather88l  @jljcolorados  @linseymarro  @trishgreenhalgh  @DavidJDEarnf  @Ayjchanor  example: we are 18 months into a pandemic and there is no robust, real-time social science research program into vaccine hesitancy/resistance in the US. Some work from before (but it doesn't apply well as is!) but no ongoing panel study, ethnography etc.

@DFisman  @svscarpinoO  @kprather88v  @jljcoloradoe  @linseymarrr  @trishgreenhalgha  @DavidJDEarnl  @Ayjchanl , I think many people do not understand the nature of problem(s) in front of us, or when/how it doesn't fit into the structure of silos, incentives and hierarchy in the academy/society. Can't effectively address a challenge without understanding what it is. Alas

The questions on the table are how to minimize the suffering now, what we learn from this and how to manage the next phase.

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Wow. A nursing home in Baltimore, oldest African-American one, did not lose *a single person* to COVID because as soon as they heard Trump say cases would soon go to zero, they realized it was going to be a catastrophe, stopped visits and masked up.

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A study from Korea showing why indoor dining is unsafe and why airborne transmission matters. Case B infected case A from 6.5m (~21 feet!) away in *just five minutes*, and case C from 4.8m (15 feet!). Footage shows no interaction—and only those in line of air flow got infected.

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They found six new cases in Wuhan so they’re planning to test eleven million people over the next ten days. Neither number is a typo.

More good news. Pfizer has the six month update. *Zero* hospitalizations among the vaccinated vs. 32 among the placebo group (n=46,307). Also real life data from South Africa, where B.1.351 is dominant: zero cases of COVID among the vaccinated vs. nine in the placebo (n=800).

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Facebook's own researchers found that “64% of all extremist group joins are due to our recommendation tools" and that “our recommendation systems grow the problem.” Facebook VP for policy Joel Kaplan (known for throwing a party for Kavanaugh after confirmation) nixed any action.

The WHO just updated its page on how COVID-19 transmits. Those few sentences on aerosols represent one of the most crucial scientific advances of the pandemic. My NYT piece on the century-long history of the error, the year of delay—and what it means now.

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Amazing study, supporting droplet (rather than aerosol) as key means of transmission. One asymptomatic person infected 10 (out of 91) at restaurant—but *only* if they were in direct line of air pushed by the A/C. (Aerosol would have infected others, too).

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❗️Did you know that *study after study* finds most people don't seem to transmit COVID at all? That a small percent is responsible for almost all infections? That R is not that informative? My new piece on why this may be key to controlling the pandemic.

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Trump was incompetent at his brand of authoritarianism, and he lost. But this isn't a triumph: the Democrats lost almost everything else. Make no mistake, about what's coming: The next Trumpist, in 2024, will be talented, competent and not easy to beat.

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