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@angie_rasmussen @SaskiaPopescuMaybe people who work in hospitals or are in the scientific community understand the details but not the public. It's almost December of 2020 and places are still closing for cleanings without addressing ventilation. I think this is dramatic and profound failure of communication.
@angie_rasmussen @SaskiaPopescuSo sadly utter and absolute failure of communication that will go down in future textbooks as what not to do. I am still contacted daily by frustrated members of public and administrators because I wrote *one* article on ventilation—they don't have what they need from CDC or WHO.
@misguidedsoul7 @angie_rasmussenY @jeremychryslere @SaskiaPopescup @samhorwich . @GovMurphy Terrible. But hard to blame political authorities and the public when public health authorities have botched the communication part. People following the right scientists on Twitter may get it, but not so for the public.
American health-care workers may soon get a vaccine that has shown 94% efficacy in trials. To understand magnitude of this achievement, remember that even 18 months was considered a ridiculously optimistic vaccine timeline. Without that sequence, it couldn't get started.
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.
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.
❗️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.
Hong Kong protests are in their fifth month despite an escalating crackdown. How? One surprising answer: the fate of China's Uyghurs. Many talked to me about it. They watched and learned. They've decided that they "may as well go down fighting." My latest.
Really, really need a large-scale analysis of use (and non-use) of mug-shots for victims and perpetrators.
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).