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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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@angie_rasmussen  @SaskiaPopescuThe  fact that the restaurant owners go ahead with these and people go into them shows our communication has failed. Giving people correct intuitions about the virus is what science communication is about. So many other examples, too.

@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  @SaskiaPopescuThe  CDC finally updated wording as late as fall, but actionable guidance remains weak to non-existent. WHO started putting in the word ventilation over summer, but it was September and October when public-facing pages got some updates and they *still* aren't clear.

@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.

@EricTopol  Also I wrote this today because I hope the role of the scientists—starting with the ones in China—who helped make these vaccines possible but will not make large amounts of money from all this will not be forgotten—especially those in China who took personal risks.

I wrote about the Chinese scientist who kick-started it all by publishing the SARS-CoV-2 sequence in an open repository on January 10th—without waiting for authorization. Two days later, Moderna had the vaccine. Just ten months later, we have a vaccine.

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.

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They had the sequence for the vaccine. So what will be injected to millions in just a few weeks, they had the design

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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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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.

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.

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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❗️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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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.

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Really, really need a large-scale analysis of use (and non-use) of mug-shots for victims and perpetrators.

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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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Don't share gory pics. People have loved ones watching. Don't put panicked people on endless loop on TV. That's literally goal of terrorism.

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