First, there is now a Resources Page here for the most commonly asked questions I’m getting.
Happy to continue to answer your questions/concerns as best I can, so don’t be shy about that.
Freshwater Aquarium Provides Source for Melioidosis Infection
a fascinating CDC sleuthing case discovering how a Maryland woman got a life-threatening infection from a bacteria mostly found in SE Asia.
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While Covid-19 Skyrockets, Florida’s Gov. DeSantis And Surgeon General Ladapo Are Still Spreading Misinformation
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CDC’s Isolation Guidelines Are Inadequate
See What to do if newly infected, under Tips, below:
US hits 1m Covid infections in one day (and 2 mill/d globally)
Covid-19 infections in the US surpassed one million cases in one day for the first time on Monday, The Guardian reported. In total, 1.06 million new positive tests were recorded, according to the Johns Hopkins University database. The figure is almost double the previous record of about 590,000 set just four days ago in the US – itself a doubling from the week before.
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Omicron’s feeble attack on the lungs could make it less dangerous
Mounting evidence from animal studies suggests that Omicron does not multiply readily in lung tissue, which can be badly damaged in people infected with other variants.
Nature Max Kozlov
But Omicron’s hyper-transmissibility means that hospitals are filling quickly – despite any decrease in the severity of the disease it causes.
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Military deployed at London hospitals over Omicron
Some 200 military personnel, including 40 army doctors, have been drafted in to London hospitals to help with the Omicron Covid surge, the Guardian reports. The extra support follows huge hospital staff absences due to the disease. The other 160 personnel, who have no medical training, will check in patients, ensure stocks are maintained and would also be “conducting basic checks”, the Ministry of Defence said.
Other Covid news:
Members of Biden’s transition team call for new COVID plan
Former members of President Joe Biden’s transition team are calling for a new long-term strategy that envisions a world in which humans learn to live with the new coronavirus.
Six former advisers published three opinion articles Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association detailing what needs to be done now to make that happen.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an oncologist, medical ethicist and University of Pennsylvania professor who advised former President Barack Obama, is the driving force behind the effort.
The experts suggest that the Biden administration take a broader view of the pandemic and acknowledge the virus won’t be going away. They expressed concern about a “perpetual state of emergency” in response to new surges, such as the highly contagious Omicron variant.
“From a macro perspective, it feels like we are always fighting yesterday’s crisis and not necessarily thinking what needs to be done today to prepare us for what comes next,” one author, Dr. Luciana Borio, told The New York Times. She’s a former acting chief scientist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The authors called for a “new normal” of living with the virus indefinitely. They suggested preparing for future outbreaks by creating goals and benchmarks for what metrics would set emergency measures in motion. These might include specific numbers for hospitalizations and deaths from respiratory viruses.
They also called for broader vaccine mandates, including for children, and recommended that oral treatments and N95 masks be free and readily available.
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2787945 on testing, mitigation
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2787944 on the new normal
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China steps up checks after coronavirus fruit findings
China has tightened import rules after finding the virus that causes COVID-19 on packaging of fruit from Vietnam and Thailand.
At least nine Chinese cities have recorded positive coronavirus tests in relation to dragon fruit from Vietnam and longan fruit from Thailand, according to media reports.
China had already stopped at least some dragon fruit imports from Vietnam until the end of January because of coronavirus findings in late December.
Authorities have now started screening of imported food products, temporarily shut food stores and ordered people who bought the implicated fruit to quarantine.
In September this past year, China detected the SARS-CoV-2 virus on the packaging and boxes containing dragon fruits imported from Vietnam and suspended imports for a week.
These measures are despite organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) saying the virus that causes COVID-19 is not a direct food safety concern.
Current data indicates that neither food nor food packaging is a pathway for the spread of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food or on surfaces. Once in the environment, viruses degrade and become less infectious, according to guidance.
Detection of virus or viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) remnants on foods and packaging shows evidence of previous contamination but there is no confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 being transmitted by food or packaging and causing illness in people who touch them.
China has reportedly found the COVID-19 virus in food imports from India, the United States and Canada following nucleic acid tests on imported food and packaging. As of June 2021, customs had detected 26 positive COVID-19 virus samples related to exports of packaged products such as chicken wings, seafood and fish.
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Could microclots help explain the mystery of long Covid? | Resia Pretorius https://t.co/4YUpmdav32— Guardian Australia (@GuardianAus) January 5, 2022
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WHO not concerned about new variant in France
Researchers at IHU Mediterranee Infection in France have detected a new variant of the coronavirus, according to early research published Dec. 29 on MedRxiv.
The variant, B.1.640.2, is dubbed IHU after the facility where it was discovered on Dec. 10.
Researchers say it contains 46 mutations, even more than omicron. The variant carries the N501Y mutation, seen in the alpha variant, which experts believe can make it more transmissible. Research has also shown the variant carries the E484K mutation, which could mean it may be more resistant to vaccines.
Experts were quick to clarify the discovery of a new variant does not necessarily indicate IHU will be as infectious as other variants, including omicron, The Independent reported.
The variant has been identified in 12 individuals thus far near Marseille, France, according to The Independent. The first case was linked to a fully vaccinated individual returning from a three-day trip to the African country of Cameroon.
It has not been spotted in any other countries. An official from the World Health Organization said the variant has been on the agency’s radar since November, but has not been a cause for concern given its spread over the last two months, The New York Times reported Jan. 5
The research has not yet been peer reviewed.
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Stop this "flurona" BS. Co-infections of circulating respiratory viruses happen all the time. Co-infections of influenza and SARS-CoV-2 were reported in early 2020. This is almost certainly not the first time this has occurred in LA or anywhere. https://t.co/6Jxy1hHRgw— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen) January 5, 2022
Do rapid tests work with omicron? Should I swab my throat? Covid test questions, answered.
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Scientists try to pinpoint why rapid Covid tests are missing some cases
Growing evidence indicates Omicron collects in the throat, not in the nose, which could be why the nasal swabs used in rapid testing kits often aren’t detecting the variant.
“One of the things that we’re worried about is with all of this rapid antigen testing with nasal swabs, are we missing a lot of early infection?” said Donald Milton, a co-author of a December study showing that saliva tests may work better. “We know that people are transmitting during that period – minus three to plus two days of symptom onset. It’s when transmission happens.”
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Opinion: Containing Covid-19 requires rapid tests that are highly sensitive to infections. Why is the FDA asking for something different
The key marker of effectiveness for home Covid-19 tests should be few false negatives, rather than the fewest false positives.
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Free rapid antigen tests makes economic sense for governments
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While Floridians wait in line for hours to get a COVID test, Ron DeSantis' just admitted at one of his press conferences that a stockpile of "800,000 to a million" tests expired between 12/26-30/21. Just a staggering failure.— Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) January 6, 2022
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So weird how handing over essential public health like covid testing to the private, profit-driven sector and yelling at people to get back to work hasn’t ended the pandemic https://t.co/lMdDJJnRZu— Kathleen McLaughlin (@kemc) January 5, 2022
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Drugs and Vaccines:
64,970 Pfizer COVID-19 Pills (Paxlovid) Ship Throughout the U.S.
The actual distribution list is published on this webpage. Allocation will be through state health department.
To meet future patient demands, the U.S. Government had ordered 20 million treatments as of January 4, 2022.
Approximately 10 million Paxlovid treatment courses have been accelerated for delivery by the end of June 2022, with the remaining 10 million to follow by the end of September 2022.
is co-administered with a low dose of ritonavir that helps slow the metabolism, or breakdown, of the antiviral, allowing it to remain active in the body longer.
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Monoclonal Antibody distribution:
is through the state health departments. Here’s the original allocation, although Florida’s DeSantis successfully pushed for more. Since they refuse mask mandates and do not encourage (actually discourage) vaccinations, I wouldn’t have given more.
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COVID-19 vaccine does not increase risk of preterm birth, says study
Pregnant people who contract COVID-19 have an increased risk of disease severity and death, yet only 31% of pregnant people in the United States had received vaccines as of September 2021. One barrier to vaccine acceptance is the concern that vaccination might disrupt pregnancy.
A Yale co-led study, which looked at more than 40,000 pregnant individuals, adds new evidence supporting the safety of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy.
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Vaccinated women pass COVID-19 antibodies to breastfeeding babies
Women vaccinated against COVID-19 transfer SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to their breastfed infants, potentially giving their babies passive immunity against the coronavirus, according to University of Massachusetts Amherst research.
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Preprint study shows significant vaccine efficacy waning in adolescents
Yesterday a new preprint study out of Israel showed the efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine waned in 12- to 17-year-olds in a similar pattern seen in adult recipients. Within 5 month after completing the initial two-dose vaccinations series, protection against infection with SARS-CoV-2 dropped to 58%. The study was published on the preprint server medRxiv.
The peak protection provided by the vaccine was between 2 weeks and 3 months after the second dose, and the effectiveness of the vaccine against infection was subsequently reduced to 75% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 71% to 79%) and 58% (95% CI: 52% to 64%) 90 to149 days and 150 to180 days following receipt of the second dose, respectively.
“Long-term protection conferred by the vaccine was reduced to 75-78% against infection and symptomatic infection, respectively, 3 to 5 months after the second dose, and waned to 58% against infection and 65% against COVID-19 after 5 months,” the authors said.
Jan 5 medRxiv study
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Study finds no link between flu vaccination and COVID-19 risk
A large Danish study of more than 46,000 health workers found that flu vaccination didn’t affect COVID-19 hospitalization or influence the development of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. A team based at the University of Copenhagen detailed their findings today in the Journal of Infection.
Researchers said they explored the links, due to speculation that flu vaccination might afford some protection against COVID-19, given that the two viruses produce similar host immune response. Also, some wondered whether flu vaccination might influence the risk of COVID-19 infection.
For the study, a cohort of 46,112 health workers were tested for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and completed surveys on COVID-19 symptoms, hospitalization, and flu vaccination.
When they compared vaccinated to unvaccinated health workers, they found no difference in COVID-19 hospitalization or symptoms and no clinical difference in contracting COVID-19, as measured by the development of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.
Jan 5 J Infect abstract
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What Happened to the Novavax Vaccine?
– As mRNA vaccines saturate the U.S. market, is there room for another, made w older technology (protein subunit)
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People are receiving unapproved extra COVID-19 vaccine doses. Is it a problem?
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Booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine required for immune protection against Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, says study
An additional “booster” dose of Moderna or Pfizer mRNA-based vaccine is needed to provide immunity against the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a study by researchers at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. The results of this study, reported in the journal Cell, indicate that traditional dosing regimens of COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States do not produce antibodies capable of recognizing and neutralizing the Omicron variant.
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In March 2019, shortly before that NFID conference, I wrote this blog post for @AHCJ noting that—lo and behold!—there are actually vaccine hesitancy STUDIES that you can consult in lieu of that hot take you were about to write with no evidence at all. 15/x https://t.co/vrkTsWYju8— Tara Haelle (@tarahaelle) January 5, 2022
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A new CDC analysis found that severe illness and death from Covid were extremely rare in vaccinated people. Among 1,228,664 fully vaccinated people across the US, 185 (0.015%) had severe illness and 36 (0.0033%) died. Covid vaccines are extremely safe and remarkably effective.— Dr. Tom Frieden (@DrTomFrieden) January 6, 2022
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Remarkably low rate of myocarditis among children mRNA (Pfizer) vaccinated age 5-11— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) January 5, 2022
Total of 12 cases among 8.7 million doses givenhttps://t.co/sL4tmsy6wd
Rate of 4/million in boys is <1/10th the rate in teens pic.twitter.com/QUyPlGZfTr
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COVID vaccines may briefly change your menstrual cycle, but you should still get one https://t.co/86MT5Y0rcC— NPR Health News (@NPRHealth) January 6, 2022
Most people are surprised that N95/KN95/KF94 can be used more than 8 hrs. Actually the N95 spec requires that these masks maintain >95% after 200mg of loading. How much is 200mg, same as wearing the mask 24/7 in Shanghai for about 200 DAYS! Straps will be the first thing to fail— Aaron Collins (@masknerd) December 22, 2021
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Dry heat disinfecting of N95 mask works, preserves fit
[Masks were heated to 212 F]
A study led by Stony Brook University researchers discovered that a readily available method using dry ovens can be used to disinfect N95s for reuse, in settings where new masks may not be available. Their findings are published in PLOS ONE.
PLOS ONE (2022). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0257963
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Wondering if your mask is legit or a counterfeit?
Check the numbers
To be sure that any masks you buy are authentic, Miller advises consumers to look for the TC number on N95 masks. “It says TC-and then three more digits and then two digits and also a lot number,” she said. Real N95 masks also come with a head strap.
For KN95 masks, Miller said the mask should say: “GB 2626-2019 then a space and then KN95. If it does not have that printed on the face of the mask, it is not made to the standard.”
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When you see things like this, ask yourself:— Michael Baym (@baym) January 6, 2022
Do we know what an infectious dose is? (not really)
Does it make sense the numbers are symmetric? (No)
Does 15 minutes for unmasked/unmasked make any sense? (Definitely not)
Is there a dependence on distance? Ventilation? Why not?
How the US is handling COVID— Tall Eddy, MD (@TallDoctorEddy) January 4, 2022
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The CDC explains its new Covid guidelines pic.twitter.com/YRG9GuUGDo— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 5, 2022
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What would ideal COVID Isolation guidance be?— Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) January 5, 2022
Once rapid antigen tests are cheap & ubiquitous
1. Isolate for first 5 days
2. Then test daily
3. Negative X 2 days? End isolation. Good to go
4. Positive? Remain in isolation until 2 negs or 10 days
I think its that simple
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1/ SUPERSPREADING IS EXPLAINED BY SHARED-ROOM AIRBORNE TRANSMISSION— Prof. Jose-Luis Jimenez (@jljcolorado) January 7, 2022
We can use that to estimate risk of transmission for omicron & other diseases
Our peer-reviewed paper was just published (open access) in @EnvSciTech
I'll explain it in this threadhttps://t.co/0NR5mFANJd pic.twitter.com/gFxLNIoEcF
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Which Fully Vaccinated Adults Are Most at Risk of Severe COVID?
A significant proportion of all fully vaccinated adults who died of COVID-19 had at least four risk factors associated with severe outcomes, researchers found.
In addition to older age (65 and up) and being immunosuppressed, having chronic kidney, cardiac, pulmonary, neurologic, or liver diseases, as well as diabetes, were all associated with higher odds of severe COVID outcomes, and 77.8% of fully vaccinated adults who died had at least four of these risk factors, reported Sameer Kadri, MD, of the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and colleagues in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
However, there were no increased odds of severe outcomes associated with sex, race/ethnicity, time since primary vaccination, or whether the infection occurred during the Delta variant wave.
Interestingly, Pfizer vaccine recipients had comparable risks of severe outcomes to those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (aOR 0.70, 95% CI 0.39-1.26), while these risks were lower for those who received Moderna (aOR 0.56, 95% CI 0.32-0.98).
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COVID-19 vaccines significantly cut MIS-C risk in teens (and kids, probably)
multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children = (MIS-C)
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New, very strong, meta-analysis published on 81 studies estimating #LongCovid prevalence!— Hannah Davis (ON HIATUS FOR JANUARY) (@ahandvanish) January 5, 2022
32% of patients have fatigue at 12 weeks, 31% at 6+ months
22% have cognitive impairment at 12 weeks, 21% at 6+ months
Lots of additional info:
Tips, general reading for public:
Tatiana Prowell (@tmprowell) and others have tips for newly infected and/or exposed, below. See also https://cleanaircrew.org/someone-in-my-home-has-covid-how-do-we-isolate-safely/
1/ The first thing to say is that if someone has #COVID19 symptoms (#Omicron most common: nasal congestion/runny nose, scratchy sore throat, fever, & aches), you have to assume they have it. You may not have a test (urgent cares are still open & do) or they may still be neg.
2/ You, as the person exposed to the one with symptoms, have to assume that you both do & don’t have #Omicron too. Wait, what? I mean: assume you could infect others now & take care to avoid exposing them, BUT don’t assume it’s too late for you to avoid getting it.
3/ Especially in households with #vaccinated (& #boosted) family members, I have seen people manage to limit #Omicron to the first person who was infected. This #CovidVariant is incredibly contagious, but It CAN be done. Don’t give up on the idea!
4/ If you have N95/KN95/KF94 masks, get in them immediately. If you have only 1, put the sick person in it for source control. If you have >1 but not enough for all put the sick one & the highest risk (older, #immunocompromised) people in them. Then get outside, & leave door open.
5/ Fresh air is a friend & shared air is an enemy. The more you can ventilate your , now & until this is over, the better. You want the concentration of #omicron in air as low as possible. This decreases odds of infection & may make you less sick if you do get infected.
6/ Plan to bundle up if you’re in a climate, because you’re going to need to leave doors & windows open enough for air exchange, esp for next 5d or so, & a cross draft. If you have a fresh HVAC filter, change it. If a hardware place is open, get a MERV13 HVAC filter. (Amazon has too.)
7/ Run the fan on your thermostat on high. Filter that #Omicron ! If you need supplies of any kind, please do curbside pickup or same-day delivery or drive-thru. No one exposed should be indoors in public, & def not the one with symptoms, to prevent further spread.
8/ If you don’t have any N95/KN95/KN94 masks, please see if a nearby friend or neighbor has unused ones you can have & order them replacements. The nonprofit @projectn95 (http://projectn95.org) is a great place to get them. Your backup plan for right now is a surgical mask.
9/ A surgical mask (ASTM level 3, 3-ply is best) has good filtration but usually not good fit. There are often gaps. Knot ear loops where they join the mask & then tuck to improve the mask fit. Here’s a short video demo: https://youtu.be/GzTAZDsNBe0. Put a cloth mask over the surg mask.
10/ Now it’s time to create the space where the infected person or people will isolate for 10d to let #Omicron run its course. This prior of mine covers what is helpful to have in there & other things to consider.
11/ This whole scenario assumes that things are going ok with the person who has #Omicron. How do you know if they are ok? As I mentioned before, if you have a pulse oximeter (O2 sat monitor)-the thing drs put on your fingertip to measure O2-use it. See guide in .
12/ If you don’t have a pulse oximeter, many pharmacies carry them. They are over the counter. Ask the pharmacist if you don’t see them. You can order them online from many places too. Get one highly rated by many people. They need not be expensive. $15 gets a very good one.
13/ Some of your devices (smart watches, fitness trackers) can detect heart rate (60-100 normal for adults) & less reliably O2 levels. If you have them & they read low O2 levels, def do call a dr or seek care. Video calls are helpful to check on the sick as well.
14/ If the person w/ #Omicron is high-risk (especially #immunocompromised, organ or bone marrow transplant, active #cancer, #pregnant, #diabetes, older, etc), they should contact a dr even if they seem ok. There are outpatient treatments that sig risk of being hospitalized.
15/ These include monoclonal antibodies (some brands no longer work vs #Omicron, but 1 called sotrovimab remains effective). It is given IV as a single dose. There are also two types of pills taken for 5d at home. All are in short supply at the moment. https://google.com/amp/s/abcnews.go.com/amp/Health/omicron-treatments-monoclonal-antibodies-work-variant/story%3fid=81893922….
16/ All of these things to treat outpatients w/ #Omicron, the monoclonal antibody sotrovimab, as well as the pills (Paxlovid: https://google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/12/22/health/pfizer-covid-pill-fda-paxlovid.amp.html…) & (molnupiravir: https://google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/12/23/health/covid-pill-merck.amp.html…) are new, so they are being reserved for higher-risk folks while supply increases. [Paxlovid is better imho] 17/ If you are not the sick person, but one of the exposed, & you can walk-up/drive-up (NOT indoors & ONLY in a !) to #GetVaccinated, do it. If age 16+ & 6+ mos post dose 2 of vaccine (or 2+ post J&J), go #GetBoosted now! The booster protects w/in a wk! 19/ If you are high-risk #immunocompromised or #immunosuppressed, we know that #vaccineswork less well in many of you. While you should still #GetVaccinated & #GetBoosted, an injection (Evusheld) can decrease your risk of #COVID19. It’s given every 6 mos. ~ ~ ~ Also #Remdesivir might be available as an outpatient for high-risk- (1.6%) in the remdesivir group and 21 of 252 (8.3%) hosp or death in placebo https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2116846 I suggest contacting the local health department +/- hospital to see where any of these drugs might be available. There are very limited supplies.
This is brilliant. pic.twitter.com/7Lq2VwooIz— CJ 🌊 (@CJ_isnowblue) January 7, 2022
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SCOOP: Jan. 6 committee is examining whether Trump oversaw a criminal conspiracy connecting the “political elements” of the WH plan involving Pence, and the extremist groups that attacked the Capitol. @GuardianUS https://t.co/Ih7ZOb5Evf— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 8, 2022
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This seems important. https://t.co/ATgOnqGe6T— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) January 4, 2022
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Pres. Biden cannot require teachers in the Head Start early education program to be vaccinated against COVID-19, a Louisiana federal judge ruled, handing a victory to 24 states that had sued the federal government. https://t.co/4CoPxqMj25— ABC News (@ABC) January 3, 2022
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Harris County can continue imposing mask requirements following a Texas state appeals court ruling that decided against @GovAbbott's attempt to ban mask mandates by local governments. https://t.co/J8takNmQpV— Chron (@chron) January 7, 2022
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My Jan. 6 experience was very different from that of most other Hill reporters. I was in Georgia covering the Senate runoffs.— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) January 6, 2022
On Jan. 4, Trump held a rally in NW Georgia for Loeffler & Perdue.
This was the WiFi password for press. I will never forget it.
(The WiFi didn’t work) pic.twitter.com/AYLm0on69R
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Four sources confirmed Harris was inside the building.— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 6, 2022
It's a major development int eh timeline that day and solves a mystery about her whereabouts as the riot escalated.https://t.co/zzEXwNe0mE
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Remarkable question from Alito: If we have an admnistrative stay will you say (presumably in public) that this Court is costing peoples' lives. As in the past with him, thin skinned and petulant.— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) January 7, 2022
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SCOOP: Arizona will transfer 2,706 prisoners from a state run prison to a private facility in a move that’s expected to cost the state more money, while generating millions of dollars in profits for the private prison industry https://t.co/XahIOVNlzv— Jimmy Jenkins (@JimmyJenkins) January 7, 2022
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Sometimes the evidence is overwhelming. pic.twitter.com/bc1WIoo9Da— Pitt Griffin (@pittgriffin) January 7, 2022
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Remember this guy; he took Garland's seat; bc he wouldn't wear a mask, Justice Sotomayor, who has diabetes & normally sits next to him, had to participate remotely. I don't have to know anything more about this man's character. https://t.co/S8ykKwNtbM— Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) January 8, 2022
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This is what the Malaysian government has provided to its lowest monthly income households since early December.— Lord Blood (@drng) January 6, 2022
Two packets of Rapid antigen tests, pulse oximeter, mask and thermometer.
No fuss. No drama.
Just leaving this here. pic.twitter.com/WYZdtp8tZe
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Seriously… https://t.co/sNxqhsxXUn— Kyle Anderson (@DrKyle) January 6, 2022
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It seems they didn't use the funds to upgrade ventilation. Some schools directed covid funds to sports while Alabama used the money for prisons. pic.twitter.com/G9G5LJSXMI— KD (@Fly_Sistah) January 5, 2022
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Watch this extraordinary denunciation of the modern Republican Party by Reagan's former solicitor general Charles Fried. He was born in Prague in 1935 and says today he hears "the same tunes — and it scares me." pic.twitter.com/fqxbanVt4D— Christiane Amanpour (@amanpour) December 8, 2021
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If you can wait in line for a covid test, you can wait in line to vote. pic.twitter.com/Y8YrKEspYP— Texas GOP (@TexasGOP) January 7, 2022
Feel good du jour:
This 13-year-old has collected more than 100k cans and bottles to recycle to help fund college tuition for Hawaiian youth, while also keeping the island clean. pic.twitter.com/lDPEnxw3og— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 7, 2022
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🎨 Zohra fell in love with art as a child growing up in Afghanistan.— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) January 6, 2022
Now in Ecuador, she paints captivating murals that express the hopes and fears of refugees like herself. pic.twitter.com/a06VQJXzZf
can't stop thinking about the time I got shamed by a rock pic.twitter.com/TglvQXMmc5— living morganism 🌱 (@ok_girlfriend) October 1, 2020
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His mom shares the moment her son believed he was actually seeing himself on screen. https://t.co/2atI7SSBbN— POPSUGAR Family (@POPSUGARMoms) January 4, 2022
Bits of beauty: