1 Those who reject #ZeroCovid say absolute 0 is impossible. IMO 0 covid advocates just want measures to reduce transmission (R0<1=case # decreasing). I'l start adding advocates of 0 covid to this thread to prove it has wide support among scientists, PH/ID experts, researchers...
Vaccines that reduce infection & disease are needed to combat the pandemic. Here, @tianyangmao@BenIsraelow et al. describe our new mucosal booster strategy, Prime and Spike, to induce such immunity via nasal delivery of unadjuvanted spike vaccine 🧵 (1/)
Shout out to the people who don’t know that @TamePunk is autistic and multiply disabled. Please don’t say Dylan is the first disabled person who has been awarded Australian of the Year - @DylanAlcott is the first wheelchair user.
Recognition is as important as representation.
We had dim sum at a Chinese restaurant yesterday. It could b our last dim sum dining experience. AT the end of the meal I realised the resturant had been packed. I said, "Let's go out. I don't feel comfortable here." There was 26 cases the day before but there could easily b 100s
Full quote: China should learn from other white countries. Don't look at non-white neighbors who did well.
Definitely don't look at Japan, South Korea, Singapore or Taiwan.
China should learn from Denmark and Germany and "other European countries."
We all want our “normal” lives back. A key difference is many of us believe we can do it in a way that is equitable for all. Everyone deserves to breathe clean indoor air and there are solutions right in front of us. Adding air filtration is a key layer of protection.
"We may be facing a further rise of omicron n possibly other new variants...However, with higher rates of vaccination along with other measures, we will be able to reopen the country safely, for the sake of economic recovery and development"
I wish Vietnam well but find it disingenuous when so many leaders around the world tell the same lies abou how they are able to "reopen safely" without ever define "safely". And yes, it's always "for the sake of the economy".
“The UKHSA said Wednesday it would begin including reinfections data on the government's rolling coronavirus data dashboard from the end of the month.
A reinfection is defined as a person testing positive twice at least 90 days apart.”
My question is
Could two thirds of the UK population had already been infected at least once before they tested positive for Omicron? I read a few months ago the estimated infection rate had already been >50%.
During an interview w CCTV, Zhang said Tianjin's cases suggest that Omicron cannot be seen as a "large size flu". Out of the total 361 infections, 42% of them hv "moderate" symptoms - those who hv pneumonia symptoms (by CT imaging) regardless of degree of severity or lack of.
CT scan is widely (if not universally) used in China for all confirmed covid cases (all hospitalised for close observation, isolation & early treatment). My understanding is that in many other countries CT scan isn't automatically used unless symptoms warrant it. This could be
...the reason why in many other countries Omicron cases are seen as mild & "like flu" - w/o widespread testing, no hospitalisation for “mild" cases, less CT imaging, some less severe pneumonia or damage to the lung may not be recognised?
I used to think that CN was able to carry out city-wide mass testing whenever necessary bc it has extremely high PCR testing capacity. But from what I read recently CN's PCR testing capacity per capita is comparable to that of many other countries. The reason why CN can do it is:
1. Low covid levels nationally, so the limited resource can be concentrated on those few cities with outbreaks at any given time.
2. HCWs from all over CN r rapidly mobilised to travel to outbreak areas to assist with mass PCR testing - usually for a couple of weeks before return