COVID-19 updates based on what experts on Twitter are talking about.
Moderna's Phase 1 data are out. Their #Covid19 vaccine, which is expected to go into Phase 3 late this month, generated an immune response in all subjects vaccinated. Will it be protective? How long will it last? Phase 1 trials can't answer those Qs. https://t.co/gheH5gsuyo— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) July 14, 2020
Problems w/ herd immunity:— Devi Sridhar (@devisridhar) July 15, 2020
1. Don't know how long immunity lasts. Antibodies go after <12 weeks. Maybe T-cells?
2. High # of deaths (0.5-1.5% CFR)
3. High morbidity in young & previously healthy ('longhaulers', est.10%)
4. Those in shielded/elderly groups hiding for months. (1/2)
Tough but honest. Should've learned by now we get nowhere pretending stuff about the virus that just ain't so. Among those things are the importance of testing, and the role of younger adults in building up a thunderhead of infections ready to transmit to more vulnerable cohorts https://t.co/ip9krPH5KB— Bill Hanage (@BillHanage) July 15, 2020
Wow! Excellent heat map of the age distribution of new cases in Florida.— Natalie E. Dean, PhD (@nataliexdean) July 14, 2020
X-axis = time, y-axis = age, color = new cases.
The brightest part has a triangular shape, indicating that what started as growth in younger adults has expanded into older ages.
Credit: @zorinaq pic.twitter.com/SOmHmt9RFs
An Open Letter From @jamanetwork's Editor— JAMA (@JAMA_current) July 14, 2020
"The undermining of science - and unprecedented attacks on scientists and public health officials - risks lives in every corner of our country"@WhiteHouse @realDonaldTrump @POTUS @Mike_Pence @NIAIDNews @NIHDirector @CDCgov @CDCDirector pic.twitter.com/6QqZTJiI7E
Just a few thoughts about the Moderna paper from today. The results look very very similar to the results Pfizer published as preprint a few days ago, maybe a little more reactogenicity. Both vaccines seem to be promising (like a number of others as well). I am optimistic.— Florian Krammer (@florian_krammer) July 15, 2020
In the news craziness, you might have missed bombshell from the CDC Director— Ashish "The pandemic is still with us" Jha (@ashishkjha) July 15, 2020
In a swipe at Dr. Fauci, @CDCDirector Dr Redfield claimed explosion of cases in the South NOT due to opening up too much / too fast.
So what does Dr. Redfield think it is? Its the northerners
Nope. I'm dealing with child AND elder care. "No multitasking" is a joke. I've had days where I have meetings for 8 hours straight--when am I going to eat (& make lunch for mom & kid?) My wifi is shit & there's not enough bandwidth to keep video on. This is SO privileged. https://t.co/mJ78OxEhm7— Dr. Tara C. Smith (@aetiology) July 14, 2020
President Trump just now at the WH said: "Think of this: If we didn't do testing — instead of testing over 40 million people, if we did half the testing we'd have half the cases. If we did another — you cut that in half, you'd have yet again half of that."— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 14, 2020
It's 11:41pm. I am going to give a talk at midnight at the Peter Doherty Institute in Melbourne. Unfortunately not in person.— Florian Krammer (@florian_krammer) July 15, 2020