Story at a glance
- Bill Gates tells us how we need to fix health care.
- WHO’s Dr. Tedros is on Twitter letting us know what he’s most concerned about.
- Emergency department doctors are working long and exhausting days.
Twitter is full of tweets about the coronavirus — SARS-CoV-2 — causing the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the best people to follow and what they’re saying about the coronavirus crisis.
People to follow
Bill Gates is active on Twitter regarding COVID-19 and the response around the world. Gates also gave a talk as part of TED Connects on March 24 about how health care systems need to respond and what needs to be fixed. You can find other talks from the series on the TED website.
The response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force does not seem to be on Twitter herself, but there are several accounts dedicated to her scarves and outfits. During the task force news briefings, Birx provides calm and intelligent comments.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Dr. Tedros is the face of the World Health Organization (WHO) during the coronavirus crisis. Follow him on Twitter to keep up to date with what’s happening globally.
Since #COVID19 started we have been especially concerned about vulnerable populations, including older people. They are valued & valuable members of our families & communities. We need to work together to protect them from the #coronavirus & to ensure their needs are being met.— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) March 26, 2020
Desmond-Hellmann, former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on Twitter highlighting the best articles about the pandemic.
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Gottlieb, commissioner of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) from 2017 to 2019, has extensive knowledge of coronavirus data and often tweets about it. Here’s a recent tweet about why we in the U.S. should be more concerned about our situation:
I’m worried about emerging situations in New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, among others. In China no province outside Hubei ever had more than 1,500 cases. In U.S. 11 states already hit that total. Our epidemic is likely to be national in scope. pic.twitter.com/jfN6YYRT07— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) March 27, 2020
AOC is focusing on the political response to COVID-19, specifically the relief bill that is set to be approved in the U.S. congress. Ocasio-Cortez is pointing out many of the bill's disadvantages, like who is left out of it, for example:
To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs).— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2020
Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing. Many are essential workers who pay more taxes than Amazon.
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Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NIAID) and a vaccine expert, is promoting reliable information that is useful for frontline health care workers.
#HCPs and staff play a vital role to protect patients and personnel against #COVID19 and possible wider community spread. Learn more about taking care of patients at https://t.co/7dlHOdpnDn pic.twitter.com/G7lZFlG77t— Dr. Nancy Messonnier (@DrNancyM_CDC) March 16, 2020
The National Geographic writer and author of the book “Spillover” is tweeting and retweeting about COVID-19, particularly stories about the people being affected the most. He recently talked with Changing America about the pandemic.
In his TED Connects discussion, Berkley, who is head of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, says regarding SARS-CoV-2 vaccines we need to allow the research and science to “bubble up” everywhere in the world and provide public support where needed, support a few of the most viable candidates through clinical trials, then push to get manufacturing scaled up for the most effective and safe vaccines.
Threads to read
Craig Spencer posted a thread on Twitter about what a day in the life of a doctor in the emergency department looks like now.
Thank you everyone for your incredible messages of support and encouragement.♥️— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig_A_Spencer) March 24, 2020
Many of you asked what it was like in the ER right now. I want to share a bit with you. Please RT:
A Day in the Life of an ER Doc - A Brief Dispatch from the #COVID19 Frontline:
There will be many unforeseen consequences of stay-at-home orders and long periods of isolation. This thread from Zora Magazine highlights the perspective of victims of domestic abuse.
1/ Social distancing and staying in when possible is crucial. But for many of us, home is not a safe place.— ZORA (@zoramag) March 25, 2020
For 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experiencing intimate partner violence, staying home means staying in an unsafe, potentially deadly environment.https://t.co/CYTKGzbKQQ
Here’s a thread from Kai Kupferschmidt about the dangers of using mathematical models to inform policy. A model is a simplification of a larger complex system and inherently involves many assumptions because of lack of data or because not everything in the system can be accounted for.
I told myself after reporting on the West African #Ebola outbreak to stay away as much as possible from stories about models in an outbreak. Now I've written a story about #covid19 models (with my colleague and editor @martinenserink). Quick thread. https://t.co/DlYr21ruUi— Kai Kupferschmidt (@kakape) March 26, 2020
For up-to-date information about COVID-19, check the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. For updated global case counts, check this page maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
You can follow Chia-Yi Hou on Twitter.
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