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

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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.

Deborah Birx

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.

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Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Desmond-Hellmann, former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is on Twitter highlighting the best articles about the pandemic.


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Scott Gottlieb

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:

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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:

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Nancy Messonnier

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.

David Quammen

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.

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Seth Berkley

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.

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.

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.

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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Published on Mar 27, 2020