Prof. Biol. @UW. Information flow in biology, society, & science. I love crows and ravens. he/him
So various media are reporting a new pandemic flu virus discovered in China.
What does this actually mean?
Let’s look at the original paper. Actually, that’s not so easy to do because—unconscionably in my opinion—@PNAS has put it behind a paywall.
Well, I wasn’t expecting that today’s target of blame for the pandemic would be the three-word “flatten the curve” slogan I advocated in March.
The shifting geography of Covid in the United States.
SARS-CoV-2 in Barcelona in March 2019?
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. I’m skeptical until I see further evidence.
The CDC is leading a large-scale study of SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in six locations across the US, based on blood samples taken for non-COVID related health issues.
One major finding is that cases are probably under-reported by about ten-fold.
I am amazed at how many people in my mentions are capable of simultaneously believing that
- Masks are harmful.
- Public health officials conspired against the American public by not recommending masks back in March.
- A few weeks ago, several Italian doctors made quite a stir in the news. They claimed that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was “losing potency”, and hinted at genetic changes in the virus.
Legitimately curious whether you see this as me taking an opportunity to dunk on Republicans.
Because for one thing, at this point the science around this pandemic has—tragically—become a political issue and for another, I don’t think I mentioned a single Republican in my post.
Michael Pershan (@mpershan):
Just to get this off my chest: scientists contribute to this by dunking on Republicans. It’s legit for scientists who want to communicate to lean into national politics, but maybe not wise. https://t.co/Ka2y0F1T7A
Sparked by the Trump administration’s perverse opposition to masks and inflamed by far-right provocateurs, this is what public health officials are facing as a second pandemic wave is ripping across much of the country.
WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12):
WATCH: “I will not be muzzled like a mad dog;” face mask debate turns fierce in St. Lucie County. https://t.co/QgY6V16xvg https://t.co/XeLsrSVRGQ