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Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at @UF specializing in emerging infectious diseases and vaccine study design. @HarvardBiostats PhD. Tweets my own. She/her.

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June 15, 2020 / 11 tweets

A rich manuscript with COVID-19 strategies recommended by African experts. There’s a lot in here, particularly in Table 1, so I’m picking out a few highlights. 1/11 h/t @BHedtGauthier https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciaa695/5849218

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June 14, 2020 / 1 tweets

Partners in Health @PIH is used to working in the poorest regions of the poorest countries. Now they are leading Massachusetts’ contact tracing. Their experiences remind us of the importance of “support” in test, trace, isolate, support. (A thread 1/8) https://www.newyorker.com/news/us-journal/can-coronavirus-contact-tracing-survive-reopening

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June 14, 2020 / 3 tweets

I was interviewed for this story, and the reporter sent me some of Rebekah’s documentation. Sharing the details. She has built a very nice resource!

Dashboard: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429

Explainer: https://www.scribd.com/document/465272674/Rebekah-Jones-dashboard

NPR (@NPR):
Rebekah Jones says she was fired from her job at the Florida Health Department for refusing to manipulate data on its coronavirus dashboard so the state would appear to meet its target to reopen.

Now, she has launched her own dashboard. https://t.co/cuZ5kZpSZz
https://twitter.com/NPR/status/1272173594043453440

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June 14, 2020 / 3 tweets

In a study of COVID-19 clusters in Japan, 50% of non-healthcare clusters were seeded by 20-39 year olds. The authors noted clusters associated with heavy breathing in close proximity, such as singing karaoke, talking at bars, or exercising at gyms. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/9/20-2272_article

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June 13, 2020 / 4 tweets

Yesterday I learned that @PNASNews has something called the “Contributed” track. National Academies members can contribute papers and select their own reviewers. 🧐 Can anyone explain why this mechanism exists? https://www.pnas.org/sites/default/files/advanced-pages/reviewprocess.pdf

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June 12, 2020 / 6 tweets

Is there evidence that COVID-19 has slowed in Europe due to herd immunity? No. The most likely explanation remains the simplest. Movement restrictions have slowed the virus, but as they are lifted, many remain at risk.

A thread on the evidence. 1/6 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31357-X/fulltext

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June 11, 2020 / 4 tweets

“The case for case finding.” In this article on the UK’s test and trace system, the author emphasizes the potential value of case finding. This involves testing people without symptoms and using broader criteria for who gets tested. 1/4 https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m2246

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June 11, 2020 / 2 tweets

Study suggests that if enough people wear masks, R can drop below 1. I’m skeptical that masks alone can achieve this, but they don’t need to. Masks are only one tool. So wear masks, but please do all the other stuff (test and trace) too! https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-masks-study-idUSKBN23G37V

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June 10, 2020 / 2 tweets

“Doing the public health slog > silver bullets.” @devisridhar cuts to the heart of it. We have interventions that we know can help keep people safe (test, trace, isolate, support). They also require a lot of hard work. They won’t appear overnight, so the time to start is now.

Devi Sridhar (@devisridhar):
Don’t think any modelling was needed to see the crisis coming. Just careful attention to East Asia in Jan & the WHO briefings in Feb. Doing the public health slog > silver bullets. https://t.co/9oWeD52kzN
https://twitter.com/devisridhar/status/1270756777634734082

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June 9, 2020 / 2 tweets

A general comment about science communications. Scientists are rarely trained to talk to the public. It’s hard to explain complicated concepts simply. It’s easier to retreat to our familiar technical language.

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