Thread by @meganranney: Here's a short list of things we do and don't yet know about #COVID19. 1. We don't yet know the true case fatality ra if you catch it, how likely are you to die?) Scientists agree that the CDC's #s are likely underestimates;...
A professor of social epidemiology discusses the causes of racial disparity in health outcomes and what can be done to ameliorate the suffering of the most vulnerable Americans during the coronavirus crisis.
Megan Ranney MD MPH4. Lastly, we know that underlying social & economic inequalities worsen disease.
This Viewpoint describes what is currently known about the immune response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), highlights important gaps in knowledge, and identifies opportunities for future research.
Megan Ranney MD MPH6. We don't yet know how long immunity lasts. Once you get it once, will you be immune for a month? A year? A lifetime? Will this be like the common cold, or like smallpox? We're hoping for the latter.
The emergence of a pandemic affecting the respiratory system can result in a
significant demand for face masks. This includes the use of cloth masks by large
sections of the public, as can be seen during the current global spread of...
Clinical Practice from The New England Journal of Medicine — Severe Covid-19
Megan Ranney MD MPH3. We don't fully understand why & how it causes a wide variety of clinical syndromes. For example, although we have growing clinical knowledge, the new multi-inflammatory syndrome observed in kids is very much a black box.
CDC public health news, press releases, government public health news, medical and disease news, story ideas, photos.
Megan Ranney MD MPH2. We don't yet know *exactly* how it's transmitted. Definitely by droplets. But maybe aerosols? Maybe fomites?
----> For now: best practice in the non-healthcare setting is mask, distance, and hand-washing
This Viewpoint uses publicly available data to analyze the number of deaths from seasonal influenza deaths compared with deaths from coronavirus disease 2019.
Megan Ranney MD MPH1. We don't yet know the true case fatality rate. (E.g.: if you catch it, how likely are you to die?)
Scientists agree that the CDC's #s are likely underestimates; but it's AT LEAST 4x more deadly than the flu, if infected; & will infect far more ppl.
Is the risk of dying from Covid-19 comparable to driving to work every day, skydiving or being a soldier in a war?
Megan Ranney MD MPHGreat explaining of #covid19 risk: In NYC, "you were roughly 2x as likely to die [vs] serving in the U.S. armed forces in Afghanistan throughout 2010". For the elderly, equivalent to "flying 4 Royal Air Force bombing missions over Germany during WWII."
Devices associated with protesters travelled up to hundreds of miles after rallies where few precautions were taken
Megan Ranney MD MPHPeople traveled hundreds of miles, and sometimes across state lines, for #COVID19 lockdown protests - & are likely seeding new infections. My goodness. 🤦🏽♀️
(Also disturbing: this pattern was identified using 3rd party apps' data #privacy #digitalhealth)
There is a time and place to let your real emotions show through — and, during a pandemic, that’s the here and now.
Megan Ranney MD MPH"Vulnerability takes strength — you have to be willing to put yourself out there. As much as you are trying to report the truth, you are trying to bring … your whole self to the job" 🙏🏽 - true for journalists, & docs too