Stephanie M. LeeI wrote about how so far, contrary to widespread fears, schools don’t look like COVID superspreading sites.
At the same time, Scott Atlas’s assertion that there’s “zero excuse” to keep them closed oversimplifies the risks that they can face, experts say.
Stephanie M. LeeScott Atlas, the new White House coronavirus adviser, has claimed for months that it's safe to open all schools.
So I called researchers he was citing and asked if they agreed with how he was representing their work. Turns out they did not.
"It is absolutely not a blockbuster drug or a miracle drug," one expert said. "We give it because we don’t have anything better."
Stephanie M. Lee"It is absolutely not a blockbuster drug or a miracle drug. We give it to hospitalized COVID patients because we don’t have anything better, which is frustrating," @meganranney tells @azeen.
This report describes the in-hospital death rate of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in the Veterans Health Administration compared with that of patients with influenza.
Stephanie M. LeeCOVID is not the flu, per a new MMWR:
"Hospitalized patients with COVID in the VHA had a more than 5x higher risk for in-hospital death and increased risk for 17 respiratory and nonrespiratory complications than did hospitalized patients with influenza."
Some administration officials say testing Americans with no symptoms of the coronavirus would hurt the economy and restrict civil liberties. Democrats and some prominent experts say it would slow the virus and bolster economic growth.
How the world’s greatest public health organization was brought to its knees by a virus, the president and the capitulation of its own leaders, causing damage that could last much longer than the coronavirus.
Stephanie M. LeeCritics of herd immunity as a COVID strategy include:
-WHO director (@DrTedros)
-Infectious Diseases Society of America (@IDSAInfo)
-Association of Public Health Labs (@APHL)
-American Public Health Association (@PublicHealth)
-John Snow Memo signers
A week after White House officials met with scientists endorsing herd immunity, dozens of other researchers called it “a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence.”
Stephanie M. LeeNEW: Last week the Great Barrington Declaration authors met w/White House officials.
Now a dozen-plus health groups are denouncing their “herd immunity” push. In The Lancet, 80 researchers call it “a dangerous fallacy unsupported by scientific evidence.”
The pharmaceutical company paused the late-stage clinical trial of its coronavirus vaccine because of a sick volunteer.
Stephanie M. Leeon Monday, the White House apparently convened a call with reporters in which two anonymous senior administration officials, who were "not authorized to give their names," voiced support for the Great Barrington Declaration
Trump’s doctor cited a rapid test as a key factor in determining that he is “not infectious,” but the CDC does not recommend using such tests to clear sick patients from isolating.
Stephanie M. LeeNEW: Trump’s doctor cited a rapid COVID antigen test as a key factor in determining that he is negative and “not infectious.”
But these tests can be inaccurate, and the CDC doesn't recommend using them to clear patients from isolating.
A network of scientists is chasing the pandemic’s holy grail: an antibody that protects against not just the virus, but also related pathogens that may threaten humans.
Stephanie M. Lee"Even dozens of companies manufacturing antibodies could not produce the billions of doses required for the world — or just the minimum estimate of 25 million doses needed for Covid-19 patients and high-risk people in the US alone." nytimes.com/2020/10/12/hea… via @apoorva_nyc
Stephanie M. Lee"Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak, let alone a pandemic. It is scientifically and ethically problematic," says @DrTedros of @WHO.
For months, a small group of scientists has pushed policies that mainstream health experts say would cause many more COVID-19 deaths. They just got their biggest audience yet.
Stephanie M. LeeNEW: A small band of scientists has been pushing policies reflecting the (unfounded) idea that COVID isn't a big threat. This week, they met with top administration officials.
I've been reporting on this group for months. Here's why this is so important
The F.D.A. proposed stricter guidelines for emergency approval of a coronavirus vaccine, but the White House chief of staff objected to provisions that would push approval past Election Day.
Stephanie M. Leeas if EVERYTHING TODAY was not enough: "The FDA proposed stricter guidelines for emergency approval of a coronavirus vaccine, but the White House chief of staff objected to provisions that would push approval past Election Day."