The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.
Top tweets on infectious diseases in May 2021
1. Laurie Garrett’s tweet on social media posts discouraging Covid-19 vaccine uptake
Laurie Garrett, a science journalist and former senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR), shared an analysis on how just a few people termed as anti-vaxxers were responsible for 65% of the misinformation available on coronavirus vaccines on social media. The anti-vaxxers have played a significant role in disseminating incorrect information about Covid-19 vaccines and have become noticeable because of their large fan base and followers.
The analysis details how they have high volumes of anti-vaccine content across social media platforms such Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and have experienced rapid growth in their social media accounts over the past few months. It further highlights that nine among the 12 anti-vaxxers still continue to be active all social networking platforms, while just three have been removed from one platform.
A Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) research conducted in 2020 further exposed the inefficacy of social media platforms in removing 95% of the disinformation related to the disease and Covid-19 vaccines brought to their notice.
A 40-page analysis of 100s of 1000s of false social media postings aimed at discouraging #COVID19 #vaccine uptake finds that 65% of it traces to just 12 people — and here's the names.
(Do with them what you will, says Centr for Countering Digital Hate)https://t.co/OOMkrwp34x pic.twitter.com/4B4WZXckKk
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) May 14, 2021
Username: Laurie Garrett
Twitter handle: @Laurie_Garrett
2. Carlos del Rio’s tweet on the CDC removing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals
Carlos del Rio, a professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, shared an article on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removing all restrictions for fully vaccinated people without any proof of vaccination. The article states that the CDC should not have dropped the mask mandate even for fully vaccinated individuals in crowded places such as grocery stores, where some people may not be inoculated and hence have less immunity levels.
The article added that without any proof of vaccination, the CDC would be removing incentives for people who are still not inoculated, which could further delay the bigger goal of achieving herd immunity and normalcy.
The CDC shouldn’t have removed restrictions without requiring proof of vaccination. @DrLeanaWen they could’ve said: it is still appropriate to continue masking in places where unvaccinated and vaccinated people are mixing such as grocery stores https://t.co/zAsgVtnXzO
— Carlos del Rio (@CarlosdelRio7) May 15, 2021
Username: Carlos del Rio
Twitter handle: @CarlosdelRio7
3. Prof Peter Hotez’ tweet on concerns over potential Covid-19 summer surge in the US
Prof Peter Hotez, a physician and scientist, shared an article on how Covid-19 variants will impact the US in the summer. He emphasised that a potential summer surge was likely in the unvaccinated areas of the Southern States but it would not be as serious as that experienced in 2020. He highlighted the need to urgently vaccinate the entire US population and especially those states lagging behind in immunisation rates.
Hotez also explained that it was important to prepare boosters in advance to fight homegrown mutations and those coming from abroad including the B.1.1.7 UK variant, which has become the dominant variant in the US. He added that approximately 60% of the population across the Northeast, California, and Mexico had received their first jab, while 40% were fully vaccinated with two doses.
My latest @thehill on how the COVID-19 epidemic in the US may play out this summer, and my particular concern for unvaccinated areas of the South amidst a potential summer surge. HINT: smaller than last year's summer Southern surge but still serious https://t.co/5qKsRnDssJ
— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) May 14, 2021
Username: Prof Peter Hotez
Twitter handle: @PeterHotez
4. Ian M Mackay’s tweet on Australia’s new guidelines on airborne virus spread
Ian M Mackay, a virologist and scientist, shared an article on Australian officials updating their national guidelines on air quality after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced related risks of airborne transmission of the Covid-19 disease. The WHO and CDC guidelines have updated their advice on airborne transmission of Covid-19, stating that tiny virus particles can linger in the air and can also travel in poorly ventilated areas.
The updated guidance comes after a number of quarantine hotels in Australia reported leaks, thereby infecting other guests and staff. Experts have now called for new guidelines for Australians to improve their air quality in indoor areas by keeping their windows open, changing heating and cooling filters, and using carbon dioxide monitors.
Coronavirus Australia: New advice on COVID spread puts air quality in the spotlight https://t.co/SCemG4SywR
— ɪᴀɴ ᴍ. ᴍᴀᴄᴋᴀʏ, ᴘʜᴅ 🦠🤧🧬🥼🦟🧻🧙♂️ (@MackayIM) May 8, 2021
Username: Ian M Mackay
Twitter handle: @MackayIM
5. Seth Berkley’s tweet on rise in Covid-19 deaths among healthcare workers
Seth Berkley, an epidemiologist and the CEO of the GAVI Alliance, the vaccine alliance, shared an article on the urgent need to protect healthcare workers from the Covid-19 disease. Approximately 115,000 healthcare workers are estimated to have succumbed to the disease since the start of the pandemic. Berkley noted that there is an urgent need to dramatically scale up the production, distribution, and administration of Covid-19 vaccine across countries.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, stated that healthcare workers need to be protected by providing them access to protective equipment and vaccines. Tedros further called for member countries to vaccinate at least 10% of their population by September 2021, and at least 30% by the year end.
Absolutely tragic. Health workers have sacrificed themselves to protect others – they urgently need protection so they can save lives without risking their own,: https://t.co/ieKLcTqwvx
— Seth Berkley (@GaviSeth) May 25, 2021
Username: Seth Berkley
Twitter handle: @GaviSeth