Covid-19 features as Pharmaceutical Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets on infectious diseases in April 2020, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. 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 April 2020
1. Laurie Garrett’s tweet on nurses in the USA at great Covid-19 risk
Laurie Garrett, a science journalist and author, shared an article on why nurses in the USA are at great Covid-19 risk. The article noted that the US Department of Labor had rejected pressures to issue workers protections that the nurses had been demanding. The Trump administration blocked a rule that would have required hospitals to create a plan for the protection of their employees against infections, and provide them with respirators.
A survey further revealed that less than half of the nurses had been briefed about Covid-19 by their supervisors. The resistance against employees’ protection comes at a time when more and more health workers get sick.
Here's why nurses in the USA are at great #COVID19 risk. #Trump admin blocked a, "rule that wld have req'ed hospitals to create a plan to protect their employees from infections and to provide nurses and doctors with respirators."https://t.co/92tRM3Z9Ft
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) April 2, 2020
Username: Laurie Garrett
Twitter handle: @Laurie_Garrett
2. Helen Branswell’s tweet on the end of the Ebola outbreak
Helen Branswell, an infectious diseases and global health reporter, shared an article on the end of the Ebola outbreak, which the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) initially and came to be known as the Kivu outbreak in August 2018. However, with no new cases being reported from the region since February is prompting the World Health Organization to declare the end of the virus in April.
The DRC is struggling to suppress the deadly virus since the past two years, which finally seems to have been defeated. The eventual containment of Ebola in DRC is a reflection of intensified vaccination campaigns and community efforts, the article noted.
Pray to all the gods: It really does look like the North Kivu-Ituri #Ebola outbreak is over. What a slog. We owe an enormous debt to so many people who worked at this for the past 20 months. https://t.co/3MPA409Try
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) April 3, 2020
Username: Helen Branswell
Twitter handle: @HelenBranswell
3. Peter Hotez’s tweet on Covid-19 and shaping a national strategy
Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist and paediatrician, tweeted on shaping a national strategy for the next two to three years. The influencer recommends the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to develop a roadmap for America to operate within this time period, especially with respect to epidemiologic modelling, the healthcare system, government response, mental health impact, and the rolling out of essential technologies.
He further added that one could hope to develop a Covid-19 vaccine within the next year and a half. However, it has been recorded that the turnaround time to develop a vaccine from start to finish actually took four to five years, and most of the time 10-25 years.
We need to begin shaping a national strategy for next 2-3 years. We're working day/night to meet aspirational goal of 12-18 months for #COVID19 #vaccine, maybe stars will align? But reality is I think world record for a vaccine from start to finish is 4-5 years, usually 10-25 yrs
— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) April 8, 2020
Username: Prof Peter Hotez
Twitter handle: @PeterHotez
4. Ian Mackay’s tweet on a single dose of ChAdOx1 MERS providing broad protective immunity against MERS-CoV strains
Ian Mackay, a virologist and scientist, shared a study on a single dose of ChAdOx1 MERS providing broad protective immunity against a variety of MERS-CoV strains. As a result, there is some hope for a CoV vaccine, the influencer tweeted.
The study found that antibodies elicited by ChAdOx1 MERS in rhesus macaques were able to neutralise all MERS-CoV strains.
A single dose of ChAdOx1 MERS provides broad protective immunity against a variety of MERS-CoV strains
-in answer to the question – do we have any hope for a CoV vaccine? This study says, yes, we do have some very strong hope#COVID19 [🚨preprint]https://t.co/7AeUmKkdWn
— ɪᴀɴ ᴍ. ᴍᴀᴄᴋᴀʏ, ᴘʜᴅ 🦠🤧🧬🥼🦟🧻 (@MackayIM) April 23, 2020
Username: Ian M Mackay
Twitter handle: @MackayIM
5. Dr Tara Smith’s tweet on the demographics of Ohio’s Covid-19 cases having changed
Dr Tara C Smith, epidemiologist and science communicator, tweeted on how the demographics of Ohio’s Covid-19 cases depicted a change in less than a week’s time. Reports showed fewer cases, considering small rural areas with massive outbreaks in prisons.
It's amazing how demographics of Ohio's #COVID19 cases have changed in less than a week. See Marion county (pop ~66k) & Pickaway counties (pop ~55k)? Relatively few cases until this week. What do they have in common besides small size, rural areas? Massive outbreaks in prisons. pic.twitter.com/yrpVWO1Ahy
— Dr. Tara C. Smith (@aetiology) April 23, 2020
Username: Dr Tara C Smith
Twitter handle: @aetiology
6. Martin Enserink’s tweet on the heartbreaking side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic
Martin Enserink, a science journalist and international news editor, shared an article on how a serious repercussion of the global coronavirus pandemic is the suspension of polio vaccination campaigns, which may lead to fresh outbreaks in polio-free countries experts believe.
While WHO has recommended all preventive mass vaccination campaigns for other diseases such as measles and yellow fever to be temporarily suspended, health officials believe that routine immunisations against polio and other preventable diseases should continue.
Truly heartbreaking side effect of the pandemic: The global campaign to eradicate polio is grinding to a halt. https://t.co/Xm3EKTegXp 1/3
— Martin Enserink (@martinenserink) April 1, 2020
Username: Martin Enserink
Twitter handle: @martinenserink
7. Gregg Gonsalves’ tweet on health in America having to do with who you are
Gregg Gonsalves, focusing on operations research/epidemiology for infectious disease, shared data on the rate of new HIV diagnoses by race or ethnicity and Covid-19’s devastating impact on African Americans. The diseases were graver for people with African decent, suggesting that infectious diseases spread rapidly through the cracks of society created by inequalities and human rights violations.
— Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) April 10, 2020
Username: Gregg Gonsalves
Twitter handle: @gregggonsalves
8. Francis S Collins’ tweet on pursuing safe and effective anti-viral drugs for Covid-19
Francis S Collins, the NIH Director, shared an article on whether a failed Ebola drug, remdesivir, could help fight SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19. The experimental drug failed in treating the Ebola virus, but showed promising results in coronavirus-infected animals, which prompted the health community to pursue human clinical trials.
Though further scientific evidence is required to prove its efficacy and safety in treating the Covid-19 virus, the study helps inform future efforts in drug development.
— Francis S. Collins (@NIHDirector) April 17, 2020
Username: Francis S Collins
Twitter handle: @NIHDirector
9. Marc Lipsitch’s tweet on human challenge studies to accelerate coronavirus vaccine licensure
Marc Lipsitch, an infectious diseases epidemiologist and microbiologist, shared a study on the importance of controlled human challenge trials of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates that could increase the testing and potential rollout of efficacious vaccines.
The study further noted that it was obvious that challenging volunteers with this live virus involved the risk of inducing severe disease and even death. However, experts believe that such studies are relevant to accelerate the pace of vaccine evaluation, to curb the virus-related deaths and morbidity.
Human challenge studies to accelerate coronavirus vaccine licensure | The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Our paper is out suggesting why challenge trials are ethically acceptable and arguably even preferable to classic efficacy trials for #COVID19 https://t.co/o5JTZd7Nwx
— Marc Lipsitch (@mlipsitch) April 1, 2020
Username: Marc Lipsitch
Twitter handle: @mlipsitch
10. Carlos del Rio’s tweet on antibody tests detecting higher coronavirus infections
Carlos del Rio, a Hubert professor and chair of, the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, shared an article on a widespread antibody testing carried out in a Californian county suggesting that coronavirus infections greatly exceed official counts. The study estimated a 50-fold increase in coronavirus infections when compared to the official cases.
The findings also reveal that the virus is less deadly than what the current global scenario of mortality suggests. However, some scientists are not going by these studies, and doubt the reliability and accuracy of the antibody kits.
Antibody tests suggest that coronavirus infections vastly exceed official counts https://t.co/BAFIiZYzMI
— Carlos del Rio (@CarlosdelRio7) April 21, 2020
Username: Carlos del Rio
Twitter handle: @CarlosdelRio7