Covid leads as Pharma Technology lists ten of the most read tweets on infectious diseases in July 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 July 2020
1. Laurie Garrett’s tweet on the restoration of the Covid-19 data to the CDC website
Laurie Garrett, a science journalist and author, shared an article on the US Health Department directing the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to re-establish hospital data,which was removed earlier, back on its website.
The article stated that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) were committed to providing transparent health data to the public. However, the Trump administration had ordered the rerouting of coronavirus hospital data to the administration first rather than the CDC.
The @WhiteHouse & @HHSGov caved under pressure, restoring #COVID19 data collection to the @CDCgov . pic.twitter.com/efnYGdlLcy
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) July 16, 2020
Username: Laurie Garrett
Twitter handle: @Laurie_Garrett
2. Gregg Gonsalves’ tweet on the rebound of Covid-19 cases having surpassed their April 2020 highs
Gregg Gonsalves, a global health activist and epidemiologist, shared data on the new confirmed cases in the US. He stated that it was astounding that the rebound of Covid-19 cases surpassed that of April 2020. He further added that this was a display of incompetency on the part of the government, and that the American public would not survive another six months with the current government in power.
This is astounding. A rebound of #COVID19 cases surpassing their April 2020 highs. This is just malfeasance, incompetence & stupidity. And it's all peak @GOP. This is @realDonaldTrump, @senatemajldr @GOPLeader at work. We may not survive another 6 months with these men in power. pic.twitter.com/fI0F7KbChT
— Gregg Gonsalves (@gregggonsalves) June 30, 2020
Username: Gregg Gonsalves
Twitter handle: @gregggonsalves
3. Prof Peter Hotez’s tweet on how Covid-19 has caused historic devastation among Hispanic communities in Southern US
Prof Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist, paediatrician and author, shared an article on a humanitarian catastrophe underway in South Texas. Texas, a Covid-19 hotspot, is currently facing a tsunami of patients overwhelming the hospital and healthcare workers.
High rates of co-morbidities in the region combined with poverty and limited access to healthcare make combating coronavirus a huge battle for many. The poor essential Hispanic workers who are forced to make a living to support their families are worst hit by the pandemic.
My comments @CNN a humanitarian catastrophe is underway in South Texas. Actually when the full toll is realized we’ll soon learn how #COVID19 is caused historic devastation among Hispanic communities essential workers in Southern US. It’s why I speak out
— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) July 25, 2020
Username: Prof Peter Hotez
Twitter handle: @PeterHotez
4. Helen Branswell’s tweet on Covid-19 being not just the flu
Helen Branswell, an infectious diseases and global health reporter, shared data on the Covid-19 virus being far from just the flu. The data highlighted the excess mortality in England during the start of the pandemic, which highlighted a whole new level than influenza. The data compared excess mortality of the past five flu seasons as against Covid.
1. It's not the flu: This graph from a paper out today looking at excess mortality in England during the start of #Covid19 shows clearly this is on a whole different level than influenza. They show excess mortality of the past 5 flu seasons vs. Covid. Arrows, red lettering added. pic.twitter.com/TxSO96XTgF
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) July 16, 2020
Username: Helen Branswell
Twitter handle: @HelenBranswell
5. Caitlin Rivers’ tweet on diagnostic tests being utilised effectively to make a difference
Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, tweeted on diagnostic tests not being an intervention on their own. She added that results from the tests need to come back in time and combined with public health actions in order to flatten the curve and fight the virus.
Diagnostic tests are not an intervention by themselves. Those results have to come back in time and be connected to public health actions in order to make a meaningful difference.
— Caitlin Rivers, PhD (@cmyeaton) July 12, 2020
Username: Caitlin Rivers
Twitter handle: @cmyeaton
6. Carlos del Rio’s tweet on the national face mask mandate contributing to decreased transmission of Covid-19
Carlos del Rio, a distinguished professor of medicine, global health, and epidemiology, tweeted on Goldman Sachs having declared that a national face mask mandate could reduce the risk of transmission of the Covid-19 virus by 60%.
The economy can be allowed to remain open if such a mandate is adopted. Rio added that wearing a mask directly contributes to saving the economy as well as lives, which many seem to fail to understand.
.@GoldmanSachs makes it abundantly clear that a national face mask mandate can decrease transmission of #COVID19 by ~ 60% and allow the economy to remain open. So, #WearAMask is not only about saving lives it is about saving the economy. Why is this so hard to understand?
— Carlos del Rio (@CarlosdelRio7) July 7, 2020
Username: Carlos del Rio
Twitter handle: @CarlosdelRio7
7. Ian M Mackay’s tweet on re-opening colleges during Covid-19 being a mistake
Ian M Mackay, a virologist and scientist, shared an article on how bringing college students back to classroom during the pandemic is a huge mistake. He added that college and university leaders and executives should not consider face-to-face instructions despite financial pressures and expectations.
Community spread is rampant in North Carolina and adequate risk mitigation measures to prevent an outbreak on campus have not been taken, according to the article. The state’s reopening plans are misguided and posed a huge risk to members and the community at large, the article noted.
Please distribute widely and have this conversation among your college/Uni leaders and executives. Make sure you know what they are thinking and have planned for.
Bringing College Students Back to Classrooms During COVID-19 is a Mistake by @AstroKatie https://t.co/o9s8Li63DR
— ɪᴀɴ ᴍ. ᴍᴀᴄᴋᴀʏ, ᴘʜᴅ 🦠🤧🧬🥼🦟🧻 (@MackayIM) July 2, 2020
Username: Ian M Mackay
Twitter handle: @MackayIM
8. Kai Kupferschmidt’s tweet on deadly misinformation on the Covid-19 virus
Kai Kupferschmidt, a science journalist, re-tweeted on how two of the most-engaged posts on Facebook are about a Breitbart video of a group of doctors claiming that hydroxychloroquine was a definite cure for the Covid-19 virus and that wearing a mask was not necessary. The posts garnered 14 million views in just six hours.
Kupferschmidt noted that journalists were having to deal with such deadly misinformation, while covering the coronavirus pandemic. He added that extracting good information from bad is becoming extremely difficult in the current social media ecosystem.
This type of deadly misinformation is what journalists covering #covid19 responsibly everywhere are up against and I‘m just not sure how good information can outcompete bad information anymore in this social media/media ecosystem we have built. We need to address this. But how? https://t.co/YtF6SUh3xQ
— Kai Kupferschmidt (@kakape) July 28, 2020
Username: Kai Kupferschmidt
Twitter handle: @kakape
9. Francis S Collins’ tweet on the urgent effort to develop a Covid-19 vaccine
Francis S Collins, a physician-geneticist and the NIH director, shared an article on the development of a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus. Researchers are publishing encouraging early data on the vaccine, with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) having developed a candidate that has cleared a Phase 1 human test, with larger clinical trials to follow.
Researchers consider the mRNA-1273 vaccine safe and effective. More importantly, volunteers developed significant quantities of neutralising antibodies that target the virus at the right time, the article noted.
Things are moving fast in our urgent effort to develop a #vaccine for #COVID19. A leading candidate, developed @NIH, just cleared a Phase 1 human test, with larger #clinicaltrials now getting started. Find out more. https://t.co/Ozx4BnSUkE
— Francis S. Collins (@NIHDirector) July 16, 2020
Username: Francis S Collins
Twitter handle: @NIHDirector
10. Wendy Armstrong’s tweet on dwindling resources and hospital censuses rising
Wendy Armstrong, an infectious disease specialist, tweeted on how the public needs to fight its own leaders to keep safe. The tweet was in reference to a new executive order issued by the governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, on banning local governments from passing face mask ordinances for public places.
She added that as coronavirus cases rise and resources are depleted, it is important to wear masks to curb the virus outbreak.
As an infectious disease physician I am saddened and exhausted that we must fight our own leaders to keep the public safe. Our resources are dwindling and hospital censuses rising. Please GA, wear your masks. There are real people behind these statistics. https://t.co/EXgemH6HCK
— Wendy Armstrong MD (@Armstrws) July 16, 2020
Username: Wendy Armstrong
Twitter handle: @Armstrws