Sometime today, the 19,000th Canadian will die from Covid in 2022.— Dr Jonathan Douglas PhD CPsych (@JonathanCOnP) December 28, 2022
Last year, and in 2020, 15,000 Canadians died.
That’s a 26% INCREASE in the year that we knew the most about Covid transmission, prevention, and treatment.
This is a public health and political failure.
#CovidIsNotOver #CovidIsAirborne #maskup Filter indoor air just like we did for drinking water decades ago. It is not rocket science. Reduces the amount of an infectious airborne virus, chance of inhalation, and infections. Enough is enough. We can do this. (2/2)— Kimberly Prather, Ph.D. (@kprather88) January 2, 2023
...1. COVID is airborne and travels like smoke....2. COVID is a disease of the vascular system....3. COVID alters and ages brain function for up to two years after an infection....4. Having COVID is associated with a 66 per cent higher risk of developing new onset diabetes....5. COVID damages the heart and can cause sudden strokes in young people....6. Each and every COVID infection exerts a toll on your health....7. Immune dysfunctions can persist for up to eight months and possibly longer after a COVID infection....8. Women are at greatest risk for long COVID....9. Vaccines alone won’t deliver us....10. We are all in this together. There is only one way out of our COVID mess. It is not denial. And it is not passivity.It is masking, testing, social distancing and clean air engineering via ventilation and filtration.
For the thousandth time this pandemic…— Kristen Panthagani, MD, PhD (@kmpanthagani) January 2, 2023
No, vaccines do not create new variants.
Here is a chilling thread:...Many of the people STAT interviewed cited SARS-CoV-2’s evolution as their biggest surprise of the pandemic. “It’s been wild, in my view,” said Marion Koopmans, head of virology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Anthony Fauci, retiring head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also listed it as his number 1 surprise. “What has surprised me most about Covid is the continual evolution of new variants leading to an unprecedented persistence of the pandemic phase over three years,” he said.Michael Diamond, a viral immunologist at Washington University, scoffed when he recalled the early proclamations about the virus’ inability to mutate much. “At some point we’re going to run out of mutational space. Well, we haven’t run out of that yet, which was surprising to us, I think, that the virus is still flexible enough to be able to accommodate these mutations. And not only do that, but increase transmissibility and increase immune escape concurrently.”The erroneous prediction was predicated on what, after the fact, was clearly a flawed idea — that the evolutionary rate seen when a virus was moving through a totally naïve population would remain the evolutionary rate when the virus faced the challenge of infecting people who had some vaccine- or infection-acquired immunity, said Paul Bieniasz, a virologist at Rockefeller University.Bieniasz was surprised by the role immunocompromised people — people who, once they contracted Covid, could not shake the infection for weeks, sometimes months — played in driving evolution of the virus. That phenomenon is believed to be responsible for another of the surprises about SARS-2 evolution. Most viruses evolve in a stepwise fashion known as “drift,” adding change after change to an existing strain. But some of the Covid variants look more like old versions of the virus were hyper mutated, possibly in a persistently infected person. When those viruses started to spread, they replaced the viruses that had been circulating. The Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Omicron variants of concern are examples of this type of evolution, called saltation, Thomas Peacock and colleagues wrote in a preprint article posted in late November.“The reality is that SARS-CoV-2 had a much greater capacity for adaptation than I expected,” said Vineet Menachery, a coronavirus expert at the University of Texas Medical Branch. “While this fact was exacerbated by slow uptake and delivery of vaccines, the truth is that the sheer amount of virus and replication provide enough replication cycles to … select for mutations that provided fitness and immune evasion advantages.”
1/ 🧵What if ‘living with Covid’ literally means living with it inside you for a long time? 🦠🤔— Dr Claire Taylor (@drclairetaylor) December 31, 2022
This year has produced several studies around viral persistence that really have not had enough airtime.
These could have far reaching consequences
I will summarise..
Medical @Twitter. For three long years and under extraordinary circumstances, we treated them. We held their hands when no one else could and consoled their families when 1M died (including some of us). Now, despite this, they are coming for us. #IAmFauci— Peter Masiakos (@peter_masiakos) December 12, 2022
Multiple provinces have spent the last year letting their healthcare systems almost collapse while doling out cash to voters and then wonder why the federal government won't give them extra healthcare funding with no strings attached? Yeah, what a mystery.— Aaron Hoyland (@aaronhoyland) December 12, 2022
And finally, there's always a comedian, isn't there (thank heavens!)
How is it that covid cases are on the rise again?— Kit Yates (@Kit_Yates_Maths) December 19, 2022
We've tried everything this year, from not talking about it to pretending it never existed.
I'm still annoyed that I am not magnetic. Thought it would be pretty cool.— Joyous Panther (@JoyousPanther) December 14, 2022