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Helen Branswell

@HelenBranswell

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Sr writer, infectious diseases @statnews . 2020 Polk Award winner. Nieman '11. Conspiracy theory free zone; I block rude, racist. She/her #Covid #Ebola #flu 🇨🇦

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Helen Branswell
a year ago
Generating quality journalism costs money. Yet @Statnews is committed to making all our #Covid19 coverage available for free. If you like the work we are doing, please consider supporting us. And please keep reading; it's critical to stay informed.
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Helen Branswell
17 hours ago
RT @HoganAlex : Check out the trailer for @statnews first full-length documentary, premiering on NOVA next month!

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Helen Branswell
18 hours ago
Such a common — and to me, mind boggling — sight in Boston in winter. Even on the coldest days. Today is -7C / 19F. So yeah, shorts weather.
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Helen Branswell
a day ago
Hooray! Progress!
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a day ago
RT @martinenserink : COVID-19 vaccines may, in rare cases, have long-lasting side effects that resemble Long Covid. Researchers are "tiptoei…
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Helen Branswell
a day ago
Your immune system is brilliant. And if you give it a leg up by teaching it to recognize #SARSCoV2 the safe way, through vaccination, it will reward you for that assist. 🧵
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Prof. Shane Crotty
a day ago
What comes after Omicron? A thorough article with thoughtful comments by @EJohnWherry @deeptabhattacha . I talk about immunity, misconceptions about disease severity, and virology. And my coffee mug analogy about how brilliant your immune system is! 🧵1/4
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Helen Branswell
a day ago
5. You can see FluView, @CDCgov 's weekly #flu update, here:
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Helen Branswell
a day ago
4. There isn't as much #flu circulating as in a normal season. What is out there is pretty much exclusively #H3N2 , a type of #influenza A virus.
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Helen Branswell
a day ago
3. #Influenza -like illness activity (which is #flu , RSV & a range of other non-Covid respiratory pathogens) is incredibly variable this year. It's unusual to see some areas reporting very little (green) & others lots (deep red). In a regular flu season, it's more homogeneous.
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Helen Branswell
a day ago
2. #Influenza -like illnesses dropped again last week. The further we get out from the holidays, the more likely it is that's a real thing, not an artifact of reporting delays. Is the Omicron wave crowding out flu? Are measures people are taking to avoid Omicron driving down flu?
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Helen Branswell
a day ago
1. A #flu 🧵 based on US data from @cdcgov . Two children died from flu in the week ending Jan. 15, bringing to 5 the total number of pediatric flu deaths so far this season. It's a such a shame to see this feature of flu season return.
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a day ago
RT @TheFerrariLab : We lost a member of our research team to COVID this week. Someone that I only ever met in the pandemic era, had spent ho…
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2 days ago
Good night! Wordle 216 3/6 ⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬜🟩⬜🟨⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
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Helen Branswell
2 days ago
Someone ought to 1) up POTUS' mask game and 2) teach him how to wear one properly.
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Dan Diamond
3 days ago
After digging into Biden’s covid plan — and watching him speak today — consistent theme has been the White House believes its strategy is working. And Year 2 plan will look much like Year 1. But should it? In sum: Mixed success last year. In detail: 🧵
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