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Ben Pollock, PhD

@Pollock_BD

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Health Services Researcher, Mayo Clinic. Alumnus of University of Akron, Johns Hopkins, & Tulane. No endorsements, thoughts are my own.

Joined July 2016
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Ben Pollock, PhD
9 days ago
Maybe not hard to believe. Maybe I should have said hard to accept.
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Ben Pollock, PhD
11 days ago
As I have been saying- cheap rapid at-home tests are the missed opportunity. Would you rather have people walking around in public with a mask and unknown asymptomatic/active COVID-19 -OR- maskless but with negative test result every day the past week including that morning?
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Eric Topol
12 days ago
Cruises during Delta, the laboratory for studying transmission: "We found that vaccination coverage & rapid antigen tests had a larger effect than mask mandates alone, indicating the importance of combined interventions against Delta to reduce event risk "
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IDSA
14 days ago
A new article in CID describes trends and clinical characteristics among patients with SARS-CoV-2 vaccine-breakthrough infections who were hospitalized at a single center in Florida:  #ClinInfectDis #IDSAJournals @pmorenofranco
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Ben Pollock, PhD
16 days ago
Got COVID booster today with mixed emotions. Someone out there needs it more. But helpful in terms of being a good steward of the US healthcare system and lowering the risk that I will take up a hospital bed from someone who needs it more. And lower risk I infect someone else.
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Ben Pollock, PhD
28 days ago
Headed into the holiday season with worse rates of COVID-19 than last year. Vaccination will lower the mortality this year but it is still unacceptable that we do not have cheap/free rapid home testing. Most of us would avoid seeing Grandma if we tested + for COVID that morning.
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Ben Pollock, PhD
a month ago
From @nytimes data. In the UK, a noticeable disconnect between cases and deaths in latest surge (vaccine effect?) But the death curve has not uncoupled from cases like this in the US yet. @hongfangliu @SeanDowdy1 @ShannonMDunlay @pmorenofranco
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Harlan Krumholz
a month ago
Lots of people in US may be getting ready to use administrative codes to make inferences about COVID hospitalizations and outcomes. Our multi-center @medrxivpreprint assessing these codes provides reason for caution. @wade_schulz @rohan_khera @jbmortazavi
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Ben Pollock, PhD
a month ago
Not optimistic about avoiding a holiday surge considering we're at 2x higher case rate than in late Oct of last year. My colleagues point out that hospitalization rate among positive tests is much lower though due to vaccination, which is encouraging.
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Ben Pollock, PhD
a month ago
Correct! Now I want to know your prediction for the next surge...namely will there be another large one, or are we at a plateau for the next year?
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Hongfang Liu, PhD
a month ago
@pmorenofranco @Pollock_BD Mark Florida from red to yellow. Remember I said the surge will last until the end of September back two months ago.
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Ben Pollock, PhD
2 months ago
Respectfully, this is misleading. The point about Delta variant is true, but in US 100 per 100,000 are the worst states. This is 100 per million. 100 cases per million is a well-controlled pandemic and a very good target to aim for. The situation in Singapore 10x better than US.
@EricTopol
Eric Topol
2 months ago
Delta can be daunting to contain. The situation in Singapore with over 1,000 new cases today and yesterday, 80% of total population fully vaccinated, 1 of top 3 countries in the world, is an important indicator of the challenge.
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Ben Pollock, PhD
2 months ago
If we added 9 wks of Epidemiology (including basic vaccine science) to public school curricula in about 8th/9th grade, then in one generation we would see a population with almost no vaccine hesitancy. I knew nothing about vaccines until Master's coursework. We get what we teach.
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Pablo Moreno Franco
2 months ago
Congrats! “Data Governance-#COVID #Predictive #Modeling Team” on receiving the 2021 #MayoClinic Team Science Award! Drs @ShannonMDunlay, @SeanDowdy1, Storlie, @EBHabermann, @djkor1, Limper, @pmorenofranco, @hongfangliu, @Pollock_BD, Shah, @Rickey_Carter, Noe, @PSampathkumarMD
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Ben Pollock, PhD
2 months ago
Where are the cheap, accurate home tests? Not often talked about, but maybe a huge missed opportunity in this pandemic. Could 'gamify' test results w/ mobile app for easy public reporting as well. If there were $1 home COVID tests I'd take one every day and share my data @CDCgov
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Aaron Tande
2 months ago
@MayoClinicINFD @DOCElie We must keep monitoring and publishing real world data amid changing landscapes of new variants and changing NPI/mitigation efforts!
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Ben Pollock, PhD
2 months ago
@MDTande @nilaydshah1 @DrMattBinnicker Great teamwork to be able to publish peer-reviewed data thru-mid Aug. 2021. Vaccine effectiveness against asymptomatic Mayo Clinic patients was 63% during Delta wave. Ongoing need to monitor effectiveness vs. VOC.
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Ben Pollock, PhD
2 months ago
What is likelihood of new pandemic flu emerging vs new pandemic COVID variant? Maybe recency bias, but I'm concerned that a worse-than-delta variant is imminent. 50% flu vaccine effectiveness works, but worried we're 5 years away from the analogous COVID situation @hongfangliu
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Hongfang Liu, PhD
2 months ago
After this delta surge, we will be very close in achieving the necessary population immunity (90%). Our healthcare system can handle the flu season giving the effectiveness of the flu vaccines to be rarely above 50%. Adding COVID, moderate NPIs are needed for this Winter. 7/
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Ben Pollock, PhD
2 months ago
I will be pleasantly surprised if this is our last year of a summer wave. We're in pandemic year 2 and already 2/2 on summer waves. We need to consider that new VOC mutations like delta may be the 'rule' rather than the exception. @hongfangliu
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Trevor Bedford
2 months ago
Even if protection against severe outcomes remains robust, observed waning suggests that boosters will be necessary to reduce circulation. Delta has generated a late summer wave, but steady state is likely a winter "COVID season" with vaccination recommended beforehand. 14/14
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Ben Pollock, PhD
3 months ago
A lot of good memories and people in New Orleans. Hoping the city stays safe @TulaneSPHTM
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Ben Pollock, PhD
3 months ago
When we get a Powerball ticket, we feel pretty good about our 1 in 300 million chance of winning. But when we hear that 1 of every 500 Americans living as of March 2020 are now dead because of COVID, we think it will never happen to us @NateSilver538
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