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Deepti Gurdasani

@dgurdasani1

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Senior Lecturer @QMUL Epidemiology, statistical genetics, machine learning. Intersectional feminist. Advocating for a better culture in academia. All views mine

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Deepti Gurdasani
a year ago
#JohnSnowMemo Scientists, health professionals, public health researchers- please join the call for action. Sign the John Snow Memorandum here: Please disseminate widely.
@TheLancet
The Lancet
a year ago
NEW Correspondence—80+ researchers warn that a so-called #herdimmunity approach to managing #COVID19 is “a dangerous fallacy unsupported by the scientific evidence” #WCPH2020
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Kit Yates
17 hours ago
I simply cannot accept this argument that it is better for children to get covid as soon as possible. It is better if children never get covid at all.
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Prof. Christina Pagel
13 hours ago
THREAD: Latest data from ONS shows that Covid is decreasing in all ages EXCEPT school age kids. In fact, 12% (~1 in 10) of primary school kids *had covid in most recent week*. It was 6% of secondary school kids. This is insanely high 1/3
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Deepti Gurdasani
14 hours ago
ONS data up to 19th Jan: 1 in 8 primary school age children had SARS-CoV-2 infection. That's *not* the positivity rate among those test- it's the random community prevalence. That means on average *3 infected children per classroom*. Likely higher now.
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14 hours ago
JCVI aren't fit for purpose.
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Deepti Gurdasani
14 hours ago
While JCVI have said they're reconsidering their stance (after a decade or so of other countries vaccinating their kids), kids in the UK are still not vaccinated against chickenpox... the pseudoscience 'good for kids to get infected' narratives aren't new or COVID specific.
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Deepti Gurdasani
14 hours ago
Many countries vaccinate against chickenpox- US, Australia, Germany. The suggestion that vaccinating children would increase adult illness never came to pass & vaccines helped reduce illness in children & also benefited the economy as carers didn't have stay home with sick kids.
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@Kit_Yates_Maths
Kit Yates
18 hours ago
I honestly don't know what the JCVI are thinking not approving the vaccines for all 5-11 year olds. And, in fact, that is the point. No-one knows what they're thinking because they haven't released their minutes or the modelling behind their decision.
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Deepti Gurdasani
14 hours ago
An important thread- worth remembering that JCVI also recommended against chicken pox vaccines in the UK yrs ago on the basis that it was good for children to get infected & adults to be 'boosted' by kids (sound familiar?). All shown to be pseudoscience now.
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Dr. Anna Wolak
a day ago
The "omicron is mild" narrative is so pervasive, I'm now hearing stories of parents of kids who are covid+ deliberately not isolating siblings from them, in the hopes that they get infected so they'll be "done w/ it." Sort of like a chicken pox party. This is NOT a good idea. 1/
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Dr. Anna Wolak
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The "omicron is mild" narrative is so pervasive, I'm now hearing stories of parents of kids who are covid+ deliberately not isolating siblings from them, in the hopes that they get infected so they'll be "done w/ it." Sort of like a chicken pox party. This is NOT a good idea. 1/
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@ProfColinDavis
Colin Davis
a day ago
Cambridge currently has England's highest rates for 5-14 year olds. It also has the highest rates for 35-44 year olds (but not other age groups). This isn't coincidental. This plot shows % change in cases in the last week. 60-64 year olds (grandparents?) are returning to growth.
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Deepti Gurdasani
17 hours ago
I'd veer away from scientists expressing opinions as 'guesswork' without any evidence. Opinions are fine, but need a basis in evidence. E.g. 'Based on the evidence pigs are unlikely to fly in then near future' is a valid opinion, but 'I think pigs will fly this yr' isn't.
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Deepti Gurdasani
17 hours ago
If you want to understand endemicity, here are some good discussions by @ArisKatzourakis and @Globalbiosec
@Globalbiosec
Global Biosecurity
2 months ago
Reality check: #SARSCoV2 will never be endemic. It is an epidemic disease, and always will be. This means it will find unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people and spread rapidly in those groups. It will display the typical waxing and waning pattern of epidemic diseases 1/5.
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