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Tom Inglesby
Director of , working to protect people from epidemics & disasters. Inf diseases, pub health, research, policy
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @WHO
But fortunately does exist and has many very competent leaders and experts. The US should increase its support for WHO in a time of unprecedented global health crisis. It needs more resources, not less. The world needs WHO to deal w/ COVID, and so does the US.11/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @WHO
It's important that the Administration take the long view w/ . There may be periodic misunderstandings or communication challenges. But US interests are clearly aligned with . If it didn’t exist, the world would need to invent it.10/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @T_Inglesby
For normalcy to eventually return to the world, we'll need to deal w COVID pandemic everywhere over time. If we don’t, we’ll have cases of COVID flying from one country to next, risking reigniting the epidemic in any country even if control efforts were successful.9/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @T_Inglesby
Consider the alternative – no guiding international health org w/ high competence. Every country figuring out how to deal w/ COVID pandemic on its own. No central effort, no teams to help less developed countries response. Chaotic, uncoordinated plans around the world. 8/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @WHO
. is governed by the World Health Assembly, and the US is a powerful member of that assembly. It is in the strong interest of the US that this Assembly and this exists, resourced and highly competent.7/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @WHO
The earliest opportunity that US health leaders had to visit China in order to understand COVID was under the auspices of . Without WHO, it is unclear if we would have had any health or science officials able to be on the ground in China during early months of COVID. 6/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @WHO
There is no back up organization or plan for . They are the world’s international health organization. They are the organization that we have, and fortunately they are made up of experts from around the world, including the US.5/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @WHO
And in this pandemic, has provided COVID diagnostic testing to a great number of countries in the world. It has provided guidance on who should be tested, how people should be isolated, cared for. How countries should deal w/ epidemic spread. 4/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @WHO
Experts regularly put themselves in harms way to deal with epidemics, disasters and chaos in the world. 3/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
Replying to @WHO
. is the organization that provides health guidance and technical experts to countries globally. In normal times it helps countries around world deal w/ worst health scourges and epidemics in the world, including HIV, TB, malaria, plague, meningitis, and so much more. 2/x
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Tom Inglesby 16h
The US gov threatened to cut off aid to today. This would be a mistake on many levels. 1/x
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CityHealth Apr 6
NEW from top pandemic expert, our own "Get Smart Fast on COVID19" on CitiesSpeak blog. Her shortlist of who to follow for info and why.
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Tom Inglesby Apr 6
This is a very smart and promising concept to aid in the national response to Covid - I hope it moves forward quickly
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margaret brennan Apr 4
"The American public owe a phenomenal debt of gratitude to these people," Dr. Fauci says of healthcare workers. He calls them "brave warriors" against the who put themselves & their families at risk every single day.
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Tom Inglesby Apr 4
Replying to @T_Inglesby
The TF mtgs should be reconfigured so that speakers can be further apart, can wear masks, can be further from press (who should also wear masks). Its important for health of leaders+press participating, and to show daily what country should be doing to slow spread of COVID.17/x
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Tom Inglesby Apr 4
Replying to @T_Inglesby
There are 757 cases diagnosed w COVID in Wash DC. Of course many more cases that haven't been diagnosed because too mild to get tested and because some cases asymptomatic. Task Force members have regular interaction w eachother and other people living in D.C. (VA, MD) 16/x
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Tom Inglesby Apr 4
Replying to @T_Inglesby
To have that many senior political, scientific and health leaders standing closely together for hrs, holding the same podium, standing shoulder to shoulder, is inconsistent with guidance on keeping at least 6 feet distance, washing hands after high touch surfaces, etc. 15/x
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Tom Inglesby Apr 4
Replying to @T_Inglesby
In addition to mask use, the format of the White House coronavirus Task Force meetings should change to lower risks of transmission.14/x
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Tom Inglesby Apr 4
Replying to @T_Inglesby
This is opportunity for national leaders to lead by example. If public sees a government leader wearing a mask, that will convince many they should also wear a mask. If public sees leaders not following CDC recommendations, they may decide to follow that example. 13/x
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Tom Inglesby Apr 4
Replying to @T_Inglesby
In addition to the public, US national leaders should also wear a cloth mask. We have seen leaders in other countries (e.g. Boris Johnson) catch COVID. That could happen in US. Not only could our leaders catch it, but they in turn may asymptomatically spread it to others.12/x
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