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Marc Lipsitch
Infectious disease epidemiologist and microbiologist, aspirational barista. mlipsitc@hsph.harvard.edu Director
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Marc Lipsitch 2h
but always provocative. Sometimes the facts are so stark that being controversial means being downright misleading.
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Marc Lipsitch 7h
Replying to @mlipsitch
A better analogy would be the risk of dying by the Sunday after a cancer dx because it’s not even clear what fraction of the pandemic we have observed by the end of the study period. Likewise not clear how much person time the inane death-by-Sunday quantity estimates risk for
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Marc Lipsitch 7h
Replying to @VPrasadMDMPH
Typos notwithstanding!
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Marc Lipsitch 7h
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In other words I’m not worried about the uncertainty in the estimates, but about the fact that they are estimating a quality that I most certainly will grow by an unknown factor much greater than one
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Marc Lipsitch 7h
Replying to @VPrasadMDMPH
Not that the statistics are wrong, but that most of the population almost certainly remains susceptible. If so we are nowhere near at the end of the pandemic even if this wave is crushed, which it remains in doubt.
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Marc Lipsitch 8h
While philanthropists around the world ate rushing to support emergency response to COVID-19 Ioannidis is using his support from the to assert yet again and speciously that pandemic risks are overblown.
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Marc Lipsitch 8h
Estimating an absolute risk at the start of a pandemic is like estimating the absolute risk of dying within three days after a cancer diagnosis. Not false but not either serious or sensible
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Marc Lipsitch Apr 7
The fake animals in my neighborhood are well protected against Anthroponoses.
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Marc Lipsitch Apr 7
I do not think that word means what you think that it means
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Kai Kupferschmidt Apr 7
A lot of attention has been focused on studies using chloroquine and other drugs to treat patients. But there are also numerous trials that are aiming to use these drugs to *prevent* the disease. Story is here. Short thread.
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Bina Venkataraman Apr 7
What's the best case scenario for the pandemic? I'll ask epidemiologist this & more tomorrow at 2pm ET in one of the 's first Op-Talks for . Sign up to attend the free virtual event here:
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Marc Lipsitch Apr 7
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Marc Lipsitch Apr 7
Globe Op-Talks: Marc Lipsitch, What's The Best Case Scenario? Looking forward to this tomorrow
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Wellcome Trust Apr 7
Vaccines, treatments and tests are the only exit strategy from . But scientists are $8bn short and need backing from business. Join the coalition ➡️ |
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Marc Lipsitch Apr 6
CDC begins studies for more precise count of undetected Covid-19 cases
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Marc Lipsitch Apr 6
.⁦⁩ does it again. She persisted. Q&A: CDC director on the coronavirus, masks, and an agency gone quiet
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Jen Heemstra Apr 5
Glad to see the contributions of scientists being recognized. Saddened, but not surprised that every scientist mentioned in this article is a man. The message stands: you can be a science hero, as long as you’re male science hero.
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Marc Lipsitch Apr 5
Replying to @XtremeVirusProf
Don’t think so
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Marc Lipsitch Apr 5
Coronavirus death toll: Americans are almost certainly dying of covid-19 but being left out of the official count - The Washington Post
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CarolineOB Apr 5
Reporting est’d COVID-19 cases sounds good but bc of a) patchy testing, b) unknown % who never develop symptoms, c) unknown # w mild symptoms, we still can’t go from confirmed -> estimated cases w any certainty at all. We need serology.
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