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Re: the risks we impose on essential workers:

“At least 41 transit workers have died, and more than 6,000 more have fallen sick or self-quarantined.”

https://t.co/1nU06Zmi2z

Seems probable that some of this was caused by asymptomatic transit workers who infected colleagues.


“Nearly a quarter of the city’s E.M.S. workers are on sick leave, according to Fire Department officials. At least three are in critical condition.”

https://t.co/CHYdDnRcYr


Captiain Crozier had to get himself fired to get his crew tested:

“As of Wednesday, 286 members of the crew had tested positive for the virus. Crozier is among them.”

https://t.co/XhoC4i6Xqz


Qn: So what’s the new CDC advice for an essential worker who is a household contact or has had close contact within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19?

Ans: If no symptoms, wear a mask and go back to work.


I am not making this up.

https://t.co/FxFHhnVLGw


Can someone explain to me again how contact tracing is so important if our rule is that when someone is a contact but has no symptoms, we are just going to send them out with no testing to expose their colleagues?

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We can implement ubiquitous testing. We can stick to it as long as it takes to get to a cure or a vaccine.

Other things (e.g. digital contact tracing) might help at some point or in some places. But there are many unresolved qns. Betting on them will increase uncertainty. https://t.co/QIcMLeFeTF


Ubiquitous testing is not like Kennedy’s moonshot.

It is like Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System, proposed at a time when we already knew how to build roads.

Now, as then, we just need to go big.


Alas, “reasonable” people don’t seem to understand what big means.

“We Need 1 Million Tests a Week”

Off by 2 orders of magnitude.

Hint: Anybody who specifies tests per week is not thinking big.

https://t.co/qM2yxorN1T

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As if our treatment of frontline workers was shabby enough …

Doctors, firefighters and others who risk exposure to Covid-19 are being taken to court by ex-spouses who want to keep them away from their children.

https://t.co/q8kmcA0B6J


If we offer to test our our essential frontline worers every day, this could put an instant stop on this as a strategy for getting leverage in child custody battles.

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