Laurie Garrett’s tweet on most popular Covid-19 vaccine misinformation tweet in Q2 2021

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Top tweets on Covid-19 pharma in Q2 2021

1. Laurie Garrett’s tweet on disinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine

Laurie Garrett, journalist and former senior researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations, shared an article on a detailed analysis of who is behind the misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine after tracing all the AstraZeneca vaccine publications leading to rare blood clots . About 50,080 AstraZeneca vaccine tweets have been evaluated and found to be maligned with negative information. It was also found that most of the disinformation came from media sources well known for disinformation.

The research found that most of the company’s vaccine retweets were shared by RT, a Russian-sponsored news site, and AL Arabiya, a Saudi news site. Twitter, in particular, has turned out to be filled with misinformation and bad press about the vaccine. The disinformation has been found to be disseminated not only by anti-vaccine and conspiratorial websites, but also by state media, the study detailed.

Username: Laurie Garrett

Twitter ID: @Laurie_Garrett

Retweets: 2,032

Likes: 3,193

2. Eric Topol’s tweet on the effectiveness of masks in preventing airborne transmission

Eric Topol, cardiologist and founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, shared a research paper on face masks limiting the chances of transmission of SARS-CoV-2. The research paper sheds light on the debate over the effectiveness of masks in preventing or becoming infected in outdoor and indoor spaces. It examines how the probability of infection or transmission changes in a non-linear fashion with the degree of a person’s exposure to exhaled respiratory material.

In a larger community, masks may be protective, but in indoor environments such as hospitals where the concentration of viral particles in the air is high, even the best quality masks without hazmat suits may not providing sufficient protection.

Experts further state that in healthcare settings where Covid-19 patients are treated, good quality masks should be used and effective ventilation should be provided to keep the risk of transmission of infection low. level. Research has also found that social distancing and ventilation reduce virus concentrations, increasing the effectiveness of masks. Likewise, the correct and continued use of masks ensures reduced transmission or exposure to exhaled air.

Username: Eric Topol

Twitter ID: @EricTopol

Retweets: 1,378

Likes: 3,158

3. Professor Peter Hotez’s tweet on the refusal and policy of the Covid-19 vaccine

Professor Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, shared an article about the extraordinary links between refusal to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and supporters of the Republican Party. A New York Times analysis found that the least vaccinated US counties were both reluctant to accept the vaccine and actual vaccination rates, while also being supporters of the Trump camp in 2020.

In more rural areas and areas ruled by the Republican Party, the supply of Covid-19 vaccines has exceeded demand with a large portion of adults refusing to be vaccinated. For example, in one county in Wyoming, a health official asked the state to stop sending doses of the vaccine because the refrigerator was full of junk vials.

Estimates found that a quarter of adults in more than 500 counties refused to be vaccinated and a majority of them backed Trump in the election. Trump has won nine of ten states, where most residents have refused to be vaccinated, the article notes.

Username: Prof Peter Hotez

Twitter ID: @PeterHotez

Retweets: 1,063

Likes: 2,381

4. Helen Branswell’s tweet about airborne transmission of SARS-COV-2 during church singing

Helen Branswell, a journalist specializing in infectious diseases and global health, shared a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 during choral singing at several church services in Australia. The report found that an infected choir member had transmitted the virus to at least 12 church worshipers, who were not in close contact with the infected person and were seated nearly 15 meters away, suggesting transmission aerial virus.

The report found that none of the other choristers were showing symptoms and they were not positive either. However, the masks were not worn by the group of singers, and the cluster performed despite the use of microphones and a 3m barrier around the singers. It was therefore recommended to move the religious services to outdoor places, in the presence of natural ventilation.

Username: Helen Branswell

Twitter ID: @HelenBranswell

Retweets: 1,237

Likes: 2,132

5. Matthew Herper’s tweet about the death of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial

Matthew Herper, senior medical editor at STAT, a publishing house, shared an article about the misrepresentation of a two-year-old girl who died after taking the second dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. While the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it will allow the vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15 by mid-May 2021, studies in children aged six months to 11 years are still in progress.

The claim was shared as a screenshot on Facebook, claiming that a girl had died due to an adverse reaction to the Pfizer vaccine. It was also suggested that she was hospitalized and ill after receiving the first injection, the article noted. Experts believe the claim was based on an unverified report from the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) which allows anyone to submit any report.

Username: Matthew Herper

Twitter ID: @matthewherper

Retweets: 1,034

Likes: 1,702

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