Mask lite is happening in clinics around the U.S.

Looking for one clinic doing it right. Let’s shine a light on them. Any nominees?

I ask my nurse why the HCWs aren’t wearing respirator 😷 and she tells me they only wear those around symptomatic patients. 🤦‍♀️

This is our brave new world: We do the best we can to protect ourselves, while others make minimal efforts to stop a deadly and debilitating 🦠 /end

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The man who thinks he has COVID is quickly escorted to a private waiting room. 🙏 4/

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While I wait, an elderly man without a mask walks up close to me and loudly tells the receptionist that he thinks he might have COVID. She asks him to put on a 😷 He replies that he doesn’t know how to (🙄) and asks for assistance.

He wears the mask below his nose 🤯 3/

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My appointment was 8:00 a.m. but the lobby and waiting areas were already starting to fill up.

I was the only person in the entire clinic wearing a respirator 😷—a 3M Aura 9210+ NIOSH-certified N95 2/

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I went to the UNC Family Medicine clinic today for an annual health visit.

Good news: UNC still requires patients and HCWs to mask.

Bad news: Everyone, and I mean every single person, was wearing a baggy blue medical mask. I mean I could see daylight through the gaps 😡 1/

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After 1.1 M COVID deaths we’ve learned almost nothing (in the U.S.).

We still lack
✅ universal paid sick leave
✅ national health care
✅ indoor air quality regs

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The China jogger outbreak study is not believable because it isn’t plausible. Let’s stop citing it to confirm our own biases.

It is widely known that outdoor transmission is possible, but it occurs less often and requires close, sustained contact.

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Why are we raising alarms about the low probability of being infected by a jogger running around a lake in a park instead of focusing on the much bigger risk of being exposed to COVID by maskless groups inside schools, churches, restaurants, bars, shops, and places of employment?

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To everyone who is alone today and not with those they love because they can’t risk getting a deadly illness, we see you.

We await the day when our nation values every single person in our society, including those who need our protection and our support the most.

Bless you 💜

When I picked up my Thanksgiving take-out meal today, the woman who greeted me thought I said my name was Virginia Spicy 🌶 (rhymes with my last name). I kinda like it.

Shout out to City Barbeque in Durham NC where employees are still masking and the food is amazing!

1. You can catch Covid multiple times.
2. Reinfections are common, not rare.
3. Breakthrough infections are common.
4. Covid can kill you months after you recover.
5. It can cause brain damage.
6. It can cause blood clots and heart attacks.
7. It doesn’t spare children.
8. Vaccines help, but only some.
9. Masks work.
jessicawildfire.substack.com/p

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For those who don’t have access to Twitter:
“So, even if we are up to date with vaccines, we can still get COVID and even die, unless we also get treatment.

Shouldn’t the goal also be to prevent spread among children and other vulnerable groups who are not eligible or cannot receive vaccines and treatments?”

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Should note, many young children and other vulnerable groups are not eligible or cannot take vaccines for health reasons. But vaccines are generally safe and effective. Doesn’t mean you can’t get or spread COVID even if you are up to date on your vaccines and fit.

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