This cohort study found that the absolute increase in deaths over baseline (ie, excess mortality) observed during the peak of 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic was higher than but comparable to that observed during the first 2 months of the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City.
However, because baseline mortality rates from 2017 to 2019 were less than half that observed from 1914 to 1917 (owing to improvements in hygiene and modern achievements in medicine, public health, and safety), the relative increase during early COVID-19 period was substantially greater than during the peak of the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
What looks like aerosol tranmission in three other choirs. Thread:
I have now heard of 4 #COVID19 outbreaks in choirs and I am worried that choirs will not be back for a long time. Here a story on @BBCNews about a choir with a link to a traveller from Wuhan mid December: https://t.co/qeErjKypnS (1/n)
— Pleuni Pennings #BlackLivesMatter (@pleunipennings) May 11, 2020
From May, still germane; we now have additional examples besides the Skagit Valley Chorale. (Two are from non-English language sources.)
Two countries, one oligarchy? A long and fascinating thread about Chinese real estate dealings:
THREAD! How we (mostly @jotted) documented that the daughter of the man who pushed Hong Kong’s national security law through China’s NPC ascended the ranks of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing elite, amassing great wealth. This thread will cover A LOT of territory. (1/x) pic.twitter.com/bcoJFSyn0J
They gave Ocasio-Cortez a minute to speak because she is a better speaker than all of them. She’s an ally to their cause rather than a soldier, and isn’t afraid to push them; ten minutes and she’d be even more a national figure than now.