• Josh Wolf
    Josh Wolf
    Pediatrician, Infectious Diseases Physician and Researcher. Focus on infections in kids with cancer @StJudeResearch. Views are my own.
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  • This is a *really* excellent FAQ on COVID vaccines! Lots of information, even for those with a lot of knowledge. Thanks @PaulSaxMD!!!!! https://t.co/UH7JVW78Yf
    Lots of questions about the Covid-19 vaccines -- here are some of the more common ones, with my answers. Directed at clinicians, but probably something here for all. Any that we missed? @NEJM https://t.co/DiTt1ExlyP https://t.co/4W7evdbEhp
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  • I love this "immunocompromise guide"! I'm giving it to my fellows today... https://t.co/nG2SGEE5nB
    Confused by someone labeled "immunocompromised" and their infection risks? Same. So with guidance of our ID Mentors @PrathitKulkarni, @Cortes_Penfield, & @transplantID - @KatieBedardMD, Charmaine Mutucumarana and I created an Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts Schema https://t.co/qzJSTBuMTH
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  • Any debate about use of rapid antigen tests for screening well asymptomatic individuals for #SARCoV2 needs to acknowledge: PCR may be more sensitive than LFTs BUT: 1. PCR is costly so not feasible for frequent testing of well asymptomatic except in wealthiest of settings 1/5
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  • A9. I actually cried when I saw the Pfizer vaccine data. This has been a hard year for all of us, but knowing that this disease is preventable and *will be* prevented took a weight off my shoulders… #AskReuters
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  • A6. “Herd immunity” depends a bit on the infectivity of the virus, too! We might see that it moves further away when the more contagious variants become prominent. Get the vaccine as soon as you can!!! #AskReuters
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  • Clarification: we don’t know for sure that the vaccines prevent infection as well as they prevent *symptomatic* infection!!!
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  • A6. Modelling of the timing of herd immunity depends a lot on how long immunity lasts and how quickly we get the vaccine out!!! There are also some other questions about whether the vax prevents infection, but we think it very likely will!!! #AskReuters
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  • This is very important. We need to engage people and communities at all levels. We should partner and work with trusted members of communities, religious leaders and understand concerns. We need to meet people where they are and start from there #AskReuters https://t.co/cPnUGprJzx
    Q5. How can cities and states help overcome skepticism around the vaccine, especially in minority communities where trust in public health tends to be lower? #AskReuters https://t.co/CuIWmQ6dwH
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  • When is it safe to get vaccinated after being infected with COVID-19? This is a million dollar question!!! It’s definitely *safe* as soon as your symptoms have resolved - @CDCgov says it’s ok to wait 90 days, because reinfection is rare during that period. #AskReuters https://t.co/QZ5ZbqACgB
    I’m a health worker, and I have gotten infected by SARS-CoV-2. When would be safe be vaccined ? #AskReuters
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  • Flatulence Definition: A disorder characterized by a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal.
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  • People will see all sorts of “side-effects” being reported after the vaccines. It’s important to remain a little skeptical - sometimes things happen around the same time. There are several reports of “vaccine-associated flatulence” that I’m a little wary about… #AskReuters https://t.co/ob9xgYUvlz
    A3: My symptoms were super benign. A bit of a sore shoulder that was all for ~24 hours. @CDCgov following closely, so when you get your vaccine sign up for V-Safe to make sure can track symptoms. They are collecting these data to help answer these ?s #AskReuters https://t.co/tXGUhDpvVZ
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  • People should definitely ask their doctor before getting a new vaccine if they’ve had a bad reaction to a previous shot, but there is no reason to think that there will be “cross-reactivity” they work in completely different ways! https://t.co/9ve1J38G5J
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    @Reuters #AskReuters if someone had a bad reaction to the HPV vaccine, would they be safe with COVID?
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  • A4. Happily, current vaccines seem to protect against all known variants! But, they seem to spread really easily, so we will see more spread, and even some people who are vaccinated getting infected. #AskReuters
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  • Some folks have reported feeling “fluey”, especially after the second dose...My experience was running a personal best for the year the day after my second dose of the @pfizer vax, so your milage may vary! #AskReuters
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  • A3. Most people who get the US COVID vaccines do get a sore arm for a couple of days!!! Many get a headache or feel more tired for 24-48 hours. THAT’S IT!!!! #AskReuters
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  • @StJudeResearch Because of cancer or chemo, these kids kids have temporarily damaged immune systems that make it hard for them to beat infections - they can even die from things that cause common colds. We REALLY don’t want them to get #COVID19!!! #AskReuters
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  • A2. COVID vaccines are safe even in people with compromised (damaged or suppressed) immune systems! As as pediatrician specializing in looking after kids with cancer - I can’t wait to be able to give it to my patients at @StJudeResearch #AskReuters
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  • @FDA_Drug_Info The trials in kids might be much shorter, because if we can show that the vaccines are safe and stimulate the immune system, the @US_FDA might allow us to assume that they’re efficacious! What do you think, @PergamIC??? #AskReuters
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