Covid-19 is prominent as Hospital Management lists five of the most popular tweets on healthcare in November 2020 based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform.

The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

Top tweets on healthcare in November 2020

1. Colleen Farrell’s tweet on North Dakota allowing Covid-19 positive nurses to work at hospitals

Colleen Farrell, a pulmonary and critical care fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine, tweeted on how North Dakota is allowing Covid-19 positive nurses to continue working at hospitals and nursing homes due to shortage of hospital working staff. Hospitals in North Dakota are currently at 100% capacity, as Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

The state reported the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths and has moved to orange code or high risk level, mandating restaurants and bars to limit capacity to 25%. Farrell critiqued the state policy of not closing bars and restaurants to curb the spread of Covid-19 cases, while allowing Covid-19 positive nurses to continue to work.

Username: Colleen Farrell

Twitter handle: @colleenmfarrell

Retweets: 404

Likes: 1,138

2. Bob Wachter’s tweet on Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine

Bob Wachter, chairman of UCSF Department of Medicine, shared an article on Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, which showed strong effectiveness in clinical trials. Analysis of results from the clinical trials has showed that participants who were administered two injections of the vaccine with a gap of three weeks experienced more than 90% less cases of symptomatic Covid-19 compared to those who received a placebo.

Wachter tweeted about who will receive the vaccine first if it is approved. In phase one, frontline workers and people aged above 65 in nursing homes will receive the vaccine, while in phase two people with more chronic conditions or 50 million of the population in the US will receive the vaccine.

Username: Bob Wachter

Twitter handle: @Bob_Wachter

Retweets: 55

Likes: 239

3. Eli Perencevich’s tweet on the collapse of Iowa’s hospital system

Eli Perencevich, professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, tweeted on how hospitals in Iowa in the US are filling up as 94 long-term facilities have reported Covid-19 outbreaks.

Hospitals are unable to discharge patients and make room for new patients indicating towards a collapse of the state’s healthcare system. Discharging patients to long-term care facilities has been specifically affected as many of the patients cannot be discharged to their homes. Majority of the patients are too ill and require rehabilitation and special care, Perencevich added.

Username: Eli Perencevich

Twitter handle: @eliowa

Retweets: 41

Likes: 124

4. C. Michael Gibson’s tweet on challenges faced by healthcare workers amid the pandemic

Michael Gibson, president and CEO of Baim Institute for Clinical Research, a non-profit academic research organisation, shared an article on the number of hospitalised patients with Covid-19 disease continue to increase putting immense pressure on healthcare workers. Covid-19 patients require twice the amount of medical attention than a normal intensive-care patient and hospital stay is three times longer than normal patients.

Gibson tweeted that smaller clinics, nursing homes, and long-term-care facilities are facing challenges in providing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and masks to healthcare workers. Approximately one third of these facilities have no access to at least one type of PPE, he added.

Username: C. Michael Gibson

Twitter handle: @CMichaelGibson

Retweets: 24

Likes: 91

5. Anant Bhan’s tweet on increase in demand for CT scanners during Covid-19 pandemic

Anant Bhan, professor at the Department of Community Medicine at Yenepoya Medical college, tweeted on how the demand for CT scan machines has increased during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in India. CT scan machines are being used as tools to detect Covid-19 related pneumonia.

Bhan noted that the demand for new machines such as ventilators, ICU equipment and CT scanners has increased during the pandemic. He added that while demand has increased no one is concerned about finding sufficient trained human resources to operate this infrastructure indicating towards the challenges of public healthcare in the country.

Username: Anant Bhan

Twitter handle: @AnantBhan

Retweets: 19

Likes: 44