These 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 Covid-19 ADS in Q4 2020

1. Joe Scarborough’s tweet on several Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Department of Defence going into quarantine

Joe Scarborough, an American political commentator and former politician, shared an article about several Joint Chiefs of Staff going into quarantine after attending classified meetings at the Pentagon with Coast Guard admiral Charles Ray who was later tested Covid-19 positive.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff tested negative for the virus but are under home quarantine. The article noted that the ‘operational readiness and the mission capability’ of the US Armed Forces remained unaffected with the CDC guidelines for Covid-19 in place. Scarborough, however, believes the Covid-19 preparedness in the defence sector needs to be re-evaluated.

Username: Joe Scarborough

Twitter handle: @JoeNBC

Retweets: 711

Likes: 1,799

2. Abraar Karan’s tweet on Norway’s decision to recall Home Guard forces for border patrol amid surging Covid cases in neighbouring Sweden

Abraar Karan, a doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, tweeted an article on Norway recalling military support to patrol its border with neighbouring Sweden, where Covid-19 continued to surge.

Norway made its Covid-19 protocols even more stringent and extended border patrols through six months with civilian authorities working together with Home Guard forces to check the Swedish-Norwegian border.

Sweden relied more upon developing herd immunity than Norway, which opted for an earlier lockdown, Karan noted. Sweden’s approach; however, led to increased Covid-19 deaths per capita more than tenfold that of Norway.

Username: Jeremy Faust MD MS (ER physician)

Twitter handle: @AbraarKaran

Retweets: 359

Likes: 674

3. Christopher Gardner’s tweet on undocking of HMS Dauntless amid pandemic

Christopher Gardner, the director general of ships at the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), tweeted about the undocking of the HMS Dauntless, which is the second ship of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 Destroyers.

The undocking event was crucial to the T45 Power Improvement Programme, which was achieved successfully despite challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The ship was built by Cammell Laird, a shipbuilding company, BAE Systems Maritime, a naval surface shipbuilding and combat systems integration company, and BMT, a technical support expert.

Username: Christopher Gardner

Twitter handle: @VAdmCGardner

Retweets: 32

Likes: 438

4. Jeremy Faust’s tweet on Texas Army National Guard assisting in mortuary work in Texas

Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, tweeted about how the surging Covid-19 cases and related fatalities have led to the deployment of the Texas Army National Guard troops in El Paso for supporting mortuary work related to Covid-19 deaths.

The Texas Army National Guard sent a team of 36 personnel to El Paso to assist in shifting a backlog of about 240 bodies at the county morgue in November 2020 after the city resorted to using low-level inmates from the county jail to move bodies, Faust added.

Username: Jeremy Faust MD MS (ER physician)

Twitter handle: @jeremyfaust

Retweets: 34

Likes: 122

5. Megan Ranney’s tweet on Covid-19 protocols implemented at military training installations in the US

Megan Ranney, an emergency physician and researcher, shared an article on how combatting the pandemic has been the toughest at basic training military installations in the US.

The Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego, for example, receives hundreds of recruits from all over the country every week and even the slightest negligence could result in large quarantines.

The military’s experience with diseases during the Civil War and with influenza during World War I has helped in the strict implementation of sanitation and infection control measures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Marine Recruit Depot followed simple hygiene and social distancing during basic training, which resulted in zero Covid cases despite surging infections among the surrounding civilian community.

The pandemic has elevated the sternness of the already tough 15-week basic training. Some forms of pre-screening measures at the facilities will remain in place even when the pandemic recedes, the article added.

Username: Megan Ranney MD MPH

Twitter handle: @meganranney

Retweets: 31

Likes: 116