Army Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets by Covid-19 ADS influencers in Q3 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 by Covid-19 ADS influencers in Q3 2020

1. Phillip Carter’s tweet on halting of SERE course by US army

Phillip Carter, professor at Georgetown Law university, shared an article on the US army terminating the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) course at Camp Mackall in North Carolina after 82 students along with eight instructors tested positive for coronavirus.

SERE is a three-week course including two weeks of training on how to live off the land, evade enemy patrols, resist interrogation techniques by enemies and escape from captivity. The last week comprises of field exercises conducted for students in small groups.

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Username:  Phillip Carter

Twitter handle: @Carter_PE

Retweets: 1,700

Likes: 1,912

2. Catherine Rampell’s tweet on coronavirus outbreak at US marine bases in Okinawa

Catherine Rampell, an opinion columnist at news portal Washington Post, shared an article on coronavirus outbreak at marine bases in the southern prefecture of Okinawa Island in Japan. The influencer noted that Japan demanded answers from the US after the outbreak and raised concerns on whether the US military followed adequate preventive measures.

A total of 61 service personnel were reported to have contracted with virus, out of which 38 cases were recorded at Futenma Marine air station and another 23 at Camp Hansen, according to the article.

Username: Catherine Rampell

Twitter handle: @crampell

Retweets: 329

Likes: 641

3. Ryan Browne’s tweet on Covid-19 cases in the military

Ryan Browne, CNN National Security Reporter, shared an article on how US Presidential candidate Joe Biden wrongly claimed that more than 6,000 people in the US military had died due to Covid-19. The actual number of deaths in the military due to Covid-19 was seven, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The number of cases reported in the military were 40,026, while the number of people hospitalised was 592, according to the figures mentioned in CDC’s website. Further, the number of people recovered was 24,913.

Username: Ryan Browne

Twitter handle: @rabrowne75

Retweets: 212

Likes: 472

4. Thaddeus E. Grugq’s tweet on coronavirus outbreak in Fort Benning

Thaddeus E. Grugq, vice president of threat intelligence at information technology company Comae Technology, shared an article on a coronavirus outbreak at Fort Benning, which infected 142 soldiers within two battalions. The US Army Training and Doctrine Command noted that a total of 640 recruits who arrived at the base were tested, out of which four tested positive.

All the recruits were placed under a 14-day quarantine, after which training operations began with preventive measures such as facial masks and social distancing. Despite these measures, one recruit tested positive for the virus eight days after the 14-day quarantine, the article noted.

Username: thaddeus e. grugq

Twitter handle: @thegrugq

Retweets: 219

Likes: 314

5. Helen Branswell’s tweet on partnership between CDC and Pentagon for vaccine distribution

Helen Branswell, a senior writer at health news website STAT, shared an article on the announcement made by the Department of Defense (DoD) on the partnership between the  CDC and the Pentagon for distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.

The CDC will track post-vaccination conditions through contact with state health officials, while the Pentagon will be involved in manufacturing and distributing vaccines. The partnership breaks away from the usual practice of vaccine distribution, which is carried out by the CDC through a centralised system involving local and state health officials, the article noted.

Username: Helen Branswell

Twitter handle: @HelenBranswell

Retweets: 160

Likes: 292

6. Tyler Rogoway’s tweet on defence related spending in Covid-19 bill

Tyler Rogoway, an editor at The War Zone, shared an article on proposed draft bill to tackle Covid-19 with a spending package of $1tn. The influencer noted that bill included several items that were not directed at handling the pandemic including $30bn in defence spending for upgrades of military vehicles, and acquisition of new helicopters and patrol aircraft.

The article noted that the bill is being used to increase defence spending rather than tackling the pandemic. The bill will require the approval of the full senate to be passed.

Username: Tyler Rogoway

Twitter handle: @Aviation_Intel

Retweets: 65

Likes: 169

7. Connor O’Brien’s tweet on investigation into Pentagon’s defence expenditure

Connor O’Brien, senior defence reporter at Politico, a global news and information company, shared a letter from officials at the DOD, following a report from the Washington Post on how the Pentagon used $1bn in funds allocated for medical spending towards defence expenditure.

The Washington Post report stated that the Pentagon used most of $1bn funds allotted to build medical equipment to fight Covid-19 for developing jet engine parts, body armour, and uniforms. The letter requested the need to investigate the Pentagon’s spending decisions and come up with possible remedies.

Username:  Connor O’Brien

Twitter handle: @connorobrienNH

Retweets: 93

Likes: 168

8. Lipi Roy’s tweet on Covid-19 risk factors among veterans

Lipi Roy, medical director at Housing Works, a non-profit organisation, shared an article on the risk factors among veterans who contracted Covid-19. The study comprising of 88,747 veterans evaluated clinical outcomes including hospitalisation, ventilation and death. Results from the study indicated that hospitalisation, ventilation and fatality was higher in patients who tested positive than those who tested negative.

The major risk factors associated with death among veterans who tested Covid-19 positive included older age, fever, and shortness of breath. Further, few risk factors such as hypertension, smoking, COPD, obesity, ethnicity were not associated with deaths.

Username: Lipi Roy

Twitter handle: @lipiroy

Retweets: 121

Likes: 133

9. Whitney Merrill’s tweet on concerns over masks breaking facial recognition systems

Whitney Merrill, privacy counsel at computer software firm Asana, shared an article on how usage of masks in public spaces is impacting the effectiveness of security operations and breaking facial recognition technologies, which already have a dismal record of accuracy. The usage of face masks to prevent Covid-19 is causing wrongful arrests, and helping perpetrators conceal their identity.

Companies are trying to adapt their systems to face masks by updating their systems although their effectiveness remains doubtful. Some companies have even updated their algorithms to photoshop masks onto existing images, but this system may lead to significant errors, the article noted.

Username: Whitney Merrill

Twitter handle: @wbm312

Retweets: 67

Likes: 112

10. Barbara Starr’s tweet on military involvement in Covid-19 medical response

Barbara Starr, pentagon correspondent at CNN, tweeted on the DoD’s Covid-19 medical operations carried out in Texas and California. The influencer noted that approximately 740 medical and support professionals from the DOD including the US Army, US Navy, and US Air Force were involved in Covid-19 medical operations in the two states.

Username: Barbara Starr

Twitter handle: @barbarastarrcnn

Retweets: 51

Likes: 73