Questions and Concerns About COVID-19
As we try to understand the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it might be useful to analyze the course of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the closest similar event for which we have accurate public health records. There are interesting parallels and some important differences between what happened in 1918 and the COVID-19 pandemic of theContinue reading “Let’s all be thankful that it isn’t 1918.”
Dear loyal readers of pandemicpondering.com. I am back from a week of crossing the country for two professional meetings and for better or worse I can assure everyone that wearing masks on airplanes is passe’! I will be writing a post about what we have to be thankful for this week, but in the meanContinue reading “The Thanksgiving triple play: RSV, Flu and COVID discussed on Flashpoint November 20th at 10:00 AM”
Dr. Walensky, why at this point doesn’t the U.S. have a plan for handling COVID-19 and other pandemics?
Everyone seems to still have questions about COVID-19. Parents want to know the rationale behind immunizing their children, businesses want to know the likelihood of future economic disruptions and people generally want an assurance that they can normalize their lives. I can see the confusion on the faces of people parsing whether to wear aContinue reading “Dr. Walensky, why at this point doesn’t the U.S. have a plan for handling COVID-19 and other pandemics?”
The CDC director just got sick with COVID 19 a month after she had received her booster vaccination. How can this happen and what does it mean?
Early this week the CDC announced that its director, Rochelle Wollensky, was infected with COVID-19. While she is reportedly doing well and isolating at home, this raised eyebrows because she had received the new bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine booster just a month before. Her immunity to COVID infection from this booster should have been at itsContinue reading “The CDC director just got sick with COVID 19 a month after she had received her booster vaccination. How can this happen and what does it mean?”
I didn’t believe anything about COVID could upset me anymore until I heard about these folks at Boston University…
The news came out that there was an experiment at Boston University to try to make a potentially more lethal SARS-CoV-2 omicron virus. On face value this seems like an incredibly stupid idea, but with more investigation, it’s actually worse than that! There is a federal biodefense lab at Boston University (National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory)Continue reading “I didn’t believe anything about COVID could upset me anymore until I heard about these folks at Boston University…”
The Internet has been ablaze with stories about a potential COVID-19 surge that is anticipated this winter. While most of the articles strongly argue for the likelihood of a surge, there is no hard data indicating that the United States is indeed going to experience new infection outbreaks. In fact, most areas in the countryContinue reading “Will there be a new COVID surge this winter?”
How long should you wait for a booster COVID-19 vaccine? Is it wise to get the flu vaccine and COVID booster at the same time?
These are the most common questions I received this these days, and the answers are finally becoming clear. Many individuals have been infected with Omicron in the last nine months and therefore have an immunity boost from their infection. In fact, data now indicates that hybrid immunity generated this way is stronger than vaccines alone in preventingContinue reading “How long should you wait for a booster COVID-19 vaccine? Is it wise to get the flu vaccine and COVID booster at the same time?”
Last week on 60 Minutes President Biden announced “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it.” Many people were surprised by this statement, especially since US had just rolled out new COVID vaccine boosters. I would like to address two specific issues; whetherContinue reading “Is the pandemic over?”
The United States has new COVID-19 booster vaccines available for administration this fall, and they are different from the original mRNA vaccines. How these vaccines differ from their predecessors and who would be most helped by getting these boosters are incredibly important questions. I hope to answer these and other questions in this blog postContinue reading “The five most important questions about the new COVID-19 booster vaccines. “
Dear loyal readers of pandemicpondering.com. I am back from my first international meeting since 2019! During the interim the government has finalized plans for the new COVID-19 boosters. I will be posting on them next week, but will discuss them this Sunday at 10:00AM EDT on Flashpoint with Devin Scillian on WDIV (channel 4) inContinue reading “The new booster shots discussed on Flashpoint September 11th at 10:00 AM”
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