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Questions and Concerns About COVID-19

We are still talking about hydroxychloroquine, but maybe for the last time.

On a day when the well-respected RECOVERY Study from Great Britain reported there was no significant benefit to hydroxychloroquine in hospitalized patients, a paper was published in the International Journal of Infectious Disease suggesting that there might be benefit from hydroxychloroquine and the combination of that drug with azithromycin.  First, the results from RECOVERY, funded byContinue reading “We are still talking about hydroxychloroquine, but maybe for the last time.”

A new, non-argument about aerosol spread of COVID-19.

There has been a flurry of recent news stories about aerosol spread of COVID-19. This has been prompted predominantly by an open letter from 600 scientists criticizing the WHO and Centers for Disease control for not emphasizing the risk of aerosol spread of SARS-CoV-2. The major routes of COVID-19 spread, according to the U.S. Centers for DiseaseContinue reading “A new, non-argument about aerosol spread of COVID-19.”

Two Important COVID-19 articles from Science Magazine.

Tonight, I draw your attention to two important articles in this week’s Science Magazine. The first is of report of an inactivated viral vaccine for SAR-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The investigators used an inactivated virus that could no longer infect cells (or people!) and gave it to primates. The animals showed that this inactivated vaccineContinue reading “Two Important COVID-19 articles from Science Magazine.”

“Pool” testing for coronavirus infection or antibody.

One of the new concepts that came from Dr. Fauci’s testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday was the concept of “pool testing” to screen individuals for COVID-19 infection. This approach is a way to increase the number of people screened for viral infection or antibody without using additional tests. This approach can overcome shortages of testsContinue reading ““Pool” testing for coronavirus infection or antibody.”

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