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Questions and Concerns About COVID-19

The CDC’s new mask guidance is based on confusing information that has been misrepresented in the press.

First, everyone needs to get a COVID vaccine. Unvaccinated people are at great risk for contracting COVID-19 and getting sick because the Delta variant appears to be more infectious. An unvaccinated person who gets COVID-19 Delta variant will likely spread it to many people. Essentially, each unvaccinated individual infected with the Delta variant coronavirus isContinue reading “The CDC’s new mask guidance is based on confusing information that has been misrepresented in the press.”

What does the term “breakthrough infection” really mean with the COVID-19 vaccines?

Recently, the news has been flooded with reports of COVID-19 “breakthrough infections.” These are COVID-19 infections that occur in properly immunized individuals who have had both doses of one of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. Much has been made of an article from Israel documenting “breakthrough infections” which has undermined confidence that the vaccine could protectContinue reading “What does the term “breakthrough infection” really mean with the COVID-19 vaccines?”

Two issues with COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer wants to do a booster and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine takes another hit.

Pfizer has announced they plan on asking FDA for emergency use approval for a booster COVID-19 vaccine shot. This request seems to be related more to Pfizer’s revenue stream than to any acute need for a booster. There is no evidence of a failure of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine efficacy against any of the variant viruses,Continue reading “Two issues with COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer wants to do a booster and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine takes another hit.”

A missed goal….

President Biden set a goal of having 70% of Americans get one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. It now appears that we will come in slightly short of that goal as a nation, as Americans will average about 67% of the population having received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. ThisContinue reading “A missed goal….”

The Wall Street Journal finds two “experts” to argue for a COVID vaccination controversy that doesn’t exist.

I admit to leaning conservative on some issues and reading the Wall Street Journal most days. I believe that their news sections often have less “commentary” on events than many other sources. Unfortunately, their opinion section seems to be increasingly heading off the rails. More and more it publishes observations from uninformed sources that seemContinue reading “The Wall Street Journal finds two “experts” to argue for a COVID vaccination controversy that doesn’t exist.”

Biscuit returns to give us the best reasons for people to be COVID-19 vaccinated right now!

Biscuit has been gone over six months, but it turns out he’s been watching from afar the progression of this pandemic. While he’s been heartened by the success of the COVID-19 vaccines, he is disappointed by the discord around their use. His usually astute assessment of the current situation leads him to provide this adviceContinue reading “Biscuit returns to give us the best reasons for people to be COVID-19 vaccinated right now!”

Ed Yong’s Pulitzer Prize

In the noise from the media pronouncements on the coronavirus pandemic there were only a few reliable sources of balanced and insightful analysis of COVID-19 related issues. One of the best was from the Atlantic magazine. I have already written about the role that their COVID tracking project played in monitoring the pandemic at aContinue reading “Ed Yong’s Pulitzer Prize”

In the news: myocarditis and breakthrough COVID infections after vaccination.

Recently there have been a number of reports in the news about heart issues after vaccination. Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis, an inflammation of the outer lining of the heart, have been reported in some young people after receiving the second dose of the mRNA based COVID vaccines. In both cases, the body’s immune system causesContinue reading “In the news: myocarditis and breakthrough COVID infections after vaccination.”

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