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I wrote earlier this week about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Europe. One abnormality in the infection peak now being experienced is that COVID-19 deaths are not increasing proportionally. This is similar to what’s now being seen in the United States where we are clearly in the third peak of infectious activity, butContinue reading “Where are all the COVID-19 deaths?”
Imperial College of London press release touts paper saying COVID Immunity is dropping, but skips the scientific review!
Today, a study from Imperial College in London was all over the news. It reportedly found evidence that antibody immunity to COVID-19 decreased over time. Again, this is an unpublished study simply placed on the BioRX website. Therefore, it lacked any peer review or scientific vetting before it was released to the press. The studyContinue reading “Imperial College of London press release touts paper saying COVID Immunity is dropping, but skips the scientific review!”
The same week there were several studies in the news that showed airline travel was safe from COVID-19, an article in USA today highlighted that this safety is not absolute. This reinforces the concerns currently being faced by airline passengers. This report details a troubling outbreak of COVID-19 on a flight from Doha to DublinContinue reading “A disturbing story about COVID-19 airline safety.”
The EU and Britain have seen significant increases in COVID-19 cases, especially in countries with prior outbreaks. Unlike the U.S., these countries did not have a second peak this summer, but there are several differences from the earlier peak that deserve mention. Spain, France, and the UK continue to lead the infection count, and theContinue reading “Brief update on Europe”
Last night while I was being interviewed on national TV, supposedly about the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee, the commentator anxiously asked me what I thought about “the finding” that we could have 500,000 people die from COVID-19 by this coming February. I didn’t have time to respond adequately in the segment, but I feel itContinue reading “500,000 deaths by February? Another fairy tale by IHME.”
Thursday, the advisory committee to the Food and Drug administration (FDA) that provides oversight to the development of vaccines met for the first time to consider Covid-19 vaccines. Known as the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, or VRBPAC, this committee was not reviewing any specific COVID-19 vaccine, but more importantly was developing theContinue reading “Thursday was the most important day in the development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.”
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) minimally changed the definition of “close contact” with a person having COVID-19 in terms of time and spacing. For months, the agency said close contact meant spending 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for coronavirus. On Wednesday, the CDC changed this definition to a total of 15Continue reading “From the much noise with little significance file …”
There was a flurry of news alerts today that a participant in the Brazilian cohort of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial had died. This created an enormous rush of commentary on this event and reporting that the Brazilian regulators had stated that the trial would continue regardless. Since the trial is still on clinical holdContinue reading “A death in AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine Trial.”
Today the Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD) put the undergraduate population of the University of Michigan in lock down in their dormitories. This was done over concerns about COVID-19, and means that they cannot leave their dormitories for the next 14 days other than for essential activities including classes that require in-person activity. Among the activitiesContinue reading “The University of Michigan is put in lock down over COVID-19.”
This evening the CDC issued ‘strong recommendation’ for a mask mandate on airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-share vehicles. This seems almost ridiculously late given that all airlines, Amtrak, most public transit systems and all U.S. airports already require all passengers and workers to wear masks, as do ride-sharing firms Uber and Lyft. TheContinue reading “From the file entitled “Does the CDC actually know what is happening out here?””
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