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Two new reasons schools should open fully in person this fall!

Good news on several fronts. First, it appears that the most recent wave of COVID-19 infection in the U.S. has begun to decline. The BA.5 infection wave, which has been with us since early May, has finally begun to peak. While there are still many infections, which have been difficult to quantify due to lesserContinue reading “Two new reasons schools should open fully in person this fall!”

New booster vaccines are accelerated to September. What does that mean for people considering getting boosted?

Yesterday, the administration announced that they expect new vaccines for COVID-19 to be available in September, earlier than the October to November timeline that had been previously announced. One thing that was missed by many in the news accounts was the fact that these vaccines may be different from the boosters that everyone was expecting.  LetContinue reading “New booster vaccines are accelerated to September. What does that mean for people considering getting boosted?”

Everyone has COVID-19, but what does that mean? The revealing tale of two presidents.

It has been a remarkable few weeks across the world. In the middle of a burst of international summer travel COVID has broken out again. The specific virus causing this outbreak is now identified as BA.5, and it is causing infections and reinfections across the globe. Nearly everyone knows a close friend or associate whoContinue reading “Everyone has COVID-19, but what does that mean? The revealing tale of two presidents.”

What we really know about the BA.5 virus variant and need for vaccine boosters

A new coronavirus variant called BA.5 seems to be a rallying cry for those who believe mutant viruses will reignite the COVID pandemic. Several “Influencers” have written stories with warnings about the potential severity of disease with this virus, and the likelihood it can infect individuals with prior immunity from vaccines or infections.  The noiseContinue reading “What we really know about the BA.5 virus variant and need for vaccine boosters”

Discussion on ongoing COVID-19 deaths on Flashpoint tomorrow June 26th at 10:00 AM

To loyal readers of pandemicpondering.com. Tomorrow, I discuss the ongoing reports of deaths and COVID-19 infections. The conversation will take place at 10:00AM EDT on Flashpoint with Devin Scillian on WDIV (channel 4) in Detroit. This dialogue is important since interpreting deaths associated with COVID can be confusing. Given the changes in COVID infections andContinue reading “Discussion on ongoing COVID-19 deaths on Flashpoint tomorrow June 26th at 10:00 AM”

The best COVID vaccine for children under 5 and an update on long COVID

Several people have contacted me asking whether the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine would be best for their child under the age of five. There are several issues here, but no perfect answer. The very good news is that both these vaccines have almost no toxicity in this age group. Even rare concerns like myocarditisContinue reading “The best COVID vaccine for children under 5 and an update on long COVID”

New COVID-19 deaths fall below 300 per day in the U.S., while the media turns to monkeypox.

As the latest wave of infections from COVID-19 winds down, the strongest indication that the fundamental dynamic of this pandemic has changed has been the stark drop in virus-associated deaths. The daily average of deaths from COVID-19 now stands at 264, which is a 12% drop in the 14-day average over the prior two weeks.Continue reading “New COVID-19 deaths fall below 300 per day in the U.S., while the media turns to monkeypox.”

Worldwide death rates have not increased from the latest COVID-19 viruses.

The full effects of the “children” of the Omicron virus are being seen around the world. In Europe and the United States, infections from the BA.2 variant are peaking, while in South Africa the BA.4/5 variants are also reaching the peak of infections. In Portugal, which had a severe outbreak with these viruses, infections areContinue reading “Worldwide death rates have not increased from the latest COVID-19 viruses.”

Discussion on the new wave of COVID-19 infections on Flashpoint tomorrow May 15th at 10:00 AM

To loyal readers of pandemicpondering.com. Tomorrow, I discuss the current increase of COVID-19 infections and how to manage our response to this situation. The conversation will take place at 10:00AM EDT on Flashpoint with Devin Scillian on WDIV (channel 4) in Detroit. This dialogue is particularly important since the immunological landscape has changed and mayContinue reading “Discussion on the new wave of COVID-19 infections on Flashpoint tomorrow May 15th at 10:00 AM”

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