Is the pandemic over?

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 five most important questions about the new COVID-19 booster vaccines. 

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. “

The new booster shots discussed on Flashpoint September 11th at 10:00 AM

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”

Dr. Walensky condemns the CDC’s poor communications and promises to reorganize the agency as a fix. Is that really the problem?

This week Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the CDC, admitted what many of us have already observed: the agency’s actions and communications have been inadequate in managing either the COVID-19 or monkey pox outbreaks.  In what the NY Times called a “rebuke to the agency” she said (in a video to the agency’s employees) “To be frank,Continue reading “Dr. Walensky condemns the CDC’s poor communications and promises to reorganize the agency as a fix. Is that really the problem?”

What the new CDC COVID-19 guidelines mean for us.

The CDC released new guidelines for managing activities in relationship to COVID-19. The guidelines remove many of the burdens that have been placed on organizations in managing and monitoring COVID in their colleagues, employees, and students. The overall effect is to protect those at risk due to medical issues while freeing up activities, workplaces, andContinue reading “What the new CDC COVID-19 guidelines mean for us.”

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”

Kudos for the human race and four updates.

I remember how officials were predicting people would never return to “normal life” after the COVID pandemic. I thought that was crazy; I felt people would struggle to normalize their lives as soon as the risk of death was mitigated. That is exactly what has happened. The resiliency of the human race has been demonstratedContinue reading “Kudos for the human race and four updates.”