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”

As COVID-19 cases rise again, who needs to wear a mask?

With the emergence of the new BA.2 SARS-CoV-2 variant, COVID infections have again risen. The good news is that although hospitalizations have increased, they are well below levels seen with previous infection waves. In addition, the increase of SARS-CoV-2 immunity induced by repeated doses of vaccines and infections also appears to be preventing any increaseContinue reading “As COVID-19 cases rise again, who needs to wear a mask?”

One million dead and updates on Paxlovid.

The U.S. passed a sad milestone yesterday as we identified the one-millionth person whose death was attributed to COVID-19. While I won’t get into the debate about whether these assignments were entirely accurate, the bottom line is that excess deaths from COVID-19 are probably close to that number. In some ways the ongoing dribble ofContinue reading “One million dead and updates on Paxlovid.”

New COVID updates 4-29-2022

First, I wanted to thank everyone who expressed concern after my Last Post outlining how I got infected with COVID-19. I want you to know that I’m doing very well. Being 10 days out from symptoms and diagnosis, and viral antigen negative, I’ve now returned to my normal activities. Several important things happened this week.Continue reading “New COVID updates 4-29-2022”

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”

Why we aren’t seeing a surge in severe COVID-19 infections?

CDC surveillance data now show that over 85% of all COVID-19 infections in the United States appear to be due to the BA.2 virus variant, with Omicron BA.1 making up the rest.  While there are some increases in U.S. infections in pockets of the country, there certainly has not been a major increase in infections,Continue reading “Why we aren’t seeing a surge in severe COVID-19 infections?”

Musings on the 4th dose (second booster) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine

What follows is not medical advice; you should contact your doctor for that. It also does not represent an opinion from Michigan Medicine. But, since many people are confused about the “second booster” or 4th overall mRNA vaccine shot, this is my take. I have been reluctant to weigh in on the need for aContinue reading “Musings on the 4th dose (second booster) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine”

The next surge? It won’t happen right now despite the debate about the BA.2 “sub-variant”.

There has been quite a bit of discussion in the press about the most recent SARS-CoV-2 virus. U.S. public health officials are (for once!) being circumspect in their comments about the risk and have not called for reinforcement in public health restrictions. Importantly, there have been no increases in the number of cases or hospitalizationsContinue reading “The next surge? It won’t happen right now despite the debate about the BA.2 “sub-variant”.”

BA.2 and Pfizer’s fourth booster shot

Two things have been buzzing this week, and both are confusing. Multiple people have been trumpeting the fact that there has been an uptick in COVID infections in certain European countries over the past three weeks. They attribute this to the presence of a variant of Omicron called BA.2. This variant has been reported toContinue reading “BA.2 and Pfizer’s fourth booster shot”