Have we reached the peak of Omicron? Not yet but soon.

The Omicron surge is in full thrust across the country. Approximately 20% of hospitals are reportedly having so many infections that they are causing limitations in care for other illnesses. In a few hospitals that have become overwhelmed the federal government is sending troops to support beleaguered staff. The real question is have we approachedContinue reading “Have we reached the peak of Omicron? Not yet but soon.”

Update on Omicron wave in South Africa, potentially good implications for the U.S.

The Omicron wave in South Africa is now winding down, and a true picture of the impact of this variant disease can be assessed. Overall, in South Africa cases peaked at about 117% higher than the Delta peak, but hospitalizations were only 63% of the Delta peak. Encouragingly, deaths peaked at only 20% of theContinue reading “Update on Omicron wave in South Africa, potentially good implications for the U.S.”

The pandemic is bad enough. Please stop exaggerating its impact on children!

Again tonight both NBC and ABC news reported “record numbers” of childhood COVID hospitalizations. Urgent messages about this problem were presented from physicians at leading children hospitals across the country. I was concerned as I was two days ago when I first saw similar reports. However, when I looked at today’s actual numbers the dataContinue reading “The pandemic is bad enough. Please stop exaggerating its impact on children!”

Are we ready for a 4th COVID-19 booster? Absolutely not!

As we struggle in the United States to get even a minority of adults immunized with a third booster shot of the mRNA vaccines, a news story came out of Israel suggesting that they are essentially ready to begin to administer a fourth dose of the Pfizer vaccine. One of my loyal readers was concerned about thisContinue reading “Are we ready for a 4th COVID-19 booster? Absolutely not!”

Unfounded concerns about Omicron hospitalizations in children?

Last night NBC’s network news reported “record numbers” of children in hospitals with COVID-19 since Omicron came to the United States. Physicians from Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, Texas Children’s Hospital, and University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland all alluded to sharp increases in children with serious COVID-19 infections. In contrast, Dr.Continue reading “Unfounded concerns about Omicron hospitalizations in children?”

Welcome to 2022 — the year the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

Those of you who have been reading this blog faithfully and those who know me personally understand that I’m not someone who makes predictions lightly. In part it is because I have an aversion to being incorrect! Despite this, I am predicting that 2022 is the year that the COVID-19 pandemic burns out. That doesn’tContinue reading “Welcome to 2022 — the year the COVID-19 pandemic ends.”

The new shortened quarantine rules: what you need to understand to be safe.

The CDC has shortened guidelines for isolation after CVOID-19 infection, moving to five days of quarantine followed by five days of mask wearing. The agency indicated, “The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset ofContinue reading “The new shortened quarantine rules: what you need to understand to be safe.”

How are things going with Omicron? Hard to tell if you listen to the CDC.

The holidays have brought a surge in COVID-19 infections as well as an increase in the percent of infections with the Omicron variant. Most people don’t need me telling them this since almost everyone knows many people who are currently infected. COVID-19 infections also seem to be much more insidious, and people often can’t identifyContinue reading “How are things going with Omicron? Hard to tell if you listen to the CDC.”