What isn’t herd immunity-Michigan.

Yesterday I discussed the example of Israel where social restrictions were kept in place until approximately a third of the population had vaccine-induced immunity. Below I include the graph documenting daily Israeli infections and vaccine percentages from yesterday for comparison with Michigan’s situation.  The key here is that the social restrictions were not eliminated untilContinue reading “What isn’t herd immunity-Michigan.”

What herd immunity looks like!

People keep asking what will herd immunity look like and at what point in the vaccination cycle can we return to normal activity. Many numbers have been proffered. Dr. Fauci has stated it will require anywhere from 70 to 90% of the population being immunized. Others have hypothesized that only 20% or 30% of theContinue reading “What herd immunity looks like!”

The mRNA vaccines are looking better every day!

Tonight I refer you to an excellent article in the Atlantic magazine that discusses the value of the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. This is particularly timely given the problems with both the Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines. We are very lucky to have enough of these vaccines to immunize all United StatesContinue reading “The mRNA vaccines are looking better every day!”

U.S. halts use of Johnson and Johnson Covid Vaccine: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

A joint statement by the FDA and CDC today states that the U.S. would stop using the J&N vaccine immediately due to reports of rare blood clots in woman recipients. The FDA statement reported that, “In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with lowContinue reading “U.S. halts use of Johnson and Johnson Covid Vaccine: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!”

I am again confused by the discussion around the “next wave” of COVID-19.

There is much concern about the “fourth wave” of COVID-19 in the U.S., and blame has been placed on variants, reduced social restrictions, and lack of vaccines. Pressure has increased on the federal government to rethink its strategy for combating COVID since most new infections are concentrated in just a handful of states, including Michigan,Continue reading “I am again confused by the discussion around the “next wave” of COVID-19.”

Astra Zeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine associated with unusual types of blood clots

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has concluded there is a link between AstraZeneca’s (AZ) Covid-19 vaccine and “very rare,” unusual, but dangerous blood clots, which in some cases have killed. A safety committee of the agency announced today that “unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects” of the vaccine.Continue reading “Astra Zeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine associated with unusual types of blood clots”

Finally, the CDC says ditch the Lysol!

After a year of intimidating people into washing every inanimate object they own, the CDC finally said today what most of us had surmised — sterilizing these objects does not help prevent COVID-19. In an announcement coyly entitled “Science Brief: SARS-CoV-2 and Surface (Fomite) Transmission for Indoor Community Environments” the CDC admitted what most of us alreadyContinue reading “Finally, the CDC says ditch the Lysol!”

I’m tired of people blaming Michiganders!

It’s been a very long week of contradictory messages from federal and state officials and supposed experts. Despite this, I thought I’d summarize a number of the major points they seem to be making. 1) Michigan is on fire. Why? Over and over, we hear that Michigan has the worst COVID-19 levels in the country.Continue reading “I’m tired of people blaming Michiganders!”

More good news around the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

There is now published evidence that the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine not only prevents symptomatic infection, but also reduces the amount of virus produced during infections in vaccinated people. This data clearly demonstrates that vaccination should reduce the likelihood of passing infection even in the rare individuals who become infected after the vaccine. This is exceptionallyContinue reading “More good news around the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.”

Dr. Walensky’s concerns.

First, I would like to state that I greatly appreciate new CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. She is very articulate and, unlike her predecessor, appropriately tries to get ahead of issues. It is a very pleasant change! Therefore, I was extremely concerned when yesterday, Monday, she issued an urgent plea to Americans.  She commented that she hasContinue reading “Dr. Walensky’s concerns.”