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”

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”