In the news: myocarditis and breakthrough COVID infections after vaccination.

Recently there have been a number of reports in the news about heart issues after vaccination. Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis, an inflammation of the outer lining of the heart, have been reported in some young people after receiving the second dose of the mRNA based COVID vaccines. In both cases, the body’s immune system causesContinue reading “In the news: myocarditis and breakthrough COVID infections after vaccination.”

SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, does not appear to be genetically engineered.

There continues to be a debate about the origin of SARS-CoV-2 virus. A recurring rumor is that this virus was “engineered by humans as a bioterrorism weapon,” that this was a part of “gain of function research” to “supercharge the virus” at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and this work was funded by the NIH.Continue reading “SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, does not appear to be genetically engineered.”

What will be your cost for not getting COVID vaccinated?

Jon Rham was a sure bet to win this weekend’s Memorial golf tournament, a prestigious event that would have earned him $1.7M. He led by six strokes after three of the four rounds and was playing remarkably well. Unfortunately, as the round ended, he was approached by officials and told that he had tested positive for COVID-19Continue reading “What will be your cost for not getting COVID vaccinated?”

Rand Paul was right on some issues with Dr. Fauci.

Doctors Rand Paul (Senator) and Anthony Fauci had several testy exchanges when Dr. Fauci testified before a Senate committee. One could boil down the argument on the need to wear masks after being vaccinated to this dichotomy: Dr. Fauci has argued it was crucial to continue to mask for COVID-19 protection, and Senator Paul disputed that assertion andContinue reading “Rand Paul was right on some issues with Dr. Fauci.”

The Memorial Day holiday will be a true, but not absolute, test of herd immunity.

Many people have talked about Memorial Day being the 1st “normal” holiday since the COVID epidemic. Clearly restrictions have been eased and group activities were much more coordinated than we have previously seen. We will all be looking to see whether there will be an infection spike after major events that occurred during the Memorial DayContinue reading “The Memorial Day holiday will be a true, but not absolute, test of herd immunity.”

The false narrative coming from China about Fort Detrick.

As questions have intensified concerning the source of the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the theories that has been floated (reportedly by the Chinese government) is that the source of the virus was United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID; pronounced: U-SAM-rid). USAMRIID is the U.S Army’s only facilityContinue reading “The false narrative coming from China about Fort Detrick.”

Is it wrong to investigate if the coronavirus came from a lab accident?

This is a post I made April 30, 2020! It is topical again, and I hope you appreciate the topic. Today I want to highlight two articles from different news sources. The first is from the Associated Press and outlines findings from the US intelligence community (IC) that have definitively concluded the current coronavirus outbreakContinue reading “Is it wrong to investigate if the coronavirus came from a lab accident?”

More good COVID-19 vaccine news!

Moderna vaccine 100% effective in 12-18 year old youth. Moderna announced Tuesday it had completed their clinical trial in 12–18-year-olds and the mRNA coronavirus vaccine was shown to be 100% effective in youth with no significant safety concerns. The study of 3,700 youth participants showed that none in the vaccine group got the coronavirus, comparedContinue reading “More good COVID-19 vaccine news!”

The RNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe for everyone.

I continued to get questions about the safety of the RNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) for COVID-19. At this point, I can say unequivocally that these vaccines are safe. People ask about long term side effects, but we are almost a year out from the initial vaccine trials and given that hundreds of millions ofContinue reading “The RNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe for everyone.”

Satchel’s BBQ provides the best statement on whether to wear a mask in a public place.

I have been trying to come up with a concise statement to explain the recent change in the CDC mask regulations for folks going into public places. I wanted something simple, yet eloquent that took any confusion out of the decision. Satchel’s BBQ is the ultimate small business restaurant in Ann Arbor, and has greatContinue reading “Satchel’s BBQ provides the best statement on whether to wear a mask in a public place.”