Extreme Optimism, Overwrought Pessimism and good reality on “herd immunity” from the WSJ.

The Wall Street Journal recently has presented some very assertive pieces on COVID-19 herd immunity, appropriately located in its “Opinion” section. While there are problems with two of these commentaries, looking at them together with a new report on trends in illness in the elderly US population gives a perspective to the current COVID-19 epidemic.  Widely OptimisticContinue reading “Extreme Optimism, Overwrought Pessimism and good reality on “herd immunity” from the WSJ.”

Marty Makary’s fuzzy math

I wrote last Sunday about the precipitous drop in COVID-19 cases over the past two months. I continue to believe that there will be ongoing reductions in infections as we move forward. However, in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday Marty Makary, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Continue reading “Marty Makary’s fuzzy math”

It is getting harder to get statistics on the COVID-19 pandemic in the United states, but what is available looks much better.

As the pandemic begins to wind down, it is getting very difficult to get hard data on where things actually stand in the United States. Many of the long-term pandemic monitor websites such as the “Covid Tracking Project” have ceased their operations. In addition, even state websites are not listing daily data in a cumulativeContinue reading “It is getting harder to get statistics on the COVID-19 pandemic in the United states, but what is available looks much better.”

NIH’s Midnight Announcement — AstraZeneca screws up their COVID-19 vaccine data yet again!

I should have waited another day before commenting on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine U.S. trial. By now, everyone knows this is not my favorite vaccine, and I have been critical of the company’s handling of its testing. But even I could not have expected this turn of events! The results on their U.S. trial thatContinue reading “NIH’s Midnight Announcement — AstraZeneca screws up their COVID-19 vaccine data yet again!”

The AstraZeneca vaccine results in the U.S. are revealed.

The results of the U.S. clinical trial of the AstraZeneca SARS-CoV-2 vaccine came in today in a press release and it was extremely good news for the company. This trial was done entirely in the U.S. and was the first clinical trial performed using this vaccine that did not have a technical error. The data,Continue reading “The AstraZeneca vaccine results in the U.S. are revealed.”

Rand Paul was right on some issues with Tony Fauci.

Doctors Rand Paul (Senator) and Anthony Fauci had another testy exchange yesterday as 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 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 Tony Fauci.”

Yet more news about the AstraZeneca chimpanzee adenovirus based COVID-19 vaccine..

There were three new developments surrounding the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine has had more twists and turns than all the other COVID-19 vaccines combined. There have been problems with its clinical trials, questions concerning its efficacy, and regulatory suspensions in its use because of potential side effects, particularly blood clots.  Today, the European Union’s medicines regulatorContinue reading “Yet more news about the AstraZeneca chimpanzee adenovirus based COVID-19 vaccine..”

The Truly Heroic “COVID Tracking Project” at The Atlantic Magazine has Ended

A year ago, one of the biggest challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic was simply trying to figure out how many people In the United States were infected with the disease. It was startling to find out that no one in government, at either the state or federal level, seemed to know exactly how many peopleContinue reading “The Truly Heroic “COVID Tracking Project” at The Atlantic Magazine has Ended”

Women are having most of the reactions to the coronavirus vaccines because they have stronger immune systems!

I wound up on NewsNation, WGN’s TV news show, last night and was asked about the New York Times article that discussed women having more adverse reactions to the RNA coronavirus vaccines. While I think the New York Times’ article is accurate and covers the topic well, there were a few additional points I believe needed toContinue reading “Women are having most of the reactions to the coronavirus vaccines because they have stronger immune systems!”