“Pool” testing for coronavirus infection or antibody.

One of the new concepts that came from Dr. Fauci’s testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday was the concept of “pool testing” to screen individuals for COVID-19 infection. This approach is a way to increase the number of people screened for viral infection or antibody without using additional tests. This approach can overcome shortages of testsContinue reading ““Pool” testing for coronavirus infection or antibody.”

What did Dr. Fauci mean when he suggested there could be “100,000 COVID-19 infections per day in the United States”?

Today, before Congress, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated his extreme concerns about the current uptick in the number of COVID-19 infections and the potential for this number to grow. He used the projection of “100,000 infections a day” as a number that could be achieved if Americans continue to ignore public health guidelines related to wearingContinue reading “What did Dr. Fauci mean when he suggested there could be “100,000 COVID-19 infections per day in the United States”?”

Is remdesivir worth $3,120?

Many of you will remember that I was pleased when remdesivir showed efficacy as the first effective antiviral drug for COVID-19. Today, its owner Gilead Sciences announced that most American consumers will be charged $3,120 for a typical course of treatment. The only exception to this pricing will be for US government agencies, such as Veterans hospitals.Continue reading “Is remdesivir worth $3,120?”

An article in the New York Times by Gina Kolata has suggested COVID-19 has a similar effect to HIV on the immune system. It does not.

A couple of days ago I read an article in the New York times by noted journalist Gina Kolata. Ms. Kolata is well known as a science writer, first at Science Magazine, then for the last 30 years at the New York Times. She is also an accomplished author, and I have enjoyed several of herContinue reading “An article in the New York Times by Gina Kolata has suggested COVID-19 has a similar effect to HIV on the immune system. It does not.”

Biscuit is frozen with indecision….

Biscuit continues in a funk this week as he learned that his vacation to Florida was cancelled. He was so despondent he couldn’t even make a decision about the 8 worst coronavirus ideas this week. Therefore, he simply listed his options and will let you decide. Mask or no mask? Biscuit likes being comforted byContinue reading “Biscuit is frozen with indecision….”

Finding positive news in the new COVID-19 numbers

The headlines today highlighted increases in COVID-19 infections in several states. Of interest, these increases were significant enough to increase hospitalizations, and in the case of Florida, reintroduce social distancing measures. The overall number of daily SARS-CoV-2 virus infections has been increasing slowly since June 1st, however almost all of the increase is related toContinue reading “Finding positive news in the new COVID-19 numbers”

A brief update on Rt.Live

Lots of states are showing increases in infections today. There are also increases in hospitalizations in several states, particularly in the south. As of yet this has not increased death statistics, but we need to monitor the numbers. As always, people should focus on the most important things. I think that for a respiratory virus,Continue reading “A brief update on Rt.Live”

Why are COVID-19 cases rising in the US at the same time deaths are dropping?

Every source I have looked at over the past two weeks has suggested an interesting phenomenon: COVID-19 cases are increasing while deaths are dropping dramatically. I include the figures from tonight’s Apple news spotlight, however the numbers from the New York Times, Johns Hopkins University, and multiple other sources including the CDC also indicate identicalContinue reading “Why are COVID-19 cases rising in the US at the same time deaths are dropping?”

The D614G variant of SARS CoV-2 coronavirus is in the news again.

This coronavirus variant first gained attention in May because of a bioinformatics manuscript that suggested the substitution of this single amino acid in a viral protein [Spike (S) protein] had created a dominant virus that had become the primary type of coronavirus identified in Europe and the east coast of the United States. That paperContinue reading “The D614G variant of SARS CoV-2 coronavirus is in the news again.”