New publications give disturbing findings about COVID-19 but also some good news.

One of the most important things we need to understand is how the COVID-19 (also called SARS-CoV-2) binds to and infects human cells (Figure 1). Two recent research papers provide a number of disturbing pieces of information about this process. A new paper in the journal Nature by investigators from University of Minnesota shows thatContinue reading “New publications give disturbing findings about COVID-19 but also some good news.”

Hot off the wire… New pandemic projections

There have just been new projections on the course in the pandemic in the entire US and each state. These are the best projections I have seen and contain both optimistic and concerning information. Please take a look and let me know what you think and how good a job your state is doing! JimContinue reading “Hot off the wire… New pandemic projections”

Why totally healthy people die from coronavirus.

One of the most frightening aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections is that people in the prime of their lives are dying acutely without any definable medical problem. While these deaths are infrequent compared to the number of elderly people with heart and lung disease who are dying from COVID-19, they appear to be fundamentally differentContinue reading “Why totally healthy people die from coronavirus.”

Emergency Donation of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine phosphate; what does compassionate use mean?

Last night the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was given 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine by Sandoz pharmaceuticals (Novartis) and 1 million doses of chloroquine phosphate by Bayer pharmaceuticals. These were donated to the US Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) for potential use in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19, and for use in clinicalContinue reading “Emergency Donation of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine phosphate; what does compassionate use mean?”

Important Updates on Antibody testing and How COVID-19 Came to the USA.

 Updates on topics this blog’s author thinks are important Antibody testing for COVID-19.  Antibodies are proteins in the blood that document that someone has been exposed to the COVID–19 virus and has developed immunity. This is important because tests for COVID-19 antibodies identify all people who been exposed to the virus, not just people whoContinue reading “Important Updates on Antibody testing and How COVID-19 Came to the USA.”

Bad medical ideas on COVID-19

Anyone reading this blog is smart enough to avoid most of the bad medical ideas being touted around coronavirus. Today I present 10 of the most concerning ideas on coronavirus, partly for entertainment and partly to give you substance on how to caution your friends,  1. Sex will cause you to get infected with theContinue reading “Bad medical ideas on COVID-19”

Five things we must do to prepare for the next COVID-19 outbreak.

Can we prepare for the next round of coronavirus infection? Will we prevent the disruption of our lives again? What can we do to make sure that fewer people get seriously ill or die from the COVID-19. These are important questions that we need to address in order to prepare for the next round ofContinue reading “Five things we must do to prepare for the next COVID-19 outbreak.”

Will I Die From CVID-19 When I Go Back To Work?

Will I die if I get coronavirus infection? Will I get seriously ill? What is the chance I will get infected if I resume my normal activities. Will there be medical care available for me if I get sick? Are their medicines that could keep me from dying if I get sick? These are someContinue reading “Will I Die From CVID-19 When I Go Back To Work?”

The Pandemic Will End: Part One.

The question of how the coronavirus pandemic ends and when people can return to normal activity is a complex one. It has been oversimplified in the public discourse with some suggesting we uniformly stop protective measures after a certain period of time while others argued we must permanently change lifestyles throughout in the world. IContinue reading “The Pandemic Will End: Part One.”

When and how does it end? When do we get back to "normal?"

Tomorrow I will begin to sort through the issues of how and when the current pandemic might end, and the much more complex issue of when we get back to “normal.” I am an allergist/immunologist, not a psychiatrist, and I know many of these decisions are not in my domain. However, it is an importantContinue reading “When and how does it end? When do we get back to "normal?"”