Biscuit calls out the worst ideas about returning to school in the time of COVID-19

Biscuit normally loves back to school season if only because it means he has the house to himself! But this year back to school is a much more difficult proposition, and Biscuit has been depressed about the many bad ideas people have about going back to school. So, he decided to call out these ideasContinue reading “Biscuit calls out the worst ideas about returning to school in the time of COVID-19”

More on the Russia vaccine and COVID-19 vaccines in general.

I received a lot of really good feedback about the Russian vaccine post with several people raising issues about the Russian vaccine and the vaccines in general. While I have written about COVID-19 vaccines before, I thought this was an important enough topic to dedicate another post. -The Russian vaccine uses live human adenovirus. HasContinue reading “More on the Russia vaccine and COVID-19 vaccines in general.”

Is the Russian COVID-19 vaccine real? Likely, but we need to see the data to be sure.

A few days ago, the Russians announced that they had developed a vaccine for COVID-19. They stated that the vaccine was documented to be “effective and safe,” and would be made available within weeks to individuals and even other countries who wanted to be vaccinated. In addition, prominent Russian leaders such as President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had becomeContinue reading “Is the Russian COVID-19 vaccine real? Likely, but we need to see the data to be sure.”

Why no Big Ten football this fall?

The Big 10’s decision to delay their football season from this fall till next spring has been debated widely in the press. Several conferences including the Big 12, the SEC, and the ACC disagreed with the Big 10 (along with the PAC 12, the MAC and the Ivy League) and felt that they were safeContinue reading “Why no Big Ten football this fall?”

Are neurological complications really common with COVID-19?

Over the past few days I’ve been concerned about several news stories focused on an exceptional number of severe neurological complications associated with COVID-19 infection. While these complications are not surprising, since almost every human viral infection is associated with some type of neurological disease, the spectrum of these complications was worse, and the implied frequencies seemed higher thanContinue reading “Are neurological complications really common with COVID-19?”

Waiting on the Big Ten’s decision and an update on the numbers in the US.

Tonight, I was going to do a blog about the Big Ten canceling the football season and the medical reasons why it was done. Then, the league issued a press release saying that they had not actually taken the vote that was reported in the Detroit Free Press. Therefore, I’m going to hold judgment untilContinue reading “Waiting on the Big Ten’s decision and an update on the numbers in the US.”

The back story to Dr. Fauci’s comments about the “slim chance” for a 98% effective COVID-19 vaccine.

Yesterday there were a number of news stories highlighting Dr. Anthony Fauci’s belief that the chances of having a “highly effective” coronavirus COVID-19 vaccine were “slim.” The statement given during a session at the Brown University School of Public Health drew much attention, but the actual meaning of his statement needs clarification. Dr. Fauci definedContinue reading “The back story to Dr. Fauci’s comments about the “slim chance” for a 98% effective COVID-19 vaccine.”

In response to yesterday’s post on schools in NY reopening.

Comment Dr. Baker, I realize the pressure working parents are under but a recent covid death of a 7 year old in Ga. contradicts Trumps comment that kids are immune. Certainly teachers, administrators and staff are vulnerable. Wouldn’t the prudent move be to halt in person schools until this country gets a handle on thisContinue reading “In response to yesterday’s post on schools in NY reopening.”

New York opens schools. Can this be a model for other states?

New York’s governor announced that the state’s schools would be able to open this fall. Several criteria were provided, some that allowed the schools to open and others that would cause in-person classes to be suspended. I thought it would be of value to review these criteria. Since many other states are still making decisions,Continue reading “New York opens schools. Can this be a model for other states?”

The COVID-19 epidemic appears to have become chronic, endemic phase with occasional cluster outbreaks.

It is getting harder to define the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Statements about different states and cities define rates of infection that seem to vary greatly between different sources. Therefore once a week I’m going to try and look at several sources of information and gather epidemiological data to getContinue reading “The COVID-19 epidemic appears to have become chronic, endemic phase with occasional cluster outbreaks.”