Immunity does not disappear after COVID-19 infection!

I’m in a particularly unpleasant mood tonight because once again media reports are throwing out the idea that immunity to coronavirus is transient and won’t last long enough to protect the population. This is a recurrent theme that seems to come out almost every week, either based on some single patient whose doctor reports aContinue reading “Immunity does not disappear after COVID-19 infection!”

We finally get to see the data about the Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

The Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccine (identified as mRNA-1273) has received much notoriety as it was one of the first to begin testing. In addition, there was a fair amount of criticism when several of the company’s senior corporate officers and investors sold stock in the company soon after a rise in the stock’s value due toContinue reading “We finally get to see the data about the Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.”

What is happening in Houston?

Houston is a new epicenter in COVID-19 infections. While the number of infections in Texas has been increasing progressively, those numbers have overwhelmingly come from a limited number of urban areas with Houston leading the way. There are a number of parallels between what is happening in Houston now and what happened in New YorkContinue reading “What is happening in Houston?”

Why this blog won’t discuss politics.

I’ve received a number of comments lately suggesting that I should weigh in on the failures of various politicians in the COVID-19 response. One also suggested that by not specifically calling out the blunders of the executive branch I was in fact condoning them.  I wish to remind everyone that the focus of this blogContinue reading “Why this blog won’t discuss politics.”

Six items that bring out my COVID-19 pessimism.

One of my colleagues at the University of Michigan suggested that I was the “most upbeat person she knew on the COVID-19 pandemic.” I appreciated but was surprised by this comment. While I try to be evenhanded and base all of my blog posts on available data, politics and opinion have so remarkably penetrated theContinue reading “Six items that bring out my COVID-19 pessimism.”

US COVID numbers for July 7th; a complex story.

It is always interesting to look at statistics and try to interpret trends. Today, Johns Hopkins published the following numbers for US COVID infections and deaths. Deaths continue to fall, but interestingly at a time when most are touting the rise in infections, Hopkins’ figures show an 18% drop. This seems to fly in theContinue reading “US COVID numbers for July 7th; a complex story.”

My July 4th message; this pandemic will end.

Several of my followers asked if I would repost my July 4th blog. I am happy to do it and appreciate all of the positive comments. Jim Baker In respect for the 4th of July, I will provide what I believe is the most valuable message about this pandemic. It is simply that this pandemic will comeContinue reading “My July 4th message; this pandemic will end.”

We are still talking about hydroxychloroquine, but maybe for the last time.

On a day when the well-respected RECOVERY Study from Great Britain reported there was no significant benefit to hydroxychloroquine in hospitalized patients, a paper was published in the International Journal of Infectious Disease suggesting that there might be benefit from hydroxychloroquine and the combination of that drug with azithromycin.  First, the results from RECOVERY, funded byContinue reading “We are still talking about hydroxychloroquine, but maybe for the last time.”