Could the latest COVID-19 surge in Michigan have been avoided?

I have written several blogs about the latest surge in Michigan because I think it is a microcosm of the adverse public health management nationwide during the pandemic. Michigan had done a remarkable job of social distancing and implementing actions to protect the population in the first year of the pandemic. This was primarily inContinue reading “Could the latest COVID-19 surge in Michigan have been avoided?”

Will the Biden administration’s support for patent waivers actually provide more COVID-19 vaccine to the developing world? Unfortunately the answer is no.

Yesterday, the Biden administration announced that it would support the waiver of intellectual property protection for COVID-19 vaccines in order to facilitate, “the provision of vaccines for the developing world.” In a statement from U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the Administration stated its belief that, “in service of ending this pandemic, we support the waiver ofContinue reading “Will the Biden administration’s support for patent waivers actually provide more COVID-19 vaccine to the developing world? Unfortunately the answer is no.”

The New York Times declares defeat on herd immunity!

On the same day New York announced that Broadway would open early due to improvements in the pandemic, the New York Times declared that “herd immunity to COVID-19 cannot be achieved.” Talk about moving the goalposts! The Times believes the “failure of herd immunity” results from declining vaccination rates, “variants,” and the inability to completelyContinue reading “The New York Times declares defeat on herd immunity!”

The CDC still can’t communicate a simple concept effectively.

One of the most disturbing things about the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is the poor performance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). First there was the crucial failure and delay in setting up testing for SARS-Cov-2. Then there were the confusing and contradictory instructions about wearing masks, not wearing masks, and surface decontamination.Continue reading “The CDC still can’t communicate a simple concept effectively.”

Covid 19 vaccinations are petering out in the U.S. and we are only half way to our goal.

Reports from across the country are documenting that adult immunizations for COVID-19 are beginning to decrease at the same time opportunities for vaccination are increasing. This puts the end of the U.S. pandemic at risk. First the good news — almost 50% of the population has had one dose of COVID-19 vaccine! In addition, 70% ofContinue reading “Covid 19 vaccinations are petering out in the U.S. and we are only half way to our goal.”

Definitive data that vaccination prevents COVID-19 outbreaks in the elderly.

Michigan has been undergoing a surge in COVID-19 illness for the past month. Despite this, one group of citizens has been relatively spared — the elderly. This lower rate of infection might be explained by the high rate of immunization in those over 60 years of age in the state. Until recently immunizations were limitedContinue reading “Definitive data that vaccination prevents COVID-19 outbreaks in the elderly.”

The real problem with the Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines.

I label this post as my opinion, and I’m sure many scientists and physicians in other fields would argue with it. However, now that the Johnson and Johnson adenovirus based COVID-19 vaccine has been approved again for use in the U.S., I think it’s important to provide perspective to individuals who are considering taking thisContinue reading “The real problem with the Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines.”

What isn’t herd immunity-Michigan.

Yesterday I discussed the example of Israel where social restrictions were kept in place until approximately a third of the population had vaccine-induced immunity. Below I include the graph documenting daily Israeli infections and vaccine percentages from yesterday for comparison with Michigan’s situation.  The key here is that the social restrictions were not eliminated untilContinue reading “What isn’t herd immunity-Michigan.”

What herd immunity looks like!

People keep asking what will herd immunity look like and at what point in the vaccination cycle can we return to normal activity. Many numbers have been proffered. Dr. Fauci has stated it will require anywhere from 70 to 90% of the population being immunized. Others have hypothesized that only 20% or 30% of theContinue reading “What herd immunity looks like!”