Biscuit’s best coronavirus job opportunities!

Biscuit recently heard that dogs were being trained to sniff out the coronavirus in human saliva. He thought this was a real opportunity for him to get out of the house and get a job! His nose is actually much larger and more useful than any other part of his body. He also can sniff some ofContinue reading “Biscuit’s best coronavirus job opportunities!”

Abbott’s new $5 test finds $750 million buyer in the government

When Abbott announced they had obtained FDA emergency use approval (EUA) for their BinaxNOW test, a $5 rapid test to diagnose COVID-19, it appeared to be almost too good to be true. The test, which works like a home pregnancy test, can be used with nasal or oral secretions to identify the presence of coronavirusContinue reading “Abbott’s new $5 test finds $750 million buyer in the government”

The CDC appears to roll back corona virus testing recommendations, but fails to justify its action.

The CDC, in concert with the Department of Homeland Security, recently changed their recommendations for COVID-19 testing. This has engendered confusion and controversy. While the new recommendations are not clearly defined, it appears that the agency believes that people who have a low risk of being infected should not seek COOVID-19 testing until they haveContinue reading “The CDC appears to roll back corona virus testing recommendations, but fails to justify its action.”

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shows efficacy in older individuals.

One of the largest issues with the current vaccines is whether they will be effective in individuals most at risk for COVID-19. This is particularly true of the elderly, where immunity tends to be less effective and harder to induce. Moderna presented evidence today that their vaccine could be effective in elderly individuals older thanContinue reading “Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shows efficacy in older individuals.”

The reinfection case is finally available on line and falls short as a “proof” of anything.

The “reinfection” case that has spurred so much attention in the press has finally been published on line. The PCR (molecular) analyses of the virus in the second occurrence look accurate and the patient becomes SARS-CoV-2 antibody positive just 5 days after his hospitalization for this asymptomatic episode. This all suggests the second infection was actuallyContinue reading “The reinfection case is finally available on line and falls short as a “proof” of anything.”

The FDA screwed up the announcement of the plasma-transfer EUA. They cannot do the same thing with the COVID-19 vaccines.

Today, Dr. Stephen Hahn defended the FDA’s EUA approval for plasma transfusions to treat COVID-19 infection. Doctor Hahn stated that the Agency fully supported medical and scientific basis for the EUA noting that although there is not definitive data showing this technique works, the safety profile made an EUA appropriate. He also apologized for not handling theContinue reading “The FDA screwed up the announcement of the plasma-transfer EUA. They cannot do the same thing with the COVID-19 vaccines.”

NO… THERE IS NO CONVINCING COVID RE-INFECTION!

Today, Reuters and the New York Times announced the “first identified case of a true reinfection with COVID-19.” The article referred to a 33-year-old male in Hong Kong who was initially diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized in April months ago, then subsequently went to Spain, and then upon his return tested positive again after returning on Aug. 15. ThisContinue reading “NO… THERE IS NO CONVINCING COVID RE-INFECTION!”

Emerging news story: FDA reverses itself on plasma transfusions for COVID-19

I had to reschedule Biscuit’s latest message tonight in order to address a more pressing issue. Three days ago, I wrote about the FDA’s refusal to approve convalescent plasma infusions as a treatment for COVID-19. This afternoon, the FDA seemingly reversed itself and provided Emergency Use Approval (EUA) for using this approach to treat individuals acutelyContinue reading “Emerging news story: FDA reverses itself on plasma transfusions for COVID-19”

Yes. Bars are fueling COVID-19 outbreaks.

Last night at dinner I discussed with socially distanced friends the story of an intelligent 24-year-old insisting on heading out to bars for the evening. As students from every area of the world return to Ann Arbor, we wondered if closing bars (and preventing campus parties) could be the most important way of limiting theContinue reading “Yes. Bars are fueling COVID-19 outbreaks.”

Dr. Peter Marks assures us that any vaccine for COVID-19 will be safe and effective!

This Friday I’ve decided to recognize an individual who is not a household name and has not continually put himself in the press. Regardless, he will likely be the most important individual in determining whether any of the COVID-19 vaccines in development will be approved for use in humans.  Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D. is the directorContinue reading “Dr. Peter Marks assures us that any vaccine for COVID-19 will be safe and effective!”