Dr. Fauci is wrong this time!

Dr. Tony Fauci is a national hero and was a wonderful mentor to me during my training. There is no one I respect more; however, I have to disagree with his recent statement suggesting that the world will be forever changed and “never get back to normal” after the COVID-19 pandemic. Pandemics of highly contagiousContinue reading “Dr. Fauci is wrong this time!”

Why Do Young Healthy People Die-Continued.

There are several articles out today on the evolving finding that coronavirus infection appears to result in a binary outcome in otherwise healthy young people; you are either well with minimal symptoms or (in a minority) you get life-threatening disease. I’ve written about this topic before, but articles from Science Magazine and on CNN reinforceContinue reading “Why Do Young Healthy People Die-Continued.”

Will you need a blood test to go back to work?

There was a front-page article in the New York Times today how Italy may be using antibody testing to verify people who can go back to work. The article told how Italy is following Germany in using a blood test that identifies antibodies (immune proteins) specific for COVID-19 as a way to clear individuals toContinue reading “Will you need a blood test to go back to work?”

Biscuit’s Eight Worst Coronavirus Ideas of the Week!

This week my dog Biscuit and I saw a number of questionable ideas that have gained attention in the press and social media. He says it is time to call out the eight worst ideas about the coronavirus this week. 1. Using Navy hospital ships for coronavirus support. The US Comfort has been barely utilizedContinue reading “Biscuit’s Eight Worst Coronavirus Ideas of the Week!”

A single breath can transmit COVID-19

Simple breathing can spread COVID-19 from individuals who appear well. The easy transmission of this virus changes how we will try to limit the pandemic. Reports are emerging that even regular breathing can transmit COVID-19. The virus appears to be in expired air from people who are just breathing normally. This is very different fromContinue reading “A single breath can transmit COVID-19”

Sorry NYT: A Virus is NOT a Poison!

Today I have been bombarded with questions about a New York Times opinion piece concerning coronavirus infections. This piece, written by a chemistry and genomics professor and grad student at Princeton, states that, “As with any other poison, viruses are usually deadlier in larger amounts.” The piece makes a number of statements about exposure toContinue reading “Sorry NYT: A Virus is NOT a Poison!”

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.”