Two new reasons schools should open fully in person this fall!

Good news on several fronts. First, it appears that the most recent wave of COVID-19 infection in the U.S. has begun to decline. The BA.5 infection wave, which has been with us since early May, has finally begun to peak. While there are still many infections, which have been difficult to quantify due to lesserContinue reading “Two new reasons schools should open fully in person this fall!”

New booster vaccines are accelerated to September. What does that mean for people considering getting boosted?

Yesterday, the administration announced that they expect new vaccines for COVID-19 to be available in September, earlier than the October to November timeline that had been previously announced. One thing that was missed by many in the news accounts was the fact that these vaccines may be different from the boosters that everyone was expecting.  LetContinue reading “New booster vaccines are accelerated to September. What does that mean for people considering getting boosted?”

Everyone has COVID-19, but what does that mean? The revealing tale of two presidents.

It has been a remarkable few weeks across the world. In the middle of a burst of international summer travel COVID has broken out again. The specific virus causing this outbreak is now identified as BA.5, and it is causing infections and reinfections across the globe. Nearly everyone knows a close friend or associate whoContinue reading “Everyone has COVID-19, but what does that mean? The revealing tale of two presidents.”

What we really know about the BA.5 virus variant and need for vaccine boosters

A new coronavirus variant called BA.5 seems to be a rallying cry for those who believe mutant viruses will reignite the COVID pandemic. Several “Influencers” have written stories with warnings about the potential severity of disease with this virus, and the likelihood it can infect individuals with prior immunity from vaccines or infections.  The noiseContinue reading “What we really know about the BA.5 virus variant and need for vaccine boosters”

Kudos for the human race and four updates.

I remember how officials were predicting people would never return to “normal life” after the COVID pandemic. I thought that was crazy; I felt people would struggle to normalize their lives as soon as the risk of death was mitigated. That is exactly what has happened. The resiliency of the human race has been demonstratedContinue reading “Kudos for the human race and four updates.”

The best COVID vaccine for children under 5 and an update on long COVID

Several people have contacted me asking whether the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine would be best for their child under the age of five. There are several issues here, but no perfect answer. The very good news is that both these vaccines have almost no toxicity in this age group. Even rare concerns like myocarditisContinue reading “The best COVID vaccine for children under 5 and an update on long COVID”

New COVID-19 deaths fall below 300 per day in the U.S., while the media turns to monkeypox.

As the latest wave of infections from COVID-19 winds down, the strongest indication that the fundamental dynamic of this pandemic has changed has been the stark drop in virus-associated deaths. The daily average of deaths from COVID-19 now stands at 264, which is a 12% drop in the 14-day average over the prior two weeks.Continue reading “New COVID-19 deaths fall below 300 per day in the U.S., while the media turns to monkeypox.”

Worldwide death rates have not increased from the latest COVID-19 viruses.

The full effects of the “children” of the Omicron virus are being seen around the world. In Europe and the United States, infections from the BA.2 variant are peaking, while in South Africa the BA.4/5 variants are also reaching the peak of infections. In Portugal, which had a severe outbreak with these viruses, infections areContinue reading “Worldwide death rates have not increased from the latest COVID-19 viruses.”

As COVID-19 cases rise again, who needs to wear a mask?

With the emergence of the new BA.2 SARS-CoV-2 variant, COVID infections have again risen. The good news is that although hospitalizations have increased, they are well below levels seen with previous infection waves. In addition, the increase of SARS-CoV-2 immunity induced by repeated doses of vaccines and infections also appears to be preventing any increaseContinue reading “As COVID-19 cases rise again, who needs to wear a mask?”

One million dead and updates on Paxlovid.

The U.S. passed a sad milestone yesterday as we identified the one-millionth person whose death was attributed to COVID-19. While I won’t get into the debate about whether these assignments were entirely accurate, the bottom line is that excess deaths from COVID-19 are probably close to that number. In some ways the ongoing dribble ofContinue reading “One million dead and updates on Paxlovid.”