Dr. Fauci’s Retirement

I have made no secret about my respect for Tony, who I was fortunate to train with for a brief time 40 years ago. Despite this, I think the current controversy surrounding him was the unfortunate result of several errors he made. One of the biggest was probably taking advice from people like Drs. BobContinue reading “Dr. Fauci’s Retirement”

Let’s all be thankful that it isn’t 1918.

As we try to understand the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it might be useful to analyze the course of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the closest similar event for which we have accurate public health records. There are interesting parallels and some important differences between what happened in 1918 and the COVID-19 pandemic of theContinue reading “Let’s all be thankful that it isn’t 1918.”

Dr. Walensky, why at this point doesn’t the U.S. have a plan for handling COVID-19 and other pandemics?

Everyone seems to still have questions about COVID-19. Parents want to know the rationale behind immunizing their children, businesses want to know the likelihood of future economic disruptions and people generally want an assurance that they can normalize their lives. I can see the confusion on the faces of people parsing whether to wear aContinue reading “Dr. Walensky, why at this point doesn’t the U.S. have a plan for handling COVID-19 and other pandemics?”

The CDC director just got sick with COVID 19 a month after she had received her booster vaccination. How can this happen and what does it mean?

Early this week the CDC announced that its director, Rochelle Wollensky, was infected with COVID-19. While she is reportedly doing well and isolating at home, this raised eyebrows because she had received the new bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine booster just a month before. Her immunity to COVID infection from this booster should have been at itsContinue reading “The CDC director just got sick with COVID 19 a month after she had received her booster vaccination. How can this happen and what does it mean?”

I didn’t believe anything about COVID could upset me anymore until I heard about these folks at Boston University…

The news came out that there was an experiment at Boston University to try to make a potentially more lethal SARS-CoV-2 omicron virus. On face value this seems like an incredibly stupid idea, but with more investigation, it’s actually worse than that! There is a federal biodefense lab at Boston University (National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory)Continue reading “I didn’t believe anything about COVID could upset me anymore until I heard about these folks at Boston University…”

Will there be a new COVID surge this winter?

The Internet has been ablaze with stories about a potential COVID-19 surge that is anticipated this winter. While most of the articles strongly argue for the likelihood of a surge, there is no hard data indicating that the United States is indeed going to experience new infection outbreaks. In fact, most areas in the countryContinue reading “Will there be a new COVID surge this winter?”

How long should you wait for a booster COVID-19 vaccine? Is it wise to get the flu vaccine and COVID booster at the same time?

These are the most common questions I received this these days, and the answers are finally becoming clear. Many individuals have been infected with Omicron in the last nine months and therefore have an immunity boost from their infection. In fact, data now indicates that hybrid immunity generated this way is stronger than vaccines alone in preventingContinue reading “How long should you wait for a booster COVID-19 vaccine? Is it wise to get the flu vaccine and COVID booster at the same time?”

Is the pandemic over?

Last week on 60 Minutes President Biden announced “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it.” Many people were surprised by this statement, especially since US had just rolled out new COVID vaccine boosters. I would like to address two specific issues; whetherContinue reading “Is the pandemic over?”

The five most important questions about the new COVID-19 booster vaccines. 

The United States has new COVID-19 booster vaccines available for administration this fall, and they are different from the original mRNA vaccines. How these vaccines differ from their predecessors and who would be most helped by getting these boosters are incredibly important questions. I hope to answer these and other questions in this blog postContinue reading “The five most important questions about the new COVID-19 booster vaccines. “

Dr. Walensky condemns the CDC’s poor communications and promises to reorganize the agency as a fix. Is that really the problem?

This week Dr. Rochelle Walensky, head of the CDC, admitted what many of us have already observed: the agency’s actions and communications have been inadequate in managing either the COVID-19 or monkey pox outbreaks.  In what the NY Times called a “rebuke to the agency” she said (in a video to the agency’s employees) “To be frank,Continue reading “Dr. Walensky condemns the CDC’s poor communications and promises to reorganize the agency as a fix. Is that really the problem?”