Yikes! Are COVID-19 numbers increasing as reported on ABC News tonight 9-30-2020?

I shouldn’t watch the nightly news. It makes me crazy. Tonight on ABC they reported (although not as breaking news!) that numbers were “way up” and “31 states had increases in infections.” Since I hadn’t looked at the numbers for several days, I found this alarming. I immediately went to the Hopkin’s COVID-19 dashboard toContinue reading “Yikes! Are COVID-19 numbers increasing as reported on ABC News tonight 9-30-2020?”

The NFL has delayed the next Tennessee Titans game for up to two days.

Statement from the NFL; “The Steelers-Titans game, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, will be rescheduled to allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel. Details on the new game date and time on either Monday or Tuesday willContinue reading “The NFL has delayed the next Tennessee Titans game for up to two days.”

The NFL has its first COVID-19 outbreak.

The Tennessee Titans identified a COVID-19 outbreak that involved three members of the team and five team staff. The team announced that it closed its training facilities until this Saturday as part of the NFL COVID-19 program. The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sunday, and the Vikings now are planning on closingContinue reading “The NFL has its first COVID-19 outbreak.”

Inovio Covid-19 vaccine development is put on hold.

An announcement today was major news about a COVID-19 vaccine. Another of the vaccines that had advanced to early stage human clinical trials had its development halted by the FDA.  Inovio Pharmaceuticals DNA coronavirus vaccine had completed an early stage human safety trial, but its further human trial was put on hold by the FDAContinue reading “Inovio Covid-19 vaccine development is put on hold.”

Florida’s Governor takes an aggressive stance on reopening and reducing COVID-19 restrictions.

Addressing reporters at a press conference in St. Petersburg on Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an executive order allowing bars and restaurants in the state to open at full capacity. “We are today moving into what we initially called Phase 3,” DeSantis said. “And what that’ll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitationsContinue reading “Florida’s Governor takes an aggressive stance on reopening and reducing COVID-19 restrictions.”

Operation Warp Speed’s conflict of interest problem.

A brief complaint tonight. The most important medical development initiative in recent history is the COVID-19 vaccine development program. Nicknamed “Operation Warp Speed,” this program has provided billions of dollars to private sector companies for the development of multiple vaccines that may protect individuals against COVID-19.  There has been much concern about the independence ofContinue reading “Operation Warp Speed’s conflict of interest problem.”

The Washington Post is needlessly scaring people about COVID-19…

Today, with much fanfare The Washington Post announced the “largest genetic study of the coronavirus to date” and indicated the “coronavirus is mutating and potentially evolving amid rapid U.S. spread.” In addition, this study indicated “one strain becoming predominant in Houston over time.”  This ominous headline referred to an un-reviewed study from the BioRx website from Houston MethodistContinue reading “The Washington Post is needlessly scaring people about COVID-19…”

Any seasonal rise in COVID-19 infections has not happened yet.

Today, we were inundated with a rash of news reports warning of potential increases in COVID-19 cases this fall. Again, the rationale is that as people spend more time inside because of colder weather they will be more likely to transmit the coronavirus between themselves.  In response to these reports, I decided to focus onContinue reading “Any seasonal rise in COVID-19 infections has not happened yet.”

What in the world is going on in the Department of Health and Human Services?

Two unusual events happened today involving the Department of Health and Human services. Whatever the intent of these events it is unfortunate that both appear to undermine the credibility of this organization at the most inopportune time.  First, Alex M. Azar, II, the secretary of health and human services, this week prohibited the nation’s healthContinue reading “What in the world is going on in the Department of Health and Human Services?”