Remdesivir to the Rescue?

I have been hoping for a rational drug treatment for COVID based on science, not wishful thinking. One may be at hand!  Remdesivir is one of the first drugs that appears to be useful to treat Coronavirus infection. It is an antiviral drug, which means it specifically inhibits an activity that allows the virus toContinue reading “Remdesivir to the Rescue?”

Feedback on “Moses” Post

Some gave comments that the case fatality rate (CFR) used to calculate the percent of infected individuals in yesterday’s post is too low The CFR, which was initially thought to be very high (two people dying for every 100 people infected or 2.0%) has dropped as testing for the virus becomes more widespread. With theContinue reading “Feedback on “Moses” Post”

100 million COVID Infected Americans are the “Moses” that Will Deliver Us Beyond the Pandemic

Summary The toll of this pandemic has been horrific throughout the world. Remarkable sacrifices have been made that have limited its impact Moving forward we need to understand how many people have been infected If estimates are correct, we have significant immunity to COVID-19 Immunity will allow us to move forward from this pandemic SinceContinue reading “100 million COVID Infected Americans are the “Moses” that Will Deliver Us Beyond the Pandemic”

Biscuit is Back with this Week’s Worst Coronavirus Ideas.

It’s Saturday so Biscuit is back with his worst coronavirus ideas of the week. See if you agree. 1) Mega church services with everyone in attendance. Not only are the parishioners at risk, but several of the pastors have died from coronavirus. God helps those who help themselves! We will miss Easter, but will beContinue reading “Biscuit is Back with this Week’s Worst Coronavirus Ideas.”

The coronavirus is not a hoax, but a lot of people seem to think it is….

I often think that television “news” is based on the premise that you can always find defeat in any victory. Much like the Weather Channel now names winter storms, the more fear you can whip up the better the ratings. There is certainly enough trauma from COVID-19 without making it worse for people. The goodContinue reading “The coronavirus is not a hoax, but a lot of people seem to think it is….”

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 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 reinforce thisContinue 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?”