Are Coronavirus infections leveling off at a higher point after the summer peak?

In this week’s review of the COVID-19 infection statistics in the United States we see an interesting phenomenon. While the infections have been dropping over the past month, they appear to be stabilizing at a higher level than in the pre-Memorial Day trough.  The reasons that these numbers have stopped falling may be that multiple.Continue reading “Are Coronavirus infections leveling off at a higher point after the summer peak?”

Making a COVID-19 vaccine may be the easiest part of immunizing our population!

It is next June. Several of the COVID-19 vaccines in development have been shown to be effective. Tens of millions of doses of these vaccines have been produced, much of it made even before the efficacy studies were finished to save time. These vaccines are now ready to be distributed to at-risk individuals throughout theContinue reading “Making a COVID-19 vaccine may be the easiest part of immunizing our population!”

How Arizona defeated their COVID-19 outbreak without a lockdown.

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal highlighted the success that Arizona has had in controlling their COVID-19 outbreak. Arizona had one of the largest outbreaks in the United States in June, but has seen a drop of 72% in the number of new cases in August. Over that same period, the number of deaths in theContinue reading “How Arizona defeated their COVID-19 outbreak without a lockdown.”

Monoclonal antibodies are advancing as treatments for COVID-19.

While vaccines and convalescent plasma transfer have garnered much of the attention around immune therapy for COVID-19, another type of immune therapy has recently gained interest. This therapy uses monoclonal antibodies administered into individuals through an IV as either a prophylactic or treatment for COVID-19 infection.  The concept here is similar to that of convalescentContinue reading “Monoclonal antibodies are advancing as treatments for COVID-19.”

Remarkably, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial has been restarted only four days after it was paused.

A spokesperson for AstraZeneca told STAT news that their COVID-19 vaccine trial has been restarted. Currently, however, only the trial in the U.K. has been resumed. The company is also conducting trials in the U.S., Brazil, and South Africa. “The Company will continue to work with health authorities across the world and be guided asContinue reading “Remarkably, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial has been restarted only four days after it was paused.”

More on the adverse reaction that stopped AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial

Several sources have now reported that the illness that stopped AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial was a case of transverse myelitis. This is an inflammation of the spinal cord that can be associated with disruption of nerve function. In the most severe cases this can lead to partial or complete paralysis and is therefore aContinue reading “More on the adverse reaction that stopped AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial”

What’s happening with the COVID-19 pandemic going into the fall? The truth is no one knows.

As we look towards the weekend after Labor Day, I wanted to take a brief overview of the numbers concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. There were a number of interesting findings that came out of today’s CDC’s numbers and Johns Hopkins School of public health.  First, infections continue to occur throughout theContinue reading “What’s happening with the COVID-19 pandemic going into the fall? The truth is no one knows.”

Excess mortality numbers tell us that the COVID-19 death statistics are correct.

One of the biggest issues that has been raised around the pandemic is how many deaths are actually attributable to COVID-19. There have been many arguments saying that the number of deaths has either been undercounted, because they are being attributed to other diseases, or that they are being over counted because people actually haveContinue reading “Excess mortality numbers tell us that the COVID-19 death statistics are correct.”

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine study is put on hold. My preference is not to take this vaccine regardless of the outcome.

Tonight, AstraZeneca announced that its COVID-19 vaccine study was put on hold due to a suspected reverse reaction in a trial participant in the United Kingdom. This event has triggered me to write more specifically about COVID-19 vaccines. I have purposely withheld my personal commentary on the relative benefits of the different COVID-19 vaccines, although I haveContinue reading “AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine study is put on hold. My preference is not to take this vaccine regardless of the outcome.”

Ventilation, the forgotten protection for children in their school classes.

In honor of the first day of school in Michigan tomorrow, I wanted to bring attention to an article in the Wall Street Journal that reinforces an important concept for COVID-19 safety in classrooms. It is that by simply increasing ventilation and airflow in classrooms, respiratory clouds that contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be disrupted before theyContinue reading “Ventilation, the forgotten protection for children in their school classes.”