Rand Paul was right on some issues with Dr. Fauci.

Doctors Rand Paul (Senator) and Anthony Fauci had several testy exchanges when Dr. Fauci testified before a Senate committee. One could boil down the argument on the need to wear masks after being vaccinated to this dichotomy: Dr. Fauci has argued it was crucial to continue to mask for COVID-19 protection, and Senator Paul disputed that assertion andContinue reading “Rand Paul was right on some issues with Dr. Fauci.”

The Memorial Day holiday will be a true, but not absolute, test of herd immunity.

Many people have talked about Memorial Day being the 1st “normal” holiday since the COVID epidemic. Clearly restrictions have been eased and group activities were much more coordinated than we have previously seen. We will all be looking to see whether there will be an infection spike after major events that occurred during the Memorial DayContinue reading “The Memorial Day holiday will be a true, but not absolute, test of herd immunity.”

The false narrative coming from China about Fort Detrick.

As questions have intensified concerning the source of the coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the theories that has been floated (reportedly by the Chinese government) is that the source of the virus was United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID; pronounced: U-SAM-rid). USAMRIID is the U.S Army’s only facilityContinue reading “The false narrative coming from China about Fort Detrick.”

More good COVID-19 vaccine news!

Moderna vaccine 100% effective in 12-18 year old youth. Moderna announced Tuesday it had completed their clinical trial in 12–18-year-olds and the mRNA coronavirus vaccine was shown to be 100% effective in youth with no significant safety concerns. The study of 3,700 youth participants showed that none in the vaccine group got the coronavirus, comparedContinue reading “More good COVID-19 vaccine news!”

The RNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe for everyone.

I continued to get questions about the safety of the RNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) for COVID-19. At this point, I can say unequivocally that these vaccines are safe. People ask about long term side effects, but we are almost a year out from the initial vaccine trials and given that hundreds of millions ofContinue reading “The RNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe for everyone.”

Satchel’s BBQ provides the best statement on whether to wear a mask in a public place.

I have been trying to come up with a concise statement to explain the recent change in the CDC mask regulations for folks going into public places. I wanted something simple, yet eloquent that took any confusion out of the decision. Satchel’s BBQ is the ultimate small business restaurant in Ann Arbor, and has greatContinue reading “Satchel’s BBQ provides the best statement on whether to wear a mask in a public place.”

The big reversal on wearing masks.

In the last 24 hours the CDC has done a complete turnaround on their recommendations for masking. They now are not requiring masks to be worn by anyone who has been fully vaccinated, regardless of whether in or out of doors. This obviously is a complete change from their recent complex and specific recommendations for masking forContinue reading “The big reversal on wearing masks.”

The COVID-19 pandemic could have been avoided according to an independent review by the WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report analyzing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the delay in the early world-wide awareness and handling of the disease. The report was essentially a damning admission of failures that have led to millions of deaths around the globe.  The COVID-19 pandemic was a “preventable disaster” thatContinue reading “The COVID-19 pandemic could have been avoided according to an independent review by the WHO”

Could the latest COVID-19 surge in Michigan have been avoided?

I have written several blogs about the latest surge in Michigan because I think it is a microcosm of the adverse public health management nationwide during the pandemic. Michigan had done a remarkable job of social distancing and implementing actions to protect the population in the first year of the pandemic. This was primarily inContinue reading “Could the latest COVID-19 surge in Michigan have been avoided?”

Will the Biden administration’s support for patent waivers actually provide more COVID-19 vaccine to the developing world? Unfortunately the answer is no.

Yesterday, the Biden administration announced that it would support the waiver of intellectual property protection for COVID-19 vaccines in order to facilitate, “the provision of vaccines for the developing world.” In a statement from U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the Administration stated its belief that, “in service of ending this pandemic, we support the waiver ofContinue reading “Will the Biden administration’s support for patent waivers actually provide more COVID-19 vaccine to the developing world? Unfortunately the answer is no.”