One million dead and updates on Paxlovid.

The U.S. passed a sad milestone yesterday as we identified the one-millionth person whose death was attributed to COVID-19. While I won’t get into the debate about whether these assignments were entirely accurate, the bottom line is that excess deaths from COVID-19 are probably close to that number. In some ways the ongoing dribble ofContinue reading “One million dead and updates on Paxlovid.”

New COVID updates 4-29-2022

First, I wanted to thank everyone who expressed concern after my Last Post outlining how I got infected with COVID-19. I want you to know that I’m doing very well. Being 10 days out from symptoms and diagnosis, and viral antigen negative, I’ve now returned to my normal activities. Several important things happened this week.Continue reading “New COVID updates 4-29-2022”

Why we aren’t seeing a surge in severe COVID-19 infections?

CDC surveillance data now show that over 85% of all COVID-19 infections in the United States appear to be due to the BA.2 virus variant, with Omicron BA.1 making up the rest.  While there are some increases in U.S. infections in pockets of the country, there certainly has not been a major increase in infections,Continue reading “Why we aren’t seeing a surge in severe COVID-19 infections?”

Musings on the 4th dose (second booster) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine

What follows is not medical advice; you should contact your doctor for that. It also does not represent an opinion from Michigan Medicine. But, since many people are confused about the “second booster” or 4th overall mRNA vaccine shot, this is my take. I have been reluctant to weigh in on the need for aContinue reading “Musings on the 4th dose (second booster) mRNA COVID-19 vaccine”

The next surge? It won’t happen right now despite the debate about the BA.2 “sub-variant”.

There has been quite a bit of discussion in the press about the most recent SARS-CoV-2 virus. U.S. public health officials are (for once!) being circumspect in their comments about the risk and have not called for reinforcement in public health restrictions. Importantly, there have been no increases in the number of cases or hospitalizationsContinue reading “The next surge? It won’t happen right now despite the debate about the BA.2 “sub-variant”.”

BA.2 and Pfizer’s fourth booster shot

Two things have been buzzing this week, and both are confusing. Multiple people have been trumpeting the fact that there has been an uptick in COVID infections in certain European countries over the past three weeks. They attribute this to the presence of a variant of Omicron called BA.2. This variant has been reported toContinue reading “BA.2 and Pfizer’s fourth booster shot”

Why do elderly people have a higher likelihood of dying from COVID-19?

One of the most fascinating and heart wrenching outcomes of this pandemic is the almost random way that some individuals become horribly ill from COVID-19. In younger people, it was clear early on that some had genetic errors in their immune systems that made them susceptible to more severe infection with COVID-19. These genetic errorsContinue reading “Why do elderly people have a higher likelihood of dying from COVID-19?”

Three important updates.

The FDA rejects Pfizer’s application for vaccinating children under 5. After an initial review, the FDA asked Pfizer to withdraw its application for approval to vaccinate children between the ages of six months and five years. Pfizer agreed with the request. The safety data was preliminary, and the lower vaccine dose used in the trialContinue reading “Three important updates.”

Canada vs. the US on COVID-19! See the discussion on Flashpoint tomorrow February 20th at 10:00 AM

To loyal readers of pandemicpondering.com. The recent trucker’s protest has sparked interest in the Canadian COVID-19 response. From a medical perspective, the two countries have very similar citizen health demographics, but Canada has had only 1/3 as many per capita deaths than the US (and only 30,000 total). This number is startling compared to theContinue reading “Canada vs. the US on COVID-19! See the discussion on Flashpoint tomorrow February 20th at 10:00 AM”