A press release suggests functional activity for the SARS-CoV-2 substitution D614G

Today several news outlets highlighted a new report suggesting a single amino acid change in the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 that could alter viral infectivity. This substitution changes the amino acid at position 614 of the viral spike protein from an aspartic acid (D) to a glycine (G).  The D614G virus, as it is identified,Continue reading “A press release suggests functional activity for the SARS-CoV-2 substitution D614G”

WSJ editorial points out fallacy of the COVID-19 “spike.”

I did not expect to repeat this topic again, but the WSJ had an editorial today pointing out the disconnect between news headlines and political statements touting a resurgent coronavirus wave and the reality of the infection found in public health system numbers. The editorial is written from an economic perspective, however understanding the actualContinue reading “WSJ editorial points out fallacy of the COVID-19 “spike.””

Another source highlighting the “spike” in coronavirus cases in Texas! Guess who it is?

I have been arguing against the reported “spike” in coronavirus cases in Texas. The support for this seemed to come from the media, without data that collaborates the concern. Then today I got this unsolicited email. I don’t know who this person is or what party this person belongs to, but selling your candidacy byContinue reading “Another source highlighting the “spike” in coronavirus cases in Texas! Guess who it is?”

Why fluctuations in reported numbers may not indicate a true increase in coronavirus infections, hospitalizations or deaths.

In trying to understand the thousands of Twitter voices bemoaning the “spike” in infections, I first thought most of this was simply due to more testing. This is a significant factor, as more tests mean more positive tests regardless of the infection rate. However, it turns out there have been changes in several parameters ofContinue reading “Why fluctuations in reported numbers may not indicate a true increase in coronavirus infections, hospitalizations or deaths.”

Is the WHO wrong about everything?

I am very upset about the WHO and how they have handled several aspects of the coronavirus pandemic. I won’t focus on the politically charged concerns that they were not forthcoming about the pandemic origins early enough to prepare other nations. Instead I’m much more concerned about things like their support of Neil Ferguson’s discreditedContinue reading “Is the WHO wrong about everything?”

More inaccurate talk about the “spike” of COVID-19 in Texas.

Yesterday, after a 60 minutes report suggesting a “spike” in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization in Texas, I questioned their assertion. After reviewing the data, especially the Rt value reflecting virus transmission, I concluded there was no spike. Today Twitter was alive with talk of the “spike” of COVID-19 in Texas, a result of released andContinue reading “More inaccurate talk about the “spike” of COVID-19 in Texas.”

Is there a spike in the spread of Coronavirus in Texas?

Tonight, 60 minutes had a long segment about Texas, the end of social distancing and coronavirus control measures. The segment focused on San Antonio, but also addressed Texas-wide reductions in limitations on church services, restaurants and other measures such as enforced wearing of masks. Both the mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg, and Scott Pelley,Continue reading “Is there a spike in the spread of Coronavirus in Texas?”

Is there a “chronic” form of COVID-19?

There have been reports from credible sources that some patients have a “chronic” or prolonged version of corona virus infection. These reports describe symptoms that range from recurrent fevers and myalgias, often associated with weakness and tiredness. Some of these patients have been diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). As many may know, this disorder has no knownContinue reading “Is there a “chronic” form of COVID-19?”

More on Sweden, Plasma Therapy and Surgisphere

I have follow-up information to provide to you on three topics .  The first relates to Sweden which has been one of the strongest proponents of a more progressive approach to coronavirus management. Their concept was to allow young people who have minimal risk from coronavirus to have wide freedom of movement, not social distancing, whileContinue reading “More on Sweden, Plasma Therapy and Surgisphere”

Who is Surgisphere and why is the scientific community concerned about their COVID studies?

An interesting problem in the scientific literature surrounding COVID-19 cropped up today. Two journals, the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published what they describe as “expressions of concern” (EOC) about a study in each journal focusing on coronavirus infection and drug therapy. The first study, in the Lancet, suggested that cardiovascular side effectsContinue reading “Who is Surgisphere and why is the scientific community concerned about their COVID studies?”