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Steve Clark, PhD
Follow a scientist with a PhD in Immunology who has studied how immune cells recognize viruses, including influenza. He is a recently retired medical school professor and here, shares news and his opinions on the COVID-19 pandemic..
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In the US, nearly six times more kids and teens died from COVID in one year than did from the flu, according to a new analysis of pediatric mortality data. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
The effectiveness of masks in schools is supported by many different studies and analyses that show similar results. There are more than a dozen studies beyond those cited here, that all point to the same conclusion: Masks work. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
In this post, I present further data on how the mandates significantly reduced the incidence of other infectious respiratory diseases around the world. If the measures can reduce flu, then you can bet that they also reduced COVID-19. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
British scientists recently identified an allele, or a version of a gene, that portends lung failure and death in COVID-19 patients. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
We have known for some time that patients with COVID-19 are at risk for dangerous blood clots (also called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT), pulmonary embolism, and bleeding. Findings reported this month in the British Medical Journal reveal that this risk continues several months after COVID recovery. Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
The increased risk for diabetes in COVID survivors was recently confirmed by US and German scientists. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
Are the vaccines not very good? After all, we get small pox or measles shots that last a lifetime. Others like the vax for tetanus lasts for ~10 years. Why can’t we get a more durable coronavirus vaccine? Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
Pfizer and its partner-in-vax, BioNTech, plan to seek emergency authorization for a second CoV-2 booster for those of us 65 and older (you know who you are). It is intended to beef up immunity that wanes a bit a few months following the previous booster. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
These PDMS-based passive samplers may serve as a useful exposure assessment tool for airborne viral exposure in real-world high-risk settings and allow early detection of potential cases and guidance on infection control. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
This new data comes from an international team of scientists which concluded that the coronavirus jumped from a caged wild animal into people at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
There are reports of two new sons of Omicron circulating in the world. The original Omicron, or BA.1 has spawned BA.2 and BA.3. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
This was a large study of US veterans that found that the risk of having a heart attack, stroke or several other cardiovascular events was higher for those who had COVID-19 the year prior compared to those who weren’t infected. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
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As we deal with the fourth wave of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant, we are learning that the pandemic dramatically disrupted routine health screenings for cancer and other chronic diseases. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
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He died from cancer, not the vaccine. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
Harry developed his debilitating conditions shortly after his third shot and attributed his woes to the vaccine. That is a temporal correlation—the debilitation happened shortly after the vaccine. But, is there anything that proves the vaccine caused Harry’s debilitation? Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
Yup, since the pandemic began, it appears that trees are safer. Thanks to the lockdowns, there is less lightning to strike them. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
Senator Paul and the anti-Fauci crowd need to give us their definition of GoF research and then explain why it is bad. If they mean research that gives viruses new capabilities, then most labs seeking to learn how a virus functions is guilty. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
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Many vaccinated people are indeed getting infected with omicron, yet the vaccines are still quite effective, and much better than no vaccine. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
Scientists now have evidence that CoV-2 also readily propagates in white-tailed deer. In fact, the virus is already widespread in cervids across the US, which likely has significant implications for the long-term course of this pandemic. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
CDC now recommends that people who have had COVID-19 be vaccinated because the shots plus natural immunity have been shown to offer better protection than natural immunity alone. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
Researchers have pretty well cataloged the unusual range of long COVID’s neurological symptoms and now are at the very early stages of understanding their causes and how to treat the problems. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
There are two reasons why we vaccinate anyone. The first reason is to protect the vax recipient from the disease; this is an individual-level benefit of the vaccine. The second is to protect the larger population by trying to retard disease spread; this is a population-level benefit of vaccines that is better known as herd immunity. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
There are historical precedents for vaccine mandates and even for forced vaccination. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
The Associated Press just reported that there has been a surge in in-home pet euthanasia services because of the pandemic. Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views