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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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What is a world to do? Besides increasing surveillance of viral variants, a couple more prevention initiatives are in the works. One is economic and the other scientific. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Coronavirus news & views
In the face of a pandemic caused by a new and deadly virus, states and local governments enact social-distancing measures, bans on crowds, closure orders, and mask mandates in an effort to flatten the curve and prevent health care systems from being overwhelmed with critically infected people? Initially, people are fairly compliant with the order, but, as the days of restriction turn into weeks, then months, compliance wanes. Sound familiar? Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Coronavirus news & views
There is a lot of misinformation and downright disinformation out there regarding face masks, hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, the seriousness of COVID-19, etc. Many of these I already addressed in prior posts (see here and here). In this post, I focus solely on vaccine misinformation and disinformation in hopes my unvarnished explanation of the science might help vaccine skeptics make decisions based on facts rather than on disinformation spread by people with an anti-vaccine agenda, or who want to sell you something. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
All of this begs two questions; why would vaccines be needed if we had an effective anti-viral drug, and why would a drug be needed if we had an effective vaccine? Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
As exciting as it is to see a simple mRNA sequence generate immunity to a pathogen, it is the less “sexy” lipid, or concoction of fat molecules that makes it possible and has been a bit of a bottleneck in manufacturing the vaccines. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
A new report summarizing several studies claims that wearing glasses can protect you from COVID-19. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
The mRNA Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech generates robust immunity 2-4 weeks after one dose and can be stored in ordinary freezers instead of at ultracold temperatures as previously believed Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
Together, these findings, especially the Italian observation, suggest that the virus was already across China and even around the globe before the Wuhan outbreak was recognized. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
British public health officials just warned that the virus variant is just not more contagious, it also is 30-40% more lethal. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
CDC estimates that 92,000 people will die in the next three weeks. That is almost 31,000 deaths a week, more than double the death rate in early December. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
The Journal of the American Medical Association just reported that 59% of new CoV-2 infections are likely caused by infected people who do not show COVID-19 symptoms. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
Needed nighttime oxygen for months, still testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies and has permanent lung damage. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
A poll published by Gallup in early August found that 35% of surveyed Americans would decline a Covid-19 shot offered to them at no cost. I have seen other studies that say 50% of Americans will not get the vaccine. And on social media sites I have seen discussion and comments about why folks are so reticent to get the vaccine. Let me address the concerns. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2021 at Coronavirus news & views
...countries across Europe and beyond are banning travel from the UK in order to stem a more-infectious strain of Covid-19 that has been found in the London area. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
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...in just a couple of days, the virus produced by the cells exploded from about 1000 particles to 10 million. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
...states that have the most lax restrictions, or most resistance to common-sense safe practices are bearing the brunt of the pandemic. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
One third of all hospitals have 90-100% occupancy of ICU beds and coronavirus patients now take up almost 50% of all staffed ICU beds in the US-- up from 37% in the first week of November. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
When one considers the plan to start with vaccinating healthcare workers, the reality is the death rate will likely not slow in any appreciable way. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
That makes COVID-19 the leading cause of death for Americans by a considerable margin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
The U.K. became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech’s RNA vaccine that is 95% effefctive. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
...new findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases show that the virus had infected people in the much earlier. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
Now, a third and different type of two-shot vaccine developed by the UK’s AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford also reports 90% efficacy. It also showed minimal adverse effects that are expected from the immune reaction to any vaccine. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
Pfizer announced that today it will seek approval for its anti-CoV-2 vaccine. Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
A November 5 preprint showed that a nasal spray was 100% effective in preventing infection in an animal CoV-2 infection model. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views
Just two days ago, I reported that Pfizer’s interim data analysis indicated that its vaccine is 90% effective and safe. Not to be outdone, yesterday, the US biotech company, Moderna, also announced that interim data analysis show that its vaccine candidate is 94.5% effective and safe. The preliminary data analysis... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at Coronavirus news & views