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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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Thus, the makers of the drug now have two studies with diametrically opposite results on the effects of Paxlovid on COVID patients. The first showed “eye popping” effects sufficient to get NIH to move all other drug investigations to a lower priority. The second showed that Paxlovid was no better than a placebo. Both results are right. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2024 at Coronavirus news & views
New research now raises a real concern that COVID patients might also be at increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2024 at Coronavirus news & views
Have you tried dabbling with artificial intelligence? I specifically refer to the type referred to as chatbots that use powerful generative artificial intelligence that you can really chat with to generate ideas. It is like the computer, Hal, in the movie 2001 a Space Odyssey. Remember? Remember too that Hal malfunctioned big-time? I’ve been dabbling for a while. Here is my experience related to this blog. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2024 at Coronavirus news & views
This was not a meeting called by a regular committee but an ad hoc gathering of some anti-vaccine rogues. It was held in a tiny back room in the Capitol and was poorly attended, poorly staffed, and poorly equipped. It was described as a meeting of the “shadow Congress;” accurately named as it dabbled in the penumbra of truth. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2024 at Coronavirus news & views
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A family doc wrote about a week ago that all the hospitals in his health system are at capacity. He was unable to send a patient to the preferred ER because its hospital was full due COVID, flu and RSV cases. And the patients with these flu-like respiratory infections who were filling the beds were not necessarily elderly. Most are in their 40’s-50’s. Unsurprisingly, the hospitals and clinics in his health system again require masks. Their staffing is becoming a critical issue as providers also become ill and turn into patients. This is becoming too reminiscent of the early stages of the COVID onslaught when hospitals where overwhelmed and medical personnel were dropping like flies. So far, this experience is sporadic across the US. But, it is becoming concerning. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
The real lesson from Sweden is that if you keep things open and people get sick, the economy still suffers in a pandemic. As far as the economy goes, it is a case of “damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
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The graph below shows the dramatic drop in life expectancy beginning in 2019 and reversing about 2021. If vaccines were killing rather than saving people, you would think the curve would continue downward. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
Therefore, the goal of COVID vaccines is to prevent severe disease—to keep people out of the hospital, out of the intensive care unit, and out of the morgue. The Qatar study showed that the booster does exactly that. Protective efficacy against severe disease was about 75 percent. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
The breathtaking speed with which a new biology discovered the SARS-CoV-2 virus then developed a safe and effective vaccine against it ushered in a new post-molecular biology world I dubbed ‘BioX’. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
The bottom line was that after the vaccines rolled out, Trump voting counties saw 40% higher fatality rates per million residents. Before the vaccines, the COVID death rates were the same for all counties. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
Thus, this lack of cooperation regarding access to the Wuhan labs is happening as cooperation is seriously deteriorating across the scientific spectrum, not just at the Wuhan labs. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
In other words, this test simply expressed the spike protein of each novel coronaviruses on the backbone of the safe lab virus genome in order to see if it could infect human cells. This completely negated the need to grow and handle the potentially much more dangerous wild-type virus. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
Humans have been purposefully doing GoF research ever since we began farming and raising animals. The minute we began selectively breeding animals and crops to produce better products, we were doing GoF research. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
The natural immune response, like the vaccine immune response, is robust and effective, yet both are only directed against a very small portion of a big pathogen, and both are very leaky in that one can still get infected again! What gives? Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
The Kaiser Family Foundation found that between June 2021 and March 2022, 234,000 deaths could have been prevented with COVID vaccinations. Vaccine disinformation that convinces people to avoid being immunized against the virus that causes COVID, undoubtedly caused many of these deaths. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
...the world has been abuzz with reports that the Department of Energy recently reported that it decided, albeit with low confidence, that the SARS-CoV-2 virus might have leaked by accident from the virology lab in Wuhan. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
Today, February 20, in 1905, the US Supreme Court ruled in Jacobson v Massachusetts that states have the authority to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2023 at Coronavirus news & views
On December 31 2019, the health commission of the city of Wuhan announced that they were investigating an outbreak of an unusual respiratory illness. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
They say you won’t find an atheist in a foxhole. Well, perhaps you shouldn’t find a vaccine skeptic in a cemetery. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
some 16 million working age Americans now suffer from long COVID, which creates a huge burden on our health system. Up to 4 million of these are unable to work, which is a major drain on a labor market already short of workers. The annual cost in lost wages is up to $230 billion! The total economic cost of long COVID in the US so far has been an astounding $3.7 trillion!! Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
Research is now beginning to reveal a possible link between CoV-2 infection and cancer. As before, these observations are preliminary and will be further scrutinized, but they are bolstered by the discovery of a possible mechanism that could explain how the CoV-2 virus might cause cancer. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
Who are those people susceptible to long COVID? It also seems that vaccination protects a bit against long COVID, but not as much as previously thought. But, this observation complicates things. The vaccine is designed to stimulate an immune response without the risk attendant to an infection. Why doesn't this immune response cause long COVID symptoms like the immune response to the actual infection? Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
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Clearly, not all pandemics are created equal. Some smolder like AIDS, others fulminate like COVID. What will our next pandemic be like? Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2022 at Coronavirus news & views
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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