How I Learn to Stop Worrying and Love COVID

I am recovering from my second bout of COVID-19 today. My first was eight months ago. The Delta variant was more vicious of the two. However, if this is the worst that can happen every eight to twelve months, then … Continue reading

Chicken Little and Einstein Are Absolutely Right About the Pandemic!

There are two quotes afforded to Einstein. One is that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. The second quote is about solving a problem with the same thinking that created it. … Continue reading

No Light at the End of the Tunnel, But Hoofbeats Are Getting Louder

Two days ago, I read two articles that still have my mind in a whirl. One stated that Moderna plans to have an Omicron-Specific COVID Booster by August. https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/covid-omicron-vaccine-booster/2022/02/17/id/1057227/. OK, the threat of infection from Omicron is minor compared to … Continue reading

A New Role Around the Corner for a Miracle Drug That Has Helped Millions?

Ivermectin has helped millions of humans since its discovery in 1975. Initially, the drug was developed from golf course soil samples. The research at the Kitsato Institute in Japan showed great promise in its antiparasitic effects. The first name given … Continue reading

Our We Safer Today from Disease Than We Were Five or Ten Years Ago?

Over a year and a half into the current pandemic, are we safer from disease, especially viruses than we were just a few years ago? There are a few ways to look at this question. One is that we are … Continue reading

Will the Next Variant be Worse Than Delta?

No one realized how aggressive the Delta variant was until it hit home. India had the Delta variant surge from mid-March through mid-June 2021. Accurate statistics for COVID-19 deaths vary, but more than a dozen experts believe COVID-19 deaths alone … Continue reading

Is Herd Immunity Possible in the Next Six Months?

As the vaccines were being distributed, the general thinking was that herd immunity could be achieved when the population of the United States reached around 65%. It was based on the reproduction number of the SARS-CoV-2 virus – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7751056/ The … Continue reading

Is It Too Early to Remove Restrictions for Travelers and Citizens?

A month ago, Ireland notified the world that all COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted in September and October. Two days ago, Norway announced it had abolished its COVID-19 restrictions and reopened its borders to travelers. Too Soon? https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/almost-all-covid-19-restrictions-to-be-lifted-by-october-22nd-under-government-plan-1.4659763. At the … Continue reading

Could the United States be as Successful with Combatting the Pandemic as India with Antiviral Pills?

The United States has relied on vaccines to fight coronavirus. By many measures, it has been a successful campaign with over 212 million vaccinated. https://ourworldindata.org/covid-vaccinations?country=USA Around 55% have both doses of vaccine, and another 10% have had a single dose. … Continue reading

Why Do People Hesitate?

In this pandemic world, we see headlines about new surges and chaos because people hesitate to get vaccinated. Yes, every unvaccinated person is at higher risk of contracting the virus than the vaccinated. Why do people hesitate? I put ’causes … Continue reading