In the Atlantic, Dr. Monica Gandhi writes about The New COVID Drugs Although molnupiravir—which is named after the Norse god Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir—was being tested for the treatment of the Ebola virus, researchers had not settled upon a purpose for the drug before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on the scene. Early studies of molnupiravir showed that its … [Read more…]
In the 11/25/2021 Guardian “Long Read” is Jill Lepore on post covid society, a summary of the modern social fabric, with her usual historical detail. “Other scholars see more continuity, an unbroken tradition of liberal and social democracy on the left, from early 20th-century progressivism down to the 21st-century version. But no one disputes that … [Read more…]
In the Guardian today (10/08/21) is an article Could the global Covid death toll be millions higher than thought? A data scientist and economics student joined forces in search of the real pandemic death toll – and the results are startling. Excess mortality, defined as the increase in deaths from all causes over the level … [Read more…]
Crashing computers, three-week delays tracking infections, lab results delivered by snail mail: State officials detail a vast failure to identify hotspots quickly enough to prevent outbreaks. In POLITICO is a look at how the information management for Health Departments country wide failed under pressure from COVID-19.
Everyone should read this From the Atlantic: The 3 Simple Rules That Underscore the Danger of Delta Vaccines are still beating the variants, but the unvaccinated world is being pummeled. By Ed Yong
I just want to say “Thank you!” to Robinson Meyer, Alexis C. Madrigal and teams at the Atlantic for bringing the COVID Tracking Project to life and helping us through the last year. The summary of their experiences can be read about here: Why the Pandemic Experts Failed We’re still thinking about pandemic data in … [Read more…]
COVID-19: US federal accountability for entry, spread, and inequities—lessons for the future European Journal of Epidemiology William P. Hanage,corresponding author, Christian Testa, Jarvis T. Chen, Letitia Davis, Elise Pechter, Peg Seminario, Mauricio Santillana, and Nancy Krieger Abstract: The United States (US) has been among those nations most severely affected by the first—and subsequent—phases of the … [Read more…]
On IEEE Spectrum is an essay describing an initiative by MIT and others to help with the rollout of the vaccines for COVID. It appears both low tech and reasonably data safe for immediate use.
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 UPDATE (444): EARLY TREATMENT, HERD IMMUNITY, USA MOTORCYCLE RALLY, WHO, GLOBAL ********************************************************************** A ProMED-mail post ProMED-mail is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases In this update:  Early treatment  Herd immunity is not the answer  USA (Sturgis, South Dakota): motorcycle rally  WHO: daily new cases reported … [Read more…]
Post-COVID-19 sequelae Date: Fri 31 Jul 2020 13:30 EDT Source: Science [abridged, edited] [se·que·la /sēˈkwelə/ noun Medicine plural a condition which is the consequence of a previous disease or injury. “the long-term sequelae of infection”] [AA’s] neuroscience lab reopened last month [June 2020] without her. Life for the 38-year-old is a pale shadow of what … [Read more…]