Posts Tagged ‘covid19’

When Should I Get the New Bivalent Booster? – The New York Times

September 24, 2022

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Doctors and immunologists said that, in general, people should wait four to six months after immunization to get a booster. Likewise, if you were recently infected with the coronavirus, you might want to wait that same amount of time before getting another shot.
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https://www.nytimes.com/article/bivalent-booster-covid.html

COVID may be no riskier than the flu for many people, some scientists argue : Shots – Health News : NPR

September 17, 2022

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/09/16/1122650502/scientists-debate-how-lethal-covid-is-some-say-its-now-less-risky-than-flu

To Mask, or Not to Mask: Theaters and Concert Halls Face a Dilemma – The New York Times

September 12, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/05/arts/theaters-masking-covid.html

Moderna Sues Pfizer and BioNTech Over Covid Vaccine Technology – The New York Times

August 27, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/26/business/moderna-covid-vaccine-lawsuit.html?smid=tw-share
Depressing that the heroes of the US vaccine are now locked in a nasty dispute.

Opinion | Here’s What School Covid Policies Should Look Like This Year – The New York Times

August 7, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/04/opinion/covid-school-policies.html

Opinion | Endemic Covid-19 Looks Pretty Brutal – The New York Times

July 31, 2022

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If Bedford is correct — and that steady state means 100,000 annual Covid deaths going forward, for at least the next several years — the two facts may be a bit hard to square in your mind. (Especially if you remember both the initial state of emergency the pandemic called into being and the more recent hope that it could at some point “be over.”) A hundred thousand deaths is more than the annual toll of any other infectious disease and would make Covid-19 a top-10 cause of death in the country — a major and novel cause of widespread death clouding the American horizon with another dark layer of morbidity we had never known before. It’s a few multiples of a typical flu season and more than die each year from diabetes, pneumonia or kidney disease. …
Mina compares the building of immunity to the learning of a language. “It’s a fact of the biology of immunity that it’s really hard to build a brand-new memory and keep it if you’re old,” he says. “And so I do think that for quite a while our elderly population is going to keep having really big problems because they just can’t retain these new memories.” People exposed today, who will become 80 years old in 25 years or so, won’t have the same problem, Mina says, because they will have built their immune memory at a younger age.
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Really liked the comparison of building immunity to the learning of a language. In a sense, the immune system learns things like the brain.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/20/opinion/covid-19-deaths-vaccines-endemic.html

Monica Gandhi: Nine things we still need to do to coexist with COVID

June 27, 2022

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/exist-with-covid-17263214.php

Covid at Home: Why Only Some People Test Positive – The New York Times

June 11, 2022

Interesting article, but is this realistic: “people who have had two or three vaccine doses should test once they start developing symptoms but continue to test on day four or five of symptoms, as tests that come back negative before then may be falsely reassuring.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/well/live/covid-testing-household-transmission.html

Why Masks Work, but Mandates Haven’t – The New York Times

June 4, 2022

I liked both these pieces & do agree with their premises. It’s amazing how much the public-health “messaging” on N95 masks has changed from ’20 to ’22. Yet the mask’s underlying physics & resulting efficacy hasn’t changed at all.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2022/02/01/masks-work-mask-wearing-policies-dont/

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/briefing/masks-mandates-us-covid.html

Testing Positive for the Coronavirus Overseas: What You Need to Know – The New York Times

May 29, 2022

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/04/travel/covid-test-positive-traveling-overseas.html