U.S. Southeast and Rural Areas Have More Severe COVID-19 Tied to Chronic Illness

U.S. Southeast and Rural Areas Have More Severe COVID-19 Tied to Chronic Illness

Story Highlights Certain co-existing health problems like obesity and diabetes and lung, heart and kidney disease have been associated with increased risk for severe symptoms and death from COVID-19. A recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported that underlying conditions contributing to greater risk for severe COVID-19 disease are more prevalent in the southeast […]

How CNN Deceives About Asymptomatic Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

How CNN Deceives About Asymptomatic Transmission of SARS-CoV-2

Opinion | A growing number of studies show face masks reduce the spread of the coronavirus,” CNN reported on June 17, “especially because many people are contagious before they have symptoms and because this virus can spread by just talking or breathing.”1 This is an enlightening example of how the media are misinforming the public about what science tells us about […]

Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active

Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active

Opinion | You may soon be living in a world where your personal health data—including results from COVID-19 testing and data proving whether or not you’ve received certain vaccines—must be shared and authenticated before you’re able to enter a sports arena, travel by air or even enter your workplace. The technology behind such innovations, which […]

OB/GYN Docs in U.S. Want COVID-19 Vaccines Tested on Pregnant Women

OB/GYN Docs in U.S. Want COVID-19 Vaccines Tested on Pregnant Women

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report1 on pregnancy and SARS-CoV-2 infection released on June 26 suggested that pregnant women may be at increased risk for COVID-19 complications. The report was followed by a statement issued by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)2 urging that pregnant and lactating women be […]

Genetically Engineered Cow Plasma Therapy for COVID-19 Will Be Tested on Humans

Genetically Engineered Cow Plasma Therapy for COVID-19 Will Be Tested on Humans

Story Highlights Human trials for a new COVID-19 immunotherapy candidate (SAB-185) that is derived from genetically engineered cow plasma will begin in July 2020. The cows have been genetically engineered to produce human antibodies to fight off COVID-19. Plasma from the cows is expected to assist COVID-19 patients overcome the infection. SAb Biotherapeutics (SAB), a […]

Why is Good News on COVID-19 Bad?

Why is Good News on COVID-19 Bad?

There seems to be a pattern emerging to push back on any new information that suggests COVID-19 may not be as severe as initially believed, even if that new information comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is unclear why, although one might speculate […]

Allergy Risks Increase as FDA Changes Food Labeling Requirements During COVID-19 Pandemic

Allergy Risks Increase as FDA Changes Food Labeling  Requirements During COVID-19 Pandemic

Opinion | On May 22, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public comment providing new guidance that will relax the labeling requirements on packaged food to allow food companies more flexibility during the COVD-19 pandemic. Companies selling food are now allowed to make minor changes to the formulation of food products […]

Virginia Legislature Gives CDC, Board of Health Power to Mandate Vaccines for School Children

Virginia Legislature Gives CDC, Board of Health Power to Mandate Vaccines for School Children

In the 2020 Legislative session, the Virginia Legislature passed H.B.1090, a bill that amended a law requiring children attending public and private schools in the state to receive vaccines (§ 32.1-46. Immunization of patients against certain diseases).1 Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) was the lead sponsor of H.B. 1090 introduced on Jan. 8, 2020, which […]

Misleading CDC Report on COVID-19 Testing Combines “Apples and Elephants”

Misleading CDC Report on COVID-19 Testing Combines “Apples and Elephants”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged last week that it had lumped genetic tests that identify people with current COVID-19 infections together with serology (blood) antibody tests that measure whether someone has had the viral infection in the past.1 Combining the tally of the two tests overstates the country’s ability to […]

CDC Reduces COVID-19 Fatality Rate to 0.26 Percent

CDC Reduces COVID-19 Fatality Rate to 0.26 Percent

In a new document providing guidance for public health officials on COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates the infection fatality rate (IFR) for the disease at 0.4 percent, or about half the nearly one percent fatality rate the CDC estimated in March 2020 when it was predicting up to 1.7 […]

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