The vaccine: Who gets to go first

Prioritizing who gets the vaccine first is difficult. One can argue that healthcare workers should be first as they are essential to society. If they are safe, everyone benefits. The argument for the elderly going first is straightforward: it will save more lives. As...

Convalescent plasma for covid-19 does not work

Long-time readers know that I’ve been banging the drum for convalescent plasma therapy since early March. My initial enthusiasm—and I was very enthusiastic as we had virtually no treatment options—slowly waned. This was due less to the logistical...

The coronavirus is mutating

Early research indicates the new variant is no more lethal but 10x more contagious.  The coronavirus is mutating – The Washington Post: Studying both versions of the gene using a proxy virus in a petri dish of human cells, Choe and her colleagues found that...

The medical war against COVID-19

Most drugs don’t work, but a vaccine looks promising. With one notable exception, the war isn’t going so well on the pharmaceutical front: Although scientists and stock markets have celebrated the approval for emergency use of remdesivir to treat COVID-19,...

Early May

The move to convalescent plasma as a frontline treatment has been frustratingly slow. This was an obvious treatment choice (to me at least) back in March. On the brighter side, we continue to see success stories that involve convalescent plasma. We’re also...