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The British medical Journal published an article last week reviewing the preliminary results of Sweden’s decision not to lock down their country during the pandemic in efforts to obtain herd immunity. I am uncomfortable to label Sweden as a guinea pig, but their novel approach to...

  A lot of buzz and optimism was abounding yesterday after Moderna announced that its Phase I trial for a coronavirus vaccine showed promising early results. Moderna recruited 45 subjects for the trial, and thus far, 8 of the 45 have shown antibody response to the...

An interesting article was circulated last week regarding how Woodstock occurred in the middle of a pandemic. The author notes  that despite a pandemic that killed over 100,000 and mostly over the age of 65, that life in the U.S. went on as usual without...

The CDC's weekly report, the MMWR, published on 4/17/20 reported  that only 2.5% of ages 18-49 were hospitalized for COVID-19. Arguments have been made that the morbidity risk of the young and healthy is so low that they should be able to return to work....

I discussed in the previous blog the importance of the the reproduction number (R0 value). If the R0 value is < 1, then the rate of infection is decreasing. Yet another important aspect of the R0 value is how viruses stack up against each other. You...

Epidemiology 101 This requires an advanced degree in common sense.. When the two urgent care physicians from Bakersfield used smoke and mirrors to egregiously massage their data and mislead the American public regarding social distancing, I knew it was important to share some basic tenets of math...

Unethical doctors promoting misinformation for financial gains, misleading claims by news organizations  and a pervasive fear in many Americans has lead to the misconception that COVID-19 is no worse than influenza. I pointed out yesterday that COVID-19 is 10 times more fatal than the flu,...

Tucker Calrson feels that “the virus just isn’t nearly as deadly as we thought.” And what did Tucker base his statement on? Well, of course, the renowned expert D.O. from Bakersfield, CA (yes, Bakersfield) Dr. Daniel Erikson. Dr. Erikson stated in his video that his...

I have received several unflattering comments from my blogs regarding the need to direct medical care based on scientific evidence, not anecdotal stories. Finally, a well done randomized retrospective study, replete with p-values and confidence intervals, is undergoing peer-review for publication. I have repeatedly called out...

  COVID-19: Daily new confirmed deaths per million, rolling 7-day average Everyone wants to go to the beach. It appears that social distancing has worked, so let's get back to life! Right?  No, wrong. Fox News touts the ingenious approach to herd immunity that Sweden is attempting, subsequently...