The Pathogenesis of Long COVID

We are well into my blog series on the health consequences of COVID-19 to survivors, including long COVID or PASC. In prior parts of this series, we have discussed what long COVID or PASC is, the fact that not all health consequences from infection with SARS-CoV-2 fit within this category, the potential magnitude of theContinue reading “The Pathogenesis of Long COVID”

Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology of COVID-19 and Long Term COVID-19 Health Consequences

We are well into my blog series dedicated to my mother (Hi Mom!) about the long-term health consequences that may face those who were infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and survived – a topic on which there is little discussion in the lay press and media. And, to some extent this is understandable, because frankly,Continue reading “Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology of COVID-19 and Long Term COVID-19 Health Consequences”

Health Consequences from SARS-CoV-2 Infection

With our two tutorials out of the way, we are ready to dig into this very complicated topic. Several reminders as we begin this journey: We are looking at early data and early studies. I have no doubt that we will learn much more over the next few years that may change some of thisContinue reading “Health Consequences from SARS-CoV-2 Infection”

Virology and Immunology Tutorial

I am beginning my blog series on what is known about the medical and health consequences of COVID-19. Before jumping in, I indicated that readers would need two tutorials in preparation. The first we covered in the last blog piece. That covered different types of clinical trials and a brief tutorial on the statistics thatContinue reading “Virology and Immunology Tutorial”

Long-term Consequences of SARS-CoV-2 Infection

A Brief Tutorial – Clinical Trials and Statistics In yesterday’s blog post, I explained that I would begin a blog series in which we would examine studies, data and reports that are appearing in the medical literature about long-term potential harms that can result from SARS-CoV-2 infection. Let me qualify that when I refer toContinue reading “Long-term Consequences of SARS-CoV-2 Infection”

What if you Survive COVID-19?

In medicine, death is commonly considered the worst outcome of illness. As a physician, I have taken care of patients whose conditions and sufferings made their ultimate deaths merciful. Despite my efforts over the past two years to bring awareness to the potential long-term health consequences of having COVID-19, the discussion about COVID-19 has all-to-oftenContinue reading “What if you Survive COVID-19?”

Is COVID-19 now an endemic disease?

The problem in answering this question is that there are no precise definitions or criteria for determining whether a disease is endemic. But, generally, public health professionals refer to a disease being endemic when it is present throughout the year in relatively low and stable levels, and does not result in unexpected surges that wouldContinue reading “Is COVID-19 now an endemic disease?”

The Problem with the CDC’s New Mask Guidance

The CDC published their last Science Brief on the Community Use of Masks on December 6, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/masking-science-sars-cov2.html. At that time the CDC recommended the use of masks to “prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2” especially in light of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic disease. Here are the benefits of that strategy:  Decreasing transmission decreases the potential for newContinue reading “The Problem with the CDC’s New Mask Guidance”

Vitamin D and COVID-19: What We Know at This Time

Vitamin D is essential for normal human functioning, but just how much is necessary has been a subject of debate and whether supplementing vitamin D in people who have “normal” levels can be beneficial in the prevention or treatment of certain diseases has been a subject of controversy for decades, largely due to the lackContinue reading “Vitamin D and COVID-19: What We Know at This Time”

Understanding the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

This a document that I participated in developing as a briefing document for the Idaho Legislature from the IMA’s Public Health Committee. Dr. Laura McGeorge from St. Luke’s was the lead author. I thought this would be of interest for followers of my blog.• The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was developed by theContinue reading “Understanding the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)”