Tag: COVID-19 vaccine

What’s the Opposite of a Vaccine Selfie?

Healthcare workers know they are trusted professionals, and most take that responsibility seriously when sharing their vaccination choices with the public. What term should be used for doctors who use their social media clout to influence others to skip an important vaccine dose?

/ July 1, 2022

Moral outrage is not a good guide to pandemic policy reform. Vinay Prasad, please take note.

Vinay Prasad identifies some dubious problems in the government's efforts to protect public health, and offers some questionable solutions.

/ June 30, 2022
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Medical debt vs. universal health insurance: The interface between SBM and policy

This blog has long argued that the best medicine is science-based medicine (SBM). The problem is that in the US SBM is often not accessible, except at ruinous cost, which is why I argue that we have to broaden our definition of SBM to include the systems that deliver it and pay for it.

/ June 20, 2022

Was the Delta Variant 😂 for Children?

Maybe this year, sheltered doctors will realize that variants with the potential to hospitalize and kill children can't just be brushed away with 😂 and that sarcastic requests to wait "2 weeks🙄" rarely age well.

/ June 19, 2022
Justni Bieber with Ramsay Hunt syndrome

Justin Bieber, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, SADS, and how to antivaxxers everything is always about vaccines

I never thought I'd be writing about Justin Bieber, but such are the strange times we live in, given how after Bieber announced that he had developed facial paralysis as a result of Ramsay Hunt syndrome antivaxxers swooped in to blame it on COVID-19 vaccines. Elsewhere, they blame every unexplained death of a young person on vaccines to the point of claiming...

/ June 13, 2022
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“New school” COVID-19 antivaxxers are becoming less and less distinguishable from “old school” antivaxxers

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a new generation of antivaxxers has arisen. Most view themselves as pro-vaccine, just not pro-COVID-19 vaccines. Recent developments, however, have demonstrated that "new school" antivaxxers are increasingly indistinguishable from "old school" antivaxxers and that this fusion is increasingly endangering all public health, not just COVID-19 public health interventions.

/ June 6, 2022

A Salesman’s Trick, Ignoring R0, Shaming, Conspiracy, Premature Declaration, Strategic Omission, and Fanciful Fiction

I can't stop thinking of a recent analysis that estimated over 300,000 Americans might be alive today had all adults been vaccinated. How did we get here?

/ June 3, 2022

Is Discussing the Consequences of Anti-Vaccine Disinformation Fun?

Healthcare workers should not engage with people who treat us like game pieces for their amusement. I won't do it again.

/ May 30, 2022

Naked Emperors and Laptop Class Doctors

The authors of this statement are anti-vaccine: "The idea that everyone must be vaccinated against COVID-19 is as misguided as the anti-vax idea that no one should. The former is more dangerous for public health."

/ May 26, 2022
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The ABIM vs. medical misinformation: Better late than never?

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial by the President of ABIM discussing how the board certification can be taken away from diplomates who spread medical misinformation. Is this too little, too late?

/ May 23, 2022