Tag: COVID-19

Are Frontline Healthcare Workers The Laptop Class?

An examination of the claim that "Public health is for the laptop class".

/ June 17, 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 Anything About the Great Barrington Declaration Even Remotely Relevant?

The authors of the Great Barrington Declaration still claim that herd immunity is possible in 3-6 months.

/ June 2, 2022

Black Market Anti-virals

New antivirals for COVID have rapidly led to a black market in dubious knock-offs.

/ June 1, 2022

Do Covid-19 Vaccines Affect Fertility?

Fears of future infertility are keeping some parents from vaccinating their children for COVID-19. These fears are not supported by any evidence.

/ May 31, 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