Pandemic Update for 2021-09-23: Pentatonic

Items of recent pandemic news: Auto-antibodies in long Covid; Moderna’s durability benefit over Pfizer; results from Johnson & Johnson’s two-dose trial; Pfizer’s effect­ive­ness in kids 5-11; and who gets a Pfizer booster. Plus a frippery. FDA, CDC committee approve boosters Continue reading →


Pandemic Update for 2021-09-17: Ventilation

Items of recent pandemic news: How to fix indoor air; Covid-sniffing dogs at Miami air­port; an account of a “mild” breakthrough case of Covid-19; and today’s pivotal FDA meet­ing on boosters. Plus two fripperies. The booster debate comes to a Continue reading →


Pandemic Update for 2021-09-10: Acceleration

Items of recent pandemic news: Visualizing the pandemic’s acceleration; the first DNA vaccine is authorized in India; the WHO extends its (mostly ignored) call for a moratorium on boosters; President Biden mandates vaccinations; and more. Plus a frippery. Biden’s vaccination Continue reading →


Pandemic Update for 2021-09-04: Auto-antibodies

Items of recent pandemic news: Vaccination halves chances of long Covid; the role of auto-antibodies in severe disease; rising out-of-pocket costs of Covid; the unlikelihood that September 20 will see booster shots; and more. Plus a frippery. 1. Boosters will Continue reading →


Top FDA Vaccine Officials Resign in Protest of Undermining

Two senior FDA officials have resigned — “giants who helped bring us many safe and effective vaccines over decades of public service,” according to a former FDA scientist — reportedly in protest of political meddling in the work of the Continue reading →


This blog is a weekly current awareness service for the pandemic, with occasional feature articles. It began as a group blog chronicling lives in the Twin Cities in the time of coronavirus social dis­tancing, quar­antine, working from home, and distance learning. For nine months the blog posted pandemic awareness content twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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