Recorded 11-23-20 34 minutes. The Path Forward: Combating COVID-19 with Anthony S. Fauci. Excellent interview. Hear Fauci speak about Herd immunity, Vaccines, Testing, and a lot more. Much better than reading about it!! Plus more time for Fauci to talk about it. News “sound bytes” are too short.
The interview starts with Thanksgiving, but Fauci’s comments apply to upcoming events in the next 30 days. Unfortunately, three of our most popular socializing times are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years’. All are in the cold winter months when we meet indoors. Many of his comments apply anytime you are gathering indoors with persons outside your household, including other family members and friends.
Some of the topics (Starts at 17 minutes after surge warnings)
Herd immunity plus example using an African wildebeest (antelope) herd. Understandable by everyone.
Vaccines. Excellent analysis from approval to the future.
Very good explanation of the PCR vs. antigen vs. antibody Covid tests. – Post-Covid syndrome – after the virus is gone. It can last for months—many problems.
9/14/20 Testing, testing, testing 1, 2, 3 (Podcast, 47 minutes) In the Bubble Podcast with Andy Slavitt, a former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Also a very good interviewer.
Speakers: Michael Mina, Harvard infectious disease specialist and laboratory director, and Robby Sikka, who helped develop the SalivaDirect test with the NBA in partnership with Yale University. Plus Q&As.
I want to get fast, cheap Covid-19 testing at my home now so I can go out anytime, anywhere, with anyone I want !! I can test every day or several times a day.
UPDATE 10-2-20 Two companies, E25Bio and OraSure, have abandoned using spit tests for antigens. They will be using nose swabs, which are more reliable. This is used by the Abbott 15 minute tests. Spit samples vary too widely among people. For more details click here
SalivaDirect is being used in 3 labs now. For more info on SalivaDirect click here.
9-7-207 minutes. PBS NewsHour. “As summer comes to a close, the United States is averaging about 830 coronavirus deaths per day, along with tens of thousands of new cases. Although testing for the virus has improved, problems with access and obtaining expedient results persist. But Dr. Atul Gawande of Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a plan for how testing can be improved.”
Topics discussed include – Assurance testing, similar to what the NBA is doing. Assure that we can live together and work together – More approved labsneeded. Now we have 4 big labs that do most of the testing. But many more labs are capable of testing but can’t get approved. – Insurance payments are complicated.