Tag Archives: sars-cov-2

1, maybe 2 or 3 lab leaks later

We don’t know the COVID-19 pandemic originated with an accidental laboratory leak. It’s a possibility and as Matt Ridley’s slightly inappropriate haiku thread points out, it’s plausible. We do know the Delta variant leaked from a laboratory in Taiwan, mainly because Taiwan … Continue reading

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An update on COVID-19, vaccine resistance and Ivermectin

I think I owe this an update. First of all, I really hoped Ivermectin would work against COVID-19, at least until we got the vaccines. My hopes were in vain and we are fortunate to have effective and safe vaccines … Continue reading

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The lab-leak hypothesis seems likely to be true, or: Why a technocracy is a nightmare

I have written about the lab-leak hypothesis regarding the origin on SARS-CoV-2; first I dismissed it, then … I didn’t entirely. Now, it looks likely to be true. The materials show that the 2014 and 2019 NIH grants to EcoHealth … Continue reading

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I should follow up on ivermectin

I wrote about ivermectin here and here, describing the anti-parasitic drug and its potential use as an effective treatment of COVID-19. Again, I was blinded by my hope for such a cure; it does not look like it is. First, … Continue reading

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State fixation disorders

In an article about COVID-induced anosmia (loss of sense of smell), Scott Alexander also describe a class of problems: This makes me wonder if persistent COVID-induced anosmia fits into a class of problems which don’t ‘t have an official name, … Continue reading

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Alpha to Delta, vaccine efficacy

(image from this article) Generally, the vaccines work well against the different variants of SARS-CoV-2, even though the Israeli data seem bad. It may be an outlier. The Alpha/British variant is generally covered very well, while the Delta/Indian isn’t quite as … Continue reading

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Possible damage to the brain due to COVID-19

This paper, “Brain imaging before and after COVID-19 in UK Biobank” (PDF here) argues that there is strong evidence for loss of grey matter in the brain of people having been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, especially related to smell … Continue reading

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And this is why you shouldn’t vaccinate 12-year-olds

With my impeccable timing in place, I’ll get to the follow-up to my previous argument for vaccinating 12-year-olds. I’m not doing this to be a contrarian but because I think it is hugely important that each and every one of … Continue reading

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The origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is still not determined

None of these scenarios have been ruled out: The virus is of completely natural origin, most likely originating in a bat population, possibly crossing over another species and finally to humans. The original virus or bat population has yet to … Continue reading

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Why vaccinate 12-year-olds?

USA and UK has approved vaccinations against COVID-19 in those aged 12 and above, but why would we vaccinate teenagers against COVID-19? There are few benefits for 12-year-olds; they rarely get ill, especially not seriously ill and there’s a good … Continue reading

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