2021-05-07 General

Drug interactions

Apparently some people were worried that Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) would make a COVID infection worse. Not so, says this study.

Variants

Remember yesterday when I said that B.1.617.2 was not of concern? I was too fast. While it does not seem to have unusually good immunity/vaccine evasion, it does seem to be more transmissible, according to this article.

Vaccines

There have been a number of studies which have found that vaccination gives better immunity than actually getting COVID. This seems odd. Why on earth would that be? This article says that antibodies from getting sick frequently target the wrong part of the virus while the vaccines train the immune system to target the spike protein. The mis-targeting might be due to prior infection with “common cold” coronaviruses.

Schools

This paper talks about measures in schools, and says that schools can be made safe. Interestingly, plexiglass desk shields seem to be a bad idea, while getting rid of extra-curriculars and having daily symptom screens are good ideas.

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