2021-09-09 General

Variants

A US CDC report found that COVID-19 didn’t cause more hospitalized children to go to the ICU than in pre-Delta times.

Vaccines

Moderna announced that they have gotten really good results (in mice) from a vaccine which combines COVID-19, influenza, and RSV.


This article says that COVID-19 frequently attacks kidneys, and that it really sucks.

Patients with a high burden of frailty, chronic diseases, disability and immunosenescence are at increased risk of kidney disease and progression to kidney failure, and infection with SARS-CoV-2 can further increase this risk. Kidney function declines gradually over time even in the absence of SARS-CoV-2 infection (1), but patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19 might experience a rapid loss of kidney function resulting in acute kidney injury during the acute phase of the disease (2). Post-infection kidney function trajectories can vary and might include complete recovery (3), as indicated by no change in trajectory compared with patients who are not infected, slow progressive decline owing to subclinical inflammation (4), relapsing or recurrent acute kidney injury and hospitalizations (5) or incomplete recovery and rapidly progressive kidney disease (6). Adapted with permission from ref.10, Elsevier.

Recommended Reading

This article suggests we have a paradigm shift around healthy air. We got rid of a lot of diseases by cleaning up our water, why shouldn’t we clean up our air?


This article talks about what makes Delta such a prolific spreader.


Okay, this isn’t COVID-19, but it’s awesome and sorta kinda related: Moderna is working on an HIV vaccine.

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