What do the numbers tell us about COVID-19, vaccines and myocarditis?
On Friday, January 7 2022, David Bennett became the world’s first person to successfully receive a transplant of a pig’s heart. The eight-hour-long operation by surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, USA, was no doubt arduous. But it was a short final step in a 60-year-long journey to genetically alter the pig’s heart so that it would not be immediately rejected – a journey that began with a plane crash in Oxford in the summer of 1940.
T cells designed to fight COVID also appear to be much longer lasting in the human body than antibodies.
The bad news isn’t as bad as it could be, but the good news also needs to be treated with caution. Here’s why.
I encourage people to do all they can to improve the health and functioning of their immune system, naturally. Then, seriously consider what additional protection would be gained from vaccination against COVID-19. When people make decisions based on the latest science – which is always evolving – rather than on emotions and misinformation, the decision should become much clearer.
Long COVID-19 often involves a constellation of symptoms affecting many parts of the body, but the most commonly reported are fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pains, cognitive changes, headaches, sensory changes and pain.
“A third dose of Pfizer or Moderna will provide those who need it extra protection and help shield some of our most vulnerable from the highly contagious delta variant,” said Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH
Many people know the story of Edward Jenner’s discovery of vaccination against smallpox. but far fewer have heard of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.
Studies are ongoing, but for now, lambda remains a variant of interest rather than a variant of concern.
Women in their teens and early 20s now report drinking and getting drunk at higher rates than their male peers
IF we’re all vaccinated, we’ll be largely safe from the worst ravages of the infection even if it does break out.
Immunity after infection is unpredictable.
Key parts of the immune system can remember the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, for at least eight or nine months, possibly for years.
We’re outnumbered by bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi that can make us ill. And the only thing standing between them and devastation is our immune system.
The way we train our immune systems now to respond to SARS-CoV-2 could impact how well our bodies can respond to future coronaviruses.