July 29, 2022 COVID Updates:
It has been a very busy past 3 days in COVID scientific news reporting, with no less than 5 critical updates. Summary:
~ As many as 1 in 5 Americans are now experiencing long COVID, as even asymptomatic COVID patients and COVID patients with only mild symptoms are experiencing troubling levels of long COVID problems.
~ The FDA & CDC have cancelled this summer’s COVID booster campaigns, asking people under age 60 to instead wait until this Fall’s anticipated release of new COVID vaccines that are targeted to work on Omicron BA.5
~ The US Govt just announced it is buying 66 million doses of Moderna’s new “Bivalent COVID-19 Booster”, that targets Omicron BA.5. Moderna’s “Bivalent” COVID booster is now scheduled to come out this Fall.
~ Because so many 10’s of millions of Americans are experiencing long COVID symptoms, CDC & FDA and top independent epidemiologists are saying that taking anti-viral drugs even with mild COVID infections may be the best option for stopping long COVID.
~ Because neither the vaccines nor the boosters are working well to stop BA.5 & BA.6 transmissions, the best solutions right now are wearing tight-fitting medical-grade N95 masks (or better) & Socially Distancing by at least 8 ft when eating and drinking with masks off.
Because almost all cases documented here in our current big COVID wave are from the earlier-arriving COVID Omicron BA.2.12.1 variant, with very few documented Omicron BA.5 cases, we can likely expect another 6 – 8 weeks of too high numbers of new COVID cases as Omicron BA.5 arrives & spreads here, because the Omicron BA.5 is highly infectious (a likely 16 additional people infected by each new case) and because the current COVID vaccines & boosters are not stopping BA.5 in the recent 6 – 8 week BA.5 waves in Gr. Britain & the USA.
USA’s COVID Summer 2022 Booster Campaigns Cancelled:
The US Government has officially cancelled their planned summer booster campaigns, because even the best current vaccination & boosters are not working to stop COVID BA.5 & BA.6 transmissions. CDC officials are cautioning people under age 60 to NOT get boosted now, and to instead wait until this Fall when the new vaccines for Omicron BA.5 come out.
The CDC & DOD have just this morning announced that Moderna’s “Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine Booster” is working well against Omicron BA.5 in trials, so they have just signed contracts for 66 million doses of Moderna’s new “Bivalent COVID Booster”.
Further, study after study for the past year are showing long COVID patients who had only mild symptoms are too consistently showing long-term elevated T-Cell levels that cause ongoing significant inflammation. These nasty long COVID effects are being caused by even asymptomatic & very mild COVID infections. This means ANY COVID INFECTION is too often harmimg people.
Long COVID Problems are Worse than Expected:
Finally, because BA.5 & BA.6 have unusually high R0 values of 16 – 18 (where one patient infects 16 – 18 other people), top epidemiologists are saying that taking antiviral drugs to reduce T-Cell levels is the best current option for people with even with mild active COVID infections and for people with long COVID.
Because having a prior COVID infection is providing very little protection from getting the current COVID strain (Omicron BA2+), and because having vaccinations provides only some protection from serious COVID symptoms & hospitalization … top Epidimiologists are saying we really MUST return to wearing tight fitting medical grade N95 or better masks and using 8 feet of social distancing inside buildings to reduce our inhaled COVID aerosol loads from infected people talking.
Ongoing Scientific Factual Conclusions:
Except for protection by wearing tight-fitting masks & Socially Distancing, unfortunately Omicron COVID is rewriting most of what non-scientist Medical Doctors have been telling people the past 2 years. Example: Many so-called ‘experts’ previously told us that COVID would supposedly mutate to milder & milder, supposedly less contagious strains. This has proven to be absolutely false. … ‘Expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) also told us that having a prior infection would protect us, which has proven to be asolutely false, especially with the most recent Omicron BA.2, BA.2.12.1, and BA.5 and BA.6 variants.
**Remember that ‘expert’ Medical Doctors on TV (who are not scientists) told us to “Wash your hands & use hand sanitizer”, actions which provide and provided absolutely no protection from COVID, because COVID is only transmitted by inhaling invisible fine aerosols from people talking or singing.
Remember how ‘expert’ Medical Doctors on TV (who are not scientists) mistakenly told us to “Wear your cloth masks.” for 2 full years from July 2020 – July 2022, even though the last 40 yrs of scientific testing shows that cloth masks leak horribly, providing almost no protection from inhaled viruses. The ‘expert’ non-scientist Medical Doctors unfortunately ignored that it is proven that it takes at least 12 layers of cloth to equal just one layer of N95 material … And yes, Medical Doctors ignored all these known proven facts on these things, even though they were published in the first month of COVID back in March, 2020:
Remember how ‘expert’ Medical Doctors (who are not scientists) told us to “Disinfect EVERYTHING” back in 2020 … which provides absolutely no protection from COVID, because the only way to stop COVID transmissions is to inhale only very small amounts COVID’s highly-infectious invisible fine aerosols.
Because COVID’s invisible fine aerosols persist indoors by floating around infectious for 4 to 6 HOURS AFTER a COVID infected person talks, sings, or wheezes, then either fine high quality tight masks, or diluting out the aerosols by Social Distancing, breezes or fans are the only real solutions to not getting infected.
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Get educated … Stay informed … Stay healthy …
Dr. Steven M. Fry
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Public Health, & Laboratory Measurement Science.
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