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Florida just announced the results of an analysis that they performed, claiming the results show “an increased risk of cardiac-related death among men 18-39” for the mRNA vaccines, and recommend this group not receive these vaccines.
Is this justified? Let’s look at the data…
Graphs are central to scientific communication, and when used appropriately are amazing tools that help people understand complex data. But with a few small changes, graphs can also be used to mislead and distort what’s going on. Recently I came across a graph (trying to minimize the effectiveness of COVID vaccines in kids) that was so bad it deserves its own entire post. Check out a break down of the chart crimes here.
Recently, BA.5 has been all over the news, raising alarming questions about immune evasion, reinfections, and the future of the pandemic. What makes BA.5 different from previous COVID viruses? In our latest post, we address what makes BA.5 special, along with what these differences mean for vaccine efficacy and the chances of reinfection.
COVID is not just a respiratory disease; it attacks multiple systems, including the brain. More and more COVID-induced strokes are being reported, as are cases of long COVID, which involve brain fog and other neurological symptoms that can persist for years after infection. So how can COVID affect the brain? This post explores the neurological symptoms of COVID and signs of brain damage after infection, as well as possible explanations for how COVID could cause these problems.
In November 2020, we got the news: the results from the first COVID vaccine phase 3 trial were released, and they were better than even the most optimistic expectations: 95% efficacy! This was far better than we had dared to dream. But, in the midst of all the celebrating and enthusiasm, groundwork was laid for a communication blunder that later left many feeling confused and betrayed. Check out part 2 of the series covering the story of the COVID vaccines (and the communication around them.)
Kristen Panthagani, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist who likes to help people understand science. She saw a lot of people getting unnecessarily confused by inaccurate claims flying around, and started this blog to help clarify some of those things.
People are looking at the percent of vaccinated hospitalizations and getting alarmed. But by itself, this number can't tell you much about how the vaccines are working, as it's highly dependent on the rate of vaccination in a community. Here's some maths to show what I mean👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/MmfiL7H1lw— Kristen Panthagani, PhD (@kmpanthagani) July 20, 2021
Florida Surgeon General Ladapo made headlines for announcing that men ages 18 to 39 should not get the COVID-19 vaccine. He said there’s an 84% increase in cardiac-related deaths for that group, but doctors told us the underlying analysis is flawed. https://t.co/C9P6wey6bS— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) October 14, 2022
Recently the FL Dept of Health made some significant vaccine policy recommendations based on a problematic non peer reviewed study they did.— Jerome Adams (@JeromeAdamsMD) October 9, 2022
See below for some (of the many) objective concerns.👇🏽
A critical review of Florida’s new vaccine analysis https://t.co/mE8DC6O25A
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo recommended against young men getting #Covid19 #mRNA #vaccines citing an "analysis" from the Florida Department of Health. But how accurate was this "analysis"?— Bruce Y. Lee (@bruce_y_lee) October 9, 2022
Here I cover this for @Forbes #SciComm #epitwitter https://t.co/m88JUrFqae
The @nytimes collected breakthrough data from 40 states. At least until recently, severe COVID infections among fully vaccinated people have been relatively rare.— Danielle Ivory (@danielle_ivory) August 10, 2021
We also learned that a rising share of breakthrough infections is not necessarily scary.https://t.co/q5zFMoFHxo