TWiV 709: COVID cherry picking

January 21, 2021

In this episode, President Biden elevates his science advisor to his Cabinet, a review of the current flu season, the scientific goals of the WHO-convened Global Study of the Origins of SARS-CoV-2, and answers to listener questions.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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5 comments on “TWiV 709: COVID cherry picking

  1. Gloria Bowers Jan 22, 2021

    On January 18, David Leonhardt in the New York Times stated that the vaccines were safe and people who were vaccinated did not need masks. Although then he said that masks should be used to support everyone using masks. He appeared to not believe that you could spread the disease if you were vaccinated and had several authorities that agreed with him. He also quotes various people saying we should use masks in case of virus variants. Is he correct about the vaccines and the masks?

  2. John Hempel Jan 22, 2021

    Re. sewage as a great place to find viruses, and from some of my old colleagues @ U Pittsburgh, from 10yrs ago. I’m not sure whether this was the first paper to use that as a source for finding viruses, but it may have been. The other aspect of this study is the control they used. (To help find that, word search the paper for Shinola.)

  3. Garrett Taylor Jan 24, 2021

    What value would there be in having a confirmatory test of your immunization response? Example: attending a large wedding in June after being vaccinated in January. Taking a test to ensure you aren’t in the group that fails to respond.

  4. Matt Silverberg Jan 25, 2021

    Dear Twiv team,
    Like Jennifer in this episode, I got neuropathy from the Shingrix vaccine. I had the shot last February. Several days later, I started having pain in all the areas that support my weight. These include my feet when standing, my buttocks when sitting, and my back when lying down. Obviously, I chose not to have the booster injection. My doctor put me on Cymbalta, which helps dull the pain. After a few months, I had a negative MRI of the brain. I submitted a report to VAERS. Almost a year later, I still have the condition. The severity of the symptoms varies and I have had to learn to live with it.
    Sincerely, Matt Silverberg