TWiV 711: The New Heal

January 24, 2021

The TWiVers review Biden’s national strategy for COVID-19 responses and pandemic preparedness, and an evaluation of the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker

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Links for this episode

  • Biden’s COVID-19 strategy (pdf) 10:30
  • CDC evaluation of BinaxNOW antigen test (MMWR) 52:09
  • FDA instructions for BinaxNOW test (pdf) 52:28
  • Adam Neely on Sea Shanties (YouTube) 1:05:29
  • Letters read on TWiV 711 1:06:55
  • Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!

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8 comments on “TWiV 711: The New Heal

  1. Doug H. Jan 24, 2021

    Hi TWiV folks! You mentioned that the second dose of the mRNA vaccines seems to bring about a much stronger reaction than the first one. If we need to get this vaccine annually like the flu vaccine, will these have to be in two separate doses as well? If so, would the second one probably have more “kick” like with the current version?

    Thanks for any and all info! Thanks also for turning me on to immunology and Janeways!

  2. Richard Cornell Jan 24, 2021

    Consider that maybe 25% of Americans will not get the vaccine even if they are next in line.
    Then there is a better chance of me getting mine early.

  3. Scott Jan 24, 2021

    From Austin:
    “Texas was a “conservative dystopia” and a “monoculture that doesn’t seem to be aware of it’s own blandness.”

    Maybe Rich could weigh in?
    I’ve just been in and out of Texas, but would never live there from those experiences.

  4. Jeffery Biss Jan 25, 2021

    At 1:10:25 Alan reads Chris’ email. Researchers really need to find nonanimal alternatives as nonhuman animals have the same claim to rights as we do because we consider ourselves moral. I understand that researchers have the view that nonhuman animals are a tool that they use to find solution to human health problems, that they use them to save human lives and reduce human suffering, but those lives are not ours, they are our victims’ and we really have no moral right to subject them to pain, suffering and death for our purposes. And as they are not human, their relevance is questionable anyway.

    Let’s find a human tissue, organoid alternative to our use of nonhuman animals for their benefit and ours.

  5. Terry D. Doyle Jan 25, 2021

    Vincent,
    You’ll be happy to know that TWiV is trending #17 and UP 10 SPOTS from the last report. Well done. I always watch on Youtube b/c there is a lot else there but if others and I can “game you up” by coming to microbe.tv to watch, I’ll do it for the team.

    Awaiting orders, sir!
    -Terry in S. Oregon

  6. Ginny Hall Jan 26, 2021

    My neighbors, both physicians at local hospitals, said that the medical workers who refused the vaccine were not mainly doctors or nurses but the other staff at the hospital. Maybe better education of those people, or mandatory vaccination, would be in order.

  7. Brent Wakefield Jan 29, 2021

    I’m a family medicine physician in Tulsa Oklahoma. I greatly appreciate your updates as they have guided me through this with my patient. The amount of bad information is astonishing and you have done an incredible job! Not only do I work in the outpatient setting in a clinic but also go to the nursing home. The federal government bought up the first group of the BinaxNOW and have deployed them in the nursing homes routinely for the past several months. I get tested once or twice a week and every single patient as well as workers do as well. It works REMARKABLY well at picking up symptomatic and pre-symptomatic infections. In my own office with detected five or six of my employees one or two days prior to symptom onset. They are very simple and easy to use and if they were package slightly differently to be used at home very easily with a second confirmatory test. I’ve been pulling my hair out for six months wondering why the federal government has not approved these for at home use. I hope the new admin. can get this figured out.
    By the way, even though this test can be used as an anterior nares to make it easier it is easily insert it into the middle turbinate or posterior nasal pharynx because the suave a small enough. We have everyone self swab better employees as this is actually easier and more comfortable once you get the technique down. I have swapped over 30 times and at this point I have very little to no discomfort. I always do a deeper swab because I think I’m getting a better test. Just wanted to give some real world feedback. Keep up the good work!!!