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Infectious Disease Expert: The ‘Darkest Of The Entire Pandemic’ Has Yet To Come – HuffPost

Michael Osterholm, an expert at the University of Minnesota, stressed that a lack of public confidence is largely to blame.

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Michael Osterholm, a renowned infectious disease expert, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that “the next six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic” and expressed concern that the U.S. lacks a leading voice to guide the public.
“Vaccines will not become available in any meaningful way until early to

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COVID-19 Statistics | Oct. 21, 2020 – Lost Coast Outpost

COVID-19 Daily Report for Humboldt County, Oct. 21, 2020

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Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported today, bringing to 560 the total number of county residents who have tested positive for the virus.  
Humboldt County saw its first case of COVID-19 eight months ago yesterday. Living through any crisis for that length of time can have long-term impacts on mental and physical wellness, said Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich, who noted that addressing these impacts can be as important as virus prevention measures.  
Weve all been living through…

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BMJ Sounds the Alarm: COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Cannot Tell Us if They Will Save Lives – SciTechDaily

None of the current trials are designed to detect a reduction in any serious outcome such as hospitalizations, intensive care use, or deaths. Vaccines are being…

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None of the current trials are designed to detect a reduction in any serious outcome such as hospitalizations, intensive care use, or deaths.
Vaccines are being hailed as the solution to the covid-19 pandemic, but the vaccine trials currently underway are not designed to tell us if they will save lives, reports Peter Doshi, Associate Editor at The BMJ today.
Several covid-19 vaccine trials are now in their most advanced (phase 3) stage, but what will it mean exactly when a vaccine is declared “effective”?

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South Korea Tries to Quell Anxiety Over Flu Shots After 9 Unexplained Deaths – The New York Times

Health officials say there is no link between the deaths and the flu vaccines. But the deaths, after two recent vaccine recalls, have raised safety fears among…

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No serious harm had been reported from either those lots, though dozens of people who received those doses reported fevers or other minor complaints which are common reactions to flu shots, officials said. None of the nine people reported dead received vaccines from those that had been recalled, they added.
After suspending the vaccination program for teenagers for three weeks, it resumed on Oct. 13. Three days later, a 17-year-old boy in Incheon, just west of Seoul, died after receiving his shot….

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