#MSCOVID19: has coronavirus cancelled the flu season?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: ★★★★★ I think COVID-19 has just cancelled the flu season.  I and many public health officials were very concerned that we were heading for a double-whammy this winter with a second and third surge of COVID-19 and a bad influenzae pandemic superimposed on it. It is looking like this may not happen. In the Southern hemisphere,  including my country South...

#MSCOVID19: coronavirus vaccine linked to MS-like complications

You will have heard by now that AstraZenca has paused its coronavirus vaccine study because of safety concerns. A study subject who received the vaccine developed transverse myelitis and had to be admitted to hospital.  “The woman’s diagnosis has not been confirmed yet, but she is improving and will likely be discharged from the hospital as early as Wednesday”, said Soriot AstraZenca’s CEO...

#MSCOVID19: COVAX or Coronavirus Ocrelizumab Vaccination Study

Anti-CD20 therapy not only increases your chances of getting COVID-19 but also increases your chances of developing severe COVID-19 and having to be admitted to hospital for treatment. I have argued that the likely mechanism is to be due to anti-CD20 therapies blunting important cross-reactive anti-coronavirus immune response acquired from other community-acquired coronaviruses. If this is...

Flu, it’s not too late to be vaccinated

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer  ★★★ Not walking my talk. Having not taken up the NHS offer of the seasonal flu vaccine and having just spent the last 3 days bed-bound with severe flu I found the following research paper very timely.  Using the Norwegian registries these investigators show that pwMS are much more susceptible to the complications of influenza, i.e. pwMS are much more likely to...



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