Merriam ‐​Webster Needs To Update Its Definition of “Anti‐​Vaxxer”

Jeffrey A. SingerPolitical polarization hinders progress against the COVID-19 pandemic.Political polarization may explain why, after former President Trump called the off ‐​label use of the anti‐​malarial drug hydroxychloroquine a “game‐​changer” in the battle against COVID-19 (randomized controlled trials found that isnot the case), public health officials and the mainstream press appear uninterested in the off ‐​label use of any other drugs as therapeutics against a COVID infection.For example, impressive data from randomized controlled trials show the off ‐​label use of the off‐​patent (therefore cheap) antidepressant fluvoxamine (brand name “Luvox’) appearshighly effective in preventing COVID infections from progressing to hospitalization or death. Yet it has garnered little attention from public health officials or the pressAtweet by Andy Swan went viral yesterday informing people that the Merriam ‐​Webster online dictionarydefines“anti‐​vaxxer” as::a person who opposes the use ofvaccinesor regulations mandatingvaccinationespecially :a parent who opposes having his or her child vaccinatedIt was laterpointed out by Rob Gavagan on the same Twitter thread that Merriam ‐​Webster has been using this definition since 2018. Therefore, the definition was not the result of COVID politicization. Nevertheless, it is clearly inaccurate and can only pour more fuel on the political fire.It is w...
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The pandemic resulting from the acute respiratory SARS-CoV-2 infection and the associated COVID-19 syndrome is reaching its third year and has impacted all regions of the globe. At the time of writing approximately 277,400,000 people have been infected with the virus and over 5,400,000 deaths have been attributed to its complications. Importantly, approximately 50% of deaths related to COVID-19 have been in people with co-existing vascular and metabolic disorders [1]. Despite the ready availability of vaccines in some countries and improved therapeutic approaches, daily global infections remain at approximately 750,000 wit...
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Hospitalizations of U.S. children under 5 with COVID-19 soared in recent weeks to their highest level since the pandemic began, according to government data released Friday on the only age group not yet eligible for the vaccine. The worrisome trend in children too young to be vaccinated underscores the need for older kids and adults to get their shots to protect those around them, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since mid-December, as the highly contagious omicron variant has spread furiously around the country, the hospitalization rate in these youngest children has ...
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There’s yet another colorful addition to the pandemic lexicon—“flurona”—but it doesn’t refer to a new variant or even a new condition. The made-up term describes simultaneous infection with both influenza and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The two diseases do not combine to make some hybrid form of either virus, which makes “flurona” a bit of a fearmongering misnomer. But co-infection is becoming more common. Having COVID-19 and the flu at the same time has been a possibility since the beginning of the pandemic, but until now, rigorous safety precautions largely ...
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Pathog Glob Health. 2021 Dec 28:1-32. doi: 10.1080/20477724.2021.1993676. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTWe analyze risk factors correlated with the initial transmission growth rate of the recent COVID-19 pandemic in different countries. The number of cases follows in its early stages an almost exponential expansion; we chose as a starting point in each country the first day di with 30 cases and we fitted for 12 days, capturing thus the early exponential growth. We looked then for linear correlations of the exponents α with other variables, for a sample of 126 countries. We find a positive correlation, i.e. faster spr...
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áková The number of obese adults and children is increasing worldwide, with obesity now being a global epidemic. Around 2.8 million people die annually from clinical overweight or obesity. Obesity is associated with numerous comorbid conditions including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and cancer, and even the development of severe disease after infection with viruses. Over the past twenty years, a number of new viruses has emerged and entered the human population. Moreover, influenza (H1N1)pdm09 virus and...
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Ryan Bourne andJeffrey A. SingerThe U.S. is about to be hit by a huge wave of infections from the COVID-19 omicron variant. Thoughit ’s unclear yet whether omicron isnaturally less severe than, say, the delta variant, South African and British case data shows just how quickly it spreads, with significant vaccine evasion and widespread anecdotal reports of COVID-19 reinfections.UK recorded daily cases, for example, have risen quickly to theirhighest level in the pandemic, despite not counting any reinfections as new cases. These numbers vastly understate true daily infections, because not all those infected test and t...
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WASHINGTON — Pfizer said today that its experimental pill to treat COVID-19 appears effective against the omicron variant. The company also said full results of its 2,250-person study confirmed the pill’s promising early results against the virus: The drug reduced combined hospitalizations and deaths by about 89% among high-risk adults when taken shortly after initial COVID-19 symptoms. Separate laboratory testing shows the drug retains its potency against the omicron variant, the company announced, as many experts had predicted. Pfizer tested the antiviral drug against a man-made version of a key protein that ...
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CONCLUSION: Our data provide an overview about humoral immune response after natural SARS-CoV-2 infection or following vaccination, and supports the usage of booster vaccinations, especially in patients after a natural SARS-CoV-2 infection.PMID:34895938 | DOI:10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.11.081
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AbstractPurpose of ReviewNutritional status is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, directly or indirectly. Even with the recent rollout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines and availability of medicines such as remdesivir, and monoclonal antibodies, host nutritional status is pivotal in the fight against the acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and outcomes.  The purpose of this review is to discuss the effects of COVID-19-related lockdown on lifestyle behaviors, and the nutritional consequences, and the direct sequelae of the infection on nutrition including potential nutritio...
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ConclusionThis study provides patient-level epidemiological characterisation of hospitalisations during the first COVID-19 pandemic wave in Ireland. The higher risk of adverse outcomes in older age groups supports the age-based prioritisation of COVID-19 vaccinations currently used in Ireland.
Source: Irish Journal of Medical Science - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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