Robert Calandra

Covid-19 immunity: studies paint a complicated picture

The same week that a yet-to-be peer-reviewed paper found that people infected with Covid-19 may have immunity that last years or longer, the CDC released another study that said that may not be the case.  The CDC study, published in the Nov. 27 issue of the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), found that, […]Read More

HHS Alters Plan for Vaccine Distribution

When the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine becomes available, it will go to states based on the total number of adults living in each state, officials from Operation Warp Speed said, according to National Public Radio.  Once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives regulatory clearance, the federal government said that it will ship out […]Read More

As Vaccines Near the Possible-Approval Line, New Challenges Await

Eight months after it began developing its Covid-19 vaccine, Pfizer formally filed for emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday. https://www.npr.org/2020/11/20/937026003/pfizer-asks-fda-to-approve-its-covid-19-vaccine-for-emergency-use “Filing for Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S. is a critical step in making our vaccine candidate available to the global population as quickly as possible,” BioNTech CEO Ugur […]Read More

Are You More Impulsive? Using Your Phone Tooooo Much? 

Is your smartphone already in hand as the alarm chimes in the morning? Is it the last thing you check before you go to bed? Your attachment to your phone – whether you’re following social media or gaming – may say something about your personality: You may be a person more inclined to make impulsive […]Read More

Pandemic Naysayers Sneak into Hospital to See if ICU Is

A Provo, Utah hospital has increased its security precautions after conspiracy theorists tried to sneak into the intensive care unit to see if it was full.   Kyle Hansen, administrator for Utah Valley Hospital, told the Provo City Council Thursday that five people, including a few with video cameras, have attempted to get inside the ICU […]Read More

A New Nail Biter: The ACA May, or May Not,

The chances that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will survive its latest US Supreme Court challenge are looking up. At least that’s how it now appears.  After several hours of arguments via teleconferencing on Tuesday, the ACA appears to have the support of two of the court’s conservative justices. According to the Washington Post , […]Read More