We end the year with some good news (that you may not hear in the media):
- Long covid: A first small study found that ivermectin is effective even against post-acute long covid, achieving complete resolution of symptoms in 94% of patients.
- Children: A very comprehensive study in Iceland with 40,000 participants found that children under 15 were about half as likely as adults to be infected, and only half as likely as adults to transmit the virus to others. Almost all the coronavirus transmissions to children came from adults, making schools mirrors, not drivers of the situation in the wider community.
- Asymptomatic transmission: A large JAMA meta-analysis of 54 studies with close to 80,000 participants found that the risk of virus transmission in households is 18% for symptomatic individuals but only 0.7% for truly asymptomatic individuals.