Of all the possible outcomes from COVID infection, clearly death is the one we want to prevent above all. We commonly see vaccine efficacy numbers from the 60’s to the 90’s, but that figure generally refers to how successful the vaccine is at preventing a COVID infection with any symptoms.
How effective are the vaccines at preventing you from dying of COVID? Turns out, regardless of whether you look at trial data from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax or the Russian Sputnix V vaccine, you don’t see a single COVID death.
I came across this information in fascinating Twitter thread today from the eminent Yale virologist Dr. Akiko Iwasaki:
This is a simple and highly relevant message I’d like to see broadcasted far and wide…vaccinated people don’t die of COVID. Period.
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Dr. Jeremy Walston, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of the study
I just read an interesting new study identifying the biggest causes of aging. The authors gathered a panel of leading experts on health and aging and asked them what the biggest risk factors are for failing health as the years go by. Here’s what they found:
Experts identified 13 factors predisposing to or clinically manifesting AACD [accelerated aging and cellular decline]. Among these, chronic diseases, obesity, and unfavorable genetic background were considered as the most important.
Early detection of accelerated aging and cellular decline (AACD): A consensus statement
None of the risk factors will shock you, but seeing all the key risks laid out in order of importance can really help guide our decision making:
One risk stood out above all:
smoking was consistently viewed as the most prominent risk factor