December 23, 2020

The new UK coronavirus strain (VUI202012/01) is in the US, but we don’t know what percentage of cases are with the new strain. It’s fairly new, so probably not a lot yet. Some people say there are hundreds of cases in the US with the new strain…


I just had a conversation with a man who travelled back and forth from China to Taiwan during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Taiwanese citizen, he works in China and travels home to his wife and kids often. He is the manager of one of our SleepPhones® supply factories, and we…


The WHO put out a statement recently about how antibody testing cannot be used for “immunity passports” because the test cannot guarantee immunity. This raised a lot of anxiety and questions. There are a few things to understand from a science perspective.

An “immunity passport” may inadvertently incentivize disease spread…


One of the first studies of its kind, researchers from Stanford recruited 3,330 people via online advertising (Facebook and Reddit) for coronavirus antibody testing. They concluded that the actual number of cases may be 50 times the number of confirmed cases in the County, and the mortality rate may be…


In 1985, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev took a break from formal negotiations. According to Gorbachev, Reagan asked him if the Soviet Union would help the US if there was an alien invasion. Gorbachev said, “No doubt about it.” Reagan said, “We too.” “So that’s interesting,” said Gorbachev, and they…


When we commit as a country to strictly enforce isolation of coronavirus patients and quarantine their close contacts, we will need an efficient way of monitoring the quarantined people. Borrowing a proven method from Taiwan, we can use a mobile phone app. This is potentially a very powerful, relatively inexpensive…


When will things get back to “normal?” When we are able to give the vaccine to most of the population by the end of summer in 2021. In the meantime, we have to manage the next 12–15 months in a way that minimizes infections and impacts on our economy. Collectively…


Many smart people are making coronavirus projections and writing convincing social media posts and articles about it. I think it’s great for people to think for themselves, and I want to encourage people to do their own math. …

Wei-Shin Lai, M.D.

Doctor turned entrepreneur

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