COVID-19

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Vaccines 101 – An immunologist’s perspective on vaccines and vaccine hesitancy

By mcwoodruff | March 9, 2021 |

All about vaccines! Topics include history of vaccine hesitancy, immune responses to vaccines, types of vaccines, and vaccine safety. Brought to you by Jefferson’s Electorate. Want more? Please consider donating!

The COVID-19 vaccine made me feel like garbage (that’s fine!)

By mcwoodruff | March 6, 2021 |

I got my Moderna booster! And it made me feel terrible… But that’s ok! This is an explainer about what it’s like to get the COVID vaccine, how vaccines work, and why they sometimes make us feel sick even though they are safe and effective.

JE authored articles

Immune interference – why even ‘updated’ vaccines could struggle to keep up with emerging coronavirus strains

March 9, 2021 |

Immune interference – why even ‘updated’ vaccines could struggle to keep up with emerging coronavirus strains Matthew Woodruff, Emory University Despite the success and optimism of the new COVID-19 vaccination campaigns being rolled out worldwide, the emergence of new viral strains threatens to undermine their effectiveness. Indeed, South Africa has…

“An autoimmune-like antibody response is linked with severe COVID-19”

February 24, 2021 |

An autoimmune-like antibody response is linked with severe COVID-19 Matthew Woodruff, Emory University In the earliest days of the pandemic, many immunologists, including me, assumed that patients who produced high quantities of antibodies early in infection would be free from disease. We were wrong. Several months into studying COVID-19, like…

“COVID-19 causes some patients’ immune systems to attach their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illness”

February 24, 2021 |

COVID-19 causes some patients’ immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illness Matthew Woodruff, Emory University Across the world, immunologists who retooled their labs to join the fight against SARS-CoV-2 are furiously trying to explain why some people get so sick while others recover unscathed.…