Blood Clots vs COVID Deaths


Day 393: Stay Safe Minnesota

As a blood clot expert, I can tell you it’s the most blood-clotting disease we have ever seen in our lifetimes. I have been doing this for a quarter century. I have never seen these levels of blood clots.

Dr. Alex Spyropoulos, a professor at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in New York, told in a recent CNN interview that it’s ironic that fears about a much, much rarer type of blood clot may now scare people off getting vaccinated.

As a blood clot expert, I can tell you it’s the most blood-clotting disease we have ever seen in our lifetimes. I have been doing this for a quarter century. I have never seen these levels of blood clots.

Dr Alex Spyropoulos (source: CNN Health)

According to vaccine experts, whatever the risk might be from vaccines, it’s extremely low. “You have as much risk of getting struck by lightning as you have of getting one of these rare blood clots,” Dr Spyropoulos told CNN.

Multiple Risks Factor

According to the CDC, in general blood clots are extremely common which affects 900,000 Americans every year. “They kill an estimated 100,000 people every year. Especially common are clots in the brain. About 795,000 people suffer strokes every year in the US, according to the American Heart Association. The group estimates 10-15% of these are in adults under the age of 45.”

Dr. Mark Crowther, a hematologist and thrombosis expert for the American Society of Hematology told CNN that risk factors for ordinary blood clots include surgery, accidents, cancer treatments and even sitting too long.

There are some weak risk factors — for example, airline travel if you fly from Hawaii to Los Angeles. Prolonged car trips are risk factors. … The vaccine, without question, dramatically reduces the risk of any of the Covid-associated blood clots.

Dr. Mark Crowther, chair of the department of medicine at Canada’s McMaster University (source: CNN)

“The chances of getting what we are calling vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia or VITT is one in a million. The chances of you being hospitalized with Covid is roughly one in 100 for the adult population. The chances of having a blood clot once you are hospitalized is probably one in five or one in six.” That risk rises to 1 in 3 for people in the ICU,” Spyropoulos told CNN.

Blood Clots vs COVID Deaths

Dr Rachelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a News Conference Friday, “Based on an in-depth analysis, there is likely an association but the risk is very low. What we are seeing is the overall rate of events was 1.9 cases per million people. In women 18 to 49 years, there was an approximate 7 cases per million. Among women over 50, the rate is 0.9 cases per million. No cases were seen among men.”

“For every 1 million doses of this vaccine, the J&J vaccine could prevent over 650 hospitalizations and 12 deaths among women aged 18 to 49, and this vaccine could prevent over 4,700 hospitalizations and nearly 600 deaths among women over 50. These are significant numbers and show the important impact of this vaccine in our country,” Dr Walensky added.

Dr. Jose Romero, who chairs ACIP and who is also the top health official for Arkansas, told the meeting on Friday “This is a very rare event — a very rare event.”

The FDA updated fact sheets accompanying the vaccine, indicating that women under the age of 50 should be aware of the risk of a rare blood clotting syndrome associated with the vaccine. The FDA’s Dr. Peter Marks said new copies of the fact sheets can be printed out to give people at vaccination sites immediately.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Apr 24, 9 a.m.) 290,685,655 doses have been distributed and 225,640,460 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of April 22) a total of 3,965,362 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Apr 24) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 566,687 (out of 9,044,360 tested) with 7,072 deaths.