A brief scan of the weekly headlines and we are reminded of the awesome power of the creation, often referred to as “Mother Nature.” Hurricane season, pandemics, tornados, cicadas, lighting strikes, drought and wildfires all attest to her destructive yet often creative potential.

Humanity has demonstrated only fleeting success in managing this power; and the humble among us can admit to our frailty in light of “mom’s” strength. I, therefore, propose a brief look at how we mitigate or harness the power of bacteria and viruses as an important intellectual effort right now to avoid speculation, panic, and just plain poor decision making.

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I believe the lack of understanding can be summed up like this, what won't kill you, can make you very sick. This virus has the potential do do both.

James Heim

I am also not a health professional, but I am married to one who treated COVID_19 patients for several months. She says you have no idea what you're talking about. Physicians' education covers topics even more advanced than high school biology. There's a reason. Listen to those who actually know stuff. Our lives depend on it. As for not being able to eliminate a virus, please look up "smallpox."

Thank you! I am mystified as to why the Pilot would print this. I’ve said a million times—opinion does not equal science. Dr. Fauci vs guy from Cameron?! No contest. There are NOT two sides—a “point-counterpoint” to everything. This was ridiculous, and perhaps dangerous, for the Pilot to encourage.

We did just fine without a vaccine during the 1968 Hong Kong flu, similar to the current sChina flu when the inflated numbers are removed.

James Heim

This ain't the flu

Sally Larson

You say "the vaccine puts the virus in your body to induce a response." You are a little out of date with what's going on with the COVID virus. They don't do that anymore.

"Traditional vaccines involve injecting an inactivated virus or fragments of a virus; the immune system learns to attack the foreign material and “remembers” that target if the patient is later exposed to the virus. mRNA vaccines take a different approach. The vaccine is a small piece of mRNA—an intermediate between DNA and protein to be made by a cell—coding for the “spike protein” of SARS-CoV-2, which targets the surface of human cells. In theory—but not yet conclusively demonstrated—once the mRNA is injected into a patient’s arm, it will travel inside cells, which will then produce the spike protein. The immune system, recognizing a foreign protein, should attack the spike protein—and learn to attack and destroy the virus just as if the patient were actually infected."

"August 27, 2020 The Petrie-Flom Center Staff Contributors, FDA, Health Law Policy, Human Subjects Research, Intellectual Property, Jacob Sherkow, Nicholson Price, Patient Care, Pharmaceuticals, Public Health, Rachel Sachs, Scientific Evidence, Vaccines"

Dan Roman

"Am I a health care professional? No." Obviously and this is the only statement in this column that makes any sense.

The rest sounds like an unprepared student who has no idea what the answer is to a question proposed by the professor and is babbling in an attempt to come up with something that sounds sensible.

Little Richard Roman.

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