When we previously talked about the suitable preventive measures for the coronavirus or covid19 virus, it seemed so rushed and draconian in nature. It seemed as if it was a do or die thing. Many questions raced through our minds. Could this be better handled? Was there a spike in Pneumonia cases in the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2019? Are the measures too tough? Was there a comparison with the number of deaths due to car accidents? If there are more deaths due to car accidents, do we ban vehicles? Have you ever wondered what does “flatten the curve” mean? We do agree containment measures are necessary but at the expense of killing the economy? Is there a middle ground? Amidst all these confusion, what narrative is the media trying to portray? Which parties own the media? Should there be a counter balance in opinions and media articles? If you have the time, we suggest you listen carefully to both videos below.
1. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, offers an overview of our special series, The Science Behind the Coronavirus. In this introduction, Soon-Shiong (MD, MBBCh, MSc, FRCS (C), FACS) proposes that understanding how the virus infects our bodies and strategies toward treatment can help us allay our anxiety about it. Soon-Shiong is a surgeon and scientist who has spent his career studying the human immune system to fight cancer and infectious diseases. He is also the chairman and CEO of NantWorks and the owner of or investor in a number of companies, including ImmunityBio and NantKwest which are currently researching immunotherapies for COVID-19.
2. Witness: Professor Neil Ferguson, Director, MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis, Imperial College London (via video-conference)