Science Is Not That Simple?

Here is the headline that I just saw from the Business Insider:

Trump claims he is now immune to the coronavirus and has ‘a protective glow’ — but the science is not that simple

Really? Then what the f%ck do you think vaccines do?

Imagine the headline was this instead:

A vaccine may be recommended for immunity to the coronavirus — but the science is not that simple

Now read the article again. Just take out the Trump parts and put in VACCINE when needed. Here, I will do it for you:

Experts generally agree that most patients walk away from the VACCINE with a degree of immunity, but there is no way to know whether any one person has developed a strong-enough immune response to ward off reinfection. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that researchers have not yet established “correlates,” or indicators, for immunity.

It’s still unclear how strong the VACCINE immune response is, how long it lasts, or what makes it vary among people. Some research indicates that immunity lasts only a few months, and there have been suspected cases of people getting reinfected several weeks after recovering from the virus.

“We now know that reinfection can occur,” John Wherry, an immunologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, told Nature in August. “It remains unclear how frequent of an event reinfection is, or what features of the immune response are associated with reinfection.”

“Just because you’ve built up antibodies doesn’t mean you’re immune,” Marion Koopmans, the head of the department of viroscience at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, told the Dutch public broadcaster NOS in August.

Some research has suggested that antibodies can fade just a few weeks after infection. That’s when white blood cells — the arbiters of long-term immunity — step in. These include B cells, which produce antibodies, and memory T cells, which track down and destroy infected cells and alert the B cells that it’s time to start making new antibodies.

study published in August analyzed the blood of 206 people in Sweden who had COVID-19 with varying degrees of severity. The researchers found that people developed a robust T-cell response regardless of whether they had recovered from mild or severe cases. In general, memory T cells can last for years.

But it’s still unclear how long these T cells will remember the coronavirus, how effective their response is, or how much protection they can offer any given person. Much more research is needed.

Do you see what you did there, Morgan McFall-Johnsen? You just convinced people that a vaccine may not work. You let your hatred for the president get in the way of doing your job. These things have implications. There has to be a greater good. It is time for journalists to stop looking for clickbait material, to start being neutral, and to stop letting their politics opinionate their material.

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4 Responses

  1. Kurt says:

    The researchers are going like gang busters on this but are hobbled by one simple ethical fact. Technically, one would give a person the vaccine and then blow Covid in their face. Unfortunately this stuff can kill people. Some groups more than others and it’s unethical to do by purposely trying to infect someone. (Of which I agree with.)
    So they’re stuck with giving the candidate vaccine to as many people as possible (of course some giving saline shots as double-blind controls) and seeing how many cases they get with the “real vaccine” administration.
    Good gosh, trying to sort through the data which can be limited has got to be extremely hard. I smell a Nobel prize in this to the group(s) that come up with a remedy for this scourge. Might not take years and years before it’s awarded either. Remember, you heard it from me first! 🙂

  2. Herb Cowan says:

    The amazing part is that people continue to listen to these reporters as if they are speaking facts after all the negative media regarding Brett Kavanaugh and so on.

  3. Pat says:

    That is the hell of it. All medicine is politics now, and both have gotten worse for it.

  4. Harrietta says:

    Agreed.

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