What we learned from the Covid 19 epidemic

By John L Elliott MS

This post is about how “a bitter truth” can help us learn.  I had a football coach who when we lost said “don’t be sore bitter losers – What did you learn”?  Learning from failure is a bitter truth we all face.  What can you do better in the next game?  What did I learn from this bitter truth?

In one of my last football games, we lost and I was upset.  I learned in that game many of my team mates gave up.  It was a bitter experience for me.  What I learned was many people give up too soon.  I lost the joy of playing after that game.  Next year due to injury, I left playing football.

What we learned about mRNA research.  The researchers Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman kept up their research on mRNA even while they face hardships and “issues” with the schools they were at.  They won because they keep at and saved millions of lives.

So what did I learn about other Americans in the epidemic?  They are very easily fooled by people who are ignorant.  I have neighbors who think they listen to pod casts and YouTube mountebanks and think they “know how vaccinations work”.  They are proud anti-vaccers.  They are they took drugs that fight parasites but have no antiviral effect.  This was the bitter truth many did not learn!

A failure of top political American leadership

We saw the failure of American leadership with a ego manic narcissist leader who killed at best guess 1.2 Million people in the United States.  The problem is many people have not reflected and learned “the Lesson they needed to learn from the epidemic”.   There is no joy for me when I talk with people and they think they know all about immunology.  I read and study about immunology every day and still I feel I know very little about it.  My area of expertise is contact allergens.  However, I still read and learn about this vastly complex area of study.

On “social media” many people were upset with the Nobel award going to the unsung researchers of mRNA vaccines.  Thus, I decided to write this blog post.

I support these winners.

Katalin Karikó The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2023

Drew Weissman The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2023