In war, the first casualty is truth. Apparently, the same is true of pandemics. Some people are now pretending that they saw the novel coronavirus coming long before anybody else, including scientists and public health officials. In their revisionist history, they were beacons of clarity while others were "COVID deniers."
Dr. David Shlaes' primary expertise is in bacterial infections and antibiotics. So it's not surprising that our ACSH advisor is wondering about secondary bacterial infections from coronavirus infections. Will there be antibiotics to combat the infections this time? How about next time?
A global pandemic remains an existential threat, and experts believe it is a case of when, and not, if. The BBC, in conjunction with the University of Cambridge, created a smartphone app that very well may save lives by improving our model of how infectious diseases spread.