by John Ellis
In late February, and especially into early March, I began following epidemiologists, virologists, and other infectious disease experts on Twitter. Knowing your own limitations is important, and I am quite aware that I do not have the training nor expertise to have a valid opinion about COVID-19. A solution, of course, is finding and listening to legitimate sources of knowledge – the experts. Well, one of the most helpful voices in all this has been Andy Slavitt, the former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama. Now, he’s not an expert on epidemiology or medicine/science, in general. Because of his work, though, he knows a lot of experts and listens to them and points his Twitter followers in their direction. For me, he serves as a sort of Coronavirus aggregate. He gives me access to the voices of experts I would have otherwise not heard. His latest podcast is especially informative (and encouraging).
For many of us, some of the bigger COVID-19 questions revolve around vaccines. How soon? How safe? How effective? In this podcast (linked to below), Slavitt interviews two vaccine experts. Packed with information that is also accessible to the layperson (like me), it’s an encouraging update on vaccines and therapeutics. Borrowing Andy Slavitt’s words, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’d like to add, above all else, podcasts like this one should cause us to praise God for the intellect and commitment of men and women in the field of epidemiology, vaccines, and virology who image our Creator in ways that benefit all of us.
Click here to listen to the podcast.