Vol 4 No 1 Suppl. 1 (2020) - Open Stream on Covid-19 Emergency
Covid-19 Emergency Open Stream Contribution

Fear and Not Science Guides Our Current Approach to Covid-19

Brandon P. Reines
Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, PA, US
Published April 14, 2020
  • Covid-19,
  • Coronavirus,
  • US,
  • models
How to Cite
Reines, B. P. (2020). Fear and Not Science Guides Our Current Approach to Covid-19. Substantia, 4(1), 904. https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-904


Are Anthony Fauci, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization our best guides through current events?  Are we so confident in their opinions\models of COVID-19 spread that we are willing to risk whole economies? Is it possible that those authorities not only miscalculate, but see such a small piece of the overall biomedical/social picture that they are creating worse problems—by shouting “fire” in a crowded world theater? 

I have reason to believe that they will: as a postdoctoral fellow at Fauci’s NIAID from 2004-2009,  and one of its few theoretical biologists, I found Dr. Fauci to be exceptionally knowledgeable about all aspects of virus biology and immunity. So it is difficult to understand why he and others are promoting models of COVID-19 spread which all but completely ignore the likelihood that most people will have powerful natural resistance against the virus (unless they are quite old, have hypertension, smoke, or have other pre-existing lung or immunological damage).