The Heroes of the Pandemic Response

When we began this blog in April, 2020 our mission was to provide informative articles for the general public about the COVID-19 pandemic–information of use to you and your family without political or media spin. Additionally, our mission was to tell the stories of the frontline public health, medical and scientific heroes in this war–a war between the human race and the SARS-Cov-2 virus.

As we approach the end of 2020 we want to salute the hundreds of thousands of frontline healthcare providers who have continued serving America–often without adequate supplies of equipment, medicines, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Their courage, dedication and professionalism deserve the same level of recognition as does the many generations of our frontline military warriors.

Last spring, we created this meme in their honor:

We also salute the frontline healthcare professionals who have lost their lives in this war against the SARS-Cov-2 virus. According to an ongoing study by Kaiser Health News and the Guardian,, more than 3,000 frontline healthcare professionals have died in the line of duty. This number has now exceeded America’s losses on 9/11.

And finally, we want salute the scientists who received the DNA code for the SARS-Cov-2 virus on January 11 and just 56 days later were beginning the first human testing of a vaccine candidate. Within 9 months a vaccine, actually two, were authorized by the FDA for wide spread use–vaccines that provide 94%+ protection. This was the equivalent of America’s moonshot–but this was accomplished in nine months rather than nine years. These vaccines are safe and effective. They will change the course of history.

To better understand this extraordinary scientific achievement, listen to this audio clip from This American Life