Before I provide data, I want you to ask yourself a few questions.

How many people do I personally know that have died from COVID?

How many people do I personally know that have been hospitalized or have long term effects from COVID?

How many people do I personally know that have died from a COVID vaccine?

How many people do I personally know that have been hospitalized or have long term effects from a COVID vaccine?

For me, I personally know of seven people who have died from COVID, the youngest was in her thirties, excluding nursing home residents.


With our entire economy and way of life at a near standstill from COVID-19, and one person dying in the US every 30-60 seconds during peak outbreaks, people are desperate for accurate news and information they can trust. But in a deeply divided political and emotionally charged environment, is it possible to receive objective information? Can we ever get the straight story without political bias?

Today, we are announcing a call for scientists, health professionals, and associated content experts to contribute to Viral Feedback, a non-profit, non-partisan platform for scientists, health professionals, and associated content experts to provide high quality…


How does the body normally stop a virus?

The body uses its immune system to protect itself from invading particles such as viruses and bacteria. The goal of the virus or bacteria is to replicate and spread. Viruses and pathogenic (destructive) bacteria hurt the human body during replication and spread. The job of the immune system is to limit hurt to the body by destroying the invading particles. As a military has different units such as the air force, army, navy, etc., the immune system has different units for fighting viruses and bacteria. …


Analogy for COVID-19 spread

When conditions are right, fire quickly spreads from a tiny spark to a roaring fire. Dry wood, lots of oxygen or wind, and kindling such as dried grass can take a spark from a well contained campfire or lit cigarette to a roaring forest fire. Similarly, when the conditions are right, the spread of COVID-19 can quickly rise from one case to many. The conditions leading to a “forest fire of COVID” include a large number of susceptible people (dry wood/kindling), a person with COVID who can spread the disease to others (spark), and the proximity…


SARS-CoV-2 is a virus, a parasitic molecule which needs to infect a cell to reproduce (Figure 1 and 2).

Figure 1: The blue dots are SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19 as visualized by transmission electron microscopy. The insert is a CDC computer generated image of the coronavirus structure.

Viruses are very small (20–1000 nm), and typically only visible by electron microscopy. Viruses are propagated in a lab by infecting cell culture. The virus is visualized in the lab as empty spots on a lawn of cells similar to seeing a disease ring in a lawn of grass. A virus is…


Science is an iterative process. What we know today may change based on what we learn tomorrow.

Why do scientists change their minds? Why has the CDC made one statement regarding mask recommendations and then changed it? Why was the initial goal to flatten the curve and now the goal is elimination of the virus? How do I know what is real when the goal keeps changing?

Scientists are trained in specific disciplines to ask questions, conduct research, write, and teach. They generally have expertise in their specific field well beyond the average person. They often know something that no-one…


COVID-19 hit the world and none of our lives have been the same since. Because we have all been affected, everyone has a perspective about how the situation should or could have been handled differently. In addition to this, we have all been affected differently. Some people have loved ones that died. Others are caring for the sick and dying. Others have not seen the death because the virus has not hit their area hard yet, and they are suffering more from the stress of isolation and financial hardship of closed businesses. Additionally, people come from varied levels of understanding…

Michelle Gerst, Ph.D.

Senior Moderator for Viral Feedback

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