By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) So much of what has been reported about COVID-19 — the ‘coronavirus’ — by the American media since it was discovered in the U.S. has been about as accurate and informative as their ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ nonsense.





Like, for instance, the media hyping the expectation that a “coronavirus vaccine” is just a year or so away.

We hate to play the role of ‘Debbie Downer,’ but that’s probably the biggest lie that’s been told thus far.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, perpetuated this myth on Sunday during a Q & A with reporters when he said that “military labs” were currently working on a vaccine — or, a “cure” for the virus, which, in most people’s minds, is synonymous with ‘vaccine.’

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Nothing at all against Gen. Milley, mind you. He’s playing a role here — trying to instill some calm and confidence in the American public. The military wargames and plans for these kinds of events. And we don’t doubt that the Pentagon is indeed working hand in hand with civilian researchers to find a ‘coronavirus vaccine.’

But look, we’re not talking about a bacterial infection here, we’re talking about a virus, and viruses are known to be so adaptable as to be impossible (using current knowledge and technology) to kill completely.

Consider this: Every year pharmaceutical companies produce and distribute a “flu vaccine.” Every. Single. Year. Why? Because the strain of influenza, like every other virus, is highly adaptive and changeable. In fact, last year alone the strain changed mid-season, as PBS reported. In its wake, 80,000 Americans were dead.

PBS notes:

Flu epidemics reoccur every year because of the the way the virus is built and how it interacts with the human immune system. The viruses are highly changeable, acquiring genetic variations, called mutations, even within a single season. The new properties conferred by these mutations can allow the virus to evade the immune response elicited by the flu vaccine.

And by the way, though the Mayo Clinic does recommend that people get flu vaccines each year, the health and research group notes they are only 50 to 60 percent effective. 

And flu, of course, is a virus…like ‘coronavirus.’

About the name ‘coronavirus,’ even that is misleading. There is a reason why it’s formal name is COVID-19, or Coronavirus 19; it’s the 19th strain of “coronavirus” that we’ve discovered.

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The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention have all kinds of information on coronaviruses in general — what they are, how they infect, what types humans are most vulnerable to, etc.

“Sometimes coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve and make people sick and become a new human coronavirus. Three recent examples of this are 2019-nCoV, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV,” the CDC notes.

Indeed, it’s believed that COVID-19 also mutated from an infected animal.

Speaking of the SARS — severe acute respiratory syndrome — and MERS — Middle East respiratory syndrome — those virus outbreaks occurred last decade, and there is still no vaccine for them, as the South China Morning Post reminds us this week:

Seventeen years after the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak and seven years since the first Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) case, there is still no coronavirus vaccine despite dozens of attempts to develop them.

As research institutes and companies around the world race to find potential vaccines for a new coronavirus strain that has infected nearly 80,000 people and claimed more than 2,000 lives, the question is, will this time be different?

The paper said researchers are moving faster this time around because COVID-19 is more lethal, but even so, it’s morality rate is between 2-3 percent, far less than the 6.8 percent mortality rate of this year’s flu, according to the CDC.

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So — are we going to get a vaccine this time around for COVID-19? Probably not. But even if something is developed, the fact is it won’t be nearly as effective as everyone hopes because we just don’t have the base of knowledge to kill viruses outright or prevent them from mutating in order to survive.

The Trump administration, along with state and local governments, are doing the right things in the meantime: Monitoring the population, instructing people on what to do in order to reduce their risk factors (the CDC has tips here) and treating the symptoms of those who become infected. That’s all that can be done.


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Reality bites, we get it. But it’s better to know what we are and are not capable of in terms of things like ‘coronavirus vaccines’ rather than continue to feed into false hope.

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