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Answers to COVID Questions Follow the Science, Not a Wish List


By Sept. 3, 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic had produced a staggering 220 million cases worldwide and claimed some 4.5 million lives. Just in Shelby County, there have been more than 127,500 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 and nearly 1,900 deaths. But in these 18 months, uncertainty has been as prevalent and transmissible as the virus itself. Even now, as vaccines provide a shield often preventing the worst consequences of the virus, questions about the disease, its origins and safety measures ranging from inoculation to masking don’t always come with definitive answers. In an effort to bring some clarity, The Daily Memphian conducted extensive interviews on the pandemic’s past, present and future with two of Tennessee’s foremost physicians. One is Dr. Jon McCullers, who is on the Shelby County Board of Health and chief operating officer for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He has been a frequent voice since the first case here.

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