A Shot in the Dark: March Madness, April Fools and a Zombie Apocalypse

We Can Do It!2

Y’all stop playing and get the covid vaccine. Covid was the third leading cause of death in the US in 2020. Third! Heart disease was #1 and cancer was #2 and death by gunshot was a distant # 32. Get the shot.

I know two people in the US with polio. What’s your count? Most people in the US know no one with polio because of a vaccine. You got the polio vaccine. Now there is a covid vaccine. Get the shot.

It’s been a rough year for melanin infused people. We don’t have a good medical history in the US. In the Tuskegee experiment, 600 black men diagnosed with syphilis were studied for years doctors and researchers for the impact disease informed consent or treatment. The men were told they had bad blood and would receive medical exams and tests. The study was to 6 months went on inhumanely for 40 years, 1932 – 1972. How much longer would this have continued if the Associated Press not broke the story. The former president of the American Medical Association (AMA), J Marion Sims, experiments and practice on enslaved women without anesthesia. Apparently, he felt the Hippocratic oath, first do no harm, was just a suggestion. He would eventually use anesthesia once he perfected his techniques operated on white women. There is reason for trepidation, but worldwide 51 million people have received doses. Get the shot

Dr. Corbett

I got the Moderna vaccine, aka the “Black Girl Magic,” shot. Repeat after me, Kizzmekia “Kizzy” Corbett. Dr Corbett has been focused on the development of vaccines for novel coronaviruses, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) for almost a decade. She co-led the National Institutes of Health team that developed the Moderna vaccine. Please, if you are able, get the shot.

The unvaccinated make it dangerous. The virus continues to thrive and mutate worldwide. In the US, 17% are vaccinated, a good started, bit nowhere near enough. As of March 2021, the US leads the world in deaths from covid per 100,000.1 Individuals make their choice and you do have a choice. This week consider the ending of this movie. The scene starts with the crowds cheering the end of the Zombie apocalypse. The music swells as the sun sets. The camera pans the scene until it slowly begins to focus on a zombie laying on the ground. Rut Roo. The Zombie stands and gives a wink at the audience. The camera pulls back and starts to pan the room. There is movement in the right corner. Now, how does this end? Is it a hoard of zombies rising up with a foreboding soundtrack? Or is it a Zombie slayer who nods, leaps takes out the Zombie? Get the shot.

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett, March 3, 2020

Dr Kizzmekia Corbett, February 11, 2021

1We Can Do It!” is an American World War II wartime poster produced by J. Howard Miller in 1943 for Westinghouse Electric as an inspirational image to boost female worker morale.

2Covid map: Coronavirus cases, deaths, vaccinations by country

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