Dr. Aboulafia is a member of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Virginia Mason where he has worked for three decades. He is a Clinical Professor of medicine at the University of Washington and a principle investigator for the National Cancer Institute funded group The AIDS Malignancy Consortium. He has a career-long interest in HIV as well as the link between certain viruses and cancer.
Local hospitals had to scramble to protect patients and staff from the spreading Covid, while steps in China were startlingly efficient. Earlier experience treating AIDS helped guide the authors' response.
I found myself cheering the NEJM authors for further pointing out that instead of turning to experts in the field of infectious diseases, public health and policy administration government leaders had relied on “…uninformed ‘opinion leaders’ and charlatans who obscure the truth and facilitate the promulgation of outright lies.”