Who needs experts? I’m doing my own research

Who needs experts? I’m doing my own research

VOLUME 117, ISSUE 6, P1168-1169


Ruben Alvero, M.D.


When Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in late October 2021, he was initially cagey about his vaccination status but eventually acknowledged that he was not vaccinated. In a long and bewildering statement, he averred that his case was unique and that after his own extensive research, his path would be different and that he would not be using any of the “one size fits all” approaches to prevent infection, which of course it did not. At about the same time, international superstar Nicki Minaj tweeted that she would not be getting the vaccine because her cousin’s friend “…got it and became impotent. His testicles became swollen.” Prominent, if nonexpert, characters fueled a second epidemic of disinformation: over the course of the pandemic, approximately two thirds of the disinformation on social media has come from 12 individual influencers—“The Disinformation Dozen”—whose ranks include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Rizza Islam, whose posts target the especially vulnerable Black community.

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Go to the profile of Pandiyan  Natarajan
3 months ago

Physicians, ( Health Care Personnel) heal thyself.

I read with great interest the well written Inkling on, “ Who needs experts?”


The current Pell Mell is our own creation. The Health care community has been in a flux for the last several years. COVID-19 opened up all the wounds in our armor. The number of reports and counter reports, guidelines and withdrawals, affirmation and rebuttal in the field of COVID-19 has been legion. The slip up by major organizations did not infuse any confidence in public mind. 

Almost every one of the public health organization issued statements and later modified or withdrew them. Most Public Health Organizations did not see eye to eye, even on basic issues. Though this is something that a scientist would be prepared to accept in an Evolving Pandemic, the Public was not prepared for it. 

The public wanted clarity, where none existed and they wanted a Quick Fix, where no fix was visible in the early days.  It is no surprise that the public leaned upon the next easily and freely available  source of information- The Social Media and fell a prey to it. The social media with no inhibitions or controls whatsoever had a field day with every possible theory.

There are very valuable lessons to be learnt from this Pandemic and the bigger Misinformation Panic Pandemic. All of us health care personnel have a moral duty to communicate the time appropriate news to the public. Medical disagreement should not be in public. Debates and Disagreements are for Conferences or during Non Emergency situation. If it is not possible to speak in One voice, it is better Not to speak, than to speak in many voices and cause utter confusionSomething ( irrelevant or wrong ) is not better than Nothing. On the contrary, Nothing, it seems to me,is better than Nonsense.

Professor Dr Pandiyan Natarajan,

Chief Consultant in Andrology and Reproductive Sciences,


Chettinad Super Speciality Hospital ( Retired )