A piece of personal epidemic history related to the nation’s top infectious disease specialist has found a new home at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Drs. Anthony S. Fauci presented his three-dimensional model of coronavirus for the museum’s National Medical and Science Collection at a ceremony on Tuesday, organized by videoconferencing.
Dr. “I wanted to choose something that was really meaningful and important to me because I used it so many times,” Fauci said in an interview Wednesday about his decision to model the museum.
The model, which he said was made with a 3-D printer at the National Institutes of Health, is a blue ball that mimics spikes. Spiked protein that can latch onto cells in our airwaysAllows the virus to slide inside. Dr. Fauci said he often used it as a visual aid when former members of Congress and former President Donald J. Trump told about the virus.
“It’s really a graphically graphic way to understand people,” he said.
Dr. Fauci announced the donation and showed the model as he was being awarded the Museum’s Great Americans Medal on Tuesday for his leadership of the nation’s Kovid-19 response and his contribution to the fight against other infectious diseases such as AIDS. .
National Museum of American History Its curators were collecting items from the pandemic for a future exhibition called “In Sickness and Health”, which would “examine more than 200 years of medicine in the US, including the Kovid-19.” The museum is also accepting digital presentations from the public through the platform “2020 stories“
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Dr. Fauci’s coronavirus model can be used for research or in educational exhibits, said Diane Wendt, curator in the Medical and Science Division of the National Museum of American History.
Ms Wendt said that it was still understandable which item would be the most important or meaningful and which would best tell the story of this epidemic. But she said the museum has received backlash from the public suggesting that the materials they want to see curated and preserved include personal protective equipment such as masks and magazines and holiday cards that people have shown to be a piece of epidemic life.
“Of course, as historians, I think we probably joke that we actually like things at least 50 years old – like, ‘We’re fine, we’re watching this at a safe distance , “So to speak,” Ms. Venkat said “but at the same time we have to accept clearly that we have a responsibility. History is being made every day.”
Dr. Fauci said he could see museums and institutions donating other items to themselves in the future, whether they are managing the country’s response to the coronovirus epidemic or under his leadership Federal efforts to combat HIV, SARS, 2009 swine flu pandemic, MERS and Ebola.
“I think when you reach a certain level you have things that are more valuable to the general public, because you are keeping them,” he said.
During the influenza pandemic of 1918, “predicting the virus was not something that was even possible,” said Ms. Vendet, Dr. Fauci’s donation is worth noting.
He echoed that view, saying that coronovirus pandemic fighting equipment, including visual modeling and more recently safe and effective vaccines, are important developments that are bringing the nation closer to control.
“We cannot claim victory ahead of time,” he said of the epidemic. “But I think it would be important for the Smithsonian to chronicle it.”