This idea concerns Covid-19. Since the Covid-19 campaign no longer exists here, I have no recourse but to post this idea, and many others, in the five current campaigns which still exist here.
It appears that DHS no longer reviews ideas that are submitted on this site. I hope they will disprove this assumption by communicating with me on each of my ideas and directly address any potential which they may have.
My idea follows.
If a person has contracted Covid-19, it would be ideal if a person's body could fight it off and not progress to a severe illness. There can be a number of factors that may help or hinder the body in vanquishing it quickly, among them: genetics; the presence or absence of other illnesses (i.e., diabetes, heart disease, etc.); whether or not a vaccine had been previously injected; and age. Genetics can't be changed, co-existing illnesses will not disappear overnight; a vaccine is not here yet; and age cannot be reversed …. or can it?
The thymus has a major role in the immune system and fighting off infections. However, as a person ages, it gradually decreases in size, contributing to the difficulty which older people have in fighting off infections. If it had remained at greater strength over the decades, elderly people would fare well. Since Covid-19 hits elderly people quite hard, it makes one wonder how it would be if the elderly had retained a healthy thymus. We may have an answer to this in the coming years.
In noting the importance of the thymus in fighting off infections, it is interesting to find that a number of scientists are already making progress towards the goal of actually regenerating the thymus, as the following links reveal:
Obviously, it is very unlikely that a fully tested and approved method of thymus regeneration will become available in 2020 or even the following year. If, by some miracle, an approved method was on hand, it could be of tremendous benefit in protecting the elderly who had not yet been infected.
Of course, the hunt for a vaccine or outright cure will be everyone's focus while Covid-19 remains a threat. But we should start giving serious thought to devoting a large proportion of resources to thymus regeneration, to be prepared for the next time a pandemic takes place. Although no one can predict when that will be, know this: America's enemies have seen what Covid-19 has done to our economy and cannot be excluded from considering the surreptitious launch of an "accident" along these lines in the future. Should thymus regeneration already be perfected, our chances of weathering another pandemic will be dramatically improved.
I therefore urge that consideration be given to having the Federal government place a major focus of funding thymus regeneration research and accelerating its path to implementation.
In addition, I would urge that studies commence now with hospitalized Covid-19 patients to evaluate their thymus function and compare it to the degree of their recovery. The findings will likely boost the case for devoting a significant amount of resources to thymus regeneration.